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

30.12.12

A Young Man Murdered In Cold-Blood


KARACHI
Shahzeb Khan



Shahzeb Khan didn’t even get time to change the clothes he wore to his sister’s valima. He was in his dark grey dress shirt and trousers when four 9mm bullets pierced through his car – a gleaming blue Swift which was an early birthday gift from his parents, and entered his body, eventually killing this popular 20 year old.
The car which had somersaulted after the shooting near Mubarak Masjid in Karachi’s upmarket Defence area on Tuesday morning, now stands silent opposite the Darakhshan Police Station, a sad reminder of what the spoilt young sons of feudal landlords can do if they or their friends are challenged.
Ironically, Shahzeb Khan, the only son of his parents, was shot dead because of a small argument. He and his sister had just returned to their home in the Country Club Apartments from the wedding when a servant living in the building teased his sister. Shahzeb raised his voice against the harassment. But this did not sink in well with the harasser’s master, one Nawab Siraj Talpur. A fight broke out soon after, but Shahzeb’s father, DSP Aurangzeb, jumped in and quickly resolved the dispute, and the two men left on a good note.
Everything seemed normal. Soon after, Shahzeb decided to have tea with his friends. But the feud wasn’t over in Talpur’s mind till then. As an oblivious Shahzeb drove in his car near Mubarak Masjid, Talpur and his friend Shahrukh Jatoi followed him, along with Jatoi’s armed guards. Police say that in an act of cold-bloodedness, they then allegedly fired four bullets into Shahzeb’s car, leaving him severely injured, and eventually dead.
Soon enough after the incident, the two criminals and their families conveniently escaped to Sukkur. Despite the fact that Shahzeb’s father himself is a police officer, there is little the police have done so far to catch the murderers.
The devastated father of the young victim, Aurangzeb, clad in mourning black clothes, said taking lives in the city had become so easy for people who have strong political backgrounds and power.  “I had settled the dispute. Then why was my son killed like this. This is the brutal reign of the feudals. They don’t spare anyone.”
FIR 519 under murder case 302 has been registered at the Darakhshan Police Station against the two accused and their guards. Initially, the family had a hard time registering the case owing to political pressure coming from other end. However, Investigation officer Murtaza told The Express Tribune that a joint team under SI Chaudhry Nafees had been formed to look into the case. Some say this is a mere formality and nothing will come of this.
“We have requested the FIA to put the names of the accused on the ECL.” The officer said that such open use of arms across the city had become common. “For students and young adults, carrying guns has become a trend. Fights break out and the first thing children do is take out guns on one another. Parliamentarians and influentials travel in the city with their guards pointing guns at others and no one can do anything. Their children do the same.”
The tragic death of this media sciences student at Greenwich University sent shockwaves.  Loved ones who remember Shahzeb for his cute smile, created a page “In Memory of Shahzeb Khan” to seek justice for the act. In just thirteen hours since the page was created, 2,500 people had joined, with dozens leaving messages of ‘I’ll miss your smile, RIP and you were a real soldier, you stood up for the wronged.”
Close university friend Saad Jan, who had just arrived from visiting his friend’s grave said that Shahzeb was the person who would always stand up for others. Another friend, Fahad Wakeel said that he was always remembered for his good nature.
Shahzeb’s uncle, Jahanzaib said: “For him everything ended with a smile. Even when he was leaving from the valima, and I saw him for the last time, he smiled and joked with my daughters and went away, leaving us forever.”
The police suspect that the boys aged 20 or 23, are on their way to Sukkur. So far two people, alleged to be Jatoi’s guards, have been arrested. But even the police are now taking sides. SSP Investigation Faizullah Karejo said that the boys knew each other and were in a fight from before. “The parents had to intervene and everything was settled,” he said. “However, the boys started to fight again and Jatoi shot Shahzeb four times as he sat in his car to go to a friend’s house.”  He added that Jatoi was in the city for winter break and is studying in Malaysia.


source: Etribune

29.12.12

Ba Adab Ba Naseeb

(Guest post by Nimra Khursheed)


Five minutes were remaining for the class to be dismissed when a student practically yelled from his seat: Jao na yar! (Get out  buddy!)
 Witnessing no response another student joined in: Sir! Time is due!
It was then a hustle bustle started at the back of the class where the boys were sitting , the remaining  students taking the lectures with boring faces.
‘‘Yes! I know the period is due. Thank you for the reminder.’’  Responded  the teacher glumly and headed for the rostrum to gather his belongings.                                                                           

