Islaam and tolerance

بِسْمِ اللّهِ الرَّحْمـَنِ الرَّحِيم
Bismilla-hir-Rahman-Nir-Rahim
(In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful)

Since we need to understand what the Qur’an teaches about religious tolerance we must first define what tolerance is According to the Cambridge Dictionary

  1. tolerance noun (ACCEPTANCE)   ​willingness to ​accept ​behavior and ​beliefs that are different from ​your own, ​although you might not ​agree with or ​approve of them:
  2. tolerance noun (ABILITY TO DEAL WITH) the ​ability to ​deal with something ​unpleasant or ​annoying, or to ​continue ​existing ​despite ​bad or ​difficult ​conditions:

Tolerant with Nations, Communities, Tribes Tolerant dealing with people, e.g. neighbors, siblings Tolerant dealing with value systems Eg Wearing Sleeveless Vs. Wearing Abaya , Tolerant dealing with religion Tolerant dealing with beliefs systems e.g. Man was from Adam Vs. man came from Ape ,and the list goes on.

Being tolerant does not mean that one accepts the other to be true; but in being tolerant one respects another’s right to free will to choose what to believe.

We have revealed unto you the Scripture with the Truth, to confirm and protect the Scripture which came before it … For each We have appointed a Law and a Way. Had Allah willed, He could have made you one community. But that He might try you by that which He has given you [He has made you as you are]. So vie with one another in good works. Unto Allah you will all return, and He will inform you of that wherein you differed’ (Al Maidah: 48).

Example Do you know who devised the first multi-faith and multi-cultural constitution in the world that gave people their rights and outlined their responsibilities? The Constitution of Medina -A Multi-faith Society .

The points of Sahifah / Constitution of Medina were:

• The three groups living there (Yahood/Jews, Ansar and Muhajirun) were described by Prophet Muhammed (saw.) as one community, ummah wahidah.

• Everybody living in Medina agreed to accept the final authority of Allah and His Messenger

• Everybody agreed with the choice of the twelve people who would organize the community

• Everybody agreed to co-operate to ensure law and order • Everybody was entitled to protection and support

• Everybody was entitled to pray as they wished – Lakum deena kum waliyadeen “For you is your religion and for me is my religion.” (To you be your way, and to me mine) (109:6)

• Everybody was expected to defend Medina

• Everybody was expected to pay their taxes This Constitution encouraged Muslims and non-Muslims to live together in peace, It gave protection and rights to non-Muslims. Following this constitution how should we interact with non-Muslims?
“O you who believe! Let not a group scoff at another group, it may be that the latter are better than the former; Nor let (some) women scoff at other women, it may be that the latter are better than the former, Nor defame one another, nor insult one another by nicknames. How bad is it, to insult one’s brother after having Faith [i.e. to call your Muslim brother (a faithful believer) as: “O sinner”, or “O wicked”]. And whosoever does not repent, then such are indeed Zâlimûn (wrong-doers). “O you who believe! Avoid much suspicion, indeed some suspicions are sins. And spy not, neither backbite one another. Would one of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? You would hate it (so hate backbiting)[] . And fear Allâh. Verily, Allâh is the One Who forgives and accepts repentance, Most Merciful”  “O mankind! We have created you from a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that you may know one another. Verily, the most honourable of you with Allâh is that (believer) who has At-Taqwa [i.e. he is one of the Muttaqun (pious – see V.2:2). Verily, Allâh is All-Knowing, All-Aware. (Hujuraat:11-13)

Why has Allah chosen this diversity in revelations and plurality of communities? Allah encompasses all things ‘in mercy and knowledge’ He also says “Had Allah willed, He could have made you one community”, Well this is intended to stimulate a healthy ‘competition’ or mutual enrichment in the domain of ‘good works’. Differences of opinion are inevitable but these differences are to be tolerated on the human ground and Allah says it will be finally resolved in the Hereafter.

Our task is to
1.Accept all the communities as they are
2.Convey the message of Islam to each and every person, community, nation – this is our main goal.

We not to force any one into conversion. La ikra ha fedeen “Let there be no compulsion in religion: ” [Baqarah:226]

‘If they are averse, We have not sent you as a guardian over them: your duty is but to convey the message (Shura:48).

