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Re: A few Verses each day
« Reply #15 on: August 30, 2009, 04:31:16 PM »
Sura Baquarah contd. (Day 7)

Verse 2.8 talked about those who say they believe in Allah, yet are arrogant, ungrateful and do not support what is just – these people are defined as ‘hypocrites’ by Allah, i.e. they are not true to the words they say. Allah continues with the characteristics that identify such people.

2.9 “Fain{1} would they deceive Allah and those who believe but they only deceive themselves and realize (it) not!”
Such people happily feel that they are smarter than those who are humble, grateful and show piety to Allah. Do such people really believe that Allah will not understand? Do they think their claim to belief will be left untested?
“Do men think that they will be left alone on saying "We believe" and that they will not be tested?” [29.2]

Allah summarises His overall test plan for all mankind below:
“To thee (Prophet Muhammad pbuh), We sent the Qur’an in truth confirming the scriptures that came before it and guarding it (the Qur’an) in safety; so judge{2} between them by what Allah hath Revealed and follow not their vain{3} desires diverging from the truth that hath come to thee. To each (peoples) among you (mankind) have We prescribed a Law and an clear way{4}. If Allah had so willed He would have made you a single people{5} but (His plan is) to test you in what He has given{6} you: so strive as in a race{7} in all virtues. The goal of you all is to Allah{8}; it is He that will show you the truth of the matters in which ye dispute (with each other).” [5.48]

Despite being fully aware of the Creator, many people who claim to be ‘religious’ still are not humble and grateful and do not do as believers do [49.15]. Yet, if simple questions are asked of these people, the reply is uniform … Allah:
“Say: "Who is it in whose hands is the governance of all things who protects (all) but is not protected (by any)? (Say) if ye know." They will say "(It belongs) to Allah." Say: "Then how are you deluded?"” [23.88 – 23.89]

Allah calls this a double standard or hypocrisy a disease:

2.10 “In their hearts is a disease; and Allah has increased their disease and grievous is the penalty they (incur) because they are false (to themselves)”
Once Allah has completed His cycle of tests on an individual who is false to his own or her own words, in this case a ‘hypocrite’, He shuts the possibility of future improvement by way of punishment! This is withdrawal of further opportunity to believe similar to the case of declared disbelievers (Verse 2.7). The following Verse asks a very logical question:
“To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and on earth and to Him is duty due always: then will you fear other{9} than Allah?” [16.52]

The word ‘false’ has other implications – in addition to being false to the concept of ‘belief’, one goes against one’s own innate hunger for peace and satisfaction:
“Those who believe (are those) whose hearts find satisfaction in the remembrance of Allah: for without doubt in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find satisfaction.” [13.28]

If one feels that it is wealth, etc. that gives satisfaction, Allah categorically points out:
“That it is He Who gives wealth and satisfaction;” [53.48]

Some of us make mental or verbal promises, i.e. make a covenant{10} with Allah:
“Amongst them are men who make{11} a covenant with Allah that if He bestowed on them of His bounty they would give (largely) in charity and be truly amongst those who are righteous.” [9.75]

“But when He did bestow of His bounty they became covetous{12} and turn back (from their covenant) averse (from its fulfillment).”[9.76]

“So He hath put as a consequence hypocrisy into their hearts (to last) till the Day whereon they shall meet Him: because they broke their covenant with Allah and because they lied (again and again).”[9.77]

Verses 9.75 – 9.77 above clearly talk about people who classify themselves as having faith, e.g. they pray to Allah and call themselves ‘Muslims’! Those who make mental or verbal promises during prayers in return for favors, yet become ungrateful and arrogant after the favor is granted. Therefore, simply classifying oneself as a ‘Muslim’ is not automatic ‘faith’! One has to very seriously evaluate his/her state of faith or ‘Iman’. It is only by developing a proper understanding of faith through contemplating on the Qur’an and practicing accordingly would one gain success in faith.

Imagine a situation where one has applied for a job. The person prays to Allah to grant him/her the job. The person then arranges a bribe to be paid to a board member. Thinking that this may not also work, the person arranges for a political party person to put in a good word. Do the thought processes of such a person demonstrate that the person believes that Allah is exclusively the Giver of everything? In Bangla, the expression that describes the thoughts in this situation would be, “jodi ekta leigga jai!” Allah clearly answers the question in our heads:
“(The answer will be:) "This is because when Allah was invoked as the only (object of worship) you did reject Faith but when partners were joined to Him you believed! The command is (only) with Allah Most High Most Great!"” [40.12]

Also, if any find this unacceptable, Allah says:
“Verily We have propounded for men in this Qur'an every kind of Parable: but if thou bring to them any Sign the Unbelievers are sure to say, "You do nothing but talk vanities" Thus does Allah seal up the hearts of those who understand not.”
[30.58 – 30.59]
               
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{Notes}:
{1} Fain: happily or gladly (Encarta Dictionary)
{2} Judge: decide what is just and what is wrong.
{3} Vain desires: desires arising from arrogance, conceit and pride (Encarta Dictionary)
{4} Clear way: straight forward, easy to follow path – ‘clear way’ is used in place of ‘Open Way’ translated by Abdullah Yusuf Ali.
{5} Single people: i.e. people without differences.
{6} Given: Allah has given us everything; our beings, physique, beauty, status, wealth, health, children, qualities, skills, success, failure, food, or absence of any of these things.
{7} Race: synonyms of race are given as contest, competition, sprint, etc. It is the differences between people that allow us to exercise our virtues.
{8} Allah: Allah has originated all you have and constantly supports you. Just as in a company one looks to please the ‘boss’ as it is the boss who hands out the paycheck, in a similar manner we should look to please Allah as He is the Creator, Giver and Sustainer. The test is whether we worship the things given by Allah or Allah Himself.
{9} Other: many fear poverty, fear loss of status among peers, fear not being ‘in’ with the crowd, etc., if they are humble and demonstrate their gratitude by being pious.
{10} Covenant: synonyms given are agreement, contract, treaty, pledge, etc., i.e. we hastily make mental or verbal promises to Allah in return for certain favors like getting us out of trouble or a promotion, etc.
{11} Make: the researcher has used ‘make’ in the present continuous tense instead of ‘made’ in the past tense, to complete the sense in English. Once Allah has completed His Part of the agreement, it is just that we follow through with our promises.
{12} Covetous: greedy
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Re: A few Verses each day
« Reply #16 on: August 30, 2009, 05:22:14 PM »
THE SUPERIOR CHARACTER TRAITS OF A BELIEVER

1. He or she should be vigilant against the wiles of Shaytan
2. should have understanding, tolerance and forgiveness
3. should have steadfastness
4. should utter good words
5. should have thoughtfulness
6. should have hospitality
7. should have mutual peace and respect
8. should avoid anger and dispute
9. should avoid suspicion and gossip
10.should avoid sarcasm
11. should have self-sacrifice
12. should act fairly
13. should have honesty
Those who worship the natural elements enter darkness (Air, Water, Fire, etc.). Those who worship sambhuti sink deeper in darkness. [Yajurveda 40:9]; Sambhuti means created things, for example table, chair, idol, etc.

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Re: A few Verses each day
« Reply #17 on: August 31, 2009, 03:42:56 PM »
Sura Baquarah contd. (Day 8)

The preceding Verses 2.9 and 2.10 talk about people who claim belief in Allah, yet who feel that they are wiser than those who are humble{1}, grateful to Allah and do good work. They may feel or even say, “Bhalo manusher toe aei prithibitay jaiga nai”. Some such people look for ‘clever’ ways to make a living. If any one comments on their ways of making money, Allah characterizes the response of such people in the next Verse:

2.11 “When it is said to them: "Make not mischief on the earth" they say: "Why, we only want to make peace!"”
To help us understand, Allah gives examples of ‘mischief on earth{2}’ from those who received Revelation before us.
“And We gave (clear) warning to the Children of Israel in the Book that twice would they do mischief on the earth and be elated with mighty arrogance” [17.4]

The fact that one wants to resort to evil ways to earn a living is an expression of disbelief in the blessings and provision of the Creator. Allah reminds us of the demonstrations of His Blessings and provision to the Children of Israel and instruction not to do ‘mischief on earth’:
“And remember Moses prayed for water for his people; We said: "Strike the rock with thy staff." Then gushed forth from there twelve springs. Each group knew its own place for water. So eat and drink of the sustenance provided by Allah and do no evil nor mischief on the earth.” [2.60]

One of the ways of promoting ‘mischief on earth’ is given in the Verse below:
“…They learned from them the means to sow discord{3} between man and wife…” [2.102]

Verse 2.102 refers to the time of Solomon regarding learning magic from the evil ones [35.6] among the “Jinn{4}”. It also tells us that the Jinn taught “how to sow discord between man and wife”. This is one example of how to, in the name of peace, create mischief on earth, i.e. provide catalysts for people to sin. An example therefore would be people who promote, in the name of entertainment, display of women in seductive poses in glossy magazines, advertisements, television, movies and on the Internet. What effect does such display have on our youngsters and, in particular, on marriages in our society? Do any other current day examples of people or groups creating a source for strife in the name of peace come to mind?

