ALLAH does not change the state of people, until they change it themselves

31.12.10

Keeping Sins a Secret

I previously posted on keeping good deeds a secret. This time i'm writing about keeping sins a secret and the consequences and the rewards of doing so.

From among the teachings of Allah's Messenger (salallahu alaihe wa-sallam) is to keep sins a secret matter.If someone commits a sinful act which is against the Commandments of Allah, or is against the moral character, or is such an act that may cause harm to one's honor, then he should keep it a secret and seek forgiveness from Allah in the darkness of night. The Messenger of Allah (salallahu alaihe wa-sallam) said: "My entire nation is safe, except al-Mujahirin (those who boast of their sins). Among the Mujaharah is that a man commits an (evil) act, and wakes up in the morning while Allah has kept his (sin) a secret, he says: "O Fulan! Last night I did this and that." He goes to sleep while Allah has kept his (sin) a secret but he wakes up in the morning and uncovers what Allah has kept a secret!" [Saheeh al-Bukharee]
Zayd ibn Aslam narrated, 'At the time of the Messenger of Allah(salallahu alaihe wa-sallam), a man admitted that he had committed fornication, so the Messenger of Allah asked for a whip. He was brought a broken whip, so he said: "Better than this." Then he was brought a new whip…, he then said: "Lesser than this.' So, he was brought a whip that was used and had thus become soft, and the Messenger (salallahu alaihe wa-sallam) ordered that he be whipped with it (a hundred times). He then said: "O People! It is time for you to refrain from transgressing Allah's limits. He who commits some of these filthy acts (such as fornication), let him hide under Allah's cover, for whoever admits what he has committed, we will establish Allah's Book as regards him (by applying the warranted punishment for this sin)." [Musnad Ahmad]
Abdullah Ibn Masoud (radiyallahu anhu) related, 'A man came to the Prophet and said: 'O Messenger of Allah! I have mingled with a woman in the far side of al-Medina, and I fulfilled my desire short of actually having sexual intercourse with her. So, here am I, judge me according to what you decide.' Umar Ibn al-Khattab (radiyallahu anhu) then said: 'Allah had kept your secret, why did not you keep your secret?' [Sharh Muslim]
Similarly, if one becomes aware of somebody else's sin, he should keep it a secret. Allah's Messenger (salallahu alaihe wa-sallam) said: "He, who relieves a hardship of this Dunya (world) for a believer, Allah will relieve (from him) a hardship of the Day of Resurrection; he who makes easy an indebted person, Allah will make it easy for him in the Dunya and the Hereafter; he who covers a Muslim (meaning his mistakes and shortcomings), Allah will cover him in the Dunya and the Hereafter…" [Muslim]
Abdullah Ibn Umar (radiyallahu anhu) related, "The Messenger of Allah (salallahu alaihe wa-sallam) once rose above the podium and then said with a loud voice, "O those who have embraced Islam only with their tongue, while Eemaan has not yet entered their hears, neither harm Muslims, nor mock them, nor try to expose their mistakes, for he who follows (searches for) the errors of his brother, Allah will follow his errors, and he whom Allah follows his errors, He will expose him even if he was in the middle of his home." [Saheeh al-Jamee] I
mam an-Nawawi (rahimahullah) writes, 'This Hadeeth indicates that following and then exposing people's mistakes only occurs by the hypocrites and those whose Eemaan is so weak, that it did not yet fill their hearts…"
Exposing sins lead to humiliation and embarrassment, which ceases the possibility that the sinner might someday regret his mistake, seek forgiveness from Allah and purify his soul from sins because one of the things that prevent one from committing sins is the fear of humiliation. However, if the sinner knows that the people are already aware of his sins, then he does not experience the shame and distraction which he used to feel before and this might encourage him to commit sins openly!
Secondly, when sins are repeatedly mentioned in gatherings, etc. the fear of committing sins vanishes from the people's hearts. First the sin will become easy on people's tongue and gradually he, who does not feel any shame in mentioning the sin, will not find it difficult to even commit the sin. This is how, sins spread in the society!
So, if someone becomes aware of his brother's sins and realizes that nobody except him has seen him committing the sin, then he should keep the sin a secret. He should not encourage people towards sins by exposing his faults. Allah, the Exalted, has not only condemned committing sins in the Qur'aan but He has also condemned those people who mention sins in public. He said: "Verily, those who like that Fahishah should be circulated among those who believe, they will have a painful torment." [(24): 19] meaning, those who like to see evil talk about them (the believers) appear. [Tafseer Ibn Katheer]
Allah says in Soorah an-Nisa (4): 148, "Allah does not like that evil should be uttered in public except by him who has been wronged."
Ibn Abbas (radiyallahu anhu) commented on this verse, "Allah does not like that anyone should invoke Him against anyone else, unless one was wronged. In this case, Allah allows one to invoke Him against whoever wronged him…Yet, it is better for one if he observes patience." [Tafseer Ibn Katheer]
Today sins have become widespread in the society because we have forgotten the teachings of Allah's Messenger (salallahu alaihe wa-sallam), who discouraged people from revealing one's mistakes and sins as well as others. As a result, people have lost the fear of committing not only minor sins but even major sins - Moreover, we find people proudly attributing sins to themselves!!
Today, there are also many novel channels through which sins are propagated in the society; like such book, magazines and television programs that mention the crimes of others, illicit acts, and immorality under the name of creating awareness among the people. These programs which are meant to help the people against the crimes are in reality, helping the crime to spread fast in the society! Crimes, which were previously unknown to people have become common offense! It is therefore necessary for the Muslims to avoid all such avenues which may lead to the destruction of our Muslim Ummah.
Lecture by Allama Ehsan Ilahi Zaheer (rahimahullah) awaaid wa-Fawaaid min al-Arabeen an-Nawawi by Shaikh Nathim Sultan Tafseer Ibn Katheer, and others.
Jazak Allah Khair for reading.

