Archive for April, 2006

Freedom!

April 30, 2006

Freedom!

This is what we want, don’t we?

What really is freedom?

Freedom from abuse,
Freedom from being lonely,
Freedom from boredom,
Freedom from criminals,
Freedom from filth,
Freedom from harassment,
Freedom from hunger,
Freedom from hurt,
Freedom from ignorance,
Freedom from overcrowding,
Freedom from police,
Freedom from violence,
Freedom from want,
Freedom from war,
Freedom of belief,
Freedom of choice,
Freedom of knowledge,
Freedom of speech,
Freedom of thought,
Freedom to be alone,
Freedom to be different,
Freedom to differ,
Freedom to explore,
Freedom to learn,
Freedom to listen,
Freedom to privacy,
Freedom to see the world,
Freedom to shelter and care when needed,
Freedom to sleep in,
Freedom to sleep out,
Freedom to talk,
Freedom to walk,

Are these freedoms absolute? Or are there some limits on these freedoms?

Freedom!!!

Who then is free?

· The kid whose parents are out at or looking for work, and who roams the streets all day

Or is that one free – who has to get up at four in the morning so as not to miss the first bus that takes him to within two kilometers of school. At least three kilometers of walk every morning, then a wait of an hour and half before the others arrive at school, and then after the school is over, the walk back to the bus-stop in the scorching mid-day sun. Sometimes walking on and on in the desert for at least 4 kilometers before space can be found on a bus.

Then, arriving home at four in the evening – hungry, thirsty, tired and sleepy.

Is that child free, or is that one whose parents cannot afford to send him to school?

· Discovering the world through books, reading what others have written, enjoying their way of expression, learning tools of analysis, knowing and analysing and expressing and communicating. Is that freedom to know of literature, geography, geology, chemistry, physics, the biological systems, the planets, the galaxies, the stars and what is happening in them, and how this knowledge has come about, and of civilisations past?

Is that freedom?

Or is it freedom to be able to while away the time without any care in the world?

· When receiving the High School graduation (Matriculation) certificate, did you know that you had now become a prisoner, that from now on, you were bound by what was written in that certificate.

Going on to College, to University, topping the lists, earning scholarships for even higher studies, were you becoming freer, or were the prison walls getting thicker?

· When going abroad, you need a passport and a visa. That defines and binds you even more. That puts you on registers, many of them. There is a trail, a track of where you have entered, where you have been, what you have done. That is another bit of record about you.

Are you free?

· When you start work, you are answerable to your boss and/or your client. There are times you think he is stupid, and is making unreasonable demands, but you have to put up with him, for the economy is never so buoyant that you will find another job quickly.

You are now a prisoner of the bills you have to pay. Are you free?

· As a middle class person, whose existence the government knows about and has traced you to your employer, you have to pay taxes. That is another prison wall. From now on, you have to file returns, you have to keep track of your earnings and spending, and savings, and you have to answer the taxman, who is in it for what he can get you to pay up or bribe him, for he keeps issuing notices.

Are you free, or is that person free who works in the informal, underground economy, whose existence the government knows of in a general way but who hasn’t been identified and tagged as you have been. What benefits do you get as a taxpayer, or one who is in the records of the government?

· You marry, and does it bring freedom? From now on, your time is not your own. You have to cater to not just the needs, but also to the preferences of your spouse.

Are you free, or is that boy who did not earn enough to be considered for marriage?

· The babies arrive. Now you cannot sleep, for they sense when you are tired, and they will raise a wail to wake up the neighbours. You cannot take them to social functions, so your outings are curtailed.

Are you free, or is that childless couple down the street?

· The children grow to be school-going age. Now you have to hunt for schools that give quality education, within your means.

And you don’t find them. There is so much trouble in schools, none is right. You want the children to develop critical thinking, and the schools want them to ape the West, or to memorise what the teacher says. The children are caught in between

No wonder they dream of escaping you and the school; they dream of being free.

Freedom!!!

· As the children’s education progresses, the bills grow, and your salary does not grow as much as the bills.

Are you free?

