I gaze at the moonless sky, covered with black clouds
The darkness piercing my eyes, I close them with a frown
I hear the cry of jackals, oh what an eerie sound!
Rest is as still as death, I sit there as if spellbound
Staring at the shadows of trees, hopelessness grips me
Innocent eyes brimming with tears, in my memory, I can see
Small hands, rough and dirty, plead for just one meal
This is not the story of a single child, it’s of millions in my country
There are those who talk of change yet their walk remains the same
With a fake face, they help society, but their hearts are in plague
The ones who persist in evil, corruption and bad fame
Are no good either from those who play the game without a name
Tired of failing to earn an honest penny is the young man who ends his life
Same goes for the pretty damsel, through whose broken heart pierces the knife
This depression, is it due to a lack of purpose, among the youth, rife?
Is all the education and those degrees really not worth the strife?
Thinking such desolate thoughts, with a heavy head, I fall asleep
Only to be waken by a ray of light, that through the windows peeped
The next day had come and the sun had risen, looking strong and sweet
Despite the darkness every night, resolute to spread the light, through every crack and creep
Suddenly I felt the hopelessness seeping out of my very soul
It’s true that our situation is bad, but certain things we can control
The sun rises every day, determined to fulfill its role
Nature stares in our face all the time, meant to inspire, so we too set firm goals
After all, darkness and evil prevailed even worse in the Prophet’s times
But in a few years, the picture displayed peace and conquests, with hardly any crimes
It was one man who became the agent of change, with only a few people by his side
Allah’s Word, the Glorious Quran, was what helped them spread the light
So my dear brothers and sisters, pay heed to these signs in nature therein
This Quran has been called An-Nur by the Lord, so it will revive the light within
The depression and frustration will end only if you turn to Him
So understand His Words with an open heart, enlighten yourself and let the change begin!
Sounds like the SIST 2014 theme? That’s because it is the same. I wrote this piece to participate in Spoken Word competition at SIST . Finished it 1 day before the event. Too bad couldn’t memorize it properly and forgot while reading. No position for me lol But Alhamdulillah everything happens for a reason so I’m happy :) I just noticed that now I have 27 pieces and if I reach 50 I might make them into a small book in sha Allah. Man I missed posting on this blog so much! Please do read the amazing Ahadith posted everyday.
Would you believe me if I said there’s an army coming?
Would you prepare to fight, or would you start running?
Or maybe you would laugh cuz you know I’m a liar…
And after a short while, I would just stop trying…
Maybe to you I’m like that shepherd who used to lie
Who had no real threat yet “A Lion, A Lion!” he used to cry…
But I’m confused because whatever I say is not even a lie…
I only try to correct you and tell you what is right
Remind you of the Hereafter; tell you about Allah’s Might
So you might come back to the path that is straight
But I’m getting impatient and now I really can’t wait
Cuz it’s late, and I have to go to the cinema with my friend
I really didn’t want to but it is the newest trend
So I spend what I can, to stay up to date
Now if you excuse me I have to leave for my date
But listen to me my mate, you should really fear Allah
Whenever you hear the call, just run for your Salah
And surely Allah will show you your way
The path of those who are guided and not of those who are astray
Man I don’t understand why you don’t listen to me!
I seem to be doing the Da’wah properly!!
So I guess it has something to do with that advice
My mother once gave me while cooking white rice
That if you want to change the world you would have to start from yourself!
That people wouldn’t trust me if I committed sins myself!
How I ignored the words that came straight from her heart
Thinking I had my cool ways, thinking I was really smart
But now I see what she said was indeed very right
It was my narrow thinking and my limited insight
And now I realize it after many long days
That I really have to stop, that I have to mend my ways
Cuz change, change and change!! We all want to see it!
The funny thing is that no one is ready to be it
So I gotta start from today and firmly decide
Make sincere Du’a that only to Allah I should confide
To revive the light inside and let the change begin…
Cuz “Allah does not change the condition of a people, unless they change what is within…” [Interpretation of the meaning – Surah Ar-Ra’d, verse 11]
It’s a truth universally acknowledged that defects or errors can only be rectified if we are consciously aware of them. The first step towards becoming a better human, society or a nation is the realization of one’s faults and then trying to do away with them through the possibly best means available. Keeping this phenomenon in mind, we can say that the youth of today can somehow do something about their known problems and social diseases, however, what about those hidden, venomous ideas or behaviors which have entangled us so beautifully and insidiously that we are unable to identify them as such. One of those infections which are contaminating the youth of today is our unconscious focus from true understanding to merely getting academic achievement.
The above statement can emanate a question that isn’t academic achievement a result of true understanding? Of course, we can achieve a good result only if we are proficient in the concerned field but the issue here is that whether we are interested, in getting knowledge for the sake of knowledge, in honing our minds and souls or whether our aim is to acquire a title of a doctor, engineer or colonel etc through one way or the other? The need of getting an economically acknowledged degree in this era of ‘knowledge economy’ cannot be neglected, but on the other hand, the ever-increasing demand of students who are really hankering after knowledge and wisdom cannot be ignored as an essential need of any society. Unfortunately, this essential ingredient is getting extinct from Pakistan as well as many other countries of the world. Our general attitude is ‘why read anything if it’s not required for our course? Why learn if it’s not in our curriculum? Young minds can decay if not utilized in the process of personal enlightenment and growth.
