Saturday, January 14, 2017

Churches,Synagogues,Mosques and Quran

we Muslims have to listen this on many occasions that our religion has no tolerance for other religions and we are programmed by our holy book Quran to kill the non-Muslims and demolish their places of worship .
so ,without much philosophical conundrums ,i would like to begin with a verse of Quran (3:110)

كُنتُمْ خَيْرَ أُمَّةٍ أُخْرِجَتْ لِلنَّاسِ تَأْمُرُونَ بِالْمَعْرُوفِ وَتَنْهَوْنَ عَنِ الْمُنكَرِ وَتُؤْمِنُونَ بِاللَّهِ ۗ وَلَوْ آمَنَ أَهْلُ الْكِتَابِ لَكَانَ خَيْرًا لَّهُم ۚ مِّنْهُمُ الْمُؤْمِنُونَ وَأَكْثَرُهُمُ الْفَاسِقُونَ

You are the best nation produced [as an example] for mankind. You enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong and believe in Allah . If only the People of the Scripture had believed, it would have been better for them. Among them are believers, but most of them are defiantly disobedient.

To Muslims Allah says that you are the best nation sent on earth. why? because Muslims are made of gold or they have some superior gene in their body . 
the answer is NO. Muslims will be the best nation sent on earth if they will follow the commandments of Quran , follow the order of Allah ,and one of his commandment is to protect and respect people of book . 
Quran testify people of book as believers مِّنْهُمُ الْمُؤْمِنُونَ
it  testify that among them are God fearing people . Quran also add , among people of book most of them are disobedient . 
This is a warning sign for muslims , because Allah tells in Quran several times
 وَإِن تَتَوَلَّوْاْ يَسْتَبْدِلْ قَوْماً غَيْرَكُمْ ثُمَّ لاَ يَكُونُواْ
(And if you turn away, He will exchange you for some other people then they will not be the likes of you )

Because he Al-mighty in his power can do that .Only Allah can judge what is in the heart of people and as a Muslim we are answerable for our actions and what we do. If Allah saw signs of disobedience in them and replaced them with us ,he can replace us with some other nation too.
Allah says in Quran about people of book ,who are the righteous & God fearing people (3:113)
لَيْسُوا سَوَاءً ۗ مِّنْ أَهْلِ الْكِتَابِ أُمَّةٌ قَائِمَةٌ يَتْلُونَ آيَاتِ اللَّهِ آنَاءَ اللَّيْلِ وَهُمْ يَسْجُدُونَ

They are not [all] the same; among the People of the Scripture is a community standing [in obedience], reciting the verses of Allah during periods of the night and prostrating [in prayer].

يُؤْمِنُونَ بِاللَّهِ وَالْيَوْمِ الْآخِرِ وَيَأْمُرُونَ بِالْمَعْرُوفِ وَيَنْهَوْنَ عَنِ الْمُنكَرِ وَيُسَارِعُونَ فِي الْخَيْرَاتِ وَأُولَٰئِكَ مِنَ الصَّالِحِينَ

They believe in Allah and the Last Day, and they enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong and hasten to good deeds. And those are among the righteous.

وَمَا يَفْعَلُوا مِنْ خَيْرٍ فَلَن يُكْفَرُوهُ ۗ وَاللَّهُ عَلِيمٌ بِالْمُتَّقِينَ

And whatever good they do - never will it be removed from them. And Allah is Knowing of the righteous.

Furthermore , the second allegation is, muslims are asked to demolish churches and synagogues . Are we really ?lets see what Quran says (22:40)

الَّذِينَ أُخْرِجُوا مِن دِيَارِهِم بِغَيْرِ حَقٍّ إِلَّا أَن يَقُولُوا رَبُّنَا اللَّهُ ۗ وَلَوْلَا دَفْعُ اللَّهِ النَّاسَ بَعْضَهُم بِبَعْضٍ لَّهُدِّمَتْ صَوَامِعُ وَبِيَعٌ وَصَلَوَاتٌ وَمَسَاجِدُ يُذْكَرُ فِيهَا اسْمُ اللَّهِ كَثِيرًا ۗ وَلَيَنصُرَنَّ اللَّهُ مَن يَنصُرُهُ ۗ إِنَّ اللَّهَ لَقَوِيٌّ عَزِيزٌ

