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Saturday, 22 July 2017

EDUCATION IS OBLIGATORY, But gadgets and smart-phones can harm your kids.

Education Is Obligatory
Educate Your Children
For This World And
The Hereafter!
Gadgets Are Harmful For Kids

(M. Javed Naseem)

You don’t need gadgets, smart-phones or
electronic equipment to educate your kids!
These gadgets are harmful for young kids.
For real education and guidance, open
the Holy Quran and see what Allah has
prepared for you, and how to get that!


Education is the most important factor in life. The first word revealed to Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) from Allah through Gabriel was ‘Iqra’ – meaning ‘Read’. Still there are millions of Muslims in the world who cannot read and write. As a matter of fact, Reading and Writing are not the ‘education’ as such. They are tools or means through which we can educate ourselves. Education opens your mind and heart and brings closer to your Lord Creator. The more you know, the more you are convinced that you need God in every step of life. You are nothing without Him. If we are not connected with our base, we are lost.

When Muslims won their first war against unbelievers of Makkah at Badr, they captured many as prisoners of war. The first condition set for their release, was that each prisoner of war educate ten Muslims (teach them reading, writing and counting). If not, then they should pay money as ransom to win their freedom. That shows how important education was even centuries ago.

We measure success on the scale of wealth or material possessions. Wealth and material possessions are temporary ornaments of this worldly life only. A Muslim should always think about the Hereafter, because, according to the Quran, that is the real and everlasting life. This world is a trial for us. Our wealth is our offspring and the real wealth we can pass on to our children is the wealth of education. If we invite to goodness and thwart evil, that would be a great service to the next generation. It’s our responsibility to put our children on the right path by providing them the real guidance. That’s the only yardstick to measure our success in this world.

“…And turn unto Allah together, O believers,
in order that you may succeed!”
(al-Quran 24:31)

“And there may spring from you a nation who
invite to goodness, and enjoin right conduct and
forbid indecency. Such are they who are successful.”
(al-Quran 3:104)

It’s our obligation to pass on the Divine message (Quranic education) to children so that they get an idea of the purpose of their lives.  There are lessons for them in the Quranic stories of the Prophets. Those stories can definitely generate some interest among the younger generation to learn more about their faith and the ‘way of life’ – Islam. Above all, they will learn how to respect their parents and elder folks.

Today, Muslims all over the world are in a sorry state of affairs, and they can only blame themselves for that. We Muslims are not discharging our duties diligently. Our irresponsible behavior and care-free attitude is spoiling our children. But we blame the TV and the internet. Instead of promoting the Quranic education and the Prophetic teachings among our kids, we are pleased to see them adopting Western culture, customs, habits and attitudes. We do not discharge our obligation of upbringing our children according to the tenets of Islam. We did not pass on to them what we were supposed to. The result is obvious.  Our young generation is lost in the material glamour of an alien culture. They have gone astray.

If you are a real Muslim, you should never forget that on the Day of Judgment you would be answering questions about the education and upbringing of your children. The issue is a lot more serious than you think. Therefore, try to bring God back into their lives. Discharge your obligations honestly and correctly while you still can. Otherwise prepare yourself for the wrath of the Almighty! We are commanded by Allah to enjoin good conduct and forbid indecency. But unfortunately, today, most visitors to the sex and pornographic sites on the internet are from the Muslim countries – and Pakistan is on top of the list.

You must have heard the comparison ‘like father, like son’ at some point in your life. In most of the cases, it’s very much true. The children are very good observers and they copy their parents or the people around them. This is a natural instinct. We laugh when we see a 2-3-year old child walking in its parent’s big shoes in the house, and we are filled with affection for the child. This is the instinct I am talking about.

Children are remarkably perceptive. Their eyes always observe, their ears always listen, and their minds always process the messages they absorb. If they see us patiently provide a happy home atmosphere for family members, they will imitate that attitude for the rest of their lives. The wise parents realize that every day building-blocks are being laid for the child’s future. It all begins at home.

Kids copy  almost  everything  and  if  the  parents  are  not careful  in  what  they  are  doing,  they  can  destroy  their children’s lives by being bad role-models. Home is the first school before schooling and parents are the first teachers. It is at home where the foundation of a child’s life is laid. A good foundation makes a building solid and secure. It is called ‘Tarbiah’ (or Tarbiat) or upbringing.

Tarbiah (upbringing) is an obligation in Islam. All parents are REQUIRED to impart this training to their children, male or female.  This is the duty of every Muslim parent. They are responsible for their children’s education and good upbringing. This teaches our children how to talk to  the  elders;  how  to  respect  others;  how  to  behave  in different situations; how to treat other human beings; and how to handle a danger; not to  mention how to perform religious duties. It is at home that they learn how to react to certain actions of others. We build our children’s personalities and form their character. They learn the conduct from the parents. So, we should be careful!

“Lo, the noblest of you, in the sight of Allah, is
the best in conduct. Lo, Allah is Knower, Aware.”
(al-Quran 49:12)

Screen Time Is Addicting
When we went to school, we didn’t have the luxury of computers, tablets, smart phones and other electronic equipment. We got our education from the parents, teachers and the library books. Today, we want to buy every new gadget for our kids. We even give our smart phones to 3-4 years old kids to play with. And we take pride in that. We don’t realize that these electronic gadgets can harm our kids physically, damage their abilities and hamper their natural growth. Some of the damage can be for life.

