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Sunday, 15 January 2017

SALAAT (PRAYER) IS EASY, Don't Make It Difficult!



Islam Is Simple,
Don’t Complicate It!

Salaat (Prayer) Is Easy,
Don’t Make It Difficult!

Salaat is offered to please Allah and should
be a pleasure for humans, not a punishment!

(M. Javed Naseem)


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Don’t burden and discourage your children
with 17-Rakaat or 12-Rakaat Salaat (prayers).
There is NO such thing! Allah did not prescribe
Salaat like that. 4-Rakaat Salaat is the maximum
Allah prescribed for Muslims. The rest is called
‘Nafl’ prayer and was added by humans.

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In the 1950’s, when we were in the primary school, our teacher of Islamic Studies (this fancy name of the subject was created later and replaced the original ‘Deeniyaat’), used to ask: How many Rakaats (units of prayer) are there in the Isha prayer? He used to say: 17-Rakaats to correct those who did not answer correctly. And then he would give us the break-down of those 17-Rakaats. Similarly, Dhuhur (Zuhar) consisted of 12-Rakaats. We were all scared by the number of Rakaats and were never regular in Salaat (prayer) except for Friday prayer or Eid prayers.

This kind of preaching is discouraging. It’s incorrect and horrifying for the kids. Above all, it is not based on Truth. It’s wrong! The prayer (Salaat) of Isha consists of 4 obligatory Rakaats only. Similarly, the prayer (Salaat) of Dhuhur/Zuhar consists of 4 obligatory (Fardh/Farz) Rakaats. The rest is optional (Nafl, plural Nawafil). And you can offer even 100 Rakaats of Nawafil every day. There is no limit!

Prayer (Salaat) was prescribed by Allah, the Almighty, for His subjects, slaves or servants – we the humans. And He prescribed 5-Salaats (prayers) totaling 17-Rakaat per day for us. We call that prayer ‘obligatory’ or ‘Fardh/Farz’ prayer. Every other prayer falls in the category of optional (Nafl or Nawafil) prayer.


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‘Fardh/Farz Only’ Salaat
Make your kids regular in offering Salaat
by ‘Fardh/Farz only’ prayer! Those who are
not regular with Salaat (prayers) can pray
‘Fardh/Farz’ only to start with, and add Nafl
(optional) prayers later on, when comfortable.

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Fardh/Farz (obligatory) prayers have a fixed number of Rakaats while Nafl (optional) prayer has no limit on number of Rakaats. You are free to offer as much as you can.

Prayer (Salaat) is one of the most important pillars of the Faith of Islam. Some scholars have called it 'Furqan' (the distinguisher) as it distinguishes between a Muslim and non-Muslim. There are numerous commands of Allah in the Quran that emphasize the establishing of ‘Salaat’ and paying of ‘Zakaat’ (poor-due). It is probably more than any other command for any other obligation! And that’s the reason many scholars have gone too far to declare that the one who does not offer obligatory prayer (Salaat) is not a Muslim.

وَأَقِمِ ٱلصَّلاَةَ طَرَفَى ٱلنَّهَارِ وَزُلَفاً مِّنَ ٱلْلَّيْلِ إِنَّ
 ٱلْحَسَنَاتِ يُذْهِبْنَ ٱلسَّـيِّئَاتِ ذٰلِكَ ذِكْرَىٰ لِلذَّاكِرِينَ
“And establish regular prayers at the two ends
of the day and at the approaches of the night.
For those things, that are good, remove those
that are evil. Be that the word of remembrance
to those who remember (their Lord).”
(al-Quran 11:114)


The deciding factor between the occupants of Paradise and Hell on the Judgment Day would be the remembrance of Allah. Remembering Allah means that we fulfill all commands of Allah and obey Him in discharging all obligations. Muslims are required to offer five obligatory prayers (Salaat) in a 24-hour period every day. As a result, prayer should become an essential part of our daily routine or habit. Allah tells us to keep and preserve that habit and give special attention to the middle prayer.

حَافِظُواْ عَلَى ٱلصَّلَوَاتِ وٱلصَّلاَةِ ٱلْوُسْطَىٰ وَقُومُواْ للَّهِ قَانِتِينَ
“Guard strictly your (habit of) prayers,
especially the middle prayer; and stand before
Allah in a devout (frame of mind).”
(al-Quran 2:238)

Scholars are of the view that the ‘middle prayer’ means the Salaat of ‘Asr’ (late afternoon).

Allah, the Almighty, has commanded the believers to glorify His name day and night. Similarly, the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.) also told us to remember God as much as possible. Religious teachers recommend that we do Dhikr (Zikr) after every obligatory prayer (Salaat) and offer optional prayers (Nawafil), especially at night.

Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) said: “The coolness of my eyes is in Salaat.”
As per another Hadith, the Prophet (s.a.w.) said:
“The one who performs Salaat is like the one having a private conversation with Allah.”

In another narration it is said: “When you are praying, you are like whispering with God.”
The Prophet (s.a.w.) commanded us: “Pray as you have seen me praying!”


Prayer (Salaat) has different categories but generally we can divide them in two simple categories:
1) Obligatory (Fardh/Farz) prayers; and
2) Optional (Nafl, pl. Nawafil) prayers.

