I sit pensively in front of my PC, my modern-day qalam (pen), trying to capture my thoughts and shape in words the echoes of my heart Words may be mere symbols, but they do carry meaning, express feelings and convey ideas. Through words we are able to communicate with one another, understand experiences, shape expectations and even relate our dreams and aspirations. Through these words I relate, but relate in silence.
Silence of the night
I am humbled by the silence of the night, confronted by the turbulence of my soul. How true the words of the Almighty, "Surely in the long wake of the night, the soul is most receptive and the words more telling. " (Quran 73:6)
There is perhaps a higher purpose behind Allah's choosing the night (Layla-tul-Qadr) for the commencement of the final revelation. The night is indeed conducive to quietness, serenity, peacefulness and tranquility; suitable for the nourishment of the soul.
Night of Power
I reflect on the most auspicious of all nights, Layla-tul-Qadr, the Night of Power, the Night of Majesty, the Night of Grandeur, the Night of Dignity of Destiny and Determination. A night "greater in value than a thousand months". A night celebrated by Muslims throughout the world, a night of historic significance marking the commencement of the final divine communique', a revelation that affected the fate of nations and their destiny, changing the course of history.
Layla-tul-Qadr carries with it "peace until the dawn" implying that the realization of the sanctity of this night could act as a shield against all forms of things unsavory, improper; allowing those who live by what was revealed on that night to experience tranquility and peace with peace of mind.
I can not but help and reflect on the condition of those who commemorate this night with me. Images come to my mind that grip the very the essence of my conscience, shaking the core of my being in the darkness of the night. Images of the refugees of Afghanistan and Syria, of the poverty-stricken in Somali, of the abused in Kashmir, of the homeless in Palestine, the orphans in Chechnya, Bosnia and Yemen and of the humiliated in Iraq. Yes, they too belong to my faith tradition; they too commemorate the Night of Power and the Night of Peace; but they have neither power nor peace. They are Believers who are neither safe nor secure, living in degradation, bearing the brunt of Muslim subjugation and disunity, crying exasperated cries of desperation, while enduring the obscenities of history.
I reflect on the Night of Power, those it empowered, the once powerful, now powerless. Muslims; once the bearers of the torch of civilization, now victims of global injustice. Never in history has a community of faith been so displaced, so victimized on such a large scale as the ummah in the last 37 years. The fact that over sixty percent of all world refugees at present are Muslims bears testimony to that.
All our collective mechanisms of religiosity, spirituality, activism and intellectualism are unable to cover the ugliness of the absence of power; not the power to conquer, merely the power to at least safeguard the innocent amongst our own.
Fasting is prescribed for us as it was prescribed for those (religious ones) before us that we may learn and thereby practice self restraint.
May Allah send blessings upon the noble Prophet Muhammad (saws) his family, companions and righteous predecessors until the Day of Rising. Ameen.
May Allah Sunhana WaTala guide the Ummah back to it's glory,May He Bless each one of us with Siraatal Mustaqeem.Aameen.
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A very beautiful and well written article but i would like to say that the comparison u r drawing between the night of power and the powerless muslims is not so comparable or relevant. Its almost as if u r complaining or blaming night of power for the powerless. Do most of the muslims know about the importance of that night? I would say that even if the refugees together prayed in a big group in last odd nights of ramadan and got the night of qadr, their prayers would be heard. But trouble is there is no sincerity or knowledge about islam as there should be. People claim big but really we must not sit satisfied that by reading a few books or developing an islamic site we have mastered this universe of ilm and light. The night of qadr is silent because we muslims are silent because we dont know what this night means, we are involved in so much anti and non islamic media activities and thinking everyday that we just cant grasp the real importance of these nights.
PLease i appeal to u, there is a modern way of thinking on islam which has come to accept the least and minimum act as something which should bring u the right and light of religion. but though minimum is necessary it is just te minimum. I see so many muslims mix islam with modern day concepts and think it is so islamic. it might not be NON islamic, but really these mixed acts will not bring you the ikhlas and the purity required to make use of the full benefits of nights like qadr orother prayers nawafil etc. But at the end i must say we ust keep trying and try not ot MIX islam with other things. If u do them, keep them separate and think them wrong, do not change the definition of islamic commands and try to make islamic what is not. These thingsdont let us have thecomplete powerof prayer.And if u have revenge on your mind and if u r looking for littlethings to cal them your insult and then create a chaos through the earth, how can u achieve purit
As salaamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullah.
Truly; how many short years of my own life have i as muslim, failed to understand and achieve the essential glory of our sublime deen? And the injustice and disunity; the personal shortcomings and the borders and barriers within our noble ranks? The time will surely come when Allah(swt) deen will rise again. I pray i am blessed to be numbered amongst the true believers.