Allah knows!

Often times, when we do something worthwhile, we want the world to know about it.  Whether it’s Acing our final exams in school or scoring the winning shot in a street-basketball game, we feel it’s our duty to let people know about the ‘big things’ we accomplish everyday.  Even if it’s something that isn’t related directly to us, we feel the urge to tell others via Muslim gossip (even the good non-backbiting type).  However, the fact of the matter is that we shouldn’t really worry about what other people think about us.    In fact, we shouldn’t even care if other people know what we’ve accomplished.  We should hide some of our good deeds instead of showing them off.  Because the fact of the matter is, we know Allah (SWT) knows what we accomplished and to Him (SWT) is our final return.  Check out the following enjoyable read:

In one  country, the Muslim army was fighting against the Byzantine army. The number of the Byzantines was more than ten times the number of the Muslims.  The Byzantine commander was Gregorius and his daughter was by his side.  Gregorius’ daughter asked, “My father, who are these, they are merely a handful, their number is small and no more than 15,000, who are they?”

Gregorius responded, ”‘These are the Arab horsemen.”

The daughter said, “My father, give them to me as spoils."

And so, Gregorious had given his daughter [their property's worth] as spoils before the battle even took place.   However, Allah (SWT) had decreed that Gregorius would lose the battle and his daughter would be one of the captives and so the Gregorius was killed and his daughter captured.

After their victory, the Muslim army reconvened and the commander of the Muslim army wanted to know who killed Gregorius, but nobody answered.  The Muslim commander asked, “‘Who killed Gregorius?”

Gregorius’ daughter, who had been captured, said to the commander of the Muslims: “I know who killed my father."

And so when Abdullah bin az-Zubayr passed next to her she said, “O, commander of the Muslims, this is the man who killed my father.”

The commander of the Muslim army asked Abdullah bin az-Zubayr, “O, Abdullah bin az-Zubayr, why did you conceal this from us?”

What did Abdullah bin az-Zubayr say in response?  His words still echo in the ear of history.

He said, “Allah knows I killed him.”

Abdullah bin az-Zubayr walked the walk and he never talked.  This is how we should strive to be where we do and not talk!

