Monday, December 28, 2020

Is Hinduism a religion or mythology?

Hinduism is a misnomer. It is a geographical definition for people living in India. Word ‘Hindu’ is not found in any religious scriptures of India. Muslims, Christians, Buddhist, Jaini, Ashiest, Aadivaasi, Lingayat, dalit etc. who live in India are Hindu by definition.

Creator of this universe is one and his guidance is also one. God can not make more than one religion and that too with contradictory teachings. It is people who make sect / group from their own side and falsely call it religion. It is fabricated story in the name of mythology that dilutes the teachings of a religion.

Religion of God is the guidance of God and it is one and the same. It is not bound to any language, culture, region or era. It is called Sanatan Dharma in Sanskrit, Islam in Arabic, religion of submission in English.

Problem with Indians is that they get confused between culture and religion. They consider everything that is in Indian culture to be part of Sanatan dharma. This is not true. Indian culture today has caste system, dowry system, wedding with deity system, abortion of girl system, idol worship and so on. None of these are part of Sanatan dharama even though they are part of Indian culture.

Swami Vivekananda rightly said that Indians should abandon false tradition and culture.

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Four Lessons From the Story of Prophet Yunus


Four Lessons From the Story of Prophet Yunus

1. Recognize Your Sin and Seek Forgiveness

When the fish got to the bottom of the ocean and Prophet Yunus realized his error, he fell into prostration in the belly of the fish and sought forgiveness from God.

2. Do Not Despair of the Mercy of God

He did not lament  on his misfortune & did not give up on life.

Instead, he raised his hands to God.

“So We responded to him and saved him from the distress. And thus do We save the believers.” (Quran 21:88)

3. Patience With Dawah

Seeing the fruits of your effort can take time. It is possible that your friends or family might not accept the truth even though you have conveyed it for years.

This does not mean that you should stop.

4. Dhikr  [Remembrance of God] and Dua [seeking help from God] are Powerful Tools

Prophet Yunus realized that the creatures down there were praising God. 

This is a reminder of the importance of dua and dhikr.

No matter how far you think that you have gone in your disobedience of God, with sincere repentance, God will bring you out of your situation and grant you forgiveness and respite.

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Biggest act of genocide in the history

Question: When i trying to say to hindu brothers that islam is about peace and all they send me false data and try to prove that Muslims have been killing people. Though, most of information they share is fabricated.

Answer:  A true Indian - will always strive to bring peace in the society and abstain from spreading hatred in the name of religion. There are some religious fanatics who don't want peaceful society.

Time and again such hate-mongers bring false data to sow the seed of hatred against a particular community in order to create discord. 

What is the total number of people killed by so called Muslims?
100? 1000? 1 Lakh? 10 Lakh? 1 crore?

Do you know what was the biggest act of genocide in the history?

Answer is: Battle of Mahbaharat : 166 crore people were killed !!!

Today, india's population is around 120 crore.

A. Yudhishthira is asked - 'How many people were killed in Mahabharat'?

Mahabharata, Book 11 (Stri Parva), Chapter 26, Verses 7 & 8:

The royal sage Dhritarashtra, however, restraining the grief that arises from folly, enquired of Yudhishthira the just, saying, ‘If, O son of Pandu, thou knowest it, tell me the number of those that have fallen in this battle, as also of those that have escaped with life!’

B. Yudhishthira answers:

Mahabharata, Book 11 (Stri Parva), Chapter 26, Verses 9 &10:

“दशायुतानाम अयुतं सहस्राणि च विंशतिः
कॊट्यः षष्टिश च षट चैव ये ऽसमिन राजमृधे हताः

अलक्ष्याणां तु वीराणां सहस्राणि चतुर्दश
दश चान्यानि राजेन्द्र शतं षष्टिश च पञ्च च”

‘dasayutanam ayutam sahasrani ca vimsatih
koṭyah ṣastis ca ṣat caiva ye smin rajamrdhe hataḥ

alakṣyanam tu viranam sahasrani caturdasa
dasa canyani rajendra satam ṣastis ca panca ca’

Yudhishthira answered, 
One billion 660 million and 20,000 men have fallen in this battle. Of the heroes that have escaped, the number is 240,165.’

so basically 166 crore people were killed in Mahabharat.

What religion they followed?

Fact is: 
Anyone - whether a Muslim or Hindu kills an innocent person or disturbs the peace of land - we need to condemn it without any bias.

Almighty God has given us life and the guidance for leading this life. Neither, we came to this world with our choice, nor we will go from here by our choice. 

Almighty God has prescribed religion of peace and submission. 
Let us strive for a peaceful society.

Anyone who goes against the guidance of God will be held accountable for his / her deeds in the hereafter. 

Let's stop fighting in the name of religion and let's find the true path of God.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

I believe in Science. Why do i need a religion or God?

