Justice Done: No Muslim got elected as MP from Uttar Pradesh

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In December 2013, I visited Muzaffarnagar as part of winter relief activities organized by a NGO. I spent time at relief camps and got an opportunity to interact with people, both the victims of the riots and the general Muslim population. The most depressing aspect of the whole visit was, lack of apathy & absolute cold-bloodedness of Muslim MPs & MLAs of Uttar Pradesh, who didn’t contribute anything to the relief activities. Instead, many of them chose to visit foreign countries when the women and children were dying due to severe cold. If any of them Muslim MP or MLA had chosen to raise funds for the victims, within a week, none of the victims would have stayed in open air camps.

It was the sheer arrogance & betrayal of the elected Muslim representatives that caused more deaths of Muslims than in the riots of itself. As per the official reports, more than 70 children lost their lives due to severe cold. On the ground, people mentioned that, over 100 children, women and senior citizens passed away fighting the winter cold in refugee camps.

Five months later, the Muslims of Uttar Pradesh has spoken out. Not a single Muslim MP from Uttar Pradesh has got elected in 2014 National Elections. Uttar Pradesh has around 20% Muslim population and it was expected that, out of 80 MP seats, at least 5 seats would be won by Muslims.

I recollect having this conversation with a Maulana at Meerut. I asked him, what’s the reason, why all the Muslim MPs & MLAs have distanced themselves from helping the people. He mentioned something very funny but profound. He said, ‘elections se pehle, yeh log ghulaam-e-Rasool bolte hain, elections ke baad, ghulaam-e-mayawati ya ghulaam-e-mulayam ho jate hain” (before elections, they call themselves slaves of Prophet (ﷺ) but after elections they become slaves of Mayawati or Mulayam). So, from the results, it has become apparent that, Uttar Pradesh Muslims neither want the slaves of Mayawati nor the slaves of Mulayam.

Another interesting point from this election results is that, BJP which has won over 280 seats, doesn’t have even a single Muslim candidate who has won the seat. So, the whole government doesn’t have even a single Muslim MP.

Visit to Madrasa-e-Faisul Quran, Kishtapur– Awakening moment

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Last Sunday, I visited Madrasa-e-Faisul Quran located at Kishtapur, Pargi about 100 km away from Hyderabad. The story of Madrasa-e-Faisul Quran is amazing and heart touching. Several years ago, a liquor merchant named “Lakshmaiah” was a dominating figure in the lands of Kishtapur and surrounding villages. He had everything except the light of Imaan. He tried to fulfil the spiritual vacuum by consulting various scholars. Soon he came across Maulana Muhammed Hameed Aqil Hussami, who helped him understand the message of Islam. Allah poured imaan into the heart of Lakhmaiah. He took Shahada and took the name “Muhammed Omar Hussami”. After converting to Islam, Omar Hussami faced several challenges. But the imaan in him was so strong, that he overcame every problem with Allah’s help. He made sure all his children receive not only the basic Islamic education but also become Hafiz and Aalim. Meanwhile, Omar Hussami was confronted with the challenge of disappearance of Islam from the small villages due to lack of Masjids and Imams. He realized that, not many Imams were willing to work at small villages around Kishtapur and Pargi. Moreover, the locals of the villages were not in a position to pay salaries to Imams. One solution to this problem was, guiding the local kids to become Hafiz-e-quran.

In 1987, with a conviction that Allah’s help would arrive, Omar Hussami started a Madrasa called “Madrasa-e-Faisul Quran”. In order to start the Madrasa, Omar Hussami gave up all his wealth. In 2013, Omar Hussami passed away. May Allah grant him paradise. Today, his sons and grandsons, who have become Muftis are running the Madrasa. In last twenty six years of service, 175 Huffaz and Ulama have graduated from the Madrasa. By the grace of Allah, today the Madrasa has separate quarters to accommodate more than 200 girls and 300 boys.

