Honour Killings have nothing to do with Islam.


“It was eerily silent and dark when he finally reached home after a long tiring journey.He eagerly entered his house, relieved to be home after so long. As he took off his shoes,he heard some strange noises in his room. Could it be a burglar… he thought, as he tiptoed into his room.But when he entered the dimly lit room, he was shocked to see his wife with another man,doing the unthinkable!”

If you read this in a news paper you would know what happened next. He picked up his axe or a bat or a gun or whatever he could find and he killed them both to save his honor. A typical case of honor killing so prevalent in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. Not only is it a brutal violent crime, but the name of Pakistan is maligned and my beautiful religion of Islam is dragged down into the mud as well. As if Islam is to blame. As if Islam promotes this kind of revenge or honor killing! As If Islam wants to kill women.

So today lets just see what Allah Subhanawa tala The Most Wise,The Most Merciful has to say to say about it.

It so happened that such a case was brought in front of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (saw). A man came to him and said that I returned home at night and saw my wife with another man. I heard with my own ears and saw with my own eyes (their act of fornication).

At that time only the verses related to fornication had been revealed. In order to punish someone,four witnesses         ( who saw them in the act) were needed. If four witnesses were not produced, then the one accusing would be punished by lashing. (for accusing a chaste person without proof).

So when the man came to him, Prophet Muhammad (s) was going to have him flogged (due to lack of witnesses) but then Allah Subhana Watala revealed the following verses:

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ

وَالَّذِينَ يَرْمُونَ أَزْوَجَهُمْ وَلَمْ يَكُنْ لَّهُمْ شُهَدَآءُ إِلاَّ أَنفُسُهُمْ فَشَهَـدَةُ أَحَدِهِمْ أَرْبَعُ شَهَـدَاتٍ بِاللَّهِ إِنَّهُ لَمِنَ الصَّـدِقِينَ – وَالْخَامِسَةُ أَنَّ لَعْنَةَ اللَّهِ عَلَيْهِ إِن كَانَ مِنَ الْكَـذِبِينَ – وَيَدْرَؤُاْ عَنْهَا الْعَذَابَ أَن تَشْهَدَ أَرْبَعَ شَهَادَاتٍ بِاللَّهِ إِنَّهُ لَمِنَ الْكَـذِبِينَ – وَالْخَامِسَةَ أَنَّ غَضَبَ اللَّهِ عَلَيْهَآ إِن كَانَ مِنَ الصَّـدِقِينَ – وَلَوْلاَ فَضْلُ اللَّهِ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَتُهُ وَأَنَّ اللَّهَ تَوَّابٌ حَكِيمٌ

And for those who accuse their wives, but have no witnesses except themselves, let the testimony of one of them be four testimonies by Allah that he is one of those who speak the truth.) (7. And the fifth (testimony); invoking of the curse of Allah on him if he be of those who tell a lie.) (8. But she shall avert the punishment from her, if she bears witness four times by Allah, that he is telling a lie.) (9. And the fifth; should be that the wrath of Allah be upon her if he speaks the truth.) (10. And had it not been for the grace of Allah and His mercy on you! And that Allah is the One Who forgives and accepts repentance, the All-Wise.

Al Quran: Surah Nur: Verse 6 – 10

The following is the event described in detail from Tafsir Ibn Kathir.

Hilal bin Umayyah came back from his lands at night and found a man with his wife. He saw with his own eyes and heard with his own ears, but he did not disturb him until the morning. In the morning he went to the Messenger of Allah and said, `O Messenger of Allah, I came to my wife at night and found a man with her, and I saw with my own eyes and heard with my own ears.’ The Messenger of Allah did not like what he had said and got very upset. The Ansar gathered around him and said, `We were being tested by what Sa`d bin Ubadah said, and now the Messenger of Allah will punish Hilal bin Umayyah and declare his testimony before people to be unacceptable.’ Hilal said: `By Allah, I hope that Allah will make for me a way out from this problem.’ Hilal said, `O Messenger of Allah, I see how upset you are by what I have said, but Allah knows that I am telling the truth.’ By Allah, the Messenger of Allah wanted to have him flogged, but then Allah sent revelation to His Messenger . When the revelation came upon him, they knew about it from the change in his face, so they would leave him alone until the revelation was finished. Allah revealed the Ayah:

﴿وَالَّذِينَ يَرْمُونَ أَزْوَجَهُمْ وَلَمْ يَكُنْ لَّهُمْ شُهَدَآءُ إِلاَّ أَنفُسُهُمْ فَشَهَـدَةُ أَحَدِهِمْ أَرْبَعُ شَهَـدَاتٍ بِاللَّهِ﴾

(And for those who accuse their wives, but have no witnesses except themselves, let the testimony of one of them be four testimonies by Allah…,) Then the revelation was finished and the Messenger of Allah said,

«أَبْشِرْ يَا هِلَالُ فَقَدْ جَعَلَ اللهُ لَكَ فَرَجًا وَمَخْرَجًا»

(Rejoice, O Hilal, for Allah has made a way out for you.) Hilal said, `I had been hoping for this from my Lord, may He be glorified.’ The Messenger of Allah said:

«أَرْسِلُوا إِلَيْهَا»

(Send for her.) So they sent for her and she came’

The Messenger of Allah recited these Ayahs to them both, and reminded them that the punishment of the Hereafter is more severe than the punishment in this world. Hilal said, `By Allah, O Messenger of Allah, I have spoken the truth about her.’ She said, `He is lying.’ The Messenger of Allah said,

«لَاعِنُوا بَيْنَهُمَا»

(Make them both swear the Li`an.) So Hilal was told, `Testify.’ So he testified four times by Allah that he was one of those who speak the truth. When he came to the fifth testimony, he was told, `O Hilal, have Taqwa of Allah, for the punishment of this world is easier than the punishment of the Hereafter, and this will mean that the punishment will be inevitable for you.’

He said, `By Allah, Allah will not punish me for it, just as He has not caused me to be flogged for it.’ So he testified for the fifth time that the curse of Allah would be upon him if he was telling a lie.

Then it was said to his wife, `Testify four times by Allah that he is telling a lie.’ And when his wife reached the fifth testimony, she was told, `Have Taqwa of Allah, for the punishment of this world is easier than the punishment of the Hereafter, and this will mean that the punishment will be inevitable for you.’

She hesitated for a while, and was about to admit her guilt, then she said: `By Allah, I will not expose my people to shame, and she swore the fifth oath that the wrath of Allah would be upon her if he was telling the truth.’ Then the Messenger of Allah separated them, and decreed that her child should not be attributed to any father, nor should the child be accused, and whoever accused her or her child, they would be subject to punishment.

