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Sunday, 23 April 2017

ISLAM IS: RIGHTEOUSNESS + JUSTICE.



Islam Is:
Righteousness + Justice

If you are not conscious of Allah and
don’t treat people with mercy, you will
not be treated with mercy either!

Uphold justice even if it goes against
You or your family! That’s Islam!

(M. Javed Naseem)


On the Day of Judgment,
Allah will not talk to an unjust
ruler. He’ll be sent to Hell.

Those people are blessed who get righteous leaders and rulers. Such rulers existed in every era. In the early age of Islam, the rulers were exemplary. They were the best role-models for anybody who wanted to serve his people and establish the rule of law.

The Western world considers the famous Indian leader, Mahatma Gandhi, as the most influential personality of the twentieth century. In some quarters he is treated like a saint. Indians, in general, and Hindus in particular, claim Gandhi as the greatest ‘son of India’. He always preached righteousness through modesty and non-violence. In 1937, while addressing the Indian Congress government’s cabinet of ministers, Gandhi advised all cabinet members to lead simple life. He said:

“I cannot give you the examples of Ram Chandra and Krishna, because they were not the historical personalities. I have no other choice to give you the examples of Abu Bakr and Umar (bin al-Khattab) – the first two Caliphs of Islam – as symbols of modesty and simple life. They were the rulers of a great empire but all their lives they lived like beggars.”
(Quote from ‘Hareejan’, dated 27th July, 1937).

Amazing, isn’t it? The funny thing is that non-Muslims appreciate the teachings of Islam, whereas we Muslims don’t even care about it. As Muslims, we are terrible role models for others. It is time to get up and play the role we are supposed to play for the sake of our future generations. We should act with care and responsibility.

Now, the question is: Why would Gandhi refer to the Caliphs of Islam (Umar and Abu Bakr)? What did he see in their characters that convinced him that they were the best role-models as rulers and governors? It was their righteousness and modest living; their fear of God and their sense of responsibility in promoting justice; their obligations towards community to guarantee the rights of the poor.

Let’s see how Abu Bakr fared in his life and during his short tenure as the 1st Caliph of Islam.
He was the first free and independent (not a slave) mature man who accepted Islam the very moment Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) invited him to the Truth. (But he was not the first PERSON who accepted Islam, the first person being Khadija, Prophet’s wife).
He was given the title “Siddique” by the Prophet (s.a.w.) himself. Siddique means ‘the true friend’, the one who ‘embraces the Truth’. His obedience to Allah and loyalty to the Prophet (s.a.w.) were exemplary. The stories of his righteousness and piety are numerous. According to a Hadith (sayings of the Prophet, s.a.w.) quoted by Tirmidhi (and Ahmad), the Prophet (s.a.w.) said about Abu Bakr:

"If the Iman (faith) of Abu Bakr was put
on one side of the scale and the faith of the
entire nation of Muslims on the other, the faith
of Abu Bakr would outweigh the others."

Abu Bakr was a businessman, one of the richest in Makkah. But after accepting Islam, he devoted all his money, efforts, labor and resources to the service of mankind just to please Allah. He used to buy slaves from the pagans and set them free. He would help the needy, the widows, the poor and the victims of injustice. He would sacrifice all his wealth for the cause of Allah.

Once, people of the area suffered from drought and then famine struck. People started suffering, so they came to Abu Bakr, who was the Caliph of the Muslims at that time. They said: O’ Caliph of the Messenger of Allah, the sky no longer brings down rain and the land no longer brings up crops or plants, and people fear a disaster. What are you going to do?
Abu Bakr replied, “Go now and be patient. I hope that Allah will bring His subsistence by the evening.”
When they went down the road, they saw one thousand camels laden with corn, oil and flour, standing near the house of Othman (r.a.a.), who was taking care of the supplies. When the merchants of the area heard of the food convoy, they came to see Othman (r.a.a.) for buying goods.
“What are you looking for?” He asked them.
“You know what we want,” they answered.
Othman (r.a.a.) asked them: ‘How much profit will you give me?’
“Two Dirham of profit.”
“I was offered more than that”, said Othman (r.a.a.).
“Well, four Dirham.”
“I was offered more.”
“Then five Dirham.”
“I was offered more than that”, declared Othman (r.a.a.).
“We are the only merchants in town, so who offered you more than we did?”
Othman (r.a.a.) replied, “Allah offered me ten Dirham for every single Dirham; do you offer more than that?”
“No”, the merchants answered.
“Then you bear witness that I give away all these camels along with the goods in charity in the cause of Allah for the sake of the poor and the needy.”

Now, that’s righteousness and piety! That’s charity; and that’s caring and sharing. In fact, that’s Islam.

