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Friday, 1 February 2013


(By M. Javed Naseem)

تِلْكَ آيَاتُ ٱلْكِتَابِ ٱلْحَكِيمِ هُدًى وَرَحْمَةً لِّلْمُحْسِنِينَ
“These are verses of the Wise Book (al-Quran), a Guide and a Mercy
to the doers of good.” – (al-Quran 31:2-3).

The Holy Quran is the divine source of knowledge, learning, information and guidance. All knowledge comes from Allah, the Almighty, and the Quran is HIS word. HE guides whom HE wills and bestows knowledge and guidance upon he who seeks guidance and strives for it.
Therefore, we should always seek and follow the true guidance of Allah, the Almighty, the best source of which is the Quran and the best model or example of which is our Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.). The knowledge of the Quran will protect us from all those who are out there to spread fabricated Ahadith, some particular ideology, hatred, division, sectarianism and misconceptions.
The knowledge of the Quran will eliminate the intermediary (the so-called ‘scholar’ or ‘sheikh’) and nobody would be able to fool you or misguide you in the name of ‘Deen’ or Islam. But our lack of knowledge of the Quran will leave the door open for all ‘doctors’ and preachers to present to us their own brand of Islam.
So, in the name of Allah, please educate yourself and get the first-hand knowledge from the main source! Read the Quran with its translation in your own language!

ٱلْحَقُّ مِنْ  رَّبِّكَ فَلاَ تَكُنْ مِّنَ ٱلْمُمْتَرِينَ
“The Truth (comes) from Allah alone; so be not of those
who doubt.” – (al-Quran 3:60).
Read the Arabic text with translation in your language, again and again and again. You will be amazed how clear the things get for you. That’s the Guidance! You can discuss the verses of the Quran with as many people as you like but always use your own head; and check things out on logic and reason. Listen to your heart and you can’t go wrong!
وَإِن تُطِعْ أَكْثَرَ مَن فِى ٱلأَرْضِ يُضِلُّوكَ عَن سَبِيلِ ٱللَّهِ
إِن يَتَّبِعُونَ إِلاَّ ٱلظَّنَّ وَإِنْ هُمْ إِلاَّ يَخْرُصُونَ
إِنَّ رَبَّكَ هُوَ أَعْلَمُ مَن يَضِلُّ عَن سَبِيلِهِ وَهُوَ أَعْلَمُ بِٱلْمُهْتَدِينَ
If you obey most of those on earth, they would mislead you
far from Allah's way. They follow naught but an opinion,
and they do but guess.  Lo! Your Lord, He knows best who errs
from His way; and He knows best (who are) the rightly guided.”
(al-Quran 6:116-117).

وَيَوْمَ نَبْعَثُ فِى كُلِّ أُمَّةٍ شَهِيداً عَلَيْهِمْ مِّنْ أَنْفُسِهِمْ وَجِئْنَا بِكَ شَهِيداً عَلَىٰ
هَـٰؤُلآءِ وَنَزَّلْنَا عَلَيْكَ ٱلْكِتَابَ تِبْيَاناً لِّكُلِّ شَيْءٍ وَهُدًى وَرَحْمَةً وَبُشْرَىٰ لِلْمُسْلِمِينَ
“One day We shall raise from all peoples a witness against them,
from amongst themselves; and We shall bring you as a witness
against these (your people - Muslims); and We have sent down to you
the Book explaining all things, a Guide, a Mercy, and Glad Tidings
to Muslims.” – (al-Quran 16:89).

In the Bible, Prophet Jesus (Isa) called all those corrupt preachers and hypocrites ‘doctors’. Yes, they are doctors of religion. They perform surgery on the Scriptures. They bring changes and innovations to the religion. They also monopolise the religion to make money. They don’t want general people to get true knowledge of religion as it hurts their business. But Allah warns them:

وَلاَ تَشْتَرُواْ بِعَهْدِ ٱللَّهِ ثَمَناً قَلِيلاً إِنَّمَا عِنْدَ ٱللَّهِ هُوَ خَيْرٌ لَّكُمْ إِن كُنْتُمْ تَعْلَمُونَ
“Nor sell the covenant of Allah for a miserable price,
for with Allah is (a prize) far better for you,
if you only knew.” – (al-Qurtan 16:95).
Allah is Infinite Truth and all truth comes from HIM. As a matter of fact, anything and everything that comes from Allah, comes in Truth. A believer cannot deny it. The Truth guides you to the right path which leads to Paradise.
إِنَّ هَـٰذَا ٱلْقُرْآنَ يَهْدِى لِلَّتِى هِىَ أَقْوَمُ وَيُبَشِّرُ ٱلْمُؤْمِنِينَ
ٱلَّذِينَ يَعْمَلُونَ ٱلصَّالِحَاتِ أَنَّ لَهُمْ أَجْراً كَبِيراً
“Verily this Qur'an does guide to that which is most
right (or stable), and gives the glad tidings to the believers
who work deeds of righteousness, that they shall have a
magnificent reward.” -- (al-Quran 17:9).

We are free to choose our own path – right or wrong, and we’ll be rewarded or compensated accordingly. Our place in Heaven or Hell depends on our choices in this world. But Allah has  issued a strong warning to those who deny HIS revelations.
وَقُلِ ٱلْحَقُّ مِن رَّبِّكُمْ فَمَن شَآءَ فَلْيُؤْمِن وَمَن شَآءَ فَلْيَكْفُرْ إِنَّا
أَعْتَدْنَا لِلظَّالِمِينَ نَاراً أَحَاطَ بِهِمْ سُرَادِقُهَا وَإِن يَسْتَغِيثُواْ يُغَاثُواْ بِمَآءٍ
كَٱلْمُهْلِ يَشْوِى ٱلْوجُوهَ بِئْسَ ٱلشَّرَابُ وَسَآءَتْ مُرْتَفَقاً
“Say, ‘The truth is from your Lord’. Let him who will believe, 

and let him who will, reject (it); for the wrong-doers We have prepared 
a Fire whose (smoke and flames), like the walls and roof of a tent, 
will hem them in. If they implore relief they will be granted water like 
melted brass, that will scald their faces, how dreadful the drink! 
How uncomfortable a couch to recline on!” – (al-Quran 18:29). 

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