Is there a deity beside Allah?

When the truth is lucid clear, when the questions are so powerful, when you feel your heart thumping loud, when you feel exhausted by the weight, when your ignorance has been made apparent, then know that it is time to confess… 

27:59

Say, [O Muhammad], “Praise be to Allah , and peace upon His servants whom He has chosen. Is Allah better or what they associate with Him?

27:60

[More precisely], is He [not best] who created the heavens and the earth and sent down for you rain from the sky, causing to grow thereby gardens of joyful beauty which you could not [otherwise] have grown the trees thereof? Is there a deity with Allah ? [NO], but they are a people who ascribe equals [to Him].

27:61

Is He [not best] who made the earth a stable ground and placed within it rivers and made for it firmly set mountains and placed between the two seas a barrier? Is there a deity with Allah ? [NO], but most of them do not know.

27:62

Is He [not best] who responds to the desperate one when he calls upon Him and removes evil and makes you inheritors of the earth? Is there a deity with Allah ? Little do you remember.

27:63

Is He [not best] who guides you through the darknesses of the land and sea and who sends the winds as good tidings before His mercy? Is there a deity with Allah? High is Allah above whatever they associate with Him.

27:64

Is He [not best] who begins creation and then repeats it and who provides for you from the heaven and earth? Is there a deity with Allah ? Say, “Produce your proof, if you should be truthful.”

[Surah An-Naml, Verses 59-64 ]

…It is time to Submit to the Truth

Verse images from quran.com

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Miles Away

Islam stated the purpose of man’s existence as, “And I did not create the jinn and mankind except to worship Me.” (Al Quran, 51:56).

They understood what this verse really implied.

Once the call was made, they left the faith of their forefathers and submitted to the will of Allah SWT. They turned their backs on their families to obey one true God. They left their homes and migrated in the way of Allah.

They laid down their lives for Islam. They spent their wealth in the way of Allah SWT; At times, they were left with nothing in their homes, save a piece of date. Our beloved Prophet himself, when he didn’t have food at home, he fasted instead. They sacrificed their peaceful sleep at nights for standing in prayers seeking forgiveness. In the mornings, they engaged themselves in learning the Quran and acquiring knowledge from the Messenger of Allah sallellahu alaihi wa sallam.

Their hearts used to tremble with fear and their eyes used to shed endless tears when they recited the verses of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala. They used to fear committing even minor sins, intentionally or unintentionally, that their lips used to be moist with the remembrance of Allah and seeking His forgiveness.

They knew that their stay on earth was temporary, they knew that the real house was Jannah. They hoped and prayed to achieve this reward and so worked accordingly, completely busied their souls in doing good deeds.

Not a little bit of fear entered their hearts when they faced the enemies of Islam on the battlefield. They knew that stepping feet on the battlefield could even snatch away their precious life with one strike of a sword. The sharpness of the sword, the pain it would cause once it touched their skins did not deter them from obeying the commandments of Allah.

Such were the lives of the companions of Prophet Muhammad sallellahu alaihi wa sallam. May Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala be pleased with them all.

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I’m very reluctant to attempt at putting forward my life, to compare it with theirs. I know it would leave me disappointed. I know my faith is miles away from what they had. All I can do is, sit and wonder and only hope that I would be blessed with such unwavering faith as theirs.

Questions and logical arguments nag at my conscience.

I find myself at fault.

The message is the same. They had the Glorious Quran, I have too. They had the teachings of the Prophet, I have too.

What is the solution and how do I increase the level of my faith?

I’m left to find a solution to my ignorant life, and so are you!

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Yet Another Ramadan Is Over

الحمد لله

It’s time to bid you farewell yet again, O Ramadan! Why do you have to leave us so early? 30 days ain’t enough! When you’re here, there’s this calm in my heart and happiness in my soul. I am careful with how I pray my salah and think twice before talking, fearful that my tongue may slip and I might utter a lie or two or maybe gossip about someone I barely knew. 

As I stand here gazing at the night sky trying to see if I can spot the moon, hoping beyond hope that the moon doesn’t appear. I know the moon’s gonna show up tonight or most definitely tomorrow. Either way your stay’s over, I wish it could go on forever. But, there’s Allah’s immense Wisdom in it – that you get to stay with us for only a month. 

The months to come ahead will decide if we really benefitted from you, whether we prepared ourselves to face the world with Islam in our being or we were lazy and opted for following the crowd into an ephemeral world full of delusion.