 
In 630 AD, Prophet Muhammad (s..a.w.), decided to lead an expedition to Tabuk on the Syrian border. In order to finance the expedition Muhammad (s.a.w.) invited contributions and donations from his followers. Othman (r.a.a.) provided ten thousand camels. Umar (r.a.a.) made a liberal contribution. When Muhammad (s.a.w.) asked him how much he had left for himself and his family, he said that he had given one half of his wealth for the cause of Allah and had left one half for himself and his dependents. Then came Abu Bakr (r.a.a.) loaded with his contribution and Muhammad (s.a.w.) asked him the same question as to how much he had left for himself and his family. Abu Bakr (r.a.a.) said, "I have brought all that I had. I have left Allah and His Prophet for myself and my family".
This episode has formed the theme of one of the poems of the poet philosopher of the East, Dr. Muhammad Iqbal (a.k.a. Allama Iqbal). The last verse of this poem reads:

“For the moth the lamp, and
for the nightingale the flower;
For Siddique, Allah, and
His Prophet suffice.”

After the death of the Prophet (s.a.w.), when Abu Bakr was elected as Caliph of the Muslims, he addressed the community and said:

“O People! I have been chosen by you as your leader, although I am no better than any of you. If I do any wrong, set me right. Listen! Truth is honesty and untruth is dishonesty. The weak among you are the powerful in my eyes, as long as I do not give them their dues. The powerful among you are weak in my eyes, as long as I do not take away from them what is due to others".
“Listen carefully! If people give up striving for the cause of Almighty Allah, He will send down disgrace upon them. If people become evil-doers, Almighty Allah will send down calamities upon them."
“Obey me as long as I obey Allah and His Messenger (Muhammad, s.a.w.). If I disobey Allah and His Messenger, you are free to disobey me.”

After Abu Bakr (r.a.a.) had assumed the Caliphate, he distributed all that was in the ‘House of Charity’ (‘Bait-al-Maal’ – the funds in the State account reserved for the poor) among the needy and the poor. He had a House of Charity at al Saneh area with no guards to watch over. One day someone asked him, ‘O Caliph of the Messenger! Would you appoint someone at the House of Charity as guard?”
Abu Bakr answered, “There’s nothing to worry about. We have given away everything that was in it. There’s nothing left.”

When Abu Bakr died, he had no valuable possessions. He had no Dirham or Dinar at home. Everything that was beyond his daily needs, he would donate it in charity.


And now, let’s see how Umar ruled!
Caliph Umar bin al-Khattab had the largest Muslim territory under his rule and people’s welfare and social justice was his main concern. He used to wander in disguise at night in the streets of Medina to see for himself if people were living in peace; and nobody slept hungry. One night, as he was doing his patrol, somebody saw him and asked him who he was. When the man came face to face with Caliph Umar, he recognized him and said:
“O Ameer-el-Moumineen, is that you?”
Caliph Umar said: “Yes, it is me, Umar bin al-Khattab.”
The man said: “But O Umar, you are the Caliph, the king, the leader of all Muslims. You can depute somebody to patrol the streets. Why are you doing it yourself? You run the affairs of the Caliphate during the day, you should be sleeping at night.”
Caliph Umar replied: “Yes, I am the Caliph and the leader of all Muslims. And for the same reason, I am patrolling the streets because if, during my tenure as Caliph, even a dog sleeps without food, I will be held responsible for that. How would I answer Allah for that on the Day of Judgment?”
Vow! Those were the leaders! Gandhi didn’t mention the rule of Abu Bakr and Umar for no reasons.

During the times of Caliph Umar bin Khattab, a great servant of Allah, Saeed bin Aamer, was appointed as governor of Hams. After some time, some people of Hams complained and asked for his removal. Caliph Umar was a bit surprised. He was an excellent judge of people and could not believe what he heard. He prayed to Allah to bless him with wisdom, and then went to Hams to see the concerned parties. He held the court at Saeed’s place and suggested that Governor Saeed bin Aamer listen to the complaints of the people. He then asked the people about their complaints. The people said that they had three complaints. The first complaint was that the governor used to leave home late and never started the business of the court early in the morning.
Caliph Umar asked Saeed bin Aamer to explain.
Governor Saeed replied that his wife was the only person at home who would take care of the household. They had no servants. He helped her to make the dough and bake the bread. Then they would eat together. After that, he would do the ablution (wudhu) and leave home for work.
Caliph Umar then asked the people what their second complaint was. The people said that the governor did not entertain their complaints at night. He would tell them to come in the morning.
Caliph Umar turned to Governor Saeed and asked for his explanation. Saeed bin Aamer said that he did not like to answer that question but as a token of respect for the Caliph, he would explain. He said that he had divided the day and night into two parts. The day was reserved for the service of the creation (people); and the night was reserved for the Creator (Allah). He said that he prayed to Allah all night, therefore, he could not attend any worldly business.
Caliph Umar bin al-Khattab asked people what was their third complaint. The people said that the governor used to take one day off every month. On that day, he would not take care of people’s business.

Caliph Umar bin al-Khattab asked Saeed bin Aamer how would he answer to that? Governor Saeed explained that he had no servants or maids. He washed his own clothes once every month and then waited for them to dry. When the clothes were dry by the evening, he would put them on to go out. He could not come out of his house earlier.
Caliph Umar thanked Allah for his selection of Saeed bin Aamer as governor; then he advised people to appreciate such a governor. Later on, Caliph Umar sent a gift of one thousand Dinars for Saeed bin Aamer to facilitate his household needs. His wife suggested that she could hire a maid for the household. Governor Saeed told his wife that there were still poor people around who needed the money more than her. What if they came to ask for help? The wife understood and agreed with his suggestion to donate the money in charity (Sadaqah). Then both of them put that money in small pouches and distributed it among the needy.
That’s how a ruler should take care of his subjects!

