Awareness

Well Begun is Half Done – August 20, 2010

The estimated size of the Pakistani community in the United States in 2005 was probably more than 700,000.  50% of Pakistani Americans have origins in the Punjab Province of Pakistan. About 30% are Muhajirs and the rest are made up of other ethnic Groups from Pakistan, including Pashtuns, Balochis and Sindhis. The most systematic study of the demography of Pakistanis in America is found in Prof. Adil Najam‘s book ‘Portrait of a Giving Community’, which estimates a total of around 500,000 Pakistanis in America with the largest concentrations in New York and New Jersey states, each with around 100,000 Pakistani-Americans. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pakistani_American)

Let’s say there are one million Pakistanis currently residing in United States.  Lets assume half of them either have no passion towards their original land or may be living there hand to mouth or have other situations to face.  That assumption still leaves us with 500, 000 Pakistanis living healthy and wealthy.  Lets assume half of them are either underage or dependent upon their parents.  Still have a good number of 250,000 Pakistanis enjoying all the facilities of an advanced country.

Normally people work 40 hours per week or 160 hours per month at the rate of minimum $10.  If these two hundred and fifty Pakistanis somehow can allocate or gift only $10 per month i.e. the income of just one hour per month beside whatever the way they donate, a good amount of $2,500,000 i.e. 2.5 million dollars or almost 212,500,000 i.e more than two hundred million rupees per month can be generated for the welfare of the flood victims.  They should avoid any government officials or political parties working under their own flags, but can give to Edhi Foundation, Pakistan Army or rangers or other famous organizations that can be trusted one hundred percent.  With this amount received regularly, these organizations not only can start different development projects but can also train civilians to work in such disastrous situations.  Even instead of asking for volunteer help, can provide low-paid jobs.  That can be a good relief for Army and rangers too.  They have their own duties to perform.

Beside that the rest of the 250,000Pakistanis in America, if donate or gift just one dollar per month, that will generate the amount of $250,000 or more than 20 million rupees per month for Shoukat Khanam Memorial Hospital.

This is the least that Pakistanis in America can do for the betterment of their own country.

This is the time when each and every Pakistani living in America should get involved for a strong and prosperous Pakistan.  They must pressurize the political parties to work under the flag of Pakistan and to perform their jobs honestly.  Stop supporting them until they show their sincerity and ownership to Pakistan.

Disappointment is kufr.  I believe that we are able and we can do a lot if only we can get united and work in an organized way.

PAKISTAN ZINDABAD, PAK-ARMY PAINDABAD!

 

People of Knowledge – June 2, 2010

1) George Alfred Leon Sarton was born in Ghent, Belgium on August 31, 1884, the author of History of Science…

“It will suffice here to evoke a few glorious names without contemporary equivalents in the West: Jabir ibn Haiyan, al-Kindi, al-Khwarizmi, al-Fargani, al-Razi, Thabit ibn Qurra, al-Battani, Hunain ibn Ishaq, al-Farabi, Ibrahim ibn Sinan, al-Masudi, al-Tabari, Abul Wafa, ‘Ali ibn Abbas, Abul Qasim, Ibn al-Jazzar, al-Biruni, Ibn Sina, Ibn Yunus, al-Kashi, Ibn al-Haitham, ‘Ali Ibn ‘Isa al-Ghazali, al-zarqab, Omar Khayyam. A magnificent array of names which it would not be difficult to extend. If anyone tells you that the Middle Ages were scientifically sterile, just quote these men to him, all of whom flourished within a short period,750 to 1100 A.D.”

“A philosophy of self-centredness, under whatever disguise, would be both incomprehensible and reprehensible to the Muslim mind.  That mind was incapable of viewing man, whether in health or sickness as isolated from God, from fellow men, and from the world around him.  It was probably inevitable that the Muslims should have discovered that disease need not be born within the patient himself but may reach from outside, in other words, that they should have been the first to establish clearly the existence of contagion.”

2) John William Draper (May 5, 1811 – January 4, 1882) was an American (English born) scientist, philosopher, physician, chemist, historian and photographer, the author of “Intellectual Development of Europe”

“I have to deplore the systematic manner in which the literature of Europe has continued to put out of sight our obligations to the Muhammadans. Surely they cannot be much longer hidden. Injustice founded on religious rancour and national conceit cannot be perpetuated forever. The Arab has left his intellectual impress on Europe. He has indelibly written it on the heavens as any one may see who reads the names of the stars on a common celestial globe.”

3) Robert Stephen Briffault born in 1876 was a surgeon, a social anthropologist and a novelist, the author of “Making of Humanity” (based on the means and tasks for human evolution)…

“Science is the most momentous contribution of Arab civilization to the modern world; but its fruits were slow in ripening. Not until long after Moorish Culture had sunk back into darkness did the giant, which it had given birth to, rise in his might. It was not science only which brought Europe back to life. Other and manifold influence from the civilization of Islam communicated its first glow to European Life.

“The debt of our science to that of the Arabs does not consist in startling discoveries or revolutionary theories, science owes a great deal more to Arab culture, it owes its existence. The Astronomy and Mathematics of the Greeks were a foreign importation never thoroughly acclimatized in Greek culture. The Greeks systematized, generalized and theorized, but the patient ways of investigation, the accumulation of positive knowledge, the minute method of science, detailed and prolonged observation and experimental inquiry were altogether alien to the Greek temperament. Only in Hellenistic Alexandria was any approach to scientific work conducted in the ancient classical world. What we call science arose in Europe as a result of new spirit of enquiry, of new methods of experiment, observation, measurement, of the development of mathematics, in a form unknown to the Greeks. That spirit and those methods were introduced into the European world by the Arabs.

“It is highly probable that but for the Arabs, modern European civilization would never have arisen at all; it is absolutely certain that but for them, it would not have assumed that character which has enabled it to transcend all previous phases of evolution.”

So True for Pakistan too – May 26, 2010

Interview with Shaykh Hamza Yusuf – PBS 2007

PBS recently published an interview with Shaykh Hamza Yusuf for their Frontline program. This interview was conducted in September 2006 and he talks about “tyranny” and “incompetence” on both sides and offers his prescription for creating more common ground.
Q: Linden MacIntyre: What are the roots of Muslim rage?

A: Hamza Yusuf: If you had one word to describe the root of all this rage, it’s humiliation. Arabs in particular are extremely proud people. If you look at what happened in Lebanon recently, the Arabs kind of raised their head– they think it’s a big victory, the fact that their whole country was destroyed and over a thousand people were killed, many of them children. Why is it a victory? Because they fought back. That’s all. “OK, you can crush us into the Earth, but you’re not going to get us to submit.” And I think that’s deeply rooted in Muslim consciousness, the idea of not submitting to anything other than God. “You can abuse me, but you’re not going to win me over. But if you treat me with respect and dignity, I’m going to fall in love with you. I’m going to sing your praises all over the world because you’re powerful and you treated me with human dignity.”

Q: Where do they see the proof of the humiliation?

A: It’s everywhere. You don’t think it’s humiliating to have a foreign force come into your land? You see, Muslims don’t have this nation state idea. There’s a tribe called Bani Tamin. It’s one of the biggest tribes in Saudi Arabia and in Iraq, and they’re intermarried. The West doesn’t seem to understand that. The Moroccans feel the Iraqi pain as their own. It’s one pain. So when you see some American soldier banging down a door and coming into a house with all these women in utter fear who’ve done nothing, that’s humiliation, and it’s going to enrage people. And what are we doing there? There are no weapons of mass destruction. They were never a threat to us. You know, Shakespeare wrote a play called Julius Caesar, and it was all about the danger of pre-emptive strikes. Brutus is convinced by Cassius to kill Caesar. Why? Because Caesar’s ambitious, because he might declare himself king. And the end of that play, everybody dies; it’s just disaster. That’s the tragedy of pre-emptive strikes.

http://hamzayusuf.blogspot.com/

What do non-Muslims say about Islam? – May 18, 2010

What Non-Muslims Say About Islam

“Those who listen to the word and follow the best of it; those are the ones whom God has guided, and those are the ones endowed with understanding” (Qur’an 39:18)

THE FASTEST GROWING RELIGION IN THE WORLD

This is a collection of short quotations from a wide variety of Non-Muslim notables, including academics, writers, philosophers, poets, politicians, and activists belonging to the East and the West.  To our knowledge none of them ever became Muslim.  These words, therefore, reflect their personal views on various aspects of the religion of Islam.

Sarojini Naidu

(1879-1949) A writer, poetess and one of the most visible leaders of pre-Independent India. President of the Indian National Congress and the first woman governor of free India.

“Sense of justice is one of the most wonderful ideals of Islam, because as I read in the Qur’an I find those dynamic principles of life, not mystic but practical ethics for the daily conduct of life suited to the whole world.”

“It was the first religion that preached and practiced democracy for, in the mosque when the call for prayer is sounded and worshippers are gathered together, the democracy of Islam is embodied five times a day when the peasant and king kneel side by side and proclaim: “God Alone is Great.” I have been struck over and over again by this indivisible unity of Islam that makes man instinctively a brother.”

[Lectures on  “The  Ideals  of  Islam;”  see Speeches And Writings Of Sarojini Naidu, Madras, 1918, pp. 167-9]

 

 

 

Arnold J. Toynbee

(1889-1975) British historian, Lecturer at Oxford University.

“The extinction of race consciousness as between Muslims is one of the outstanding achievements of Islam, and in the contemporary world there is, as it happens, a crying need for the propagation of this Islamic virtue.”

[Civilization On Trial, New York, 1948, p. 205]

William Montgomery Watt

(1909) Professor (Emeritus) of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of Edinburgh.

“I am not a Muslim in the usual sense, though I hope I am a “Muslim” as “one surrendered to God,” but I believe that embedded in the Qur’an and other expressions of the Islamic vision are vast stores of divine truth from which I and other occidentals have still much to learn, and Islam is certainly a strong contender for the supplying of the basic framework of the one religion of the  future.’”

[Islam And Christianity Today, London, 1983, p. ix]

Bertrand Russell

(1872-1970) British philosopher, mathematician, and Nobel laureate, whose emphasis on logical analysis greatly influenced the course of 20th-century philosophy.

“Our use of the phrase ‘the Dark Ages’ to cover the period from 699 to 1,000 marks our undue concentration on Western Europe… From India to Spain, the brilliant civilization of Islam flourished. What was lost to Christendom at this time was not lost to civilization, but quite the contrary… To us it seems that West-European civilization is civilization; but this is a narrow view.”

[History of Western Philosophy, London, 1948, p. 419]

Hamilton Alexander Roskeen Gibb

(1895-1971) A leading orientalist scholar of his time

“But Islam has a still further service to render to the cause of humanity. It stands after all nearer to the real East than Europe does, and it possesses a magnificent tradition of inter-racial understanding and cooperation. No other society has such a record of success uniting in an equality of status, of opportunity, and of endeavours so many and so various races of mankind … Islam has still the power to reconcile apparently irreconcilable elements of race and tradition. If ever the opposition of the great societies of East and West is to be replaced by cooperation, the mediation of Islam is an indispensable condition. In its hands lies very largely the solution of the problem with which Europe is faced in its relation with East.”

[Whither Islam, London, 1932, p. 379.]

“That his (Muhammad’s) reforms enhanced the status of women in general is universally admitted.”

[Mohammedanism, London, 1953, p. 33]

 

James A. Michener

(1907-1997) Leading American writer; recipient of honorary doctorates in five fields from thirty leading universities and decorated with the Presidential Medal of freedom, America’s highest civilian award.

“No other religion in history spread so rapidly as Islam . . . The West has widely  believed that this surge of religion was made possible by the sword. But no modern scholar accepts that idea, and the Qur’an is explicit in support of the freedom of conscience.”

[Islam – The Misunderstood Religion, Readers’ Digest (American Edition) May 1955]

Edward Gibbon

(1737-1794) Considered the greatest British historian of his time.

“‘I believe in One God and Mohammed the Apostle of God,’ is the simple and invariable profession of Islam. The intellectual image of the Deity has never been degraded by any visible idol; the honours of the prophet have never transgressed the measure of human virtue, and his living precepts have restrained the gratitude of his disciples within the bounds of reason and religion.”

[History Of The Saracen Empire, London, 1870, p. 54]

“More pure than the system of Zoroaster, more liberal than the law of Moses, the religion of Mohammad might seem less inconsistent with reason than the creed of mystery and superstition which, in the seventh century, disgraced the simplicity of the gospels.”

[The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, vol. 5. p. 487]

Jared Diamond

Professor of Physiology at the UCLA School of Medicine; recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction in 1998.

“Medieval Islam was technologically advanced and open to innovation. It achieved far higher literacy rates than in contemporary Europe; it assimilated the legacy of classical Greek civilization to such a degree that many classical books are now known to us only through Arabic copies.  It invented windmills, trigonometry, lateen sails and made major advances in metallurgy, mechanical and chemical engineering and irrigation methods. In the middle-ages the flow of technology was overwhelmingly from Islam to Europe rather from Europe to Islam. Only after the 1500′s did the net direction of flow begin to reverse.”

[Guns, Germs, and Steel – The Fates of Human Societies, 1997, p. 253]

Annie Besant

(1847-1933) British theosophist and nationalist leader in India. President of the Indian National Congress in 1917.

“I often think that woman is more free in Islam than in Christianity. Woman is more protected by Islam than by the faith which preaches Monogamy. In Al-Quran the law about woman is more just and liberal. It is only in the last twenty years that Christian England, has recognized the right of woman to property, while Islam has allowed this right from all times.”

[The Life and Teachings of Muhammad, Madras, 1932, pp. 25, 26]

Pakistan, Qur’an and Science – May 18, 2010

Since Pakistan is an Islamic Republic State, the following facts should be the part of our Secondary School (6th Grade and up) Science syllabus.  Why complain about the government schools…. I’m not sure if the students of private and missionary schools are aware of this knowledge proved by non-Muslim Scientists.

It is so glad to see the efforts made by King Abdulaziz University to collect such valuable information to show that Science is the part of Qur’an.  I believe this is the least they could do to prove their ownership to this divine book that they have faith in.  How would Pakistanis, the largest Muslim population in the world, would prove their ownership to Qur’an?

Scientists’ Comments On The Qur’an: Extracts from the video This is the Truth by Sheikh Abdul-Majeed A. al-Zindani, Director, Project of Scientific Miracles in the Qur’an and Hadith, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

1) Keith L. Moore:  Professor Emeritus, Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, University of Toronto.  Distinguished embryologist and the author of several medical textbooks, including clinically oriented Anatomy (3rd Edition) and The Developing Human (5th Edition, with T.V. N Persaud).

Dr. Moore was a former President of the Canadian Association of Anatomists, and of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists. He was honoured by the Canadian Association of Anatomists with the prestigious J.C.B. Grant Award and in 1994 he received the Honoured Member Award of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists “for outstanding contributions to the field of clinical anatomy.”

“For the past three years, I have worked with the Embryology Committee of King cAbdulaziz University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, helping them to interpret the many statements in the Qur’an and Sunnah referring to human reproduction and prenatal development. At first I was astonished by the accuracy of the statements that were recorded in the 7th century AD, before the science of embryology was established. Although I was aware of the glorious history of Muslim scientists in the 10th century AD, and some of their contributions to Medicine, I knew nothing about the religious facts and beliefs contained in the Qur’an and Sunnah.”[2]
At a conference in Cairo he presented a research paper and stated:  “It has been a great pleasure for me to help clarify statements in the Qur’an about human development. It is clear to me that these statements must have come to Muhammad from God, or Allah, because most of this knowledge was not discovered until many centuries later. This proves to me that Muhammad must have been a messenger of God, or Allah.” [1]
Professor Moore also stated that:  “…Because the staging of human embryos is complex, owing to the continuous process of change during development, it is proposed that a new system of classification could be developed using the terms mentioned in the Qur’an and Sunnah. The proposed system is simple, comprehensive, and conforms with present embryological knowledge.
“The intensive studies of the Qur’an and Hadith in the last four years have revealed a system of classifying human embryos that is amazing since it was recorded in the seventh century A.D… the descriptions in the Qur’an cannot be based on scientific knowledge in the seventh century…”[1]

2) E. Marshall Johnson:  Professor and Chairman of the Department of Anatomy and Developmental Biology, and Director of the Daniel Baugh Institute, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Author of over 200 publications. Former President of the Teratology Society among other accomplishments. Professor Johnson began to take an interest in the scientific signs in the Qur’an at the 7th Saudi Medical Conference (1982), when a special committee was formed to investigate scientific signs in the Qur’an and Hadith. At first, Professor Johnson refused to accept the existence of such verses in the Qur’an and Hadith. But after a dicussuion with Sheikh Zindani he took an interest and concentrated his research on the internal as well as external development of the fetus.

“…in summary, the Qur’an describes not only the development of external form, but emphasises also the internal stages, the stages inside the embryo, of its creation and development, emphasising major events recognised by contemporary science.”

“As a scientist, I can only deal with things which I can specifically see. I can understand embryology and developmental biology. I can understand the words that are translated to me from the Qur’an. As I gave the example before, if I were to transpose myself into that era, knowing what I do today and describing things, I could not describe the things that were described…I see no evidence to refute the concept that this individual Muhammad had to be developing this information from some place… so I see nothing here in conflict with the concept that divine intervention was involved in what he was able to write…” [1]

3) T.V.N. Persaud:  Professor of Anatomy, and Professor of Paediatrics and Child Health, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Author and editor of over 20 books, and has published over 181 scientific papers. Co-author of The Developing Human (5th Edition, with Keith L. Moore). He received the J.C.B. Grant Award in 1991. Professor Peraud presented several research papers.

