Enough reason to believe in…

It was like a gigantic wave of blood, gushing in my aorta when I came close to him for the first time. I couldn’t resist the appeal to hold him close, embrace him against my chest, feel the raw aroma coming out of his body. I was feeling a unique warmth in both of us. It was like a long awaited love. A love that kindled even more when we met each other. His charming face was itself a testimony for every little second of our wait, of our meeting. The touch of his hands was soft enough to melt my own heart as i fell in love with him at that very moment.

The feelings of compassion, security, tranquility, care and tenderness; all amalgamated into a single red colored flower of love, filling the room with its scent. Had any one in this world the power to sneak into my heart, he would certainly see a garden in there.

“SubhanAllah”, “Walhamdulillah” I acclaimed, as I saw my little angel baby boy, Ibrahim.

The birth of Ibrahim had been a real journey for I and my wife. He made us realize that he should be a reason enough for us to believe in the oneness, the ultimate perfection, the power of the creation of One God, Allah, Exalted be He far above from what people associate with Him falsely. Only after becoming a father do I really understand the depth of ayah (verses) of Quran in which Allah explains the matter of creation. The mind wonders on the reality a human being, his ego and his pride when Allah says:

قَالَ لَهُ صَاحِبُهُ وَهُوَ يُحَاوِرُهُ أَكَفَرْتَ بِالَّذِي خَلَقَكَ مِن تُرَابٍ ثُمَّ مِن نُّطْفَةٍ ثُمَّ سَوَّاكَ رَجُلًا

His companion said to him while he was conversing with him, “Have you disbelieved in He who created you from dust and then from a sperm-drop and then proportioned you [as] a man?
Surah Kahf 18:37

‘No, by my Lord, I do not. All praise is for You, I believe in You what You’ve shown me’. In 9 months, Allah showed us all the different stages of a human baby before coming into this matrix, how Allah SWT creates the organs inside the belly of a woman, in many folds, taken care off, given oxygen, food and utmost care from the mother. Despite her weakness, she pours herself in only for her baby. Allah designs the awesome systems of the baby body and bestows intellect inside his grey matter. Do you see, there was nothing but sperms and then Allah fashioned a complete human out of it, subhanAllah. This is the incomparable perfection of Allah, yet man invokes others besides Him.

I could remember the hadith with I heard Ibrahim crying for the first time,

Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (sallallhu alaihi wassalam) as saying:
No child is born but he is pricked by the Satan and he begins to weep because of the pricking of the Satan except the son of Mary (Eesa AS) and his mother (Maryam AS). Abu Huraira then said: You may recite if you so like (the verse):

” I seek Thy protection for her and her offspring against Satan the accursed” [Ale-Imran: ayah 36] [1]

Invoking Allah in my heart to protect him from the evil whispers of Satan the accursed, and asking Him from His bounties for him, I smiled at my wife, waiting for him to grow up, be a Hafiz and Qaari of Qur’an and become a sadqa e jariya for his parents. Ameen.

The question is whats in there for you in my experience. Well, I’ve learnt a few things and if you choose to benefit, stay tuned for the next artcile, insha’Allah 🙂

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[1] Sahih Muslim 2366 a, http://sunnah.com/muslim/43/191
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The writer is a software engineer and can be contacted at zakiimtiaz1@gmail.com

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Be responsible of your leadership

”In a Muslim household, the man of the house is the Ameer (leader). He is a shepherd, who will be held accountable for his flock. He is their leader; he knows them, nurtures them and trains them to be effective members of the Ummah socially emotionally, mentally and most significantly spiritually. ‘

So be responsible for your leadership!

Balancing the equation – home chores

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The best thing about getting married is partnership, isn’t it? Ask those who are married. Marriage may survive without money but cannot survive without the mutual partnership. Newly married couples enjoy their lives in the most halal way as Allah states in the Quran,  هُنَّ لِبَاسٌ لَّكُمْ وَأَنتُمْ لِبَاسٌ لَّهُنَّ, 2:187  they are each other libas (garments), covering each others physically, covering each other faults and helping each other coping up with the external damaging factors, subhanAllah what great wisdom. [1]

Whilst they enjoy, they don’t realize the change they have not only brought in their lives but also in the lives of their parents and home buddies. If we see it from the groom’s perspective, before marriage, he just have to take care of his family and obey the parents. After marriage, he has to take care of his wife as well, keeping in view that she has come to live besides all of his negitive and bad habits, leaving her home and parents, far away.

In such situations, there may arrise conflict between the husband and wife or between the wife and the husband’s family, difference of opinion in doing things. Over kitchen affairs, may be over children, may be over how to handle the home chores, how to arrange and schedule daily tasks, handling the servants etc. In such cases, everyone especially the bride must understand that every home has some ways to work and the norms are pre-defined. One should try to adapt those even if there is some discomfort.