Nicole Crawford, a women's fitness coach and an expert on Yoga, Family and Kids, narrates: Moodiness, restlessness, strange cravings, incoherent speech, an inability to focus on tasks that require concentration and emotional outbursts – these qualities may be used to describe a person on drugs or trying to quit smoking. They also perfectly express what my four-year-old daughter is like after a two hour Disney movie.
There's a reason for that. Screen time has a powerful effect on children, not to mention adults. Finding a way to combat screen time in children, who don't have inboxes to tend to and spreadsheets to create, is a bit simpler: Lay down the law and set limits.

From: Psychology Today
What ‘Screen-Time’ Can Really Do
To Kids’ Brains!
Too much at the worst possible age can have lifetime consequences.
By Liraz Margalit, Ph.D (Behind Online Behavior)  

Screen time is an inescapable reality of modern childhood, with kids of every age spending hours upon hours in front of iPads, smart-phones and televisions.
That’s not always a bad thing: Educational apps and TV shows are great ways for children to sharpen their developing brains and hone their communication skills—not to mention the break these gadgets provide harried parents. But tread carefully: A number of troubling studies connect delayed cognitive development in kids with extended exposure to electronic media. The US Department of Health & Human Services estimates that American children spend a whopping 7-hours a day in front of electronic media. Other statistics reveal that kids as young as two regularly play iPad games and have playroom toys that involve touch screens.

Saturation and long-term consequences
When very small children get hooked on tablets and smart-phones, says Dr. Aric Sigman, an associate fellow of the British Psychological Society and a Fellow of Britain’s Royal Society of Medicine, they can unintentionally cause permanent damage to their still-developing brains. Too much screen time too soon, he says, “is the very thing impeding the development of the abilities that parents are so eager to foster through the tablets. The ability to focus, to concentrate, to lend attention, to sense other people’s attitudes and communicate with them, to build a large vocabulary—all those abilities are harmed.”
Put more simply, parents who jump to screen time in a bid to give their kids an educational edge may actually be doing significantly more harm than good—and they need to dole out future screen time in an age-appropriate matter.
Between birth and age three, for example, our brains develop quickly and are particularly sensitive to the environment around us. In medical circles, this is called the critical period, because the changes that happen in the brain during these first tender years become the permanent foundation upon which all later brain function is built. In order for the brain’s neural networks to develop normally during the critical period, a child needs specific stimuli from the outside environment. These are rules that have evolved over centuries of human evolution, but—not surprisingly—these essential stimuli are not found on today’s tablet screens. When a young child spends too much time in front of a screen and not enough getting required stimuli from the real world, her development becomes stunted.
And not just for a while. If the damage happens during these crucial early years, its results can affect her forever.
Much of the issue lies with the fact that what makes tablets and iPhones so great—dozens of stimuli at your fingertips, and the ability to process multiple actions simultaneously—is exactly what young brains do not need.
Tablets are the ultimate shortcut tools: Unlike a mother reading a story to a child, for example, a smartphone-told story spoon-feeds images, words, and pictures all at once to a young reader. Rather than having to take the time to process a mother’s voice into words, visualize complete pictures and exert a mental effort to follow a story line, kids who follow stories on their smartphones get lazy. The device does the thinking for them, and as a result, their own cognitive muscles remain weak.

Trouble making friends
The brain’s frontal lobe is the area responsible for decoding and comprehending social interactions. It is in this corner of the mind that we empathize with others, take in nonverbal cues while talking to friends and colleagues, and learn how to read the hundreds of unspoken signs—facial expression, tone of voice, and more—that add color and depth to real-world relationships.
So how and when does the brain’s frontal lobe develop? Not surprisingly, the most crucial stage is in early childhood, during that same critical period, and it's dependent on authentic human interactions. So if your young child is spending all of his time in front of an iPad instead of chatting and playing with teachers and other children, his empathetic abilities—the near-instinctive way you and I can read situations and get a feel for other people—will be dulled, possibly for good.


Saturday, 15 July 2017


Don’t Pretend To Be
What You Are Not!

Honesty Is The Best Policy
You Can’t Go Far With

(M. Javed Naseem)

We all pretend sometimes, depending on the situation. We think it is a normal thing in our daily life. As a matter of fact, pretending is similar to lying because it is far from the truth. We are actually trying to hide the truth.
Saying one thing and doing something else falls into the definition of hypocrisy. The Almighty God has stated clearly in the Holy Quran that this act is the most hateful in the eyes of the Creator.

يٰأَيُّهَا ٱلَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ لِمَ تَقُولُونَ مَا لاَ تَفْعَلُونَ
كَبُرَ مَقْتاً عِندَ ٱللَّهِ أَن تَقُولُواْ مَا لاَ تَفْعَلُونَ
“O you who believe! Why SAY you that
which you DO not? It is most hateful in
the sight of Allah that you SAY that
which you DO not.”
(al-Quran 61: 2-3)

Open Message To:
Clinton, Bush, Obama & Trump

George Bush, as the U.S. President, claimed that he was commanded by God to invade Iraq. OMG!
What a bold-faced lie, a white lie! A man who never adhered to the commandments of God, as prescribed in the Bible, the man who ordered the bombing of many countries and killing of millions of innocent people (children, women and the elderly, bombing hospitals and wedding processions), was trying to pretend to be holy, a devout Christian! Jesus Christ or the Bible never said that you kill those people you don’t like or those who practice other Faiths. He was merely a mean hypocrite, an evil man! All the above-mentioned presidents, along with the British ex-Premier Tony Blair, should be brought to the court of justice and tried on the charges of genocide and crimes against humanity. They have the blood of the innocent on their hands. Here’s what the Bible and the Christian God says about such people:

Titus 1:16
They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny Him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.”

