Feeling Spiritual?

بسم الله الرحمٰن الرحيم

I was at the Haram (Shrine of Hadhrat Ma’suma (a,s)) the other day and there is only one word that can summarize the overall state-peace. The air was brisk, it was empty, it was quiet, and the overall aesthetic seemed to be boasting even more that day. I sat there in the empty mosque and an unusual amount of peace began racing through my veins-it was extraordinary. I sat there and couldn’t help but feel spiritual.

After and hour or so I left, and as I began to head for home my thoughts began to prepare for battle as I began questioning the feelings I had sitting in the mosque. Did those feelings of spirituality stem from misleading thoughts? Does this feeling hold any substantial value? This feeling stemmed from realities that were physical, do those physical realities hold any value? These questions began to pester me as I walked and it prompted me to search for answers.

As a student in Qom, I’m blessed to be surrounded by teacher’s and learned people. For this specific question I had the opportunity to consult someone who I have the utmost respect for-Agha Mujahidi. Agha Mujahadi was the student of Ayatollah Pahlavani who himself was the student of the late Allama Tabataba’i. It is a chain that I have no need to question whatsoever. Agha Mujahidi comes to deliver lectures at our school once a week and the students have the chance to consult him afterwards.

I sat down with him and asked him the same questions that pestered me the same day I visited the shrine. He told me that these feelings of spirituality aren’t feelings that are in our control, it is God that intervenes and places them in our hearts. This put me at ease as it assured me that it wasn’t my evil desires that led me to feel a certain way. This answer also meant that such a feeling must also have some sort of value. He mentioned that although these feelings come and go it is important to not let them pass our minds quickly and forget them. We should hold on to them as long as we can and use them as a means to continue on our path towards God. We want to reach the point of مقام, meaning that we want to reach a point that practices such as staying away from sin and enjoining in mandatory actions with pure intentions becomes established and fixed in our lives. This part is not only the most important, but is also the part which requires the most effort on our side.

It is very likely for someone like me to have such feelings and pass by them quickly and forget them. Why is that? Why can’t I keep that feeling in me at all times? Some people came to the Holy Prophet (s.a.w) and addressed the issue to him similarly and he mentioned the reason for this.

الشاهد في هذا الحديث هو قول النبي (ص): ولولا تمريج قلوبكم، وتزيدكم في الحديث؛ لسمعتم ما أسمع).

The Prophet (s.aw.) mentions the two reasons we aren’t able to maintain a stable connection is that 1) we let everything in our hearts and 2) we speak too much. From what a trusted person explained to me, I understood that the first point means that we aren’t careful about the things that we see and hear. We need to be more careful about things that are unlawful as they have a direct correlation to our spiritual being. From the second point I understood that we are very free with the things we say and the amount that we speak. The lack of silence doesn’t allow us to contemplate on our own beings and hence bring reform in our lives. Working on these things may allow us to better understand the short moments of spirituality we experience and then work towards building a long-term relationship with our Creator.

Insha’Allah we pray that we can work towards understanding our nature as human beings, as Muslims, as servants of God and then create the relationship with the One who brought us into existence.

*Just as a separate بحث or discussion and more food for thought I wanted to bring up the ظاهري aspects of our religion and look into how they affect our فطرة (fitrat). Maybe it is something the reader can investigate as well. For example when it comes to things like weather, silence, architecture, sound, and many other things, I believe that they have some sort of reality when it comes to making us feel and pull us towards other realities.

*This is the reference to the Hadith I used: http://www.alseraj.net/cgi-bin/pros/av/SaharTextDisplay.cgi?print&32
-The same reference can be found in Al-Mizan (Allama Tabataba’i)



Love, isn’t easy.
Love, is hard work.
Trust doesn’t fall from the skies once you’ve drowned in her eyes.
Sacrifice isn’t handed on a plate with someone telling you to enjoy.
There’s no pill for understanding or a t.v series to learn content.
You must dive into those waters yourself.
And although the waves may bully you back to the shore,
You must jump back in.
Only then will we see the measure of your love.
We’ll see that no one spoon-fed you patience,
Nor did trust just fall into your lap.
You took beatings to understand sacrifice and contentment.
Only time will endow you with control of the sea.
So hold tight to time’s hand until love enters your heart.
Only then will I believe it when you tell me,
“Love isn’t easy.
Love is hard work.”