In such circumstances, comes the most important role of the husband. He has to balance between the wife and the mother. Following are some tips and tricks that I have observed through different experiences from my life and from the lives of others:

  • Never say no to your parents. Especially if it doesn’t harm your personal life. وَوَصَّيْنَا الْإِنسَانَ بِوَالِدَيْهِ حُسْنًا ۖ  “And We have enjoined on man to be good and dutiful to his parents”. [29:8] 

  • In case of conflict between wife and parents, listen to both sides carefully and analyze who’s right. إِنَّمَا الْمُؤْمِنُونَ إِخْوَةٌ فَأَصْلِحُوا بَيْنَ أَخَوَيْكُمْ “The believers are nothing else than brothers (in Islamic religion). So make reconciliation between your brothers” [49:10] 
  • If there happen to be any misunderstandings between the parties, then you’re the man you can really solve them. talk to each party separately and clear the misunderstanding by explaning. they won’t go mad on you insha’Allah. Trust me, they want someone to listen.
  • Love your wife much and unconditionally without scolding her and explain the importance of being good to the your family and its benefits. the Prophet said: “The best of you is the one who is best to his wife, and I am the best of you to my wives.” [http://sunnah.com/urn/1262960] 
  • Love you parents unconditionally and lower your wings of humility over them no matter what. They are old now, they have no other choice apart from behaving they way they want to behave. They still love and care for you.  وَاخْفِضْ لَهُمَا جَنَاحَ الذُّلِّ مِنَ الرَّحْمَةِ وَقُل رَّبِّ ارْحَمْهُمَا كَمَا رَبَّيَانِي صَغِيرًا “And lower unto them the wing of submission and humility through mercy, and say: “My Lord! Bestow on them Your Mercy as they did bring me up when I was small.” [17:24] 
  • Make everyone understand that things shouldn’t be based on the way they are carried out, rather they should be based on results. Let them sit together and decide the outputs of things on which there is a conflict, as long as everyone is agreed upon the output, they do not have to fight on how things get done insha’Allah. [Principle taken from the book 7 Habits of highly effective people] 

  • Forgive them and have no grudges. وَإِن تَعْفُوا وَتَصْفَحُوا وَتَغْفِرُوا فَإِنَّ اللَّهَ غَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ But if you pardon (them) and overlook, and forgive (their faults), then verily, Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. [64:14]

May Allah make our homes among the gardens of Paradise and make our wives and children the coolness of our eyes.

[1] See Tafsir Ibn e Kathir 2:187 for details

Fajr Checklist – Evernote!

Fajr Checklist – Evernote!

Fajr

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I read an excellent article on Islamqa.com and am able to extract a checklist based on the suggestions that were given for us to wake up for Fajr.
I believe, the day we make sure everything is implemented from the mentioned things, we will be able to get up for Fajr on regular basis insha’Allah.

So there are two things you have to do!

1. Install “evernote” on your androids/iphones
2. Save this note
3. In evernote there is option to add reminder on a note on daily basis, add it for daily review
4. Keep filling it and looking it until you get your Fajr perfected, insha’Allah.

Checklist is as follows:
Are you sleeping early?
Are you Taahirbefore sleeping?
Are you reciting azkaarbefore sleeping?
Are you deliberately intending to wake up for Fajr?
Do you remember Allah as soon as you wake up?
Are you seeking help from family and friends for you to wake up?
Are you placing your alarm clock close?
Are you snoozing your alarm and lay down?
Are you waking up in parts?
Are you eating too much before sleeping?
Do you switch on lights upon waking up?
Are you praying fajr with congregation?

Click here to access the Fajr checklist directly on evernote!

Praying behind Imam Masjid e Nabvi sallahu alaihi wassalam

Yesterday night I had a wonderful, once in a lifetime opportunity in my own city,  Lahore, to pray behind the imam of the mosque of our beloved Prophet Muhammad. May Allah’s peace and blessings be on him. The shuyook from Saudia were invited at jamiaah Bait ul Ateeq, near Wanda town, which is a branch of Lahore Institute for social sciences and Islamic Institute,  Barkat market, Lahore.

Alhamdulillah it was so nice to hear the same iqamah that is pronounced in masjid e Nabvi and then quite different tarteel of the sheikh himself.  Never could have I prayed that prayer except imagining myself standing in the prayer hall of masjid e Nabvi and praying with all my focus, communicating with my Lord, asking for guidance for the straight path, from the One Who listens wherever we are. SubhanAllah

I am a regular visitor of the place and it’s a huge mosque as well as facility for local scholars, libararies and authentic Islamic education. Never in my lifetime I found it so crowded that it was hard to find a place to sit. Not even in Ramadhan. People were standing, waiting for shuyook to come, representing their love for masjid e Nabvi and the Nabi himself, masha’Allah. The loveliest thing to see was the unity of Muslims behind one imam just like in Makkah and Madinah.

