Why we neglect to cure disease of soul (ignorance)

ignorance It is very easy to meet a person who is searching a good doctor for his sick son. ask him why he do not go to any nearest Dr.? why he is searching the best? He will say this is a Question of his son’s life.

You can also meet a person  searching a good hotel for lunch or dinner, ask him why he is searching a good hotel? He will say this is a question of his Health.

Imam hassan (a.s.) says: I wonder those who think about their body’s food, but do not think about their soul’s food. they keep away disturbing food from their belly, but fill up their heart with destructive subjects.

In current era there are many ways of misguiding a common person (knowingly and unknowingly both)specially media, different propagandas are launched from various sources and among those sources unfortunately one source is MULLA (A person who does not have sufficient knowledge of Islam and Rulings of Maraje and with the limited knowledge he starts guiding people, sometimes on your TV screen and sometimes from mimbar.

Why we do not try to search the learned scholar to cure  disease of  soul (ignorance)?

Jisay “Naan-E-Jaween” Bakhsha Hai TU Ne,
Usay “Bazoo-E-Haider” Bhi Ataa Kar
(Whom YOU (Allah) have granted hobbies like Hazrat Ali please grant him the courage like Ali too.)



S.M . MAsoom
Mumbai, India

Taking account of oneself

 2009-12-29-2120-555 Accounting is a characteristic found in human nature, irrespective of his country, ancestry, community or religion. Man is always preoccupied about things that shall benefit or harm him, he is always worried about his future, his wealth, property and about other things. His mind is always analysing his strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.

Accounting is of various kinds. Generally, man takes an account of those things that are related to this temporary world. At such times, he forgets that there is someone else too, who is taking (his) account and whose rewards are everlasting. He is so absorbed in the accounting of this colourful and attractive world, that he has forgotten the terrifying accounting that shall take place in the grave or the impartial accounting of the Day of Mahshar. Man is busy in finding faults in others. He forgets to take account of himself and see how much he is immersed in sins and how many flaws lie within his own self.

Rather, man should make his own self so strong and powerful, that it becomes his advisor. The ’self’ of man should exhort him towards all obligatory acts and refrain him from committing all prohibited acts. Today, so much time is being wasted in backbiting, accusing others, watching television and committing other sins. Man must realise that everything will be accounted for. The way you trained your children, the way you spent your money, whether you have usurped any one’s right, even if it is a material right, to the extent that even if you have done good or evil of the size of a mustard seed, it will be accounted for. The Day of Judgment is also referred to as ‘The Day of Cheating’ or ‘The Day of Lamenting’. As Allah mentions in Holy Quran:
‘And whatever is in your heart-whether you conceal it or manifest it-Allah will most sorely account you for it’.

It is for this very reason that Holy Prophet (s.a.w.) has narrated,
‘Take account (of your deeds) yourself before you are taken account of (by Allah)’.

(Beharul Anwar, 70/ 73)

Take account of yourself before the weighing scale is established. And be prepared for a great accounting.

Just as man carries a watch in order in order to keep track of time, in the same manner, he should assign a watch for himself that will keep a track of his daily activities. He should check everyday the actions that are beneficial to him and the actions that harm him. Every night when we lie down on the bed, we should analyse our entire day and scrutinize each and every of our actions. ‘What did we eat?’ ‘What did we earn?’ ‘Did we commit any sin?’ At the same time we should also remember about the Day of Qiyamat. If we find that we have performed good actions, then we should praise Allah and if we find that we have performed bad actions, then we should seek forgiveness from Him and resolve not to repeat them.

It was asked from Hazrat Ali (a.s.): ‘How should a person take account of himself?’ He (a.s) replied
‘When a person ends his day, then he should turn towards himself and say ‘O self! This day that has passed will not return. Allah will ask you about how you wasted your day. He will ask you about the actions you performed, whether you remembered Him and praised Him? Whether you fulfilled a right of your fellow believer? Did you remove a difficulty that befell upon a believer? Did you protect his children in his absence? Did you safeguard his rights after his death? Did you -on account of your position- prevent anyone from backbiting your believing brother? Did you help any Muslim throughout the day?

Thus every man should ponder over his actions that he has performed during the day. If he finds that he has done good actions, then he should praise Allah for giving him the opportunity (taufeeq). But if he finds that he has committed sins, then he should seek forgiveness from Allah and make a firm intention that he shall not repeat that act again.

Then let us be strict with ourselves every time we account for ourselves, just as a master is strict with his slave. Or as a partner takes account of another partner. So account of yourself before your account is taken which will be so severe that there shall be no scope for rectification.