“It seems to me that Muhammad was a very ordinary man, he couldn’t read, didn’t know how to write, in fact he was an illiterate…We’re talking about 1400 years ago, you have some illiterate person making profound statements that are amazingly accurate, of a scientific nature…I personally can’t see how this could be mere chance, there are too many accuracies and like Dr. Moore, I have no difficulty in my mind reconciling that this is a divine inspiration or revelation which lead him to these statements.” [1]

4) Joe Leigh Simpson:  Professor and Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA.

He is the President of the American Fertility Society. He has received many awards, including the Association of Professors of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Public Recognition Award in 1992. Like many others, Professor Simpson was taken by surprise when he discovered that the Qur’an and Hadith contain verses related to his specialised field of study. When he met with Sheikh Abdul-Majeed A.Zindani, he insisted on verifying the text presented to him from the Qur’an and Hadith.  “… these Hadiths (sayings of Muhammad) could not have been obtained on the basis of the scientific knowledge that was available at the time of the ‘writer’… It follows that not only is there no conflict between genetics and religion (Islam) but in fact religion (Islam) may guide science by adding revelation to some of the traditional scientific approaches… There exist statements in the Qur’an shown centuries later to be valid which support knowledge in the Qur’an having been derived from God.” [1]

5) Gerald C. Goeringer:  Professor and Co-ordinator of Medical Embryology in the Department of Cell Biology, School of Medicine, Georgetown University, Washington DC, USA.

Sheikh cAbdul-Majeed A.Zindani met with Professor Goeringer and asked him whether in the history of embryology was there any mention of the different stages of embryonic development, or whether there existed any embryological texts at the time of the Prophet. Sheikh Zindani also asked his opinion regarding the terms the Qur’an uses to describe the different phases of fetal development. After several long discussions, he presented a study at the 8th Saudi Medical Conference:

“…In a relatively few ayahs (Qur’anic verses) is contained a rather comprehensive description of human development from the time of commingling of the gametes through organogenesis. No such distinct and complete record of human development such as classification, terminology, and description existed previously. In most, if not all instances, this description antedates by many centuries the recording of the various stages of human embryonic and fetal development recorded in the traditional scientific literature.” [1]

6) Alfred Kroner:  Professor of the Department of Geosciences, University of Mainz, Germany.

Professor Kroner is one of the world’s most famous geologists, becoming well known among his colleague scientists for his criticisms against the theories of some of the major scientists in his field. Sheikh cAbdul-Majeed A. Zindani met with him and presented several Qur’anic verses and Hadith which he studied and commented upon.

“Thinking where Muhammad came from… I think it is almost impossible that he could have known about things like the common origin of the universe, because scientists have only found out within the last few years with very complicated and advanced technological methods that this is the case.”

“Somebody who did not know something about nuclear physics 1400 years ago could not, I think, be in a position to find out from his own mind for instance that the earth and the heavens had the same origin, or many others of the questions that we have discussed here…
If you combine all these and you combine all these statements that are being made in the Qur’an in terms that relate to the earth and the formation of the earth and science in general, you can basically say that statements made there in many ways are true, they can now be confirmed by scientific methods, and in a way, you can say that the Qur’an is a simple science text book for the simple man. And that many of the statements made in there at that time could not be proven, but that modern scientific methods are now in a position to prove what Muhammad said 1400 years ago.” [1]

7) Yushidi Kusan:  Director of the Tokyo Observatory, Tokyo, Japan.

Sheikh Abdul-Majeed A. Zindani presented a number of Qur’anic verses describing the beginnings of the universe and of the heavens, and the relationship of the earth to the heavens. He expressed his astonishment, saying that the Qur’an describes the universe as seen from the highest observation point, everything is distinct and clear.

“I say, I am very much impressed by finding true astronomical facts in Qur’an, and for us modern astronomers have been studying very small piece of the universe. We have concentrated our efforts for understanding of very small part. Because by using telescopes, we can see only very few parts of the sky without thinking about the whole universe. So by reading Qur’an and by answering to the questions, I think I can find my future way for investigation of the universe.” [1]

8) Professor Armstrong:  Professor Armstrong works for NASA and is also Professor of Astronomy, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, USA.

Prof. Armstrong was asked a number of questions about Qur’anic verses dealing with his field of specialisation. He was eventually asked, “You have seen and discovered for yourself the true nature of modern Astronomy by means of modern equipment, rockets, and satellites developed by man. You have also seen how the same facts were mentioned by the Qur’an fourteen centuries ago. So what is your opinion?”

“That is a difficult question which I have been thinking about since our discussion here. I am impressed at how remarkably some of the ancient writings seem to correspond to modern and recent Astronomy. I am not a sufficient scholar of human history to project myself completely and reliably into the circumstances that 1400 years ago would have prevailed.

Certainly, I would like to leave it at that, that what we have seen is remarkable, it may or may not admit of scientific explanation, there may well have to be something beyond what we understand as ordinary human experience to account for the writings that we have seen.” [1]

9) William Hay:  Professor of Oceanogprahy, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, USA.

Professor Hay is one of the best known marine scientist in the USA. Sheikh cAbdul-Majeed A. Zindani met with him and asked him many questions about the marine surface, the divider between upper and lower sea, and about the ocean floor and marine geology.

“I find it very interesting that this sort of information is in the ancient scriptures of the Holy Qur’an, and I have no way of knowing where they would have come from. But I think it is extremely interesting that they are there and this work is going on to discover it, the meaning of some of the passages.”
And when he was asked about the source of the Qur’an, he replied, “Well, I would think it must be the divine being.” [1]

10) Durja Rao:  Professor of Marine Geology teaching at King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Sheikh Zindani presented to Prof. Rao many verses dealing with his area of specialisation, and asked: “What do you think of the existence of the scientific information in the Qur’an? How could Prophet Muhammad have known about these facts fourteen centuries ago?”

“It is difficult to imagine that this type of knowledge was existing at that time, around 1400 years back. May be some of the things they have simple idea about, but to describe those things in great detail is very difficult. So this is definitely not simple human knowledge. A normal human being cannot explain this phenomenon in that much detail. So, I thought the information must have come from a supernatural source.” [1]

11) Professor Siaveda: Professor of Marine Geology, Japan.

Sheikh Zindani asked him a number of questions in his area of specialisation, and then informed him of the Qur’anic verses and Hadith which mention the same phenomena he spoke of. One of the questions was concerning mountains. Sheikh Zindani asked him about the shape of mountains; and whether they were firmly rooted in the earth. “What is your opinion of what you have seen in the Qur’an and the Sunnah with regard to the secrets of the Universe, which scientists only discovered now?”

“I think it seems to me very, very mysterious, almost unbelievable. I really think if what you have said is true, the book is really a very remarkable book, I agree.” [1]

12) Tejatat Tejasen: Chairman of the Department of Anatomy and is the former Dean of the faculty of Medicine, University of Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Professor Tejasen studied various articles concerning the Qur’an and modern embryology. He spent four days with several scholars, Muslims and non-Muslims, discussing this phenomenon in the Qur’an and Hadith. During the 8th Saudi Medical Conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia he stood up and said:

“In the last three years, I became interested in the Qur’an… From my studies and what I have learned throughout this conference, I believe that everything that has been recorded in the Qur’an fourteen hundred years ago must be the truth, that can be proved by the scientific means.

Since the Prophet Muhammad could neither read nor write, Muhammad must be a messenger who relayed this truth which was revealed to him as an enlightenment by the one who is eligible creator. This creator must be God, or Allah.

I think this is the time to say La ilaha illa Allah, there is no god to worship except Allah (God), Muhammad rasoolu Allah, Muhammad is Messenger of Allah…

The most precious thing I have gained from coming to this conference is La ilaha illa Allah, and to have become Muslim.” [1]

13) Dr. Maurice Bucaille: Born in 1920, former chief of the Surgical Clinic, University of Paris, has for a long time deeply interested in the correspondences between the teachings of the Holy Scriptures and modern secular knowledge.

He is the author of a best-seller, “The Bible, The Qur’an and Science” (1976). His classical studies of the scriptural languages, including Arabic, in association with his knowledge of hieroglyphics, have allowed him to hold a multidisciplinary inquiry, in which his personal contribution as a medical doctor has produced conclusive arguments. His work, “Mummies of the Pharaohs – Modern Medical Investigations” (St. Martins Press, 1990), won a History Prize from the Académie Française and another prize from the French National Academy of Medicine.

His other works include: “What is the Origin of Man” (Seghers, 1988), “Moses and Pharaoh, the Hebrews in Egypt”, (NTT Mediascope Inc, 1994); and “Réflexions sur le Coran” (Mohamed Talbi & Maurice Bucaille, Seghers, 1989)

After a study which lasted ten years, Dr. Maurice Bucaille addressed the French Academy of Medicine in 1976 concerning the existence in the Qur’an of certain statements concerning physiology and reproduction. His reason for doing that was that :

“…our knowledge of these disciplines is such, that it is impossible to explain how a text produced at the time of the Qur’an could have contained ideas that have only been discovered in modern times.”

“The above observation makes the hypothesis advanced by those who see Muhammad as the author of the Qur’an untenable. How could a man, from being illiterate, become the most important author, in terms of literary merits, in the whole of Arabic literature?

How could he then pronounce truths of a scientific nature that no other human-being could possibly have developed at that time, and all this without once making the slightest error in his pronouncement on the subject?”

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights – May 18, 2010

Article 1 – All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.  They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
Article 2 – Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.  Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.
Article 3 – Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.
Article 4 – No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.
Article 5 – No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
Article 6 – Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law.
Article 7 – All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law.  All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in violation of this Declaration and against any incitement to such discrimination.
Article 8 – Everyone has the right to an effective remedy by the competent national tribunals for acts violating the fundamental rights granted him by the constitution or by law.
Article 9 – No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.
Article 10 – Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, in the determination of his rights and obligations and of any criminal charge against him.
Article 11 – (1) Everyone charged with a penal offence has the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law in a public trial at which he has had all the guarantees necessary for his defence.    2) No one shall be held guilty of any penal offence on account of any act or omission which did not constitute a penal offence, under national or international law, at the time when it was committed. Nor shall a heavier penalty be imposed than the one that was applicable at the time the penal offence was committed.
Article 12 – No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.
Article 13 – (1) Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state.  (2) Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.
Article 14 – (1) Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution.  (2) This right may not be invoked in the case of prosecutions genuinely arising from non-political crimes or from acts contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.
Article 15 – (1) Everyone has the right to a nationality.   (2) No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his nationality nor denied the right to change his nationality.
Article 16 – (1) Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family. They are entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution.  (2) Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses.  (3) The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.
Article 17 – (1) Everyone has the right to own property alone as well as in association with others.  (2) No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his property.
Article 18 – Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.
Article 19 – Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.
Article 20 – (1) Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association.  (2) No one may be compelled to belong to an association.
Article 21 – (1) Everyone has the right to take part in the government of his country, directly or through freely chosen representatives.  (2) Everyone has the right of equal access to public service in his country.  (3) The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government; this will shall be expressed in periodic and genuine elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret vote or by equivalent free voting procedures.
Article 22 – Everyone, as a member of society, has the right to social security and is entitled to realization, through national effort and international co-operation and in accordance with the organization and resources of each State, of the economic, social and cultural rights indispensable for his dignity and the free development of his personality.
Article 23 – (1) Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment.  (2) Everyone, without any discrimination, has the right to equal pay for equal work.  (3) Everyone who works has the right to just and favourable remuneration ensuring for himself and his family an existence worthy of human dignity, and supplemented, if necessary, by other means of social protection.  (4) Everyone has the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests.
Article 24 – Everyone has the right to rest and leisure, including reasonable limitation of working hours and periodic holidays with pay.
Article 25 – (1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.  (2) Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.
Article 26 – (1) Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.  (2) Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace.  (3) Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.
Article 27 – (1) Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.  (2) Everyone has the right to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic production of which he is the author.
Article 28 – Everyone is entitled to a social and international order in which the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration can be fully realized.
Article 29 – (1) Everyone has duties to the community in which alone the free and full development of his personality is possible.  (2) In the exercise of his rights and freedoms, everyone shall be subject only to such limitations as are determined by law solely for the purpose of securing due recognition and respect for the rights and freedoms of others and of meeting the just requirements of morality, public order and the general welfare in a democratic society.  (3) These rights and freedoms may in no case be exercised contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.
Article 30 – Nothing in this Declaration may be interpreted as implying for any State, group or person any right to engage in any activity or to perform any act aimed at the destruction of any of the rights and freedoms set forth herein.
The Western World introduced these laws and they are now squishing them under their feet targeting common Muslims in the name of war against terrorism.  Ban on womens’ Islamic covering, drawing Prophet’s caricatures, genocide of innocent Muslim population around the world….is this how the West promote humanity, justice, peace and equality?  Is this what FREEDOM means to the Western society…disgrace the Prophets for something they had nothing to do with or something wrong done by their followers…is this justice…is this how the West respects the Prophets who are recognized as the best human being by their own wise and learned people?  Before spreading these teachings in the Muslim world, the West must look at their own citizen how are they disrespecting and dishonoring these articles in the name of democracy.  And UNO is just watching and enjoying each episode of this show.
Michael H. Hart – May 16, 2010

http://www.radianceweekly.com/54/329/Prophet-Muhammad039s-Recipe-for-World-Peace/2007-04-15/ISLAMIC-HISTORY/Story-Detail/Umar-Ibn-Al-Khattab.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Umar

“He further says that Umar’s brilliant leadership was responsible for the expansion of the Islamic territory and the enormous extent that did occur under him. He further says that Umar Ibn Al-Khattab ordered the Muslim armies to leave the natives of the conquered land in peace and ordered the military personnel not to convert to Islam the natives forcibly. In the parenthesis Michael put his note “From the above, it is clear that the Arab conquest was more a nationalist war of conquest rather than a holy war, although the religious aspect was not lacking”.

“Michael Hart further says that Umar ibn Al-Khattab’s achievements are impressive and it would be a grave mistake to ignore his contributions to humanity. It should be noted that Umar Ibn Al-Khattab’s brilliant leadership was responsible for permanence of the territories that came under the Islamic role at that time and are still part of the Islamic world today.”

“Umar Ibn Al-Khattab is one of the most powerful figures in the whole world and not only the Islamic world. He was a leader, a statesman, a pious and God-conscious Muslim who showed respect for all individuals including non-Muslims and he ordered the Muslims to treat non-Muslims with respect. He issued special orders telling his generals not to convert non-Muslims to Islam. He knew that there is no compulsion in Islam.”

“…contributions to humanity…..most powerful figures in the whole world…..brilliant leadership….”…..how?  again, do we Muslims have an answer?

Michael H. Hart – May 16, 2010

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_H._Hart

http://www.themodernreligion.com/prophet/top100.htm

http://www.adherents.com/adh_influ.html

….born April 28, 1932 in New York City in a Jewish family tributes Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)…

“My choice of Muhammad to lead the list of the world’s most influential persons may surprise some readers and may be questioned by others, but he was the only man in history who was supremely successful on both the religious and secular levels. Of humble origins, Muhammad founded and promulgated one of the world’s great religions, and became an immensely effective political leader. Today, thirteen centuries after his death, his influence is still powerful and pervasive. The majority of the persons in this book had the advantage of being born and raised in centers of civilization, highly cultured or politically pivotal nations.”  Micheal H. Hart

“AN IMMENSELY EFFECTIVE POLITICAL LEADER”…..how?  Do Muslims have an answer?

Anthem and Oaths – January 15, 2011

The national anthem of the USA, known as ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ was written by a lawyer and a poet ‘Francis Scott Key in 1814.  On March 3, 1931, it was made the national anthem by a congressional resolution, signed by President Herbert Hoover.

Oh, say, can you see, by the dawn’ early light…What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?…Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thru the perilous fight,…O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?…And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,… Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there…. O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave…O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?………..On the shore dimly seen through the mists of the deep,…Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,…What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,…As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?….Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,…In full glory reflected, now shines on the stream:…Tis the star-spangled banner: O, long may it wave… O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!………..And where is that band who so vauntingly swore… That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion…A home and a country should leave us no more?… Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps’ pollution…No refuge could save teh hireling and slave… From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave:…And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave… O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave………. O, thus be it ever when freemen shall stand,…Between their victory and peace, may the heav’n-rescued land… Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation!…Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,…And this be our motto: “In God is our trust”…And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave…O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!………. When our land is illumined with liberty’s smile,…If a foe from within strikes a blow at her glory,…Down, down with the traitor that tries to defile…The flag of the stars, and the page of her story!…By the millions unchained,
Who their birthright have gained…We will keep her bright blazon forever unstained;…And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave,…While the land of the free is the home of the brave…………

The American Oath of Allegiance was first officially recorded on May 30th, 1778 at Valley Forge, during the Revolutionary War.  Every immigrant who desire to become a US citizen must take this oath.

“I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God.”

The National Anthem of Pakistan was composed by Ahmed Ghulam Ali Chaghla and the music was played without lyrics at few occasions.  The first official anthem with lyrics, written by Abul-Asr Hafeez Jalandhri in Urdu, was played properly on Radio Pakistan on August 13, 1954.  Following is the English translation of NAP.

Blessed be the sacred land, Happy be the bounteous realm, Symbol of high resolve, Land of Pakistan!  Blessed be thou, citadel of faith…..The order of this sacred land, is the might of the brotherhood of the people, May the nation, the country and the state, Shine in glory everlasting!, Blessed be the goal of our ambition…..This flag of the crescent and star, Leads the way to progress and perfection, Interpreter of our past, glory of our present, Inspiration of our future!, Symbol of the protection of God, Owner of Majesty…….