Any Nafl (optional) prayer that was performed by the Prophet (s.a.w.) is also called ‘Sunnah’ (way of the Prophet) prayer.

Obligatory (Fardh/Farz) prayer is the most important prayer because it’s the prayer that has been prescribed by Allah. There are no exemptions and nobody is exempt from these prayers. Every Muslim MUST perform them otherwise he/she would be punished on the Day of Judgment.
Allah gives you concession though, like if you are sick and cannot stand up, you perform by sitting; if you cannot sit then perform it by lying down. If you are handicapped, you perform it in an easy way which is not cumbersome or painful for you. You should have a valid reason to take advantage of these concessions.

For a Muslim, there are five obligatory prayers in a day/night (period of 24 hours). These prayers have names, like Fajr, Dhuhur (Zuhar), Asr, Maghrib and Isha. Each prayer is performed in units that are called ‘Rakaats’. Here’s the break-down of all five prayers:

Fajr: 2 Rakaats.
Dhuhur/Zuhar: 4 Rakaats.
Asr: 4 Rakaats.
Maghrib: 3 Rakaats.
Isha: 4 Rakaats.

Total: 17 Rakaats (per day, 24-hour period).

Normally, if you perform these 17 Rakaats per day and stay away from sin, you are qualified for Paradise. But it’s easier said than done. Nobody can perform these prayers perfectly (with 100% non-disturb concentration). Human beings are always disturbed by the Devil and his disciples. To compensate the shortfall, the Prophet (s.a.w.) recommended and performed some optional (Nafl) prayer. This prayer is called the ‘Sunnah’ prayer. It has two categories:

1)      Sunnah-Muakkada; and
2)      Sunnah non-Muakkada (Ghair-Muakkada).

Muakkada is the prayer the Prophet (s.a.w.) never missed, no matter what. He was very regular and particular about it, just like Fardh/Farz prayer. Ghair-Muakkada (non-Muakkada) is the prayer that Prophet (s.a.w.) performed sometimes and did not perform the other times.
Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) performed 12 Rakaats of Sunnah-Muakkada everyday (24-hour period) along with obligatory (Fardh/Farz) prayers. Here’s the break-down:

Fajr: 2 Rakaats BEFORE Fardh/Farz (obligatory) prayer.
Dhuhur/Zuhar: 6 Rakaats – 4 Rakaats BEFORE the Fardh/Farz prayer; and 2 Rakaats AFTER the Fardh/Farz prayer.
Asr: None.
Maghrib: 2 Rakaats AFTER the Fardh/Farz prayer.
Isha: 2 Rakaats AFTER the Fardh/Farz prayer.

Total: 12 Rakaats (per day, 24-hour period).

Sunnah non-Muakkada (Ghair-Muakkada): The Prophet (s.a.w.) sometimes performed 4 Rakaats before Fardh/Farz prayer of Asr; and 4 Rakaats before the Fardh/Farz prayers of Isha at night.

Apart from that, the Prophet (s.a.w.) generally performed 3 Rakaats of Witr prayer every night before going to sleep or before the Fajr time. In some narrations it is stated that Witr prayer can only be performed in odd number (3, 5, 7 or even 9) of Rakaats. Witr prayer is performed to close the night. You can perform it after Isha prayer or before going to bed or with Tahajjud prayer in the last part of the night, or before the Fajr time.

Note: In Saudi Arabia and many Middle Eastern countries, the followers of Wahabi, Maaliki and Shafa'ee school perform only one Rakaat as Witr prayer. But majority of Muslims support the notion that one-Rakaat of Salaat is not valid at all. There are many Ahadith supporting this opinion.
Abdullah bin Masud (r.a.a.) was informed that Saad (r.a.a.) performed only a single Rakaat of Witr. He said: 'A single Rakaah is not valid in Salaah.'
Mulla Ali Qaari has written that there is a consensus among the companions (Sahaabah, r.a.a.) that it is 'jaaiz' (permissible) and preferable that Witr is of three Rakaats.
Hassan Basri (r.a.a.), a famous 'Muhaddis' (scholar of Hadith), and one of the great Sufis, said that there was a consensus among Muslims that Witr consists of three Rakaats.
Caliph Umar bin Abdel-Aziz, (the Second Umar), passed a law after consulting the scholars (Ulema) of Madinah that Witr must be performed in three Rakaats.
(Author: If you are not convinced about three Rakaats, you can perform Witr prayer in as many odd Rakaats as you like. Prayer is a matter between you and Allah. But do your research before making a decision!)

The number of 12 Rakaats of Sunnah-Muakkada has been confirmed by the Mothers of the Moumineen, Prophet’s wives Aayesha (r.a.a.) and Umm Habibah (r.a.a.), in many authentic Hadiths (Ahadith). Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) never missed 17 Rakaats of Fardh/Farz prayers and 12 Rakaats of Sunnah-Muakkada prayers each day.


