Random Thoughts – 110

We have viewed Islam (or we have been made to view it), in a typical, fixated manner. There seems lesser tolernace and more conformance, lesser flexibility and more rigidity, lesser good-news and more warnings / cautions….

A common man, with less than basic knowledge thus suffers at the hands of those who know, those who are the 21st century Muslim face of clergy, that was political in Europe and elsewhere before renaissance.

Islam is about balance… Balance in everything…. In word and act… In relations and work… In rituals and other activities…. It is about prioritizing Allah in each and every word, act and minute of our lives.

Regarding knowledge, we have even not been told the true literal meaning of Islam, as it actually is.. We have been told that Islam means, “salaamti ka deen”.. However, the word Islam (in Deen’s context) means, “submission to God”.

Following hadees elaborates Islam, for weak ones like us, and lifts our soul up………for Allah Has not delegated his judgement powers to ANY one….. And in the end, it is our intents and our acts those matter.

 

Hanzala Usayyidi, who was amongst the scribes of Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him). reported:
I met Abu Bakr, and said: “Hanzala has turned to be a hypocrite.”
He (Abu Bakr) said: “Hallowed be Allah, what are you saying?”
I said, “When we are in the company of Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) we ponder over Hell-Fire and Paradise as if we are seeing them with our very eyes
and when we are away from Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) we attend to our wives, our children, our business; most of these things (pertaining to After-life) slip out of our minds.”
Abu Bakr said: “By Allah, I also experience the same. So I and Abu Bakr went to Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) and said to him: Allah’s Messenger, Hanzala has turned to be a hypocrite.”
Thereupon Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) said: “What has happened to you?”
I said: “Allah’s Messenger, when we are in your company, we are reminded of Hell-Fire and Paradise as if we are seeing them with our own eyes, but whenever we go away from you and attend to our wives, children and business, much of these things go out of our minds.”
Thereupon Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) said: “By Him in Whose Hand is my life, if your state of mind remains the same as it is in my presence and you are always busy in remembrance (of Allah), the Angels will shake hands with you in your beds and in your paths but, Hanzala, time should be devoted (to the worldly affairs) and time (should be devoted to prayer and meditation). He (the Holy Prophet) said this thrice.”

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Random Thoughts – 109

Security and freedom are about perspectives…

In the animal farm, the wild beasts are caged behind the fence… The on-lookers are free… From the other side, the beasts are safe, while the on-lookers are caged…

The fence is a matter of security as well as insecurity…… The weapons are the means to keep us safe, yet we can’t sleep comfortably keeping them on our bed-side…

The armies are the tools to keep regions safe, yet the most unsafe ones are those with big, strong armies…..

In actual sense, the fence is the parameter……and parameters are made to limit, stop, constrain and block… Parameters are made to define freedom…….freedom of action, words……and even thoughts / dreams..

Classically, the greenery of pastures is always viewed from the other side…

Actually, it’s the perspectives those make things relevant, viable….or otherwise..

Random Thoughts – 108

Respect and honour is the only viable glue in the bonds of acquaintance as well as relations….

Just as there are limits for patience, there are limits to courtesy…. Upholding of respect and honour is an essential element of our hearts & minds, and castes the most important imprint upon our dealings with people and groups….

Honouring people through words and acts is the most significant human parameter….. At the same time, there ought to be a threadhold to watch-and-see (read bear / suffer).. Each one of us has a unique honour, and must go ahead to listen his heart, when it is in danger or is targeted… The blind courtesy has no end, other than humiliation….. The blind love also has no end, other than permanent devaluation….

سر اِتنا مت جُھکاؤ کہ دستار گِر پڑے

Random Thoughts – 107

Quality is: a distinctive attribute or characteristic possessed by someone or something.
(synonymous to: feature, trait, attribute, characteristic, point, aspect, facet, side, streak, property, peculiarity, idiosyncrasy, quirk….)

It is a general understanding that some qualities take about a lifetime to be possessed, gained or improved……while others need practice for weeks and months.

The fact is that qualities are not ‘hardware’. Those are software…….intangible and subjective.

The way and process of assessing the qualities will always be a subset to the way they are understood, thought upon and appreciated.

That is why, the assessment of qualities almost always reflects the attributes of the evaluators…. 🙂

Random Thoughts – 106

Mothers feel alike…

Fathers think alike…

…. and kids, act alike.

🙂

Random Thoughts – 105 (The ingredients…)

Life was made with water…..

Universe, with love….

Man, with earth (soil)…..

And success, with failures and challenges….

Random Thoughts – 104

زندگی کی بنیادی علامات : احساس۔ آنکھوں کا رواں ہونا۔ آنکھوں میں چمک ۔ مسکراہٹیں۔ آوازیں۔ ہلچل۔

موت کی پہلی علامت: احساس کا مر جانا۔

موت کی آخری علامت: آنکھوں سے چمک کا ختم ہونا۔