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Muslim Women marrying Non Muslim men

June 22, 2015

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                                                                   UPDATED ON 05/30/2016
Increased migration, education from western institutions and use of social media have equally increased the interaction among people across the world. One of the results being– increased interfaith marriages.  This phenomenon, few decades back, had been evident in Africa and the Middle East but was a rarity in other parts of the world. Then it started taking roots in India as a result of its deliberate and targeted policies, gnawing away the Muslim’s Personal Family law and religious traditions. As a result, inter-faith marriages are a common place in India now.  In the Wes,t however, it is a result of anti-organized-religions, anti-Nationalism doctrines espoused in Schools, Colleges and Universities. A significant increase in inter-faith marriages ensued, hence a common place in the West as well.
It is to be noted that in the West this movement, unlike India, is not anti any particular religion but across the board and also has a societal and cultural homogenization dimension. Its main catalyst, in my assessment, is the loss of faith in Christianity and political system.  Especially in the face of various sects of Christianity being at logger-head, considered impeding and corrupting the political system.
In India, an anti-religion movement is targeted (against Muslims) whereas Hindu extremism is being encouraged at National level.
Islam being the last of the organized religions has a well-defined code of life including marriage. Its injunctions, most often, are considered stringent and draconian by westerners as well as by some Muslims. This treatise would, therefore, provide the rationale, reasoning and logic for strict implementation of these codes, in the broader sense, and with a special emphasis on the impermissibility of marriage between a Muslim woman and a Non-Muslim man.
 
Surah Baqarah 2, V – 221
“And do not marry an associating (Mushrik) women unless they come to faith; a Muslim-slave-girl is better than an associating (Mushrik) woman, even though she may please you”.
And do not give your women in marriage to associating (Mushrik) men unless they come to belief; a Muslim slave man is better than an associating (Mushrik) man, even though he may please you BECAUSE—they invite you to Hell fire whereas God  invites you to salvation by His grace”
(Associating here includes idolaters, those creating additional gods or assuming someone, something as an intermediary interceding–without His permission).
Surah Al-ma’eda (Table) 5, V 5
“So are the virtuous women of the believers and virtuous women of those who received the scripture before you (lawful for you)—When—you give them their (dower) and live with them in honor” (Dower and living in honor here means proper marriage) In this Verse a hint at the importance of a chaste woman ha s been given; yet marrying an unchaste woman has not been made unlawful provided, she chooses to stay in fidelity thereafter. It is to be noted that above quoted part of the verse 5 is the therewithal of the permissibility of the food of the People of the Book for Muslims; carrying the same rhythm and flow. Marriage with a man or woman (other than with people of the Books) would also be permissible only upon their acceptance of Islam. This view has been endorsed by noble companions   of the Prophet (PBUH). Abdullah Ibn Umar (R.A) and Umar Farooq  (R.A) are two of them.
Those who subscribe to the permissibility of Muslim men marrying women of people of book,(Hanafi School of thought) without their accepting Islam, yet consider it reprehensible (Mukrooh).
 
Although there is a clear difference of opinion among Muslims scholars with regard to above quoted Surah 5, V 5. One may however, ponder upon the rationale, reasoning and logic of conversion to Islam furthered by various scholars; pretty persuasive and convincing.
A Muslim adheres to five core beliefs— 1) Oneness of God. 2) Belief in Hereafter 3) Acceptance of Prophet Mohammad(PBUH) as last Prophet 4) jihad 5) performing Hajj (subject-to conditions) and offers 5   prayer. A Christians or A Jews fulfill only one or two requirements of Islamic faith respectively. None of them accepts the Prophethood of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH).  With the emergence of Prophet Mohammad all previous scriptures and Sharias stood abrogated.Therefore Jews and Christians despite being people of book are NON-MUSLIMS. (They can’t be treated at par with Muslims for marital purposes).
The point of concern here is the corruptibility of Islamic faith due to their Infidelity with their religions. The possibility of this happening is though lesser in the case of men (because their natural capabilities are more pronounced than those of women); whereas its possibility is greater in the case of a woman, therefore, marriage of a Muslim woman with a Non Muslim man has not been made lawful. This argument holds more water in present times; where a growing trend amongst Jews and Christian is complete disregard for their scriptures, their Prophets and even denial of God’s existence, caving in to anarchic-Atheism.

Why Muslim women are not allowed to marry non Muslims (POB). (Asad)

“Whereas Muslim men are allowed to marry women from among the followers of another revealed religion for Muslim believe in all the previous Prophets, Muslim women may not marry non-Muslims: the reason being that Islam enjoins reverence of all the prophets, while the followers of other religions reject some of them – e.g., the Prophet Muhammad or, as is the case with the Jews, both Muhammad and Jesus. Thus, while a non-Muslim woman who marries a Muslim can be sure that – despite all doctrinal differences – the prophets of her faith will be mentioned with utmost respect in her Muslim environment, a Muslim woman who would marry a non-Muslim would always be exposed to an abuse of him whom she regards as God’s Apostle”

Surah Baqarah (Cow) 2, V 221
Confirms the above imperative when it declares that “Do not marry associating women until they believe” This verse therefore rest all the doubts.
Umar Al Farooq (R.A) upon hearing of the alarming currency of such a trend in Iraq and Syria stopped such marriages. The reason given was the religious and political corruptibility of Muslim families.There are few such cases cited in the Islamic history where Umar Farooq (R.A) was very vehement in this pursuit and asked Muslims to divorce Non-Muslim women.  Three such cases are those of—Hudhayfah Ibn Yaman,Talha and Kab Ibn Malik.
 