To be at this place was one of the most humbling experience of my life. I stood there, looking at the institution created by a great man and the revolution he went through in his life. I felt small and guilty. As I write this, I have tears in my eyes. There is no money… there are no resources… surroundings are hostile… yet, they are able to pull off this monumental feat. 180 Kg of rice is cooked every day to feed the students. They grow onions, brinjals and tamarind in the backyard of Madrasa. Occasionally, they get some funding, with which they purchase rice. What is making these people stand tall against all the hostilities? The answer is simple. Their imaan is much higher than I can imagine. They believe in Allah. They believe that this life is temporary and preparing for afterlife is more important than worrying about the needs of this world. Subhan’Allah.

And here I am, sitting in a chilled room, writing this … and I ask myself… what am I doing with this life? What answer do I have, when I return to Allah? All my life, I have competed with others. During school, I was the school topper. During college, I topped the class and published research papers. When I started working, I was rated highly over others. Neighbours and relatives give my example to their kids. And what a fake world I was living in. Before Allah, I am among those bottom 5% category. Those people, who follow Islam but are of no good. How selfish and short sighted I have been all these years. What is my investment for afterlife? A polytheist, who sold liquor, was able to get such guidance from the book of Allah and Sunnah of Prophet … that he rose to the heights of creating an institution that would produce hundreds of Huffaz and Ulama. His progenies and their progenies become Muftis. What a blessed life he lived! I envy him. I wish I can pull off something similar.

I heard the Prophet saying, "There is no envy except in two: a person whom Allah has given wealth and he spends it in the right way, and a person whom Allah has given wisdom (i.e. religious knowledge) and he gives his decisions accordingly and teaches it to the others."

Narrated by Ibn Masud, Sahih Bukhari Volume 2, Book 24, Number 490

I feel like woken up from a bad dream. It feels like, investing all the wealth in a scam. The true investment is the investment for the afterlife. And I have got nothing allocated to that afterlife fund. I don’t know, how much more life, I have been granted. But I want to make the most of it. I want to grab every opportunity that is out there. I am thankful to the capabilities that Allah has given me and I would deeply regret if I don’t make the best use of it. There is so much to do. There are millions suffering of hunger and poverty. There are millions who are unemployed and exploited. There are millions who are misguided and fooled. There is certainly so much to do. I want to impress Allah. And this life is worth living for impressing Allah. And to start with, let me supplicate Allah through the awesome prayer of Prophet Mohammed (ﷺ)…

The Prophet () used to supplicate Allah: "My Lord, help me and do not give help against me; grant me victory, and do not grant victory over me; plan on my behalf and do not plan against me; guide me, and make my right guidance easy for me; grant me victory over those who act wrongfully towards me; O Allah, make me grateful to Thee, mindful of Thee, full of fear towards Thee, devoted to Thy obedience, humble before Thee, or penitent. My Lord, accept my repentance, wash away my sin, answer my supplication, clearly establish my evidence, guide my heart, make true my tongue and draw out malice in my breast."

Narrated Abdullah ibn Abbas, Abu Dawud Book 8, Number 1505.

Life–Road Map

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It’s been a while since I posted about my personal life. Honestly, there hasn’t been any progress in my life, so didn’t feel the necessity of posting. And I didn’t want to embarrass myself repeating same stuff again and again (although when I read my old posts, I find them poetic and intimidating). Even as I write this, there hasn’t been much change in my life. Still, my priorities are the same. But the failure to produce anything productive in last few years have taught me lot of things. The first and foremost being, the value of being able to convert the raw ideas into actionable items. Frankly I never had difficulties in producing new ideas, however, the fact that, I haven’t had much success in life testifies that I haven’t been able to convert my ideas into actionable items.

As one grows old, the need for stabilizing the life increases. You either have get adjusted with the direction in which your life is heading or you have to push the life towards the direction of your choice. I am working at Microsoft, earning reasonably good income and have a supporting family… there isn’t much to complain. Yet, I am finding it difficult to adjust with this life. This means, if I have to be happy, the other option is, I need to push my life towards the direction of my choice. In order to do so, I first need to identify the ‘direction’ of my choice. Otherwise, I will be trying out various things but that ‘happiness’ would still be elusive.

