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mystertHow did we come here? What was before this life, were we alive?  What will happen after death? Is death the end of our current physical life and body, including our mind? If this worldly life is a test, how is this test fair?

These are some of the questions that each & every human must ask him/herself. Below is a brief explanation on how do Muslims view life and death.

Allah says in Qur’an: “How can you disbelieve in Allah (God), Seeing that you were dead and He gave you life. Then He will give you death, then again will bring you to life and then unto Him you will return.” (2:28)

They will say: “Our Lord! You have made us to die twice, and You have given us life twice! Now we confess our sins, then is there any way to get out?” (40:11)

These verses show that, we were alive, then we died, then again we were given life (i.e this worldly life) and we will again die and then there will be another life.

Before the creation of the universe , Allah created the Souls & Angels. This is related to “Alam al-Amr (the World of Command)”.

After this from the material universe, that started with the big bang, our bodies were created. This is related to “Alam al Khalq (World of Creation).”

Alam al-Amr matters are with “Kun Fayaqoon” which means,  Allah says, “Be” & it happens, there is no time element involved in it. But in Alam al Khalq, time is involved.

So, the first phase was when all the souls were created, from Adam to the last human that will come on this earth, till the day of judgement. After creating these souls, Allah took a covenant from all of them.

Allah says in Qur’an”: “And (remember) when your Lord brought forth from the Children of Adam, from their loins, their seed and made them testify as to themselves (saying): “Am I not your Lord!” They said: “Yes! We testify,” . Lest you should say on the Day of Resurrection: “Verily, we were unaware of this.” Or lest you should say: “It was only our fathers aforetime who took others as partners in worship along with Allah, and we were (merely their) descendants after them; will You then destroy us because of the deeds of men who practiced falsehood!” (7:172-173)

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon Him) said: “It will be said to a man from the people of the Fire on the Day of Resurrection, `If you owned all that is on the earth, would you pay it as ransom!’ He will reply, `Yes.’ Allah will say, `I ordered you with what is less than that, when you were still in Adam’s loins, that is, associate none with Me (in worship). You insisted that you associate with Me (in worship).”

From the above verse & narration we can conclude that: “As there can be no agreement if both the parties are not conscious or are not in their senses, therefore, it shows that the agreement/covenant was done when humans were in their senses & were conscious, and all of us accepted that there is no God but One, Allah.”

As all the souls were present at that time, therefore when on the day of judgement the souls will be presented in front of Allah once again, then Allah will say: “And truly you have come unto Us alone, as We created you the FIRST time. You have left behind you all that which We had bestowed on you.” (Qur’an 6:94)

After this, all the souls were put to a state of death. That was the first death we faced. We were only souls & we had no material body at that time.

This shows that, in this world we have these two existences, our body and the soul and they are joined together. About, how are they joined, we don’t know.

The Prophet said: “Each of you is constituted in your mother’s womb for forty days as a nutfah, then it becomes an ‘alaqah for an equal period, then a mudghah for another equal period, then the angel is sent and he breathes the soul into it.”

One is our bestial existence which came from the earth & one is our spiritual existence. Till the time we are alive on this earth, our souls & material bodies stay attached & when we die, our material existence goes to where it came from – the earth, but our spiritual existence did not come from the earth & will not go into the earth, it came from Allah (God) & it will return to Allah. This will be our second death, and then we will be resurrected again on the day of judgement, as it is mentioned in Qur’an: “Our Lord! You have made us to die twice, and You have given us life twice!” (40:11)

After this second death, it will be our final eternal life, either in heaven or hell (based on our deeds). And after this (second death) there will be no way to get out. So, we all must live wisely in this world, we must try our best to search for truth with sincerity. This worldy life is just a test for the hereafter, 70-80 years & we will be gone. Heaven is peace & pleasure for eternity & Hell is torture for eternity. Choose wisely. 

This Is The Philosophy Of Life & Death In Islam. Qur’an surprises me whenever I study it, & i would like to invite all the readers to study Qur’an & understand its meaning.

