يا رحمة للعالمين – مظفر وارثی کی ایک خوبصورت نعت
Ya Rahmatal Lil Aalamin Naat by Muzafar Warsi
يا رحمة للعالمين – مظفر وارثی کی ایک خوبصورت نعت
Ya Rahmatal Lil Aalamin Naat by Muzafar Warsi
محمد مبشر نذیر ایک اسلامی مصنف اور آن لائن اسلامک سٹڈیز پروگرام کے سربراہ ہیں۔ ایک طویل عرصے سے وہ لکھنے لکھانے کے ساتھ منسلک ہیں اور کامیابی سے دو عمدہ ویب سائٹس چلا رہے ہیں۔ ان کے ساتھ ملاقات کا تفصیلی احوال میں پہلے بھی اپنے بلاگ پر لکھ چکا ہوں۔
انیس دسمبر 2013 کو وہ اپنی اہلیہ کے ساتھ گھر سے کچھ ہی دور ایک میڈیکل سٹور سے کچھ دوائیاں لانے کے لیے نکلے، اگر چہ یہ ان کی روٹین کا حصہ نہیں تھا وہ باقاعدگی سے الاھلی کلب جدہ میں سکواش کھیلتے تھے تاہم اس شام انہوں نے سوچا کہ تھوڑی سی چہل قدمی بھی ہو جائے گی اور باہر کی ہوا بھی کھا لیں گے۔ وہ اپنی گھر سے چند ہی منٹوں کی مسافت پر سڑک کی ایک طرف اپنی اہلیہ کے ساتھ جا رہے تھے کہ ایک تیز رفتار گاڑی نے انہیں ٹکر مار کر سڑک پر اچھال دیا، اس زور دار ٹکر کے نیتجے میں وہ اچھل کر دور جا گرے جب کہ ان کی اہلیہ دوسری طرف جا گریں۔ گاڑی چلانے والا کوئی عرب جوان تھا جو ڈر کر یا اپنا جرم چھپانے کی خاطر موقع سے بھاگ نکلا۔ یہ سڑک چونکہ ایک ذیلی سڑک تھی چنانچہ یہاں عام راہ گیر یا دیگر گاڑیاں بہت کم تھیں۔
مبشر بھائی کی اہلیہ اس شدید ٹکر کے باوجود ہوش میں تھیں اور انہوں نے بچی کھچی توانائی جمع کر کے اپنے گھریلو ملازم کو فون پر کال کی اور حادثہ کے بارے میں اطلاع دی جو چند ہی منٹوں میں گاڑی بھگاتا جائے حادثہ پر پہنچ گیا
وہاں سے بذریعہ ایمبولینس دونوں زخمی افراد کو ایک قریبی ہسپتال، مستشفی جدعانی میں لایا گیا جو شارع امیر متعب پر واقع ہے۔ حادثہ کا وقت رات آٹھ بجے کا تھا اور ہسپتال پہنچتے پہنچتے تقریبا ساڑھے آٹھ بج گئے۔ مبشر نزیر کے سر میں اور ریڑھ کی ہڈی میں شدید چوٹیں آئی تھیں جب کہ ان کی اہلیہ قدرے محفوظ رہیں جنہیں ایک مختصر سرجری کے بعد تین ماہ کے آرام کی تاکید کرتے ہوے ڈاکٹروں نے وارڈ میں منتقل کر دیا۔ تاہم ان کے لیے اب بھی چلنا پھرنا ممکن نہیں جب تک وہ تین ماہ تک ٹھیک نہیں ہو جاتیں۔
مبشر بھائی سر پر لگنے والے شدید چوٹوں کے باعث ہوش میں نہیں تھے جس پر انہیں آئی سی یو میں منتقل کیا گیا اور ڈاکٹر مسلسل ان کی ذہنی حالت کا جائزہ لیتے رہے ۔ لیکن صبح تک بھی ان کی دماغی حالت بہتر نہیں ہوئی جس پر ڈاکٹر نے کہا کہ ان کے بچنے کے چانس فقط 10 فیصد ہیں تاہم اگر ان کے دماغ کا آپریشن کیا جائے تو چانس 30 فیصد تک ہو سکتے ہیں لیکن ان کو ایک شیدد دماغی جھٹکا لگ چکا ہے اور ہو سکتا ہے ان کی یاداشت نہ کرے یا پھر جسم کا کوئی حصہ کام نہ کرے۔ بہر حال مبشر بھائی کے گھر والوں نے آپریشن کی اجازت دے دی جس کے بعد 20 دسمبر کو دن 2 بجے مبشر بھائی کا آپریشن شروع ہوا جو رات 8 بجے تک جاری رہا۔ جس کے بعد ڈاکٹروں نے پھر انہیں آئی سی یو میں ہی منتقل کیا۔
بعد ازاں ڈاکٹروں سے بات ہونے پر پتا چلا کہ وہ ایک ہفتے تک مبشر بھائی کے ہوش میں آنے کا انتظار کریں گے اور ضرورت پڑی تو پھر آپریشن کریں گے۔ اور ان کے گھر والے اپنے آپ کو کسی بھی ممکنہ صورت حال کے لیے تیار کر لیں۔ کیوں کہ سب کچھ اللہ کے ہاتھ میں ہے۔ اور مبشر بھائی کو دعائوں کی شدید ضرورت ہے۔ ایک معجزہ ہی انہیں عام زندگی کی طرف واپس لا سکتا ہے اور باری تعالی کے لیے کیا ممکن نہیں ہے۔ وہ ہر قسم کے معجزے کی قدرت رکھتا ہے۔