 
CONCLUSION
Apart from the above cited generalized reasons there is a logically reasoned Injunction issued by the Prophet (PBUH) which lays the ground rules as to why some marriages; particularly those of Muslim women with Non-Muslim men are not permissible. In Islam there is a concept of “Kuf” which means —equal, alike or matching. Under this Principal there are two sub clauses which need to be considered when accepting/rejecting the marriage proposals. These are “Lineal Homogeneity” & “Familial Homogeneity” Prophet has instructed that a girls should be married in their ”Kuf” means—equality(compatibility)—rather than equalness and likeness of spouses in their religion is incumbent and necessary for the validity of the marriage. Marriage of a Muslim girl with a disbeliever is not valid; even if girl agrees to it. (religio-legal verdict—hukame-tashriee).
 
The reason is that this is not simply the matter of “right of woman” which may be dropped at her pleasure. Instead it is the “right of God –a Divine- injunction” under the clause of Familial Homogeneity. However, the lineal Homogeneity (which includes financial & family status etc) is the right of woman and that of the parents of the girl; which can be dispensed with for expedient reasons or   higher-religious reasons. Should this be for religious reasons it would be considered praiseworthy.
A question or doubt may be raised about the whole religio-legal-verdict stated above. The validity of it has very eloquently and in unequivocal terms been stated in Qur’an as– “Prophet has more right on men and women of his (Ummah) community than their own selves” and also that “And it becomes not a believing man or woman, when Allah and His prophet have decided an affair (for them) that they should claim any “say” in that matter”      Surah Al Ahzab 33, V 6 & 36
Finally, Allah forbade such relationship in categorical terms in Surah “Mumtahinah”–She who is examined #60, V – 10–in the following words “Neither these (Muslim women) are lawful for them, Nor are those (unbelievers) lawful for these (believing) women” All such relationships which existed at the time of revelation of this verse were ipso-facto severed.
 
It is hoped that this treatise would help many men women in tackling this pandemic with Divine guidance, provided through Qura’an and Hadith; while applying human logic and reasoning rather than sentimentality.
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Reality of Atheist

June 22, 2015
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Mentally sick Atheist and not even ashamed.

 
“There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true”
(Soren Kierkegaard-1833-1855)
 
Newsweek reported in 1992 that more than three quarters of all Americans pray at least once a week. Even among the 13 % who are atheists or agnostics, nearly one in five prays daily believing that “there is God who hears them”
Life Magazine story of 1994 says that nine out of ten Americans, ignoring speculation that God is dead, pray frequently and earnestly—and almost all say “God has answered their prayer” Time Magazine poll 1996. (Faith and healing) found that 82 % believed that “prayers could heal”
 
William James (scientist of late 19the century) said “No mental modification ever occurs which is not accompanied or followed by a bodily change” Hundred year later, Norman Cousin succinctly summarized the modern view “belief becomes biology”
 
Reality—Atheists are simply lying through their teeth.
 
Scriptural validation
 
Qura’an repeatedly mentions about the deniers that “there is a disease in their hearts” I took this as an expression of God’s disdain for the deniers in allegorical terms. Until, I came across a study conducted by some German scientists; which confirms it’s reality in unequivocal terms.  With this conclusive finding there, remains no doubt that the HOLY Qura’an is the revealed word of God. Because such a revelation, with such a certainty– 1500 years ago– would simply have been beyond the scope of Human imagination.
 
Here is what is said about disbelieving people in Qura’an:
 
Surah Baqarah 2, V – 7 & 10
“God has sealed their hearts and their hearing, and on their eyes there is a covering. Theirs will be an awful doom”
“In their heart is a disease, and God increases their disease, a painful doom is theirs, because they lie”
 
Surah Baqarah 2,   V 6, 7, 13 & 136
As for the disbelievers, whether you warn them or not it is all one for them, they believe not. God has sealed their hearts and their hearing and on their eyes is a covering. Theirs will be an awful doom. And when it is said to them to believe; as the people do, they say, Shall we believe as the foolish believe? Beware! They indeed are the foolish but they know not.
 
 
Philosophical vindication
Here is a meaningfully befitting; worth pondering, quote of Maya Angelou:
 
 “We allow our ignorance to prevail upon us and make us think we can survive alone, alone in patches, alone in groups, alone in race, even alone in genders”
 
 
Shocking Vindication by Scientific research
 
Excerpts from the research are reproduced here below.
New information from a 22-year old study at a German University has many psychiatrists and psychologists throughout the world wondering if atheism is a sign or warning of a more serious mental illness already present or in the process of developing. Doctors are searching for a gene that might cause a correlation between serious mental illness and what they are calling “Overt Atheism.” For the time being psychiatrists and research psychologists in Germany and Switzerlandare calling this medical anomaly, “The Misfit Syndrome.”
 
Doctors at the University in Hamburg Germany have been investigating the connection between religious beliefs and overall mental health and the results of the study have unnerved even the most stoic scientists, physicians and researchers. in other words, Overt Atheism, that is professed as a way of life by some individuals — a manifesto of sorts — was found to be a common component inherent to many people suffering from other forms of severe mental illness,” said Dr. Hans Zimmerman MD PhD
 
“We started to notice that many of our experimental volunteers -those who were defiantly atheistic in their beliefs — are suffering from various forms of dissociate disorders and social adaptation manias also. This came as quite a shock to us as we studied patient after patient because for years we have been led to believe that religious zeal was often a patently obvious sign of mental illness, but in fact this is not the case. Quite the contrary !
 
“The individuals we have studied, especially those under the age of forty who actively participate in open debate about theiravowed atheism, or people who are very strident about their atheism are heavily prone to mental illness — and most of the illnesses are quite severe. This was not a handful of subjects who were studied, mind you. There were 17,809 people in the study. It was a very large model as far as psychological experiments go.”
 
