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An ode to **Sajida's Pain!

लिये सर पे सच की रिदा कह रही है, 
वो अश्कों को करके विदा कह रही है ! 
टपकते लहू से भिगो कर के दामन, 
ये अख़लाक़ की साजिदा कह रही है !  
भरोसा जो टूटा है इंसानियत से 
उसे किस तरह आप लौटा सकोगे...!!  
बताओ मेरा बाप लौटा सकोगे......  

वो गाँधी के इस देश से कह रही है, 
वो नफरत के परिवेश से कह रही है ! 
सियासत के बेशर्म चेहरे भी सुन लें, 
वो मोदी से अखिलेश से कह रही है !  
ये धर्मांध से अंध भक्तों के ज़रिये 
हुआ है जो वो पाप लौटा सकोगे...!!  
बताओ मेरा बाप लौटा सकोगे....  

हवाओं की सरगोशियॉं कह रही हैं, 
ये सच की फरामोशियॉं कह रही हैं ! 
थे इस क़त्ल में जैसे खुद भी वो शामिल, 
ये पी एम की ख़ामोशियॉं कह रही हैं !!  
लगा है जो भारत के दामन पे धब्बा, 
ये है एक अभिशाप लौटा सकोगे !!  
बताओ मेरा बाप लौटा सकोगे....???

** (Sajida is the daughter of Akhlaque, the poor Muslim whom a saffron affiliated fanatic mob killed in Dadri UP)

An Ode for my Papa....

My very first love, my very first friend

No words can define, or transcend

You reside in me, each thought or act

My strength, essence, my truest fact

No matter how I say, or fail to express 

My source of meaning, you are my sense

Every knowledge I crave, my liberated mind

Noblest gift to me, your love for humankind

You dwell in my life, in each moment of mine

Precious is your presence, forever shall shine

What I uttered and learnt as my kiddish pabir

The one who got it was none than Dr. Shabbir*

Your love, like the greatest oceans, open sky

Breathing in it, sheltered, how blessed am I...

(*Dr. Shabbir is my Papa's name)

A Britisher and a Bihari Muslim

The Bihari Muslim replied: very proudly Islam. 
Then the British man asked him: Why is it not permissible in Islam for women to shake hands with a man?
Then the British man asked the Bihari Muslim : Why do your girls cover up their body and hair?
(Moral :The Bihari Muslims rocks, so must be proud of being if you are the fortunate one..... )

हवा हवा ये हवा........

ठण्डी हवा, तेज़ हवा
काली हवा, अंग्रेज़ हवा,
तिब्बत का भूकम्प थी चीनी हवा,
कश्मीर में असमंजस की भीनी हवा
गुजरात के बाढ़ की भीगी झीनी हवा
यहूदियों की इसरयाली सख्त हवा,
मुसलमानों का बहाती रक्त हवा,
ISIS वाले सीरिया में प्राचीन कलाकृति करती नष्ट हवा,
वहीँ पूरब के मरूस्थल में शिल्पकार बनने का करती कष्ट हवा
हिंदुकुश से बहकर भी हिन्दू को खुश ना रखती हवा,
मज़हब की जिद्दी आंधी में कुछ भी ना कर सकती हवा
जापान में समूह में फिरती ये बवंडर हवा,
सागर पर कामुक छलांगे लगाती खण्डर हवा
पुरातन भारत के योगियों के श्वास की हवा,
आसाराम से भोगी के अन्धविश्वास की हवा,
दिल्लीवासियों में अरविन्द के विश्वास की हवा,
और देश भर में एक 'चाय वाले' के बकवास की हवा
वक़्त की रफ़्तार समझ आती है, हवा की नहीं
रूकती नहीं है ये हवा, थकती नहीं है ये हवा,
दिखती नहीं है ये हवा, भटकती नही ये हवा
जो भी हो पर हवा हवा, ये  हवा
इंसान की तरह बिकती नहीं है हवा!

