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Saturday, 1 April 2017

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

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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