Bilal’s Boulder

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They say that Louis XIV was the longest-reigning sovereign in history (72 years), but it is reported that Abdul Muttalib the grandfather of Muhammad (s) was the Chief of Quraysh from c. 497 to 578 AD, totaling 81 years.

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https://bliis.org/essay/hail-mary-mother-christ/

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The believer’s heart is soft, which means that it can be sensitive to evil, and feel overburdened by the guilt of sin, even if only subconsciously. This is why it is important to practice istighfar (and mean it) in the moments before Fajr (Quran 3:17). I feel a strange sense of satisfaction doing this; as though weight is being lifted from me. It ends up uplifting your spirit and offloading the drowning woes of this world. When your relationship with your Creator is clean, then His relief and reassurance will clean up your heart.

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The Master of the Spirit and the Word, Jesus the son of Mary, would say, “My condiment is hunger. My emblem is fear. My apparel is wool. My warmth in winter is the sunrise. My lamp is the moon. My feet are my transportation. My food and my fruit are what grows from the Earth. I sleep with nothing, and I awake with nothing; and there is none upon the Earth that is richer than me.” (Abu Nu`aym, Hilyat al-Awliya’, Volume 6, pp. 312) ۞۞۞ Commentary: Jesus said in the beatitudes, “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven ... Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.” (Matthew 5:3-6) This saying also has some allusions to Genesis 28, where Jacob takes a stone and uses it as a pillow. Jesus is a patron and an emblem for the downtrodden. He wanted nothing from the frills of this life – neither its delicious food, nor its soft cloth or smooth silk, nor its riding animals, nor its spacious houses. The more possessions one has, the more one’s thoughts are dominated by the upkeep, competition, and enhancement of those possessions. In the case of Jesus, he was rich, not just due to his spiritual life, but his minimalistic lifestyle enabled him to be truly free from the nuisances of material life. A similar report about Jesus is attributed to ʿAlī b. Abī Ṭālib where he says, “If you desire, I will tell you about Jesus the son of Mary. He used a stone for his pillow, put on coarse clothes and ate rough food. His condiment was hunger. His lamp at night was the moon. His shade during the winter was just the expanse of earth eastward and westward. His fruits and flowers were only what grows from the earth for the cattle. He had no wife to allure him, nor any son to give grief, nor wealth to deviate (his attention), nor greed to disgrace him. His two feet were his conveyance and his two hands his servant.” (Nahj al-Balagha, Sermon 160) - an excerpt from ”The Good Shepherd: Jesus Christ in Islam”

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https://www.grid.news/story/politics/2022/12/17/a-mass-exodus-from-christianity-is-underway-in-america-heres-why/

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God forbid the media says something good about Muslim countries, right?

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A Sephardic Jew on the Ashkenormativity of Hanukkah today

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“But when a girl is 18-22, her brain hasn’t fully developed! And she isn’t mature enough to understand power dynamics in a relationship! And she’s too young to have a family! And she needs to explore herself more!” So instead, they want you to spend 6 years in university and dump $60-$100k, date 5-10 different guys, work 3-5 different jobs, freeze your eggs, THEN think about marriage and children in your 30s-40s (taking a bunch of compromises and risks by then). Who convinced us that this is more healthy, more natural, and more happy? In the UK, 53% of women under 32 are childless, for the first time in history. In 1940, this number was just 18%.

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Don’t marry young while you’re healthy and fertile, marry older when pregnancy is riskier and expensive 😓

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Jesus the son of Mary (as) was a champion of the poor. He warned us about scholars for dollars, and he preached asceticism. Poverty is the pride of the prophets. In this sense, it is disappointing that Christmas today inverts this basic message on its head: it has become a time of frivolity, decadence, extravagance, materialism, and gluttony. Instead of filling the pockets of the poor, we fill the pockets of the bigwigs and the corporations. Instead of being a day of fast, it is a day of feast. This inversion is dajjalic, and true Christians must be wary of such inversions.

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Here it comes https://scienceandstuff.com/ectolife-artificial-wombs/

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The thing I said the other day except in meme form