A Cinematic Mode of Neo Bhaktism- Hanuman, Bhaijan, Pakistan, Salman

I am one of the proud viewer who got the chance to see the superhit movie (much spoken about, less than what it performs) Bajrangi Bhaijan and then got to read one of my favourite teacher's comment and here is my honest observation.
(Readers may agree or disagree, enjoy or aggrieve, its up to you. The torture is at least less from what I experienced inside the dark closure which they call as PVR Cinemas)
Hanuman in the Enemy Land
What did our Ram-bhakt Hanuman do in Lanka, the land of his master’s enemy when he went there in the golden past? Everybody knows. What will Hanuman do, if today he is sent to Pakistan? Lankan voyage of Hanuman then, and cinematic expedition of his modern counterparts now (Sunny Deols of Border, The Hero, Ghadar, etc.), leave no room for imagination. Pakistan – the enemy land of India’s nationalist imagination – must be taught a lesson, as Rashtra-bhakt TV news anchors keep shouting from behind fire and embers on the screen. We have seen on almost daily basis the bhakts, posing variously as Rashtra-bhakt or Ram-bhakt or lately as NaMo-bhakt. Bhakts, who persistently wish to annihilate the enemy land in TV studios, social media, or movie theatres. However, what a latest Hindi film Bajrangi Bhaijan shows is an unusual, or should I say, an abnormal bhakt. A bhakt, who does not want to destroy Pakistan! Lo and behold, he is a Hanuman-bhakt! He is called Bajrangi-Bhaijaan (Salman Khan). For, the word Bajrangi is a synonym of Hanuman, the ubiquitous monkey-god. He is bhaijaan because he is unable to lose his affection for a cute little girl even after knowing that she is a Muslim and, more than that, a Pakistani!
Bajrangi Bhaijaan: A Lovable Fool?
Bajrangi-Bhaijan is not a normal guy with brains. He is ‘abnormal’ who thinks from his heart. A person, who does not have adequate hatred for Pakistan can hardly be normal anyway! He is, therefore, at best a lovable fool, who cannot understand the ‘rational’ animosity of two nation-states: India and Pakistan. He is a simpleton, who does not know the merit of speaking lie and hence only speaks truth to power – the armed officials of the state. He is almost like a lunatic (Toba Tek Singh?) who is unable to fathom the naturalised abhorrence and distrust of the two states and their military apparatuses patrolling and shelling at the national borders. His desire to help a voiceless citizen-child of the enemy nation is simply impractical and foolish, if not irrational. His entire persona (his way of thinking or the lack of it, his (mis)deeds and self-less service to a helpless little girl, albeit belonging to the land of the devil) is of an emotional fool, who is nonetheless lovable. He is lovable because he is not shy of venturing for the sake of pure love and benevolence, unmindful of the ‘complexities’ of the real world. He is ready to bear all the risks in order to help the helpless, just like the lord Hanuman is known for by his devotees.
From Bhakt to Bhaijaan
Bajrangi’s penchant to help the helpless and his long arduous journey to unknown destination in the territory of the Other (Pakistan) transforms him from an ordinary bhakt into the bhaijaan: from an ordinary Hindu/Indian citizen to beloved elder brother, if not a big brother (of the Pakistanis). Bajrangi has been an ordinary caste(ist) Hindu believer (Pawan Kumar Chaturvedi) with all his inherited social prejudices – his father was an RSS pracharak, for whom Muslim and Islam are the despised other and their presence is even polluting. The fair-skinned people who eat non-vegetarian food are either impure Muslims or those belonging to some Hindu martial caste! However, the circumstantial confrontation and gradual acquaintance with a little other (a mute Pakistani abandoned girl child lost in India) and the consequent travel across the ghetto of his own cultural world and national boundary (to restore the girl to her family and nation), transforms the prejudiced bhakt of Hindu nationalism. He loses the fear of the hitherto unknown other, Islam as well as Pakistan. At the end of this journey Bajrangi becomes bhaijaan, beloved brother of the Pakistanis. For, he is an Indian,who infiltrates Pakistan not because he is an agent of RAW as the Pakistani nation-state and its establishment would like their citizens to believe. This Indian in Pakistan is a saviour of aam Pakistanis, a lost child and her poor engrieved family. The Indian is, in fact, a protective elder brother. He is given the epithet bhaijaan by the Pakistanis.
India that is Bhaijaan
Not surprisingly, the little Pakistani national regains her voice in the end of the film to call him mama – the brother of her mother. In effect, she voices the feeling of aam pakistanis, the Indian intruder is no less than the much misunderstood revered brother of her motherland. Bhaijaan crosses the LoC and reaches Indian side with the help of aam Pakistanis – a news-hungry journalist, a kind heartedmaulana, and a few good men in uniform. Bajrangi’s demeanour is conspicuously different at the end of his journey, he does salaam and aadaab in addition to jai shri Ram. In the final scene Bhaijaan looms large on the screen as if Gandhi on the frontier draped in a coarse blanket, holding a long stick and people on either side of the national fence watching him with reverence and awe. The transformation of a bhakt, thus, is figuratively completed. So is reaffirmed the seniority (and by implication maturity and superiority) of India in relation to Pakistan, needless to say, in the cinematic self-perception.
(Courtesy Prabhat Kumar)

