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I confess, i’m guilty my Lord!

27 Sep

Yes! for a change, let’s just talk about me. And me alone!

Often in life many of us may fool others, but we should try not to fool ourselves. It is important to be aware of our actions and motivations. Self-criticism is a great way of “keeping an eye on yourself”, it means we have to be honest with “ourselves”. There is no benefit from trying to justify our bad actions. If we can learn to be honest with ourselves our conscience will prevent us from undertaking regrettable actions. Most of the times, we wrongly invest our oh-so-precious time and effort in justifying our actions to ourselves, and this my friend is the danger of not being honest with yourself.

Keeping that in mind, i have something to confess. But first let me tell you one thing that i (consciously) keep myself miles away from a place where people are engaged in some kind of Gheebat or even something close to it. But last night, i went to see someone and that person told me that our President, Mr. Zardari misspelled God , finding it hard to believe i took off to another gathering. And politics was “the topic of the day”. And there i mentioned what out Current President did during his recent visit to Mazar-e-Quaid i-e he misspelled the words, God and Strength. After that, we cursed ourselves, our political leaders, made fun of everyone and said some nasty things that we shouldn’t have.

Late at night, while was checking my mail and surfing for some news i stumbled upon this article, it said, “Zardari’s misspelled remarks proved fabricated” Shocked as i was, i said to myself “You disgust Me”.

It was then i realized what great sin I’ve committed.It wasn’t just the backbitting i should be worrying about but it was actually a greater sin than backbiting, and this is Bauhtaan, (slander) accusing someone of  something that is untrue or without any evidence.

In surah-e-Al-Humaza 104, verse 1 of the Holy Quran:-

“Woe to every slanderer and backbiter.”

In Surah-e-Hujrat (The private apartments) 49, verse 6 of the Holy Quran,

“O you who believe! If a Fasiq (liar – evil person) comes to you with any news, verify it, lest you should harm people in ignorance, and after wards you become regretful for what you have done.”

In another Hadith ,narrated by Al-Bukhaari, 2317:-

It was narrated that Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Alaah be upon him) said: “Whoever has wronged his brother with regard to his honor or anything else, let him seek his forgiveness today, before there will be no dinar and no dirham, and if he has any good deeds to his credit they will be taken from him in a manner commensurate with the wrong he did, and if he has no good deeds, then some of his counterpart’s bad deeds will be taken and added to his burden.”

Always remember, Self criticism is not easy, but it is a valuable aspect of our self improvement. When we criticize our bad actions, it is unhelpful to retain a powerful sense of guilt. Guilt does not help us to improve, it can just make us feel miserable. When we have become aware of wrong actions, make a resolution to avoid doing it and then focus on doing the right thing. This is much better than becoming debilitated from guilt.

So please Lord i beg of your forgiveness and won’t repeat this horrible mistake ever, insha Allah! And if Mr. Zardari you happen to be reading this article 😉 well, avoid any on-air comments or some legal action. hehe I appologize for everything i said. i truly am.

Women in Islam

27 Nov

One question that has been bothering alot of you is going to be discussed here. Right now. So listen carefully. Here it goes.

Questions: Are men and women equal in Islam? How does Islam value women?

Answer: No! Why? I’ll tell you why. And how it honors women is given below.

You see, women in Islam are Not equal to men likewise men are not equal to women. But it doesn’t mean that they are not equally good. Both are different, physically, psychologically and biologically. They both have a job that they have to perform. That is why one of them is called ‘man’ and other ‘woman’. Because of this difference they are not equal, they don’t have equal rights and same is the case with their duties. It’s common sense.

Islam is the ONLY religion which showed alot of respect to women when men were not doing so. Before Islam women were treated worse than animals and slaves. The practice those days towards women were horrendous. They had no rights, right to speak, right to have an opinion, right to inherit, right to own property, and since they had no right to own so couldn’t spend on themselves as well which means,no right to hang out in malls. Imagine it. They had no respect, they used to bury the baby as soon as they found out, it’s a girl. They were burred alive, abandoned, left on their own in deserts because of the fear that an increase of female offspring would result in economic burdens, as well as fear of the humiliation frequently caused by girls being captured by a hostile tribe and subsequently preferring their captors to their parents and brothers. In short they had NO rights whatsoever. They had no respect, were treated like cattle and useless animals. They used to sell women as they used to sell their sheep. They looked down upon women. They didn’t even wish to own them. This was their society.