I believe in Science. Why do I need religion or God?

Khurshid Imam

The subject of science deals with the discovery of the laws of God. The laws of nature are unchangeable under the same conditions. The more we ponder over these laws - the better things we bring for mankind. Science helps us immensely in our day to day life. From our alarm clock to health medicines - all are covered by science. At the same time, science has its own limitations. It will be a gross injustice to expect science to guide us in every aspect of life. The nature of science is such that it can not make us a better human emotionally and mentally. For instance, science does not talk about moral values, ethics, or social behavior. It doesn't talk about obeying one's parents, loving one's spouse, taking care of one's children, or helping a needy.  Similarly, science doesn't appeal to one's conscience and doesn't stop one from harming the other.  The most advanced science lab may have an HR policy of let us say, 'Prevention Of Sexual Harassment' at work. However, Science never taught us what morally correct sexual behavior is! Though science is greatly needed in our day to day life, it doesn't cover the bigger perspective of our existence such as: 1. What is the purpose of our life? 2. Which actions are beneficial and which ones are detrimental? 3. What laws to implement in order to get rid of poverty, drug addiction, rape, robbery, murder, etc.? 4. How to achieve 'peace' in life and society? Science does not answer these relevant questions.  Therefore, we need an entity that covers a bigger domain than science as the basis of our knowledge. That is the 'Guidance of Almighty God'. We need guidance from the one who has created mankind, someone who knows best what is good and what is bad for humanity as a whole, someone who is unbiased.  Following the guidance of God is called the religion of God. And this guidance tells us to ponder over the laws and matter created by God and use them for oneself and for the social well being. 

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Can we worship sun and moon as they are beneficial?

Can we worship sun and moon as they are beneficial?

By : Khurshid Imam

There are different words and types of behavior - for different situations.

Respect, love, affection, submission, praise, admiration - are different words for different situations.

You respect and love parents.

You praise a cricketer or someone's act of bravery. But they can not replace your parents. You cant love them the way you love your parents.

You love your spouse but its not the way you love your neighbor.

You submit to God. Your whole life should be driven as per the guidance of God. 

God can not be replaced by anyone.

You show affection towards animals, this affection is not the same as that towards your child.

You admire the beauty of flowers, birds, sky, oceans, mountains, sun, moon etc. These things are proofs of a master designer whom we refer to as God.

Revolving and rotating planets, galaxies and the gigantic universe express the greatness of our creator.

So - who deserves admiration and who deserves worship?

Of course sun, moon, stars are creation and the one behind their creation is our creator.

We should worship God and love him most because he only gave us mother, father, spouse, flowers, birds, moon, stars etc.

Every breath we take is from the God.

When you love your parents and everything that you see around and you are not ready to acknowledge the creator - our Lord - who is the real reason behind our happiness then it is unjustified.

Balance act will be to admire sun, moon, flower, nature and worship to almighty God alone who created all these things.

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Lies, planned-genocide of kashmiri muslims and unfortunate exodus of Kasmiri Pandit

An Important thread on Pandit Exodus from kashmir: fact vs fiction

Presenting the first hand information on lies related to Kashmiri pandit exodus.

Khalid Bashir Ahmad is an author, poet and a former Kashmir Administrative Services (KAS) officer. He has served the State Administration as Director Information and Public Relations and Secretary, J&K Academy of Art, Culture and Languages, besides heading the departments of Libraries and Research, and Archives, Archaeology and Museums. His book Jhelum: The River Through My Backyard has added the Jhelum Factor to the history of Kashmir. His two works in Urdu poetry and prose have won the highest State literary award in 1984 and 2010.
During the armed rebellion of 1989, many Kashmiris who were believed to be supporting Indian rule in Kashmir were selectively killed. Several Kashmiri Pandits were also killed, mostly on allegations of being informers of the government.
The first militant attack was on a Muslim police officer, Ali Muhammad Watali. The first militancy related civilian killing was also of a Muslim, Muhammad Yusuf Halwai, on 21 August 1989. He was an activist of National Conference.
Mir Mustafa, a former legislator, was kidnapped and killed on 21 March 1990. Professor Mushir-ul-Haq, VC of the University of Kashmir and Abdul Gani were kidnapped and killed on 6 April 1990. On 23 December 1990, senior politician Maulana Mohammad Sayeed Masoodi was gunned down.
Some Kashmiri Pandits like Tika Lal Tapiloo of BJP, Neel Kant Ganjoo - a sessions judge who ordered the hanging of Maqbool Bhat, Lassa Koul – Director of Doordarshan Srinagar and Pushkar Nath – Assistant Director in the State Information Department — were also killed.

