May 21, 2013
what if you hit a little four years old girl while driving car …. due to the force of collision she is tossed up in air ,she flips and lands few meters away from the car … you stops in frenetic way .. you nearly miss derailing from main road into the deep trench down hill…… your heart is beating enormously high from anxiety that how many bones she would have broken or whether she is alive or if she is alive then for how long….
what if you open the door of your car and you find blood all over the road , some of your doubts may become certain , your anxiety increase and you run toward her thinking that if she is still breathing lets rush her to the hospital …. but suddenly, an expert paramedic stops on the scene of accident , he checks the girl , let her stand , stands on her feet , he checks that she can lift her arms and legs and then he dresses all her wounds , inject her with antibiotics and anti pain drugs and little girl returns to her home on her own feet alive and kicking…..
what if all this happens to you … wont it shock you and make you think …won`t you think that she could have died , she could have been physically disabled , … what if the paramedic guy wasn`t there to help …….
My trip to Pakistan this summer was all about driving in rush between my native village and where my daughter lives with her granny. Her safety and look after has always been my main concern. It is sad and sickening that she has to pay for disputes between her parents and family.
This accident has emotionally shocked me but made me think that it is only Allah who is the protector of life.If Allah protects you then no matter how disastrous accident you have been through nothing will happen to you . I took this as a sign of Allah`s mighty powers and left my daughter in His protection . May Allah guide us.
January 1, 2013
On the new year day most of us will look to the future ….hopes of something better , meeting new people , making new friends , having new experiences , discovering the world from a different angle. But what about the bitter past . friends that have been lost , relations that have been forgotten , conflicts that have weaken the bonds of love . Aggression , greed and lust that have carried us away , and have evolved us into black elves.
I wish i can go back to the start . I wish science can work that way .
December 27, 2012
“Leaving the moon and the sun behind,
I reached the presence of God, and said,
“Not a single atom in Your world
Is an intimate of mine
The world has no heart, but I,
A handful of dust, am all heart.
It’s a nice garden(universe/World),
but not worthy of my song!”
A smile appeared on His lips?
He said not a word.” ( Solitude by Allama Iqbal)
Translator`s notes : ”Possession of a feeling heart distinguishes man from and sets him above the rest of creation. This secret was, however, hidden from man not with a view to keeping him ignorant of his distinction but in order to motivate him to discover it through his own effort. Discovery of the secret earns man praise from God: he has risen to his Creator’s expectations, and the Creator smiles in appreciation that his creation has found the truth”
Taken from Allama Iqbal Persian poem “solitude” in his book “Kulyat e Iqbal” , Iqbal shares his joy of longing for his creator and find the truth and elaborates one of the many tiered concept of heart in his poetical work.In Islamic texts in general and Sufi works in particular; the heart is a locus of knowledge and intelligence rather than sentiments or feelings. Equating the heart to ‘emotions’ and ‘feelings’ is a typically modern phenomenon. The Quran employs the term about 130 times and often attributes understanding and intelligence to the healthy heart. Hadīth literature also carries abundant references to it
(Courtesy of research Study on iqbal by M Suhyl Umer)
October 28, 2012
Eid Ul Adha this time fell on Friday the 26th October which was a working day in UK . This was one of those rare Eids on which i could not get a day off. I was told by friends and colleagues that i can call sick to get a day off or just make any excuse for getting a day off.I was quite tempted. But telling a lie would ruin all my motives of celebrating this Eid , being truthful and righteous.
It was 4.30 AM in the morning when i got up. In winter ,it does sound like mid night due to darkness outside my window.I was getting ready for the morning prayer of Eid. I had strange kind of mixed feeling.The nice and great feelings of Eid celebrations but the down feeling of going to work.
“We accept that Eid is religious observance day for Muslims.Due to limited resources we cannot approve the leave.We will allow you ample time in the morning to perform the Eid Prayer”.This was the short email i got last morning at work. The secular society don`t believe that religion is passport for living.I strongly disagree.I can`t live as a pagan or unbeliever which is very similar to the fact that a gay or lesbian cant live a straight life.
When i came to my room after wadu ( ablution). My other half already finished the morning prayer.”MashaAllah” i smiled . “rare to see someone praying so early” .
I was grateful to Allah that at least i was given ample time to perform the morning prayers.There was time when believers of one God were punished to death.
