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The Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim 

In the name of Allah most gracious most Merciful. 

La illaha illAllah Muhammador Rasoolullaah 

May Allah shower his blessings on Muhammad and his Ahlul Bayt. 

Asalaam wa laikum brothers and Sisters, 

Alhamdulilah, for the past year when I turned 40 years of age strange occurrences happened to me and in these strange occurrences I believe that an insight was given to me as to a more  definitive structural outlook of believers and outlook of disbelievers or unbelievers. I do not claim to receive revelation or alter revelation of the Holy Qur'an in any form. I only seek to understand Allahs Holy Book and how it relates to the nature of our existence in the past, present, and future. Please do give thought and reflection so that we all may enhance our understanding of our religion and ourselves. 

I was Born and raised only by title as a Sunni  Muslim for most of my teenage years and then introduced to Ahlul Bayt in a blessed strange occurrence  on the 19th of Ramadhan in the year  2000.  For years I  saw disbelievers  as any religion outside the precincts of Al Islam with the exception of the people of the book whom I saw as Christians and Jews etc who lost their ways and went astray into disbelief. But then after some strange occurrences leading up to my 40 birthday while in the midst of reflection and thought one night in Rajab, it suddenly dawned on me at that moment! Human beings are two different species!

The Holy Qur'an breaks us into two different species, Believers and Disbelievers. As we are created from dust ranging widely, We look alike and have physical features that resemble that of being of the same human race, but our patterns of thought and nature are on a completely different signal. This signal is the very signal that would not allow the two species to ever peacefully co exist throughout the time upon the Earth which we know as the ever revolving battle between good vs evil. The Holy Qur'an mentions how the two species kill each other by nature. This is why the Angels questioned Allah about the very existence of Man before being created and Allah scolded them. The Angels limited in knowledge only understood that in free will being a huge factor in the existence for man would give the disbelieving men and jinn the drive for war and bloodshed and rebellion and against Allah and his believing servants. So Allah revealed the exalted personalities which were to come through the loins of Adam AS over the course of time. 

Free will is part of the factor which creates the signal that separates the two species of humans. Allah mentions in the Qur'an how he could have made us one Nation but he didn’t.  The unbelievers are those who fully exercise free will in believing there is no God and their  desires become their God or they attribute others to God or even believe themselves to be a God like Ibliss, Nimrod, Pharaoh etc. By exercising full free will their hearts become blackened and hard like stone and in which a seal is set around that stone and then you have the expression their fate is sealed. They are therefore deaf, dumb, and blind. They are on a complete different signal which is why surah Kafirun was revealed. The Holy Qur'an is a signal to the believers who would be coming from different backgrounds through the loins of believers and Disbelievers alike warning them  to submit which is what Islam essentially means, Those who submit their free will to Allah and are in peace, because the reality is that there is no free will outside the Tawhid of Allah. All creation outside of free will recognizes the Oneness and majesty of Allah. Those who believe are on the same signal of oneness even if they are not of Al Islam itself. It’s this signal which drives believers to Al Islam. It is how Allah makes the believers. 

If you read suratul Jinn, in this chapter believing  jinns sought request to the presence of Muhammad SAW and so they explained how a group of them are believers and the others are like a different species or group who attribute sins and daughters with Allah. This is nature of the disbelievers to willfully sin and deceive and cause mischief in rebellion to the existence of Allah.  There is no conscious or remorse with their sin and it’s purposeful. All the major sins are the same for them and they all excel at certain sins more that others. Like the believers who excel at certain good deeds and gain status in Jannah it is the same for people of Jahannam in regards to their evil deeds. On judgment day these disbelievers and munafiqoon who were amongst believer ranks will show up blackened faces and disfigured and bad smells. The true nature of their evils and who they really are will show. 