جو عرب جوان اس حادثہ کا ذمہ دار تھا اسے گھر پہنچنے پر اس کے والد نے لے جا کر پولیس کے حوالے کر دیا اور خود ہسپتال میں کافی دیر تک موجود رہا۔ پھر وہ اپنا نام پتہ اور تفاصیل بتا کر واپس چلا گیا۔
یہ سبھی باتیں مجھے کل ہسپتال میں رکنے کے دوران پتہ چلیں، جیسا کے وہاں موجود مبشر بھائی کے کولیگ اور قریبی دوست تبادلہ خیال کر رہے تھے۔ کچھ باتیں میری اہلیہ کو مبشر بھائی کی اہلیہ سے بھی پتہ چلیں، حادثہ کی کچھ تفصیلات میں اختلاف بھی تھا جو کہ مبشر بھائی کی اہلیہ کے بیان کردہ واقعات اور باہر مردوں کی بیٹھک کے بیان کردہ واقعات میں تھا۔ لیکن سبھی باتیں بعد میں کلیئر ہو جائیں گی۔ سب سے اہم بات تو مبشر بھائی کی صحت اور تندرستی ہے۔ تمام قارئین سے التماس ہے کہ ہمارے عزیز دوست اور نیک صفت انسان مبشر نذیر کے لیے دعا کریں کہ اللہ تعالی ان کو جلد صحت عطا کرے آمین
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Dear Mubashir, I want to know that :
I know I am helpless in front of God as it seems to me that God has full control over me, what ever he wants he is doing to me but still there is a thereat that he will question me and punish me for my wrong doings, I do not like this idea but still I do not want to be questioned either in this world or after this life, How I can save myself?
Why? Why? Why?
There are lots of more questions, I assume that I will become mad, I am a born Muslim but now may be due to many major sins, non-consistent practice, too much thinking upon the same questions as given above, and many times getting angry upon the God, I think now I am no more a Muslim but I do not know that now what is my religion !!! Sorry for disturbing you.
Dear Brother, Assalam o alaikum wa Rahmatullah
I’m very glad to receive your email and questions. I’ll appreciate if you could introduce yourself in detail. Thinking about questions and searching for their answer is a healthy exercise but getting depressed is not healthy. So search for the answers cheerfully.
I’ve appended the answers in your mail up to the best of my knowledge. Please feel free to send your further questions. I’mvery open to discuss such matters.
Remember in your supplications, wassalaam
Question 1. Why God has created this world?
Question 2. Why God has created humans?
Question 3. What is the purpose of life of humans?
MN: The answer of these three questions is one. God is supreme and we cannot question whatever He creates. It is a matter between Him and His creatures. However, we can ask the question for ourselves only. The answer is discussed in detail in the Quran which I try to summarize as follows:
God has unlimited powers and every creature of God is created in a way that it has no other option except to follow the directives of God blindly. They are not given the choice of selecting their course of action and are abide by the law of God. Examples include stars, planets, mountains, rocks, vegetables, animals etc.