If you benefit even a little from this, then all is from ALLAH, only the mistakes are mine :) Please pardon me for that.
JAZAKALLAH for reading :)

24.12.10

REASON OF EXISTENCE

It so happens that we enter a room for a purpose but the moment we enter, we forget why we came altogether. Then in this brief period our attention diverts to some other task and we get engross in it. And after considerable time we suddenly remember the real task and we have a chance to complete it.

The world is like that room, we entered in it with a purpose but we got distracted. before our time comes, we must do something about it or else, we'll be in "khasara" greatest loss after which there is no going back.

So what we need to do is be attentive all the time. Keep your purpose in your mind. I know that this is difficult. Allah said so himself that life of a momin is difficult. there's a hadis, I cant remember the exact words the excerpt is:

"The path to heaven is filled with thorns and the way to hell is
laden with flowers."


And that:

"The world for a believer is like a prison"


So now we are clear about our life and our destiny. both are difficult, strewn with many obstacles, but in the end fruit laden gardens, maidens for men and milk rivers are the reward..my imagination is going wild :D so what I was saying is.. be attentive. whatever we are doing, keep Allah ji and Hazrat Mohammad PBUH in our mind. their standards, their expectations and rules. does Allah ji approve of my ghussa? no!! calm down. drink water. for sake of Him. And you may also interact Him that I am doing it for You so help me. this helps alot. And when misbehaving with mum dad, shouting at them, think of how much Allah ji will be hurt by our attitude. These and many other consequences, behaviors we encounter in a day. and many a times we are going against them. Allah ji and Hazrat Mohammad. Hawwww!! this is so BAD and we don't even realize it. we have gotten so much used to it. Allah ji and Hazrat Mohammad are way too down in our lit of priorities you know, that is why this happens. I mean its impossible to ignore someone important, no??

I think you get the idea. with ALOT of practice and too much of hard work, we will Inshallah be able to remember our purpose all the time.

khoya na ja sanam kuda'ye kainaat mein
mehfil gudaz!garmye mehfil na ker qubool

Iqbal

20.12.10

Rab -e- Kainaat !




Wohe tu hai jo nizam-e-hasti , chala raha hai ....

The one and only , who masters every heart beat and commands every single thing , from this world to gazillion undiscovered galaxies , the SUPREME LORD ... For fraction of seconds if one feels despair , a sudden fold the enfolds one's soul then , showing presence , securing every thought , crushing every fear and clearing your ways , you'll find Him making things better for you ...
Allah , Rehman O Raheem !
Who listens and answers , who forgives when asked forgiveness , who blesses every one ....
A Belief , a faith that grows stronger everyday ......

16.12.10

Life itself is a Worship

I was surfing through some ghazals on a facebook group Bazm-e-Urdu Adab and this one came up to me which is written by 'Jiger Muraad Aabadi'.
It goes like;

Rind jo mujh ko smajhte hain unhen hosh nahi,
Maikadah Saaz hoon main, Maikadah Bardosh nahi,


Mehv-e-Tasbeeh tou sabhi hain magar Idraak kahan?
Zindagi khud hi Ibaadat hay magar hosh nahi,


Main teri mast nigaahi ka bharam rakh loonga,
Hosh aaya bhi tou keh doonga mujhay hosh nahi,


Uth kay pehlu say gaya hay koi jis dam say jiger,
Mujh ko yeh wahem hay jaisay meray aaghosh nahi..

The thing in this poem that caught my attention was;

"Mehv-e-Tasbeeh tou sabhi hain magar Idraak kahan?
Zindagi khud hi Ibaadat hay magar hosh nahi,"

The meaning that I extract from it is simply that whatever we should do in our life should be for the sake of ALLAH. Every other action should be to make him happy, but SAD that nowadays we rarely do this while it had to be this way. We are trying to make our dreams true and forgetting that the main purpose of life is to worship ALLAH and indeed making him happy is worshiping him.

Islam and Science by Mahathir Bin Mohammad


1. A commentator asked "if the Islamic Empire (there never was an Islamic empire in the sense of the other Empires - only an Islamic community - the Ummah) was so good in science before why are the Orgainisation of Islamic Conference countries lagging behind in science and technology?".