The disbelievers are a different species and This is why Allah forbids believers from eating their meat and taking them for friends and marrying them because They will always be of a rebellious sinful nature and only seek to do you harm and pull you away from the straight path. They don’t guard their thoughts and modesty. Their ambition to fulfill there desires is unguarded and they will oppress and transgress in fulfilling those desires in beastly ways and systematically.  When believers sin they not only sin against themselves but they participate in sins that essentially are helping disbelievers rebel. The major Sins that are characteristic of the unbelievers can deform the soul of a believer and therefore he has to be cleansed through repentance or the grave or hellfire. 

When you think about the worlds problems most stem from disbelievers machinations and beastly ways. You watch the news and see a story and think to yourself who would do such a thing? The disbelievers would do such things because their minds work differently. Their lust for murder, raping, stealing, control, abuse, fornicating, gambling, drinking, vanity, etc is strong within them as individuals and collectively as towns, cities and nations. Allah has constantly been destroying certain lands based on not just the unbelief but the heavy sins that accompany unbelief. Allah mentions this in the Qur'an many times. 

In the Shaitan’s war against man he has everyone fighting against each other which takes the focus off him and his allies. There are believing Christians who are monotheistic but it is plagued by munafiqoon pretending to be Christian by calling Jesus the son of God or God outright. These are pagan Christians which are essentially unbelieving hypocrites and these type of hypocrites are in the ranks of Islam and most worldly religions who’s main principal is Tawhid as well. Allah knows the believing  hearts and disbelieving hearts. They can’t fool Allah. The disbelievers aim is to disprove Allahs existence and deteriorate society by turning  what’s unlawful into lawful and turning what’s  lawful into unlawful.  These are the owners of the fire, the people on the left who will be the losers on judgement day. 

It is in Gods mercy that we are not just Muslim but Shia Muslim Accepting all tenants of Allahs universal holy book and order. It makes us the upper echelon of believers. So it is imperative that we hold on to the rope of faith firmly. Those who didn’t accept all tenants but had tawhid will have to answer to Allah but salvation is attainable. Remember Muhammad SAW asked that of his ummah even those who just held on to  La illaha illAllah will attain Jannah at some point and the last man to come out of Jannah will have had held on to just that, leaving Shaitan with those disbelievers he was meant to be with and not one believer.

Give glad tidings to the believers when you see them especially because you don’t know the psychological duress that the enemies of Allah have them under in many different environments. There are believers who haven’t formally taken shahadah walking around trying to make sense of the evils in this world not realizing that the disbelieving men and women have joined forces with the like minded of the disbelieving jinn devils. I read a Hadith a long time ago in Muhammad says “those who understand Islam are in fact Muslim by heart”. I believe this refers to that universal signal of tawhid and goodness. 

Inshallah may Allah have mercy on the believing men and women around the world and forgive us our sins of ignorance, sins of arrogance, and sins of negligence. 

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I’m only sceptical on the dualistic concept at the core of this entire thought. It’s very easy to fall into the heresy of manichaeanism. There is no concept of absolute evil in Islam, as a fundamental universal principle that is independent from and equal with good in a dualistic sense. Within Islam, it is considered essential to believe that all comes from Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ), whether it is perceived as good or bad by individuals; and things that are perceived as evil or bad are caused by humanity's free will to disobey Allah’s (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) orders. For Muslims, the evil itself is not independent, and therefore locked in some sort of a struggle with the good. Unlike for us, such belief is at the core of many religions, including Christianity or various pre-Islamic, Persian religions.

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4 hours ago, OrthodoxTruth said:

I’m only sceptical on the dualistic concept at the core of this entire thought. It’s very easy to fall into the heresy of manichaeanism. There is no concept of absolute evil in Islam, as a fundamental universal principle that is independent from and equal with good in a dualistic sense. Within Islam, it is considered essential to believe that all comes from Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ), whether it is perceived as good or bad by individuals; and things that are perceived as evil or bad are caused by humanity's free will to disobey Allah’s (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) orders. For Muslims, the evil itself is not independent, and therefore locked in some sort of a struggle with the good. Unlike for us, such belief is at the core of many religions, including Christianity or various pre-Islamic, Persian religions.