The choice is theirs. When is a person able to choose? When he has 2 things before him right? If he has 2 wrong choices,it’s obvious he will chose one of the two, but if we present our “Choice/Islam” before them there are 50% chances they will chose ours. The ball is in our court unless we give them that “DAWAH”

“Nor are the two bodies of flowing water alike, for one is palatable, sweet, and pleasant to drink, while the other is salty and bitter. Yet from each you eat fresh and tender meat and extract ornaments to wear. You see ships therein that sail through the waves that you may seek the bounty of Allah and be grateful. (Faatir:12)

Yet again he says

“And it is He Who has let free the two seas, this is palatable and sweet, and that is salty and bitter; and He has set a barrier and a complete partition between them” (Furqaan:53) And the ayah continues “And it is He Who has created man from water
There are 2 types of water
1. one is palatable, sweet, and pleasant to drink
2.The other is salty and bitter

An analogy can be made here. 60% of man is made from water. Just like the palatable, sweet, and pleasant to drink water one category of people are pleasant, soft, easy to dealt with, but simultaneously there is another category of people who are salty and bitter, a bit tough to deal with, yet we can benefit from them just like we can benefit from the salty water. But hey we don’t go to change the salty water to make it sweet, do we? We benefit from each just as they are. Similarly we make ourselves tolerant to the shortcomings of the bitter people, and yet benefit from them as well….which will help us in attaining our GOAL and the pleasure of Allah swt.

What did I mention our GOAL was?
Once there were four men who spread an accusation of immorality against the Holy Prophet’s wife Aisha. Their allegation was ultimately proved to be false because they failed to back it up with any witnesses. One of the four men, called Mistah, used to receive financial assistance from Abu Bakr, Aisha’s father. After this incident, Abu Bakr swore never again to help Mistah. The following verse was revealed to the Holy Prophet on this occasion: ﴿وَلاَ يَأْتَلِ أُوْلُواْ الْفَضْلِ مِنكُمْ وَالسَّعَةِ أَن يُؤْتُواْ أُوْلِى الْقُرْبَى وَالْمَسَـكِينَ وَالْمُهَـجِرِينَ فِى سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ وَلْيَعْفُواْ وَلْيَصْفَحُواْ أَلاَ تُحِبُّونَ أَن يَغْفِرَ اللَّهُ لَكُمْ وَاللَّهُ غَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ

“Let not the possessors of grace and means among you swear against giving to the near relatives and the poor and those who had to flee in Allah’s way. Pardon and overlook. Do you not love that Allah should forgive you?” (Nur:22)
Hearing this, Abu Bakr exclaimed: “Indeed, I certainly love that Allah should forgive me”(Bukhari,Book: ‘Testimony ‘ch. 15)

He then resumed providing assistance to Mistah, as before. This is what tolerance actually is…

Islam teaches us respect and love for others and teaches us to accept that difference are all part of Allah’s design.

Islam does not teach tit for tat, this for that…NO, not at all….

‘In a place called Ta’if, the people treated Prophet Muhammad very badly, so much so that he was hurt physically. The angel Jibril (Gabriel) came to his aid and asked him to give the command and he would destroy the whole valley. The Prophet refused. Instead he forgave the people and prayed for them, hoping that good would come out of their future generations. ’Question: What do we learn from this story? When the Prophet (peace be upon him) was faced with ignorant or abusive behavior, he became all the more forbearing. .

We interact with Muslims and Non Muslim’s everyday in our lives, don’t we?

Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is the best example of forbearance anyone could hope to find. He was abused continuously while spreading Allah’s Message to the people.

ادْفَعْ بِالَّتِى هِىَ أَحْسَنُ
“Repel (the evil) with one which is better, ” (Fussilat:34)

Anas ibn Malik reported: I was walking with the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, while he was wearing a Najrani sheet with a thick border. A desert Arab overtook the Prophet and forcibly pulled his clothes. I looked at the shoulder of the Prophet and I saw that the edge of his shirt had left a mark because of the strength of his pull. The man said, “O Muhammad! Order them to give me something from Allah’s wealth which you have!” The Prophet turned and he smiled. Then he ordered that he be given charity. Source: Sahih Bukhari 5738, Grade: Sahih

Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said to Ashajj b. Qays: “You possess two qualities that Allah loves: forbearance and patience.” [Sahīh Muslim (17-18)]

Since Allah loves this trait so much, this is why we find that the majority of the Prophets showed almost superhuman levels of forbearance to their people.)