Tahajjud: The Best Nafl (Optional) Prayer

The best optional (Nafl) prayer is called “Tahajjud’ and it is performed in the last part of the night, before the Fajr time. This part of the night is the most liked by Allah if spent in His worship or remembrance.
Abu Hurairah (r.a.a.) narrated that Allah’s Messenger (s.a.w.) said:
In the last 1/3rd of every night our Rabb (Cherisher and Sustainer – Allah) descends to the lowest heaven and says:
“Who is calling Me, so that I may answer him?”
“Who is asking Me, so that I may grant him?”
“Who is seeking forgiveness from Me, so that I may forgive him?”
(al-Bukhari, Hadith Qudsi)

Nafl (optional) prayer (or Nawafil) has no limit on number of Rakaats. You can perform as many as you like. It’s for your own benefit in the Hereafter. This prayer is like putting money in your savings bank for the rainy days. The best prayer after the obligatory (Fardh/Farz) prayer is Tahajjud. If you could perform it regularly along with Fardh/Farz prayers, it can save you from the Hellfire.

{From my book: “The Way (Sunnah) of The Prophet (s.a.w.)”, Chapter: ‘Prayer of The Prophet’ (s.a.w.), duly edited.}

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Saturday, 7 January 2017

THANK THE SUPREME CREATOR Who Created Inventors of Technology.





Thank The Supreme Creator
Who Created Inventors of Technology!

Power Walk With Bionic Shoes
Footsteps Could Charge
Mobile Electronics

Technology At Your Service:
Heated Shoes
Solar Bucket
Arm Keyboard
Drone Camera For Selfies
Singapore’s Driverless Taxis
A Car In Your Bag

(Compilation: M. Javed Naseem)

(A shoe sole with an embedded energy harvester sits next to a first practical footwear energy harvester developed by the UW–Madison researchers’ startup company, InStep NanoPower, and Vibram. Photo: UW–Madison College of Engineering)
It is said that happiness is a state of mind. But when you look what we are striving for in real life, it has nothing to do with a reasonable mind or wisdom. It’s all about material things – comforts of the temporary life of this material world. The more we get, the more we want. It’s never enough! Science and technology are at our service to make our stay here in this world more comfortable. We have advanced a lot in the fields of science and technology but have lost ground in the field of humanity. Technological development is making our lives comfortable but does this comfort count for happiness, compassion, contentment, satisfaction, love and peaceful co-existence? Not really.
We live in a collective society but we are always alone, isolated individuals busy in our own world of electronic gadgets. We don’t visit our family members or neighbors unless we find them on the internet to say hello and hi.

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Enjoy the tech advances but don't forget that 
you need to work on your ethics, attitudes and 
human values to enjoy peace, love and happiness!

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With all the technological advancements, we are in the reverse gear as far as compassion, respect, love and peaceful co-existence is concerned. We are facing more bloodshed, killings, shootings and racial attacks springing out of a culture of individualism, hate for other religions, other colors, other cultures and other people. We are separated from our brethren on the basis of stupid notions and false flags. Can this tech advancement bridge the gaps between us and bring more peace, love and happiness in our lives? You don’t need to work too hard to find the answer!
One thing is certain that we need to work on our ethics and values. We need to work on our attitudes; at the same time we need to control our desires. Materialism pushes us away from love and compassion. We become selfish. Not to mention that our material comfort is always somebody’s profit. Ultimately, it’s all about money and material. Here’s some material for your comfort if you have the money! Enjoy the wonders of technology but don’t forget that these are not the ultimate things!  

Shoes Produce Cheap Clean Energy
(Power Walk. From: University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Tom Krupenkin, a professor of mechanical engineering at University of Wisconsin–Madison, and J. Ashley Taylor, a senior scientist, described an energy-harvesting technology that’s particularly well suited for capturing the energy of human motion to power mobile electronic devices.
The technology could enable a footwear-embedded energy harvester that captures energy produced by humans during walking and stores it for later use.
“Human walking carries a lot of energy,” Krupenkin says. “Theoretical estimates show that it can produce up to 10 watts per shoe, and that energy is just wasted as heat. A total of 20 watts from walking is not a small thing, especially compared to the power requirements of the majority of modern mobile devices.”


Krupenkin says tapping into just a small amount of that energy is enough to power a wide range of mobile devices, including smartphones, tablets, laptop computers and flashlights. For example, a typical smartphone requires less than two watts.
Power-generating shoes could be especially useful for the military, as soldiers currently carry heavy batteries to power their radios, GPS units and night-vision goggles in the field. The advance could provide a source of power to people in remote areas and developing countries that lack adequate electrical power grids.

Heated Shoes
Thermacell Heated Insoles
Toes stay toasty with Thermacell heated insoles. These foot warmers deliver up to five hours of continuous warmth before they need recharging. When you walk into somewhere warm, you can turn off the heat with a pocket remote control.

Solar Energy Bucket


In a surprising merging of products, the Solar Energy Bucket serves as a multifunctional tool for anyone who likes to rough it.
At first glance it appears to be a simple water bucket, but turn it upside down and you’ll see a small solar panel which harnesses the sun’s energy during the day.
The stored energy can then be used to power the built-in light or even gently heat the water.