· Somehow the children manage a University education, too. Now they have to find jobs, and in a stagnant or declining economy, it is your business to find them a job, otherwise your spouse will accuse you of failing in your duty as a parent. Soon it will be their turn to get married. And you have to find the ones suitable for them. All around you, the marriage market is flooded with moneyed people. It looks like business deals, and you are left out.

Are you free, or is that one who raised his children authoritatively, found them an apprenticeship, and married them off to the first person with a proposal.

· Your spouse keeps at you to have a shelter of your own. You borrow money right and left, as land and construction are very, very expensive. You buy or build a house, and now you are in even more trouble. Your creditors want their money back soon, and you have to cut down on your standard of living to start paying it back. The taxman wants to know how come you have bought it. The colleagues envy you, the subordinates want a little cash because you have now joined the prosperous, and they want bakhshish from you. As most of them come from feudal/rural backgrounds, this is what they expect. The civic authorities now want their own pound of flesh, every six months, in the form of property tax. They have put you in their records, too. This is yet another ring of prison walls around you.

Are you free, or that person who has built a mud house on common land?

· You have grown old. You need money now, and your pension is pitiably small, won’t even pay for utilities. Your sight and hearing are failing. You cannot drive anymore. You cannot walk straight.

Are you free, or is that one who lived without scruples and has tons of money to buy the care he needs.

· Your parents and their parents and grandparents made sacrifices to throw off the yoke of British Imperialism, and they gave you a free country.

Are you sure it is a free country?

· Here the helicopters and planes of the US, based in Afghanistan, can bomb your country at will, killing innocent civilians, and the pretext is that they had intelligence that their wanted men were having a party.

Are you free?

· You want to see the world. You should have enough money, for it is not acceptable that you earn and pay as you travel. You should have a valid passport for which your biometric data is measured and recorded. Do you know where that data ends up?

In the US! Are you free?

· You also need a valid visa to where you want to go, and the travel and stay arrangements all made out. You cannot leave it to be what you decide at a later stage. When you do get the visa, and pass the immigration controls of your country, your face is scanned again, your passport details are noted, and where does the information about you go?

To the US!

Do you still feel free?

· NADRA is issuing you ID cards. Guess where the information will go?

Are you free?

· You go on the net. What emails you send, are scanned; what webpages you visit, are recorded. If there is something of interest to the powers that be, you can be hauled in, or come in for closer scrutiny. The records are kept here for at least three months.

Are you free?

· The phones you use, particularly mobiles, are monitored. Your words can trigger more active interference. Your voice is analysed, and checked against databases.
Is that freedom?

· Above you in the sky are satellites with cameras that can read the number plates of the car parked in you drive, or your street.

Are you free?

Where is freedom?

When we hear the adhaan, the muadhdhin says: “There is no god but Allah”, and he says: “Allah is (the) Great(est)”. Then it comes back to us that one day the misdeeds of these intruders will be read out to them, and all wrongs they have done will be avenged. They don’t frighten us.

When we stand for Salah, we focus on Allah (swt), who has created and owns and controls everything, and we know nothing happens without His knowledge; that all in this world is a test; that all will be held accountable.

Freedom, at last!

to the Chief Justice of Pakistan

April 28, 2006

dear Chief Justice of Pakistan

assalamu alaykum

or rather wait! Please don’t receive this salaam just yet, as I think there is a hitch.

You see I am glad that you have ordered an FIR under blasphemy laws against Google and Yahoo! and I was going to congratulate you, starting with salam, but this hitch cropped up!

The hitch!

An FIR needs to be registered urgently against the Government of Pakistan including the President and the Prime Minister and the lesser (although still high on a pedestal) Ministers, the entire Judicial Service of Pakistan, the lawyers, the petitioners, the wasiqa nawees (petition composers), the appellants, deponents and the defendents, the police, the prosecution and the defence teams, the court reporters, the news anchors, all associated in any way with the Judicial process , its reporting or its analysis. And I am really, really sorry to inform you that this includes the Justices of the courts, particularly the Supreme Court of Pakistan and the High Courts of the Provinces.

How?

Islam accepts only One Lord, the Creator, Sustainer and Master of all,

while those I have named above, call the Justices Lords, and have been doing so continuously even after the birth of this country.

That is shirk, plain and simple.

