I pray that 2014 brings with it peace and happiness for all LGBT+ people.
I pray that families, chosen or otherwise, are strengthened and filled with love and support.
I pray that we are able to accept ourselves for who we are and that we are able to progress along our individual journeys wherever that may be.
I pray for hope. I pray for joy. I pray for love.
Happy New Year friends,
Solidarity with our Shia family.
There are so many, but the one I have been thinking about, a lot, recently is found in Imam Bukhari’s Hadith collection, where Osama ibn Zayd, The Prophet’s adopted grandson, narrates:
God’s Messenger (peace be upon him) sent us (to fight) against Al-Huraqa (one of the sub-tribes) of Juhaina. We reached those people in the morning and defeated them. A man from the Ansar and I chased one of their men and when we attacked him, he said, “None has the right to be worshiped but God.” The Ansari refrained from killing him but I stabbed him with my spear till I killed him. When we reached (Medina), this news reached the Prophet. He said to me, “O Osama! You killed him after he had said, ‘None has the right to be worshiped but God?”’ I said, “O God’s Messenger (peace be upon him)! He said so in order to save himself.” The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “You killed him after he had said, ‘None has the right to be worshiped but God.” The Prophet (peace be upon him) kept on repeating that statement till I wished I had not been a Muslim before that day.
It is beautiful in its pain, how much love The Prophet had for people who declared the shahadah, a love we (all) have truly failed to achieve, unfortunately.
Dear Muslims who have been bullied, been told they aren’t Muslim.