Tabligh e Islam and the media (internet)

30866 Early Muslim scholars relied upon ‘word of mouth’ to spread the Final Message of Allah and many spent months traveling by horse or camel to share the glad tidings of Islam with others.

The endeavor was enormous, grueling, time-consuming and extremely difficult as extenuating circumstances often interfered with the cause.Tribal wars, unfavorable weather, and poor equipment were just a few of the kinks that often hampered the effort of traveling for the sake of da’wah.

Now fast forward a thousand or so years to our current ‘Internet Age,’ which makes communicating and spreading the message of Islam as fast as the speed of light.

The Internet is the most successful modern-day da’wah tool in the history of Islam. Authentic Islamic information is available with just a few strokes of the keyboard. Translations of the Holy Qur’an are available for download on Islamic Web sites in just about every language known to man.

And every action, word, and deed that Prophet Muhammad and ahlulbayt lived can easily by accessed on the Internet with just a couple of clicks on the mouse.

Boon for newly converted Muslims.

Prior to the Internet it was difficult for new Muslims, or even born Muslims seeking to refresh their Islamic knowledge base, to learn about their faith. They were wholly reliant upon finding Islamic knowledge from books in their native language. However, the pickings were quite scarce.

These days new Muslims, and even non-Muslims interested in learning more about Islam, need only to surf the World Wide Web to learn more about the world’s fastest growing religion. In fact, many new converts to Islam often reveal that the Internet was an integral part of their choice to embrace Islam, as they either met a Muslim online who helped answer their questions or found the information themselves on an Islamic Web site.

As equally as the Internet is a powerful tool for promulgating the message of Islam, so too is it a powerful force for damaging it. The enemies of Islam have constructed their own fake Web sites that are made to look ‘Islamic’ so as to lead Muslims astray. 

Some of these adversaries have created hate-monger Web sites that blatantly attack Islam and Muslims. Extreme caution and common sense must be exercised when relying on the Internet for Islamic knowledge.

Islamic webmasters face a great responsibility in ensuring that all the web content of their Web site adheres strictly to the teachings of the Qur’an and the Prophet.Muslim preachers, many of them volunteers, usually take two to three hours to reach a mosque within their own city to deliver a sermon. That’s why I encourage scholars to spread the word through broader masses through the Web,"

The Media and Its Affect on the Conduct of the Youths

The Media and Its Affect on the Conduct of the Youths.

DSCF1563 In our present world, the means of communication and conveying thoughts and information, has developed rapidly, seeming to travel at the speed of light and sound, and reaches every angle of the world within a few seconds.

There are a great number of institutions, equipment and special devices for mass enlightenment, establishing general opinions and individual resolutions.

In addition, the means of communication and information, like television, radio, internal waves, computers, newspapers, books, magazines...have become the dominant power upon the thoughts and a means of establishing a pattern for conduct.

Therefore, the media contributes in the establishment of political thoughts, as well as, individual positions and thoughts, and it contributes immensely, especially the pictorial type, like, television, cinema, Video, and pornographic magazines, in affecting the general thought and conduct of the people.

The youths - especially at the puberty stage - are active and ready, more than other people, to copy other personalities, and are influenced by the people who appear on the screen of television or cinema.

They are influenced by other people who play a vital role in the political, social and revolutionary arena, as well as, great historical heroes. This is because a youth - whether male or female - is in the stage of building his or her personality. Therefore, he or she needs someone to copy.

Since instinct and desires, especially the sexual instinct, are at their highest peak and putting pressure on the youths, so they are looking for a solution to it, therefore, the media have contributed, immensely, in stirring and arousing the sexual instinct by means of pornographic and seductive films, pictures, stories, as well as, cultures, like the use of guerilla warfare tactics and aggression in films which contribute, a lot, in deviating the youths and teaching them criminal acts. In view of this, some governments are prohibiting the showing of pornographic and guerilla warfare films, often prohibiting the youth from attending the theaters where these films are shown.

The result of the statistics on viewing videos conducted by Dr. Alexander Aldila in Lebanon shows that: "The viewing of social and emotional films wins the first position while detective films win the second position..."(The Role of Communication and Information in a Complete Personality, page 315.)

Another report states that: The studies conducted in the U.S on 110 people in a corrections institute show that 49% of them got the desire of carrying weapons from watching the cinema and 12-21 % of them found the audacity to steal and kill police from the same source.

While the studies conducted on 252 deviated young girls, between the ages of 14-18, shows that 25% of them had sexual relationships as a result of watching pornographic films in the cinema and 41 % of them were led to glamorous ceremonies, night theaters and 54% of them cut school in order to watch films, while 17% of them left their homes as a result of the conflict between them and their family on going to the cinema.

