Friday, August 31, 2007

SOULLESS BODY

SOULLESS BODY



It is stated in the Qur'an : " You will not attain unto piety until you sacrifice for God all that is dear to you." ( 3:92 ).



This verse is the essence of Islam and Iman. The real grandeur of Islam lies in this very principle that whatever is dear to you must be sacrificed for the sake of God. You notice that in all the affairs of your life God's commandment beckons you towards one direction while your own self goads you towards another direction. God commands you to do a certain deed but Nafs dissuades you by saying that it will cause trouble and loss. God forbids you from a certain act while Nafs instigates that it is highly delicious and of great benefit. One side is God's pleasure and pitted against it is a whole world of gratification. In short, man confronts at every step two paths in life. One is the path of Islam and the other of Kufr and hypocrisy. One who discards everything of this world and bows to the commandment of God is the person who has adopted the path of Islam. And one who sets aside God's commandment and fulfils the desires of his heart and temptations of the world is the person who has
taken to the path of Kufr or hypocrisy.



The condition of the people today is that they gladly accept whatever is convenient in Islam but when a real confrontation arises between Islam and Kufr, they quickly change their direction. This weakness is found even among some great claimants to Islam. They will shout Islam, Islam; their tongues will be dried up in extolling Islam; they will also do some ostentatious work for it, but if they are told: " Let us enforce on ourselves the law of Islam which you are praising so much," they will at once say: " There is this difficulty and that obstruction in it; better leave it for the time being". What they mean is that Islam is a beautiful toy, display it on the cupboard and sing its praises from a distance but avoid even its name about enforcing it as a law to govern ourselves, our family members and relatives and to regulate matters of business and other affairs of life. This is the condition of our religious people these days. The less we talk of the worldly people the better. It
is the result of such an attitude that neither Salat(Prayers) is now effectual nor fasting nor Recital-recital nor the outward adherence to Shari'ah. The reason is that when the spirit is gone, what miracle can a soulless body perform ?
Repeating and Reminding is a Key to the success of Effective Communication.
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Unfolding the Rose

Unfolding the Rose
A young, new Ustadh (teacher) was walking with an older, more seasoned Ustad (teacher) in the garden one day. Feeling a bit insecure about what Allah Ta'ala had for him to do, he was asking the older ustad for some advice.
The older Ustadh walked up to a rosebush and handed the young Ustad a rosebud and told him to open it without tearing off any petals. The young ustad looked in disbelief at the older ustadh and was trying to figure out what a rosebud could possibly have to do with his wanting to know the Will of Allah for his life and ministry.
But because of his great respect for the older Ustadh, he proceeded to try to unfold the rose, while keeping every petal intact... It wasn't long before he realized how impossible this was to do.
Noticing the younger ustadh's inability to unfold the rosebud Without tearing it, the older Ustadh began to recite the following poem...
It is only a tiny rosebud,
A flower of Allah's design;
But I cannot unfold the petals
With these clumsy hands of mine.
The secret of unfolding flowers
Is not known to such as I.
Allah opens this flower so sweetly,
Then in my hands they die.
If I cannot unfold a rosebud,
This flower of Allah's design,
Then how can I have the wisdom
To unfold this life of mine?
So I'll trust in Allah for leading
Each moment of my day.
I will look to Allah for His guidance
Each step of the way.
The pathway that lies before me,
Only Allah knows.
I'll trust Him to unfold the moments,
Just as He unfolds the rose.
Compiled, edited and adapted by Khalid Latif

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

The Purpose of Life

The Lost Prophet of Hindu Race

The Lost Prophet of Hindu Race

By: S. Abdullah Tariq

http://www.islam4all.com/the_prophet_of_the_hindu_race.htm

The People of Noah too have lost their Prophet

It is said that once during his stay in London Krishna Menon was with his friends when suddenly a friend of his addressed him thus: “This friend, sitting in front of you is a Jew. He asserts that he possesses a divine Scripture called The Torah and this book of theology was given to them by God through Moses.”

“I know it,” answered Krishna Menon.

Next, this very friend of his pointed towards a Christian and said, “He is a Christian and he too professes to be in possessions of a divine Scripture, namely, The Gospel which God has sent unto them through Jesus.”

“I know that too”, Krishna Menon answered with a smile as if he was astonished by the repetition of these universally known facts. But the speaker was serious and, pointing towards a Muslim, started his topic again. “Here is our Muslim friend. He too professes to be in possession of a divine Scripture The Qur’an and the personage through whom God sent this book of theology is Prophet Mohammad.

“Dear brother, I am fully aware of these things”, Krishna Menon answered in an extremely wonder-struck mood “exactly said the same friend, “every one of us is absolutely aware of these facts. But my dear friend, none of us knows who was the first human being to be inspired by The Vedas, which you call Adi Granth – the earliest, the most ancient and the great Book of theology from God to the mankind.”

