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Liberalism; A precursor to Atheism

December 24, 2017

Liberalism–a precursor to Atheism– is simply a euphemism for an anti-religion ranting. It banishes its followers from thinking beyond spatiotemporality; depriving them of the most fulfilling domain–spirituality; for fear of finding the validation of Divine Philosophy (religion) in a realm, which is beyond the jurisdiction of evidentiary empiricism and materialism.

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Needless (Poor) king of the Kings!

December 24, 2017

The one who is, selfless and sincere to the purpose of life; goodness towards others and, obedience to the Creator. He would never have to question anyone’s intention or motive for he is free of the expectations and needs. Sin (covetousness) is the destruction of the station of the needless. Needless (Poor) is the king of the Kings; for the covetousness and expectations are his slaves, and the Kings are slaves of their covetousness and expectations.

He (PBUH) said, “Have no desire for this world, Allah will love you; have no desire for what people possess, people will love you.” [Ibn Majah]

In the world of selfishness and materialism virtue becomes too feeble to even register.

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Demonizing, Repressing a Religious Minority!

December 19, 2017

 

 

 

DEMONIZING AND REPRESSING A RELIGIOUS MINORITY BECAUSE IT HAS DIFFERENT MORAL VALUES THAN THE MAJORITY CAN HAVE UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES.
A classically American approach that protects the many religious streams running together to form the American cultural heritage rather than damming one in favor of another. As historian Denise Spellberg observes of Thomas Jefferson’s view of Islam, “In the formation of the American ideal and principles of what we consider to be exceptional American values, Muslims were, at the beginning, the litmus test for whether the reach of American constitutional principles would include every believer, every kind, or not.” Jefferson didn’t care for Islam (or any organized religion, for that matter). But he understood that America would be stronger if citizens favoring one stream of its heritage vigorously argued its merits without seeking to place legal limits on those arguing for the merits of a different stream.
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Denise A. Spellberg (born c. 1958) is an American scholar of Islamic history. She is an associate professor of history and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Spellberg holds a BA from Smith College (1980) and a Ph.D. (1989) from Columbia University.

Books

Politics, Gender, and the Islamic Past: The Legacy of ‘A’isha Bint Abi Bakr. New York: Columbia University Press, 1994.

Thomas Jefferson’s Qur’an: Islam and the Founders, New York: Knopf, October 1, 2013; ISBN 978-0307268228

Theological Epistemology

December 17, 2017

Is there such a thing as historical-epistemological theology? It investigates the theory of theological knowledge, belief as it matures and evolves throughout the ages?

Epistemology came into use in the second half of the 18 century whereas the Divine religions go back to the beginning of the Creation and Islam goes back to 6th Century. Therefore Divine religions predate the latent philosophical concepts and terminology. On the other hand, however, there is sure a mode of progression in the monotheism—-Sabianism, Judaism, Christianity and finally Islam. (The theme of monotheism remained focal and constant)

Its critical analysis, however, was not left to the human contemplation or logical reasoning alone but was answered, affirmed through the scriptures and the Prophetical delineations.

Repeated interpolation of the previous scriptures is a vivid example of the defective, maneuvered and contrived application of human reasoning and logic.

It, for the most part, therefore was put to an end by the Divine Himself by declaring in Holy Qura’an that your religion “Islam” has been perfected.

Contemplation, on ancillary matters, however, would continue until the end of the time; through Ijtihad; by the competent scholars and consensus thereupon, being essentials for the correct conclusions/solutions.

This process, nevertheless, is above and beyond the scope of mundane philosophical constructs and terminologies.

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Are Ahadith (Word of God)?