Those were the Muslim rulers of yesterday. Today, the problem with us, Muslims, is that we don’t fear Allah. We don’t think that we are going to die sooner or later. We don’t think about the Day of Judgment and answering questions in front of Allah. We have become hypocrites (Munafiq) as we say one thing and we do something else. We lie to others every day and we don’t consider it a sin or something immoral. It is accepted as normal behavior in the society.
We read the Holy Quran and still we don’t get the message! We read about other nations and generations that were destroyed because of their sins and evil-doing. We don’t learn any lesson from the Quran, nor from the history of the nations. We know that it happened to other nations but we think that it is not going to happen to us. Allah says:

“How many a township have We destroyed
while it was sinful, so that it lies (to this day)
in ruins, and (how many) a deserted well and
lofty tower! Have they not traveled in the land,
so that they may have hearts wherewith to feel,
and ears wherewith to hear? For indeed it is not
the eyes that grow blind, but it is the hearts, which
are within the bosoms, that grow blind.”
(al-Quran 22:45-46)

So, we are getting blind and cannot see things coming. Maybe, we don’t want to see it as the mere thought of it is very disturbing for us. We just want comfortable lives, but we don’t want to do anything for that. We want others to do it for us. We ask the governments to do things for us,but we forget that the governments also consist of people like us. Those who are in power, they care for their own interests. Nobody cares about the man in the street.
Ironically the man in the street is also thinking how to make easy money; how to get closer to the rich and powerful to benefit from it! It is a vicious cycle and nobody wants to break it.

The funny thing in most of the Muslim countries is that everybody who works for the government would like to play the ‘boss’ but nobody takes any responsibility – power, but no responsibility? Yes, that is what they believe in.
Caliph Umar bin al-Khattab used to say: “If a camel in Baghdad (Iraq) tumbles during my tenure, I will be responsible for it because I did not pave the way or facilitate the passage for Muslims.”
That’s righteousness; that’s piety; and that’s responsibility towards people! As a matter of fact, that is Islam! It is a rare commodity today.

(Excerpts from the Chapter “Islam Is = Righteousness + Justice” of my new book ‘Remember Me, I’ll Remember You!’, to be released by Amazon, in May 2017, Insha-Allah.)

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Sunday, 16 April 2017

WHAT IS IMAN (FAITH)? What Is Islam?








What Is Faith (Iman)?
What Is Islam?

Answers From The Prophet (s.a.w.)

(M. Javed Naseem)


“How can you reject the faith in Allah? – Seeing
that you were without life, and He gave  you
life; then will He cause you to die, and will again
bring you to life; and again to Him will you return.”
(al-Quran 2:28)

If you believe that there is a Supreme Creator who originated all creation, a Supreme Commander controlling and running the show of this universe, you are a believer. This is the initial part of Islam – the faith God prescribed for mankind. The True God of Moses, Jesus and Muhammad (peace be upon all of them) is One God worthy of worship. He is the Cherisher, the Sustainer, the Beneficent and the Merciful. This Faith had different names during the times of Moses and Jesus, and even before. But during the period of Muhammad (s.a.w.) it was named Islam by the Almighty.

“Truly, the religion with Allah is Islam … ”
(al-Quran 3:19)

Islam is the Deen (Faith/religion) prescribed by Allah for the entire mankind. All Prophets and Messengers delivered the same message as they were all Muslims spreading the same Word of God. Humans changed, altered or edited this message, over time, according to their own needs, interests, convenience and notions.

Allah mentions it in the Holy Quran that His true servants are ONE nation (Ummat-an-Wahidah) only. The ‘Deen’ (way of life or religion) is for Allah and there is only one ‘Deen’ (religion) – Islam. Islam was the Deen (religion) of Abraham and all the Prophets or messengers of Allah that followed Abraham. Every other religion (with its fancy names) was created by man under the influence of Shaitan (Devil), as a revolt against God’s decree and to suit human comfort and liking. Allah will not accept any other religion from mankind except Islam and He made it very clear in the Quran:

 “If anyone desires a religion other than Islam
(submission to Allah), never will it be accepted
of him; and in the Hereafter he will be in the ranks
of those who have lost (all spiritual good).”
(al-Quran 3:85)

The above verses are self-explanatory and don’t need any elaboration or interpretation. They are simple and plain to understand, and leave no room for any confusion. Allah has prescribed a Deen (‘way of life’) for us and He will not accept any other way from us. It is Islam or else!

Islam is the lifestyle that has been prescribed by Allah through the Quran; and it is the lifestyle Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) adopted to show all Muslims that it was practicable in every era if we only want to live a simple and peaceful life.
Only the stubborn, the ignorant and the misguided people look for the alternatives.