If is said that in the midst of the inquisitive smile and surprise in the entire gathering, Krishna Menon, for the first time, got genuinely wonder-struck. He fell in a thoughtful silence as if he had realized for the first time the validity of the question. As if for the first time he felt a vacuum in the professed scholarship of the Vedic philosophers. The Messengers through whom God sent The Torah, The Gospel and the Qur’an to men are known. If the Vedas are also, like these, word of God and thereby, Holy Scriptures then who was the prophet who brought them from God. The event may be a fact or a fiction but, undoubtedly, the questions raised here will have been lurking in the minds of the followers of the Vedic religion for the last thousands of years.

Hindus accept that Ramayana and Mahabharata are written by human beings but the majority of them regard the Vedas as the word of God. However, they fail to tell through which prophet these were sent to the world. They have lost their prophets in mythologies. Each religious community of the world regards the personage associated with its scripture as its prophet but Hindus are the only religious race who have forgotten their original prophet. Keep this fact in mind and concentrate upon the following Hadith of the Mishkat (a book of the Hadiths).

“Narrated Abu Sa’d; Allah’s Messenger said: Noah and his people will come (on the Day of Resurrection) and Allah will ask (Noah), ‘Did you convey (the Message)’? He will reply, ‘Yes, my Lord!’ Then Allah will ask Noah’s people, ‘Did Noah convey My Message to you?’ He will reply, ‘Mohammad and his followers (will stand witness for me).’ So I and my followers (will stand witness for me).” So i and my followers will stand as witnesses for him (that he conveyed Allah’s Message).”1

Here are the points to ponder upon: On the one hand, Hadith tells us that the people of Noah will refuse to recognize him as their prophet, and, on the other hand we know that of all the religious communities only Hindus do not know their prophet. Again, on the one hand we know that after the change the Hindu people will be the followers of Mohammad, the present Muslims being a means of bringing about this change and on the other hand, the Hadith also states that after Noah’s people refuse to recognizes Noah, the followers of Mohammad (PBUH) will bear witness that Noah had conveyed the message of God to them. In other words, the witnesses, among the followers of Mohammad, will be knowing the relation between Noah and his people. Shouldn’t we infer from these obvious proofs that the present Hindus are the people of Noah?

Hindus are the people of Noah

Even otherwise, it is an established fact that the Vedic religion is the oldest of all the religions of the world and Noah the earliest of all the prophets with Shari’at (the revealed law). But, before taking it for granted, it is very essential to investigate it from the Vedic religion itself. For the time being let us not accept this claim of Hindus that The Vedas are the Word of God but we should at least investigate that who, according to their scriptures, was the prophet to whom they were revealed. A French writer, A.J.A. Dubois, who studied the Hindu religion and Indian Civilization for forty years subsequently wrote a voluminous and most authentic book of its kind on Hindu rituals, customs, manners and traditions. Some of the facts, he related in this will certainly be of vital interest to our reader:

“Suffice it to remark that a celebrated personage, revered by the Hindus, and known to them as mahanuvu, escaped the calamity in an ark, in which were also the seven famous Penitents of India… The appellation mahanuvu… is a compound of two words – Maha, great and Nuvu, which undoubtedly is the same as Noah.

“It is practically admitted that India was inhabited very soon after the Deluge, which made a desert of the whole word…

“It is definitely stated in the Markandeya Purana and in the Bhagavata that this event caused the destruction of all mankind, with the exception of the seven famous Rishis or penitents whom I have often had occasion to mention, and who were saved from the universal destruction by means of an ark, of which Vishnu himself was the pilot. Another great personage called Manu, who, as I have tried elsewhere to show, was no other than the great Noah himself, was also saved along with the seven great penitents…. The universal flood is not, to my knowledge more clearly referred to in the writings of any heathen nation that has preserved the tradition of this great event, or described in a manner more in keeping with the narrative of Moses, that is in the Hindu books to which I have referred.

It certainly remarkable that such testimony should be afforded us by a people whose antiquity has never been called in question…

The details about the event of Noah and Deluge have also been given in the Bhavishya Purana and the Matsya Purana, the references of which will be given in the chapters to follow.

The word Manu has been used for a number of Hindu religious personages6 but Manu who figures most in the Puranas, the Vedas and other Hindu scriptures is Noah undoubtedly. Even in the Vedas the mention of Noah by the name Manu is at 75 places. The English translator commentator of the Vedas, Griffith writes in explaining the word Manu, in one of the mantras:

“Manu is the man par excellence, or the representative man and father of the human race, regarded as the first institutor of sacrifices and religious ceremonies.

Besides these references of Noah in the Vedas and the purans, I am presenting here yet another authentic proof of the affiliation of Hindu race with Noah. Generally speaking, the relation between a race and its prophet can be established by the calender which, in one way or the other, starts with the prophet himself. For example, Muslims count their calender from prophet Mohammad’s Hijrah (Migration from Mecca to Madina), and the Christians theirs, from the departure of Jesus. Like-wise the Hindu people count the time of their main events from Noah’s times, and, thereby, count the period that elapsed since the Deluge in terms of sixty years as one year. Dubois writes “…the commencement of the true era of the Hindus, that is to say, of their Kali-yuga, dates from about the same time as the epoch of the Deluge—an event clearly recognized by them and very distinctly mentioned by their authors, who give it the name of Jala-pralayam, or the Flood of waters…. And curiously enough, in all their ordinary transactions of life, in the promulgation of all their acts, in the their monuments, the Hindus date everything from the subsidence of the flood… Their public and private events are always reckoned by the year of the various cycles of sixty years which have elapsed since the Deluge.

