To those who follow/read Gossip Muslimah

pearlsfromthepath:

Gossip Muslimah first appeared a few months ago and introduced itself as a gossip source for Muslims …on Muslims. Everyone was invited to submit – anonymously or not – anything they knew about other Tumblrers. According to the unnamed people behind Gossip Muslimah, a little more than 500 people followed them within a few days. However, after an outcry the blog was deactivated.

Ironically enough it was relaunched today, right in the middle of Ramadan – a month of fasting with the senses and mind. Considering the massive number of people online on their site, I suppose they would have never taken the risk to come back if there wasn’t an audience to expect. 

Regardless, there are bigger problems at hand here. Back-biting, gossip, and lies among many other acts clearly are forbidden so allow me to pass over reminders on the gravity of evil deeds. If you followed Gossip Muslimah in the past, or if you were looking forward to reading their posts, you were equally at fault. That is why the Prophet ﷺ said: “The backbiter and his listener are co-partners in sin.” So here’s a friendly tip: don’t break your fast on human flesh.

I’m trying to figure out what’s worse. The fact that idiots would have the arrogance to create such a portal for Muslims, or the fact that Muslims would be stupid enough to follow and/or contribute to it. 

Questions from a Non-Muslim

cynicallyjaded:

wolfy18:

I have a few questions I’d like to put out to the Muslims & Christians on here.

Some questions might appeal to one religion more so than the other and the questions are sort of related to eachother, but whatever.

1.  If God is all seeing, all knowing, and the great planner of everything, does this mean he plans evil?

2.  Can you have mercy without sin?  If not, does this mean we have to become a sinner before we can “find God”?

3.  If our lives are planned, does this contradict our free will?

By the way I’m asking out of intrigue, not trying to sound like a condescending twat.  I genuinely want answers.

Hi, these questions are asked often by both Muslims and non-Muslims alike. Here’s my perspective on what I think it means:

  1. Evil is not a ‘commodity’ like good in the same way that dark is not a ‘commodity’ like light. The one exists in the absence of the other. This ties in with the concept of fate and free will, which also relates to your third question, so I hope to deal with it more comprehensively in that answer. Essentially what I’m saying is that God doesn’t plan good or evil. He simply makes available the choices to us with predetermined outcomes, and what we choose is what determines whether good or evil results from our actions.
  2. Assuming that mercy is only required when we sin overlooks the fact that mercy is also needed to continue giving without reason or recompense. What I mean is that we often only think of asking for mercy if we realise that we’ve done something wrong. However, as Muslims, we consider every good that we receive, and every comfort that we enjoy as a mercy from Allah. So we believe that we’re indebted to Allah for all the mercy that He shows us even though we are often not complying with what we believe to be His will or instructions for the way we should be living our lives. 
  3. Free will and destiny are often very misunderstood. As Muslims, we believe we have a limited free will, and not an absolute free will. What I mean is that I can choose how I respond to a situation, or how I want to act, but I cannot control what situations or experiences are presented to me. This world is a perfect system in that every action has a predetermined reaction. These are the natural laws and order of things that we believe was created by Allah. Therefore, whatever we do, the outcome is known to Allah because He created the ‘rules’ that govern existence and how everything interacts. But in this system, there are variables, and these variables allow us to exercise our limited free will. So by exercising our gift of reason and logic, and our ability to act on it, we choose either to encourage good, or evil. How we choose, and how we comply with the laws and guidelines set out for us is what determines our standing in Allah’s court, and subsequently will determine our final fate when we’re called to account on the day of judgement.

I’ve contemplated the issue of fate and free will previously, so if you’d like to read more about my thoughts on the subject, you can see some of my previous posts under the tag of fate.

I look forward to hearing your views on this. 

The conversation between Allah SWT and a muslim when reciting Al-Fatihah

Muslim: Praise be to Allah, The Lord of the Worlds.

Allah SWT: My servant has praised Me.

Muslim: The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful.

Allah SWT: My servant has extolled Me. (praised enthusiastically)

Muslim: The Master of the Day of Judgement.

Allah SWT: My servant has glorified Me – and submitted to My Power.

Muslim: You alone we worship and from You alone we seek help.

Allah SWT: This is between Me and My servant, and My servant shall have what he asked for.

Muslim: Guide us to the straight path, the path of those whom you have favoured, not of those upon whom is your anger, nor of those who are astray.

Allah SWT: This is for My servant, and My servant shall have what he asked for.