Who Will Cast The First Stone?
Look Into The Mirror
Before Condemning Others!
(M. Javed Naseem)
The Muslim millionaires should be ashamed of their lavish lifestyle before offering lip-service to the poor. You cannot talk about the problems of the homeless people while living in palaces and air-conditioned mansions of several acres! Only hypocrites (Munaafiqeen) do that.
In this weird world, a poor man criticizes the rich and accuses them of corruption, sometimes rightly so. Similarly, a rich man criticizes the richer opponents and accuses them of corruption and wrong-doing. Why? Because they are competing with each other for the lifestyles of the rich and famous. They don’t see around them how the less fortunate and the poor are living. It’s not their problem! It's not piety to spend your own money on luxury living and spend other people's money on charity, and then show off to take credit. It is a violation of God's command. The Quran is full of Allah's commands: "Spend YOUR money!"
"And spend of YOUR substance in the cause of Allah, and
make not your own hands contribute to (your) destruction."
"Not those who spend of THEIR substance, to be seen of men,
but have no faith in Allah and the Last Day: If any take the Evil
One for their intimate, what a dreadful intimate he is!"
"Who believe in the Unseen, are steadfast in prayer, and
spend out of what We have provided for them."
"... to spend of YOUR substance, out of love for Him... "
|(Pakistan's dirty politics: Raiwind Palance vs Bani Gala Palace. Rich politicians fighting for power and fooling the poor/ignorant Pakistanis)|
The graduates of Catholic schools
don’t understand what the Quran says.
But do they understand what the Bible
says? If they don’t know the teachings
of Muhammad (s.a.w.), do they follow
the teachings of Jesus? If they don’t,
they are just bigots and hypocrites.
Here’s a reminder from the Bible!
Pericope de Adultera — is a famous passage found in the Gospel of John 7:53 – 8:11. In this episode, after Jesus has sat down in the temple to teach some of the people, after he spent the previous night at the Mount of Olives, a group of scribes and Pharisees confront Jesus, interrupting his teaching session. They bring in an adulteress, and invite Jesus to pass judgment upon her: Should she be stoned, as Moses taught, or not?
Jesus first ignores the interruption, and writes on the ground as though he does not hear them. But after the religious leaders continue their challenge, he states that the one who is without sin is the one who should cast the first stone. The religious leaders depart, leaving Jesus and the woman in the midst of the crowd.
Jesus then asks the woman if anyone has condemned her. When she answers that no one has condemned her, Jesus says that he, too, does not condemn her, and tells her to go and sin no more.
“Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.”
“If a man says, ‘I love God’, and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he that loves not his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?”
“Honor all (men)! Love the brotherhood! Fear God! Honor the king!”
“Let brotherly love continue!”
And here’s what Allah has commanded us to do! The Quran tells us:
وَٱعْتَصِمُواْ بِحَبْلِ ٱللَّهِ جَمِيعاً وَلاَ تَفَرَّقُواْ
وَٱذْكُرُواْ نِعْمَةَ ٱللَّهِ عَلَيْكُمْ إِذْ كُنْتُمْ أَعْدَآءً
فَأَلَّفَ بَيْنَ قُلُوبِكُمْ فَأَصْبَحْتُمْ بِنِعْمَتِهِ إِخْوَاناً
وَكُنْتُمْ عَلَىٰ شَفَا حُفْرَةٍ مِّنَ ٱلنَّارِ فَأَنقَذَكُمْ مِّنْهَا
كَذٰلِكَ يُبَيِّنُ ٱللَّهُ لَكُمْ آيَاتِهِ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَهْتَدُونَ
“And hold fast, all together, by the rope
which Allah (stretches out for you), and
be not divided among yourselves; and
remember with gratitude Allah's favor on
you; for you were enemies and He joined
your hearts in love, so that by His Grace,
you became brethren; and you were on the
brink of the pit of Fire, and He saved you
from it. Thus does Allah make His Signs
clear to you, that you may be guided.”
وَٱلَّذِينَ جَآءُوا مِن بَعْدِهِمْ يَقُولُونَ رَبَّنَا ٱغْفِرْ لَنَا
وَلإِخْوَانِنَا ٱلَّذِينَ سَبَقُونَا بِٱلإِيمَانِ وَلاَ تَجْعَلْ
فِى قُلُوبِنَا غِلاًّ لِّلَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ رَبَّنَآ إِنَّكَ رَءُوفٌ رَّحِيمٌ
“And those who came after them say: Our
Lord! Forgive us, and our brethren who
came before us into the Faith, and leave not,
in our hearts, rancor (or sense of injury)
against those who have believed. Our Lord!
You are indeed Full of Kindness, Most Merciful."
We can promote love and compassion; we can combat hate, prejudice and division; we can thwart apartheid and bias; we can unite the mankind by helping each other. The choice is ours!
Now, there is one question about the role of Muslim leaders in this situation: What are they doing?
The answer is: Nothing, as usual. The Muslim countries are being ruled by hypocrites (the ‘Munaafiqeen’) who neither follow the Quran nor the teachings of the Prophet (s.a.w.). Because, if they did, they won’t be entitled to the positions they hold today. They are just puppets.
We need direction and it comes through true guidance. And the true guidance comes from the Quran. We should avoid jumping quickly to Fatwahs (judgments). Just do your best to help others and let Allah be the True Judge!
In the battle between the ‘good’ and the ‘evil’, it is the ‘good’ that is bound to succeed as the ‘evil’ is bound to lose – that is the law of nature. But that does not mean that we should sit back, do nothing and wait for the ‘good’ to overcome. We must do our part as per the Quranic guidelines. Allah tells us that the dwellers of the Heaven will ask the dwellers of the Hell about their plight. Here’s their answer:
فِى جَنَّاتٍ يَتَسَآءَلُون عَنِ ٱلْمُجْرِمِينَ مَا سَلَكَكُمْ فِى سَقَرَ
قَالُواْ لَمْ نَكُ مِنَ ٱلْمُصَلِّينَ وَلَمْ نَكُ نُطْعِمُ ٱلْمِسْكِينَ
وَكُنَّا نَخُوضُ مَعَ ٱلُخَآئِضِينَ وَكُنَّا نُكَذِّبُ بِيَوْمِ ٱلدِّينِ
حَتَّىٰ أَتَانَا ٱلْيَقِينُ َ
“(They will be) in Gardens (of Delight);
“(They will be) in Gardens (of Delight);
they will question each other, and (ask) of
the Sinners: "What led you into Hellfire?"
They will say: "We were not of those who
prayed; nor were we of those who fed the
indigent. But we used to talk vanities with
vain talkers; and we used to deny the
Day of Judgment, until there came to
us (the Hour) that is certain."
So, disobedience to God (not praying, not thanking and not glorifying His name; and not following His commands); not feeding the hungry; not helping the poor/needy; and denying the Day of Judgment are the main causes of our downfall. If we don’t change the course, we are Hell-bound.