The killing of Christians in Peshawar

The long list of literatures and textbooks tell us that Liaquat Ali Khan, prime minister in the nascent days of Pakistan, was initially hesitant in declaring Pakistan an Islamic state because he feared that would endanger the rights of the minorities. Despite his apparent ignorance of the Islamic stance in this matter, he seemed to have accurately guessed the mindset of the “Muslims” living in the Land of the Pure. For many centuries, Muslims have been plagued by this one disease: self-righteousness. We are under the impression that merely being born in Muslim households elevates our status over all others and ensures our salvation in the Hereafter. Our actions don’t seem to matter to us as long as we recite the Shahadah. Minorities are deemed as the ones condemned to Hell, regarding whom our sense of duty miserably falls short. We use derogatory words for Christian minorities in Pakistan and, just like the Hindus do with the Shudra caste, we consider Christians to be unclean. This conceited and horrible attitude, while being repulsive to a normal human mind, is absolutely despicable when observed in the light of Qur’an: Allah’s book condemned the arrogant and self-righteous behavior of the Jews.

And they (Jews) say, “The fire shall not touch us but for a few numbered days.” Say (O Muhammad to them): “Have you taken a covenant from Allah, so that Allah will not break His Covenant? Or is it that you say of Allah what you know not?” (Al-Baqara, Chapter #2, Verse #80)

Because they (Jews) say: “There is no blame on us to betray and take the properties of the illiterates (Arabs).” But they tell a lie against Allah while they know it. (Aal-e-Imran, Chapter #3, Verse #75)

What is truly sad is the attitude of the educated middle class in Pakistan. Rather than actively fighting against such discrimination, they inculcate it in their children by telling them that Christians are unclean and only good enough to clean toilets. These kalima-go claimants of piety humiliate the people whom the Qur’an calls Ahl-e-Kitab (the People of the Book) and forget in their piety that Muslim men can marry Christian women! On one hand, Allah allows such a sacred relationship to be formed with the Ahl-e-Kitab, on the other, our Pure Brethren in Pakistan are busy brainwashing their children to hate and make disgusted faces. The Muslims in Egypt are also setting an example in ethnic hatred. Welcome to the world of 21st century Ummah.
We don’t raise our voices when we see that the majority of our Christian community lives an existence of abject poverty. We remain silent when Ahmedis are openly prosecuted around us. We watch as bystanders when innocent people are killed under the discriminatory Pakistani blasphemy lawswhich have made a mockery of Islam. We deliberately remain ignorant when we see government authorities taking advantage of our collective disrespect for non-Muslims. They know that Pakistani ‘Muslims’ will not lift an eyebrow if a Christian village is torched or if women and children are blown to pieces in a church.
This mindset of ours contributes to atrocities such as the recent attack on a church in Peshawar that has claimed numerous innocent lives. We might not have dropped the bomb but we are certainly responsible for providing manpower and excuses to terrorist groups. Our failure to open up the Qur’an ourselves has given power to the clergy to brainwash the masses. We put mocking headlines in national newspapers while the ‘unclean’ Ahl-e-Kitab stood shocked in their grief.  Our aggression regarding our religion fuels this terrorism. Our self-righteousness and lack of respect for other belief systems has led to this oppression of the minorities. Above all, our constant refusal to realise our mistakes and rectify our actions is what’s preventing us from changing this state of affairs.
Another contributing factor in this recent attack is our collective national delusion that Pakistan is a fort of Islam. The faction of Taliban responsible for this church attack has declared it a reaction to drone attacks and has professed to continue attacking foreigners and non-Muslims until the drones are stopped. Could there be more ludicrous reasoning?? Killing of innocents to prevent the killing of innocents in the same country!!! Their reasoning is that since Pakistan is considered the heart of Islam and Muslims, so any non-Muslims residing here are to be thrown into the same category as the misguided, ‘hell-worthy’ foreigners. Attacking foreigners is difficult, so they have resorted to this cowardly act of assaulting their unarmed fellow citizens in their places of worship.
Islam has clearly instructed us to respect the religious sites of all other creeds since all such sites are the symbols of godliness. Classical fuqaha stood unanimous in their consensus that Muslims cannot damage the places of worship of other faiths in their protection (dhimmies). The early Muslims created a civilisation known for its tolerance: it was the place where Jews sought sanctuary from persecution by Christians. Spain is a monument to this tolerance and the Coptic Christians in Egypt have lived together with Muslims for centuries. But the ill-mannered kalima-reciter of the 21st century has decided to blow them to pieces and call it Islamic. Our inter-faith and inter-sectarian hatred has stemmed from our own ignorance rather than from any Qur’anic revelation. When Islam has clearly denounced taking of innocent lives, even during wars, then is it possible that the teachings of Islam will accommodate a brutal attack on non-Muslims in the state of peace?
It is high time we analyse our own contribution to this. What are we teaching our children at home? We need to become aware of how we are mocking Islam in our daily lives, our conversations, our social interactions. Islam will continue to be hijacked by these groups of unthinking, aggressive murderers like the Taliban unless and until educated Muslims start owning it. Our religion has been lost in our cultural practices and our horrible prejudices. It is time we rediscover it.
I am a devout Muslim and my heart is bleeding for Peshawar and Nairobi killings. With this forum, I sincerely apologize the Christian and other brethren for the harm done to them by my fellow Muslims. Islam never permits these kinda acts but I am sure the self-styled west planted Mullahs have brainwashed the Muslim youths to win the ugly struggle between the Islam and the west.
Sorry ALLAH, sorry folks.
Shahab Shabbir
Muzaffarpur City, INDIA
Courtesy: The Real Islam Blog