 

Notice that we can’t tolerate someone unless we disagree with him. This is critical. We don’t “tolerate” people who share our views. They’re on our side. There’s nothing to put up with. Tolerance is reserved for those we think are wrong.

But the closer you come to Deen that much more you are supposed to become courteous and kind, and generous and understanding and forgiving of others. That’s what you are supposed to be instead of looking at someone who is living in ignorance.

A lot of Muslims do ignorant things nowadays. Maybe your friends do it and you don’t do it anymore.  You and I was that guy a few years ago. That was you/me? Who guided you/me? You guided yourself?

The honor of our messenger , the nobility, the respect, the love of our messenger, the status of our messenger ﷺ, is not something we give him; is not something that comes from human beings. It came from the sky. It came from Allah. Nobody on the earth can take it away. Because it comes from the sky. The Quran has come from the sky. People can burn copies of it, people can make fun of it, people can make pieces of it; it will not insult the Quran; because the Quran is in Laohe Mahfudh. It cannot be insulted. It is above these insults. Our messenger’s honor is above them. When Allah azawajal has given our messenger ‘Makaamal Mahmooda’,who can take that away?

And so conversations of such matter first of all shouldn’t make you violent. You shouldn’t be angry with the people who insulted Allah’s messenger. You should feel sorry for them. You should feel sorry how stupid, how sad they are. They cannot hurt Allah messenger ﷺ. They can’t even hurt our Deen. The only one they can hurt is themselves. That’s the only one they can hurt.

Our job in this world today, is to be ambassadors of this Deen. Is to let people know what Islam is. Do your neighbours, friends know what Islam is? No. There are people who live next door for years, and they don’t know what Islam is.

The real issue isn’t that are we less or more tolerant. The real issue is we don’t have a fundamental education in our own Deen.

That’s the real issue. We don’t know that our Deen makes us civil, makes us decent, makes us patient, makes us not reactionary, it gives us control over our emotion, it doesn’t let us run by our emotions, it doesn’t turn us into these Lab Rats. WHAT?

You can play with them. Just poke them a little bit and they go crazy. And we play right into it every time. And the only one that benefits from these, are the people who started the events that we get angry with.

And by the way, if there’s anything that is harmed is the effort of Da’wah. Remember our GOAL. Now if I talk to somebody about Islam, I can’t talk to them about Allah, I can’t talk to them about our messenger ﷺ, I can’t talk to them about our Quran, I first have to talk about that all the Muslims are not that crazy.

I can’t talk about my Deen anymore, cause I have to talk about the stupidity of the Muslims. Of a young immature Muslim who’s easily manipulated. We are responsible to educate our youth and the youth across the Ummah. Ya Ikhwati, At times of crisis, the first thing we need to do is to hold back our emotions and to respond intellectually. To respond with thought. At this time what we really need is strength and hope and trust and faith and spread more light. Focus on what you can do to grow the light.

What is that light?  What do you think?

I strongly believe it’s “The Quran”.

 

 

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People Skills

The last days of December calls for the  New Year ….we see lights ,music and the celebrating spirit  all around. People interacting with people is the primary source of attraction in all festivals . Relationship calls for it’s own boundaries but are we aware of the Islamic interaction with people. A small peek into “People skills” will  be an added advantage to our dictionary.
There are many levels of interacting with people:
1. Muwasat– This kind of relationship is based on compassion to the entire creation irrespective of ethnicity, religion or background even so extended to all animals and creatures. It includes charitable aid, assistance, allowance, removing harm. One needs to fulfill this without bias.
“Those who are kind and considerate to Allah’s creatures, Allah bestows His kindness and affection on them. Show kindness to the creatures on the earth so that Allah may be kind to you.” Hadith – Abu Dawud and Tirmidhi”
A funeral procession passed in front of the Prophet and he stood up. When he was told that it was the coffin of a Jew, he said, “Is it not a living being (soul)?”  (Sahih Bukhari, Volume 2, Book 23, Number 399)
History talks of many examples in support of this be it from Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) carrying the bag of a Non-Muslim to Omar(Radhiallaho Anho) who gave stipend money to Non-Muslims during his Caliphate. It goes so much so that if a Muslim oppresses (kills) a dhimmi (Non -Muslim) unjustly he will not even smell the fragrance of Paradise.
2. Mudarat– This kind of relationship is when dealing with people on a one on one basis. It requires us to be good to them with respect to manners and behaviour (pleasant, friendly and polite)
A Jewish man came to Prophet’s (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam)house. Prophet(Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) offered some food; man ate, spent night there, rested on Prophet’s bed and left it dirty. He forgot his sword and came back to get it. Prophet  (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) gave it with due respect. Seeing this the man became Muslim. Subhan Allah…

