Harf-e-Raaz – Orya Maqbool Jan

The following article came in the Daily Express- an urdu newspaper. Written by Orya Maqbool Jan. The article provides the ray of hope to those who are destitute by the current issues of Pakistan…

http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/Article.aspx?newsID=1100448185&Date=20080720&Issue=NP_LHE

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Riba or Interest…

These days all we see is the advertisements from Banks for giving a percentage of interest on your amount in your bank account. The cars on lease, the loan and everything is running on interest based banking system. The worst part is that the banks which claim to be Islamic Banks charge more amount on car lease program than the actual amount and the amount that the non-Islamic Banks are charging you on lease. Though I’m not an expert on all this banking, financing and money matters. But reading the following Hadeeth made me jump out of my skin.

Narrated Jabir Bin Abdullah (RA): In the year of the conquest of Makka, I heard Allah’s Messenger( SAW), saying, ‘Allah and His messenger made illegal the trade of alcoholic liquors, dead animals, pigs and idols.’ The people asked,’ O Allah’s Messenger! What about fat of dead animals, for it was used for greasing the boats and the hides; and people use it for lights?’ He said,’ No, it is illegal.’ Allah’s Messenger(SAW) further said,‘ May Allah curse the Jews, for Allah made the fat (of animals) illegal for them, yet they melted the fat and sold it and ate its price.”

-Al Bukhari

So, back to where I was. And as Allah humiliated the jews just because they didn’t obey the commandments of Allah, just think where are we heading. The whole economical, social and political structure of this nation is built upon Riba, Interest, Hypocrisy and Deciet. Everything that was made illegal for us. And if the jews were cursed because they ate the price of whatever they earned from that one illegal trade, just think how much damage would we be doing to our own self, our own system… And how much injustice are we doing ourselves.

Jews are, as the Quran says, a fallen nation. It’s high time that we should stop following them into the darkest pit of the hell fire… Stop the Riba culture before it’s too late…

Mera ik ik Sipahi hai Khyber Shikan…

Whose war are we fighting?

TO whom are we proudly showing our strength?!

Whose shoes are we licking?!

Maybe too many questions. But the answers are always ambiguous. The masters changed. The confused are becoming more confused. What system is this where justice is not there. And I’m not talking about the lawyers and judge’s movement. If there’s no center in life, every movement is fruitless. And we surely have left that centre a long time back…

The soldiers are fighting a war, they don’t know for whom. Their attacks bring down men of their own. Their lives becoming burdened by the blood they shed of the innocent. They have lost the centre and they have lost the direction and thus they lost their souls to the devil. The devil who watches them from the shadows of their hearts and laughs at them calling on God that,’look, as I’ve promised I’ve made them my fellow dwellers of Hell.” And men, succumbing to the darkness of their souls and hearts feel themselves lost in the world of glamour and drinking deeply of the presentness rather than the consequences…

News flickered on TV from the Khyber Agency. The news people calling them the local “Taliban”. Then the news showed the “shuhada conference” from Islamabad. It’s been one year. One whole year since the Lal MAsjid Incident…

“Mera ik ik Sipahi hai khyber shikan” – the national song blared on the radio. The song mocking the bravery of the soldiers. The soldiers who proudly brought down Lal Masjid. The soldiers that killed innocent women and children. The soldiers that never had the courage to even give those girls, children a proper burial. These are the soldiers who are as strong as the fort of Khyber, stronger than Khyber that they can actually pull it down, break it up.

There were soldiers once, who tied bombs onto themselves and used to lie down the enemy tanks so that those tanks wont touch the sacred soil of their country. There were soldiers once who would give lives just to protect their country, their people. People used to encourage their kids to go into Army and be the one who’d have sleepless night watching the borders ir country… to let their kids on the wall so that the country sleeps soundly under the safety blanket. But now… now… they’re not soo sure…

It all comes down to one thing: When the “Centre” goes, everything else goes with it.