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She was noting the lecture when a fetid odor assaulted her senses...Ya Allaah! Not again.
Somebody was smoking in class while the teacher--- ignorant of his surroundings-- was delivering his lecture.
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As he weaved his way to the Economics Department that afternoon a number of  motorbikes approached his car and in an attempt to stop him they encircled the car enforcing him to climb out and attacked him due to some conflicts raised in class days back. The teacher got badly injured.
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We were keenly engrossed in noting our lecture when a shout from the corridor interrupted us. Leaving our class the teacher went straight in that direction and asked the student: ‘’When your teacher is delivering lecture what are you doing here?’’
‘’When the teacher has no problem , why do you  bother?! Mind your own business. ’’ Replied the student, disrespected.
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It aggravates me, to see students degrading and disrespecting their teachers, not obeying their commands and not taking care of the etiquettes in this regard. What goes around certainly comes around. The good you sow today will ripen into something better tomorrow and same goes for otherwise.  The youth of today are devastating in their moral and ethical attitude and disrespect towards teachers is one of the incentives towards their approaching doom. The time and efforts our spiritual parents put in our physical and spiritual health need not to be wasted this way. (there are things wrong on their part too but we must check our behavior first).  Yet they happily spend their time that will never come back to them.  Turning into urchins the minute your teacher dare to speak against you, raising your voice in front of an angry teacher and diverting the class with phrases and statements which according to them will make them appear ‘cool’ (in their opinion) is all but sheer indecency. The conduct of Sahaba Razi allaahu anhum 1400 years back was such that they would sit bowing their heads as if birds had perched on their heads. At least listen quietly if you do not wish to act!
I remember how the Abbasid Caliph used to straighten his teacher’s shoes--- it was a sign of adab, respect!
Eventually, it will be students who will suffer in the end.  If the students do not respect their teachers and also each aspect that contributes in their education; the mentors, books, pens, etc. all of these things will not return the kind of benefit they want them in return because: baa adab baa naseeb, bey adab bad naseeb! 

25.12.12

Aman ki Asha? Think Again.

The stadium was filled with blue. (India's cricket uniform is blue). Commentators were saying how they can't find the single green among this 'sea' of blue. (Obviously, who would have wanted to be burned alive by those biased people). Mum commented during the match that Pakistanis weren't granted the visas for today's match. We couldn't believe it. She said it's in today's paper. (The 'paper' who is the biggest trumpet for Pak-Ind friendship) and we were furious for India's hypocrisy, yet again. This is no hate post, I am hurt the way they treat us. It's unfair. and our representatives, who runs to them like a dog, who goes to it's master when called, wagging it's tail and gets kicked instead of being thrown a bone to him. I just want to show the real face of those who talk about 'Aman ki Asha', on both sides. This idea infuriates me from the very beginning. This hypocritical idea of Aman ki asha between India and Pakistan is not possible. Our people or rather 'few people' namely our popular paper Jang, goes out of their way to respond to Aman ki asha and even take steps to increase this process but India always always don't respond. Our people are so desperate to make their 'masters' happy that they don't mind India's cold shoulder, in the slightest. India has always been mean, OK, may be, most of the time. They have always betrayed or went back on their words. Look at what happened to our blind cricket team captain. He was given acid in his breakfast, on their tour to India for the series. I mean seriously. What were they thinking? Where did their security measures go? And no investigations, no apologies so far. They are lenient for trading visas between these two countries but they will not permit our people to watch their teams' match in their country, wah!

Hypocrisy at it's peak.

The history, both recent and earlier, is full of these kind of 'incidents' whenever we are dealing with India.

And by the way, from where did they come with this term, 'Aman ki asha', I mean seriously, are Pakistanis in their senses to even think about it?

This is outrageous!

Ishant Sharma (Indian player) became nasty to our side.
And oh, by the way, we won. Pakistan beat India, thoroughly in their 1st T20 of their tour.