Alhamdulilah, if there is no absolute evil then there would be no need for a Jahannam. There is also a constant struggle between good and evil based on the fact that man has the ability to do good or commit sin. This struggle is what we call the greater jihad amongst individuals and a collective. I agree that evil is the result of sins committed against Allah, but I cannot agree that all comes from Allah because then we would be indirectly associating our sins and imperfections with Allah who we know is of perfection and free of mistakes and holds him himself on the highest standard. Allah is the blameless. 

According to Hadith is was revealed to Daood AS that there was a man speaking ill of him in his camp. Daood AS asked Allah to who this person was. Allah responded that he could not reveal the person because then he too would be backbiting. 

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8 hours ago, starlight said:

MashAllah, enjoyed reading this. Very well written. It would have been even better had you given the verses from Qur'an for reference.

Alhamdulilah, thank you for taking the time to read. I contemplated referencing the verses but I wrote this late last night and I figured the readers would know the verses that were used already. I will take this account that everyone look to reference the verses used as examples. Great advice!  Jazakallah 

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@AbdulKarim313_Austin/Nola Similar lines of thought. Ahsant...

[Mission: the Delivery and the Execution

Unlike his Message, the Mission of Muhammad was not simple at all; it was one part delivery and one part execution.

Delivery of the Prophet’s Mission

Delivery part of his Mission was to teach absolute justice on Earth. Absolute justice meant the consistent and complete synchronization of all ‘creatures of free will’ with the ‘Will of God’. Muhammad as the Messenger was to teach how to perfect this absolute synchronization between God and his creatures, at all levels of human experience. Everything else that God had created on this Earth was already in complete synchronization with the God’s will; it was only the creatures of free will, that would time to time, go out of sync with the will of God. Muhammad had to teach them consistency in this synchronization.

Execution of the Prophet’s Mission

Execution part of Muhammad’s Mission rested on the delegation of God’s authority on Earth. God’s authority could only be delegated to a leader who was perfectly synchronized with the Will of God. This perfect human was to be called the vicegerent of God on Earth. Muhammad, in his lifetime, was the vicegerent or the ‘Khalifa’ of God on Earth. Before him, other Prophets were God’s vicegerents on Earth. After Muhammad, there had to be vicegerents of God too. The dispute about their leadership or the ‘Wilaya’ became the cause of the first and the only ideological division in Muhammad’s community. Every other difference stemmed from this.]

Excerpt from the book: Prophet Muhammad (A Young Adult's Guide to the Early History of Islam) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1790469651

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Commenting on your ‘two species’ categorisation:

Maybe what you mean is until the seal on hearts (40:35, 42:24) and much comprehensive seal (45:23) are all set and decided by Allah, along with the transformation that came with (we transformed their hearts and their vision 6:110), they still have chance to flip their inner selves of beastling (for lack of better word) into a submissive self.  

Once the seal is all decided, then all bets are off and they are destined to their end till some heavenly interjection from Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى).

Hence a very recommended Dua for the rest of us to be asked during our five salat in Qunoot, besieging Allah, “O’ the converter of the hearths - Ya Muqqalb ul Quloob, strengthen my heart on Your path” 

I remember a Hadith from the time of the 3rd Imam when he sent Muslim b. Aqeel to Kufa,  when Muslim was praying his last Salat in the masjid and the hypocrites fled. He turned and those few who had left behind in the mosques, their faces were of wild animals, hence Muslim knew who and what he was dealing with here.

Or the time of the 4th Imam AS when he was in the vicinity of the Holy Ka’aba and a Momin boasted of the number of believers. 4th Imam asked him to look through the gap between his two fingers, on which all he saw was wild animals circumambulating the Holy Ka’aba. 

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3 hours ago, AbdulKarim313_Austin/Nola said:

Alhamdulilah, if there is no absolute evil then there would be no need for a Jahannam. There is also a constant struggle between good and evil based on the fact that man has the ability to do good or commit sin. This struggle is what we call the greater jihad amongst individuals and a collective. I agree that evil is the result of sins committed against Allah, but I cannot agree that all comes from Allah because then we would be indirectly associating our sins and imperfections with Allah who we know is of perfection and free of mistakes and holds him himself on the highest standard. Allah is the blameless. 