God wanted to create a special specie who is provided with a limited choice of selecting between obedience or disobedience of God by his own free will. God did not impose this challenge on any of His creatures but gave them the choice to accept / reject this challenge by their freewill. It is mentioned in the Quran that planets, mountains and all other creatures apologized to accept this challenge and only one specie, the man, accepted this challenge without any coercion from God.
You may ask about any evidence of such acceptance of challenge other than the Quran and it is a valid question. The evidence lies deeply in our own personality. Just ask the following questions from yourselves by freeing itself from any PREOCCUPATION and you’ll find the answer:
If you ask such questions from a number of people, you’ll find that majority (and even all) of them will answer in affirmative. I have never seen any normal person in my life, who has a free and open mind without any preoccupation and his answer is ‘no’ to these questions. If this is the case, then we can understand the scheme of God and our acceptance of such a challenge. However, the answer of the third question will differ from one to another person. Some people may be willing to go to a certain level while others may be willing to go an extra mile.
If we study human psychology, we will find that different people accepted God’s challenge at different levels. We can divide them into four groups:
Group I: Those who accepted the biggest challenge
A minority accepted this challenge at a very advanced level. Such people were sent to this world as prophets, saints, religious leaders, political leaders, intellectual leaders etc. All of them were given a highly sophisticated “question paper”.You will find that those who chose the path of God contributed great to humanity while those selected the wrong path caused great destruction to the world. Examples include, for instance, Prophet Abraham علیہ الصلوۃ والسلام and Hitler. Can you imagine that the environment given to them was totally opposite to their endeavors? Abraham was unable to win support of even 4-5 people of his nation. The case of Hitler was also the same and he struggled very hard to achieve his disastrous aims. The contribution or destruction of both is recognized by almost all human beings. For such people, if they follow the right path, reward is extremely great but if they choose the wrong path, their punishment is also grave.
Group II: Those who accepted a moderate challenge
There were some mediocre like me. I think that I accepted the challenge at a moderate level. God provided me a supporting environment. Now if I’ll follow the right path, my reward will be moderate and if I go for the wrong path, my punishment will also be moderate. I will not receive the reward that will be given to Prophet Abraham and I will not face the punishment that would be given to Hitler.
Group III: Those who accepted the challenge at a lower level
On the other side, there are people who accepted this challenge at an extremely low level. Their “question paper” is plain and simple and consists of basic elements of faith and few ethical principles. If they follow the right path at their level,they’ll receive a good reward and if they opt for the wrong path, their punishment will not be grave. It will be some sort of minor and tolerable punishment. We expect God to be merciful to them and He has mentioned the same in the Quran.
Group IV: Those who did not accept the challenge
It is an amazing fact that there are people who did not accept the challenge at all. They are not given the faculty of reasoning and either die in their childhood or stay in this world without sanity. For them, there is neither reward nor punishment. If God will give them something, it will be just His mercy but He will definitely not punish them at all.
Treatment of these four groups is based on a simple principle of our life, “high risk — high return” and “low risk — low return”. Highly risky businesses are highly profitable as well while low risk businesses are not lucrative enough to give high profits.
God did not sent humans into this trial without any tools to choose between the right and the wrong path. He provided us with the following tools
By keeping this detail in mind, we can conclude that God created everything but humans have a different treatment because they accepted the challenge of God by their own freewill. The purpose of human life is to win the “eternal risk-free life”.God will judge everyone fairly and with mercy except only those who accepted the challenge at extremely high level.
Question 4: What is religion? Isn’t it a creation of humans to overcome fear of death and life after this world? Religion create more fear, fear of questing, fear of punishment etc, How a fearful person can be happy?
MN: Some philosophers presented this view but it was due to incorrect analysis. They only looked upon certain polytheistic religions who were not “the real religion” but just a manifestation of man’s fear or hope.
Islam is very different. It does not sow the seeds of terror in mind of man. On the contrary, the Quran clearly emphasize that even if you have did a grave sin, don’t become hopeless. God is very happy to accept your apologies. He does not want you to live a sin-free life but He will look at your overall attitude only.
However, the Quran only warns about the punishment of the Hellfire but if you read such verses, they are directed only to the people who accepted the challenge at the highest level. People who accepted the challenge at moderate or lower levelwill be punished according to their level of crimes.
Question 5: God wants us to become religious person but how an unhappy person can make othershappy?
MN: God wants us to be happy and has a large number of verses in the Quran that makes us happy. Just see the following verses.
