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

21.10.12

Hajj And Zikar Of Allah

"There is no blame upon you for seeking bounty from your Lord [during Hajj]. But when you depart from 'Arafat, remember Allah at al- Mash'ar al-Haram. And remember Him, as He has guided you, for indeed, you were before that among those astray." Al-Quran (Surah Baqarah:198)

"Then depart from the place from where [all] the people depart and ask forgiveness of Allah. Indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful." Al-Quran (Surah Baqarah:199)



 


"And when you have completed your 
rites, remember Allah like your [previous] remembrance of your fathers or with [much] greater remembrance. And among the people is he who says, "Our Lord, give us in this world," and he will have in the Hereafter no share." Al-Quran (Surah Baqarah:200)

20.10.12

Etiquette Of Hajj in Quran

"Hajj is [during] well-known months, so whoever has made Hajj obligatory upon himself therein [by entering the state of ihram], there is [to be for him] no sexual relations and no disobedience and no disputing during Hajj. And whatever good you do - Allah knows it. And take provisions, but indeed, the best provision is fear of Allah. And fear Me, O you of understanding." Al-Quran (Surah Baqarah:197)

18.10.12

Literature And Iqbal

"Nations are born in the hearts of poets; they prosper and die in the hands of politicians."

                                                                                      --Iqbal, Stray Reflections (1910)

Our mentor, Mr. Khurram Ali Shafique has deduced after years of his research in Iqbal studies that Iqbal believed that literature plays the most important role in the life of a nation. In fact, he treated literature like a collective dream which comes true. Therefore, the most courageous and daring stand which Iqbal Studies demands from us is that we insist that if anything is wrong in the world, its ultimate root can be traced in the kind of literature that has been venerated, and if we want to bring any positive change, the first step has to be the representation of that change in idealistic literature:


"No new world can come into being around us until it is first created in the depth of our souls (i.e. in our imagination)."


My findings of many years indicate that purely on the basis of statistics it can be stated without any doubt that the most POPULAR authors of the seven stages of Pakistan, and their key messages, have been the following:
  • 1887-1906: Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, "seek consensus"
  • 1907-26: Muhammad Ali Jauhar, "think long-term"
  • 1927-46: Allama Iqbal, "rise above yourself"
  • 1947-66: Ibne Safi, "respect the law"
  • 1967-86: Waheed Murad, "unite organically"
  • 1987-2006: Mustansar Hussain Tarar, "learn experientially"
  • 2007-26: I'm Pakistan - by which I mean that there is not likely to be any particular author, but all Pakistanis together must create a larger picture through "new media" (Internet, mobile phones, photo copies, and so on); message should be, "accept consensus"   
the writers listed here were inspired by our collective ego, and their perfect sequence shows that the collective ego of Pakistan has been alive and sound and healthy, and constantly communicating to us through these authors and their colleagues.

  1. They became popular because the collective judgement of the Pakistani nation has been sound. There can be no other conclusion. THIS is the main thing which we need to remember - more important than the authors themselves. We need to regain our belief in our collective judgement, in ourselves. We need to understand that our CONSENSUS has been always on those authors who were inspired by the collective ego, and who were presenting the true message of that stage. Then why are we in a state of mess?
  2. We are in a state of mess because, while we appreciated and respected the "consensus" authors in the first three stages, leading us to independence, we FAILED to appreciate and respect the "consensus" authors of the latter stages soon after the birth of Pakistan. Since politics invariably follows the course of literature, our political life was a story of success in the first three stages when we recognized the consensus authors and followed their message, and our political life became the joke of the century when we failed to recognize the consensus writers of the latter stages, and we failed to respect them.
We need a cultural revolution, a revolution of love and self-acceptance. This is khudi, in all its meanings: if we lack the courage to accept our own consensus, our own collective choices, how can we claim to have a self, or even self-respect? Needless to say, these authors are not just the heritage of Pakistan but they have got things which can be useful for the whole world. They are the dreams that must true, and almost everyone who hears their dreams wants them to come true. The whole world is looking for exactly the messages which these authors gave, but unfortunately and ironically we are the ones who are getting in the way - then why should we not be in a bad state?

اُس کی تقدیر میں محکومی و مظلومی ہے
قوم جو کر نہ سکی اپنی خودی سے انصاف


(follow the links given above and you will find interesting things.)

14.10.12

Tribute to Sir Allama Muhammad Iqbal


When religious thought was on the verge of destruction
God sent Iqbal to carry out its reconstruction
For five centuries, it had been stagnant
Rose of intellect was no more fragrant

Thinkers wonder, “Does God exist”?
Iqbal asked, “Does man exist”?
What is the true comprehension of reality?
All discourses fail on departure from spirituality
Is their a possibility of religion?
Higher levels of consciousness are the beacon
Why do we need religion?
It soars above philosophy’s region
It unveils Science’s inadequacy
With reality, it seeks intimacy

What is time and space?
Thought’s mortal imprint on the Ultimate Ego’s face
God isn't a current flowing through every particle
Each infinitesimal itself is His disclosure
Universe is a mere concept
God is the actual percept

God is to nature what man is to personality
At stake is a cosmic struggle for immortality
Heaven and hell aren’t locations but states
Wholly undetermined is the realm of fate
Even for disbelievers, there is no everlasting torture
There will come a time when He will be their redeemer

What is the principle of movement in Islamic Thought?
Either perpetually dynamic or it is naught
What was the essence and spirit of Islamic culture?
Knowledge was a dead meat, Muslims were vultures

Criticized has been Iqbal for being an Islamist without a beard
In prayer, his legs trembled infront of the God he feared
Madly he would weep on only two occasions
Mention of Muhammad (pbuh) and Quran’s recitation
Asked is secret behind his poetry and people’s fixation
Ten million was the count of his prophetic salutation

It is irony’s zenith that he was knighted by the West
The same civilization, his works put to a harsh test
What makes Iqbal so rare and unique?
It wasn’t just genius and truth’s seek
He was a mystic of the highest order
Beyond the finite, lay his border
From mental slavery to enlightenment, the revolution was swift
Only once in a millennium, God grants this earth such a gift!

By: Adil Farouq