Indeed, mankind is in loss

Posted February 16, 2010 by myislamicblog
Categories: Al-Asr

1- By time, Indeed,
2- mankind is in loss,
3- Except for those who have believed and done righteous deeds and advised each other to truth and advised each other to patience. (Al-Asr 1-3);

I recently listened to a beautiful explanation of Surah Al-Asr by brother Nauman from (Alabayyinah Institute) and really wanted to share some points in my own words that deeply touched me. Most of us have already memorized this short Surah by heart and recite it every now and then during our Salah, but don’t always reflect upon the deep and comprehensive wisdom behind its message. Allah(SWT) is addressing to humanity after swearing by the “passing time” that every one among us is at loss unless he does the 4 actions that are prescribed for him. We have to keep in mind that these all 4 actions bonded together are the bare minimum for us to simply save ourselves from being thrown into hell fire or in other words just obtaining the passing marks in the test of this life(slightly above the F grade). By following these 4 essential steps, we are infect just getting to the point from where we can excel to the real success by striving for the paradise and then even go beyond by attaining its higher levels or academically speaking, raise ourselves to the better grades of C, B and A respectively.

Most of the humanity is unconscious of the reality of this life and hence ends up wasting their entire time while living in a fantasy world with material goals and objectives as their primary reason of existence. Just to better explain this idea, visualize a person who is lying in middle of a lake in an unconscious state. What would be the first thing that should happen to him so he could survive? Naturally he has to gain consciousness followed by the rest of the efforts that would eventually get him over to the land. As per the first action mentioned in Al-Asr, with the help of our Imaan (believe in Allah’s(SWT) oneness, the angels, the books, the messengers, the day of judgment and the destiny), our unconscious state is broken which is nothing but a precursor to making effort towards our ultimate goal of survival from the hell fire. If this drowning person, after gaining his conscious state, ignores the current situation simply because he was in the middle of a really fancy dream and tries to go back to sleep instead of making struggle to save himself from drowning, his loss will be imminent just like a person without Imaan on the day of judgment.

The 2nd action mentioned in Al-Asr is an emphasis towards doing good deeds (Amal-e-Saleh) which could be equated with trying to swim towards the land. However, as soon as that person begins his struggle he finds out that he is chained with other unconscious people who are somehow related to him e.g. his wife, kids, parents, cousins, uncles, aunts, friends etc. The next logical step he would require to take for his own survival is to wake up those who are chained with him, explain to them the gravity of the situation and that they are all going to die unless they help each other. This can be equated to the 3rd action mentioned in Al-Asr (Watawasau-Bil-Haq) which is to advice each other of the truth. Just like that drowning person doesn’t have the luxury or choice of not to make effort for waking up the others chained to him for his own survival, a Muslim doesn’t have a choice but to constantly advice others about the truth and make every last effort to bring them on the straight path to Allah(SWT) in the foot steps of our beloved Prophet (SAW).

Suppose if one of the person in the chained group gives up due to this tough situation, everyone will have to drag his body to the shore and in that effort they may end up drowning all together. Hence everyone of them, in addition to making effort, has to constantly reassure every other person in the group that if they work together they will surely make it to the shore. Just like that, the Muslim Ummah is a single unit and hence every individual Muslim is to help out the other Muslim belonging to the circle of his community, family and friend not only by preaching the truth but also by strengthening each other emotionally in thick in thin by constant reassurances and reminders of the Allah’s(SWT) promises and help which is what the 4th and last part of our required effort is about according to Al-Asr (Watawasau-Bis-Sabr) . We Muslims not only have to make others recognize the truth but also constantly advice and help each other to be persistent and patient amongst all the worldly calamities and tests they we will be subjected to during this life.

In essence, if an individual doesn’t perform his duty till his last breath as prescribed in Surah Al-Asr, he will fail to achieve the bare minimum required to survive on the day of judgment since the lack of any of the 4 actions will surely undermine his chances of success.

May Allah(SWT) help us not only to achieve this bare minimum mentioned in Surah Al-Asr but achieve beyond that, save us from the torments of hell fire and make us among the righteous ones. Ameen!

The Events of Judgment Day

Posted December 22, 2009 by myislamicblog
Categories: The Day of Judgement

Most of us must have given thought sometime in their life about what is really going to happen on the judgment day (Yaum-ul-Qiyaama). The judgment day matter is very serious and thought provoking since it won’t be like our normal any day presence in a court where one can hide or confuse the truth. Rather that day, everything will be presented in a crystal clear way. Even one’s organ will talk and confess and be witness against individuals for those who are untruthful in their statement to Allah(SWT). There won’t be any where to hide or seek help but from Allah(SWT) whose might and power would be apparent to all His beings on that day.

