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accepted. I pray to Allah that these ideas do not haunt you till you mount your
pyre (a word which I seem to know for you), and you continue to enjoy the best
of ‘ghoos’ in this mother’s land (this last portion added because today was my
day of ‘ghoos giving’ in the land registry office to buy a piece of this venerated
to write short, let me say I liked the write-up. I actually liked it in general
with some comments that I have to make. I liked the comments of other
commentators, especially that of Mr. Naseer Ahmed. In Mr. Ahmed's writing I
found the reference of no miracle power of Prophet Muhammed (Peace be upon him)
somewhat insufficiently discussed and would have liked to know more about the
beliefs of many Muslims about 'the division of Moon' miracle, flight to
liked the point “expect nasty things to happen you in life for your mistakes
or even as a random or chance phenomenon. Do not then ask "why did this
happen to me? What wrong did I do". It had happened according to the laws
of God which are designed for the benefit of mankind and you just got into the
wrong way with these laws and hurt yourself. Patience under trying conditions
is the litmus test of your faith in God and God appreciates and rewards both
patience and gratitude".
in the original write-up, I appreciate that all those writers’ comments have
been put up and I think, this should be done on more regular basis, something
like remembering and then reminding the world on daily basis and not shying
away from getting repetitious. However as a concluding remarks of it "and it was their
gradual detachment from the Qur’an that led to their stagnation, decay and
downfall in the ensuing centuries", I sense a feeling of loss and sadness,
which shouldn’t have been there.
the author sees the glass as half empty, I still see the glass half full. Islam
has been the way of life of millions and millions of people for well over
thousand years and most likely it is going to be this way for another thousand
years or till the world falls apart (by nuclear or biological or climatic
reason). I have time and again maintained that we need to identify what exactly
are those parameters which determine whether Muslims are on Islam or not?
Muslims do not need political power to be on Islam. 52 countries and area
coverage from this end to that end and followers strength of second most
populous religious group is not what I am talking about. It is also not about
scientific discoveries and noble prizes or patents they can claim of that
defines the glow of Islam’s success. It is about how much comfortable life
could be with Islam. People die and you know that his/her day was fixed for that
and he/she has gone where he/she was supposed to go one or the other day. You
feel it normal and you do not kill yourself for that.
are not supposed to get desperate for things not happening to them as they
expected. Not being able to give birth, or not getting married or failing in
exams or being unsuccessful in business is not what should sadden a Muslim. It
is all predestined. Of course with wisdom and effort things could have been
different but wisdom and effort too comes predestined to the chosen ones. The
chosen one not always chose the destiny; sometimes destiny too chooses the
chosen one. It is both ways. Predestination is an important concept with
Muslims but used only to give heart to those who have suffered some losses in
the worldly sense of things.
rate of failure of marriages, the rate of suicide, the rate of criminality, the
measure of uncleanliness is what should be the parameter to determine how well
or worse Muslims are doing or by not properly being on Islam. Domestic
violence, cheating and corruption, litigations, the rates of their occurrence
could be determinants to say about the usability of Islam. And to be fair,
Muslims aren’t doing that bad. Some will say, they aren’t doing that bad,
because they have found oil, some will say they are indeed doing bad showcasing
Jahil Talibans or other Jahils or may point out one in millions who chooses to
take to terrorism even after having an option otherwise and coming from well
off background and academics.
they do not have democracy, as said by Mr. Ghulam Mohiyuddin Sir, “separation of
church and state, freedom of speech, tolerance and respect for the religions of
others, socialism, conflict resolution strategies, the evolution theory,
abolition of cruel and unusual punishments etc”, none of that is on the
basis of Islam and Quran but on traditions they either had or the traditions
they never had.
me single out ‘tolerance and respect for the religions of others’, because
Quran has explicitly said otherwise of what is being practiced by some
community within Muslims but by and large Muslims have been able to live
amicably in India and US and in other countries with communities other than
Muslims, and this is an example that they are living peacefully with others. It
is only amongst them that they fight as displayed by countries like Pakistan. But Pakistan
has too much of non-Muslim psyche, to be called temperamentally Muslim. If you
interact with ordinary people from Middle East, they are rather simple and very
non-violent. Same non-Muslim psyche is displayed in Indian Muslims as well
where they do not fight among themselves as they would have had, had India been
Muslim majority country. In India their controlled infighting might be
attributed to the presence of Non-Muslims seen as looking for every opportunity
to let Muslims fight among themselves, but the real reason is that in India
there still is very less penetration of radical Wahabism compared to Pakistan
and people can still get away with grave worshipping along with their
Non-Muslim co-citizens. In Pakistan, the same grave-worshipping kinds are now
face to face with radicals Wahabists.