23.12.12

‘Lambs to the Slaughter’: Reflections on Geo's New Educational Campaign

Image source.
Edited version by and at Mybitforchange.org
Authors
Hira Shamim | Muhammad Umer Toor


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“Sticks and drones may break our bones, but ftina really hurts”

Few months back, Geo aired different kinds of ads of success stories in education. We were having very heated discussions with our friends on Facebook about those one-sided educational promos, in which only one type of education was being glorified: materialistic that helped people gain jobs, and not ethical and spiritual training. Then, nothing was too startling or alarming about it. With a very smooth transition, the message has been stepped up to a whole new level. Now they’ve come up with a very bold, exclusivist and provocative message: Taleem k siwa Paksitan ka matlab kaya? (‘Except education, what can be the meaning of Pakistan?’ No god but education?) [Emphasis ours.] The message is known to at least 44% of Pakistanis in a survey conducted by Gallup Pakistan. Alarms have been raised in conscious minds.

If we forget about Pakistan’s history and the concept of Tawheed, we cannot raise serious objections over this slogan. However, if we view this innovative slogan by Geo – logically – in the context of history and meaning of Pakistan, it has disastrous connotations, and justifiably the cause of infuriation to many.

Pakistan, we believe, was forged in the liberating fire of Tawheed, and any attempt to replace this meta-historical basis is to bring a new idol back into the Kaaba of Muslim consciousness. Pakistan was gained in the name of Allah, apart from other factors, such as economic freedom, etc. Saleena Karim in her thoroughly researched and seminal book, Secular Jinnah & Pakistan: What the Nation Doesn’t Know (2005), has exposed multiple myths of secular academia. Some of these textbook myths paraded as facts are: “Jinnah never used the word ‘Ideology of Pakistan’,” or, “Jinnah vetoed the proposals for an Islamic state,” or, “Jinnah wanted a homeland for Muslims, not an Islamic state,” or, “Islam was just a propaganda tool.” Suffice to say that Pakistan’s soul is Islam and its supra-identity is Islamic identity, as formulated by Quaid in following words: “The Pakistan Movement started when the first Muslim put his foot on the soil of Sindh, the Gateway of Islam in India.” Of course our history goes beyond this period, and we do not seek to disown or forget our national heritage; but, we do not believe in the modernist, nationalist notions of nationality/identity based solely on geography or race. Rather, our nationalism is based on a direct link with Heaven and the Final Revelation of Islam.

In this light, is this campaign not a philosophical and intellectual ‘crime’ towards the collectivity of Muslims of Pakistan? Is it not an act of Sacrelizing the profane and worldly? What can replace the formula of Oneness of God? By education, they hopefully cannot mean that which leads back to La ilaha ill Allah which they seem to be replacing. This can be a very logical indicator of their true intentions, but may not be the accurate one. They're generalizing a ‘particular’ beyond its proportions; generalizing worldly education as a new world-view which is as confused as enslaved animals of Animal Farm and as materialist as Pigs of Animal Farm.

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What has to be understood is that formal education cannot be a complete world-view or meaning for and of a nation. It is part of the world-view. Education is a means to an end, and not an end in itself. Unfortunately, modern man is obsessed with ‘means’ so much that he cannot see ends today, due to a loss of Sacred, Unifying Principles of Revelation of Islam.

Then there is also this danger of destroying our Tradition by emulating Western educational systems, when in fact we should be working towards integrating modern forms of knowledge within Islamic framework, stresses Dr. Seyyed H. Nasr

“There is always a relationship between every form of knowledge and a worldview within which that knowledge is accepted as knowledge. There is no doubt about that. The worldview in all civilizations before modern times came from religion. This is true for every civilization. Hindu universities, Chinese universities, Islamic universities — but as Western influence spreads all over the world, we will begin to emulate Western forms of knowledge, which claim to now be independent of religion. But it was not independent of the Christian worldview. The secularist paradigm which was created in the 17th century is itself a pseudo-religion in that it is a view of the nature of reality. There is no abstract knowledge; knowledge is always within the framework of a worldview, of a way of looking at the nature of reality.”

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“All education is useless until it teaches you the splendors of yourself.”

The present education system of our country is exactly opposite to this phenomenon. We gloat over the Golden Period of Muslims yet don’t acknowledge the reasons behind that epitome. List all the Muslim scientists, scholars of that time and you will notice a common thread running through all of them. They studied history and nature, in addition to inner experience. Their basis for education was Quran. They took the spirit and matter hand in hand. Fresh avenues of research and studies kept on coming forth, unlike our rote-learning culture. What is the basis of our current education system? What does it teach us? What does it tell us about our world, our history as humanity, our collective future? Except slavery, materialism, inferiority complex, blind following, selfishness and hording a lot money, nada! And that’s just one platform.

