Posts Tagged ‘Allah’

A Reminder for the Deniers/disbelievers

July 23, 2015
“Kun Fayakun”
 
God is the one who created you from dust, then from a drop of semen, then from a clot, then He brings you out as an infant, then makes you grow to maturity, then you become old—(though) some of you die early—and reach an appointed term. So you may understand. He is the one who gives life and death, and when He decides to do something He says “Be” and it comes to “Be”
 
God is the one who made for you the earth a place to live, and the sky a roof, and fashioned you and perfected your shape and provided you with good things. Such is God, your Lord, So Glorious/Blessed, the Lord of the worlds.
 
God is the one who made for you the nights so that you may rest therein, and the day to let you see. Lo! God is Lord of Bounty for mankind, yet most of the mankind give no thanks.
 
Your Lord has said “Call me, I will respond to you. Those who scorn worshipping me, they will enter Hell, disgraced.
 
This is said unto them “This is because you exulted in the earth without right and because you were petulant (irritable).  —Enter the Gates of Hell to live there forever. So how evil is the abode of the arrogant!!   (Surah Mumin # 40, & V – 67, 64, 61, 60,
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To Paradise with Children.

April 12, 2015

Children are instinctively adored and desired. Their existence ensures eugenic reproductive cycle and its continuity. In certain cultures children are enormously important for they represent status, continuity of hierarchy and fertility of the couple. People in such cultures may go to any extreme to produce children. This kind of compulsive obsession is in contravention of normal behavior as well as religious ethicality. Having off springs is a basal function of all living beings but for human being, due to his status as “Crown of the Creation” and subjective to “retributive judgment” it becomes extremely consequential. It is like carrying a bare double edged sword; for they could turn out to be useful or hurtful. Well educated, well mannered, well placed are nothing but an asset and mercy for the parents, whereas socially unacceptable, unproductive, illiterate a source of shame and chastisement. Parent’s role is crucially deterministic for either of these situations. It is therefore, of utmost importance that they are socially and culturally acceptable in temporal world and amenable to the hereafter.

In normal circumstances Children’s “expediently beneficial status”, in the overall scheme of the world, may remain intact but their “necessarily beneficial status” would be marginalized if their excessive desire/love becomes a cause of distraction from or neglect of obligatory religious duties. It is said in Qura’an in Surah Anfal-8, V-28 & Surah Tagaabun (mutual disillusion) 64, V-15—“Beware! your wealth and your children are but a distraction/trial” Then in Surah Al-Kahaf 18, V-46 it is elucidated—“Wealth and Children are adornments of the life of this world” then it is further explained in Surah Aale-Imran 3, V- 185—“The comfort/wealth of this world is nothing but illusion” and then accentuated in SurahTawba 9, V-38—“Wealth of this world is but (of) little (value) in the hereafter” The underlying message therefore, is that though children are love of life but having them entail responsibilities and if not fulfilled  would render them of little value. Then again, to strike a balance between love and responsibility, in Surah Munafiquun (hypocrites) 64, V-9 an emphatic warning is given “O believers let not your passions and your children distract/divert you from God’s remembrance” (passions–for worldly allurements and children).

Necessarily beneficial.

Two Surahs quoted hereunder emphatically explain the notion of “Necessarily beneficial”. Surah Luqman 31, V-33 says- “and fear a day when no father will suffice his son and no son will suffice his father in the least” & in Surah Toor 52, V-21 it is said- “and those who believe and their seeds follow them in faith, we cause their seeds to join them-(in Paradise)-we deprive them not of their life’s work”

On Judgment day various modes of intercession would be operative. One of which is between parents and children. Surah Luqman 31, V- 33 refers to the situation where either the father or his progeny is not a believer. This mode of intercession, in such a case, would become inoperable and the acquisition of “Necessarily Beneficial” lost. The requirement for this privilege is the continuity of “faith” & “Blood line”.

“Necessarily Beneficial” status could best be described as (1) it gives one the access to Paradise despite lacking in his/her record of good deeds (2) it ensures the continuation of  “Faith” down the generational line (3) Allah does not want to deprive believers of their life’s work.

A subtle point deserving our attention, which could very well be appreciated by the people of understanding, is that Allah chose the word “Walad” for the first part of the verse and “Mawluud” for the second part. Most-probable reason is that “son” is a common noun and represents any son, whereas “mawluud” specifies the one borne out of the lion of a father in question. Cascading or opposite benefit of intercession would continue being available, as long as the blood line and faith continuity is maintained.

A “Son” may be entitled to temporal “Expediently Beneficial” status regardless of the requisites whereas “Necessarily Beneficial” status would only be available when above mentioned particular mode of intercession is operative meeting the requisites. It may be further clarified that the first beneficence is of universal/secular nature whereas the second one is of specific/religious nature.