Until a neurotransmitter or a definitive brain anomaly can be identified and positively identified as a trigger, Dr. Zimmerman and his colleagues have given this condition a temporary name — “The Misfit Syndrome” — owing to the fact that nearly 100% of patients studied who professed openly about atheism also had other severe social adaptation issues and many major forms of mental illness that kept them from interacting normally with other people in general.
 
“The Misfit Syndrome” as we have described it in our literature, is actually a profound psychosis in and of itself,” said Zimmermann. It should be understood that atheism alone is not a mental illness, but overt atheismthe need to profess one’s atheism and to openly debate the existence of a deity of any kind — is almost always a sign of serious mental illness. Many people walk around without a thought about a God or Creator and these people are essentially atheists. These people do very well. The overt atheist, however, people who openly state, ‘I am an atheist,’ and then go on to debate their anti-religious issues, are, according to 22 years of intensive research, often very unwell as far as mental illness is concerned. I say ‘unwell’ because aside from the obvious mental illnesses we have observed, we have also seen a vast amount of yet to be understood mental aberrations
 
The overt atheist, or those who are believed to be suffering from The Misfit Syndrome, may carry a genetic defect — and that’s the rub.
 
“The study is virtually infallible and after nearly thirty double-blind studies we cannot come to any other conclusions.
 
Does this mean that the face of overt atheism is an ugly face? We are not sure, but evidence seems to point in that direction.
 
They might blame the Creator and by denying the existence of a Creator, they are denying their own ugliness. I do not mean to imply that one has to be ugly to be an atheist but there is an inherent inner ugliness that the patients perceive about themselves. (This is clearly evident in social media passionate discussions on the topic)
 
We have found that to be true in about 97% of the cases. You never have any medical study where 97% of your results are positive. It’s almost impossible to make a mistake with numbers like that. Something is going on here and the common thread with almost all overt atheists is serious mental illness or an inclination to develop a profound mental illness by age thirty-five. “It’s hard to accept something like this — something like the results of our study — in an enlightened society,but there is no getting around the scientific proof. Every variable and every model that has been used comes to the same conclusion.
 
People who openly do not believe in a Creator or a Greater Spirit and opt to debate it as part of their definition of self, are almost always suffering from a serious mental illness, and if they are not currently sick, the odds are nearly 100% that they eventually will become mentally ill“
Anorexia and bulimia are also rare in the Overt Atheist, but much more serious ‘mental un-wellness,’ such as schizophrenia and serious forms of Socio-Pathology are very often seen in the overt atheists with percentages approaching 100%.
 
Believers,
In other words, people who proclaim to be believers are prone to the more mundane Generalized Anxiety Disorders or various phobias, but— Overt-Nnon-Believers— suffer from much more profound mental issues and Socio-Pathologies.   
 
 Here is an explanation of this anomaly from a scientific & philosophical angle.
What is God?
The mystical scriptures of religions express the idea of a single underlying reality embodied in GODThe absolute self. The idea of mass consciousness (reflective of super consciousness) suggests a continuum of nonlocal intelligence, permeating space and time. This is in contrast with neuroscience inspired Newtonian view of perceptive tissues locked in the skull.
 
 
 
Natural test of Assumption
At Princeton University graduation ceremony it was noticed that the rain is always, miraculously, held off for that particular day or time. Proving the existence of all hearing, Living God.
 
Catharsis
We delude ourselves with the thoughts that we know much more about things around us than about metaphysical mind or God. So we overestimate material causation and believe that it only affords us a true explanation of life. But materiality is just as inscrutable as God. As the ultimate things we can know nothing, and only when we admit this—do we return to a state of sanity. God reveals to those who earnestly ask for. Materiality is just one of His instruments.
 
 
Logical and reasoned psychological validation
Nevertheless, stressed/sickened individuals create an atmosphere of stress and sickness in collective consciousness that reciprocally affects the thinking and actions of every individual in that system (same frame of mind)…..Collective problems of society are more than just the problem of sick individuals—-such problems are more fundamentally symptoms of stress/sickness in collective consciousness (of the society) pushing our youngsters towards—Avowed-Overt- Atheism.
 

Had we sent down Qura’an to a mountain, you would have seen, it humbled, burst apart due to (His) God’s awe   (Surah Hashar 59, V-21)

June 21, 2015

Qura'anMount sinai (toor)

Surah Baqarah (Cow)2, V 2, & 4

This is the scripture whereof there is no doubt, guidance for those who ward off evil.

And(for those) who believe in that which is revealed to you (Mohammad) and that; which was revealed before you, and are certain of the hereafter.

 

This is a literal translation of few verses of Holy Qura’an which might make one reflect in a serious way. Many who read other scriptures may find similarity of injunctions because Qura’an is the Continuation of earlier scriptures. A humble request is made to those who may not like this endeavor, not to be disrespectful and may simply ignore.  Any constructive and meaningful comments/discussion however would be most welcomed.

Surah Fatir (Creator/Originator) 35, V 1-5

All praise belongs to God, The Originator and Creator of the heavens and the earth. Who makes the angels messengers having wings in twos, threes and fours. He adds to the Creations what He wills. Indeed God is powerful to do everything. Whatever blessings God bestows on people, there is none to withhold it and whatever He holds back there is none to release it thereafter. And He is mighty and Wise. O mankind! Remember God’s blessings upon you. Is there any Creator other than God who gives you provision from the heavens and the earth? There is no God but He. So where are you turning to by your whims/desires? Neither be beguiled by the allurements of the world nor by the avowed beguilers, who are your clear enemies.

 

Surah Mulk 67, V 3, 4

Who has created seven heavens in harmony, thou can’t see no fault in the Beneficent One’s creation; then look again, see any rifts? Then look again and yet again, your sight will return to you weakened and made dim.

 

Surah Saba 34, V 2 to 6.