We are so weak. There are some of us who are holy only as long as you’re here. The moment you leave, the next day which is Eid, all barriers are broken and all limits crossed. Free mixing doesn’t feel bad after all when you are not here, O Ramadan. TVs and YouTube and Mobile TVs are opened up again. Salah can be delayed till after late afternoon barbecue and the most awaited Eid photo session can definitely not wait. It is a completely opposite scenario, trust me. You don’t know and maybe you never will. 

The problem with us is that we have personified you. We think of you as that religious friend who visits us once a year to teach us of our deen. And, we be all pious when you’re here and once you leave, we go rampantly following our desires. We shouldn’t personify you. It’s not you we should be conscious of. We should be conscious of our Lord. Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala Watches us even outside of Ramadan. 

Ramadan is only a month, a holy month, ofcourse. And, we must love it dearly. However, we must understand that fasting and Ramadan in only a means for us to attain taqwa. It’s not here to monitor us. Us being religious in Ramadan – Allah Sees that, is pleased with us and Rewards us. Us turning away from our deen after Ramadan – Allah Sees that too and is displeased.

As this year’s Ramadan is at the doorstep ready to bid us farewell, let those tears flow in grief of Ramadan being over. At the same time, let’s all make this firm intention in our hearts that we will try to keep up the spirit of Ramadan even in the next 11 months, inshaAllah. We will remember that we worship Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala and not Ramadan. Ramadan is just a means to make us shine, to make us strong believers. InshaAllah.

Taqabbalal Allahu minna wa minkum ‘aamaal us saalihah. Ameen.

Remember me and my family in your duas and also the person who forwarded this to you.

Slave

Love to think of how I’ll be when I’ll be one from among YOUR perfect slaves.

The day I’ll break free from these shackles holding me back.

Yes, that day I’ll truly feel a slave to YOU.

It’s weird to realize that indeed I’m enslaved to my desires, but I thought I was free.

How dare I disobey YOU even when I know YOU are MIGHTY. 

What kind of a rebellion in oblivion is this?

Because I really don’t want to see Your wrath, but only be comforted by Your LOVE and MERCY.

Thought Bucket: Imprudence

11 August, 2016

Thursday

9.30 pm

We go about in our daily lives, doing stuff, unaware of how correct or wrong our actions are. We are hasty. Our thoughts are running. No! More like”buzzing past”. Our actions are no better. Maybe, worse. We have turned into robots. Automated robots. 

Salah. Salah is so hasty. Actions are quick. Lips move so fast. Heart is pumping, beating but mind is unfortunately, oblivious to the words being read and the actions being performed. Allah سبحانه و تعالى is Watching us. We are standing infront of Him. Unfortunately, we do not realize. Or maybe we do, but we are unable to hold tightly onto that realization. So we let go. We meander again into the never-ending roads on the street called distraction. 

There is no istiqaamah. 

Also, when we make dua’a, our heart seems so distant. What we are asking for is so close to our hearts, yet so far away. This is because, perhaps, our yaqeen is shaky. Having trust and firm belilef that Allah سبحانه و تعالى will answer our dua’as. I mean, we must etch this into our memory. Into our hearts. That, it’s only and only Allah سبحانه وتعالى Who is capable of Listening to and Answering our prayers. Our efforts towards achieving anything will be completely worthless if Allah  سبحانه وتعالى does not Will it to happen. That being said, tahajjud should be a part of our daily lives, because we are in need of so many things. So many of our wishes are piled up waiting to be fulfilled. But, it is weird how even though we maybe be awake at night (perhaps because we are worrying about stuff), we don’t make an effort to get off the bed, make wudhu and pray two rakahs of salah. This only points to one thing – our yaqeen. 

Our yaqeen is incomplete. It is not how it is supposed to be. It’s supposed to be strong, it’s supposed to be full of hope and expectation. It’s supposed to make us make dua more often and pray tahajjud frequently. It’s supposed to lift that invisible burden (of our problems) off our shoulders. It’s supposed to make us feel satiated and calm and composed. 

There is a clash. (No, not “clash of clans”!) See what I mean? This worldy and other-worldly clash. Our preoccupation with this world and everything that is gonna end in this world makes us neglect the important things that will make up our life in the next world.

We need to be able to strike a balance or maybe even lean more towards our afterlife. Afterall, what’s more important? This life or afterlife?