Our life of this world is a constant struggle against the material desires. This world according to Quran is decorated with material beauty that is nothing but a mirage and test of our believe during our submission to Allah(SWT).

That which is on earth we have made but as a glittering show for the earth, in order that We may test them – as to which of them are best in conduct. (Al-Kahaf:7)

When the veil is lifted, then the people will realize that they were actually living in a false ‘Matrix’ reality wasn’t just limited to their physical senses of their worldly existence, rather there was much more to it. However, after truth becomes apparent, the door of repentance will be closed forever and there won’t be any acceptance of the faith after that unless there was some before hand.

Nay, were ye to know with certainty of mind, (ye would beware!). Ye shall certainly see Hell-Fire!. Again, ye shall see it with certainty of sight!(At-Takathur: 5-7)

One must remember that on the day of judgment, every individual will be responsible for his/her own action and no one else will bear the burden of one’s sin but his own-self.

No bearer of burdens can bear the burden of another (Al-Isra:15)

The scale (meezan) will be brought on the day of judgment for measuring the weight of individual’s deeds. One’s deeds will only be accounted for if one came along with the believe in “Tawheed” or oneness if God along with the believe in the accountability on the day of judgment. If that element is missing, than the entire book of deed of that individual will be thrown away without accounting any of his life long list of deed.

They are those who deny the Signs of their Lord and the fact of their having to meet Him (in the Hereafter): vain will be their works, nor shall We, on the Day of Judgment, give them any weight.(Al-Kahaf:105)

However, for those who meet the minimum requirement of being judged, the weight of their deeds will be measured as per their intention. All the good deeds that they have performed during their lives will be credited to his account and all the bad deeds will be debited . If the resultant stays positive, that individual will pass the test and will be awarded paradise otherwise will be thrown into the hell fire for as long as Allah(SWT) wills.

And verily, We shall recount their whole story with knowledge, for We were never absent (at any time or place).The balance that day will be true (to nicety): those whose scale (of good) will be heavy, will prosper. Those whose scale will be light, will be their souls in perdition, for that they wrongfully treated Our signs. (Al-Araf: 7-9)

The criteria of the measurement of good and deeds will be so strict that even if a person’s tiny bit of either deed good/bad, will be put on the scale and would be accounted for.

We shall set up scales of justice for the Day of Judgment, so that not a soul will be dealt with unjustly in the least, and if there be (no more than) the weight of a mustard seed, We will bring it (to account) and enough are We to take account.(Al-Anbia:47)

Now the onus is upon us to realize what we want to do in this world and how should we struggle to improve our deeds so that we will pass the ultimate test of this life and be successful in the here after.

Free Will in Islam

Posted December 17, 2009 by myislamicblog
Categories: Free Will According To Islam

The free will is a tool given to humanity to adopt their respective ways that appeal to them. The divine guidance and signs every where around us help us in choosing wisely. The worldly punishments for the aggressors are there to establish an environment that would guarantee the security and well being of all individuals irrespective of their race, color & religion. The punishment in this world is divinely prescribed in order to get a person off the hook in the hereafter for a given crime provided the person at the same time also asks forgiveness from God for that sin. Muslims in the time of prophet presented themselves for such punishments so that they won’t have any burden of their major sins on the day of judgment. The oppression is considered worse than killing in Quran and hence those who oppress weak and helpless are to be fought against and be brought to justice. The free will to humanity is given as a criteria for the salvation in the hereafter by having the ability to chose willingly the right path to the Creator. Islam believes that every individual has the right to choose his own path and live in peace. Muslims don’t kill people who simply turn away from Islam but rather only those who also turn out to be the enemy spies and threaten the Islamic state. Prophet is reported to have left alone a person who turned apostate. Some hadeeths that people refer to about killing a person for turning apostate are not considered authentic by majority among Muslims. Quran clearly states this principal in its various verses and since Quran is the final and uncorrupted authority for us Muslims, there is no way a person could be punished for such an act.

Let there be no compulsion in religion: (Chapter 2 Al-Baqra:256)

But if they turn away, thy duty is only to preach the clear Message. (Chapter 16 An-Nahl:82)

No Compulsion

Posted December 17, 2009 by myislamicblog
Categories: Free Will According To Islam

Islam believes in the right of every person to be able to choose their religion based on their own understanding & free will. Quran professes that a person shouldn’t be forced in choosing a religion since that never was the divine intention.

