Sunday 12 May 2024

What are Mad Man Ideologies that don’t let a human to the righteous path?


The greatest treasure of all treasures in this world is Hidayat / Righteous path / Siratal Mustaqeem or the wisdom / discretion of distinction between Right and Wrong or Haq and Batil.

The one who is blessed with this greatest blessing from ALLAH only such person can only know where he / she has to reach and what’s his / her destination.

The shytan has trapped humans with his malicious comb webs that he doesn’t let humans to think about the righteous path and Nafs also becomes so habitual of repeatedly committing sins that it doesn’t accept the light of religion easily and prefers to live the life of ignorance wilfully.

If we don’t start thinking about a necessary change right now towards Siratal Mustaqeem, it’ll will be difficult for us to bring ourselves back on right track so it’s better to think and act now.

The real problem is with us is that we don’t want to submit our mind to ALLAH completely and human mind always keep searching for alternatives all the time so that to please ALLAH and not to displease this world and Nafs as well.

What are Mad Man Ideologies that don’t let a human to the righteous path?

Shytan is mastermind of all deceptions, he holds thousands of PHD degrees of deceptive techniques and he is an openly declared enemy of human beings. Shytan has developed countless methods to misguide and destroy human mind sets or deviate humans from the path of righteousness and Siratal Mustaqeem.

Out of those deceptive techniques of iblis, few of them are being discussed below.

1.       Passionism: Introduced by Western World that Human should always get involved in some nearly impossible and adventurous tasks after tasks. Always give them new tasks to complete so that they start thinking the feeling of momentary completeness and satisfaction. And that’s why extreme sports came into existence such as Bungee Jumping, Sky Diving, Rock Climbing, Cliff Jumping, Big wave surfing, Volcano Boarding etc. Just because to develop a spirit that you have completed an impossible task and you are capable and you have developed a confidence and to make you realised that the solution of your problems exist in this world itself so complete next to impossible task, you’ll feel completeness and satisfaction. So that you get so busy in such activities that human should forget to question of his / her existence in this world. Of course ALLAH instilled beauty and attraction in this world. ALLAH says, "Ma tara fi khalqi'r-Rahmani min tafawut = (O `arif!) you will not see any difference in Rahman's creation." -  Quran 67:3. So when you connect with this world you’ll definitely see beauty and attraction all around but it is not sufficient to complete you and satisfy you. That’s why when a human feels some sorrows, fragile thoughts or gets bored or human starts feeling saturated then that time human starts developing a feeling of void or feeling of vaccum. After that human starts questioning about his/ her existence, why does he/she exist? So basically ALLAH has put the system of sorrows and griefs in this world that human should question about his/ her existence and final destination. That is the right time for a human to critically analyse his / her life that if I’m not getting the peace after reaching where currently I’m then so finally where does the peace exist? So when reasoning and rationality starts in human minds then human tries to complete and satisfy his / her inner curiosity / vacuum feeling by following passions / extreme sports / impossible tasks developed by shytan /western world rather than following the path of Siratal Mustaqeem, the path of ALLAH, the path of Islam.

2.       Compassionism: Since shytan is master in deceptive techniques, he has prepared numerous alternatives for humans to mislead. Suppose if someone is unable to follow his / her passions then such person can be involved in super natural activities or so called higher purpose of life, service of humans and service of animals / pets, charity activities or philanthropies because after all it is considered as humanity and a form of prayer but shytan beautifully makes it viable to understand humans to exclude ALLAH. Means shytan will convince to make humans to do follow the path of compassion but without following ALLAH. However ALLAH commands all humans to be involved in compassion actively and primarily and made it a foundation principle of Islam in the form of Zakat. That’s why many times you’ll see some muslim name bearing individual doing charity activities without associating with Islam. You can find peace in this world only if you put ALLAH in account otherwise you can’t get peace in any activities.

3.       Tranquilism: This is the point which prevents humans to come on the path of righteousness / Siratal Mustaqeem and when a human has tried above both points and still cannot find the peace and satisfaction and it’s impossible to get peace obviously. Shytan has developed another trap for such people. When a person is sad because of sorrows of the world, betrays, defeated, dejected and loneliness so that the next move is that such people may try alcoholism, drugs and many other dangerous substances to feel completeness and happiness. Because when such person was just starting to think about his/her existence, shifted to the path of destruction misguided by satanic path. So most of the time a good number of people when they can’t get chill and thrill, they adopt such methods.