It was though disappointing to watch when people tried to grab the sheikh from his hands and clothes, a shear disagreement for the act was clearly seen on his face. There was mismanagement of the overall event, but it doesn’t matter, as long as our hearts were to come close together in the mosque to see a man who has been honoured by Allah SWT to be the imam of the beloved Prophet’s mosque.

It was a long wait before everyone could stand in rows for the prayer at around 9:20 PM. The prayer began with the familiar iqamah of masjid e Nabvi and the imam recited the beautiful 7 oft repeated ayah of Surah al Fatiha). Last 10 ayah of Surah Ale Imran were recited in parts in both rakah. I wonder why did the imam chose them for such an event. SubhanAllah, it not only reflects his hikmah but also reflects his dawah to us; those ayah serving as reminder for us to be among those who reflect on the signs of Allah in the alterations of days and nights and who remember their Lord standing and sitting.  (translation coming at the end)

It was also supposed to be an event kind of thing later on as arrangements could be seen. Probably where speeches were to be given by the shuyook. Although I left as soon as the prayer finished.

My experience was great and so was blessed, Alhamdulillah Rab il Alamin . All is His praise who gave me this opportunity. May Allah give us opportunity and Tawfeeq to actually go to the blessed Kabah and Masjid e Nabvi to really pray there,  to get the ultimate reward from Allah SWT with Tawheed in our hearts and love and taqwa of Allah and love of being with Rasul Allah in Jannah. Say Ameen. 

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(the only picture I could find)

I’ll end with a brief translation of Surah Ale Imran last 10 ayah,  serving as a reminder and to ponder deducting as many lessons as we may.

[More translation help available at http://quran.com/3/190-200%5D

3:190
إِنَّ فِي خَلْقِ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ وَاخْتِلَافِ اللَّيْلِ وَالنَّهَارِ لَآيَاتٍ لِّأُولِي الْأَلْبَابِ

Verily! In the creation of the heavens and the earth, and in the alternation of night and day, there are indeed signs for men of understanding.

3:191
الَّذِينَ يَذْكُرُونَ اللَّهَ قِيَامًا وَقُعُودًا وَعَلَىٰ جُنُوبِهِمْ وَيَتَفَكَّرُونَ فِي خَلْقِ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ رَبَّنَا مَا خَلَقْتَ هَٰذَا بَاطِلًا سُبْحَانَكَ فَقِنَا عَذَابَ النَّارِ

Those who remember Allah (always, and in prayers) standing, sitting, and lying down on their sides, and think deeply about the creation of the heavens and the earth, (saying): “Our Lord! You have not created (all) this without purpose, glory to You! (Exalted be You above all that they associate with You as partners). Give us salvation from the torment of the Fire.

3:192
رَبَّنَا إِنَّكَ مَن تُدْخِلِ النَّارَ فَقَدْ أَخْزَيْتَهُ ۖ وَمَا لِلظَّالِمِينَ مِنْ أَنصَارٍ

“Our Lord! Verily, whom You admit to the Fire, indeed, You have disgraced him, and never will the Zalimun (polytheists and wrong-doers) find any helpers.

3:193
رَّبَّنَا إِنَّنَا سَمِعْنَا مُنَادِيًا يُنَادِي لِلْإِيمَانِ أَنْ آمِنُوا بِرَبِّكُمْ فَآمَنَّا ۚ رَبَّنَا فَاغْفِرْ لَنَا ذُنُوبَنَا وَكَفِّرْ عَنَّا سَيِّئَاتِنَا وَتَوَفَّنَا مَعَ الْأَبْرَارِ

“Our Lord! Verily, we have heard the call of one (Muhammad SAW) calling to Faith: ‘Believe in your Lord,’ and we have believed. Our Lord! Forgive us our sins and remit from us our evil deeds, and make us die in the state of righteousness along with Al-Abrar (those who are obedient to Allah and follow strictly His Orders).

3:194
رَبَّنَا وَآتِنَا مَا وَعَدتَّنَا عَلَىٰ رُسُلِكَ وَلَا تُخْزِنَا يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ ۗ إِنَّكَ لَا تُخْلِفُ الْمِيعَادَ

“Our Lord! Grant us what You promised unto us through Your Messengers and disgrace us not on the Day of Resurrection, for You never break (Your) Promise.”