Matthew 23:27-28
“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs which look beautiful on the outside, but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean.
In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside, you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.”

1-John 4:20
Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.”

1-Peter 2:16
Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves.”

Luke 6:46
“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?”

Mark 7:6
He replied, Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is written: These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.”

2-Timothy 3:1-5
But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days.
People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God — having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people!”

MUSLIM leaders of today are not different either. They are also plain hypocrites (Munaafiqeen). They are corrupt crooks and are playing puppets in the hands of their colonial masters just to stay in power. They are responsible for bringing misery, destruction, bloodshed and civil wars in many Muslim countries. And that includes the Saudi Grand Mufti who gave Fatwas of Jihad against Yemen and blockade of Qatar. They are helping the Zionist Jews and Christians to destroy Muslim countries. Their pay-back time will be coming soon. It looks like that they never opened the Holy Quran to see the following verses in it. They see only what they want to see.

Qatar’s Grand Mufti blasts Saudi’s Grand
Mufti for issuing obnoxious Fatwa

“We think you should prevent the authority (rulers) who ignited the fire
of the boycott on their brothers in Qatar unjustly and out of hatred from
their injustice and aggression. But for you to collude with them and
justify their injustice, and philosophize their aggression, this is contrary
to what Allah and His Messenger has commanded.”
Anwar El-Badawi, a Qatari Islamic judge, wrote a letter to the Mufti
pointing out to him that what he said is contradictory to the Quran, the
Sunnah (Prophetic traditions) and the general consensus of Muslim jurists.
El-Badawi said this blockade does not represent the real image or define
the qualities of a Muslim nation or a Muslim individual. He also pointed
that the decision resulted in prohibiting Qatari people from entering the
Grand Mosque (Kaabah) of Mecca and many mixed-citizenship couples
are now facing separation. He said in his letter:
“Did you know that the people of Qatar were banned from the Grand
Mosque (Kaabah) because of the blockade? What good comes from this?
Did you know that a young Saudi was prevented from the funeral of his
father because of your Fatwa? Did you know that Saudi, Emirati and
Bahraini wives were forced to leave their Qatari husbands and children


Using Islam and Allah’s name for political and personal worldly gains, contrary to the teachings of the Quran, is Haraam. Here’s what Allah says about such people:

وَمِمَّنْ حَوْلَكُمْ مِّنَ ٱلأَعْرَابِ مُنَافِقُونَ وَمِنْ أَهْلِ ٱلْمَدِينَةِ
مَرَدُواْ عَلَى ٱلنِّفَاقِ لاَ تَعْلَمُهُمْ نَحْنُ نَعْلَمُهُمْ سَنُعَذِّبُهُم مَّرَّتَيْنِ
ثُمَّ يُرَدُّونَ إِلَىٰ عَذَابٍ عَظِيمٍ
“Certain of the desert Arabs round about you
are hypocrites as well as (desert Arabs) among
the Medina folk. They are obstinate in hypocrisy.
You know them not; We know them. Twice shall
We punish them; and in addition shall they be
sent to a grievous penalty (Hellfire).”
(al-Quran 9:101)

People in Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries should look into the mirror and ponder upon the above verse of the Quran.
Sorry! Don’t misread me! I hate racism and discrimination as much as I hate hypocrisy (Munaafiqat), dishonesty and incompetence. Not all Arabs are referred to in the above verse of the Quran. Only a particular group (‘certain’) among the Arabs are meant and their offspring might be keeping the tradition alive. Munaafiqeen (hypocrites) were active in every era and they created sectarianism and disunity among Muslims.

بَشِّرِ ٱلْمُنَافِقِينَ بِأَنَّ لَهُمْ عَذَاباً أَلِيماً
“To the hypocrites give the glad tidings that
there is for them (but) a grievous penalty.”
(al-Quran 4:138)

إِنَّ ٱلْمُنَافِقِينَ فِى ٱلدَّرْكِ ٱلأَسْفَلِ مِنَ ٱلنَّارِ وَلَن تَجِدَ لَهُمْ نَصِيراً
“The hypocrites will be in the lowest depths of
the Hellfire; no helper will you find for them.”
(al-Quran 4:145)

ٱلْمُنَافِقُونَ وَٱلْمُنَافِقَاتُ بَعْضُهُمْ مِّن بَعْضٍ يَأْمُرُونَ
بِٱلْمُنكَرِ وَيَنْهَوْنَ عَنِ ٱلْمَعْرُوفِ وَيَقْبِضُونَ أَيْدِيَهُمْ
نَسُواْ ٱللَّهَ فَنَسِيَهُمْ إِنَّ ٱلْمُنَافِقِينَ هُمُ الْفَاسِقُونَ
“The hypocrites, men and women, (have an
understanding) with each other: They enjoin evil, and
forbid what is just, and are close with their hands.
They have forgotten Allah; so He has forgotten them.
Verily the hypocrites are rebellious and perverse.”
(al-Quran 9:67)

