Shaykh Ibrahim’s Foundation | Translated by Imam Abdul Latif Finch

“Every call and every movement has foundational principles and a basis. As for us, our foundational principles are the statement, “There is no god but Allah” , the turning of the face toward Allah alone, continuity in the remembrance of Allah, the recitation of His Book, salutations upon the Messenger of Allah, the sincerity of actions for Allah alone, the love of the Friends of Allah, bearing the harm of the creation, good character with the slaves of Allah, a good opinion of Allah, bearing witness to the generosity of Allah, resignation of affairs to Allah, work and acquisition for the benefit of humanity and dependents, obeying the commands of Allah, avoiding what Allah has prohibited, contentment with Allah’s destiny, be He exalted, striving in the way of Allah, the prayer for Allah’s sake, the fast for Allah’s sake, spending in the way of Allah, the pilgrimage to the House of Allah and the lesser pilgrimage if Allah makes it easy to do so, enmity toward the enemies of Allah for Allah’s sake, and mutual striving for the good. I have tried various good acts and have not seen any better than the recitation of the Quran, love of the Prophet, peace be upon him, seeking Allah’s forgiveness, the remembrance of Allah, love of the Righteous, and striving to benefit the creation.

This is my foundation. I ask Allah, be He exalted, to assist us and to assist our striving brothers in every area of the world, and that He enable all to do that which is in accordance with what He loves and is content with, and that He cure our sick hearts. Peace be upon you and the Mercy of Allah, be He exalted, and His blessings.”

Shaikh Ibrahim Inyas, may God be pleased with him, al-Juz al-Thaalith min Khutab wa al-Rasaa-il, pg. 195-96.

Translated by Imam Muhammad Abdul Latif Finch

Imam Muhammad Abdul Latif Finch converted to Islam at the age of 20 and has earned ijazas in Islamic Sciences including Quranic Sciences, Hadith, Maliki and Shafi’i Jurisprudence, Usul al-Fiqh, Seerah, Logic, and Arabic Grammar and Morphology under the tutelage of numerous scholars, including Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, Shaykh Salik bin Siddina, Imam Zaid Shakir, Shaykh Abdur Rahman Taahir, Qari Umar Bellahi, Shaykh Abdullah Ali, and Shaykh Yahya Rhodus.

Imam Muhammad Abdul Latif Finch co-founded the Lighthouse Mosque in Oakland, California where he served as the Imam for 3 years until he resigned in 2012 to focus on his graduate studies. In addition, he was a teacher and a program developer for Deen Intensive Foundation, Seekers Guidance and had assisted Zaytuna College’s Summer Arabic Intensive program for three years in a row.

Imam Muhammad Abdul Latif Finch  has recently attained a Master’s degree in Philosophy from the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, a member of the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley.

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The Definition of True Love for Allah – a recording by Imam Abdul Latif

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Muhammad Abdul Latif Finch converted to Islam at the age of 20 and has earned ijazas in Islamic Sciences including Quranic Sciences, Hadith, Maliki and Shafi’i Jurisprudence, Usul al-Fiqh, Seerah, Logic, and Arabic Grammar and Morphology under the tutelage of numerous scholars, including Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, Shaykh Salik bin Siddina, Imam Zaid Shakir, Shaykh Abdur Rahman Taahir, Qari Umar Bellahi, Shaykh Abdullah Ali, and Shaykh Yahya Rhodus.

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Allah loves compassion – Hadith on Mercy

حَدَّثَنَا مُوسَى، قَالَ‏:‏ حَدَّثَنَا حَمَّادٌ، عَنْ حُمَيْدٍ، عَنِ الْحَسَنِ، عَنْ عَبْدِ اللهِ بْنِ مُغَفَّلٍ، عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ‏:‏ إِنَّ اللَّهَ رَفِيقٌ يُحِبُّ الرِّفْقَ، وَيُعْطِي عَلَيْهِ مَا لاَ يُعْطِي عَلَى الْعُنْفِ‏.

Abdullah ibn Mughaffal reported that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “Allah is compassionate and loves compassion. He gives for compassion what He does not give for harshness.”

Bukhari’s al-Adab al-Mufrad 47

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Allah’s Division of Mercy – a hadith from a thought by Imam Abdul Latif Finch

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Our Need for Mercy – a quote by Imam Abdul Latif Finch

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Imam Muhammad Abdul Latif Finch co-founded the Lighthouse Mosque in Oakland, California where he served as the Imam till for 3 years until he resigned in 2012 to focus on his graduate studies. In addition, he was a teacher and a program developer for Deen Intensive Foundation, Seekers Guidance and has assisted Zaytuna College ‘s Summer Arabic Intensive program for three years in a row.

