Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Material Things and Eternity

“You have indeed come with something most monstrous, of which the skies almost burst, the earth split asunder, and the mountains fall down in utter ruin. All this because of their attributing a child to Allah".

A common question asked by the atheists is that why the God of the universe not in front of his eyes. Why is there a need of a God in this world? Why can’t things be eternal without the existence of an eternal God? There are issues that play the function of the initial and supreme origin of temporal things, thus we can say that eternity of reality logically suggests everlastingness. This is factual because, if certain thing is eternal then it does not count for its reality on anything out-of-doors itself. If this is so then it cannot ever overtake away, because only those things overtake away that misplace some of the external situation on which they count for their existence. If the supreme origin of temporal things is eternal and everlasting, it should of necessity be self-sufficient. As said in the Quran:

“God never had a child, nor have there been any gods beside him. [Had there been any], each of them would have appropriated to himself what he created, and some would have overcome others.”

Monday, April 26, 2010

Tauheed And Shirk

Man has been so ungrateful to Allah in all the times for the blessings that are provided to him. That the blessings provided to him are those that man cannot create, control or handle. All the operation of the world is handled by Allah alone. Here a question arises in the minds of both the believers and non-believers that what is the mankind here for then? Allah has replied in the Quran in the following way:

"And I created not the Jinns and men except that they should worship Me (Alone)." [51: 56]

Another question that arises is that if we are here to worship then is just saying Namaz the method to worship in Islam or is the word worship meant for something else.

Ibn Taymiyyah has defined worship as: "a term which comprises everything that Allah loves and approves of from the apparent and hidden sayings and deeds."

Therefore worship is the word solely meant for the sake of pleasing Allah and has nothing to do with polytheism. This is actually the acceptance of man from his heart and his actions to believe in the oneness of Allah. The opposite of this concept is shirk or polytheism.

Allah Says: "If you call upon them, they hear not your call, and if (in case) they were to hear, they could not grant it (your request) to you. And on the Day of Resurrection, they will disown your worshipping them" [35: 14]

Therefore in several places in Quran Allah has said about different types of shirks man commits. On the judgment day man would not find the ones who he has been calling in for help.

"When our Messengers (the angels) come to them to take their souls, they will say: 'Where are those whom you used to invoke and worship besides Allah, 'they will reply, 'They have vanished and deserted us. 'And they will bear witness against themselves, that they were disbelievers." [7: 37].

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

What Every Muslim Should Know about Islam

Saying of the Prophet (PBUH) is: “He who travels in the search of knowledge, to him God shows the way of Paradise.”

Going into paradise is the fantasy for every Muslim, but everyone wants it in an easy way. God has made our Deen very simple for us to follow. Though we are not fully able to follow it according to what we are asked. The ways are simple and elegant. To consider yourself as a true Muslim one must have enough knowledge about his religion so that he can make his mind up from where to start, how to follow.

Holy Quran is the first step to take a start. But reciting Holy Quran is not enough, you must understand the meaning of every word written there. Most of the Muslims pray five times a day but don’t even know the meaning of what they say while praying. Arabic is a blessed language and we must learn it to understand Quran in the true manner.

Furthermore, it is also advised for a learner to spread his knowledge, “The ink of the scholar is more holy than the blood of the martyr.” We also have to develop a strong faith in God, Prophet Muhammad PBUH and our religion. Plus one must have enough knowledge to answer all the questions raised by the people of other religions. Follow the life style of Prophet Muhammad PBUH is the important part for all the Muslims. Finally, Islam is broad but simple religion to follow but being a Muslim, it’s the responsibility for everyone to study Islam thoroughly.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Sufis and their love for Quran

Quran is a miracle that has caught the attention of the mankind and made them love it the most. It is an undeniable miracle of Allah like no other publication in this world been. There are numerous inspiring tales of people’s love of Quran. We need not advance in the distinct past; a look at the biographies of our Ulama who passed away verify this statement of their love for Quran.

Syed Ata Ullah Shah Bukhari (rahimahulla) said that,” In my life, there is only one thing that I love and only one thing that I hate. It is Quran that I love and it is the British that I hate.”

Similarly we cantleave behind the love of Hazrat Maulana Qari Fateh Muhammadabout him Mufti Taqi Usmani rightly says: “Qari Fateh Muhammad was a living miracle of Quran. His tongue was all the time busy reciting the Quran. He was always engrossed in thinking the best ways of spreading Quran education. He was at home in different accents of recitation. During Ramadan, he would lead the prayer of traveeh and recite seven to ten parts of Quran in one night. In this way he would complete the Quran in three or four days. Then he would again recite the whole Quran in some other accent. By the end of Ramadan he would recite the Quran for about ten times in traveeh alone”.

The names of Sheikh-ul-Hadith Maulana Zakariya (rahimahullah), Hazrat Mufti Rasheed Ahmad (rahimahullah), and Hazrat Qari Raheem Bukhsh can’t be left behind in the list of love of Quran. They were blessed with such immense love of Quran that except for natural human yearns, they would not spend a lone instant in which they were not teaching or reciting the Quran.