These are a few examples of Noah’s unique affiliation with Hindu history and scriptures: We have also seen from the Hadith of Al Bukhari, quoted in the beginning of this chapter, that the people of Noah will not recognize him as their Prophet and we also know that in spite of having a close relation with Noah, the entire Hindu race at present does not know him. It is also clear from this Hadith that on the Day of Resurrection the Muslims will testify that Noah had brought the Message of God unto his people. We also know that various other Hadiths also hinted at the race emerging finally as the true followers of Prophet Mohammad.

From all these testimonies it is obvious that after getting included amongst the followers of Prophet Mohammed they (Hindus) alone will be the witnesses on the day of Resurrection. However, in spite of all these testimonies the final and the most authentic proof needs to be discussed it is the Holy Qur’an.

Evidence from the Qur’an

All the people of the world have been divided into two races: Semitic races and Non-Semitic race. in non-Semitic races are included the Aryans, and in Semitic race the Jews, the Christians and the Children of Isma’il from Arabic peninsula. The Qur’an also bears testimony to this division of the world into two races, and attributes the origin of one of these races to Noah:

“Those were some of the prophets on whom God did bestow His Grace -- of the posterity of Adam, and of those … whom We carried (in the Ark) with Noah; and the poster … -one. Race -- ity of Abraham and Isral - of those whom We guided and-other race … chose.” (19:58):

This verse of the Qur’an implies that in the posterity of Adam are to be found two different races: one of Noah and his companions, the other that of Abraham and Israel or what can be termed as the children of Ismael, and the Children of Israel. We know that the children of both Ismael Israel are Semitic races. It is obvious, therefore, that Noah’s companions and their posterity should belong to Non-Semitic or Aryan race. The Aryan races inhabit largely in India, besides various other countries of the world.

The question, how to label the posterity of Noah’s companions as Noah’s “Ummah” should not arise because in order to be an “Ummah” of a particular prophet it is not obligatory to be from his posterity. We are Muslims, the “Ummah” of prophet Mohammad even though most of us are not from his pedigree. We are his ‘Ummah’ because we accept him as our prophet. Among the Jews those who accepted Jesus as their prophet were called “Ummah” of Jesus Christ (Christians). With Noah only few of his companions were saved from the Deluge who were believers as well as his followers. Since the posterity of Noah’s companions or the present Hindus of Aryan ancestry do not accept the prophets after Noah as their prophets, we have termed them as Noah’s Ummah or the people of Noah or Noah’s race in these essays. It is a different question that these people do not recognize even Noah in his true capacity, which is what I meant by saying that they have lost their prophet in mythologies.

Mention of the Hindu Race in the Quran
An allegation against the Qur’an: I have overheard a large number of sincere Hindus, who are greatly impressed by Islam and acknowledge greatness of the Qur’an, complaining that though there is mention of other races in the Qur’an, there is no mention of the Hindu race. When we attempt to answer their complaints through various elusive explanations, aren’t we becoming unknowingly or unintentionally a party to the leveling of this allegation against the Qur’an?

I quote here from the book Masabihul Islam written in Urdu by Shri Ganga Prashad Upadhyai:

“At so many places in the Qur’an it has been stated that God had been sending different prophets to guide the different races but none of these has been mentioned in particular. The strange thing is that the most ancient races like Hindus and Chinese etc., whose civilization is thousands of years old, are not even hinted at, It seems as if this divine inspiration called the Qur’an the Word of God has nothing to do with human races of the world in general.

Verily the first people spoken to the Qur’an were Arabs. But if it is not merely a 1400 ear old book but a book that accounts for all the events and circumstances to come then how is it possible that it makes no mention of the oldest of all religious races which had been living in this world thousands of years before the Qur’an! was revealed and still continues to exist in a large number. It is an allegation against the Qur’an! Did we ever try to trace out the name or reference of the Hindu race in the Qur’an? The Word ‘Hindu’ is nowhere in the Quran but is the word ‘Christian’ there? Shall we conclude, there by that there is no mention of Christians in the Qur’an. The Qur’an, on the other hand, uses the word Nasara though, we know for certain that those people who call themselves Christians are phrased as Nasara by Quran. No Christian of the world calls himself Nasara by Quran. Like wise, the people who call themselves Hindus may have been mentioned by some other name in the Quran.

