Monthly Archives: November 2015

dervishes

The dervishes come from the Mevlevi Sufi Order (Tariqa).  This order is from Konya, the central Anatolia region of Turkey.

This order was started by Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Balkhi-Rumi. In the west he is better known as just simply “Rumi”. He was a 13th century Persian Poet who is famous primarily for his poetry.

Dervishes are famous for their whirling. Which is part of what is called Sama (سَمَاع) – the Sufi ceremony.

Whirling done by the dervishes is active meditation. It is not merely meditation though. Whirling is also a form of Dhikr (ذِکْر). Which means: “remembrance of Allah”.

Dhikr  is derived from the Qur’an. The Qur’an states, “in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest” (13:28)

Arabic: الذين امنوا وتطمئن قلوبهم بذكر الله الا بذكر الله تطمئن القلوب

While whirling the dervishes wear a camel skinned hat called sikke and a white robe called tennure. Over that is a black robe that is taken off before whirling.

The black robe is symbolic of the Ego’s dark shroud. Before initiating whirling the Dervishes cross their arms. This is symbolic of the unity and completeness of Allah.

Whirling is  from right to left as the planets in the solar system orbit. This is an embracing of love for all humanity from the creator and sustainer of the Universe.

Pic. Dervishes Whirling

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Birmingham

This is an original Qur’an manuscript. It was found by complete accident at the University of Birmingham  in the Research library archives. No one knows how it got there. This particular manuscript contains only one Chapter, Surah 9. It was transcribed in Hijazi script.

It has been dated to between 568 – 645 C.E. Prophet Muhammad (SAAW) died June 8, 632. This manuscript was likely, therefore, transcribed while the Prophet was still living.  Radiocarbon dating was carried out by scientists at the University of Oxford.

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Paris

There has been a series of terrorist attacks in Paris, France. Estimates are 150 people have been murdered. With at least 80 being injured.

The extremists who carried out these attacks in no way represent Islam or the majority of peaceful law-abiding Muslims around the world.

These attacks are cowardly and are absolutely unequivocally condemned by QuranGuy.

Please pray for the victims and their families and all the French people of Paris.

May the peace, blessings, and mercy of Allah (SWT) be with all the victims and their families. Ameen

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anti-Islamists

The goal of the anti-Islamist is not to give you the context or an exegesis but rather, a distorted view of Islam. It is an attempt to present a truth about Islam in a negative light. The most common way this is done is by removing surrounding material crucial to the context of a particular verse.

To not fall prey to this trick one should look at every verse contextually to find its truest meaning. The simplest way to do this is to examine everything that comes before and after the verse. A minimum of 3-5 verses is good starting point.

Fight in the way ..

The phrase “Fight in the way of Allah”. This is not a command to go out and unjustly kill innocent Non-Muslims as some have concluded. It is a command to fight against those who fight you and not to become the aggressor i.e. initiator of violence, while doing so.

As is clearly stated in chapter 2 verse 190 of the Glorious Qur’an, “Fight in the way of Allah against those who fight against you,but begin not hostilities.Lo! Allah loveth not aggressors.”

Arabic: وَقَاتِلُوا فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ الَّذِينَ يُقَاتِلُونَكُمْ وَلَا تَعْتَدُوا إِنَّ اللَّهَ لَا يُحِبُّ الْمُعْتَدِينَ