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8 Jul, 12 tweets, 5 min read
The following is a translation of "The description of the believing man and believing women" by Dhun-Nūn al-Masri (d. 245).
I'll be tweeting it out over the next few weeks. Image
A description of the believing man: His joy is in his face & his sorrow in his heart. He has the most open chest & most humbled soul; abstinent from ever harm, present for every good. Not envious or spiteful; he does not pummel, curse, chastize, or backbite others. /1 Image
He dislikes haughtiness and despises ostentation. His sorrow is long and his worries reach far. His silence is much; he is dignified, evocative, patient, and grateful. /2 Image
Busied by his thoughts, elated by his poverty, he is easy going and soft handed. His modesty is strong, his dignity is protected, he harms little. He does not concoct falsehood or defend his own ego. /3 Image
If he laughs, he's not hysterical. If he is angered, he isn't off kilter. His laughter is a smile, his inquiries are learning, and his review is for understanding. His knowledge is much, his forbearance great, his fortitude solid, his benevolence is plenty. /4 Image
He is not stingy or hasty. He isn't displeased [when going without a livelihood] or heavy handed [when gaining it back]. He does not overstep when ruling nor is he shaky in knowledge. His intention is harder than stone; his companionship is sweeter than honey.
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He is not debased or keyed up, not harsh or brash, not bloviated or pretentious. Gracious in dispute, generous in recourse; just when angry, soft when asking; he is not reckless or imperious.
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His love, unadulterated. His trusts, dependable. His promises, deliverable. Caring, connected, forbearing, enduring; he wastes little [time]. He is pleased with God; opposing his own desires. /7 Image
He is not crude with those that harm him; he doesn't bother with what doesnt concern him. If he is cursed he doesn't reciprocate; if he asks and is denied he doesn't get angry. /8 Image
He feels no schadenfreude for misfortune, nor does he libel others. He is abundant in virtue, welcoming. Easy going, softsided. True of tongue, chaste of desires. He is not burdensome & is helpful in many ways. Cautious around unpermitted things, He avoids the questionable.
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Immense is his gratitude for tribulations; long is his patience in face of harm. His good runs deeps; his evil is scant. If asked he gives, if wronged he pardons. If denied he provides, if cut-off he connects.
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He examines his heart and gives his Lord [before others]. Softer than cream, sweeter than honey, more formidable than a boulder. He feels at home during hardships in the same way the people of this worldly life are disturbed by them.
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22 Oct
While this article on #Dune only scratches the surface of the book and it's themes, the author rightfully frames it as a personal reflection on the book by a Muslim, rather than an analysis of what Herbert was trying to achieve by mentioning religion in it.
A few observations:
One thing that stood out from the article is the idea of offense. That the use of some "Islamic" terms may be contentious if not condescending and insulting to Muslims, such as Auliya, and I'm imagining many others as well.
I feel this contention is a bit shortsighted; many of these concepts are not exclusive to Islam.Auliya is abtemr used in Arabic Christian workz. Phonetically it's a familiar term, in Dune it's used for something entirely different.
Read 14 tweets
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Everyone keeps asking and I'm here telling:
- Forex is Haram for numerous reasons, it's all bets on someone else's CFD (Contract for Difference), plus the whole compensation model is Riba based.
- Anyone flexing like this is full of 💩 & most likely broke or a fraud.
Imagine you're let into a 2 horse race. You don't own the horses, and a person let's you in for free but he says: I can't let you in on the race, but if you can guess what point of the track the horse is at at a given minute, I'll give you a cut AFTER I take mine. 1/
So you put down $100 that the horse will be at point 4. You were right, so he takes the first $50, you take $150.
The guy that didn't guess it lost his $100. You don't own the horses. He doesn't either, nor does the guy that let you in! You made $50 on a guess. /2
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12 Aug
As I sat with my mother today & spoke about life, a verse came to mind:
(یَوۡمَ لَا یَنفَعُ مَالࣱ وَلَا بَنُونَ ۝ إِلَّا مَنۡ أَتَى ٱللَّهَ بِقَلۡبࣲ سَلِیمࣲ) "On a day when not wealth nor children will benefit; but only one who comes to God with a sound heart."
[Shu'ara 88-89]/1
The word sound here is what caught my eye. Saleem is the word in Arabic. Saleem is one of those words used to refer to a person who has healed. It's also used to refer to an ill person whose healing is hoped for. /2
The Arabs would often use terms to refer to their opposites, as a way of injecting optimism into the conversation. For example, a long arduous and dangerous trek was called a "Victory Lap" (Arabic: Mafawiz) instead of a "Death hike". (Arabic: Mahalik). /3
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Don't let your self-loathing get the best of you. Being the average of your amazing peer group may make you think you're less than. You're still doing better than most *simply because you're in better company.* /1
A man saw a gathering. People were sitting remembering God's blessing and praising Him. He sat with them.

God sent angels to bless the gathering with forgiveness.. When they arrived, they found this man. /2
They went back and said "There's this guy. He just showed up and sat down. What about him?"

God said "I've forgiven him too. These are people who even the person who sits with them won't despair." (You can read the full narration in Bukhari). /3
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Let's talk Zakat on Assets:
- 1st, assets you do not pay Zakat on.
- 2nd, assets you do pay Zakat on.
- 3rd, deductions and expenses that lower your Zakat liability.
A thread 🧵:
1st: There some types of assets that you will not pay Zakat on.
A- Personal assets: things like personal items, you home, car, etc. All of these items are not liable for Zakat.
B- Bad debts: Amounts that you have loaned to others & cannot be repaid due to default or denial.
C- Lost, Frozen, or Inaccessible wealth: this includes things like frozen bank accounts, money that you have lost, or amounts that you can't access due to contract or penalty.
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The following are some notes I wrote up a few years ago when researching dispute resolution under Islamic Law.
A number of these points are lost on people assuming the roles of mediators in the community, and I beleive there are two chief reasons for this:
1) They've only ever read about judges and therefore look to adjudication as the sole role that one plays in settling disputes.

2) Emotionally, as humans we are are attuned to retribution instead of reconciliation. Placing yourself in a position of power is ingratiating.
An important difference between a mediator and adjudicator:
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- An adjudicator looks for fault and how damages are remedied.
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