Please order the police to register an FIR immediately against everyone I have listed, and please have a case prepared and heard on priority basis.

Thanks.

Guantamao: the sad reality

April 26, 2006

Iran to hang teenage girl

April 18, 2006

Iran to hang teenage girl attacked by rapists

Iran to hang teenage girl attacked by rapists
Sat. 07 Jan 2006
Iran Focus

Tehran, Iran, Jan. 07 – An Iranian court has sentenced a teenage rape victim to death by hanging after she weepingly confessed that she had unintentionally killed a man who had tried to rape both her and her niece.

The state-run daily Etemaad reported on Saturday that 18-year-old Nazanin confessed to stabbing one of three men who had attacked the pair along with their boyfriends while they were spending some time in a park west of the Iranian capital in March 2005.

Nazanin, who was 17 years old at the time of the incident, said that after the three men started to throw stones at them, the two girls’ boyfriends quickly escaped on their motorbikes leaving the pair helpless.

She described how the three men pushed her and her 16-year-old niece Somayeh onto the ground and tried to rape them, and said that she took out a knife from her pocket and stabbed one of the men in the hand.

As the girls tried to escape, the men once again attacked them, and at this point, Nazanin said, she stabbed one of the men in the chest. The teenage girl, however, broke down in tears in court as she explained that she had no intention of killing the man but was merely defending herself and her younger niece from rape, the report said.

The court, however, issued on Tuesday a sentence for Nazanin to be hanged to death.

Last week, a court in the city of Rasht, northern Iran, sentenced Delara Darabi to death by hanging charged with murder when she was 17 years old. Darabi has denied the charges.

In August 2004, Iran’s Islamic penal system sentenced a 16-year-old girl, Atefeh Rajabi, to death after a sham trial, in which she was accused of committing “acts incompatible with chastity”.

The teenage victim had no access to a lawyer at any stage and efforts by her family to retain one were to no avail. Atefeh personally defended herself and told the religious judge that he should punish those who force women into adultery, not the victims. She was eventually hanged in public in the northern town of Neka.

It is a grave miscarriage of Justice, a total misuse of the Shariah.
Please sign the petitions:

http://www.petitiononline.com/Nazanin/petition.html

http://www.amnestyinternational.be/doc/IMG/pdf/MDE130102006.pdf

Quran against indecency and vain activity

April 17, 2006

Fawahish = indecency
Lagw = useless, vain

الســـلام عليكم و رحمة الله و بركاته
assalamu alaykum wa rematullahi wa barakatuhu

No, dear stabani, you are not being harsh at all. You should be harsher if it seems that I have claimed that I know everything about Islam. That was certainly not my intention. aoodhobillah wa astaghfirullah! Thanks for reminding me of my limitations. May Allah (swt) give you rewards for this.

I am glad you want proof. That is way it should be. It is important for us to know the source in original, and to be able to see things in context.

I assume you want proof about Fawahish. Here are some ayahs. Some people number Bismillah as a separate ayah in each Surah (except of course Surah Taubah, where it does not occur at all), so the numbers may be a little out if you have a copy with such numbering. It is always better to read at least a few ayahs preceding and following the one quoted. This is also necessary at times because the context is important.

The first figure quoted is the number of the Surah, the ones after the colon are the serial numbers of the relevant ayahs.

Fawahish:al-Aaraaf – 7:27-2827. O Children of Adam! Let not Shaytan (Satan) deceive you, as he got your parents [Adam and Eve] out of Paradise, stripping them of their raiments, to show them their private parts. Verily, he and Qabeeluhu (his soldiers from the jinns or his tribe) see you from where you cannot see them. Verily, We made the devils Auliyaa’ (protectors and helpers) for those who believe not
يَا بَنِي آدَمَ لاَ يَفْتِنَنَّكُمُ الشَّيْطَانُ
 كَمَا أَخْرَجَ أَبَوَيْكُم مِّنَ الْجَنَّةِ يَنزِعُ عَنْهُمَا لِبَاسَهُمَا لِيُرِيَهُمَا سَوْءَاتِهِمَا إِنَّهُ يَرَاكُمْ هُوَ وَقَبِيلُهُ مِنْ حَيْثُ لاَ تَرَوْنَهُمْ إِنَّا
جَعَلْنَا الشَّيَاطِينَ أَوْلِيَاء لِلَّذِينَ لاَ يُؤْمِنُونَ