4.       Virtual Reality: The fourth perspective shytan has prepared for humans which prevent them to connect with ALLAH. Shytan has weaved web for humans if they are lonely, betrayed, sad and can’t find good people, didn’t get love from people, didn’t find peace in compassion or passionism in this world so a brand news virtual world is there. So in the name of virtual reality, virtual games exist, metaverse is there, dating apps are there, social media platforms exist. Shytan develops a feeling that the things you couldn’t achieve in real world, you can achieve in this virtual world which actually doesn’t exist. And this perspective is utterly false and destructive because when ALLAH sent us all in this world then we have to complete in this real world itself, we have to search ALLAH and complete ourselves.

5.       Expressionism: The fifth perspective shytan has developed through his allies which doesn’t let humans to walk through the righteous path or Haq. If you are really sad, bad experiences and tired of betrayals in this world then express yourself through music, movies, drama or realty shows. Humans start developing the feeling of momentary relief of all worries through this industry and they want to connect themselves with this industry and make it the purpose of their lives. To bring the diversity and to bring the differences in human lives shytan works a lot and brings too many alternatives before humans to choose any of those options. So expressionism is just one of them. This is just an alternative to stop human thinking with reasoning and rationality which can make change in his / her life. When this perspective doesn’t work and human doesn’t get anything, several other options are also there.

6.       Revenge / Jealousy: When Human doesn’t find the peace in any of perspectives, person starts feeling happiness in taking revenge, vendetta or jealousy. A large number people now a days feel happiness in destroying people’s lives and they find peace and satisfaction in these acts. Its shytan’s attributes which humans embrace, they make it purpose of their lives and obviously they get destroyed themselves at the end.

7.       Arrogance / Show off: Shytan has created one more perspective when people start thinking that they are incomplete in this world and they are unable to find peace and happiness, they develop such a feeling that complete yourself in such a manner that you always have superiority complex and show off your arrogance so that people would start respecting you. Many people will make different types of arrogances a purpose of their lives so that they can achieve which they still didn’t achieve. And shytan seems successful in his endeavours to misguide people.

8.       Depression: When none of the perspective can’t work for a human then shytan pushes a human towards depression and develop a feeling of hopelessness and isolation if a person is unable to fit anywhere. Shytan is main reason of depression which actually wants to tell a human that his/her existence doesn’t matter and there is no scope for such human, there is no solution of such a life. That’s why a large section of society has lost its productivity due to its hopelessness and depression.

9.       Join shytan’ s club / army: When a person is luckily escaped from the depression then shytan invites to join his people / clubs with the perceptions such as liberalism, communism, socialism, feminism, a feeling to challenge the authority of Islam and a push towards the anti-islamic drive. Shytan has prepared such groups with lucrative names in the western world which advocate for the so called human service, tolerance, human rights and woman empowerment. But the conclusion remains unchanged derived by satanic agenda against Islam. Once a person joins such groups, life is dramatically changed and distance between ALLAH and Human widens to such an extent that human is completely doomed in the end however until that time it would have been too late.

10.   When shytan thinks a person is smartly avoiding himself / herself from above given perspectives then shytan give them idea of self-destruction and develops the feeling that such person gets peace when he/she gets pain. Such person thinks that he/she doesn’t enjoy others’ lives, he starts developing the feeling of happiness to see his/her life ruined, a sadistic emotion for themselves. Such people find peace to exploit their past griefs, problems, sorrows and failures. So you will find such people in good numbers who just want themselves to be destroyed and they love this act.

11.   Suicidal Thoughts: When a person is escaped all of the above perspectives then shytan sparks the suicidal thoughts that you are not fit in this world and not made for this world so better finish yourself and many good people of this world have been trapped in this perspective and ended their lives. People start developing thoughts of Darwinism that there is no any beginning and ending of this life so better end this life, shytan pushes and generated such thoughts to destroy a human. So this is the most dangerous trap of shytan which stops a human completely to come to the path of righteousness, success, peace and happiness.