All these killings were political rather than communal in nature. The first militancy related abduction was also of a Muslim Kashmiri woman, Rubaiya Sayeed, who was later released in exchange of five jailed rebels.
As per Anuradha Bhasin, "Many of them (Kashmiri Pandits) were shot dead for their affiliation with the intelligence agencies or their role in the government decision- making. Kashmiri Pandits occupied a prominent place in government jobs and bureaucracy."
Recently, AS Dulat was the IB chief in Kashmir during the 90s also accepted that IB, in J&K, had a fair amount of Kashmiri Pandits. “They sneaked in and out of all sorts of places and got the intelligence flowing… they rendered yeoman service to the nation."

On 1 March 1990, Almost a million Kashmiris marched towards the Headquarters of UNMOGIP to handover a memorandum seeking freedom of Kashmir from the Indian rule. The demonstration continued for days without a break but not a single Pandit or his/her property was harmed.

*_"Our community should not forget that those thousands who came out on the street did not attack or vandalize even a single Pandit home."~Vijay Bakaya [Prominent Kashmiri Pandit and Former Chief Secretary J&K]_*
Rastriya Seva Dal, after visiting Jammu & Kashmir in April 1990, wrote in a report published by the Economic and Political Weekly that-

*_"The exodus of Hindu refugees... is due to the tremendous fear created by the large rallies and angry demonstrations against the Government by the majority community. The Muslims claim amd the refugees agree that there were no communal incidents or burning or looting of houses, misbehaviour with women etc. The refugees say that they left their houses because they feared that something of this kind would happen in future."_*

"Whether the Islamic sloganeering from mosques was widespread or this happened only in selected pockets, since there is no recorded document or media reports, the truth is likely to be a causality with imagination and prejudice clouding the real picture."

*_"Whether the Islamic sloganeering from mosques was widespread or this happened only in selected pockets, since there is no recorded document or media reports, the truth is likely to be a casuality with imagination and prejudice clouding the real picture. But the moot question is: would the response be so uniform in the event of one or even all mosques of the valley echoing the Islamic slogans? Was there some underlying unheard, unsaid, understood threat that motivated the Pandits to migrate in masses within two days. Why in just two days the entire scenario changed? Why did the 'Islamic' militarization suddenly become threatening since the killings were going on for months. The media obviously has done no homework."~Anuradha Bhasin [Auditing the Mainstream Media: The Case of Jammu and Kashmir]_*
Most of the Kashmiri Pandits were unaware of the Government's plan to shift them to Jammu or other places temporarily to pave a way for a massive crackdown on the Muslims. Here is how Kashmiri Muslims helped their brethren.

*_"In the late 1989, when militancy surfaced in the valley, the Muslims in general, whether as a neighbour, friend, or a colleague asked their Pandit brothers not to leave homes and provided security for them. Many Muslims accommodated Pandit families in their homes to save them from militant attacks. There are instances when Muslim ladies, at the risk of their lives, stood at the door of Pandit houses, to stop militants from entering their houses. When in danger, they would also provide timely information to the Pandits so that they can flee to safety."~O. N. Trissal [Kashmiri Pandit : At the Crossroads of History]_*

In April 1990, Justice V. M. Tarkunde visited Kashmir and reported total communal harmony, -
*_"Hindus have received full cooperation from the local Muslims. The Muslims shared their relations amd other items of the day to day requirements with them. There os total communal harmony in Kashmir. Those people who had come out had either overreacted to the situation or had done so because of other reasons which could be winter, curfew, or closure of offices amd educational institutions. Not a single case of looting or arson of non-Muslim property had taken place".~Justice V. M. Tarkunde [Report on Kashmir, April 1990]_*

All these statements prove that there were no blood-thirsty frenzied mobs on streets or in mosques who forced the Kashmiri Pandits to migrate. How would it have been possible? Kashmir was under curfew and shoot at sight orders were implemented on 17 January itself.

*_"There is no dispute about the fact that Kashmiri Pandit community was made a scapegoat by Jagmohan, some self-styled leaders of our community and other vested interests…. The plan was to make Kashmiri Pandits migrate from the valley so that the mass uprising against occupational forces could be painted as a communal flare up... Some self-styled leaders begged the Pandits to migrate from the valley. We were told that our migration was very vital for preserving and protecting our 'Dharam' and the unity of India. We were told our migration would pave the way for realizing the dream of 'Akhand Bharat... We were fooled and we were more than wiling to become fools. "~A Kashmiri Pandit to Human Roghts Watch [Report : Kashmir Under Siege]_*

*_"Pandits were assured by the government that once the proposed massacre of Muslims in Kashmir was completed and the movement curbed, they would be sent back to the valley. My community now understands that it was a very crude way of painting the mass uprising against India as nothing but a communal flare up. The Indian government tried to fool the world by depicting the uprising as a handiwork of Muslim Fundamentalists who had turned against non-Muslims and had thrown them out of their homes. I know my community has lost the affection, love, respect and goodwill of Kashmiri Muslims for having betrayed them. I feel ashamed to admit that my community has stabbed the Muslims in the back. This all happened at the instance of Jagmohan. Some self-styled Pandit leaders exploited the situation and Pandits became refugees in their own land."~A Kashmiri Pandit, K. L. Koul in the Daily Alsafa [18/9/1990]_*

