Muhammad Salman Jilani Karachi Pakistan
Ramzan In Quarantine
Muslim fraternity all across the globe is blessed with the month of Ramzan once again, but this time, the sprees that muslims used to be amused with, and the hustle-bustle associated with this holy month, seems to be missing somewhere in the sheds of so called heavensent covid-19.
Following this extremely unpleasant pendamic situation, a desperate question arises here that how one can comply with all the Islamic teachings billed as a direct path to the Paradise.
The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said:
"When Ramadan enters, the devils are chained.”
In the backdrop of aforementioned Hadith, the simpliton muslims ( a vast majority ) begin to think that we are chained like Satans in this month of Ramzan in so called lockdown, and that is entirely against the teaching of islam.
They consider this lockdown halts them from their devotion for islam, and from the means of God's proximity, but the facts are other way round.
With regards to prayers and inclination towards the worshipping, Ramzan consists of it's three stages (ashra), and susceptibility of the Muslims in the first stage of the holy month has always been in their full swing with religious fervour. But gradually they begin to forget that remaining two stages are from the same month. In the second and third stage of Ramzan normally most of the so called enthusiasts keeping their emotions apart and get roped in shopping sprees, and intentionally join mixed gathering in bazars being oblivious to the Islamic values.
Given the divine isolation (according to my view point), this month of Ramzan might be quite contrasting from the previous one where we gradually ignored it's sanctity and spiritual features.
Let's catch a glimpse at some prominent features of this wholly Holy month.
1. The Holy Quran
The holy Quran was revealed in this month.
2. The Night of Decree
One night ( qadar ) is better than thousand months.
3. Tarawih ( ritual night prayer )
You enjoy listening to the complete Quran.
4. Atikaaf ( retreat to mosque )
You Stay in the mosque during the last stage of the month.
In my view point these main attributes of the blessing month can easily be accomplished more religiously, more spiritually, and most all more ethically in the isolated life of lockdown and shutter down. We have a good opportunity to affiliate ourselves to the holy book, the book of wisdom, and the book of ultimate solution to the humanity.
In point of fact, we are to capture the (Laylatul-Qadr) in the last ten days of Ramzan due to no clear sign from the God, so we become oblivious to capturing this blessing night in a so called unintentional manner in our shopping extravaganzas and business activities. We have another chance to capture another feature of the holy month.
As far as the tarawih is concerned, this non-obligatory congregational praying can be performed with the exquisiteness of togetherness with the your organic family.
This sacred togetherness may bring about a beautiful chang to nurture a positive environment for the future ahead.
Since the life has been already unsocial so we have a good opportunity to meditate as per Islamic teaching while keeping ourselves all alone, ensconced in the the God's mercy, safe and secure.
I would like to conclude this piece of writing with humility towards God that taking precautionary measures is not against the reliance on God, or rather it is extremely as per Islamic doctrine. Islam is not just a religion it is a complete code of life ( دین ).
أَعُوذُ بِكَلِمَاتِ اللَّهِ التَّامَّاتِ مِنْ شَرِّ مَا خَلَقَ
"I seek refuge in the perfect words of Allah from the evil of that which He has created."
------------ thank you very much-------
Islam of Islamabad
The rift amoung the people of Pakistan keeping the role of Tariq Jameel, an influential Islamic scholar, ahead is in it's penical these days.
Keeping his double standards to the front, one specially youth from the so called screen agers can put his personality under the limelight of their memes.
Molana is one of those who enjoys in leading his life in a honeymoon period either be it is democratic government or be it is dictatorial rule, molana always enjoys his sanctity in view of rulers through the Goggles of incumbent powers.
Just because he is sacred heavensent religious figure, one
can't accuse him of being prejudice overtly and candidly.
But the way he is heading chair in the private meetings as well as official one and the way he is invited by many famous influential figures and authoritarian elite class, some stains may be oberseved on his demur white dress.
Let's take a look at some, historically non-controversial, people who are always close to the everyone's heart.
Imam Abu Hanifa ( R.A )
He was poisoned due to the fact that he denyed to resort any portfolio from the incumbent government of that time's.
Imam Nisaaie ( R. A )
He was martyred due to the fact that he denyed from writing an eulogy in his book as per government's wish.
Nizam ud din Oliya ( R. A )
He had two gates in his khankaah ( a building where Sufism is taught and practiced ) for which he often said, " If an emperor enters through one gate, I will be out through the other gate".
These are all the set example from the chosen one, from the sacred one that how they remained away from the doors of emperors.
Now it is all up to Tarik Jamil that he descide which way leads which way. He is to remain close to the palace of an emperor or he is to stay close to the doors where he used to be a roll model.
" The jury is still out "