وَعَدَ الله الْمُنَافِقِينَ وَٱلْمُنَافِقَاتِ وَٱلْكُفَّارَ نَارَجَهَنَّمَ
خَالِدِينَ فِيهَا هِىَ حَسْبُهُمْ وَلَعَنَهُمُ ٱللَّهُ وَلَهُمْ عَذَابٌ مُّقِيمٌ
“Allah has promised the hypocrites men and women,
and the rejecters of Faith, the fire of Hell. Therein shall
they dwell. Sufficient is it for them. For them is the
curse of Allah, and an enduring punishment.”
(al-Quran 9:68)

لِّيُعَذِّبَ ٱللَّهُ ٱلْمُنَافِقِينَ وَٱلْمُنَافِقَاتِ وَٱلْمُشْرِكِينَ وَٱلْمُشْرِكَاتِ
وَيَتُوبَ ٱللَّهُ عَلَى ٱلْمُؤْمِنِينَ وَٱلْمُؤْمِنَاتِ وَكَانَ ٱللَّهُ غَفُوراً رَّحِيماً
“(With the result) that Allah has to punish the
hypocrites, men and women, and the Unbelievers,
men and women, and Allah turns in Mercy to the
Believers, men and women; for Allah is
Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.”
(al-Quran 33:73)

وَيُعَذِّبَ ٱلْمُنَافِقِينَ وَٱلْمُنَافِقَاتِ وَٱلْمُشْرِكِينَ وَٱلْمُشْرِكَاتِ
ٱلظَّآنِّينَ بِٱللَّهِ ظَنَّ ٱلسَّوْءِ عَلَيْهِمْ دَآئِرَةُ ٱلسَّوْءِ وَغَضِبَ ٱللَّهُ
عَلَيْهِمْ وَلَعَنَهُمْ وَأَعَدَّ لَهُمْ جَهَنَّمَ وَسَآءَتْ مَصِيراً
“And that He may punish the hypocrites, men
and women, and the Polytheists men and women,
who imagine an evil opinion of Allah. On them is
a round of Evil. The Wrath of Allah is on them.
He has cursed them and got Hell ready for them;
and evil is it for a destination.”
(al-Quran 48:6)

Honesty is the best policy. You cannot get too far with lies. You need to lie hundred times more to conceal the first lie. Truth always prevails.  Falsehood may get you some temporary benefits but eventually the truth comes out and prevails. Lies might save you a small trouble but may eventually land you in a lot of troubles. Above all, lying and pretending put your person, your character and prestige at stake.

You might have heard the story of two European Christian friends who went to see the desert in an Arab country. Their names were Michael and Joseph. They did not have much experience of traveling in the desert. It was their first ‘desert adventure’, therefore, they were well equipped with all kinds of maps, books and brochures.
Since Arab culture and climate is different from the European culture and climate, the guys liked the change. In the first part of their journey, they had fun in the villages near the desert. They enjoyed the camel ride and sliding on the sand dunes. ‘This expedition is very interesting’, they thought. ‘We have not faced any remarkable problem so far. It’s so much fun’, they told each other.
Then it happened what always happens when you least expect it. They got lost in the desert. They had been wandering all day but still there was no sign of any village or an oasis. They even lost the sense of direction and the maps would not help much either.  They got scared. They were tired, hungry and thirsty. So they started praying to God for help.
After wandering for another hour or so, they spotted a mosque far away. The little minaret was visible from far. They started running towards it with all their strength. Finally, they arrived at the oasis, almost half dead. While lying on the sand, one friend said to the other:
‘Listen, Michael! We better change our names to some Muslim names otherwise the people in the mosque won’t help us. Now, my name is Yusuf, and not Joseph. How about you?’
Michael replied: ‘Hey! I am what I am. My name is Michael and I am not going to change it for any reason.’
So, they both knocked at the door of the mosque. The Imam of the mosque greeted them with Salam and a smile, and asked about their well-being. They said they were lost in the desert. They were also hungry and thirsty, and very tired. Joseph introduced himself as Yusuf, a Muslim, while Michael said that he was a Christian and his name was Michael.
The Imam smiled and said: ‘Peace be upon you both’. Then he called somebody and asked him to bring some food and water for Michael. When the food was brought, he placed the tray in front of Michael and said: ‘Please start in the name of God, and enjoy the desert food.’
Then he turned to Joseph with a smile, shook his hand and said: ‘Happy Ramadan Mubarak, brother Yusuf!’
Michael almost choked as he was trying to control his laughter while eating. Joseph’s plan had backfired.
Moral: Never pretend to be what you are not! You might be able to fool a couple of people and benefit from the situation temporarily but the truth always comes out.

Remember! Honesty pays. Don’t build your foundation on lies! It’ll crumble sooner or later. Allah says in the Holy Quran:

إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ لاَ يَهْدِى مَنْ هُوَ كَاذِبٌ كَـفَّارٌ
“... Lo, Allah guides not him who is a liar,
an ingrate.” -- (al-Quran 39:3)

In another Surah in the Holy Quran, the Almighty says:

إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ لاَ يَهْدِى مَنْ هُوَ مُسْرِفٌ كَذَّابٌ
“Lo, Allah guides not one who is a prodigal,
a liar.” -- (al-Quran 40:28)

Allah has assured us in the Quran that Truth is going to stay and Falsehood is bound to perish. Therefore, honesty is always the best policy. It saves us from a lot of troubles, the fear and tension of getting caught, and eventual humiliation. Be who you are! God created every soul on the nature of Islam – Truthful and honest! We learned later on how to become crooks. We are dishonest and untruthful by choice. Get back to your nature! You won’t regret being truthful and honest!