In this letter below, Rajnath Turki, a Kashmiri Pandit writes to his friend Mushtaq Wani about how the security forces at Karan Nagar forced him to leave.
*_Dear Mushtaq,_*
*_Hope by God's grace everybody is fine there. I tried to write you earlier but due to ill health had to postpone it. Anyhow how is everybody there. I came here in the end July. That too when security people at Karan Nagar forced us to leave......._*
In a letter published in the Daily Alsafa on 18 September 1990, K.L. Koul also wrote - _"In the first week of February 1990, a word was sent to the members of the Pandit community in Kashmir and they were asked to migrate to safer places. This message from Jagmohan was conveyed through some self-styled Pandit leaders. Pandits were told that the government had plans of killing about one lakh Muslim, particularly the youth, in order to crush the uprising. Pandits were assured that they would be looked after well, that they would be provided with free ration, free releif, jobs, and free accommodation. Pandits were assured that once the Muslims were massacred they would be sent back. This is how Pandits left."_

Kashmiri Pandits faced overwhelming problems in Jammu and continue to do so. The weather was hot, tents were crowded, washrooms were ill-equipped. Young Pandit girls were subjected to stalking on daily basis. Kashmiri Pandits were facing an identity and cultural crisis.

*_"We were not welcomed by Hindu Dogras, our co-religionists in Jammu who felt that we will compete with them for jobs and business on the one hand, and on the other hand we never felt close to them culturally as we used to feel for Kashmiri Muslims... The respect which Kashmiri Muslims used to give us was a distant dream in Jammu"~A migrant Kashmiri Pandit in Jammu, Bhan to Human Rights Watch_*

As per some Indian Media channels and Kashmiri Pandit organizations, 3,50,000 to 7,00,000 Kashmiri Pandits were forced to migrate from Jammu & Kashmir but according to the Census of 1981 the total population of Hindus (including non- Kashmiris) was 124,078.
Given the decade growth of the community from 1971 to 1981 as 6.75% their population in 1991 would have been around 132,000. If we subtract at least 8,000 Kashmiri Pandits who didn’t leave the valley, we get almost 124,000 Kashmiri Pandits who migrated.

Following the migration, BJP came up with a list of 55 allegedly destroyed temples in Kashmir. On the day of the demolition of Babri Masjid (6 December 1992), Lal Krishna Advani claimed 55 temples had been destroyed in #Kashmir. He lied.

*_"Following the Pandit migration, BJP came up with a list of 55 allegedly destroyed temples in Kashmir. On the day of demolition of Babri Masjid (6 December 1992), Lal Krishna Advani said : "Everybody wants to defend Babri Masjid, none of them have spoken a word of criticism about the 55 temples destroyed in Kashmir." After being questioned over it, he reduced the number to 40 in another rally. Journalist Harinder Baweja busted this myth with photographic evidence and revealed that the BJP had misled people to score political points. Harinder Baweja visited 23 temples from the list provided by the BJP and found all of them safe and functioning. These temples, according to BJP, according to BJP, had been burnt and demolished.

One pujari of Ganpatyar Temple, which the BJP claimed had been destroyed said that Puja had continued in the 200-year-old Hanuman temple.
In another instance, a Kashmiri Pandit, Maheshwar Nath told Baweja: " Gita ki kasam, this temple has never been touched." When Advani was confronted on this issue and accused of lying and distorting facts, he denied any such list existed.

Journalist Harinder Baweja had busted this myth with photographic evidence and revealed that the BJP had misled people to score political points. In many cases, Muslims have been taking care of temples since decades.
Many non-Kashmiri Pujaris came from India and took over the temples here. These Pujaris started selling away various properties that the temples owned. In one case three Pujaris looked over 375 Kanals of temple land which they had rented to non-state-subjects, violating the Article 370.
In another case, a lease holder, Kuldeep Narayan Jaggi sold the rented land illegally for 2.5 Crore. Even an ancient idol from the temple is missing. Some Kashmiri Pandits say assets worth Rs 500 Crore are already sold out.

Monday, May 25, 2020

Purdah in Hindus due to Mughal?

Purdah in Hindus due to Mughal?

Khurshid Imam

Indian hate-cum-lies campaigns say that there wasn't any veil culture among women in India but it started due to Mughal rule in order to save women from the evil eyes of Moghul!

Covering the head is good or bad - we leave it to the wisdom of readers. Let us focus on the allegation part.

It is true that Hindus and Muslims have influenced each other culturally because of living together for thousands of years. It's quite natural.