And then there was Islam, which treated women with dignity, honor, it gave them their due respect. Firstly, it ordered to

1. Stop the killing of baby-girls instantly.

According to Quran, Surah Al-An’am, (The Cattle) Chapter 6 , verse 151:

“…Kill not your children on a plea of want. We provide sustenance for you and for them. Come not near shameful deeds, whether open or secret. Take not life which Allah has made sacred…”

A similar guidance is repeated in Surah Al-Isra (The Night journey) Chapter 17, Verse 31:

“Kill not your children for fear of want: We shall provide sustenance for them as well as for you. Verily the killing of them is a great sin.”

2. And then they were given given the right to inheritance.

According to Quran, surah Al Nisa (The Women) Verse 7:

“Unto men (of the family) belongs a share of that which Parents and near kindred leave, and unto women a share of that which parents and near kindred leave, whether it be a little or much – a determinate share.”

3. Right to own Property:

More than 1,300 years before the west gave economical rights to women, Islam recognized the rights of adult women. Any adult woman has the right to possess or to own or to dispose any of her own property in any way she feels fit irrespective of whether she is single or married. The first time that rights of married women was recognized in the West whereby she could own and dispose of property without the control, approval or consent of her husband was in 1870s in England under the “Married Women Property Act”. This Act was later amended in 1882 and 1887. Women have the right to own and manage their money. And men, may it be their husband’s can’t have that money without their consent.

4. Right to education.

According to The Holy Prophet:

“Seeking knowledge is obligatory on every Muslim man and Muslim woman.”

5. Right to refuse any marriage proposal that doesn’t please them.

In Quran there are 177 verses that refer to women. A comprehensive note on Women in Islam by Zakir Naik is Women in Islam. I’m sure all of you’re questions regarding Women will be covered by these articles. And do check out “Women in Hinduism

So now do you think we Muslims are barbaric for making women wear a veil? If so, then i’m curious to ask you, do you even know the meaning of barbaric? They were crude people who had no cloths on whereas we are the one’s wearing ’em and actually you are the one’s who are not, so who’s barbaric now?

A tell tale

21 Jul

The importance of communication has gained recognition because it is the most vital mean by which people are connected together in the society. That’s why scientists across the globe are burning the midnight oil to provide better, efficient and ultimate modes of communication.Turning dreams into relity.

Speaking of communication, can you guess which is the fastest, most effective, one that never fails, never delays either it’s hot like hell or pouring down for days, mean of spreading daily news, rumors, fashion, gossip, concocted stories.
Take a wild guess.
Okay for your convenience i’m giving you six options. Take your pick.

  1. T.V
  2. Radio
  3. Internet
  4. Fax
  5. Telephone
  6. Newspapers

And the correct answer is secret option no.7 “Women”
surprised? heh!

Now let me explain it to you how we channel this flood of gossip 24/7 by an example  experienced by none other but me.

“A couple of days back an elderly (female) relative of mine was telling me a story about someone, and asked me to keep it hush- hush, as  the woman who gave her this secret inside story asked her not to spread this news any further(yeah right!) ‘beacuse’ the lady who was actually involved in the story only took that woman in confidence, and shared her secret with her, after given the assority that she would tell no one about it.”
puzzled? thought so.

Now that it has become an open secret, i wanna ask these ladies a aquestion, so if your one of them feel free to answer.

Why? why? why do you do this, what good can come out of it except feeding haterd,contempt, misconceptions and poluting minds with nothing but filth and malice for one another.Not only you’r breaking someone’s trust but you’r also committing another sin, and that sin is backbiting(gheebah). No woman would dare uttering a single word about someone in a hateful manner if they knew the consequences of backbiting.

