Monday, March 30, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
I want to share with you an insight which I got from Moulana Muhammad Farooq Khan.
Moulana Muhammad Farooq Khan is the member of Majlis-e-Numaindgan (central council of representatives) of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind. He is one of the old vanguards of the Tahreek-e-Islami and resides in Delhi. He has written a lot of books in Urdu and Hindi. He is well versed in both the languages. He has translated Quran in Hindi. But his magnum opus is Kalam-e-Nubuwat, a collection of Ahadith in five, six volumes. He could be easily termed as the living legend in the field of Islamic literature.
I have met him on two occasions. Once when he delivered a lecture in an all India SIO meet. Next in his room in the second storey of an non-descript building in Old Delhi. It was a brief meeting but It was a memorable evening.
What he said could be summed up as the following:
There are three essential needs which mould a personality. Without fulfilling this needs one cannot become a wholesome personality.
The three needs are as follows.
First, You ought to have something to DO
One cannot remain idle. It is not human nature to remain idle. Man has to do something. Idle mind is devil's workshop. Men do various things. Men get engaged in various occupations to keep themselves occupied. The list of trades, professions, crafts, jobs and careers never ends.
But the best thing to do is to do dawah. The best career option is to get engaged in Dawah.
Second, You ought to have something to LOVE
One cannot live with profession, job or business alone. Day in and day out you do a lot of things. But that is not sufficient to nourish your inner soul. Your heart longs to love and to be loved. Naturally men love. Their love knows no bounds. Men love their wives, their sweet little children, their apparels, their face, their language, their organisation, their country, their matinee idol and the list goes on.
But the best of them is the love towards God. Love of God is the supreme thing in life. It is the ultimate. You have to research and find out whom does God love? And strive to become one. Besides you should love your Creator more than anything and everything in this mundane life.
Third, You ought to have something to HOPE
Man exists because of his hope. He may do a lot of things. He may love his job. He may be passionate about many things. But still he needs something to hope. Why does he work? Why does he go to faraway lands? Why does he do so many things? Because of Hope. Because of hope that one day he would get a beautiful palace overlooking the sea shore. Of hope that he would be driving in the latest model of car. Of hope that his offsprings would get decent education. The list of hopes and dreams is simply endless.
But the best thing to hope is hope of falah in the Hereafter.
I still remember the day when Moulana Farooq Khan Sahib conveyed this message in his own style; in his own choice of sweetest, chaste words in Urdu. Br Shabeer Ahmed, present Ameer-e-Halqa and Br Muhammad Yahya of AIITA were with me. I remember the haste with which I jostled down the words in an old diary.
Moulana gave me the diary as I asked him paper to take notes. The diary with notes is with me. I will share with you the other notes, some other day, Insha Allah.
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read this too: Moulana Syed Ahmed Urooj Qadiri
read : The rise of lady Islamists in Islamic Movement
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
It also becomes rusty like a mirror does andit is polished by remembering Allah.
The heart can also be naked like the body and can lose its dress and decoration, which is piety,
فَإِن لَّمْ تَفْعَلُواْ وَلَن تَفْعَلُواْ فَاتَّقُواْ النَّارَ الَّتِي وَقُودُهَا النَّاسُ وَالْحِجَارَةُ أُعِدَّتْ لِلْكَافِرِينَ
But if ye cannot- and of a surety ye cannot- then fear the Fire whose fuel is men and stones,- which is prepared for those who reject Faith. (Al Quran 2:24)
لَهُم مِّن جَهَنَّمَ مِهَادٌ وَمِن فَوْقِهِمْ غَوَاشٍ وَكَذَلِكَ نَجْزِي الظَّالِمِينَ
For them there is Hell, as a couch (below) and folds and folds of covering above: such is Our requital of those who do wrong (Al Quran 7:41)
إِنَّهُ مَن يَأْتِ رَبَّهُ مُجْرِمًا فَإِنَّ لَهُ جَهَنَّمَ لَا يَمُوتُ فِيهَا وَلَا يَحْيى
Verily he who comes to his Lord as a sinner (at Judgment),- for him is Hell: therein shall he neither die nor live (Al Quran 20:74)
إِذَا رَأَتْهُم مِّن مَّكَانٍ بَعِيدٍ سَمِعُوا لَهَا تَغَيُّظًا وَزَفِيرًا
When it sees them from a place fAr off, they will hear its fury and its ranging sigh (Al Quran 25:12).
Monday, March 23, 2009
Sirajul Hasan has done it.
I always believed, hoped and expected that he alone could do it.
Siraj Bhai, Siraj Sahib, Sirajul Hasan as he is affectionately called by everybody is the chief editor of Samarasam Tamil Fortnightly.