For centuries, Hindu women have been putting veil/covering heads (famously called ghunghat) in front of their father-in-law and husband's elder brother (jeth) and other elders of the family - naturally they were not Mughals!!

Why do today's women observe Ghunghat/veil in many parts of India? Are they ruled by Mughals or are their family members Mughals?

A very weird argument is given by some people - "Look at the drawings of Ajanta and Elora, women are not covering their heads", thereby it proves that women in ancient times did not cover. They forget to mention that in Ajanta & Elora paintings, women are not only nude but displayed in worst possible vulgar ways. Does this mean that ancient Indian women did not cover themselves or practiced shamelessness openly? Of course NOT!

It has become a habit of Indian hate campaign these days to blame Muslims for everything. Swami Vivekananda, a highly revered personality in India, has condemned this attitude of Hindus.

He says that there have been many wrong practices in ancient Indian civilization, which are mentioned in the scriptures as well and Brahmans and commentators are well aware of those. It's wrong to blame Muslims or someone else for such vile practices. He gives the example of Grihya Sutras and Vedic Ashvamedha sacrifice. Swami Vivekananda says;

'A girl of eight is married to a man of thirty, and the parents are jubilant over it.... And if anyone protests against it, the plea is put forward, "Our religion is being overturned." What sort of religion have they who want to see their girls becoming mothers before they attain puberty even and offer scientific explanations for it? Many, again, lay the blame at the door of the Mohammedans. They are to blame, indeed! Just read the Grihya-Sutras through and see what is given as the marriageable age of a girl...There it is expressly stated that a girl must be married before attaining puberty. The entire Grihya-Sutras enjoin this. And in the Vedic Ashvamedha sacrifice worse things would be done... All the Brâhmanas mention them, and all the commentators admit them to be true. How can you deny them?
What I mean by mentioning all this is that there were many good things in the ancient times, but there were bad things too. The good things are to be retained, but the India that is to be, the future India. must be much greater than ancient India.'

Source: The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda/Volume 6/Epistles - Second Series/LXXI Rakhal

Moreover, there are references of women covering and dressing modestly in Hindu traditions.

Just, ponder over one mantra of Rigveda.

"Women should be modest in dressing and behavior, lower down the gaze, body should be covered". Rigveda 8:33:19 Commentary by Pandit Harisharan Siddhantalankar

Women covering their body and head has been part of Indian culture for ages.

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Halal food in Sanatan Dharm

Sanatan dharm and the command of eating Halal food.

Khurshid Imam

Arabic word Halal means permissible.
Quran uses this term in different context. One such context is : food.

God has created the whole universe for the benefit of mankind. Animals and plants also serve us. Some of the animals have been made permissible by God to be eaten as food. This permission of eating food is present in both Islamic and Hindu religious scriptures.

Wanton killing of animals is prohibited. But for consumption as food, it is allowed with the permission of God. So, we take God's name while slaughtering these animals. Otherwise we will think that taking life is somehow in our hands. 

We remind ourselves that though it is surely wrong to take life, we are taking this life for the purpose of eating it as food alone purely by the permission of God. Indeed God is the greatest with power over all lives and we ourselves have no power at all over these animals. This "allowed" or permissible is called as halal in Arabic.

If you read Hindu scriptures, at numerous places there is command of eating meat.

Shri Ram Chandr ji himself used to eat meat. Read this.

The great Indian personality - Swami Vivekananda - emphasized the need of eating meat to Hindu brethren.

"You will be astonished if I tell you that, according to the old ceremonials, he is not a good Hindu who does not eat beef. On certain occasions he must sacrifice a bull and eat it." 
[The complete works of Swami Vivekananda, Volume 3, Page 536]

"There was a time in this very India when, without eating beef, no Brahmin could remain a Brahmin;" [Page 174]

These are well known things. What is surprising is that Sanatan Dharm also commands to eat Halal food. Eating meat, without following the due procedure is prohibited in Hinduism.

Two conditions were laid for their slaughter in Hindu Scripture.
1. Name of God must be taken during slaughter so that it must be remembered that with his permission, slaughter is being done.
2. The procedure given by God must be followed. Otherwise, this will be considered as killing.

Meat is made sacred or pure by the recitation of mantras.

Above verses of Manusmriti very clearly say that animal should be slaughtered as per law and divine mantr should be recited.

It is the God who created us and animals. It is the God who has allowed us to use some of them as our food.

Human being can not survive without consuming Living thing. Every human being - whether Veg or Non - Veg - survives by eating other living being.

Read this to know details:

Friday, May 1, 2020

Why Christians do not circumcise?

Christianity and circumcision.

By: Khurshid Imam

Bible says: Faithful men should be circumcised.

Any uncircumcised male who has not been circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin will be cut off from his people – he has failed to carry out my requirement. (Genesis 17:14)

Jesus had to hold previous laws.