Moving further, if we suppose that somehow we have succeeded in developing a taste for learning, even then we will not be able to get away from yet another and even more deadly notion that is tearing up our roots. No one can help but getting shocked after reading a confession from a vice-chancellor of a western university, he says ‘’ Today, most religion-based universities can say with certainty why they exist. Their job is to teach students the values that their religion believes to be the basis of good moral character. But the decline in religion and the widespread acceptance of moral relativism, even idiot nihilism, has made it impossible for British secular universities to provide this prescriptive type of education’’ He has previously mentioned in the same article that we still have no consensus on the purpose of higher education. Then he acknowledges that this is not the case with religion based universities, because they are not confused with what they have to do. He further says ‘’ Abandoning their moral purposes has led universities to stress their utilitarian nature – get a degree and get a better job. Universities and their representative bodies routinely trumpet their economic impact. We have put so much emphasis on this aspect of our activities that the government now believes that universities exist mainly to bolster the economy’’ It is clear from his speech that one of the main reasons behind ‘economization’ of education is the lack of moral based purposes behind curriculum designing in colleges and universities not only in west but almost all over the world. HEC is not linked with any specific region; rather it’s a worldwide entity, spreading a same system everywhere. This secularization of our education system is indirectly inculcating the initial stages of humanism (giving more importance to human abilities rather than the creator) in our veins, and this virus cannot be eradicated just by learning for the sake of learning or improving ourselves, though it’s also essential, but it demands some more effort as well.
First, we should accept this sad reality, that we really no more give much importance to our creator, in our daily lives. As mentioned above, we need to acknowledge our faults before thinking of eradicating them. The purposelessness of our education system is causing purposelessness in our lives. Secular basis of knowledge is weakening our trust on the ONE who made us. If we do agree and realize that these ulterior notions are really effecting our lives then we have to do something, not for anyone, but for our own selves. Now, where to look at? Who can guide us in a best possible way? Who can take us out of this irritatingly and miserably competitive environment and can free our souls from the crushing burden of economic crisis and humanistic beliefs, of course, none other than our creator. Can there be any one who can know us better than HIM. Can a computer or a mobile fix itself? Will you believe if your robot suddenly comes up and announce that it doesn’t need your guidance any more, now it can work by itself… do you think it will be able to manage for long? Obviously, anybody can guess its end. Then why are we such fools, that we think that we can do without HIS help. He Himself says that ask me and I will give you. Then why don’t we consult HIM in all our matters. If we would have been leading our lives according to the injunctions of the Holy Quran and Sunnah, we would not have fallen prey to disastrous systems, so easily. Allah says in Surah Yunus,
‘’ O mankind! There has come to you a good advice from your Lord (i.e Quran), and a healing for that (diseases of ignorance and negligence) which is in your breasts, a guidance and a mercy for the believers’’. (10: 57)
‘’Then if there comes to you guidance from Me, then whoever follows My Guidance he shall neither go astray nor shall be distressed’’ (20: 123)
Are we following HIS guidance? Or are we moving on the dictates of our secular, humanistic system, which is surely not in accordance with what Quran tells us. If it’s really so, then what can be our end?
In this case, Allah says:
‘’ But whosoever turns away from My reminder, verily for him is a life of hardship, and We shall raise him up blind on the Day of resurrection. He will say ‘’O my Lord! Why have you raised me up blind, while I had sight (before) . Allah will say ‘Like this Our verses came to you, but you disregarded them, and so this day you will be neglected” (20: 124-126)
What these verses have to do with our defects and failings? Can Quran provide any practical solution to get rid of academic mania and human dependence, in the lives of youth? The answer is YES, it can. If Allah has promised that those who follow HIM, will not be distressed then why are we so doubtful? Why don’t we try to understand Allah’s message? But rather we mostly tend to ignore it. We have become so insane that we look everywhere for the solutions to our problems, except the Holy Quran. Youth has forgotten that this is the epitome of knowledge. All the sciences and arts sprout from this very source. The strangest thing is, we do believe in its truth but don’t consider it our guide. What an insanity, what a madness!!!
At the end, though we believe in it, but may Allah make this belief of ours, so strong that the following verse may jolt us into action
‘’If the people of the towns had but believed and feared Allah, We should indeed have opened out to them (all kinds of) blessings from heaven and earth; but they rejected (the truth), and We brought them to book for their misdeeds’’ (7: 96)
It’s high time that we transfer our verbal beliefs into practical ones. For this, though youth should bring about a dramatic change in the systems governing this country, but for a time being, and for taking the first step towards that change, we need to give credit where credit is due. We need to hold on to the rope of Almighty Allah in order to gain His blessings in this world and the Hereafter. This doesn’t require much effort, but just the studying of Holy Quran on daily basis. We can’t uproot a system in a day or two, or can’t immediately erase defective perceptions from our minds, but we can begin this process by getting to know the secrets of success mentioned in the Holy Quran. With so much means available today, this is surely not a difficult task. If all the subjects of the world are learnt under the shadow of Holy Quran, then in sha Allah, no force in the world can stop us from moving ahead of others. May Allah open our hearts and minds for accepting our shortcomings and welcoming His prescription for our mental diseases rather than trying to formulate our own solutions. For indeed He loves us more than seventy mothers and surely HE knows best.