No research has yet been done about the names of all the races mentioned in the Quran. There are a number of races mentioned in the Qur’an whose identity is yet to be traced by its commentators. These are As’habur Rass and Qaum-e-Tubb’a. The Sabean in particular have been mentioned (in the Qur’an) at various places along with the jews and the Christians as if they are a big and one of the most prominent races of the world. For example; “Lo! of those who believe (in the Qur’an) and those who follow the Jewish (Scriptures) and the Christians and the Sabeans, whoever believe in God and the Last Day (the Day of Resurrection) and work righteousness shall have their reward with their Lord: up on them shall come no fear, nor shall they grieve.” (2:62)

In this verse the Sabeans have been mentioned along with the Muslims, the Jews and the Christians. Besides, wherever the Sabeans have been mentioned in the Qur’an, it is along with these big races. We have no still been able to trace out this most important race, whereas, like the Muslims, the Jews and the Christians, they must at present and for the times to come, be as one of the prominent religious communities of the world. If we concentrate we will know that the field of our research has extremely narrowed. How many prominent religious communities are still in the world besides the Muslims, the Jews and the Christians? The Sabeans verily should be one of them. let us look at it from a different angle.

Among the prophets of great stature the most important ones repeatedly referred to in the Qur’an are Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus, and lastly Prophet Mohammad (PBUH). See for example:

i) “And remember we took from the prophets their covenant, as (We did from the (O’ Mohammed), from Noah, Abraham, Moses, and Jesus the son of May. We took from them A solemn covenant”. (33:7).

ii) ‘The same religion has He established for you as the one which He enjoined on Noah-That which we have sent by inspiration to thee—and that which we enjoined on Abraham, Moses, and Jesus…’ (42:13).

We notice in these Qur’anic verses that the big races mentioned together are the Muslims, the Christians, the Jews and the Sabeans. Similarly, the prophets of great stature mentioned here together and also at other places, are Mohammad, Jesus, Moses and Noah. Amongst these the Muslims regard Mohammad as their prophet, the Christians to Jesus, and Jews to Moses. But about the Sabeans? We do not know. Consider again: the people of Mohammad are called the Muslims, of Jesus the Christians, and of Moses the Jews. But what about the people of Noah? No one knows. Is it probable that the people of Noah have been called the Sabeans?

The Sabeans are the people of Noah

Tafsir Ibne Kasir (the commentary of the Qur’an by Ibne Kasir) also refers to the statement of Abdul Rahman bin zaid that the Sabeans claimed to be the people of Noah.

I have gathered below the sayings along with my notes as well as the explanations, regarding the Sabeans, given by Hazrat Umar, Imam Abu Hanifa, Imam Ishaq, Abu Alzanad, Qartabi, Allama Ibne Timiya, Imam Gazali, Imam Raghib, Mua’alim, Ibne Jarir, Ibne Kasir, Imam Suheli, Allama Showkani, Qazi baizavi, Abdul Majid Daryabadi and Syed Sulaiman Nadvi.

1. They were the inhabitants of the same place in Iraq where Abraham was born. [It has been affirmed by the excavation of the ruins of Orr, the birth place of Abraham, and the Indian civilization at Harappa and Mesopotomia that there has been a close relation among these two civilizations.]

2. They were ‘the people of the Book’. [It can be inferred from the references of the Sabeans in the Qur’an because they have always been mentioned along with those who were the people of the Book. Which book or Scripture Noah brought to the Sabeans will be discussed later.]

3. They used to recite La ilaha illallah (there is no God but Allah) but were still polytheists. [that the kalma of the Hindus is also La ilaha illallah will be analyzed in the following pages.]

4. They used to offer prayers (Namaz) facing Yemen. [It has also been established by the studies of civilizations that a large number of the Hindu race had settled in Yemen. We still find there the forts called Shyam and Hind.]

5. The Sabean is a non-Arabic, rather than an Arabic name.

6. They were the worshippers of the Angels. [In Hindu religion most of the gods are the distorted versions of Angels. They worship them.]

7. They had a firm faith in Astronomy. [Among all the races of the world there is hardly any race which has such a keen interest in Astronomy as the Indian Hindu race has.]

8. They were the worshippers of the stars. [The worship of stars is part of the customs of the present Hindu race.]

9. They were the worshippers of the Fire. [The fire worship at the time of Havan, marriage and death rites is still in vogue in the Hindus.]

10. They were Zoroastrian race Persian descent. [Zoroastrians are also fire-worshippers like Hindus. They are Aryans and the Aryans came to India from there only.]

11. They used to perform Ablution a number of times during the day. [In the world the importance of ablution or bathing in a ceremonial way is most prominent in Hinduism. None of their prayers is complete without bathing. Besides, on some occasions the collective bath is obligatory on their part.]

12. They were proselytes [That the same Hindu race will accept the Truth has already been proved in the previous chapter.]

13. They were subjugating and credulous. [About the substitution of this race there is a reference towards them in Hadith, as has been pointed out in the previous chapter.)

Such are the diverse, and even contradictory, conceptions of our scholars and commentators regarding The Sabeans and, surprisingly enough, all these come true about the Hindu race. Even if the different commentators in different ages had different opinions regarding the Sabeans, at present all these qualities are found in this (Hindu) race alone. It might be that in the past all the groups having the above qualities and conceptions had migrated to and assembled in India. I do not think there is still any place of doubt left as to who are the Sabeans. It is possible that in early ages the definition of the Sabeans could have been applied to different groups but in the present age, it is crystal clear as to who are meant by the Sabeans.

The discussion will remain incomplete if we do not mention here that even Hazart Shah Waliullah regarded the Sabeans as Aryans as can be attested to by the following references.

