Intentions

Peace, one and all…

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O God, You Who guide to the true path those who are lost, You who remove the obstacles from those who are entangled in error, and have mercy on the mistakes of those who do wrong, have mercy on Your servant!

Life’s purpose is devotion
Life, without devotion, is disgrace!
Mevlana Rumi

Welcome again to my little corner of the virtual world.  As you’ve no doubt discovered by now, this blog is dedicated to the exploration and study of Islam, as both an external religion and as an inner spiritual path.  Islam lays great emphasis on the motivations which lie behind our behaviour.  As such, this page aims to talk briefly about my aims and intentions in writing and maintaining this blog.

The Prophet (God’s peace and blessings be upon him) says, regarding intention:

‘Actions are [judged] by motives (niyyah), so each man will have what he intended. Thus, he whose migration (hijrah) was to Allah and His Messenger, his migration is to Allah and His Messenger; but he whose migration was for some worldly thing he might gain, or for a wife he might marry, his migration is to that for which he migrated.’

This hadith underlines the critical importance of intention (or niyyah in Arabic).  All deeds are thus judged by their underlying motivations and not their surface appearance.

Given this, I feel it is therefore important for me to clarify my intentions here.  Essentially, my conscious purpose here is to share the teachings of Islam, and my own thoughts and opinions, with the wider world, for the sake of God alone.

The Prophet (God’s peace and blessings be upon him) also made the following remark:

‘He who believes in God and the Last Day, let him speak words of goodness or else remain silent’.

He (God’s peace and blessings be upon him) also said:

‘The speech of the son of Adam will be counted against him, not for him, except for enjoining good, forbidding evil, and remembering God’.

Given these words of warning, this website aims to document and explore the deep spiritual insights of the Islamic tradition (and of others too), as I struggle to understand, live and experience them in the context of my own life. It also aims to counter unhelpful misrepresentations of Islam, as far as I am personally able. And all success comes from God.

I do not intend this blog to be a commentary on current affairs (as usually understood), except where I feel it important.  This is for a number of reasons.  Firstly, there are many who can do this job better than I feel I can.  Secondly, I feel that the most pressing issue facing Muslims (and indeed the whole of humanity) today is the need to rebuild a connection with the Divine.  We are living in one of the most spiritually disconnected times in human history and this blog aims to show the veritable truth of Islam: God is calling each and every one of us; to Him and to our true selves (labbayk Allahumma labbayk).  Thirdly, and this is a related point, many Muslims today are unaware of their rich spiritual heritage.  It is a tradition of deep and profound insight into the meaning of life.  I hope to share some of this heritage with the wider world.

God says in the Quran:

‘And remind, for reminding profits the believers’ (51:55)

Being human, I will fall short of the mark: I seek God’s forgiveness for any and all mistakes on this website.

God’s help is to be sought and a Mighty Aid is He.

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Ask olsun!
Abdur Rahman

22 thoughts on “Intentions

  1. jazak allahu kahairan for that reminder. May Allah forgive you and the rest of us out here for our sins.Ameen. A reminder will always benefit a beliver.

  2. Salaams Bilal,

    Thank you for your compliment. All that is right and true comes from Allah, Lord of all the Worlds. Only the mistakes are mine.

    Ma’as salama,
    Abdur Rahman

  3. Very delighted to have by the grace of Allah met a truely honest Muslim. “God’s true servants are hidden under His own cloak” is what is quoted one of our great Sufi master, perhaps Junayd or Kharaqani, I do not remember who. But this is true for what I witness here in your words and between the lines you are revealing. Insha’Allah my impression is far from fancy!!

  4. Salaams Safa,

    Ahlan wa sahlan! Though, in all honesty, Allah is the judge of how honest I am! At any rate, I do but struggle onwards.

    Insha Allah…..

    PS – your own blog is fascinating. Salaams to you in Khurasan. I’m also a student of Islamic history and Khurasan (as you no doubt know) is famous.

    Abdur Rahman

  5. Salaams Sister Margari,

    Ramadan Mubarak to you and yours too.

    Thank you for your kind thoughts. All that is useful comes from the Beloved, in all Truth.

    Or, as Malcolm X writes in his biography, ‘All praise is due to Allah, Lord of All the Worlds. Only the mistakes have been mine’.

    Allah!

    Insha Allah, your adventures in the Muslim world are going well. Allah keep you safe in His hand, and bring you naught but baraka now and evermore.

    Ma’as salama,

    Abdur Rahman

  6. I am Hasbi from Acheh , indonesia ,

    I want attend and study more from your centre

    Thanks so much

    Best regard

    Hasbi Yahya

  7. Salaams Hasbi Yahya

    Ahlan wa sahlan! I have known many Malaysians but I’ve never met someone from Aceh, Indonesia, though I have read a little of the long Muslim history of your country.

    I’m not sure what you mean by my centre, as I don’t have one of my own. If you mean the university in which I work, please reply to this comment and I can send you details by e-mail.

    Welcome to my online home. :)

    Ma’as salama,

    Abdur Rahman

  8. Dear sir Sheikh Abdul Rahman

    I want to learn more from u abuot sufi or what ever..

    can u invite me to your place… i am very inetrested to visit you..

    thank you

    Jazakumullah Khairal Jaza’k

    Wasalam

    Hasby Yahya

  9. Wa alaikum salaam Hasbi Yahya,

    Welcome to my online home. May Allah bless you. Thank you for stopping by.

    I am honoured by your kind words, but honestly I am unworthy. I do not consider myself a Sheikh in any sense. I am nothing but a servant, and a poor one at that!

    May Allah bless you with noor, in this world and the next.

    Abdur Rahman

  10. Dear Sheikh Abdul Rahman..

    Salamun Alaikum.

    I am very inetrested to know about your Centre, where your place (Country) can I visit You to learn more….

    JAZAKUMULLAH KHAIRAL JAZAK

    WASALAM

    HASBY YAHYA

  11. Salaams Abdur Rahman
    You put us born Muslims to shame. i am learning so much from you on what it means to be a Muslim. I especially agree with your view that the major problem facing us today is our disconnectedness with divinity. How do we regain this in the face of ever pressing worldly concerns? Should one renounce material comforts?
    Kab

  12. Salaams Kamaruddin Abu Bakar,

    Welcome to my online home. Thank you for your kind thoughts.

    I am nothing and no one, just a man striving towards the Beloved. If I have said anything right or true, then it has come to me from God alone. Only the mistakes are mine my friend.

    Our worldly concerns were, I think, given to us by God for a reason. They are to be worked through and with, and be cherished for all that they can teach us. With patience and gratitude (sabr wa shukr) all things are possible.

    It is good to meet you brother.

    Allah bless you always

    Abdur Rahman

  13. I was in a small store and found a card… it is a beautiful card… The Virgin Mary is looking down over an archway embedded in her heart… the card reads

    “The “I” is an illusion
    God alone is real”

    -Rumi

    Thought of your words… I first heard Rumi here…

  14. Salaams Enreal,

    May God’s peace and blessings be upon Mary, and her son Jesus. What beautiful words! Allah!

    I am honoured that you first met Mevlana Rumi (may God sanctify his secret) in my online home. It is an honour to meet and talk with you.

    God bless you always

    Abdur Rahman

  15. Wa alaikum salam Marwa,

    I am no one special, and certainly not one whose advice should be held important. But, at any rate, all I would say is that the best service you can give to God is to be the best person you can. Be the best doctor you can and serve people with compassion, mercy and good humour. May Allah bless you in all your efforts. Please remember me in your duas

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