3:195
فَاسْتَجَابَ لَهُمْ رَبُّهُمْ أَنِّي لَا أُضِيعُ عَمَلَ عَامِلٍ مِّنكُم مِّن ذَكَرٍ أَوْ أُنثَىٰ ۖ بَعْضُكُم مِّن بَعْضٍ ۖ فَالَّذِينَ هَاجَرُوا وَأُخْرِجُوا مِن دِيَارِهِمْ وَأُوذُوا فِي سَبِيلِي وَقَاتَلُوا وَقُتِلُوا لَأُكَفِّرَنَّ عَنْهُمْ سَيِّئَاتِهِمْ وَلَأُدْخِلَنَّهُمْ جَنَّاتٍ تَجْرِي مِن تَحْتِهَا الْأَنْهَارُ ثَوَابًا مِّنْ عِندِ اللَّهِ ۗ وَاللَّهُ عِندَهُ حُسْنُ الثَّوَابِ

So their Lord accepted of them (their supplication and answered them), “Never will I allow to be lost the work of any of you, be he male or female. You are (members) one of another, so those who emigrated and were driven out from their homes, and suffered harm in My Cause, and who fought, and were killed (in My Cause), verily, I will remit from them their evil deeds and admit them into Gardens under which rivers flow (in Paradise); a reward from Allah, and with Allah is the best of rewards.”

3:196
لَا يَغُرَّنَّكَ تَقَلُّبُ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا فِي الْبِلَادِ

Let not the free disposal (and affluence) of the disbelievers throughout the land deceive you.

3:197
مَتَاعٌ قَلِيلٌ ثُمَّ مَأْوَاهُمْ جَهَنَّمُ ۚ وَبِئْسَ الْمِهَادُ

A brief enjoyment; then, their ultimate abode is Hell; and worst indeed is that place for rest.

3:198
لَٰكِنِ الَّذِينَ اتَّقَوْا رَبَّهُمْ لَهُمْ جَنَّاتٌ تَجْرِي مِن تَحْتِهَا الْأَنْهَارُ خَالِدِينَ فِيهَا نُزُلًا مِّنْ عِندِ اللَّهِ ۗ وَمَا عِندَ اللَّهِ خَيْرٌ لِّلْأَبْرَارِ

But, for those who fear their Lord, are Gardens under which rivers flow (in Paradise); therein are they to dwell (for ever), an entertainment from Allah; and that which is with Allah is the Best for Al-Abrar (those who are obedient to Allah and follow strictly His Orders).

3:199
وَإِنَّ مِنْ أَهْلِ الْكِتَابِ لَمَن يُؤْمِنُ بِاللَّهِ وَمَا أُنزِلَ إِلَيْكُمْ وَمَا أُنزِلَ إِلَيْهِمْ خَاشِعِينَ لِلَّهِ لَا يَشْتَرُونَ بِآيَاتِ اللَّهِ ثَمَنًا قَلِيلًا ۗ أُولَٰئِكَ لَهُمْ أَجْرُهُمْ عِندَ رَبِّهِمْ ۗ إِنَّ اللَّهَ سَرِيعُ الْحِسَابِ

And there are, certainly, among the people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians), those who believe in Allah and in that which has been revealed to you, and in that which has been revealed to them, humbling themselves before Allah. They do not sell the Verses of Allah for a little price, for them is a reward with their Lord. Surely, Allah is Swift in account.

3:200
يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اصْبِرُوا وَصَابِرُوا وَرَابِطُوا وَاتَّقُوا اللَّهَ لَعَلَّكُمْ تُفْلِحُونَ

O you who believe! Endure and be more patient (than your enemy), and guard your territory by stationing army units permanently at the places from where the enemy can attack you, and fear Allah, so that you may be successful.

The ray of hope

The ray of hope

Allah jalla wa ‘alā commands us to two things: firstly, to *do* the obligatory matters, and secondly to *not do* the prohibited matters.

Yet the first is more important than the second. That’s why Iblīs when he failed in the first (to DO the Sajdah) he was not forgiven. And when Ādam (‘alayhis-salām) failed in the second (to NOT eat from the Tree) he was forgiven.

That’s why even if you are a sinner, you’ve ALWAYS got a chance as long as you keep performing your obligations. Keep up your Ṣalāh, Ṣadaqah, good family relations, voluntary work etc. Don’t ever despair from the Mercy of Allah. Don’t let Shayṭān put you off as he whispers to you “Hypocrite! Hypocrite!” He just can’t get over the fact that even though you sin – and repeatedly so unfortunately – you’re still better than he is because you will still do as much as you can from the obligations.

Keep yourself in the game. Keep up your ‘ibādah despite your bad moments, even if those bad moments are most of your moments. In shā Allāh things will fix up for you soon as long as you keep on “doing”!