“Christ was verily a saint who attempted to carry his teachings to non-Israel people or, in other words, to the Sabeans or the Aryan races.”3Iran at that time was the center of Aryans or the Sabeans. Prior to it India enjoyed the status of being the center.4” Besides, see also Maulana Syed Sulaiman Nadvi’s assertion, in which he too regard the Sabeans as the inhabitants of the ancient India: “Just as there as Magdub (Wrath earners) and dal (the people who went astray) among the people of the Book, there are similar other communities, in our opinion, with similar temperamental conditions among those who resemble the People of the Book. The two communities that the Qur’an familiarizes us with, are the Zoroastrians and the Sabeans which include the inhabitants of the Ancient Persia and India.”

At the end let us also take into account that a small sect is found in Iraq and Syria which calls itself ‘Subi’. These people do not acknowledge any prophet after Hazrat Yahya (Jonah of the Bible) and it is most likely that the Qu’ran may have called them the Sabeans too. But renowned researchers and discerning thinkers like Sulaiman Nadvi and Maulana U’baidullah Sindhi have identified the Sabeans as the Hindu race only. Verily they will be knowing about the sect ‘Subi’. Besides, there is hardly any such quality in this ‘Subi’ sect, in addition to their being the people of the Book, as commentators have attributed to the Sabeans – these I have already mentioned above.

According to my understanding, the different terminologies used in the Qur’an have been applied to different communities at a time, and some times to different communities at different times. Therefore, it is possible that the term, ‘The Sabeans’ used in the Qur’an may also be applicable to the ‘Subi’ sect (referred to above) but, undoubtedly, the Hindu race is also included in the definition of the Sabeans.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

The lion, rats, snake and the honey comb - a beautiful story

The lion, rats, snake and the honey comb - a beautiful story
Hopefully, this story will be beneficial for everyone, Inshallah.

Once a man saw in his dream, that a lion was chasing him. The man ran to a tree, climbed on to it and sat on a branch. He looked down and saw that the lion was still there waiting for him. The man then looked to his side where the branch he was sitting on was attached to the tree and saw that two rats were circling around and eating the branch. One rat was black and the other one was white. The branch would fall on the ground very soon. The man then looked below again with fear and discovered that a big black snake had come and settled directly under him. The snake opened its mouth right under the man so that he will fall into it. The man then looked up to see if there was anything that he could hold on to. He saw another branch with a honeycomb. Drops of honey were falling from it. The man wanted to taste one of the drops. So, he put his tongue out and tasted one of the fallen drops of honey. The honey was amazing in taste. So, he wanted to taste another drop. As he did, he got lost into the sweetness of the honey. Meanwhile, he forgot about the two rats eating his branch away, the lion on the ground and the snake that is sitting right under him. After a while, he woke up from his sleep.

To get the meaning behind this dream, the man went to a a pious scholar of Islam. The scholar said "The lion you saw is your death. It always chases you and goes where ever you go. The two rats, one black and one white, are the night and the day. Black one is the night and the white one is the day. They circle around, coming one after another, to eat your time as they take you closer to death. The big black snake with a dark mouth is your grave. It's there, just waiting for you to fall into it. The honeycomb is this world and the sweet honey is the luxuries of this world. We like to taste a drop of the luxuries of this world but it's very sweet. Then we taste another drop and yet another. Meanwhile, we get lost into it and we forget about our time, we forget about our death and we forget about our graves."

May Allah wake us up from the sleep and save us before it's too late. Ameen.

Fake Desires- Nothing But Conjuncture

Know they not that Allah knoweth what they conceal and what they reveal?
And there are among them illiterates, who know not the Book, but (see therein their own) desires, and they do nothing but conjuncture.
Then woe to those who write the Book with their own hands, and then say: “This is from Allah,” to traffic with it for a miserable price! – woe to them for what their hands do write, and for the gain they make thereby.
And they say: “The fire shall not touch us but for a few numbered days:” say: “Have ye taken a promise from Allah, for He never breaks His promise? Or is it that ye say of Allah what ye do not know?
Nay, those who seek gain in evil, and are girt round by their sins– they are companions of the fire: therein shall they abide (forever).
Al-Quran 2 (77-81)

Islam and Terrorism

Islam and Terrorism

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and who-ever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol, no person, no grave, no prophet, no imam, no dai, nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.

All the laws for society and individuals are clearly laid out in the Holy Quran, and the practice and implementation of all these laws were practically done and lived by the Messenger of Allah (saws). Thus, these two sources, the Quran and the Practice of the Prophet (saws) become our source of guidance to Islam.

The concerns that you have mentioned above are mostly true, but we must be able to differentiate between the religion of Islam, and what the muslims do. What you have highlighted above is some of the acts that the muslims do, most of which have very little to do with the Quran or Sunnah; although the people who do these misdeeds try to cover or justify themselves from the Quran.

What has happened today, is that the muslim world in engaged in taking a thing, which holds a small or minute position in the whole basket of Islam, and making a huge deal out of it. And on the other hand, the things which are considered vital and important, are made to seem insignificant and inconsequential.