He also decreed that ﴿Hilal﴾ was not obliged to house her or feed her, because they had not been separated by divorce, nor had he died and left her a widow. He said,

«إِنْ جَاءَتْ بِهِ أُصَيْهِبَ (أُرَيْسِحَ) حَمْشَ السَّاقَيْنِ، فَهُوَ لِهِلَالٍ، وَإِنْ جَاءَتْ بِهِ أَوْرَقَ جَعَدًا جُمَالِيًّا خَدَلَّجَ السَّاقَيْنِ سَابِغَ الْأَلْيَتَيْنِ، فَهُوَ لِلَّذِي رُمِيَتْتِبهِ»

(If she gives birth to a red-haired child (with skinny thighs) and thin legs, then he is Hilal’s child, but if she gives birth to a curly-haired child with thick legs and plump buttocks, then this is what she is accused of.) She subsequently gave birth to a child who was curly-haired with thick legs and plump buttocks, and the Messenger of Allah said,

«لَوْلَا الْأَيْمَانُ لَكَانَ لِي وَلَهَا شَأْنٌ»

(Were it not for the oath that she swore, I would deal with her.)’

 

SubhanAllah!  He saw his wife in the dead of the night fornicating with another man. Imagine the utmost patience he displayed. He waited till the morning to come to Prophet Muhammad (s) and see Allah’s mercy … He revealed in His guidebook, guideline for the extreme of the cases. SubhanAllah! So many lessons from this case of this Sahabi (ra).

So in an extreme case, where a man himself sees his wife with another man, even then he is NOT allowed to take the law into his own hands. He can not harm or kill them.He will not fly into a rage and do as he pleases. He will bring his wife to the judge. There he will take an oath in Allahs name four times that he saw what he saw. Then his wife is allowed to declare her innocence (or accept the crime if she fears Allah). She also takes oath four times that her husband is lying. In the fifth oath she will invoke Allah’s curse on her own self incase she is lying. After this , they are divorced and she is also given her due mahr. She is not labelled as a fornicator. She is considered innocent.

Such is the care and justice for women in Islam. She is protected  and given benefit of  doubt whether she is guilty or whether she is innocent. Such is Allah’s mercy.

Who says women have no rights in Islam?? and for all those who scream that a woman’s testimony is not equal to a mans’ in Islam… read the verses again. In this case, her testimony ALONE suffices for her. SubhanAllah Allahu Akbar.!

All that honor killing and the karo kari nonsense that you hear and read about is NOT ISLAM. In many parts of our country, even if a girl is seen speaking to a boy , she is killed in the name of honor. If a man, even as much as suspects his wife of having an affair, he kills her in the name of honor. If daughters have boyfriends.. the parents think they have the  option of honor killing! NAY that is NOT SO. Honour killings have nothing to do with Islam. It is cultural.It is murder, pure and simple and on the day of judgement, the first crime Allah will account will  be murders. Please do not confuse culture with Islam. Everything thing that occurs in a so-called-Muslim-Country is not according to the Quran.

May Allah guide us and our nation towards understanding the Quran and implementing it in our lives. Ameen.

Read  the details of these verses in Tafsir Ibn Kathir here.

Dawrah e Quran Ramadan 2013 Karachi


Daura-e-Qur’an arranged by Huma Najam’s Al Ilm Institute
Speaker Aiasha Amir In Urdu

Duration:1st Ramadan to 27th Ramadan – 7 days a week

Time:11:30am to 1:30pm. IA.

Venue: Naziha’s, 3A/2, 2nd North Street, Phase.1, DHA.

Contact: 0300 2513002

(Note: Huma Najam herself is not doing this Dawrah e Quran)

Dawrah e Quran by Safiya Khan

At D.H.A Creek Club, Mehran Hall

Time: 10:00 – 12:30

 

Effects of Quran Vs Effects of Music on an apple!


Shared By: Quanita Rizvi
Alhuda Institute Canada
Bismillah

Assalamoalaikum wrwb 

Few weeks ago my daughter, who is in first grade had a science fair at her school.  We decided to do an interesting experiment.  Our Hypothesis was that listening to Qur’an has physical effects just like listening to music has physically visible effects.  To prove our point we took an apple which also has 60-70 percent water content like human bodies.  We cut the apple into half, put each half in a zip lock bag and then for seven days played Qur’an for one half of the apple and music to another half of the apple .. Both apples were kept on room temperature.  The results were amazing and so our hypothesis was accepted.

In Quran Surah Luqman Allah(s.a.w) says:
And of mankind is he who purchases idle talks (i.e.music, singing, etc.) to mislead (men) from the Path of Allâh without knowledge, and takes it (the Path of Allâh, or the Verses of the Qur’ân) by way of mockery. For such there will be a humiliating torment (in the Hell-fire).(6)

In surah Yunus Allah SWt says about  Quran:
O mankind! There hath come to you a admonition from your Lord and a healing for the (diseases) in your hearts and for those who believe, a Guidance and a Mercy. (57)

Please look at the attached pictures.  The first picture is of the apple when it was freshly cut. Second picture is after 3 weeks of the experiment.

JazakAllah Khiaran

 

 

Left: Music Apple Right: Quran Apple

 

Shared By: Quanita Rizvi 

 

Wassalam,
Al Huda Institute, Canada

Is Islamic Law Outdated?


by Javeria

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ

Introduction

‘Islamic Law is outdated’ is a misconception which is generally prevalent amongst the non Muslims and the liberal Muslims. When it comes to Islamic laws such as hijab, forbiddance of alcohol, lashing, stoning, cutting off hands etc, most Muslims and non Muslims, unable to comprehend the wisdom and practicality of these laws try to do away with these laws by stating that Islamic law is barbaric and oppressing and thus outdated and not practical for the present modern times. Sir Syed Ahmed Khan of Pakistan stated that since there were no prisons at the time of revelation of the Quran, which is why such laws were then needed and now in the modern times, the most appropriate punishment is imprisonment.[1] Jullundri gave metaphorical meanings to the Quranic Ayahs by stating that ‘cut off their hands’ means cut off their advantages by putting them in prison.[2]

However if one ponders and reflects over the practicality and end results of Islamic laws, it becomes quite clear that the Islamic Law is the Most Supreme and is so updated and modern that it is applicable for all times.

Islamic law aims to benefit the society and remove all forms of corruption, injustice and exploitation. In this article two examples will be given to prove that Islamic Law is not outdated but is the most modern and up to date set of laws for all times.

Forbiddence of ‘KHAMAR’

Islam clearly spells out the forbidden things; where as the rest of the things are declared to be permissible. So these laws would be applicable and easy to follow at all times, because the list of forbidden things is very small and generic.

