Monday, 12 December 2011

Love gives meaning to our lives – as do friendship, or art or faith in Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD)

What am I chasing after?

I Seek refuge in Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD), from the Shaitan.
      Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD)’s name I begin, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful.
      All praise be to Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD), Lord of the worlds,
      Who has disposed all matters through His arrangements thereof?
      Who has fairly composed His creation and given it excellent form, good structure and proportion.
    And may blessings and salutation be invoked upon Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam), the bondsman of Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD),

Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) draws our attention to the creation of the heavens and earth, the alternation of the night and the day, the creation of the universe.
Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) calls our attention to their creation and their precision, and mentions those who contemplate the wonders of creation and realize that this was not created for any foolish purpose, [that Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) is exalted above doing such a thing] and they seek refuge with Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) from the punishment of Hell.
Truly, when you see the design of all that Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) created, you realize it is very powerful and very precise.
Something very powerful and very precise; something beyond your own calculation and imagination, cannot be foolish.

“We have not sent down the Quran unto you (O Muhammad SAW) to cause you distress,
But only as a Reminder to those who fear (Allah).” [Al-Quran 20:2-3]

Islam provides clear and concise answers for these questions.
“And I (Allah) created not the jinn’s and humans except they should worship Me (Alone).” [Al-Quran 51:56]
Most of those who reflect or think about life in any detail will consider and ponder these questions.
What am I chasing after?
Why am I chasing it?
What is my purpose?
Why was I put here?
What will I take with me?
There are as many different answers to these questions as there are people asking the questions.
 Some would hold that the purpose of life was to acquire wealth.
Yet suppose they were to acquire Billions of Pounds, what then would they claim is their purpose after doing so?

4:134. anyone who seeks the materials of this world should know that Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD), possesses both the materials of this world and the Hereafter. Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) is Hearer, Seer.
If the purpose of life is to become wealthy, there would be no purpose after becoming wealthy. (Have you ever set a goal and achieved it? And then felt flat afterwards?
This has happened to most of us).
The fact is that when people approach their purpose here in this life from the aspect of only gaining wealth, after collecting the money they have dreamed of their lives loose purpose and then they live in restless tension suffering from a feeling of worthlessness.
      How could wealth then be considered as the aim of life?
Could the acquisition of wealth guarantee happiness? “No”.
When we hear of millionaires or members of their families, committing suicide, stress, getting strung up on booze and drugs.

“And whatever of misfortune befalls you, it is because of what your hands have earned. And He pardons much.” (See the Qur’an Verse 35:45). [Al-Quran 42:30].

 How could we consider the purpose of life would be to gain great wealth?

A child of 6 years would obviously prefer new toys to a deposit slip for a Billion pounds.
A teenager does not consider Billions of pounds in the bank a substitute for chatting to and texting friends on their mobiles,
hanging out with their mates, listening to music on their iPod Touch 4G 64GB /MP3 players, shopping for the latest fashions or just watching movies on the television or at the cinema (movie house)... (Physical and hormonal changes take place).

“He, who has health, has hope. And he, who has hope, has everything.”
A person in their 80s or 90s would never consider holding on to their wealth in place of spending it to hold on to or regain their health. (“So many people spend their health gaining wealth, and then have to spend their wealth to regain their health.)”
This proves that money is not the main purpose at all the stages of one's life.
Wealth can do little or nothing to bring happiness to one who is a disbeliever in Almighty Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD), because regardless of what he or she would gain in this life they would always live in fear of what will happen to them in the end.
They would wonder what would become of them and how they would end up.
Wealth and its accumulation as a purpose would be doomed to a temporary success at best and in the end it would only spell out self destruction.
Islam has laid down certain principles and limits for the economic activity of man so that the entire pattern of production, exchange and distribution of wealth may conform to the Islamic standard of justice and equity.
Islam does not concern itself with time-bound methods and techniques of economic production or with the details of organizational patterns and mechanisms.
Such methods are specific to every age and are evolved in accordance with the needs and requirements of the community and the exigencies of the economic situation.
 Islam’s concern is that whatever the particular form of economic activity in operation, its underlying principles should always is the same.

