Throughout this site God is used instead of Allah, blessed and exalted is He — and similarly any easily translatable term is always written in English — to reach an audience as wide as possible and welcome them.1 Esoteric terms are followed by their Arabic original so no accuracy is lost by my interpretation (and every translation is an interpretation) of them.
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This website is named after a person; not from any pride, he hopes, but because:
To name this site something fancy could give way to arrogance inside him.
It’s a disclaimer, reminding everyone that all this is written by a random dude. A fancy name like Muslim Lamp (made-up example) could unintentionally mislead people, or at least help them forget that such a site is no authority.
It’s a message that since this random person is producing something and trying, there is no reason why you can’t do better and more!
A fancier title like Lightning Claps (that’s his previous site, actually!), he would outgrow it and think of something better. But if it’s just his name, he can to stick with it.
He has spent all his life finding his name already taken as a username, so he fully intends to never let go of this website address. 😝
This site has been inspired and influenced by many living people, namely:
- Abū Aaliyah — addressing a wide range of pertinent issues from the lens of faith. A highlight.
- James Clear — systematic explanations on systematically improving your life. A highlight.
- Tim Urban — astounds me by analyzing even mundane things of life to great insight. A highlight.
- The Ideal Muslim Man — showed me how much a blog can impact people. A highlight.
- Celestine Chua — writing pieces that apply to me so much, I wish I wrote them. A highlight.
- Maryam Amirebrahimi — posts that really helped me when I was young(er!). A highlight.
- Shane Parrish — short but impacting articles to make you better. A highlight.
- Polymatter — walking the tough line between quality information and entertainment. A highlight
- NF — those lyrics make him a poet reaching all regardless of background. A highlight
- Marijn Haverbeke — gives away his incredible textbook, only selling an optional hard copy.
- Asadullah Ali — inspires me how he went from writing as a hobby to making an entire movement. A highlight.
- Geoff Thew — taught me how there is no limit to analyzing something.
- Omar Abdl-Haleem — for writing this one post that I have read more than any other.
May God bless them all. That’s also a great reading/watching list for you!
“One hour of reflection competes with 60 years of worship.”
—The Prophet of God2, peace and blessings upon him
“He who knows himself knows his Lord.”
—Yaḥyā ibn Muʿādh ar-Rāzi3
“The fruit of reflection is love of God.”
“Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.”
—Martin Luther King, Jr.
“The true alchemists do not change lead into gold; they change the world into words.”
—William H. Gass
“If speech gives you pleasure, then remain silent; and if silence pleases you, then talk.”
“Sincerity is a sword that is never used against anything without cutting it.”
“To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time.”
- NF said “I’m just an artist who makes music for everybody.“ Truly his words do flow with universal truths… this site hopes to do the same and be open and accessible for anyone to benefit. [return]
- Sourced from here, but explained better here (although cited with different wording). [return]
- StackExchange [return]
- Wording from here, but complete and accurate quote is probably this. [return]