He knows that what is going down into the earth and what is coming forth from it, and what descends from the heaven and what ascends into it. He is the merciful, the forgiving.

Those who disbelieve say; The Hour (of doom) will never come unto us. Say (Oh Prophet-SAW) Nay, by My Lord, but it is coming unto you surely. He is the knower of the unseen. Not an atom’s weight, or less than that or greater escapes Him (whether) be it in heavens or in the earth, It is in a clear record.

That He (God) may reward those who believe and do good works. For them is a pardon and rich provision.

But those who strive against our revelations, challenging, theirs will be a painful doom of wrath.

Those who have been given Knowledge see that what is revealed unto you from your Lord is Truth and leads to the path of the Mighty, The owner of the praise.

 

Surah Ya Sin 36, V 8, 9 & 11

Lo We have put on their necks carcans reaching upto their chins, so that they are made stiff necked.

We have set a bar before them and behind them and (thus) covered them so that they can’t see.

Whether you warn them or not, it is alike for them, for they believe not.

 

 

Surah Fatir 35, V 31, 34 & 35

The Book we revealed to you (Mohammad-SAW) is the Truth, confirming what was revealed before it.

Praised is the Lord, who has removed all sorrows from us (in the hereafter).

He (God) made us land at home of eternal living; where we are neither touched by weariness nor by boredom.

Surah Saba 34, V 7 – 9

Those who disbelieve say; shall we show you a man who will tell you that when you have become dispersed in dust with most complete dispersal, still, even then, you will be created anew?

Has he (the Prophet-SAW) invented a lie concerning God, or is there madness in him? Nay, but those who disbelieve in the Hereafter are in torment and far error.

Have they not observed what is before them and what is behind them of the sky and the earth? If We will, We can make the earth swallow them or cause a portion of the sky to fall on them. Lo! Herein surely is a portent for every slave who turns to Allah repentant.

Surah Baqarah 2, V 6, 7, 13 & 136

As for the disbelievers, whether you warn them or not it is all one for them, they believe not.

God has sealed their hearts and their hearing and on their eyes is a covering. Theirs will be an awful doom.

And when it is said to them to believe; as the people do, they say, Shall we believe as the foolish believe? Beware! They indeed are the foolish but they know not.

Say (O Muslims) we believe in God and that which is revealed to us and that which was revealed to Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and the tribes, and to Moses and Jesus and that which Prophets received from their Lord. We make no distinction between any of them, and to God we surrender.

Surah Saba 34, V 10 -14

And assuredly We gave David (A.S) grace from Us (saying) O you hills and the birds echo his Psalms of Praise! And we made the iron supple unto him.

Saying; you make coats-of-mail and measure the joints thereof proportionately. And do you right. Lo! I am Seer of what you do.

And to Solomon (A.S) we gave the wind, whereof the morning course was a month’s journey, and the evening course a month’s journey, and we caused the font of copper to gush forth for him, and We gave him certain of the Jinn (genie) who worked before him by his Lord’s permission. And such of them as deviated from our command. We caused them to taste the punishment of flaming fire.

They made for him (Solomon-A.S) what he willed: Synagogues, Statues, basins like wells and boilers built into the ground (grounded) Give thanks Oh House of David (A.S)! Few of my bondsmen are thankful.

And when we decreed death for him, nothing showed his death to them (genie) save a creeping creature (termite) of the earth gnawed away his staff(and)When he fell the Jinn (genie) saw clearly how, if they had known the unseen, they would have not continued in humiliating torment (work).

Surah Fatir (Creator/Originator) 35, V 22 to 25

And living (believers) and dead (unbelievers) are not alike.  God makes hear whomsoever He wills. And you cannot make hear those who are in the graves (disbelievers). O Mohammad! You are but a Warner.  Surely we have sent you with truth as a bearer of good news and a Warner. And if they reject you (It is not something new, because) those before have also rejected their messengers who came with clear proof and with scriptures—enlightening books.

Asia Pacific Peeve

June 21, 2015
US President Barack Obama speaks (C) during a meeting with leaders from the Trans-Pacific Partnership at the US Embassy in Beijing on November 10, 2014 in Beijing. From left: US Trade Representative Mike Froman, Obama, and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. Top leaders and ministers of the 21-member APEC grouping are meeting in Beijing from November 7 to 11. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN        (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama speaks (C) during a meeting with leaders from the Trans-Pacific Partnership at the US Embassy in Beijing on November 10, 2014 in Beijing. From left: US Trade Representative Mike Froman, Obama, and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. Top leaders and ministers of the 21-member APEC grouping are meeting in Beijing from November 7 to 11. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Recently China launched an Investment bank AIIB which is being considered a threat to American role of World economic system Underwriter and a rival to IMF and World Bank. (Both under the American stewardship) President Barak Hussain Obama, during his first term, launched a foreign policy initiative Asia Pivot. This initiative had an economic dimension also which has not fared well. Reason being that American investment was mainly on post war reconstruction projects whereas those of Asian countries mainly in power projection capabilities. American premature withdrawal from Iraq and Afghanistan has also damaged its credibility of commitment to Asia pacific region. America views China in bipolar cold-war-divided-world perspective which needs to be recalibrated according to the changed politico-economic dynamics.  Other countries of Asia Pacific should feel at home in having good relations with America and China at the same time. In Asia Pacific Pivot it was well recognized that due to major shift in Global Geopolitical dynamism major share of political and economic activities in 21st Century would be written in Asia Pacific region. These factors therefore, should be bed-rock of TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership) initiative as well. TPP was also launched during his first term and has achieved, across the board, successes in trade talks with participating countries. Obama is now seeking a fast track legislation authority from the Law makers. (Previously known as TPA-Trade Promotion Authority) If approved will give president an authority to negotiate trade deals with partner countries and present them to the congress for up or down vote. Law-makers however, would not be able to introduce any amendment. The main thrust of TPP is to keep China from its free trade regime which would prove to be extremely counter-productive. China’s launch of AIIB may take away the American role of world economic leadership. More so, should the Dollar be replaced as the world currency as per AIIB charter. It would inflict immense damage to American Economy. Saddam Hussain was punished for contemplating similar initiative; necessitated by sustained oil export embargo, which literally crippled Iraq’s economy. China, on the other hand, is already word # 1 economic-power in terms of balance-sheet in comparison to that of USA therefore, would be hard to take on. Domestically TPP is facing a tough challenge from liberal democrats and labor union representatives.  Their concern is that trade pacts may hurt US workers and further widened the income gap as did the previous free trade deals. The biggest Free Trade pact so far has been NAFTA covering 440 million people (US, Canada, Mexico) and touching a bench mark of 17 Trillion Dollars trade, supporting around 5 million jobs in USA only. A bipartisan group of law makers has therefore ramped up the pressure to include enforceable provisions against currency manipulation in the trade agreements to help boost the American exports Competitiveness and easy passage of the   trade agreements.  Obama administration and some leading economists however, have argued that it would be Counter-Productive as the currency value manipulation is best monitored by G20, G7 & IMF.