The oath of office of the President/Prime Minister of Pakistan:

I, ___, do solemnly swear that I am a Muslim and believe in the Unity and Oneness of Almighty Allah, the Books of Allah, the Holy Qur’an being the last of them, the Prophet-hood of Muhammad (pbuh) as the last of the Prophets and that there can be no Prophet after him, the Day of Judgment, and all the requirements and teachings of the Holy Qur’an and Sunnah:…..That I will bear true faith and allegiance to Pakistan:…..That, as President/Prime Minister of Pakistan, I will discharge my duties, and perform my functions, honestly, to the best of my ability, faithfully in accordance with the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and the law, and always in the interest of the sovereignty, integrity, solidarity, well-being and prosperity of Pakistan:….. That I will not allow my personal interest to influence my official conduct or my official decisions:…..That I will preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan:…..That, in all circumstances, I will do right to all manner of people, according to law, without fear or favor, affection or ill-will:…..And that I will not directly or indirectly communicate or reveal to any person matter which shall be brought under my consideration or shall become known to me as President/Prime Minister of Pakistan, except as may be required for the due discharge of my duties as President.   May Allah Almighty help and guide me (A’mee)

(The only difference between the oath of two offices is the line added in Prime Minister’s oath “That I will strive to preserve the Islamic Ideology which is the basis for the creation of Pakistan”)

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I see people who usually don’t take any interest in knowing about the history and the symbols of Pakistan when reach America, somehow to justify their presence in a non-Muslim country, start taking all the interest in the history and symbols of America.  Not only that but they find right clues according to Sharia to justify their emigration and seeking permanent residence in Darul-Kufr.

Now which one is easier to learn about and defend or work for?  515 years old American history or about 150 years old history of Pakistan…..The Revolutionary War or War of Independence of USA against British crown or the war of independence 1857 against British crown…… knowing about seven founding fathers of America or just one founding father of Pakistan…… the anthem consists of five stanzas or the anthem of three stanzas….. the oath of allegiance or the oath to the Mighty Lord!

The national anthem and the oaths of two offices should be the part of our curriculum at early level.

Two Nations 2 – January 14, 2011

Ummah vs Community/Nation by Shiekh Yasir Qadhi

Seeking permanent Residence in Darul-Kufr:

8 ) The speaker said that according to Hanafi, Shafai, Hanbli school of thought, it is permissible for Muslims to seek permanent residence in Darul-Kufr as long as he/she can practice his/her religion.  Now the point is “he/she and his/her”, do they really think that Muslim women are allowed to seek permanent residence in Darul-Kufr as long as they can practice Sharia?  What about the condition of mahram/naa-mahram, can they travel alone to another country even if it is for Da’awah?  Because as far as I know, our scholars do not allow Muslim women to go for a picnic unless they are accompanied by their father, brother, husband, son or mahram-relative.  Some of them say women can travel alone within the fifty miles area around their residence.  If that is the case, how would Muslim women find out about those fifty miles limitations where do they end?  The reason I said that, our women are not educated, if they are then they are not interested in learning about the geographical features and boundaries of their land.  If they do take interest, they are not considered innocent fairies, faithful companions and good home-builders/runners.

9)  I read a hadith saying, “Muslims can leave the Muslim community/Darul-Islam in three conditions.  For the purpose of Da’awah or Trade or Marriage”.  I forgot the reference of this hadith and have no idea if this is an authentic hadith.  I don’t know if Islamic Sharia allows Muslim men and women to emigrate for educational purpose.  For the sake of argument, lets say, Islamic Sharia allows Muslims to emigrate for any valid reason such as Daawah, trade, marriage, education, oppression or because it is their human right.  Whatever is the reason but according the hadith, one thing is for sure and I think all Pakistanis must know about this wise saying of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). This hadith should be included in our curriculum of Political Science.

The hadith says, “I am free from the responsibility of those Muslims who live among Mushrikeen”.  This hadith, if it can be interpreted as it frees the government of an Islamic country and the citizens from the responsibility of those who choose to live in a non-Islamic country.  Citizens of an Islamic country must be aware of at what limit they can support their family members and relatives living abroad.

For example and which is very obvious now, America and Pakistan are engaged in war at very limited and primary level, the drone attacks and now the missile attacks.  What if Pakistan decides to retaliate.  How would Pakis as legal residents defend themselves as a loyal minority to American government.  Because I think the one who are citizens (have taken oath of allegiance) are considered the majority and I think they can be called to save the honour and liberty of (Darul-kufr).  The law wouldn’t allow them to become neutral.

10) The speaker said, “our job is to live in America by Islamic rules in our private lives because we are in a contract with the government and as a Muslim we can’t break our contract, we can preach but can’t impose our faith on others”. NOT THE EXACT WORDINGS  (I would say why can’t we follow the same rule in our country, just practice our faith in our private lives and work for the betterment of  the community and the country.  Our environment can become much more peaceful and pleasant just like other countries if we follow this rule within the boundaries of an Islamic country.)

 

Two Nations 1 – January 13, 2011

UMMAH vs NATION/COMMUNITY:  A lecture by Shiekh Yasir Qadhi

MY ARGUMENTS:

Average Muslims means the ordinary people of any country.  They, in any case, always need a guidance and a framework to live a life.  For an ordinary Muslim Islam provides that complete code, including all social, economic and political guidelines, of life.  This is what every Muslim believes in even if he/she doesn’t know how it is possible.

This would be very hypothetical to expect an ideal Islamic State or a non-Islamic State where no conspiracies take place, people eat according to their desire working 9 to 5, achieve whatever they wish for and have no conflicts with anyone.  No such government has ever existed.  It might only exist if each member of the state is sincere, modest, selfless, hardworking, responsible and sensitive about others’ problems.

Muslims born in any Islamic territory who have made up their minds about settling down in another country have no right to declare an Islamic country  ineligible to be called one just because they found themselves disabled to do something about it.

1) Can you be a law abiding American and a God-fearing Muslim at the same time?……If the argument concludes at “yes, it is possible” then it would be the same answer for Pakistan.  I can be a law-abiding Pakistani and a God-fearing Muslim at the same time.  I don’t need to get confused that loving Pakistan and serving Pakistan is nationalism, is kufr, is haram, is shirk.  It is also permissible for Pakistanis just as it is for the American Muslims to love and respect their home-lands.  What would I do for that?   Obey the law just as we do in America, respect the law, the constitution.  But the problem is that when we are here in Pakistan, we love to disagree with the religious scholars, the politicians and the government.  We love to disobey the constitution and break the law.  Any effort of political effort for betterment is considered unlawful according to Islamic Sharia or kufr or nationalism etc.  Any religious movement is entitled as extremism.  Ordinary men and women for being unable to decide anything become neutral.

2) Can Muslims of an Islamic country reside in Darul Kufr, the land of unbelievers?……The argument says yes with the condition of doing Da’wah, preaching the religion to the non-Muslims.

The point is that if Muslims are allowed to leave Islamic land for the purpose of Da’wah, then how many Muslims can leave per day for the same purpose to the same country?  I mean does it sound logical if about 500 or 1000 Pakistanis per day leave for different countries?  Who will assess their ability to preach Islam?  Should Muslims mention this purpose at the time of applying for visa?  Do they have to have this intention before leaving for Darul-Kufr or it can become a desire after settling down in the land of unbelievers?  Why would so many Muslims be so much interest in preaching Islam and only in advance countries?  I mean, if Da’wah is the only criteria for emigration, then why only choosing advanced countries?  Why not traveling to the land of miseries where thousands of hungry and thirsty souls are waiting for our help?  Why not our own villages where people have no knowledge of Islam?  Why not daring to be like Mother Tresa, Dr. Ruth Fao, George Fulton or many others who dedicated their lives to the third world countries?

3) If a non-Muslim embraces Islam, should he migrate to Darul-Islam or stay where he/she belongs to?  The famous scholarly perspective says that instead of moving to an Islamic country, he/she should stay among their people and preach Islam in his/her home-town.  However, there is no harm in moving to an Islamic land for getting knowledge or other purposes.

4) One of the hadith says, “I have nothing to do or I am free from the responsibility of those Muslims who live among Mushrikeen”……It means that citizens of an Islamic country are not responsible for the those who travel to a non-Muslim country, pay taxes, play their role in strengthening it’s foundations and claim the ownership.  I wish if Pakistani scholars, political leaders and common people would understand this point.   Since we don’t know this hadith, we … due to our  emotional kind of kindness and national bonding, we often cross the limits in supporting second-hand Pakistanis for being mistreated by their beloved governments.  Dr. Afia Siddiqui is the recent example.  According to this hadith, we can show our sympathy and feel sorry for them but actually can’t create a mess in our country to save them from their ‘the just’ justice system.  I think we should not allow our religious and political leaders to play with the public on these kind of issues.  Even if they are killed there in a condition that they were still a good Muslim, we can’t call jihad or slogans against them.  So hello Pakis! Stop worrying about them and stop ruining your lives for Pakis who are not Pakis anymore, they had chosen to be the citizen of another country.  What a relief!

5) Though the speaker has very intelligently concluded that “being oppressed” is not necessarily the reason for leaving Darul-Islam and for settling down in Darul-Kufr (as interpreted the ayah of Surah An-Nisa), as long as somebody find that place peaceful enough to practice Islam.  Hmmm, but for that, one has to have an intention of practicing Islam and must have striven for that in their home-land first.  It is like providing practical evidences against the system.  If it is only few individuals, they can seek a political or religious asylum in other countries but what if they are majority.  An oppressed majority can bring a revolution in their own land unless they are invaded and crushed by strong foreign troops.  In that case, they become refugees to other countries.

6) What is the meaning of ‘being oppressed’?  Is oppression a synonym to unemployment, sickness, poverty, pollution, family and property matters, illiteracy?
7) Comparing today’s Muslims to the early sacred personalities?  First, the early migrants found asylum in Abyssinia as the representatives of Islam and they declared it to King Najashi in their first meeting.   Second, they returned to their land when they were called or the Muslims needed them.  Third, during their prolonged stay in Abyssinia, they did not become negligent of their family, relatives, friends and the Prophet (pbuh).  They knew their obligations to Madinah Al-Munawwara.  Fourth, while the mutiny was plotted, did they become neutral and prayed for Najashi’s victory or they gave their pledges to fight along Najashi to defend the land of peace?  In case of Najashi, Prophet (pbuh) guaranteed that he will not harm Muslims.  In case of America or European countries, who will give this assurance?

What if America attacks any of the Islamic countries?  They have attacked already, all around the world.  What should be the role of second-hand peaceful, non-violent Muslim citizens of America in this situation?  Well, if they are not second hand then American government will respect their opinion.  Okay, if they are coward to raise voice in favour of the country they were born in, at least they can stop their government from waging a war against humanity.  If they don’t have any courage to stop then at least request their government to respect the sovereignty and borders of other countries.

 

Two Nations – January 13, 2011

Americans and Pakistanis…

I don’t know why but somehow I have a feeling that there is one thing our scholars, maulvis, lecturers and speakers, especially if they have any connection to the South Asian region, are very good at.  That is, that they know how not to disappoint their audience or listeners.  It doesn’t matter what the topic it is.  They can fulfill attendees’ expectations because they understand why they are there.  People usually don’t go to scholars or experts so they become disappointed.  The reason could be because common people with ordinary level of self-control and limited knowledge can’t afford to be disappointed by a learned person.  This is like beyond their expectations.  About their intentions, God knows the best!

The Highlights of American History: 1) Christopher Columbus landed on Bahamas (somewhere between 1485 and October 12, 1495) which was a new land for him to discover. (Bahamas is a country now, then an island situated near Florida)…… 2) From 1607 to 1776 (126 years), Great Britain established Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Caroline, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Caroline and Virginia as British colonies…….  3) On July 4, 1776, the thirteen British colonies declared their independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain and establishment of United States of America.  The founding fathers, Founding Fathers (Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, John Jay, James Madison and Alexander Hamilton) signed the Declaration of Independence…….  4) From  1775 to 1787, they were engaged in the war of independence or the Revolutionary War against the Kingdom of Great Britain.  George Washington was leading the Americans…….  5) On April 30, 1789, George Washington took the oath of office as the first president of the United States of AmericaHe is the only president who was elected with 100% vote in 1789 and then in 1792.  For the love of his country, he declined the salary of $25000 and delivered his duties as a selfless public servant…….  6) Bill of Rights were the first ten amendments (sounds like ten-commandments) to the US constitution presented by James Madison in 1789, came into effect on Dec 15, 1791…….  7) From 1861 – 1865 was the period of Civil War between Confederate States of America and United States of America because the C.S.A declared their secession from the USA.  C.S.A also known as eleven-slave states consisted of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina and Texas/Arkansas, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. The major causes of war were said to be slavery, economic and social differences between north and south, rights of states against federation, Abolition Movement and the election of Abraham Lincoln as president…….  8 ) On November 6th, 1860, Abraham Lincoln (the self-educated man) was elected as the 16th president of America and was re-elected on March 4th, 1865.  He died on April 15, 1865 as a result of the assassination attempt a day before…….  9) The elections in 1876 raised the issues of civil-rights for African-Americans as blacks in south were not allowed to elect a representative from their community.  From 1896 – 1954, Civil Right Movement (non-violent) was started to ensure the equality for all Americans.  African-American Civil Right Movement, from 1955 – 1968, was led by many organizations and individuals as well for the causes of economic and social equality, respect and honour of all Americans and African’s right to vote.  Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Park, Malcom-X (also known as Malik Shahbaz), James Meredith were few among many who played a key role in making the movement successful…….  10) Africans in USA:  First African slave arrived in 1619 in Virginia.  Slavery was declared illegal in 1787.  The Congress banned the import of slaves from Africa in 1808.  President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation for slaves within the Confederate States to live free.  In 1963, four black girls were killed as a result of bomb explosion at Sunday school.

My Note: Starting from Columbus till now, the history of America is 515 years old.  While from July 4, 1776, it covers the span of 234 years.  The time period between (281 years) tells the story of British colonization of early states and their struggle and fight for independence.  The America that we see now is a result of a long and assertive strive to build an impressive system.  So impressive that even the members of imam-an-naas of this time (despite of their centuries of ruling and domination) feel like compelled or attracted to live under it.

On the contrary, excluding the earliest fifty years of Hijri calendar, Muslims seem like failure.  It’s not that they failed to produce such a just and peaceful system but unfortunately couldn’t continue the best political system introduced by the Prophet (pbuh) and Khulafa-e-Rashideen.

The reason of one’s rise and other one’s fall, as I could understand, is easy to identify.  American history is a story of the continuous struggle of ordinary people for their rights and support for each other.

The history of Islam came to a pause after the martyrdom of Hussain ibn Ali (as).  Then it was turned into the story of Muslims, which is mostly signified by the Khalifahs, Kings, Sultans and freedom fighters.  However, some individuals were still able to mark the human history as the world’s greatest scientists, mathematicians, philosophers, theorists, thinkers, poet, historians, travellers etc.  But they were so unfortunate to be forgotten by the members of their own faith.  The reason could be that the minds of ordinary Muslims were not able to acknowledge their knowledge, wisdom and talent.  Either they trusted their rulers sold their loyalties to them or became inactive or neutral.  They lost their territories to the invaders and went into slavery.  Then fought the battles for freedom.  Then again trusted their hero to be their leader forever and then again the same story continues.

The revolution of Iran is one example of people’s participation in changing the system and their unity to carry it on.

Pakistan Movement was even a greater example till last few decades.  Then people started giving up.  They were exhausted.  They started running away in search of better system where they can spend a quality life.

How can people expect a system to progress without their involvement?    Once they get a land after great sacrifices, they give up, they don’t want to transfer that passion of struggling for something to their next generation. Then they suffer, they blame each other, they try to justify their disconnection through scholars or people of words.

Iqbal said, “pooch is say kay maqbool hay fitrat ki gawahi”………….

TO BE CONTINUED….

 

Solution for Water Crisis

“So I have called to them aloud; Further I have spoken to them in public and secretly in private, Saying, ‘Ask forgiveness from your Lord; for He is Oft-Forgiving; ‘He will send rain to you in abundance; ‘Give you increase in wealth and sons; and bestow on you gardens and bestow on you rivers (of flowing water). ‘What is the matter with you, that ye place not your hope for kindness and long-suffering in Allah”…..Surah Nuh, ayaat 8-13….

“And proclaim (O dear Prophet Mohammed – peace and blessings be upon him), “I have received the divine revelation that ‘Had they remained upright on the straight path, We would have given them abundant water”… Surah Jinn, ayat 16..

Isa ibn Maryam, My Prophet – December 25, 2010

The Messenger (Muhammad pbuh) believes in what has been sent down to him from his Lord, and (so do) the believers, each one believes in Allah, His Angels, His Books and His Messengers.  They say, “we make no distinction between one another of His Messengers”–and they say, “we hear and we obey, we seek Your forgiveness, our Lord! and to You is the return (of all)”….Surah Al-Baqarah/The Cow, 285

Muslims are not anti-Christ.  Muslims are not anti any prophets.  They can’t be.  Otherwise they won’t be Muslims anymore.  That’s for sure.  The reason is that all the prophets stood up with the same message for the same reason.  That is why Muslims can’t make any difference between them.  They all were the most honoured, the most wise and the most trustworthy men of their time.

Muslims believe that Allah (SWT) appointed 124000 prophets and they ought to believe in them all.  Qur’an mentions 25 of them; Adam, Idrees (Enoch), Ilyas (Elijah), Nuh (Noah), Hud, Salih, Dhulkifl (Ezekiel), Elisha, Ibraheem (Abraham), Ismail (Ishmael), Ishaq (Isaac), Yaqoob (Jacob), Yusuf (Joseph), Lut (Lot), Shoaib, Yunus (Jonah), Ayub (Job), Musa (Moses), Harun (Aaron), Daud (David), Sulaiman (Solomon), Zakaria (Zachariah), Yahya (John the Baptist), Isa (Jesus) and Prophet Muhammad…peace be upon them all.

Muslims honour Isa/Jesus as the prophet of God while Christians believe in him as the son of God.