Saturday 3 February 2024

Sayings and actions of Prophet Muhammad (Hadith) about Respecting Parents

There are several Hadiths (sayings and actions of Prophet Muhammad) that emphasize the importance of respecting and honoring parents in Islam. Here is one well-known Hadith on this topic:

Abu Huraira RA reported that a person came to Allah's Messenger (ﷺ) and said:

"Who among the people is most deserving of a fine treatment from my hand?" He said, "Your mother." He again said: "Then who (is the next one)?" He said, "Again it is your mother." He (the man) again said: "Then who (is the next one)?" He said, "Again, it is your mother." He (again) said: "Then who?" Thereupon he said: "Then it is your father." (Sahih Muslim 2548a)

This Hadith underscores the elevated status of the mother and emphasizes the significance of treating her with kindness and respect. It highlights the Islamic teaching that places the mother's rights and well-being above all else. The repetition of the mother's rights in the Hadith serves to emphasize the priority given to her in terms of deserving good treatment from her children.

It's important to note that while this Hadith provides a clear emphasis on the mother, other Hadiths and Quranic verses stress the importance of respecting both parents. Islam places a great deal of significance on maintaining strong and loving relationships with parents, recognizing their sacrifices, and treating them with kindness and reverence throughout one's life.

Certainly, there are several Hadiths in Islam that emphasize the importance of respecting and honoring parents. Here are a few more Hadiths on this topic:

  1. Abu Bakar RA reported: The Prophet (ﷺ) said, "Shall I not inform you of the biggest of the great sins?" We said, "Yes, O Allah's Messenger (ﷺ)" He said, "To join partners in worship with Allah: to be undutiful to one's parents." (Sahih Bukhari 5997)

  2. Abdullah ibn Amr RA reported: The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, "The pleasure of the Lord lies in the pleasure of the parent. The anger of the Lord lies in the anger of the parent." (Sunan Ibn Majah 3673)

  3. Abu Huraira RA reported: A person came to Allah's Messenger (ﷺ) and said: Who among the people is most deserving of a fine treatment from my hand? He said: Your mother. He again said: Then who (is the next one)? He said: Again it is your mother (who deserves the best treatment from you). He said: Then who (is the next one)? He (the Prophet) said: Again, it is your mother. He (again) said: Then who? Thereupon he said: Then it is your father. In the hadith transmitted on the authority of Qutalba, there is no mention of the words of Shu'ba: In the hadith transmitted on the authority of Jarir the words are: Who deserves the best treatment from me? He (the Holy Prophet) replied: Your mother, again your mother, again your mother; then your father, then your nearest relatives according to the order (of nearness). (Sahih Muslim 2548a)

  4. Abu Huraira reported: A person came to Allah's Apostle (ﷺ) and said: Allah's Messenger, who is most entitled to be treated with the best companionship by me? He said: Your mother. He again said: Then who? He said: Again it is your mother. He said: Then who? Thereupon he said: Again, it is your mother. He (again) said: Then who? Thereupon he said: Then it is your father. (Sahih Muslim 2548b)

These Hadiths reinforce the idea that respecting and being dutiful to one's parents is of utmost importance in Islam. They highlight the special status of mothers and the emphasis on treating them with kindness and reverence. Islam encourages believers to prioritize the well-being and happiness of their parents and to recognize the high regard given to them in the eyes of Allah.

What is Filial Piety? How is it linked to Islam and Muslims?

Respecting and honoring parents is highly emphasized in Islam, and it is considered a fundamental duty for Muslims. The teachings of Islam regarding the treatment of parents are based on the Quran, the holy book of Islam, and the Hadiths (sayings and actions) of Prophet Muhammad. Here are some key aspects of respecting parents in Islam:

  1. Obedience and Kindness: The Quran instructs Muslims to be kind and obedient to their parents. Allah emphasizes the importance of treating parents with respect and avoiding any disrespectful behavior. For example, in the Quran (17:23), it is stated, "And your Lord has decreed that you not worship except Him, and to parents, good treatment. Whether one or both of them reach old age [while] with you, say not to them [so much as], 'uff,' and do not repel them but speak to them a noble word."