It would be imprudent to make this ephemeral life our focus and blur out the rest. “The rest” is so vast that I will be unable to elaborate. Let’s just imagine this life being a penny dropped in a vast desert called the Afterlife. 

P.S. I’ve been wanting to post for so long. These thousand or so thoughts in my mind are crying to break free. But, an annoying monster called “Editing” had been holding them back for so long. So, I decided to sack it. Good riddance. This move was particularly drastic for me because I am a grammar nazi myself. But, when something’s gotta be done, it’s gotta be done. There are no ifs and buts. Therefore, from now on my write-ups are gonna be a one time write-up and I’m gonna hit the publish button without a second thought. InshaAllah. 

Back To Square One?

I can’t help but feel as if, at some point in our life, each of us gets trapped in a situation like that of the board game, “Snakes and Ladders”, in which after having reached till the top through hard work, patience and perseverance, the biggest snake bites you and you fall all the way down, back at square one. And, the fall is so bad that everything is a blur and you feel confused, scared and intimidated of what lies ahead of you. You feel like a failure, demotivated and demoralized. But, you have to give it your all, gather yourself up and restart the journey, hoping to land on a tall ladder or two on your way that would ease the journey for you.

But, alhamdulillah, life is not a game. For everything that happens, Allah is a Watcher over it. He ‘azza wa jal Knows our struggles, our difficulties and our efforts. Even if we falter or commit mistakes, He helps us come out of darkness into the light, provided we are sincere in our repentance. And, for every little effort towards righteousness, we will be rewarded with so much more than we can ever imagine.

This post is, yet again, about knowledge. (perhaps, a continuation of the previous one)

One thing’s for sure – To live this life according to the correct principles of Islam, we need to gain knowledge. And, for most of us born into Muslim families, we are taught about Islamic ethics from the get go. I can reminisce about my childhood days when we (my siblings and I) used to go to weekend halaqas (Islamic gatherings) to learn Islam and our teacher used to narrate stories and hadith and teach us how to pray. That was for the weekends, however, for the rest of the week, our source of knowledge were our parents. Our parents taught us what they had learnt from their elders. But, at a certain point, some of our knowledge about Islam which we perceived to be right was proven wrong/mistaken. One after the other, we corrected what was wrong. That phase was like a moment of epiphany for us. Our outlook towards Islamic knowledge slowly changed.  Questions like, “What’s the proof for that?” and “Is it authentic?” entered our conversations. In short, we became more careful and conscious regarding knowledge.

Islamic teachings are not something that can be easily passed on from one generation to the other, blindly. Yes, “blindly” is the key word here. The same can be said for all types of religious knowledge, not just of Islam. It’s very possible that our ancestors were mistaken in some information and unless we find the exact source of that information, how can we believe it to be true?

This whole issue of being cautious about what we are gaining of knowledge in this century comes about only because our beloved RasoolAllah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) is not amidst us now. And, the only way we can gain knowledge is from the learned, the ulamas. However, there are hundreds, if not thousands of scholars out there who are imparting knowledge according to their own knowledge. So, what happens here is that even though the primary sources of Islam i.e. the Glorious Quran and the Sunnah are intact and free from corruption, the understanding of these primary sources differs from one scholar to another. The exegesis of certain verses of the Quran may differ, the basis of acceptance of a hadith to be authentic may differ, understanding of Aqeedah may differ, fatawas and fiqh rulings may differ. Therefore, clashes and confusion and debate arises as to what is right and what is wrong. It leaves me to wonder, Will I ever understand and practice Islam exactly like RasoolAllah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) taught the Sahabah (companions)?

Alhamdulillah, many scholars of the past and present have tried to record as much as authentic knowledge that has been transmitted down the ages. Tafsir Ibn Kathir, Sihah Sittah i.e.”Six Sound Books of Hadith“,  Kitab-ut-Tawheed, The Sealed Nectar, and Hisnul Muslim are the main books that I’m presently reading from.

I think my Islamic knowledge is no where near even 20%. There’s a lot of studying to be done. InshaAllah. Perhaps, along the way there’ll be realizations, more corrections. Maybe, I’ll encounter new knowledge I’ve never known before. There’s abundant sources, some right and others wrong. Wrong knowledge hurts bad. It hurts bad to find yourself back at the beginning. But, after all, it’s a part of a never-ending cycle of learning, re-learning, applying, etc. So, you must rise up from the fall and continue, if you fall again, rise up again, no matter how many times you are wrong, yearn to be right and it’ll all be fine.