“Do they seek for other than the Religion of Allah?
while all creatures in the heavens and on earth have,
willingly or unwilling, bowed to His Will (accepted
Islam), and to Him shall they all be brought back.”
(al-Quran 3:83)

Allah has made it very clear that it was Islam, it is Islam and it will be Islam till the end of the world. No other system would be accepted even if it was promoted by the super-power of the time, like Nimrod or Pharaoh. They had to face the challenge of Islam posed by Abraham and Moses, respectively. The mighty empires crumbled and the Truth prevailed.
Now, the same message can be delivered to the evil empire of today. Allah commanded:

 “Say: We believe in Allah, and in what has been
revealed to us and what was revealed to Abraham,
Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, and the Tribes, and in (the
Books) given to Moses, Jesus, and the prophets,
from their Lord. We make no distinction between
one and another among them, and to Allah
do we bow our will (in Islam)."
(al-Quran 3:84)

All Prophets and their descendants, as well as followers, submitted to Allah. Islam is defined as “complete surrender (or submission) to the Will of Allah”. This might need a little explanation. And who is in a better position to explain Islam than the Prophet (s.a.w.) himself?

Allah, the Almighty, sent angel Jibril (Gabriel) to teach Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) the elements of true Faith (Iman) and the elements of ‘Deen’ (Islam). Here’s what Allah tells us in the Holy Quran:

“The Messenger believes in what has been
revealed to him from his Lord, as do the men of faith.
Each one (of them) believes in Allah, His angels, His
books, and His messengers. ‘We make no distinction
(they say) between one and another of His messengers’.
And they say: ‘We hear, and we obey’; (we seek)
your forgiveness, our Lord, and to you
is the end of all journeys."
(al-Quran 2:285)

According to a Hadith, narrated Abu Hurairah:
“One day while the Prophet (s.a.w.) was sitting out with people, a man came to him and asked: “What is Faith (Iman)?”
Allah's Messenger (s.a.w.) replied: "Faith is to believe in Allah; His angels; His Messengers; (the) meeting with Him (on Judgment Day); and to believe in the Resurrection."
Then he (the man) further asked: "What is Islam?"
Allah's Messenger (s.a.w.), replied: "To worship Allah alone and none else; to perform Salat (prayers); to pay Zakat; and to observe Saum (fasting) during the month of Ramadan".
Then he (the man) further asked: "What is Ihsan (perfection)?"
Allah's Messenger (s.a.w.) replied, "To worship Allah as if you see Him, and if you cannot achieve this state of devotion then you must consider that He is looking at you."
Then he (the man) further asked: "When will the Hour be established?”
Allah's Messenger (s.a.w.) replied: "The answerer has no better knowledge than the questioner. But I will inform you about its portents:
1. When a slave (lady) gives birth to her master.
2. When the shepherds of black camels start boasting and competing with others in the construction of higher buildings.
And the Hour is one of five things which nobody knows except Allah. The Prophet (s.a.w.) then recited (from the Quran):

"Verily, Allah, with Him (alone) is
the knowledge of the Hour”.
(al-Quran 31:34).

Then that man left and the Prophet (s.a.w.) asked his Companions to call him back, but they could not see anything (him). Then the Prophet (s.a.w.) said:
"That was Jibril (Gabriel) who came
to teach the people their religion.”

Abu Abdullah said: He (the Prophet, s.a.w.) considered all that as a part of Faith (Iman).
(Bukhari, Book 2, Chapter 37, No.50):

That’s how our Prophet (s.a.w.) defined Faith (Iman) and Islam. Not only that, he lived by what he said, he also proved to the believers that Islam was a practical Deen.

And by the way, if you did not understand the term “a slave lady giving birth to her master”, here’s the explanation: A ‘slave lady’ is the mother and the ‘master’ is her son. It refers to those families where a son controls his mother and uses her as a maid/servant. He tells her what to cook for him; what to prepare for him; he puts pressure on her or forces her to do what he wants; when the father refuses to give him money, he makes the mother to pay him for his cigarettes, wine, night-out, cinema, clubs, etc. The mother does everything to please her son (obeys him) and covers his faults when he steals, does Haraam, chases girls to commit Zina, etc., etc. In many cases mother even fears him because he gets violent and starts screaming and shouting at her. See that around you? I see it all the time, especially the sons who neither go to work nor go to studies.

The world looks very beautiful, attractive and tempting to the eye, but in reality it’s a place of test and trial for us. This temporary enchantment is full of traps, so we need to walk very carefully not losing sight of our final goal – the Paradise.

 “… Indeed, there is a lesson therein for those who
have eyes. Fair in the eyes of men is the love of
things they covet: Women and sons; heaped-up
hoards of gold and silver; horses branded (for
excellence); and (wealth of) cattle and well-tilled
land. Such are the possessions of this world's life; but in
nearness to Allah is the best of the goals (to return to).
(al-Quran 3:13-14)

 “O you who believe! Fear Allah as He should be
feared, and die not except in a state of Islam.”
(al-Quran 3:102)

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Friday, 7 April 2017

ALLAH IS YOUR ONLY TRUE FRIEND: He Never Lets You Down!