3. Mu’amalat – This kind of relationship is when dealing with people during work (business, school, hospital, library, industry and technology) or trade (market, consultation). Again we are required to deal with them with honestly and with good conduct.

4. Muwalat– This kind of relationship is forbidden as it involves close and intimate friendship, deep love and affection in the heart. It requires complete support, help, co-operation to the other person resulting in compromising of our deen(religion).  A person tends to get influenced by the other’s speech, behavior, dressing and other practices. This friendship is exclusive to Allah, his messenger and the believer’s. (As mentioned in my previous article the most predominant of desires is that of women.)

Let’s not question the full stop…….
One may wonder why so much of categorization while dealing with Allah’s creation? Well, all commands that are given by our religion or Sharia (Islamic Law) has a goal and a purpose. Subhan Allah anything that harms a person’s religion is not supported, and anything improving a person’s Imaan (belief) is commanded and encouraged.
A good, religious spouse is important in serving our Deen. Our outlook of life changes, benefits of duniya decreases and the confidence in Imaan increases. With a Non-Muslim as spouse or Wali we are depriving ourselves of unlimited opportunities. The focus would be on approving the person’s actions and pleasing him rather than Allah, which would eventually take us away from our goal.
Imaan (belief) leads to increase in Imaan and Kufr (disbelief) leads to increase in Kufr.
 A person will be with whom he loves. (Bukhari, Muslim)
My dear friends, love is such a strong emotion that draws you towards it .We tend to leave everything in order to focus on pleasing the person and staying away from disappointing him. Sometimes, apparently we do consider it wrong, but deep down in the heart we dwell over it, muster it although we don’t verbalize our feelings. We *are in* it. And we can’t help but feel it (and of course we must…shhhhh it)     :)
لِّلَّهِ مَا فِي السَّمَـوتِ وَمَا فِى الاٌّرْضِ وَإِن تُبْدُواْ مَا فِي أَنفُسِكُمْ أَوْ تُخْفُوهُ يُحَاسِبْكُم بِهِ اللَّهُ فَيَغْفِرُ لِمَن يَشَآءُ وَيُعَذِّبُ مَن يَشَآءُ وَاللَّهُ عَلَى كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرٌ
To Allah belongs all that is in the heavens and all that is on the earth, and whether you disclose what is in yourselves or conceal it, Allah will call you to account for it. Then He forgives whom He wills and punishes whom He wills. And Allah is able to do all things.(Al Baqarah:284)
We all claim to love Allah, but does Allah accept it just be we saying? No, he needs proof. He requires evidence which is obtained by doing Itteba e Sunnah(following the ways of the Prophet(Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam)). If we don’t do this our claim is not true.
Some companion’s said, we love Allah with hubban shadeedah(intense love) so Allah told,
 “ Say (O Muhammad to mankind): “If you (really) love Allah, then  follow me
(i.e. Muhammad), Allah will love you and  forgive you your sins.
And Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” ” (Imran: 31)
For the sake of emphasis I repeat in italics, if you love Allah follow the prophet(Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam).
I would like to sign off by stating what  Ali (Radhiallaho Anho)said, there is no obedience to the creation if it means disobedience to the creator.
Where does my ABSOLUTE RELATION WITH THE CREATION STAND?
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Will they not ponder the Quran?

بِسْمِ اللّهِ الرَّحْمـَنِ الرَّحِيم
Bismilla-hir-Rahman-Nir-Rahim
(In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful)

The word ‘Human Being’ is mentioned in the Quran 65 times, the sum of man’s creation amounts to the same number.

Word                                           Number of  times in Quran


Turab (Soil)                                               17
Nutfah(Drop of Semen)                         12
‘Alaq(Embryo)                                         06
Mudgah(lump of flesh)                          03
Idham(Bone)                                            15
Lahm(Flesh)                                             12


Total                                                        65

The number of times the words “man” and “woman” are repeated in the Quran is the same as the chromosomes from the egg and sperm in the formation of the human embryo.