Because..

There’s hope, inshaAllah:

Narrated Muawiya: I heard Allah’s Apostle صلى الله عليه وسلم saying, “If Allah wants to do good to a person, He makes him comprehend the religion. I am just a distributor, but the grant is from Allah. (And remember) that this nation (true Muslims) will keep on following Allah’s teachings strictly and they will not be harmed by any one going on a different path till Allah’s order (Day of Judgment) is established.”

Source: Sahih Al-Bukhari

May Allah bless our time and grant us correct understanding of our beautiful deen. Ameen.

 

 

Pieces of a Puzzle

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيم

Assalamu’alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

I’m writing here after a long hiatus of precisely 6 months. But, I’m not here to rant about how disappointed I am or how much my morale has gone downhill or how much embarrassed I’m feeling to have abandoned this beautiful space for no valid reason, whatsoever. Right now what matters is that, Alhamdulillah I’m back and I’m gonna try my best to keep this blog going for a long time, inshaAllah.

I have my own reasons for why this blog matters a lot to me (But hey wait, I’m not gonna spill it out here cuz it’s a bit personal, or atleast I think it is..that counts as a legit excuse, right? 😛 ).

Okay, let’s just quit all of this explaining and justifying and dive straight into my precious thoughts before they decide to take flight outta my mind and I forget why I was here and time ticks away leaving this post to join my endless list of abandoned drafts 😦

The first words that were revealed to our beloved RasoolAllah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) were, “اقرا باسم ربك الذي خلق”, which means, “Read! In the Name of your Lord, Who has created (all that exists)” (Surah Al ‘Alaq, 96:1). The very fact that the first word revealed was “read” , emphasizes the importance of learning and knowledge in Islam.

We, human beings, are a mere part of the master plan of Allah ‘azza wa jal. There is, most definitely, a whole wide enormous world out there, which we are not even closely aware of. (I dunno why, but I always tend to go back to the beginning. Is it just me or is it the seriousness of this issue that just pulls me back and everything just zooms out leaving me feeling like a frenzied helpless little ant lost amidst a crowded street trying to keep calm and carry on? :/ I know it’s scary but I’m still gonna do just that. Go back to the beginning.)

It is the divine Wisdom and immense Power of Allah that He created everything. Even if we try, we will not be able to fathom what the depths of the earth houses and what is beyond the endless sky; And, if everything is there, why exactly is it there? We are that scarce; yes, we are limited edition. Allah created us with a purpose, “And I did not create the jinn and mankind except to worship Me.” (Surah Adh-Dhariyat, 51:56). He ‘azza wa jal gave us life. He sent us on the earth. He sent prophets and messengers with revelation to guide us inorder that we may live a life that is most pleasing to Him. Then, He sent the seal to the Prophethood, Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم) with the Last Revelation, “Al-Quran“. Up until now, generations upon generations lived and passed us by. People did good and people did bad. Both the doers of good and the doers of bad, and even those lingering between good and bad had their share of time on the earth, completed their period and left us. (Wait a second, are my thoughts meandering again? 😮 No, no, no, it’ll all eventually make sense, inshaAllah. Hopefully.)

Now, it’s our turn. Our stay on the earth will have an end, too. It’s the rule of life. Inevitable. Inescapable. So, it’s up to us which ranks we wanna join? The good doers or the bad doers? And, this is exactly where knowledge comes in. It is our sole responsibility to acquire knowledge. To learn. To get to know our Lord, our history, the realities of Afterlife, our Prophet, our Quran, the Unseen world, the good and the bad, Heaven and Hell, the rewards and the punishments, to be able to distinguish between the right and the wrong. And, most importantly, to learn how to live this life according to the instructions of The One Who gave us life. (I think the pieces are falling into their right places now.)

I have come to realize that one is never too knowledgeable to stop acquiring more. There is always something new to learn. Okay, let’s just consider for argument sake, a person learns all that will help him please his Lord and achieve Jannah, does he stop there? No. There’s always revision. More and more of revision and relearning and applying and practicing. Because, we are insaan and we may forget.