Your Arm As Keyboard
NEC turns arm into virtual keyboard with wearable tech


NEC has developed virtual keyboard software for use with an eyeglass computer and smart-watch, foreseeing use of the augmented reality technology in factories and hospitals.
The software works with other companies’ mobile and wearable devices, allowing users to input data without connecting a bulky physical keyboard. The program runs by coordinating eyeglasses that have display cameras attached — such as those made by Seiko Epson and others — with smart watches like the Apple Watch, made by U.S. computer giant Apple.

Glancing at the watch through the glasses lets NEC’s software determine the location of each device. The glasses then display a virtual keyboard, positioned to appear as though projected on one’s arm. When one types on the keyboard with the other hand, the camera ascertains which key has been hit. Sensors in the watch detect subtle vibrations through the arm to register a keystroke.

NEC sees the technology being used in factories, hospitals and other facilities where workers wish to keep their hands as free as possible. Maintenance inspectors, for instance, could conveniently record temperature, pressure and other data, while medical workers could enter information into patient records on the spot.
Eyeglass displays have been used in a number of augmented reality technologies. But many previous data entry systems have relied on either voice commands or specialized input devices. Voice recognition is prone to error in factories and other noisy sites, while physical devices occupy one’s hands, putting other work on hold.

Drone Camera for Selfies
Lily Camera is the drone that will follow and video you


Unlike traditional drones, which are designed for flying, Lily Camera is focused on its subject. When it ships later this year, it will feature a 1080p, 60 FPS camera and another 720p, 120 FPS camera, both of which can be trained on you. The flyer will use its built-in GPS to stay fixed on a little Lily tracking device worn on your wrist or in your pocket.
It will also, according to Balaresque, learn your face. The final Lily will have a computer vision system that will recognize your face and then work to always keep you in the frame.
“You throw this in the air, go about your business and at the end, you’ll have a high-quality video,” said the camera’s cofounder Henry Bradlow.
Instead of a big radio controller or even tablet-based app to control flight, Lily Camera will fly itself, following and capture the best moments. (Think of it as a flying selfie photographer of sorts.) Balaresque noted that the pocket GPS will tell Lily Camera when you might be jumping or falling, for example; a quad of buttons makes the device either fly closer to or further away from you, or lets it circle to your left or right — while always keeping you in frame.


Driverless Taxis
Singapore just became the first country to have self-driving taxis


Singapore just became the first country to actually implement self-driving taxis on the road for public use.
So far, nuTonomy – the company behind the cars and the app that hails them – has implanted six cars that can autonomously pick up passengers and deliver them to destinations, making them the first company to offer such technology to the public.
“We face constraints in land and manpower,” Singapore’s permanent secretary for transport, Pang Kin Keong, told the Associated Press.
“We want to take advantage of self-driving technology to overcome such constraints, and in particular to introduce new mobility concepts which could bring about transformational improvements to public transport in Singapore.”
While the news is definitely cool, there are some caveats, because the system is still in its testing phase. The cars – Mitsubishi i-Mievs and Renault Zoes – only traverse a 2.5-square-mile (6.5-square-kilometre) region of Singapore known as One-North, and there are special drop-off and pick-up zones that passengers must deal with.
 “The pilot is going to allow us to collect technical data, but equally importantly, it’s going to allow us to find out if people enjoy riding in driverless cars,” nuTonomy CEO Karl Iagnemma told Mark Harris from The Guardian.
The good news is that riders who are lucky enough to use the service right now will ride for free while testing is happening.
The team hopes to eventually fill out their fleet by 2018 with many more drop-off and pick-up areas added, but their real goal seems to be to get cars off of the country’s crowded and overburdened streets.
nuTonomy’s COO Doug Park says that fleets of autonomous taxis might reduce the number of cars on the streets from 900,000 to 300,000, though how exactly that will pan out isn’t specified.

A car in your bag
Introducing the world’s smallest car from Tokyo.


The time has come to carry your car.
WALKCAR is a 13-inch laptop-sized car that weighs only 2.8 kg, built with a carbon body. It reaches a top speed of 16km/h. One charge will give you one hour of riding time. There is no steering wheel or remote control device, but by simply shifting your weight on WALKCAR’s flat body, you can go in any direction. When you want to stop it, you just step off. It is available at US$1280 and will start shipping from September 2017.

COCOA MOTORS inventor and CEO Kuniaki Sato, came up with the idea for the “Car in your bag” when he moved to Tokyo for university. He observed how people travel in the city by public transport and walking compared with how he used to drive his car everywhere back in his hometown. He wanted a form of transport that allowed him to go to all the places you can go on foot, whilst being able to go longer distances without getting exhausted by walking. Full of inspiration, he immediately began to design software from scratch and today, the benefits of his passion and creativity are available to everyone. Sato believes this piece of Japanese ingenuity can change the world — now there is no need to find a parking spot; you can just carry your car in your bag.

WALKCAR will be available for pre-order and purchase request worldwide. It will start shipping September 2017 to 13 countries across Asia-Pacific, North America and Europe, with availability expanding to include more countries, upon request, in the near future.
(Courtesy: www.Grendz.com)

Allah-o-Akbar! All glory be to God, the Supreme Creator, Who created all these small creators who are inventing things for human comfort. O'Allah! We cannot thank you enough.

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Sunday, 1 January 2017

2017: YOU CAN'T CHANGE THE WORLD, so change yourself!