2.12 “Of a surety they (themselves) are the ones who make mischief but they realize (it) not.”
Such people make apparent profits out of doing ‘mischief’ and have a false sense of power; however, Allah makes clear…
“The House of the Hereafter We shall give to those who intend not high-handedness nor mischief on earth: and the End is (best) for the righteous.”
[28.83]
Allah asks about how justice should be implemented?
“Shall We treat those who believe and work deeds of righteousness the same as those who do mischief on earth? Shall We treat those who guard against evil the same as those who turn aside from what is right?” [38.28]

Hypocrites suffer from delusions of grandeur and feel that they are one-up on those who are humble, grateful to Allah and do good deeds.

2.13 “When it is said to them: "Believe as the others believe" they say: "Shall we believe as the fools believe?" Nay of a surety they are the fools but they do not know.”

Hypocrites believe people who are humble and content with their lot to be fools! They feel that it is money that will ensure satisfaction and safety from all ills. Allah explains their underlying motivation:
   â€œYou will indeed find them of all people most greedy of life even more than the idolaters; each one of them wishes he could be given a life of a thousand years;...” [2.96]

Hypocrites’ greed exceeds that of an idolater! As a mark of belief, it is obligatory for a believer to put complete trust in Revealed Verses, if not then:
“They will further say (on the Day of Judgment): "Had we but listened or used our intelligence we should not (now) be among the Companions of the Blazing Fire!"”
      [67.10]
Hypocrites claim that they also believe, giving ‘lip service’ to believers, however, Allah reveals their inner thoughts and secret counsels:

2.14 “When they meet those who believe they say: "We believe" but when they are alone{5} with their evil ones they say: "We are really with you we (were) only jesting."”
Allah warns us as to the trial of the ‘evil ones’. Just as Allah tested the belief of Adam and Eve, Allah tests us each of us to see whether we understand who Allah is.
“O you Children of Adam! Let not Satan seduce you in the same manner as he got your parents out of the garden stripping them of their raiment to expose their shame: for he and his tribe watch you from a position where ye cannot see them: We made the evil ones friends (only) to those without faith.” [7.27]

The evil ones including Satan among the Jinn are only there to test mankind’s belief in the Omnipotence and Knowledge of the Creator! With invitations of the ‘evil ones’ those without faith would move further away from the purpose for which they were created!
“"Did I not enjoin on you O ye children of Adam that ye should not worship
Satan; for that he was to you an enemy avowed?” [36.60]

“So, by thy Lord, without doubt We shall gather them together and (also) the Evil Ones (with them); then shall We bring them forth on their knees round about Hell.” [19.68]

2.15 “Allah will throw back their mockery on them and give them rope in their trespasses; so they will wander like blind ones (to and fro).”
The expression “give them rope” in the Encarta Dictionary is given as to give somebody enough rope to hang himself or herself, i.e. to give somebody enough freedom to make mistakes or irrevocably reveal his or her shortcomings. Allah explains this:
“Say: "If any men go astray (Allah) Most Gracious extends (the rope) to them. Until when they see the warning of Allah (being fulfilled) either in punishment or in (the approach of) the Hour they will at length realize who is worst in position and (who) weakest in forces!” [19.75]

The current world is a test of free-will Allah gives us opportunities and rope to do as we please. Hypocrites are deluded and feel that they are on the right path, when in actual fact they are wandering in darkness.
               
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{Notes}:
{1} Humble: by definition, a humble person understands who is the Sole Giver and who is it that only receives, i.e. that human beings are totally dependent on the Creator for everything and that thereby there is nothing to be arrogant about.
{2} Make mischief: do something that acts as a source of harm or trouble to others, e.g. activities that may lead others to harm themselves/others or carry out sinful activities.
{3} Discord: disagreement, conflict, friction, dispute, argument, etc. (Encarta Dictionary)
{4} Jinn: Allah tells us that He created the Jinn from ‘fire free of smoke’ [55.15]
{5} Alone: alone with their thoughts influenced by the ‘evil ones’.
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« Reply #18 on: September 01, 2009, 11:48:35 AM »
Sura Baquarah contd (Day 9)

The preceding Verses 2.11 to 2.15 talk about people who feel that humble and grateful persons are fools. Many such people feel that they are self-made and do activities that incite others to sin, yet they claim to be spreading peace! Allah tells us that these people only fool themselves and that He has given them ‘rope’ to prove the ultimate punishment in store for them. These people, who feel that they are above Guidance (which of course, is only for fools), only fool themselves. Allah tells us what these people have accomplished in the next Verse:

2.16 “These are they who have bartered Guidance{1} for error: but their traffic{2} is profitless and they have lost true direction.”
Whatever achievements such people have will not be of any benefit to them…
“Do they not travel through the earth and see what was the end of those (who lived) before them? They were more numerous than them and superior in strength and in the traces{3} (they have left) in the land: yet all that they accomplished was of no profit to them.” [40.82]

They are blinded by the splendor of their apparent achievements, without acknowledging who created them and who has given them the ability and the success in their endeavors.
“It is We who have placed you with authority on earth and provided you therein with means for the fulfillment of your life: small are the thanks that ye give!”
[7.10]
To help us understand, Allah gives an analogy of how such people are blinded by their achievements.

2.17 “Their similitude is that of a man who kindled a fire; when it lighted all around him Allah took away their (own) light{4} and left them in utter darkness so they could not see.”
Achievements may lead to self-praise and pride, so much so that we are blinded by our own arrogance. Did we create our own abilities and successes – or did the Creator give us abilities and create situations so that we can flourish? Who gives us success?
“And He gives you of all that you ask for. But if you count the favors of Allah never would you be able to number them: verily man is given up to injustice and ingratitude.” [14.34]

The Qur’an and history are replete with stories of arrogant people and the end they met:
“Do they not travel through the land so that their hearts (and mind) may thus learn wisdom and their ears may thus learn to hear? Truly it is not their eyes that are blind but their hearts which are in their breasts.” [22.46]

2.18 “Deaf, dumb and blind they will not return (to the path).”

In the Verse quoted below, Allah gives an analogy of those whose ‘hearts’ are deaf, dumb and blind. How many of us say our prayers mechanically and feel that we have done our duty? When we attend Friday prayers, to how many of us is this an automatic response to the call/cry of a ‘Moazzen’? How many go to the mosque with other purposes in mind, e.g. to show off cars, discuss achievements, have a chance meet with a big shot, etc? How many go there to bare their souls, thank the Creator and seek forgiveness?
“The parable of those who reject faith is as if one were to shout like a goat-herd to things that listen to nothing but calls and cries; deaf dumb and blind they are void of wisdom. O you who believe! Eat of the good things that We have provided for you and be grateful to Allah if it is Him you worship.”[2.171 – 2.172]

“And the places of worship are for Allah (alone): so invoke not anyone along with Allah” [72.18]

2.19 “Or (another similitude) is that of a rain-laden cloud from the sky; in it are zones of darkness, and thunder and lightning: They press their fingers in their ears to keep out the stunning thunder-clap the while they are in terror of death. But Allah is ever round the rejecters of Faith!”

The Creator supports and sustains all regardless of whether or not they believe that all blessings are from Allah. The rain-laden cloud is a simile of a person puffed up with pride and arrogance riding high. The arrogant person likes the good that has been given to him, but does not want to know, hear or evaluate the bad or warnings of death – while it is the same Creator who gives good, bad and warnings of death.

Allah has created everything – the cloud, the contained rain, zones of darkness, thunder and lighting. This points to man, the reasons for his arrogance, various experiences, warnings and tests. All experiences are given so that man understands the truth of the Creator and is grateful. Who holds up the clouds [24.43, 30.48]? The warnings and signs of Allah are not heeded by those who feel that they are self-made and give themselves credit for all that they have – acknowledging the Creator would diminish their self-image! They therefore do not want to know!

2.20 “The lightning all but snatches away their sight; every time the light (helps) them they walk therein and when the darkness grows on them they stand still. And if Allah willed He could take away their faculty of hearing and seeing; for Allah hath power over all things.”

These people do not realize that they constantly need the Creator even to see what they are doing! They use faculties and resources given by Allah to do what pleases them. When Allah removes any resources, these people either despair or do nothing. They do not evaluate the power of their Creator. If Allah wanted, He could totally remove His Mercy – will they not understand?
“It is He Who brought you forth from the wombs of your mothers when ye knew nothing; and He gave you hearing and sight and intelligence and affections: that ye may give thanks (to Allah).” [16.78]

Summary: The Originator and Sustainer of everything and every moment has succinctly categorized the natures of His creation in Verses 2.2 to 2.20. The three categories given apply to all intelligent beings that have freewill. Of these, Verses 2.6 – 2.7 cover the declared disbelievers. The remaining Verses cover those who say they believe in a Creator and a Day of Judgment. As the Qur’an is addressed primarily to those who claim belief in Allah, among these are those who do actually believe, Verses 2.2 – 2.5 and those who do not, in actual fact, believe – the hypocrites (Verses 2.8 – 2.20). The hypocrites are actually disbelievers! As the credit for sustaining every moment belongs to Allah, an arrogant person therefore cannot be a believer. Anyone who wishes to be sincere about his/her belief needs to seriously classify his or her own status as a ‘believer’ by comparing these Verses to their individual characteristics.
               
