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Home  »  Archives  »  Volume VIII - Issue 2  »  Imam Jamil Al-Amin: Liberating the Soul
April 2006Volume VIII - Issue 2Rabi`a Al-Awal 1427

Imam Jamil Al-Amin: Liberating the Soul

Wisdom from within prison walls

From: Allah’s Slave;
Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin

I begin in the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. I bear witness that there is only One God, Worthy of All Praise and Worship, and He is Allah. I pray that Allah’s Peace and Blessings be upon the Prophet of Allah, Muhammad son of Abdullah, and peace be unto his family and those who follow him. I seek Allah’s Protection from Satan the Rejected. I ask Allah to guide my heart and my tongue. I seek Allah’s Protection from misleading and from being mislead, from betraying and being betrayed into ignorance by others.

As-Salamu Alaykum,
O You who Believe:

Allah, subhanahu wa ta`ala (the Exalted and Glorified), has revealed: “If there were, in the Heavens and the Earth, other gods besides Allah, there would have been confusion in both! But glory to Allah, The Lord of The Throne; (High is He) above what they attribute to Him! He cannot be questioned for His doings, but they will be questioned (for theirs).

“Or have they taken for worship (other) gods besides Him? Say, ‘Bring your convincing proof: this is the Message of those with me and the Message of those before me.’ But most of them know not the Truth, and they turn away” (Qur’an 21:22-24).

Belief (faith) is as much an integral part of the human makeup as the intellect (mind) and physique (body); it is the bridge between action and non-action, resistance and passivity, struggle and acquiescence: the difference among mankind is the quality of belief as it is assessed by his Creator. Belief, in any lesser or more quantity may assume any given value or set of values. Values based upon the incorrect belief (disbelief) are incapable of producing the moral incentives to bring about human ascension, which is necessary for a true revolutionary progression. Yet, every offspring of Adam, radi Allahu `anhu (may Allah be pleased with him), is coded before being brought into this life with belief DNA:

“And [mention] when your Lord took from the children of Adam—from their loins—their descendants and made them testify of themselves, [saying to them], ‘Am I not your Lord?’ They said, ‘Yes, we have testified.’ [This]—lest you should say on the Day of Resurrection, ‘Indeed, we were of this unaware.’

“Or [lest] you say, ‘It was only that our fathers associated [others in worship] with Allah before, and we were but descendants after them. Then would You destroy us for what the falsifiers have done?’ And thus do We [explain in] detail the verses, and perhaps they will return” (7:172-174).

The Atheist belief is that he does not believe… disbelief is still belief. Western Philosophical Materialism by definition is Atheistic. A philosopher is one who kicks up dust and then complains that he cannot see. Greco-Roman philosophy and sciences evolve from a math that is predicated without the concept of zero. Any science of discipline (be it philosophy or math) without the concept of zero as a fundamental building block in its inception is consigned to error. Without the understanding of zero, there can be no concept of ad-infinitum (infinity). It can only deal with beginning and ending, Alpha to Omega, no insight (belief) in that without beginning and without end (True Divinity).

This is why manmade-isms are unmindful of the “fear” of the day, “When the female (infant) buried alive shall be asked, for what sin was she killed?” (81: 8-9). Their religion (belief system) may make dollars, but it doesn’t make sense. These isms (ideas) will be unsuccessful, in bringing about the true evolution of man (revolution), as disbelief has always been. O you who Believe: “You are the best of people, evolved for mankind, enjoining what is right, forbidding what is wrong, and believing in Allah…” (3:110).

Islam is a consciousness of the Will and Plan of Allah (swt) and a joyful submission to that Will and Plan. True commitment demands consistency. This is firmness of purpose. Allah (swt) says, “We have created man in the embrace of hardship” (90:4). He (swt) has created man “for toil and struggle,” and conscious struggle is an inescapable part of reality.

Truth and falsehood will always be in conflict, and truth must always win in the end, for it is as Allah (swt) Wills. Allah (swt) has willed His Truth to triumph through those who believe in Him. Truth is a trust, falsehood is a treason. Every claim must and will be tested; faith is a claim. Our faith is a bedrock of conscious struggle and must be tested. Reality cannot be learned by the intellect alone; it must be apprehended by the total personality, by the imagination as well as the mind, a human revolution. To be healthy, our life must be molded and shaped by a High Moral System, which can have no basis except that which is Favored by our Creator.

The Prophet, salla Allahu `alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings be upon him) said, of the things that will make you successful there are two, taqwalLah wa husnul khuluq (God-Consciousness and Good Behavior). Likewise, Allah (swt) says, He “will not change the condition of people until they change what is in themselves” (13:11). Only Allah (swt) rekindles the spirits so that they burst forth like springs, so that nations may be built around them. Islam is the way through which those who are spiritual exiles define themselves in terms of themselves and not of someone else.

