by Dr. Faheem
– Khalid Baig
Education—like democracy, free markets, freedom of the press, and “universal human rights” — is one of those subjects whose virtue is considered self-evident. So is the superiority of the industrially advanced countries in attaining them. Consequently, any package that arrives with one of these magic labels on it, automatically qualifies for the “green channel” at our entry ports. No questions asked. This uncritical acceptance has severely crippled our discussion of all these vital topics. For example in education most of our discussion centers around literacy statistics and the need to have so many graduates, masters, Phd’s, and so many professionals — engineers, doctors, etc.— in a given country based on the standards in the industrially advanced countries. The central issue of curriculum, and even more fundamental issue of the purpose of education normally do not attract our attention; they have already been decided by the “advanced’ countries for us and our job is only to follow in their footsteps to achieve their level of progress.
Indeed they have. In the “first” world, education has become an extension of the capitalist system. Its purpose is to provide qualified workforce for its machinery of production and eager consumers for its products. Stated in a more polished form, the purpose of education is to provide for the economic prosperity of a country. Similarly on a personal level today the purpose of education is to be able to earn a respectable living.
While earning halal living and providing for the economic well being of a country are certainly important Islamic goals as well, the linking of education to financial goals is extremely unfortunate. It turns the centers of learning into mere vocational centers in their outlook and spirit. It degrades education and through it the society. Continue reading “The Real Purpose of Education”
By Ekram Haque,
From time to time, we hear about some Muslim celebrities in India engaging in practices that is akin to compromising their faith. A recent case in point is news reports of cricketer Zaheer Khan worshiping in a temple. There are also several cases of young Muslim men and women marrying spouses from other faiths. This is a serious problem, and the Muslim celebrities in the sports and entertainment world as well as the Muslim youth must be reminded about the implications of their actions.
As is well known, the Muslim testimony of faith – “I testify that there is no god, except Allah” – begins with the negation of all deities and affirmation of Allah as the only God. Worshiping anyone else, whether for political correctness or expediency, breaks this covenant. The struggle of all prophets throughout history, including the Prophet Muhammad (S), was to invite people to the worship of one true God. In the pursuit of this goal, some of the prophets and their followers went through severe persecution, including expulsion from their homelands.
The very first pillar of a Muslim’s faith is to testify to Allah’s lordship with the tongue, believe in it in the heart, and manifest it through actions. Faith without action is meaningless, and action without faith is deficient. It is often the last part where people fall short the most.
The pagans of Makkah had pleaded with Prophet Muhammad (S) to worship their gods in return for them worshiping Allah. In response came a small chapter of the Qur’an completely rejecting any bartering of the faith:
“Say: O disbelievers, I worship not what you worship,
Nor will you worship what I worship,
Nor will you worship whom I worship,
And I shall not worship that you are worshipping,
Nor will you worship whom I worship,
To you, your religion, to me, mine.” Sura 109, verses 1-6
In another famous incident, some of the nobles of Makkah offered the Prophet Muhammad (S) the kingship and wealth of the Quraysh if he renounced his faith in one God. The Prophet response: I will not do that even if you gave me sun in one hand and moon in the other.
Islam acknowledges the existence of other faiths and encourages cooperation with them for the common good. The Prophet Muhammad (S) worked with the pagans of Makkah before his prophethood to maintain a treaty of common goodwill, known as Hilf ul Fudhul. Many years later as a prophet he said that if he were to be invited to join such an endeavor again he would gladly do so.
While Muslims are encouraged to have good relations with people of other faiths, they are forbidden to worship anyone other than Allah. In Islam, there is no sin greater than associating partners with God. The Qur’an categorically states that while Allah can forgive all sins, there is no forgiveness for those who die on polytheism, called shirk in Arabic.
In all fairness, the celebrity world is a study in contrast. On the one hand we have seen some Muslim celebrities engaging in unislamic practices, at the same time we have witnessed several high-profile non-Muslim figures embracing Islam. Cases in point: Kamala Das, Maulana Umar Gautam, Malcolm X, Yvonne Ridley, Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens), Imam Jamil Al-Amin (H. Rap Brown) and Kareem Abdul Jabbar. In fact, there are far more examples of the second kind. These celebrities found Islam to be the self-evident truth and liberator. Continue reading “Indian celebrities, Muslim faith”
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تنزيل الكتاب من الله العزيز الحكيم
The revelation of the Qur’an is from Allah, the Exalted in Might, the Wise.
إنا أنزلنا إليك الكتاب بالحق فاعبد الله مخلصا له الدين
Indeed, We have sent down to you the Book, [O Muhammad], in truth. So worship Allah , [being] sincere to Him in religion.