28. And when they commit a Faahisha (evil deed, going round the Ka’bah in naked state, every kind of unlawful sexual intercourse, etc.), they say: “We found our fathers doing it, and Allah has commanded us of it.” Say: “Nay, Allah never commands of Faahisha. Do you say of Allah what you know not?
 وَإِذَا فَعَلُواْ فَاحِشَةً قَالُواْ وَجَدْنَا عَلَيْهَا آبَاءنَا وَاللّهُ أَمَرَنَا بِهَا قُلْ إِنَّ اللّهَ لاَ يَأْمُرُ بِالْفَحْشَاء أَتَقُولُونَ عَلَى اللّهِ مَا لاَ تَعْلَمُونَ

an-Nahl – 16:90
 إِنَّ اللّهَ يَأْمُرُ بِالْعَدْلِ وَالإِحْسَانِ وَإِيتَاء ذِي الْقُرْبَى وَيَنْهَى عَنِ الْفَحْشَاء وَالْمُنكَرِ وَالْبَغْيِ يَعِظُكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَذَكَّرُونَ

Quran.nu
Verily, Allah enjoins justice and goodness, and giving (help) to kith and kin (i.e. all that Allah has ordered you to give them e.g., wealth, visiting, looking after them, or any other kind of help, etc.): and forbids shameful, indecent and evil deeds, and all kinds of oppression, He admonishes you, that you may take heed.

Pickthall
Lo! Allah enjoineth justice and kindness, and giving to kinsfolk, and forbiddeth lewdness and abomination and wickedness. He exhorteth you in order that ye may take heed.

Shakir
Surely Allah enjoins the doing of justice and the doing of good (to others) and the giving to the kindred, and He forbids indecency and evil and rebellion; He admonishes you that you may be mindful.

Yusuf Ali
Allah commands justice, the doing of good, and liberality to kith and kin, and He forbids all shameful deeds, and injustice and rebellion: He instructs you, that ye may receive admonition.

an-Noor – 24:19 إِنَّ الَّذِينَ يُحِبُّونَ أَن تَشِيعَ الْفَاحِشَةُ فِي الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا لَهُمْ عَذَابٌ أَلِيمٌ فِي الدُّنْيَا وَالْآخِرَةِ وَاللَّهُ يَعْلَمُ وَأَنتُمْ لَا تَعْلَمُونَ

Quran.nu
Verily, those who like that (the crime of) illegal sexual intercourse should be propagated among those who believe, they will have a painful torment in this world and in the Hereafter. And Allah knows and you know not.

Pickthall
Lo! those who love that slander should be spread concerning those who believe, theirs will be a painful punishment in the world and the Hereafter. Allah knoweth. Ye know not.

Shakir
Surely (as for) those who love that scandal should circulate respecting those who believe, they shall have a grievous chastisement in this world and the hereafter; and Allah knows, while you do not know.

Yusuf Ali
Those who love (to see) scandal published broadcast among the Believers, will have a grievous Penalty in this life and in the Hereafter: Allah knows, and ye know not.

ash-Shurah – 42:36-39 particularly 37

36. So whatever thing you are given, that is only a provision of this world’s life, and what is with Allah is better and more lasting for those who believe and rely on their Lord.

فَمَا أُوتِيتُم مِّن شَيْءٍ فَمَتَاعُ الْحَيَاةِ الدُّنْيَا وَمَا عِندَ اللَّهِ خَيْرٌ وَأَبْقَى لِلَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَعَلَى رَبِّهِمْ يَتَوَكَّلُونَ

37. And those who. shun the great sins and indecencies, and whenever they are angry they forgive.
وَالَّذِينَ يَجْتَنِبُونَ كَبَائِرَ الْإِثْمِ وَالْفَوَاحِشَ وَإِذَا مَا غَضِبُوا هُمْ يَغْفِرُونَ