Welcoming 2017
Months & Years Come And Go
Good Deeds Live Forever

You Can’t Change The World
But Can Change Yourself!

(M. Javed Naseem)


وَقَالُواْ مَا هِىَ إِلاَّ حَيَاتُنَا ٱلدُّنْيَا نَمُوتُ وَنَحْيَا وَمَا يُهْلِكُنَآ
إِلاَّ ٱلدَّهْرُ وَمَا لَهُمْ بِذٰلِكَ مِنْ عِلْمٍ إِنْ هُمْ إِلاَّ يَظُنُّونَ
“And they say: "What is there but our life in
this world? We shall die and we live, and nothing
but time can destroy us." But of that they have no
knowledge; they merely conjecture.”
(al-Quran 45:24)

Another year is gone by; another number has changed. Your age has increased but your life is decreased by one more year! Be grateful for every day you are given to spend on this earth but don’t forget that you would be questioned how you spent it.
Don’t try to change the world because you cannot! You are not running the show. The only thing you have the power to change is yourself! If you change for the better, the chances are that your world would follow you and would also change for the better. All you can do is try honestly and sincerely within your time scale.

لِّكُلِّ نَبَإٍ مُّسْتَقَرٌّ وَسَوْفَ تَعْلَمُونَ
“For every Message (there) is a limit of
time, and soon you shall know it."
(al-Quran 6:67)

Study the history of mankind and learn your lessons! You cannot live for ever but the good things you do for others may live forever! There are also lessons in the mistakes of others and in your own mistakes. Be smart and wise, and draw your own conclusions to avoid disasters!
Allah is your best Guide and the Quran is your best guidance! Allah is your best Friend, best Protector, best Helper, best Provider and the most compassionate Guardian. Seek His mercy again and again, after every mistake, after every failure. He loves your repentance and loves to forgive. So, do it before it’s too late!

كَمْ أَهْلَكْنَا مِن قَبْلِهِم مِّن قَرْنٍ فَنَادَواْ وَّلاَتَ حِينَ مَنَاصٍ
“How many generations before them did We
destroy? In the end they cried (for mercy) when
there was no longer time for being saved!”
(al-Quran 38:3)

Remembrance of Allah is your best defense, your best strategy and your best shield against all odds, all evils and all enemies. And it’s now or never!

أَلَمْ يَأْنِ لِلَّذِينَ آمَنُوۤاْ أَن تَخْشَعَ قُلُوبُهُمْ لِذِكْرِ ٱللَّهِ وَمَا نَزَلَ
مِنَ ٱلْحَقِّ وَلاَ يَكُونُواْ كَٱلَّذِينَ أُوتُواْ ٱلْكِتَابَ مِن قَبْلُ فَطَالَ
عَلَيْهِمُ ٱلأَمَدُ فَقَسَتْ قُلُوبُهُمْ وَكَثِيرٌ مِّنْهُمْ فَاسِقُونَ
 “Has not the Time arrived for the believers that
their hearts in all humility should engage in the
remembrance of Allah and of the Truth which
has been revealed (to them), and that they should
not become like those to whom was given Revelation
aforetime, but long ages passed over them and their
hearts grew hard? For many among them
are rebellious transgressors.”
(al-Quran 57:16)

Months and years are just numbers. They come and go. The real recipe of success and the key to Paradise lies in the simple formula of:
Faith in Allah;
righteous deeds;
promotion of Truth,
Patience and Constancy.
وَٱلْعَصْرِ إِنَّ ٱلإِنسَانَ لَفِى خُسْرٍ
إِلاَّ ٱلَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ وَعَمِلُواْ ٱلصَّالِحَاتِ
وَتَوَاصَوْاْ بِٱلْحَقِّ وَتَوَاصَوْاْ بِٱلصَّبْرِ
“By (the Token of) Time (through the ages),
verily Man is in loss, except such as have Faith,
and do righteous deeds, and (join together)
in the mutual teaching of Truth,
and of patience and constancy.”
(al-Quran 103:1-3)

Have a great year in 2017!
May Allah give you the courage and strength to stand up for Truth and Justice!
May Allah grant you the means and resources to help the orphans, the widows, the needy, the poor and the down-trodden!
May Allah bless you with true Guidance, peace, happiness and prosperity! Aameen.

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Sunday, 25 December 2016

25th OF DECEMBER: Remembering Jesus And Jinnah.



25th December Is A Reminder Of
Teachings of Jesus
And
Mohammad Ali Jinnah

Let’s Make Them A Part Of
New Year’s Resolution!

 (M. Javed Naseem)


 “Failure is a word unknown to me.”
– Quaid-e-Azam


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“I should like to give a warning to the landlords
and capitalists who have flourished at our expense
by a system which is so vicious, which is so wicked
and which makes them so selfish that it is difficult
to reason with them. The exploitation of the masses
has gone into their blood. They have forgotten
the lessons of Islam.”
-- Quaid-e-Azam

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Happy holidays everybody! Today is 25th of December. The world knows this day as the birthday of Jesus Christ (although most people and scholars agree that it is not the correct date). In Asia, the people of the sub-continent (Pakistan & India) know it as the birthday of Mohammad Ali Jinnah (the Quaid-e-Azam), the founding father of Pakistan (and they know that it’s the correct date).