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{Notes}:
{1} Guidance: they feel that they are above the Creator’s Guidance as they have found ‘clever’ ways to make money to live a good comfortable permanent life?
{2} Traffic: The Encarta Dictionary gives synonyms of traffic as to-ing, fro-ing, commerce, trade, business, dealings, transactions and negotiations.
{3} Traces: signs of the work that they did.
{4} Light: Human beings need ‘light’ to see.
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Re: A few Verses each day
« Reply #19 on: September 02, 2009, 02:34:39 PM »
"A believer is frank and decent, whereas a wrongdoer is deceitful and blameworthy." Sahih Al Bukhari
Those who worship the natural elements enter darkness (Air, Water, Fire, etc.). Those who worship sambhuti sink deeper in darkness. [Yajurveda 40:9]; Sambhuti means created things, for example table, chair, idol, etc.

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« Reply #20 on: September 02, 2009, 06:36:26 PM »
Sura Baquarah contd (Day 10)

Verses 2.2 to 2.20 divide mankind by nature of belief – those who believe and those who don’t. Among those who do not believe, there are two categories – the majority being those who say that they believe, but in fact are hypocrites. It is imperative that we understand these categories, as it would be quite illogical to say “I believe in the Creator 50% or the Creator’s Wisdom 50%!” or “I believe in Him when I need Him” as a matter of convenience – either we have a Creator or we don’t!

The next Verse is a commandment for mankind’s benefit:

2.21 “O you people! Adore{1} your Guardian-Lord who created you and those who came before you that you may have the chance to learn righteousness.”
Why should we adore our Creator? Elsewhere in the Qur’an, Allah says:
“It is Allah Who has made for you the earth as a resting place and the sky as a canopy and has given you shapes{2} and made your shapes beautiful and has provided for you Sustenance of things pure and good such is Allah your Lord. So Glory to Allah the Lord of the Worlds!” [40.64]

“He is the living (One): There is no god but He: Call upon Him giving Him sincere devotion. Praise (credit) belongs to Allah Lord of the Worlds (exclusively)!”
[40.65]
The earth is our learning ground – our stay here is temporary [6.98]. We have been given the opportunity to learn and find out and do what is proper and ‘just’ – if we do not learn and also do what is just we will have wasted our time on earth. After the Day of Judgment, from Hell [35.36] many will cry out:
“Therein will they cry aloud: "Our Lord! Bring us out: we shall work righteousness and not the (deeds) we used to do!" Did We not give you long enough life so that you would receive admonition? And (moreover) a warner{3} came to you. So taste you (the fruit of your deeds): for the wrongdoers there is no helper."”
[35.37]
Allah continues to tell us who He is in the next Verse:

2.22 “Who has made the earth your couch{4} and the heaven your canopy{5}; and sent down rain from the heavens; and brought forth therewith fruits for your sustenance; then set not up rivals{6} unto Allah when ye know (the truth).”
Who are ‘rivals’ and how does man set up these rivals? What truth do we inherently know? Allah explains:
“When some trouble touches man he cries{7} unto his Lord turning to Him in repentance{8}: but when He bestows a favor upon him as from Himself (man) doth forget{9} what he cried and prayed for before and he does set up rivals unto Allah thus misleading{10} others from Allah's Path. Say "Enjoy thy blasphemy for a little while: verily thou art (one) of the Companions of the Fire!"”
[39.8]
In our day-to-day lives, how many times does ‘trouble’ touch us? The gravity of trouble varies from small things that cause us tension or stress to life threatening situations. Trouble can be relationships problems, exams, illness, competition, problems leading to success or failure, fear of poverty, not having children, etc. As human beings, what do we do in these situations and whom do we initially approach?

Allah tells us in Verse 39.8 that we pray or cry directly{11} to the Creator.  Verse 41.51 tells us that some of us go into prolonged prayer{12} when in trouble! This indicates that we know who{13} helps us out of trouble – we know the truth and we do pray directly to the Creator. Allah asks:
“…Who (is it that) listens to the (soul) distressed when it calls on Him and who (is it that) relieves its{14} suffering and makes you (mankind) inheritors{15} of the earth? (Can there be another) god besides Allah? Little it is that ye heed!”
[27.62]
Is it right and just that we thank Allah directly when the wish or prayer is granted or the trouble relieved? What do we actually do when the Creator helps us out of the trouble? Among others we thank or credit are: our own intellect [41.50, 45.23], the means used, our luck, our ‘lucky charms’, religious leaders, ‘pirs’, ancestors, imagined deities, prophets, etc. Instead of thanking Allah, any that we credit or thank are rivals to the One who actually deserves our thanks!

The day-to-day troubles that we encounter are our moment-by-moment tests to check whether we actually believe!
“Be sure We shall test{16} you with something of fear and hunger some loss in goods or lives or the fruits (of your toil) but give glad tidings to those who patiently{17} persevere” [2.155]

“Do men think that they will be left alone on saying "We believe{18}" and that they will not be tested?” [29.2]

If we pray directly to the Creator asking for something, we effectively create a ‘contract’ where to keep our side of the bargain we need to thank Him! If instead of thanking Him we credit others we ‘blaspheme’ – we commit the worst possible sin! At this point, those who disbelieve would look for excuses. One excuse would be to doubt the origin or the translation of the Words of the Qur’an.
               
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{Notes}:
{1} Adore: synonyms of adore are given as worship, honor, admire, venerate, be keen on, adulate, etc.
{2} Shapes: Allah has honored each of us by making each of us unique and giving us an individual personality – this indicates the amount of importance and love He has placed on each individual.
{3} Warner: A ‘warner’ can be the Creator’s books or a person who explains the Creator’s message to you.
{4} Couch: sofa, divan, settee, etc.
{5} Canopy: Awning, cover, shelter, roof, covering, etc.
{6} Rival: Someone equal, competitor, a match, counterpart, peer, opponent, etc (Encarta Dictionary) – in this case, it will be someone or something that we give equal or greater priority than the Creator.
{7} Cries: human beings inherently know that it is the Creator that will help them out of trouble.
{8} Repentance: to entice a favour out of the Creator, human beings often ask for forgiveness and/or make promises of becoming righteous or/and doing good.
{9} Forget: once the favour is granted, i.e. the trouble is relieved; human beings demonstrate their disbelief by crediting themselves or others, for getting out of trouble.
{10} Misleading: crediting others involves announcing/accepting or declaring that other beings/things have the same power to relieve – the Power that we called upon when we initially got into trouble, e.g. “if you go to that doctor, you are sure to have a baby; we got one as well”
{11} Directly: regardless of religious affiliation, human beings pray directly to the Creator when in trouble.
{12} Prayer: for example, Muslims seek the Creator via their prayer ‘salah’.
{13} Who: we inherently know who has the power and who is the only Being that can help relieve the trouble that we are in. See Verse 6.106.
{14} Its: the soul’s suffering.
{15} Inheritors: receive land, wealth, characteristics or qualities as a result of it being passed down.
{16} Tests: each test presents an opportunity to demonstrate our belief in the Creator and thereby be righteous.
{17} Patiently: i.e. those who do not lose faith and keep up their prayers to the Creator.
{18} Believe: the people described in Verses 2.8 to 2.20 claim that they ‘believe’ in the Creator!
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Re: A few Verses each day
« Reply #21 on: September 03, 2009, 03:48:04 PM »
Dear Sir

The number of people who are arrogant, so called self made, ungrateful to Allah, 'Blind, Deaf and Dumb' as The Qur'an says has been increasing in an increasing way over the years, i observe. Yes you are right. We say we believe but do we really believe? Allah says in the glorious Qur'an (interpretation of the meaning) that will you believe some part of the book then and some not?  For example, i have found some of my believer colleagues enjoying feast in the hidden room in the time of fasting during this Ramadan.

I have personally observed that people, who have studied arts such as literature, drama, politics, language, philosophy, fine arts, mass communication, business, history etc, are more likely not to believe in GOD or believe partly.  On the other hand, people who have studied Medical Science, Physics, Chemistry, Theology, Engineering, Neurology, Quantum Science and other science subjects are found to be believers. Why so?

People who study subjects related to human beings & society find that some religions are created by human beings themselves. They worship false gods. But we muslims don't worship such false gods.

Very few people think deeply, study theology and try to find out the truth. It's our duty to remove the misconceptions of the people regarding Islam.