38. And those who respond to their Lord and keep up prayer, and their rule is to take counsel among themselves, and who spend out of what We have given them. وَالَّذِينَ اسْتَجَابُوا لِرَبِّهِمْ وَأَقَامُوا الصَّلَاةَ وَأَمْرُهُمْ شُورَى بَيْنَهُمْ وَمِمَّا رَزَقْنَاهُمْ يُنفِقُونَ

39. And those who, when great wrong afflicts them, defend themselves.
وَالَّذِينَ إِذَا أَصَابَهُمُ الْبَغْيُ هُمْ يَنتَصِرُونَ

related topics: forbidding Munkar: al-Hajj – 22:41


الَّذِينَ إِن مَّكَّنَّاهُمْ فِي الْأَرْضِ أَقَامُوا الصَّلَاةَ وَآتَوُا الزَّكَاةَ وَأَمَرُوا بِالْمَعْرُوفِ وَنَهَوْا عَنِ الْمُنكَرِ وَلِلَّهِ عَاقِبَةُ الْأُمُورِ

Quran.nu
Those (Muslim rulers) who, if We give them power in the land, (they) order for the [five compulsory, congregational] prayers, to pay the Zakat and they enjoin the good, and forbid evil. And with Allah rests the end of (all) matters (of creatures).

Pickthall
Those who, if We give them power in the land, establish worship and pay the poor-due and enjoin kindness and forbid iniquity. And Allah’s is the sequel of events.

Shakir
Those who, should We establish them in the land, will keep up prayer and pay the poor-rate and enjoin good and forbid evil; and Allah’s is the end of affairs.

Yusuf Ali
(They are) those who, if We establish them in the land, establish regular prayer and give regular charity, enjoin the right and forbid wrong: with Allah rests the end (and decision) of (all) affairs.

Lagw: al-Muminoon – 23: 1-11, particularly 3 (keeping away from vain and useless things) and 5-6
بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيمِِ

In the Name of Allah, the Ever-Merciful, the Mercy-Giving!

1. Successful indeed are the believers,
قَدْ أَفْلَحَ الْمُؤْمِنُونَ
2. Who are humble in their prayers,
الَّذِينَ هُمْ فِي صَلَاتِهِمْ خَاشِعُونَ
3. And who keep aloof from what is vain,
وَالَّذِينَ هُمْ عَنِ اللَّغْوِ مُعْرِضُونَ
4. And who are givers of poor-rate,
وَالَّذِينَ هُمْ لِلزَّكَاةِ فَاعِلُونَ
5. And who guard their private parts,
وَالَّذِينَ هُمْ لِفُرُوجِهِمْ حَافِظُونَ
6. Except before their mates or those whom their right hands possess, for they surely are not blameable,
إِلَّا عَلَى أَزْوَاجِهِمْ أوْ مَا مَلَكَتْ أَيْمَانُهُمْ فَإِنَّهُمْ غَيْرُ مَلُومِينَ
7. But whoever seeks to go beyond that, these are they that exceed the limits;
فَمَنِ ابْتَغَى وَرَاء ذَلِكَ فَأُوْلَئِكَ هُمُ الْعَادُونَ
8. And those who are keepers of their trusts and their covenant,
وَالَّذِينَ هُمْ لِأَمَانَاتِهِمْ وَعَهْدِهِمْ رَاعُونَ
9. And those who keep a guard on their prayers;
وَالَّذِينَ هُمْ عَلَى صَلَوَاتِهِمْ يُحَافِظُونَ
10. These are they who are the heirs,
أُوْلَئِكَ هُمُ الْوَارِثُونَ
11. Who shall inherit the Paradise; they shall abide therein.
الَّذِينَ يَرِثُونَ الْفِرْدَوْسَ هُمْ فِيهَا خَالِدُونَ

Qualities of Ibaadur Rehman: al-Furqan – 25:63-76, particularly 68

63. And the servants of the Beneficent God are they who walk on the earth in humbleness, and when the ignorant address them, they say: Peace.وَعِبَادُ الرَّحْمَنِ الَّذِينَ يَمْشُونَ عَلَى الْأَرْضِ هَوْنًا وَإِذَا خَاطَبَهُمُ الْجَاهِلُونَ قَالُوا سَلَامًا
64. And they who pass the night prostrating themselves before their Lord and standing.
وَالَّذِينَ يَبِيتُونَ لِرَبِّهِمْ سُجَّدًا وَقِيَامًا