A W.H.O report and, also, a French Judge, about the factors of deviation, say: "I don't have any doubt that some films, especially detective films, play a great, harmful role in most of the cases."

A questionnaire and cross examination on 1344 personalities conducted in Britain on the relationship between the cinema and corruption of children under 16, found that 600 of them answered that there is a relationship between the cinema and children's deviation.

Other studies also show that most of the stealing and robbing, which happens in the West, has an effect from the cinema.(Ali Muhammad Ja'afar, Abdath al-Munharifun, page 81)

At last, it can be concluded that watching emotional films, pornographic and detective films is corrupting people, and furthermore, as scientific studies confirm, the youth at this stage, can be influenced by all this, because he is on the verge of his growth.

From all these statistics, we can deduce that the work of the mass media in the formation of emotions and conduct involving instinct, as well as, copying the role of the heroes, is important.


Youths and Friendship

hhhhhhh Whoever thinks and ponders on Islamic ideology, rules, worships, morals, values and teachings, will surely find it complete without any shortcoming, and it works towards the building of a condusive social atmosphere and joining relationships between the human race. In view of this, it calls to choose friends and companions and form brotherhoods and love relations between the members of the Islamic society.

Islam, after thorough considerations, has, also, enacted laws and fundamentals for arranging and organizing the friendship relationship.

The Holy Qur’an, in different places, talks about friends and friendship.

In this regard, Allah, the Most High, says:”The friends shall on that Day be enemies one to another, except those who guard (against evil).“Holy Qur’an (Adornments 43:67)

And the Day when the unjust one shall bite his hands, saying: O! would that I had taken a way with the Apostle. O woe is me! would that I had not taken such a one for a friend! Certainly he led me astray from the reminder after it had come to me; and Satan fails to aid man.“Holy Qur’an (The Criterion 25:27-29)

In these verses, the Holy Qur’an talks about two types of friends:

1. The good friends are those who benefit their friends and companions through their sincere friendship and call them towards goodness.

2. And the bad friends are those who direct their companions towards evil, corruption and crime, and will change to enemies and are a cause of harm and calamities.

The social facts confirm that bad friends and companions are secret enemies who carry evil and enmity towards their companions. And how many times does a thorough study of crime and experiences disclose aggressive crimes, such as, manslaughter, theft and assaults occurring from the bad friends toward their companions, whether both parties are evil doers or their victims who deceive their friendship.

Therefore, it is necessary for the youths to know the personality of that person and his social, and moral identity and the reasons for his friendship and his personal behavior. They should not choose anyone as a friend unless he is good and can help and lead him towards good, love and security.

The Holy Qur’an warns against such bad friends, as the Almighty’s saying:

Then shall some of them advance to others, questioning each other. A speaker from among them shall say: Surely I had a comrade of mine, who said: What! Are you indeed of those who accept (the truth?) What! When we are dead and have become dust and bones, shall we then be certainly brought to judgement? He shall say: Will you look on? Then He looked down and saw him in the midst of Hell. He shall say: By Allah! You had almost caused me to perish: And had it not been for the favour of my Lord, I would have certainly been among those brought up.

Holy Qur’an (Those Ranged in Ranks 37:50-57)

The Holy Qur’an has outlined how a bad friend will transgress over his companion, and does bad things to him. He will neither protect him nor sacrifice for his friends in times of difficulties, nor will he be faithful for his friendship and brotherhood.

By this explanation, the Holy Qur’an shows that good friends are few in number, and that most of the bad friends oppress their companions. Allah, the Almighty, says:

…and most surely most of the partners act wrongfully towards one another, save those who believe and do good and very few are they…“Holy Qur’an (Suad 38:24)

And surely we will understand Islamic concerns towards social friendship and brotherhood through the deeds of the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.), because he is the one who founded the system of brotherhood and friendship between the Muhajirin (emigrants) and the Ansar (helpers – People of Medina) and ordered them in his saying: “Make brotherhood for the sake of Allah: Two brothers two brothers; there upon he took the hand of Ali bin Abi Talib (a.s.) and said: `This is my brother’, then he made a brotherhood between the Muhajirin and Ansar: He made Hamzah a brother to Zaid bin Harith, Ja’afar al-Tayyar to Mu’az bin Jabal, Abu bakr to Kharijah bin Zuhair and…etc.’”(Sirat ibn Hisham, vol. 2, page. 150.)