Please, reread my post again and understand that within Islamic theology, everything comes from Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ), be the ultimate good or bad as perceived by humans. We do not accept the dualistic view of good vs evil and similar, historically it was deemed to be a heresy and Islam rooted out Manichaeism to the point, where few remaining cultists fled to China. The word zindiq was originally used only for those who believed in dualism of reality; good vs evil, light vs darkness etc. Iblis, in Islam, doesn’t tempt people out of his own will as a “fallen being”, he does everything within allowance from Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ), that’s why the Qur'an is clear that it is us that bring about our own downfall or not, with the Allāh’s (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) full awareness. You can see a simple explanation, for example, here. Another example would be the Jewish Holocaust. It happened not because Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) wasn’t aware of it or “couldn’t” prevent it, as some Jewish and Christian heretics claim, but because Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) willed it to happen and it did happen. Nothing in this world operates outside the awareness of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ).

3 hours ago, AbdulKarim313_Austin/Nola said:

According to Hadith is was revealed to Daood AS that there was a man speaking ill of him in his camp. Daood AS asked Allah to who this person was. Allah responded that he could not reveal the person because then he too would be backbiting. 

Please, whenever you post a hadith, always do so with the source; publishing house, year, volume, chapter and page, and possibly the hadith grading by a learned expert in the field. 

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Also I’m sure you would have heard about Abu Sufyan bin Harith. He was a cousin of the Holy Prophet S (not to be confused with Abu Sufyan bin Harb, the father of Muawiyah the rebellious and the grandfather of Yazeed the apostate - curse of Allah on all three and the three).

This Abu Sufyan bin Harith (ASH) was from the children of Hashim, was the same age as the Holy Prophet, he and the Prophet were close buddies growing up. But when the Prophet called his people, foremost his family towards Islam in an exclusive invitation, he was among the first ones to oppose the Prophet. He was a famous poet too and much of his works included poems against Islam and against the Prophet, many of which are still available to read. He kept himself in his ignorance till the time the Prophet secretly made his way towards Mecca which ended in the conquest of the Holy city and the eternal fall of paganism from Ka’aba. While the Prophet was making his way towards Mecca, he came and visited the Holy Prophet and sought forgiveness of the Prophet through the intercession of Hz. Umme Salama (the 2nd most favourite wife after Khadija AS and another cousin of the Prophet, she was a Hashemite too). The Prophet didn’t forgive him for a long time, so much so that whenever he used to show up, the Prophet used to turn his face away from him. When Umm Salama implored on his behalf, the Prophet S very grievingly told her how much his opposition had hurt the Holy Prophet all these years.

This kept going on, to the extent that throughout the Meccan March, ASH would show up in the morning and sit himself in front of the tent of the Holy Prophet till the evening in the hope of gaining forgiveness of the Prophet, only to be rejected from redemption. Till the time came that the war of Hunayn happened only few weeks after the conquest of Mecca.

Hunayn was fought after the warriors of Taef thought of ambushing the Prophet while he was still in Mecca and hadn’t fully consolidated his control on the city and the vicinities. 

In the heat of the battle of Hunayn, when all of the Ashab fled, and the Prophet remained shielded by only ten or so warriors of Banu Hashim against the thousands of adversaries, the Prophet noticed an unidentified warrior accompanying him on the side of his horse, his face hidden in the helmet, protecting the holy Prophet valiantly and selflessly from the assaults of the warriors of Taef. When the Prophet asked Abbas, his uncle, who that masked soldier was, the person took his helmet off and immediately kissed the shoe of the Prophet as the Prophet was sitting up high on his horse. Sure enough it was the same Abu Sufyan bin Harith, his cousin... the Prophet forgave him at that moment and he read his Shahada in front of the Prophet while being in the battle. The Hunayn ended and the Prophet returned victorious. 

This ASH moved to Medina later as the Prophet returned to his city after finishing off with the affairs of Mecca and Taef.

