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Correspondence with the late Brother Muhammad [I]

ADVICE TO A STUDENT IN AMERICA ON LIVING THE LIFE OF ISLAM

Assalam alaikum dear brother ___,

(From your email)
I realize that, of late, the level of purity in my thoughts and actions is
rapidly declining toward being more and more secular materialistic in
nature. I have a feeling that there is something fundamentally wrong with me
because I can no longer pray in deep contemplation, don’t act in sincere
honesty for Allah, and do not seek guidance from only Allah. I strongly feel
that I am overly exposed to such a secular social lifestyle, and that there
is hardly anything I do/hear/see that has spiritual value. Even when I do
things that might be considered beneficial, it still seems to take me
further from Allah than closer to Him. Some of those actions include reading
world news, studying maths, being nice and helpful to others, reading books,
etc. I so desperately hope that I don’t do further damage to my soul. One
main consequence is that I cannot fully focus when I study.

This feeling that I have is totally new to me. I definitely had not expected
to be in such a predicament. Perhaps you notice a serious flaw in me? (End
of your email)

I feel really sad to hear how you have been feeling. During our many talks I
think it would be true to say we became friends, besides the fact that your
father is my good friend also. The loss of faith is just about the saddest
thing that can happen to a Muslim. I wish you could feel how much I love
Allah and the wonderful Islam He gave us as the right way of life. Few
Muslims would know how attractive the ideas of secular materialism can be as
I have had the opportunity to experience for myself. It was not for feeble
reasons I was so convinced God did not exist at the time when I had for
years been beguiled by the attractiveness and seeming rightness of the basis
for secular materialism. If I had not been an objective scientist in the
extreme I could never have been able to fairly and rationally observe that
the undeniable necessary logical implications of modern science,
particularly modern physics, pointed so powerfully to the fact that God must
exist.

You would have to have available to you all the facts that I have gathered
over the many years of study to know how certain I am now that what exists
to support secular materialism is so paltry as to be embarrassing, and how
the totality of the facts and their implications proving the rightness of a
spiritual God-centered world is so overwhelming there is not even faint hope
that the acceptance of secular materialism could ever rise again. Much of
what I know that provides me with the most high degree of certainty that
secular materialism offers nothing but a path to hellfire is in the subtle
interconnections of facts existing within the sphere of all true knowledge,
but still I guess I am a bit surprised that what you have had the
opportunity to learn from me, although must less than the whole, was not
sufficient to provide you with more protection from the seduction of the
secular world.

For myself I don’t worry that my obligatory prayers are seldom times of
“deep contemplation” since the true depths of my contemplation take place as
in my mind as I delve into the intimate actions of Allah as He creates,
sustains, and directs His physical creation. Also late at night I have
conversations with Allah that might seem to some to be more appropriate to a
totally free and open discussion of the very closest friends. I think
sometimes we have the expectations of others determining for us what should
be determined only by our own souls. Then we have the effects of the
“secular social lifestyle” which can be a major trial for Muslims anywhere
along the path of spiritual progression. I am now Blessed with the
opportunity to isolate myself from direct interaction with most of secular
society. At times when I did not have this opportunity I had many times of
doubt as to whether, regardless of how committed I was to Islam, that I
could resist all that a secular society offered. I have become a much better
person, and a much better Muslim as I have had less and less direct contact
with the secular world.

In answer to your question, I am most pleased to be able to say I see no
major fault in you at all. I have mentioned the one thing that could be
considered a flaw and which could cause you some difficulty and that is the
fact that I see you making assumptions that are not the assumptions of
highest probability given the available data. It is hard to say how that can
be corrected, it takes a lot of objectivity, logic, and a standard which
gives a good understanding of what is most likely given the nature of our
world. To me this standard is now Islam, which I am convinced is by far the
most comprehensively good and right system of thought that that has ever
existed. That is the fair, honest, and positively motivational world view I
am always taking about.

Sometimes it might be true that ignorance is bliss. By this I mean that for
any Muslim the cultural and spiritual shock of moving from a more or less
Islamic environment (such as Malaysia) to one of the most powerful secular
materialistic environments that has ever existed is always going to be very
difficult to deal with. For someone who has accepted the truth and facts of
Islam without question they may be able to fall back upon this unthinking
certainty as their armour against wrong thought and wrong influence, but to
someone who has been somewhat of an intelligent, independent thinker and has
asked hard questions about those things that others never questioned they
would not have the same safety of certainty to fall back on. A God-centered
spiritual life is increasingly difficult to successfully achieve in the
world we have today. Ultimately no one but you can decide to walk that path.
Please know how sincerely I can say this to you, “Life with Islam is so much
better than life without Islam.”

I wish I could do more, but I can only pray that you will find something in
this message that touches both your heart and your reason in such a way that
it makes your relationship with Allah, and your life in Islam a little
easier.

Wasallam my very dear brother and friend, may Allah Bless you and be with
you during these difficult times.

muhd

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Islamic Psychology: Understanding the development of human personality and soul

Islamic-world.net has put up a new section titled Islamic Psychology here.