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Divine Gift – a quote from Imam Abdul Latif Finch

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Imam Muhammad Abdul Latif Finch co-founded the Lighthouse Mosque in Oakland, California where he served as the Imam till for 3 years until he resigned in 2012 to focus on his graduate studies. In addition, he was a teacher and a program developer for Deen Intensive Foundation, Seekers Guidance and has assisted Zaytuna College ‘s Summer Arabic Intensive program for three years in a row.

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When You Love Something You Love Its Very Self – a thought by Imam Abdul Latif Finch

A Qurānic sign states, “Your Lord has inscribed Mercy on Himself.” (6:54) The ayah indicates, rather clearly it seems, that God has a Self. This Self has Mercy written all over it, to speak in the common vernacular. In other words, God’s Self and His Mercy are synonymous. We will attempt to show here that God’s ultimate mercy is with his very Self and those who reach that self-hood of Allāh are those who enjoy the fullness of His Mercy.

God’s Mercy is with His Very Self

God’s relationship with creation and our relationships with each other are based in Mercy. The tradition states, “Allah has divided mercy into 100 parts, and He retained with Him 99 parts, and sent down to earth 1 part. Through this one part creatures deal with one another with compassion, so much so that an animal lifts its hoof over its young lest it should hurt it.” (Al-Bukhārī) Naturally not every relationship is overflowing with obvious mercy, thus we know that there is some level of apportionment to each situation that we encounter. This division of mercy is accounted for in this tradition as 99 percent is with Him while the remaining 1% is amongst us. No doubt, this 1% is then further divided until it appears that some situations received no portion of mercy at all! Nonetheless, for our purposes, it is significant to note that the remaining 99% are actually with God, Himself. They aren’t with His angels, nor in His paradise or any other creature. Rather, these portions are, and most intimately so, with the Self of God.

We are Encouraged to Arrive to the Self

Every destination assumes at least four components: the travel, the path, the traveller and the destination. If one of these factors is missing there can be no endpoint to speak of. Without a terminus, travel has no purpose at all and to be devoid of purpose is to be meaningless. Surely revelation and meaninglessness are mutually exclusive concepts. In the Book God states, “And Allah warns you of Himself, and to Allah is the destination.” (3:28) Thus, the Self is of grave import for He is the Objective. As every target has the four constituents mentioned above, let it be understood that the travel is called worship, the path is known as Islām, the traveller is the worshipper, and the destination is God, Himself. This quranic sign also warns us about our destination. One must be careful regarding any warning by asking for guidance in dealing with whatever they have been warned about. As the path to the Self is termed Islām and Islām is the Straight Path, asking for guidance on the Straight Path daily, as per our recitation of al-Fātiḥa, is our encouragement to reach our Objective. The goal is God’s Self and thus we are encouraged to arrive to the Self.

Those Who Reach the Self are the Most-Mercified

If 99% of something is greater than 1% of it, then it follows that whoever has that larger percentage has more of it. If God has divided His Mercy into 100 parts and preferred to keep most of it with His Self, then those who arrive to the Self receive more of a portion of Mercy than those who do not. Those who are fortunate to receive more of the Mercy are, in this sense, more mercified than others. Thus, those who reach the Self are the Most-Mercified.

Warning is Itself a Mercy

We have stated that God’s apportioned Mercy is predominately with His very Self. We also demonstrated that these helpings are, and most personally so, with the Self of God. Thereafter we have shown that our goal is God’s Self and that like all goals we are called to arrive to the Self. As shown, those who arrive to the Self are the Most-Mercified. Those who do not arrive are in a sense devoid of Mercy. Those devoid of Mercy face some kind of non-mercy. Whoever lacks some of the mercy of His Lord has not been fully guided. Whoever has not been fully guided has some level of misguidance. The Book states, “And who despairs of the mercy of his Lord, but such as go astray?” (15:56).

It may be said, then, that to whatever degree we suffer from misguidance, i.e., non-mercy, is the degree to which we are astray. As most of us have not reached this Self-ness described here, we remain asking God for guidance daily, “Guide us on the Straight Path.” The recitation of al-Fatiha is a divine mandate. Thus asking for guidance is a command from God. The quranic sign states, “And Allah warns you of Himself, and Allah is Kind to [His] servants.” (3:30) In other words God has warned us of His Self, via revelation. We are therefore instructed to reach Him and to thereby avoid the consequences of not doing so, i.e., not enjoying full Mercy. To be warned of consequences is to be enabled to evade them. One evades harm through guidance. We do not ask but that God has already granted us our request. Thus to request for guidance daily is a kindness to those who ask for it, i.e., the servants. In this sense, warning itself is a mercy.