ألا لله الدين الخالص والذين اتخذوا من دونه أولياء ما نعبدهم إلا ليقربونا إلى الله زلفى إن الله يحكم بينهم في ما هم فيه يختلفون إن الله لا يهدي من هو كاذب كفار
Unquestionably, for Allah is the pure religion. And those who take protectors besides Him [say], “We only worship them that they may bring us nearer to Allah in position.” Indeed, Allah will judge between them concerning that over which they differ. Indeed, Allah does not guide he who is a liar and [confirmed] disbeliever.
|Allah tells us that the revelation of this Book, which is the magnificent Qur’an, is from Him, and is truth in which there is no doubt whatsoever. This is like the Ayat:|
﴿وَإِنَّهُ لَتَنزِيلُ رَبِّ الْعَـلَمِينَ – نَزَلَ بِهِ الرُّوحُ الاٌّمِينُ – عَلَى قَلْبِكَ لِتَكُونَ مِنَ الْمُنْذِرِينَ – بِلِسَانٍ عَرَبِىٍّ مُّبِينٍ ﴾
(And truly, this is a revelation from the Lord of the creatures, which the trustworthy Ruh (Jibril) has brought down upon your heart that you may be (one) of the warners, in the plain Arabic language.) (26:192-195)
﴿إِنَّ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُواْ بِالذِّكْرِ لَمَّا جَآءَهُمْ وَإِنَّهُ لَكِتَـبٌ عَزِيزٌ – لاَّ يَأْتِيهِ الْبَـطِلُ مِن بَيْنِ يَدَيْهِ وَلاَ مِنْ خَلْفِهِ تَنزِيلٌ مِّنْ حَكِيمٍ حَمِيدٍ ﴾
(And verily, it is a mighty Book. Falsehood cannot come to it from before it or behind it, (it is) sent down by the All-Wise, Worthy of all praise.) (40: 41,42) And Allah says here:
﴿تَنزِيلُ الْكِتَـبِ مِنَ اللَّهِ الْعَزِيزِ﴾
(The revelation of this Book is from Allah, the Almighty,) meaning, the Almighty, All-Powerful.
(the All-Wise.) meaning, in all that He says, does, legislates and decrees.
﴿إِنَّآ أَنزَلْنَآ إِلَيْكَ الْكِتَـبَ بِالْحَقِّ فَاعْبُدِ اللَّهَ مُخْلِصاً لَّهُ الدِّينِ ﴾
(Verily, We have sent down the Book to you in truth. So, worship Allah by doing religious deeds sincerely for Him only.) means, so worship Allah Alone with no partner or associate, and call mankind to that, and teach them that it is not right to worship anyone or anything except Him Alone, and He has no partner, equal or rival. Allah says:
﴿أَلاَ لِلَّهِ الدِّينُ الْخَالِصُ﴾
(Surely, the religion is for Allah only.) meaning, He will not accept any deed unless it is done purely and sincerely for Him Alone, with no partner or associate. Then Allah tells us that the idolators say:
﴿مَا نَعْبُدُهُمْ إِلاَّ لِيُقَرِّبُونَآ إِلَى اللَّهِ زُلْفَى﴾
(We worship them only that they may bring us near to Allah.) meaning what motivates them to worship them is the fact that they made their idols in the image of the angels — or so they claim — and when they worship those images it is like worshipping the angels, so that they will intercede with Allah for them to help and give them provision and other worldly needs. As far as the resurrection is concerned, they denied it and did not believe in it. Qatadah, As-Suddi and Malik said, narrating from Zayd bin Aslam and Ibn Zayd:
﴿إِلاَّ لِيُقَرِّبُونَآ إِلَى اللَّهِ زُلْفَى﴾
(only that they may bring us near to Allah. ) means, “So that they may intercede for us and bring us closer to Him.” During Jahiliyyah, they used to recite the following for their Talbiyah when they performed Hajj; “At Your service, You have no partner except the partner You have; he and all that he owns belong to You.” This pretentious argument which the idolators of all times, ancient and modern, used as evidence is what the Messengers, may the blessings and peace of Allah be upon them all, came to refute and forbid, and to call people to worship Allah Alone with no partner or associate. This is something that the idolators themselves invented; Allah did not give them permission for it, nor does He approve of it; indeed, He hates it and forbids it.
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Quran says: Verily, God does not change men’s condition unless they change their inner selves…
***It’s time for a change!***
Translation of Nasheed
YA ADHEEMAN (Oh Most Magnificent!)
My soul is brightened by a light in my heart
When I praised God of mankind
And my soul is cheered up and the tears were flowing
Oh God! guide my heart to reason
In the tranquility of the night I pray during worshiping
While the black darkness is all around me
Oh Most Kind! Oh Most Merciful! Oh Most Forbearing!
Oh Most Kind! Your gifts are endless
Oh All-Hearing! Oh Answerer! Oh Most Magnificent!
Oh Creator of the strong predatory animals! Guide me
Guide me to truth, God
I depend on your guidance today
Oh God of the universe! You are my aid
You are the refuge of man in the afterworld
Here I am God, asking your forgiveness
Forgive me and grant me my wish