Posts Tagged ‘soul’

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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Be Just Before You Are Generous.

“O you who believe! Stand out firmly for Allah as just witnesses; and let not the enmity and hatred of others make you avoid justice. Be just, that is nearer to Taqwa (piety).”(Qur’an 5:8)

“Allah does not forbid you to deal justly and kindly with those who fought not against you on account of religion nor drove you out of your homes. Verily, Allah loves those who deal with equity.” (Qur’an 60:8)

So, Islam teaches us that we need to be fair in everything with everyone, friend or enemy & Allah is saying in this verse, even if you have problem with some people, you have hatred with them, like people of Quraish, who have oppressed you for so long, deprived you of your freedoms, you still need to be just with them & that is tolerance.

All of us are different & differences are there to remain. This is a fact that we have to face, so we should not try to eliminate differences but we should try to deal with them. Differences existed among the companions of the Prophet peace be upon Him, even among the angels.

The Sahaba,(companions of the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon Him) they had a rainbow of opinions, the two advisers of Messenger of Allah which were Abu bakr & Umar, almost on every issue they had difference of opinion of night & day. That was because, as human beings we develop our perceptions on life based on our knowledge & experience, that is how we view the world. Every body has a certain outcome to events, that is why we will have a unique way in viewing events.

Abu Bakr’s way of conceiving things was very compassionate, he was very lenient, while Umar ibn Khattab was very strict. Even the Prophets of Allah had different opinions, different ways in viewing events & we will have that too. We shouldn’t be very upset about it.

How To Deal With Differences.

The key to the solution is in our hearts. One day, The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) was seated in a gathering with the companions when He looked towards the entrance & said, “A man of Paradise is coming.” At that instance someone who seemed to be very ordinary entered the mosque.The next day the Prophet repeated the same words & the same man came in, The third day the Prophet repeated the same again & the same man showed up. One companion was curious as to why the Prophet had said such a thing about this man, so he followed the man to his house & got permission to stay in his house as a guest. The companion stayed three nights with him but never saw him praying at night, and whenever he went to bed, he would remember Allah and rest until he woke up for morning prayer. When three nights had passed and he did not see anything special about his actions, he asked him, “O servant of Allah, I heard the Messenger of Allah say three times that a man from the people of Paradise was coming to us, and then you came. So I thought I should stay with you and see what you are doing that I should follow, but I did not see you do anything special. What is the reason that the Messenger of Allah spoke highly of you?” The man said, “It is as you have seen, except that I do not find fraud in my soul towards the Muslims, and I do not envy anyone because of the good that Allah has given them.”

Many of the times we magnify problems of others just like it is mentioned that Jesus said: “You are able to see a hair in the eye of your brother but you fail to see a log in your eye.”

The problems of others are magnified & we think we are giving advice & doing a good deed when we have greater problems. The issue is that we are not concerned with ourselves. We forget that Allah said, “All of you will face Allah on judgement day, alone.”

And some people they are trouble makers, you can’t do anything about them. Like Al Hatiya, he is a famous poet. He was a very evil person, he tried to make trouble with anybody. One day he decided that he wanted to go & curse someone, so he went out of his house to do some evil acts. He didn’t find anybody to pick up a fight with. So he went & looked in the mirror & said, “Allah has given you such an ugly face, may Allah make it even uglier.”

The Prophet (peace be upon Him) said: “There are some people, who are keys of good & locks for evil, & there are some people who are locks for good & keys for evil.”

We should carry the keys of good with us all the time, have effective righteousness, because it all comes out from our hearts. If the heart is clean then we will be much more tolerable with others.

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~ Anwar Al Awlaki

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How Would A Woman Feel If An Army Of Men Come Together, Just To Defend Her?