  2. Gratitude and Recognition: Islam encourages believers to express gratitude to their parents for the sacrifices they have made in raising and caring for them. Recognizing and acknowledging the efforts and hardships of parents is seen as an essential part of fulfilling one's duty towards them.

  3. Prayers for Parents: Muslims are encouraged to pray for the well-being, forgiveness, and mercy for their parents. Seeking Allah's blessings and forgiveness for one's parents is considered a virtuous act. Prophet Muhammad emphasized the significance of praying for parents in various Hadiths.

  4. Financial Support and Care: Islam places a responsibility on adult children to financially support and care for their elderly parents when needed. This includes providing for their basic needs, medical care, and ensuring their overall well-being.

  5. Maintaining Family Ties: Islam encourages maintaining strong family bonds. Even if parents follow a different faith or hold different beliefs, Muslims are instructed to maintain respectful and loving relationships with them.

  6. Patience and Tolerance: Dealing with parents, especially in challenging situations, requires patience and tolerance. Muslims are advised to be patient in their interactions with their parents, even if they face difficulties or disagreements.

Respecting parents is considered an integral part of fulfilling one's obligations as a Muslim, and it is seen as a means of earning Allah's pleasure. The teachings emphasize that kindness and respect toward parents contribute to personal growth, societal harmony, and the overall well-being of individuals and communities.

Interest based transactions in Islam

In Islam, the concept of interest, known as "riba," is considered forbidden and is strictly prohibited. Riba refers to the charging or paying of interest on loans or financial transactions. The prohibition of riba is explicitly mentioned in the Quran and is emphasized in various Hadiths (sayings and actions of Prophet Muhammad).

The primary Quranic verses regarding riba are found in Surah Al-Baqarah (2:275-281). Here are some key verses:

"Allah has permitted trade and has forbidden interest. So whoever has received an admonition from his Lord and desists may have what is past, and his affair rests with Allah. But whoever returns to dealing in interest or usury - those are the companions of the Fire; they will abide eternally therein." (Quran 2:275)

Islamic scholars have interpreted riba broadly, encompassing not only usury but any unjust increase or excess gained from a financial transaction. The prohibition of riba is rooted in Islamic principles of justice, fairness, and the avoidance of exploitation. The Quran encourages fair and ethical economic practices that benefit society as a whole.

Islamic finance offers alternative models that comply with Sharia principles, such as Mudarabah (profit-sharing), Musharakah (partnership), and Islamic banking systems that avoid the payment or receipt of interest. These financial instruments aim to promote economic justice and ethical behavior in financial transactions.

It's important to note that the prohibition of riba is one of the fundamental principles in Islamic finance, and Muslims are encouraged to seek Sharia-compliant alternatives when engaging in financial transactions. Scholars and financial experts work to ensure that financial systems align with Islamic principles while meeting the modern needs of the Muslim community.

What is Umrah?

Umrah is a pilgrimage to Mecca, one of the holiest cities in Islam, and it is considered a highly recommended act of worship in Islam. While it is not obligatory like the Hajj, which is one of the Five Pillars of Islam and is mandatory for every able-bodied and financially capable Muslim at least once in their lifetime, Umrah holds significant spiritual value and can be performed at any time of the year.

Here are some key points about Umrah:

  1. Voluntary Pilgrimage: Umrah is a non-mandatory pilgrimage but holds great spiritual significance. It can be undertaken at any time of the year, unlike Hajj, which has specific dates during the Islamic month of Dhu al-Hijjah.

  2. Ihram: Like Hajj, the pilgrim undertaking Umrah enters a state of consecration known as "Ihram." During this state, certain actions and behaviors are restricted, such as cutting hair and nails, using perfumes, and engaging in marital relations.

  3. Tawaf: One of the essential rituals of Umrah is the Tawaf, which involves circumambulating the Kaaba, the cubic structure located at the center of the Masjid al-Haram in Mecca. Pilgrims walk around the Kaaba seven times in a counterclockwise direction.