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Jesus, peace be unto him, said, “The love of Paradise and the fear of Hell will produce patience in hardship, and divert a worshiper from finding peace in worldlines.” (Abu Nu`aym, Hilyat al-Awliya’, Volume 8, pp. 142) قَالَ عِيسَى عَلَيْهِ السَّلَامُ: «حُبُّ الْفِرْدَوْسِ , وَخَشْيَةُ جَهَنَّمَ يُورِثَانِ الصَّبْرَ عَلَى الْمَشَقَّةِ وَيُبَاعَدِانِ الْعَبْدَ مِنْ رَاحَةِ الدُّنْيَا» ۞Commentary۞: A genuine belief in the Hereafter will produce uprightness in a person. Without a belief in Hell, if we are utilitarian, we will take whichever shortcut we can to get to pleasure. A truly moral person will take a loss if it means doing the right thing. Anyone that sticks to an ethic will inevitably face a situation where they must sacrifice time, wealth, reputation, or physical health. It is faith that gives a person patience in that hardship. Faith is a little piece of heaven in your heart – in it, you find peace amidst tribulation; but when you sin, the light leaves your heart. Once it re-enters your heart, you feel the regret of the sin, and you rectify it with repentance. (an excerpt from "The Good Shepherd: Jesus Christ in Islam" by Bilal Muhammad)

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Don't underestimate the affect that popular customs - customs that have little to do with reason - have on your practice, your questions, and your doubts. Just ten years ago, one of the most frequently asked and debated questions was on whether men could shave their beard fully in Islam. The debate even became arduous and personal at times. Now that beards are in style, that debate has all but subsided. People are willing to risk great discomfort to fit in, and even they don't fully understand why. Some of us remember a time before tight jeans, which were not in fashion until the early to mid 2000s. They're uncomfortable, they rip more easily, they are distracting, and any normal changes in your body will require you to buy new ones. Yet, they're a given today, and any suggestion that they shouldn't be worn is seen as oppressive and intrusive. A better example may be high heels, which offer zero practical utility and a lot of ankle pain and money down the drain. This clinging onto what is popular and in vogue is not limited to fashion and appearance, but to ideas too. We all have our individual weaknesses, insecurities, and our need for acceptance and validation. Not everybody is capable of being a freethinker that goes against the tide when it is necessary. This is what makes the current ideological establishment so attractive - it's reinforced by the universities, television, fashion, business, technology, governments, and social circles. To draw a line and say "no" to this requires a lot personal sacrifice, including sacrifices in your selection of jobs, spouses, friends, entertainment, and other areas. This is why the Islamic principle of الإسلام يعلو ولا يعلى عليه (Islam supersedes and is not superseded) is so prominent in fiqh. Sins were to be kept out of the public sphere, where there are witnesses, and where certain sins become punishable. Personal sins were to not be spoken about (lest people become numb to them, and lest they become popular in society). There is an emphasis on showing your baraka through your clothing, without going to extravagant excess. Jizya was paid to the Muslims to outwardly reward faith and belittle ignorance (و هم صاغرون). Conversion to Islam was made so simple, so that people could be quickly brought into the Islamic polity, and it can gain prominence. (Disclaimer: I am not speaking of the `illa of these ruings, but perhaps their hikma) The famous Pact of Umar II stipulated that the buildings of non-Muslims could not be built higher than the buildings of Muslims - whether the basis of this idea is strong is a different question, but what is clear is that it is derivative of this same principle, that Islam inclines towards having a social currency. How this is to be done in a minority situation can be gleaned from the Prophet's life in Mecca, the Muslim sojourn in Abyssinia, and the early centuries of Islam's spread. Individually, we must have the fortitude and patience to weather the storm. But, we should also be making an earnest effort to building that social currency via amr bil ma`ruf wa nahi `an al-munkar, with our hands, tongues, and hearts. There is no room for passiveness on these questions, because within a few generations, the people will cling more and more to what is dominant, regardless of how rational or irrational it is. Allah recognized human nature in this. Be public and be strong about your faith, call to it in different ways, support budding initiatives, and Allah will help us in turning the tide.

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Interesting https://youtu.be/xo_fMcSLp7Q

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We go through this life seeing how rare genuine love is, so we give it to our kids and grandkids, who in turn are too young to understand how rare genuine love is.

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A well-known male feminist who used to give me trouble online has now been accused of soliciting sex and offering drugs to two dozen of his female clients. He allegedly preyed on women who were poor and mentally ill. It just goes to show how some of these same white knights and “allies” are the real misogynists. They try to cover up their filth with their politics. Remember that even Harvey Weinstein went to the Women’s March. May Allah expose sick abusers of women.

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So much of the plastic that we use can be avoided. Remember that everything you've ever thrown out is still out there somewhere. In this sense, leaving the Earth in better condition than how you found it is difficult if you're wasteful on a daily basis.

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Musk with Kushner today. They are not your friends.

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A good thought experiment that every thinker should consider is: would you have believed in the same things had you been born in a different time or place? If not, would you still be able to arrive to the same conclusions? Many, perhaps most people, really can’t step outside of their shoes. They are products of their upbringing and surroundings. Sometimes, if they’re born just in the next village over, their entire belief system, lifestyle, and ideology would be different. "The unexamined life is not worth living"

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