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Clash of the Two World Views

Assalamu’alaykum,
Bismillah.

We say there is a clash between communism/capitalism and religion. Liberalism and theism. Fascism and…. The list goes on. There have been articles and books written on Islam and the West and East and West. No one fully understands where the real problem lies. The reality is that the real problem or the real clash is only between two kinds of world views. And on those world views rest the other sub-world views.

There is a clash between the human-centric world and the God-centric world.

A God-centric world is that in which God is the centre of all things. God makes the laws of the world and those laws are followed. He is the supreme power. He tells you what to do and what not to do.
For example, God said the punishment of theft is to cut one of the hands. Now if someone steals, his hand would be cut off even if he is the president’s son because the law has to be obeyed.
Since God is the supreme power so everyone else is His slave and there is equality in the eyes of law and justice for everyone. The same rewards and same punishments apply to the same crime irrespective of who did it. So be it the king or the poorest beggar, both would think twice before committing a crime.
Similarly, if God says that women should wear a hijab, they would do so even if they don’t understand the logic behind it because God is the All-Wise. They would know that there is wisdom behind this order but they just can’t reach that height. ( To be sure the logic behind hijab is pretty clear actually).
By following the dos and don’ts given by God, societies prosper.

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Now let’s look at the human-centric world. A human-centric world is that in which the centre of things is human beings. Whatever laws human beings want, they make them and implement them. Humans tell you what is good and what is bad.
But do you see the snag? Humans are flawed. They neither have supreme wisdom nor supreme power. When they make a law and implement it, after some time it backfires because it was made by flawed humans. But it cannot be countered then as humans who made that law are involved in that very crime themselves.
For example, in a country in the West, 80% of violent crimes are due to alcohol every year. So why not ban drinking? Because the parliament (the law making body) is itself heavily involved in drinking. Due to this and many such examples, there has been chaos and the structure of the society has deteriorated, everyone does what they want to do.
In the 20th century, when humans tried to take control of the universe themselves, there have been 200 million deaths. With Communism and Nazism and Fascism etc. Humans go and kill a million in Iraq, humans go and kill millions in Vietnam, humans go and destroy Hiroshima and Nagasaki, humans kill 6 million Jews.
Every single day in Britain, there are a hundred and forty seven rapes. Every two minutes in the States, a woman is raped. They know the reason. Pornography gives rise to it directly. But pornography sells because humans want it as it is a human-centric world.

The West divorced Church from the affairs of the state and from their life a long time ago and made humans their centre.

Today there are a number of sects of secularism (the -ism that is human centric). There is capitalism, communism, liberalism, atheism and the likes. They all disagree with each other too but their basis is essentially the same: a human-centric world.
The Muslims of today have left God as their centre and started following the human centric world, due to which they are suffering from the very same problems as them.

The solution then lies in the God-centric world. Islam is that religion which not only came from God but is still pure and uncontaminated from human whims and desires. It provides a complete way of life that has its centre around God. A system, flawless and unbeatable.

Taken from Adnan Rashid‘s lecture at UCI during the Winds of Change tour.

Wassalam,
Hajrah.

Oh The Regret

Assalamu’alaykum,
Bismillah.

We were registering people for an event of the Winds of Change tour by Youth Club. After the registration had closed, we kept on receiving requests for any remaining spots. We had to refuse everyone. Then there were some changes in the arrangement and we could register a few more people. We opened the registration forms and in five minutes we were full again. Something happened and I re-opened them, and a form came in. Then they were closed for good.

I felt sad, I wanted everyone to attend it but they just couldn’t register in time.

This is just a simple event. No guarantee that that those who’ll come will be the chosen ones and those who won’t will be rejected. (Don’t compare it with the thought below)

BUT that day came to my mind. That great Big Day; when only those will be allowed to enter Jannah who had registered for it well in time i.e. before their death. And those who missed their chance….however much they’d request, the chance would have gone. Oh the grief! Nothing could be done then. Allah (SWT) wanted all His creation to enter Jannah but they just didn’t do the good deeds, they did not register. How could He let them enter?

Doesn’t it bring a shiver and feeling of the deepest remorse? It’ll all be over? And no chance? Lost forever! Imagine the regret! It’s called Yaum-ul-Hasrah for that very reason. If only, only we could have done some more….

When that single form came in at the end, I thought to myself, I clicked on the re-open button for him but I didn’t know. It was his good fate. And then I thought of those who’ll be allowed to enter Jannah after the accounts of everyone would have been cleared. They’ll be forgiven for something or the other that was worth it and Allah will let them go at the end; which implies that never ever should we ever leave any good deed, however small it may be, thinking this is so small or what’s the use. Maybe it’s that one small good deed on which we’ll be allowed to enter at the very end.

Think about those people who’re striving hard for Jannah, who don’t let go of any good deed that comes their way. Are we wasting our time? Will this be a source of regret for us at the end? :(

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Wassalam,
Hajrah.

Heart Talks

Assalam u ‘alaikum.

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Get to know why you should know about Allah, clear your confusions and share it with others. :)

Click on this link to view: Why Know Allah?

P.S. Get to know the Arabic title of first chapter here.

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