Who is the most kind and the wisest?
March 11, 2012 Leave a comment
The purpose is of this writing is not to pass any judgement on anyone. This is just another tiny effort to look into the mirror of Islamic doctrine and see how many scars are left there on heart and soul.
There are 114 surahs in Qur’an and each except one (Surah At-Taubah/The Repentance) begins with the acknowledgement of God’s attributes “In The Name of Allah, The Beneficent/Compassionate, The Merciful”. The same statement is mentioned once in Surah An-Namal/The Ants, when Prophet Sulaiman/Solomon uses the same words to begin with in a letter to the Queen of Sheba.
The same Quran mentions Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) as the mercy for all the worlds Allah (SWT) has created. Each and every moment of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)’s life is an evidence to prove this claim to be true and certainly it has everything to do with his character. “We have sent you but as the mercy for all worlds”… Surah Al-Anbiya 107
The words of Qur’an and the life of Prophet (pbuh) are beautiful combination of moral laws and court laws – together they are called ‘shariah’/the Islamic code of law. Any Muslim having a doubt and then preaching it as a defect of Islam, such as ruling on two women as a witness against one man or four marriages for men and only one for woman, is considered a ‘kafir’, which literally means the one who rejects or denies. So, the word ‘kafir’ shouldn’t be used to for non-Muslims.
Allah (SWT) says in Qur’an, ” And there are, certainly, among the people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians), those who believe in Allah and in that which has been revealed to you, and in that which has been revealed to them, humbling themselves before Allah. They do not sell the Verses of Allah for a little price, for them is a reward with their Lord. Surely, Allah is Swift in account. O you who believe! Endure and be more patient (than your enemy), and guard your territory by stationing army units permanently at the places from where the enemy can attack you, and fear Allah, so that you may be successful.”…. (Surah Aal-e-Imran/The Family of Imran 199/200)
Islam has introduced a very balanced and flexible life-style. The exceptions and limitations in obligations are already set by the Shariah and they are termed as “hudood or hudood-Allah” in Quran. Similarly, the Shariah has outlined the emotional expressions prohibiting extremism and exaggeration.
For example, a strong belief in our society about God is that there are no limits for glorifying Allah Almighty. Yes, there are. Allah (SWT) has specified how to and when to remember Him formally on daily and yearly basis, i.e. salah/prayer and Hajj/pilgrimage to Makkah. However, there are no time limit and conditions to communicate with Him for any reason. He Almighty is awake and present all the time.
Be wild in anger, be crazy in excitement, be pessimist in sadness, be disappointed in trials, be haughty in richness, be silent for witness, be a support in false accusations, be overjoyed in celebrations, etc. — this is how life events are dealt in our society, by showing extreme behaviour and this is prohibited in Islam.
Sometimes, people don’t realize that they are acting as they are wiser than Allah (SWT) and prophets. They do violate the limits of Shariah and then defend themselves and justify their actions by giving lame excuses. Who do they try to satisfy, God, people around us or themselves?
There are lots of things that we do and we can say that we do them because we like them. There are many things that we don’t do and we can say that we don’t do them because we don’t like them. We can simply say that I do this or I don’t do this because this is how understood the religion. This is better than manipulating religious principles. This is not wise to corrupt the religion and create complications for others by wrong interpretations of Islamic moral values.
This intentional or unintentional corruption in religion develops a guilt in mind. This guilt often transforms into an extra-ordinary feeling of kindness and sympathy to others and is exhibited by charity work. Those who are involved in breaking the system or if not breaking, not building the system usually rejoice themselves by feeding, helping, educating hungry and needy people at large scale. This is one way to kill that guilt.
In the same manner, people exaggerate while consoling, condoling, grieving, describing, explaining and even guiding. We mourn for weeks, months and years. They exaggerate while praising sacred prophets, saints, leaders, heroes, elders, family dynasty, etc. This exaggeration turns into controversies and contentions and finally leads to physical combats.
Sometimes people unknowingly try to pretend that they are more kind than God Almighty and His prophets. They have more sympathies with rapists, robbers, adulterers and murderers than with the victims. Forgiveness has its own conditions. Forgiveness is when exercised unnecessarily to the wrong people, it benefits the criminal minds only. Only God Almighty has the right to forgive whoever He wills for any or no reason.
Sometimes people behave like they have more ego and temperament than God Almighty and His prophets. Mostly men try this on women, elders on youngsters, rich on poor, smart on naive. Raising voice for rights, for choice is also considered a matter of ego. The Arabic word ‘ana’ meaning ‘I’ with the thought of completeness and absolute powers suits only to God Almighty.
I was just thinking that if Edhi, Ansar Burni Trust and other legitimate charity organizations have established as parallel to the government institutions, why don’t they join together and really make one for the sake of this country. Edhi’s team works more like a ‘baitul-maal’. Sarim Burni’s team plays Supreme Court in addition to police and detectives. Shoukat Khanum Memorial Hospital’s team along with Dr. Adeeb Rizvi and many others can run the best health ministry in the world. There are many educational institutions like Namal that can replace the board of education in all four provinces and adjacent territories. Those who are making world records can be the best to deal with foreign affairs.
Who cares who sits in the President House! People can choose Dr. A. Q. Khan or Justice Wajeehuddin or any other smart, honest and patriot man as a guide and leader.
Unemployed youth can head towards the villages and farms to help farmers to grow more and more food. You know why, because food is most essential in all necessities. They can even train themselves as a substitute to law enforcement bodies. We are missing them any way.
People of Pakistan are a government, then why let the criminals and incompetents draw salaries from assemblies and make others beg for what they deserve?