When I look upon myself, I feel so scared, so feeling less. I am ready to die for no reason and for no reason I can kill anyone. I can’t justify my actions. All I have to say is that, “They are wrong so I removed them from the face of earth. They have no right to live”. I really don’t need to prove anything.
Today what I am, is not because I chose to be. My parents or those I grew up with told me this is what I am and I believed it. Never bothered to find out if I am wrong or not. I am so shaky in believes that you come and tell me that Sunni’s are wrong, I will simply go and burn there mosques, kill their innocent men, women and children. You come again and tell me those shias are wrong, I’ll do the same with them. You tell me deobandis are wrong and again the same story. I’ll block the roads because it’s fun. I don’t care if any of you unable to reach hospital or can’t go to work. Your children are hungry so it’s fine with me because whatever destruction I am causing is for the sake of religion. All I know is how to get emotional. I never read the teachings of Islam myself. I never studied about my beliefs. I know very little about it yet I am so confident that I am right. I never studied about the beliefs of Sunnis or Shia or other sects either, yet I am so confident that they are wrong. I can never respect you if you are not following the same sect I am following.
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After what happened in Rawalpindi on 10th of Muharram, made me think how easy it is now for me to take a life. How can I care about an innocent life? Because I never studied what Quran said or perhaps I can’t follow it because it’s against my satisfaction level: “…if any one slew a person – unless it be for murder or for spreading mischief in the land – it would be as if he slew the whole of mankind: and if any one saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole of mankind.” [Quran 5:32] Such is the value of a single human life, that the Quran equates the taking of even one human life unjustly, with killing all of humanity.
I again missed the teaching of Quran: “Do not let your hatred of a people incite you to aggression.” [Quran 5:2] When I go out on the day of `Aashoora’ (10th of Muharram) and beat my chest, slap my cheeks, strike my shoulders with chains and cut my head with razors to let the blood flow in the name of mourning the martyrdom of Al-Hussein ibn`Ali radhiAllahu `anhu if probably forget that the Prophet sallAllahu `alayhi wa sallam said, “He is not one of us who strikes his cheeks, rends his garment, or cries with the cry of the Jahiliyyah.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim) Perhaps I never read this verse of Quran which says: “And do not throw yourselves into destruction with your own hands.” [Surah Al-Baqarah: 195] But yet it’s not too late. I can still end this. All it takes is getting some knowledge. If I study about my religion in depth and with a will to seek truth and understand how my creator wants me to live on this earth and then I study about all the sects around. I am so sure after that I’ll be able to compare who is wrong and who is right. And once it is clear then I should accept the truth. I should stop believing in false things and should only follow the factually proven things, as Quran says: “And verily guess is no substitute for the truth.” [Quran 53:28] This will make me a Muslim regardless of which sect I follow. If I am not going to do this, then never in million years I am going to see peace. I’ll face the same what is happening today. They tell me these are Europeans who are doing this. They tell me these are Jews and Americans and what not. These are elements that can’t see Shia and Sunni united. I tell you this. It’s me and you who are the reason. We are responsible. At first this union concept itself is a very big bluff. We will never follow the teachings of Islam but will always preach for united shias and Sunnis. We want to be powerful and want to rule and only way to get this power is by giving people this false idea of union. And we such foolish and ignorant people, we don’t see that there is no concept like Shia Sunni bhai bhai or all these slogans related to other sects in Islam. It says a very simple thing: “… say: Bear witness that we are Muslims (bowing to Allah’s Will) [Quran 03:64]. We can’t sort out who is right and who is wrong because we have no knowledge about our own religion. We don’t know what Islam says, then how can we solve these disputes among us. Allah said: “Do you have Ilm (knowledge) for that which you claim so that you provide us with? You follow nothing but conjecture (Zann).” [Quran 6:148] I see people who even can’t recite the smallest verse of Quran properly and they are leaders of my country. Our children are becoming scientists, engineers, doctors, pilot and what not but they are not becoming a good Muslim a good human. Perhaps it’s not our priority now. And in our madrissas, most of the time instead of teaching them about what is Islam and giving them this ability to differentiate between the right and wrong we teach our kids that Sunnis are wrong and deobandis are wrong and so on. Yet we believe these are exterior forces doing all this. Today I figured it out that why Islam emphasized so much on seeking knowledge. It’s the only way we can be peaceful human beings and we can stop all that happened in Rawalpindi and other same incidents. “These are nothing but names which you have devised, you and your fathers, for which Allah has sent down no authority. They follow nothing but conjecture and what their Nafs desire. Even though there has already come to them the Guidance from their Rabb” [Quran 53:23] Jalaluddin as-Suyuti, a