The Qur’an is a dynamic and intrusive text that constantly seeks to engage with the inner dispositions of man. The Qur’an achieves this by asking profound questions concerning natural phenomena, life and the universe. However the Qur’an does not stop at addressing these themes, it also asks about man himself. Who is he? Where is he going? What is he? It eloquently asks the question “Do they not reflect within themselves?” (Hamza Tsortis)

“Islam is not a ‘religion’ in the sense this term is commonly understood. It is a system encompassing all fields of living. Islam means politics, economics, legisla­tion, science, humanism, health, psychology and sociol­ogy. It is a system which makes no discrimination on the basis of race, color, language or other external categories. Its appeal is to all mankind. It wants to reach the heart of every human being.” (Abd’ul Ala Maududi)

Allah Knows Best.

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In democracy, the minorities are “forced” to accept the rules of the majority – Majority Rules.

One should keep in mind that the vast majority of mankind does not comprise of people who utilize their intellect and reasoning faculty. It would not be too far fetched to term such people as”two legged animals”. They follow their society’s conventional trends and simply mimic the behavior of those around them. They swim in the direction of the social current and tide of their time and only change their direction as the current changes. They never question as to who they are, where have they come from or where they are going?

So, how can democracy be a fair system when the majority are just sheep?

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It is mentioned in Quran: “And if you obey most of those on the earth, they will mislead you far away from Allah’s path.”

The Creator of everything is telling us that most of the people of the earth, are misguided. They follow nothing but conjecture (a guess), and they do nothing but lie.

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This verse clearly shows that Democracy cannot be a fair system. Imagine, if the majority of the people are misguided & the sovereignty is given to them, what will be the result?? Infact, we all can see the results today. Democracy has given us nothing except wars, destruction & slavery. 

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On the other hand, in Islamic Caliphate, the religious minorities have a right to have their separate legal system. They are free to choose, which courts they want to go to, whether the Muslim or their own court system & the rules of the majority do not apply to them.

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Muslims are told that they have religious freedom in the west… But what religious freedom do they have? When, they are forced to accept a legal system that is not Islamic?

It is the issue of the numbers in the west while in the Muslim world whether the Christians were majority or minority in a community, they had their rights protected even if it was one person. Islam is very accommodating to the religious minorities, not only did they survived but they flourished. Christian Arabs flourished in Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Palestine, Iraq & that’s why they still exist today. If the Muslim Caliphs wanted to wipe them out, they could have done it so easily because the Christians & the Jews had no power whatsoever to resist the will of the Caliphs, but they flourished.

And the Jews would run away from Christian land & go & seek refuge with the Muslims. They ran away from oppressive Europe, from the oppression of Romans & they sought refuge in Spain. And once Spain fell in capital hands, they left Spain & went to Istanbul to be under the watchful eye of the Caliph of Banu Uthman. They chose to be right left to the Caliph.

Al Ghazali says: “The religious freedom that was granted by Islam, has never seen any similar situation to it on any of the 5 continents. (and then he says something very important). A religion never had a monopoly over power & gave another religion freedom to exist except Islam.”

If we want to say that the west today is granting religious minorities freedom, that is because it is a secular system & not a religious system. Now the west is warning against theocracy & they have a right to be worried, because they have experienced it. When the west was living under theocracies, it had the religious wars, the accusations etc. But they are making the mistake by assuming that Islam is the same, because , “Islam Is An Exception.”

In Islam, Absolute Right For Legislation Is For None But Allah.”  A very very important thing for the Muslim Leader Is, “Don’t Follow Your Desires”. Our problem now with the Islamic work is that we always deal with others based on our desires. For example, If I have a certain problem with you, I continue with that problem & I try to justify it from an Islamic point of view. But this is not Islam that is instigating my dealing with you, it is my hatred towards you & then I am misusing Islam to fulfill it. This is not acceptable in Islam! We “have to” instigate our actions based on Islam & then we push our desires to follow the direction of the Sharia. Wherever Islam goes, that is where we put our desires. And this is Jihad (struggle) of the Nafs (self). You don’t do things according to what you want, you do things according to what Allah wants. You do it Allah’s way, not your way. This is no doubt a very difficult discipline  but a very important Jihad. The Jihad of your soul, to fight these internal conflicts that are going on in your heart, in order follow the law of Allah & to follow what Allah wants from you even if it against your own self & this is the meaning of the word Islam,Submitting Your Will To Allah Only“.