China’s AIIB (Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank) is being launched with a huge capital of 100 billion Dollars, posing a direct threat to American economic supremacy, to IMF and World Bank. It is also posing a threat to ADB (Asian Development Bank– under the Japanese stewardship). AIIB is being participated by 57 countries. Some of the participating countries, despite strong American advice not to, are close American allies. France, Germany and Britain are few of such staunch allies. AIIB is believed to cater to 1/3rd of world trade by 2020 and about 40 % of Global activity by 2030.

China is expanding its influence in Africa, Asia and Latin America–once considered to be American backyard. In Latin America it has invested 119 billion Dollars since 2005 with fewer strings attached in comparison to IMF and World Bank loaning regimen. It has loaned 56b to Venezuela, 22b to Brazil and 19b to Argentina. Whereas IDB (Inter American Development Bank), US import Export Bank and World Bank combined have loaned only 75 billion in 10 years.  Asia by 2030 would have 3 out of 4 world largest economies and would produce about ½ of world global output by 2050. The importance of Chinese Investment bank therefore would be enhanced manifold as the infrastructure of most of the developing and developed Countries, including US, even now is already in need of huge investment for repair and maintenance as well as for new construction.

Chinese Investment in South Asian countries is comparatively smaller but vital for achievement of its long term objectives. Chinese Investment in Pakistan, Gwadar Port of about 45b $, is being blown out of proportion by the incumbent Govt. for obvious expedient reasons. In Nicaragua one Chinese businessman is investing 50b $ constructing his own canal on the model of Panama Canal. Had there been an honest and capable Govt., with technical experts at hand, this investment could have been a windfall for Pakistan. China needs that Port, of unique contour suitable for modern Panamax or Post-Panamax ships to be harbored and with almost zero blockade possibility, more than Pakistan needs Chinese Investment.  China would save a fortune by almost free use of Gwadar Port. Pakistan on the other hand, would be burdened with repayment of the loan and heavy cost, with possible casualties, of providing extensive security to Chinese workforce. In return Pakistan would get a pittance after long time in the form of tariff. Strategically Pakistan would be severely disadvantaged as all of its neighbors are already feeling threatened. We should also be mindful that China has a huge appetite for raw material and very little for value added finished products. Pakistan lacks institutions, equipment and expertise for providing even raw material efficiently and economically. If china would provide all that too then it would be nothing short of a long term leasing of Pakistan along-with its resources to China. Coal based Power generation plants, which will be completely phased out by Chinese in their own country by2030, is a crude example of Pakistan’s lack of awareness and concern for its National Interests. Pakistani industry already in doldrums may not be able to compete or even sustain. We might end up becoming a satellite, slave state of China. I really wonder if any institution, including Pakistani military and civil establishment, has considered all these risk?

Human skin color in Qura’an .

June 18, 2015

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This is a close-up of vegetables and fruits.

This is a close-up of vegetables and fruits.

 Surah Fatir (Creator/Originator) 35, V – 27 & 28
Have you not seen that God caused water to fall from the sky, and produced therewith fruits of diverse hues; and among the hills are streaks white and red, of diverse hues, and others of raven black.(27) And men, beasts, cattle, in like manner, of diverse hues? The Erudite among his bondsmen fear God alone. He is mighty and forgiving. (28)
 
In the first verse the colors of in-animated things have been mentioned and in the second those of the animated ones. There however, is a subtle grammatical difference in two places of the first verse. In the case of fruits the difference of color is mentioned with an “adverbial” phrase.  In the case of mountains, however it is expressed by “adjectival”phrase.  According to Arabic grammar adverb denotes something changeable—as does the color of fruits according to its stages or progression. The adjective denotes something of permanence like that in the case of Human, mountains etc— which are generally fast and abiding and do not change. Color white is mentioned first and black last. (Both being the base colors of the spectrum) White loses its permanence faster whereas the black lasts longer. These colors, in nut-shell are the embellishment of His creation each with its own importance and characteristics.
 
However there is yet another verse # 37 from Surah Ya Sin 36 which gives this view point more credence by its interpretation. Which is —–God has, in this similitude, pointed out that real element in the universe is “Darkness”and that “Light” is transitory. Once the cover of light is removed what remains is the “Darkness”. From purely scientific perspective also we barely know a small fraction of the Universe which it visible due to light, rest is covered by darkness.
 
