Sunday, February 05, 2006

Blogging for the Prophet (sallalahu alayhi wa salaam)


Blogging for the Prophet (sallalahu alayhi wa salaam)

In Honor of the Prophet (sallalahu alayhi wa salaam)In these controversial times when Muslims are feeling quite helpless, I think there's one person in particular that we need to reflect on. Who else knows more about trials, suffering, pressure, stress and tribulations other than our Messenger (sallalahu alayhi wa salaam). In the face of crises, he never lost his serenity. While being attacked and maligned, he prayed for his enemies. It's time to cultivate such qualities in ourselves instead of falling into the traps of violence and slander.

Umm Zee and Baraka are hosting blog carnivals. I've decided to host one, too. Brother Aiman came up with the idea of an artistic response. The Islamic Artists Society is representing an artistic response to this latest controversy. We will avoid reactionism and focus on Habib Allah (peace and blessings upon him). February 19th, 2005, two weeks from now, is the deadline for any creative expression in praise and honor of the Prophet (sallalahu alayhi wa salaam). We have every right as Muslims and as human beings to defend ourselves. A mosque was bombed in Tennessee. We have to defend our right to existance and to our religion. We shouldn't suffer for the actions of a few. Every other religious and ethnic group has this privilege accept us. And while we still have power to speak, we should take advantage of it because it is common to spill our blood with no remorse.

We must fight back, but not with violence, not with vigilantism or oppression towards innocent people. We don't deserve the help of Allah ta'ala if we are willing to trangress His laws for the sake of temporal justice. Our justice is ultimately in the afterlife, if it's lived in fear and awe of Him. Please turn in any essays, artwork, online short films, graphic design, poetry, etc. to mosaicsmag (@) gmail.com. or if you have my personal email address, you can use that, too. If possible and if it's okay with UZ, Abdul-Halim and Altaf, we can use the Progressive Muslims blog, the Living Tradition blog and 3rd Resurrection for this purpose. Consider it as a way of reflecting on his life to help us get through post 9-11 society. If you want, you can turn posts written on your blog from the past. It doesn't have to be anything new. Link this event on your blogs if you want.

Shukran

Kelly Izdihar

2 Comments:

Blogger Mona Um Ibrahim said...

Great. I will link this inshaALlah. Btw, The link to Umm Zaid's carnival is incorrect.

10:23 AM  
Blogger izzymo said...

DOH! I'll correct that!

4:40 PM  

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