-Via Br. Nosherwan Huma

Scientific Epistemology of Quran – An overview

Bismillah,

“These mullahs and molvis are always against technological advancements the world is going through. Why don’t they let us live our lives better?” asks a modern (pseudo) liberal. These liberals think that Islam is against the modern science and the technology that our scientists have worked hard. Just because someone doesn’t know what Islam really is, one shouldn’t pass such statements based on one person’s intellect.

Such liberals think, Islam wants us to leave our productive machinery from iphones and androids to the use of computer to new biological discoveries. They think, Islam wants us to stop thinking about the astro physics where every other minute a new universe is being discovered, a new star is observed and new galaxies are created and destroyed. They think, Islam wants us to leave this world of comfort and go back to stone age with respect to way of life as well as intellect. Well, that is the sort of arguments we listen every now and then in news papers, news channels and from all the pseudo liberals who doesn’t take the pain to study anything from the original sources. I feel, this is our mistake. We are unable to take the message out to them in the language and method they understand. But, this gives them no right to discuss (rather bash) anything about which they really don’t have any idea.

Today I write this article to quote some ayahs from the Quran, the book which Muslims believe that its the word of Allah the Creator of this Universe and the Creator of all what science studies, the book that is the not a book of science rather a book that studies the possibility to make this world a peaceful place to live. It is a book of morality, modernity, justice, peace, motivating its readers about scientific research and methodology. Read on if you don’t know how.

The very innate scientific method which is the base line of all the discoveries science has possiblly made is what has been appreciated in the Quran several times. Scientific method begins with the study of physical things through observation. Quran at various places appreciates this kind of thinking process which is preceded by observation and followed by critical thinking and hypothetical analysis. For example in Surah Al-Ghashiya of Quran,

88:17

أَفَلَا يَنظُرُونَ إِلَى الْإِبِلِ كَيْفَ خُلِقَتْ

Do they not look at the camels, how they are created?

88:18

وَإِلَى السَّمَاءِ كَيْفَ رُفِعَتْ

And at the heaven, how it is raised?

88:19

وَإِلَى الْجِبَالِ كَيْفَ نُصِبَتْ

And at the mountains, how they are rooted and fixed firm?

88:20

وَإِلَى الْأَرْضِ كَيْفَ سُطِحَتْ

And at the earth, how it is spread out?
This is an invitation to observe the creation of camel, how perfect it has been designed according to the climate of a desert, and an invitation towards the perfect starry sky, which withholds the beauty no one can deny. It directs our intellect towards the mountains how big, powerful and useful they are and towards the earth, how does it grows all that we eat and digest all that we bury. Its an invitation towards the study of Biology, Astrology, Orography and Geography.
Unlike science, Quran not only directs our intellect towards the creation of such things, but also towards the greater reason. Towards the purpose of their creation as well as towards their Designer, their Architect, Al-musawwir, Allah Subhana huwa taa’la.
Quran asks you? أَفَلَا تَعْقِلُونَ Then will you not reason? [2:44]
and أَفَلَا تَعْقِلُونَ Do not you then understand? [7:169]

Quran talks about the nature of light of sun and moon and directs our intellect towards the use of scientific method in this example as follows:

هُوَ الَّذِي جَعَلَ الشَّمْسَ ضِيَاءً وَالْقَمَرَ نُورًا وَقَدَّرَهُ مَنَازِلَ لِتَعْلَمُوا عَدَدَ السِّنِينَ وَالْحِسَابَ ۚ مَا خَلَقَ اللَّهُ ذَٰلِكَ إِلَّا بِالْحَقِّ ۚ يُفَصِّلُ الْآيَاتِ لِقَوْمٍ يَعْلَمُونَ

It is He Who made the sun a shining thing and the moon as a light and measured out its (their) stages, that you might know the number of years and the reckoning. Allah did not create this but in truth. He explains the Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) in detail for people who have knowledge.
[10:5]
Ask yourself, what would be the end result of pondering over sun and moon?
Allah Himself tells us in the Quran that there are signs of discoveries, signs of knowledge, signs of a Perfect Creator all accross the universe as follows:

إِنَّ فِي خَلْقِ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ وَاخْتِلَافِ اللَّيْلِ وَالنَّهَارِ وَالْفُلْكِ الَّتِي تَجْرِي فِي الْبَحْرِ بِمَا يَنفَعُ النَّاسَ وَمَا أَنزَلَ اللَّهُ مِنَ السَّمَاءِ مِن مَّاءٍ فَأَحْيَا بِهِ الْأَرْضَ بَعْدَ مَوْتِهَا وَبَثَّ فِيهَا مِن كُلِّ دَابَّةٍ وَتَصْرِيفِ الرِّيَاحِ وَالسَّحَابِ الْمُسَخَّرِ بَيْنَ السَّمَاءِ وَالْأَرْضِ لَآيَاتٍ لِّقَوْمٍ يَعْقِلُونَ

