Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Saliha Wahaj

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The Council of Islamic Ideology Priorities

The Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) Chairman Maulana Mohammad Khan Sheerani said that a Muslim woman cannot object to her husband’s second or subsequent marriages.

It seems that the Council has an obsession with marriage laws, as it was the fourth meeting this year to discuss this particular matter.

Also, in May the CII had issued a statement that endorsed child marriage. So when an official body makes such questionable pronouncements, even in an advisory capacity, it conveys the negative message to the society, which is in every way male-dominated.

Like so many other state institutions, the CII seems to have misplaced priorities. The Council hardly addresses any important and serious issues – such as lack of ethical values in our society, importance of honesty, justice, brotherhood, tolerance, mercy, forgiveness and hard work in Islam, or the brutal killing on the basis of religious ideology, background and sect.

Hence, CII should set their priorities and address those issues which would cause a positive impact on the society and contribute to national development.

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Essence of Ramadhan

The best and blessed month of year has arrived, while I see people are busy in preparing for it for example; stacking freezers with food items, shopping for Eid etc. The question is whether this was required by us? Why was the month of Ramadan given to us? What is the essence of this Holy month?
Allah says in the Holy Quran:

“Oh you who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that you may become righteous (achieve Taqwa) (2:183)

This verse of Quran explains that the main objective of this month is to develop Taqwa in us. The Arabic word Taqwa has many meanings I.e piety, self-righteousness,  guarding against evil, self-restraint. Taqwa leads to God consciousness which endows the person (Mutaqi) to become aware of the presence of Allah in every moment. It is the awe or fear of Allah which stops a muslim from committing sins and motivates him to perform as many good deeds as he can.

The second side of this triangle is the Holy Book of Allah; Quran. Allah informs us that Ramadan is the blessed month in which the Quran was revealed and fasting was prescribed.
“{The month of Ramadhan [is that] in which was revealed the Quran, a guidance for the people and clear proofs of guidance and criterion. So whoever sights [the new moon of] the month, let him fast it…}”(2:185)
Jibreel (R.A) used to come to the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) every night in Ramadaan, and study the Quran with him. (al-Bukhaari, 5; Muslim, 4268)
The speciality of this month is enhanced because of the relevantion of Quran. Recitation of Quran beholds great reward and benefit.

Rqasulallah (Sallallahu Alaihi wasallam) says: ”Whoever reads a letter from the Book of Allah will receive a hasanah (good deed) from it (i.e. his recitation), and the hasanah is multiplied by ten. I do not say that Alif-Laam-Meem is (considered as) a letter, rather Alif is a letter, Laam is a letter, and Meem is a letter.” [At-Tirmidhi, Ad-Darimi]
Therefore, it is essential for the person fasting to recite the Qur’an much during these blessed days and honorable nights. For indeed, there is a special virtue for the abundance of recitation in these days, which is not found in any other month. He should take advantage of the nobleness of time during this month, in which Allah revealed the Qur’an. The night brings an end to the busy daily affairs, the enthusiasm is roused and the heart and the tongue mount upon reflecting.

The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Whoever draws near to Allah during it (Ramadan) with a single characteristic from the characteristics of (voluntary) goodness, he is like whoever performs an obligatory act in other times. And whoever performs an obligatory act during it, he is like whoever performed seventy obligatory acts in other times.” (Sahih Ibn Khuzaymah, no. 1887)

So for each letter of the Qur’an we recite we will gain a minimum of 700 good deeds or more. The greater our intentions and the more sincere we are, then our rewards will be multiplied even more!

But for those who struggle with reciting the Qur’an they will recieve double the reward, a minimum of 1400 good deeds for each letter:

Aa’ishah (RA), relates that the Prophet (sallAllahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said:
Verily the one who recites the Qur’an beautifully, smoothly, and precisely, he will be in the company of the noble and obedient angels. And as for the one who recites with difficulty, stammering or stumbling through its verses, then he will have TWICE that reward.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

Therefore, we should consider ourselves fortunate for once again we are blessed with this Holy Month. Our purpose should be achieving Taqwa and self-righteousness,.reciting and understanding Quran and perfroming as many as good deeds as we can. lastly, we should also strive to get ourselves forgiven as the Prophet Muhammad  said,

Kaab bin Ujra relates,” Prophet Mohammad  (Sallallaho Alaihe Wasallam) said, “Jibraeel (Alaihe Salaam) appeared before me and said”Woe to him who found the blessed month of Ramadan and let it pass by without gaining forgiveness” . Upon that I said, “Ameen” . [Al-Bukhari]

May Allah strengthen our faith and help us benefit from this Ramadan. Ameen.

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Election 2013 in Pakistan

Election rigging is not acceptable and condemned world wide but alleging media houses and respectable individuals would not help. Imran Khan may have some solid ground for his allegations but he has not presented any evidence so far.

One wonders whom Khan consults for his political advice or it occurs to him after every one year. As per record, during the election campaign, the most number of appearances made by Khan and his co party workers were on Geo News. Also, after he was discharged from hospital, he was interviewed by Hamid Mir. This Dharna Siyasat will not be of any benefit, rather he should focus on delivering in KPK in order to become the next Prime minister which is his greatest dream.

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Polio free Pakistan

Why our leaders including Imran Khan are silent about USA and CIA’s role in outbreak of polio in Pakistan? Liberals blame Taliban for killing polio workers but no one asks why not even a single polio worker was attacked prior to 02 May 2011 killing of Osama bin Laden, tracked by CIA by exploiting polio vaccinator, Dr. Shakil Afridi and NGOs like Save the Children. It’s infact USA which provided a reason to Taliban to attack polio workers as it is proved that the polio campaigners were used for spying. Government should move a case against CIA and US Government in the International Court of Justice and seek compensation for the losses that nation has to bear in form of travel embargos. Our leaders should highlight the root cause of polio saga so that the world knows that it is not Taliban who failed this country but it is actually the USA and their friends in Pakistan who made this happen.

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Amna Masood Janjua is the ray of hope and icon of struggle for families of thousands of missing persons who are abducted and held without trial and without informing their loved ones. She was beaten up, dragged and thrashed in front of the Parliament with her hijab taken off as cameras flashed and millions of stunned people watched this live on their TVs. Geo was the first channel to show this torture as live broadcast. It was not Indian army, thrashing and stripping hijab of a Muslim lady, but this was our own beloved Pakistani security forces who expect every Pakistanis to love them.

Love cannot be commanded by uniform. It comes from the mutual love and respect. Instead of protecting its citizens, our security forces abduct them, forcefully disappear them and then beat and arrest the aggrieved families on the streets to silence their dissenting voices. And then men in uniform expect love and respect? My heart cries for Hamid Mir. Has he been here, he must have been standing tall with his crew amid baton charge and tear gas and would have again exposed the plight of missing persons families to the whole world.

Amna was tear gassed but I cannot hold my tears sitting in front of TV. May Allah bless Amina and Hamid Mir, our prayers are with you.

 

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