Author Archives: Will McCants

Proofreading the Revelation

As for the scribes and the differences between the manuscripts they prepared, this is what has shown forth from the horizon of elucidation in answer (to your question): O Zayn!  The verses of God were revealed in such manner that … Continue reading

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The Plight of Islam

I plead my grief and my sorrow to God, the Lord of mankind.  Things have been turned upside down and countries are in turmoil, which has weakened Islam.  Its enemies have closed in on it and it is surrounded.  It … Continue reading

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Shaykh Ahmad on Infallibility

As for how the `Adliyya define `isma, their definition is the most appropriate.  The gist of the correct part of their definition is that (`isma) is a divine disposition that prevents the act of disobeying and intending to do so … Continue reading

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Sun Salutation

While facing the sun on Friday, say this verse so that you will attain the presence of the sun of reality on the day of resurrection: “Verily, the glory (al-baha’) of God be upon your rising, O rising sun!  Testify … Continue reading

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A Prayer For Gavin Welch

He is the Most Glorious! O Lord my God!  Thou knowest that this servant is aflame with the fire of Thy love, dazed in the wilderness of longing for Thee, drawn onwards by the wondrous lights of Thy beauty, and … Continue reading

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Why Some Prayers for Healing Are Not Answered

You have asked why these people have died, despite reciting supplications and reading prayers of healing for them.  Know that these prayers and supplications for healing affect a contingent fate, not a fixed, irrevocable fate.  Fate is of two kinds: … Continue reading

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Ozymandius

When Husayn b. Sayyab al-Basha was the governor of al-Ahsa’, the Arabs plotted against him.  Muhammad Al `Uzayr came and (his men) surrounded the Basha, fighting the Ottomans. They seized al-Ahsa’ and Muhammad Al `Uzayr ruled it. After he died, … Continue reading

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The True Torah

As for the story of Lot and his daughters and the apostasy of some of the prophets recorded in the Torah and the Psalms, these confused dreams are the words of historians among the People of the Book for which … Continue reading

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Reflecting on Ruins

I was often contemplative during my childhood.  If I was with other children, I played with them just as they played.  But everything was an occasion for contemplation, in which I excelled them.  If none of the children were with … Continue reading

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Imams’ Words Keys to Understanding Shaykh Ahmad’s Allusions

If you want to know the truth, contemplate what I have said to you.  Do not turn to your rules or to the sciences of the people with which you are familiar; rather, contemplate my words with the gaze of … Continue reading

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