Tag: QUR’AN

REMEMBRANCE OF DEATH

Remembrance of Death

There is a hadith of the Prophet about death, which reads as follows: “Remember death often because it demolishes all desires.” (SunanIbnMajah, hadith no. 4258)

“Death is a sort of personal earthquake. Just as people have no control over an earthquake, they have no control over death, a unilateral attack that everyone must face, some day or the other. Death comes whenever it decides to, and man simply has to accept it, whether he likes it or not.

These days, many people live till around 70 or so. But none of us knows when our last moment in this world will arrive. This realization is enough to make every worldly pleasure unattractive for every person. Wealth, political power, fame etc.—everything comes to be seen as utterly meaningless. Life then comes to be seen as synonymous with waiting—not knowing when this waiting will end and where one will be tomorrow.

This matter is not limited just to conventional material pleasures, but is wider than this. For instance, people’s minds are such that if they develop differences with somebody, they derive great pleasure in doing their character assassination. Disfiguring their image becomes their favourite pastime. They begin to think that talking bad about them is a good thing, even though what they say is baseless. All this happens because they are forgetful of death. Had they the living awareness of death, they would have abstained from such negative talk because they would know that as soon as death arrives, all this talk would become so baseless that there would be no one to listen to it, so much so that even their own words would also abandon them.”

 

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SINCERITY IN PRAYER

​Sincerity in Prayer 

The Quran says: ‘Seek help with patience and prayer.’ (2:45) Why are patience and prayer bracketed with each other? Patience here means being focused on God. If you face a problem from someone, you develop complaints for that person. So if you pray while keeping these complaints in mind, then such prayer will not be accepted by God. Keeping patience eliminates the negativity that has filled your mind, then the prayer you perform will be sincere and acceptable to God. Sincerity in prayer means to cease to thirst for revenge from others and purify yourself of all negativities. This requires patience. So we have to be patient with respect to what we have faced from others and then pray to God. Being patient means to purify yourself of all the negativity that you have against another person. Prayer in this state of positivity is then accepted by God. So we have to turn away from people’s negativity and turn wholly to God.
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

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LIVING WITH GOD

​Living with God

Someone has written that Islam is the most misunderstood religion. It is better to say that Islam is the most misrepresented religion. Those who are representing Islam had the responsibility to present it properly but they did not. Islam is the name of the art of life. Experience shows that no person has an allergy to God, but they do have an allergy to religion. This is because religious people have portrayed an incorrect picture of their religion. For example there is a verse in the Quran which says, ‘Kunu rabbaniyin’. This is generally translated as ‘Be worshippers of God’. People often think worship is performance of mere ritual, so they take religion also as ritual. But this translation of the verse is incorrect. The right translation would be: ‘Adopt a God-oriented life.’ Islam requires a person to be God-oriented in both pre-death and post-death periods. Paradise is defined in the Quran as the neighbourhood of God. In other words, it means living with God. In this world too our conduct should be such as if we were living with God. 

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

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GAIN IN LOSS

​Gain in Loss

In the Quran, while speaking about the Battle of Uhud, God says that the Muslims were made to suffer loss so that they might not grieve for what they lost. (3:153) When we do not become sad over a loss, a positive thinking process is set in our mind. We should always pray to God to convert our loss into something good for us. This helps us to discover new aspects of God’s blessings upon us. For example, the Prophet was forced to leave Makkah and migrate to Madinah. But it was in Madinah where his mission became international. In reality, losing can be a great gaining. Every loss opens up a new possibility which can lead to a future gain. 
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

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SINCERE INTENTION FOR DAWAH

​Sincere Intention for Dawah

“A very important aspect of Islam is that in every situation it teaches you to live in hope. The first verse of the Quran is ‘Al-hamd’, that is ‘O God, all thanks to You.’ God wants people to live in hope, which means that the world in which He has placed them is also full of hope. The Prophet also said, ‘Actions are based on intention.’ If you make sincere intention for something, then that is equivalent to the action to be performed. Professor Siddiqi always used to say that if God gave him good health, he would devote himself to dawah work. Thus God has written him down as a dayee, as far as his pure intention was concerned. His death has not brought an end to his intention. As long as there would be need for dawah in this world, his intention would continue. This is a great reward: although a person has died, he will still receive reward as he had made intention for dawah. Thus whenever dawah will be performed by others, he too will receive reward.”
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

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