He lived for another few years after the demise of the Prophet. In his last days, when he was in his 70s, people found him digging his own grave in the graveyard of Baqi predicting his own death in a few days. Sure enough, soon after he was done digging his own grave, he passed away and was buried there, and was washed and shrouded by the Banu Hashim who had been living in Medina at the time, including the Ahlul Bayt of the Prophet. 

Contrast this with Abu Lahab, who was the uncle of the Prophet and was one of the sons of Abdul Muttalab. 

The reason I recounted this story is to make a point that more likely what you meant was that redemption is possible, and we are and remain the same species, and have capability to transform ourselves (inner selves) from a beast to a human and back depending on our aqeeda and actions. 

Allah knows best. Fateha for ASH. 

 

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3 hours ago, OrthodoxTruth said:

Please, reread my post again and understand that within Islamic theology, everything comes from Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ), be the ultimate good or bad as perceived by humans. We do not accept the dualistic view of good vs evil and similar, historically it was deemed to be a heresy and Islam rooted out Manichaeism to the point, where few remaining cultists fled to China. The word zindiq was originally used only for those who believed in dualism of reality; good vs evil, light vs darkness etc. Iblis, in Islam, doesn’t tempt people out of his own will as a “fallen being”, he does everything within allowance from Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ), that’s why the Qur'an is clear that it is us that bring about our own downfall or not, with the Allāh’s (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) full awareness. You can see a simple explanation, for example, here. Another example would be the Jewish Holocaust. It happened not because Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) wasn’t aware of it or “couldn’t” prevent it, as some Jewish and Christian heretics claim, but because Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) willed it to happen and it did happen. Nothing in this world operates outside the awareness of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ).

Please, whenever you post a hadith, always do so with the source; publishing house, year, volume, chapter and page, and possibly the hadith grading by a learned expert in the field. 

Alhamdulilah, I read what you said and understand fully but I think you are also not necessarily understanding my point. I’m fully aware of Allah Being in full control in which there is no independent happenings beyond Allah. I’m fully aware that good and bad things happen by the will of Allah. Allah however allows for choices to be made as a test to see who are better in conduct. But you are saying that When people do evil deeds that is also from Allah? I refuse to except this because that would make many things in the Qur'an obsolete including consequences of consistent sinning and Jahannam etc. If committing sins was from Allah that means Allah shares in the sins that are being committed and Firoon, Nimrod, people Ad, and Thamud etc all have a legitimate claim that their transgressions was Allahs doing even though there is free will. No one would be accountable and sinners could just on Qiyamah day that the sins they committed were from Allah in which Allah would have to hold his own self accountable. 

People may say there is no light vs dark or good vs evil but yet on yauma Qiyamah the people will be spilt up into two groups with the foremost coming to the front. Believers will have shining faces of Light like that of Sun and Moon. The believers will move with light. The guilty disbelievers faces will be blackened. And you are saying that there is no good vs evil when the very Big Event That the Qur'an explains breaks us down into good and evil. I’m not making this up....this is from Qur'an and explained by the Holy Imams. SubhanAllah...

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2 hours ago, AMR5 said:

Also I’m sure you would have heard about Abu Sufyan bin Harith.

The reason I recounted this story is to make a point that more likely what you meant was that redemption is possible, and we are and remain the same species, and have capability to transform ourselves (inner selves) from a beast to a human and back depending on our aqeeda and actions. 

Allah knows best. Fateha for ASH. 

Mashallah what I’m saying is that no matter how in the dark a believer is in Allah will bring him into the light. He brings us out of the dark into light by his mercy. All the people who have an ounce of belief will be in Jannah. Those with disbelief will be Jahannam. It’s that simple really. Those who have an ounce of submission.  Their are believers who are believers but they hide it maybe because of environment or pressure of society to fit in. It could be possible that Abu Sufyān Harith really did believe but felt he had to go along with the society around him because of the pressure. Allah truly knows the heart. It’s the same on the opposite side of the spectrum where we think someone believes and they don’t but it’s hidden. There are a lot of self imposed “Muslim” leaders after Muhammad SAW death that a lot of people are questioning if they were even Muslims to this day because of all of the bloodshed and oppression. 

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