Dr Muhammad Iqbal raised serious doubts about the colonial educational system prevalent in his time; and, we have many reasons to believe that the ghosts of that period are still living realities. Ironically, credentials of Iqbal are used to convince us about the benefits of an alien system of education, whereas his severe critiques are not incorporated. In his paper ‘Islam as a Moral and Political Ideal’ (1909), he argues:

“Education, we are told, will work the required transformation. I may say at once that I do not put much faith in education as a means of ethical training—I mean education as understood in this country … I venture to say that the present system of education in this country is not at all suited to us as a people. It is not true to our genius as a nation, it tends to produce an un-Muslim type of character, it is not determined by our national requirements, it breaks entirely with our past and appears to proceed on the false assumption that the idea of education is the training of human intellect rather than human will.”

We venture to say that not much has changed, at least at higher levels of education. Secular Western world-view continues to dominate Muslim thought, especially in social sciences and even in the philosophy of science; from psychology to economics to, from pure philosophy to governance systems; although many positive developments have been taking place in modern fields of knowledge for past fifty years.

Education in Pakistan should be subservient to the genius of Pakistanis and their aspirations; it should be subordinate to the operating Principle of Tawheed. He further inquires:

“But what sort of education? … A form of education which has no direct bearing on the particular type of character which you want to develop is absolutely worthless. I grant that the present system of education in India gives us bread and butter. Well, if we succeed in securing a few appointments in the higher branches of service, what then? It is the masses who constitute the backbone of the nation; they ought to be better fed, better housed and properly educated. Life is not bread and butter alone; it is something more; it is a healthy character reflecting the national ideal in all its aspects.”[Emphasis added]

Coming back to Iqbal’s skepticism regarding the presumed “magic” of education: how can we put so much trust in (a more or less) materialistic, job-oriented educational system, and announce it as the purpose of Pakistan, as the solution for all of our ills?

We believe that present educational system has many, many resemblances with the colonial setup of Iqbal’s era. Even the authors find themselves guilty of giving more thought to bread and butter than pursuit of pure knowledge, which was the hallmark of madrassah system before the colonial invasion, according to educationist Dr Tariq Rehman. Summing up, Iqbal takes a very brief quiz in basic intellectual, moral and practical life of Islamic history – I miserably failed:

“… [H]ow many of us know that Muhammad II conquered Constantinople at the age of twenty-two? How many of us have even the faintest notion of the influence of our Muslim civilization over the civilization of modern Europe? How many of us are familiar with the wonderful historical productions of Ibn Khaldun or the extraordinarily noble character of the great Amir Abdul Qadir of Algeria [20th century hero]?”

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Our media, like its global mentors, is very expert at propaganda psychology: repeat a lie 1000 times, and it will transform itself into a truth. Perhaps this is what they hope to achieve with this campaign of ignorance, devoid of illumination. We thank Geo for creating this controversy which has led many into serious introspection about the purpose of Pakistan, basis for education, and our comprehensive world-view, including the authors. It seems to be a blessing in disguise! This introspection is more than needed ever, given that we are far from achieving various educational goals: high literacy rate while at the same time integrating modern education within Islamic framework, and creating alternative to discourses based on a-religious and secular worldview.

read it here and here for revised version. 

21.12.12

7 Golden Etiquettes For Seeking Knowledge


by Brother Ali Ruqaya

Seven Golden Etiquettes for Seekers of Knowledge -Productive MuslimIt was related by Anas bin Malik that the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said: 
“Seeking knowledge is obligatory upon every Muslim.” [Sunan Ibn Mâjah]
However, as with all things in our Deen, there are proper ways of going about doing things. We have a certain way of taking wudhu, making salaah, tasbeeh, zikr, fasting and hajj.
Here we give you 7 etiquettes for knowledge seekers in sha Allah:

1. Have a sincere intention

An example is: I am studying to help the ummah with this beneficial knowledge, to enlighten my intellectual growth and that of others with this beneficial knowledge, drawing closer to Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) (glorified and exalted be He) as a result. It is very important that we have good intentions because it is narrated that Umar bin al-Khattab, raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him) (may Allāh be pleased with him), said: I heard the Messenger of Allah ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him), say:
“Actions are (judged) by motives/ intention (niyyah), so each man will have what he intended. Thus, he whose migration (hijrah) was to Allah and His Messenger, his migration is to Allah and His Messenger; but he whose migration was for some worldly thing he might gain, or for a wife he might marry, his migration is to that for which he migrated.” [Al-Bukhari]