Lets do a simple exercise and see for ourselves where we stand. Firstly, we can take the world population and divide them into two big segments. The believers and the non-believers. Then among the believers there are three basic segments in different formations.

The true believers of the Quran and Sunnah.

The people who differ in ‘aqeedah’ or faith, or involved in shirk (associating other gods with Allah).

The people whose ‘aqeedah’ or faith is fine, but differ on the smaller aspects of jurisprudence.

Whatever the differences between the believers are, we are not allowed in Islam to wage war or kill people, just because the two sides do not agree with each other. This is absolutely against the principles of Islam. What we should do is try to invite them with humility and wisdom to follow the Quran. If they accept your invitation, fine. If not, they have the freedom to follow whatever they think is right. But at no time are muslims allowed to fight or wage war and kill innocent people in the name of religion.

The time today is to unite the muslims, not to point fingers and break this unity. What has actually happened is that we have been divided by nationality, color, race, language, etc. In Islam, all these creeds and divisions hold absolutely no value. We are all one community, whether we are Arabs or Indians or Americans; whether we are black or white; whether our tongue is Telegu or Malay! We are all one community and united in the worship of the One Lord Alone. There are many muslim places which are forcibly occupied by the dis-believing forces, who are stronger in power and louder in their statements.

They kill our brothers, sisters and children in the name of peace! They drive them out of their lands by force and persecute them! They enforce their laws and their systems on these free souls in the name of peace! This world has become a place today where the strong oppress the weak, and the rich oppress the poor. Thus, we should strive to unite and raise our voices, and fight if need be, against this oppression, wherever it may be. But because we are so engrossed in so much in-fighting between the muslims, we are being hurt from all sides.

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 2 Surah Baqarah verses 190-191: And fight in the way of Allah with those who fight against you, but do not commit aggression; because Allah does not like the aggressors. Fight against them wherever they confront you in combat, and drive them out from where they drove you out! Though killing is bad, persecution is worse than killing!

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 22 Surah Hajj verses 39-40: Permission to fight has been granted to those against whom war has been waged, because they have been treated unjustly! And Allah is certainly able to help them. These are the people who have been expelled unjustly from their homes only for the reason that they said, “Our Lord is Allah”.

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 4 Surah Nisa verses 74-76: Those alone, who barter away this worldly life for that of the Hereafter, should fight in the way of Allah. Then We will bestow a great reward upon him who fights in the way of Allah, whether he be slain or be victorious. Why should you, then, not fight in the way of Allah for the sake of those helpless men, women and children who, being weak, have been oppressed, and are crying out, “Our Lord, deliver us from this habitation whose inhabitants are unjust oppressors, and raise a protector for us by Your Grace, and a helper from Yourself.” Those, who follow the way of Faith, fight in the way of Allah; and those who follow the way of disbelief, fight in the way of ‘taghut’ (Shaitaan). So fight against the helpers of Shaitaan with this conviction that Shaitaan’s crafty schemes are in fact very weak.

Regarding the Taleban and the likes, the truth is brother, our information is based solely on what we hear from the Western press. Their animosity and sense of justice towards the muslims is not even a secret anymore. They take a small thing and give it so much attention, that it seems it is the biggest nuisance in the world.

Take the case of the Buddha statues. There was such a hue and cry, but no one realizes that these statues were in Afghanistan for almost 5000 years! That means that they were there during the time of the Prophet (saws), and also there during the time when Afghanistan became part of the muslim territories under the leadership of Hadrat Umar (r.a.). They left the statues alone, so why this sudden need to destroy the statues. I read the interview of the Foreign Minister Al Mutawakkil of the Taleban which he gave in Washington D.C. I am not sure if I can get my hands on it now, but it basically said the same thing. His side of the story was that there was a Norwegian or Sweedish group who allocated $4m to rebuilding these statues. The Taleban apparently told them to use this money towards medicine or education in the country as that was the need of the hour. But the Group apparently insisted on rebuilding the statues and the talks with the Taleban authorities did not go well. The Afghanis took their arrogance as an insult and some Taleban leader ordered that the statues should be destroyed! And this gave the Western media an excuse to highlight the intolerance of the muslims.

Ditto regarding the lady doctors or women education. Islam, as a matter of fact, encourages one, whether man or women, to gain education and knowledge as much as they possibly can. What transpired in Afghanistan and how much truth does the reports of the Western media hold, Allah Alone knows best.

Have you noticed something about the Western media? When some ‘cult’ in Waco Texas burns and kills hundreds of their followers, they delink it from their religion! When some lunatic blows up the State building in Oklahoma, they delink it from their religion and make it an individual case! When some lunatic shoots randomly at 20 innocent people at a McDonalds, they do not link the person with his religion.

But when anything is done by a man named Abdullah, Mohamed, etc. they immediately link it with Islam!!! They made a super-hero out of a person like Ossama-bin-Ladin. Everything that happens is related to him… no matter where it happens! Even in the fantasies of Hollywood or even Bollywood, it is humanly impossible for a human to do all these acts in unison! But they have the whole world believing that this one man is responsible for all these ghastly deeds!

