Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad has sent me three new articles:
The next Contentions: Contentions 11, an essay on the Christian Churches during the Bosnian war and some reflections on hadiths of Forgiveness and Justice:
by Abdal Hakim Murad7. Your greatest liability is your lie-ability.
8. No-one is more extroverted than the contemplative saint.
9. Modernity: an accelerating attempt to shovel matter into the growing hole where religion used to be.
10. The Liber Asian vs. the Manu Mission: a woman may be Arahat on Arafat.
11. Arabdom is not congenital.
12. Jesus said ?Allah?, not ?Deus.? (?Say: Allah! and leave them plunging in their confusion.?)
13. We are designed to fall to our knees.
14. Remember: you once knew the whole Qur?an. [more]
The Churches and the Bosnian War
by Abdal Hakim Murad
One of the most disturbing features of the war which devastated Bosnia between 1992 and 1995 was the widespread refusal of Western politicians, churchmen and newsmen, to acknowledge the role which religion was playing in the conflict. It was only mentioned, indeed, during periodic denunciations of the risks of Islamic extremism – a phenomenon that, when pressed, journalists working in Bosnia conceded was rather elusive. The reality, which was frequently one of militant Christian extremism, was never, to my knowledge, frankly discussed. The war was, we were told, a contest between ?ethnic factions?; and the fact that its protagonists were divided primarily by religion, and shared a race and a language, was deemed insignificant. [more]
Forgiveness and Justice: meditations on some hadiths
by Abdal Hakim Murad
(1) The Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace) prayed for pardon for his people, and received the reply: “I have forgiven them all but acts of oppression, for I shall exact recompense for the one who is wronged, from his oppressor.”In the Qur’an, God is just, and requires justice; but he is also forgiving, and requires forgiveness; in fact, its references to the latter property outnumber those on justice by a ratio of approximately ten to one. Islamic theology has not always been clear how the ensuing tension is to be resolved. “My Mercy outstrips My wrath” is a well-known divine saying, but one which nonetheless is far from abolishing God?s wrath. Indeed, a righteous indignation about injustice is integral to the prophetic representation of God?s qualities, and from the earliest moments of its revelation the Qur?an links God?s expectations of His creatures to justice towards the weak. [more]