Example

Amongst the forbidden drinks in Islam is alcohol. It was gradually forbidden and the final ayah regarding its prohibition was revealed. Allah Subhanawatala said:

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا إِنَّمَا الْخَمْرُ وَالْمَيْسِرُ وَالْأَنصَابُ وَالْأَزْلَامُ رِجْسٌ مِّنْ عَمَلِ الشَّيْطَانِ فَاجْتَنِبُوهُ لَعَلَّكُمْ تُفْلِحُون

“ O you who have believed, indeed, intoxicants, gambling, [sacrificing on] stone alters [to other than Allah ], and divining arrows are but defilement from the work of Satan, so avoid it that you may be successful.”

َAl Maidah :90

In the above Ayah pronouncing the forbiddance of alcohol, the word خمر is used. There are many other words which could have been used here to refer to wine and alcohol such as  نبيذ or  شراب. But there is great wisdom in using the word ‘Khamr’ here.Literal meaning of the word خمر is ‘the thing which covers the head/mind’, it is from the same root word as خمار which is a cloth used by women to cover the head. Thus the word Khamr is used to refer to things which befog the mind. There is also the hadith of Prophet Muhammad (s) declaring all intoxicating things to be ‘khamr’.

bn ‘Umar reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: Every intoxicant is Khamr and every intoxicant is forbidden. (Muslim)

Therefore all drinks or food substances which intoxicate the mind would come under ‘khamr’ and are forbidden. This shows the great wisdom of Islamic laws and their universality. In the era of Prophet Muhammad (s) there were no narcotics, but in our times drugs have become a major problem. Therefore hashish, opium, cocaine, morphine, marijuana and all such substances which befog the mind would also come under ‘khamr’ This is to ensure the safety and well being of individuals and society as a whole as the disastrous impact of alcohol and drugs is well acknowledged.

If the Islamic Law was outdated, it would not be able to able to deal with new substances, but would only be applicable in its own time. However, the fact is that since the Islamic laws comes from Allah who has full knowledge of the past present and the future therefore all the laws are so updated that they were fully applicable in the past, are still applicable in the present and will be fully applicable in the future. If in the future any new substance is discovered or created which also has an intoxicating effect, it would also come under ‘khamr’ and would thus be forbidden.

HIJAB in front of certain children

The Islamic laws are enacted for the betterment of the society, to make the make the environment safe, peaceful and morally clean free from exploitation and injustice. If a severe punishment to an individual would stop further crime and rid the society of that evil, then such a punishment is justified and practical and beneficial for the public. However, because of this stance of Islamic legislation, Islamic laws are usually termed barbaric and the laws of hijab considered oppressing towards the female.

In the example below, we will see how the injunction of hijab in our modern times is not only applicable but is much needed to stop crimes such as rape and harassment.

Example

The Islamic law is a preventive one; it wants to prevent all crimes from taking place, which is why it handles even those issues which lead to such crimes and immoralities.

The reason why most immoral activities take place is due to the natural attraction between men and women and men have an inclination to look at women, to admire their beauty, which becomes the starting point of all immoralities. The laws of hijab have therefore been enacted to eliminate this root cause.

Women are not allowed to display their beauty  and be alone with men except to a few ‘mahram’ men, their slaves, very old servants and some children.

Allah Subhana Watala Says:

“And tell the believing women to reduce [some] of their vision and guard their private parts and not expose their adornment except that which [necessarily] appears thereof and to wrap [a portion of] their headcovers over their chests and not expose their adornment except to their husbands, their fathers, their husbands’ fathers, their sons, their husbands’ sons, their brothers, their brothers’ sons, their sisters’ sons, their women, that which their right hands possess, or those male attendants having no physical desire, or children who are not yet aware of the private aspects of women. And let them not stamp their feet to make known what they conceal of their adornment. And turn to Allah in repentance, all of you, O believers, that you might succeed.”An-Noor:31

In the above quoted ayah, the women are allowed to show their beauty to children who are not yet aware of the private aspects of women, but if the children are aware of private details, then women should observe hijab, even in front of such children.

In the present times, because of the open immorality and its broadcast day and night over television the children are now aware of the private matters of intimacy and have lost their innocence. It is because of this that boys as young as 9 and 10 years have committed rape.[3] [4]

This proves that even children, if corrupted by the society and media, are capable of immoral activities and crime. Thus to safeguard the women and girls, hijab is must even in front of such children. Hijab not only means the outer garment, but also means that women and girls should not be left alone with na-mehrams. Other innocent children should also not be allowed to play with such children as they are at a great risk of molestation and even rape.

Regarding hijab from children, Allah Subhanawatala could have just said ‘children who have not yet reached puberty’. But this was not stated and a condition was set which was not applicable in the time of Prophet Muhammad (s).So this shows that there is great wisdom behind this injunction to make it applicable for all times.

Conclusion

When it is said that the ‘Islamic Law is Outdated’, the main point that is missed is that The Islamic law is divine and from Allah Subhanawatala The Aleem, The Hakeem, the Most Knowledgeable and The Most Wise. To consider Islamic Law to be outdated is to deny these supreme qualities of our creator. The One Who created this universe and the humans knows their nature and knows what is best for them. Humans, with their finite intellect and knowledge can only come up with laws which are flawed and have many negative side effects. The USA has the highest rate of incarceration in the world[5] but according to the statistics of 1994, almost 70% of released prisoners were rearrested within three years.[6] In USA the crime rate is also increasing year by year and despite the open immorality and prostitution, rate of rapes is also increasing. This shows the ineffectiveness of the prison system made by humans. In order to be kind to the criminal, death penalty and other severe punishments are not given out, but this is done at the expense of compromising the welfare and safety of the public and fails to deter future crime.

Similarly, despite being aware of the negative effects of alcohol and drugs, the western society refuses to ban such items, but this is also a great compromise on the safety of the public. Most of the road accidents are due to drunk driving and lives have been destroyed and some are living a life of non existence. The case of Jacqueline Saburido should be enough to ban alcohol everywhere. [7]

If Islamic laws are implemented and severe hudood punishments are meted out to criminals, a few punishments would be enough to set an example and deter future crime and loss of lives.

What the world needs now are Islamic Laws, because Islamic Laws are most updated and they are the key to a safe and a secure environment free from crime and corruption which plagues all countries and all societies of our time.


[1] Lashing, stoning, mutilating: Islamic law is barbaric and outdated. Defend the case of Islam. By  Abdullah Mohammed  <http://www.jannah.org/morearticles/4.html>

[2] ibid

[3]8 Years Old gang raped by four boys aged 9 -14: http://www.myfoxphoenix.com/dpp/news/crime/gang_rape_07_22_2009

[4] 9 year old boy booked for rape:http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/news/india/9-year-old-boy-booked-for-rape/articleshow/4908296.cms

[5] Crime in the United States:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crime_in_the_United_States

[6] Urban Ministry Prison statistics :http://www.urbanministry.org/prison-statistics-data-imprisonment-recidivism-and

[7]Jacqueline Saburido: Accident and burn victim against drunk driving http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacqueline_Saburido

Where did the Universe Come From? Part II


The Big Bang theory was totally rejected at first.But those who supported it had predicted that the ignition
of the Big Bang would have left behind a sort of ‘hot flash’ of radiation.