Qur’an mentions Marium peace be upon her (Marry, the mother of Jesus) as the chosen lady and that she was an innocent and pure soul who never committed any sin.  Both, the mother and the son, were saved from the touch of Shaitaan (the devil).  The birth of Jesus without father was a miracle, which occurred by the will of God.  Isa/Jesus spoke to the crowd in his infancy to defend his mother’s honour and truthfulness.  Isa/Jesus gave life to dead, cured leprosy and blindness by the will of God.

Muslims also believe in the second coming of Isa/Jesus (peace be upon him) on this earth for the sake of global peace.

We Muslims honour each and every prophet, if we can celebrate the birthday of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) then certainly we can wish a happy birthday on Christmas (25th December if this is the right date) not only to Christians but to the Muslims as well.

This is the responsibility of all Muslims to convey their beliefs about Isa/Jesus to the Christian communities to clear the misunderstandings.

” He (Isa/Jesus) said (in his infancy): “I am indeed a servant of Allah. He hath given me revelation and made me a prophet, “And He hath made me blessed wheresoever I be, and hath enjoined on me Prayer and Charity as long as I live, “(He) hath made me kind to my mother, and not overbearing or miserable, “So peace is on me the day I was born, the day that I die, and the day that I shall be raised up to life (again)”, Such (was) Jesus the son of Mary: (it is) a statement of truth, about which they (vainly) dispute”….Surah Maryam/Mary, 30-34

http://www.facebook.com/topic.php?uid=55037077667&topic=9904

http://www.saaid.net/islam/6.htm

Hajj and Sacrifice – November 13, 2010

“To thee have We granted the Fount (of Abundance), Therefore to thy Lord turn in Prayer and Sacrifice, For he who hateth thee, he will be cut off (from Future Hope).”….Surah Al-Kauthar/Abundance, Plenty

This is how Allah (SWT) consoled Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) when he was ridiculed by his enemies at his son’s death.  This is the shortest surah of Al-Qur’an and it’s not only a consolation for every soul who reads it and believes in it but actually a promise with two conditions.  You need a relief from Almighty God, you should pray and sacrifice.  As a result, you will be protected and your enemy will be disgraced and dispersed.

Sacrifice what…animals like we do at Eid-ul-Adha?  It could be that too but that comes once in a year.  Then may be time, money and desires?  Yes, this is what I think.  This is what we learn during pilgrimage, how to make sacrifice, how to behave with each other, disregarding the nationalities…. and they feel satisfied that they all follow the same pattern, feel united at one place…. they can console each other that wherever they belong, they are one.

Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) performed only one Hajj in his lifetime.  Then why do some Muslims visit Ka’bah every year for Hajj and umrah while after honoured by one pilgrimage, they have better choices to spend their money?

What is the purpose of Hajj?  Off course, it’s not a luxury that one must keep it up every year.  For me, it is a pillar of Islam and a great adventure too.  You visit different places with different tasks to perform.  A long journey in a desert, wearing simplest clothes, not calling the God but telling Him that ‘I am present O Allah, I am present’.  It’s like, I am alive so I am in action O Lord, give me a task.  It’s like a combination of camping and meditation; stay, travel, eat, drink, meet but can’t hurt anyone and sacrificing an animal if you do so.  So you make a mistake, spend money to help others.  You don’t want to spend money, be careful and don’t make mistakes.

While I have seen people pushing each other very badly to get a chance to kiss Hajr-al Aswad or during prayer in Hateem and Riyadul Jannah or near Zam Zam fountain.  People say that they don’t do it intentionally, they do it for the love of God…. huh….”hurting people or else for the love of God”…smells like Talibans.  Does the love God make His lovers so emotional that they start hurting others and still get pardoned?  Are they supposed to be that emotional while surrounded by millions of Muslims from different countries?  Then what about the whole philosophy of sacrifice.  You know having a feeling like, “I couldn’t but I helped someone else to get there”.

I like the Sa’ee (meaning effort/struggle)  part because that reminds me of Hazrat Hajra (A.S) …. a woman’s courage to live in a desert all alone with her little infant.  What if she had refused to abide there?  Hazrat Ibraheem (A.S) would have had been in trouble, for he was a busy man, he had his prophetic job to do.  Would Makkah had become the center of Muslim faith and civilization?  Would the Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) have been born in Makkah?  Now this is called sacrifice….made by a great woman…. for the entire Muslim ummah to come into existence.  Apart from being the wife of a prophet and the mother of a prophet, her own efforts to search for water is made the part of this important pillar of Islam.

So Hajj is a great responsibility.  One gets a new life, new book, new beginning so he/she must be careful.  Especially regarding respecting others, not wasting resources and take responsibility of their own actions.

These are the days of Hajj.  We can tell our God that I am present, not absent… I am alert, not negligent… I am aware, not ignorant.  We should pray for each others’ well being and commit ourselves to the duties assigned.

May Allah (SWT) forgive all my sins and my parents’ sins, enable us to live and die like a Mu’min…He may guide us to the path of His obedience and pleasure and let my family and others follow me…..Ameen!

“O men! Here is a parable set forth! listen to it! Those on whom, besides Allah, ye call, cannot create (even) a fly, if they all met together for the purpose! and if the fly should snatch away anything from them, they would have no power to release it from the fly. Feeble are those who petition and those whom they petition!……No just estimate have they made of Allah. for Allah is He Who is strong and able to Carry out His Will……Allah chooses messengers from angels and from men for Allah is He Who hears and sees (all things)…… He knows what is before them and what is behind them: and to Allah go back all questions (for decision)….. O ye who believe! bow down, prostrate yourselves, and adore your Lord; and do good; that ye may prosper….. And strive in His cause as ye ought to strive, (with sincerity and under discipline). He has chosen you, and has imposed no difficulties on you in religion; it is the cult of your father Abraham. It is He Who has named you Muslims, both before and in this (Revelation); that the Messenger may be a witness for you, and ye be witnesses for mankind! So establish regular Prayer, give regular Charity, and hold fast to Allah. He is your Protector – the Best to protect and the Best to help!”……. Surah Hajj/The Pilgrimage…ayaat 73 – 78

“Alcohol doesn’t console, it doesn’t fill up anyone’s psychological gaps, all it replaces is the lack of God. It doesn’t comfort man. On the contrary, it encourages him in his folly, it transports him to the supreme regions where he is master of his own destiny.”  (Marguerite Duras/French Novelist)

“Children, dear and loving children, can alone console a woman for the loss of her beauty.” (Honore De Balzac/French Novelist)

Adultery or Rape? – July 10, 2010

Say: “O my Servants who have transgressed against their souls! Despair not of the Mercy of Allah. for Allah forgives all sins: for He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful….. “Turn ye to our Lord (in repentance) and bow to His (Will), before the Penalty comes on you: after that ye shall not be helped…… “And follow the best of (the courses) revealed to you from your Lord, before the Penalty comes on you – of a sudden while ye perceive not!-….. “Lest the soul should (then) say: ‘Ah! Woe is me!- In that I neglected (my duty) towards Allah, and was but among those who mocked!’-…… “Or (lest) it should say: ‘If only Allah had guided me, I should certainly have been among the righteous!’- “Or (lest) it should say when it (actually) sees the penalty: ‘If only I had another chance, I should certainly be among those who do good!’….. “(The reply will be:) ‘Nay, but there came to thee my Signs, and thou didst reject them: thou wast Haughty, and became one of those who reject faith!’”….. On the Day of Judgment wilt thou see those who told lies against Allah.- their faces will be turned black; Is there not in Hell an abode for the Haughty?….. But Allah will deliver the righteous to their place of salvation: no evil shall touch them, nor shall they grieve….. Allah is the Creator of all things, and He is the Guardian and Disposer of all affairs…… To Him belong the keys of the heavens and the earth: and those who reject the Signs of Allah,- it is they who will be in loss.”…..(Surah Az-Zumr/The Troops, 53-63)

Suddenly the death penalty of an Iranian woman has turned the world in favor of a woman…obviously because she is from Iran and picking on Iran has become a fashion now a days.  Just like torturing and killing Palestinian children and women is the favourite hobby of Israelis.  And just like Indian Army mistreat, rape, oppress and murder innocent people of Kashmir.  But no government and no people of world say a word about that.  What a hypocrisy!!!  The famous international activity is to pick on Iran and Pakistan.

For Muslims around the world, I am surprised if they are filing the petition against this law.  After all this is a divine law mentioned in all divine books.  Muslims turning against divine laws means turning against God.  Divine laws are designed for global peace and justice regardless of any discrimination.  They must reconsider their choices for we all will be judged for our choices.

I am also surprised for this Muslim lady of two, she shouldn’t have committed adultery.  Marriage is the best option for men and women to enjoy their life.  If they choose adultery over marriage, that is a clear sign of not respecting each other but using for time being.  So that is not a solution to anything but creates problems even in the societies where adultery is considered a human or legal right.  Their insecure youth is turning towards Islam for purity.

Second thing that sounds fishy is that why did Iranian government decide to punish only Sakenah?  Where is the man she committed adultery with?  Isn’t he equally guilty of the same sin or crime?  Or was it a rape case?  If it was then it’s not this woman but the man should be punished.  Do the officials there have collected enough evidences against them as it is mentioned in Shari’ah?

Iran is being respected in the Muslim world for having a firm and just system, for being bold towards Israel and USA.  Then why did they first announced the penalty and then taking it back because of the pressure of few thousand people around the world???  Do they really care about the people’s demand and would ignore their Islamic rule of law?

Instead of giving a lame points to turn the world against Islam and Qur’an, Iranian government should clearly provide the complete proofs for if this is a case of adultery or rape and should also bring that man to justice.

Divine Laws – July 10, 2010

“Say: “O my People! Do whatever ye can: I will do (my part): but soon will ye know….. Who it is to whom comes a Penalty of ignominy, and on whom descends a Penalty that abides…. Verily We have revealed the Book to thee in Truth, for (instructing) mankind. He, then, that receives guidance benefits his own soul: but he that strays injures his own soul. Nor art thou set over them to dispose of their affairs”….(Surah Az-Zumr/The Troops, 39-41)

Millions of children are being tortured, burned and killed in Palestine, Iraq, Kashmir and other Muslim countries.  Thousands of women are being raped, brutally beaten and murdered in South Asian countries including Pakistan (The Islamic Republic).  In all those cases, the world pretends “summun, bukmun, umyun-deaf, mute and blind”.

Now, the death by stoning of one Iranian woman has suddenly woke up the whole world to save her from punishment.  Certainly because “Death by Stoning” is the unanimous punishment of Qur’an, Bible and Torah for adultery.  And people of the world are being brain-washed or trained to ignore thousands of injustices and abuses committed on daily basis.  We don’t mind abusing each other inside the houses or out on the streets for any reason.  But when it comes to execute any divine punishment, we call it merciless, unkind, unfair, against humanity.  By the way, is committing adultery a part of humanity and is a humanitarian right?

If we don’t want God interfering in our lives, fine, He won’t.  He will become neutral, no imposition and no mercy.  Then one day, we’ll become sick and tired of our own choices (our personal lusts and desires have already led us towards the Hell-like-living). We’ll suffer the consequences of our own actions (like we are doing now and don’t realize), we will return to Him with hope that He will forgive us.  We will give Him a call and God again will respond us the same way as He did to the Prophets, “you want My help, you want peace and prosperity in you lives…then follow my guidance and live according to My laws…that’s the promise towards peace and harmony.”

Simple Verses – June 25, 2010

واِذاقُلتُم فَاعْدِلُوْا ولَوكان ذاقُربَى

اورجب بات کہو انصاف کے ساتھہ کہواگرچہ تمھارارشتہ دارہی ہو

“whenever ye speak, speak justly, even if a near relative is concerned” (Surah Al-An’aam/The Livestock 152)

ياَيُّهاالَّذِين آمَنُوااتَّقُواللهَ وقُولُوقَولاً سَدِيدًا

اےایمان والو الله  سےڈرتے رہواور سیدھی بات کہو

“O ye who believe! Fear Allah, and (always) say a word directed to the Right (without deception and ambiguity)” (Surah Al-Ahzab/The Clans 70)

We usually avoid these two commandments of Qur’an in our daily lives. Parents’ ignore their childrens’ evil, relatives hide their favourite ones’ misdeeds, friends support their fellows’ bad habits,  and groups and parties cover up the corruption and incompetency of their colleagues and members.

As a result of our own actions when we suffer each others’ attitude, we become doubtful that may be Qur’an really can’t solve any of our problems.  Forget about the literates past forty…..even our youth, the literate and intelligent ones, especially the one getting education in O’levels and Cambridge, don’t bother to pick up this sacred book and try to find out where we are wrong.  Then why do we learn to read and write if we don’t want to know what is wrong what is right.

Hell Like Era – June 11, 2010

“If you shun the great sins which you are forbidden, We will do away with your small sins and cause you to enter an honorable place of entering.”….. (Surah An-Nisa/The Women, 31)

http://quran-hadith-studies.suite101.com/article.cfm/major_and_minor_sins_in_islam

“Sin” is the word that shows a connection between God and His people.  Whenever people trespass the limitations set by God, that is sin.  There could be many causes for crossing those limits.  As soon as a sinner feels or realizes that he/she has committed a “sin”, they repent to God in humility.  God loves it because He is the most Merciful and the most Compassionate.

The problem with the majority of the Muslims today is that we don’t categorize any action as a “sin” anymore so we don’t feel or realize that we are crossing the boundaries set by Allah.  Major sins that are mentioned in the Qur’an in clear words are now legally or morally allowed as “human desires” thus become part of “normal human life” or “human rights”.  Violating Allah’s restrictions deliberately is not Islam.

The word “crime”, which can be defined as the violation of man-made laws, is introduced and used as to replace the word sin in order to break this sacred connection between God and His slaves.

Ultimately, the whole world is paying off for accepting and adopting this mockery.  The more we are allowing ourselves to commit sins on daily basis as our right, the more we witness the increment in crime rate.

The era called “Hell” that we are living in is nothing but a reflection of what we believe in and a reaction of our own actions.

Peace and Harmony – June 1, 2010

“God does not forbid you from being good to those who have not fought you in the religion or driven you from your homes, or from being just toward the.  God loves those who are just.” (Surah Al-Mumtahina/Examining Her 8 )

“Only argue with the People of the Book in the kindest way – except in the case of those of them who do wrong-saying, “We believe in what has been sent down to us and what was sent down to you.  Our God are one and we submit to Him.  (Surah Al-Ankaboot/The Spider 46)

Any person who claims to be a Muslim, male or female, must read Qur’an on their own and find out how should they spend their lives in a Mulim or a non-Muslim society, how should they behave with each other and treat others according to Qur’an.  Taking innocent lives in the name of God is not permitted in Islam.  It’s a sin, a hideous crime.  These killings should be condemned by all Muslim groups and individuals because they are contrary to the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).

Muslims, Christians and Jews – May 16, 2010

“Say: “We believe in Allah, and in what has been revealed to us and what was revealed to Abraham, Isma’il, Isaac, Jacob, and the Tribes, and in (the Books) given to Moses, Jesus, and the prophets, from their Lord: We make no distinction between one and another among them, and to Allah do we bow our will (in Islam).”……(Surah Al-e-Imran/The Family of Imran 84)

“The Messenger believeth in what hath been revealed to him from his Lord, as do the men of faith. Each one (of them) believeth in Allah, His angels, His books, and His apostles. “We make no distinction (they say) between one and another of His apostles.” And they say: “We hear, and we obey: (We seek) Thy forgiveness, our Lord, and to Thee is the end of all journeys.”….(Surah Al-Baqarah/The Cow 285)

Without reading Qur’an, how could anyone in the world think, prove and promote Islam as an anti-Christian religion, Qur’an as the book of hatred and Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) as an anti Jesus person/leader?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islamic_views_on_Mary

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesus_in_Islam

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islamic_view_of_Zechariah

http://www.soundvision.com/Info/jesus/JohnProphetYahya.asp

Surah Al-e-Imran (The Family of Imran, 33 to 55)

Surah Maryam (Mary, 1 to 34)

Qur’an is for whole mankind – May 13, 2010

1. O mankind! reverence your Guardian-Lord, who created you from a single person, created, of like nature, His mate, and from them twain scattered (like seeds) countless men and women;- reverence Allah, through whom ye demand your mutual (rights), and (reverence) the wombs (That bore you): for Allah ever watches over you….Surah An-Nisa (The Women)

170. O Mankind! The Messenger hath come to you in truth from Allah. believe in him: It is best for you. But if ye reject Faith, to Allah belong all things in the heavens and on earth: And Allah is All-knowing, All-wise….Surah An-Nisa (The Women)

174. O mankind! verily there hath come to you a convincing proof from your Lord: For We have sent unto you a light (that is) manifest….Surah An-Nisa (The Women)

13. “O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that ye may know each other (not that ye may despise (each other). Verily the most honoured of you in the sight of Allah is (he who is) the most righteous of you, And Allah has full knowledge and is well acquainted (with all things)”…..Surah Hujraat (The Apartments)

67. Abraham was not a Jew nor yet a Christian; but he was true in Faith, and bowed his will to Allah’s (Which is Islam), and he joined not gods with Allah….Surah Al-e-Imran (The Family/House of Imran)

64. Say: “O People of the Book! come to common terms as between us and you: That we worship none but Allah. that we associate no partners with him; that we erect not, from among ourselves, Lords and patrons other than Allah.” If then they turn back, say ye: “Bear witness that we (at least) are Muslims (bowing to Allah’s Will)….Surah Al-e-Imran (The Family/House of Imran)

Why are liberal, moderate or modern people so averse to Qur’an and Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)?  It is not the fault of Qur’an or Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) that our so-called imams, religious scholars or preachers have corrupted the sacred religion.  It happened due to our negligence because we are not interested in even reading what our beloved God is saying.  We love to listen to each others’ opinions so we can get to some solutions or some understanding.  Qur’an is the word of God.  Don’t we want to listen what is our God saying to us?  We avoid Him by showing no interest in His words.  Yet we expect Him to be attentive to us.  We ignore Him, He ignores us and He has a right to do so because He owns us and everything that we claim to be our possession.

