My profile is already a bit long to some as is, and I really do not want to add much more as an introduction, but a sister sent me a message that I have to address. She blocked me completely without giving me a chance to defend myself. So I want to address it here even though she may n...
My profile is already a bit long to some as is, and I really do not want to add much more as an introduction, but a sister sent me a message that I have to address. She blocked me completely without giving me a chance to defend myself. So I want to address it here even though she may never read it. Her message was that I need to fear Allah, that I was an old man and that I am naked __ referring to my photos.
First, yes I need to fear Allah, and I believe that we all need to fear Him regardless of how many good works we think we do for Him. There are many sins we do each day too. We must to turn to Allah for forgiveness, and I do, and I do not take that lightly.
Secondly, she called me an old man __ I do not think she meant it as an endearment. (smile) Yes, I am an older brother; I do not lie about my age.
Thirdly, she says that I am “naked”, and I believe by this she justifies saying I need to fear Allah, and I am an old man. Me being naked, well, this is not true at all. She is very wrong. This is what I want to address, to proof her statement is unfounded and untrue. This is to her, and to others who many feel the same.
1) Each Muslim knows by Islamic law that the privet parts of a man is between his navel and knees. I certainly did not expose this part of myself.
2) In the Hajj, during part of the run from Safa and Marwa, we men uncover the shoulders from our Mehram. This, and only the top portion of my chest is what is uncovered in my photos; no more.
3) The Prophet uncovered his shoulder and upper back to show Salmaan The Farecy the sign of his prophet hood on his back. Of course in this there was a reason to expose his shoulder and back. This was not his habit, meaning I do not think he sat like that normally. However, there is a strong hadeeth where the Prophet sat in his home with Aby Bakr and ‘Umar where his thighs were exposed. This is before ‘Uthmaan enter the room where the Prophet covered them.
Let me say here that others may have the same reaction when seeing my posted photos, and in part, this is why I am writing this update. I might take them down because they maybe, in some way feel offended.
The question remains as to why I would post such photos. Well, I think in looking into my heart, that I believe that most women think that a man of my age does not have a sensual side. I am using them to dispel that notion.
Now my profile:
You can find me: elements-of-still. If Allah wills, you can figure it out. Be clever.
I must first thank Allah for those who have contacted me, and to show my appreciation to them. However, I am not looking to those outside the States. For other brothers they may not have the same issues as I, so for them it is fine. Not for me. It can really be a heart break.
An update: I am a paid member on this site. However, only for this month, but, after that, as I said, you can find me . . .
It is true that I am an introvert, a loner, and it has effected my past relationships; that and the lost feelings of not always pasting the tests Allah gives me in dealing with them, and they with me.
However, I like people. I have warm feelings when I am with them, and I do often go out of my way to make them feel comfortable in my presence.
I have been burnt a few times __ as we all have __, but to see them interconnect with each other, their smiles, their small talks, the handshakes and hugs does give me hope in humanity, and that Allah's Grace spread around to us all.
Still, at the end of the day, being an artist pulls me inward. There is where I feel at home, and if there is stillness and a lot of empty space around me I become content.
There is room there inside for a woman to share and explore, but I find women are a bit superficial and can not appreciate the inner stillness and depth of an artist, and the lifestyle one leads.