Friday, 7 July 2017


God Made You His Viceroy
In The Earth To See
How You Behave!
Is That How You Behave?

(M. Javed Naseem)

“Then We appointed you viceroys in the earth

after them, that We might see how you behave.”
(al-Quran 10:14) 

We are the masterpiece of God’s Creation – the best in the universe. When Allah thought about creating a human being, He held us in high esteem and granted us honor and respect, even above His angels. He gave us splendor.

“And had We willed We could have set among
you angels to be viceroys in the earth.”
(al-Quran 43:60)

“He it is Who has placed you as viceroys of the
Earth and has exalted some of you in rank above
others, that He may try you by (the test of) that
which He has given you. Lo! Your Lord is
 swift in prosecution; and Lo! He verily is
Forgiving, Merciful.”
(al-Quran 6:165)

The above two verses from the Holy Quran tell the truth about us – humans. If Allah had wanted, He could have appointed angels as Viceroys in the earth. But He chose Man and exalted his status, above the status of the angels, and then appointed him as His Viceroy in the earth. Alas! Most of us are trying to prove that it was not a wise decision. We are opposing what Allah wanted for us. We are revolting against Him. Unfortunately, we can only hurt ourselves.

Know Your ‘Self’ And
Make A Difference
(While You Can)!
Get Up, Rise And Shine!
Heaven And Earth Were
Created For You! Don’t
Opt For Hellfire!

وَإِذْ قَالَ رَبُّكَ لِلْمَلاَئِكَةِ إِنِّى جَاعِلٌ فِى ٱلأَرْضِ خَلِيفَةً
قَالُواْ أَتَجْعَلُ فِيهَا مَن يُفْسِدُ فِيهَا وَيَسْفِكُ ٱلدِّمَآءَ وَنَحْنُ
نُسَبِّحُ بِحَمْدِكَ وَنُقَدِّسُ لَكَ قَالَ إِنِّيۤ أَعْلَمُ مَا لاَ تَعْلَمُونَ
“Behold, your Lord said to the angels: ‘I will
create a vice-gerent on earth.’ They said:
Will You place therein one who will make
mischief therein and shed blood whilst we do
celebrate Your praises and glorify Your holy
(name)?’ He said: "I know what you know not."
(al-Quran 2:30)

Vow! So amazing! Ponder upon the above verse of the Quran and look at the depth of knowledge, the vision, the insight or the farsightedness of the angels! God had just floated the idea of creating a man but the angels knew immediately what that man was going to do in the earth! And the man was not even created yet! Allah-o-Akbar! The angels knew that man would be a trouble-maker. He would spread corruption and bloodshed in the earth. And they were absolutely right!

Allah created Man as His Khalifa (Vice-Gerent) in the Earth. Gerent is a Latin word (used in modern French for ‘Manager’) and as a verb it means: To bear, to conduct, to manage or to govern. Some scholars have translated the Arabic word ‘Khalifa’ as heir, viceroy, vice-gerent or care-taker. Therefore, man is the “Vice-Gerent” (Deputy Manager) of God on earth but he rules the world and behaves like Devil. Since the time Devil disobeyed Allah and refused to fall in prostration in front of Adam, Allah had declared him as a devout enemy of man. The irony is that man knows it and acknowledges it too but still follows the Devil. This is revolt and merits punishment. It is more than simple disobedience.
When we claim to be Muslims and then arrogantly go against the commands of Allah, openly or discretely, it constitutes hypocrisy (Munaafiqat) in Islam. And Allah has promised Munaafiqeen (hypocrites) a grave punishment in the lowest part of Hell. Do we really understand that? I doubt.

Today, Muslims in general and Muslim leaders in particular, are considered corrupt, inapt and incompetent because corruption flourishes in all Arab countries and other Muslim states. All politicians are trying to make easy money and live of others. They are so shameless that they even extort money in the name of charity (hospitals, dispensaries, schools, food, medicines, humanitarian projects, etc., etc.) and then transfer that money to their off-shore bank accounts overseas. Thus they are set for a luxury life. Others are plundering it while abusing authority and power. They don’t even think for a moment that they are going to die tomorrow!

And that shows what kind of Muslims they are; how much they fear Allah’s wrath; how much they care about others; and how much importance they give to justice and fair-play in their society! They care about themselves only. Allah tells us in the Quran in very plain words: “Remember Me, I’ll remember you!” And if you don’t remember Him in this world, He’ll not remember you in the Hereafter! Simple as that!

That’s not the Man Allah had created to play His Viceroy or Vice-gerent in the earth. That man probably does not exist any more. The poet-philosopher of the East, Dr. Muhammad Iqbal (or Allama Iqbal) said:

Where Is The Man?
“My ancestors were Brahmins. They spent
their lives in search of God. I am spending
my life in search of Man.”
Dr. Muhammad Iqbal

When the Man becomes a beast, he starts killing other living creatures including human beings. Adam’s son showed us that with the first murder and his grand-grand-children are repeating the fete today in Syria, Iraq, Palestine, Afghanistan, Libya, Kashmir, Burma, etc., etc. The earth has become the killing fields.
Man has lost his splendor.

What happened to all the education, research and knowledge? All knowledge is useless if not used for the betterment of mankind; and if not used by man to connect to his Creator, the Almighty.