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چلا جاتا ہوں ہنستا کھیلتا موج حوادث سےIMG_3976
‎اگرآسانیاں ہوں زندگی دشوار ہوجائے

How easy is ignorance, and how wonderful is its bliss?

Struggle means that I forgo the pleasures in front of me and I decide to indulge in patience full on. I will include an explanation of patience so please look out for that and do read that, otherwise all this will be pointless. Struggling and observing patience is fruitful, but enjoying comforts and anticipating bliss is not-there’s no growth involved. When I am living life and looking to go through every door that is already opened, I’m learning no lessons.

“Mohammad, what are you saying? Stop trying to act like you know stuff.”

I act on nothing, so I know nothing. I’m just struggling (hah) to put ideas together.

What I am trying to relay here is that I live my life trying to find the easiest ways out and I’m not growing because of it. I try to maneuver in a way that I benefit myself every time. My soul knows no sacrifice. What patience, struggle, and sacrifice does is give you roots that no storm could ever dream of deracinating. Building habits within this life of bliss is making my will as light as a feather. What could I possible learn in life if I just went with the flow? Going with the flow means that I shake desire’s hand every time and close the deal. Khasara. 

With anything, if we want to be successful and firm then we need to understand that hard work will be involved. And then after understanding that, we must be willing to take that challenge head on. We must begin to say no to things and stick to our regiment for success. This is tough because it involves alienation and hard work. Nobody wants to be alienated. Nobody wants to do hard work. It involves too much. It’s easier just to lay back and enjoy the waves push us back to the shore. The reality of the matter is that we must become agents of change in our own lives. We should be willing to fight the waves and struggle in the midst of deep, murky, stormy waters. This is the way it is meant to be. The Almighty created us so that we struggle in his path. Obedience to God is not easy because it involves the same alienation and hard work. It is when we struggle on His path that He helps and guides us-there is no other way.

Sura Yunus-Verse 9

“Indeed those who have faith and do righteous deeds, their Lord guides them by the means of their faith.”


Changing the Climate

No, this post is not about global warming. Not even close. This post is about changing the climate within our societies or communities. For example, how do we go about changing the culture within our friend circle? How do we go about changing the culture within our communities? Changing the culture within society is a much, much larger monster and I am in no way ready to tackle that argument, so I will stay away from it for now.

This problem involves quite a bit of sociology in order to break down and effectively solve. Am I a sociologist? No. I’ve only been reading Ten Questions for a few weeks now, but I feel like I need to start off my conversation somewhere, and this could be the proper starting point. Don’t reading this expecting a shift in your way of thought, just read it as if you’re reading Cat in the Hat.

Humans are social beings. What does that mean? It means that we are not isolated individuals. We live in a world where some sort of socialization is going on. Keep in mind that the meaning of socialization should not be limited to direct interaction-many factors are at play.

Socialization is the process by which the various representatives of society -parents, teachers, political leaders, religious leaders, the news media-teach people the ways of society and, in so doing, form their basic qualities” (Charon, 32).

Take a minute to understand that definition. Now also understand that all the things listed after different in every society or community. As each society functions, different patterns are created as a result of these factors. A consistent implementation of these patterns leads to a culture being created. What the culture in turn does is maintain those social patterns. It becomes a cycle.

I realize that I am going to make a jump, but I don’t want to make this a long post. Hopefully this invokes some sort of interest in the discussion and those reading can do some sort of research on their own.

To change the culture, means to change the social patterns. It means changing the patterns which shape the beliefs, values, and rules of the society or community. This process would have to involve the breaking of a mold that has already hardened, and having these new social patterns form a different one. For example, it would mean changing the patterns within the news and media that have already created stable homes within the minds of the masses. Changing the social patterns doesn’t simply involve relaying and idea, it involves a heavy dose of implementation.

When a new culture has been created, that will lead to the maintaining of new social patterns. A different cycle will replace the one of the past. If through a shift in social patterns a community starts to read more, then the culture of reading will now become a value to that community. Values don’t just simply change willy-nilly, it requires chiseling into the rock and changing the face of what is currently there. It requires changing the condition of the soil.

If you want to change the culture, you have to change the pieces that make it function the way it does. Will it take time? Of course. Is it easy? No. It’s a process.

*This write-up is probably flawed in many areas. I would definitely appreciate feedback as it would give me a chance to change the way I view the basics of the issue at a first glance.