2. I had explained why before but i think I should repeat.

3. The early Muslims accepted the message of Allah in the Qur'an enjoining upon Muslims to read (Iqraq). The verse (the first to be received by the Prophet - an illiterate man) did not specify, much less limit what Muslims should read.

4. There were no books on Islam at that time but there were many books on the Hebrew and the Christian religions. There were also many books or tracts on Greek science and philosophy as well as Indian mathematics.

5. The early Muslims read and eventually translated all the writings of the Greeks, the Indians and others. Obviously they had to learn these languages first. Then they followed up by doing their own research.

6. And so the early Muslims were learned in the subjects pioneered by these other races and this added to the body of knowledge they had acquired.

7. The Europeans on the other hand were wallowing in the superstitions of the Dark Ages despite having embraced Christianity. The superior civilisation of the Muslims overwhelmed the Europeans so that Spain, Portugal, Sicily, Greece and much of Eastern Europe fell under Muslim rule.

8. But around the 15th Century of the Christian era, fatwas were made by Muslim Ulamas that "Iqraq" or read was intended for reading and studying religion only. From then on the Muslim scientists, physicians, mathematicians etc stopped their study of these subjects in order to study religion exclusively.

9. On the other hand the Europeans noticing the greatness of the Muslim civilisation decided to acquire the knowledge of the Muslims in the different subjects, including those of the Greeks. To do this Christian priests learnt Arabic and were thus able to gain access to the great libraries of Cordoba, Baghdad and elsewhere. They translated the work of the Muslim scholars and scientists into Latin and then into the other European languages.

10. If we care to read the history of the Muslims and the Europeans we would notice that from around the 15th Century of the Christian era when the Muslims rejected what they regarded as non-religious knowledge, the Muslim civilisation began to regress.

11. The Europeans, after acquiring the knowledge of the Muslims started to emerge from the Dark Ages and to build the civilisation that we see today.

12. Unfortunately Muslim historians seem not to have noticed the significance of the fatwas of the 15th Century A.D. Even today Muslims seem unwilling to connect this decline of their civilisation with the neglect of non-religious knowledge. But European historians admit that their emergence from the Dark Ages, their Renaissance, coincided with their study of the Islamic civilisation and its origins. 

THE BELOW COMMENTARY IS BY A PERSON WHO COMMENTED ON THIS POST, AND I REALLY LIKED IT, IT WAS LIKE THIS,

Tun,
I find the comments to your latest commentary extremely interesting and it may help explain the reason and fear of some muslims towards science. I noticed that the part that needled most of your conservative muslim commentators is your point that the great prophet was illiterate. It is taken as a possible insult when it is meant as an encouragement for his followers to emulate his thirst of knowledge and curiousity. The prophet and his early followers (much like the europeans of the renaissnace era) were very observant and curious people. They challenged themselves to explain the wonders of the almighty. They questioned why and how instead of just leaving it to Allah's will. This is a characteristic and behavior that the Muslims have failed to adhere to because it is too difficult and it does not fit their view of power and political structure. They prefer to memorize the "letter of the Quran" rather than its spirit. They would rather just follow the prophet's appearence and style (dressing and way of eating) rather than his characteristics (honest and thoughtful)and substance. They want to copy his actions but do not want to debate and understand his reasons because it is too difficult and as such best reserved to the chosen few who may have other agendas in place.

Prophet Muhamad was a leader during his time not because he was happy with the status quo or because he happens to be a son of a Sultan or royalty. He was an illiterate orphan, shephard and merchant. However he was curious and discontented with life and the system during the time. He reflected and meditated and with the almighty's grace and blessing, found islam and a fairer way of life than one that he was born into. After his passing, his early followers debated and build on "his curiousity". They thought and debated not only the letter but the spirit of the quran and his actions. They pursued knowledge in the spirit and gusto of the Prophet and the more they understood, the more they respected the almighty. Sadly this spirit is now missing in the Islamic world.