2. Study with ihsaan (excellence)

Grand intentions require grand efforts. We must strive to study to the best of our ability and aim for excellence, not perfection. Research shows that perfectionism triggers anxiety and leads to procrastination. Alhamdulillah, Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) (glorified and exalted be He) prescribed excellence and not perfection in all our works. Prophet Muhammad ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said:
“Verily, Allah has prescribed Ihsan towards everything. Therefore, when you kill, kill in the best manner. When you slaughter, slaughter in the best manner. Let one of you sharpen his knife and give ease to his animal.” [Muslim]

3. Exhibit tawakkul (reliance upon Allah)

While doing our best, we must rely upon Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) (glorified and exalted be He)for the results. We must trust that He will make things easy for us and will grant us success. This is an essential etiquette for seeking knowledge and in every endeavor we undertake because we acknowledge that any success that comes our way is through Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) (glorified and exalted be He) alone and is not a result of our efforts. Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) (glorified and exalted be He) has said:
“I am as my slave expects Me to be.” (Agreed upon). Imam an-Nawawi (may Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) (glorified and exalted be He) be pleased with him) commented on this, saying: “The scholars say that expecting the best of Allahis to expect that He will have Mercy on him and relieve him of hardship.”

4. Eliminate bad habits or manners 

and stay away from sins and the routes that lead to them. Imam Shaafi’i complained to his teacher, Waqi, about his weak memory and his teacher advised him to stop committing sins, adding that knowledge is the light of Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) (glorified and exalted be He) and Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He)(glorified and exalted be He) does not grant His light to sinners. Thus, we must identify our bad habits or sins and work hard to eliminate them from our lives, while seeking Allah’s subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) (glorified and exalted be He) help.

5. Thank Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) (glorified and exalted be He)

 especially when you have learned something well or have completed your study. Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) (glorified and exalted be He) says that if we are thankful to Him, He will grant us more out of His bounty:
“And (remember) when your Lord proclaimed: “If you give thanks (by accepting Faith and worshiping none but Allah), I will give you more (of My Blessings), but if you are thankless (i.e. disbelievers), verily! My Punishment is indeed severe.” [Quran: Chapter 14, verse 7]

6. Engage in istighfaar and dhikrullah  

Ibn Taymiyah (may Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) (glorified and exalted be He) have mercy on him) said:
“When I am confused in my understanding of an issue in religion, I forthwith beseech Allah to forgive me one thousand times — maybe a little more or maybe a little less. Then, Allah opens what was closed for me and I come to understand.”

7. Make dua to Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) (glorified and exalted be He)

to help you to study with ihsaan and to make things easy for you. To combat laziness, supplicate:
Allaahumma innee a‛oodhu bika minal-hammi wal-ḥazani, wal-‛ajzi wal-kasali, wal-bukhli, wal-jubni, wa ḍala‛id-dayni, wa ghalabatir-rijaal”
 meaning: O Allah, I take refuge in You from anxiety, and sorrow, and weakness, and laziness, and miserliness, and cowardice, and the burden of debts and from being overpowered by men.
If you encounter any difficulty, supplicate:
Allahumma la sahla illa ma ja’altahu sahla, wa ‘anta taj-alul hazna idha shi’ta sahla”
meaning: O Allah! There is nothing easy except what You make easy, and You make the difficult easy if it be Your Will.
Supplicate to Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) (glorified and exalted be He) to increase you in knowledge:
” Rabbi zidnee ‘ilma”meaning “O my Lord, increase me in knowledge.”
May all seekers of knowledge find the path to Jannah in sha Allah.


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20.12.12

Precautions

Hmm.. Yesterday I was thinking about my new phone and the amount of time I spend with it. It reminded me of  Ishtiaq Ahmed's novels. On their second or third page there were some advises written by author for his (usually young) readers. Those were: 

Make sure;

1- You have performed obligatory prayer.
2- your parents don't need your help
3- you have completed your homework. 

If any of the above chore is left, kindly complete it and then start this novel. 

Isn't it great?? I mean, how prudent he was. He didn't want his good intentions to be scoffed at in anyway. He never missed a single opportunity to teach us. Wow.