Jesus said: Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have not come to abolish these things but to fulfill them. (Matthew 5:17)

Jesus held the law.

Jesus was circumcised: And at the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was called Jesus. (Luke 2:21)

Paul cancels the law.

Paul said: For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.
Look: I, Paul, say to you that if you accept circumcision, Christ will be of no advantage to you. I testify again to every man who accepts circumcision that he is obligated to
keep the whole law. You are severed from Christ, you who would be justified by the law; you have fallen away from grace. For through the Spirit, by faith, we ourselves eagerly 
wait for the hope of righteousness. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith working through love. (Galatians 5:1-6)

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

What Indians should know about Ramdhan

Ramdhan : what people of all faiths should know

Khurshid Imam

Ramdhan is the name of a month as per arabic calendar.
It is a month of piety wherein spirituality prevails.
In this month - Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset.

Revelation of Holy Quran - the antim granth of ishwar - started in this month. This makes Ramdhan a very sacred month.
During fasting - its prohibited to eat, drink or engage in any sinful activity.

"O believers of God! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that you may (learn) self-restraint". Quran 2:183

Prophet Muhammad said – “Verilyy, fasting is not only from eating and drinking. Rather, fasting is from vanity and obscenity. If someone abuses you or acts foolish against you, then say: Indeed, I am fasting”.

Fasting is a way to control and train our thoughts, desires and actions.

Remember: fasting is neither feasting nor starving.

The craze of being hungry for the love of God can only be experienced, it can’t be explained.  😊

Quran tells that 3 outputs are expected from fasting:
a. To develop God consciousness or love of God [by refraining from sins]. Quran 2:183
b. To be thankful to God for all the blessings [by utilizing blessings in best manner]. Quran 2:185
c. To glorify the creator. Quran 2:185

Ishwar says in Quran [2:183] that God had commanded fasting for earlier communities too.

In Sanatan dharm, Vrat or Upwas is still practiced. It is for increasing closeness of God and disciplining actions.

Three main types of Vrat are :
1. Nitya Vrat – emphasis is on the worship of God and good conduct like speaking truth, staying pure and controlling the senses.

2. Naimittik Vrat – is for repentance of bad karma or getting free of your sorrows

3. Kamya Vrat – is for fulfilling any wish or desire like to beget child, and to become more prosperous and other reasons too.

Bible too speaks about fasting for developing love and closeness of God.
a. Prophet Jesus fasted for 40 days for drawing near to God. Matthew 4:1-11; Luke 4:1-13
b. Prophet Jesus said that his disciples would fast after His departure.    Luke 5:33-35
c. Prophet Moses fasted for 40 days for the sake of God.    Deuteronomy 9:18-19


Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Strong against kaafir - Qur’an 48:29, "what is the context" - A Hindu brother asks

Strong against kaafir - Qur’an 48:29, "what is the context" - A Hindu brother asks.

Khurshid Imam

Question: Muhammad is the apostle of Allah. Those who follow him are strong towards unbelievers, merciful to one another.....” (Qur’an 48:29)

What is the context of the ayah [is this spreading hatred?] - a Hindu brother wants to know.

Answer in one line: - The ayah tells about Prophet and believers being firm against those people who had terrorized believers and thrown them out of their own land.

For details, please read below:

It can be a case of presenting some statements out of context and thus portraying negative image.

For example: In these corona-virus times, Mr. X tells Mr Y, "Avoid going out and stay 1 meter away from every person you meet. Don't even shake hands with anyone".

I understand these words of Mr.X because I know that corona-virus is spreading, which is life threatening and close contact with people might lead to corona-virus infection and associated problems.

But, if someone ignores the context and claims that - "Mr. X is spreading hatred and cruelty. He is asking Mr Y to boycott people and not even do a hand shake", then he is spreading false and negative image of Mr.X. He is ignoring the context in which Mr.X gave this advice to Mr.Y. These instructions/advice were only for the prevailing conditions and not as a general rule of life.

Similarly Quran talks about using love and wisdom as a general rule in life. However, for the war time - there are another set of protocols.
If you read Quran, Surah Fateh, from the beginning then you will get complete picture of the ayah in question. 

1. People of Mecca had thrown Muslims out of their homeland. The lands, property and wealth of Muslims were taken by people of Mecca forcibly. Muslims were killed. They were made to migrate to Medina.

When Muslims decided to come back to Mecca, then also they were not allowed to visit their land.
A treaty was made between Meccans and Muslims. 

2. In this context Aayah of this chapter were revealed.

3. Most important part is: even though Muslims were stronger than Meccans, yet they made a treaty with Meccans with the aim to give peace a chance.