13.12.10

The Mu'allima


"When the Qur'an is read, listen to it with attention, and hold your peace: that ye may receive Mercy." - 7:204

When I was little, Maulvi Sahab used to come to teach us how to recite the Holy Book. It used to be a three-hour class, with five of us cousins, each reading a different siparah i.e. chapter. We were children and thus impatient so were always successful in coaxing Maulvi Sahab to end the class an hour earlier. I don't know about the rest but this habit of mine continued till I reached my teens. Whenever I would think of opening the Holy Book to read, sluggishness would fill me up like termite in wood and Satan would lure me into doing other "fun" things.

Until I met her.

She was my Quranic Studies teacher in eighth grade. She used to translate and explain the verses of the Quran. One day, we had a recitation class and a volunteer was required for reading a few verses. I sat lower in my seat so my name wouldn't be called out since I did not know how to recite. As fate would have had it, I was told to stand up for recitation. And you can imagine the rest. The words stumbled out of my mouth as if I was a beginner. I was told to read the Holy Book regularly so I could do better next time.

I cannot do justice to my teacher's personality but she was probably one of the first few persons who had faith in me. She knew I could do it. She knew I had the potential. And so, in order to keep myself from disappointing her, I woke up every morning for recitation and gradually got better at it. Today, I can recite the Holy Quran without getting stuck, among all the other good habits I picked up from my mu'allima.

You see, this was just a tiny example of faith. It might not matter to you but it matters to me. I am sure most of you have been through some sort of spiritual experience so you know how much this five-lettered word - faith - would hold value. We do have some of it inside us but you see, we're human beings. We need a push. We need a mentor to guide us, to tell us what next to do. We have the Quran and we have the Sunnah but we need a teacher - and that teacher could be you!

To get our Ummah to rise from the ashes, we need some motivation, some faith. You know that you could be the one to encourage someone for a good deed and from that person onwards, the good deed will pass onto generations to come. It doesn't have to be anything huge. A tiny word of wisdom or praise. A little action telling someone that you're there with support is all one needs to recharge their rusted brain cells. You never know when a miracle might occur, by God's grace.

You could be the one to ignite a fire, brighter than all the stars in the galaxy... Because at the end of the day, faith is all we need.

12.12.10

Flame of the Soul


Ignite the flame,
burn the soul, in the name...
until it cries out in the pain,
the sound echoing throughout the universe,
the endurance then, will not be in vain..

I thought of these lines while praying. I know, I should concentrate on words while praying :D but well.. I took it as Allah's gift. ;)

5.12.10

A bowl of truth

   This poem was published in "The Intellect" in 2009. It it written by Zawjah Farid


REFLECTING ON OUR "PROMISE":
THE PRIMORDIAL COVENANT ("AHD-ATLAST")


The treading feet, the searching soul
An ocean deep, a baseless bowl

The lightning thunder, or our thoughts asunder
We walk from the truth, ever wonder?

The soul that promised righteousness
A heart that beats on through its test

we fail again and yet again
The soul ashamed of our bargain

Why humans, are you so thankless?
Of all that's yours and nature's bliss

Unfair it is and very so!
You reap the seed that you shouldn't sow!

Deep, deep in the quagmire
Weep, weep my sinless soul

The sinless soul, the conscious mind
Rivals forever, the latter's blind

The battle goes on and who will win?
The strands of truth or oceans of sin

Alas! Man is weak today
Has lost his grace and forever may stray

If only you rekindle your soul
Give a base to the half-filled bowl

If only you hold the rope of truth
Then only, you can eat the fruit

Of heavens and a beautiful abode
The good end of the righteous road!

Ager Mohammad Rasool Allah kisi din mery mehman banyn

Note:
"This poem was printed in 1983 in 'Awake' magazine of December 1983 issue, published by South African Muslim Youth Organization 'The Young Men's Muslim Association' it was translated by: Urooj Sheikh."