A Christian activist asks:
Santa Claus: The Ultimate in Fake News (a.k.a. What The F… Are We Celebrating?)

“Why do we persist with the Santa Claus mythology? Do we really need all the lies and ‘naughty/nice’ behavioral rewarding to have a meaningful annual midwinter celebration? Instead of fiction, it is time instead to celebrate the true magic and wonder around us”, says Ethan Indigo Smith (a writer/activist at the Wake Up World).


For children who have just learned or realized the truth, the lie is everywhere we look at Christmas time. It’s at home, in schools, on the news; even the local weather forecasters cooperate with powerful military institutions like NORAD (the North American Aerospace Defense Command) lie to us! And we play along without a moment to process our loss, lest we poop the party for younger, still-ignorant children. (Never mind that ours is the only culture on Earth to base its major holy-day on a foundation of pure fictional fabrication, forgoing reality to celebrate the bounty of a deliberately false patriarch.)
In a sense the Santa Claus story is the biggest series of lies on the planet — the mother of all ‘fake news’ — because most of the white western world eats up and regurgitates it all cyclically. We all know it’s a lie, but most of us don’t question its effect on our children’s psychological and spiritual development. The Santa Claus story is not the worst of the big lies, not by far; especially when compared to the lies that underpin the financial, political and education systems, energy and resources, nuclear experimentation, and countless other industries that destroy our Earth Mother; or to the lies that inspire people to kill on behalf of religious, or national institutions. But it is one of the big lies in our lives, and it does have an effect– and arguably, a purpose.

Jesus Christ was known for many of his miracles that gave new life to scores of people. He gave them direction with the Divine support as he was a Prophet of God. People were so impressed that, out of love and respect, they falsely proclaimed him as son of God and then as God, and worshipped him.
Mohammad Ali Jinnah was not a prophet but he did show the world his miracle. He single-handedly carved Pakistan out of the world map – a homeland for millions of Muslims of India. And that also happened with the Divine support as many Mullahs of India opposed him for one reason or the other. But most Muslims adored him and were so impressed that, out of love and respect, they called him “Quaid-e-Azam” (the great leader), and justly so! 

Commemorating the occasion, it is only befitting that I share with you some beautiful quotes of the above mentioned great personalities of human history.

Jesus Christ said:

1-Corinthians 10:24
“None of you should be looking out for your own interests, but for the interests of others.”

Romans 12:13
“Share your belongings with your needy fellow Christians, and open your homes to strangers.”

1-John 3:17
“Rich people who see a brother or sister in need, yet close their hearts against them, cannot claim that they love God.”

Luke 4:18-19
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has chosen me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind; to set free the oppressed and announce that the time has come when the Lord will save his people.”


James 2:15-16
“Suppose there are brothers or sisters who need clothes and don’t have enough to eat. What good is there in your saying to them, ‘God bless you! Keep warm and eat well!’ – if you don’t give them the necessities of life?”

Luke 18:29
"You know the commandments: 'Do not commit adultery; do not murder; do not steal; do not bear false witness; honor your father and mother!’”

James 4:1
“What is the source of quarrels and conflicts among you? Is not the source your pleasures that wage war in your members?”

1-Peter 2:17
“Honor all people, love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the king!”

Ephesians 6:1-3
“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honor your father and mother (which is the first commandment with a promise), so that it may be well with you, and that you may live long on the earth.”

2-Timothy 3:1-2
“But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy.”

1-Timothy 5:1-2
“Do not sharply rebuke an older man, but rather appeal to him as a father, to the younger men as brothers, the older women as mothers, and the younger women as sisters, in all purity.”

Galatians 5:22-23
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.”

Quaid-e-Azam (Mohammad Ali Jinnah) said:

“No nation can rise to the height of glory unless your women are side by side with you.”
“No struggle can ever succeed without women participating side by side with men.”

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“If we want to make this great State of Pakistan
happy and prosperous we should wholly and
solely concentrate on the well-being of the people,
and especially of the masses and the poor.”
-- Quaid-e-Azam

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“Think 100 times before you take a decision, but once that decision is taken, stand by it as one man.”

“With faith, discipline and selfless devotion to duty, there is nothing worthwhile that you cannot achieve.”

“Expect the best, prepare for the worst.”

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“You have to stand guard over the development
and maintenance of Islamic democracy, Islamic
social justice and the equality of mankind
in your own native soil.”
-- Quaid-e-Azam

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“Islam expect every Muslim to do this duty, and if we realize our responsibility time will come soon when we shall justify ourselves worthy of a glorious past.”

“You will no doubt agree with me that the first duty of a government is to maintain law and order, so that the life, property, and religious beliefs of its subjects are fully protected by the State…..…if we want to make this great State of Pakistan happy and prosperous we should wholly and solely concentrate on the well-being of the people, and especially of the masses and the poor.”

 
“That freedom can never be attained by a nation without suffering and sacrifice has been amply borne out by the recent tragic happenings in this subcontinent.”