According to The Holy Quran:
Surah-e-Hujrat/The Private Apartments, Verse 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. ”
 
According to Jami Tirmidhi (vol.1)
Chapter 23, Piety and joining ties:
(1941) Sayyidina Abu Hurayrah reported:
“Someone asked Allah’s Messenger, “what is backbiting?” He said,” It is the remembrance of your brother in a way that he doesnot like.” He asked,” what if that fault is found in him?” He said,” If what you say is found in him then that is backbiting, Nut if what you say is not found in him then that is reviling him.”

And most of the times its sheer jealousy that causes us to say fallacious, concocted details , to  hurt their reputaion and what not. As far as jealousy is concerned lets see what Sahih Hadith has to say about it.

According to Jami Tirmidhi (vol.1)
Chapter 23, Piety and joining ties:
(1942) Sayyidina Anas reported:
“Allah’s Messenger said,” Donot sever ties of relationship, don’t criticise one who is absent, donot despise anyone and donot be jealous of anyone. But be slaves of Allah, brothers mutually. It is not lawful for a Muslim to abandon his brother for over three days.”

Another one says:

(1943) “Envy is disallowed except in two cases: a man whom ALLAH has given wealth and he spends of it by night and by day, and a man whom Allah has given Quran and he stands with it (giving its right) by night and by day.”

So next time when you conversazione with your friends (females particularly, as women are more habitual backbiters than men) try your level best to avoid backbiting,educate young girls about it, as they say ” It’s better to nip the evil in the bud”, tell them its horrifying penalties, try to educate them, Enlighten them, but first you need to educate yourself, enlighten yourself.

I think it would be a good idea, what do you think?

All about Ramadan/Ramazan

12 Oct

The word “Ramadan” comes from the Arabic root word ‘ramida’ or ‘ar-ramad’ for “parched thirst” and
“sun-baked ground.” It is expressive of the hunger and thirst felt by those who spend the month in fasting.
It is by nature a time of sacrifice.

Now the question arises “why do Muslims fast during Ramadan?”
Well the answer is simply because fasting during Ramadan is ordained in The Holy Quran to all muslims by ALLAH subhan-o-taala.

And the references from The Holy Qu’ran are as follows:

Surah-e-Al-BAQARAH (verses 183, 184) :

“O You who have attained to faith! Fasting is ordained for youas it was ordained
for those before you, so that you might remain conscious of God:[fasting] during
a certain number of days. But whoever of you is ill, or on a journey, [shall
fast insted for the same ]number of days; and [in such cases] it is incumbent
uopn those who can afford it to make sacrifice by feeding a needy person.And
whoever does more good than he is bound to do does good unto himself thereby;
for to fast is to do good unto yourself- if you but knew it.”

Surah-e-Al-BAQARAH (verse 185) :

“It was the month of Ramadan in which the Quran was was [first] bestowed fromon
high as a guidance unto man and a self-evident proof of that guidance, and asthe
standard by which to discern the true from the false. Hence, whoever of youlives
to see this month shall fast through it; but he that is ill, or on
ajourney,[shall fats instead for the same] number of other days. GOD willsthat
you shall have ease, and does not will you to suffer hardship; but [hedesires]
that you complete the number [of days required], and that you extol GODfor His
having guided you aright, and that you render your thanks [unto Him].”

Word used in Quran:
The word used in The Holy Quran for fasting is Al-Saum. Which means to abstain from food, drink and sexual intercourse from before the break of the dawn until sunset.

Al-Rayan/Ar-Raiyan:
It is one of the gates in the paradise through which only those who fast will be allowed to enter.

Reference by sahih-bhukhari:

Narrated Sahl (Volume 7 Book of Al-Saum, Chapter 1188, verse 1778)

The Prophet said, “There is a gate in Paradise called Ar-Raiyan, and those who
observe fasts will enter through it on the Day of Resurrection and none except
them will enter through it. It will be said, ‘Where are those who used to
observe fasts?’ They will get up, and none except them will enter through it.
After their entry the gate will be closed and nobody will enter through it.”

