Describing Oneself

Assalamu Alaikum Dear Readers,

Many often we are confronted with this question: “Describe Yourself”. And we all know how difficult a question it is to answer.

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There are two ways you can describe yourself. One is with respect to the external factors. And the other is with respect to the emotions you experience. You can write down the tags that you can think of yourself and classify it into two buckets. Just write down whatever that comes to your mind one after the other, without ‘thinking’ and being judgmental .

I described myself with respect to the external factors, and it followed this pattern:

Name, profession, place of origin, date of birth, income etc..

Then described myself with respect to how I felt, and tag cloud looked something like this:

Seeker, Weak, Lucky, Guided, Sinner, Forgiven, Loved, Happy, Ignored, Accepted, Bachelor,  Writer, Friend, Friendless, Sad, Depressed, Desperate, Angry, Lonely, Optimistic, Careless,  Insensitive, Empathetic, Bold, Stupid, In-calculative, Spendthrift, Chaotic, Grudger, Impatient, Tender, Loving, Lovable, Caring, Young, Mature, Immature, lustful, Tired, Unforgiving, Creative, …

(You can see positive and negative emotions and even conflicting tags, but they all fit in in different contexts.)

It is the second category that constitutes a life for any person, no matter who he is. And when Allah asks you to “Describe Yourself”, it is this category He is looking into.

When we inspect who we are, do our tags match with those of our Prophet whom we say we follow?

Layers of knowledge and Understanding.

Bismillahi Arrahmani-rraheem..

Assalamu Alaikum ,

Three people, one totally blind the second a colour blind and the third with normal sight live in the same place. But no matter how much you talk to the blind, he cannot understand the concept of ‘seeing’. You can never make him understand what a ‘colour’  or ‘shade’ is. A colour blind person cannot understand colours, but he can understand shades. The normal people see things normally. So three different people ‘sees’ the world differently.

Even though they live at the very same place, one is living in a different world from the other. Think of the case when a blind person suddenly gets sight or a colour blind person gets the ability to see colours. Even though at the very same place, it wouldn’t be same any more for them. In fact it will be nothing like what they perceived or imagined before. They will be joining the ‘world’ of the third man thereafter.

This is the difference we get to experience when Allah opens up our heart and gives us a new ‘sight’ (which is why we we call ‘insight’). There are so so many layers of knowledge, awakening and enlightenment which gets revealed one after the other. And it is a supreme pleasure when Allah opens it. They form to be the new guidance and the new light with which you can live in the hitherto unknown ‘world’.

And at such moments I feel the rush of communicating it to others but I’m completely stuck. I know for sure that even if I speak out, they will not pick it up.

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tworoses2When a family goes to watch a romantic movie, different people pick it up differently. For a child, he has his own understanding of the love portrayed in that movie. And for his mind, that is a complete understanding.. But grown up people are influenced in a totally different way.
It is of no use for a grown up man to try to convey the message of it to a child. The child’s understanding is going to be totally different. See how knowledge is protected!! Even if you try your best, you cannot transfer it to everyone. Allah will raise that child, cause changes in his body and heart and then he himself will start knowing those things!

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It is the same way in spiritual understandings too. Thus Allah holds full copyright over his secrets!!  Such knowledge will reside only in the hearts which Allah chooses. May Allah include us all among such people.

The great Shaikh Abdul Qader Gilani (R.A.) (also called Ghousul A’zam) had said ” Allah has opened for me seventy doors within each knowledge. And each of the doors are as wide as to include the sky and the earth.”

Ali (R.A.) told,”If I were to write down my understanding of Al-Fathiha, it would be bulkier for seventy camels to carry it.” See, Al-Fathiha is after all a very small chapter in Qur’an with only seven verses. What is there in it which if you write down will be running into tons of pages? That was the knowledge residing in the heart of Ali (R.A.).

Our Prophet (S.A.) had once recited Bismi (meaning: In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. ) in prayer  twenty times where as it is recited normally only once. Each time it was recited at a different level, with a different state and understandings.

Where are those meanings? For us the entire Qur’an, let alone Fatiha, is only one small book.

Regards,
Abdul Muneer P.K.

On humanity and being religious..

Salaams to dear readers, This post forms part of an email conversation between me and one of my friends. After typing a reply, I thought it could be a good reading for everyone. So I am pasting it directly here..


“I am more of a spiritual person than a religious person.” – nowadays the term ‘religious’ has become a misnomer which people can take in any way.. “Spiritual” is the right word. I have read a similar reply from A.R.Rehman in one of his interviews in The Hindu. When he was asked if he was a religious person, he told he would describe himself as spiritual rather than religious as that word has come to have wrong implications these days.

But in the true sense what is religion other than the connection we have with Almighty? What is it other than the bondage and relationship enjoyed between Almighty and His friends. And how are we going to experience it if we put aside the world we live in?

take away your face which gives you your identity to the world
take away your body which always works for you as your most loyal servant
take away your heart which always beats so that you may live
take away your parents through whom you came and grew up
take away your friends who fill your life with joy and comfort
take away your job through which you earn your bread

take away the air you breath and the water you drink
take away the rivers, the mountains and the seas which controls the weather
take away the earth, the sky and all the heavenly bodies

take away all that you got from creations
take away all the creations together
If you do so, then where is the connection left between you and God?

Allah says in Qur’an, “East and the West belongs to Allah”. Again He says “wherever you turn your eyes, you will see My Face”. We should be able to see His face on any one regardless of he is a Muslim or a Hindu. We should be able to see his face on all that you can see and percieve.