All Knowledge Is Useless Until …

“Look at the evils of the world around you and protect yourself from them. Our teachers give all the wrong messages to our youth, since they take away the natural flare from the soul. Take it from me that all knowledge is useless until it is connected with your life, because the purpose of knowledge is nothing but to show you the splendors of yourself!”
― Dr. Muhammad Iqbal.

Man is capable of performing incredible fetes. He can catch the stars and dwell at moon. He can travel through galaxies. He can conquer the universe but cannot conquer his own desires and emotions! What a contrast! Simply put: If you are disconnected from your base, you are lost. You become nobody!

We are living with fake pride, fake love, fake news and fake leaders. We have lost our direction and that’s why we have lost all respect, dignity and honor. It hurts to see that we have lost our splendor. We are fallen.

Stagnation is Death.
Enter Another Dimention!

“Let this be our beautiful departure from stagnation! Let our minds come alive; enter another dimension; go beyond the stars eagerly struggling to find that which our naked eyes did not know existed! Rise like a falcon born to soar and not be alone but be present amongst others.”
― Dr. Muhammad Iqbal.

We are one community and are supposed to help each other in times of need. As human beings we should feel for others because we are all parts of one great body and pieces of one big jigsaw puzzle. One without the others is nothing. Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) said, as narrated by An-Numan bin Bashir:
‘You see the believers as regards their being merciful among themselves and showing love among themselves and being kind, resembling one body, so that if any part of the body is not well, the whole body suffers from sleeplessness and fever.’
(Bukhari, vol 8, book 73, No.40).

People who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials, most money, or the most awards and medals. They are the people who care; who touched your heart and soul; who were there with a kind and encouraging word when you were down.  And that makes the difference.
Now, you try to be one of those and touch somebody’s soul. Make a difference! Leave your footprints on somebody’s life. And do it while you can!

Rumi says:

Strip away your pride, and put on humble clothes!
Wait for the illuminating openness,
As though your chest were filling with light,
As when God said,
“Did We not expand you?” (al-Quran 94:1)

Don’t look for it outside yourself.
You are the source of milk. Don’t milk others!
There is a milk fountain inside you.
Don’t walk around with an empty basket!

You have a channel into the ocean, and yet
You ask for water from a little pool!
Beg for that love expansion. Meditate only
on THAT! The Quran says:
“And He is with you.” (al-Quran 57:4)

There is a basket of fresh bread on your head,
And yet you go door to door asking for crusts!
Knock on your inner door! No other!

Mankind is one community. The best among us is not the one who has achieved top position in sports, education, science, technology or arts. These honors are good for one’s personal satisfaction. If one cannot use his knowledge, expertise, skills and wealth for the benefit of other human beings, it is worthless.

If we want to get rid of evil, we should strive for a welfare society based on social justice. We should have a firm belief that there is God up there and one day we will be answering questions while standing in His court. That God-fearing spirit is developed only when you believe that you are answerable to a Higher Authority than your corrupt government. So, raise your level and educate yourself!

How Do You Relate To This Universe?

The poet-philosopher of the East, Dr. Muhammad Iqbal, asks:
“What is the character and general structure of the universe in which we live? Is there a permanent element in the constitution of this universe? How are we related to it? What place do we occupy in it, and what is the kind of conduct that befits the place we occupy? These questions are common to religion, philosophy, and higher poetry.”

And YOU are the answer! So, be a befitting YOU!


Friday, 30 June 2017

IT'S BETTER FOR WOMEN TO PRAY AT HOME Than In A Mosque - Prophet Muhammad

Prophet’s Advice To Women:
‘It’s Better For You To Pray
At Home Than In A Mosque!’

Prophet’s Advice To Men:
‘Do not prevent your women
from going to the mosques if
they ask your permission!’

(M. Javed Naseem)

(Women offering Eid prayer in Luknow, India)
“O you who believe! Obey Allah and
His Messenger, and turn not away from
him when you hear (him speak)!”
(al-Quran 8:20)

“He who obeys the Messenger, obeys Allah.
But if any turn away, We have not sent you
to watch over their (evil deeds).”
(al-Quran 4:80)

A gang-rape incident that took place on 27th of Ramadan forced me to write this article!

Islam is a ‘way of life’ that brings you closer to your Creator, Allah – the Almighty. Islam is certainly more than the rituals, like praying, fasting, paying charity and going for pilgrimage. It establishes a relationship between the Creation and the Creator. It also cultivates love for Allah’s Prophet (Muhammad, s.a.w.) in the hearts of the believers as he was our role-model designated by Allah. A true Muslim loves Allah and His Prophet more than anything else in life. Allah has commanded the believers that they should obey the Prophet’s commands and follow him as a role-model.

Abu Salamah ibn Abdur Rahman heard Abu Hurairah say that the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.) said:
"Whoever obeys me has obeyed Allah. Whoever rebels against me has rebelled against Allah. Whoever obeys my Amir has obeyed me. Whoever rebels against my Amir has disobeyed me." – (Bukhari, Muslim).

The Prophet (s.a.w.) said:
"When I forbid you to do something, avoid it. When I command you to do something, then do it as much as you are able." – (Bukhari, Muslim).