I quote a paragraph from Dr. Malik Badri’s article on the Islamization of Western psychology:

I believe what Ghazali suggested centuries ago is probably the best approach in deciding what to Islamize and what to accept as it is in modem Western psychology. We do not need to Islamize psychophysics or the physiology of sight and hearing and the anatomy of the eye and ear. Nor do we need to Islamize studies about the role of the brain neurotransmitter serotonin in our sleep behavior and in adjusting our body clock, the role of the hormone noradrenalin in setting our energy level nor the influence of caffeine, alcohol or heroine on the human nervous system. We do not need to develop our own Islamic statistical psychology or to raise an ethical battle against neutral theories of learning. Such areas, as I said are “no man’s land” between psychology and other exact sciences. But when we come to areas such as the theories of personality, abnormal psychology, the whole area of humanistic psychology and its reliance on existential philosophy, psychoanalysis and most of the schools of psychotherapy and cultural psychology we find that without Islamization, whether we know it or not, we would be accepting and teaching anti-Islamic material based on a quasi-religion of secular humanism. I am using the term quasi-religion to describe the secular humanism of Western modernity because secularism can be an anti-religious religion.

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Khalifah Project

Please know that the main purpose of this website is to offer the people of the world a logically reasonable, eminently practical, and undeniably achievable way to solve all of the problems facing our modern world using the knowledge and methods offered by the Khalifah Project. Do you find this claim hard to believe? Of course you do, any rational person upon first hearing such a claim would; but, please do not let that well justified skepticism keep you from having a look at what the Khalifah Institute has to offer. Be among the first to become acquainted with this remarkable and innovative world view (presented through the language and concepts of modern science and logic, but consistent with the traditional beliefs and practices of Islam). Perhaps you will be inspired to become a member of the Transforming Generation, a generation who will transform the world, fixing all that is wrong and offering the children of the future a God-centered, spiritual world full of peace and love.

To View the Khalifah Project     (website) (video)

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Bridging the chasm

This entry serves to provide some information on expanding your knowledge base.

First of all, I want to let you all know about this great tracker site for torrents relevant to Muslims. It’s at IslamicTorrents.net. I’ve downloaded tens of documentaries and talks from this website and I find them very informative. I urge you to take advantage of what advanced consumer technology has to offer these days.

On the other hand, some might be distraught that I promote piracy, even more so of Muslim productions. Well, what I can say here is that I know most Malaysians can never afford to purchase any products from Saba Islamic Media, let alone an international Islamic production company. So rather than not being given the chance to benefit from all these wonderful videos, software and audios, I’d definitely urge you to just go for pirated copies via IslamicTorrents.net.

Asides from IslamicTorrents, I also like to download from mvgroup.org which compiles all the PBS, NG, Discovery and BBC documentaries. Very educational indeed (if you have the time to watch all those videos, that is). And if you want to study in a university-like fashion, go to mininova.org and enter “TTC” in the search box. You’ll find all the lecture titles from The Teaching Company, a company that records lectures from the best professors in the world. They also include a PDF reference book for you to read as you listen to the lectures.

If you have a video iPod or PDA, you can keep yourself occupied by watching these documentaries, videos, lectures etc while on the go. You can even do so systematically by taking notes and discussing them with peers and online forums.

Last but not least, may I recommend you use an RSS Aggregator to update yourself on all the latest ongoings around the world instantly and effortlessly. It is a program which downloads the latest entries from news sites, podcasts and blogs. There are online-based aggregators such as GoogleReader and offline ones (I recommend Newz Crawler – it’s definitely the best one available). So basically, if you see a red square in the Address Bar of Firefox, then that site provides RSS Feeds. All you do is subscribe to it via your aggregator.

To sum it all up, I’ve given you some tips to increase your knowledge base, in hopes that we can all take advantage of information to overcome lack of education opportunities and bridge the chasm between us Muslim nations and developed nations (whom control tools of mass propaganda). We live in an information age. It’s a war of the minds. This is the Jihad.

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Video: Fully and Truly Islamic World (Part 2)

In a right Islamic world, would there be professional sports like we have today? Multimillion dollar playing contracts are paid to sportsmen, and millions more earned through franchise profit. People are conditioned to care about their favorite teams and sportsmen by deceptive advertising. But does it matter who wins a sports game? All the effort wasted on professional sports can be channelled towards beneficial activities to carry out the role of Allah's Khalifah on earth.

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Video: Fully and Truly Islamic World (Part 1)

We often repeat the phrase "towards a fully and truly Islamic world". But the question really is, What is a fully and truly Islamic world? What does it look like? People tend to think that the way the world is right now is the way the world is naturally meant to be. But is this the case?

Watch the first part of this lecture by the late Prof. Muhammad al'Mahdi here

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Islamic Psychology

Understanding the development of the human personality and soul
This is a truly Islamic Psychology which could be derived from revelation in the Qur'an and the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) even if western psychology had never come to exist.

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Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 

Article on Learning-based Personality Theory 

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