 Another angle to look at is with regards to the placement of word “ALSO” in verse 28. Should it be linked with the later part (per some scholars of Qura’an) it would mean that as there are different colors of the fruits & mountains so are the degrees of fear and awe of God in the hearts of the people. Their position, in the sight of God, depends on that degree of fear and awe. Awe of God is an incumbent attribute of men of God since their degree of knowledge corresponds with it; which however, may not necessarily impact others who have no such fear and awe in them. (Fear and awe could loosely be taken as piety and reverence for easy understanding).
 
Station of Men of God can well be understood by this Hadith of the Prophet (SAW)
God will assemble His men and say to them;
“I had placed My knowledge in you since I knew you, and I had not placed My knowledge in you so that I punish you. Go, I have forgiven you”
 

Poetry in Islam

June 8, 2015

  poetry session

Poetry is an antiquated wasteful preoccupation, rightly censured in Islam so should be treated with rather indifference. It is a recruitment resource for the residency of Hollow slothful imaginative realm which pulls one away from the realities of the world and the hereafter making one eternally consigned to the abyss of oblivion. Realm within realm, from the one of distractions to that of abyss of oblivion, even Satan couldn’t imagine it. Where would Poets end up God Knows!  Gnostic believes that even Allama-Iqbal, most acclaimed Poet of the East, got flung on the way to Tassawwuf.   It is frowned upon by Allah in Surah Al Shura’a # 26, V-221 to 227 says that “poets say what they do not do themselves”. Listeners, who follow them, have been censured even more sternly. In another Surah Al Annam # 6, V-116 it is explained that “if you follow the majority on earth it will lead you away from Allah’s path, because this, majority do nothing but build conjectures” Prophet Mohammad was often accused by the non believers that he is a poet or sorcerer and that Qura’an, given its unique eloquence, is a book of poetry. (NAB)

Although poetry, across the board seems a dying preoccupation, but in countries with plenty of leisure of time mushroom growth of new and often unscrupulous poets is witnessed. They often concoct salacious and lecherous poetry and in pursuit of creating rhythmical balance would trample any boundary. Modernist and liberal secularists would sure have argument that it is curbing the creative talent of intelligent people, hence would jump to label Islam as rudimentary and antiquated. Most powerful counter-argument is provided by Allah Himself in Qura’an (17:85) “A little knowledge is given to man” & “He is All Knowing”.Qura’an.

Although poetry was widely in vogue at the time of te prophet and many of his companions were involved in composing reverential poetry, dedicated to the praise of Allah and the Prophet. Prophet reportedly has heard some, but there seems to be no praise lavished by him. Conversely however, there is a hadith which rather expresses harsh rebuke. Narrated Abu Huraira:
Allah’s Apostle; said, “It is better for anyone of you that the inside of his body be filled with pus which may consume his body, than it be filled with poetry.” (Sahih al-Bukhari, Volume 8, Book 73, Number 176).

There is another Verse in Qura’an Surah Ya Sin 36, V – 69 whereby dislike is expressed by Allah in the following words;-  ”We did not teach him poetry. It does not suit him” Following it there is a Hadith narrated by Imam Abu Bakr Al Jassa (R.A), that someone asked Syyeda A’isha (R.A) if the Holy Prophet (PBUH) used to recite some verses of poetry in a while? She said NO, however he did once of Ibn Tarfah, which was meaning “The time will reveal to you which you do not know, and the news will be brought to you by one whom you did not appoint to do so”  Abu Bakr (R.A) chided O Prophet this verse is not like this. Prophet said “I am not a poet, nor is poetry appropriate for me” He read it out of rhythmic balance on purpose. Ibn Kathir, Tirmidhi both reported this.      

NATURE

June 3, 2015

Forest

This word is frequently and invariably used by all of us. Its origin stems from Latin word-“Natura”–derived from Greek word—“physis”— meaning, essential qualities, innate disposition—in earlier times it also meant “birth”.  The concept of Nature as Physical universe was developed from Greek word –“physis”—by pre Socratic philosophers. Although everyone harbors one’s own interpretation and understanding the broadest possible definition however, would encompass physical, material and natural world. Nature also represents the processes of the physical world and life in general. Its domain ranges from sub atomic particles to cosmic universe. Although Human beings comprise a miniscule of total biomass on, comparatively insignificant, planet earth yet their influence on Nature is disproportionately large and Nature seems to be revolving around them. Natural wonders were celebrated in “Psalm” and” Book of Job” Later Qura’an sacralized “nature” with reference to Creator, Faith and creation–Human beings showcased as natural embodiment of its vivid exposition and expression.

 

Human beings are essential part of Nature (for which Qura’an uses the Arabic word –FITRAH) but their activities somehow are considered of a different category as an outcome of some other natural phenomenon. In this essay a conscious endeavor, to look at it from an unconventional angle, has been made; which, I am sure many would find, not only enlightening but also emphatically consenting. Word-Nature- has so much variety and currency that it is equally useful for theists, agnostics, atheists,   naturalist, secularists and many others. If observed diligently, one would notice a conscious trend, particularly in the west, of avoiding the use of word “GOD” –for fear of annoying or infringing upon the beliefs or rights of others (those with a different persuasion or school of thought etc), or flouting the doctrine of political correctness. The use of word—Nature—therefore, guards against all such possible hazards. Nature on the other hand is the bedrock of creation—accommodating both theistic and secular-scientific perspectives. Allah says in Qura’an—(20:50) “He gave shape (form) to everything, then guidance”—means– Nature—Operating manual—whereby everything functions.