And, thus, he established brotherhood among his companions. The religious scholars have outlined the social and ideological aims of this brotherhood. As-Sahili said:

“The Prophet (s.a.w.) had established brotherhood among his companions when they reached Medina, so as to wipe away the painfulness of being strangers and as a relief for them from the sorrow of separation from their families and relatives and to join the strength of each other…”(Footnote of sirat ibn Hisham, vol. 2 page 150)

In one of his sermons, Imam Ali (a.s) recommended the choosing of brothers, where he said:

“I am enjoining you (to choose) brothers, because they are the instruments of this world, as well as, the Hereafter; do you not hear the saying of the dwellers of hell: `We have no intercessor and, likewise, not a good companion.”(al-Tabari, Mishkat-ul Anwar, page 187. 1385 A.H. edition.)

Imam Ja’far bin Muhammad as-Sadiq (a.s.) also talks on the importance of brotherhood and friendship, when he says: “A servant will not be a brother for Allah’s sake except for that he has a place in Paradise.”(Ibid, page 188)

From these teachings and social guidelines, we can understand the value of friendship and brotherhood in its meaning and foundations.

Islam sees man as a social being in his nature, who has social instinct and harmony in his self, and hates isolation and loneliness.

Because the condition of isolation and introversion is harmful for the individual, his social and psychological conditions and human life in its nature, especially in our present era, witnesses continuous human activity.

Hence, man starts intermingling with others from the beginning of the stage of childhood. A child, in the beginning of his life, starts to intermingle with other small children in kindergarten and primary school and with the children in his neighborhood.

And in the youth and puberty stage, the social instinct grows and the social effects increase, and push a youth toward the formation of relationship and friendship with others, as well as, joining political and social groups and, likewise, sports and work clubs…etc. He also intermingles with others in schools, universities and districts, thereby he chooses friends and companions as an impulse of his social nature.

This friendship and companionship has its own psychological impulse and effect on the psychological condition and behavior, as well as, on the individual’s future and his thoughts in life. It may also possess negative effects which will direct the youth toward evil, deviation and calamity which has no solution, and it has its own positive results on the individual and his mode of life if such a social instinct and having relationship with friends, is directed in a good manner, like the intermingling of a young man with friends having good and right behavior or a young girl with other good and righteous girls.

A man gains from others, especially in this stage, and be influenced by them, as they also gain from him and are influenced by him even though the rate of the influence depends on the individual’s power and the capability of acceptance.

It can be said that the impulses of friendship, in the youth and puberty stage, can be seen in:

1. Occupying the psychological vacuum, and a cure for the feelings of loneliness and isolation. Imam as-Sadiq (a.s.) outlined the role of friendship and companionship in solving this psychological problem, when he said: “If one lives in the state of distress, he should inform his brother, and should not depend on his self.”(Ibid, chapter for, part one – Choosing brothers, page 186, 1385 A.H. edition)

2. Exchanging the feelings of love and affection. Because a man, in this stage, has a great capability of sentiment, therefore, he is in need of such feelings of others’ love toward himself and his love toward others and disclosing what is in his mind and self. Disclosing secrets is a dangerous issue, and, although, it is necessary for him, whatever the stage of his confidence with others, he should hide his most important secrets. However, love in Islam depends on the basis of loyalty and allegiance, pure conduct and spritual relation.

In this regard, Imam As-Sadiq (a.s.) summarises the greatness of love in Islam, when he says:

“Is there anything in religion other than love that Allah, the Most High, says: `If you love Allah, then follow Me, Allah will love you.’”(al-Majlisi, Bhar-ul Anwar, vol. 69, page 237.)

Hence, Islam regards love and mutual harmony as an introduction to good and righteousness in mankind.

3. Feeling of the neccessity of mutual cooperation with others, and living together with them. Indeed, the feeling for the need of others and cooperating with them in life’s problems, is a major issue in man’s life, and which will occupy himself, whether he feels it or not.

However, choosing friends and companions, is among the sources of satisfying this psychological need, therefore, man needs the help of others, materially and spiritually. The existence of brothers and friends plays a great role in solving the material and spiritual problems, because so often, friends return to their friends and companions in order to rescue themselves from their own calamities, as well as, solving their problems.

Surely, Islam has urged (mankind) toward solving others’ needs, helping them and cooperating with them. Allah, the Most High says:

…and help one another in goodness and piety, and do not help one another in sin and aggression;…“Holy Qur’an (The Table Spread 5:2)

This verse explains that bad friends are those who cooperate in the committing of crimes and wrongdoing and prohibits this, then, it calls for the cooperation in good things and righteousness. Indeed, satisfying others’ needs is among the greatest evidence and proof of good and righteousness. It is reported from Imam As-Sadiq (a.s.) that: “Whoever strives toward satisfying his brother’s need is like the one who performs circumbulation around Safa and Marwa.”(Ibid, vol. 78, page 281)

All Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds.