Ramadan Kareem

O you who believe! Observing As-Saum (the fasting) is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may become Al-Muttaqûn (the pious).[Observing Saum (fasts)] for a fixed number of days, but if any of you is ill or on a journey, the same number (should be made up) from other days. And as for those who can fast with difficulty, (e.g. an old man), they have (a choice either to fast or) to feed a Miskîn (poor person) (for every day). But whoever does good of his own accord, it is better for him. And that you fast is better for you if only you know.The month of Ramadan in which was revealed the Qur’ân, a guidance for mankind and clear proofs for the guidance and the criterion (between right and wrong). So whoever of you sights (the crescent on the first night of) the month (of Ramadan i.e. is present at his home), he must observe Saum (fasts) that month, and whoever is ill or on a journey, the same number [of days which one did not observe Saum (fasts) must be made up] from other days. Allâh intends for you ease, and He does not want to make things difficult for you. (He wants that you) must complete the same number (of days), and that you must magnify Allâh [i.e. to say Takbîr (Allâhu Akbar; Allâh is the Most Great] for having guided you so that you may be grateful to Him.

 

The Holy Quran ( 2:183-185)

May Allah SubhanahuwaTa’ala shower His blessings upon us during this month and forgive our sins and keep us on the right path for the rest of our lives. Ameen.

Surah Al- Hajj, Ayahs 19 – 22

19. These two opponents (believers and disbelievers) dispute with each other about their Lord: then as for those who disbelieved, garments of fire will be cut out for them, boiling water will be poured down over their heads.

20. With it will melt (or vanish away) what is within their bellies, as well as (their) skins.

21. And for them are hooked rods of iron (to punish them).

22. Every time they seek to get away therefrom, from anguish, they will be driven back therein, and (it will be) said to them: “Taste the torment of burning”

The Overwhelming

Just a few ayats of the surah:

17. Do they not look at the camels, how they are created?

18. And at the heaven, how it is raised?

19. And at the mountains, how they are rooted (and fixed firm)?

20. And at the earth, how it is outspread?

21. So remind them (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) – you are only one who reminds.

Sûrat Al-Ghâshiyah
(The Overwhelming)

Friends?!

The post below shows how our President has been going around the world begging for support, friendship, helpers and all. I don’t want to say much but I came across this while reading Quran yesterday and I felt the horror of it in the pit of my stomach…

O you who believe! Take not the Jews and the Christians as Auliyâ’ (friends, protectors, helpers), they are but Auliyâ’ of each other. And if any amongst you takes them (as Auliyâ’), then surely he is one of them. Verily, Allâh guides not those people who are the Zâlimûn (polytheists and wrong-doers and unjust).

Verse no. 51, Surah Al Ma’ida

Irony…

I remember reading somewhere that when you want to learn something, e.g. if you want to be a psychologist, you’d go to school of Psychology or if you even want to learn anything about psychology you’d go to someone who’s an expert in that field. So, you need a guide, a person who can actually give you a more “intense” knowledge of something which you cannot gain by only reading up upon them. But the irony is, when you need to know what Quran teaches and what it means and how can I actually practice it, people rely on their limited knowledge and understanding. Most of them say that we don’t need a guide we’d read and understand it ourselves. How Ironic! If I want to be a doctor, I’d go to a med school, or if I want to know about some medical condition, I would not only read up on that but will also go to a doctor, an expert who can guide me but when it comes to Quran and Hadeeth, we downplay the importance of the experts and consider ourselves to be the best teachers!

No wonder we see different kinds of interpretations of Quran from every Tom, Dick and Harry.