In Surah Rome V-30 Allah says—“It is Allah’s Nature on which Human beings have been created—there is no change in His creation—that is how faith has been established”—To put it in lay man’s terms —Human kind has been created on the Nature of GOD and that Nature (rule of creation) does not change for (any other) creation as well, Faith too has been established on this rule–Nature. (A flow chart—Allah to Human to Faith—all connected with Allah’s Nature). Most difficult part of Surah to interpret correctly is “There is no change in His creation”.  From this Surah a specific rejection of evolutionary process of Human species could be deduced (because this notion is furthered immediately after the mention of Human creation on His nature). Science so far, apart from Darwin’s evolutionary theory, has not been able to prove human evolution-as patterned in other species-conclusively. Another deduction, which seems even more logical and pliable, is that the nature on which human beings have been modeled is unchangeable. It carries weight as the Nature of God does not need to change as well. It is in conformity with the notion that—“this is how the Faithmonotheism— has been established”. In essence right from the day of Adam (R.A) till now it has not changed“(here the first part of the injunction is of generic/universal nature whereas the later two parts are of assertive nature/character).

Qura’an exegetes offered several interpretations of Surah Rome, V-30.  Two of which are formally presented here. The first one—which is offered within the theistic constricts–“All human beings are borne Muslims by their Nature and instinct”. But then it is the surrounding and environment which change them into what they exhibit to be. Logical explanation is derived from the textual meaning of the word—“Muslim”—means –submitter. Upon contemplating it would be noticed that there is nothing in the created realm, which does not submit to the will of the— Nature—Creator.  This interpretation is severally asserted in Qura’an and by a hadith of sahihain (doubly authentic). In Surah Isra’a, V-44, in Surah Al Noor V-41, in Surah Al Ra’ad, V-15 and in Surah Al Nahl, V- 48 & 49 It is exhorted that– “whatever is in the heavens and earth is bound to (prostrate) submit, willingly or unwillingly, even their shadows incline to the right and to the left prostrating unto Allah, in the evening and morning hours-without any pride”

The second interpretation is of generic and universal character—“Allah (Creator) has bestowed upon all human beings the capability to discern and believe in the true God”. The scope could be expanded by generalizing the capability to discern good from bad. There is however, a conditionality attached to this capability and that is the bestowal of Divine Grace (His will); without which, despite “nature” being embedded, exercise of discernment would not be possible. This conditionality (in the wider scope of Faith) has been confirmed in Qura’an in surah Younus V-100, where Allah declared that “It is not for any soul to believe save by the permission of Allah” Then there is Specific affirmation in Surah Anfal, V-29—–“Allah gives capacity to discern, to those who fear Him” (Sharpness of skill of using logic and reason)-Also known as “Furqan”

In Surah Rome, V-30—it has also been said that—“There is no change in Allah’s creation”. (Again there are several interpretations of this verse too, but the opted one is comparatively more logical and supported by ahadith). It means that the rules of creation of Allah (Creator) would not change–as the basic instinctive capacity of discernment from good to bad would stay intact, despite the fact that one may deviate due to attending environ or the circumstances. The natural (instinctive) character of other creations would also stay intact— worshiping the Creator with their specific prayers in their specific ways. (Surah  Al Noor, V-41).  Imam Torapushti has also preferred the 2nd interpretation. This interpretation is further confirmed in Surah Taha V-50, Where Allah says “He gave everything its shape then guidance”. It is like pre-programming of a product. Validation of the notion of being borne on—Nature—can also be  derived from the experiences of daily life where human being, regardless of persuasions, invariably calls upon the Creator in the face of any hardship or calamity. This guidance is of generic, universal character and every being is embedded with. Here is however another Surah Al Qasas, V-56 saying “Allah gives guidance to whomsoever He wills” This injunction is of specific character (to tread the right path determined by the Creator). Guidance of this kind is a special feature which everybody does not pursue unless specifically willed by God. Here in this passage the first injunction is of generic nature with which everything is embedded, whereas the second injunction/command is of specific nature and is given only to the chosen ones– as is the capacity to discern.                                                                                                                   

(These classifications must be borne in mind throughout the essay for clear understanding)

Qura’an exegetes restrict their interpretations—rightly–to Islam; since Qura’an descended on prophet Mohammad (PBUH) in which Allah chose the name for His religion as “Islam”. It is categorically declared in Surah Aale-Imran V-19—“Lo, religion with Allah (is) the surrender” (unto His will & guidance) also in Surah Maida -5, V-3 it was declared that “today I have completed your religion for you and bestowed my blessings upon you and chose “Islam” as religion for you”   (Surrender = submitter = Muslim).

Note:- It is like a computer which though fully programmed but certain functions need activation to perform—-Similarly Allah’s will is needed as an activation command for certain functions to be activated of  human computer .

It is “you”—a miniscule biomass– only on an insignificant small planet earth— but an integral part of the infinite cosmic “NATURE”—made subservient—anxious to serve & facilitate—- “you”—- A declared crown of the creation——- Isn’t it marvelous!

NATURE

June 2, 2015

This word is frequently and invariably used by all of us. Its origin stems from Latin word-“Natura”–derived from Greek word—“physis”— meaning, essential qualities, innate disposition—in earlier times it also meant “birth”.  The concept of Nature as Physical universe was developed from Greek word –“physis”—by pre Socratic philosophers. Although everyone harbors one’s own interpretation and understanding the broadest possible definition however, would encompass physical, material and natural world. Nature also represents the processes of the physical world and life in general. Its domain ranges from sub atomic particles to cosmic universe. Although Human beings comprise a miniscule of total biomass on, comparatively insignificant, planet earth yet their influence on Nature is disproportionately large and Nature seems to be revolving around them. Natural wonders were celebrated in “Psalm” and” Book of Job” Later Qura’an sacralized “nature” with reference to Creator, Faith and creation–Human beings showcased as natural embodiment of its vivid exposition and expression.