[They are] those who have been evicted from their homes without right - only because they say, "Our Lord is Allah ." And were it not that Allah checks the people, some by means of others, there would have been demolished monasteries, churches, synagogues, and mosques in which the name of Allah is much mentioned. And Allah will surely support those who support Him. Indeed, Allah is Powerful and Exalted in Might.

we can see very clearly and ulema (scholars ) have provided the detailed tafseer of these verses; Hasan Al-Basri comments on this verse, saying:

يُدْفَعُ عَنْ هَدْمِ مُصَلَّيَاتِ أَهْلِ الذِّمَّةِ بِالْمُؤْمِنِينَ
The houses of worship for non-Muslim citizens are defended by the believers.
Source: Ahkam Al-Quran Al-Jassas 5/83
Imam Al-Qurtubi comments on this verse, saying:
قَالَ ابْنُ خُوَيْزِ مَنْدَادَ تَضَمَّنَتْ هَذِهِ الْآيَةُ الْمَنْعَ مِنْ هَدْمِ كَنَائِسِ أَهْلِ الذِّمَّةِ وَبِيَعِهِمْ وَبُيُوتِ نِيرَانِهِمْ
Ibn Khuwaiz said: Included in this verse is the prohibition of demolishing the churches of non-Muslim citizens, their temples, and their houses of worship.
Source: Tafseer Al-Qurtubi 22:40
It is clear that any place where name of Allah\God\YWHA is called and worshiped should be under the protection of Muslims ,this includes churches and synagogues . As Quran has high regard for all the prophets of Allah , and these are the nations and followers of prophet Esa(Jesus) and prophet Musa( Moses)
For Muslims my advice spell is to follow the Quran ,its a mercy on us , a blessing of Allah to become a better person ,rise above hate and prejudice .
And to non- Muslims i give a love potion to study Quran and Islam before judging it and hating it .we always fear what we do not know ,and we hate what we fear . Do not let hate and fear win.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Old Golds

when i get tired from everything and want to imagine a peaceful life ,i always imagine my grandparents ,and that includes both parents of my parents and their aunts and uncles .yes! its a big family , have lots of old folks . They all used to waking up at dawn offer Tahajjud prayer, then Fajar prayer and recite Quran till the sun comes up. After breakfast is when their rest begin , they nap like cats whole day ,open their eyes see what is going on around and then again zzZZZ sleep .Anyone who need their advice talks to them ,sit with them and then they are purring like a cat again .So simple life , peaceful , eat ,sleep ,pray and love spread love just by their presence .They worked their whole life and now they rest and live their day around prayers .
They are like babies, no teeth , can't walk fast , can't stay up late ,sensitive .
always remind me this verse in Quran 
    اللَّهُ الَّذِي خَلَقَكُم مِّن ضَعْفٍ ثُمَّ جَعَلَ مِن بَعْدِ ضَعْفٍ قُوَّةً ثُمَّ جَعَلَ مِن بَعْدِ قُوَّةٍ ضَعْفًا وَشَيْبَةً ۚ يَخْلُقُ مَا يَشَاءُ ۖ وَهُوَ الْعَلِيمُ الْقَدِيرُ


Allah is the one who created you from weakness, then made after weakness strength, then made after strength weakness and white hair. He creates what He wills, and He is the Knowing, the Competent."

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Pearls of Wisdom by Luqman a.s To his Son

we  humans are born with flaws ,imperfections, habits and natures of our own , pride,anger,lying,selfishness,arrogance are a part of us ,some admit them and have the abundance of one of these mentioned cruel attitudes in them ,others refrain to see their flaws and end up hurting others with their attitude and behaviors .

while reciting Quran i am always amazed by the simple daily life matters and human faults and weaknesses it is addressing to ,the issues of this generation and showing them the rite path. 
like today i was reciting surah al-Luqman and when i reached the verses where Luqman a.s who was a wise man of his time , his wisdom impressed the angles and Allah showered him with more light of guidance and praised him , he gave few very important advice's to his son with such polite and loving words that we can feel them .