If a big black wood stove produces heat that you can feel, then in a similar manner, the Big Bang should
produce its own kind of heat that would echo throughout the universe.

In 1965, without looking for it, two physicists at Bell Labs in New Jersey found it.  At first, Arno Penzias
and Robert Wilson were bothered because, while trying to refine the world’s most sensitive radio antenna,
they couldn’t eliminate a bothersome source of noise. They picked up this noise everywhere they pointed the
antenna.

At first they thought it was bird droppings.  The antenna was so sensitive it could pick up the heat of bird droppings (which certainly are warm when they’re brand new) but even after cleaning it off, they still picked up this noise.

This noise had actually been predicted in detail by other astronomers, and after a year of checking and re-checking the data, they arrived at a conclusion: This crazy Big Bang theory really was correct.

In an interview, Penzias was asked why there was so much resistance to the Big Bang theory.

He said, “Most physicists would rather attempt to describe the universe in ways which require no explanation.
And since science can’t *explain* anything – it can only *describe* things – that’s perfectly sensible.  If you
have a universe which has always been there, you don’t explain it, right?

“Somebody asks you, ‘How come all the secretaries in your company are women?’ You can say, ‘Well, it’s
always been that way.’  That’s a way of not having  to explain it.  So in the same way, theories which
don’t require explanation tend to be the ones accepted by science, which is perfectly acceptable and the best way to make science work.”

But on the older theory that the universe was eternal, he explains: “It turned out to be so ugly that people
dismissed it.  What we find – the simplest theory – is a creation out of nothing, the appearance out of nothing
of the universe.”

Penzias and his partner, Robert Wilson, won the Nobel Prize for their discovery of this radiation.  The Big
Bang theory is now one of the most thoroughly validated theories in all of science.

Robert Wilson was asked by journalist Fred Heeren if the Big Bang indicated a creator.

Wilson said, “Certainly there was something that set it all off.  Certainly, if you are religious, I can’t think of a better theory of the origin of the universe to match with Genesis.”

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s installment: “Why the Big Bang was the most precisely planned event in all of history.”

Sincerely,

Perry Marshall

“A Day Without Yesterday” – Albert Einstein,

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Scientific Miracle of the Quran: Big Bang mentioned in the Quran?

Where did the Universe Come From?


100 years ago, Albert Einstein published three papers that rocked the world.  These papers proved the existence of the atom, introduced the theory of relativity, and described quantum mechanics. Pretty good debut for a 26 year old scientist, huh?

His equations for relativity indicated that the universe was expanding.  This bothered him, because if it was expanding, it must have had a beginning and a beginner. Since neither of these appealed to him, Einstein introduced
a ‘fudge factor’ that ensured a ‘steady state’ universe, one that had no beginning or end.

But in 1929, Edwin Hubble showed that the furthest galaxies were fleeing away from each other, just as the  Big Bang model predicted.  So in 1931, Einstein embraced what would later be known as the Big Bang theory, saying,
“This is the most beautiful and satisfactory explanation of creation to which I have ever listened.”  He referred to the ‘fudge factor’ to achieve a steady-state universe as the biggest blunder of his career.

As I’ll explain during the next couple of days, Einstein’s theories have been thoroughly proved and
verified by experiments and measurements.  But there’s an even more important implication of Einstein’s discovery.
Not only does the universe have a beginning, but time itself, our own dimension of cause and effect, began
with the Big Bang.

That’s right — time itself does not exist before then.  The very line of time begins with that creation event.  Matter, energy, time and space were created in an instant by an intelligence outside of space and time.
About this intelligence, Albert Einstein wrote in his book “The World As I See It” that the harmony of natural law “Reveals an intelligence of such superiority that, compared with it, all the systematic thinking and acting
of human beings is an utterly insignificant reflection.”*

He went on to write, “Everyone who is seriously involved in the pursuit of science becomes convinced
that a spirit is manifest in the laws of the Universe–a spirit vastly superior to that of man, and one in the face of which we with our modest powers must feel humble.”*

Pretty significant statement, wouldn’t you say?

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s installment:  “Bird Droppings on my Telescope.”

Respectfully Submitted,

Perry Marshall

*Einstein quotes are from “Einstein and Religion: Physics and
Theology” by Max Jammer

http://www.cosmicfingerprints.com

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The Most Concise Definition of God (Allah in Arabic)“Say: He is Allah,
The One and Only.
“Allah, the Eternal, Absolute.
“He begets not, nor is He begotten.
And there is none like unto Him.”
[Al-Qur’an 112:1-4]

The word ‘Assamad’ is difficult to translate. It means ‘absolute existence’, which can be attributed only to Allah (swt), all other existence being temporal or conditional. It also means that Allah (swt) is not dependent on any person or thing, but all persons and things are dependent on Him.

Surah Ikhlas – the touchstone of theology:Surah Ikhlas (Chapter 112) of the Glorious Qur’an, is the touchstone of theology. ‘Theo’ in Greek means God and ‘logy’ means study. Thus Theology means study of God and to Muslims this four line definition of Almighty God serves as the touchstone of the study of God. Any candidate to divinity must be subjected to this ‘acid test’. Since the attributes of Allah given in this chapter are unique, false gods and pretenders to divinity can be easily dismissed using these verses.

Related Links:

Creation of the Universe

Concept of God in Islam

I thought I couldn’t live without ‘music’…


There was a time when I wouldn’t leave the house without my discman. My harddisk was filled with Mbs of music files…you name the song and i had it. My room was filled with cassettes and cds. MTV was one of my favourite channels and I even had my favourite videos recorded!

Then I heard a cassette  ‘From The Shadows’ by Halaqah media (Available here) and i got scared..really really scared. Amongst other issues, this documentary discussed how satanic subliminal messages were found in many pop songs and and the singers were actually worshipping and calling out to satan through their music. It gave examples of songs from Madonna and Eagles.

In Madonna’s song “Like a Prayer” it is not God that the prayer is directed at, but Satan. When played backwards, the words “0h hear us, Satan,” are clearly audible, one of my favourite songs by Eagles Hotel California also was an ode to satan  and when played backwords you can hear a spooky voice  say ‘yaaay satan’ and if you know about the rituals of ‘Free Masons’ you will realize that its a song about  visiting a Free Masonic lodge.To be honest the song always sounded spooky to me!

I did a lot of research on the internet and found that satanic messages in songs were very common and these messages do actually have an impact on your subconciousness.For days I couldn’t sleep. The satanic voices kept going round and round in my head. then I stopped listening to music completely.