In the New World Order, for them to remain heroes, they need to create an imaginary villain after the fall of Communism … and Islam was an easy scapegoat and fitted the bill perfectly. And in spite of all their gory details and accusations of extremism and terrorism, Islam is growing at phenomenal speed all over the world. In their ignorance and prejudice of Islam, the fact is that they are scared and just have no idea how to stop this movement. No matter what you do or say, they will never be satisfied with you, until you become one of them.

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 2 Surah Baqarah verse 120:

Never will the Jews or the Christians be satisfied with you unless you follow their religion. Say: "The guidance of Allah that is the (only) guidance." Were you to follow their desires after the knowledge which has reached you, then you would find neither a protector nor helper against Allah.

Thus what we need to do brother, is to look at Islam and then look at the deeds the muslims do today. Yusuf Islam (formerly Cat Stevens) said these famous words: “If I had seen the muslims, I probably would never have converted to Islam. It is the Mercy of Allah, that I first read the Quran and understood Islam, before I met any muslims.” You cannot look at the deeds of some muslims and decide on Islam. Rather, we need to study Islam, and then judge the muslims and their deeds.

Another ironic thing is that when it comes to religion, some people always look at the worst possible example and conclude that there are flaws in Islam and thus could not be the Right Way. But in the terms of the world, they never do the same. Let me give you some examples:

One would never take the example of the worst possible marriage, and conclude the institution of marriage is wrong, and therefore he will never marry. He would blame the partner/s in that particular marriage.

One would never take the example of the worst possible bankruptcy, and conclude that doing business is wrong, and thus never start a business.

Or one would never take the example of the worst possible school on this planet earth, and conclude that gaining education is wrong, thus he will never get educated.

But when it comes to Islam, we sit here and point fingers at the worst possible regime and say, “See the atrocities and the killings and the injustice these people who claim to be muslims do. Thus I will never become a muslim.”

Brother, what we need to do is first and foremost find out what is the exact Message which has been revealed for our guidance by our Creator. This Message is the 600 odd pages of the Al Quran, and this Book are the very words of our Lord and Creator, Allah Subhanah. And that is Islam! Then we try to formulate our lives according to the boundaries set by Allah so that we can live a pure life in this world, and await the Mercy and Forgiveness of our Lord in the Hereafter.

Allah will not ask us about the deeds of the Taleban or the ones who kill innocent people. Allah will ask you and I whether we followed his commandments of the Quran or not. And that is how He will judge us.

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 6 Surah Anam verse 70: And leave alone those who have taken their ‘deen’ as a sport and past time, and have been deluded by the life of this world. Nevertheless, you go on admonishing them by reciting the Quran to them, lest any person should be seized because of his own deeds; and that too, at a time, when there would be no protector, no helper and no intercessor to rescue him from Allah; when no conceivable amount of ransom would be accepted from him. This is because such people shall be seized, in consequence of what they themselves had earned.

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 43 Surah Zukhruf verses 43-44: So, hold fast to the Book that has been revealed to you, you are surely on the Siraat al Mustaqeem. The fact is that this book is a great honor for you and your people, and soon you shall be CALLED TO ACCOUNT for it.

Thus brother, the truth of the matter is: Islam is Perfect, the muslims are not. Do not judge Islam by looking at the muslims, but rather judge the muslims by looking at Islam!

Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allah’s Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.

May Allah guide you and us to read and understand the simple and plain words of the Glorious Quran. May Allah increase our knowledge from the Holy Quran. May Allah guide us to the Siraat al Mustaqeem.

Your brother and well wisher in Islam,

Burhan

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Superstitions...

Superstitions


Superstition constituted an integral part of the belief system of the Pagans. Prior to the advent of Islam the Arabs were steeped in superstitious beliefs, beliefs that regulated their social, economic and political activity. Superstition created a mysterious value system that gave rise to fear, suspicion and enmity. It deprived man of rational thinking and every ailment, accident or calamity was attributed to some evil force bent on destroying their lives. The situation was further aggravated by wicked "Spiritual Doctors" who exploited the unwary masses and ran lucrative businesses treating and exorcizing the "evil forces". Even today there are people who claim to know the future and try to impress people with their "divine powers". Belief in superstition detracts from Imaan in Taqdeer and the qudrat of Allâh Ta’ala.

The Holy Qur'ân states: "No misfortune can happen on earth nor (afflict) your souls, but is recorded in a Book (long) before We bring it into existence; that is truly easy for Allâh".


Disaster and misfortune take place according to the Will and Plan of Allâh. No other force or power can direct your destiny or cause harm to you except with the permission of Allâh. Some of the superstitious beliefs that filtered down from Jahiliyyah to us are:

The Month of Safar
The month of Safar is regarded as a month of ill-fortune and bad luck. The pre-Islamic Arabs believed Safar to be a serpent that dwells in the stomach of man. It stirs to life in this month and causes various types of illnesses and diseases. Thus people are more prone to fall ill in this month. Because of the various evil omens attached to this month some Muslims regard:
Nikâh contracted in this month to be bad luck and ill-fated.
Any important business venture initiated in this month bound to collapse.
The first thirteen days of this month to be specifically evil and bad luck.