65. And they who say: O our Lord! turn away from us the punishment of hell, surely the punishment thereof is a lasting
وَالَّذِينَ يَقُولُونَ رَبَّنَا اصْرِفْ عَنَّا عَذَابَ جَهَنَّمَ إِنَّ عَذَابَهَا كَانَ غَرَامًا

66. Surely it is an evil abode and (evil) place to stay.
إِنَّهَا سَاءتْ مُسْتَقَرًّا وَمُقَامًا

67. And they who when they spend, are neither extravagant nor parsimonious, and (keep) between these the just mean.
وَالَّذِينَ إِذَا أَنفَقُوا لَمْ يُسْرِفُوا وَلَمْ يَقْتُرُوا وَكَانَ بَيْنَ ذَلِكَ قَوَامًا

68. And they who do not call upon another god with Allah and do not slay the soul, which Allah has forbidden except in the requirements of justice, and (who) do not commit fornication and he who does this shall find a requital of sin;
وَالَّذِينَ لَا يَدْعُونَ مَعَ اللَّهِ إِلَهًا آخَرَ وَلَا يَقْتُلُونَ النَّفْسَ الَّتِي حَرَّمَ اللَّهُ إِلَّا بِالْحَقِّ وَلَا يَزْنُونَ وَمَن يَفْعَلْ ذَلِكَ يَلْقَ أَثَامًا

69. The punishment shall be doubled to him on the day of resurrection, and he shall abide therein in abasement;
يُضَاعَفْ لَهُ الْعَذَابُ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ وَيَخْلُدْ فِيهِ مُهَانًا

70. Except him who repents and believes and does a good deed; so these are they of whom Allah changes the evil deeds to good ones; and Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.
إِلَّا مَن تَابَ وَآمَنَ وَعَمِلَ عَمَلًا صَالِحًا فَأُوْلَئِكَ يُبَدِّلُ اللَّهُ سَيِّئَاتِهِمْ حَسَنَاتٍ وَكَانَ اللَّهُ غَفُورًا رَّحِيمًا

71. And whoever repents and does good, he surely turns to Allah a (goodly) turning.
وَمَن تَابَ وَعَمِلَ صَالِحًا فَإِنَّهُ يَتُوبُ إِلَى اللَّهِ مَتَابًا

72. And they who do not bear witness to what is false, and when they pass by what is vain, they pass by nobly.
وَالَّذِينَ لَا يَشْهَدُونَ الزُّورَ وَإِذَا مَرُّوا بِاللَّغْوِ مَرُّوا كِرَامًا

73. And they who, when reminded of the communications of their Lord, do not fall down thereat deaf and blind.
وَالَّذِينَ إِذَا ذُكِّرُوا بِآيَاتِ رَبِّهِمْ لَمْ يَخِرُّوا عَلَيْهَا صُمًّا وَعُمْيَانًا

74. And they who say: O our Lord! grant us in our wives and our offspring the joy of our eyes, and make us guides to those who guard (against evil).
وَالَّذِينَ يَقُولُونَ رَبَّنَا هَبْ لَنَا مِنْ أَزْوَاجِنَا وَذُرِّيَّاتِنَا قُرَّةَ أَعْيُنٍ وَاجْعَلْنَا لِلْمُتَّقِينَ إِمَامًا

75. These shall be rewarded with high places because they were patient, and shall be met therein with greetings and salutations.
أُوْلَئِكَ يُجْزَوْنَ الْغُرْفَةَ بِمَا صَبَرُوا وَيُلَقَّوْنَ فِيهَا تَحِيَّةً وَسَلَامًا

76. Abiding therein; goodly the abode and the resting-place.

This is from:
http://quran.nu/en/

There are other sites as well:
http://www.tafsir.com/

Finally, I thank you again for reminding me that there is so little I know, and even littler that I practice. If this makes anyone take up a study of the Quran and authentic Hadith, the context of revelations and other Islamic knowledge, maybe it will be counted as a good deed for me. 🙂