Timings:
About the timings to observe fast, Allah has mentioned in Surah-e-Al-BAQARAH (verse 187).

” …and eat and drink until the white thread appears to you, distinct from the
black thread,…”

Narrated ‘Adi bin Hatim: (Volume 7 Book of Al-Saum, Chapter 1200, verse 1798)

When the above verses were revealed: ‘Until the white thread appears to you,
distinct from the black thread,’ I took two (hair) strings, one black and the
other white, and kept them under my pillow and went on looking at them
throughout the night but could not make anything out of it. So, the next morning
I went to Allah’s Apostle and told him the whole story. He explained to me,
“That verse means the darkness of the night and the whiteness of the dawn.”

Importance/Blessings/Fazeelat to observe fast during Ramadan:
At several places Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) narrated the fazeelat/blessings on those who observe fasts during Ramadan/Ramazan. Some of the hadeeth from Sahee-Bhukhari have been listed below:

Narrated Abu Huraira (Volume 7 Book of Al-Saum, chapter 1186, verse 1776)

Allah’s Apostle said, “Fasting is a shield (or a screen or a shelter). So, the
person observing fasting should avoid sexual relation with his wife and should
not behave foolishly and impudently, and if somebody fights with him or abuses
him, he should tell him twice, ‘I am fasting.” The Prophet added, “By Him in
Whose Hands my soul is, the smell coming out from the mouth of a fasting person
is better in the sight of Allah than the smell of musk. (Allah says about the
fasting person), ‘He has left his food, drink and desires for My sake. The fast
is for Me. So I will reward (the fasting person) for it and the reward of good
deeds is multiplied ten times.”

Narrated Abu Huraira: (Volume 7 Book of Al-Saum, Chapter 1189, verse 1781)

Allah’s Apostle said, “When the month of Ramadan starts, the gates of the heaven
are opened and the gates of Hell are closed and the devils are chained.”

Narrated Abu Huraira: (Volume 7 Book of Al-Saum, Chapter 1190, verse 1783)

The Prophet said, “Whoever established prayers on the night of Qadr out of
sincere faith and hoping for a reward from Allah, then all his previous sins
will be forgiven; and whoever fasts in the month of Ramadan out of sincere
faith, and hoping for a reward from Allah, then all his previous sins will be
forgiven.”

Narrated Abu Huraira: (Volume 7 Book of Al-Saum, Chapter 1192, verse 1785)

The Prophet said, “Whoever does not give up forged speech and evil actions,
Allah is not in need of his leaving his food and drink (i.e. Allah will not
accept his fasting.)”

Shabay-Qadr/Lailatul-Qadr/Lailatul-Mubarika (The blessed night):
About the fazeelat/importance lailatul-Qadr (Qadr means destiny) ALLAH subhan-o-taala has given a whole surah by the name, Suran- Qadr, which is the ninety-seventh (97th) surah of The Holy Quran.

Surah-e-Al-Qadr: (Chapter 97)

“01. We revealed it (the Quran) on the Night Of Power. 02. Would that you knew
what the Night Of Power is like. 03. Better is the Night Of Power than a
thousand months. 04. On that night the Angles and the Sprit descend by their
Lord’s permission,with all His Decrees. 05. That Night is Peace, till the Break
of Dawn.”

Now the question arisies, what proof that we have that this night of blessings and Fazaail occurs in the Holy month of Ramazan as nothing about in which month it is present has been mentioned in The Holy Quran?

The answer to this question is present in the sahih-hadith of The Holy Prophet (PBUH) some are listed below.

Narrated ‘Aisha: Volume 8, Book of Al-Saum, Chapter 1256, Verse 1891)

Allah’s Apostle said, “Search for the Night of Qadr in the last ten days of Ramadan.”

Narrated Ibn Abbas: (Volume 8 Book of Al-Saum, Chapter 1256, verse 1895)

The Prophet said, “Look for the Night of Qadr in the last ten nights of Ramadan
,’ on the night when nine or seven or five nights remain out of the last ten
nights of Ramadan (i.e. 21, 23, 25, respectively).”