Nabi sallallahu alayhi wasallam condemned such superstitious beliefs in various ahadîth.

A hadîth narrated in Muslim states: "There is no (ill-fortune) in the month of Safar nor do evil spirits (exist)"

Another hadîth states: "Do not revile time (i.e. do not regard any particular day, week or month to be bad, for I (Allâh) am the (embodiment) of all time"

Soothsayers - Fortunetellers
There are certain impostors who pretend to know the future through contact with the "spirits". The Holy Qur'ân rejects the notion that anyone besides Allâh knows the future in the following verse: "Say - No one in the heavens and earth knows the unseen except Allâh".
The Holy Qur'ân states: "If I had knowledge of the unseen I should have had abundance of good and no evil should have touched me. Truly I am a Warner and a Giver of glad tidings to those who have faith".


Concerning the Jinn who laboured for Sulaiman alayhis salaam the Qur'ân states: "It became clear to the jinn that if they had known the unseen, they would not have continued in the humiliating punishment of their task".

Horoscopes and Astrology
The Pagan Arabs used three arrows to ascertain whether they should proceed with a task or not. The words "My Lord has commanded me" were inscribed on one arrow; "My Lord has forbidden me" inscribed on the second arrow and the third arrow was left blank. If they planned a journey, or a marriage or to raid the enemy, etc., they would go to the temple and draw out an arrow. If they drew the arrow with the positive inscription they would proceed with their plans. The negative inscription meant that they should abort their plans. A blank arrow meant that they should repeat the process till they received a clear directive. This practice is akin to modern day horoscopes, astrology, palm reading and other similar practices. Islam prohibits all such practices and considers them sinful.


The Holy Qur'ân states: "And (also forbidden) is predicting the future by means of divining arrows, for that is impiety".
Nabi sallallahu alayhi wasallam has stated: "If anyone acquires any knowledge of astrology, he acquires a branch of magic (which is totally forbidden)"


He also stated: "The astrologer is a diviner, the diviner is a magician and the magician is an unbeliever".
Another tradition states: "Whoever goes to a fortuneteller and believes in what he says has denied what was revealed to Mohammed".

Omens and Charms
The same prohibiton applies to hanging charms, beads and amulets, in the belief that they will protect the bearer from evil spirits, bad luck or the evil eye.


The Holy Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam stated: "May Allâh not fulfill the hopes of the one who wears a charm; may Allâh not protect the one who hangs seashells (used as a charm in those days)". (Ahmed)


Another narration stated; "Whoever wears a charm will be left to rely on it". (Tirmidhi)


Abdullah bin Masûd radhiallahu anhu once saw his wife wearing a knotted thread around her neck. He pulled at it and broke it saying, "The family of Abdullah is free from associating anything with Allâh for which He has sent no authority". He then said: "I heard the Messenger of Allâh sallallahu alayhi wasallam say " Incantations, amulets and spells are shirk".


Drawing evil omens from a black cat, the number thirteen, a pregnant woman, using a knife at the time of an eclipse, etc., is no more than weird superstition. The disbelievers frequently attacked the Prophets saying "Indeed we augur an evil omen from you", The messengers would reply: "Your auguring of evil omens is with yourselves". This implied that, the cause of your evil omens lies in your attitude which stems from superstition, disbelief and stubbornness.


Nabi sallallahu alayhi wasallam stated: "He is not of us who seeks evil omens or for whom evil omens are sought ….." (Tabraani). Another tradition states: "No one is free from three things: suspicion, auguring evil omens and envy. Thus if you have a suspicion, do not pursue it, if you augur an evil omen, do not turn you back, and if you are envious do not transgress". (Tabraani)

Sihar - Magic - Jadu
Practicing magic is tantamount to kufr in Islam. Just as it is haraam for Muslims to consult with diviners or fortune tellers, it is likewise haram for them to seek the help of magicians, sangomas, witch-doctors etc.


Nabi sallallahu alayhi wasallam disowned such person saying: "Anyone who goes to a diviner, a practitioner of magic or a soothsayer, asking something and believing in it, denies what was revealed to Mohammed".


Another tradition states: "The alcoholic, the believer in magic and the one who breaks ties of kinship will not enter Jannat". (Ibn Hibban)

Conclusion
Hazrat Umar Abdul Aziz (known as Umar, the second) states: "I advise you to observe piety and fear Allâh, to maintain a balanced life by obeying the commandments of Allâh and following the Sunnah of Rasoolullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam. I also admonish you against innovation introduced by the ‘Ahle - Bidat’ and advise you to detach yourselves from them ….". (Abu Dawood)
Islam is not a religion based on superstitious dogma. To attribute every ailment, calamity and hardship to "evil spirits" is to be a defeatist. We ultimately become the victims of suspicion, hatred and fear. We become blind to our own weaknesses and shortcomings and simply attribute all our ills to some external forces.


If we ourselves have set our garden on fire with our own hands, why do we complain against the enemy. No one is our enemy except our ownselves. Fie upon us that we proved to be the enemies of our ownselves.

Courtesy: www.everymuslim.net