Please keep writing....Zazakallah. May Allah accept all your efforts, ameen
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Re: A few Verses each day
« Reply #22 on: September 07, 2009, 01:50:59 PM »
Dear Shibli,

Yes, since I am myself an engineer by study and profession, I look at life from the engineering point of view - how has Allah made all this? I marvel each day at the blessings given. Things we take for granted, e.g. creation of water and the feeling of freshness having taken a shower. If we as engineers made robots would we think of creating a system where the robot could clean itself, more so feel fresh after cleaning itself?

Was it necessary for Allah to give a feeling of freshness? To do so, can you imagine the number of nerve endings leading to the brain that He has created to give us this feeling? In addition, how many of us enjoy showers on a hot summers day? Is it difficult to work out why we call Allah, Raheem?

Literature people, language people read books by Bernard Shaw, etc. who have all tried to prove in eloquent language the non-existence of the Creator. If the Creator exists, they unfortunately become 'created' beings. Eloquent language also has to be created and given as a potential. Our credit is then only in the desire to use such language and not in the creation. We are then no longer 'gods' as we would have others imagine.

Contrary to this understanding, the humblest of us all - Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is the most famous of us all, in all books of mankind.

Does this make sense?

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Re: A few Verses each day
« Reply #23 on: September 07, 2009, 02:09:09 PM »
Yes you are right, sir. Scientists are Not eliminating God, they are eliminating models of Gods, false gods that many people worship.

Islam is the most misunderstood religion in the world because hundreds of books are being written against it everyday.

A religion should be judged not by its followers, but by its scriptures.

They say, 'There is nothing but our existence in the world. We die and we live and nothing destroys us except for time.' They have no knowledge of that. They are only conjecturing(guessing). (Surat al-Jathiyah: 23-24)

Bernard Shaw said, "if Muhammad (pbuh) were alive today, he would succeed in solving all those problems which threaten to destroy human civilization in our times."

We all should study philosophy, theology n spirituality to understand that belief goes with logic
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« Reply #24 on: September 07, 2009, 02:10:41 PM »
Sura Baquarah contd. (Day 11)

Verses 2.21 and 2.22 tell us that when in trouble we know and realize Who [7.172] is the only One that can help us out of trouble. When out of trouble or when success is achieved we credit ourselves or others, instead of thanking/crediting the Creator who gave us relief/success. Denying credit to the One who deserves credit is disbelief [40.12]! At this point, those who find this logic unacceptable would look for excuses. One excuse would be to doubt the origin of the Verses.

2.23 “And if you are in doubt as to what We have revealed from time to time to Our servant then produce a Surah like thereunto; and call your witnesses or helpers (if there are any) besides Allah if your (doubts) are true.”
Allah replies to possible excuses one may look for:
“Or do they say "He forged it"? Say: "Bring then a Surah like unto it and call anyone you can besides Allah if it be you speak the truth!"” [10.38]

Can there be anyone else other than our Creator to send ‘Revelations’? It is the Creator who has told mankind how to achieve salvation/success, through His prophets and books in the various ages. The books are addressed to those who are apprehensive of the Day when they will have to stand in front of their Creator and be accountable for the life and blessings that the Creator has given.

Allah has given a challenge to those who doubt these words. This is not an empty challenge! Neither is it to be taken lightly! Even feeling that this does not apply to oneself is doubt or disbelief! If in doubt, follow through and check out any suspicions! This is a very serious matter – a matter that will decide your fate on the Day of Judgment!

2.24 “But if you cannot and of a surety you cannot{1} then fear the fire whose fuel is Men and Stones{2} which is prepared for those who reject Faith.”
If you do not follow the commandment given in Verse 2.21 after the clear explanations given, you have sealed your own fate by using your own free will! All that is left is for you to be told what will happen to you after the Day of Judgment! These words themselves will stand witness that you were clearly instructed and given a chance to follow – but you rejected Allah’s words!

Allah asks:
“Did you then think that We had created you in jest{3} and that you would not be brought back to Us (for account)?” [23.115]

“We created not the heavens the earth and all between them but for just{4} ends. And the Hour is surely coming (when this will be manifest)...” [15.85]

The Creator has given man free will. Can free will be meaningful without responsibility and accountability? For those who take heed and acknowledge these words, Allah says:

2.25 “But give glad tidings to those who believe and work righteousness{5} that their portion is Gardens beneath which rivers flow. Every time they are fed with fruits there from they say: "Why this is what we were fed with before" for they are given things in similitude{6}; and they have therein companions (pure and holy); and they abide therein (for ever).”
By worshipping Allah we are not doing Him a favour! He does not need our worship! By worshipping Him, we are simply being grateful for all that He has given us – the favour is on us and we are simply doing what is right and just by thanking Him!
“And Moses said: "If you show ingratitude you and all on earth together (it makes no difference to Allah) yet is Allah Free of all wants, Worthy of all praise.” [14.8]

By acknowledging and thanking Him, we fulfill the purpose of our creation – we become righteous! Allah does [6.132 – 6.135] want to give each of us the “Gardens beneath which rivers flow” – but it is right or just that the righteous get this – those who command what is right and just and do what is right and just.

2.26 “Allah disdains not to use the similitude of things lowest as well as highest{7}. Those who believe know that it is (the) truth from their Lord; but those who reject Faith say: "What means Allah by this similitude?" By it He causes{8} many to stray and many He leads into the right path but He causes not to stray except those who forsake (the path).”
To help human beings understand, Allah uses similes – He gives us similar examples. On earth we also have a taste of good things – we will have similar things after the Day of Judgment in our permanent life. Those who do not believe will continue to doubt examples given by Allah and will thus move further away from the path of faith. Allah defines evil:
“To those who believe not in the Hereafter applies the similitude of evil: to Allah applies the highest similitude: for He is the Exalted in Power Full of Wisdom.”
[16.60]
Allah explains by a simile what He means by ‘cause to stray’:
   â€œRelate to them the story of the man to whom We sent our Signs{9} but he passed them by: so Satan followed him up and he went astray. If it had been Our will We should have elevated him with our Signs; but he inclined to the earth and followed his own vain desires.  His similitude is that of a dog: if you attack him he lolls out his tongue or if you leave him alone he (still) lolls out his tongue. That is the similitude of those who reject our signs; so relate the story; perchance they may reflect.” [7.175 – 7.176]

Allah has given us intelligence to work out who has originated what – Who is the Provider and who is the receiver? Who is the One with Wisdom and who is the one created to learn? If we understand the above Verses and exclusively credit Allah without being arrogant, we will have fulfilled the purpose of our creation! If we don’t, would there be any difference between human beings and beings without intelligence?
               
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{1} Cannot: Allah has challenged hypocrites to produce a Sura similar to any given in the Qur’an; those who take on the challenge would certainly fail.
{2} Stones: The imagery is striking worth serious consideration! Can one imagine the temperature of a fire where stones are charcoal? At what temperature do stones melt inside a volcano? In this case, both stones and human beings will be used as charcoal to keep the blaze alive!
{3} Jest: synonyms for jest are joke, prank, hoax, etc. We have been created for a very specific purpose.
{4} Just: synonyms for just are ethical, moral, justified, correct, proper, appropriate, good, etc. The purpose of sending intelligent humans to earth is to separate those who support the Truth from those who don’t.
{5} Righteousness: synonyms of righteousness are given as virtue, morality, justice, decency, uprightness, honesty, etc. It is the Creator’s right to be acknowledged as the one who Gives Blessings.
{6} Similitude: synonyms of similitude are given as similarity, resemblance, likeness, sameness, etc.
{7} Highest: The Creator has no problems with similes – He is the Creator of every single thing!
{8} Causes: Allah explains this in Verses 7.174 to 7.177. To hypocrites, Allah gives further opportunities to prove or disprove their false claim to belief – thus allowing them to seal their own fate. Allah does not force anyone to believe or disbelieve.
{9} Signs: Words of the Qur’an which can also be looked upon as Miracles as these carry wisdom from outside our realm.
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« Reply #25 on: September 09, 2009, 05:22:53 PM »
Sura Baquarah contd. (Day 12)

Words Revealed by the Creator and those crafted by man cannot be similar or of equal value. Verses 2.23 and 2.24 ask us to face our doubts regarding the Revealed Words and challenge all those on earth together to produce a Chapter like that in the Qur’an. If we say we believe, but do not adopt the Revealed Words in our daily lives, we will have proven our disbelief in the Creator. Verses 2.25 and 2.26 tell us that Allah helps us understand through analogies, however, these move hypocrites further away, as they do not wish to understand Verses such as 7.175 – 7.176. Verses 2.27 and 2.28 below question the attitude of hypocrites after they have professed ‘Shahadah’.