Verily! In the creation of the heavens and the earth, and in the alternation of night and day, and the ships which sail through the sea with that which is of use to mankind, and the water (rain) which Allah sends down from the sky and makes the earth alive therewith after its death, and the moving (living) creatures of all kinds that He has scattered therein, and in the veering of winds and clouds which are held between the sky and the earth, are indeed Ayat (proofs, evidences, signs, etc.) for people of understanding. [2:164]
Allah himself tells us in another location that there are signs for the people who have understanding, the people who have intellect, the people who can reason the reasons, as follows:

إِنَّ فِي خَلْقِ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ وَاخْتِلَافِ اللَّيْلِ وَالنَّهَارِ لَآيَاتٍ لِّأُولِي الْأَلْبَابِ

Verily! In the creation of the heavens and the earth, and in the alternation of night and day, there are indeed signs for men of understanding. [3:190]
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Which signs is Quran talking about? Which signs Quran wants us to apply scientific method on?
Quran invites its readers to reason the creation by thinking about them and by studying them, to reason the existance of a Super Natural Being who not only created all of this perfect stuff that science is still discovering but He is constantly handling them without any power on His part as He doesn’t get tired.
A true reader of Quran truely understands the kind of pondering message Quran brings as well as understands its scienctific epistomology and approach towards knowing the Creator Himself. A basic emperical scientist would understand that the Creator ( or a Supreme Being, if you but want to call) cannot be reasoned through emperical science as it is evolved through the five senses (sight, hearing, touch, taste and smell). Muslims never claim that Allah is visible or hearable or can be touched, or tasted or smelt. No, no one will claim that ever, because that is exactly how Allah is. God cannot be found with the emperical scientific data but He can surely be reasoned through His creation and little pondering over it (same basic scientific method).
A true reader of Quran, would REASON the Creator by looking at the enormous signs that are there in the whole universe, sometimes in the example of a new born baby and its knowledge of sucking, crying and watching, etc and sometimes in the reflections of his own creation and how perfect the system of body has been made. He would REASON that this cannot be created by rather chance. Chances never evolve perfections. Always remember that. Rather, an intellegent perfection, laws of physics, chemistry and biology, laws of astrology and all that which exist can not possibly a mere accident of chance some billions and trillions years ago.
Muslim scientists made major discoveries and inventions in the Era that is called the Golden Era of Muslims when Europe was in its Dark ages. I would recommend that you  Watch the video “1001 inventions and the library of secrets” to have the awesome idea I am talking about.
May Allah bless us with the knowledge of His Deen, and steadfastness on His path. Ameen
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This article has been written by Zaki Imtiaz who is a software engineer by profession. He can be contacted at zakiimtiaz1@gmail.com

CHOOSING A CAREER : QnA by an enthusiastic brother! – By Mohammad Ali

Man on top of mountain. Conceptual design.

Bismillah, in the words of Br. Mohammad Ali, as follows:

Asalam o alaykum wr wb

A good brother asked me a question related to career counselling. Its a very good question and there is a good message for everyone in this question, therefore im pasting it here, and also im replying this question here as i believe most people going through this age have such questions.
Question:
As salam o alaikum Brother Ali
My name as you know already is …… and i am 18 years, I am currently preparing for 2nd years board exams (Federal board ) and having aspirations to join either NUST,PIEAS or UET for Mechanical engineering.
As you yourself have done ME through GIKI and gone through the phase i am going through so i ask you to advise me over some issues i am encountering as you yourself might have tackled them out.
1.Time management and getting an absolute concentration when studying
( I can hardly sit for 2 hrs consecutively )
2.How to prepare for University admission tests . Will you recommend academy for it ? How you did that for yourself ?
Alhamdulillah i have scored 934 marks in Metric and 424 in F.S.c (Part 1) Physics and Maths are my Favorite subjects and Chemistry is hmmmahh Not likely my good hold .
I also want to tell you that my plans for opting higher studies is not only for getting a good job but also to be an example among the people that ISLAM is compatible with every aspect of life and modernization ; its not a barrier on the way to advancement . I also pray that May ALLAH give me taufeeq to shorten the barrier between the upcoming modern youth (Holding Secularistic and athiestic views etc) and the young scholars and daaee’s of today !
I would also make mention of that you are one of the person (though we dont know each other properly) whose advice i can not reject and whose words and moral teachings i always try to follow . May ALLAH increase you in khair and give you more taufeeq ! Jazakumullahu khairan !

