Hans Zimmer is just epic.

Amazing artist. Simply amazing. This is truly art.

One of my favourite classical Urdu poems in praise of our Master Muhammad (sa). Beauty in all its forms.

Kingdom of Paradise

Read, speak, teach

What is written on the majestic tapestries of our hearts

Silent wisdom through words long forgotten entranced in a perpetual coma of uncertainty

The words: I love you

Resonate in the desert sands scorched by the wind of defeat

Desert

Paradise lies in the shadows cast by the illuminated being who created me from

Rahm رحم (Womb/Mercy)

My mother

My soul is an ocean eternally raging with hurricanes destroying the cities of anger and desire

And leaving the eye of the storm untouched

Balad al-Amīبلد الأمين (City of Security)

Storm

Children martyred in infancy reunited with their parents in the Garden of Bliss

Mountains of azure with cavernous chambers echoing the song within our fitrah فتره (nature) like eucalyptus music

Yā abatī يا أبتي (oh my dear father), my dear father is a king ruling over the Glass Palace with concealed streams of grace flowing beneath where my mother, a Queen of a forgotten realm stands

My mother is shams شمس (sun), my father is qamar قمر (moon), my brother is tāriq طارق  (morning star), my grandma is najm نجم (star), my grandpa is kawkab كوكب (planet)

In harmony I revolve around the celestial objects of my solar system

Our eyes tell a manuscript of struggles and happiness

Space

On the mystic field our tears grow the Garden and take out ravaging forest fires

I tell myself I must cry to the Beloved to convert nāنار (fire) into nūنور (light) and jāجان (life) into jannah جنة (Paradise-Garden) 

Am I a good gardener?

Like the Messiah we garden, ripping weeds from the firmament and cultivating flowers of melancholy joy

A meeting of birds sing of future, past, and present

Garden

What is present but a dream and a dream but death and the future but uncertainty?

Unveiling of the 70,000 veils that keep my soul gloomy as a stormy sea with murky nimbus clouds like castles too shadowy to see my hand stretched out

Mukāshifah مكاشفة (Unveiling)

Sea

There is no “I” or “You” within “We”

Awlād أولاد (Children)

We are but a single body; when one limb hurts the rest of it is saddened

Ahad أحد (One)

In the beginning it was “alastu bi rabbikum?” ألست بربكم (Am I not your Lord?)

In the middle it is “be”

In the end it will be “peace”

Until then it is love

Life and Character of the Prophet (sa), Vol. 1

One of the most comprehensive, in-depth, and beautiful biographies of the Life and Character (Sirah) of the Prophet Muhammad, Seal of the Prophets and Best of all creation صلي الله عليه و سلم.

Contains an introduction to the Works of Geography of Arabia, Classical Arabic Literature (Adab), Exegesis of the Qur’an (Tafsir), Compilations of Narrations of the Prophet (sa) (Hadith), Historiographies of the Battles of the Prophet (sa) (Maghazi), and Biography of the Prophet (sa) (Sirah). Also includes an in-depth summary of Hadith Science ('Ilm al-Hadith) and how to sift through fabricated and true narrations of the life of the Prophet (sa).

Then contains an exposition on the history, climate, geography, language, culture etc. of Arabia and its inhabitants, and the state of the ‘Arabs before the advent of Islam.

Then it contains a section on the history leading up to the birth of the Prophet (sa) including an exposition on Abraham (as) leaving Hagar (as) and Ishmael (as) in the desert of Arabia, the finding of the spring of Zamzam in the valley of Becca (Makkah) by Hagar (as) near the mountains of Saffa and Marwah, the rebuilding of the Ka’bah (Cube) by Abraham (as) and his son Ishmael (as) in Makkah, the history of the Quraysh tribes in Arabia, and an exposition on the mother of the Prophet and his immediate family (as). Also contains a map of the Ka’bah and its vicinity and a history of the caretakers and rebuilding of the Ka’bah in history.

Then talks about the tribal quarrels amongst the Quraysh and the events leading up to the birth of the Prophet (sa) including the siege of the Ka’bah by the As’hab al-Fil (People of the Elephant) and the marrying of ‘Abd al-Muttalib’s (real name Shaibah) son ‘Abd Allah to Aminah bint Wahb. ‘Abd Allah and Aminah were the parents of the Prophet (sa) who died while he was in infancy so he was left as an orphan.