O YOU who have attained to faith! Bow down and prostrate yourselves, and worship your Sustainer [alone], and do good, so that you might attain to a happy state! (22:78)
TRULY, to a happy state shall attain the believers: (23:2) those who humble themselves in their prayer, (23:3) and who turn away from all that is frivolous, (23:4) and who are intent on inner purity;1 (23:5) and who are mindful of their chastity,2 (23:6) [not giving way to their desires] with any but their spouses – that is, those whom they rightfully possess [through wedlock] -:3 for then, behold, they are free of all blame, (23:7) whereas such as seek to go beyond that [limit) are truly transgressors; (23:8) and who are faithful to their trusts and to their pledges, (23:9) and who guard their prayers [from all worldly intent]. 23:10 It is they, they who shall be the inheritors (23:11) that will inherit the paradise; [and) therein shall they abide. (23:12)
And [always], O you believers – all of you – turn unto God in repentance, so that you might attain to a happy state!
Nay, it is [but] they, they who are doing wrong [to themselves]! (24:51) The only response of believers, whenever they are summoned unto God and His Apostle in order that [the divine writ] might judge between them, can be no other than,68 “We have heard, and we pay heed!” – and it is they, they who shall attain to a happy state: (24:52) for, they who pay heed unto God and His Apostle, and stand in awe of God and are conscious of Him, it is they, they who shall triumph [in the end]!
Question 6: Why it is required by humans to pray to God and why it is not enough to believe in one God and its last prophet to go to haven?
MN: The test given to us is not confined to our mental activity but it encompasses both intellectual and physical activities. God has given us a brain and an excellent body. If we lose just one small part of our body, for instance, the thumb of our right hand, our life becomes extraordinarily miserable. So what do you think, should we not thank our God for such a blessing? Believing is an act of our mind and performing prayer and abiding by other directives is a manifestation of our gratitude to our Loving Master. Believing in mind and not practicing is, in my opinion, an act of thanklessness.
Question 7: Why there is no justice by God in the distribution of resources? If God wanted to judge us then why He did not give every one equal resources and opportunities with more flexible rules, was not it a good idea to check behaviour of humans?
MN: This is due to accepting challenge at different levels. I think it would be unfair to give the same playground to a player of football and that of tennis. Had we accepted the challenge at the same level, we would have been given the same playground. If you compare two people who accepted the challenge at the same (or similar) levels, you’ll find that they enjoyed fairly equal control and influence over their resources, although at different points of time. Examples of Abraham vs. King Nimrod, Moses vs. Pharaoh, Jesus vs. his opponent Jewish scholars and Muhammad vs. the chieftains of Arab are obvious to manifest such reality. Similarly, resources given to me are quite comparable with a person who accepted a challenge very similar to mine regardless of that who is following the right path and who is following the wrong one.
Question 8: Why there are very few number of people who own / control every thing while rest of world live on their mercy?
MN: This is again different levels of the playground. Results of everyone will be judged according to his own level. People who suffer adversity during different stages of their life receive compensation from their God within this world and the hereafter. I have felt the same in my life that I suffered from certain problems in my life but He has compensated the same at another stage of my life. I believe that it is true for others as well. Just think about your life, and you’ll find the answer. The reward of the hereafter will be an additional bonus, so what should I expect further?
Question 9: Why there is stupid visa system to prevent people to go any where in the world to earn their food?
MN: When some people are given power due to their level of accepting the challenge, the Almighty gives them a playground to exercise their freewill. Although He gives them a freehand at very limited level but if they follow the wrong path, it, sometimes adversely affects lives of others. This eventually becomes a “question in the exam of patience” for those who suffer. As mentioned above, He compensates all of them regardless of whether they follow His path or not.
Question 10: Why there is no justice by God towards woman, Why she is considered as 2nd class in divine rules?
MN: This is not true. It is nothing more than propaganda of anti-religious people. I’ll advise you to read the Quran and you’ll not find women to be 2nd class citizens. They are treated equally and fairly in different aspects of life. God has shown even special concern for them and provided them with additional rights. However, it is true that due to the impact of feudal culture, many religious scholars developed some misconceptions about the role of women in Islam. If you are interested, I can suggest you a few books who discuss each issue one by one in detail. Please see the following link:
Please download and read the book “Islam and Women”.