As His Self and His Mercy are in fact synonymous, God’s Self is the epitome of Mercy. Those who reach that self-hood of Allāh are those who enjoy the fullness of Mercy while those who do not ask for it daily. This appears to be the essence of guidance. Whoever despairs of the mercy of His Lord, which lies ultimately at His very Self-hood, it appears, has not been fully guided. Whoever has not been fully guided has some level of misguidance. To whatever degree we suffer from misguidance is the degree to which we are astray. As most of us have not reached this Self-ness, and are therefore in need, thus we remain asking God for guidance everyday, “Guide us on the Straight Path.” Those who have attained to it know that this is a permanent condition for Mercy will always belong to the Self. Thus their request is for the Self, constantly. May Allāh give us Allāh, Himself.

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Aug 2015

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He is with you wherever you are – a thought by Imam Abdul Latif Finch

Love is a divine gift from God to His creatures. In fact, some of the Qurānic signs that allude to procreation, the act that allows for humanity to continue forward, point out the reality of this divine blessing. The Qurān states, “And among His signs is that He created spouses for you from yourselves that you may rest in them, and He placed between you love and mercy.” (30:21) Thus in the most pragmatic activity required for the continuity of our species, God opted to plant the quality of love and mercy as the glue that would bind the union together.

In another place, God has stated, “He is with you wherever you are.” (57:4) Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Messenger of Allah said:

Allah will say on the Day of Judgment, ‘Son of Adam, I was sick but you did not visit Me.’ ‘My Lord, How could I visit You when You are the Lord of the Worlds?’ ‘Did you not know that one of My servants was sick and you didn’t visit him? If you had visited him you would have found Me there.’ Then Allah will say, ‘Son of Adam, I needed food but you did not feed Me.’ ‘My Lord, How could I feed You when You are the Lord of the Worlds?’ ‘Did you not know that one of My servants was hungry but you did not feed him? If you had fed him you would have found its reward with Me.” Son of Adam, I was thirsty, but you did not give Me something to drink.’ ‘My Lord, How could I give a drink when You are the Lord of the Worlds?’ ‘Did you not know that one of My servants was thirsty but you did not give him a drink? If you had given him a drink, you would have found its reward with Me.’ (Al-Bukhari)

God is obviously not in need of any mercy nor compassion from creation. Rather, God created us with love, mercy, and compassion for we are in need of it. The Quran states that Ādamites (The Children of Ādam) are the representatives (khulafā) of Allāh in the earth. The representative points to the one represented in all their affairs.

As stated in the Qurānic sign above, God creates us in love, mercy and compassion. This aforementioned prophetic tradition shows that we are expected to deal with each other in the same manner while in the world. The one who is able to do that the best is the most gifted of representatives. Perhaps his / her greatest skill is his /her awareness of God in all situations; able to recognize Allāh in all scenarios he /she is able to give Him His right in them. The right of Allāh in dealing with the creation is to treat them as He intended them to be treated, i.e., with love, mercy and compassion. Therefore, the true representation of Allāh in the earth comes through that Child of Ādam who is most merciful toward the creation whoever and wherever they are for he/she is not veiled from their Lord in any situation, so as to forget their specific task in representing Him.

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Mercy, a Gift to Mankind – a Thought by Imam Abdul Latif Finch

The Prophet, , has called himself simply an absolute gift. Abū Hurayra, may God be pleased with him, reported Allāh’s Messenger said,

“O People! I am only mercy gifted to you!” [1]

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That is to say, if one were to ask just what the Prophet, is, the answer is a gifted mercy. Whatever is beyond the right of a dependent is a mercy. A gift is beyond the rights of the needy. Therefore a gift is a mercy. Hence, in this tradition he stated, , to all people without exclusion that he is but compounded mercy.

To compound something is to multiply it. The increased mercy here epitomizes the nature of his relationship with God’s dependents. These creatures have no foreseeable limit, as even the inhabitants of Paradise are dependent on God.  Therefore, the compounded mercy mentioned in the tradition of the Prophet has an unqualified nature. With this point in mind, it may be said that he, , is nothing more than unqualified mercy.

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[1] al-Darimi 1:21 Hadith #10 ;Ibn Abi Shayba in Al-Musannaf,6:325 Hadith #31782;Al-Hakim Al-Mustadrak 1:91 Hadith #100;Al-Tabarani in Al-Mu’jam Al-Awsat, 3:223 Hadith #2981; Al-Bayhaqi Sh’ab al-Iman 2:143 Hadith #1402;Al-Haythami in Majma al-Zawaid 8:257

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