Allah Is Your
Only True Friend

He’ll Never Let You Down

(M. Javed Naseem)



“Know you not that to Allah belongs the dominion
of the heavens and the earth? And besides Him
you have neither patron nor helper!”
(al-Quran 2:107)
Here’s the prescription or the formula from God to make friends with Him, and get closer to Him! If you want good and profitable relationship with Allah, you should follow the footsteps of Abraham whom Allah declared as a friend.

“Who can be better in religion than one who
submits his whole self to Allah, does good, and
follows the way of Abraham the true in Faith?
For Allah did take Abraham for a friend.”
(al-Quran 4:125)

We all know the saying: ‘A friend in need is a friend indeed’. And it is true too. A friend is tested in hard times and only the true and sincere pass the test. Prophet Solomon said:

“Of a thousand whom you know, one be
your friend.” – Prophet Solomon.

Only people with similar qualities, similar character, similar belief and similar ethics become close and fast friends. Others are there just to pass time and take advantage whenever possible.  You faith is something that binds you together more than anything else. Prophet Jesus calls it the ‘love of God’ which should be the foundation of friendship.

Love of God:
“Let your friend be such that, even as he wills to correct you, so he may receive correction; and even as he wills that you should leave all things for love of God, even so again it may content him that you forsake him for the service of God.”
“Therefore when you choose you one for friend (for truly he is supremely poor who has no friend at all), see that you consider first, not his fine lineage, not his fine family, not his fine house, not his fine clothing, not his fine person, nor yet his fine words, for you shall be easily deceived. But look how he fears God; how he despises earthly things; how he loves good works; and above all how he hates his own flesh, and so shall you easily find the true friend.” – Jesus Christ.


Those who believe in One God and walk on the path of righteousness, they are considered the friends of Allah. But those who don't believe in One God and are indulged in the evil, they are considered the friends of the Devil (Satan). They always go in the opposite directions and oppose each other. Allah says in the Quran:

“Those who believe fight in the cause of Allah,
and those who reject Faith fight in the cause of
Evil. So fight against the friends of Satan!
Feeble indeed is the cunning of Satan.”
(al-Quran 4:76)

“Nay, Allah is your protector, and
He is the best of helpers.”
(al-Quran 3:15)

A friend is a rare commodity – a pearl. He is really hard to find but is easily lost. It is the question of trust. Once the trust between two people is gone, the friendship is gone too. Trust is actually the basis of every relationship. Prophet Jesus says that a real friend, as a matter of fact, is the ‘physician of soul’.

Physician of Soul:
“The friend is a singular thing that is not easily found, but is easily lost. For the friend will not suffer contradiction against him whom he supremely loves. Beware, be you cautious, and choose not for friend one who loves not him whom you love. Know you what friend means? Friend means nothing but physician of the soul.
And so, just as one rarely finds a good physician who knows the sicknesses and understands to apply the medicines thereto, so also are friends rare who know the faults and understand how to guide to good.” – Jesus Christ.

A true friend is your true advisor. He gives you the best advice, sincere opinion, honest observation and suggests effective solution to your problems. A true friend points out your faults and tries to fix them. His honest criticism means your welfare. But those, who are not sincere and honest, they are the acquaintances who are there just to have good time, temporarily enjoy your company and in times of need find excuses. They become your partners in crimes and evil. Prophet Jesus calls them the ‘slayers of soul’.

Slayers of Soul:
“But herein is an evil, that there are many who have friends that feign not to see the faults of their friends; others excuse them; others defend them under earthly pretext; and, what is worse, there are friends who invite and aid their friend to err, whose end shall be like to their villainy. Beware that you receive not such men for friends, for that in truth they are enemies and slayers of the soul.” – Jesus Christ.

As discussed earlier, your Faith is the strongest binding force in your relationship, whether this relationship is with Allah or with humans. In other words, a relationship between two believers would be a lot more stronger and lasting than a relationship between a believer and a non-believer. Why? Because your Belief sets the direction of the way! Here’s what Allah says:

“Let not the Believers take for friends or helpers
Unbelievers rather than Believers. If any do that,
in nothing will there be help from Allah, except by
way of precaution, that you may Guard yourselves
from them. But Allah cautions you (to remember)
Him, for the final goal is to Allah.”
(al-Quran 3:28) 

The ignorant Mullah and less educated Muslim would misinterpret the above verse of the Quran and would promote racism, discrimination and sectarianism. Here’s what this really means:
You can have amicable relations with non-Muslims and non-believers; have business and trade relations with them; have pleasant and peaceful cultural harmony and co-existence with them; and can have even peace pacts or no-war agreements with them. Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) did all that during his lifetime.

And here’s what you CANNOT do:
You cannot make non-believers guardians and protectors of believers’ life and property. As a believer, you cannot give a non-believer charge of your security or religious affairs. For example, you know pretty well what is happening in Iraq, Palestine, Syria, Libya and Sudan, Afghanistan, etc. Muslims invited or allowed American and European non-Muslims (through conspiracies or whatever) to take charge of their affairs. As a result, the countries are destroyed and millions of Muslims killed. The bloodshed does not stop.