December 13, 2017

There is a widespread misconception/disinformation about the Ahadith: in the minds of not only the Non-Muslims but also some Muslims, as if they are purely the personal utterances of the Prophet (PBUH); devoid of Divine sanction, hence not to be taken seriously as the Holy Qura’an. Ahadith and Sunnah constitute; the second most important source of Islamic teachings, explanation and practical manifestation, and an integral part of the Islamic Belief. [By denying/ignoring Ahadith and Sunnah one cannot claim to be following the Prophet, as ordained in the Holy Qura’an repeatedly.                    (Obey Allah and Obey the Prophet) (Q, 4:59)

Qura’an has been referred to as the Book (of Wisdom and Guidance) while the Ahadith and Sunan as “Hikmah” (Wisdom of Explanation/Presentation). (Q, 4:113)

Your companion [Muhammad] has not strayed, nor has he erred, nor does he speak from [his own] inclination. It is not but a revelation revealed, Taught to him by one intense in strength. (Q, 53:2–5)

 There has certainly been for you in the Messenger of Allah an excellent pattern for anyone whose hope is in Allah and the Last Day and (who) remembers Allah often. (Q, 33:21)

{Here Allah (SWT) has urged/directed believers to emulate the Prophet (PBUH) in seeking reward from Allah (SWT); while making it incumbent upon believers, to follow the prophet in his words and deeds}

 An esoteric/ delicate difference here, however, MUST be explained that the words of the Holy Qura’an and their meanings both are revelations’ from Allah(SWT)—called “Wahii-Mutloo”(recited). Ahadith, on the other hand, are the words of the Prophet (PBUH) but the meanings of Allah (SWT)—called “Wahii-Gher-Mutloo” (un-recited).

 Hopefully, this substantiated explanation, will clarify the immitigable position of Ahadith and Sunnan and put any doubts to rest. (Given the cognizance of human fallibility factor; in relaying a hadith wrongly, in altered form or with a broken chain of narrators etc; all Ahadith had been extensively scrutinized and categorized accordingly by the eminent scholars). Many liberals, agnostics, and non-believers, regardless, will still exploit this human fallibility factor to justify their doubts or ignorance.

MAY ALLAH (SWT) KEEP US ALL ON THE STRAIGHT-PATH.

 

Psychoanalytical essay with therapeutic antidotes

December 5, 2017

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Life, from anecdotal evidence and empirical point of view, is mainly, shaped by three kinds of factors; experiences, observations and genetic/ innate traits. Which may be further explicated as follows. Sensory experience is immediate and all-encompassing. Thought process operates selectively or even seemingly arbitrarily. Experience through mental (imaginative) visualization is narrower but more focused. Emotions are instantaneous. Mood lasts longer. Traits are longer lasting still.

These processes, which influence our lives so immensely, may be either cognitive or emotional, first-person perspectives or the third person perspectives, objective experiences or subjective experiences.

Before we get consumed into the detailed discussion of the subject we must understand two fundamental misconceptions and the distorted framework within which we operate.

1-    The dependence on fellow human beings.  Human beings, as a first-hand experience, have been extensively habituated to dealing with the fellow human beings. Therefore, everything is expected of one another. Although we know that the Creator is the ultimate sustainer, still expect fellow human beings to come to help. The simple logical reason is that this is the only experience we have.

We, therefore, need a fundamental paradigmatic change. In our perceptual cognition, we have to perpetuate the ultimate sustainer as the primary sustainer as well. We ought to understand, that the other human beings are the means and not the source. This conceptual change will save us from numerous disappointments and sour relationships.

2-    We expect immediate results.  We are enmeshed in fast-paced life with quick outcomes therefore, any delay is certain to give rise to doubts and suspicions. Sustained effort is the human obligation whereas results are His domain. Where results are delayed patience need be observed. Let Nature take its course. Patience is a virtue. Waiting with patience is worship.

Negative aspects such as fears, failures, rejection are major entropic elements in personality development. There is always a fear of some kind which often displays vividly in dreams and is broadly manifested throughout our lives. We are a construct of our own brain and, through our body language and behavior, are walking manifestation of it. Someone or something is always there that is frightful and chasing.  In most cases, it is a haunting sense of guilty conscience. This guilt, however, may not always be factual.

Intrinsic-attractiveness(Attachment) & Intrinsic-unattractiveness(Aversion).