“The great majority of us are Muslims. We follow the teachings of the Prophet Mohammed (pbuh). We are members of the brotherhood of Islam in which all are equal in rights, dignity and self-respect. Consequently, we have a special and a very deep sense of unity. But make no mistake: Pakistan is not a theocracy or anything like it.”

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“The adoption of Western economic theory
and practice will not help us in achieving our
goal of creating a happy and contented people.
We must work our destiny in our own way
and present to the world an economic system
based on the true Islamic concept of equality
of manhood and social justice”
-- Quaid-e-Azam
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“Yet this is a truth people so easily seem to forget and begin to prize local, sectional or provincial interests above and regardless of the national interests. It naturally pains me to find the curse of provincialism holding sway over any section of Pakistan. Pakistan must be rid of this evil.”

“We must get Pakistan at any cost. For it we live and for it we will die. The Musalmans have to struggle and struggle hard for their honorable existence…you must work and work hard. By doing so you will contribute substantially not only to the honour of ten corers of Muslims but to the crystallization of a free Muslim state of Pakistan where Muslims will be able to offer the ideology of Islamic rule”

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“The Government can only have for its
aim one objective – how to serve the people,
how to devise ways and means for their
welfare, for their betterment.”
-- Quaid-e-Azam
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“If we are to make any real, speedy and substantial progress, we must bring our educational policy and program on the lines suited to the genius of our people, consonant with our history and culture, and having regard to the modern conditions and vast development that have taken place all over the world... What we have to do is to mobilize our people and build up the character of our future generation……In short, we have to build up the character of our future generations which means highest sense of honor, integrity, selfless service to the nation, and sense of responsibility, and we have to see that they are fully qualified or equipped to play their part in the various branches of economic life in a manner which will do honor to Pakistan”

“Brotherhood, equality, and fraternity of man – these are all the basic points of our religion, culture and civilization and we fought for Pakistan because there was a danger of the denial of these human rights in the Subcontinent.”

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Sunday, 18 December 2016

LOVE OF THIS WORLD: Don't Sell Your Hereafter For Petty Gains!



Don’t Sell Your Hereafter
For Material Gains!

The Only Hurdle Between
You And Paradise
Is the Love of This World

(M. Javed Naseem)


أُولَـٰئِكَ ٱلَّذِينَ ٱشْتَرَوُاْ ٱلْحَيَاةَ ٱلدُّنْيَا بِٱلآخِرَةِ
فَلاَ يُخَفَّفُ عَنْهُمُ ٱلْعَذَابُ وَلاَ هُمْ يُنصَرُونَ
“These are the people who buy the life
of this world at the price of the Hereafter.
Their penalty shall not be lightened,
nor shall they be helped.”
(al-Quran 2:86)

The race is on – a very vicious race for the worldly possessions. We are trying to accumulate as much of material things (including money) as possible – and as quickly as possible too – by all means (Halal or Haraam). In the process we don’t care about how much misery, pain, trouble and discomfort we bring to others – as long as it is not happening to us. And on top of it, every one of us is complaining about the corruption and injustice in the world, as if only others are responsible for that.

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We don’t practice caring and sharing any more!
We have embraced materialism and abandoned
humanity. We have replaced compassion with
selfishness. The main reason for corruption and
injustice in the world is our ‘love of this world’.

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There is a very beautiful small chapter (Surah) in the Quran and it is called at-Takathur (or al-Takassur). It has only 8 short verses. In the very first verse Allah wakes you up and shakes you up by saying:

“The mutual rivalry for piling up (the good things
of this world) diverts you (from the more serious
things), until you visit the graves…”

Allah-o-Akbar! How clear a warning! The race for the material world has diverted our attention, our focus and our efforts from the real goal – to achieve Paradise by pleasing the Lord Almighty. We are wasting our talents and energies on superficial things and then we complain that we have no peace of mind. We have only stress, tension and depression. We survive on drugs and medication. And most of us keep doing that till we hit the grave.


We should not forget that we are part of the Creation and there is the Supreme Creator above Who is running the show. If the creation is disconnected from its creator, it dies. Simple as that! You cannot separate the unit from the sum. We cannot survive if we are disconnected from our Creator, especially when the Creator has warned us: “Remember Me, I’ll remember you!”

It looks like that despite all the knowledge, guidance and information easily available to us, we still don’t understand our purpose of life. This world is a temporary phase of our short journey. We are in transit. Our destination is Paradise in the Hereafter. We are given an opportunity here to work on our objective. Time is short and art is long! But most of us don’t seem to realize it.

وَمَا ٱلْحَيَاةُ ٱلدُّنْيَآ إِلاَّ لَعِبٌ وَلَهْوٌ وَلَلدَّارُ
ٱلآخِرَةُ خَيْرٌ لِّلَّذِينَ يَتَّقُونَ أَفَلاَ تَعْقِلُونَ
“What is the life of this world but play and
amusement? But best is the home in the
Hereafter, for those who are righteous.
Will you not then understand?”
(al-Quran 6:32)

That’s a good reminder, but for those who understand! Most of us are slaves of our own desires and temptations. We are chasing the pleasures of this world and have forgotten  that one day we would be buried under tons of dust. That day can come any time! And what is worse than answering questions about this life on the Day of Resurrection?. Now, let’s get back to the main message of Surah At-Takathur.