This went on for some time, I dont remember exactly how long….there was a void and then i started swaying towards music again. satan made me think up of a lot of justificationa and excuses like… oh i only listen to nice people they dont have such things in their songs.. oh its only heavy metal that has satanic messages, i listen to pop and ballads.. i dont listen to madonna  and micheal jackson.. etc etc…. I couldn’t live without music… i said…and music was back in my life with a bang! My collection restarted and soon i had all my favourite  songs loaded on my harddisk.. music was playing all the time on my pc even while i was studying and sometimes even sleeping…When i went to Uk for studies, my laptop had my entire music collection. My Australian flatmate was quite surprised to see my music collection! It had  her favourite songs too!

Then i came back after completing my studies in 2006 and ramadan was about to start. During ramadan my mother dragged me to listen to the explanation of the Quran. Quran entered my life and i started studying it regularly by joining a course.

I started realizing why Music was haram. It took me away from the remembrance of Allah , it took me away from the Quran. If i listened to Music, even during my Salah (prayer) the song would be going on in my head. I would be physically praying but my heart and mind were not! early in the morning the first thing on my lips would be songs… not Allah’s name.I started seeing the shirk in songs and the open delcarations of disobedience to Allah   in all the romantic songs, ballads and love songs .

‘Everything I do, i do it for you’  (Bryan Adams) – Everything for WHO?  

‘Il do anything for you…anything you want me too.’-(BSB) I’ll do ANYTHING?

“Say (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم): “Verily, my Salat (prayer), my sacrifice, my living, and my dying are forAllah, the Lord of the ‘Alamin”

(Quran 6:162)

My Everything is supposed to be for Allah..not any human being! What am i saying.. what am i singing..open obscenity and declarations of love…If i dont mean them then why should i say these words and sing them or listen to them! every word I utter is being recorded by the angles …what explanation will i give for these songs!

I started avoiding music …

Then discussions started ,is music haram or halal? People would say…. Music is not haram. Its not in Quran… we pray we remeber Allah but we listen to songs as well and we can  concentrate in our prayers… etc etc…Music does not interfere in our worship… we only listen when we are busy in work.. etc etc… there is no harm in listening to nice music… etc etc…

I came across a hadith in Sahih Al Bukhari in which our Prophet Muhammad (s) said : “From among my followers there will be some people who will consider illegal sexual intercourse, the wearing of silk, the drinking of alcoholic drinks and the use of musical instruments, as lawful.(Sahih Al Bukhari)

This was the final blow!

So people who are justifying listening to music are the ones this hadith is talking about. From this saying of Prophet Muhammad (s) it is clear that Music is haram. Anybody who disagrees and brings in ifs and buts.. is fulfulling this prophecy of Prophet Muhammad (s) that his followers will one day make musical instruments halal for themselves!Just to make things clear – only one instrument -The Daff is allowed in Islam.

I stopped listening to Music. but for how long….?They say Music is the food for the soul.I realized my soul still needed some ‘music’ . I could’nt live without ‘music’…and i was right..but i was feeding my soul with the wrong kind of music.My soul wanted the ‘divine music’.The divine music of the Qur’an

I started listening to various different recitors and some surahs recited by some qaris was the most beautiful thing i had ever heard. It was far beyond what i had ever heard. The beauty of the words, the peace it gives and the divine rythm of Allah’s words was truly amazing and it is indescribeable.

I realized that the first time i stopped listening to music, there was a void so i went back on the path of shaytan.But the second time around the craving of my soul for music was satisfied in the halal way with halal divine music of the Quran. As one has rightly said,Moseqe khabees rooh ki ghiza hai – Music is the food of the wretched soul.The real tayyab food of the good soul is the Qur’an.

 

Before I  used to make a list of my top ten favourite songs..but now i want to share with you all a list of my top ten favourite surahs by my favourite qaris. Please do listen to the beautiful recitations!! I have listed them 1-10 but to be honest all of them are just great, beautiful and amazing…

1. Surah Al-Insaan by Mishary Rashid Al Afasi-mp3

2. Surah Al-Bayyinah by Mishary Rashid Al Afasi-mp3

3. Surah Al Kahaf by Mishary Rashid Al Afasi-mp3

4. Surah Yasin by a young child Hasan Bin Abdullah(link to youtube video)

5. Ayatul Kursi by Saad Al Ghamdi ( link to youtube video)

6. Surah Mominoon by Abu Bakr Shatri (link to youtube video)

7. Al-Anam by Saad Al Ghamdi-mp3: This is a long surah.Listen to its first part which is beautifully recited.

8. Hud by Saad Al Ghamdi-mp3

9. Maryam by Saad Al Ghamdi-mp3

10. Al Haqqah by Hani Rafai-mp3

I usually don’t blog about my personal life, but now i think i should.. maybe somebody will learn something from my life and change their life for good and make Allah happy. I don’t  mean to show off with this post, may Allah purify my intentions ..I realized that Music is such an emotional subject.. people just get into arguments and long debates because they just find it impossible to leave music, just like i did. I thought it was impossible…. but it is.

So all those of  you who think and say that you can’t live without music. Think again. There is halal music and there is haram music. All you have to do is change  your taste. Don’t satisfy your soul with haram when the most beautiful halal music is available….Listen to the Quran, listen to halal nasheeds with beautiful lyrics and no musical instruments.. change your taste,, there is a lot of good halal music out there and the best of it is the Qur’an!!

Some great websites to listen to Quran

Quran Recitation at FarhatHashmi.com

Allah’s Quran

The Flogging Punishment In Islam for Fornication


Allah Almighty says in the Quran: 

“The fornicatress and the fornicator, flog each of them with a hundred stripes. Let not pity withhold you in their case, in a punishment prescribed by Allaah, if you believe in Allaah and the Last Day. And let a party of the believers witness their punishment” [al-Noor 24:2] 

“And those who accuse chaste women and then do not produce four witnesses – lash them with eighty lashes and do not accept from them testimony ever after. And those are the defiantly disobedient, ” [An-Noor 24:4]

 