According to the Islamic point of view, Allah has created for mankind the earth and all that it contains.
It is, therefore, the birthright of every human being o try to secure his share of the world’s wealth and sustenance.
Islam does not allow a particular person, class, race or group of people to create a monopoly in certain economic activities: equal opportunities for all are its watchword.
The Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) said in a sound hadith to Hakim ibn Hisham ibn Khuwaylid,
“Hakim, the upper hand is better than the lower hand.
” We look at the Companions of the Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) what made them unique people is that they were successful.
Many of them were successful in this life and successful with Allah.
So, what is the use of wealth to a person without belief?
He would always fear his end and would always be skeptical of everything.
He may gain a great material wealth but he would only lose himself in the end.

2:128. "Our Lord, makes us submitters to you, and from our descendants let there be a community of submitters to you.
Teach us the rites of our religion, and redeem us.
You are the Redeemer, Most Merciful.

Worship of the One True Almighty God of the Universe [Allah in Arabic] as a primary goal or aim in life provides a believer with everything he needs to succeed in both this life and the Next Life.

The word for total surrender, submission, obedience, purity of heart and peace in the Arabic language is "Islam". Those who try to perform these actions are called "MU-slims"
To a Muslim the whole purpose of life is "ibadah" or worship to the One True Almighty Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) on Terms and under His Conditions.

The term "worship" to a Muslim includes any and all acts of obedience to Almighty Allah.
I believe every person is here for a definite purpose.
Each person is special and valuable; that refers to me, you, your family, friends, in fact everybody!
There is a loving plan for each of our lives here on earth and there is no such thing as coincidence.
Whether you call it fate or destiny, I don't believe that anything in life happens by chance and that every aspect of our lives points to something deeper.

22:65. Do you not see that GOD has committed in your service everything on earth? The ships run in the ocean by His command. He prevents the heavenly bodies from crashing onto the earth, except in accordance with His command. GOD is Most Kind towards the people, Most Merciful.

22:66. He is the One who granted you life, then He puts you to death, then He brings you back to life. Surely, the human being is unappreciative.

Man is an animal destined to die; an animal aware of his mortality; an animal with urges rather than instincts, passions rather than reason, fantasies rather than thoughts, anger rather than wisdom.
There are three great events in our lives: birth, life and death.
Of birth we have no conscience; with death, we suffer; and, concerning life, we forget to live it.
Our lives are full of contradictions. They are often sad, little, comic... That’s why they are often a target for our own sarcasm and humor.
Life is just one damned thing after another i.e.
        The problems: of how to pay the bills, Exams, marriage and career and so on etc.
        Life problems are those that arise in our day to day lives that demand attention and simply will not go away until they are solved.
       These are the issues of life, the pressing matters, the things we find to be a problem in our lives He! He! He! (Men deal with life, as children with their play,
Who first misuse, then cast their toys away).

Why is there something rather than nothing? We do not know.
We will never know. Why? “To what purpose”? We do not know whether there is a purpose.
But if it is true that nothing is born of nothing, the very existence of something –
The world, the universe – would seem to imply that there has always been something:
 That being is eternal, uncreated, perhaps creator, and this is what some people call Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD).
André Comte French philosopher,

Does life end?-
“Everyone is going to taste death, and we shall make a trial of you with evil and with good, and to us you will be returned.” [Al-Quran 21:35]
 When I consider the short duration of my life, swallowed up in the eternity that lies before and after it,
 when I consider the little space I fill and I see, engulfed in the infinite immensity of spaces of which I am ignorant,
And which know me not, I rest frightened, and astonished, for there is no reason why I should be here rather than there.
  Why now rather than then? Who has put me here?
By whose order and direction have this place and time have been ascribed to me?
These are Words of Pascal, in the seventeenth century.

Love gives meaning to our lives – as do friendship, or art or faith in Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD).
These are factors of true happiness, of inner peace, of feelings of harmony, allowing meaning to our existence.

As everybody knows, while a man is alive in the world, it is the spirit, which both suffers pains and feels joys and happiness.
Although the spirit feels pains, in appearance, through the nervous system and uses this system in its extremely complicated acts of communicating with all parts of the body down to each cell of it- it is still a mystery for science what type of an interaction there is between the spirit and the body, including, especially, the brain.

Any kind of failure in any part of the body, which causes death, can also be sufficient for the nervous system to stop operating.
However, as scientifically established, certain cells of the brain continue to live for some time more after death, scientists have been making studies to receive signals from the brain after death through those cells.
If they succeed in doing so and can decipher those signals, it will be useful, especially, in criminology, in bringing to light the crimes whose authors have remained unknown.
"Life – it has a meaning and loving purpose - you just have to find your purpose and live it."
 Live every day as if it were your last, because one of these days you will be right.
 What people, possessions and experiences give meaning to your life?