Community Life in Islam – May 13, 2010

Surah Al-Hujurat (The Private Apartments, The Inner Apartments)

In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

6. O ye who believe! If a wicked person comes to you with any news, ascertain the truth, lest ye harm people unwittingly, and afterwards become full of repentance for what ye have done. (That goes for family members, friends, neighbors, politicians, journalists and media overall)

7. And know that among you is Allah’s Messenger. were he, in many matters, to follow your (wishes), ye would certainly fall into misfortune: But Allah has endeared the Faith to you, and has made it beautiful in your hearts, and He has made hateful to you Unbelief, wickedness, and rebellion: such indeed are those who walk in righteousness;- 8. A Grace and Favour from Allah. and Allah is full of Knowledge and Wisdom. (democracy, allowing people to voice out at what extent?  isn’t it like when we want to act against Qur’anic laws because our hearts are not satisfied, instead of studying Qur’an on our own, we seek and use religious imams and scholars so somehow they can make it halal for us so the blame goes on to them….and then we accuse them of being corrupt and spoiling the pure teachings of Islam….Have we, the moderates and liberals ever found our hearts satisfied with Qur’anic laws……other divine books were changed by text for the same reason and now Muslims change it by interpretation….”khud badaltay nahi, Qur’an ko badal detay hain” (Iqbal)

9. If two parties among the Believers fall into a quarrel, make ye peace between them: but if one of them transgresses beyond bounds against the other then fight ye (all) against the one that transgresses until it complies with the command of Allah; but if it complies then make peace between them with justice and be fair: for Allah loves those who are fair (and just).   10. The Believers are but a single Brotherhood: So make peace and reconciliation between your two (contending) brothers; and fear Allah, that ye may receive Mercy.

11. O ye who believe! Let not some men among you laugh at others: It may be that the (latter) are better than the (former): Nor let some women laugh at others: It may be that the (latter are better than the (former): Nor defame nor be sarcastic to each other, nor call each other by (offensive) nicknames: Ill-seeming is a name connoting wickedness, (to be used of one) after he has believed: And those who do not desist are (indeed) doing wrong. (Thanks to our comedians and comedy writers for creating insensitivity up to this level that making fun of others, taunting and blabbering is honored as “the art of civilization”…result? we take nothing seriously, real issues have become jokes and jokes “the article of morality”….further more resulted in a way that we all have become nothing but a joke, a laughing matter, the jokers, the entertainers for the whole world.

12. O ye who believe! Avoid suspicion as much (as possible): for suspicion in some cases is a sin: And spy not on each other behind their backs. Would any of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? Nay, ye would abhor it…But fear Allah. For Allah is Oft-Returning, Most Merciful. (be certain and create the environment of certainty)

Surah Shura/Consultation – May 11, 2010

13. The same religion has He established for you as that which He enjoined on Noah – the which We have sent by inspiration to thee – and that which We enjoined on Abraham, Moses, and Jesus: Namely, that ye should remain steadfast in religion, and make no divisions therein: to those who worship other things than Allah, hard is the (way) to which thou callest them. Allah chooses to Himself those whom He pleases, and guides to Himself those who turn (to Him).

*Islam is the continuation of all previous ‘way of life’ prescribed by God.  Islam is a reminder of moralities taught to mankind by all Prophets (peace be upon them all).  That is why Islam shouldn’t be considered an anti any religion or any system that was or is based on truth, peace and justice.
15. Now then, for that (reason), call (them to the Faith), and stand steadfast as thou art commanded, nor follow thou their vain desires; but say: “I believe in the Book which Allah has sent down; and I am commanded to judge justly between you. Allah is our Lord and your Lord: for us (is the responsibility for) our deeds, and for you for your deeds. There is no contention between us and you. Allah will bring us together, and to Him is (our) Final Goal.

Aristotle said, “At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice, he is the worst.

The base of the political system of Islam is justice, that is the assurance of peace.

36. Whatever ye are given (here) is (but) a convenience of this life: but that which is with Allah is better and more lasting: (it is) for those who believe and put their trust in their Lord:

37. Those who avoid the greater crimes and shameful deeds, and, when they are angry even then forgive;

38. Those who hearken to their Lord, and establish regular Prayer; who (conduct) their affairs by mutual Consultation; who spend out of what We bestow on them for Sustenance;

39. And those who, when an oppressive wrong is inflicted on them, (are not cowed but) help and defend themselves.


40. The recompense for an injury is an injury equal thereto (in degree): but if a person forgives and makes reconciliation, his reward is due from Allah. for ((Allah)) loveth not those who do wrong.

*communal life in Islam…

41. But indeed if any do help and defend themselves after a wrong (done) to them, against such there is no cause of blame.


42. The blame is only against those who oppress men and wrong-doing and insolently transgress beyond bounds through the land, defying right and justice: for such there will be a penalty grievous.

43. But indeed if any show patience and forgive, that would truly be an exercise of courageous will and resolution in the conduct of affairs.

48. If then they run away, We have not sent thee as a guard over them. Thy duty is but to convey (the Message). And truly, when We give man a taste of a Mercy from Ourselves, he doth exult there at, but when some ill happens to him, on account of the deeds which his hands have sent forth, truly then is man ungrateful!

*Indeed whatever people of the world are suffering is due to the system or life-style they chose for themselves.  Some individuals or small groups though tried to live accordingly but mostly the majority of people of the human-history always believed more on Kings or politicians or land-lords than the prophets and as a result/punishment were oppressed by them.  Same is the case with Islam.  Islam was established as the best political, social and economic system but that was for a very limited time.  Then Muslims also adopted the same popular trend like of other nations; indulging into their own life, caring about profit and loss, owning properties and preferring own desires over the divine code of law in the name of so-called democracy.

All the man made systems and modern philosophies are failed.  The whole mankind is suffering, facing calamities, brutalities, injustice.  People against people, human beings against human beings, men against men and women against women, everybody against everybody.   TRULY THE MAN IS UNGRATEFUL!

Be Specific – April 19, 2010

http://us2.harunyahya.com/Detail/T/EDCRFV/productId/17228/VERSES_IN_THE_QUR_AN_ABOUT_JUSTICE

“You who believe! be upholders of justice, bearing witness for Allah alone, even against yourselves or your parents and relatives. Whether they are rich or poor, Allah is well able to look after them. Do not follow your own desires and deviate from the truth. If you twist or turn away, Allah is aware of what you do.” (Surat an-Nisa’, 135)

“Among those We have created there is a community who guide by the Truth and act justly according to it.” (Surat al-A‘raf, 181)

“You who believe! show integrity for the sake of Allah, bearing witness with justice. Do not let hatred for a people incite you into not being just. Be just. That is closer to taqwa. Fear [and respect] Allah. Allah is aware of what you do.” (Surat al-Maida,  8 )

The most common wave regarding “good moral” that has swept our society away from justice and trust and has caused confusions and misunderstanding is to “talk in general.”

At home, in offices, on the streets, at any platform, we advice each other to not to mention any names and just talk in general or it may break someone’s heart.  This is our general attitude towards morality…don’t break the hearts of the sinners and wrongdoers.

Isn’t it injustice to those who may be the part of that group or community but are not responsible for that particular action or reaction.  Why should their reputation be spoiled for the sake of those who don’t care about anyone’s reputation including their own.

This attitude has played a hideous and humongous role in destroying the image of Pakistan.

We cover the misconduct, wrongdoings and/or corruption of our family members, relatives, friends, community or the group we belong to by saying “this happens in Pakistan”.  Isn’t it unfair to those who are honest and firm in their dealings?

We usually decide to leave the land because of few bad elements or some inappropriate situations but when asked we blame the system in whole preventing the one responsible for our exile.  This is an offense against those who are trying to remove those elements in order to create a peaceful environment for everyone.  This behavior reduces and sometimes ruins the effects of their efforts to build the system.

The worst of it occurs when two extreme sectors “religious and non-religious” or our political parties take a stand against each other.  The blame each other on the whole without specifying the person they have problem with or the opinion or decision they disagree with.

Allama Iqbal said, “Justice is an inestimable treasure but we must guard it against the thief of mercy.”

I personally think that this is enough.  Now time has come to do justice…to everyone and everything.  So I decided to be specific in mentioning the names I have problem with so the one who have nothing to do with it don’t feel bad.

Social Life in Islam – April 19, 2010

http://www.uwt.org/site/article.asp?id=170

The Prophet (Peace be upon him) has said: ‘Your smile for your brother is Sadaqah. Your removal of stones, thorns or bones from the paths of people is Sadaqah. Your guidance of a person who is lost is Sadaqah.’ (Bukhari)

The Prophet (Peace be upon him) has said: ‘A Muslim does not plant, or sow anything from which a person, animal or anything eats but it is considered as Sadaqah from him.’ (Bukhari)

he Prophet (Peace be upon him) has said:: “To smile in the company of your brother is charity. To command to do good deeds and to prevent others from doing evil is charity. To guide a person in a place where he can not get astray is charity. To remove troublesome things like thorns and bones from the road is charity. To pour water from your jug into the jug of your brother is charity. To guide a person with defective vision is charity for you.” (Bukhari)

The Prophet (S.A.W)’s teachings are pure, simple and easy to follow.  All we need is a common sense to understand and the love of Prophet (S.A.W) t0 implement these beautiful advices in our lives.

As it is said in the hadith…

– The words “removing the harmful things from the roads or streets” clearly indicate that the Prophet (S.A.W) is advising us to keep the public places clean of all kinds of garbage.  A true believer can’t even think about polluting the environment, throwing garbage on the roads, spoiling the beautiful surroundings by spitting around.

– The words “company of your brother” no doubt refer to the social life which could be a gathering inside the house but mostly it is the life outdoor; meaning roads, streets and places where people gather to have fun or to work.  In short, this is our beloved Prophet (S.A.W)’s advice for us to show manners when outside.  “Smiling” to others shows that one has no intention of harming other people by any means.

– “To guide a traveler” means to help someone with the directions, another suggestion for how to behave outdoor.

– It doesn’t say planting but planting a tree from which the people and animals can get food or medicine.  Planting fruitful trees or one with flowers is an act of charity.

I wonder why don’t our Imams, scholars, thinkers, leaders emphasize on these important social and religious issues in their sermons and discussions?  These are the orders, suggestions or advices from our beloved Prophet (S.A.W), free of all twisting, easy to understand and follow.

The city govt of Karachi spent millions of rupees on planting the trees.  The trees that have no fruits, no flowers.  Trees are birds’ habitat.  Birds don’t get attracted to these trees even spiders don’t spin web on the.  The gardener in our public park, who never attended a school, said that it’s a common sense that the plant which absorb poisonous gases from the atmosphere in the day time (as the CDGK claimed) will release the same gases at night along with oxygen.  That will cause sickness and illness.  I don’t know where did the ex-mayor get his degree and the advice to plant these trees.

People would learn and obey the Prophet (S.A.W) more if our religious scholars, leaders and imams repeatedly discuss these issues in their sermons, lectures and discussions.

 

 

Faith of Hulla Gulla – January 6, 2011

نہیں خواہش ہمیں یارب کہ ہم کو دولت وزر دے, مگر کچھہ آرزوئیں ہیں انھیں تکمیل تو کردے, متائے درد کی دولت ملے ہر اک مسلماں کو, رہے انسانیت کا پاس بھی ہر ایک انساں کو, کوئی صدیق پیدا کر کوئی عثمان پیدا کر, عمر سا پھر کوئی عادل عظیم الشان پیدا کر,  کوئی قاسم عطا کردے کوئی طارق عطا کردے, مسلمانوں میں پیدا پھر کوئی شیرخداکردے, نہیں اب دیکھی جاتی تیری امت کی یہ بربادی, خدایا پھر عطا کر مسجد اقصی کو آزادی,  تیرے قرآں پہ یارب اب تلک ایماں ہماراہے, ہے ہم کو ناز تیراگھر وہی قبلہ ہمارا ہے, تیرے مجبور بندے آج تیرے در پہ آئے ہیں, کرم فرما میرے معبود ان کی جھولیاں بھردے۔۔۔۔۔

یہ اس بہت لمبی دعا کے چند اشعار ہیں جو پچھلے چالیس بیالیس سال سے ہر میلاد کے آخر میں خواتین لہک لہک کرپڑھتی ہیں… حاضر خواتین میں سے جو شوہراور سسرال کی ستائی ہوتی ہیں  وہ بلک بلک کر روتی ہیں۔۔۔ کچھہ کا دل واقعی مسلمانوں کے حالات پر تڑپ رہا ہوتا ہے توانکی آنکھوں سے بھی آنسو نکل آتے ہیں۔۔۔

نبی صلی الله علیہ وسلم اور خلفاء راشدین کے زمانے سے تو میلاد جیسی کوئی محفل ثابت نہیں ہوتی۔۔۔ لہذا یہ سنت نہیں۔۔۔اورجس محفل کو سجانے کی اس زمانے میں ضرورت محسوس نہیں کی گئی اسکا اس زمانے میں کیاجواز۔۔۔ جبکہ مسلمہ حقیقت یہ ہے کہ میلاد سے نہ آج تک کسی کا ایمان بڑھا, نہ بری عادتیں چھوٹیں, نہ ہی غیر مسلم اس سے متاثر ہو کراسلام لائے… دوسری بات کہ جس محفل کو لوٹ مار, جھوٹ, رشوت, ذخیرہ اندوزی اور دھوکے کی کمائی سے منعقد کیا گیا ہو جو محفل بد نظمی کی انتہاؤں پرہو ۔۔۔ جہاں حاضرین ایک کے بجائے دو تین حصے حاصل کرنے کے لئےاپنے رشتہ داروں یا دوستوں سے جھوٹ بولیں۔۔۔ میلاد کے بعد جنکے گھروں میں انڈین چینلز چلتے ہوں۔۔۔  وہاں رسول کی سواری تشریف لائے۔۔۔ اتنا گرا ہواتو نہیں رسول کامعیار… اور یہ آئیڈیا کچھہ کچھہ سینٹا کلوز کی سواری سے ملتاجلتا لگتاہے۔۔۔

عوام تو خیر عام ہوتی ہے خاص نہیں۔۔۔ بے مقصد زندگی سے خوش اور بے مقصد موت پر مطمئن ہوتے ہیں۔۔۔ حیوانات ونباتات کی طرح تقدیر کے پابند۔۔۔ چاہے کوئی بنادے چاہے کوئی مٹادے۔۔۔ نہ انکی اپنی کوئی رائے ہوتی ہے نہ سوچ۔۔۔ انکی فطرت ہوتی ہے خاص لوگوں کے پیچھے چلنا۔۔۔۔۔۔ تو پھر خاص, مشہور, پڑھے لکھے, سمجھدار, معززاوربااثرافراد سے پوچھہ لیتے ہیں کہ ہمارے معاشرے میں بدعت, لغویات, خرافات, دین کے نام پہ فضول رسومات کو پھیلانے یا پھیلنے سے روکنے میں ان کا کیا کردار رہا۔۔۔ دین کو رسومات بنانے میں تعاون کس نے کیا۔۔۔ اپنی صفائیاں پیش کرنے کے بجائے اپنی کوششوں کی تفصیل بتادیں۔۔۔

خوش بخت شجاعت صاحبہ, فاطمہ ثریا بجیاصاحبہ, منیبہ شیخ صاحبہ, ام حبیبہ صاحبہ, نسرین جلیل صاحبہ, جویریہ سعود صاحبہ, اور نہ جانے کتنے نام اور ان کے ساتھی مرد حضرات۔۔۔  کسی نے ایم این اے بن کے,  کسی نے گالیوں سے بھر پور پروڈکشنزکرکے, کسی نے اسکول کھول کر,  کسی نے نعتیں پڑھ کر پیسہ کمایا اور جہاں سینگ سمائے نکل لیا۔۔۔ سب میلاد پارٹی ہیں۔۔۔ سوال کرنا بھی مشکل لگتا ہے۔۔۔ کسی کو عمر کی, کسی کو رتبے, کسی کو نعت خوانی کے پیشے سے وابستہ ہونے کی وجہ سے نظر انداز کرنا پڑتاہے۔۔۔ کیا یہ سب اپنی ان کوششوں سے مطمئن ہیں جوایک پڑھے لکھے, سمجھدار, معزز اور بااثر مسلمان خواتین کو ایک مسلمان معاشرے کی تعمیر میں کرنی چاہئیں۔۔۔
جب  خاص, مشہور, پڑھے لکھے, سمجھدار, معزز اور بااثر افراد غلط یا غیر ضروری رسومات کو رائج کرتے ہیں تو ان کے چاہنے والے اسی کو کل دین سمجھہ کر حقوق و فرائض سے غافل ہو جاتے ہیں۔۔۔ میلاد کے لئے قرضہ لینا چندہ مانگنا ایک کار ثواب سمجھا جاتا ہے۔۔۔ لیکن  نماز, زکوات, صحیح علم حاصل کرنے پر پیسہ خرچ کرنا فضول۔۔۔ ذرا اردگردکے ماحول پر نظر ڈالیں۔۔۔ میلاد کرنے اور کرانے والی دینی جماعتوں کی تعداد ملاحظہ فرمائیے۔۔۔  ماڈریٹ اور دینی حضرات۔۔۔ دونوں میلاد کے معاملے میں ایک تھیلی کے چٹے بٹے بن جاتے ہیں۔۔۔ اس سے ہٹ کے کون سا عمل یا علم ہے جو قرآن وسنت کےمطابق دیا جارہاہے۔۔۔