“Ahadun , Ahadun ( My God is only One , Only One ) ” Hazrat Bilal (Razilahu ) answered when a heavy stone was put on his chest by the unbelievers of Mecca to force him to denounce his belief.
When Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) invited the Arabs to accept Islam and every one threatened him to death.No one initially wanted to help him as they were scared for their life as well. Hazrat Ali Razilahu at the age of ten, only10 , stepped up to support him without any fear.
I was thinking about all that while i finished my morning prayer i had a quick breakfast and was on my way out for the Eid Prayer and then on way to work.There was a strange pleasantness in the cold chilling wind outside which usually bites.There was a 20 minutes walk to Masjid which i was happy to walk today.
My Mind was still puzzled while looking for examples of any sacrifice in my own life for the sake of Allah. Building career , getting a job , doing something for family was all that came in my mind .
By 11 AM i was in my office and the day resumed as normal.
August 26, 2012
If it would not be patience and self control Islam would have not spread across the world.It would not be the fastest growing religion of the world.Patience and tolerance is a real virtue that can bring great harmony within our communities in particular and the whole world in general.
I recall a story from the companion of Prophet Mohammed ( PBUH ) . Hazrat Ali (AS) when he was confronted with a notorious warrior in the battle of Khandaq.This was a war to defend the muslim population of Medina from oppression.This guy was a well known fierce fighter and no one was easily willing to fight him.Hazrat Ali ( AS ) stepped forward and challenged him. After fierce fighting Hazrat Ali AS threw him down on the ground and mounted his chest. when he was just about to kill him , the guy spit on Hazrat Ali AS face.
Everybody was certain that because of this insult he would meet his death even faster still, but to their amazement, Hazrat Ali (as) moved from his chest and walked away without hurting him.
upon asking why he spared this guy`s life , he said that : “ if he had killed him then it would have not been only for the sake of Allah (SWT) but also for the satisfaction of his anger and so he let him free “
If we compare ourselves with this , and think that how many times we do manage our anger and stay patient for the sake of Allah . Most of the things we do for Allah , out intentions get corrupted and then it becomes like self satisfaction rather serving a great cause.
Same way , there are lots of distractions in the world around us to divert us from the true path.Some time the love of money and easy life or even the love of family and childerns.
I have seen a lot of good scholars and very religeous people who cant teach values to their own families and childerns . They think that they love their childerns too much and they don`t like telling them something which they don`t like. In the way of Allah and there should be no one`s love.
This is one of the very chronic evil back home in our society.If we cant inherit Taqwa ( good values of patence and tolerance ) then we will be left with all extremism, paganism and culture of superstition.
Our streets today are flooded with bearded and turboned Islamists who sell on the name of Islam.They sell hatred and extremism in the name of Islam to build their wealth. I hope one day we will have real leaders . I don`t mind clean shaven young men to lead if they have Taqwa.If they have patience and tolerance toward all communities.If they have the true spirit of Islam.
August 24, 2011
its last week of Ramadan , masjid was still full at Taraweeh time .I could hardly get in.When its over it will be over in a week time.Peace and quiet will return to the masjid.It will be only Imam and few maqtadi (followers).
Nimaz or ibadat (prayer) is like a seasonal rite nowadays.Our beards , our tasbihs are religeous ornaments.In one hand we will hold the rope of islam and in other hand we will hold the rope of the ” culture of Bidaah” (unacceptable forbidden rites).
Allah clearly says in Surah Baqarah in the Quran :
” Are you trying to mix the right with the wrong? are you like those who sometimes follow the straight path and sometimes follow the evil ? if you are like this you will face disgrace and misfortune in this world as well as in the life after “
Right is right and wrong and wrong is wrong. Don`t try to justify wrong actions with logic.Wrong actions means not paying zakat , accepting RIBA ( interest ) ( or working with interest based business ) , not praying nimaz and other unislamic actions .
“There is no confusion in DEEN , the message of islam is simple and straight forward ” Quran says .
We must pray at the end of ramadan for our IMAN on Allah and His deen to stay stronge for ever . May Allah help us to stay stronge in the face of distractions from the true path . The greed of money , the lust of luxury and happiness , even the love of own family are the distraction in the path of DEEN . At the end of Ramadan we should pray that Allah forgive us and protect us from the evils of the world and from the evil of ourselves.