(the above quoted lines are by Steven Schwartz; former vice-chancellor of Brunel University)
Narrated Ibn ‘Umar (radiallaahu `anhu):
Hafsa (radiallaahu `anhaa) said, “O Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam)! What is wrong with the people; they finished their Ihram after performing ‘Umra, but you have not finished it after your ‘Umra?” He replied, “I matted my hair and have garlanded my Hadi. So, I cannot finish my Ihram till I slaughter (my Hadi).”
Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) did not change his intention and continued with Qiraan, but he commanded others who had not brought the hadiy with them to change their intention to Tamattu`.
Question: can we change intention during Hajj or on our way to Hajj? A very simple answer is yes, and no. For details, read on.
Shaykh ‘Abd al-‘Azeez ibn ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Baaz answered a question concerning the ruling on one who intends to do Hajj as Tamattu’ then after passing the Meeqaat he changes his mind and starts to recite Talbiyah with the intention of doing Hajj al-Ifraad – does he have to offer the sacrifice?
It depends. If his intention before reaching the Meeqaat had been to do Tamattu’, then after reaching the Meeqaat he changed his intention and entered ihraam for Hajj only [Ifraad], there is nothing wrong with that and he does not have to offer the fidyah (penalty). But if he had recited the Talbiyah with the intention of doing ‘Umrah and Hajj together from the Meeqaat or from before the Meeqaat, then he wanted to make it Hajj only, he cannot do that, but there is nothing to stop him making it ‘Umrah, but he cannot make it Hajj. Qiraan cannot be changed to Hajj (ifraad) but it can be changed to ‘Umrah because that is easier for the believer and because that is what the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) commanded. So if a person enters the state of ihraam with the intention of doing ‘Umrah and Hajj together (Qiraan) from the Meeqaat, then he decides to make it Hajj only, he cannot do that but he can change it to ‘Umrah only, which is better for him. So he can do Tawaaf and Sa’ee, then cut his hair and exit the state of ihraam, then he can enter ihraam for Hajj, and thus he will be doing Tamattu’.
If the pilgrim who is doing tamattu’ is not able to do ‘umrah before Hajj, then he should change his intention from tamattu’ to qiraan, and intend to do Hajj and ‘umrah together.
This is what happened to ‘Aa’ishah (may Allah be pleased with her). She was doing tamattu’, then her menses came and she was not able to do ‘umrah before Hajj, so she joined Hajj with ‘Umrah and it became qiraan. This was narrated by al-Bukhaari and Muslim.
It is not permissible for the pilgrim who is doing tamattu’ to change his intention to ifraad, because when he intended to do ‘umrah, it became binding upon him to complete it, because Allah, may He be exalted, says (interpretation of the meaning): “And perform properly (i.e. all the ceremonies according to the ways of Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم), the Hajj and ‘Umrah (i.e. the pilgrimage to Makkah) for Allaah” [al-Baqarah 2:196].
The meaning of ifraad is that the pilgrim will not do ‘umrah; rather he will do Hajj only. Based on that, your changing your intention to ifraad is not valid. Thus your Hajj became qiraan and you have to offer the hadiy.
Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allah have mercy on him) was asked about a group of young men who were afraid that they would not be able to do ‘umrah before Hajj, so they changed their intention to ifraad. He replied:
If the intention was changed before entering ihram, then there is nothing wrong with that. But if it was after entering ihram, then their Hajj became qiraan and not ifraad. What is meant by it being qiraan is that they joined Hajj with ‘umrah, because qiraan takes two forms:
1. When the pilgrim enters ihram for Hajj and ‘umrah together when he first enters ihram
2. When he enters ihram for ‘umrah first, then joins Hajj to it before starting tawaaf.
Based on that, so long as you entered ihram for ‘umrah first, then you decided to make it Hajj, you were doing qiraan. If you slaughtered a hadiy on Eid al-Adha during your Hajj in that year, then you have done what was required of you and have completed your Hajj and ‘Umrah. If you did not slaughter a hadiy, then you have to do so now, and eat some of it and give the rest in charity. If any of you cannot find a hadiy – i.e., cannot afford to buy one – then he must fast for ten days now. End quote.
It’s been 11 days. Longest break in two years. (O_O) May Allah forgive me for my laziness and other various shortcomings.
- I’m stuck on a Hadith. And I shall post it only when I’ve understood it inshaAllah.
- I’ve been somewhat busy. Not a very genuine excuse but anyhow.. Winds of Change have been blowing from UK to Pakistan. Did you hear?