پڑھے لکھے, سمجھدار, معزز اور بااثر افراد کی طرف سے میلاد, رائیونڈ کے اجتماعات جیسی سرگرمیوں کی مالی اور اخلاقی حوصلہ افزائی کوئی اچھی علامت نہیں۔۔۔ سالوں سے دین کے نام پہ ہمدردیاں بٹورنے یا ہمدردیاں لٹانے کا کام جاری ہے۔۔۔ جب یہ ہمدردیاں طاقت بن کر چھانے کی کوشش کرتی ہیں اور خون خرابہ ہو توہمدردیاں لٹانے والے ہی اسکو انتہاپسندی کا نام دے کر روتے پیٹتے ہیں۔۔۔   الله, رسول … ان ناموں پر ہمدردی دے بھی دیتے ہیں اور لے بھی لیتے ہیں… اپنی جان دے بھی دیتے ہیں اور لے بھی لیتے ہیں… مگر کبھی کوئی نظام بنانے کی کوشش نہیں کرتے اور نہ عام عوام یعنی اپنے چاہنے والوں کو سمجھانےکی کوشش کرتے ہیں۔۔۔ ان حالات کا آخری انجام یہ ہوتا ہے کہ قاتلوں کو سزا کے بجائے پنجابی فلموں کی طرح ہیرو بنایا جاتا ہے۔۔۔

October 22, 2010

عید کے تیسرے دن ایک ٹیکسی ڈرائیور سے پالا پڑا۔۔۔ سر پر ہری پگڑی, لمبا سفید کرتا اور ٹخنوں سے اونچا پاجامہ, چہرے پرلمبی بےربط ڈاڑھی, آنکھوں میں سنتوں کا غرور,منہ میں پان کا سرور۔۔۔ دور سے دیکھہ کر یقین ہو گیا کہ یہ اسلام کے نہیں فیضان مدینہ کے نمائندے ہیں۔۔۔

سفر شروع ہوتے ہی انکی ڈرائیونگ میں انکی فطری جنونیت کے آثار ظاہر ہو ناشروع ہو گئے۔۔۔ زگ زیگ کرتے ہوئے تیزی سے آگے بڑھتے چلے جارہے تھے۔۔۔ میں نے کہا۔۔۔ بات سنئیے ابھی تو رمضان ختم ہو ئے ہیں تھوڑا تو صبر دکھائیے آپ توٹریفک قوانین توڑتے چلے جارہے ہیں کوئی حادثہ ہو سکتاہے کسی کی جان جاسکتی ہے۔۔۔۔۔۔ انھوں نے گھورکرمجھے دیکھا اور رفتار کم کر لی۔۔۔۔۔۔
ایک منٹ گذرا اور پھر وہی بے ہودگی شروع۔۔۔ میں نے غصے سے تیز آواز میں کہا۔۔۔ آپ سائیڈ پہ گاڑی روکیے اور مجھے اتار دیجیے مجھے ایسے لوگ بالکل پسند نہیں جو نہ قوانین کی پرواہ کریں نہ دوسروں کی جانوں کی۔۔۔ کیا فائدہ آپکے نماز روزوں اور درس و دروس کا۔۔۔

کہنے لگے سب اسی طرح گاڑی چلاتے ہیں۔۔۔ میں نے کہا اگر سب غلط ہیں توآپ صحیح گاڑی چلا لیں آپ تو ویسے بھی اسلام کو ریپریزنٹ کر رہے ہیں آپ کو تو سب سے زیادہ قوانین پر عمل کرنا چاہیے۔۔۔

انھوں نے گاڑی کی رفتار کم کی, دروازہ کھولا اور وہی مشہور زمانہ غلیظ  حرکت کی یعنی تھوکا اور کہنے لگے آپ کا مسئلہ کیا ہے آپ کو میں بھی غلط لگ رہا ہوں اور سارا شہر غلط لگتاہے بس ایک آپ ہی ٹھیک ہیں۔۔۔ مجھے اٹھائیس سال ہو گئے ٹیکسی چلاتے ہوئے آپ پہلی شخص ہیں جس نے مجھے یہ سب کہا۔۔۔  الحمدلله آج تک کوئی حادثہ نہیں ہوا اور نہ ہو گا اور کراچی کا نظام ہمیشہ سے ایسا ہی ہے۔۔۔۔۔۔ کراچی کو قیامت تک کچھہ نہیں ہو گا کیونکہ سب سے زیادہ دین کا کام کراچی میں ہو رہا ہے۔۔۔سب سے زیادہ نمازیں یہاں پڑھی جاتی ہیں پورے پاکستان پرعذاب آسکتاہے لیکن کراچی کوکچھہ نہیں ہوسکتا دیکھہ لیں سب جگہ زلزلے سیلاب آئے لیکن کراچی ہمیشہ بچ گیا۔۔۔

میں انکی سنگدلی پرحیران رہ گئی۔۔۔ کتنی آسانی سے انھوں نے پاکستان پرعذاب کی بات کردی۔۔۔ میں نے کہا  کراچی کے نظام خراب ہونے کی بات تو وہ اس لیے ہے کہ آپ جیسے لوگ دن دھاڑے قوانین توڑتے ہیں اور اس پر شرمندہ ہو نے کے بجائے بحث کرتے ہیں۔۔۔ میں سب کو نہیں جانتی لیکن اسوقت میں آپکے ساتھہ ہوں اسلیے آپکوغلطی کا احساس دلانا میرا فرض ہے اوراس غلطی کا تعلق صرف آپ سے نہیں بلکہ آس پاس کے ہر شخص سے ہے۔۔۔ آپ کے اجتماعات میں یہ نہیں بتایا جاتا کہ ہم اشرف المخلوقات ہیں اور ہمیں اس زمین پر ایک نظام کو قائم کرنے کے لئے پیداکیا گیا ہے۔۔۔ ہمارے علاوہ دوسروں کا بھی حق ہے سڑکوں گلیوں اور چوراہوں پر۔۔۔

یہ سنتے ہی ان کا ٹیپ چل پڑا۔۔۔ میں نے دو مرتبہ ٹوکا کہ مجھے رٹے رٹائے جملے اور طوطامینا کی کہانیاں نہ سنایے۔۔۔ مگر بھئی ان کا جوش خطابت کم نہ ہوا۔۔۔ فرمانے لگے۔۔۔ الله نے دنیا بنائی۔۔۔ کائنات تخلیق کی۔۔۔ اور اس میں ایک اشرف المخلوقات پیداکیا محمد صلی الله علیھ وسلم۔۔۔ اور پھر اشرف کا لفظ ہٹا لیا اور صرف مخلوق رہ گئی اور مخلوق تو ایسی ہی ہوتی ہے۔۔۔
میں نے کہا بہت اچھے۔۔۔ کیا کہانی گھڑی ہے صحیح  راستے پر نہ چلنے کے لئے۔۔۔
فورا بولے تو میں ایک صحیح ہو کر کیا کروں گا۔۔۔ میرے ایک صحیح گاڑی چلانے سے پورے کراچی کی ٹریفک صحیح ہو جائے گی۔۔۔ میں اکیلا کیا انقلاب لا سکتا ہوں۔۔۔
اب باری تھی میرے شروع ہونے کی۔۔۔ میں نے کہا آپ نے تو اسلام کافلسفہ ہی بدل دیا۔۔۔ آپ کے مطابق ایک مسلمان کو وہی سب کچھہ کرنا چاہیے جو اکثریت کررہی ہے کچھہ بدلنے کی کوشش نہیں کرنا چاہیے۔۔۔ سب صحیح کام کریں تو ٹھیک ورنہ خود بھی برےکام کرے انکا ساتھہ دے قوانین توڑے۔۔۔ سڑکوں پر ایکدوسرے کی جان لیتے پھریں۔۔۔ بد نظمی کریں اور پھر بھی جنت کے حقدار۔۔۔ تو پھر رسولوں کو کیا ضرورت پڑی تھی کہ اکیلے اٹھہ کھڑے ہوں معاشرے کو بدلنے کے لئے۔۔۔ کیوں اکیلے رسول الله پتھر کھانے طائف پہنچ گئے۔۔۔ کیوں سیدنا ابو بکر نے اعلان کیا کہ کو ئی ساتھہ نہیں دے گا تو اکیلے ہی جنگ کریں گے۔۔۔ انھیں اکیلے آواز اٹھانے کا انجام نہیں پتہ تھا یا آپکے علماء رسولوں سے زیادہ عقلمند ہیں۔۔۔ اور قیامت کے دن خدا کو کیا جواب دیں گے کہ سب غلط کر رہے تھے اس لئے میں بھی شرع ہو گیا۔۔۔ تو پھر جو انجام ان کا ہو وہی آپ کا ہوگا۔۔۔
میری تقریر کا اختتام گھر کے سامنے پہنچنے پر ہوا۔۔۔اتنا چیخی کہ انھوں نے معافی مانگی اور وعدہ کیا کہ کوشش کریں گے کہ آئندہ اپنی حد تک قوانین نہ توڑیں اور اکیلے انقلاب لانے والا نظریہ بھی انکو سمجھہ آگیا۔۔۔
ویسے فیضان مدینہ کے ڈرامے بہت دیکھے مدنی چینل پر۔۔۔ کون انھیں اتنی فنڈنگ کررہا ہے یا اتنی بھیک دے رہا ہے کہ کچھہ کرتے کراتے نہیں۔۔۔ چینل بھی کھول لیا۔۔۔ بلڈنگ بھی اتنی بڑی ہے جس پر ربیع الاول میں بے تحاشہ سبز لائٹس جلتی ہیں چاہے پورےملک میں بجلی کا بحران ہو۔۔۔ من من بھر مٹھائیاں بٹتی ہیں۔۔۔ کوئی انکا پوچھنے والا نہیں۔۔۔ بھیک اور مفتے پہ پل پلا کر کون سے اسلام کی خد مت کررہے ہیں۔۔۔ معلوم تو ہو کہ کس کے ایجنٹ ہیں۔۔۔ بعد میں امریکہ انھیں انتہا پسند قرار دے کر انکے بہانے عام عوام کو مارنا شروع کردے۔۔۔ اور انکے امیر جہاد کا فتوی دیکر اپنے ماننے والوں کے ہیرو بن کر روپوش ہو جائیں اور کہیں اور عیش کریں اور۔۔۔۔۔۔۔۔۔ باقی سب منہ دیکھتے رہ جائیں۔۔۔۔
یا الله سبحانھ وتعالی۔۔۔ آپ پاکستان کو تمام دینی اور سیاسی شیطانوں کے شر سے بچا لیں۔۔۔ آمین
 August 28, 2010

شاید زندگی کا پہلا رمضان ہے جو رمضان نہیں لگ رہا۔۔۔ ایسا لگ رہا ہے جیسے پاکستان کروڑوں لوگوں کی اجتماعی قبر ہے اور سب عذاب قبر جھیل رہے ہیں۔۔۔

وہ با شعور لوگ جنھیں معاشرے میں اپنی تعداد بڑھانے کی فکر ہونی چاہیے تھی اگر وہ فکر ان میں موجود نہیں توپھر وہ بھی بے شعور ہی ہوئے۔۔۔ اور جب باشعور اور بے شعور ایک ہو جائیں تو وہی کچھہ ہوتا ہے جو سیالکوٹ اور ملک کے دو سرےحصوں میں ہو رہا ہے۔۔۔ اگر چار پانچ لاکھہ بچے ملک کی سڑکوں پر موجود ہیں تو تعلیم یافتہ افراد مل کے ان کے کچھہ کرسکتے ہیں تاکہ وہ ایک پڑھی لکھی نسل بن کر معاشرے میں اچھا اضافہ ثابت ہوں۔۔۔  نہ کہ وہ بقیہ بے شعور اکثریت میں شامل ہو کرسب پر بوجھہ بنیں۔۔۔ ہمارے رسول نے توہمیں ایکدوسرے کا وارث بنایا تھا  یہاں تک کہ غیر مسلموں تک کی جان مال اور عزت کا محافظ بنایا تھا۔۔۔ ہم ایک دوسرے کے لئے ہی عذاب  بن گئے۔۔۔

ہمیشہ اچھے والدین اچھی قوم بناتے ہیں اور اس میں سے کچھہ لیڈر بنتے ہیں کچھہ فوج میں چلے جاتے ہیں۔۔۔ فوج کبھی کسی قوم کو نہیں بناتی یاسدھارتی۔۔۔۔۔۔ فوج اپناکام کرتی ہی اچھی لگتی ہے۔۔۔ یہ تو سیاستدانوں کاکام ہو تا ہے کہ ایک نظام بنائے عوام کی  جان و مال کی حفاظت کا انتظام کرے۔۔۔ ملکی کارو بار کو ترقی دے۔۔۔ یہ تھوڑی کہ جب تک مل کر کھایا سو کھایا اور جب خود کے احتساب کی باری آئی تو دوسروں پہ کرپشن کا الزام لگا کر فوج کو لانے کی دھمکی دے دی۔۔۔ اس سے بڑا کسی سیاستدان کی ناکامی کا اعتراف اور کیا ہو سکتا ہے۔۔۔ جبکہ اسکی جماعت میں ڈگری ہولڈرز کی بھر مار ہو۔۔۔ وہ سب ملکر اپنے شہر کو کوئی نظام نہ دے سکیں۔۔۔ قوم کی تربیت نہ کرسکیں۔۔۔ عوام کو حساب نہ دے سکیں اور پھر اپنی تمام تر ناکامیوں کا اعتراف کرتے ہوئےاٹھارہ کروڑکی ساری ذمہ داریوں کابوجھہ چند لاکھہ کی فوج پر ڈال دے۔۔۔ اور فوج کیا کرے گی وہی اٹھا پٹخ۔۔۔ وہ کوئی سویلین ادارہ تو ہے نہیں۔۔۔ آزاد عدلیہ کا وعدہ خود کریں۔۔۔ اختیار کا وعدہ خود کریں۔۔۔ تعلیم وصحت کا وعدہ خود کریں۔۔۔ ووٹ لےکر حصہ خود بٹوریں اور جیسے ہی عوام کی نظریں بدلتی نظر آئیں رخ فوج کی طرف موڑ دیں۔۔۔ تاکہ پھردس گیارہ سال کا آرام ملے اور بعد میں فوج کو الزام دے سکیں۔۔۔ اس طرح ایک پوری نسل تو برباد ہو ہی جاتی ہے۔۔۔
چند سال پہلے محترمہ نسرین جلیل کراچی کے بچوں کو نشاط سینیما میں انڈین فلم دکھانے لے گئیں۔۔۔  بہرحال محترمہ کو کراچی میں کوئی اور جگہ اس قابل نہیں نظر آئی کہ بچوں کو وہاں لے جاتیں جیسے قائداعظم میوزیم وغیرہ۔۔۔ یا شاید اس جماعت کے نزدیک تعلیم کامطلب ناچ گانا ہے۔۔۔
کراچی میں اگر کوئی عوام کو آزادی سے پہلے کی شناخت دینےکی سازش میں مصروف ہے تو باشعور افراد کو انکا نہ صرف گریبان پکڑنا چاہئے بلکہ لعن طعن بھی کرنی چاہیے۔۔۔ اس سے پوچھنا چاہئے کہ تم لیڈر اس ملک کے ہو تو پہلے اپنی پہچان بتاؤ۔۔۔ یہ بتاؤ کہ کراچی کے بازاروں میں انڈیا کا کپڑا اور دوسری مصنوعات کیوں بک رہی ہیں۔۔۔ اس مہنگائی میں کیبل چارجز سو اور پچاس روپے تک  کم کر کےانڈین فلموں کو بھرمار کیوں دکھایا جارہا ہے۔۔۔ کرکٹ میچز امتحانات کے زمانےمیں کیوں رکھے جاتے ہیں۔۔۔ اور اسکول کے دنوں میں اتنی چھٹیاں کیوں کی جاتی ہیں۔۔۔ تعلیمی اداروں میں سیاستدانوں کی ناپاک تصویریں لگاکر انکا تقدس کیوں پامال کیا جاتا ہے۔۔۔ شہر کی چورنگیوں پر سیاسی قائدین کی بد صورت تصویریں اورمنحوس جھنڈے لگا کر شہرکے ماحول کو وحشتناک کیوں بنایا جاتا ہے۔۔۔
  August 18, 2010

۔۔۔ کیا تم کو گمان ہے کہ داخل ہو جاؤ گے جنت میںیونہی اورجبکہ ابھی تک معلوم نہیں کیا الله نےان لوگوں کو جو جہاد کرنے والے اور ثابت قدم رہنے والے ہیں۔۔۔ سورہ آل عمران۔۔۔

۔۔۔ کیا سمجھہ رکھا ہے تم نے کہ داخل ہو جاؤگے جنت میں جبکہ نہیں پیش آئے تمکو وہ حالات جوگذرےتم سے پہلوں پر کہ پہنچی انھیں تنگدستی اور مصیبت والم اور ہلا دئے گئے یہاں تک کہ پکار اٹھا رسول اور جو ایمان لائے تھے کہ کب آئے گی الله کی مدد۔۔۔ سن رکھو کہ الله کی مدد آیا ہی چاہتی ہے۔۔۔ سورہ البقرہ۔۔۔

بڑی حیرت ہوتی ہے یہ دیکھہ کر کہ جن حالات سے ہم گذر رہےہیں ان سب کو دیکھنےاور بھگتنے کے باوجود بہت سے لوگ خاص کر کے پڑھے لکھے لوگ قرآن کو پرانے قصے کہانیوں کی کتاب سے زیادہ کچھہ نہیں سمجھتے۔۔۔ یہ تو قوانین اور اصولوں کی کتاب ہے۔۔۔ ھدایت کی کتاب ہے۔۔۔ ھدایت کی ضرورت اسے ہوتی ہے جو بھٹک گیا ہو۔۔۔ راستہ گم کر بیٹھا ہو اور صحیح راستہ کی تلاش میں ہو۔۔۔ قوانین اوراصولوں کی ضرورت وہاں  ہوتی ہے جہاں کچھہ لوگ ملکر رہنا چاہتے ہوں اور اندیشہ ہو کہ کوئی کسی پر زیادتی نہ کر بیٹھے کسی پر ظلم نہ ہو جائے۔۔۔