“Rabbana Zalamna Anfusana Wa Inlam Taghfirlana Wa Tarhamna La Nakoonanna Mina Khasireen. (They said, “Our Lord, we have wronged ourselves, and if You do not forgive us and have mercy upon us, we will surely be among losers. Surah Al A’raf 7:23)
May 17, 2011
Khwaab marte nahin
Khwaab dil hain na aankhein na saansein ke jo
Rezaa-rezaa hue to bikhar jayein ge
Jism ki maut se yeh bhi mar jayein ge
(Dreams do not die
Dreams, unlike hearts,
Do not vanish or scatter
or wither away with death.)
Khwaab marte nahin
Khwaab to roshni hain, navaa hain, hawa hain
Jo kaale paharon se rukte nahin
Roshni aur navaa aur hawa ka alam
Maqtalon mein pohanch kar bhi jhukte nahin
(Dreams do not die,
Dreams are light, melody and breeze.
They cannot be stopped by mountains
Cannot burn in the hell fire of persecution
These flags of light, sound and breeze
Will not bow, even in execution’s square)
Khwaab to harf hain
Khwaab to noor hain
Khwaab to suqraat hein
Khwaab to mansoor hain
(Dreams are words
Dreams are light
Dreams are Socrates
Dreams are Mansoors )
April 30, 2011
with the show of life as it goes on with its bad and good characters …. with the calm and valvour .. with scenes calming and then jittering nerves…..i watch this show .. trying to keep my coool..i see .. i see the friends comming back and enemies turning away and vice versa …. i know most of things i dont have control but what i can control is the reaction to this play.You dont know that a calamity can turn in to blessing in the next scene or a blessing can turn into a calamity few minutes later.My reaction if i loose my nerves , can spoil the plot which is being set, which never can be bad.only the logic says bad or good.For all these years when we see oursleves from growing into men and women we see the bigger perspective of life and there are signs for us to see them.Time goes quick like nothing and Humanss are in the loss of time.Humans cant capture the time and not can even we stop the time.As soon as we realize the moment it is gone.life is the preparations for one after this one.
August 22, 2010
what a re great mess have we made of the country that was built and independence was earned through so many sacrifices !!???
In the holy month of Ramadan when Allah showers all the Rahmat(Blessings) , the country is going through a historic natural devastation … there are lessons need to be learnt…. a country that came into being after hardships , a country which was built in the name of the Islam.
Pakistan constitutions clearly says that : ” Islam and Holy Quran will be the main source of legislation” preamble of constitution says : “Whereas sovereignty over the entire Universe belongs to Almighty Allah alone, and the authority to be exercised by the people of Pakistan within the limits prescribed by Him is a sacred trust”..
Purity of soul and body is the essence of any Pakistani life style.. and that is why we are called Pakistani ( pure people ) from land of pure people…….
and when Jinnah put down the foundations of this country it was based on ”the principles of democracy, freedom, equality, tolerance and social justice, as enunciated by Islam, shall be fully observed”
The people of Pakistan , the politicians of Pakistan have not only committed a crime but a great SIN by violating the above principles….. today the purity of soul have only been narrowed down to long beards , tasbihs and dress code…..the preachers (Immans) and Talibs ( students ) of the religon , the guardians of pure soul became the very criminals to commit sucidal killings in temples and Masjids to kill innocent people….. Now we don`t put our trust in Allah but in foreign Aid…
We need good leaders ,who can drive the nation through this tough time .We need another Jinnah,strong , stubborn and determined to achieve national goals.”Allah,Pakistan” the last words of Jinnah, May Allah forgive us and give us the spirit and determination to get through this tough times and enable us to be proud among the league of nations.
January 22, 2010
” in the journey of discovering the universe ,,, man first thought earth is most important part of universe and earth is the only planet and the sun & moon revolves around it …. & then when he discovered other planets he found out that we are part of solar system and all planets in the solar system revolve around the sun…& then man found out that ..there is not only one solar system out there but there are millions and trillions… ..that was when science suggested to us that we dont really matter in this universe and there are millions of planets and solar systems out there .. they are beyond our knowledge and discovery…” ( Narrated from James May documentary discovering the universe on BBC ….)
No Doubt the Holy Quran mentions same facts …. Allaho Khaliq o walbarioooo ! (Allah is the true creator )