We have grown up. We have learned many things. We need to apply them now. Wherever we are. Must not forget the tarbyah.    

19.12.12

Darul Amal Wa Darul Jaza


(Guest post by Nimra Khursheed)

‘‘Who is going to come for the summary of what has been delivered uptil now?’’  The teacher demanded for a direct impromptu presentation. 
Now? At hand presentation? Amidst a crowd of 60 people?!
‘‘And would like to gain a positive marking?’’  The teacher added eyeing the students. 
Silence loomed from every corner of class. Fidgeting in their seats as to whom the teacher would now ask to present ; the students found the offer devouring , but they all had a common excuse: WE ARE NOT PREPARED!
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Compare the aforementioned situation with the one we are now undergoing.
 Allah Tala’s conduct is different from this teacher. He will not demand for an impromptu presentation. He will not ask you or me randomly to come and deliver what we are doing in the world without giving us the time to prepare. Rather, Allah Subhan Watala has given us quite enough amount of time to prepare. To prepare a blasting presentation that will bring a roar of applause, praise and positive markings in return. A presentation to be delivered not to a mass of mere 60 people but to His entire creation. He has provided us the course outline(faraiz etc), the reference books(Quran,Sunnah,Hadis books) and has also appointed the most perfect teacher Prophet Muammad May Peace and Blessing be Upon Him. We are the most blessed creation of Allah Tala, We must not lose in the presence of such powerful elements. Prepare for this presentation before the night  befalls that follows no morning.


17.12.12

Pen or Sword

They are right; pen is mightier than sword. Sword kills you at once, a momentary pain. Pen is another story, if it comes on to dig you deep and injecting venom into your veins than nothing can surpass it. You bleed out,  cutting yourself to take it out of your system but it keeps on killing you. Those words gives you an unspeakable grief, you cannot help but cry. And that's what I did. His words, his gall to offend my country made me cry. I had never thought that somebody would be so driven, audacious to really work to poison their readers. His words were plain hate for Pakistan. They were screaming out to their readers to give up on Pakistan, it's useless. I cannot copy his article here. No, just by thinking about it makes me angry and sad. People are always insulting Pakistan all the time. I don't understand them at all. How dare they speak evil of the thing I love the most. The most precious that ever happened to Muslims after a long time. A gift from Divine. A Reality. How can they live here yet disgrace this very place, denounce millions of people's sacrifice with just a scratch of their pens. How can they! How dare they!!


He wrote in the end:

.."Pakistan must shift its priority towards the prosperity and well-being of citizens and cease to discriminate on the basis of religion and ethnicity. Instead it should seek to become a normal nation. Normal countries like Japan, the Netherlands, Britain, Australia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Turkey or Indonesia offer far better models than the US or Israel. The lack of any clear mission or ideology is an advantage — normal countries are well-adjusted and at peace, both internally as well as in relation to the rest of the world."..

What this man is seeking is beyond me. His hate was so visible that it saddened me more than angering me. Does he really think that a nation can work when unclear about their objectives? Is he insane or retarded? People like them are a serious threat to national interest and security. Why did this newspaper published this article? On independence day? With Quaid's shining portrait on the top? They are shameless. This is pure mockery. 

And this has made me more determined. Me too will use my pen, but unlike him, I will spread compassion and good. Inshallah. 

4.12.12

Pakistan ka Matlab Kia??*

The advertise of "Parhny likhny k siwa, Pakistan ka matlab kia" on Geo TV always disturb me. It makes me think, how would the education, they talk about in it, be able to change our generation's attitude and help us to work for the betterment of Pakistan? Because our education system is a total failure. It lacks the vision, reforms, and principles which a nation need to teach their young ones. In fact our syllabus has not been changed for like 40 years. I was shocked to discover some 6 or 7 years back that I studied same syllabus which my mother studied in her metric and on-wards. Would this kind of a syllabus make Pakistan a better place? Is it the meaning of Pakistan? Was it what Quaid, Iqbal, Jauhar, Sir Syed Ahmed Khan had in mind when they proposed and worked for Pakistan? A stagnant stale rotten education system which doesn't even help students to walk with the rest of the world? Make them slaves of the advanced nation and in inferiority complex with them? Surely not.  