(Enough of brainstorming done for now, alhamdulillah, I’ll get back later, inshaAllah. Oh and umm… if at all someone happens to stumble upon and read this, I’m sorry if this post looks weird to you, maybe naive or just a jumble of muddled up thoughts. I’m sorry, I don’t intend to confuse anyone. I, myself, am trying to put everything straight in my messed up mind. )

 

Mobile Phones and Weird People

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَانِ الرَّحِيمِ

Assalamu’alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatuhu

It’s been like forever since I last rambled on about something on here, subhanAllah. A year and a half, vaguely. That’s huge, innit? It scares me how fast time flies, subhanAllah. May Allah ta’ala have Mercy on us.

Ohkay. So, I’m here and because I’m here I sure have something to ramble about 😀

We’re in 2015. Alhamdulillah. The world has taken to a whole new level of advancements and technologies. MashaAllah. It’s really commendable that progress happens within days nowadays. Take mobile phones, for example (Not just for the sake of an example but because I’m in the mood to talk about phones). A new year and an updated version. Every day hundreds of news apps added to playstore. New companies launching mobiles claiming to have newer and better functions. From cupcake to lollipop (oh and there was something before that, alpha and beta..i don’t think so most people know about these two ..neither did I till google enlightened me 😀 ). From buttons to touchscreens. What’s next? Air projection? Holographic phones? Wallahu ‘aalam.

For the past couple of months, no no for almost a year, I guess, atleast 10 different people might have told me that my phone was pretty outdated to own in recent times. Before someone thinks that I own that bulky buttoned nokia phone, let me clarify that that’s not the case. I have a decent Sony Xperia with android version “ice cream sandwich”. On a side note, I would highly appreciate if the person who’s reading this would restrain their laughter for the sake of humanity :). Thank You. Yeah so, getting back to what I was saying, alhamdulillah I really really love my phone. I know it’s outdated and all because people never fail to remind me that :|. Yes, my phone does lag a bit, it does not support some of the most useful apps like Chrome, for example (but I do have internet explorer and firefox and mind you, both do the job quite as well as Chrome would). And oh yes, my phone doesn’t have a front camera (Some people would be like,  “Omigosh you can’t take selfies with your phone!! How crazy is that??? 😮 “). Except, it’s not that crazy 😐

But yeah, I would confess that it is indeed a step or two behind most of the newest smartphones. But, so what? Atleast it works and lets me do most of the things that I do, like browse the net, watch videos on youtube, send and recieve emails, make phone calls, click decent photos, text message and so much more alhamdulillah.

I am compelled to ponder over this new fad of changing phones within just a couple of years,  for some people it doesn’t take as less as 6 months to throw away phones and get new ones. I mean, what kind of a crazy obsession is that? I am absolutely stunned. Some people are obsessed with only one particular brand and they don’t look at anything but that brand even if the prices skyrocket with each new release! Why such obsession with phones?

Don’t get me wrong, I do not have any problem with fast progressing technologies. The thing that baffles me is why would someone want to change a phone for no valid reason but that there’s a newer version available with one useless extra feature. So weird. I dunno what drives such people’s mindset! Sometimes, I feel as if such people just want to show off their new handsets in parties, offices and gatherings. Probably it’s because “everyone has a 2015 model phone, so why should I own a 2014 one?”, “My friends will look down upon me”, blah blah blah. So, your actions are affected by what the society thinks. Right.

And be not excessive. Indeed, He does not like those who commit excess.

(Surah Al An’aam, 6:141)

Allah ‘azza wa jal Says in the Glorious Quran to not be extravagant.

Now, you decide whether spending hundreds of dollars on mere mobile phones is extravagance or necessity.

As far as my beloved Sony Xperia is concerned, inshaAllah I’ll change it the day someone points out a very valid reason that proves that my cute li’l buddy is lacking something 🙂

“From My Imagination” – On Writing Fictional Stories

I’ve been addicted to reading story books for as long as I can remember. From childhood to my college days I’ve been reading and reading. From Cinderella to Enid Blyton to Roald Dahl to R.L. Stine (yes, there was a time I used to read horror books) to J.K.Rowling’s Harry Potter (of course, who didn’t read this one?) and my best genre of all – mystery books! Sometimes, I picked up random huge fictional books from the library. Early in the mornings, late in the nights, sacrificing my lunch, socializing less, I used to be glued to these books, these novels. I grew up with story books. Literally.