 “Say (O Muhammad)! If you do love Allah,
follow me! Allah will love you and forgive your
sins, for Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful."
(al-Quran 3:31)

The best way (rather the only way) to show our love for Allah is to obey His commands – do what He tells us to do and abstain from the things He forbids us. The Quran contains all the commands of Allah and the Sunnah (way of life) of the Prophet (s.a.w.) shows us how to implements those commands in real life. Since humans want easy life, they always look for shortcuts – the ways and means to please Allah and His Prophet without doing any hardwork. This has resulted in many interpretations of the Quranic verses that are promoted by different sects or groups. The irony is that each sect or group claims that its version or interpretation is the ‘true Islam’ and anything else is not Islam. That approach is very unreasonable and illogical. It creates disunity and divides the Muslim Ummah into sects. And that is forbidden by Allah.

Don’t create religious issues out of
nothing! If you don’t respect Prophet’s
advice, you don’t love him nor can you
claim to be a true Muslim! Prophet
Muhammad (s.a.w.) was declared the
best rolemodel for mankind.

Should women also go out to pray in the mosques just like men? Are they not prohibited to do that? This debate is very old. There are different opinions and many Fatwah (rulings) by the scholars on this subject. But in fact, it’s very simple. This should not be considered an issue triggering disputes and fights between husbands and wives. If you know the facts, this is not an issue requiring Fatwah (ruling) from the scholars.

(Women offering Taraweeh prayer during Ramadan at Masjid Hassan-II, Casablanca)

Women Praying in The Mosques:

There is no verse in the Quran that prevents women from entering the mosques for praying purposes. Similarly, there is no authentic Hadith from the Prophet (s.a.w.) that
prohibits women from praying in the mosques. On the contrary, there are several Hadiths
that tell men that they should not stop women if they (women) insist on going to the mosques for prayer. They should allow them. But, at the same time, there are also authentic Hadiths according to which Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) recommended women to pray at home as it was better (for them) than praying in the mosques.

Did you find anything disputing or contradictory in that? No, because there is none.

 Simply put, the Prophet (s.a.w.) told women
that it was better for them to pray (Salaat) at
home than in the mosques. But if they wanted
to go to the mosques, they were allowed.

The issue or the problem here should NOT be the permission (allowed or not-allowed). The real issue here should be “respecting and adhering to the advice or recommendation of the Prophet (s.a.w.)” than to your (women’s) own desire or opinion to go to the mosques for Salaat.
The critical issue here should be women’s security risks and social evils. Not the permission. They are permitted by the Prophet and there’s no dispute about it.

Women’s going to the mosques is fine but there are some hidden social evils that are being ignored by people. I live in front of one of the biggest mosques in the world, Masjid Hassan-II, Casablanca, Morocco. Population-wise, there are a lot (one million) more women (out of 35 million people, Women: 51%, Men: 49%) in Morocco than men and that shows not only in the streets of Moroccan cities but also in the famous mosques. In Ramadan, it feels that more women come for Isha/Taraweeh prayers than men. Even in Fajr prayer, women’s number is high.
I feel bad in saying that sometimes there are scenes from the parking lots, lawn and corridors of the mosque and around, that show evil/Fitnah at work! We see “love-sick” couples in the dark corners hand-in-hand trying to have good time while the Taraweeh prayer is going on. Not all women/girls come to the mosque for prayers. All girls and women come out with their mobile phones and keep them in their hands to show off. Culturally (French colonial influence), any man can talk to any woman and any boy can chat with any girl without any problem. All high-school and college-going teenagers have girlfriends or boyfriends, openly or secretly. They can freely exchange their phone numbers. But the real problem starts afterwards when they start looking for dark corners in the parking lots or the corridors.

When we were kids, I heard that Lailat-ul Qadr was the 27th night of Ramadan. After 60 years now I hear it again in Morocco that the ‘Night of the Qadr’ falls on the 27th night of Ramadan. Not all Moroccans believe that. It’s just a general view, just like in India or Pakistan or any other Muslim country. Most people believe that it could fall on the 21st, 23rd, 25th, 27th or even the 29th night of the month of Ramadan. It is a Moroccan tradition that kids and young people put on new or fancy clothes. The night of 27th is crowded, like Eid night as the streets are bustling. Everybody is outside. Mosques are full to the capacity and people (both men and women) bring their own mats and bottles of water to stay at the mosques as long as possible. Even the surrounding open yards and lawns of every mosque are also occupied. It’s a great scene to watch, with thousands of women praying behind men. A curtain-like long partition separates the two groups. In Arab countries, most mosques have separate area for women, generally upstairs or in the back, with separate entrance/exit.

Now, the funny thing is that inside the mosques, men and women are separated but outside the mosques, they can hold each others’ hands, hug each other, or even do more than that. By law, it is not a crime. Crime starts with “kissing in public” so most of them hide in the corridors or in the parking lots between two cars.

The reason for my writing this article is a news item that disturbed me a lot. It was reported last week in the social media (Moroccan press is not always honest and bold enough to report crimes) that in the city of Beni Mellah (south of Marrakesh) a teenage minor girl was assaulted and raped by 5 young men in Ramadan. The girl had left the house for Isha/Taraweeh prayer and went to the nearby mosque to celebrate the night of “Lailat-ul Qadr”. How did it happen, is another story! The point is, ‘why’ did it happen?
It happened because it was easier for boys and girls (men and women) to mingle with each other. And that’s my point! Islam does not allow mixing up or intermingling of men and women. If you control that, you can control 90% of sexual crimes.

Under today’s uncertain circumstances and unsafe conditions, would anybody send his/her daughter, sister or wife to a mosque for prayer? I hope this question answers many questions.