Then contains an amazing and extremely well-written section on the life of the Prophet (sa) starting from his birth and life in Makkah.

http://www.alislam.org/holyprophet/Seal-of-Prophets-Vol-1.pdf

                  al-Khattab Gate at Prophet's Mosque - Madinah al-Nabi al-Munawwarah (Illuminated City of the Prophet)

يا ربي صلي على نبيك دائما

في هذه الدنيا و بعث ثاني

 Oh my Lord perpetually bless your Prophet

In this world and in the next

Reality of the Anti-Christ (al-Masih al-Dajjal) according to Islamic prophetic traditions. 

Reality of the Anti-Christ (al-Masih al-Dajjal) according to Islamic prophetic traditions. 

Islamic Economic System

Neither capitalist systems nor scientific socialist systems work in the long run. 

Problems with Capitalist Sytem:

- High interest rates enslave the masses economically. Ie. when buying a mortgage and interest rates are high, the cost of borrowing money is the interest rate, and you are unable to pay the banks back due to increasing interest rates. Also, the value of your house goes down, so you can’t even sell your house. YOU CAN’T PAY ‘EM BACK, AND YOU CAN’T SELL YOUR HOUSE. That’s just one example. I’m sure students struggling to pay back OSAP loans feel me on this.

- Low interest rates result in government usually to borrow more money and spend more. While this is economic growth and funds many social services, there is a crowding out effect by the government, and demand for a larger money supply/interest rates increase. This, although increasing GDP, also increases the rate of inflation, which is a persistent rise in prices over time. It means…A CHOCOLATE BAR WILL BE WORTH 20 DOLLARS, AND DON’T EVEN GET ME STARTED ON GASOLINE FOR YO’ CAR.

 

Problems with Communist/Socialist System:

- Lack of interest rates means no incentive for people to go to work and earn profit higher than the interest rate. Also, no incentive because everyone gets the same amount of money in an ideal communist state, meaning a Ph.D professor, doctor, engineer, astrophysicist, and chartered accountant all get the same money as a…factory worker. So what’s the point of higher education then? Therefore interventionist supply-side policies also become futile.

- In past communist states, what really happened is that the government just owned all the money and lived lavish lives of luxury while everyone else suffered. Kind of like Ghadafi, Hosni Mubarak, Bashar al-Assad, Zardari, and others.

 

THE ISLAMIC SYSTEM:

1.) Environmentally sustainable (ALL natural resources are collectively owned by humanity, and there is no price on them, similar to the Native Americans’ view).

2.) Eliminates interest completely from the economy. However even with a 0-interest economy, hyperinflation and loss of the value of the currency does NOT occur (as it did in Zimbabwe under Robert Mugabe). This is because the banks (acting as firms) offset inflationary pressures, and there is no inflationary spiral. The banks also mitigate the effects of the tax of Zakat if it is increased due to a person’s income and if the economy is experiencing a boom in the business cycle. 

3.) Decreases inflation rate to low and steady (because of increased aggregate supply)

4.) Levies a tax on accumulated capital (that is not used as expenditure) based on one’s income and how the economy’s doing called Zakat, which is used for social welfare. This money is given to: the poor, those employed as Zakat collectors, those whose hearts need to be comforted, for the freeing of slaves (economic slaves ones too), those burdened with debt, orphans, people in need of housing, people in need of bursaries for education, travellers, and those striving in the way of God (this includes but is not limited to missionaries, Imams, priests, rabbis, and other religious teachers). This is neither a direct (on income) nor indirect (on goods/services) tax, but on accumulated unused capital after 1 year.

5.) Increases employment, as the banks act as firms which have gains/losses in the money you put in them because they do business (kind of like stocks but with no regulation by the government or stock market; free-market).

6.) Eliminates need for wars for natural resources (ie. Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya).

7.) Reduces corruption, due to auditing board.

8.) Eliminates mortgages and replaces them with leases. Zakat also ensures everyone has a house, so homelessness is history.

 

P.S. This was only ever implemented in history by the 4 Caliphs after the Prophet Muhammad (sallAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), namely Abu Bakr, ‘Umar, ‘Uthman, and ‘Ali (radiAllahu ‘anhum). The current so-called ‘Islamic’ nations of the world have completely different economic systems. For example, Pakistan takes money from NGO’s and puts it in the coffers of politicians.

And, the Father of Modern Economics was Ibn Khaldun, an ancient Islamic sociologist/economist/historian, and not Adam Smith as is widely believed.

 

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