Question 11: Due to oppression and injustice and stupidity of this world, I hate this world, this life, my responsibilities, my job, I want to be free, I do not want to follow any of stupid laws of this world, I have spent almost 30 years in this world, I do not want live more, it is more then enough for me, I want to commit suicide, why it is prohibited in ISLAM ?
MN: Such feelings are due to having some misconceptions about the Divine scheme. I hope that they would be cleared upto some extent by my answers. Just think about my responses for a couple of days. If the same feelings persist, please note down your further questions and send to me. It is my life mission to serve brothers like you up to the best of my extent.
As far as suicide is concerned, I’ll request you wait until we conclude this discussion. If I’m convinced that committing suicide will solve these issues, I’ll do so with you. Otherwise, let’s think together about some other solution.
Question 12: I know I am helpless in front of God as it seems to me that God has full control over me, what ever he wants he is doing to me but still there is a thereat that he will question me and punish me for my wrong doings, I do not like this idea but still I do not want to be questioned either in this world or after this life, How I can save myself?
Why? Why? Why?
MN: I could guarantee you on the basis of the Quran that Allah will not punish you if you decide to repent your previous wrongdoings. If you are committed to follow the God’s path, we also have assurance that He will forgive minor deviations from it provided that we do not insist to follow the deviation.
There are lots of more questions, I assume that I will become mad, I am a born Muslim but now may be due to many kabirah sinsa, non-consistent practice, too much thinking upon the same questions as given above, and many times getting angry upon the God, I think now I am no more a Muslim but I do not know that now what is my religion !!!
MN: Thinking is a positive habit but it should be in a healthy way. Please feel free to share all of your questions and I promise you to do whatever I can to provide the answers. You are definitely a Muslim and we are brothers. Please feel free to discuss all of such issues one by one. I’ll also advise you to start studying the religion in depth. If you are interested, I’mavailable fully to support you.
Sorry for disturbing you.
MN: Not at all. It was a pleasure for me to answer the questions. I hope I’ve answered your questions, but if there is still anything disturbing you, please don’t hesitate to contact me at any point of time in your life. It is my life mission to serve my brothers like you up to the best of my capacity. So why not to develop a permanent friendship and discuss these matters openly in future.
you were so quick in reply, I liked it, dont worry I am not going to commit any suicide untill I did not get surety that God will not punish me for it, even some times I thought to join any jihadithist group to get killed for a holy cause and go to heaven directly but this idea never pleased me and it seems to me another way of suicide so I never tried for it.
I have further questions on the responses you provided which are:
Assalam o alaikum, The answers are appended below under your questions:
Question 1: What is the Divine Scheme?
That is what I explained to you in the last email about trial of humanity. However, we could agree or disagree on our perception of the Divine Scheme but it is an agreed-upon view of all Muslims and even many other religions of the world. The Bible and the Quran agree on existence of the Divine Scheme.
Question 2: God has created every thing for us so we should know every thing related to us - right?
We are not supposed to know everything and it is practically not possible. However, the Quran encourages us to ponder into the universe and try to find as many facts about them as possible.
Question 3: What about JINNS? Did they accept the challenge mentioned by you?
There are some indications that they also accepted the challenge but we do not know details of the extent they accepted such challenge and the question is also not relevant to our discussion as we are discussing our own challenge which exists regardless of one’s religious viewpoint.
Question 4: Will we not get bored in the endless eternal life? If yes, is it not something bad?
The answer is no. Suppose we are given a life very similar to our worldly life, then your question is valid. The Quran clearly describes that the life of the Paradise will be totally different from our current life. Whenever we’ll do some activity, there will be a new pleasure. For instance, in the Verse 2:25, this fact is mentioned about fruits of the paradise that their will be a new taste whenever someone will eat them. We can imagine that if the mundane matter of eating fruits will be free of such boredom, then the extent of newness will much intense in all other pleasures.
Some people who did not believe in the eternal life had raised this question but ignored the verses of the Quran in that aspect. Examples include Mirza Ghalib, a great poet of South Asia.
Question 5: Why not to have eternal life as a gift?
What do you think, something given to you as a favor is more enjoying for you or what you won on merit?
Allah has given much more to us as a gift and we are unable to thank Him for that. We do expect from Him much more gifts as He is our beloved Master but we should prove ourselves at least at a basic level of entry into the Paradise. Then His bounties will be beyond our contribution and imagination.