Narrated ‘Ubada bin As-Samit: (Volume 8 Book of Al-Saum, Chapter 1256, verse 1897)

The Prophet came out to inform us about the Night of Qadr but two Muslims were
quarreling with each other. So, the Prophet said, “I came out to inform you
about the Night of Qadr but such-and-such persons were quarreling, so the news
about it had been taken away; yet that might be for your own good, so search for
it on the 29th, 27th and 25th (of Ramadan).

It’s clear from these hadith that one of the most meritorious aspects of the month of Ramadan is that it contains Laylatul-Qadr(the most blessed night of the year)

Taraweeh/Tarabe/Tarawih:
Another important feature of the month of Ramadan is Tarawih. It is a special Salah (prayer) consisting of 20 rak’at which is performed immediately after the Isha prayer. It should be noted that it is NOT an obligatory prayer but Sunnah.

As the Holy Prophet (PBUH) exclaimed:
Sahee-bHUKHARI hADITH:

Narrated Abu Huraira: (Volume 8 Book of Al-Saum, Chapter 1253, verse 1884)

I heard Allah’s Apostle saying regarding Ramadan, “Whoever prayed at night in it
(the month of Ramadan) out of sincere Faith and hoping for a reward from Allah,
then all his previous sins will be forgiven.”

Narrated Abu Huraira: (Volume 8 Book of Al-Saum, Chapter 1253, verse 1885)

Allah’s Apostle said, “Whoever prayed at night the whole month of Ramadan out of
sincere Faith and hoping for a reward from Allah, then all his previous sins
will be forgiven.” Ibn Shihab (a sub-narrator) said, “Allah’s Apostle died and
the people continued observing that (i.e. Nawafil offered individually, not in
congregation), and it remained as it was during the Caliphate of Abu Bakr and in
the early days of ‘Umar’s Caliphate.” ‘Abdur Rahman bin ‘Abdul Qari said, “I
went out in the company of ‘Umar bin Al-Khattab one night in Ramadan to the
mosque and found the people praying in different groups. A man praying alone or
a man praying with a little group behind him. So, ‘Umar said, ‘In my opinion I
would better collect these (people) under the leadership of one Qari (Reciter)
(i.e. let them pray in congregation!)’. So, he made up his mind to congregate
them behind Ubai bin Ka’b. Then on another night I went again in his company and
the people were praying behind their reciter. On that, ‘Umar remarked, ‘What an
excellent Bid’a (i.e. innovation in religion) this is; but the prayer which they
do not perform, but sleep at its time is better than the one they are offering.’
He meant the prayer in the last part of the night. (In those days) people used
to pray in the early part of the night.”

I’tikaf:
It is a unique form of worship in which a person gives up all his activities. abandons his attachments, associations, daily routines and enters the mosque for a specific period.

References from Sahee-bhukhari hadith are:

Narrated Abdullah bin Umar: (Volume 8 Book of Al-Saum, Chapter 1258, verse 1899)

Allah’s Apostle used to practise Itikaf in the last ten days of the month of
Ramadan.

Narrated ‘Aisha: (Volume 8 Book of Al-Saum, Chapter1258 , verse 1900 )

(the wife of the Prophet) The Prophet used to practice Itikaf in the last ten
days of Ramadan till he died and then his wives used to practice Itikaf after
him.

Ramadan offers immense possibility of great spiritual journeys.It is no doubt a very special time for all of us (Muslims), but the feelings and lessons we experience should stay with us throughout the year. In the Qur’an, we are commanded to fast so that we may “become pious”. This piety and devotion is especially felt during Ramadan, but we all must strive to make the feelings and attitude stay with us during our “normal” lives. That is the true goal and test of Ramadan.

Please Note: All the references of sahee-hadith in this article have only been taken from the book
Sahee-Bhukhari Shareef by Abu-Abdullah-Muhammad-bin-Ismaeel-Bhukhari.
Published in September 1985.

Wanna know more about the History and origin of the holy Month of Ramadan?

visit the site below.
All About Ramadan/Ramazan

May ALLAH bless us all.