2.27 “Those who break Allah's Covenant{1} after it is ratified{2} and who sunder{3} what Allah has ordered to be joined and do mischief on earth{4}: such cause loss (only) to themselves.”
The first thing to be expected is when a pledge is made that it should be fully abided by. For those who pledged loyalty to the Prophet (pbuh), Allah says:
“Verily those who plight their fealty to thee do no less than plight their fealty to Allah: the Hand of Allah is over their hands: Then anyone who violates His oath does so to the harm of his own soul and anyone who fulfills what he has covenanted with Allah, Allah will soon grant him a great Reward.” [48.10]

Similarly, all ancestors in faith{5} entered into agreements or covenants with the Creator.
“Allah did aforetime take a Covenant from the Children of Israel and … Allah said: "I am with you: if you (but) establish regular prayers, practice regular charity, believe in My apostles, honor and assist them and loan to Allah a beautiful loan verily I will wipe out from you your evils and admit you to gardens with rivers flowing beneath; but…” [5.12]
And:
“From those too who call themselves Christians We did take a Covenant but they forgot a good part of the Message that was sent them:…” [5.14]

For those who pledge ‘Shahadah’:
“Fulfill the covenant{6} of Allah when you have entered into it and break not your oaths after you have confirmed them; indeed you have made Allah your surety; for Allah knows all that you do.” [16.91]

As with all legal agreements, the points agreed upon in a covenant are binding on subsequent descendents and heirs in the faith. If we profess to be of a certain faith, the code/rules agreed upon by our ancestors in faith are binding upon us. When we have entered into a covenant, it is just to honor it – this is what Allah indicates by joining that which should be joined.
   â€œThose who fulfill the Covenant of Allah and fail not in their plighted word; those who join together those things which Allah hath commanded to be joined hold their Lord in awe and fear the terrible reckoning;” [13.20 – 13.21]

Verses 13.20 and 13.21 give an example of giving one’s word to keeping one’s word. Here Allah points out that there are people who sunder or separate things that He has asked to be joined and do ‘mischief on earth’, i.e. tempt, cause or invite other people to sin including misguiding those who say they believe. The onus is on us to prove that we actually believe!

As an example for ‘mischief on earth’ we find:
“…Every time they{7} kindle the fire of war Allah doth extinguish it; but they (ever) strive to do mischief on earth.” [5.64]

Allah asks:
“What cause have you why you should not believe in Allah? And the Apostle invites you to believe in your Lord and has indeed taken your Covenant if you are men of faith.” [57.8]

Allah questions the logic of our belief in the next Verse:

2.28 “How can you reject the faith in Allah? Seeing that you were without life and He gave you life; then will He cause you to die and will again bring you to life; and again to Him will you return.
A little thought will show that among the things that we see, nothing can create itself nor can anything sustain itself without an external support or input. For example, human beings can neither create themselves nor can they survive without food, oxygen, etc. Before birth, we were without life and the Creator gave us life. As our Creator, Allah deserves priority in our day-to-day affairs, as is just and is His right as our Creator. Allah originated our life and will call each of us to account for our time on earth when we return to Him after death.
“It is He Who has created you from dust then from a sperm-drop then from a leech-like clot; then does He get you out (into the light) as a child: then lets you (grow and) reach your age of full strength; then lets you become old though of you there are some who die before; and lets you reach a Term appointed: in order that ye may learn wisdom{8}.” [40.67]

“Doth not man see that it is We Who created Him from sperm? Yet behold! He (stands) as an open adversary!” [36.77]

“The Unbelievers think{9} that they will not be raised up (for Judgment). Say: "Yea by my Lord you shall surely be raised up: then shall you be told (the truth) of all that you did. And that is easy for Allah."” [64.7]

All opportunities and every moment have/has been created by Allah for each individual to be grateful and demonstrate belief. Strengths/weaknesses are given by Allah as tests for which each is accountable.
         
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{1} Covenant: synonyms for covenant are agreement, pledge, promise, etc. When the first commandment of any Revealed religion is accepted or when ‘Shahadah’ (First Kalimah) is pronounced, one pledges to willingly accept and observe the rights of the Creator. Historically, the prophets and their followers entered into such Covenants with the Creator, as we do now when pledging ‘Shahadah’.
{2} Ratify: synonyms for ratify are endorse, agree upon, consent, confirm, etc.
{3} Sunder: synonyms for sunder are sever, cut, separate, divide, split, break, etc.
{4} Mischief on earth: do things that tempt, cause or invite others to sin.
{5} Ancestors in Faith: the first people who professed to the faith and expressed fealty to their prophet announcing the particular faith.
{6} Covenant: This equally refers directly to the oath of fealty taken at Aqaba and/or even individually when the oath of ‘Shahada’ is pronounced by a Muslim.
{7} They: (corollary) a believer cannot or may not incite war!
{8} Learn wisdom: our stay on earth is our chance to learn. A brief study of history and the world around us will reveal that evil gives birth to more evil and good gives birth to more good. Among the most remembered, honoured and revered human beings are the prophets who were among the most righteous of human beings. They are the ones to take example from.
{9} Think: think, feel or evaluate the fact that they will be held accountable for all their intentions.
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Re: A few Verses each day
« Reply #26 on: September 14, 2009, 12:44:15 PM »

To show that not following the ruling of Rasoolullaah (sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam) when a dispute occurs is a sign of hypocrisy, Allah (subhaanahu wa ta`aalaa) says:

"They say, We believe in Allah and in the apostle, and we obey; but even after that, some of them turn away; they are not (really) Believers. When they are summoned to Allah and His apostle, in order that He may judge between them, behold some of them decline (to come)....The answer of the Believers, when summoned to Allah and His Messenger, in order that He may judge between them, is no other than this: they say, "We hear and we obey"; it is such as these that will attain felicity." [Qur’aan 24:47-51]
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« Reply #27 on: November 04, 2009, 02:39:01 PM »
When a believer gives his/her word, it is a pledge and it is expected that the pledge be honored. Similarly, when the ‘Kalimah’ is pledged it is mandatory for a believer to give priority to Allah and work justice. Verse 2.27 clearly points this out. If we do not keep our word and do things that invite/cause others to sin, Allah questions our disbelief in Verse 2.28. Verses 2.29 – 2.31 below tell us that all the faculties and facilities we use are created by Allah. It is Allah who provides everything! Will we continue to be ungrateful and feel self-sufficient? How unjust can we be?

2.29 “It is He who hath created for you all things that are on earth; moreover His design comprehended the heavens for He gave order and perfection to the seven firmaments{1}; and of all things he hath perfect knowledge{2}.”
Allah has created all resources for human beings to enable them to live fulfilled lives:
“It is We who have placed you with authority on earth and provided you therein with means for the fulfillment of your life: small are the thanks that you give!” [7.10]

In addition to the things created on earth [17.70], Allah has also designed and created the seven heavens as a permanent home for those who are just. Abraham was just and therefore he said to his father and those around him:
   â€œ"(I worship) only Him Who made me and He will certainly guide me."” [43.27]

Having made and given all resources, do human beings have any responsibility? Allah defines the role of each [17.71] on earth:

2.30 “Behold thy Lord said to the angels: "I will create a vicegerent on earth." They said "Wilt thou place therein one who will make mischief therein and shed blood? Whilst we do celebrate Thy praises and glorify Thy holy (name)?" He said: "I know what ye know not."”

The term “vicegerent” means “ruler’s administrative deputy” or a deputy appointed to act on the authority of the ruler – what a great honor! Each created person is therefore the Creator’s deputy and has a responsibility towards the rest of the creation. What a beautiful and complete way to describe our individual ethical responsibilities towards the rest of the world!

Angels have no free will. They simply carry out Allah’s commandments to the fullest – thereby glorifying/obeying Him! Human beings on the other hand have been given faculties for learning, free will, responsibilities and accountability. Human beings have the capacity to understand and learn, be grateful and do what is right! Not having free will, angels do not have the capacity to understand freedom nor understand the ability to be independently righteous as human beings are designed to be. As an example, Allah clarifies this for Prophet David:
“O David! We did indeed make thee a vicegerent on earth: so judge thou between men in truth (and justice): nor follow thou the lusts (of thy heart) for they will mislead thee from the Path of Allah: for those who wander astray from the Path of Allah is a Penalty Grievous for that they forget the Day of Account.” [43.26]

“O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female and made you into nations and tribes that you may know{3} each other (so that you may understand human characteristics). Verily the most honored of you in the sight of Allah is (he/she who is) the most righteous of you...” [49.13]

“He Who created Death and Life that He may try which of you is best in deed{4}…” [67.2]

To demonstrate the differences between the angels and the newly created human being, Allah demonstrated the learning abilities of Adam:

2.31 “And He taught{5} Adam the nature of all things; then He placed these before the angels and said: "Tell Me the nature of these if you are right."”
Allah has placed a dictionary of all knowledge created for man in our brains. Learning involves making connections to the appropriate parts in the dictionary. Allah has not given the angels such ability. They can only do what is commanded and what they have been programmed to do. Man, on the other hand, has been given the ability to learn and use his knowledge and skills. Allah tells us:
“It is He Who has taught{6} the Qur'an. He has created man: He has taught{7} him speech (and Intelligence)” [55.2 – 55.4]

Regarding the nature of other things, Allah gives us examples:
“And thy Lord taught{8} the Bee to build its cells in hills on trees and in (men's) habitations;” [16.68]

The angels confirm the difference between man and angels in the next Verse.