But, a time came, about three years back when I stopped reading. I don’t exactly know what it was that made me less interested in reading fiction, but yes, I stopped. Probably, life had taken to a fast track and I didn’t find time to read. I reasoned with myself that it was taking up a lot of my time, and I needed to come out of my addiction of story books. However, another interest crept up in me this very month – writing stories. I was so excited about it. It was going to be a new step, I thought. I have pretty good imagination skills, alhamdulillah, so that was a plus point of why I thought I should write Islamic fictional stories (Maybe, I could be a published novelist through it). Just yesterday, I found myself caught up in my own reverie of becoming a professional novelist that something dense struck me. Is is allowed to write fictional stories in Islam? I was completely taken aback, because it came all of a sudden. I had never thought about it earlier.

Immediately, I researched a lot about it. And, guess what I found?- The scholars say that it’s allowed. So many websites, all reiterating the same thing. Still, I kept browsing and browsing more. No different answer. “It’s allowed as long as you do not write anything that contradicts Islam and it must be free from lewdness, etc and that you make a point to mention that it’s fictional, and not real” – This summarises what most of the websites said in simpler terms. However, there was this comment on some article, where the person said according to his personal opinion, something along the lines of – it’s not right to write fictional stories, coz it involves excessive description of the characters of your story, the characters that you created from your imagination, you gave them a figure, an inner self (i.e. their personality), a life of their own, in which they pray, they work, etc. All of which is just an imagination. A piece of fiction. Only Allah has the power to create people, and not us. I know this is an extreme interpretation of a simple thing, i.e. writing imaginative stories. A simple harmless thing. Yet, I was compelled to ponder over that comment. In a certain way, he’s right. The truth of the matter is that, I’m not satisfied with either sides of the arguments. I like writing stories from my imagination and it seems kind of harmless to me. But, at the same time, I agree that something’s not right in the way storywriters “create” characters, describe them, etc. Of course, their intention is not to imitate the creation of Allah. Moreover, Muslim writers, especially, have this pure intention of conveying the message in an interesting way. Many people like reading. And, talking about me, at times I struggle to find good books devoid of lewdness and vulgarity, as is common in books written by Western authors. I have this inner urge of reading stories penned by Muslim writers. But, it’s all so confusing now. I’m indifferent about this whole issue now coz of this doubt that’s lingering in my mind, reluctant to leave. Wallaahu ‘alam what the truth is.

Thinking about the sahaabaah and the early scholars, I don’t know of anyone who was involved in writing fictional stories, eventhough in the Prophetic Age, poetry, eloquence, etc was extensively done. Another proof supporting the view that fictional stories can be written is the hadith, “haraam is clear, halaal is clear”. It’s true, Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) never declared it haraam, niether did he say that it’s halaal. Of course, I respect the opinion of modern-day scholars that they allow it and encourage authors to utilize their writing skills. But, I’m still unsure about it, coz afterall there is no explicit proof from a primary source, i.e. either Quran or Sunnah. Perhaps, if I get a stronger proof of it’s permissibility, I would accept it. Anyway, I think it is a person’s choice at the end of the day, coz it’s not an issue of Aqeedah, or atleast I think. It’s a contemporary issue and upto the scholars knowledge to deduce an apt solution to this question. Personally, I’m planning to keep a hold on my interest of penning down fictional stories. But hey, no worries, I can still write memoirs (true narrations) or non-fiction stories, inshaAllah and hone my story-writing skills, inshaAllah. 🙂

Before I publish this, guys, whoever is reading this post right now, please share your views on this topic. What, according to your knowledge of Islam, do you think is the most right thing to do – Stay away from fiction writing, coz it’s doubtful or accept all these proofs and write? Jazakumullahu Khayr. Everything good in this post is from Allah and all mistakes are due to my ignorance or Shaytan’s handiwork. Forgive me for my errors, if any.

photo credit: google images

Christmas – Original or Innovated?

It’s that time of the year again where you see Christmas trees, Santa Clauses, red and white candy bars, mistletoes everywhere you go. More than two million Christians world over celebrate this much awaited “religious” festival, a very sacred time for family get-togethers, prayers and celebrations. But, how many of them really bother to go back in history and find out the origins of Christmas? Was Jesus really born on the 25th of December? What’s the story behind Christmas trees? Who is this Santa Claus? Blah, blah and blah. Now, you may ask me why am I, being a Muslim, bothered about all this? Well, I have many reasons, the prime ones being – Christianity is an Abrahamic faith – i.e. a sister religion to Islam, so we have the same roots. Same origins. We can come to common terms provided we talk it out. Clarify our doubts, share true knowledge with each other, etc. Therefore, this post. Another reason is, Prophet Isa (عليه السلام) is our Prophet, he was a Prophet of Islam. And, this whole issue about Christianity is something that is based on him. SO, as a Muslim, I kinda feel obliged to clarify what I can and what I have knowledege of, inshaAllah. Yup, so without any further ado, let’s dig into the history of Christmas.

