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
Point is: Don't let your mind chatter and inner grump make you think because you're not doing as well as everyone else, that you're not in the right company and on the right path.

Will Perdue still won 4 rings 😏. 4/4

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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 Image
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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8 Jul
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
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12 Apr
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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22 Aug 20
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:
- A mediator looks for cause and how to reconcile differences.
- An adjudicator looks for fault and how damages are remedied.
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18 Aug 20
So this small bio was sparked by some quick research I was doing about jobs that scholars had. A friend said to me the other day about famous speakers who act impervious to critique "They can't survive in the real world; they only exist in places where they are worshiped."
So I started looking at the bios of scholars: some were employees, others had businesses, others were merchants. What I find interesting is that using religion as a means to earn - not to serve - was universally condemned.
Take Ata', he was a basket weaver. He'd sell his wares to get by. Bishr b. Bakr al-Tanisi was a skilled shoemaker. Abu Ja'far al-Abbar, a needleworker. Abu Sahl al-Bajkhusti, a farmer. Ibrahim b. al-Iraqi al-Qazwini, a govt employee. AbdurRahman b Abd al-Qari, a treasurer.
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20 Jul 20
If you're closing in on 30 and you're still unable to make core decisions that affect your long-term happiness for fear of your parents, your parents failed you. You need to move on and allow them to be unhappy so that you can find yours. They'll come around eventually.
For those surprised by my statement above, and pulling this "tHiS is nOt oUr TrAdItiOn!" card, consider first that I spent 12 years of my life staring at rocks and trees in the Arabian peninsula...
But more importantly, consider these statements from scholars of the past:
فلا يجب على الولد طاعتهما في كل ما يأمران به ولا في كل ما ينهيان عنه باتفاق العلماء
Ibn Daqiq al-Eid and other quote al-Izz Ibn AbdelSalam "It is not obligatory for a child to obey them in everything they order and everything they forbid, by agreement of all scholars."
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