2.32 “They said: "Glory to Thee, of knowledge we have none save that Thou hast taught us: in truth it is Thou who art perfect in knowledge and wisdom."”
The angels concede that they indeed do not understand and that is it Allah who is the Originator of all knowledge – Allah has programmed all that they know. In His Wisdom, He has created a separate breed of beings that have free will and have the capacity of learning and being “righteous”!
“"When I have fashioned him (in due proportion) and breathed into him (man) of My Spirit…” [15.29]

The Encarta dictionary gives the meaning of ‘spirit’ as “somebody’s will, disposition, sense of self or enthusiasm for living”. Allah has given each human being sense of independent self and free-will similar to Himself. Can there be a greater honor [17.70]? Allah has honored us as His deputies, have we taken up the responsibility?
                                                    
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{1} Firmaments: He has created seven heavens for human beings [41.12]. It is just that only the righteous inherit these [4.124].
{2} Perfect knowledge: Allah has perfect knowledge of all our secret thoughts and secret counsels [9.78]. All options and subsequent events are created; even the event of a leaf dropping [6.59] has been created.
{3} Know: differences help us understand human characteristics and thereby enable us understand our own natures. If we realize this and respect the differences, others will also respect us. Respecting others is part of being righteous.
{4} Best in deed: each of us has the resources and the potential to be the best in the unique abilities [2.148] that we have been given. The differences between individual human beings give the potential to practically demonstrate efforts at being righteous. For example, Allah has created poor people around rich persons. The nearby poor person is an opportunity for the rich person to demonstrate his/her righteousness. At the same time, the poor person will have some special abilities with which he/she can demonstrate his/her righteousness. It is the differences between human beings that afford opportunities to be righteous. Allah, most Wise, has created these differences. If Allah gave everyone equal resources and abilities, we would not only have very little to do, life would become totally uninteresting and boring – we would have little or nothing to do and thereby nothing to learn.
{5} Taught: made knowledge of all things intelligible to Adam, i.e. created the capacity to understand and learn.
{6} Taught: made heavenly knowledge (the Qur’an) intelligible to man.
{7} Taught: Allah has given man the ability for intelligent articulation.
{8} Taught: programmed as opposed to man’s ability to learn – the engineering architecture of beehives is identical throughout the world
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« Reply #28 on: November 07, 2009, 05:40:39 PM »

Belief in one God is the cornerstone of all religions_Mahatma Gandhi

Life with religion is like a ship without a rudder_M Gandhi
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মহান আল্লাহর জন্যই সমস্ত প্রশংসা যিনি বনী আদম সৃষ্টি করত তাদের হিদায়াতের নিমিত্তে তাদের মধ্য থেকেই নবী প্রেরণ করেছেন ও তাঁর নিকট দোয়া করতে শিক্ষা দিয়েছেন। হাজারো দরূদ ও সালাম মানবতার মুক্তিদিশারী মুহাম্মদ সাল্লাল্লাহু আলাইহি ওয়া সাল্লামের প্রতি। তাঁর পরিবার পরিজন ও সাহাবীদের প্রতিও রহমত বর্ষিত হোক।

সম্মানিত উপস্থিতি
আল্লাহ তায়ালাকে ভয় করে চলুন ও জেনে রাখুন দোয়া করা ইবাদাতের অন্যতম প্রকারের অন্তর্ভুক্ত। বিশিষ্ট সাহাবী হযরত নু'মান ইবন বশীর (রাঃ) থেকে বর্ণিত, প্রিয়নবী (সঃ) ইরশাদ করেন, “দোয়া করাই হলো ইবাদত।” অতঃপর তিনি পবিত্র কুরআনের একটি বাণী উদ্ধৃত করেন যার ভাবার্থ হলো, “তোমাদের পালনকর্তা বলেন, তোমরা আমাকে ডাক, আমি সাড়া দেব। যারা আমার ইবাদাতের অহংকার করে তারা সত্তরই জাহান্নামে দাখিল হবে, লাঞ্ছিত হয়ে।” (সূরা মু'মিন, ৬০)
এ বাণীগুলো সুনানে আবু দাউদ ও তিরমিযীতে বর্ণনা করা হয়েছে। এটি হাসান তথা উত্তম হাদীস হিসেবে পরিগণিত। মহান আল্লাহ তাঁর নিকট দোয়া করার জন্য অনেক আয়াত ইঙ্গিত প্রদান করেন, তা কবুল হওয়ার ওয়াদা করেন ও দোয়া প্রার্থনাকারী অনেক নবীদের জন্য প্রশংসাবাণী উল্লেখ করে ইরশাদ করেন- “তারা সৎকর্মে ঝাঁপিয়ে পড়ত, তারা আশা ও ভীতি সহকারে আমাকে ডাকত এবং তারা ছিল আমার কাছে বিনীত। (সূরা আল আম্বিয়া, ৯০)

তিনি আরো উল্লেখ করেন যে, বান্দার অতি নিকট থেকে তিনি তাদের ডাকে সাড়া প্রদান করে থাকেন। এ মর্মে ইরশাদ করেন- “আর আমার বান্দারা যখন তোমার কাছে জিজ্ঞেস করে আমার ব্যাপারে বস্তুত আমি রয়েছি সন্নিকটে। যারা প্রার্থনা করে, তাদের প্রার্থনা কবুল করে নেই, যখন আমার কাছে প্রার্থনা করে। কাজেই আমার হুকুম মান্য করা এবং আমার প্রতি নিঃসংশয়ে বিশ্বাস করা তাদের একান্ত কর্তব্য, যাতে তারা সৎপথে আসতে পারে।” (সূরাতুল বাকারাহ, ১৮৬)

মহান আল্লাহ তার বান্দাদেরকে সর্বাবস্থায় বিশেষত বিপদ-মুসিবতে তাঁর প্রতি কাকুতি-মিনতিসহ দোয়া করার নির্দেশ প্রদান করেন। তিনি আরও জানিয়ে দেন যে, একমাত্র আল্লাহ ব্যতীত আর কেউ বিপদগ্রস্ত ব্যক্তির করুণ আহ্বানে সাড়া দেয় না। তিনি ইরশাদ করেন- “বলতো কে নিঃসহায়ের ডাকে সাড়া দেন যখন সে ডাকে এবং কষ্ট দূরীভূত করেন?” (সূরা আন নামল, ৬২)

পবিত্র কুরআনে বিপদগ্রস্ত ব্যক্তিদের আল্লাহ তায়ালা থেকে মুখ ফিরানোর কারণে তাদের প্রতি ভর্ৎসনা করা হয়েছে। তিনি ইরশাদ করেন- “আর আমি কোন জনপদে কোন নবী পাঠাইনি, তবে এমতাবস্থায় যে, পাকড়াও করেছি সে জনপদের অধিবাসীদিগকে কষ্ট ও কঠোরতার মধ্যে, যাতে তারা শিথিল হয়ে পড়ে।” (সূরা আল আরাফ, ৯৪) এ মর্মে পবিত্র কুরআনে আরো ইরশাদ হয়েছে- “আর আমি আপনার পূর্ববর্তী উম্মতদের প্রতিও পয়গাম্বর প্রেরণ করেছিলাম। অতঃপর আমি তাদেরকে অভাব-অনটন, রোগ-ব্যধি দ্বারা পাকড়াও করেছিলাম যাতে তারা কাকুতি-মিনতি করে। অতঃপর তাদের কাছে যখন আমার আযাব আসল, তখন কোন কাকুতি-মিনতি করল না। বস্তুত তাদের অন্তর কঠোর হয়ে গেল এবং শয়তান তাদের কাছে সুশোভিত করে দেখাল, যে কাজ তারা করছিল।” (সূরা আল আন আম, ৪২, ৪৩)

একটি বিষয় চিন্তা করলে আমাদের আশ্চবাম্বিত হতে হয় যে, আল্লাহ তায়ালা সর্বদিক থেকে মুখাপেীহীন হওয়া সত্ত্বেও তিনি তাঁর বান্দাদের একমাত্র তাঁরই কাছে যাঞ্চা করতে বলেন শুধুমাত্র আমাদের প্রতি তাঁর অজস্র রহমত বরকতের ইঙ্গিত স্বরূপ। কেননা আমরাই তাঁর প্রতি সর্বেেত্র মুখাপেী। এ প্রসঙ্গে পবিত্র কুরআনে ইরশাদ হচ্ছে যার ভাবার্থঃ “হে মানুষ, তোমরা আল্লাহর গলগ্রহ। আর আল্লাহ; তিনি অভাবমুক্ত, প্রশংসিত।” (সূরা ফাতির, ১৫) আরো ইরশাদ হচ্ছে- “আল্লাহ অভাবমুক্ত এবং তোমরা অভাবগ্রস্ত।” (সূরা মুহাম্মাদ, ৩৮)

