Monday, February 01, 2010
A Letter to My Daughter
In the name of Allah. All praise to Allah. Peace and blessings on the Messenger of Allah.
As-salamu `alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh.
My dearest daughter,
I choose to send you this letter rather than speak to you because I know you love to receive and reread e-mails. I am concerned about what I see developing in you and in many of the youth of your generation. This is why I am asking Allah to guide me as I offer you my advice in the following matters.
You should refrain from spending so much of your time on the computer playing silly games and listening to un-Islamic music or wasting your time chit-chatting with your friends which will give way to syaitan inviting you to do ghibbah(gossip) . They corrupt the heart and soul. They occupy precious space in the mind that should be used for deep thought and contemplation on life and the real issues that affect you as a Muslim.
“Allah says: Son of Adam: Fill your time with My worship and I will fill your heart with richness, and end your poverty. But if you do not, I would make your hands completely busy (in worldly affairs) and I would not end your poverty.“ (At-Tirmidhi; confirmed to be a strong hadith)
Sheikh Ibn Al-Qayyim once wrote:
Our purpose of existence on earth is more meaningful than being slaves to worldly gains. There can be no meaningful life better than that prescribed by our Creator Allah. Every act done according to Allah’s way is an act of worship.
I want you to make a habit of visiting the following links:
§ Islam Online
§ Harun Yayha: Invitation to Truth
Here at these sites, you can learn more about your deen, about Allah‘s creation, and about the world outside the very small circle that you live in. After the Islamic sciences, no other knowledge is more critical to the development of your mind than subjects such as science, geography, history, and world politics. Pay special attention to news articles about Muslims around the world. Focus on and give deep thought to the articles on `ibadah (worship), iman (faith), tarbiyyah (Islamic upbringing and education) and tazkiyya (purification of the heart and soul).
You should also spend time browsing the fatwa databases. The databases contain Islamic rulings and advice from authentic Islamic scholars on issues that come up in the everyday life of Muslims. It is useful because we need to learn the Islamic perspective on these issues according to the Shari`ah. As Muslims, we can seek the advice of scholars on these matters, and this is the only way we can know how to best handle them. In doing so and by acting upon these rulings, we make sincere efforts to guard ourselves from sins and innovations that lead to the Fire.
Knowledge gained should bring us closer to Allah Most High, for all knowledge has its beginning with Him. Any knowledge that takes you away from the remembrance of Allah Most High is useless knowledge. It is like a ball and chain that you drag along behind you. It‘s “dead weight“ that has no real benefit other than to slow you down and keep you distracted. It‘s like eating a candy bar. Surely it has some tasty significance, but it weighs you down with calories and has no nutrition. Worse yet, it takes up resources that could be put to better use learning useful knowledge.
I worry about you because you are in the stage of your development where you sometimes neglect doing what you know is right out of fear of how your peers may respond towards you. Never allow the fear of what others may say or think about you sway you from either acquiring knowledge or putting into action what you have previously learned. Fear Allah alone and He will make things right for you in the long run.
[If Allah assists you, then there is none that can overcome you, and if He forsakes you, who is there then that can assist you after Him? And on Allah should the believers rely.] (Aal `Imran 3:160)
I‘ve watched how quickly you pick up on things. That‘s why I‘m confident that if you truly understood the motivation of those who promote and distribute the songs that your generation listens to, the television and movies that they watch, the clothes that they wear, the fads and trends that they follow, and the games that they play, you would easily be able to discern that the motivation is not just to make lots of money. The intentions of these corporations and the people who run them are far more sinister.
Back in the year 1897, a secret document was uncovered. This document was like a blueprint for physically and mentally enslaving masses of people. The author of this document is without a doubt a treacherous enemy of Allah Most High, as well as an enemy to the entire human family. In one section of the document, which is still on display today in the British Museum, it states:
We further distract them with amusements, games, pastimes, passions, people’s palaces. … Soon we shall begin through the press to propose competitions in art, in sport in all kinds: these interests will finally distract their minds from questions in which we should find ourselves compelled to oppose them. Growing more and more unaccustomed to reflect and form any opinions of their own, people will begin to talk in the same tone as we because we alone shall be offering them new directions for thought ... of course through such persons as will not be suspected of solidarity with us.
Let‘s take apart the above quote and examine it with today‘s context in mind. We will discover just how much Allah‘s enemy has progressed in hoodwinking and enslaving so many of us since this document first surfaced over 100 years ago!
In fact, nearly everything about this pop, hip-hop, and rock culture is fake—fake hair, fake nails, fake body implants, fake teeth, fake eye colors, and fake symbols of wealth—like designer labels on clothes, shoes, and accessories that were made for pennies on the dollar in nameless sweat shops, with child labor or in slave “welfare” camps scattered across scores of poor, underdeveloped nations. The desperate people of these nations are being blackmailed and pimped by the International Money Fund—forced to work under unbearable conditions to produce the kinds of material goods that are ultimately transformed into icons of status here in the West simply by merit of having a designer label sewn on and a hefty price tag affixed.
Finally, with his subjects spiritually defeated and deeply indebted to his master plan, the enemy of Allah boasts
“People will begin to talk in the same tone as we because we alone shall be offering them new directions for thought.”
As I conclude, I again caution you against wasting so much of your time. You should get as much benefit from me as you can now because I may not be with you much longer. No, I am not feeling ill, but it’s that kind of time that we live in today. Allah’s enemy hates to see a strong Muslim mother guiding her children with Islamic teachings, training them to think critically, and developing in them a millah (religion) that is conscientious of the cause and effect of what they see happening around them. Seek knowledge, my child, and you will find that it opens many doors—doors that you never even realized were there before. My love and duty to you is solely for Allah and Allah alone I ask forgiveness if I have failed to teach you to be good muslims.Whatever happen I will always love you and forgive you.My dua for your and the rest of your siblings will never stop. May we be as family again in Jannah…
I love you very much my dearest daughter.