Our obvious belief in the intrinsic existence of things ushers our deluded attachment to them. It is our self-perpetuating dysfunction while dealing with the realities of the world. By according intrinsic properties of attractiveness we react to some objects, events or people with deluded attachment. On the other hand, we accord intrinsic properties of unattractiveness resulting in deluded aversion. Intrinsic properties could only be attached to things having disconnected and independent existence.  God only, as for as the cause of His being is concerned, fits the definition. He is uncaused. On the other hand, He is the cause of everything. Therefore, created things cannot be intrinsic by design.

Love                     (Psycho-sophically speaking)

It is twitching of the brain, impulsive vibrations translating into emotive feelings yearning for the satisfaction of lust or instinct. In pathology, this process is described “Epiphenomenalism”. It has beginning and end, it is ephemeral. It may, however, be a fractional constituent of the true whole (refuted in secular pathology) which we were inculcated with before being descended into temporality.  Buried in sub-conscious, it is clamoring to reach its Zenith in perpetuity. True love with fellow human beings is improbable. It is an instinctual bonding. It cannot be classed as love. Love could only exist between God and (Creation) human. This love, if true, would require human to lose his “self” or else it would simply be reverence. Temporally speaking, it is deluded attachment entailing unwholesomeness— self-centeredness.

Hate.                    (Psycho-sophically speaking)

Same emotive feelings (derivative-affliction) transform into superfluous ego which resorts to retribution in pursuit of healing the indelible scars on the mind. Negative memories stoke sense of deprivation or competitive disadvantage. When a spate of hatred is experienced while enduring, viewing, facing some event or scene, is the reflection of this phenomenon. Lack of confidence which (is derivative of ignorance) also works as a catalyst. Certain Faces, events, or words; associated with negative memories may stem afflictive mental process thereby becoming a catalyst for feelings of hate. At times it may just be the disadvantaged position, against which extreme disgust is exhibited. At other, it may be the satisfaction of spuriously inflated ego through the display of the expression that I am better suited for the position or situation in which the other person is. It is jealousy factor which usually stems from an inferiority complex. It might have been infused by the situational disadvantage and is playing out. When one is caught up in distorted mindset, loses self-control and renders his perspective narrower this kind of behavior is displayed.

The influences of the formative period are very crucial. Archetypes, Heroes and Villains are of utmost relevance. Human traits are usually shaped around these characters. The sense of liking and disliking may similarly be shaped by peers, parents and cultures. It may even be genetic, though confused with innate traits. These influences become the determinant of the trajectory of lives and hallmarks of personalities. This kind of behavior, just because of some chance semblance, may also play out even against those whom one has never met. To remedy one must delve into the past with open mind; which most probably would be the moot point for such behavior.

Correct identification and then acknowledgment of the causes is the key to remedy.

Anxiety.  Sudden-Burst. A spate of Anger. Snapping.

All these behavioral expressions are the result of an afflictive mental process or derivative thereof called-derivative affliction. The reasons for these distortions are not different from those discussed above. However, some of these conditions are more intense and could be harmful; in terms of health, self-infliction or the violence meted out to others. Snapping and sudden bursts reflect the tipping point in one’s state of mind. The root cause of this behavioral pattern may be multifaceted. It may stem from certain words, expression of dominance, threat, insult, humiliation, helplessness, fear of loss of face or integrity. It has become the norm; given the present socio-economic conditions and the prevalence of self-righteousness that people lose equanimity rather quickly and become ensnarled in rash behavior. Sometimes it is termed as -”Anxiety attack”. If this behavior is not checked properly and timely, it could entail wide-ranging complications.

Negativity. Bitterness.

These attitudes stem from the deprivation or nonachievement. Their cause may be lack of opportunities which keeps one deprived of achievement or excellence. These may have also been destined due to surrounding milieu or other people. These, more often than not, pervade in class bifurcated societies where the inculcated hatred against the better off provides a feeding ground. When someone better-off or seemingly so is seen in an uneven environ, the reaction on the part of the worse-off may show up as change of countenance, negative/abusive comments or even manhandle. Remedy! Introspection- once the reason is understood and acknowledged it would become easy to ward-off these tendencies. 

