Reliance School presents Ideals of Imam Hussain

Moulana S. M. Zaki Baqri of Canada
Delivered the Lecture

Bangalore: Karbala is one of the cities of Iraq where many people were killed at a religious gathering recently. Imam Hussain(Pbuh), the grandson of Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh), stood for the rights of humanity during the reign of Yazeed, who was a corrupt leader and wanted to enslave humanity. Imam Hussain outrightly rejected the demand for his allegiance. In order to show his strength, Yazeed gathered more than 30.000 troops against the Imam and his small army, on the 10th day of Muharram 61st Hijri (lunar calendar) about 1360 years ago. The slogan of the Imam was not to budge against the inhuman forces of Yazeed. The Imam’s mission was to make people realise the grave mistake they were doing following a corrupt leader like Yazeed. “Honourable death is better than a disgraceful life,” this was the slogan of Imam Hussain. The war between the two forces was on, and the result was obvious as the Imam had a small army of 72, and this army has been crushed by the forces of Yazeed. After the event of Karbala, the followers of the Imam gained power against Yazeed. Very soon, the reign of Yazeed was defeated. The message of the Imam is clear that one should not budge against the forces of falsehood although you may not be very powerful. This event has been commemorated all over the world during the time of Muharram. Reliance School, Bangalore also held such a gathering for the benefit of all humanity.

Non Muslims’ Rights to Life with Dignity

Non Muslims’ Rights to Life with Dignity

By S.M.Masoom Abidi

Allah says in the glorious Qur’an:
We have honored the children of Adam, carried them on the land and the sea, given them pure sustenance and exalted them above most of My creatures. (Al-Qur’an 17:70)

he aspect of dignity of humankind in general is stressed upon by the Prophet (pbuh) in his saying “Whenever you see a funeral procession, stand up till the procession goes ahead of you…”

Moreover, the Prophet himself practically demonstrated what he said. “Once a funeral procession passed in front of the Prophet and he stood up. When he was told that it was the coffin of a Jew, he said, ‘Is it not a living being (soul)?’ “ (Sahih Bukhari, Vol. 2, Hadith 399)

As a result of such teachings,Annie Besant writes in her book ‘The Life And Teachings Of Muhammad’:

“It is impossible for anyone who studies the life and character of the great Prophet of Arabia, who knows how he taught and how he lived, to feel anything but reverence for that mighty Prophet, one of the great messengers of the Supreme. And although in what I put to you I shall say many things which may be familiar to many, yet I myself feel whenever I re-read them, a new way of admiration, a new sense of reverence for that mighty Arabian teacher.”

It is amongst the rights of Non-Muslims that their “gods” are not mocked. Says Allah in the Qur’an: “ Believers, do not say bad words against the idols lest they (pagans) in their hostility and ignorance say such words against God. We have made every nation’s deeds seem attractive to them. One day they will all return to their Lord who will inform them of all that they have done. (6:108).” (Al-Qur’an 6:108)

I believe that there is no religion on the face of the earth other than Islam that gives more rights to the people of other faiths. No matter in what traditions, civilizations or nationality other than Islam man lives and has lived in any era, mankind has never achieved, nor will ever achieve a higher status than that which he would achieve in the shade of Islam, the religion of truth.

The Will of Babar

Babar was the First Moghul Emperor. Babar was an Afghan, who invaded India, settled in Delhi, and is buried in Kabul.

The following is His advice to his son Humayun.
Do not demolish or damage places of worship of any faith and dispense full justice to all to ensure peace in the country. Islam can better be preached by the sword of love and affection, rather than the sword of tyranny and persecution. Avoid the differences between the shias and sunnis.Hazrath Ali(a.s) says in nahjulbalagha”

“Man is either your brother in religion or your brother in humanity”

(Imam Ali – successor to the Holy Prophet)-

BY Syed Mohammad Masoo Abidi

No Women in the World Enjoy Perhaps a Better Status Than the Women of Iran

No Women in the World Enjoy Perhaps a Better Status Than the Women of Iran

By Dr Javed Jamil

 

iraan.jpgWhen I landed on Ayatollah Khomeini Airport , Tehran , I already anticipated I was entering a country which was different from most of the other countries. As I was taken out of the Airport by the staff of the Government of Iran and taken to Laleh International Hotel, the difference started unfolding itself. What attracted my first attention were the hoardings on the roadside. They were beautifully decorated with written messages in Iranian Nastalikh, but unlike India and Western countries, there were no pictures of naked women selling commercial items. There were of course no casinos and bars, no evidence of any night life. The road was full of long cars, and I was told that most of them had been manufactured domestically. By the time I checked in the hotel I was convinced that I was in Khomeini’s Iran which had a beautiful blend of Islam, Persian culture and modernity.