I did a mind-map of what exactly I want to accomplish during this life… the list of objectives when accomplished, I would feel satisfied with life. After lot of introspection, this is what I have got.

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Essentially, there are four top priority goals. And each of these goals have a criteria for being successful. I don’t want to go in details about each of these things… but what this essentially means is that, I need to immediately reduce investing time in activities which aren’t my priorities.

The next step was to draft action items for each of these goals. Here’s what I have come up with so far.

Practice Islam: Action Items

  • Offer Salah punctually
  • Give away significant portion of earning in charity
  • · Stay away from Riba and Zina
  • · Read and Understand Tafsir of Holy Quran
  • · Read all six important books of Hadith
  • · Practice the values of mentioned in Holy Quran and books of Hadith.

Be a Good Son, Brother, Husband, etc.: Action Items

  • · Practice Islam and guide the family members towards the right path
  • · Love and respect the family members even if they don’t listen to me
  • · Support and fulfil the (halal) wishes of family members
  • · Be selfless and reduce ego

Make Discoveries: Action Items

  • · Be persistent in learning new stuff
  • · Convert ideas into research papers and publish in top journals (Nature, Phys. Rev. Letters)

To showcase intellectual leadership: Action Items

  • · Complete Masters and PhD.
  • · Connect with people and understand the issues faced at a civilization level
  • · Inspire and guide people through ideas and values

Will keep you posted about my progress. By the way, I do recommend you to try the above exercise if you are not happy with life.

The story of a Muslim Mother

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Below story was shared with me on a forum and I felt I should share it with you all.

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The Husband Who Was Too Shy To Look At His Wife (a moving story)

This story was recounted by Prof. Khalid Al-Jubeir, consulting cardiovascular surgeon, in one of his lectures:

Once I operated on a two and a half year old child. It was Tuesday, and on Wednesday the child was in good health. On Thursday at 11:15 am – and I’ll never forget the time because of the shock I experienced – one of the nurses informed me that the heart and breathing of the child had stopped. I hurried to the child and performed cardiac massage for 45 minutes and during that entire time the heart would not work.

Then, ALLAH decreed for the heart to resume function and we thanked HIM. I went to inform the child’s family about his condition. As you know, it is very difficult to inform the patient’s family about his condition when it’s bad. This is one of the most difficult situations a doctor is subjected to but it is necessary. So I looked for the child’s father whom I couldn’t find. Then I found his mother. I told her that the child’s cardiac arrest was due to bleeding in his throat; we don’t know the cause of this bleeding and fear that his brain is dead. So how do you think she responded? Did she cry? Did she blame me? No, nothing of the sort. Instead, she said “Alhamdulillah” (All Praise is due to ALLAH) and left me.

After 10 days, the child started moving. We thanked ALLAH and were happy that his brain condition was reasonable. After 12 days, the heart stopped again because of the same bleeding. We performed another cardiac massage for 45 minutes but this time his heart didn’t respond. I told his mother that there was no hope. So she said: “Alhamdulillah. O ALLAH, if there is good in his recovery, then cure him, O my Lord.”
With the grace of ALLAH, his heart started functioning again. He suffered six similar cardiac arrests till a trachea specialist was able to stop the bleeding and the heart started working properly. Now, three and a half months had passed and the child was recovering but did not move. Then just as he started moving, he was afflicted with a very large and strange pus-filled abscess in his head, the likes of which I had never seen. I informed his mother of the serious development. She said “Alhamdulillah” and left me.

We immediately turned him over to the surgical unit that deals with the brain and nervous system and they took over his treatment. Three weeks later, the boy recovered from this abscess but was still not moving. Two weeks pass and he suffers from a strange blood poisoning and his temperature reaches 41.2°C (106°F). I again informed his mother of the serious development and she said with patience and certainty: “Alhamdulillah. O ALLAH, if there is good in his recovery, then cure him.”
After seeing his mother who was with her child at Bed#5, I went to see another child at Bed#6. I found that child’s mother crying and screaming, “Doctor! Doctor! Do something! The boy’s temperature reached 37.6°C (99.68°F)! He’s going to die! He’s going to die!” I said with surprise, “Look at the mother of that child in Bed#5. Her child’s fever is over 41°C (106°F), yet she is patient and praises ALLAH.” So she replied: “That woman isn’t conscious and has no senses”. At that point, I remembered the great Hadith of the Prophet (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam): “Blessed are the strangers.” Just two words… but indeed two words that shake a nation! In 23 years of hospital service, I have never seen the likes of this patient sister.

