The 40 Rules of Love: Rule 2

The Idea behind this series of “The 40 rules of Love :Rule #” is to explore the idea of Love which has been given in this book of Elif Safak. I will be taking up one rule at a time, as I continue to read the books and then explore from my own perspective. It is for me an experiment in Love, Belief, Spirituality and Faith. Lets see where it lands me! 

The path to the Truth is a labour of the heart, not of the head. Make your heart your primary guide! Not your mind. Meet, challenge and ultimately prevail over your nafs with your heart. Knowing your self will lead you to the knowledge of God.

“The path to the Truth is the labour of the heart”…… How is that possible was my first remark! I mean if you want to understand the truth then you need to think with your brain so that you can conclude the right from the wrong, right?

But then I noticed the capital ‘T’ in the word ‘Truth’ which more or less implies God, in the Islamic tradition. And then it seemed to make sense the statement…. If I need to find God, which one can hardly understand from their rationale thoughts (How can you believe in something when you can’t see, hear, feel or touch something), I need to think and listen to my emotional side. And it is that love for the Truth (I think) that will make me get over my nafs or my desires. But how does “Knowing your self will lead you to the knowledge of God”? Has it got to do with the first rule? Maybe so, for this is how it seems to me!

The thing for me is that I am a person who believes in morality, although that is independent of religion! I think one needs to do what is good in regards to other human beings no matter whether you believe in a religion or a God or not! But do I really use my brain for it or my heart?

I don’t know what I am saying here. This is just something that I can’t understand!

Be the right kind of Muslim! Okay, But as per whom?

“We should have a Sharia State”… Sure thing.. But whose Sharia will you apply?

“You should be a good Muslim”… But a good Muslim as per whom?

“Follow Islam”… But whose Islam?

Should I be a good Muslim and follow the Islam as per the Shia, Sunni, Wahabi, Salafi, Hanafi, Deobandi, Barelvi? Whose Islam should I follow?

These questions have been bothering me for the last few weeks! It is not only the recent protest that seem to have sparked some sort of ununderstandable religious sentiments in people! The feeling is the culmination of a lot of events that have taken place in the last few months in this country of the Pure.

– It is the killing of Shia, after separating them from people of other faith by using their ID cards.

– It is the killing of two Qadyani Shopkeepers – who I knew and met everyday – because they were Kafir.

– It is the bombing and attack near the Bohri Jamat Khana.

I was raised to believe that religion is a personal matter, but today a friend curtly points me out, that No it is not.. it is not when you have to be worried each and every day when crossing the road even, that your religion may have you killed.

I would never be the right kind of Muslim, I will never be able to satisfy anyone with my faith… and I should not have to! But I do worry, about the chain of reactions and hate that these events will ignite…

I worry, for I heard it in my friend’s words, who expressed his views by saying “How long will we too stay quite?”

 

The so very blessed month of “Ramadan”

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The very blessed month of “Ramadan” or “Ramazan” (adjust as per your accent) has evolved a lot from being the innocent month of Ramzan (as per my Urdu dialect). The blessed month of Ramzan has been captured and chained under the banner of “Blessed Month”, in a fact, let me tell you just how blessed this month is.

This month is so blessed that,

  1. We only work half the day.
  2. We decide that our Education time should be cut by half.
  3. We waste ourselves after coming home by sleeping till the much blessed “Iftar”time. Continue reading

Obama and the 12th Imam

Barrack Hussein Obama should be unanimously accepted as the official 12th imam that was to come upon mankind to save us from the demons of the material world. And I think that his speech in Cairo would help to affirm that claim.

Bear with me as I reveal my thesis on this topic…

In the wake of the 9\11 massacre all of us, Muslims and non-Muslims started as one after the other the towers collapsed, and we sat deciding on how to react to it.. should we rejoice on the fate of the infidels who for so long have interfered in our socio-economic decisions, have overthrown our government, has given us the gifts like the Mujaheddin ( Now with a brand new name, The Taliban) – or should we be sad about innocent lives lost on that tragic morning.

