I was watching a T.V. Programme on saturday night. It was a late night LIVE show and they were taking Live calls as well. In the midst of the show, a young woman called from the most elite part of Karachi. She seemed educated as she used English as a medium to transfer her ideas to the audience. She added at the end of her conversation that she’ll vote for PPP because she thinks Bilawal is “hot”! I was shocked! Flabbergasted! Disgusted!
We talk about Democracy and yet even the educated lot of this country has no sense of using their power of “voting”. The Fate of this country is now in the hands of the youth who considers facade and hollow materialism to be the most important things in life! So, now we’ll have models (female/male) cat-walking in our assemblies!
I need a break! I need to breathe! WE NEED TO WAKE UP!
I wake up to find myself in utter darkness. I can’t hear anyone. I wait in the same position to see if I can see even a single beam of light. But no matter how wide I open my eyes and put strain on them, it’s still black everywhere. Suddenly, I realise the weight of something over me crashing my ribcage. I feel agitated and worried. I stretch out my hands to get it off but I cannot. I can’t breathe. The weight is over-whelming. I am trying to scream and yet nothing comes out of my mouth…
Who are you?!
A Muslim. Period.
Sunnni?! or Shia’a?!
And this question reminded me of one incident. I remember having a discussion with a number of girls. And one of them said that when it was asked of Quaid-e-Azam if he was Sunni or Shia’a. He said, “Was the Holy Prophet (saw) Shia’a or a Sunni?!” The person asking the question was dumbfounded! And somehow I realised how we have transgressed from the original teachings of Islam. How we pay more attention to other rituals than strictly following Quran and Sunnah.
Once our maid was telling us about the whole ritual of Nazr-o-Niaaz and I not comprehending what she was saying asked my mum what is she talking about. My mum explained things to me and the maid turned to my mum asking if we were “wahhabis”. And then again I asked,”Mommy, what is meant by being a wahhabi?!”
Then again you have alot of different demarkations that people have created. And unfortunately these groups of people, who have developed a liking or contempt for other groups on the basis of personal grudges. Specially Muslims of South Asia indulge in these matters without having sound knowledge of Deen which we call “ilm“. We have four major Schools of Thoughts in Islam. And all of them are authentic. After the death of Holy Prophet, Sahaba and Ummul Mo’mineen came up with different answers to different problems. They had ample Ilm from the Holy Prophet (Saw) to come up with solutions, to disagree and yet be in the right. But people today fail to realise their short comings. Everyone thinks they are in the right without ample knowledge of Quran, Fiqah and Hadeeth and pass out judgements, contempts and speeches of hatred to other groups without realising that their judgement without sound knowledge will always be flawed!
So, when we talk, in this century, of going abroad and gaining knowledge and be “enlightened”, we should also stress on the need to get ourselves educated in the fields of Quran, sunnah, Hadeeth and Fiqah. It’s the need of our times when Muslims are falling apart without knowing that maybe whatever they are standing for might not be in the true sense of Islam.
One week into the semester… And I’m already tired!
Will I be able to make it unscathed?!
As I glanced at my poetry results, I almost fainted with relief. I didn’t do good in poetry and the only thing I was counting on was prayers. And seeing that I cleared that paper I knew my prayers and my parents and friends’ prayers were answered. Though I was quite disappointed by my result in Fiction exam, but I know for sure now it’s the grace of Allah that I stand where I stand and I pass because of Him. And I know when I raise my hands in prayers that they will be answered in one way or the other.
And I thank Allah for giving me the privilege of university education, the faith and imaan and most importantly to have made me a Muslim.
And with the faith that He will guide me through this year, would make me realize the shallowness of this world and would make clear the reality of the other world, I enter the gates of University again, praying to find light, hope and guidance.
I can’t access the blogspot sites.
There’re still rounds of firing in our locality.
People went crazy about the whole NewYear thing knowing the haalaat of the country. It’s just sad.
“Kab rukayga yeh dard ay dil, kab raat sahar hogi” – Faiz Ahmed Faiz
All of us who feel directionlessness in these times, Allah has sent down his message to us more than 14oo years ago. Man is indeed in great loss and only Patience and being on the right path can save us.
Surah Al-‘Asr (Time)
1. By Al-‘Asr (the time).
2. Verily, man is in loss,
3. Except those who believe (in Islâmic Monotheism) and do righteous good deeds, and recommend one another to the truth [i.e. order one another to perform all kinds of good deeds (Al-Ma‘ruf) which Allâh has ordained, and abstain from all kinds of sins and evil deeds (Al-Munkar which Allâh has forbidden], and recommend one another to patience (for the sufferings, harms, and injuries which one may encounter in Allâh’s Cause during preaching His religion of Islâmic Monotheism or Jihâd).