                                                                               وَإِذْ قَالَ لُقْمَانُ لِابْنِهِ وَهُوَ يَعِظُهُ يَا بُنَيَّ لَا تُشْرِكْ بِاللَّهِ ۖ إِنَّ الشِّرْكَ لَظُلْمٌ عَظِيمٌ 

And [mention, O Muhammad], when Luqman said to his son while he was instructing him, "O my son, do not associate [anything] with Allah . Indeed, association [with him] is great injustice."

(associating partners with one and only creator is not just a sin but also an injustice to the one who keep saying again and again i am the one and only creator of this universe . an intellectual sin, how eloquently , he explained this to his child  )

                                                  وَوَصَّيْنَا الْإِنسَانَ بِوَالِدَيْهِ حَمَلَتْهُ أُمُّهُ وَهْنًا عَلَىٰ وَهْنٍ وَفِصَالُهُ فِي عَامَيْنِ أَنِ اشْكُرْ لِي وَلِوَالِدَيْكَ إِلَيَّ الْمَصِيرُ

And We have enjoined upon man [care] for his parents. His mother carried him, [increasing her] in weakness upon weakness, and his weaning is in two years. Be grateful to Me and to your parents; to Me is the [final] destination.

(parenting is not a joke , ask the parents who give up everything for the happiness of their children,the responsibility of raising a child rite is a test of nerves , especially a mother , Allah emphasized her rank ,reminded us the pain and suffering of birth our mothers suffer , so be thankful  )
                               يَا بُنَيَّ إِنَّهَا إِن تَكُ مِثْقَالَ حَبَّةٍ مِّنْ خَرْدَلٍ فَتَكُن فِي صَخْرَةٍ أَوْ فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ أَوْ فِي الْأَرْضِ يَأْتِ بِهَا اللَّهُ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ لَطِيفٌ خَبِيرٌ

[And Luqman said], "O my son, indeed if wrong should be the weight of a mustard seed and should be within a rock or [anywhere] in the heavens or in the earth, Allah will bring it forth. Indeed, Allah is Subtle and Acquainted.

(he provides food to ants under the rocks , take care of fishes in the dark depths of sea , the whole universe has a balance and works with discipline , all these signs show how perfect the creator is , the art speaks about the artist , Allah never forgets ,  anything we do good or bad , it will all be shown to us indeed . 

reminds of al -kahaf verses 

وَوُضِعَ الْكِتَابُ فَتَرَى الْمُجْرِمِينَ مُشْفِقِينَ مِمَّا فِيهِ وَيَقُولُونَ يَا وَيْلَتَنَا مَالِ هَٰذَا الْكِتَابِ لَا يُغَادِرُ صَغِيرَةً وَلَا كَبِيرَةً إِلَّا أَحْصَاهَا ۚ وَوَجَدُوا مَا عَمِلُوا حَاضِرًا ۗ وَلَا يَظْلِمُ رَبُّكَ أَحَدًا

"And the record [of deeds] will be placed [open], and you will see the criminals fearful of that within it, and they will say, "Oh, woe to us! What is this book that leaves nothing small or great except that it has enumerated it?" And they will find what they did present [before them]. And your Lord does injustice to no one."


                                               يَا بُنَيَّ أَقِمِ الصَّلَاةَ وَأْمُرْ بِالْمَعْرُوفِ وَانْهَ عَنِ الْمُنكَرِ وَاصْبِرْ عَلَىٰ مَا أَصَابَكَ ۖ إِنَّ ذَٰلِكَ مِنْ عَزْمِ الْأُمُورِ

O my son, establish prayer, enjoin what is right, forbid what is wrong, and be patient over what befalls you. Indeed, [all] that is of the matters [requiring] determination.

( in this life ,we see very few who stand up for truth,justice, humanity , and say what is right. 
we all turn into a ball of frustration ,depression and anxiety when any test,problem ,calamity befalls on us . he advised his son to stay stay patient and also added all this require determination . because being a wise man he knew how hard it is .


                                                                 وَلَا تُصَعِّرْ خَدَّكَ لِلنَّاسِ وَلَا تَمْشِ فِي الْأَرْضِ مَرَحًا ۖ إِنَّ اللَّهَ لَا يُحِبُّ كُلَّ مُخْتَالٍ فَخُورٍ

"And do not turn your cheek [in contempt] toward people and do not walk through the earth exultantly. Indeed, Allah does not like everyone self-deluded and boastful."