The Prophet (saws) said, “Whoever imitates a people is but one of them” (Recorded by Abu Dawud, and judged to be authentic by al-Albani). Without the ability to define… language itself enslaves; the principles upon which man’s oppression of man have been constructed form part of the architecture of the oppressed prison. There is a sedition by syntax where the language structure and meanings of the words are changed for deceptive and treasonous purposes—designed to keep you self-hating/celebrating with Satan.

There is no such thing as a Neutral Educational Process; being oppressed is a conscious experience and Allah (swt) says, “Tyranny and oppression [are] worse than slaughter” (2:191,217). Cultural dependence brings with it economic and political dependence (slavery). Racism systematically verifies itself anytime a slave can only become free by imitating his master—double vision seen only through one eye. Defeat goes deeper into the human soul than victory; the highest joy teaches us less than the smallest sorrow.

Slaves are trained and freedom for the slave is never “free.” The state cannot give freedom, and the state cannot take it away. Freedom from man’s oppression is a gift from Allah (swt); you are born with this and then one day someone tries to deny it. Yet, the extent to which you Resist is the extent to which you are Free. Mis-education is a strong link on Slavery’s chain. When amendment repair, Your constitution means despair, Impact, Impale, Impaired.

Despite admonishments sharper than swords and arrows, slaves perish in an ocean of ignorance, heedlessness, deeply ingrained passions and desires. Allah (swt) warns, “Have you seen the one who takes as his own god his own desires?” (25:43, 45:23). And for the wounds of the dead, treatment is of no use. They are slaughtered by ideologies (the science of ideas… isms). The ignorant listen and in their deafness accuse Allah (swt) of being silent; they look and in their blindness they think that Allah (swt) does not see. Theirs is the sleep that only chases dreams.

In the heart there is an emptiness and a need which nothing can satisfy except for the remembrance of Allah (swt). The only proof of faith is in struggle, struggling in word and deed, in body and soul. The lack of faith will crush you far more than defeat ever could. “And what will explain to you the path that is steep?” (90:12). Conscious struggle is the path that is steep. Struggle where bitter hardship and misfortune and difficulty becomes sweet tasting to the soul. “It is He who sent His Messenger with the guidance and the religion of Truth, that it may prevail over all other religions, even if the Disbelievers may hate it” (9:33).

And Allah (swt) said: “Allah has promised to those among you who truly have true Faith and Belief and act in obedience to Allah and His Messenger, that He will grant them authority upon the earth, just as He granted it to those before them, and that He will establish their religion for them and grant them the authority to practice their religion which He chose and ordered them with. And He will certainly change their condition to one of security, after their fear. Providing that they worship and obey Allah, not associating anything else in worship with Allah. Then, whoever rejects this Favor by disobedience to their Lord—then they are the rebellious transgressors” (24:55).

The religion of Islam is a complete religion (way of life) comprised of both belief and laws. It commands worship of Allah (swt) alone and prohibits associating partners with Allah (swt) in that which is particular to Him. It commands truthfulness and prohibits falsehood. It commands justice and forbids injustice and oppression. It commands fulfilling trust and prohibits acting treacherously. It commands keeping promises and forbids breaking them. It commands kindness and good treatment of parents and prohibits disobedience to them in lawful matters. It commands the joining of ties in relations and prohibits the breaking of family ties. It commands the good treatment of neighbors and prohibits causing harm to them. Islam orders all that is good, in manners and morals, and prohibits all that is evil from it. It orders all actions which are righteous and good as determined by Allah (swt) and forbids all actions that are evil and harmful as determined by Allah (swt), The Most High.

O Allah, we seek refuge with You from opposing Your Command and being a party to Your Prohibitions. O Allah, give us the wisdom to see that we must accept to work with all who say, La ilaha illa Allah, Muhammad ar-RasulLah (There is no God but Allah, and Muhammad is His [last] Messenger). O Allah, give us the desire for community life, that we define ourselves as you have defined us (Allah has not authorized the Muslim to put anything before the word Muslim in defining himself: not Sunni, not Shi`ah, not American, not Black; no divisive pre-fixes; just Muslim):

“And strive for Allah with the striving due to Him. He has chosen you and has not placed upon you in the religion any difficulty. [It is] the religion of your father, Abraham. He [i.e. Allah] named you ‘Muslims’ before [in former scriptures] and in this [revelation] that the Messenger may be a witness over you and you may be witnesses over the people. So establish prayer and give charity and hold fast to Allah. He is your protector; and excellent is the protector, and excellent is the helper” (22:78).

O Allah, give us the wisdom to make Islam relevant to all those we come in contact with it. O Allah, increase our love for what has come to us from our Prophet (saws) by way of the Qur’an and his sunnah (sayings and actions), and put love and confidence, trust and faith into our hearts, faith and hope into our worship and never let us despair of Your Mercy. O Allah, grant victory to Islam and the Muslims.

And know, O Muslim, if I have said anything that was wrong… this was from myself… and anything that I may have said that will be of benefit to you, it is All Praise that is due to Allah (swt)!

Wa Salam,
Allah’s slave

In Peace Strong!
In Battle Strongest!!! ̹

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