Mental Wealth Challenge: Day 19

That wholesome breakfast challenge from yesterday turned out to be quite a treat. I was also pleasantly surprised that my experimentation in the kitchen is yielding some delicious results as well. My daughter was amazed that I was capable of such a meal and I’m still not sure if I should take that as a compliment…

Anger

Anger is a result of failed expectations. When you find yourself losing your temper, consider which expectation you’re allowing to define your self worth. Zaid Ismail

They miss the point!

I have a tendency to seek the potential in people and then proceed to encourage them towards realising that potential. I do this because I am naïve enough to believe that that is truly the aspiration of all of us. You know? That age old claim that says that we want others to believe in…

This is an extremely interesting article taken from Fiqh-us-Sunnah. What I love most about this approach is that there are no holy cows. No madhab is spared a challenge, and no Imam or scholar is beyond reproach. It takes a measured and comprehensive view of the practices of Rasulullah (SAW) and many of his companions and uses that as a basis to question many of the constraints and interpretations enforced by so many scholars.  If nothing else, this confirms that differences of opinions existed even during the time of the Prophet (SAW), and that the manner in which it was dealt with was simple and practical, and did not result in bun fights or name calling. It also shows how many times we complicate matters out of excessive piety, and I can’t help but get the feeling each time I come across these issues that there’s almost this fear on the part of many scholars or Ulama to introduce limits where there were none before because they’re afraid that the ‘layman’ may abuse the flexibility being allowed rather than because they have a legitimate reason based on the Sunnah to impose those limits. To put it somewhat differently, I’ve witnessed first hand that there is a strong tendency in many eastern and middle eastern cultures to raise and discipline children based on fear rather than wisdom or appreciation. I was also raised on this basis. Notice how many times emphasis is placed on the punishment associated with non-compliance rather than the loss of benefits and blessings. This same mentality has often filtered through the various fatawa that were issued on matters relating to the interpretation of various aspects of the Sunnah. This theme comes through clearly in this analysis of various ahadith relating to the allowances for flexibility in the practises of a traveller and their obligations for prayer. 

Prayer of a Traveller

I wear masks, and create elaborate façades hoping that no one will see through them, but keep praying that someone will. Cynically Jaded (via cynicallyjade)