The Prayer of the Oppressed

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Power of this prayer of Imam Muhammad al-Dar’i lies in its simplicity, its
purity, and its sincere supplication. It is essentially a plea to God that our
transgressions be overlooked, that divine mercy be bestowed upon us, that
social justice be restored in spite of us, that wrongs be righted, and that
righteousness reign once again in our lands, so that the destitute may no
longer be in need, the young may be educated, the animals’ purpose fulfilled,
rain restored, and bounties poured forth. It is a plea to be freed from the
aggression of foreigners in lands over which they have no right—a plea much needed
in our modern world, rampant as it is with invasions and territorial
occupations. Ultimately, it asks not that our enemies be destroyed, but simply
that their plots, and the harm they cause, be halted. Its essence is mercy,
which in turn is the essence of the Messenger of God, Muhammad (peace and
blessing of God be upon him): “And We have only sent you as a mercy to all the

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Born in Washington State and raised in Northern California, Hamza Yusuf became Muslim in 1977, after which he traveled to the Muslim world. He studied for ten years in the U.A.E., Saudi Arabia, and in North and West Africa, and received teaching licenses in various Islamic subjects. He then returned to the United States and earned degrees in Religious Studies and Health Care. He has traveled all over the world giving talks on Islam. In 1996 he founded the Zaytuna Institute, which is committed to presenting a classical picture of Islam in the West and reviving traditional study methods and the sciences of Islam. In 2009 he co-founded Zaytuna College in Berkeley, California, America’s first accredited Muslim institution of higher learning. Yusuf is the first American lecturer to teach in the Qarawiyin, Morocco’s most prestigious and oldest university. In addition, he has translated into modern English several classical Arabic traditional texts and poems. He currently resides in Northern California with his wife and five children.

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La diferencia entre alguien cuyo corazón está purificado y sano y
alguien cuyo corazón es impuro y corrupto: La gente impura oprime, y
los de corazón puro no sólo perdonan a sus opresores sino que los
elevan en carácter y posición. A fin de purificarnos, debemos empezar
por reconocer esta verdad. De esto trata este libroes un libro de
auto-purificación y un manual de liberación. Si trabajamos sobre
nuestros corazones, si realmente ponemos en práctica lo que aquí se
aconseja, empezaremos a ver cambios en nuestras vidas, en nuestro
estado, nuestra sociedad, y hasta en la dinámica interna de nuestras
familias. Es una bendición contar con esta ciencia de la   
purificación y que esta enseñanza exista hoy en el mundo. Lo único
que necesitamos es tomar en serio estas enseñanzas.
Examinemos pues
lo que expone aquí este gran sabio y aprendamos acerca de las
enfermedades del corazón, examinando su etiología (sus causas), sus
señales y síntomas, y, finalmente, cómo tratarlas. Existen dos tipos
de tratamiento: el tratamiento teórico, que es comprender la enfermedad
en sí, y el tratamiento práctico, que se centra en las fórmulas que
debemos aplicar a fin de restablecer la pureza natural del corazón. Si
aplicamos las técnicas que han sido elaboradas y impartidas por los
grandes sabios de la vasta tradición del Islam, veremos resultados.
Pero como ocurre con las recetas médicas, el doctor no puede obligarte a
tomar la medicina. Los eruditos expertos en la puri- ficación
espiritual nos ofrecen tratamientos extraídos de las enseñanzas del
Corán y del modelo ejemplar del Profeta (la paz sea con él). Las
enseñanzas están ahí a nuestra disposición. Son claras y funcionan.
Sólo queda, pues, que las aprendamos, las apliquemos a nosotros mismos,
y las compartamos con otros.
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