এ মর্মে হাদীসে কুদসীতে ইরশাদ হয়েছে- “হে আমার বান্দারা! আমি যাকে হেদায়াত দিয়েছি সে ছাড়া তোমাদের প্রত্যেকেই পথভ্রষ্ট। কাজেই আমার কাছে হেদায়াত চাও, আমি তোমাদিগকে হেদায়াত দেব। হে আমার বান্দারা! আমি যাকে খাদ্য দিয়েছি সে ছাড়া তোমাদের প্রত্যেকেই ুধার্ত। কাজেই আমার কাছে খাদ্য চাও, আমি তোমাদিগকে খাদ্য দেব। হে আমার বান্দারা! আমি যাকে কাপড় দিয়েছি সে ছাড়া তোমাদের প্রত্যেকেই উলংগ। কাজেই আমার কাছে কাপড় চাও,  আমি তোমাদেরকে কাপড় দেব। হে আমার বান্দারা! তোমরা রাত-দিন ভুল করে থাক, আর আমি সমস্ত গুনাহ মাফ করে দেই। কাজেই তোমরা আমার কাছে গুনাহ মাফ চাও, আমি তোমাদেরকে মাফ মরে দেব।” (সহীহ মুসলিম)

আল্লাহর বান্দাগণ
জেনে রাখুন দোয়া কবুল হওয়ার জন্য কিছু শর্ত রয়েছে, সেগুলো পূরণ না হলে সাধারণত দোয়া কবুল হয় না। মহান আল্লাহ দোয়াকারীর দোয়া কবুল হওয়ার ওয়াদা করেছেন। তিনি যেহেতু ওয়াদা খেলাফ করেন না, তাই আমাদের অত্যন্ত বিনীতভাবে তাঁর কাছে দোয়া করতে হবে। দোয়া কবুল না হওয়ার কতগুলো কারণ নিুে উল্লেখ করছিঃ

০ বান্দাহ যদি আল্লাহ কর্তৃক নির্ধারিত ফরযসমূহ লঙ্ঘন করে ও আল্লাহর নিষিদ্ধ কার্যাবলী ও তাঁর নাফরমানীতে লিপ্ত হয়ে থাকে, তাহলে দোয়া কবুল হয় না। এ মর্মে পবিত্র কোরআনে ফেরআউনের সাঙ্গ-পাঙ্গরা যখন পানিতে ডুবে মরছিল সে মুহূর্তে দোয়া করছিল, মহান আল্লাহ তাদের সে সময়কার দোয়া প্রত্যাখ্যান করে ইরশাদ করেনঃ “এখন একথা বলছ। অথচ তুমি ইতিপূর্বে নাফরমানী করছিলে এবং পথভ্রষ্টদের অন্তর্ভুক্ত ছিলে।” (সূরা ইউনুস, ৯১)

ঈমানদার ভাইগণ
দোয়া কবুল না হওয়ার আরো একটি উল্লেখযোগ্য কারণ হল হারাম খাদ্য-দ্রব্য ও পানীয় গ্রহণ করা, হারাম পোশাকাদী পরিধান করা। নবী করিম সাল্লাল্লাহু আলাইহি ওয়াসাল্লামের একটি বিশুদ্ধ হাদীস থেকে তার প্রমাণ মেলে। তিনি একদা এমন এক লোক সম্পর্কে আলোচনা করলেন; যে দীর্ঘ পথ সফর করেছে। ফলে তার অবস্থা হয়েছে  স্কো স্কো ও ধূলিমলিন। এমতাবস্থায় সে তার হাত দু'খানি আকাশের দিকে প্রসারিত করে, হে প্রভু, হে প্রভু, বলতে থাকে। অথচ সে যা খায় তা হারাম, যা পান করে তাও হারাম, যা পরিধান করে তাও হারাম। এককথায় তার জীবন ধারণের সবকিছুই হারাম। সুতরাং কিভাবে তার দোয়া কবুল হতে পারে?” (সহীহ মুসলিম) এ মহান হাদীস থেকে বুঝা যায়, হারাম আয়-উপার্জন দ্বারা সংগ্রহীত যাবতীয় খাদ্য-পানীয় ও বস্ত্র গ্রহণ করা হলে তা দোয়া কবুল না হওয়ার বড় কারণ দাঁড়ায়। এ মর্মে প্রিয় নবীর আরো একটি হাদীস প্রণিধানযোগ্য, তিনি ইরশাদ করেনঃ “তোমার রান্নাঘরের (তাতে যা রান্না করা হয় তা হালাল কিনা তার) পবিত্রতার দিকে ভালভাবে ল্য রেখো, তাহলে তুমি দোয়া কুবলকারীদের অন্তর্ভুক্ত হবে।” (মুসনাদে আহমাদ)

হযরত আবদুল্লাহ ইবন ইমাম আহমাদ তাঁর ‘আয-যুহদ' নামক কিতাবে উল্লেখ করেন, একবার নবী ইসরাইলের কতিপয় লোক পবিত্র থাকার নিমিত্তে এক জায়গায় যাওয়ার ইচ্ছা পোষণ করলে মহান আল্লাহ তাঁদের নবীকে নির্দেশ প্রদান করে বলেন, তোমরা একটি ভাল স্থানে যাওয়ার ইচ্ছা পোষণ করলেও মুক্তি পাবে না, কারণ তোমাদের শরীরে অবৈধ খাদ্য বিদ্যমান, তোমরা দোয়ার জন্য এমন হাতগুলো সম্প্রসারিত করছ যেগুলো নিরপরাধ লোকদের হত্যায় কলঙ্কিত, তোমাদের বাড়ী-ঘরে হারাম জিনিসে ভর্তি হয়ে আছে। কাজেই এখন আমি তোমাদের উপর অসন্তুষ্ট হলে তোমাদের তিই বৃদ্ধি পাবে।

সম্মানিত উপস্থিতি
উপরোক্ত বর্ণনা থেকে আমাদের সবার সাবধানতা অবলম্বন করা উচিত যাতে আমাদের খাদ্য-পানীয় ও কাপড়-চোপড় তথা জীবনের সর্বেেত্র হারাম থেকে সর্বাÍকভাবে মুক্ত থাকা যায়। তাতেই কেবল দোয়া কবুল হওয়ার আশা করা যায়।

০ দোয়া কবুল না হওয়ার আরো একটি বড় কারণ হল, একনিষ্ঠতা ও আন্তরিকতাশূন্য অবস্থায় দোয়া করা। কেননা মহান আল্লাহ খাঁটি বিশ্বাসের সাথে দোয়া করতে নির্দেশ দিয়ে ইরশাদ করেনঃ “অতএব, তোমরা আল্লাহকে খাঁটি বিশ্বাস সহকারে ডাক, যদিও কাফিররা তা অপছন্দ করে। অতএব তোমরা আল্লাহ তায়ালার সাথে কাউকে ডেকো না।” (সূরা আল জিন, ১৮)

উপরোক্ত আয়াতগুলো সুস্পষ্টভাবে ইঙ্গিত প্রদান করছে, যারা আল্লাহর সাথে অন্য কাউকে অংশীদার সাব্যস্ত করে, কবর পূজা করে, আউলিয়া ও সৎলোকদের কাছে মনষ্কাম হাসিলের জন্য মানত করে, যেমনিভাবে কবরপূজারীরা মৃতদেহ নিকট ফরিয়াদ করে, এ সমস্ত লোকদের দোয়া কখনো আল্লাহ কবুল করবেন না। কেননা তারা আল্লাহর সাহায্য-সহযোগিতা থেকে সম্পূর্ণভাবে বিমুখ হয়েছে।

হাদীস শরীফে বর্ণিত হয়েছে, রাসূলুল্লাহ সাল্লাল্লাহু আলাইহি ওয়াসাল্লাম ইরশাদ করেনঃ “বান্দা যখন স্বচ্ছলতায় আল্লাহর বিধান যথাযথভাবে পালন করবে, তাকওয়া অবলম্বন করবে আল্লাহ তায়ালা ঐ ব্যক্তির দুর্দিনে তাকে বিশেষ সহযোগিতা ও রহমত বর্ষণ করেন, ঐ ব্যক্তির সাথে আল্লাহর একটি বিশেষ সম্পর্ক গড়ে ওঠে। এর ফলে সে বিপদাপদে নাজাত পেয়ে থাকে। এ মর্মে হাদীসে কুদসীতে বর্ণিত আছেঃ মহান আল্লাহ ইরশাদ করেনঃ “আমার বান্দা আমার আরোপিত ফরয কাজের মাধ্যমে এবং নফল কাজের মাধ্যমে আমার নৈকট্য লাভ করতে থাকে। এভাবে (এক স্তরে) আমি তাকে ভালবাসতে থাকি। আর যখন আমি তাকে ভালবাসি তখন আমি তার কান হয়ে যাই যা দিয়ে সে শুনে, তার চোখ হয়ে যাই যা দিয়ে সে দেখে, তার হাত হয়ে যাই যা দিয়ে সে ধরে এবং তার পা হয়ে যাই যা দিয়ে সে চলাফেরা করে। আর যদি সে আমার নিকট কিছু চায়, আমি তাকে দেই। আর যদি আমার নিকট আশ্রয় চায় তাহলে আমি তাকে আশ্রয় দেই।” (সহীহ বুখারী)

