Today, I was discussing an issue with my cousins. At the end, when I came back, I tweeted, “If you know that your thread will continue to long discussions that couldn’t be justified at either end, will you enable the comment option?” and “If not so, then why will you talk on Islamic contradictory topics?” I hope my topic is very much clear now.
What are our today’s Islam’s problems? They are not about our businesses, our homes, our lifestyle, our talking, our walking, our wearing, our conduct etc. They are about the problems of the past.
First of all, lets see what Qur’an tells us about this matter. I am copying below the verses from the Holy Qur’an.
(al-Qur’an, 2:134) تِلْكَ اُمَّةٌ قَدْ خَلَتْ ۚ لَهَا مَا كَسَبَتْ وَلَكُمْ مَّا كَسَبْتُمْ ۚ وَلَا تُسْـــَٔــلُوْنَ عَمَّا كَانُوْا يَعْمَلُوْنَ
یہ (ف۲٤۳) ایک امت ہے کہ گزرچکی (ف۲٤٤) ان کے لیے ہے جو انہوں نے کمایا اور تمہارے لئے ہے جو تم کماؤ اور ان کے کاموں کی تم سے پرسش نہ ہوگی ۔
2:134. This is a community that has passed away, for them what they earned and for you are what you earn and you shall not be questioned for their deeds.
(al-Qur’an, 28:55) وَاِذَا سَمِعُوا اللَّغْوَ اَعْرَضُوْا عَنْهُ وَقَالُوْا لَنَآ اَعْمَالُنَا وَلَكُمْ اَعْمَالُكُمْ ۡ سَلٰمٌ عَلَيْكُمْ ۡ لَا نَبْتَغِي الْجٰهِلِيْنَ
اور جب بیہودہ بات سنتے ہیں اس سے تغافل کرتے ہیں (ف۱۳۹) اور کہتے ہیں ہمارے لیے ہمارے عمل اور تمہارے لیے تمہارے عمل، بس تم پر سلام (ف۱٤۰) ہم جاہلوں کے غرضی (چاہنے والے) نہیں (ف۱٤۱)
28:55. And when they hear vein talk, they turn away from it and say, ‘for us our works, and for you your works. Peace be to you; we seek not the ignorant’.
In the above mentioned verses, Allah clearly said that the people of past were a community that has passed away and they have earned what they have earned. Neither you are them, nor your deeds are related to them. Their deeds are with them and your deeds are with you. Neither you’ll be asked about them, nor they’ll be asked about you. After all of that, why are you discussing them? Leave their matters on Allah and think about yours.
Today, we forgot the message, above, and we are discussing the people of past. We know that fact that discussing such and such person, we’ll only create tensions between us. Our discussions will not earn them something. For one minute, just think that if we prove such and such person as right or wrong, will Allah enter him in Heaven if he was going to Hell before that or will Allah enter him in Hell if he was going to Heaven? Definitely not.
Then why are we discussing them? Why are we proving them right or wrong? Instead we should not see towards their deeds except their good deeds. Now, if you say, that such and such person was bad, why should we see towards his any of the good deed? So, my question is that why you use to quote Bill Gates, Einstein, Hitler, Gandhi or any other person who was not from your religion. According to Qur’an, the religion near Allah is only Islam (3:19) and it is said at various places that the KAFIR (non-believer) will definitely enter in Hell. Why you are quoting the non-believers? Why are you looking at their good deeds and good words?
Holy Prophet (Sal Allahau Alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallam) said that knowledge is the property of a believer, he should take it from wherever he can take it. So, we should only try to look at the good deeds of someone and leave the bad deeds of someone to Allah. Hazrat Ali (Karam Allah ‘ala Wajhaho-l Kareem) said that do not talk evil about the one who has deceased whether he was a non-believer.
But what we are indulge in today? We are still living in the past. Our lifestyle has changed but our mindset is same. Islam, the best religion of the world, could not change our conduct. We just recite Qur’an without knowing a single meaning of its single verse. Hazrat Mehboob-e-Zaat Syed Ahmad Hussain Gillani (may Allah be pleased with him and peace be upon him) used to say that Qur’an have 70 meanings for each verse and these scholars just explain the one visible meaning of those verses. Hazrat Ali (Karam Allah ‘ala Wajhaho-l Kareem) used to say that if I start writing the commentary on BISMILLAH (the starting of the Holy Qur’an), I’ll load seventy (70) camels with books but the commentary will not end. Hazrat Abdullah ibn-e-Abbas (Radi Allahau Anhu) used to say that if the rope of my camel’s neck gets lost, I can find it in the light of the verses of Holy Qur’an.
Have we ever questioned what we are reciting? Holy Prophet (Sal Allahau Alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallam) said that before the Day of Judgment, some people will arise from the East. They’ll offer prayers more than you, they’ll fast more than you, they’ll act on religion more than you, their ankles will be bare, their heads would be shaved, they’ll read Qur’an more than you… What does this all means? This means that they’ll look more pious and God-fearing than Sahabah. And what we are nowadays? Doesn’t we observe our religion too strictly? Aren’t we too strict in the matters of past? This Hadith doesn’t ends here. The Hadith continues… But the Qur’an could not pass from their throats. They’ll escape from religion as does an arrow from the bow. Can’t we see, that we are the people of East. Can’t we see how strictly we are observing our religion? Can’t we see that how strongly we are attached to the past?
If we are fighting on how to offer a prayer, we are not striving to pray. If we are commanding others to pray, we are leaving the prayers. If we are fulfilling Huquq-ullah (the Rights of Allah), we are leaving Huquq-ul-ibaad (the Rights of Slaves of Allah i.e. mankind). Why someone’s life is disturbed by ours? and why our life is disturbed by someone other. We should leave others’ bad deeds and focus on our bad deeds and we should leave watching our good deeds and focus on others’ good deeds. Hazrat Ali (Karam Allah ‘ala Wajhahu-l Kareem) said that if you do ihsaan (good conduct) on someone, hide it from public and if someone do ihsaan on you, spread it in mankind.
At last, just try to think that those were the incidents that have past. They are closed accounts. Whether they were right or wrong, Allah will do the judgment on the Day of Judgment. Why He have made the Day of Judgment? But if you open those closed accounts of old incidents, what are you doing? You are doing at least two things. Firstly, you are creating FITNAH. Secondly, you are showing that you do not believe on the Day of Judgment, you don’t think that Allah will Judge it or Allah is the Best Judge. You want it to be judged with your corrupt judgment instead of the Judgment of the Best Judge.
We should learn from the history that those who succeeded, they never debated on the past and never repeated the past. They just learnt from past and make a beautiful future for them. And those who have failed, they were indulged in debating and commanding but not acting as Allah inform us in Surah al-Baqarah (the second chapter of the Holy Qur’an).
Allama Iqbal said in TASVEER-E-DARD:
ذرا دیکھ اس کو جو کچھ ہو رہا ہے، ہونے والا ہے
دھرا کیا ہے بھلا عہدِ کہن کی داستانوں میں
یہ خاموشی کہاں تک؟ لذّت فریاد پیدا کر
زمیں پر تو ہو، اور تیری صدا ہو آسمانوں میں
نہ سمجھو گے تو مٹ جاؤ گے اے ہندوستاں والو
تمہاری داستاں تک بھی نہ ہوگی داستانوں میں