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Of Memories and Affections


Five days into Eid and I still remember the two pretty white sheep that my brother and his wife sacrificed this time. 

They had come to our home almost a year ago. Cuddly little things they were when they first arrived. My nephews and I used to play with them in the garden. In a matter of few months, they had become fully grown sheep. I recall when their wool was shorn and we used to marvel and laugh at how different they looked. Throughout the year, it was actually only a few times that I had spent time with them. And yet, I miss them even when Eid has passed. 

Usually, our mind doesn’t wander back to our sacrificial animals so frequently but just those few moments of association had built a bond not to be broken easily. Because humans are made to love and have affection, this is how they’re created. 

Imagine if this creation of love and affection is told to sacrifice, not sheep, but his own son. How would he ever relent to that? The bond of humans with their pets is strong. The bond of humans with other fellow humans is stronger. The bond of humans with other people who they know is stronger still. The bond of humans with their relatives is even stronger. And the bond of man with his kids is incomparable to any other bond in this world. This makes the bidding of sacrificing one’s own son seem odd and out of place. And yet, there was this man who not only accepted and obeyed but also did the deed with all his heart in it. 

Did he not love his son enough? Yes, he did. Maybe even more than usual. Because his child was not your usual everyday son but one who was obedient and of the best character. Who could help not adoring such a kid, let alone his father? 

How could he do this then? Surely, it was because the One who had commanded to do this act was more beloved to this man than any other human on this earth. Most beloved, because that’s how great is the One who told him to sacrifice his own son. So great that he did not have to question. This man knew His Wisdom, His Love, His Mercy, His Greatness surpasses all others. Because He is the Creator of that man and of all mankind. 

I wonder if we also know and believe in the Greatness of our Creator, what would we be willing to sacrifice? Would we sacrifice our time, energies, efforts, resources, desires, negative thoughts and lifestyles for Him? But perhaps, we do not know Him truly…  


Isn’t It Time We Woke Up???


I just happened to look at a not so old newspaper (The News, July 3, 2011). And this is what I came across: “US Embassy holds gay, lesbian ceremony in Islamabad”.
Inside the report it said: “The US Embassy has arranged first ever gay, lesbians and transgender pride celebration ceremony in Islamabad and assured its participants that Washington would continue to support their cause here in Pakistan.”

Pakistan is a Muslim country. Muslims are those who believe in one God (Allah), His Messenger Muhammad (S.A.W) and believe that Quran (Allah’s word) was revealed on the Prophet (S.A.W).

So what does Quran say about those who commit this shameful act?

And [We had sent] Lut when he said to his people, “Do you commit such immorality as no one has preceded you with from among the worlds? Indeed, you approach men with desire, instead of women. Rather, you are a transgressing people.” (7 : 80-81)

It is clearly stated here that they approached men with desire, instead of women. And further on it says that they ridiculed Prophet Lut (A.S)’s message. So what happened to them?

And We rained upon them a rain [of stones]. Then see how was the end of the criminals. (7 : 84)

In another chapter of the Quran the same story is told in these words:

Do you approach males among the worlds? And leave what your Lord has created for you as mates? But you are a people transgressing.” (26 : 165-166)

And further on it says that they ridiculed Prophet Lut (A.S)’s message. Consequences?

And We rained upon them a rain [of stones], and evil was the rain of those who were warned. Indeed in that is a sign, but most of them were not to be believers. (26 : 173-174)

So there is a sign in this story. Can you guess what? In another place in the Quran it is mentioned:

And We have certainly presented for the people in this Qur’an from every [kind of] example – that they might remember. (39 : 27)

They might remember what? The terrible punishment of those people, they were stoned to death. And it says in another place that:

So when Our command came, We made the highest part [of the city] its lowest and rained upon them stones of layered hard clay, [which were] Marked from your Lord. And Allah ‘s punishment is not from the wrongdoers [very] far. (11 : 82-83)

So they were not only stoned to death, the stones were marked for each person by the Lord. And their city was picked up and slammed back upside down. This is a reminder for those who commit this heinous crime. And to think of celebration in our own country?

Isn’t it high time we woke up??????


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