( we walk ,talk , carry ourselves with so much arrogance , think low of others , these traits are shoddy and cheap .we forget how our attitudes hurt others , people who act like pharaoh are not liked by Allah . he advised his son this boasting and self praising are the most un liked traits even we humans cannot stand them .


                                                                        وَاقْصِدْ فِي مَشْيِكَ وَاغْضُضْ مِن صَوْتِكَ ۚ إِنَّ أَنكَرَ الْأَصْوَاتِ لَصَوْتُ الْحَمِيرِ

"And be moderate in your pace and lower your voice; indeed, the most disagreeable of sounds is the voice of donkeys."

( loud ,screaming voices , lack of manners in conversation is considered a cool ,hip thing now , the more loud you are more cool you are . we are forgetting how beautiful simplicity and humbleness is , down to earth can raise us higher than the sky )


Saturday, November 26, 2016

"Surely man is created of a hasty temperament"

I woke up with a message from a friend asking  "if Allah has sent us to the world with our will , why never gives us freedom of leaving , that makes me feel like governments who says you have freedom of speech ,say everything ,but that's not the reality , like if i have the freedom of choice i will choose not to exist "

half asleep when i read this my eyes popped open ,first thought ,is he going to kill himself ,but i know  he always have a strong faith and believe in the wisdom of Allah ,its just one of the phase when we all get tired from life and questions surround us .so i calmed myself he will live .

before i replied i thought to check twitter ( an addiction like coffee uhh) and first tweet in my face was a tweet from a friend saying " living with depression , anxiety , and suicidal thoughts " 

i was like eeh these boys have a lot going on , interstingly that was an answer to the question my friend had asked me . so i got back to replying him "  Allah is the best of planner ,he knows his creation so well , he knows how weak and hasty his creation is , he himself says in Quran "Surely man is created of a hasty temperament" (70:19) 
 a bad day , disappointment ,little bit of pain and we all be going back and planet earth will be empty in days . death indeed is peacefull for a believer , thats why Allah has kept it swift and a secret , because he is " Ya Rehman" the merciful its his" rehma " ( mercy) on our souls

Forced conversions ! can you force anyone to love ?

when i hear people saying " Islam force people to convert " or " islam says follow me or die " if i get into a discussion trying to clear the wrong idea first thing i hear is " don't your Quran says to follow it or die "  and moreover kill the nonbelievers . these ideas are in minds of both the religious extremists and Islamophobes ,because honestly both do not understand the teachings of Islam. 

so here it is ! let me rephrase the question Is this possible to make anyone fall in love with you ,force anyone to love you , well those who have tried this they know the answer , the result is always worse and the opposite ,in fact more hate .

Quran is clear There is no compulsion in religion. Verily, the right path has become distinct from the wrong path. لاَ إِكْرَاهَ فِي الدِّينِ (There is no compulsion in religion), meaning, "Do not force anyone to become Muslim, for Islam is plain and clear, and its proofs and evidence are plain and clear. Al -Baqarah 256 

following a religion is about love from the inside , faith ,believe , spirituality , love , comes from the soul .if our soul do not feel it ,even a Muslim born and raised in a Muslim family have problem accepting it ,how can you expect anyone else to follow it  .

Friday, December 11, 2015

Slow minds

People with no brain or a little brain and also those who have lots of brain but they don't use it but store it in the freezer or bank they all really love to tell

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

New year's spell

Every year I see people getting super excited near the end of cold December, the prospect of new year, this though of new begging, the resolutions & promises to start new/fresh ,new year eve ,clicks of drinks ,parties ,getting emotional and sentimental, big fuss and excitement like new year is a magic your all worries are going to vanish by this magical wand and the spell is ; ahem!boom boom new year yabba doo doo !Blast !!
Reality is only thing that change is dates , you goto get new documents, visas expire, policies end, retirement years get closer, contacts over (laughing). Or your expensive Italian cheese and favourite nuggets in fridge are going to expire so gobble them before the clock struck 12 & here you go, you just lost them ugh huh and this is what news year is.


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