Answer:

1- First of all, my advice to all such youngsters going through this age is to make their intention like yours. i-e to serve Islam through whatever beneficial knowledge you get. For ive witnessed that if the intention is to do it for Islam and the focus is Allah’s raza in the Hereafter, then all affairs become easy and whatever u do constitutes barakah. As Prophet (pbuh) said:
Verily, whoever takes the Hereafter as is his concern, Allah makes his richness in his heart and makes his affairs easy and this worldly life will come to him forced. And whoever has this worldly life as his concern, Allah makes his poverty between his eyes and makes his affair difficult and he will not gain from this worldly life but only what is destined for him.” (Ibn Majah. Declared as Sahih by Al Albani)

2- Secondly, avoid blind following of friends and peers. Do not go where ur friends going, nor do what they doing. First see through which field you can benefit Islam the most. Then just do an assessment of yourself and see your interests. Then discuss with experienced and mature people (friends and peers do not come in experienced and mature people).

3- If you ask me, i do not advise to do engineering. Because engineers, though enjoy a good social status in our society and people say wow an engineer, but in reality engineer is a white collar slave. The job nature of an engineer is too demanding and literally sucks the life blood outta you. I would advise any young brother to be a doctor, or go to teaching side, or social sciences (all leadership positions are held by social scientists), or administrative positions in public sector by doing css, pms etc.

4- Okay if you wanna do engineering, then atleast do masters in it and then go to teaching side.

5- Time management and concentration:
Its a great sign that ur thinking abt it at such a time and taking it seriously. Well brother, all my life ive been a very non serious student. But then i learned my lessons. Css taught me lots of things. I was a guy who used to run from books. Anyways, alhamdulilah, during preparation of css, i would sit for 5 hours continuously (and sometimes more than that) and read a book with full concentration. Thats how it all changed by Allah’s grace. How to do it?
(i) Try to be away from virtual world esp fb as much as u can. Only use when very necessary. Relax urself with nature and exercise (exercise helps a lot. Check this out:http://jworldtimes.com/Article/122010_Benefits_Of_Exercise). When you cut down ur interaction with virtual world, you’ll be amazed to see how much time u get.
(ii) When you study, kill all distractions. The best place to study is masjid. Trust me. Try it. Then library. Then a quiet room where no internet, pc etc. Switch off cell phone as well.
(iii) Its very important that what u read, u build interest in it. So read it with the intention that all good knowledge is from Allah Almighty and u must learn this knowledge and use it for good.
(iv) Make a time table. And try to follow it as much as u can. Organize urself. Keep your room clean and ur cupboard organized.
(v) Give challenges to yourself. Example : Today i will finish 100 pages of this book on every condition! Automatically u will see that u gain concentration cz of this challenge.
(vi) I do not advise continuous reading. 2 hr max is good, then take a break of 15-30 min. Do something refreshing. Then again 2 hrs. And go on as much as u can.

6 – How to prepare entry tests.
(i) Yes academy is fine because by going to academy u come to realise the competition when u see other students and this motivates u. Also academies keep taking mock tests (practice tests) so one becomes confident.
(ii) But i do not suggest academy for too long. Just learn the basics from academy and tats enough. Need not spend too much time in academies.

7- Some useful links:
http://jworldtimes.com/Article/82009_8_Ways_to_Keep_Your_Mind_Sharp
http://jworldtimes.com/Article/112010_Motivate_Yourself_5_Tips_to_Help_You

Batman, Superman, Spiderman or Realman!

Umar bin Khattab (razi Allah anhu) was an integrated man of dignity, discipline and truth. His life is full of lessons of personal and public leadership. He never relied on the external appearances of people and encouraged character ethic over personality ethic (as explained by Dr. Stephen Covey in 7 habits book)

At one occasion, he said: “Don’t be astonished by a person’s style (way of speaking, writing, expressing oneself). Real man in true sense is the one who keeps his promise and protect the dignity of others.” [1]

In the darkness of external appearances, hearts of men have landed in ashes, where a man is judged by the cars he keeps, the jeans he wear, the place he live and the language he speaks. Living in the modern, rather a virtual age, reality have limited itself to Batman, Superman and even Spiderman, but the real men have lost somewhere in the middle.

At another place Umar bin Khattab (razi Allah anhu) said, “Do not look at a man’s prayer and his fast, rather observe his intelligence and truthfulness” [2]

And he said, “I have no fear regarding two type of men among you;
1. an open believer,
2. an open disbeliever.
But I fear that hypocrite who hides himself in belief and does illegitimate acts” [2]

In Umar bin Khattab’s (razi Allah anhu) eyes, real man was the one who posses strong character traits like truthfulness, promise keeping, intelligence and honesty. We live in a world where we can’t trust anyone, people who are supposed to be upholders of truth utter great lies in front of everyone. We live in a world where personality is more important than character. It doesn’t fill up the inner hollowness while we find shortcuts to personal and public leadership.