“Follow (O men!) the revelation given unto you
from your Lord, and follow not, as friends or
protectors, other than Him. Little it is
you remember of admonition.”
(al-Quran 7:3)

“But Allah has full knowledge of your enemies.
Allah is enough for a protector, and
Allah is enough for a helper.”
(al-Quran 4:45)
 
In the above quoted verses of the Quran, there's a clear warning for such arrangements. But puppet Muslim leaders of those countries disobeyed Allah and caused misery to Muslims.
Don’t get me wrong! You can still have friendly relations with them, both on personal and national levels. It is not prohibited. Only the extent and the area of it is limited. Islam promotes peace not war. Taking arms, in Islam, is allowed only in self-defense; to protect the lives and property of Muslims; and to stop Fitnah (evil, aggression) from spreading. People criticizing Islam deliberately ignore this part.

“Your (real) friends are (no less than) Allah,
His Messenger, and the (fellowship of) believers,
those who establish regular prayers and regular
charity, and they bow down humbly (in worship).”
(al-Quran 5:55) 


In truth, if you are following the path of righteousness, you have very few friends. Most people cannot get along with you because at one point or another, their interests clash with yours and they part ways. Therefore, you have only God, His messengers and the true believers to depend on. If you make friends with your Creator, the Almighty, you will never regret because He never lets you down.

“Behold! Verily, on the friends of Allah
there is no fear, nor shall they grieve.” 
(al-Quran 10:62)

“For them will be a home of peace in the presence
of their Lord: He will be their friend,
because they practiced (righteousness).”
(al-Quran 6:127)


 As a bad and evil friend can push you towards the Hellfire, a good friend can help and assist you to avoid Hellfire. He can be an instrument for you to seek Paradise. In the words of Prophet Jesus, he could be your ‘key to Paradise’.

Key To Paradise:
“But love him as a gift that God has given you, for so shall God adorn (him) with greater favor. Truly I say to you, that he who has found a true friend has found one of the delights of paradise; no, such is the key of paradise.” – Jesus Christ.
(Jesus quotes: Courtesy Gospel of Barnabas)

"Not on earth nor in heaven will you be able
(fleeing) to frustrate (His Plan), nor have you,
besides Allah, any protector or helper.”
(al-Quran 29:22)

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Saturday, 1 April 2017

AL-QURAN: Direction, Guidance, Mercy & Healing From Our Lord.



Al-Quran:
Direction, Guidance, Mercy
And Healing From Our Lord
For Those With Sure Faith,
Who Ward Off Evil

(M. Javed Naseem)


“O Muslims! What have you done?”
عمل کی کتاب تھی
دعا کی کتاب بنا دیا
زندھوں کا دستور تھا
مردوں کا منشور بنا دیا
مردہ قوموں کو زندہ کرنے آئی تھی
مردوں کو بخشوانے پر لگا دیا
اے مسلمانوں! یہ تم نے کیا کیا؟

We should consider ourselves very lucky to receive Direction directly from our Lord, the Supreme Creator. It contains the healing for all of our spiritual ailments. But unfortunately, very few of us appreciate that. Since it comes free of charge, we don't pay attention to it. Not only that, we ignore it most of the time in our daily life and affairs.
يٰأَيُّهَا ٱلنَّاسُ قَدْ جَآءَتْكُمْ مَّوْعِظَةٌ مِّن رَّبِّكُمْ
وَشِفَآءٌ لِّمَا فِى ٱلصُّدُورِ وَهُدًى وَرَحْمَةٌ لِّلْمُؤْمِنِينَ
“O mankind! There has come to you a Direction
from your Lord and a Healing for the (diseases)
in your hearts, and for those who believe,
a Guidance and Mercy.”
(al-Quran 10:57)

It really hurts to see that in most Muslim homes, the Book of Divine Guidance, the Quran, has been reduced to a decoration piece, a symbol of blessing, a good-luck sign, or a book of reference in disputes. The so-called Muslims claim to follow it but in practice they are far from following it or practicing it in real life. There are millions who don’t even understand it when they recite (read) it. They don’t bother to consult a translation or explanation of verses. It’s being ignored or is not given due importance. This is a serious offence by those who claim to be the guardians of Islam. This is hypocrisy which is called ‘Munaafiqat’ (or Munafiqah) in Islam and entails grave punishment from Allah, because we say something else and we do something else!

وَمِنَ ٱلنَّاسِ مَن يَقُولُ آمَنَّا بِٱللَّهِ وَبِٱلْيَوْمِ ٱلآخِرِ وَمَا هُم بِمُؤْمِنِينَ
يُخَادِعُونَ ٱللَّهَ وَٱلَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَمَا يَخْدَعُونَ إِلاَّ أَنْفُسَهُم وَمَا يَشْعُرُونَ
فِى قُلُوبِهِم مَّرَضٌ فَزَادَهُمُ ٱللَّهُ مَرَضاً وَلَهُم عَذَابٌ أَلِيمٌ بِمَا كَانُوا يَكْذِبُونَ
”Of the people there are some who say:
‘We believe in Allah and the Last Day’,
but they do not (really) believe. Fain would
they deceive Allah and those who believe, but
they only deceive themselves, and realize (it) not!
In their hearts is a disease; consequently Allah
increases that disease. And grievous is the penalty
they (incur), because they lie (to themselves).”
(al-Quran 2:8-10)

We are the best creation of God and He has provided us with the true guidance so that we could live in this world with love and peace; and without corruption and aggression. But man is so ungrateful and disobedient to his Creator that he doesn’t even care that his bad deeds would land him in Hellfire. The Merciful Almighty has reminded us in many verses of the Quran where to seek His Guidance and Mercy. Without it, we are lost, both in this world and in the Hereafter.