  • Hudd punishment – The fixed punishment – is prescribed by Allah  for those acts which Allah has made haram and this punishment is by hitting or by killing.
  • The fixed punishment for fornication (consensual sexual intercourse between two persons not married to each other ) is flogging a 100 strikes. As for adultery ( voluntary sexual intercourse between a married man and someone other than his wife or between a married woman and someone other than her husband) – the married person would be stoned to death as commanded by Prophet Muhammad (s)
  • The punishment is applicable when the man has coitus with the woman. Any relationship not inclusive of coitus does not mandate the prescribed fixed punishment.
  • The punishment is applicable when the act of coitus is witnessed by four male adults who are muslim, sensible, just and free  and who testify in the court. Seeing two people together or nude or in some inappropriate position does not mandate the hudd punishment unless the act of coitus is eye witnessed.
  • The punishment is also applicable if the fornicator or the fornicatress confesses to his or her crime four times.
  • 100 flogs can be inflicted in one day or over a period of days depending on the health of the one being punished.
  • No judge can increase or decrease the punishment
  • Punishment has to be delivered publicly in front of a small group of Muslims – minimum three and maximum 1000 Muslims should witness this event.
  • Flogging should be inflicted with a leather whip which is neither totally new nor very old. Flogging with a stick is not allowed
  • Flogging should be on the fleshy part of the body only affecting the skin and avoiding the head and the sensitive areas. Flogging has to spread over – and should not be done in one place so as to make the flesh come out.
  • A man is flogged in a standing position while a woman should be flogged in a sitting position.
  • Ibn Mas’ood said:  It is not prescribed in our religion to make the offender lie down or to tie him up or remove his clothing. The companions of the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) flogged offenders but there is no report that any of them made the offender lie down or tied him up or removed his clothing. (Islam QA)
  • No one should carry out the hadd punishments without the permission of the ruler. If there is no ruler who rules according to sharee’ah then it is not permissible for the ordinary people to carry out the hadd punishments. Whoever does that is sinning, because carrying out the hadd punishments requires examining the matter and requires shar’i knowledge in order to know the conditions of proof. (Islam QA)
  • Accepting this punishment is conditional to Emaan – If you feel pity for the fornicator or fornicatress  – that may lead to not approving the flogging punishment then you don’t believe in Allah and the Akhira ( You leave the fold of Islam)

 

PUNISHMENT OF FORNICATION AS IMPLEMENT BY RASOOL ALLAH (S) AND HIS COMPANIONS

Bukhari :: Book 8 :: Volume 82 :: Hadith 818

Narrated Zaid bin Khalid Al-Jihani:

I heard the Prophet ordering that an unmarried person guilty of illegal sexual intercourse be flogged one-hundred stripes and be exiled for one year. Umar bin Al-Khattab also exiled such a person, and this tradition is still valid.

FLOGGING THE ONE WHO CONFESSES AND LETTING GO THE ONE WHO  DENIES THE SIN
Dawud :: Book 38 : Hadith 4423

Narrated Sahl ibn Sa’d:

A man came to the Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) and confessed before him that he had committed fornication with a woman whom he named. The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) sent for the woman and asked her about it. But she denied that she had committed fornication. So he inflicted the prescribed punishment of flogging on him, and let her go.

FLOGGING WHEN THE SINNER CONFESSES AND DOES NOT RETRACT IT
Malik :: Book 41 : Hadith 41.2.13

Malik related to me from Nafi that Safiyya bint Abi Ubayd informed him that a man who had had intercourse with a virgin slave-girl and made her pregnant was brought to Abu Bakr as-Siddiq. He confessed to fornication, and he was not muhsan. Abu Bakr gave the order and he was flogged with the hadd punishment. Then he was banished to Fadak, (thirty miles from Madina).

Malik spoke about a person who confessed to fornication and then retracted it and said, “I didn’t do it. I said that for such-and-such a reason,” and he mentioned the reason. Malik said, “That is accepted from him and the hadd is not imposed on him. That is because the hadd is what is for Allah, and it is only applied by one of two means, either by a clear proof which establishes guilt or by a confession which is persisted in so that the hadd is imposed. If someone persists in his confession, the hadd is imposed on him.”

NO FLOGGING PUNISHMENT FOR THE RAPE VICTIM
Malik :: Book 41 : Hadith 41.3.15

Malik related to me from Nafi that a slave was in charge of the slaves in the khumus and he forced a slave-girl among those slaves against her will and had intercourse with her. Umar ibn al-Khattab had him flogged and banished him, and he did not flog the slave-girl because the slave had forced her.

 
NO FLOGGING IF THE SINNER IS TOO WEAK AND COULD DIE WHILE BEING FLOGGED
Muslim :: Book 17 : Hadith 4224

Abd al-Rahman reported that ‘Ali, while delivering the address said: O people, impose the prescribed punishment upon your slaves, those who are married and those not married, for a slave-woman belonging to Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) had committed adultery, and he committed me to flog her. But she had recently given birth to a child and I was afraid that if I flogged her I might kill her. So I mentioned that to Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) and he said: You have done well.

 


Sources:

Tafsir Ibn Kathir :Explanation of the prescribed punishment of zina : http://www.tafsir.com/default.asp?sid=24&tid=35488

Islam QA: How to flog? http://www.islamqa.com/en/ref/13233/flogging

Who should carry out the hudd punishment for zina? http://www.islamqa.com/en/ref/8980/zina

 Crime and Punishment in Islam: http://www.islamreligion.com/articles/249/

 Explanation of verse 1 and 2 of Surah Noor by Dr.Farhat Hashmi http://farhathashmi.com/dn/Portals/0/audio/explanation/Detailed/taleem-al-quran-05/mp3/Para-18/lesson-05/tqc18-05b.mp3

The Ten Promised Paradise – Ashrae Mubasharah


The Ashra e Mubasharah

The Ten Who Were Given the Glad Tidings of Paradise

Who are the Ashra e Mubasharah?

  • Ashra means ten and Mubasharah means good news or glad tidings
  • Ashra e Mubasharah is a term used to refer to ten companions of Prophet Muhammad Sallalahu Alayhe Wasallam about whom he clearly stated that they will be in Paradise.

“Abu Bakr will be in Paradise, Umar will be in Paradise, Uthman will be in Paradise, Ali will be in Paradise, Talhah will be in Paradise, Al-Zubayr will be in Paradise, Abdul-Rahman ibn Awf will be in Paradise, Sad ibn Abi Waqqas will be in Paradise, Said ibn Zayd will be in Paradise and Abu Ubaydah ibn al-Jarrah will be in Paradise.” Its isnad is sahih. [Sahih al-Jami’ as-Saghir, 1/70, no. 50]

All of these ten Companions were the earliest converts to Islam and all of them emigrated in the way of Allah.

Allah says about all the early converts to Islam from the  emigrants (Muhajreen) and the helpers (Ansar) in the Quran:

“And the first to embrace Islâm of the Muhâjirûn and the Ansâr  and also those who followed them exactly (in Faith). Allâh is well-pleased with them as they are well-pleased with Him. He has prepared for them Gardens under which rivers flow (Paradise), to dwell therein forever. That is the supreme success.” (Tawbah :100)

Ramadan Lectures – Dora e Quran in Karachi


Ramadan Dora e Quran in Karachi

Brief Explanation of the entire Quran in Urdu language in the month of Ramadan for ladies

D.H.A

Dora e Quran by Ruby Tariq

Starting: 29th August, 2008 |Timings: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm| At Defence Central Library Sunset Boulevard

Dora e Quran by Safiya Khan

Starting: 1st Ramadan|Timings: 10:00 am to 12:30 pm| At Mehran Hall, Creek Club,Phase VIII.