Mosques should have special areas for women

Islam gives permission to woman to enter the Mosques provided there are separate and equal facilities. Islam does not allow the intermingling of sexes. There should be separate entrances for men and women – separate places of ablution (Wudhu) for men and women. In Islam, when we pray, we stand shoulder to shoulder. But men and women cannot stand shoulder to shoulder in prayer. They are not allowed to intermingle. That is why in Islam, women have to stand behind. The Imam has to be a male.

There is no doubt that a woman’s prayer in her house is better for her than praying in the mosque, as is indicated by the Sunnah of the Prophet (s.a.w.). He said: "Do not prevent your women from going to the mosque, even though their houses are better for them." (Reported by Abu Dawud in al-Sunan, Baab maa jaa’a fee khurooj al-nisaa’ ilaa’l-masjid: Baab al-tashdeed fee dhaalik. See also Saheeh al-Jaami‘, No. 7458).

Whenever a woman prays in a place that is more private and more hidden, that is better for her, as the Prophet (s.a.w.) said:
"A woman’s prayer in her house is better than her prayer in her courtyard, and her prayer in her bedroom is better than her prayer in her house." (Reported by Abu Dawud in al-Sunan, Baab maa jaa’a fee khurooj al-nisaa’ ilaa’l-masjid. See also Saheeh al-Jaami‘, No. 3833).

Umm Humayd, the wife of Abu Humayd al-Saa‘idi reported that she came to the Prophet (s.a.w.) and said:
"O Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.), I love to pray with you."
He said: "I know that you love to pray with me, but praying in your house is better for you than praying in your courtyard, and praying in your courtyard is better for you than praying in the mosque of your people, and praying in the mosque of your people is better for you than praying in my mosque."
So she ordered that a prayer-place be built for her in the farthest and darkest part of her house, and she always prayed there until she met Allah (i.e., until she died). (Reported by Imaam Ahmad; the men of its isnaad are thiqaat (trustworthy)).

But the fact that praying at home is preferable does not mean that that women are not permitted to go to the mosque, as is clear from the following Hadith:

From Abdullah ibn Umar, who said: "I heard the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.) say: ‘Do not prevent your women from going to the mosque if they ask your permission." Bilal ibn Abdullah said, "By Allah, we will prevent them." Ibn Umar turned to him and told him in an unprecedented fashion, saying: "I tell you what the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.) said, and you say ‘By Allah, we will prevent them’!" (Reported by Muslim, No.667).

Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid says that a woman is permitted to go to the mosque for prayer but there are certain conditions:

1) She should wear complete Hijaab.
2) She should not go out wearing perfume.
3) She should have the permission of her husband.
4) Her going out should not involve any other kind of prohibited acts, such as being alone in a car with a non-Mahram driver. If a woman does something wrong like that, her husband or guardian has the right to stop her; in fact it is his duty to do so.

Abd al-Azeem Abaadi said:
The reason here is that women's praying at home is better so as to avoid Fitnah, and that was more strongly emphasized after the ‘Tabarruj’ (wanton display) that women introduced. – (Awn al-Ma’bood, 1/193).
(Men and women have separate Ablution (Wudhu) places and washrooms at Masjid Hassan-II)
Shaykh Ibn Uthaymeen said:
The Sunnah indicates that it is better for a woman to pray at home, no matter where she is, whether she lives in Makkah or elsewhere. Hence the Prophet (s.a.w.) said: “Do not prevent the female slaves of Allah from coming to the mosques of Allah, but their houses are better for them.”
He said that when he was in Madinah, even though prayer in the Prophet’s Mosque brings more reward, because a woman’s prayer in her own house is more covering for her and farther removed from temptation (Fitnah), so if she is in her house then this is preferable and is better.
(Note: As far as multiple reward is concerned, Allah will grant women more reward for obeying the advice of the Prophet (s.a.w.).
(See Fataawa al-Jaami’ah li’l-Mar’ah al-Muslimah, Vol.1, p. 207).
The Messenger (s.a.w.) said: “Do not stop your women-folk from going to the mosques if they ask you for permission.” (al-Bukhari, No.865; Muslim, No.442).
(Women have a separate entrance/exit at Masjid Hassan-II, Casablanca)
It was narrated that Ibn Umar said: I heard the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.) say: “When your women ask you for permission to go to the mosque, give them permission.”

According to another version, “Do not forbid women their share of the mosques if they ask you for permission.”

Shaykh Bakr Abu Zayd, in his book Hiraasat al-Fadeelah (p. 86), listed the conditions for women to go out to the mosques. He said that women were allowed to go out to the mosques under the following conditions:

(Women's separate big prayer gallery inside Masjid Hassan-II, Casablanca)
1- That there is no risk of them tempting others or being tempted.
2- That their attendance will not lead to anything that is forbidden according to Shariah.
3- That they do not jostle with men in the streets or in the mosques.
4- That they should go out not wearing perfume.
5- That they should go out wearing Hijab, not making a wanton display of their adornment.
6- A door should be set aside in the mosques just for women to enter and exit, as mentioned in the Hadith narrated in Sunan Abu Dawud and elsewhere.
7- The women’s rows should be behind the men’s rows.
8- The best rows for women are those at the back, unlike the case for men
9-Women should leave the mosque before men, and men should wait until the women have dispersed to their homes, as mentioned in the Hadith of Umm Salamah (r.a.a.) in Saheeh al-Bukhari and elsewhere.

So, let the common sense and logic prevail to avoid disagreement and Fitnah! If women insist to go, make it safer and easier for them!