I am no expert of education. I am an ordinary student. I have been thinking about refuting this advert but couldn't find a way until yesterday. A blogpost gave me an idea, actually copy pasting material, so to speak. :D 

Here is a part of a long article by Allama Iqbal on Islam as a Moral and Political ideal, which he at the anniversary celebrations of Anjuman Himayat-i-Islam on the Easter, 1909. It was subsequently published in Hindustan Review(Allahabad) in July and December the same year.. There's a passage where he talks about Education especially in Sub-continent [when he wrote it] and in Pakistan.

The ideal of our educated young men is mostly service, and service begets, specially in a country like India, that sense of dependence which undermines the force of human individuality. The poor among us have, of course, no capital; the middle class people cannot undertake joint economic enterprise owing to mutual mistrust; and the rich look upon trade as an occupation beneath their dignity. Truly economic dependence is the prolific mother of all the various forms of vice. Even the vices of the Indian Muhammadan indicate the weakness of life-force in him. Physically too he has undergone dreadful deterioration. If one sees the pale, faded faces of Muhammadan boys in schools and colleges, one will find the painful verification of my statement. Power, energy, force, strength, yes physical strength, is the law of life. A strong man may rob others when he has got nothing in his own pocket; but a feeble person, he must die the death of a mean thing in the world’s awful scene of continual warfare. But how [to] improve this undesirable state of things? Education, we are told, will work the required transformation. I may say at once that I do not put much faith in education as a means of ethical training—I mean education as understood in this country. The ethical training of humanity is really the work of great personalities, who appear time to time during the course of human history. Unfortunately our present social environment is not favorable to the birth and growth of such personalities of ethical magnetism. An attempt to discover the reason of this dearth of personalities among us will necessitate a subtle analysis of all the visible and invisible forces which are now determining the course of our social evolution—an inquiry which I cannot undertake in this paper. But all unbiased persons will easily admit that such personalities are now rare among us. This being the case, education is the only thing to fall back upon. But what sort of education? There is no absolute truth in education, as there is none in philosophy or science. Knowledge for the sake of knowledge is a maxim of fools. Do we ever find a person rolling in his mind the undulatory theory of light simply because it is a fact of science? Education, like other things, ought to be determined by the needs of the learner. A form of education which has no direct bearing on the particular type of character which you want to develop is absolutely worthless. I grant that the present system of education in India gives us bread and butter. We manufacture a number of graduates and then we have to send titled mendicants to Government to beg appointments for them. Well, if we succeed in securing a few appointments in the higher branches of service, what then? It is the masses who constitute the backbone of the nation; they ought to be better fed, better housed and properly educated. Life is not bread and butter alone; it is something more; it is a healthy character reflecting the national ideal in all its aspects. And for a truly national character, you ought to have a truly national education. Can you expect free Muslim character in a young boy who is brought up in an aided school and in complete ignorance of his social and historical tradition? You administer to him doses of Cromwell’s history; it is idle to expect that he will turn out a truly Muslim character. The knowledge of Cromwell’s history will certainly create in him a great deal of admiration for the Puritan revolutionary; but it cannot create that healthy pride in his soul which is the very lifeblood of a truly national character. Our educated young man knows all about Wellington and Gladstone, Voltaire and Luther. He will tell you that Lord Roberts worked in the South African War like a common soldier at the age of eighty; but how many of us know that Muhammad II conquered Constantinople at the age of twenty-two? How many of us have even the faintest notion of the influence of our Muslim civilization over the civilization of modern Europe? How many of us are familiar with the wonderful historical productions of Ibn Khaldun or the extraordinarily noble character of the great Mir Abdul Qadir of Algeria? A living nation is living because it never forgets its dead. I venture to say that the present system of education in this country is not at all suited to us as a people. It is not true to our genius as a nation, it tends to produce an un-Muslim type of character, it is not determined by our national requirements, it breaks entirely with our past and appears to proceed on the false assumption that the idea of education is the training of human intellect rather than human will. Nor is this superficial system true to the genius of the Hindus. Among them it appears to have produced a number of political idealists, whose false reading of history drives them to the upsetting of all conditions of political order and social peace. We spend an immense amount of money every year on the education of our children. Well, thanks to the King-Emperor, India is a free country; everybody is free to entertain any opinion he likes—I look upon it as a waste. In order to be truly ourselves, we ought to have our own schools, our own colleges, and our own universities, keeping alive our social and historical tradition, making us good and peaceful citizens and creating in us that free but law-abiding spirit which evolves out of itself the noblest types of political virtue. I am quite sensible of the difficulties that lie in our way. All that I can say is that if we cannot get over our difficulties, the world will soon get rid of us.