Identification and Acknowledgement is a panacea.

Fear of Poverty or Deprivation.

Past experience of deprivation or poverty leaves indelible scars on the human mind. It is immensely detrimental and forces one, according to the axiom, to even forsake one’s core belief. It has exoteric and esoteric dimensions. It is a duel between firm belief and logical (at times even illogical) reasoning. The conclusion would depend on one’s conviction and mindset. Here I may, however, take the liberty to lean towards the esoteric side and would like to postulate that we humans do not have much of latitude (free Will) therefore rightfully succumb to destiny. I would, therefore, unflinchingly, affirm my belief in destiny. It preempts all apprehensions of poverty and deprivation. Peace and tranquility lie in frictionless sailing. Go with the flow, do what He makes us do. Thereby one becomes fearlessly brave and sagacious. Bitterness is often the result of the sustained struggle to get out of the vicious life circle. It leaves a person perpetually prone to fear which is displayed through bitterness at the muddled event horizon of life. Acceptance of predestination perhaps is the best remedy. Otherwise proper professional treatment would be the best suggestion.

Panicking when faced with the unexpected situation.

At times, it happens that one becomes agitated, defensive, apologetic or even aggressive when faced with an unexpected situation. The reason often is unpreparedness which results in any of the situations described. It may be that one is not having an appropriate answer to the question raised. One may not be having the knowledge of the topic raised or one may not be in a position to answer or explain in the existing situation. The worst could be the fear of losing one’s face and integrity.

The best remedy is that before embarking on any encounter one should be ready for such a situation and a suitable response. The process of forethought would not only muster the confidence to face the situation but would also provide audacity to extricate. A deep breath and a momentary thoughtful pause would also be helpful in recollecting oneself before offering an appropriate response. Honest solution nevertheless would be to thrash out the weaknesses and make them up. Always be well prepared.

Mendacity (Oldest & Mother of all moral turpitudes)

This trait was the very first step towards human indignation when Prophet Adam was lied to about the forbidden fruit. It unceasingly coagulates innumerable vices. The tendency to lie is a derivative of fear or greed. When a situation needs to be avoided or availed, camouflaging the true motivation, use of an unwarranted lie becomes obvious. We have become complacently habituated for its huge efficacy. It is used extensively and fearlessly without even a thought of any repercussion. Lying is a self-deceiving technique. It ultimately culminates in disgrace. The old saying goes without saying that Honesty is the best policy.

 

Disclaimer: No responsibility is assumed as this essay does not offer any professional advice or treatment. Empirical observations if used would be at one’s own risk and responsibility.            Comments, critique, Questions could be posted @ shakir2.wordpress.com

 

Saudi Prince, MBS—the weakest link

November 29, 2017

 

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According to latest reports, arrested princes are being savagely tortured and interrogated by American Contractor Blackwater. (By Ryan Parry, West Coast Correspondent For Dailymail.com and Josh Boswell For Dailymail.com 

PUBLISHED: 16:24 EST, 22 November 2017 | UPDATED: 03:37 EST, 23 November 2017).

As hinted by this author earlier (Saudi Turmoil)*1, MBS –Saudi Crown Prince has embarked on a perilous journey–borrowing a page from Putin’s book—consolidating power under the cover of corruption and money laundering. Although he took some condescending actions to entice the younger generation; easing few social restrictions; analogous to burying one’s head– in the face of an imminent danger– in the sand; he yet seems to be the weakest link, in the Gold Chain of China, Russia, and Israel.

*1  https://shakir2.wordpress.com/2017/11/07/saudi-turmoil/

Saudi Arabia’s move seems to be impulsive and reactionary on account of American rebuke in the case of Nuclear Deal with Iran and Change of “Removal Stance” in the case of Syrian President, Basher Al Assad. (Both Shia’a ruled Countries). Israel, also not being happy with this Nuclear deal, intends to teach America a lesson for countermanding her long-held stance.