A Dream forgotten…

With his back bent a little, holding a magazine in one of his wrinkled hands and walking very slowly, he emerged from the corner of the street. He met me on the way and while talking to me, for the first time ever, I noticed how he has faded from the last time I saw him. His brows were dark with the unspoken concerns, the lines on his forehead were telling me a different story all together. The story that made me realise how he has been disappointed through years. And the way his shoulders seemed -heavy under a huge invisible burden -making his back to bend a little, it seemed as he is tired of carrying that burden with him, that he’s disappointed with others for not sharing that burden with him. He realised that the burden he is carrying, the responsibilities that are weighing him down cannot be tranfered to the next generation or the one after that. Being in his eighties he feels that he has lost his identity…

     He was a part of a dream. He helped in making that dream a reality. But soon it was shattered but the people who saw this dream with him, continued to hope and pray that maybe someday they would be able to perfect the imperfections of it. Someday they would be able to say that this is the perfect realisation of that dream. But now that he has been through all those transitions, his heart breaks at every moment into more pieces knowing that everyone has failed to understand the beauty and purpose of that one dream that they saw when their lives were at their prime. And now when he realises that he, though outlived his friends, will still never be able to even see one step towards the realisation of that dream his heart breaks altogether into soo many minute pieces that there’s not way they can ever be put together…

It’s not just his story. A young woman, on the eve of migration was separated from her family, was forced to marry in a different religion. She lived in constant torture and agony of not knowing if her parents were alive or were they put to death. She lived in constant hope of reaching that land which was sacred to her. But all the while she was contented that atleast other women have a chance to live a better life in that country. She thought that the land which was drawn on the map of the world by the blood of her loved ones, will provide justice to other people. She thought her sacrifice, the sacrifice of her parents and others would not have gone in vain. On her deathbed, she wishes to go and see, just for once, what that country is like for which they all have sacrificed even their own self-respect…

What was that dream?! “A madman’s dream!” A dream that filled with hope the hearts of men who had suffered ineqaulity and injustice at the hands of Hindu majority and the British Raj. It was a place where they thought they will be able to live their lives according to the word of Allah. A place which would be known as the country etched onto the world in the name of Allah just like Madina, and they took pride in it and they sacrificed their sons, daughters, loved ones in doing that. What is it now?! What happened to that babe which they nourished and nurtured with their own blood? What happened to that justice and equality?! What happened to that law of Allah which was to be implemented?! What happened to that freedom which they wanted- to pray in a Masjid without a pig being thrown at them?!

Pakistan – Islamic Republic of Pakistan. A place where women are tortured to death by the government and we do not raise a finger! A place where Masjid is being attacked by the government and we do not raise our voices! A place where we are subjected to criticism if we follow the way of the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihe Wasallam) and we cannot explain it to them and the very fact that we need to explain it is unfathomable! A place where we put more emphasis on secular European educational system than our own teachings of Quran and Sunnah and we take pride in it!

Pakistan was a blessing from Allah. And there’s a Hadeeth that if you donot thank for the blessing and do not give it it’s due respect, that blessing will be taken away from you. With a world which is waiting to tear you apart like a savage dog, this haven is slowly being taken away from us…

Religious Knowledge

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.

Surah Al Asr

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).

Earthquake

It’s been two years now since the tragedy. I still remember how I got an sms in the afternoon from a friend and I, who abstain from watching TV in Ramadan, was compelled to turn it on and see it! I remember how from that day onwards, the whole nation was glued to TV. Every news, every update and every number was closely watched and and every household cried for the loss of lives and the extent of damage! It was the earthquake that rocked the Northern Areas of Pakistan and some parts of India. Pakistan was affected more.

It’s been two years and still the survivors are made to live in makefshift tents and houses. The mental trauma still exists. Some of them still fear to send their kids to school because two years ago many of them never returned. The memories are still painful. They are still fresh in the minds of not only those who were there, but with us as well who were miles apart. A part of our soul was disturbed, marked and seared!

Few years back when it was not raining in Pakistan, my father quoted a verse from Quran to me which says that whatever good comes to you, comes from Allah and whatever pain is inflicted upon is the result of your own deeds. And I wonder yet why after seeing and experiencing the wrath of ALlah, we still do not fear Him. Why do we not mend our ways…

And I pray to Allah that May He guide us to the straight path, let us not make Him angry. And MAy we be successful in both the worlds. Ameen