                                                    23 times

The total number of human chromosomes is 46; 23 each from the mother and father.

 أَفَلاَ يَتَدَبَّرُونَ الْقُرْءَانَ وَلَوْ كَانَ مِنْ عِندِ غَيْرِ


اللَّهِ لَوَجَدُواْ فِيهِ اخْتِلَـفاً كَثِيراً

Do they not then consider the Qur’an carefully Had it been from other than Allah, they would surely, have found therein contradictions in abundance. (Nisa:82)

Reading the Quran improved my IQ, makes me think , ponder, discover, research, inspired……
What do you feel when you read the Quran?

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Halloween

بِسْمِ اللّهِ الرَّحْمـَنِ الرَّحِيم
Bismilla-hir-Rahman-Nir-Rahim
(In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful)

“And those who do not witness falsehood, and if they pass by some evil play or evil talk, they pass it by with dignity” [al-Furqaan 25:72 – interpretation of the  meaning]. The scholars interpreted this aayah was referring to the festivals of the mushrikeen. It is not permissible to give any of them cards for their festivals, or to sell them cards or any of the other things they need for their festivals such as lights, trees or food – including turkey, candy canes, etc.

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever imitates a people is one of them.” (Reported by Abu Dawood and Ahmad).

Shaykh al-Islaam Ibn Taymiyah said in his book Iqtidaa’ al-siraat al-mustaqeem mukhaalifat ashaab al-jaheem: “Imitating them in some of their festivals implies that one is pleased with their false beliefs and practices, and gives them the hope that they may have the opportunity to humiliate and mislead the weak.” Whoever does anything of this sort is a sinner, whether he does it out of politeness or to be friendly, or because he is too shy to refuse, or for whatever other reason, because this is hypocrisy in Islaam, and because it makes the kuffaar feel proud of their religion. Allaah is the One Whom we ask to make the Muslims feel proud of their religion, to help them adhere steadfastly to it, and to make them victorious over their enemies, for He is the Strong and Omnipotent.

Majmoo’ah Fataawa wa Rasaa’il al-Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen, 3/369)

 

Jazakillahu Khair Sis T. Taqabbal Allahu minna wa minkum

 

 

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The small thin girl and the leaf

بِسْمِ اللّهِ الرَّحْمـَنِ الرَّحِيم
Bismilla-hir-Rahman-Nir-Rahim
(In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful)

 She was a small thin girl with a mole on her face. But what she told our seventh standard class many years ago still bothers me.

The moral science teacher had given us homework. We had been asked to pen an essay on happiness. We all thought it would be easy. But when we started writing we realized our limitations. Some of us wrote about the happy moments, surroundings, birthdays… Some spoke of the emotional highs on getting a first in class, others remembers dolls and movies and whoops of joy. But the small thin girl saw nothing in the events that had exited us.  Nothing at all.  She was uninterested.

Yes, she was an oddity. She was often lost in her own thoughts though she appeared calm, she asked too many questions, and she answered them all by herself. She seemed to be searching for a friend and found one in herself.

Her essay on happiness was strange-at least it appeared so at that time. I did not know how to respond to it. Here’s what I can recollect from her singular essay;

“I do not know what happiness is. I can’t define it. Is it a mood?  Is it a thought? Is it about innocence? It’s difficult. But I did feel happy last Wednesday when I opened my window. The atmosphere was right, there was a light breeze. Just across the window was a cashew tree, it was swaying gently. Something was building within me. And  then, a bright yellow leaf started falling. It circled and circled and fell. I don’t know what happened, but I felt nice. It was a positive feeling. I smiled. Yes, you could say I felt happy. I had never felt like that before”

The class of 1992 was certainly dazed. Happiess?? Leaf?? Small, thin girl with an attitude? If there were any doubts about the eccentricity of the small thin girl, the essay had put t hem to rest.

Years have gone by and I still think about the falling leaf and my classmate.

Are we taking our lives for granted? Do our lives have a purpose?

Do we see magic in the ordinary?

Or are we wasting our time chasing the extra ordinary?

Are we searching for something that is right in our midst, in our sleeves? Have we found it?

Just imagine what the lovely leaf has set off.