What do these following verses say about the environment and man’s relationship to it? 

What is the Ultimate Objective(s) or maqsad (maqasid) that Islam seeks to establish as the basis for this relationship?

Let us read a few of the verses which precede and succeed the one we are discussing. Allah says in [7:54-58]:

“Indeed, your Lord is God, who created the heavens and earth in (the span of) six days. Then, (befittingly) He settled Himself over the Throne. He causes the night to enveil the day, pursuing it incessantly. And the moon and the stars are subjugated by His command. Most surely, to Him belongs all the creation and all the command. Blessed be God, Lord of (all) the Worlds. [54]

(O believers!) Call upon your Lord, in humility and privately! Indeed, He does not love the transgressors (who violate God’s commandments). [55]

Nor shall you spread corruption in the earth after it has been set aright (by God). So call upon Him, in fear and hope. Indeed, the mercy of God is (ever) near to those who excel in (doing) good. [56]

For it is He who sends the winds bearing glad tidings before (the rain-showers of) His mercy-until when they lift heavy clouds (aloft), We drive them to a lifeless land. Then upon it, We send down water. Then We bring forth with it fruits of every kind. Thus do we bring forth the dead, so that you may become mindful (of your own resurrection).[57]

As for the wholesome land-its plants come forth by the permission of their Lord. Yet as for that (land) which is befouled-they come forth (from it) only meagerly. Thus do We transform the signs (of God) for a people who are thankful.“[58]

This is neither the only place where the Qur’an discusses man in terms of his environment nor is the prohibition of harm the only principle it seeks to teach man about. Moreover, it should be obvious that serious discussion of the issues at hand may not be possible without the full study of all Texts in the Qur’an and the authentic Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad, sallallahu alayhe wa sallam, pertaining to the environment, as well as to man’s proper outlook upon it.Yet, for the purpose of our discussion here, we will assume it to be sufficient to allude to these points and note them briefly. Here are the observations various scholars have mentioned concerning the revealed knowledge one might come to in the contemplation of verse [7:56].

1. Earth was not inherently or originally suitable for man to inhabit. Then Allah changed its inhospitable condition by setting it aright, a perfectly furnished habitation for life, and specifically for man.

2. After Allah has made the Earth eminently habitable, man is not to abuse it or cause any harm in it or in any way corrupt it. That is, he is neither to destroy life or being upon it recklessly, nor damage its habitability.

3. Invoking Allah’s blessings and praying for His help is necessary for surviving while living on earth, not just because this enhances our relationship with Allah and with creation, but, more importantly, because man will surely be mischievous on Earth, and therefore a corrupting influence, and without Allah’s mercy our fate upon the Earth is ominous.

4. Man should not lose hope in Allah’s mercy because He is merciful; He is watching what we do; and He is well aware of all that we do. Yet for us to really be in His mercy at all times, we have to do good and definitely refrain from disobeying Him.

Posted by: MuQeet in Qur'an and Environment