We continued to care for him. Now, six and a half months have passed and the boy finally came out of the recovery unit – not talking, not seeing, not hearing, not moving, not smiling, and with an open chest in which you can see his beating heart. The mother changed the dressing regularly and remained patient and hopeful. Do you know what happened after that? Before I inform you, what do you think are the prospects of a child who has passed through all these dangers, agonies, and diseases? And what do you expect this patient mother to do whose child is at the brink of the grave and who is unable to do anything except supplicate and beseech ALLAH? Do you know what happened two and a half months later? The boy was completely cured by the mercy of ALLAH and as a reward for this pious mother. He now races his mother with his feet as if nothing happened and he became sound and healthy as he was before.

The story doesn’t end here. This is not what moved me and brought tears to my eyes. What filled my eyes with tears is what follows:

One and a half years after the child left the hospital, one of the brothers from the Operations Unit informed me that a man, his wife and two children wanted to see me. I asked who they were and he replied that he didn’t know them. So I went to see them, and I found the parents of the same child whom I operated upon. He was now five years old and like a flower in good health – as if nothing happened to him. With them also was a four-month old newborn. I welcomed them kindly and then jokingly asked the father whether the newborn was the 13th or 14th child. He looked at me with an astonishing smile as if he pitied me. He then said, “This is the second child, and the child upon whom you operated is our first born, bestowed upon us after 17 years of infertility. And after being granted that child, he was afflicted with the conditions that you’ve seen.”

At hearing this, I couldn’t control myself and my eyes filled with tears. I then involuntarily grabbed the man by the arm, and pulling him to my room, asked him about his wife: “Who is this wife of yours who after 17 years of infertility has this much patience with all the fatal conditions that afflict her first born?! Her heart cannot be barren! It must be fertile with Imaan!”Do you know what he said? Listen carefully my dear brothers and sisters. He said, “I was married to this woman for 19 years and for all these years she has never missed the [late] night prayers except due to an authorized excuse. I have never witnessed her backbiting, gossiping, or lying. Whenever I leave home or return, she opens the door, supplicates for me, and receives me hospitably. And in everything she does, she demonstrates the utmost love, care, courtesy, and compassion.” The man completed by saying, “Indeed, doctor, because of all the noble manners and affection with which she treats me, I’m shy to lift up my eyes and look at her. So I said to him: “And the likes of her truly deserve that from you.”

Who is my God?

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My God has no partners. He is The One. He is Unique.

My God is the Owner of what is inside and outside this Universe. My God is the Creator of what is inside and outside of this Universe. My God existed before the creation of this universe and He would continue to exist after the end of this universe. My God is The First and The Last. He is Ever-Existent, Ever-Lasting and Ever-Surviving.

My God is the Originator and Expander of this Universe. My God is the Fashioner of this Universe. My God is the Owner of Time. My God is the Best Supporter of this Universe. My God has the complete knowledge of every activity that is happening inside and outside of this universe, i.e. He is All-Knower.

My God is the Giver of life and the Bringer of Death. My God can bring the living out of dead and dead out of living. My God is Sustainer of life. My God is the Best of Providers for the survival of the every living being in this Universe.

My God is Most High yet He is nearest to me. When I am in danger, my God is the Granter of Security. When I am lost in darkness, my God is the Guide to the Right Path. When I seek refuge with Him, my God is the Best Protector among all protectors. When I am facing difficulties and worries, my God is the Remover of all troubles and sorrows. When I pray for wealth and happiness, my God is Most Generous in accepting my prayers. When I pray for forgiveness for my sins, my God is the Greatest Forgiver. When I commit the mistakes again and again, my God is Repeatedly Forgiving. And when I repent about my mistakes, my God is the Best Acceptor of repentance. My God is Giver of Peace. My God is the Most Loving.

