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Independence!

Bismillah.

“The independence day sales estimated to reach Rs. 40-50 billion this year”, reported a newspaper.

As I read the headline, I couldn’t help but feel embarrassed. Embarrassed to face the underprivileged class upon spending so excessively for the celebration of a single day, in the form of paper flags that are seen trampled on the roads on the morning of 15th, in the form of lights decking huge buildings when villages upon villages have no electricity throughout the year, in the form of fireworks and gunshots that disturb the peace of many ill, old and suffering, in the form of huge green and white cakes when thousands in this country sleep everyday without having eaten a single morsel, in the form of green and white paints and flower petals when so many walk around in rags.

What kind of love entails only words and one-time actions? Why do we always have to choose the more flashy and easy way out? Why do we polish and glamorize cracked walls, why not fix the cracks first? Why don’t we strive together to make every person of this land truly independent and free? Free from financial burdens, from hate, the shackles of undue cultural practices, from pleasing everyone all the time, from worshipping anyone and anything other than the one true God. Because indeed, this is what our forefathers dreamed of. A land where the one God, Allah could be worshipped freely, where His Laws could be implemented, where we won’t be compelled to follow human-made flawed systems.

And certainly, that one God commands of nothing but good. He tells us to take care of the needy and the poor. He tells us to have empathy, to put their worries above our own. And if we do follow His Laws and take care of the poor accordingly, then who will remain dependent? Who wouldn’t be free?

There’s still time, my dear fellow Pakistanis! Let’s start helping those around us, not only materially but also spiritually. Because they need it. We all need to be free by being slaves of Allah, as that is the ultimate freedom!

Let’s live, Pakistan ka matlab kia? La ilaaha illa Allah*

*La ilaaha illa Allah: there is no God worthy of worship except Allah.

 

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Beyond Compare!

Bismillah.

One thousand years ago, no one could imagine that there could ever be created a device by humans that could perform calculations, organize data, make long distance communication a possibility and even point out mistakes of humans themselves. And yet, today every other person owns a laptop and hardly anyone can imagine their life without a smartphone.

However, despite all the development in technology and despite the advanced efficiency of the brain of computers, no one can claim that they come at par with the human brain.

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Nor does anyone ever believe the camera lens to be equal to human eye. Although the camera lens captures the most intricate details of the scene, enhances colours and tones and even adjusts the lighting of the environment, it still cannot do what the human eye can.

If you take an aerial view, you’ll come to realize that humans, computer and the camera, all are created after all. Humans are created by God and computer and the camera are created by humans. If we say God is the Creator and all else is creation then in short, they all (humans, computers, cameras) are creation of God. But even then there is no comparison of one creation (humans) with the other creation (computers & cameras).

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How strange is it then that a comparison is made between the Creator and creation? Not only is it strange but absurd and illogical as well. How can purely human traits be in God and how can God not do what humans can’t? It doesn’t even make sense. Which is why the Creator does not approve of any such false statements.

And this is what the Creator, Allah says Himself as we find in Sahih Bukhari, 3193:

Narrated Abu Huraira:

Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said, “Allah the Most Superior said, “The son of Adam slights Me, and he should not slight Me, and he disbelieves in Me, and he ought not to do so. As for his slighting Me, it is that he says that I have a son; and his disbelief in Me is his statement that I shall not recreate him as I have created (him) before.”

May Allah make us see the truth and follow the truth only. Ameen.

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.

7 Things You Should Know!

Salam,
Bismillah.

La ilaaha illallah = There is no deity except Allah.
This above statement is commonly known as ‘kalima’ among the Muslims.
Muslims believe that saying this kalima makes you a Muslim and is the pass to Paradise. But is it as simple as that?

There are seven conditions of the kalima (taken from the Quran and Sunnah), defined by scholars, and briefly described below. Do read them, follow and get a ticket to Paradise? ;) (InshaAllah).

Al-‘Ilm (knowledge):

Knowing. Allah says in the Quran, “So know, [O Muhammad], that there is no deity except Allah…” (Muhammad 19).

Blind faith is not at all acceptable. The person who knew that “there is no deity except Allah” will enter into Paradise.

So, knowledge makes the difference. Every person shall be asked 3 questions in the grave. If he answers them correctly, he’ll pass the final test. If he doesn’t, he’ll fail. The person who wouldn’t be able to answer the questions would say “I don’t know”. So, the difference is of knowledge.

It is said that obtaining knowledge is obligatory, which knowledge? Knowledge on the basis of which salvation depends! And that is those 3 questions of the grave.
For details on the 3 questions, click here.

If we know there is an exam tomorrow, we would study.
Prophet Muhammad s.a.w used to take out lessons for his companions from things like the flapping of birds’ wings, as quoted by a companion himself.
He taught wise words (kalimat) to kids too. (Like he once taught something to his young companion, Ibn-e-Abbas r.a.)

So ‘know’, and tell others too.

Al-Yaqeen (certainty):

This is the opposite of doubt. It’s about the certainty on the kalima and the certainty that everything other than it is false. Complete faith!

It is said in a hadith that there is no greater blessing given than certainty and health. So you should make dua for these. (I can’t seem to find hadith references; this is the meaning of the hadith).

This certainty of the kalima is a way for the expiation of the sins too.

Below is the story of a man who was certain that Allah is the Lord and can punish him.

‘Once there was a man on his death-bed, who, losing every hope of surviving said to his family: When I die, gather for me a large heap of wood and make a fire (to burn me). When the fire eats my meat and reaches my bones, and when the bones burn, take and crush them into powder and wait for a windy day to throw it (i.e. the powder) over the sea. They did so, but Allah collected his particles and asked him:
Why did you do so? He replied: For fear of You. So Allah forgave him.”