There can be only one condition where the rule of majority can be accepted and that can be explained with this example.

If you have a dinner at your place & you want to serve wine, but, you know that it has been declared prohibited by Allah, so there can be no way you serve it, its out of the question. Hence, you will than have to decide between orange juice, apple juice etc, & for this reason, you can go for what the majority says. Meaning the majority can rule but under the rules defined by Allah & His Messenger (peace be upon Him).

Giving the sovereignty to the majority means that if they say that, they want wine, you will have to serve it. Same is the case in Democracy.

Islamic law is fair, because there is no human sovereignty. Each & every individual have to follow the law of his/her Creator only. And this gives true freedom to everyone because any individual can correct a leader at any point of time. No injustice can be done, if the leader is unjust & he does something that goes against the law of the Creator, people are free to go against him, unlike today. Today, people are slaves of their governments. They do what they are ordered to, even if it is unfair & unjust. They are not allowed to question or say no & if they do, either they end up in jail or are killed.

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Bernard Lewis presents some of his conclusions about Islamic culture, Shari’a Law, jihad, and the modern day phenomenon of terrorism in his text, Islam: The Religion and the People. He writes of jihad as a distinct “religious obligation”, but suggests that “it is a pity” that people engaging in terrorist activities are not more aware of their own religion:

“Muslim fighters are commanded not to kill women, children, or the aged unless they attack first; not to torture or otherwise ill-treat prisoners; to give fair warning of the opening of hostilities or their resumption after a truce; and to honor agreements. … At no time did the classical jurists offer any approval or legitimacy to what we nowadays call terrorism. Nor indeed is there any evidence of the use of terrorism as it is practiced nowadays.”

In Lewis’ view, the “by now widespread terrorism practice of suicide bombing is a development of the 20th century” with “no antecedents in Islamic history, and no justification in terms of Islamic theology, law, or tradition.” He further comments that “the fanatical warrior offering his victims the choice of the Koran or the sword is not only untrue, it is impossible” and that “generally speaking, Muslim tolerance of unbelievers was far better than anything available in Christendom, until the rise of secularism in the 17th century.”

Today, the west is brainwashing people by calling democracy a modern system & Islamic law an outdated, old system.  But very few are aware that…

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In conclusion, we can say that the solution for today’s modern world  is the Islamic Sharia, the modern & new system, not the outdated & old, democracy, where people have to become slaves of some rich, greedy, unjust & dishonest people!!!

You Be The Judge!!!

Today, almost all the Muslims say, we want Sharia (the Islamic Law). But, when we look at it, we find that what people are looking for isn’t really Sharia. Meaning, if you ask them, “What is your definition of sharia, why are you asking for sharia?” They say: “Because, we want them to cut the hands of the ones who steals, & to kill the killer & to stone the adulterer“. And then they would say, “this certain country or that place is applying Sharia, because they would cut the hands of the one who would steal & they would kill the killer“. Same is with the non Muslims, the minute they hear the world Sharia, they say, ‘oh they cut hands, oppress women & stone the adulterer’. And this is because of the media telling us day & night that Muslims did this & that, under Sharia Law. And as Hitler said: “Repeat a lie & eventually they will believe it.”

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But, Is That Sharia? Is That All What Sharia Is About?

The answer is No! This is not Sharia, this is only part of a section of the Islamic law. Which is the criminal chord, the criminal law, that’s it!!! In fact, There is no country on earth today which implements the Shari’ah completely, rather they implement man made systems which do not derive from Islam. The systems they rule by are oppressive and unjust, and often permit what Allah (God) has prohibited such as interest, alcohol, prostitution etc.”

Do we think that, Allah has sent all of the Prophets & all of the religions just to cut the hands of the ones who steals & to stone the adulterer & to kill the killer? And then, also, what segment of the society do these people make? The thieves & the killers & the rapists & the adulterers, what proportion do they make? We all are well aware that it’s a minority of the society. So, do you think that, all what Islam does is, deal with these people & the rest of us, we don’t have any law to apply to us? Is that the Islamic law, is that the Sharia? No, That’s not Sharia, it’s only a small part of Sharia.