The Messenger of Allah (salallahu aleyhe wassalam) waged war against Banu Qaynuqa for the sake of one Muslim woman, to defend her. This is what the Messenger of Allah did & this was the way followed by the Khulafa after Him, like al Mu’tasim, the Caliph of Banu Abbas. When a Muslim woman asked for help & said, “Wa Mu’tasima!” (Oh my grief, Mu’tasima!), he replied by sending an army to fight with the super power of his times, the Roman Empire, to defend that one Muslim woman.

Men are the protectors and maintainers of women in Islam. Before marriage, father or brother is responsible for her needs & after marriage the husband. The husband should give his wife the marriage gift and this will be her own property. The wife gets full maintenance from her husband e.g. food, clothing, housing, education, recreation, medication etc. Even if the wife is rich, she need not spend single penny for her husband or family, all these are the responsibilities of her husband. She can go to the court if her husband fails to meet her basic requirements. This tells us how important it is to protect the rights of Muslim women. This is the status of woman in Islam.

Women had the protection of their honor under the Khilafah. Today, we are witnessing a war on Muslim women, whether by so called Muslims or by the disbelievers & the media is helping to wage this war, to bring down the image of our sisters in the eyes of the public & in their own eyes. And this is only because, women would play a strong role in bringing back the Islamic Caliphate, which the west does not want.

What Does The News Channels Show?

 “Islamic brutality against women. The violence against women, fundamental to Islamic teaching.” “Abuse against Muslim wives in America is very prevalent; it’s all over the country.” “The Islamic culture which is based on Islamic Sharia, men are looking for any opportunity to take advantage of women regardless of their feeling.” “We know that Muslim women are brutalized by the Taliban.” “Some international observer warns that an Islamist win could spell a bad news for women’s freedom in Egypt.” “Muslim women are oppressed because they have to cover their bodies.” Bla bla bla…!!!

A recent report in the Guardian stated a 20% increase in Islamophobic attacks since last year. Many incidents are not reported due to mistrust. 54% of the victims that do come forward are female. This is the result of this Islamophobic reportings. They say they are just reporting the truth, but the reality is, no other faith group receives this inaccurate and malicious treatment in the press.

“Repeat a lie & eventually they will believe it.” Adolf Hitler.

“It is only those who do not believe in the signs of Allah, who fabricate the falsehood, and it is they who are liars.” (Qur’an 16:105)

Worthless Efforts.

No matter how much they try, their efforts are worthless…!!!

In the UK around 5000 people who convert to Islam each year, the majority are women. Mostly young & well educated. 20,000 people in the US convert to Islam every year, 75% are women. Over the last 2 decades, there has been a huge rise in Muslim women turning back to Islam, east & west, embracing its belief, dress, practices, its lifestyle, rejecting secular liberalism & adopting Islam as an alternative social & political framework for society & pole after pole of the Muslim world, show increasing number of women wishing to live under the Islamic Sharia Laws.

“But they plan, and Allah plans. And Allah is the best of planners.”  (Qur’an 8:30)

So, Why Are Women Turning To Islam?

Firstly they have understood that practices such as forced marriage, honor killings & seclusion of women from society are from cultural traditions & not Islam.

Secondly, they have recognized that the governments of the Muslim world today do not represent Islamic rule, where the secular democracies, military dictatorships or theocracies, they are all non Islamic autocratic state who have failed dismally to protect the rights, dignity & security of their women, turning a blind eye to abuses. Persecuting women wearing hijab, imprisoning raping victims, stripping women of economic & political rights & proving totally inept in providing adequate access to education & basic needs. It is these regimes that had been the main cause of misery for the women in the Muslim world, not Islam.

The Impact Of Western Liberal Values On Women & Society.

Liberal values have placed the pursuit of individualistic whims & desires as paramount, nurturing a dangerous mind set amongst many men that, they are free to treat women as their desires dictate, resulting in epidemic level of harassment, violence, abuse & rape of women within western societies (In the UK, police receives a call every minute from a victim of domestic violence. At least 47000 women are raped every year in the UK). Sexual freedom has spurn a culture of promiscuity & spiraling rates of teenage pregnancies, abortion, STDs, single mothers & adultery, resulting in the breakdown of marriages & families. All talk of women’s liberation in the west is a disguised form of exploitation of her soul.