Most importantly is this:
Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) created us, and we know that we should only worship Him.
This is an instinct Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) has created us with. He did not just leave us, rather He sent prophets for us.
 These prophets had miracles as proof. The miracle for us today is the Quran.
There is no other religion that worships only Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD), and believes in Him as totally perfect, and believes in all of His prophets, and scriptures.

“Verily! Man is in loss, except those who believe and do righteous good deeds, and recommend one another to the truth, and recommend one another to patience.” [Al-Quran 103:1-3]
Our purpose in this life is to recognize The Creator, to be grateful to Him, to worship Him, to surrender ourselves to Him and to obey the laws that He has determined for us. It means worship is our purpose in life.
 Whatever we do in the course of that worship, [i.e., Walking, eating, sleeping, dressing, working, enjoying,] between birth and death is consequential and subject to His orders.
But the main reason for our creation is worship. I don't think anyone who is analytical or scientific will have much of an argument with that purpose.
They may have some other reason with themselves-but that is something they have to deal with between themselves and Almighty Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD).

Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD)’s Apostle used to say: at the time of difficulty, “None has the right to be worshipped but Almighty Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD).
 The Majestic and the Most Forbearing: None has the right to be worshipped but Almighty Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD), the Lord of the Tremendous Throne. None has the right to be worshipped but Almighty Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD), the Lord of the Heavens and the Lord of the Honorable Throne (Sahih Bukhari, Volume 9, Book 93, and Number 526).

Ask for forgiveness from Almighty Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) -The All-Forgiving
Thus, “Ghâfir”, “Ghafoor” and “Ghaffar” are all used to the same purport in the Quran, for they are derived from the same Arabic root, “Al-Maghfirah” (Forgiveness).

Some scholars said: “A person who disobeys Almighty Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) is described in the Holy Quran as being “Zhalim”, “Zhaloum” or “Zhallam”.
If a man is “Zhalim” (a wrong-doer), Almighty Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) is “Ghâfir” (the Forgiver); if a man is “Zhaloum” (does a lot of injustice to himself), Almighty Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) is “Ghafoor” (the All-Forgiving); and if a man is “Zhallam” (frequently does wrong to himself), Almighty Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) is “Ghaffar” (the Oft-Forgiving).

In other words, the way man commits sins or does wrong to himself determine the way in which Almighty Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) responds and forgives such sins or wrong-doings.
Almighty Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD)’s name “Al-Ghâfir”, some scholars said, means that He forgives your sin in the sense that He obliterates it from the Scrolls of your deeds, His name “Al-Ghafoor” means that He obliterates your sins from the Records of the Scribes (Angels who record man’s deeds), and His name “Al-Ghaffar” means that He makes you forget such sins altogether.
Almighty Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) is “Al-Ghaffar” that He veils a believer’s sins and misdeeds and does not show them. For that, if a believer were to see the evil things that he formerly did when he was ignorant and heedless, he would get burnt of regret. When a believer turns to Almighty Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) with repentance, He forgives him and his sins. But if he were to remember the evil things that he did in times of ignorance, he would bite his fingers of regret.

Therefore, due to His infinite divine mercy upon believers in Paradise, Almighty Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) veils all their sins and misdeeds, so that neither they nor anyone else can see any of such sins or misdeeds. That is why Almighty Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) says: {The Forgiver of sin, the Acceptor of repentance, the Severe in punishment, the Bestowal of Favors, there is no god but He, to Him is the Final Return} (Ghâfir 40: 3)

In interpretation of the above Quranic verses, some scholars said: {Almighty Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) forgives sins out of His Bounty; He accepts repentance out of His Grace; He is Severe in punishing disbelievers; and He bestows His Favors upon those whom He loves.
Time does not wait for any one; stop wasting your time chasing after dunya (worldly things).These my friends you will not take with you all is left here. You came alone and alone you shall go to your grave.

Ask forgiveness   That is why Almighty Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) says: {The Forgiver of sin, the Acceptor of repentance, the Severe in punishment, the Bestowal of Favors, there is no god but He, to Him is the Final Return} (Ghâfir 40: 3)

May Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) make us all from those whose deeds are done in accordance with the Sunnah, deeds that are done sincerely for the sake of Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD)?
May Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) help us to do that which He loves and which pleases Him?
May Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) make our efforts sincere and keep us all on the straight path...........
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