What Actually Do We Mean, When We Say, We Want Sharia?

The Islamic sharia that we are searching for is based on one important pillar & that is “Justice”. Justice For Everyone. If you are going to court, you will get a fair trial, the judge will treat you justly (even if you are not a Muslim), preserving the rights of others. Justice is an important pillar & then the Sharia is to apply the religion of Allah completely.

Let’s look at the Caliphs of Islam, which are our standard that we look at.

Abu Bakr – The First Caliph – During all the time of Abu Bakr, we don’t know any history, that he has stoned any adulterer. Does that mean that Abu bakr was not applying Sharia? No, it means that this case never showed up in his time. Abu Bakr was busy in applying Sharia, day & night. He was establishing Islam by fighting the oppressors & wrongdoers & establishing a strong Islamic government. He was dealing with this project & was applying the Sharia.

Umar Ibn Khattab – The Second Caliph – In the time of Umar Ibn Khattab, he came & found stability that was left behind from Abu Bakr. The Islamic Khilafah was already stable. He did not have to do anything as it was stabilized by Abu Bakr. Now Umar had to establish the institutions. So he made a treasury, to take care of the salaries of the government employees & the army. And then he established new ways & laws to divide the land among Muslims. And then he started paving the roads & making these infrastructure services for the people. And then he worked on some other projects which were dealing with very important role of Khilafah & that is the issue of Jihad. And he is the one who took care of the Jihad with the oppressive Persian Empire. So, by the time of the third caliph, Uthman Ibn Affan, Islam was spreading all over central Asia.

Uthman Ibn Affan – The Third Caliph – His sharia was that he worked on a very important project & that is, the preservation of Qur’an. And he also worked on spreading towards the East & continuing with the victories towards the North.

Ali Ibn Abi Talib – The Fourth Caliph – At the time of Ali, he had to deal with internal conflicts, which were in the Muslim Ummah. So, Ali devoted his time of caliphate which was four years, to solve this internal conflict that was caused by the assassination of Uthman Ibn Affan. Ali had to deal with that problem for four years.

Muawiyah Ibn Abu Sufyan – And then in the time of Muawiyah, he came to deal with other problems. He was the first one to establish the Islamic Navy.

All of this is the establishment of Sharia. We need to work on these projects , which will serve the Muslims & Non Muslims. The people in the time of Umar & the times of these Caliphs, lived with peace & security. They would travel from east to the west fearing no one but Allah. They would do their business & they would not worry, they would leave their stores open, & go for prayer. Even the Jews would run away from Christian land & go & seek refuge with the Muslims. They ran away from oppressive Europe, from the oppression of Romans & they sought refuge in Spain. And once Spain fell in capital hands, they left Spain & went to Istanbul to be under the watchful eye of the caliph of Banu Uthman. They chose to be right left to the caliph.

This is the establishment of Sharia & this is what we are looking for, it is not an issue of just establishing this one issue of Sharia, which is important obviously – the criminal law – because you cannot have security unless the criminals are put at check. But, Sharia is larger than that. It encompasses everything that is Islamic. Establishment of the religion of Allah.

A Muslim Leader Cannot Do What He Thinks Is Correct.

A very very important thing for the Muslim Leader Is, “Don’t Follow Your Desires”. Our problem now with the Islamic work is that we always deal with others based on our desires. For example, If I have a certain problem with you, I continue with that problem & I try to justify it from an Islamic point of view. But this is not Islam that is instigating my dealing with you, it is my hatred towards you & then I am misusing Islam to fulfill it. This is not acceptable in Islam! We “have to” instigate our actions based on Islam & then we push our desires to follow the direction of the Sharia. Wherever Islam goes, that is where we put our desires. And this is Jihad (struggle) of the Nafs (self). You don’t do things according to what you want, you do things according to what Allah wants. You do it Allah’s way, not your way. This is no doubt a very difficult discipline  but a very important Jihad. The Jihad of your soul, to fight these internal conflicts that are going on in your heart, in order follow the law of Allah & to follow what Allah wants from you even if it against your own self & this is the meaning of the word Islam,“Submitting Your Will To Allah Only“.

~ Anwar Al Awlaki. 

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