      الَّذِي خَلَقَ الْمَوْتَ وَالْحَيَاةَ لِيَبْلُوَكُمْ أَيُّكُمْ


أَحْسَنُ عَمَلًا ۚ وَهُوَ الْعَزِيزُ الْغَفُورُ

[He] who created death and life to test you [as to] which of you is best in deed – and He is the Exalted in Might, the Forgiving. [Quran, 67:2]

” It is a symbol of life itself”, a friend of mine tells me.
Another says it is her “childlike innocence”
The falling leaf, like life, is serendipity says another friend,” Its everything and nothing”

Indeed the small thin girl was explaining cosmic serendipity in her own way.

But, life has NOT happened as an accident and let’s view it as such.

What is the matter with you that you expect not wisdom and staidness from Allah? While He has created you in different forms and ever varying states? [Quran 71:14-15]

That you shall assuredly pass on from one stage to another. [Quran  84:20]

… He created him (Adam) out of dust (turab)… [Quran 3:60]

… He created you from clay (humid or moist earth)… [Quran 6:3]

He created man from dry ringing clay like pieces of pottery. [Quran 55:15]

Let living itself be a moment of happiness, however small or large that instant is.

At the end of the seventh standard term, I had numerous meeting with the small thin girl. One day she was franker than ever:” I have often wondered what it is to experience a world without life. I have tried it and found it to be extremely disturbing. Even as there is a moment of happiness, in seeing a leaf, there is sadness in experiencing a world without a leaf. And I am just beginning to understand it. Reasoning, intelligence, wisdom, experience, imagination are fine, but they will never help you experience a falling leaf. It has to do with awareness,” the girl said.

I realize now that in her own concept she was referring to – Consciousness.

One of the interesting things that we find in the Quran is that there is repetition of concepts, which in reality is a way of emphasizing the significance of any given concept. And the more likely it is for us to forget about that concept, the more frequently Allah (SWT) has mentioned it in the Quran.

In Islam, Taqwa is the Concept of God-Consciousness / Fear of God.

الم – ذَلِكَ الْكِتَابُ لاَ رَيْبَ فِيهِ هُدًى لِّلْمُتَّقِينَ  

 This is the Book about which there is no doubt, a guidance for those conscious of Allah (2:02)

A person once asked the Messenger of Allah (SAW), Ya Rasulullahi ooseeni (O Messenger of Allah! Give me some advice.) The Prophet (SAW) replied, Ooseeka bi taqwa Allah fainnahu ra’sul amri kullihi  (I advise you to fear Allah because it is the head of everything.)

Omar ibn Al-Khattab once asked Ubay ibn Ka’ab: How would you describe Taqwa? In reply Ubay asked, “Have you ever had to traverse a thorny path?” Omar replied in the affirmative and Ubay then continued, “How do you do so?” Omar said that he would carefully walk through after first having collected all loose and flowing clothing in his hands so nothing gets caught in the thorn. Ubay said: “This is the definition of Taqwa.”

It was an inner voyage that the small, thin girl had undertaken at a very young age. She had realized that a leaf is not just a leaf, it was LIFE….. ….She tried to understand what’s beyond the leaf.

As long as the leaf was attached to the tree, there exited life in it and the moment it left the tree it was dead.

We too must understand ourselves to understand what’s beyond us, that awareness delimits our mind, and that awareness unlike memory is self-effacing…

Many years later, I still  remember that one cosmic individual and a falling leaf …….

 

 

 

 

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Open Talent Drawing Competition

بِسْمِ اللّهِ الرَّحْمـَنِ الرَّحِيم
Bismilla-hir-Rahman-Nir-Rahim
(In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful)

Alkalaam – Open  Talent Drawing Competition

 Topic : ” I am a Global Leader”
with a one line motto to describe your drawing

Prize: Cash 1st Prize of Rs 1000/- and iLeader Certificate
 Last Date of Submission: 12 September 2015
Submit Online or at Office

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Fear of the Lord

بِسْمِ اللّهِ الرَّحْمـَنِ الرَّحِيم
Bismilla-hir-Rahman-Nir-Rahim
(In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful)

 لَوْ أَنْزَلْنَا هَٰذَا الْقُرْآنَ عَلَىٰ جَبَلٍ لَرَأَيْتَهُ خَاشِعًا مُتَصَدِّعًا مِنْ خَشْيَةِ اللَّهِ ۚ وَتِلْكَ الْأَمْثَالُ نَضْرِبُهَا لِلنَّاسِ لَعَلَّهُمْ يَتَفَكَّرُونَ  

If We had sent down this Qur’an upon a mountain, you would have seen it humbled and coming apart from fear of Allah . And these examples We present to the people that perhaps they will give thought.(Al- Hashr:21)

 

Ironically every single word read from the speech of  “The President  or Minister“ of a country grasps our attention. We glue our eyes to him and our ears are propped up. The heart pumps faster and our minds are constantly analyzing, working and contemplating .