Surah At-Takathur (Al-Takassur)
بِسْمِ اللَّهِ ٱلرَّحْمـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
أَلْهَاكُمُ ٱلتَّكَّاثُرُ حَتَّىٰ زُرْتُمُ ٱلْمَقَابِرَ كَلاَّ سَوْفَ تَعْلَمُونَ
ثُمَّ كَلاَّ سَوْفَ تَعْلَمُونَ كَلاَّ لَوْ تَعْلَمُونَ عِلْمَ ٱلْيَقِين
لَتَرَوُنَّ ٱلْجَحِيمَ ثُمَّ لَتَرَوُنَّهَا عَيْنَ ٱلْيَقِينِ
ثُمَّ لَتُسْأَلُنَّ يَوْمَئِذٍ عَنِ ٱلنَّعِيمِ
“The mutual rivalry for piling up (the good things
of this world) diverts you (from the more serious
things), until you visit the graves. But nay, you
soon shall know (the reality). Again, you soon
shall know! Nay, were you to know with certainty
of mind, (you would beware!) You shall certainly
see Hellfire! Again, you shall see it with certainty
of sight! Then, shall you be questioned
that Day about the joy (you indulged in!).”
(al-Quran 102:1-8)

Similar message was delivered to every nation belonging to every Prophet of God in the old. But only a few paid heed. Most of them went astray.

Jesus (pbuh) Says:


James 4:4
“You adulterous people! Don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.”

1 John 2:17)
“The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.”

Titus 2:11-12
“For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.”

1 John 3:1
“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called ‘children of God’! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know Him.”

Mark 8:36
“What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?”

John 16:33
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

1 Timothy 6:7-8
“For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.”


Romans 12:2
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

1 John 2:15
“Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them.”

1 Corinthians 3:18
“Do not deceive yourselves. If any of you think you are wise by the standards of this age, you should become “fools” so that you may become wise.”

James 1:27
“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: To look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”

1 John 2:16
“For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life -- comes not from the Father but from the world.”

Muhammad (s.a.w.) Says:

Hadith No.1 (Simple Living)
(Note: This is an excerpt from a long narration.)
Narrated Ibn Abbas: “For the whole year I had the desire to ask Umar bin Al-Khattab regarding the explanation of a verse (in Surah Al-Tahrim) but I could not ask him because … Allah's Apostle smiled while he was lying on a mat made of palm-tree leaves with nothing between him and the mat. Underneath his head there was a leather pillow stuffed with palm fibers, and leaves of a saut tree were piled at his feet, and above his head hung a few water skins. On seeing the marks of the mat imprinted on his side, I wept. He said.' 'Why are you weeping?' I replied, "O Allah's Apostle! Caesar and Khosrau are leading the life (i.e. luxurious life) while you, being Allah's Apostle, are living as a destitute". The Prophet (s.a.w.) replied. 'Won't you be satisfied that they enjoy this world and we the Hereafter?'” -- (Bukhari, Book 60, No. 435).


Hadith No.2 (Desires & Temptation)
Narrated Abu Huraira: “I heard Allah's Apostle saying, “the heart of an old man remains young in two respects, i.e., his love for the world (its wealth, desires, amusements and luxuries) and his incessant hope." -- (Bukhari, Book 76, No. 429).

Hadith No.3 (Greed & Race For Materialism)
Narrated Sahl bin Saad: “I heard Ibn Zubair who was on the pulpit at Mecca, delivering a sermon, saying: O men! The Prophet used to say, ‘If the son of Adam were given a valley full of gold, he would love to have a second one; and if he were given the second one, he would love to have a third, for nothing fills the belly of Adam's son except dust. And Allah forgives he who repents to Him." Ubai said, "We considered this as a saying from the Quran till the Sura (beginning with) ' the mutual rivalry for piling up of worldly things diverts you..' (al-Takassur or Takathur) was revealed." -- (Bukhari, Book 76, No. 446).


And Allah Says:
فَإِذَا قَضَيْتُمْ مَّنَاسِكَكُمْ فَٱذْكُرُواْ ٱللَّهَ كَذِكْرِكُمْ آبَآءَكُمْ أَوْ أَشَدَّ ذِكْراً
فَمِنَ ٱلنَّاسِ مَن يَقُولُ رَبَّنَآ آتِنَا فِى ٱلدُّنْيَا وَمَا لَهُ فِى ٱلآخِرَةِ مِنْ خَلاَقٍ
وِمِنْهُمْ مَّن يَقُولُ رَبَّنَآ آتِنَا فِى ٱلدُّنْيَا حَسَنَةً
وَفِى ٱلآخِرَةِ حَسَنَةً وَقِنَا عَذَابَ ٱلنَّارِ
“So when you have accomplished your holy
rites, celebrate the praises of Allah, as you
used to celebrate the praises of your fathers,
with far more heart and soul. There are men
who say: "Our Lord! Give us (your bounties)
in this world!" but they will have no portion
in the Hereafter. And there are men who say:
"Our Lord! Give us good in this world and
good in the Hereafter, and protect us from
the torment of the Hellfire!"
(al-Quran 2:200-201)

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