I think that it was important for us to decide – but the decision wasn’t that Grey as we made it out to be – it was simply black and white. Are you with the good guys or the bad guys?

Oh.. by good guys I in no way am referring to USA .. but simply mankind.

But this is what is really astonishing… as all of us chose are sides, and the majority being on the side of the Good guys.. We voiced our concerns and displayed our newly selected side everywhere – from media to blogs, from drawing room chats to rallies.. Lots of Muslim religious Leaders also blabbed about how this doesn’t represent Islam and these people are not Muslims.. But here is the twist..

When Allama Iqbal wrote Shikwa an epic poem in which he complained to God about the affairs of the world, our same religious leaders in that time, hired a chartered plane.. went all the way to Kab’ah and got a Fatwa against him..

But no one has since the 9\11 bothered to do the same for these terrorist who claims lives every single day. If we have made up our choice that they are the “BAD GUYS” then why not get it done with and officially declare them the “BAD GUY” ..

So what link does that has to Obama being the Imam… See he is the one person who has finally voiced it that this religious war can only be won by taking religion as an arm against these terrorist. And as he is the only one to follow on the epiphany we should all hail before him..

For such a long time, these Taliban’s have taken shelter under religious quotes and justifications to make their acts “OKAY” and none of our God-fearing religious leaders have had the guts to say that they are wrong.

But here rises a leader from the west.. hailing from the land of Islam itself.. who is the son of a common man .. and he voices what is necessary and he defeats the evil with he word of GOD himself and using no other rational, than the arms that the enemy has used for so long.

We in the Muslim world had the opportunity to do that, yet we once more were kicked by “THE OLD WHITE LORD”.. or the “BLACK LORD” now actually…

So then why not accept this son of Hussein as to be our savior and to protect us from the enemy of Islam ( I am sure that the the majority of us have accepted that we are on the side of the Good Guys . It is he who has taken upon himself to solve our issues of Palestine and Israel and Iran… SO lets all hail the son of Hussein!

Islam, Taliban, Karachi and Me

As the threat of Islam grows increasingly in the backdrop of this country, it is becoming more and more a tool for many to use. It is shocking how groups and individuals within this group have been able to comprehend how they can use it for themselves.

No doubt about it that the events of Swat and the girl being flogged publicly is a great reason for my concern. With the amount of purdah clad increasing fanatically without any reason or know how of religion – thanks to the brain washing propaganda of Maulvi and the much supported project “Wahabism” of Saudi- the insanity has double-folded in the recent years.

In the Karachi University you would find it common for young people associated with Jamiat (student wing of Jamat-i-Islami) to take the responsibiltyof being moral police and deal in their own manner with the students that they think are indulging in “unislamic” activities. There is no one to ask them or check on their definitions of “islamic” and “unislamic”

Dance shows -reference to the recent cancellation of girls dance show at a cultural program in Larkana- are forcibly closed down in the name of Islam. Private Jirgas are being set up in universities in Sindh… But how much of this is happening with the Islamic Spirit or personnal interest in minds or as a result of some other social factors????

Then there is the threat of land mafia disgused cleaverly as Talibinization by MQM… according to their definition all Pathans and Afghans- settled on government lands without any proper documentations since the refugee influx during the afghan war- are now synonymous with Taliban and the MQM too like- any morally upright group of citizens – have taken it upon themselves to clear the “land(s)” of such a threat.

All said and done, Talibanization is a genuine threat – maybe a man-made (read USA) created threat – but it exists and is now too large to be controlled. Its ugly head is popping up ever so often from different places (currently Pakistan). But the threat needs to be seperated from these factors of self propogating righteous men.

Media has also turned out to be a threat in itself.. with the slogans of free media still fresh it is about time that they find out the truth behind these things instead of entertaining people by converting such events into a circus performance.

Freedom is not having the choice of whatever you want.. Freedom also means responisbility.