I stayed in Iran for 8 days. Right on the first day, I was introduced to the participants from 19 countries. I was told that I was the only Indian to have been invited, and only second one in the last fifteen years’ history of Qur’an exhibition. The other one was some calligrapher from Hyderabad who attended the exhibition several years back. The participants belonged to two categories: artists and Quranic scholars. I obviously belonged to the second category. The countries that had their representatives included Britain, Russia, China, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Bosnia, Georgia, Turkey, Palestine and Rumania.

The exhibition was just unbelievable. The decoration was fabulous, and the calligraphy, books and paintings related to Qur’an were too beautiful to believe. People in large numbers thronged to see the exhibition. I think nowhere else such a Qur’an exhibition was organized at this big level. I was particularly pleased to see that the emphasis in Iran has shifted to the Qur’an in a big way. Qur’anic centers are burgeoning all over Tehran . Of course, Iranians have huge faith in Ahl- e-Bait but they do not make issue of it the way some Indian Shia tend to do. However, I felt that the exhibition would have served the purpose better if the emphasis was on the content of the Qur’an rather than simply the Qur’anic arts. I told this to Mr. Hashmi, the chief organizer of the conference, and I have been requested to submit my plan for the next exhibition. I will Insha Allah prepare a format that will enable the visitors to understand the messages of the Holy Book.

The International Conference on Qur’an that was earlier planned was cancelled due to unknown reasons but I had the opportunity to explain my ideas of Applied Studies of Qur’an to several small groups. I explained to them that we have had been studying Tafsir of Quran for a long time, but now we must concentrate on the application of Quranic knowledge and guidance in various fields. We must endeavor to pursue Qur’anic commands at the world level in a way that the whole mankind benefits from the great social, economic and moral values of Islam.

There is a lot of propaganda in West about the status of women in Iran . What I found was a different picture altogether. I can say it for sure that no women in the world enjoy perhaps a better status than the women of Iran . Women are everywhere to see. They are in almost all the offices and the business centers. They form more than half of the population of the universities. They can be seen moving with aplomb and dignity. They are most elegantly dressed, with long shirts and Jeans and the headscarves covering all or part of the head. They are of course arguably the most beautiful women of the world. They confidently talk with men wherever required. There are no evidences of their commercial exploitation. The crimes against women are negligible compared to West. There are a very few cases of rapes, there are no teenage pregnancies (if there are any at all, they are hardly known). Most of the girls marry boys of their own choice and the government of Iran helps them marry as soon as they want to. I had a discussion with a woman who seemed to be Western minded in her approach, and criticized Islamic republic for not giving women freedom to dress. When I told her that if there was a curb on women’s dress, it was in fact a curb on men, she ultimately seemed to agree. If women wear revealing dresses, I asked her, who enjoys this site most. Men, obviously. I saw in Iran Empowerment of Women with Security. And this is what Islam prescribes. Not the Western style empowerment which has become only a tool for exploiting women by the forces of bazaar. Empowerment without security has no meaning at all.

The most wonderful spectacle of the trip to Iran was reserved for the last day of my stay in Tehran . It was the Juma Prayer at Tehran university. A gathering of about 1.5 million was there. We had the honor to get the place just behind the Imam. Ayatollah Jannati discussed the world situation in some length in his 45 minute long Khutba in Farsi. The fervor and enthusiasm of the people was worth watching. And the credit goes to the administration that it made extraordinary arrangements to handle such a big crowd.

I returned back hugely satisfied with the trip. The only negative thing I noticed was the extraordinary feeling of Persian nationalism in the minds of Iranian people. This can prove counterproductive in the long run.