Unlike the rest of the creation, the Quran, is the word of ALLAH swt. However many of us consider it to be the creation of Allah.

When ALLAH swt talks to us through the Quran, sadly nothing of the above happens. Man being the best of ALLAHS creation has free will power and multiple Intelligence, despite this fact he still cannot understand the word of ALLAH .

The reasons might be :-

  1. Man does not understand the communication language ie ARABIC
  2. He does understand the language, but he actually does not know who ALLAH is.(ALLAH’s power, his majesty)
  3. His head understands the language, the heart knows who ALLAH is, but his hand(body) is not aligned with his head and heart.

With reference to the above ayah what then could be the reason, that if the word of Allah (ie the Quran) were sent down upon a mountain, you would have seen it humbled and coming apart from fear of Allah although it does not have a mind, heart and soul?

And further in the Ayah Allah says “And these parables/examples we present to the people that perhaps they will give thought”

The parable means that if a huge creation like a mountain had the sense and knowledge that it had been made responsible and accountable, like man, before Allah Almighty, for its deeds, it would have trembled from the fear of it. But how heedless, senseless and thoughtless is the man, who understands the Qur’an, and has known the whole truth through it, yet he is neither seized by any fear nor feels worried as to what answer he would make to his Lord about the responsibilities that have been placed on him.

There is a Hadith of the Mutawatir grade that states that the Messenger of Allah had someone make him a Minbar(a short flight of steps used as a platform by a preacher in a mosque) before that, he used to stand next to a tree trunk in the Masjid to deliver speeches. So, when the Minbar was made and placed in the Masjid, the Prophet came to deliver a speech and passed the tree trunk, headed towards the Minbar, the tree trunk started weeping, just like an infant. The tree trunk missed hearing the remembrance of Allah and the revelation that were being recited next to it.

In one of the narrations for this Hadith, Al-Hasan Al-Basri said after narrating the Hadith, “You – mankind — are more worthy to miss the Messenger of Allah than the tree trunk!”

Subhan Allah, apart from mankind the rest of Allahs creation, some with no heart, some with no mind and some without a  soul are moved to tears, humble themselves , tears themselves apart…….

I am amazed and wonder how a similar impact could be replicated on the supposedly best of ALLAHS creation?

Contemplating over, I’ve mentioned a few and would love to hear the rest from you:-

1.Nourishment of the head and hand via heart – Knowledge of the Quran(especially Tafseer) will soften the heart just like rain softens the hard ground, this softened heart will send blood to the head/brain, and this softened blooded brain will send signals to all parts of our body(hands)-

2.The head, heart and hands are aligned in a single direction. Our physical world is a manifestation of our Internal world -Curing ourselves from the diseases and blackness of the heart, fixing that internal flesh.
Real external change happens because of changes in the internal world of thoughts, emotions, beliefs and dreams.

اِلَّا مَنْ اَتَى اللّٰهَ بِقَلْبٍ سَلِيْم                   
Except him who brings to Allah a clean heart [clean from Shirk (polytheism) and Nifq (hypocrisy)] (Surah Ash-Shuara – Verse 89)

 

And SO!!!!!!  I question myself, “Where am I on that Head-Heart- Hand continuity and am I content with that? “ Today?   In general?
Is the heart lying in ambush or perhaps the head in a coma?  Or is the Heart passionately leading a pointless, and destructive crusade, and the head is either silent, or shouting pointlessly ‘wake up!

And my response to that is وَاتَّقُوا اللَّهَ وَيُعَلِّمُكُمُ اللَّهُ
                               “And have Taqwa/Fear of Allah; and Allah shall teach you” [2:282]

And where are you, dear reader?  I’d love to hear from you.

 

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