Read this carefully and I think we as a nation should be ashamed that we have not been able to maintain our education system even when the 'national poet' and 'ideological father of a nation' is screaming his heart out to us to change it. Shame on us! 


Read full article here.

*What does the name of Pakistan mean? this slogan became famous during Pakistan Movement and Its only answer is, "La ilaha Illallah" (There's no God except Allah)

24.11.12

Human In The Light Of God



Do you think that our conception of God influences how we see our role in the universe? How, or how not?

This was the question asked in our recent lesson. This lesson gave us a chance to explore the possibilities of a human in the light of Iqbal's third lecture in Reconstruction of Religious Thought in Islam
There are five elements in the Islamic conception of God, i.e. God is (a) the Infinite Ego; (b) Creative; (c) Knowing; (d) Powerful; and (e) Eternal

What I understood from this lecture (and Mr. Khurram's discussion) is that the human reflects in his actions and deeds whom he worships. The character and color of the one who is worshiped are automatically transferred into the worshiper. If someone worships a mere statue then ultimately they retain the habits of [the material] of their god. This is the case if someone worships money, and could be why the hypocrites are detested so much because of this very reason.

A musalman^, in his obedience, blends his self into the Will of his Lord and then  he exhibits  the qualities of His Lord. In Quran, Allah says, "Allah is just and loves those who are just." "Allah is merciful and loves those who are merciful." Allah loves those who are compassionate, considerate, and thoughtful of others in their dealings. Allah likes those who are wise, and who seek knowledge. Look at all of these qualities, these being the names of Allah. He wants to see these [of course partially] in His slaves also. 

Map of voyage by Spanish traveler Ibn Jubair in the 12th century AD
Español: Mapa de la travesía del viajero andalusí Ibn Yubair o Yabar en el siglo XII

The true character of a Muslim reflects Allah in all of his actions, whether he's in public or private, is conducting his business or imparting knowledge, or fighting in the cause of Allah. And in many instances, he reflects whom he worships. 
And that is why the earlier Muslim's character was strong and displayed the infinity of Allah. They were fearless on battlefields; they were wise in managing empires and countries; in their implementing of law they were considerate and knowledgeable; in their teaching methods they sought simplicity and vastness of many studies; and they were relentless in seeking Allah through science. Because they believed Allah is Infinite, they discovered newer elements of this universe, dug deeper and deeper, and found out Truth in simplest forms. Those vistas of Knowledge, Creativity, and Infinity are open testaments of their faith.
Take the Ash'arites, for instance, as Iqbal has explained in this lecture, and how they developed their theory of "Atomism" from that one verse+ of the Quran. They took God to be Creative, who creates something new "every" moment - and decided to participate in that Creation, by putting forth a theory which cannot be disproven even now.  In fact, modern physics confirms parts of it. 
The role of man, if he considers himself to be the vicegerent of God, is to "actively participate" in this act of Creation that is forever being carried out by God. By perceiving God to be closer to us than our jugular vein, we know that He is not cold or distant, but merciful and compassionate; He does not want us to be passive, but to have our share in His Creativity. If we feel that He has not created us out of mere chance, but out of plan and design, it gives us more sense of purpose, and we become more aware of the importance of our role in this universe*. 
The oldest copies of Ibn Sina's second volume of "Canon Of Medicine" from the year 1030.

The concept of God conveys and comforts us that man is not alone or forsaken in this universe. God is always so eager to connect with man that He has created the whole universe through which man can access Him*. 
This understanding, at this moment, conveys to us the message that our conception of God is the pathway to what world is created*." 
The conception of God deepens our worldly experience, and adds value and guidance to our entire journey*. 
‘’God is the light of the Heavens and of the Earth. His light is like a niche in which is a lamp – that lamp enclosed in a glass – the glass, as it were, a star” (24:35) 
Finally, the knowledge that One exists, to whom everything belongs, and that a All Powerful Being is watchful over us comforts the fragile souls of His Creation and is the source of ever-present inspiration and Light.  

(*discussion from my fellow course participants)
+(God adds to His creation what He wills.” Al-Quran)
^Musalman used here indicates the common use of the word. The one who is obedient to Creator. And he/she coud belong to any faith.