  4. Sa'i: Pilgrims also perform Sa'i, which involves walking seven times back and forth between the hills of Safa and Marwah. This ritual commemorates the actions of Hagar, the wife of the Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham), who searched for water for her son Ishmael.

  5. Halq (Shaving) or Taqsir (Trimming): After completing the Tawaf and Sa'i, male pilgrims traditionally shave their heads (Halq) or trim their hair (Taqsir) as a symbol of humility and submission.

Umrah holds great spiritual significance, and Muslims believe that the performance of Umrah brings about forgiveness of sins and spiritual purification. While it is not a substitute for Hajj, it is an opportunity for Muslims to engage in acts of worship, seek closeness to Allah, and strengthen their faith.

One notable Hadith about Umrah can be referred to understand the importance of Umrah in the month of Ramadan.

Ibn 'Abbas (May Allah be pleased with them) reported: The Prophet (ﷺ) said, "(The performance of) 'Umrah during Ramadan is equal to Hajj (pilgrimage)." Or said, "Equal to the performance of Hajj with me." [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Reference : Riyad as-Salihin 1278

In-book reference : Book 10, Hadith 8

How to deal with depression according to Islam?

Dealing with depression from an Islamic perspective involves a combination of spiritual, psychological, and social approaches. It's important to note that seeking professional help from mental health professionals is also encouraged in Islam. Here are some Islamic principles and practices that may help in dealing with depression:

  1. Prayer (Salah): Establishing regular prayers (Salah) is a fundamental aspect of Islamic practice. It provides a sense of connection with Allah and can be a source of comfort and strength. Engaging in mindful and focused prayer can help alleviate feelings of loneliness and despair.

  2. Recitation of Quran: Reading and reflecting upon the Quran can provide solace and guidance. Certain verses are particularly comforting and can instill hope. Seeking refuge in Allah and reciting verses that emphasize His mercy and compassion may be beneficial.

  3. Dua (Supplication): Engaging in heartfelt supplications to Allah for strength, guidance, and healing is encouraged. Expressing one's feelings and seeking help from Allah is an integral part of the Islamic approach to dealing with difficulties.

  4. Remembrance of Allah (Dhikr): Engaging in regular remembrance of Allah through phrases and supplications (Dhikr) can have a calming effect on the mind and help in redirecting negative thoughts.

  5. Community Support: Islam encourages a sense of community and social support. Spending time with family, friends, or members of the Muslim community can provide emotional support and help alleviate feelings of isolation.

  6. Self-Reflection: Islam places importance on self-awareness and reflection. Understanding the root causes of depression and working towards personal development can be a constructive approach. Seeking forgiveness, repentance, and self-improvement are integral aspects of Islamic teachings.

  7. Consulting Professionals: Islam does not discourage seeking help from professionals, including mental health professionals. If needed, consider consulting a psychologist, counselor, or psychiatrist for professional assistance.

  8. Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle: Taking care of one's physical health is emphasized in Islam. This includes maintaining a balanced diet, engaging in regular physical activity, and ensuring adequate sleep.

It's crucial to recognize that depression is a complex condition, and seeking professional help is not incompatible with Islamic principles. Combining spiritual practices with appropriate medical and psychological interventions can contribute to a holistic approach in addressing depression. 

What is Piety?

In Islam, piety is commonly referred to as "Taqwa." Taqwa is a central concept in Islamic ethics and spirituality, emphasizing a conscious awareness of God and a vigilant adherence to His commandments. It is often translated as "piety," "mindfulness," or "fear of God."

Taqwa involves not only following the prescribed rituals and laws of Islam but also cultivating a deep sense of God-consciousness in one's daily life. It includes being mindful of one's actions, thoughts, and intentions, with the ultimate goal of pleasing and obeying Allah. Taqwa is considered a key element in achieving righteousness and avoiding sinful behavior.

The Quran, which is the holy book of Islam, frequently mentions the importance of Taqwa. For example, in Surah Al-Baqarah (2:197), it is mentioned: "And take provisions, but indeed, the best provision is Taqwa. So fear Me, O you who are understanding."

In summary, piety in Islam is encapsulated by the concept of Taqwa, which involves a deep awareness of God and a conscientious effort to live a righteous and morally upright life in accordance with Islamic teachings.