بِسْــــــــــــــــــمِ اﷲِالرَّحْمَنِ اارَّحِيم
Today is the day of ‘Arafah.
The Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه و سلم) said: “The greatest supplication is the supplication of the day of ‘Arafah, and the best thing I and the Prophets before me ever said is
لا الهَ اِلَّا اللّهُ وَحْدَهُ لا شَرِيْكَ لَهْ، لَهُ الْمُلْكُ وَ لَهُ الْحَمْدُ وَهُوَ عَلى كُلِّ شَئ ٍ قَدِيْرٌ
‘La ilaha ill Allah, Wahdahu la sharika lah, lahu al-mulk wa lahu al-hamd, wa Huwa ‘ala kulli shay’in Qadir’
[There is none worthy of worship but Allah; He has no partners; the kingdom is His, all praise is for Him, and He is Able to do all things].”
The existence of our Creator, Allah, the realization of His immense power, and singling Him out for submission and worship – known in Arabic as “Tawhid” – is what this day revolves around. In fact, it is what our existence on this Earth revolves around.
All indications are that the secular/”democratic”/capitalist/Western/whatever ideological experiment of the past few centuries to bring some meaning and happiness to humanity has ended in dismal failure. The main purveyor of this ideology (also known as “freedom”), America has become an exhausted, depressed, delusional, paranoid, debt-ridden, and overall hypocritical entity with dark circles under its eyes, and has proven itself unfit to lead humanity.
It’s time to try something new.
Tomorrow is the holiday of ‘Id al-Adha. Like other holidays, it will come and go. But for a Muslim – for an adherent to Tawhid – everyday is a cause for celebration and happiness. A Muslim from the early generations, al-Hasan al-Basri said: “Each day that a believer spends obeying his Protector (Allah), remembering Him and thanking Him, is a cause for celebration (a ‘Id).” If you learn where you came from, why you are here, and where you are going, the underlying themes of your waking moments will be nothing but tranquillity and joy. This will apply to all levels of existence (you as an individual, society, etc.).
I write these words while leaning my back against the cinder blocks which constitute the walls of my prison cell, right under a window overlooking a brick wall and razor wire fence, under a pale gray sky. Many other Muslims are also here and in various other prisons scattered around the globe. Others are putting their lives on the line each day, fighting to defend and protect humanity’s final hope for meaning and happiness – Islam. The world’s most powerful government is doing everything it can to wipe us out, along with that hope…but for some reason, we remain the happiest people on Earth.
There is none worthy of worship but Allah, and He has no partners. The kingdom is His, all praise is His, and He is Able to do all things.
On the day of ‘Arafah
Thursday, 9th of Dhu al-Hijjah 1433 (25th of October 2012)
Terre Haute CMU
United States Federal Prison
Tariq Mehanna #05315-748 FCI Terre Haute Federal Correctional Institution PO Box 33 Terre Haute, IN 47808 USA