What does a stranger look like?

Assalamu alaikum.

What stranger, you ask?

Well, hopefully me…and you.

Confused? Let me explain.

The Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam) stated that Islam would be something strange again:

It is narrated on the authority of Abu Hurairah that the Messenger of Allah (salallahu alaihi wasallam) said: “Islam initiated as something strange, and it would revert to its (old position) of being strange, so good tidings for the stranger.” [Saheeh Muslim, Hadeeth No. 270]

It is narrated on the authority of Ibn Umar that the Messenger of Allah (salallahu alaihi wasallam) observed: “Verily Islam started as something strange and it would again revert (to its old position) of being strange just as it started, and it would recede between the two mosques just as the serpent crawls back into its hole.” [Saheeh Muslim, Hadeeth No. 271]

What do these two ahadeeth mean? And what are the characteristics of these “strangers”?

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HOJ: HIKMAH (WISDOM) IN DAWAH

Assalamu Alaikum.

Well, we sure did spend a lot of time on dawah – but it was still too little.

Here’s a wonderful e-book on this subject: Encouraging Harmony and Wisdom in Dawah and Warning from Discord by Shaikh Rabee ibn Hadee.

This is actually a transcript of a lecture that he gave. Here’s an audio (with translation) of one story in the book. Believe me, it’s hilarious!

“ALLAH CREATED ADAM IS HIS IMAGE”

Assalamu Alaikum.

That’s what the Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam said). What does it mean?

Unfortunately, many people have misunderstood this statement. One group took it to mean that Adam (alaihissalam) resembles Allah (we seek refuge with Allah from such a thing) and another group said that the “His” refers to Adam, not Allah, which doesn’t make sense when one actually thinks about it (because obviously Adam (alaihissalam) was created in his own image!!!).

Here’s a very thorough explanation:

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TEENS: THE STORY OF AAD

Assalamu Alaikum.

So we spoke about Hud (alaihissalam) and his tribe Aad the other day.

Here are the promised resources so that you can learn more about them:

Here’s Part 1 of Brother Muhammad Alshareef’s lecture series entitled “Perished Nations”. The first nation he started with was Aad:

[Here are his raw notes.]

Also, here’s a very interesting article on where the Aad might have been from: Lost City under Rub Al-Khali (Empty Quarter).

I have no idea whether it is true or not but it was interesting nonetheless.

HOJ: TEN SIGNS OF SCRUPULOUS PIETY (Al-WARA)

Assalamu Alaikum.

I discussed Al-Wara in class when we discussed extremism. What’s the difference? Well, to make a long story short: Al-Wara is good and is the way of the righteous. Extremism is something bad and is the way of the ignorant.

The sad part is that we have confused the two terms today so when we see al-wara we think that it is extremism (e.g. a woman wearing a niqab) and when we see extremism we think that it is al-wara (e.g. a person deciding that he will become vegetarian because he has doubts about every single company on this planet).

Here’s a nice article on the signs of Al-Wara: Ten signs of Scrupulous Piety¬† (Al-Wara) by Imam As-Samarqandi (rahimahullah).