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High Hopes

by | Feb 28, 2021

We all have desires and aspirations, but there is a big difference between them when it comes to realizing them. Desires are attainable through resolutions (which we covered a few months back). However, aspirations are big hopes, often long term or life long projects, things that you strive for and might not even attain, but you still long for them.

Some aspire to become a world-class athlete, some aspire to become a doctor, and others aspire to become famous regardless of the reason. To have an objective or an employment plan is nothing to shun away from, and is even sound reasoning, but to make it your aspiration are two different things. For a Muslim, his aspiration should start with the satisfaction of Allah, and the aspiration itself should not be something small; the greater the dream, the greater the accomplishment. When you shoot for the stars, you still might land on the moon.

In keeping with last week’s theme, this is another story of Salah Ad-Din (Saladin). In 1168, Nur Ad-Din Zengi commissioned a Mimbar (pulpit) for the Masjid Al-Aqsa (Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, Palestine). However, at his time, Jerusalem was occupied by the Crusaders for 70 years. So why build a pulpit dedicated to the Aqsa Mosque if you don’t detain its key. That is when aspirations come into play. During the construction of the Mimbar in the city of Aleppo, Saladin was visiting the ruler of the land (and his uncle) and saw the Mimbar being built. He asked the craftsman at which mosque will this Mimbar find its home. The craftsman replied that it is for the Al-Aqsa mosque. Saladin vowed that he will be the one to make Al-Aqsa its home.

Now, this event is debatable, although Saladin was in Aleppo during that period, there is no proof of this story. However, Saladin always vowed to liberate Al-Aqsa and he actually put the Mimbar in its place almost 20 years after its construction. How is that for fulfilling your aspirations! The Aqsa Mimbar stayed in its place for almost 800 years.

Saladin got to see victory, but it is not all people who do. You see, some get a glimpse and some don’t. But this does not mean that their aspiration or their strife was in vain. You see, what is even more important than seeing and living victory is building it. It is this selfless act that lays the foundation for great things to come, and it is this subject that we will visit next week In Sha Allah.

Probability, you won’t Get the Best of Me! – Scientific Proofs in the Quran

Probability, you won’t Get the Best of Me! – Scientific Proofs in the Quran

If anyone is a betting man, he knows that most of the time he will lose; it is a question of numbers. Winning every time is improbable and practically impossible. When flipping a coin, you have one chance out of two of getting it right. 50%, not bad; but repeat it four times straight; not too confident, are you?

Let’s transpose that example to the prophet Muhammad; he got every single verifiable (with our limited knowledge to date) phenomenon right. Not only he got them right, but most of them are also explained; not just enunciated or left for interpretation. Let’s say there are about 20 scientific/natural phenomenon (Actually, more have been mentioned and others left out since a multitude of authors have done a better job than me explaining them. Plus, 20 seems like a pretty round number, and we don’t want to sound boastful either) that were elucidated 1400 years ago, by an illiterate Arab that had no aspirations to science whatsoever… When you do the math: ½ at the power 20 is ½ x ½ x½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½. That gives you the possibility of 1/1 048 576 of getting it right. That is less than one in a million probability; becoming less and less a betting man…Keep in mind, considering that the questioning is in a yes or no format; true or false to a given question (without formulating the solution and adding all the explanation that comes with it in the Quran and Hadith).

The thing is, it is not because the prophet Muhammad was an expert in astronomy, geology, chemistry, nuclear physics, biology, botany, entomology, oceanology, or even historical science that he got it right all the time. It is because the only thing he got right out of all of this is that he wholeheartedly believed in Allah. All these, verses, signs, scientific phenomenon were not explained or tackled by the prophet Muhammad; they were brought forth by Allah, the All-Knowing.

And with Him are the keys of the unseen; none knows them except Him. And He knows what is on the land and in the sea. Not a leaf falls but that He knows it. And no grain is there within the darknesses of the earth and no moist or dry [thing] but that it is [written] in a clear record.

Surah Al-Anam (6 – 59)


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