grave worshippers are of opinion that ever since Saud family took over, some
200 years back, the problem of institutionalized ritualism and aggression
surfaced. Same thing happened somewhat in the times of Aurangzeb but since his
legacy could not continue as it did in Saudi Arabia for Sauds, things did not
take that explosive shape. The problem compounded when Saud got hold of riches
underneath their sand. And perhaps the problem will compound a third degree if
all that riches is used to radicalize the population of South Asians. Pakistan
is already half way done, and India has already opened up to the idea of
violent Islam. What could not happen even by Aurangzeb sitting within India,
Sauds would be able to export from outside with the help of developed
aviations, trade and commerce and expatriates working for them.
fact it is yet to be seen how the inception of internet going to challenge or
help Islam in spreading the Jihadi literature or curbing it by increasing more
awareness about essence of Islam.
world waits to see the outcome of this miracle. Will it increase nudity and
shamelessness or will it increase the knowledge of Islam in the world is that
something which time would tell. But most likely it will increase both and
future generations will be exposed to both these and will make their choice
depending on their predestined state of mind and their own choice of their
As for Mr.
Muhammad Yunus Sir’s assertion : “the orthodoxy prevailed and intellectual
activity in Islam came to a virtual halt. This happened around the end of the
fourth century of Islam, marked (marking) the beginning of the decline of
Islamic civilization, and set this faith and its followers on a path of
decline”, the moot point is what exactly Muslims intellectuals are doing now to
revive and reconstruct the progressive Islamic thoughts. More importantly what do they
feel about how they are positioned? Are they confident of being able to do
their job or have they already lost the battle?
have a reason to believe that situation will improve even when suicide bombings
too will increase. The reason is that Muslims who got stuck up those many
centuries ago received success from their earlier generation and they were
complacent and lethargic. Intellectual lethargy is what I am coming to. They
knew the magic formula of success and they just did not want to play with that
anymore. And it is quite normal thing to do. When you get good grades, when you
keep winning, why would you like to change time-table or winning combination?
But what they didn’t know was that this magic works well for first timers. It
works well for those who are ready to experiment. It works well till it doesn’t
work anymore for them. Finally, they were predestined to slip into complacency
because they felt they knew too much of their time. While they chose to freeze
their knowledge and tune up their arrogance, they didn’t realize that destiny
too was choosing them and their oncoming generations for a severe test- the
test of reaction on being mocked.
from where Muslims are, if Muslims are destined to see more and more of them
getting drawn into terrorism and conspiracy theories, no one can stop them from
getting more into bad shape. But if a Muslim choses his/her destiny to not get
embroiled in mudslinging/ war-mongering, then nobody, not even destiny can
force them to nurse pessimism. Remember, Khudi ko kar buland itna…?
Khudi doesn’t get buland after repeated efforts as Taqdeer prevails over it,
even then why should one cry over it. What is the response that Islam teaches
for such a situation? At worse, be stoic and keep patience, at best, be happy
that the drama of this world is at its closure and we are soon to crawl (or
fly) to our meet our Lord. Islam has at least survived enough to teach what
reaction should be in such a case.
before things ends, Muslims must give a try to change the world. They should be
the change that they wanted to see in the world. Throw away both the manhoos
baby and the bath water, throw away everything but not before making radical
changes in your personal life style where one feels to be meeting the criteria
of Islam. In due course one would find others too who are doing similar thing
and are on same path. One andha and one kodhi, and they will then make up a
nice Jodi. But the underlying idea is to never fear of getting isolated as long
as one fears God and pays the people who work for them before their sweats
dries. Jiska koi nahin uska to Kuda hai yaaron. Open up your own Fatwa factory
but for yourself only if you are knowledgeable enough, and if you are not, then
deny of even any knowledge of any Fatwa from anyone.
@Sadaf. Please read my just
posted comment to Asif Merchant. You seem to be barking at the wrong tree as I
have been barking for a long time. May I suggest that you read my following article,
which may allay your frustration at the militant religiosity of fellow Muslims
who are least bothered about what the Qur’an says. They, like the pre-Islamic Arabs,
turn away from it like frightened donkeys fleeing a lion (74:49-51) and have
turned Naikis and Ladinis....
The Muslims’ ignorance /disregard of the
Qur’anic guidance and its Colossal and Recurring Cost.
Excellent article by Mohammad Yunus Sb. He has rightly concluded, "This essay is just a reminder and warning and a challenge to the Muslim intellect".
He is absolutely logical and sounds practical in his assessment and analysis of the topic, but most of the time I am in abysmal dismay when I see people blaming ULEMA for every action, deviation, stagnation, etc.
Why don't we respect individualism and inculcate a habit of developing religious understanding and provide motivation among our near and dear ones? We must take over this challenging task.