هَـٰذَا بَصَائِرُ لِلنَّاسِ وَهُدًى وَرَحْمَةٌ لِّقَوْمٍ يُوقِنُونَ
“This is a clear indication for mankind, and a
guidance and mercy for people with sure faith.”
(al-Quran 45:20)

Most of the problems facing the Muslim Ummah today stem from our deviation from the Quran – the Right Book, the Right Path. When we disobey God, we should not expect from Him any Guidance or Mercy. When a believer is not a true believer, he is too weak to stand up to the evil. He becomes very vulnerable. Studying the Quran and applying it on our daily life is the only solution for Muslims. The forces of evil are constantly trying to push us away from the Quran (which contains the commands of Allah). They have also engaged (or hired) professional Mullahs in various countries to misinterpret the Quran to create ‘Fitnah’, disunity, sectarianism and chaos.


The Quran is a ‘declaration for mankind’ that guarantees success in both worlds, but only for those who have a sure Faith – the Believers. If you are a non-Muslim but believe in a Supreme Power/Spirit; or believe in a Creator; or believe in the Divine God, then you should study the Quran carefully. You would be convinced that your Ever-living God is the One running the show!

هَـٰذَا بَيَانٌ لِّلنَّاسِ وَهُدًى وَمَوْعِظَةٌ لِّلْمُتَّقِينَ
“This is a declaration for mankind, guidance
and an admonition unto those who ward off (evil).”
(al-Quran 3:138)

The Book (The Quran):
As seen by Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma, the late President of India.

Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma, Ph.D, (19th August, 1918 – 26th December, 1999) was the 9th President of India, serving from 1992 to 1997. Prior to his presidency, Sharma had been the 8th Vice President of India, serving under R. Venkataraman. He was also Chief Minister (1952–1956) of Bhopal, and Cabinet Minister (1956–1967), holding the portfolios of Education, Law, Public Works, Industry and Commerce, National Resources and Separate Revenue. He was the President of the Indian National Congress (1972–1974) and returned to government as Union Minister for Communications from 1974 to 1977. He was born in Bhopal, then the capital of the princely state of Bhopal.


The International Bar Association presented Sharma with the ‘Living Legends of Law’ Award of Recognition for his outstanding contribution to the legal profession internationally and for commitment to the rule of law.
This poem on the Holy Quran, written a few decades ago by Dr Pandit Shanker Dayal Sharma, laments the attitude of Muslims and their treatment of the Quran. It tells about the deplorable real-life practices of Muslims with honesty, truth and sincerity. The Urdu/Hindi verses have been translated into English (in parentheses).

ذٰلِكَ ٱلْكِتَابُ لاَ رَيْبَ فِيهِ هُدًى لِّلْمُتَّقِينَ
“This is the Book wherein is guidance
sure, without doubt, for those who fear
Allah (or ward off evil).”
(al-Quran 2:2)

کتا ب
The Book (The Quran)
(By Dr. Shanker Dayal Sharma,
late President of India)

عمل کی کتاب تھی
دعا کی کتاب بنا دیا
Amal ki kitab thi.
Dua ki kitab bana dia
(It was the Book of Commands for action
but was turned into a book of prayer.)

سمجھنے کی کتاب تھی
پڑھنے کی کتاب بنا دیا
Samajhne ki kitab thi.
Parhne ki kitab bana dia.
(It was a Book to understand but
it’s read without understanding.)

زندھوں کا دستور تھا
مردوں کا منشور بنا دیا
Zindaon ka dastoor tha.
Murdon ka manshoor bana dia.
(It was a code for the living but
became a manifesto of the dead.)

جو علم کی کتاب تھی
اسے لاعلموں کے ہاتھ تھما دیا
Jo ilm ki kitab thi.
Usay la ilmon ke hath thama dia.
(It was a book of knowledge but
was abdicated to the ignoramus.)

تسخیر کائنات کا درس دینے آئی تھی
صرف مدرسوں کا نصاب بنا دیا
Taskheer-e-kayenaat ka dars denay aayi thi.
Sirf madrason ka nisaab bana dia.
(It came to teach how to conquer the universe
but was reduced to the text for Madrassahs.)

مردہ قوموں کو زندہ کرنے آئی تھی
مردوں کو بخشوانے پر لگا دیا
Murda qaumon ko zinda karne aayi thi.
Murdon ko bakhshwane per laga dia.
(Its purpose was to revive the dead nations,
but is used to seek mercy for the dead.)

اے مسلمانوں! یہ تم نے کیا کیا؟
Aye Musalmano ye tum nay kia kiya?
(O’ Muslims! What have you done?)