I think so that I want do some for word wide Muslims.when i see poor refugees of afghanistan and every poverty of word wide Muslims.why some Muslim countrys are looking with silens.I would be happy if you send me further information that what I and we can do as a Muslim brothers for Muslim humanity.
the violence I unforntunatly must say will not cease and with warring presidents with such a powerful say in this world prayer and strength in numbers is all we have.
love and unite
Words have 'rouh'.It is Lailatu'lghadr - The Night of Fate'.Power is only for the Creator.
Muslims suffer or enjoy and the outcome is one
when they endure or give thanks.Only when the
deed is done that a Shaheed gets rewarded.What
is happenning, must come to pass, remember:'Oh
Ibad'Allahi stand your ground', or as he said,
salla'Allahu alayhi wa sallam.Read the Hadieth
and the Qur'an, where it is mentioned and all
will be clear to you.'Afala yatadabbarouna'l
Qur'ana am a'la ghoulubin aghfaluha'.
Find out as a muslim, what your duty is and do
it, or else keep your peace, wassalam.
My Beloved Brothers and Sisters:
Assalamu Alaikum -
The time now is for work, for spending in Allah's path, for comforting the miserable, and for answering back Allah's enemy wherever they are and with whatever means possible. Know that Allah has explained suffering to us; it's one of three reasons:
1. Payback for our sins,
2. A test,
3. A cleansing act.
Remember, Oh loved ones, that Allah tells us that he will confirm whatever we think of him, which is why the Prophet (PBUH) says think only good thoughts of Allah. Remember that only goodness comes from Allah.
Allah raises nations and puts down others: where are the Mongols, the Persians, the Romans and, most recently, the Soviets? History. Each one of those was like unto America is these days. I want all to remember one thing most of all: that Allah, Most wise and Most Able, does what pleases him; this is His dominion. He, Most High, has said: don't be fooled by the power and might of the disbelievers in the lands, it's but a transient time before they are turned to Hell.
Watch yourselves, tally and question your deeds, their motives, and their end results; and work hard -work good deeds as much as you can and avoid evil as best you can. Who are we? Are we not the Muslims -the only people on this earth with safeguarded message, the only people on this earth who worship Allah with no partners beside him -are we not? Then we are leaps and bounds ahead of others. Ours is not this world, do not lose sight of this. Ours is the hereafter. Each one of us should be a little philosophical: there will come a time when we are in a different land, in a different realm wondering: how long did we live, how easy we were brought back, what good were our lives except for the deeds that may save us now. Work hard my beloved brothers and sisters, and have comfort in Allah's words: It is a promise upon us to make the believers victorious.
Allah is the forgiving most merciful. Even though we have made mistakes, Allah will answer our prayers on this night of power. This suffering that is inflicted upon us will bring us closer to our deen. I know that it has for me. Our Prophet (PBUH) foretold what would happen after Isa returns. we suffer now but inshallah paradise will be ours in the end. This was a beautiful article that you wrote. May Allah reward you, and may Allah forgive me for anything that I have said wrong.
we are powerless because of our own doings,if we correct our selves give up shirk and bidda ( inovations in deen ) go back to the quran and sunna then help from allah will come untill we change our selves allah will not change our condition as allah swt said in the quran, every one should look at them selves and make that change today and ensha-allah ouer prayers will be excepted.
Why are we powerless? Allah says in the Holy Quran:24:55-"Allah has promised those of you who believe and do good works to make them masters in the land as He had made their ancestors before them, to strengthen the Faith He chose for them, and to change their fears to safety". It is the exact opposite that's happening to Muslims today, in almost every part of the world, we are being humiliated, our rights are being trampled upon, no where can we see the glory of Islam. Allah's promise is TRUE! Why are we not in the shade of Allah, we should reflect, we are the ones to blame. We have refused to correct the evil we see around us except for a few, a famous hadith of the prophet warns against this, when we cease to earn ourselves nothing but the displeasure of Allh, what do we expect God to do, for sure, He will turn against us, I think He has. The present state of Muslims is very sad and we brought it all on ourselves, we have no one to blame but us. We all have to wake up, this is a wake up call, if we desire to regain or bring back to life our glorious past, then the work has to start from within, not reading the quran and failing to act upon it's precepts. Only then, Will ALlah turn back to us. We should remember, Allah will not change the condition of a people, unless they change what is in ther hearts. We should admonish ourselves, and WORK on those admonitions.
I read your article,and disappointed after knowing your calibre.
If you genuinely curious to know the reasons that why
Muslims are now neither safe nor secure, living in degredation, subjugation
and disunity, victimized, displaced, once powerful but now powerless, once
the bearers of torch of civilization, you must read the last sermon of the
last Prophet (PBUH) once again and many times 'Jawab-e-Shikwah' by Allama
Iqbal. You will get all what he wants to know.
May Allah grant you more wisdom.
The answer is THE LEADERS. They are corroupt and thay have committed themselves to the service of the west instead of their own people.
The US is a CHRISTIAN country with a CHRISTIAN government. THEIR self interest will FOREVER come before anyone elses!