Question 6: How would I know that what I have chosen at that time and how it comes that people have chosen it at different level? may be it was assigned by GOD after accepting first challenge of free will – what will u say?
I don’t think it is difficult. Just start comparing yourself with others and you’ll find your level of test. Even an illiterate person of subnormal intelligence can reach at a conclusion that the test given to him is entirely different from that given to Barrack Obama.
The Quran has made it clear that everybody is tested on the basis of his/her capacity and the challenge was not imposed by God. See the following verse.
“God does not burden any human being with more than he is well able to bear: in his favour shall be whatever good he does, and against him whatever evil he does. “O our Sustainer! Take us not to task if we forget or unwittingly do wrong!
“O our Sustainer! Lay not upon us a burden such as Thou didst lay upon those who lived before us!] O our Sustainer! Make us not bear burdens which we have no strength to bear!
“And efface Thou our sins, and grant us forgiveness, and bestow Thy mercy upon us! Thou art our Lord Supreme: succour us, then, against people who deny the truth!” (2:286)
Question 7: Your theory sounds logical but is it proven from the Quran or the Hadith?_
This is a good question and requires detailed discussion. Definitely, I could not provide you with the verses of Ahadith that describe this in the same words. However, you’ll find plenty of verses and ahadith that discuss different aspects of this phenomenon. See the following:
1. The verse mentioning the challenge
Verily, We did offer the trust [of reason and volition] to the heavens, and the earth, and the mountains:87 but they refused to bear it because they were afraid of it. Yet man took it up88 – for, verily, he has always been prone to be most wicked, most foolish. (33:72)
2. The verse mentioning the covenant of God with prophets
AND LO! We did accept a solemn pledge from all the prophets” – from thee, [O Muhammad,] as well as from Noah, and Abraham, and Moses, and Jesus the son of Mary -: for We accepted a most weighty, solemn pledge from [all of] them, (33:8) so that [at the end of time] He might ask those men of truth as to [what response] their truthfulness [had received on earth].12 And grievous suffering has He readied for all who deny the truth!(33:9)
Now a question arises that the covenant was taken from the prophets, why Allah will ask men of truth and those who denyit? The reason is that they accepted the challenge from their own free will and prophets provided additional guidance to them.
You might have read the Hadith of the Prophet صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم about his prayer from Allah to provide him the support of either of two people: A’mr Ibn Hisham (Abu Jahl) and U’mar Ibn Khattab and both were his bitter enemies. This Hadith indicates that the Prophet wanted the support of an extra-ordinary man. Had the former changed his mind, he would definitely have been done the same what U’mar Ibn Khattab رضی اللہ عنہ did for Islam. This indicates that the question paper given to AbuJahl and U’mar was the same. The former chose the path to hell and the later became the biggest support for Islam.
For further evidence, please do a simple exercise. I’m sending you a translation of the Quran. Just search for the words “fire” and “forgiveness” in it. Whatever verses you find, read them in their context. You’ll find the personalities for whom they are relevant.
Question 8: You said that people accepted challenges at different levels. Can any one in this life make his life make more profitable by taking high risk? I mean we observe many cases that an unknown person from a small family become a big personality so how it fits in your theory?
It is true. I am a professional of “risk management” and know very well that high-risk takers sometimes have highest profits. Examples of Bill Gates and the owner of Google are obvious. But the problem is that if they fail, we do not hear their stories in media. So if you study the lives of a sample of such people, you should include both successful and failed high-risk takers.
Question 9: What will you say if some one feels happy in killing and do not want to help poor?
A person who feels happy in killing is psychopath in my opinion. There is a small test for that in psychology. Just ask him to reverse the situation imagine if someone else kills him, would he still enjoy? I am sure that his answer will be ‘no’. If he says ‘yes’ then the next question should be: ‘please come and I’ll do the same with you, if you like it.’
Question 10: In our times, there is no prophet, and we are unable to understand the Quran by our self, until and unless we go to a religious madrassa for 8-10 years – why learning of religion is that much difficult? Why does God not talk to us and guide us directly – while it is very easy job for Him?
This is not a valid question. If Allah will talk to us directly, there will not be any sort of test. All of us will become angels and will not be able to violate any law.
We are living in the age of Prophet Muhammad صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم and are confident that the guidance he provided to us in the form of the Quran and the Sunnah is exactly the same what was in his times.