The real deal is what is INSIDE and NOT what is OUTSIDE.

Once Umar bin Khattab inquired a man who came to stand as a witness for someone. Umar asked everyone, ” Is this man worth of standing as a witness?” A man among the people said, “I guarantee him being the witness.”

Umar (razi Allah anhu) asked this man, “are you his neighbour?” He replied no.

Umar (razi Allah anhu) asked, “Did you ever spent a single say with this man so that you know his reality?” He replied no.

Umar (razi Allah anhu) said, “you probably have just seen him praying in the mosque, isn’t it?” He said yes.

Umar said, “go away as you don’t know him then”.

These are the pricinples that Umar bin Khattab (razi Allah anh) used to determine someone’s character. It is much needed for us Muslims in today’s world as we have a great responsibility on our shoulders. We must strive to attain these qualities and learn lessons from the history.

O you who have believed, be persistently standing firm in justice, witnesses for Allah , even if it be against yourselves or parents and relatives. Whether one is rich or poor, Allah is more worthy of both. [3]

SUPERMAN

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[1] Biography of Umar bin Khattab (razi Allahu anh) pg. 337, published by Darrusalam International publications
[2] Biography of Umar bin Khattab (razi Allahu anh) pg. 338, published by Darrusalam International publications
[3] Al Quran, Surah Nisa 4: Ayah 35

Why do I have to take Islamic obligations as “obligations”?

I say you don’t have to, at all; but only if you choose to. Only if you are a principle centered person. (Click here to read about principle centered people)

A human being, while growing up in any culture, extracts from it the basic moral foundations on which his life is based. This is vital for all societies to exist. This is the reason we have social sciences as a subject, that entirely deals with the society and their problems. Why do you think our youth is full of confusions? Why do you think our youth tend to follow every new trend, without evaluating whether it will bring good or bad consequences in their lives?  This is mainly because our youth lack the necessary moral foundations.

Islam brought the necessary moral foundations when it defined obligotory acts (both related to his Creator and his Creator’s creation), the benefits of which are as follows:

  1. To identify the humans, the absolute essential acts which they must do in order to help them succeed in both this life and the next life.
  2. To train the believers in submission to Allah, which is the foundations of rightiousness
  3. To provide the basic framework of righteous deeds for the believer’s life.
    [Taken from Foundations of Islamic Studies 2 Diploma handbook, Islamic Online University]

All acts are divided into the category of Permissible (Halal) and Impermissible (Haram) in Islam. Out of Halal, some are categorized as obligotory (Fard). How do we know something is obligotory on us? Well, its pretty simple.

If you find any order from Allah or from the Prophet Salallahu alaihi wsallam without any exception, then this act is obligotory anyway.

Like,

“And they were not commanded except to worship Allah , [being] sincere to Him in religion, inclining to truth, and to establish prayer and to give zakah. And that is the correct religion.”

[Sahih International translation, Quran 98:5]

So according to the above verse of Quran, its obligotory that we:

  1. Worship Allah
  2. Worship Him alone
  3. Establish prayer
  4. Give obligotory charity [Zakat]

Workshiping Allah will make sure that you buy the best possible and most available wireless network for communication. Once you hold on to this rope, this is what will guide you. This is what will help you. This is what will guard you in every difficulty. In return, you get the best in this life as well as in the Hereafter. insha’Allah. And How evil it would be if we worship other then the Creator of Heavens and the earth.

Praying not only gives you a spiritual highness but also prevents you from shameful acts [29:45]. It teaches us the lesson of punctuality [4:103], to be active and enables the Muslims to create the mosque as their community centers. In this fast age, Allah has taken care that Muslims know each other by their faces through Salat. Salat, Connecting people. Moreover, its a thanksgiving to Allah for all the awesome things He has given us to use without even asking. Masha’Allah. [http://sunnah.com/bukhari/19#10]

Not everyone in the society gets equal opporutnity to earn. There are people in my area, who do not have basic necessities of life. You would also have come accross such people in your life. The obligotory charity is a lesson to Muslims to care for other fellow Muslims. Its builds a sign of trust, care and love towards the Muslim society. Verily Allah wishes to remove any difficulty that we face in this world and in the Hereafter.

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So, the next time you see an obligotory act, try this paradigm shift. Its not what YOU don’t want to do, its something that WE (as a soceity, towards collective success) want to do.  🙂
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The writer is a Software Engineer by profession and writes at zakiimtiaz.wordpress.com. He can be contacted at zakiimtiaz1@gmail.com