যারা তাদের স্বচ্ছলতায় তাকওয়া অবলম্বন করবে মহান আল্লাহ তাদের বিপদের সময় সহযোগিতা করে থাকেন। যেমন ঘটেছিল তাঁর এক প্রিয় নবী হযরত ইউনুস (আঃ)-এর সাথে। যখন তাঁকে মাছ পেটে পুরে রেখেছিল। সে করুণ কাহিনীর কিঞ্চিত ইঙ্গিত প্রদান করে মহান আল্লাহ ইরশাদ করেনঃ “যদি তিনি আল্লাহর তাসবীহ পাঠ না করতেন তবে তাকে কিয়ামতের দিবস পর্যন্ত মাছের পেটে থাকতে হত।” (সূরা আস-সাফফাত, ১৪৪) যেহেতু তিনি একজন উন্নততর নবী ছিলেন এবং তিনি সর্বদা আল্লাহর তাসবীহ করতেন, সেজন্য আল্লাহ তাঁর কঠিন বিপদে বিশেষভাবে তাঁকে সাহায্য প্রদান করে বিশ্ববাসীর নিকট সত্যপন্থী ও তাঁর প্রতি নিবেদিতদের সহায়তার এক উজ্জ্বল দৃষ্টান্ত স্থাপন করেছেন এবং কিয়ামত পর্যন্ত মাছের পেটে থাকা থেকে তাঁকে নিষ্কৃতি প্রদান করেন।

অন্যদিকে ফিরাউন মহান আল্লাহর অস্তিত্বে অস্বীকার করে বিদ্রোহী হয়ে উঠে। অবশেষে সে তার সাঙ্গপাঙ্গ সহ নীল নদে ডুবতে থাকে এক পর্যায়ে ঈমানের ঘোষণা দিতে থাকে। কিন্তু সে সময়ের ঈমান আনা তার কোন উপকারে আসেনি। সে সত্যটি পবিত্র কুরআনে সুন্দরভাবে ফুটে উঠেছে। যার ভাবার্ত নিুরূপঃ

“আর বনী ইসরাইলকে আমি পার করে দিয়েছি নদী। অতঃপর তাদের পশ্চাদ্ধাবন করেছে ফিরআউন ও তার সেনাবাহিনী দুরাচার ও বাড়াবাড়ির উদ্দেশ্যে। এমনকি যখন তারা  ডুবতে আরম্ভ করল, তখন বলল, ‘এবার আমরা বিশ্বাস করে নিচ্ছি যে, কোন মাবুদ নেই তাঁকে ছাড়া যাঁর উপর ঈমান এনেছে বনী ইসরাইলরা।” (সূরা ইউনুস, ৯০)

ফিরআউন ও তার সহচরদের যেমন আল্লাহর উপর খালিস বিশ্বাসের অভাবে ঈমান নসীব হয়নি, তেমনি এ  যুগেও যারা বিভিন্ন মানুষের দোহাই দিয়ে ওয়াসিলা করে তাদের দোয়াও আল্লাহ কবুল করবেন না,  কেননা তারা ইসলাম ও ইবাদাতের নামে বিদয়াত প্রবর্তন করত মূল ইসলামের চরম তি সাধন করেছে। ইসলামের কোথাও এ ধরনের ওয়াসিলার সঠিক প্রমাণ মেলে না; আল্লাহ কোন ব্যক্তির বা তার মর্যাদার ওয়াসিলা দিয়ে দোয়া করার বিধানও প্রবর্তন করেননি; বরং তিনি শুধুমাত্র তাঁর কাজেই দোয়া করার নির্দেশ প্রদান করেন। ইরশাদ হচ্ছেঃ “আর আমার বান্দার যখন তোমার কাছে জিজ্ঞেস করে আমার ব্যাপারে- বস্তুত আমি রয়েছি সন্নিকটে। যারা প্রার্থনা করে, তাদের প্রার্থনা কবুল করে নেই, যখন আমার কাছে প্রার্থনা করে। (সূরা আল বাকারাহ, ১৮৬) তিনি আরো ইরশাদ করেনঃ “তোমাদের পালনকর্তা বলেন, তোমরা আমাকে ডাক, আমি সাড়া দেব।” (সূরা মু'মিন, ৬০) এতে প্রতীয়মান হয় যে, আমাদের শিরক ও বিদয়াতমুক্ত দোয়া থেকে সম্পূর্ণভাবে মুক্ত থাকতে হবে যার খেলাপ আজ কোথাও কোথাও পরিলতি হচ্ছে।

বান্দার দোয়া কবুল না হওয়ার আরো একটি কারণ হল অমনোযোগী ও আন্তরিকতাশূন্য অবস্থায় দোয়া কর। এ মর্মে হাদীসে ইরশাদ হচ্ছেঃ “তোমরা এ অবস্থায় দোয়া করবে যাতে তোমরা তা কবুল হওয়ার ব্যাপারে দৃঢ় বিশ্বাস পোষণ কর, জেনে রেখো মহান আল্লাহ গাফিল ও অমনযোগীদের দোয়া কবুল করেন না।” (হাকিম)

মু'মিন বান্দার দোয়া কবুল না হওয়ার আরো একটি কারণ হল সৎ কাজের আদেশ ও অসৎ কাজের নিষেধ না  করা। হযরত হুযায়ফা ইবনুল ইয়ামান থেকে বর্ণিত, রাসূল সাল্লাল্লাহু আলাইহি ওয়াসাল্লাম ইরশাদ করেনঃ “তোমরা অবশ্যই সত্য-ন্যায়ের আদেশ এবং অন্যায় ও অসত্যের প্রতিরোধ করবে। অন্যথায়, অচিরেই আল্লাহ তোমাদিগকে শাস্তি দেবেন। (গযবে নিপতিত হবে) তোমরা দোয়া করবে কিন্তু তখন তোমাদের ডাকে সাড়া দেয়া হবে না। (দোয়া কবুল হবে না) (তিরমিযি শরীফ) ইমাম হাকিম তাঁর মুস্তাদরাক কিতাবে হযরত আলী রাদিআল্লাহ আনহু থেকে বর্ণনা করেন, রাসূল সাল্লাল্লাহু আলাইহি ওয়াসাল্লাম ইরশাদ করেন, “দোয়া মু'মিনের জন্য হাতিয়ার স্বরূপ, দ্বীনের খুঁটি বা ভিত্তির সমতুল্য ও তা আসমান জমীনের আলোকবর্তিকা স্বরূপ।” (মুস্তাদরাক হাকেম)

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সবাই আল্লাহকে যথাযথভাবে ভয় করে তাঁর আদেশাবলী পালন ও নিষেধাবলী থেকে বিরত থাকুন। তাঁর কাছে কাকুতি-মিনতি সহকারে দোয়া করুন। এ মর্মে হযরত আয়েশা (রাদিয়াল্লাহু আনহা) থেকে বর্ণিত বর্ণিত আছে, রাসূল সাল্লাল্লাহু আলাইহি ওয়াসাল্লাম ইরশাদ করেন, “কাকুতি-মিনতি সহকারে যারা দোয়া করেন মহান আল্লাহ তাদের পছন্দ করেন।” (তাবরানী শরীফ)

উপরোক্ত বর্ণনাগুলোতে সুস্পষ্ট হয়ে উঠে দোয়া মূলত বড় ধরনের ইবাদাতের অন্তর্ভুক্ত। কেননা তা আল্লাহর নিকট অতিশয় বিনয় প্রকাশ ও বান্দাহ যে প্রতি মুহূর্তে তাঁর প্রতি নির্ভরশীল তা দোয়াতে সুস্পষ্টভাবে প্রকাশ পায়। অপরদিকে যারা দোয়া করে না তাদের অন্তরের কঠোরতা, অহংকার ও আল্লাহবিমুখিতার ইঙ্গিত বহন করে যা জাহান্নামের অধিকারীদের গুণাবলীর অন্তর্ভুক্ত। এ মর্মে পবিত্র কুরআনে ইরশাদ হ
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Those who worship the natural elements enter darkness (Air, Water, Fire, etc.). Those who worship sambhuti sink deeper in darkness. [Yajurveda 40:9]; Sambhuti means created things, for example table, chair, idol, etc.