۔۔۔ اوربے شک انسان خود اپنے نفس پہ گواہ ہے۔۔۔ سورہ القیامہ۔۔۔۔۔۔ ہر آفت ہر تباہی ہر ظلم اور ہر بربادی کے موقع پر ہر مسلمان پاکستانی کی زبان پر یہی الفاظ ہوتے ہیں۔۔۔ یہ ہمارے اعمالوں کی سزا ہے۔۔۔ ہم ہیں ہی گناہ گار۔۔۔ ہماری نیتیں صاف نہیں ہیں۔۔۔ ہم دنیا کی بد ترین قوم ہیں۔۔۔ جب خود ہر پاکستانی اپنے نفس اور اعمال پر گواہ ہے تو کیوں نہیں اس گناہوں کی دلدل سے نکلتے۔۔۔ کیوں نہیں تلاش کرتے اس کتاب میں واپسی کا راستہ۔۔۔

اور کیوں الزامات لگاتے ہیں رب پر کہ دعائیں قبول نہیں کرتا۔۔۔ اس نے تو ہمیشہ کی طرح آج بھی پاکستانیوں کی ہی سنی اور انھی کو نوازا۔۔۔ ساری دنیا جب پانی کی قلت سے پریشان ہے پاکستانیوں کو سالوں کے پانی کا ذخیرہ دیا اسکی منصوبہ بندی نہیں کی ضائع کردیا تو الله کا کیا قصور کہ اس کو کہیں کہ عذاب بھیج دیا۔۔۔ الله نے تو ہماری بد اعمالیوں اور جہالتوں کو نظرانداز کرکے رحمت کے مہینے میں اپنے فضل سے نوازا تھا۔۔۔ لیکن ہمیں اسکی رحمتیں سمیٹنے کا سلیقہ بھی نہیں آتا۔۔۔
قرآن میں ہی ہے نہ کہ جب پورے عرب میں قحط پڑا تھا تو کس طرح حضرت یوسف علیہ السلام نے پلینگ سے اپنے ملک کوہی نہیں بچایا بلکہ دوسرے علاقوں سے آنے والوں کو بھی غلہ دیا۔۔۔
اور منصوبہ بندی نہ ہونے کی شکایت جاہلوں سے اور غیر پڑھے لکھے لوگوں سے نہیں کی جاتی بلکہ اسکی تمام ترذمہ داری تعلیم یافتہ اور با شعور لوگوں پر آتی ہے۔۔۔ وہی آگے حالات سے نمٹنے کے لئے لوگوں کو تیار کرتے ہیں۔۔۔ بات کرتے ہیں کہ آگے کس چیز میں فائدہ ہے کس میں نقصان۔۔۔  کیا چیزیں اشد ضروری ہیں۔۔۔ لوگوں کا ذہن بناتے ہیں کہ کون سے مطالبات وقت کی اہم ضرورت ہیں۔۔۔ سیاسی جانوروں کو اس وقت ذرا لگام ہے۔۔۔  ڈیمز کے لیے عوامی رائےبنانے کا اس سے اچھا موقع اور کب ملے گا۔۔۔ اگر صفائی کا انتظام ہو تو ملک سے بلاوجہ کی بیماریاں تو ویسے ہی ختم ہو جائیں۔۔۔ چارسو چھہ سو گز کے ہالز خالی پڑے ہیں اور لاکھوں لوگ سڑکوں پر بے آسرا۔۔۔ سیلاب سے لوگ بے گھر ہوئے ہیں معذور نہیں۔۔۔ ان کے الرجال قوامون کو روتا سسکتا دکھانے کے بجائے انھی کی بھلائی کے کاموں کےلئے استعمال کیا جاسکتاہے۔۔۔  اور انکی عورتوں اور بچوں کی تربیت کا کوئی انتظام کیا جاسکتا ہے۔۔۔ سیلاب کا کارنامہ یہ بھی ہے کہ لاکھوں کو وڈیروں اور جاگیرداروں کے چنگل سے نکال لایا ہے۔۔۔ انکے فرسودہ رسم و رواج بھی بھلا دئے فی الحال۔۔۔ اب دیکھیں یہ کس کے ہتھےچڑھتے ہیں۔۔۔

ملک سے باہر رہنے والے پاکستانی اگر خود کو اب بھی اس قوم کا حصہ سمجھتے ہیں تو وہ صرف عطیات بھیج کر بلا ٹالنے کے علاوہ سیاسی شیطانوں کو پریشرائز کرسکتے ہیں بہت سے کاموں کے لئے۔۔۔ کیونکہ شیطان بہرحال شیطان ہے انسان کے مقابلے پہ کمزور ہوتا ہے۔۔۔

یہ مسئلہ توایک لمبے عرصہ کے لئے ہے اور ریسورسز کم۔۔۔ اور اس آفت سےبڑاعذاب وہ غیر ملکی فوجی ہیں جو جہاں اتر جائیں وہاں آسیب کی طرح چمٹ جاتے ہیں۔۔۔
یا الله اس قوم میں جو لوگ آپکے نزدیک باشعورہیں انکے کاموں میں آسانیاں پیدا فرمادیں اور جو بے شعور ہیں انھیں شعور دیں اور پاکستان کی حفاظت فرمائیں ہر ملکی اور غیر ملکی آسیب کے شر سے۔۔۔ آمین۔۔۔
 August 17, 2010

سیلاب کی تباہ کاریاں جاری ہیں۔۔۔ مستقبل قریب تک کوئی آثار نہیں کہ حکومت کی طرف سے کبھی کوئی منصوبہ بندی سامنے آئے گی۔۔۔ لہذا کرنا سب کچھہ لوگوں کو ہی پڑے گا۔۔۔ لاکھوں لوگوں کے لئے آخر کتنے لوگ والنٹئر کر سکتے ہیں اورکب تک۔۔۔ کتنے ڈاکٹرز کتنے فوڈ سپلائرز وہاں جا سکتے ہیں۔۔۔ کتنے لوگ کہاں تک سفر کر سکتے ہیں۔۔۔ کیونکہ جتنے لوگ وہاں جاتے ہیں وہ فی الوقت تو وہیں کا حصہ بن جاتے ہیں وہ کب تک وہاں رہ سکتے ہیں۔۔۔ پھر یہ زلزلہ تو ہے نہیں۔۔۔ ہر جگہ پانی ہی پانی ہے۔۔۔ جو آٹا چاول بھیجیں گے وہ کدھر پکے گا کیسے پکے گا۔۔۔ سیلاب سے متاثرہ لوگ جب تک اس گند گی میں رہیں گے بیمار ہی رہیں گے۔۔۔ پہلے ہی وہ لوگ زندگی کے شعور سے نا آشنا تھے۔۔۔ یہ بدحالی تو سونے پہ سہا گہ ہے۔۔۔اگر متاثرہ خاندانوں نے کہیں کچی بستیاں آباد کرنی شروع کر دیں تو وہ بھی مسئلہ ہوگا۔۔۔

فوج وہ واحد ادارہ ہےجو کچھہ بھی کرسکتا ہے بہترین طریقے سے۔۔۔ لیکن ہم اسے ہر تھوڑے عرصے میں بدترین طریقے سے تھکا دیتے ہیں۔۔۔ لوگوں کے موبلائزنہ ہونے کی وجوہات بہت ساری ہیں۔۔۔ کراچی میں کچھہ دن پہلے کے حا لات۔۔۔ مہنگائی۔۔۔ خاص کر لڑکیوں یا خواتین کی سیکیورٹی۔۔۔ اداروں اور جماعتوں پر بے اعتباری۔۔۔ اورکچھہ ناکافی معلومات۔۔۔ لوگ بہت کچھہ کرنا چاہ رہے ہیںمگر منصوبہ بندی نہیں ہے۔۔۔

یہ اعلان کردیں کہ خصوصا کیا آئٹمز چاہیں۔۔۔ دواؤں کے نام اور کتنی تعداد میں۔۔۔ بسکٹ کےکتنے ہزار یا لاکھہ ڈبے۔۔۔ یا جو بھی چیز ہے ضروری اسکانام اور تعداد بتادیں تاکہ لوگ صرف انھیں چیزوں پر پیسے خرچ کریں۔۔۔ یہ بھی بتادیں کہ کس جگہ وہ چیزیں پہنچانی ہیں۔۔۔ کیمپس کے لئے بھی والنٹیرز کو آلٹرنیٹ کردیں تاکہ کوئی بھی کام مسلسل ہو سکے۔۔۔
جو لوگ کچھہ کرنا چاہ رہے ہیں انھیں اگر اس بات پہ راضی کرلیا جائے کہ وہ اپنے علاقوں میں کچھہ متاثرہ خاندانوں کی ذمہ داری سنبھال لیں۔۔۔علاقے کے لوگ باری باری کچھہ گھنٹے یا دن اپنے لحاظ سے سیٹ کر لیں۔۔۔ انکے کھانے کپڑے اور دوسرے انتظامات۔۔۔ نزدیک میں خواتین بھی آسانی سے آنا جانا کر سکتی ہیں۔۔۔ اور ساتھہ اپنا گھر بھی سنبھال سکتی ہیں۔۔۔

یہ ایک دو مہینے کی بات تو ہے نہیں۔۔۔ ایک علاقے سے کام شروع ہوگا توآہستہ آہستہ لوگ ایکدوسرے کو دیکھہ کر انکریج ہوں گے۔۔۔  تو اور لوگ بھی ذمہ داری لیں گے۔۔۔ کام بانٹنے سے کم ہوگا۔۔۔

  August 14, 2010

SURAH AL-BAQARAH/THE COW

“Those who spend their substance in the cause of Allah, and follow not up their gifts with reminders of their generosity or with injury,-for them their reward is with their Lord: on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve… Kind words and the covering of faults are better than charity followed by injury. Allah is free of all wants, and He is Most-Forbearing… O ye who believe! cancel not your charity by reminders of your generosity or by injury,- like those who spend their substance to be seen of men, but believe neither in Allah nor in the Last Day. They are in parable like a hard, barren rock, on which is a little soil: on it falls heavy rain, which leaves it (Just) a bare stone. They will be able to do nothing with aught they have earned. And Allah guideth not those who reject faith”…. 262-264

“O ye who believe! Give of the good things which ye have (honourably) earned, and of the fruits of the earth which We have produced for you, and do not even aim at getting anything which is bad, in order that out of it ye may give away something, when ye yourselves would not receive it except with closed eyes. And know that Allah is Free of all wants, and worthy of all praise”… 267

“(Charity is) for those in need, who, in Allah’s cause are restricted (from travel), and cannot move about in the land, seeking (For trade or work): the ignorant man thinks, because of their modesty, that they are free from want. Thou shalt know them by their (Unfailing) mark: They beg not importunately from all the sundry. And whatever of good ye give, be assured Allah knoweth it well… Those who (in charity) spend of their goods by night and by day, in secret and in public, have their reward with their Lord: on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve”… 273-274

بڑی خواہش تھی کہ چودہ اگست رمضان میں آئے۔۔۔ الله کی دو بہترین نعمتیں یعنی رمضان اور آزادی ایکساتھہ جمع ہونگی تو جوش جذبہ دیکھنے کے قابل ہوگا۔۔۔ الله کا کرم ہوااور آج تیسرا روزہ چودہ اگست کے ساتھہ مل گیا۔۔۔ اگلے دو سال بھی یوم آزادی رمضان میں ہی پڑے گا۔۔۔
کل شام باہر نکلے تو کافی دیر مختلف علاقوں کی مارکیٹس گھوم پھر کرپتہ چلاکہ تقریبا نووے فیصدبازار بند تھا۔۔۔  میں نے وجہ معلوم کی۔۔۔ رکشہ والے نےبڑا عجیب سا جملہ کہا کہ پہلا دوسرا روزہ ہے تنگ کررہا ہے لوگ تھکے ہوئے ہیں چٹھے ساتویں روز تک ٹھیک ہو جائے گا۔۔۔ پھر بولا کہ کل سے کراچی سنسان پڑا ہے ہم بھی گاڑی لے کر گھوم رہے ہیں کام نہیں ہے۔۔۔۔۔۔ کسی نے کہا کہ اصل میں تراویح کی وجہ سے بند ہےسب۔۔۔۔۔۔۔ پھر چودہ اگست کے اسٹالز سنسان دیکھے۔۔۔ یہ صرف جوش وجذبہ دکھانے کا ذریعہ ہی نہیں تھے بلکہ طلبہ کے لئےایک کمائی کا ذریعہ بھی تھے۔۔۔
رکشہ والے سے تو میں نے کہا بھائی روزہ تنگ کرہا ہے۔۔۔ روزہ تو پہلے دس دنوں میں رحمت ہے اگلے دس دنوں میں مغفرت اور پھر دوزخ سے آزادی۔۔۔ اور رمضان تو ہر سال آتا ہےاپنے وقت پر۔۔۔ ہم ہی بے وقت اور بے اصول ہوکر خود پر تھکن چڑھاتے ہیں۔۔۔

تراویح کی تھکن بھی اسلئےہے کہ رسول نے جس عبادت کو تیس دنوں میں ادا کیاآسانی کے لئے۔۔۔اسےچھہ اور دس دنوں میں سمیٹ کر بوجھہ  بنا لیاکہ بعد میں لگ کے کمائی کرینگے۔۔۔ پہلی بات تو یہ کہ چھہ یا دس روزہ تراویح میںبھی تین گھنٹے سے زیادہ نہیں لگتے۔۔۔ نو سے بارہ ختم ہو جاتی ہے۔۔۔ اسکے بعد کھانا کھائیں تو سحری کی ضرورت نہیں رہتی۔۔۔ تین چار گھنٹوں کی نیند مل جاتی ہے۔۔۔ فجر پڑھ کر دوبارہ سوئیں تو صبح دس گیارہ بجے تک پانچ چھہ گھنٹےاور مل جاتے ہیں تراویح کی تھکن اتارنے کے لئے۔۔۔ اسکے بعد تو انسان یا مسلمان کو تازہ دم ہو جانا چاہیے۔۔۔ گیارہ سے چھہ یعنی کہ آٹھہ گھنٹے کاروبار ہو سکتا ہے۔۔۔۔۔۔ لیکن سنت رسول کی تراویح عشاء کی نماز سمیت ایک گھنٹے میں ختم ہو جاتی ہے۔۔۔ لہذا رات کو ہی پانچ چھہ گھنٹوں کی نیند ہو جاتی ہے۔۔۔ پھر فجر کے بعد دو تین گھنٹے اور سو لیں تب بھی صبح نو سے شام تک نو گھنٹے مل جاتے ہیں کمائی کے۔۔۔ یہ کس قسم کے روزے ہیں کہ دن میں سب کاروبار لپیٹ کر سو گئے اور رات کو سڑکوں پر دھما چوکڑی کرو۔۔۔ جیسے کہ یہودی رات کو روزہ رکھہ کر سوجاتے تھے اور دن میں دنیاداری۔۔۔ اپنی تنخواہ کٹانے کا کام کیا بھی تو فوج نے۔۔۔

ہم نے اس ملک کو جس جہنم کی طرف دھکیلا ہے اس جہنم سے آزادی کے لئے با ایمان ہی نہیں بلکہ ایماندار اور با اصول ہونا لازمی ہے۔۔۔  یہی تو وقت ہے کہ چھٹی کے دن بھی چھٹی نہ کریں بلکہ اس دن کی کمائی حقداروں تک پہنچادیں۔۔۔ یہ بھی بہت بڑی عبادت ہے ورنہ ادھر سے مانگ کر ادھر دینے کا کام تو ہو ہی رہا ہے۔۔۔

غزوہ تبوک کے موقع پر جبکہ ہر لحاظ سے زندگی کی بد ترین آزمائشوں کا سامنا تھا۔۔۔ رسول کی پکار پرسب نے بڑھ بڑھ کر صدقات دئے۔۔۔ ایک بزرگ صحابی جو کہ نہایت نادار تھےساری رات ایک یہودی کے باغ میں محنت کرتے ہیں۔۔۔ یہودی انھیں صبح ہونے پرمٹھی بھر کھجوریں پکڑادیتا ہے۔۔۔ وہ یہ کھجوریں لے کر رسول کے پاس جاتے ہیں اور چپکے سےدینے کی کوشش  کرتے ہیں کہ شرمندگی نہ ہو۔۔۔ رات بھر میں مسجد نبوی میں سامان کا ڈھیر لگ چکا تھا جس میں سیدنا ابو بکر و عمر سمیت سب کا مال شامل تھا۔۔۔ رسول وہ چند کھجوریں اس ڈھیر پر بکھراکر فرماتے ہیں کہ اب الله نے یہ سب قبول کیا ہے۔۔۔

وہ بہترین طریقہ زندگی کو جس کو ہم اسلام کہتے ہیں اور جس کی تاریخ پاکیزہ اور انسانیت سے محبت کرنے والوں سے بھری پڑی ہے انکو نظرانداز کر کے جب کوئی مسلمان مجھہ سے یہ کہتاکہ آپ انڈین فلمیں نہیں دیکھتی ورنہ فلاں فلاں فلم میں اتنا اچھاسبق دیا ہے انسانیت کا توخدا کی قسم دل کرتاہے ایک رکھہ کر منہ پر دوں اور پوچھوں کھبی سوچاہےکہ ہم کو کہاں سے سیکھنا تھا اور کس کو سکھانا تھا۔۔۔ ایشوریا رائے اور شاہ رخ خان سے انسانیت سیکھہ کر سیدہ فاطمہ الزھرہ اور علی جیسے انسانیت کے کام کئے جا سکتے ہیں کہ یہودی بھی جنکے کردار کی گواہی دیں۔۔۔
کچھہ عرصہ پہلے ہی امریکہ کی ایک عدالت میں دو مسلمان گروپوں کا کیس گیا جنکا جگھڑا ایک مسجد پر تھا۔۔۔ جج یہودی تھا۔۔۔ اس نےسارا معاملہ سن کے کہا۔۔۔ کبھی جو ہمیں قانون سکھایا کرتے تھے آج ہم سے فیصلے کراتے ہیں۔۔۔
یہ مسلماں ہیں جنھیں دیکھہ کے شرمائیں یہود۔۔۔۔۔۔
یا الله۔۔۔ آپ نے تین بہترین شناخت کے ساتھہ دنیا میں بھیجا۔۔۔ انسان بنایا۔۔۔ مسلمان بنایا۔۔۔ پاکستانی بنایا۔۔۔ انھیں تین پہچان کے ساتھہ واپس بلائیے گا۔۔۔ اسطرح کہ تینوں کا حق ادا ہو چکا ہو۔۔۔آمین
Ramadan ka Pakistan – August 8, 2010