Was Jesus really born on the 25th of December?
NO.
No, Jesus was NOT born on December 25. There are no known accounts of the exact date of birth of Jesus. Moreover, biblical research has shown that December 25th cannot, in any way, be the birthday of Jesus. SO, the very basis of Christmas is flawed. If the person whose birthday you are celebrating was not born on that day, then what’s the use of partying? The day which is special for supposedly being the birth day of Jesus is not special anymore, coz now you know the truth. For the record, Jesus was NOT born on December the 25th! Don’t believe these words coming from the tongue of a Muslim? Well then, google it. There are umpteen number of knowledgeable religious Christian personalities who have confessed this fact.

So then, How did Christmas come about?
Christmas was not celebrated by Jesus ever, nor did his disciples celebrate it. It was a known fact by the early Christians that celebrating birthdays is a pagan custom. I’m sorry, but this is another blow to your beliefs. Yes, that’s right – Birthday celebrations are not from Christianity. The early Christians didn’t celebrate their own birthday, let alone Christmas. Christmas has its roots in paganism. Christmas is purely pagan.
Who exactly introduced Christmas into the religion? I don’t really know the exact details of this. But, I’ll share what I do know for sure. It’s said that, more than 3 centuries after the death of Jesus, there was some monk who guessed that probably Jesus was born on 25th December and that it should be celebrated as his birthday. Wow, what a noble deed, right? WRONG. It’s not a noble deed. Firstly, the monk wasn’t even sure that Jesus was really born on 25 Dec or not! Secondly, Christianity is a revealed religion, it “was” pure, until people like this monk and others stepped foot on earth. How can anyone, in his right mind, introduce something new and false in his religion? It’s akin to blasphemy. Anyway, let’s quit talking about this saint. What he did was a test for him and his affair rests with the Lord.
This idea of celebrating birthdays of “gods” was rooted in the pagan reilgions of Greece and Rome. When Christianity spread to these countries, the practices of these pagan people seeped into Christianity. For example, the day of worship was shifted from Saturday to Sunday, because Apollo who was the “sun” god used to be worshipped on this day. Christmas came about due to influence from another festival named Saturnalia – the day dedicated to the worship of Saturn – the roman god of harvest/agriculture. So, when the fields were harvested, rites of worship used to be dedicated to Saturn, gifts used to be exchanged, etc.

What about the Christmas trees?
Now that you are kinda getting the hang of the true story of Christmas, I think you would have guessed the reality of the Christmas trees as well. Yup, it too is rooted in paganism! People have different versions of how it all started. One of the stories goes all the way to Scandinavia. The people there used to believe in tree gods. If they wanted to ask something from god or say thanks, they used to knock on the tree trunk, thinking that god lived in the trees. Knock on wood. Does that ring a bell? People used to hang everygreen boughs on their doors, etc to keep evil away. The evergreens remained green throughout, even in winter, so that was a sign of everlasting life and so these were chosen for being Christmas trees.

Who is this Santa Claus guy?
Santa Claus DOES NOT exist now. It’s your parents/elder siblings sneaking in the late hours of the night and wrapping up presents and placing it under your Christmas tree or tucking it in socks. I’m so sure kids are pretty intelligent nowadays to realize this falsehood at an early age. I don’t really need to talk on this one, coz the world knows. Santa Claus is a national lie. Period.

All of this that I’ve written up here was from my knowledge and what I’ve read over a few years. I didn’t bother to link each and every of my statement to some authentic source. Therefore, my post may be prone to errors. I apologize for that. However, the main purpose of this post was to point at the crux of the matter i.e. Christmas is NOT originial. It is innovated. Adopted from paganism! I just introduced you to this issue of whether Christmas is real or fake. Now, it’s upto you. The choice is yours. You can either close this tab, forget all about this post and happily celebrate Christmas or you can research further on this issue, find out the truth, look deep into your heart and decide for yourself.. Are you gonna follow the religion of God? Or are you gonna follow the religion of some ignorant pagans (some of who thought god lived in trees 😐 )!?!