The western concept of gender equality often used to label as discriminatory against women, Islam laws on testimony, inheritance, divorce, polygamy, marital rights & responsibilities, have also brought its own set of problems.

Firstly, placing the role of breadwinner over homemaker, devalued motherhood, & then, what was to produce the habitual women, in reality produced the duplex super woman who continue to shoulder the burden of household responsibilities but now also had to suffer the strains of financially maintaining the family. Moreover it failed to stem the tide of abuse against women & deliver the respect that was promised because western feminist failed to recognize that the greatest enemy to women’s right was not Islam but the capitalist system.

The Capitalist System – The Greatest Enemy To Women’s Rights.

The capitalist system has made a business out of constructing & normalizing a culture where “women’s bodies are the product & men’s desires the client”, in advertising, entertainment & the sex industry. Cheapening her status, contributing to discrimination & abuse of women & harming the healthy co operation of men & women in society. This toxic ideology, whose moral compass is defined by the dollar sign has & always will place protecting profits over protecting women’s rights & dignity. It has encouraged the beauty, fashion, diet & cosmetic surgery industries to prey on the insecurities of women regarding their appearance (90% of UK women are unhappy with their bodies), constantly bombarding the young girls with “unrealistic” images of what constitutes beauty, crippling the self esteem of those who are unable to match this template, leading many to view their bodies as the passport to success (good looks = good pay) & causing society to value the worth of  woman upon their looks, rather than their minds & skills. Capitalism has exploited the language of liberation, empowerment & choice to exploit women, so while living under the shadow of this system, women will always face an uphill & eternal battle to secure respect & fight discrimination & abuse.

Conclusion.

The women have been neglected so long in our history, they must take a role in bringing the Islamic civilization back & for the first time in more than 600 years, the Islamic revival is everywhere.

Every successful man needs a Khadija. The first person to embrace Islam was a woman, the wife of the Prophet, Khadija. The first person to die for Islam was a woman, wife of the companion of the Prophet, Summaya. The greatest scholar of Islam was a woman, wife of the Prophet, Aisha. The person who loved the Prophet the most, was a woman who was always with Him when he went out to call people to Islam & when the disbelievers offended Him, she was always there for Him, His daughter, Fatima. One of the greatest fighters in Islamic history was a woman, Khawla bint Al Azwar .

Why am I quoting you these, is to prove that Muslim women were at the forefront of this Islamic awakening, side by side with the Prophet of Allah.

The Prophet (salallahu aleyhe wassalam) said: “The world & all things in the world are precious, but the most precious is a virtuous woman.” “The rights of women are sacred. See, that women are maintained in the rights assigned to them.”

It is time when Muslim women must unite to establish the Islamic Caliphate. It is time when they need to prove to the world that they are not weak & Islam does not oppress women but liberates them. It is time to spread the truth, to expose the lies of the media & tell our non Muslims sisters, the truth about Islam.

“The Truth has come and falsehood has vanished away, Lo! Falsehood is ever bound to vanish.” (Qur’an 17:81)

For My Non Muslim Sisters.

For my non Muslim Sisters, Don’t let media brainwash you. Do not listen to their lies. True liberation is not in being an object of entertainment for men. Don’t let men use you like a tissue paper & then throw you away, you do not deserve this. They will be nice to you on your face but will make fun of you & insult you at your back. Free yourself from this slavery of men. Study Islam & You Will Realize That Sharia Is A Blessing & Protection For Women. Only think about this once, “How will you feel, if you ask for help & the whole army of Muslim men come to protect your honor & dignity. Isn’t this true liberation & protection of your rights?  You Be The Judge…!!!

I invite you to read the book of Allah, the Qur’an. You do not have to take any one’s words for it, decide for yourself whether its the truth or not.

 

Taken from the youtube video – The Light Reloaded.