Malir Cantt

Dora e Quran by Naushaba

Starting: 1st Sep,08 |Timings: 10:00 am to 12:30 pm| At Masjid e Tawheed Library,Phase II,Malir Cantt.

RIBATUL ULOOM

Time: 10:00 – 12:30

Venue: Ribat ul uloom Islamia Library, Plot # 268 Alamgir Road, Karachi No. 5.

Tel: 021-8277018, 0321-2040347.

NORTH NAZIMABAD

Time: 10:00 – 12:00

Venue: 102-F, Block B, Next to Generation School.

North Nazimabad, Karachi.

021-6676674.

AISHA MANZIL

Time:10:00 – 12:30

Venue: D-73, Block 5, Tahir Villa, Near Aisha Manzil,

Federal B Area, Karachi.

021-6046241, 021-6800454.

TARIQ ROAD

Time: 10:00 – 12:30

Al Huda Tariq Road Branch,

Near Sindh Lab, Tariq Road, Karachi.

021-4558235.

FEDERAL B AREA

Time: 9:00 – 12:00

Venue: 11-B/2, Kakabawany Centre, Next to Usman Memorial Hospital,

Hussain Abad Chowrangi, F.B. Area Karachi.

021-6376601

GULSHAN E IQBAL

Time: 10:30 – 12:30

Venue: E80/1, Block 7, Bahria Foundation College,

Abulhasan Isphani Road,Gulshan e Iqbal,Karachi.

021-4984272, 0300-2206023

Is God Biased Towards The Females?


By Javeria

Affected by the false propaganda of the feminists, many Muslim women have started thinking that Islam is good for the men and that the rules and regulations of Islam are unfair to the women and that Islam is nothing but subjugation of women. This mentality has led to many women turning away from Islam and keeping this negative feeling that Allah is biased towards the females.

Regarding this issue I previously wrote an article: Why God created Two Genders.

This is the second article in which I want to clarify that Allah is not biased or unfair towards the women. Yes he created man and woman different therefore both have some specific rules which they have to follow. But the end result, the reward for both of them is equal….

Male and Female were both created for a specific role and purpose in this world. But to Allah, gender does not matter and Heaven is for both men and women.

Allah says:

“The men and women of the believers are friends of one another. They command what is right and forbid what is wrong, and establish prayer and pay alms, and obey Allah and His Messenger. They are the people on whom Allah will have mercy. Allah is Almighty, All Wise.” (Qur’an, 9:71)

Allah emphasizes that believers will be rewarded in the same manner according to their deeds, regardless of their gender.

“Their Lord responds to them: ‘I will not let the deeds of any doer among you go to waste, male or female – you are both the same in that respect…” (Qur’an, 3:195)

“Anyone who acts rightly, male or female, being a believer, We will give them a good life and We will recompense them according to the best of what they did.” (Qur’an, 16:97)

“Men and women who are Muslims, men and women who are believers, men and women who are obedient, men and women who are truthful, men and women who are steadfast, men and women who are humble, men and women who give alms, men and women who fast, men and women who guard their private parts, men and women who remember Allah much: Allah has prepared forgiveness for them and an immense reward.” (Qur’an, 33:35)

Before Islam, women were treated as property having no rights and no say. Islam liberated the women and gave them rights and a respectful status. Allah Tala revealed a whole chapter in the Quran called An-Nisa ( Women) dealing with rights and issues of women. He did not reveal a surah called Rijaal (Men). Islam gave so much respect and rights to women that some non Muslims after reading the Quran thought that it was written by a woman. That is why many women are converting to Islam.

NBC News video reveals that 20,000 Americans reported converted to Islam last year, with women exceeding men at a ratio of 4 to 1.

In Europe as well, more women are being drawn to Islam and converting. (See : Csmonitor)

One famous example is of Yvonne Ridley:

“Yvonne Ridley was the journalist captured by the Taliban while reporting undercover in Afghanistan, soon after 9/11. Held on spying charges, she feared she would be stoned. Instead, she was treated with respect. She promised her captors that, after her release, she would study Islam. She read the Koran looking for an explanation of the Taliban’s treatment of women, only to find there wasn’t any. “It’s a magna carta (charter of rights) for women!” she said. (Source : BBC)

What does Ridley feel about the place of women in Islam?

“There are oppressed women in Muslim countries, but I can take you up the side streets of Tyneside and show you oppressed women there.”

“Oppression is cultural, it is not Islamic. The Koran makes it crystal clear that women are equal.”

And her new Muslim dress is empowering, she says.

“How liberating is it to be judged for your mind and not the size of your bust or length of your legs.”(Source : BBC interview)

In Islam there is no such thing as a “man’s world” or a “woman’s world”; it is for both where both have been sent to help each other and provide companionship to each to other. Both have been sent in this world as a test and they will both be rewarded or punished in the hereafter according to their deeds and actions in this world.

Remember The Order….


Remember The Order…

By Asma Binte Shameem

As the heat gets hotter…. as the sun gets brighter

As they take it all off…. as their ‘burden’ gets lighter

 

When you feel the temptation as they roam half naked

When you think for sure that you just can’t make it

 

Remember O Muslim the perfect instructions

Remember not to give in to those temptations

 

Through the lure, the enticement and through the haze

Remember the order…..to lower your gaze

 

Don’t go to such places….don’t go to the beaches

Remember the lessons ….remember what Islam teaches

 

Don’t sit idle in the street nor visit the mall

When you know they are going to bare it all

 

Now, I know it isn’t easy….. its hard not to stare

Its difficult to look away when its all there

 

But, don’t feed your lust, nor set it ablaze

Remember the order…. to lower your gaze

 

What’s the harm in it, they say. It’s nothing but fun!

If I look at some bodies bathing in the sun!

 

A lustful look towards the opposite gender

Is all that it takes to set off the trigger

 

It leads to sin and abomination

It paves the way for fornication

 

Don’t take it so lightly, don’t think it’s a phase

Remember the order…. to lower your gaze

 

Watch out for that arrow….the arrow from Satan

The one you’re warned about….laden with poison

 

The arrow that is aimed towards your very heart

When it reaches its target, it leaves a black mark

 

It infects your heart and leaves it vulnerable

for Satan to take over and do as he is able 

 

Recall the Prophet’s words for he told no lies

“Looking at something forbidden is the zinaa of the eyes.”

 

Don’t look at anything haraam, that’s what he said

So when temptation passes by…..just turn away your head

 

Just lower your gaze…..don’t give that second look

For you never know when you get caught by the hook

 

A lustful glance….then the talk …..then the meeting

You know what comes next….after all the flirting

 

Fornication is major. “Don’t even come near it.”