So if they dispute with thee, say: “I have submitted My whole self to Allah and so have those who follow me.” And say to the People of the Book and to those who are unlearned: “Do ye (also) submit yourselves?” If they do, they are in right guidance, but if they turn back, Thy duty is to convey the Message; and in Allah’s sight are (all) His servants. (Chapter 3 Al-E-Imran:20)

If Allah wanted, no one in the entire universe would have had the courage to go against His desire but the test of this world was designed with a set of pre-defined rule to judge every individual by giving them free will for their actions. Based on that principal, prophet Muhammad(peace be upon him) propagated the religion of Islam to the followers of all faiths but no one was forced or compelled to change their religion.

Let there be no compulsion in religion: (Chapter 2 Al-Baqra:256)

Muslims are instructed to make efforts towards establishing the kingdom of heaven on this earth just like Jews and Christians before them were instructed. That effort, however, should primarily be made in a Muslim dominated society. There is no forceful conversion allowed in Islam and the history of Muslim Spain and former Indian subcontinent tells the entire story where Muslims, who ruled for centuries, are still is minority. Islam is the religion of peace standing against all aggression on this earth and is ready to offer its assistance to all humanity regardless of the faith, color, cast & nation of the suppressed.

Ground Rules For The Test of Life

Posted December 17, 2009 by myislamicblog
Categories: Free Will According To Islam

God has created us, set rules for us to follow on this earth in order to be rewarded or punished and sent His guidance to us through His messengers due to His mercy to warn us from the punishment awaiting for us all on the day of judgment. However, God doesn’t interfere in the common human matters since the test of this limited worldly life is conducted using the essence of free will. We, however, will see the consequence of all our deeds on the day of judgment and the outcome of that will determine our eternal destination. The fighting and chaos is created among humans by the satanic forces which inspire them to murder and suppress innocent people for their worldly domination. The success for all individuals lies in being righteous among all this anarchy and chaos and make constant efforts in fulfilling their divinely assigned objectives of life which is to establish the kingdom of heaven on this earth as the representative of God and be kind, generous, courteous, merciful and loving to all His creation so that we they be saved later in their REAL eternal life of the hereafter. The paradise is simply the reward of being successful in this effort and hell fire is the punishment for the individuals for not recognizing the divine truth due to their arrogance.

May Allah(SWT) guide us all and save us from the torments of hell fire. Ameen!

Importance of Ulema/Scholars in Islam

Posted December 17, 2009 by myislamicblog
Categories: Importance of Ulema/Scholars in Islam

Muslims have been instructed in Quran to seek advise of those who know a subject better than us or in other words who are scholars in their domain:

… if ye realize this not, ask of those who possess the Message. (An-Nahl:43 and Al-Anbiya:7)

Also, we Muslims have also been told to stick to our imams or the people of knowledge for the purpose of consistent guidance as even on the day of judgment we would be called upon with our respective imams in front of Allah (SWT):

One day We shall call together all human beings with their (respective) Imams …… (Al-Isra:71)

Another place, Quran honors the ulema by the following words:

.. Among the followers of Allah Almighty and knowledgeable persons (ulema) are those who are awestruck by the greatness of Allah.” (Fatir:28)

In another verse, the status of scholars is again greatly elevated by associating their testimony with that of the angels i.e. above all other creations in this entire universe. Allah (SWT) says in the Quran:

Allaah bears witness that none has the right to be worshiped but He, and the angels, and those having knowledge (Ulul-‘Ilm) (also bear witness to this); (He is always) maintaining His creation in justice. None has the right to be worshiped but He, the All-Mighty, the All-Wise. (Aal-e-Imraan: 18)

According to a hadeeth:

“The upright in every generation will carry this knowledge, rejecting the distortions of the extremists, the false claims of the liars, and the (false) interpretations of the ignorant.” (Declared Hasan by Shaykh Saleem al-Hilaalee)

The above references clearly establish the importance and status of scholars or ulemas in Islam.

Purpose in life

Posted December 17, 2009 by myislamicblog
Categories: Purpose in life

In my constant effort of becoming a devout Muslim and performing dawa(propagating the truth of Islam), I have come across many insulting remarks perhaps since the people I have been conveying the message are either trapped in the false ideologies about Islam purposely injected in their minds by the enemies of Islam or due to some hidden agenda behind their ignorance. I am surprised on the naivety of the people in west who blindly believe in media lies and fail to understand and appreciate the truth and wisdom behind the faith of Islam which preaches peace to every one yet the evil actions of some individuals are purposely magnified and transformed in an effort of making the entire faith of Islam responsible for the same. Muslims have repeatedly denied the association of Islam with any act of terror or misconduct but yet the enemies of Islam try their utmost effort not to convey the stories from Muslim perspective and continue in their Islam bashing to spread constant rumors about Islam and its followers and yet people in the west who believe so much in their own freedom or expression are spoon fed the information that is beneficial only to the enemies of Islam.