 

Human beings are essential part of Nature (for which Qura’an uses the Arabic word –FITRAH) but their activities somehow are considered of a different category as an outcome of some other natural phenomenon. In this essay a conscious endeavor, to look at it from an unconventional angle, has been made; which, I am sure many would find, not only enlightening but also emphatically consenting. Word-Nature- has so much variety and currency that it is equally useful for theists, agnostics, atheists,   naturalist, secularists and many others. If observed diligently, one would notice a conscious trend, particularly in the west, of avoiding the use of word “GOD” –for fear of annoying or infringing upon the beliefs or rights of others (those with a different persuasion or school of thought etc), or flouting the doctrine of political correctness. The use of word—Nature—therefore, guards against all such possible hazards. Nature on the other hand is the bedrock of creation—accommodating both theistic and secular-scientific perspectives. Allah says in Qura’an—(20:50) “He gave shape (form) to everything, then guidance”—means– Nature—Operating manual—whereby everything functions.

In Surah Rome V-30 Allah says—“It is Allah’s Nature on which Human beings have been created—there is no change in His creation—that is how faith has been established”—To put it in lay man’s terms —Human kind has been created on the Nature of GOD and that Nature (rule of creation) does not change for (any other) creation as well, Faith too has been established on this rule–Nature. (A flow chart—Allah to Human to Faith—all connected with Allah’s Nature). Most difficult part of Surah to interpret correctly is “There is no change in His creation”.  From this Surah a specific rejection of evolutionary process of Human species could be deduced (because this notion is furthered immediately after the mention of Human creation on His nature). Science so far, apart from Darwin’s evolutionary theory, has not been able to prove human evolution-as patterned in other species-conclusively. Another deduction, which seems even more logical and pliable, is that the nature on which human beings have been modeled is unchangeable. It carries weight as the Nature of God does not need to change as well. It is in conformity with the notion that—“this is how the Faithmonotheism— has been established”. In essence right from the day of Adam (R.A) till now it has not changed“(here the first part of the injunction is of generic/universal nature whereas the later two parts are of assertive nature/character).

Qura’an exegetes offered several interpretations of Surah Rome, V-30.  Two of which are formally presented here. The first one—which is offered within the theistic constricts–“All human beings are borne Muslims by their Nature and instinct”. But then it is the surrounding and environment which change them into what they exhibit to be. Logical explanation is derived from the textual meaning of the word—“Muslim”—means –submitter. Upon contemplating it would be noticed that there is nothing in the created realm, which does not submit to the will of the— Nature—Creator.  This interpretation is severally asserted in Qura’an and by a hadith of sahihain (doubly authentic). In Surah Isra’a, V-44, in Surah Al Noor V-41, in Surah Al Ra’ad, V-15 and in Surah Al Nahl, V- 48 & 49 It is exhorted that– “whatever is in the heavens and earth is bound to (prostrate) submit, willingly or unwillingly, even their shadows incline to the right and to the left prostrating unto Allah, in the evening and morning hours-without any pride”

The second interpretation is of generic and universal character—“Allah (Creator) has bestowed upon all human beings the capability to discern and believe in the true God”. The scope could be expanded by generalizing the capability to discern good from bad. There is however, a conditionality attached to this capability and that is the bestowal of Divine Grace (His will); without which, despite “nature” being embedded, exercise of discernment would not be possible. This conditionality (in the wider scope of Faith) has been confirmed in Qura’an in surah Younus V-100, where Allah declared that “It is not for any soul to believe save by the permission of Allah” Then there is Specific affirmation in Surah Anfal, V-29—–“Allah gives capacity to discern, to those who fear Him” (Sharpness of skill of using logic and reason)-Also known as “Furqan”

In Surah Rome, V-30—it has also been said that—“There is no change in Allah’s creation”. (Again there are several interpretations of this verse too, but the opted one is comparatively more logical and supported by ahadith). It means that the rules of creation of Allah (Creator) would not change–as the basic instinctive capacity of discernment from good to bad would stay intact, despite the fact that one may deviate due to attending environ or the circumstances. The natural (instinctive) character of other creations would also stay intact— worshiping the Creator with their specific prayers in their specific ways. (Surah  Al Noor, V-41).  Imam Torapushti has also preferred the 2nd interpretation. This interpretation is further confirmed in Surah Taha V-50, Where Allah says “He gave everything its shape then guidance”. It is like pre-programming of a product. Validation of the notion of being borne on—Nature—can also be  derived from the experiences of daily life where human being, regardless of persuasions, invariably calls upon the Creator in the face of any hardship or calamity. This guidance is of generic, universal character and every being is embedded with. Here is however another Surah Al Qasas, V-56 saying “Allah gives guidance to whomsoever He wills” This injunction is of specific character (to tread the right path determined by the Creator). Guidance of this kind is a special feature which everybody does not pursue unless specifically willed by God. Here in this passage the first injunction is of generic nature with which everything is embedded, whereas the second injunction/command is of specific nature and is given only to the chosen ones– as is the capacity to discern.                                                                                                                 (These classifications must be borne in mind throughout the essay for clear understanding)

Qura’an exegetes restrict their interpretations—rightly–to Islam; since Qura’an descended on prophet Mohammad (PBUH) in which Allah chose the name for His religion as “Islam”. It is categorically declared in Surah Aale-Imran V-19—“Lo, religion with Allah (is) the surrender” (unto His will & guidance) also in Surah Maida -5, V-3 it was declared that “today I have completed your religion for you and bestowed my blessings upon you and chose “Islam” as religion for you”   (Surrender = submitter = Muslim).

Note:- It is like a computer which though fully programmed but certain functions need activation to perform—-Similarly Allah’s will is needed as an activation command for certain functions to be activated of  human computer .

It is “you”—a miniscule biomass– only on an insignificant small planet earth— but an integral part of the infinite cosmic “NATURE”—made subservient—anxious to serve & facilitate—- “you”—- A declared crown of the creation——- Isn’t it marvelous!


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