It starts with that first look, every Muslim should fear it

 

So lower your gaze…. don’t look at haraam

Strive for good deeds….they work like a charm

 

If you are able then do get married

That’s what the Prophet alaihis-salaam instructed

 

Keep voluntary fasts….they will make you strong

Being a good Muslim, you surely can’t go wrong

 

A part of his character is the Muslim’s gaze

So fear Allaah as you spend these summer days

 

Ask Allaah to help you….you’ll find Him there

And never underestimate the power of prayer

 

Not only in the streets, remember O Muslim

Lower your gaze when watching television

 

The shows….the sitcoms…..the underwear ads

The suggestive scenes….the fashions and the fads

 

Day in and day out, we watch haraam and yet…

when ‘Baywatch’ comes on, we don’t turn off the set

 

Did you forget the Day when Allaah will ask you

of every look you cast….every glance you threw

 

So where will you hide….what will you do

That Day your eyes will witness against you

 

Remember, the beauty of this world is temporary

The question is then….will you be able to carry

 

Your head up high in front of the Almighty

When you stand on a Day, so long so dreary?

 

You are the best Ummah….the Model Community

Custodians of Truth…Upholders of Morality

 

So fight the Shaytaan, stop him in his wickedness

Lower your gaze, ask for Allaah’s forgiveness

 

And thank Allaah O Muslim and realize

The greatest blessing is a pair of eyes

 

Don’t use it to disobey Him, don’t earn His Displeasure

For you will be asked what you did with this treasure

 

It is not too late….to repent….to amend

Start now….by lowering your gaze my friend

 

 

“Say to the believing men that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty. That is purer for them. Verily, Allaah is All-Aware of what they do.

 

Say to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty…O you who believe! Turn you all together towards Allah that you may attain success.” (Surah Nur:30,31).

 

Is God Unkind?


By Javeria

Featured on Farhathashmi.worpress.com

Sadness, grief, misery and sorrow are feelings which are a part and parcel of this life. When we look around us we see poverty and suffering, death and catastrophes and even in personal lives there is grief and sadness and setbacks and failures, loss of loved ones and heartache. In short this life is full of problems and is not as perfect as we want it to be.

 These problems, tests and trials of this world may lead someone to think that God is unkind. People usually say what kind of a God lets people die in a tsunami or why God did this to us when we don’t like this and that.

 However this is not the case at all. God is not unkind. This world is like an exam for each one of us. Just like we give exams in schools and colleges – we may find the exam hard and difficult but that does not mean that the examiner is unkind. The exam is just to test our skills and abilities to award us accordingly. We need to pass many exams to become successful in this world and to have a good career and a job. Similarly, this entire life is a test- so we will have to work really hard just like we work hard to pass our school exams or to get any degree and we will have to be patient as Allah says in the Quran:

 “Be sure we shall test 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 persevere,” (Quran 2:155)

 Even the wealth and possessions given to a person are a trial for him or her. If some one is rich that does not at all mean that Allah is happy with such a person and therefore has bestowed him with wealth.

 Allah Subhana Watala informs us:                                                                                              

 “And know that your possessions and your children are a test…” Quran 8:28

 Also even our friends and family and people around us may be a test for us. Their injustice or hatered or their bad behaviour towards us may be a test for us as well to see if we are steadfast and patient.

Allah subhanawata says:

 “And we have appointed some of you a test for others. Will you be patient?” (Quran 25:20)

 Similarly while giving the exam we are not awarded immediately for our correct answers and we are not punished for our wrong answers there and then. We need to wait for the exam to be over and for the papers to be checked and the result to be announced. In the same fashion, this life is an exam – but we don’t know when the exam will get over. As soon as we die our exam would be over and we will have to wait for the result which will be announced on the day of Judgement.

 Allah says:

“Every soul shall have a taste of death: and We test you by evil and by good by way of trial. To Us must ye return.”(Quran 21:35)

 When we are faced with difficulties, problems, sorrow and grief in this world we should realize that this is only a temporary passing phase where Allah is testing us to see if we still are thankful to Him and if we still obey Him. This does not mean that Allah is unkind. We must remember that He is our examiner. If we do not like the questions in our college exam – does that mean we should give up and leave the paper and start hating the examiner? NO not at all. We should persevere and be patient and continue asking for Allah’s help and mercy and do our best to solve that difficult question. Allah says that those who when faced with difficulties and problems lose heart and quit will be the worst losers in this world as well as the hereafter.

 “There are among men some who serve Allah, as it were, on the verge: if good befalls them, they are, therewith, well content; but if a trial comes to them, they turn on their faces: they lose both this world and the Hereafter: that is loss for all to see!” (Quran 22:11)

Why God created two genders?


Allah Subhana Watala – The Lord of the worlds says in Quran:

“Glory to Allah, Who created in pairs all things that the earth produces, as well as their own (human) kind and (other) things of which they have no knowledge.” (Quran 36:36)

Allah the creator of everything has created everything in pairs, male and female, day and night, sun and moon, darkness and light etc.

The male is different from the female but they both are created from the same source as is mentioned in many places in the Quran. (Quran 4:1, 7:189)

The physiological and biological differences between sexes and their  roles are a fact and can not be denied. Men are more physically strong with more stamina, energy and resistance. Men and women differ greatly in weight shape, size and anatomy. Men and women also have huge psychological differences. They differ in the way they think, solve problems, their memory skills and sensitivity and emotions are also different. Various studies and research has proved these differences.

However, this does not mean that because of these differences there is discrimination among men and women. The fact is that men and women have both been created for a specific purpose. Both have been given abilities and skills which they need to fulfill the roles assigned to them.  Their emotions, skills and abilities in fact compliment each other. They are two parts of a whole and are essential to the human family to continue the human race and they need each other emotionally and physically as Allah says in the Quran:

“(He is) the Creator of the heavens and the earth: He has made for you pairs from among yourselves, and pairs among cattle: by this means does He multiply you: there is nothing whatever like unto Him, and He is the One that hears and sees (all things).”(Quran 42:11)

“He created for you mates from amongst yourselves, that you may dwell in tranquility with them and He put love and mercy between your hearts – for each other” (Quran 30:22).

Thus the purpose of creating two genders was to continue the human race and to provide them comfort, peace and harmony in each other’s companionship. The relationship between the husband and wife is compared  to that between the body and the clothes. Allah describes husband and a wife as garments of each other. (Quran 2:187) The spouses are close to each other, protect each, provide comfort and companionship to each other , hide each other’s deficiencies and are always there for each other.

Yet, each gender is independent and accountable for their own actions and deeds. Character, rather than the gender, is the defining criterion in front of Allah as He says in many places in the Quran:

“The better amongst you in the sight of God is the one who is better in character” (Quran 49:13).