Submitting to the will of my God is the best way to lead the life. For those who deny the signs of my God, He is swift in calling to account. My God is Guardian of faith. My God is Preserver of truth. My God is Exalted in Might. My God is Knower of the Unseen. My God is observing every action that is taking place in the Universe. He is Best of Observers.

For those who plot against my God, He is Lord of Retribution. For those who spread evil in the universe, my God is the Best Avenger. My God is the Enforcer of His Will. My God is above all comprehension, yet He is acquainted with all things. My God is the Restorer of Peace. My God is the Slayer of oppressors and the Best Accepter of repentance.

My God never fails to keep His promises. My God is Supreme in Greatness. My God is the Doer of what He wills. My God is Master of His concern. My God is the Most Honorable and He is the Giver of Honor to the people. My God is the Best Helper among all helpers. My God is the Most Gracious among all the gracious ones. My God is the Kindest among all the kind. My God is Greatest Forgiver among all forgivers. My God is the Best Protectors among all protectors.

He has no defects. My God is Wisest. My God is Strongest among Strong and Wisest among wise. My God is the Greatest King among all Kings. My God is the Greatest Emperor among all Emperors. My God is the Best Ruler among all the rulers. My God is the Best Judge among all judges. My God is the Best Planner among all the planners. My God is the Best of Narrators among all narrators. My God is the Best Listeners among all Listeners.

My God is the Knower of future. My God is the Ultimate Decider. My God is Complete, All-Sufficient, Most Merciful and Most Beneficent. None deserves more praise than my God. None is Worthy to be worshipped other than my God.

Books on different Fiqhs (Islamic Schools)

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Name of the Book

Author/Translator

Fiqh

Al-Hidayah: A Classical Manual of Hanafi Law: Vol 1 & 2

Burhan al-Din al-Marghinani; Translated by Imran Ahsan Khan Nyazee

Hanafi

Nur al-Idah: The Light of Clarification

Hasan Shurunbulali; Translated by Wesam Charkawi

Hanafi

The Risala: A Treatise on Maliki Fiqh

Abdullah ibn Abi Zayd al-Qayrawani; Translated by Alhaj Bello Mohammad Daura

Maliki

Al-Muwatta

Malik bin Anas bin Malik bin Abu Amir Al-Asbahi; Translated by A’isha Abdarahman at-Tarjumana and Ya’qub Johnson

Maliki

Reliance of the Traveller and Tools for the Worshipper

Ahmad Ibn Naqib Al-Misri; Translated by Sheik Nuh Ha Mim Keller

Sha’fi

The Mainstay Concerning Jurisprudence (Al-Umda fi l-Fiqh – Hanbali School of Law)

Shaikh al-Islam Imam al-Muwaffaq ibn Qudama; Translated by Muhtar Holland

Hanbali

Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence: According to Shi’i Law

Muhammad Baqir al-Sadr; Translated by Arif Abdul Hussain and Hamid Algar

Jafari

The Evolution of Fiqh (Islamic Law & The Madh-habs

Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips

Fiqh-us-Sunnah

Sayyid Saabiq

Fiqh Made Easy

Dr. Saalih ibn Ghaanim al-Sadlaan; Translated by Jamaal al-Din M.Zarabozo

Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence

M.H. Kamali

   

Here are few things that I have decided to follow. Correct me if I am wrong:

1. Truth is not confined to one madhab. Seek knowledge for cause of Allah and not the sake of insulting or winning debates. In Sahih al-Bukhari, Volume 1, Book 1, Number 1, it is mentioned that Umar ibn al-Khattab, may Allah be pleased with him, said, “I heard the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, say, ‘Actions are but judged according to intentions. Every man has what he intends. So whoever emigrates to gain something of this world or to marry a woman, his emigration is for that to which he emigrated.'”

2. In case of doubt while reading any of the book, consult scholars. If you have no doubts while reading the book, then it only means you haven’t understood the fiqh to it’s deepth. In case of doubt, , consult more than one scholar so that you can avoid any human error.