Mujtahid Imam of the Shafi madhab has commented on this verse, that the people had zann (conjecture) which is opposed to knowledge (Ilm) i.e. certain knowledge. He also stated that Allah had sent down definitive proof (Burhan Qati) for the truth of the Islamic Aqeeda. [Tafseer al Jalalayn page 627. It is stated in Reliance of the Traveler Ahmed ibn Naqib al misri (ra) (769/1368) Book of Qada (Judiciary)] In all of these and other ayaat (verses) to do with beliefs Allah (swt) censures those who take the beliefs through conjecture (Zann) and decisively prohibits them from this. Whatever actions we undertake we need to know the hukm before performing the action, there is a principle in Usul: Every actions requires a hukm and every hukm requires an evidence We must ensure that we follow the Shariah and not rules invented from the mind In the Hadith in Sahih of Bukhari, on the authority of ‘Urwa b. al-Zubayr who said: ‘Abd Allah b. ‘Amr b. al-‘As overcame us with proof. I heard him say: “Allah will not deprive you of knowledge after he has given it to you, but it will be taken away through the death of the learned men (Ulema’a) with their knowledge. There will remain ignorant people who, when consulted, will give verdicts according to their opinions whereby they will mislead others and themselves go astray.” i.e. they give Fatwas according to their own opinions which are not derived from the Islamic evidences. In the authentic Hadith the Prophet (saw) said: “The best speech is the Book of Allah and the best guidance is the guidance of Muhammad (saw). And the evil matters are the newly invented issues and every Bida’a (innovation) is a misguidance.” The ‘newly invented issues’ are the Bida’a (innovations); they are whatever contradicts the Islamic evidences. Hadith narrated by Al-Daraqtuni in Al-Afrad, of Anas of the Prophet (saw), where he said: “Whoever cheats my Ummah has the curse of Allah, the Angels and the people combined, upon him. They asked: What is cheating, oh Prophet of Allah? He said: If he invented an innovation for them, and they acted upon it”. “Whoever speaks about the Quran without any knowledge then let him seek his place in the fire of hell.” [Tirmidhi, Abu Dawud] Islam has forbidden us from following any path other than the path of ‘Ilm: “And follow not that of which you have no knowledge. Verily! The hearing, and the sight, and the heart, of each of those you will be questioned (by Allah).” [Quran 17:36] Even if we are not aware of the evidence, we must know that the hukm is derived from the Islamic texts by legitimate Ijtihad “So ask the people of the Reminder (ahl al-zikr) if you do not know.” [Quran 21:7] He (swt) has ordered the one who does not have the knowledge to ask the one who is more knowledgeable than him. It has also been narrated on the authority of Jabir (ra): “a man was struck by a stone that fractured his skull. Then he had a wet dream. He asked his companions – do you know of a permit (Rukhsa) for me to perform Tayammum (dry ablution)? – They said – we do not find any permit for you and you can use water. He then had a bath and died. The Prophet (saw) said: “Verily, it would have sufficed for him to make Tayammum, so tie a piece of cloth around his head and wipe over it and wash the rest of his body.’ And the Prophet (saw) said: ‘why did they not ask when they did not know. Indeed, the cure for inability and lack of knowledge is to ask.” [Abu Dawud: 275, Ibn Majah: 565, Ahmad: 2898] The Messenger (saw) instructed them to ask about the Hukm Shar’ai. We have to be careful from whom we take our knowledge in relation to the Shariah rules, they should be someone we trust and someone who basis their opinions upon the Islamic evidences. A narration of Imam Zuhri springs to mind, “Be careful from whom you take your knowledge, because that is your Deen.” We should beware of all government Mufti’s, scholars and Imams – also those who have openly violated the Shariah or given verdicts that contradict the Qati (definitive) matters. Abu Hanifah said, “If you see the scholar at the gates of the ruler then accuse him in his Deen”. True scholars never compromise the truth. Let us take the example of Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal (rahimallah), the master of Hadeeth, the Mujtahid and to whom the Hanbali Madhab is attributed. In his time Ma’moon became Khaleefah who had adopted the Mu’tazilla belief that the Quran was created and attempted to force this belief upon the masses. He started with the Ulema as they were the ones who had the leadership over the Ummah. Amongst the Ulema was Imam Ahmad who refused to accept this corrupt doctrine. His uncle went to him and asked him to say with his tongue what he does not accept in his heart, to this he responded, “If the Alim stays silent in the face of falsehood when will the truth become manifest”.
I really feel very sad about what happened on 10th of muahrram. The people who died were innocent regardless whoever they are. What makes me sadder is the way people are reacting and blaming each other. If only we let the proper authorities decide and limit our ibadat to proper places, then we will be able to establish some peace here. We need to understand that no one from outside can cause trouble if we follow the exact teachings of Islam rather than following the teachings of our sects. We will show them Our manifest signs (proofs) in the horizons of the universe and within their own selves, until it will become manifest to them that it (the Qur’an) is indeed the truth. Is it not sufficient (as proof) that your Lord is a witness over all things (just as He is witnessed to by all things)? [Quran 41:53]
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