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ager Mohammad Rasool Allah ek din tum se milny ajaen.
bilkul achanak tashreef laen.
mein heran hun k tum kia karogy, kia karogy.
han!mein janta hun.
tum apna behetreen kamrah apny mohatram mehman ko peysh karogy.
sab se umda, sab se aa'la tu'aam ka ehtemam karogy.
apni her baat se unhyn ehsas dilaogy.
k unki aamad se tum bohat khush ho, bohat dilshad ho.
unki aamad tumhary lye ek e'zaz hai.
ik na-qably bayan musarrat aur..
musalman ka ik intehai khoobsurat..
ik haseen khwab hai..

mager...jab tum unhyn ata dekhogy..
kia unse daur ker
derwazy per mil paogy?...
unky istaqbal mein apny bazuu waa kar sakogy?
ya...unki ander aamad se pehly tumhein..
apna libas badalna paega.
rasa'il chupa ker unky uper
Quran paak sajana parega.
phir kia tum apny t.v. per wohe libas,
wohe gher ikhlaqi manazir dekh sakogy?
ya unki nazar parny se pehly he daur ker
apna t.v. he band kar dogy.
kia is khwahish per k unki sama'at se.
tumhary radio k program door rahyn-
apney radio ko bhe band kara dogy
or pachtaogy k ay kash
tumne us waqt us uunchi awaz mein
kabhe baat na ki hoti

kia naghma moseeqi k aalaat chupa ker
un per ahadees ki kitabein dhak dogy
phir kia tum unhyn apny ghar k her goshy, her jagah, her hissey mein
bila jhijak ly jaogy.
ya phir inhyn ghar dikhany se pehly.
sab kuch chupany daur jaogy.

or mein heraan hun...ager Mohammed
aik ya do din tumhary sath guzaryn.. phir??
kia tum apny mamoolaat k mutabiq kam ker paogy?-
kia tum wohe alfaz jo kehty ho, keh paogy?
kia tumhary zindagi k shab-o-roz berqarar reh payengy.
kia tumhary ghar ki roz marrah ki guftugu.
wesy he jari reh sakyge
ya tumhary lye unky sath khana khaty hue..
khany ki duaen parhni mushkil hojaengi..
kia tumse namazon ki pabandi hony lagegi
beech beech mein namazyn chory bagher..
aur fajar k lye sawery bedari k sath..

jo geet or naghmy akser gungunaty ho, wohe gunguna paogy..
wohe kitabein jo parhty ho, parh paogy.
unhyn bata sakogy k tumhari soch, tumhary khyalat or tumhari nigahyn
kahan kahan bhatakti, kis kis ko kahan tatolto rahi hain.

kia her us jagah jahan tum jaty ho.
ya jany ka irada ho.
Mohammad Rasool Allah ko apny hamraah ly ja sakogy??
ya kuch dinon k lye tumhein apny
mamoolaat badalny parengy??
apny her sathi, her milny waly sey unhyn milwa sakogy?
ya chahogy k
unky qayam tak ye sab tumse door he rahyn?

kia tum Mohammad Rasool Allah ko hamesha k lye apny paas he rakhna chahogy.
ya phir ik azadi or itmenan ka saans logy.
jab wo akhir kar ik din
tumhary ghar se wapis laut jaengy.

mein janna chahunga k tum kia karogy.
ager Mohammad(SAWW)--apni ummat k ehwaal se agahi k lye
apni ummat ki kher khwahi k lye..
kuch din tumhary mehman banyn..

2.12.10

Something different yet so Beautiful

In today's world, different things can happen and people can ask different things. The result from them might be something enormous and beautiful. I will write down a small conversation that I read somewhere.

A: Don't we see that all natural processes take place on time? Has sun ever said that today I cannot rise because I do not feel like or I am tired of monotony? No, it never has. But, yes once it did not rise on time. Yes, there is one incident in history when sun did not rise on its prescribed timings. Can anybody tell me that?

B: The day Hazrat Bilal Habshi Radi Allah u 'Anhu did not give azaan. Allah SWT did not make the sun rise until Hazrat Bilal Radi Allhu 'Anhu called for fajar prayers. 

I was familiar with the incident. But the comment that followed was something that I was not familiar with. Something that I knew, but I knew not.

'A' said: "Taqwa kaainaat ko musakhhar karne ki quwwat rakhat hai"



Beautiful :)


Credit: http://mosaafir.blogspot.com/2006/02/something-strange-yet-not-strange-at.html