 

Given the Chinese emergence as Geo-Strategic and Econo-Political power, two opposing camps have clustered on the international scene. One Headed by China, beefed up by Russia and Israel. (Subsequent participants seem to be India, Pakistan; for their populations are hoarding the most gold; and most likely; disgruntled with the West; Iran and Turkey, providing the impetuous vivaciousness to this group). A most interesting aspect of this cluster—China, Russian, and Muslims– is the nostalgic reminiscence and impulses of restoring their lost glories of the past. This camp; given its unique motivations; could be instrumental in eradicating the Dollar dominance as the world legal tender (currency), replacing it with the Gold standard of Bretons Wood Agreement/System, 1944.

The first step in this direction was taken by China by setting up AIIB (Asian Infrastructure Investment) Bank, in January 2016, with 100 billion $ Capitalization.

http://nation.com.pk/03-Aug-2015/is-china-finally-about-to-dethrone-america-as-the-world-s-economic-leader

https://shakir2.wordpress.com/2015/06/21/asia-pacific-peeve/

“The Russian central bank opened its first overseas office in Beijing on March 14, 2017, marking a step forward in forging a Beijing-Moscow alliance to bypass the US dollar in the global monetary system, and to phase-in a gold-backed standard of trade. The new central bank office was opened at a time when Russia is preparing to issue its first federal loan bonds denominated in Chinese yuan.  Financial regulators from the two countries agreed on last May to issue home currency-denominated bonds in each other’s markets, a move that was widely viewed as intended to eventually test the global reserve status of the US dollar”

China, reportedly, has also asked Pakistan to use Yuan as a legal tender in Gwadar-Port C-PEC Project financial transactions. Pakistan at this point, however, has resisted it by arguing that it would tantamount to trampling on its sovereignty.

On the other hand, the USA and the West are hell-bent to continue with Dollar as the legal tender. It is a matter of its economic supremacy and survival. Libyan President Col. Gaddafi and Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, two Arab leaders, who dared try to replace the Dollar with Euro, paid a heavy price. Saudi Arabia has joined the Gold club in sheer defiance of the “American Exceptionalism” with a drive to gain control of some of its assets with the help of Russia.

Recent Saudi King’s visit to Russia, Putin’s Phone to the Saudi Crown Prince-MBS and increasing warmth in the relationship between Israel and Saudi Arabia, portrays an embracing welcome to Saudi Arabia in the Gold Club.

Saudis, however, should not be oblivious of the lurking danger in this game of Political, Economic, Social and Dynastic re-alignment, as the weakest link in this game is and will remain MBS. The unprecedented humiliation of the rounded up princes coupled with the annoyance of the conservative Clerics would not augur well for the Crown Prince and Saudi Arabia. How far, if at all, he would be able to take it, is anyone’s guess?

U.A.E also seems to be in the throes of lurking danger; of likely redrawing of the map of the region; for it has thrown punches above its weight; in the Shia’a Sunni brawl spearheaded by Saudi Arabia. U.A.E would have been in a much better position, by keeping a low profile and remaining non-aligned like Oman. It should also be mindful of the fact that the world is turning against the safe-havens for stolen and laundered money; it has developed a reputation for.

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Soul, A Divine Manifestation.

November 29, 2017
“Reason is a light that God has kindled in the soul.”- Aristotle

To be Correct and precise:-–It is the Curiosity human Nature has been inculcated/kindled with (not the soul); that gives rise to Human reason and logic (a human construct). Its application, therefore, is limited (temporal)  in its scope. There are many a thing beyond and above human logic and reason !!!!

Cherished Democracy

November 29, 2017

Democracy is cunningly devised system—it forces the diaspora to be steered in the desired direction by creating a false perception of choice between the two. The third (party) is just an eye-wash for idiots to keep PRAISING THE DEMOCRACY in ignorance. Capitalism is the epitome or the mob-boss of this system…..come on let’s CHERISH THE DEMOCRACY.!!!!!

Wisdom!

November 28, 2017

Wisdom is not the resident of a mind, brain Or intellect, but emanates from God (Allah-SWT) flowing through sentient beings (more pronounced through human). sometimes it flows perpetually, other times intermittently, depending on one’s, bestowed, level of conductivity.

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