He is a prolific writer in Tamil and master player of words. Over the years he has developed his own style of conveying his thoughts. It could be described as simply endearing. He is in the field for the past three decades. He was groomed by late Moulana M. A. Jameel Ahmed. He has written three books and a collection of short stories. He is the most soft spoken man in the earth. But he is very shrewd in equal measure. Measure your words when you speak with him.
Now what has he done?
He has written an open letter to A. R. Rahman, the music wizard of Chennai. He has lauded ARR for his achievement. He has expressed his joy, pleasure in his own way. A.R Rahman had declared "Yella pugazhum Allahvukke" (All glory be to Allah!!) at the dias of Oscar arena.
Sirajul Hasan has lauded this spontaneous reaction of the Music maestro. Then he explains the significance of Alhumdulillah...!
Slowly and steadily he has woven the web and highlighted the drastic consequences of Shirk-Inai vaippu.
A.R. Rahman is known to be very particular in offering Namaz in time. Sirajul Hasan mentions this and praises the enthusiasm shown by ARR in offering Namaz. Then he goes on elaborating the significance and importance of the ultimate success - the success in Hereafter.
The final appeal from Siraj is what makes your heart melt.
His words are:
isai vazhiyil payaniththu immaiyin sigarangalai ththottu vitteergalIt could be roughly translated as "You have reached the zenith of glory in the path of Music.
irai vazhiyil payaniththu marumaiyin vetrigalai pera muyalungal.
Next, in future, Please try to get success in Hereafter"
Oh! I miss Br P. H. Shafeeq Ahmed, the lanky lad from the dusty town of Tirupattur. He is also a gifted writer. Shafeeq writes in English.
More than a decade ago, Ace director Manirathinam produced a stupendously stupid film "Roja" depicting Muslims in a very bad light. At that time too Sirajul Hasan wrote an open letter to Mani Rathinam. The finishing lines of that letter are still embedded in my mind "Today what you have in your hands is a stone..! I pray and hope that a day will come when the stone would be replaced by a flower"
Br Shafeeq translated the letter in English and it was published in Radiance Views weekly, Delhi.
I wish I had Shafeeq at my side. He would have translated the piece in English in no time.
As my hands are full I could not do it by myself. If somebody reading this, wishes to translate in English, he is most welcome.
(1) Forbearance (hilm)
(2) Humility (tawadu`)
(3) Generosity (sakha’)
(4) Good character (husn al-khuluq)–and this is the perfection of faith.”
[Ghazali, Ihya' `Ulum al-Din]
Saturday, March 21, 2009
"What deeds are most liked by Allah?
He said: 'The prayer on its time.'
I said:'Then what?'
He saide:'Jihad in the path of Allah.'
I said: 'Then what?'
He said: 'To be dutiful to parents.'
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
By the day as it shows up (the sun's) brightness; By the night as it conceals it (the sun);By the heaven and Him Who built it; By the earth and Him Who spread it, And by Nafs (Adam or a person or a soul), and Him Who perfected him in proportion;
Then He showed him what is wrong for him and what is right for him;
Indeed he succeeds who purifies his ownself (i.e. obeys and performs all that Allâh ordered, by following the true Faith of Islâmic Monotheism and by doing righteous good deeds)
And indeed he fails who corrupts his ownself (i.e. disobeys what Allâh has ordered by rejecting the true Faith of Islâmic Monotheism or by following polytheism or by doing every kind of evil wicked deeds).
-- Feel the intensity and power of truth.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Small heroes master their enemies. Big heroes master themselves – Rumi
Life is an opportunity to courageously take up Jihad, or struggle to master ourselves so that we comply with the will of Allah. This is the route to fulfillment wherein we may lift up our hands in order to worship Allah, receiving His blessings and eternal mercy. Those of us who choose to master ourselves while trusting in Allah have nothing within this world or beyond it to fear.
As Muslims we tend to forget what the title entails, that of “Muslim” – what does it mean? And why is the definition so important to remember?
A Muslim is one who peacefully submits his or her will, his or her ‘self’ to God. We surrender ourselves to God, giving up attachments that take away from loving and worshipping Him as best as we can.
What better Jihad is there than that against what detaches you from Allah?
We all say we love Allah, but are we showing Him – are we truly struggling to free ourselves from selfish attachments?
Prophet Muhammad (saw.waw) teaches that, “For everything there is an appropriate way of polishing. The heart is polished through zikr-the remembrance of Allah.”
Allah has declared that He is, “close to the thought that My servant has of Me. I am with him whenever he recollects Me. If he remembers Me in himself, I remember him in Myself. If he approaches Me by as much as on hand’s length, I approach him by a mile. If he stumbles towards Me, I run toward him.”