Here are some links to give you a headstart for your research on Christmas:

http://www.ucg.org/bible-faq/when-was-jesus-christ-born-was-jesus-born-december-25-christmas-day

http://www.history.com/topics/christmas

http://www.history.com/topics/santa-claus

http://www.history.com/topics/history-of-christmas-trees

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Look Beyond What You See…

Assalamu’alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatuhu,

It’s been a long long time that I last posted on this blog. But no, it wasn’t writer’s block alhamdulillah, just some personal obligations and a pinch of laziness added to it. Anyway, I’m so glad that I’m here again writing a special post for a special occasion & a special person, Alhamdulillah!

Alhamdulillah, yesterday was Youm-ul-‘Arafah i.e. the Day of ‘Arafah. I hope all of us, who were not performing Hajj this year, had kept our fasts. SubhanAllah, the blessing of fasting on this day is great, really great. Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) told us that whoever fasts on the day of ‘Arafah will have their previous year’s and coming year’s sins forgiven! SubhanAllah ya’ani, If this was a special promotion offer in a supermarket – it would read something like this – “Buy ONE day of your life for fasting, and have your TWO years – previous and next year’s sins forgiven.” I don’t think that there’ll ever be any offer greater than this one! subhanAllah, Allah ‘azza wa jal has made so much of ease in our lives that we can never fathom the deepness of blessings that we have been showered with. There are many more blessings attached to the day of ‘arafah, but I think I’ll save it for another post, inshaAllah, coz I’ve logged into wordpress for a special reason – to share the recipe of a totally new food for thought, which I’m sure you guys will find utterly delicious, inshaAllah.

Our life in this world is short-lived. We’re so busy that it’s difficult to admire these li’l things in life – the li’l things in life like the vastness of the sky, like the random smile that a baby gives you, like a glass of cold water that quenches your thirst. All these are insignificant aspects of our lives. But if we just spare a few minutes for reflection, maybe 10 minutes in all, we would realise that we are in fact so so blessed by Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala.
There are some beautiful people in life with whom you can share a mere 10 minute talk in 5 months, maybe, and yet those mere 10 minutes bring a warm smile on your face, making you feel good for at least that one day, subhanAllah. I don’t know if you guys have ever met such people in life, but I sure have Alhamdulillah. And this special post is dedicated to one such special person, whom I’ve never ever seen, never ever met, don’t know her much, talk to her rarely, sometimes, even just once in 6 months, yet that small talk gives me happiness that lasts for a complete day, Alhamdulillah. I guess, this quality is special to us Muslims, that happiness of knowing that there’s someone out there who talks to you solely for the sake of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala. No personal gains, no nothing. Just a simple talk for the sake of Allah, a small salaam once in a while, inquiring about each other’s well-being, just that. SubhanAllah.

If you’re reading this, dear special person :P… I want to tell you that I thank Allah ta’ala for having the opportunity to know you, Alhamdulillah. May Allah ‘azza wa jall unite us in Jannatul-Firdaws. Ameen. I don’t know if at all we will keep in touch often, maybe we’re miles apart, perhaps we just talk very very rarely but those few minutes are special for me Alhamdulillah, and I see that as a blessing from Allah ta’ala. InshaAllah ta’ala I’ll try to keep you in my dua’as for as long as I have a good memory inshaAllah ;)…and I ask you to keep me in your duas too. I pray to Allah ta’ala that you achieve the goals that you’ve set for yourselves, that you become a very pious Muslimah and that all your pure dreams come true. Ameeeen!!!

Through this small post, I hope I’ve conveyed my message to people out there who don’t spare time to reflect. There are great lessons, great blessings packed for us in small packages- all we gotta do is sit in some nice quiet place and reflect, inshaAllah. Perhaps, you too have some special friend like mine with whom you talk rarely, but when you do he/she brings an instant smile on your face, or perhaps you haven’t thanked your mom for the tasty food she cooks for you, or perhaps you haven’t admired that li’l sparrow perching on your window, perhaps you haven’t seen the beauty in the slow steps that you grandparents take with their fragile feet, perhaps you haven’t seen the twinkle of happiness in the eyes of the li’l beggar children playing on the streets. Go for it, look beyond what you see! Try this for once and see great surprises appear before you ..almost like magic.

Lastly, I wish a very very very happy, blessed and scrumptious Eid –Ul Adha :P…to all my fellow Muslims reading this post and a special Eid Mubarak to Miss Doctorji! 😉

تقبل الله منا و منكم أعمال الصالحة

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