Read Ayah 22 onward -

4. Ayah 22 says - "And if those [Meccan] who disbelieve had fought you, they would have turned their backs [in flight]."

5. Ayah 25 says that these people of Mecca prevented Muslims from reaching Masjid Al haram.

So, Quran is talking about a Particular group of people who had fought Muslims, thrown them out, unleashed all kinds of terror on Muslims, while Muslims had been patient for years and wanted to return to their homeland and yet again they were stopped by these group of Meccans.

Can you imagine the sufferings and patience of these Muslims?

With respect to these kind of people the Aayah 29 is saying that Prophet and believers are firm against these people [who were at war with meccans].
And last part of this aayah says - "Allah has promised those who believe and do righteous deeds among them forgiveness and a great reward."

What is difficult to understand?

What does an army of a country do when it goes to reclaim its land from where it was thrown out? 

They fight for their rights, right?

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Astrology and islam

Can we take guidance from Stars?

By: Khurshid Imam
Quran 6:96 mentions that the sun and the moon can be used for calculation. We calculate the day, month, year, sunrise, sunset, eclipse and lot of events using sun and the moon. This is an example of taking guidance from sun and moon.

فَالِقُ الْإِصْبَاحِ وَجَعَلَ اللَّيْلَ سَكَنًا وَالشَّمْسَ وَالْقَمَرَ حُسْبَانًا ذَلِكَ تَقْدِيرُ الْعَزِيزِ الْعَلِيمِ

Quran 6:97 says that Allah made stars for you so that you take guidance ['le tahtadu' - arabic word for HIDAYAT is used]. Do people deny the word of Quran? When Quran is saying that you can take HIDAYAT / guidance from stars then who has the authority to reject it? Ayah continues and says that hidayat / guidance in the darkness of the land and the sea.

وَهُوَ الَّذِي جَعَلَ لَكُمُ النُّجُومَ لِتَهْتَدُوا بِهَا فِي ظُلُمَاتِ الْبَرِّ وَالْبَحْرِ قَدْ فَصَّلْنَا الْآَيَاتِ لِقَوْمٍ يَعْلَمُونَ 

What does hidayat / guidance mean? It means to show the way.

This includes guidance in navigation. Earlier people were heavily dependent on navigation on sea & land based on the position of stars. Now, today in 21st century you hardly find stars in the sky in urban areas - mainly because of pollution. How do you take guidance in the land today using star?

This ayah also indicates taking guidance in future of any aspect which is established as a science. Of course, astrology - today is not established science so it can not be believed in. But in the future, we might discover many scientific facts with respect to the star or other celestial bodies. For example - today we have discovered that the moon has an effect on the tide in the sea. This fact can be used as guidance in our life. If - in future, we establish that stars provide some other guidance then it will be beneficial for mankind.

Remember - the Quran is not bound to any era.

Words of the Quran are so generic in nature that the more you ponder over the Quran, the more knowledge you derive.

1. What Islam discourages is speculation, assumption, falsehood. Islam encourages and emphasizes on truth, fact, proven theories.

2. Palmistry - as a whole is not an established science today. The biggest proof is the fact that 10 different palmists will not give 100% same info on a subject.

3. If you ask 10 different scientists on a subject on science [proved] - then all 10 will predict the same result for a scenario and reason is that [that aspect of] science is an established fact.

4. Palmistry cannot be believed as a whole to be true because it is not part of established science. When palmistry becomes pure science then believing in it will be part of Islam.

5. Take e a very simple example.
500 years back there were some "experts" who would predict the exact time of sunrise/sunset. Of course, they would not be able to predict accurately because the science of the motion of sun / earth was not developed. Believing in such expert "that time" was speculation/assumption and hence unislamic.

Today we can predict the time of sunrise/sunset that will occur a thousand years later. How? Today we have discovered the laws of God on this subject. Its no more speculation/assumption today. So today there is no harm if you believe a scientist who predicts the exact time of sunrise that will occur after 100 years.

What Islam discourages in speculation, Islam never rejects the fact or discovered laws of God.


Friday, April 19, 2019

Can There Be Humanity Without life hereafter?

'Actually, I believe in humanity and not in religion'

By: Khurshid Imam

A. Humanity – without the belief in the hereafter [parlok]?

'I believe in the religion of humanity'.

'Become a good human first and then become ......'

'Who has seen paradise/ hell? So why should we believe in it?'

Often, we get to listen to such phrases whenever there is a discourse on parlok/ faith / God.

Those who make such statements were perhaps not presented with the true concept of God and parlok. When any natural or man-made thing is taken to be a God, a logical or rational person is unable to accept this kind of belief/ concept of God.  

“I believe in Humanity.” What does Humanity mean? 

Who will decide what’s humane or what’s inhumane? Who will set the parameters of morality or Immorality?

A robber might feel that by robbing people of their valuables he’s making a lawful earning for himself and his family while the robbed will believe otherwise. 

What’s moral for one might be immoral for the other. Both parties consider their actions as just and humane. 

