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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Tone Deaf – a thought from Imam Abdul Latif Finch

If one looks for pleasure or fulfillment outside of what God has permitted,

God permits them to be lost in the displeasure of distance from Him.

His allowance is not in reaction to the slave,

But rather, is an aspect of the laws of the universe.

Something laid down or fixed.

When someone goes against even the most minute fibers of the fabric of reality

They will find it an action spent in vain.

A waste.

The action is rejected like a bad note,

In a beautiful harmony,

Amongst limitless voices,

All resonating in one unified sound.

The heart of the offender,

In its cacophonic reverberation,

Is cast to the wayside,

No longer to be found.

Out of frequency and lost.

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Attachments – a quote by Imam Abdul Latif Finch

 “If you can attach your heart to anything, anything can break it.”

Imam Muhammad Abdul Latif Finch 2015

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Muhammad Abdul Latif 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 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.

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

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Power belongs to God – an article by Imam Abdul Latif Finch

Power is the capacity or ability to direct or influence the behaviour of others or the course of events. Behaviour is either voluntary or involuntary and is over one’s self or another. The ability to exist, itself, is not something that one has power over (i.e., one does not bring themselves into existence, for example). So, despite our choice and will when it comes to the myriad voluntary acts that we perform, our initial point existence (and continued existence for that matter) which spawns the flow of all voluntary activity is only made possible by the One who made us. So, ultimately speaking, voluntary power finds its source in God.

Our life sustaining activity is largely involuntary. For example, the heart beats without one’s choice. Without a heartbeat one cannot live. Therefore, the involuntary act is the basis of life. The brain’s activity is also unconscious. So, the ability to consider the words in this paragraph and their import as they apply to a relationship between power as involuntary or voluntary is based in the non-volitional act of giving life. God gives life. Therefore, involuntary power, comes from Allah.

Planning is the process of forming a detailed proposal for doing or achieving something. A person may plan, for example, to attend a particular university. They may do so from early on while still in high school. They may have the requisite grades, inclination, and overall wherewithal to be able to attend. This person may even be accepted into the university as was aimed for. However, the plan did not take into consideration that he or she was not to live as long as the strategy presupposed he or she would require to in order to fully execute it. Therefore, in this, and in a limitless set of similar circumstances, power does not come from human planning.

“Our initial point existence (and continued existence for that matter) which spawns the flow of all voluntary activity is only made possible by the One who made us.” – Imam Abdul Latif Finch

A cause is a person or thing that gives rise to an action, phenomenon, or condition. This thing must first exist. Its existence, as mentioned above, is not a voluntary act. Therefore, this aspect of its existence is subsumed in the previous statement that all involuntary activity belongs to God. As such any involuntary power in causality belongs to God. Its involuntary activities depend on its origination which is, as mentioned, not within its power. So, voluntary activity depends on God’s decision to grant the cause’s existence. Therefore, voluntary causality finds its source in God. He creates the cause for whatsoever He pleases.

An effect that is a result or consequence of an action or other cause. The effect, then, is dependent on the cause. It’s voluntary or involuntary nature is of no real consequence when it is merely the outcome of a prior act. The ultimate cause, already stated, is God, and as created beings we are all effects. He creates us whenever He pleases as not every cause produces an effect unfailingly. Both cause and effect, then, are powerless. He creates them for whomsoever or whatsoever He pleases.

The Quran states in this regard:

Say, “O Allah , Owner of Sovereignty, You give sovereignty to whom You will and You take sovereignty away from whom You will. You honor whom You will and You humble whom You will. In Your hand is good. Indeed, You are over all things competent. (3:26)

In other words, God is the Source of Power. He creates its causal and effective impression as He likes. He acts without a necessary link between cause and effect for not everyone gets what they plan for. The power of His hands has the ability to produce what is ultimately of benefit to all of the effects. As He knows just what each thing needs, He is entirely capable to do so.

Imam Muhammad Abdul Latif Finch

May 2015

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 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.

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

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Quote by Imam Abdul Latif Finch

“If one lives for this world they will need a lot of cheering up for they will experience much disappointment. If they live for the hereafter they will need a lot of patience for it is yet to come. If they live for Allah they will need nothing for He suffices.”

Imam Muhammad Abdul Latif Finch 2015

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 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.

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

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The Presence of God – a thought from Imam Abdul Latif Finch

The only Unconditional Presence is God.

Unquestionably.

The limitation of space and time which are both inherent to presence are of no consequence to Him.

He is beyond any specific extent whether it be in one, two or three dimensions.

So, even in Deen, which is expressed in three dimensional terms, God is still absolute.

Islam cannot contain Him.

Iman cannot contain Him.

Ihsan cannot contain Him.

Rather, the Prophet ( God’s Mercy and Peace be upon him) said that God said: “The Heavens and Earth failed to contain Me (Allah), yet I was contained in the heart of a believer” (Musnad Imam Ahmad)

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Quote by Imam Muhammad Abdul Latif Finch

May our hearts be content with the One who keeps them beating

Imam Muhammad Abdul Latif Finch 2015

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 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.

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

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Turning to Allah – a thought from Imam Abdul Latif Finch

Allah commanded us in the Quran to run to Him and also shows us how to do so.

He says: “So flee to Allah. Indeed, I am to you from Him a clear warner.” (1)

The first part of the verse, “So flee to Allah” is in reference to our running from the difficulty we face, created by Him, back to Allah who also creates the refuge we seek from Him.

Usually, this is due to the Jalali (Mighty) aspects of God’s presence, those overwhelming aspects of life.

The Jamali (Beautiful) aspects of God’s presence are the merciful and more subtle signs of His existence.

At times one can be so taken by these symbolic aspects of His gentle indications that we forget the beauty of God, Himself.

As a result we have to detach ourselves from the beautiful and gentle things of this world.

This back and forth, is the fleeing from His Jalal (Might) to His Jamal (Beauty) and from His Jamal to His Jalal.

For those who are drawn close with intimate knowledge regarding their Lord (al Aarifeen) this fleeing is even past the Jamal and the Jalal mentioned above.

They flee from the World, Creation, Ego, the Hereafter and all those things which occur in time and space.

Having traversed creation in every sense of the term, they are really fleeing directly from Him to Him as indicated above.

The second half of the verse, “Indeed, I am to you from Him a clear warner” is in reference to the Prophet, God’s mercy and peace be upon him, our guide who shows us how to do this as in the following supplication: “(O God!) I seek refuge in You from You.” (2)

When we put these two aspects together we see the declaration of faith, “La ilaha illallah, Muhammad Rasulullah” (3)

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Footnotes:

(1) Surat Adh Dhaariyaat: 50.

(2) I put my hand on the inside of his feet and he was in the mosque. They were upright and he was saying, ‘O Allah, I seek refuge in Your pleasure from Your anger, and Your pardon from Your punishment. I seek refuge in You from You. I cannot reckon Your praise. You are as You praised Yourself.’“” [Muslim]

(3) “There is no god but God and Muhammad is His Messenger”

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