For a normal person, there is no need for madrassa education. All what he needs is to know the basic doctrines and directives of Islam which he gets from his parents and ordinary teachers. This includes the concept of Tawheed, Risalat,Aakhirat, basic ethics, basic method of praying fasting etc. Allah will not ask him about minute details of all of them.
Advanced religious education (whether in a madrassa or a modern university) is required for those who choose a higher level of challenge and committed to serve others on religious issues. Reward / punishment for such people will be higher.
Question 11: Why has God imposed performing rituals upon us? Why does God need them?
I agree with your viewpoint that everyone should be free to choose his own way of being thankful to Allah but a practical problem is there with such approach. For a normal man, a set of minimum rituals (not very complicated and sophisticated) is required to develop a habit of that. If such rituals are removed, it is highly probable that majority of humans will never come to Allah.
I can give you examples as a student of other religions. The religions who focus on rituals (whether God-prescribed orman-made), their practice is alive. Examples include Islam and Judaism. On the contrary, where rituals are removed or are too less to make people regular, majority of their followers stop practicing their religion. Examples include Christianity, Hinduism and Buddhism. I’ll advise you to visit their areas of worship and monitor their daily lives.
Second part of your question is about why God asked us to demonstrate our thankfulness to Him. He did so because He is the Creator and our Master, so why He asks for a return?
Actually the situation is reversed. God did not need our thankfulness. He only taught us a set of rituals to make us active as it is our own interest to do so, as I mentioned above. When I pray, I do not do so that it is forced upon me by some authority, I go for it just to visit my Lord. Believe me that I always find a new enjoyment in every prayer five times a day. I’ll urge you to learn simple Arabic (at least meaning of prayer) and perform it in a way that you close your eyes and assume that you are exactly in front of Allah. You’ll find the answer.
Question 12: I learned this concept of fear from the books of Muslims. Is it not the case that Islam imbibes fear?
Books of Muslims are not the source of religion. They demonstrate their own perceptions about the religion. You’ll find many books that are based on the concept of fear while others based on the concept of hope. So it depends on the orientation of the author. I’ll advise you to read completely any translation of the Quran without referring back to a Tafsir, and you’ll find the answer.
Question 13: Is there no good in this world for the person who is on right path?
This is also not true. I think that I’m going on the right path although my progress is not very good but I’ve enjoyed bounties of Allah in financial, family relations and other worldly aspects. It is just a matter of time. At one time, you might feel that everything is squeezed while at other time, we may feel that everything is relaxed for us. I’ll share more details with you in the email about your personal feelings.
Question 14: It seems to me that you are trying to make your self believe that we should accept our feat as it is and do not resist against EVIL people and do TAWAKAL on GOD, If this is so, then I am sure that this is wrong definition of TAWAKAL.
Not at all. Struggle to improve ourselves as well as others is required by Allah. It is mentioned as:
CONSIDER the flight of time!
(2) Verily, man is bound to lose himself
(3) unless he be of those who attain to faith, and do good works,
and enjoin upon one another the keeping to truth,
and enjoin upon one another patience in adversity. (Al-A’sr)
So our role in that regard is enjoining upon truth and patience. Enjoining means that we convey message of Allah to our brothers and sisters in a decent and humble way. It does not mean imposing what we assume truth on them. It is just a humble exercise.
If I feel that you’ve done something wrong, I’m obliged to just draw your kind attention towards it and that’s all. I’m not supposed to force my perception of truth. Who am I to force my view upon you. However, if I’ve an authority over you, e.g. a ruler over his subjects, he can force them on certain limited things to keep the order of the society but it should be the last option. That I learnt from the Quran and the Hadith and please correct me if I’m wrong.
Brother, I’m really very sorry to postpone emails on other issues till Saturday as I’ve to leave for Madina now. I’ll pray specially for you in the Masjid Nabawi and you are humbly requested to pray for me. I wrote this mail in a great hurry and kindly ignore any mistakes in English.
Various Images/Photographs from PTI (Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf) Jalsas and Rallies. Imran Khan Chairman of PTI Addressing huge crown of people of Central Punjab. It has been seen that people of Pakistan now looking for change and better Pakistan which is free of problems.
Love of Kaptan Khan (Imran Khan) among Pakistani People can be seen from huge crowed of people gathering in PTI Gatherings