What’s humane for one might be inhumane for another. The same action is deemed permissible in one region while in another region it might be a punishable offense.
Criminals, land grabbers, murderers find no wrong in their actions, they consider it a necessity for their survival. While the victim seeks justice because he/she was wronged.

The question here is about the authority who will draw a line between right and wrong. Who has the authority to set boundaries between humanity and inhumanity?
Common sense says that humanity/inhumanity, morality/immorality can only be defined when there is some higher authority - the one who’s perfectly unbiased and just, the one who is free from human weaknesses and is able to do absolute justice. 

That absolute judge is our creator. He knows what is good and what is bad for mankind. The Creator is the one whom we call as the Almighty God. Human beings can’t be the deciding authority, and no human being is capable of knowing all the circumstances, capabilities, limitations etc. of another human being to pass an absolutely fair judgment.

Almighty God is the one who has set the parameters of morality through his divine revelations. God is the ultimate source of moral/humane values and these values won’t function correctly till there is a system of accountability, which holds everyone responsible for his /her deeds. This very system of accountability is what we call as life hereafter /parlokik jeevan. All will get their due whether they were just or unjust; whether they were humane or inhumane.

Concept of Humanity works in two phases:
  • Abiding by the guidance of God, following the do's and don’ts of God. 
  • Being held accountable in parlok for one’s deeds.
If there is no concept of accountability, no concept of life hereafter then there is no meaning of humanity/morality/ethics.

B. Life hereafter: A logical necessity

Most certain thing in life: Death
Most uncertain thing: When will death come!

Yudhishthir was asked - "What is most surprising"? he replied:

अहन्यहनि भूतानि गच्छन्ति यममन्दिरम् ।  शेषा जीवितुमिच्छन्ति किमाश्चर्यमतः परम्

हर रोज़ कितने हि प्राणी यममंदिर जाते हैं (मर जाते हैं), वह देखने के बावजुद अन्य प्राणी जीने की इच्छा रखते हैं, इससे बडा आश्चर्य क्या हो सकता है ?
"Everyday people die and go back to God, yet people desire to live in this world - this is most surprising".

But, what happens after death? People have different opinions about life hereafter or life after death.

  Mr. A believes in the concept of Avagaman (being repeatedly born in different forms). You undergo life-death-life-death cycle millions of times.

  Mr. B believes in the concept of resurrection and the judgment day (being accountable for one's deeds). You will not undergo the avagaman cycle. You will be raised up on the day of judgment and will be held accountable for your deeds.

  Mr. C believes that nothing is going to happen after death. No re-birth after death. No life hereafter.

# Billion-dollar question:
# Is it possible that three types of people living under the same roof will experience three different systems after their death?

# Mr. A took birth after his death in the form of animal/plant/human being but Mr. B and Mr. C did not take birth after their death. Is this scenario possible?
Of course not!

Whatever system exists after death - it has to be the same for every human being irrespective of his faith. Do you agree?

Laws of nature are the same for everyone!

C. Life hereafter or Parlokik jeevan:

Akhirat will be a system where the entire mankind will be resurrected on the day of judgment and each one will be held accountable for his /her deeds.

Accountability is the law of nature, right? You should be paid for your karma - whether satkarm or dushKarm.

Through Life hereafter or Parlokik Jeevan, absolute justice will be delivered to every human being.

# The need for absolute justice
In this world, there are many people who lead a pious life. They are good towards others, they submit to God, follow the commandments of God, refrain from evil deeds. But sometimes these people are dragged into various problems by others, either being hurt or punished for no reason or fault of their own. These good people are oppressed, tortured and many times continue to live in misery till their death.

Do you think justice was served to such good people?

Similarly, we see that there are many people who always hurt or cheat others and humiliate people. But they do not get punished due to their high influence or connections in the justice system. Even though they indulge in evil deeds yet they are not punished for their deeds, they lead a very comfortable life till their death. Not all killers, rapist, robbers, criminals are punished in this worldly system of justice.

Were these bad people served justice for their bad karma?

A lot of injustice is being done in today's world. Many times, the system might not be fair to each individual. "Might is right" usually works.

Could this be the end of the story? Absolute justice is still pending for good people and bad people.

Common sense says that there must be a system which should provide justice to each and every person as per his/ her deeds.

# Parlok or life hereafter or life after death.

This justice system will be in the form of:
  • Resurrection - Getting a second life on the day of judgment.
  • Paradise – a place of reward for SatKarmi - noble souls.
  • Hell – a place of punishment for Durachari, adharmi and evil people.
Who will do justice in the life hereafter / Parlok? Answer: Our creator.

What if mankind will not be questioned or held accountable after death? 
The entire world would be a mess and chaotic. None would be bothered about his/ her deeds and would just try to avoid getting punished in this worldly system.

There is no concept of humanity without the concept of life hereafter or Parlok.