Another even more subtle hint given, through this order of selection, most probably, is that:–Father’s (parents) love for his progeny, evidently, is more intense than that of the progeny’s for the parents. Therefore the possibility of bringing the benefit by a father to his son is proportionately more, than the son—who is born out of his lion. (Parent’s instinctively passionate love—a blessing for the progeny but cause of warning for them)

Note;-Curious minds might wonder, why Mother has been absent in this whole discourse? There are several probabilities 1- Mother, essentially being part and parcel of the family unit, is inevitably represented when Qura’an talks about father as a family-head. 2- Traditional family Lineage is represented by the father figure-head. 3- Intensity of Mother’s love sure surpasses that of father and progeny but hierarchal position preceded by the father is preserved without supersession for family-head and blood line reasons. 4) Similarly elation of mother’s status of “having paradise under her feet” is not allowed to be infringed by father’s family-head position. God Knows best.

(If there is any inadvertent shortcoming or misrepresentation, it is squarely mine, the author of this piece, earnestly seeking Allah’s guidance and forgiveness)

Establishing prayer (Aqamatus-Salaah)

March 5, 2015

Prayers stop one from sins.  What encompasses–Zikr Allah (remembrance)

We Muslims repeatedly use this word—Aqamatus-Salaah—-in everyday life. I would, therefore, try to explain, in the light of Qura’an and Sunnah, what it really means. In the second line of the caption, there are two additional concepts/questions, which emerge as an organic or logical consequence of prayer. These would also be explained to make the concept of establishment of prayer comprehensively understood and benefitting. These explanations would also clear some misconception developed by repeatedly reading in-part text of the Holy Qura’an—-which though with accurate translation—do not convey full understanding due to fragmentation.                                         Thus misconception/wrong understanding gets developed.(such as, Prayer stops one from sins).

 

Establishing the prayer

By employing all manners and mores, inwardly and outwardly, exactly the way Prophet did. Isolating one from all worldly thoughts and affairs while standing before Allah (SWT) in perfect veneration, nothing in between the one praying and his/her Lord, addressing Him directly (without any medium).

Outwardly mores:-Cleanliness of body, clothes, place of offering the prayer and in-congregation.

Inwardly mores:-Standing in fear of Allah, with humility* in a manner as if begging from Him.

Those who establish prayers in this fashion Allah may grace them with treading the right path.

Prayers performed without full etiquette observed would, according to juristic rulings, be considered permissible but short of being established. The blessings, therefore, would also be reduced proportionately or may even be lost completely.

 

Question-What if someone, despite praying accordingly, may not tread the right path?

In this regard there are two ahadith and one saying of Ibn-Abbas (R.A); which are elucidations of Surah Al Ankabut, verse 45 of Qura’an “”Innis salata tanha anil fahshae wal munkare…….””  Prophet (PBUH) in hadith 1-said—if prayer does not stop one from sins his prayer is nothing. In hadith 2-said—it is the obedience of the prayer which keeps one from sins. In Saying 3-Ibn- Abbas (R.A) said—if one’s prayer does not stop from sins would push him rather farther from Allah.

 

These explanations point to the fact that prayers offered have a flaw(s)—for not being effective—which need to be addressed. (All requisite conditions must be fulfilled for one to reap the benefits).

Prayer does forbid from sins and shamelessness but people do not take up the advice earnestly, hence the prayer remains from being properly—ESTABLISHED.

Best described in a Hadith,

“when the sweetness of Iman get settles in one’s heart then all parts of his body start relishing its taste in the acts of worship”

Qura’an and Ahadith, in a similar way, forbid one from sins and shamelessness yet everyone do not take the advice earnestly, therefore, continue committing sins. The reason for this anomaly is that the verse cited above is not of an injunctive but of an advisory character.                    Therefore for Qura’an, Ahadith and Prayer to be effective not only the required conditions have to be met, but also with the grace and will of Allah, one may get rid of sins and shamelessness. Insha-Allah.  

 

Zikr (remembrance) of Allah

Verse 45 also reads:-Wala zikrullaho akbaro wallaho ya’alamo ma tasnaoon? –It means:-and indeed remembrance of Allah is the greatest, and Allah knows what you do. It could also be said that the remembrance, including prayers, is the greatest. Another sense may also prevail, as elucidated in another verse (2:152) Faz kurooni Az kur kum—-which means—remember me I will remember you–a Huge favor by Allah—witnessed by angels. In the light of the above verses, it can safely be deduced that abstinence from sins and shamelessness, as a consequence of prayers or otherwise remembrance while complying with inwardly and outwardly mores and manners is yet

Contingent upon the will and grace along-with auspiciousness (a huge favor showered) of Allah.

To sum up there are 3 constituents of a perfectly established fully-beneficial prayer.

1) Compliance with inwardly & outwardly mores and manners. 2) Grace & will of Allah.                                  3) Allah remembering you.

 

 

*Humility—here tantamount to—Khushu & Khuzu—which are important constituents desired in any Ibadah—BUT—are not mandatory. For the simple reason that these are beyond human control and, like guidance and admittance into paradise,  are also dependent on His absolute will & grace, so could be granted to whomsoever He may.

(May Allah forgive me for any shortcomings or lapses).

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