Wherever you find yourself, whether in worship or in an ordinary moment of your daily life, remember Allah.
Our hearts shall only find complete peace in the remembrance of Allah, so we should seek Him not just during our most trying moments, but even in our most happiest.
There is nothing greater than the struggle to stay close to Allah in worship and devotion – we all commit ourselves to an array of unimportant things during our daily lives, yet when was the last time we devoted time to remember Allah?
Prayer is a given for any Muslim who prays, but what else have we done to remember Allah?; to master ourselves against what separates us from Him.
Embarking on Jihad does not always involve a weapon of manmade qualities but ones of a more spiritual nature – replacing a glistening bullet with the sword of Tawheed and an ear shattering cannon with the volcanic eruption of Zikr.
We must learn to transform our everyday lives into adventures of spiritual awakening – the greater Jihad “against the lower self”.
Waste no time in struggling against what detaches you from Allah,
Waste no time in fighting off the toxins of the world – money,greed,envy,lust
Waste no time in striking the enemies of worship who consume you for even brief moments
Do it now, while you are still able,
While you are blessed with your sight – by which you can read His perfected revelation
Before your eyes grown dim and barren.
While you are blessed with your strength – by which you may defeat the enemies of worship
Before your body grows weak.
Do it now, while you are still able
Because sleep is a silent death each and every night,
And when your eyes are blessed with the ability to flutter in the early morning
Rise with the awareness that you will not live long.
Question of the week:
How do you gain awareness of Allah during your daily routines?/What actions (physically or mentally) have you committed to doing that will help you struggle against your ‘nafs’ (self)
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Its our beloved Prophet Mohammed's (May peace be upon Him) birthday today. He was by far the most remarkable man that ever set foot on this earth. He preached a religion, founded a state, built a nation, laid down a moral code, initiated numberless social and political reforms, established a dynamic and powerful society to practice and represent his teachings, and completely revolutionized the worlds of human thought and action for all times to come.
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Friday, March 6, 2009
[Moulana Maseehullah Khan]
Undeniably, one of the hardest things to do is display patience and moreover smile through circumstances of pain and even anger. But therein lies the reward.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
You can download the book (5 Parts) in pdf format from the below links
Dastan Iman faroshon Ki (Part -1)
Dastan Iman Faroshon Ki (Part -2)
Dastan Iman Faroshon Ki (Part -3)
Dastan Iman Faroshon Ki (Part -4)
Dastan Iman Faroshon Ki (Part -5)
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
- As a manual for life As a constitution for country
- As a law for courts As a syllabus for students
- As a document to be followed in finance and trade sectors
- As a tool for carving out state's interior and forign policies
- As a guideline principles for military and wars,
- And in short as a Imam (leader) in all avenues of life.
[Syed Qutub(may Allah swt grant him mercy)]
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
One fine day when I was in my imaginary world I decided to sort out the criteria to test the God. I wanted to see whether the God whom I believe is cable of being God? Is he really be worshiped as God? I tried to sort out the test criteria from the experience of the ancestor, the various philosophers, the religious books then I have selected the best of the test from all the above and it was from the Guiding Quran. Why I call Quran as a Guide because it perfectly guided me to phrase the test to test someone who claims to be God.
The test is..
1. He should be one.
2.He Should be Absolute.
3.He Should not have an Start nor an End (Never did He beget. Nor was He begotten)
4.No one should be equal to him.
Anyone who claims to be a God should pass all these four question then only I will consider him as a God and Worship him.
The Guiding Quran Answers all the above four questions in Sura Ikhlaas 112
1. Proclaim, "He is the One and only GOD.
2. "The Absolute GOD.
3. "Never did He beget. Nor was He begotten.
4. "None equals Him."
" There is no God but God(ALLAH). Muhammad is the Prophet of God "
Monday, March 2, 2009
"O’ Ye people! Allah says, O’ people We created you from one male and one female and made you into tribes and nations, so as to be known to one another. Verily in the sight of Allah, the most honored amongst you is the one who is most God-fearing. There is no superiority for an Arab over a non-Arab and for a non-Arab over an Arab, nor for the white over the black nor for the black over the white except in God-consciousness"
Ahhh!!!!!! ALLAH the only Lord of the worlds has given a fantastic Universal Code to humanity but lot of people don't know.......
In this point of time the root cause of all problem the humanity is facing today is based on either caste,color,region,power or thinking being superior than other. If each and every human being of this world follow the universal message of the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him, then definitely all the problems will fade away as the darkness of night fades when the sun signals of its raise.
I pledge today to follow this universal code of superiority by Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him.