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“The Sunny Side”

Bismillah.

How many people do you know in your life who have a passion for photography? Many, right? Out of those, how many photographers do you know who don’t have any picture of the sun in their portfolio? No one, you say? Exactly!

After all, who can resist taking a picture of the sun rising or setting behind the clouds, in a clear blue sky, behind the trees, above water or at the roadside? Every single sunrise and sunset is different from the previous one. Every single one of them has their own beauty, their own uniqueness.

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Not only do we enjoy photographing the sun, but we also enjoy the sunlight in winters and benefit from it in various uncountable ways throughout the year. Today we know that not getting enough sunlight can cause a deficiency of vitamin D in our body.

Even if we don’t ponder over these facts often, we know that the sun rises everyday and brings morning with it and its setting is the onset of night. Engrossed in our routines as we are, fretting about an assignment not completed, about an employee being on leave, about a family member being ill, we don’t for a moment doubt that today the sun might not rise or set way too early. We trust that even though our own faculties or are loved ones may deceive us, but the sun won’t. This trust, don’t you think is actually on the One who causes the sun to rise and set? We just know He won’t forget or make a blunder like we humans do. Yes, the sun functions by the permission of its Creator.

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Well, here’s the surprise! One day the sun won’t rise as usual from the East, but it will rise from the West. That will be a scary day. It will be the day when the end of this world will be very close, and when seeking forgiveness won’t benefit any more.

This has been mentioned in Sahih Bukhari, 3199:

Narrated Abu Dhar:

The Prophet (ﷺ) asked me at sunset, “Do you know where the sun goes (at the time of sunset)?” I replied, “Allah and His Apostle know better.” He said, “It goes (i.e. travels) till it prostrates Itself underneath the Throne and takes the permission to rise again, and it is permitted and then (a time will come when) it will be about to prostrate itself but its prostration will not be accepted, and it will ask permission to go on its course but it will not be permitted, but it will be ordered to return whence it has come and so it will rise in the west. And that is the interpretation of the Statement of Allah: “And the sun Runs its fixed course For a term (decreed). that is The Decree of (Allah) The Exalted in Might, The All- Knowing.” (36.38)

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.

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