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Youth-Certified, eh?

Bismillah.

Today, while visiting people for Eid, we went to neighbors of my grandmother’s. There on the bed, supported by pillows and her head lolling on one side, sat the aunty who we once knew to be quite active and cheerful. Bedridden for ten years, she had a dark shadow on her face. She looked at us as if she was seeing someone distant and hardly spoke while we sat there. Her family told us that she scarcely says or eats anything now. How would she eat with her food devoid of salt (on account of blood pressure) and sugar (on account of diabetes)?

My mind went back a few years and I remembered the time when I was a little child and when the world’s greatest superheroes are one’s parents and grandparents. They’re big and they can do everything. I remember that aunty chatting merrily with my grandmother over the terrace wall, sending us dishes of food, greeting us on Eid with delicacies. But what was her Eid like today? How would it feel to be dependent on others for things as little as having to sit up or turn your head on the pillow? The only thing she said clearly was when my mother bade her goodbye, she took her hand and said, ‘I don’t feel well’…

We all have someone ill, weak or old in our family or acquaintances. Yet do they serve as a reminder to us that we’re heading the same way? In our youth and health, we think we’re the masters of our life, but are we? Can anyone stop this ageing and weakening process? Or reverse it? Do we have any power over ourselves? What guarantee do we have that we’re going to live or be young and cool and healthy forever?

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Allah says in the Quran,

“O People, if you should be in doubt about the Resurrection, then [consider that] indeed, We created you from dust, then from a sperm-drop, then from a clinging clot, and then from a lump of flesh, formed and unformed – that We may show you. And We settle in the wombs whom We will for a specified term, then We bring you out as a child, and then [We develop you] that you may reach your [time of] maturity. And among you is he who is taken in [early] death, and among you is he who is returned to the most decrepit [old] age so that he knows, after [once having] knowledge, nothing…” [Al-Hajj 5]

Allah shows us these signs yet we’re heedless of them. We think we’re here forever. The time to act is definitely now. Prophet Muhammad sallallaahu ‘alaihi wassalam said, “Take benefit of five before five: your youth before your old age, your health before your sickness, your wealth before your poverty, your free time before you are preoccupied, and your life before your death”. (Narrated by Ibn Abbas and reported by Al Hakim)

May Allah give us the taufeeq to make best use of our time and to engage ourselves productively and may He have mercy on all old, weak and ill people, ease their difficulties and give them the best in both worlds.

We should try to take care of such people, visit them, help ease their pain and depression and supplicate for them. After all, we face the same some day!

An-Nisa 28:
“and mankind was created weak.”

dua for old age

Wassalam,
Hajrah.

Youth of Today!

Salam,
Bismillah.

They’re ambitious, they’re struggling. They are sincere. They’re selfless. They want the best for their nation. They want change. They want to do something for that change. They get motivated. They get inspired. They generate. They create. They plan. They execute. They protect boundaries. They work hard. They drain their energies. They just do it, no matter what it is. They want to see some results. They hope to gain them. They hope to get satisfaction.

BUT they won’t! They won’t get satisfaction because they’re lost. They’re lost on a path which is not in darkness apparently. The path is “gray”, yes gray. They know religion is the solution. They say they have faith in God. But do they know who is God? They don’t. They live by the saying of their elders. They live by what environment taught them. They live by what their friends fed them. They live by the directionless inspiration that their directionless teachers inspired in them. Yes, they do it all yet they’re directionless. They’re disillusioned, they’re in a dilemma. They mix their religion with the forbidden, thinking they’re doing good. Shaitan tells them it’s all cool (he would as long as he can prevent people from getting the actual good stuff). They spend sleepless nights over delusional stuff. They drain their energies for the fake good. Their void never gets filled, they lead hollow lives. The void only gets bigger. They get inspired by all sorts of false ideals; Musicians, singers, actors, film directors, social activists and what not…

WHY? Because their source of info is all fake, delusional, false. They get their knowledge from this, they get their wisdom from that. They want peace, they want real contentment. They want success. They want prosperity, they want satisfaction. They want true happiness. They want change.

BUT have they ever opened the Quran? That’s only where they’ll get the truth and solutions from. Not from anywhere else in the world!

A response to all the youth fests, youth galas, youth carnivals in Pakistan!

Wassalam,
Hajrah. :)

The Real Deal @ Winds of Change!

Salam,
Bismillah.

With the event ‘Winds of Change’ by Youth Club aspirations, inspirations and emotions in general were running high. I, too, was feeling the same. :p

Everyone wanted to do, or rather start, something.
All the time, things said by brothers Adnan & Hamza were floating in my mind. So, I was sitting just like that thinking about something remotely different and it hit me.

This picture popped in my mind and I said to myself, “But this is awesome, they gave the plan of action themselves”.

(*Note: Its Bayyinah, not Bayinnah.)

Brother Hamza Andreas Tzortzis said at UCI, “Pakistan will not change with power, Pakistan will not change with gold, Pakistan will not change with money…. Pakistan will only change when we change our hearts.”
(By the way, can you guess what changes the hearts forever?)

So the first thing is that hearts be softened. We get to realize, at the very first step, that Allah DOES exist. We belong to Him, have to return to Him and have to spend our lives according to His likes and dislikes. This recognition was reinforced in us by these iERA people (by the will of Allah s.w.t), alhamdulillah.

And so the earth was ready now for the seed to be sown.

Then comes the next step. In order to live our life according to Allah s.w.t’s likes and dislikes, we need to know what His likes and dislikes are. For that we need the Quran because it is the Word of Allah i.e. Allah’s speech, He speaks to us directly in it.
Naturally we need to understand this Great Book through and through.

So here you are. Notice the 3rd website mentioned by brother Hamza  on the white board in the picture?
On this website you’ll get the detailed explanation of the Quran with the contextual background and all inshaAllah.

Let’s start today. Download it, trim it into 10 minutes chunks and load it into your mobile. This way you can listen to it while commuting or waiting.

Check out websites for explanation of Quran at the end of this post.

By the way, this plan is something individual and very personal. After we’re done with the explanation of the Quran we can go to the rest of the websites mentioned in the picture and build up reasoning, relate it with our Quran notes and be ready for any sort of serious discussions and debates etc. :p

As for doing something collectively, I’m sure Youth Club’s cooking up something for you. ;)
Join them: http://www.facebook.com/youthclub.pk

Here are the websites for Quran’s explanation:
On the white-board in the picture: http://bayyinah.com/
Another one recommended by me: http://wp.farhathashmi.com/

P.S. Remember that you won’t really understand the Quran unless you are taught by a teacher i.e. by listening (be it an online teacher). Its just like you’d never understand your physics or chemistry book unless you have a teacher for that.

Wassalam,
Hajrah. :)

Read previous post on ‘Winds of Change’ here.

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