رمضان کی تیاری۔۔۔ رمضان ہمارے محلے کے نکڑ پہ رہنے والا ایک غریب اور سادہ شخص۔۔۔ ہروقت ہرایک کی مدد کے لئے تیار۔۔۔ کسی سے شکوہ نہیں۔۔۔ نہ ہی تقدیرسے گلہ۔۔۔ جیساجس نےدن بھر سلوک کیا۔۔۔ رات سونے سے پہلے سبکو معاف کردیا۔۔۔ اپنی محنت کو اپنی تقدیر سمجھنا اسکی فطرت۔۔۔ حیا اتنی کہ کسی کوآنکھہ اٹھا کر نہ دیکھے۔۔۔ وفا اتنی کہ دشمن کے لئے بھی واپسی کا روازہ کھلا رکھے۔۔۔ سخی اتنا کہ کچھہ بھی نہ ہو تو ایک مسکراہٹ کے ساتھہ سلام توضرور ہی پیش کردے۔۔۔ اسکی سب سے بہترین عادت تھی کہ فرائض کو سرعام اور نوافل کو چھپ کر ادا کرتا۔۔۔  خاموشی کے ساتھہ کسی کو تکلیف دئیے بغیر گذر جانا اس کا مزاج ۔۔۔ بچے بوڑھے جوان, کسی کو اس سے شکایت نہیں۔۔۔۔ لوگ جب اس سے ان تمام باتوں کاسبب پوچھتے تو جواب دیتا کہ یہ سب تو میرے رب سے ملنے کی تیاری ہے۔۔۔ شاید یہ رمضان کی ہی برکتیں تھیں جو اس محلے پر کوئی آفت نہیں ٹوٹی تھی۔۔۔ کوئی مصیبت نہیں آئی تھی۔۔۔۔۔۔ لیکن جس دن سے رمضان کا انتقال ہوا ہے لوگ ہر سال اسکی برسی دھوم دھام سے مناتےہیں۔۔۔ اتنی دھوم دھام سے کہ شور شرابے اور ہلڑ بازی میں اسکے نقش قدم پہ چلنا بھول جاتے ہیں۔۔۔ ہر سال اسکے تیس روزہ عرس کے موقع پر وہ دھما چوکڑی مچتی ہے کہ خدا کی پناہ۔۔۔ اسکے سوگ میں دن بھر کچھہ نہیں کھاتے مگر شام ہوتےہی۔۔۔

ویسےکیا خیال ہے۔۔۔ کیسا ہوگا ہمارا رب۔۔۔اس سے مانگے والے تو ہم سب ہیں اس سے ڈرنے اور اس کے نام پہ مرنے مارنے والے بھی۔۔۔ کوئی اسکے بارے سوچنے والا بھی ہے۔۔۔  جیسے سوچا جاتا ہے کسی اپنے کے بارے میں۔۔۔ جوانسان کے دل میں رہنا چاہے اسے آسمانوںمیں گم کردیا۔۔۔ اب جب ضرورت پڑتی ہے تو چیخ چیخ کر اسے پکارتے ہیں۔۔۔ اسے اتنی دور کیوں کر دیا کہ چیخنا پڑے۔۔۔ وہ پتھر کا بت نہیں جیتا جاگتا باتیں کرتا ہوا رب ہے۔۔۔ ہمارے سیاستدانوں کی طرح غافل نہیں۔۔۔ ہر وقت اپنے ایک ایک بندے کے حال سے باخبر۔۔۔ کھبی چاہتاہے اسے لوگ جماعت میں یاد کریں تو کھبی تنہائی میں۔۔۔ کھبی خاموشی سےصبر کرلیں اورکھبی بچوں کی طرح رو رو کر مانگیں۔۔۔ کھبی اسکی باتیں سنی ہیں۔۔۔ کتنی تسلیاں دیتا ہے اور ایک بھی جھوٹی نہیں۔۔۔

کھبی محسوس کیا ہے کہ اس کی پیدا کی ہوئی ساری چیزیں اس کی مخبر ہیں۔۔۔ پھول پودے درخت پانی مٹی پتھر ہوا بادل جانور پرندے لکڑی لوہا۔۔۔ ہر چیز ہمیں گھور رہی ہوتی ہے۔۔۔ اسی لئے امی کہتی تھیں چیزوں کو احتیاط سے استعمال کیا کرو چیزوں کی قدر کیا کرو تاکہ یہ تمھاری قدر کریں۔۔۔

خدا کی قسم ہم پاکستانیوں نے الله کی چیزوں کا اسکی نعمتوں کا حق نہیں پہچانا۔۔۔ توڑ پھوڑکرنا۔۔۔ بربادکرنا۔۔۔ چھین لینا۔۔۔ نکال دینا۔۔۔ بند کردینا۔۔۔ آگ لادینا۔۔۔ صوبوں کو توڑ کر چھوٹا کردینا کیوں کہ ہمار سیاستدانوں سے سنبھالے نہیں جاتے۔۔۔ جس زمین پر اپنے ہاتھوں سے پھول لگائے جا سکتے ہوں اسے تھوک تھوک کر غلیظ بنادینا۔۔۔  ہم ان سب سے غافل ہوئے ہیں مگر نہ الله غافل نہ اسکی چیزیں غافل۔۔۔ اب شاید ان کے بدلہ لینے کا وقت ہے۔۔۔۔

۔۔۔۔۔ کہہ دو الله فرماتا ہے کہ اےمیرے بندوں۔۔۔ جنھوں نے ظلم کیا ہے اپنی جانوں پر۔۔۔ مایوس نہ ہونا الله کی رحمت سے۔۔۔ بلا شبہ معاف کردیتاہےسارے گناہ۔۔۔ یقینا وہ تو ہے ہی گناہ معاف فرمانے والا مہربان۔۔۔۔۔۔۔ پلٹ آؤ اپنے رب کی طرف اور فرماں بردار بن جاؤ اس سے پہلے کہ آجائے تم پر عذاب اورپھر نہ مدد مل سکے تمھیں کہیں سے بھی۔۔۔۔۔۔ سورہ الزمر آیت چون پچپن۔۔۔۔
۔۔۔۔۔۔ نہیں پچان سکے یہ الله کو جیسا کہ حق ہےاسکو پہچاننے کا۔۔۔ جبکہ اسکی شان یہ ہے کہ زمین ساری کی ساری اسکی مٹھی میں ہوگی قیامت کے دن اور آسمان لپٹےہوئے ہوں گے اسکے ہاتھہ میں۔۔۔ پاک ہے وہ اور بالاتر اس شرک سے جویہ کرتے ہیں۔۔۔ سورہ الزمر آیت سرسٹھہ۔۔۔۔۔

Ramadan’s Blessings – August 1, 2010

يُِرِيدُاللهُ بِكُمُ اليُسرَ وَلايُرِيدُ بِكُمُ العُسرَ۔۔۔۔۔۔۔۔

الله تمھارے لئے آسانیاں چاہتا ہے اور نہیں چاہتا وہ تمھارے لئے مشکلات۔۔۔۔۔۔۔۔سورہ البقرہ

رمضان کی برکات شروع ہونے سے پہلے ہی حادثات شروع ہو چکے ہیں۔۔۔جو گھرانے ان حادثات سے متاثر ہوئے انکی عید تو کیا ہی ہو گی۔۔۔  گیلی سڑکوں کے بعد ریتیلی سڑکیں۔۔۔ اس گندگی میں تہذیب یافتہ انسان قدم رکھنا پسند نہیں کرتے۔۔۔ فرشتوں جیسی پاک مخلوق کہاں سے نازل ہونگے۔۔۔ اور اگر رسول کی سواری اور علی اور حسین کی ہمارے درمیان آمد کی باتیں درست ہیں تو مجھے سمجھہ نہیں آتا کہ اتنی غلاظت کو وہ پاک ہستیاں برداشت کیسے کرتی ہونگی۔۔۔ مسجد جانے والے نمازیوں نے کھبی اپنے حلیے پہ نظر ڈالی ہے۔۔۔ مسجدوں کے اندر باہر کا حال دیکھا ہے۔۔۔ کیا رمضان اور کیا رمضان کی برکات۔۔۔۔۔۔ اس پہ تماشہ یہ کہ ہمارے علاقے میں شراب خانہ کھول دیا گیا ہے۔۔۔ مطلب یہ کہ قدرت کی طرف سے آزمائشیں ایکطرف۔۔۔ لیکن ایکدوسرے کو آزمانے کا کوئی موقع ہاتھہ سے جانے نہیں دیتے۔۔۔ بجائے اسکے کہ قوم کو منشیات سے پاک کرتے۔۔۔ جو حواسوں میں رہ گئے ہیں ان کوبھی مدہوش کرنے کا پکا انتظام کرلیا۔۔۔ ایم کیو ایم کا کنٹرول ہے علاقے میں۔۔۔ لیکن یہ پوچھنے کی جرات کون کرے کہ آپکے شیخ تو قرآن کی آیات سے اپنا فرمان شروع کرتے ہیں۔۔۔ شراب والی آیات تک ابھی پہنچے نہیں کیا۔۔۔۔

عوام کا حال یہ ہے کہ بازار نکل جائیں توہر دوسری خاتون کیساتھہ تین چار بچے۔۔۔ ایک میاں نے پکڑا ہوا ہے۔۔۔ پہلے نمبر والی نےتیسرے کو اٹھایا ہوا ہے۔۔۔ چوتھے یا پانچویں کی آمد واضح ہے۔۔۔ سب پسینے سے بےحال۔۔۔ اتنا نہیں سوچتے کہ اگر کچھہ ہوجائے۔۔۔ بھگدڑ مچ جائےتو ان معصوم بچوں کا کیا ہوگا۔۔۔ ملک کے  حالات سبکے سامنے ہیں۔۔۔ ابھی تک تو ہم حکومتی اور عوامی سطح پر بھکاری ہی پیدا کرپائے ہیں۔۔۔ بجائے کہ احتیاط سے کام لیں اور جانوروں کا ریوڑ بن جاتے ہیں۔۔۔
ابھی رمضان میں بھی یہی حال ہو گا۔۔۔ کون سی حدیث میں لکھا ہے کہ روزانہ پکوڑوں کے بغیرافطاری نہیں ہوتی۔۔۔ سیدھا سیدھا ڈائریکٹ کھانا کھا لیں۔۔۔ روزانہ اتنے برتن دھونا۔۔۔ تھکن الگ اور پانی کا زیاں الگ۔۔۔ پھر آئے دن کبھی محلے میں افطاری جارہی ہے کبھی افطار پارٹیاں ہو رہی ہیں۔۔۔ بھئی نیکی ہی کمانی ہے تو افطاریوں اور پارٹیوں کا حساب کتاب لگا کر اتنے ہی روپوں سے کسی کے گھر میں راشن بھر وادیں۔۔۔ شاید اس مہینے کسی کو آسانیاں فراہم کرنے سے ہمارا سال آسانی سے کٹ جائے۔۔۔  اور جو مسجدوں میں کھانا بھجوائیں تو ساتھہ میں کھانے کے آداب بھی یاد کرادیں۔۔۔۔۔
ایک ڈرامہ اور دیکھا۔۔۔ اپنے علاقے میں سیلانی ویلفیر کا بینر۔۔۔۔ روزانہ پچاس ہزار لوگوں کو عزت و تکریم کے ساتھہ مفت کھانا۔۔۔ فی آدمی دن کا کھانا اگر کم از کم پچاس روپے بھی ہے تو روزانہ حساب لگالیں کتنا بن گیا۔۔۔ میرا خیال ہے دو کروڑ پانچ  لاکھہ۔۔۔ مہینے کے بنے پچھتر کروڑ۔۔۔ سال کا حساب خود کرلیں۔۔ کون اتنے عطیات دے رہاہے۔۔۔ اتنی دولت سے تو کیا کیا نہیں ہو سکتا۔۔۔۔۔۔ لوگوں کو عزت کےساتھہ مفت خوری کا عادی بنانا کون سی نیکی ہے۔۔۔   اور کچھہ نہیں تو ان کو گلیاں صاف کرنے کاکام دےدیں۔۔۔ انکی عزت نفس کو جگائیں۔۔۔۔۔ ویسے ان جیسے دینی لوگوں کی اچھی ذہنی ہم آآہنگی اور ورکنگ کوآرڈینیشن ہے قوم کو غلامی پہ فخریہ جمائے رکھنے کی۔۔۔ ادھر سے بے نظیر کے نام پر بھیک چل رہی ہے۔
روزانہ ایک تسبیح اس قوم کی عزت نفس جگانے کے لئے پڑھیں شاید اس ذلت سے نجات مل جائے۔۔۔۔
Fard and Nafil – July 20, 2010

بابا کاپہلا اعتکاف یاد ہے۔ بیسواں روزہ تھا جیکسن ہائٹس کی مسجد میں کسی نے اعتکاف کے لئے نام نہیں دیا۔ ماما سے مغرب کے بعد بات ہوئی تو انھوں نےبابا سے ذکر کیاکہ اگرکوئی ایک بھی بیٹھہ جائے تو فرض کفایھ ہو جائے گا ورنہ پورے علاقے کے مسلمان مردوں کی پوچھہ ہوگی۔ بابا نے گھرآکر اعتکاف کااعلان کردیا۔ پھر آگے بھی دو تین سال کیا۔ ایک سال یہ بھی ہواکہ کسی نے رات کو موم بتی جلائی اور خود سو گئے۔ ہوا سے پردہ ہلااور آگ پکڑ لی۔ مسجد بیسمنٹ میں تھی اور دروازے بند اسلئے دھوئیں سے جلد ہی سب کی آنکھہ کھل گئی۔ بھاگ دوڑ مچی پانی کے لئے۔ بابا نے جب دیکھا کہ آگ اوپر تک پہنچ گئی ہے تو انھوں نے دونوں ہاتھوں سے پردہ تھاما اور نیچے تک آگ بجھاتے چلے گئے۔ ہتھیلیاں کافی جل چکی تھیں لیکن انھوں نے اعتکاف نہیں توڑا وہیں کوئی دوائی لگائی۔ ہمیں عید کی چاند رات کو پتہ چلا۔ بابا کونفلی عبادت میں بھی فرض ادا کرنے کا موقع مل گیا۔ بھئ لکڑی کی توعمارتیں ہوتی ہیں وہاں اورجو زیادہ نقصان ہوتا تو مسجد بند ہو جاتی اور بدنامی الگ۔ اسے کہتے ہیں مرد اور مردانگی۔
یہ بات سمجھہ نہیں آئی کہ جس ملک میں بجلی نہیں جاتی وہاں ان بزرگ نے موم بتی کیوں جلائی۔

اچھا دیکھیں ایک عجیب بات یہ ہے کہ جن اعمال کا الله سبحانہ وتعالی کے ہاں جواب دینا ہے یعنی فرائض۔ ان پر کوئی توجہ نہیں البتہ نفلی عبادتوں پر کتابوں کی کتابیں چھاپ دیں گے ایکدوسرے کا سرپھاڑ دیں گے۔ ابھی شب معراج گذری ہے  اوراب شب برات کا موقع ہے پھررمضان کااعتکاف۔ یہ سب نفل ہیں جن کی پو چھہ نہیں ہے لیکن ماشاءالله ہمارے علماء نے انھیں فرائض کے برابر لا کھڑا کیا ہے۔
پندرہ شعبان کے دوسرے دن سب آفسز اوراسکولوں سے چھٹی کرکےبیٹھے ہوتے ہیں۔ بے چارے رات بھر کی تھکن کے مارے۔ حالانکہ کمانا اور علم حاصل کرنایا علم دینا دونوں فرائض ہیں۔ لیکن رات بھر کے ہلے گلے اور مقابلہ بازی کو دوسرے دن کام چوری کا بہانہ بنایاجاتاہے۔
یہی حال اعتکاف کا ہے۔ سارے نکمے اور کام چور رمضان کے آخری عشرے میں مسجدوں کا رخ کرتے ہیں۔ دس دن تک آرام اور سارا سال پھٹکار اوردھتکار کے بعد اس بہانےذرا عزت مل جاتی ہے۔ مولوی حضرات بھی خوب مٹھائیاں اور کپڑے بٹورتے ہیں خاص طور پر ایسے لوگوں کی حوصلہ افزائی کرکے۔ کبھی یہ نہیں پوچھیں گے کہ بھئ تم ہٹے کٹے ہوخود بھی کماؤ اور دوسروں کو بھی کھلاؤ۔ گھر میں ماں باپ بہن بھائیوں کوشاید تمھاری ضرورت تونہیں ہے۔ تعلیم مکمل ہو چکی ہے۔ پڑوس میں کوئی بیمار بھوکا تو نہیںچھوڑ آئے۔  لیکن اگر ہمارے دینی حضرات اتنے باشعور ہو گئے تو بے چاروں کے نفلی کاروبارکیسے چلیں گے ماشاءالله محنت کی تو عادت ہوتی نہیں ہے کچھہ سیھکنے سکھانے میں دل نہیں لگتا۔

 

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