[Bukhari, Volume 4, Book 56, 659]

Why is there so much importance of Sayyidul-Istighfar? Because we express our certainty in it.
Click here for Sayyidul-Istighfar.

So, first thing is knowledge. And with knowledge comes certainty.

Al-Qubool (acceptance):

This is the opposite of rejection. Some people have knowledge and they are certain that this is the truth but they still do not accept, due to arrogance or some other such reason. For example, Abu Jahal knew and was certain that the message brought by Prophet Muhammad s.a.w is true but he didn’t accept. Similarly, the scholars of Jews and Christians knew and were certain that the message of the Prophet s.a.w is true but they didn’t accept.

“Those to whom We gave the Scripture know him as they know their own sons. But indeed, a party of them conceal the truth while they know [it].” (Al-Baqarah 146)

“Many of the People of the Scripture wish they could turn you back to disbelief after you have believed, out of envy from themselves [even] after the truth has become clear to them.” (Al-Baqarah 109)

“Indeed they, when it was said to them, “There is no deity but Allah,” were arrogant” (As-Saaffat 35)

“The most hated speech to Allah is when a man says to another man, ‘Fear Allah!’ and he replies, ‘Worry about your own self!’ “[Sheikh Albani authenticated it in Silsilatul-Ahaadeethis-Saheehah (#2598)]

Al-Inqiyad (adherence):

Obedience. To show by actually doing the stuff. Acceptance was to affirm by saying it and adherence is to do it too.

“And return [in repentance] to your Lord and submit to Him before the punishment comes upon you; then you will not be helped.” (Az-Zumar 54)

It says in a hadith: “the believer is like a submissive camel, wherever he is led, he follows” [Ahmad (4/126), Ibn Maajah (no. 43), al-Haakim (1/96) and others – Hasan]

““Islam is to bear witness that there is no god but God and that Muhammad is the Messenger of God; and to perform the prayer; pay zakat; fast Ramadan; and to perform Hajj to the House if you are able.”” [From Hadith-e-Jibreel, Sahih Muslim. Click here.]
So in this hadith, Islam, or being a Muslim, means to show it through actions too (prayer, zakat, fast, hajj).

As-Sidq (truth):

To bear witness truthfully from the heart. Because the hypocrites bore witness too but it was not truthful.

“And of the people are some who say, “We believe in Allah and the Last Day,” but they are not believers.” (Al-Baqarah 8)

Al-Ikhlaas (purity):

It says in a hadith, when a servant of Allah utters the words la ilaha illallah (there is no God except Allah) sincerely, the doors of heaven open up for these words until they reach the Throne of Allah, so long as its utterer keeps away from the major sins.

So Allah accepts only the sincere and pure acts of worship.

Prophet Muhammad s.a.w said that the person who will benefit the most from my intercession will be the one who said la ilaaha illallah (there is no God except Allah) from a pure (truthful) heart.

Love of Allah and Prophet s.a.w:

This too is a condition of the kalima. Loving Allah, Prophet Muhammad s.a.w and loving all those things that Allah and His Prophet s.a.w love. Loving Allah’s pious servants (auwliaa and scholars).

And [yet], among the people are those who take other than Allah as equals [to Him]. They love them as they [should] love Allah. But those who believe are stronger in love for Allah.” (Al-Baqarah 165)

Someone (either from the companions or the pious predecessors) said that if you want to judge your love of Allah then, whatever Allah dislikes you would hate it even more than ‘musabbar’ (it is an extremely bitter substance and is used for weaning off babies).

Denial of Taghoot (false objects of worship):

Denying everything that is worshipped other than Allah.

Just so you get a clear idea of Taghut, “And We certainly sent into every nation a messenger, [saying], “Worship Allah and avoid Taghut.”” (An-Nahl 36)

“And whoever turns away from My remembrance – indeed, he will have a depressed life, and We will gather him on the Day of Resurrection blind.” He will say, “My Lord, why have you raised me blind while I was [once] seeing?” [Allah] will say, “Thus did Our signs come to you, and you forgot them; and thus will you this Day be forgotten.” And thus do We recompense he who transgressed and did not believe in the signs of his Lord. And the punishment of the Hereafter is more severe and more enduring.” (Ta-Ha 124-127)

If you have any confusions, doubts or questions regarding your aqeedah, clear them NOW! Don’t just let it be!

Wassalam,
Hajrah. :)

P.S. Everything is taken from either the Quran or the sunnah. But I haven’t put those ahadith in quotation marks whose words may not be exact.

Greater than Mountains?!

Salam,
Bismillah.

I went upstairs on the terrace just before Maghrib, after a long time. There was a storm up there. And it was drizzling. As I walked and gazed in wonder at the big dark grey mountains around me, enveloped with black clouds, and turning a scary pink with lightning every now and again, at the tall trees flapping like clothes in the wind, and felt the wind that was invisible and weightless yet so strong that it could blow away everything with it; I felt myself a tiny minute particle on this earth. What am I in front of those tall trees, those huge mountains, the high and wide sky, those black massive clouds, those strong gushes of wind? Nothing! Nothing! I felt smaller than an ant.

And yet if Quran was revealed on these mountains, they would have broken to pieces out of fear. Why? Because Quran is the Word of Allah. Allahu Akbar!

 

How can they believe there is no God? How can we still be disobedient to Him?

He is Lord of these mountains, of lightning and thunder too. And I; a particle indeed!

P.S. Do hook off cyber space occasionally and go out to feel the greatness of your Lord. Specially during a storm. You’ll know how helpless you are.

P.S. 2. Later I found, a plane crashed in this very storm. Could anyone have stopped it?
Do I still DARE disobey Him? :(

 

 

P.S. 3. I tried to capture the storm but the human-made-eye couldn’t do it as well as the God-made-one.

Wassalam,
Hajrah.

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