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Thursday, 23 March 2017

23rd MARCH: 'First Islamic Republic of The World' Day.



23rd March:
‘Lahore Resolution’ Day!
‘Pakistan Resolution’ Day!
‘Pakistan Republic’ Day!

‘First Islamic Republic of
The World’ Day!

(M. Javed Naseem)


23rd of March is a national holiday in Pakistan, celebrated as Republic Day, not only to commemorate Lahore Resolution but also the day in 1956 when the country became the first Islamic Republic in the world.
In 1930, it was Dr. Muhammad Iqbal (aka Allama Iqbal) who floated the idea of an independent state for the Muslims of India. The name for that state ‘Pakistan’ was proposed by Choudhry Rahmat Ali in his ‘Pakistan Declaration’ in 1933.

First Islamic Republic
On 23rd March, 1956, Pakistan became
the ‘First Islamic Republic’ in the World!

From March 22 to March 24, 1940, the All India Muslim League held its annual session at Minto Park, Lahore. This session proved to be historical. The session was open to public. It was transparent and nothing was concealed or kept secret from people.


{Pakistan Memorial (Minar-e-Pakistan) was erected at Iqbal Park (Minto Park) Lahore where Pakistan Resolution was passed in 1940.}
On the first day of the session, the welcome address was made by Nawab Sir Shah Nawaz Mamdot. Then Muhammad Ali Jinnah (the Quaid-e-Azam) narrated the events of the last few months. In an extempore speech he presented his own solution to the problems of Muslims  He said that the problem of India was not of an inter-communal nature, but manifestly an international one and must be treated as such. To him the differences between Hindus and Muslims were so great and so sharp that their union under one central government was full of serious risks. They belonged to two separate and distinct nations and therefore the only chance open was to allow them to have separate states under 2-nation theory.

In the words of Quaid-e-Azam, "Hindus and the Muslims belong to two different religions, philosophies, social customs and literature. They neither inter-marry nor inter-dine and, indeed, they belong to two different civilizations that are based mainly on conflicting ideas and conceptions. Their concepts on life and of life are different. It is quite clear that Hindus and Muslims derive their inspiration from different sources of history. They have different epics, different heroes and different episodes. Very often the hero of one is a foe of the other, and likewise, their victories and defeats overlap. To yoke together two such nations under a single state, one as a numerical minority and the other as a majority, must lead to growing discontent and final destruction of any fabric that may be so built up for the government of such a state".

He further said, "Mussalmans are a nation according to any definition of nation. We wish our people to develop to the fullest spiritual, cultural, economic, social and political life in a way that we think best and in consonance with our own ideals and according to the genius of our people".
On the basis of the above mentioned ideas of the Quaid-e-Azam, A. K. Fazl-ul-Haq, the then Chief Minister of Bengal, moved the historical resolution which has since come to be known as Lahore Resolution or Pakistan Resolution. March 23rd commemorates the passage of this resolution.


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You cannot enjoy luxury life on poor
people’s expense! It’s criminal!
Live simple life and be a model for
others, if you are a true Pakistani!

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The Resolution declared: "No constitutional plan would be workable or acceptable to the Muslims unless geographical contiguous units are demarcated into regions which should be so constituted with such territorial readjustments as may be necessary. That the areas in which the Muslims are numerically in majority as in the North-Western and Eastern zones of India should be grouped to constitute independent states in which the constituent units shall be autonomous and sovereign."
It further reads, "That adequate, effective and mandatory safeguards shall be specifically provided in the constitution for minorities in the units and in the regions for the protection of their religious, cultural, economic, political, administrative and other rights of the minorities, with their consultation. Arrangements thus should be made for the security of Muslims where they were in a minority".

Nation-Building Requires
Honesty, Sincerity, Perseverance
And Modesty From Leaders
As Well As From People


If there is a single most important founding document of Pakistan, it has to be this Resolution passed at the annual session of the All India Muslim League at its 1940 meeting (22-24 March) at Minto Park (now called Iqbal Park), Lahore. It's a wonderful idea for all political parties to have an open, meaningful, annual session where real decisions are taken in a transparent and democratic manner! In 1941, this Lahore (Pakistan) Resolution became part of the Muslim League constitution and in 1946 it became the basis of the demand for Pakistan.

To commemorate the event, Minar-e-Pakistan, a 60-meter tall distinctive monument in the shape of a tower/minaret has been built at the site in Iqbal Park Lahore, where the resolution was passed.

It’s time For Pakistani Nation
To Audit The Balance Sheet
Of Successes vs Failures
And Rectify The Damage!
 
Pakistan was created in the name of Islam, to worship God and practice the code of conduct prescribed by the Almighty. After 70 years, unfortunately, we are still far from practicing true Islam and being the true Muslims. In the meantime, those who benefited from Pakistan, they became millionaires but failed to do anything positive for the nation, in return. A lot is still needed to be done, above all, the nation building. ‘Nation-building’ is impossible without ‘character-building’. And character-building is impossible without guidance. And where do you get the true guidance from? The Quran is the best source; the best means of character-building!


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