Ahmad Kabir Rifai(May Allah be pleased with him) was a great saint of Islam. Once while walking with his disciples he heard a cry of a dog. When looked back he saw a badly wounded dog fighting with its infections. One of the disciples had thrown a stone or something and that was what made it cry at that time. He stopped there and asked his disciples to proceed. He took the dog with his hands (notice that dogs are considered dirty, but that doesn’t stop you from helping it) and walked back to his home. He cleaned it, applied medicines and took care. Once it regained its health, he took it and dropped at the place where he had originally found it, as that was the most familiar place for it and it would be more comfortable there.

Ahmad Kabir Rifai(May Allah be pleased with him) did this out of his love towards Allah, not out of any fascination for the dogs. The verses from Qur’an that were mentioned above had got into his life. He loved Allah so much so that all His creations became his too. May Allah make us too like such great people.

But the majority is not like that. Allah says, “they have eyes but they see not, they have hearts but they percieve not”. Islam lets you see that which we see not. If u had truly understood the beauty of islam, u wouldn’t have said “My religion is Humanity first and then Islam“. You would have found that the latter is more than enough a word for the former.


My Prophet…2

Assalamu Alaikum,

When Rasool(S.A) was walking with a few companions (R.A), a non believer lady called him ‘muaddam’.

Allah gave Nabi the name Muhammed (S.A). Nobody had this name untill prophet’s birth. This name means ‘the praised’. Even when we say Al Hamdulillah which means all praise belongs to Allah, Rasool is also called ‘Praised’. No other creation has this status.

Now she has called exactly the opposite..
Rasool(S.A.) didn’t pay any attention but Sahaba (companions) were furious. Noticing this, Rasool told the Sahaba, “Allah has given me the name Muhammed and not muaddam. How did it occur to you that she was calling me when she shouted ‘muaddam’?

On hearing this from Rasool, the fury of Sahaba got vanished.

Disarmed and humiliated, the lady immediately shouted “O Muhammed, I meant you only”.
Rasool replied ,”Yes, Muhammed- that is me. Muaddam- I don’t know him”.

May Allah send His Blessing on our Rasool.

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My Prophet

Assalamu Alaikum,

A history student knows that Muhammed(SA) is a prophet of Islam. He knows that the Prophet was born in Mecca to parents Abdullah and Aamina (May Allah be pleased with them). He has learned the biography of Prophet in detail. Including his childhood as an orphan. The Prophet was under the care of Halima(RA) and then of Abu Thalib.

The history student has also learned that the Prophet started preaching Islam since he was 40. He will tell you about Prophet’s messages and the development and growth of Islam in that society. He will tell you about the hardships the Prophet suffered during his mission.

The history student has studied the personal life too. If you want to know about Prophet’s wives and children, ask him.

He will also tell you in detail about the journey he made to Medina, his triumph over Mecca and his last moments on this earth at Medina.

My brother, you boast of being a Muslim. What more than a history student do you know about your Prophet? Is there any knowledge within your heart which is beyond the grasp of historians?

Love,

Abdul Muneer

Khalifa Ali (RA)

 

 

Assalamu Alaikum,

In a battle, Islam’s fourth Khalifa Ali (RA) had almost conquered an attacker. Ali (RA) had got on top of the befallen enemy and was about to kill. It was then the other guy spat on Khalifa’s holy face. To his extreme surprise, Ali (RA) quickly got up and left. Unable to perceive this gesture he went back to Ali (RA) and asked explanation,” One would have killed me at once. I made such a provocation and you instead left me free. What made you do that?”

The Khalifa replied, “I’m fighting for the sake of Allah and acting according to His will. When you spat on my face, I got angry. If I were to kill you then, it would have been out of my anger. I would be guilty in front of Allah for ending the life of a human for my sake.”

That was the level of purification Rasool (SAW) gave to his disciples. It was a test from Allah and Ali (RA) could recognize it in that very nick of time. He never ever let his nafs take over him. Any ordinary man would have failed there.

If we are not purified like that, our first job is to attain that purification. Fighting against our own nafs is the real fight. Rasool (SAW) described it as the greatest battle.

But what is happening now? Fanatics, powered by nafs and fuelled by shaithan, hijack Islam. They call themselves Jihadis. They say they are fighting for Religion. But what they really do is just venting their cultivated anger and hatred. They will have to answer before the Lord for killing His creations and destroying His Religion.

In Islam anger and hatred towards the creations of Allah has no place. Even a tree should not be cut without a proper cause.

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If it was not for His immeasurable Love toward the creations of Allah, lakhs of people wouldn’t have surrendered their hearts and whatever else they had at the feet of Rasool (SAW).

May Allah guard His Deen through us, May Allah make us true copies of our beloved Prophet (SAW). Aamin.

Love,

Abdul Muneer

ISLAM / Ahl-u-Sunnath val Jama’ath..3

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Assalamu Alaikum,

Allah says

Didn’t You see one who belies his religion?
That is he who repels the orphan
And urges not feeding the needy (107:1-3)

Subhanallah..

It is to be noted that even if one happens to miss one of the compulsory prayers, he doesn’t go out of the religion. It attracts displeasure from Allah and he makes himself at a loss. But those who repel the orphans and turn away from needy people are out of Islam itself..

If they are out, who cares about their ‘worships’?

Notice that Allah addresses them as ‘they/that is he’ in the second verse, indicating the separation.

All the compulsory prayers, and other actions are applicable only for those who satisfy the more basic condition of being kind towards the creations of Allah.

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This is Allah’s Love towards His creations.

This is the Real Islam.. This is the way of our leader prophet Muhammed(SAW) and His followers.

Alhamdulillah (All Praise to Allah).

Love,

Abdul Muneer