The Muslim UMMAH while RICH has ALL it's wealth spread within .000000000000000000000001 % of it's members.
These select few continue to serve their self interest and ONLY theirs.
Every other religion has it's wealth spread amoungst it's ranks....EXCEPT....islam!
Until this changes....THE SUFFERING WILL CONTINUE!
So, stop crying for everyone to be fair, and just and honest and whatever else to us....UNTIL...we begin being that way to ourselves!
Your article is soul inspiring and I prayed that Allah (SWT) continue to guide you aright (Amin). But, Sir, please suggest what we can do as muslims to change the current trends of things in the present world that we are.
We are powerless largely because of our own faults. As a muslim born and living in the west, I cannot see one so called Islamic coultry that I would like to live or emmigrate to.Why? ...yet so many living is so-called Islamic nations want to leave those countries to come to the west.Why? As you say most of the worlds refugee population are moslims. Why? These are the questions the we as a people of the Islamic faith need to address. Just as the problems are largely of our own making, so are the solutions within ourselves. If only we have the courage to face the truth within. I will be happy to discuss this further. Allah-hafiz.
FIRST OF ALL I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THAT BROTHER SADULLAH HAS (MARSHALLAH) A BEAUTIFUL VOICE.
WHY IS IT THAT WHEN MUSLIMS IN PALESTINE ARE KCIKED OUT OT THEIR HOUSED IN PALESTINE THE WHOLE WORLD STANDS BY AND WATCHES BUT WHEN AN ISRAELI HAD DIED THE WHOLE WORLD IS REMINDED.
ISLAM HAS SO MUCH POWER BUT SOME OF OUR NATIONS ARE MORE CONCERNED ABOUT THEIR NATIONAL DEBTS THAN THEIR FELLOW MUSLIM BROHTERS AND SISTERS.
WE CHOSE TO FOLLOW THE SHARIA SINCE DAY ONE TODAY WE DON'T GO INTO OTHER COUNTRY'S AND FORCE THEM TO FOLLOW SHARIAH THEN WHY SHOULD OTHER COUNTRY'S
BE ALLOWED TO MAKE FOLLOW DEMOCRACY, IT SEEMS TO ME THAT THE WEST THINKS THAT ISLAM IS JUST ANOTHER RELIGION BUT AS MATTER OF FACT IT'S A WAY OF LIFE.
MAY ALLAH(SAW) FORGIVE ALL MUSLIMS FOR ANY WRONG DOOING AND GUIDE US ON THE WRIGHT PATH.
I read the article on the Night of Power, and it was great. I really think it is so important to think of our brother's and sister's who are suffering globally. And in today's world it seems we are all preoccupied with how we will get by or what we can attain in this world, and so many of us have become loving of worldly things truely forgetting those in need. I pray to Allah swt that Muslims and non Muslims suffering worldwide, can gain strength and that this ummah can become strong to help those in need, and that more Muslims realize what is going on in other parts of the globe, I also pray for strength to all the orphans, and the widows, and the refugees in all nations.
Words are like magic, they change the perception of one state into another.....within seconds
I share the same feeling as what you has written,
I has a poem to share with all readers of this mail after watching a fallen rain on 25/11/02 .
THE PLACE,THE GIFTED PLACE,THE GIFTED RAIN
RAIN DROPS ON THE GIFTED PLACE, THE SHARING PLACE
RAIN DROPS ON THE TIPS OF THE LEAVES
LIKE THE TEARS DROP ON THE HUMAN FACES
THE SUDDEN SHINE OF THE TIPS OF THE RAIN DROP
THE STUNING LIGHT REFLECTION FROM THE WATER SURFACE
THE SUDDEN FEELS BETWEEN JOYS AND SORROW
LIKE A SUDDEN CALL FOR HELPS FROM THE WONDERS
AWAKEN EVERY MUSLIMS FROM THEIR DREAMS OF YESTERDAY
THE BLOSSOM FLOWERS GARDEN
THE CLEAR WATER STREAM
THE TOUGH STAND ROCKS
THE COLOURFUL RAIBOW
THE PROMISE OF ALLAH
BROTHERS & SISTERS IN SUFFER ACCROSS THE FOUR SEA AND GOOD EARTH .....NO WORDS CAN EXPRESS MY PAIN ....... ONLY OUR DUAS IN THIS SILENT NIGHT
STEADFAST IN PATIENCE AND PUT YOUR TRUST ON HIM.
will share it with others
I would recommend this to any muslim or mankind to do this once in their life time.
Also The Night of Power is very powerful with the help of Allah of doing Ibadaat knowing that Allah comes down the seven heavens every night and sees his believing servants praying to him.
I hope you can send more information about Islam in general.
Shukran for your time.
The artile is indeed an eye operner, to wake us form the ignorance and move towards light. I pray to allah to guide us all to the path of rightious.
May allah give ajar -a - azim
until we look deep in ourselves and learn to forgive unconditionally and try to understand the peace of mind attained by forgiveness and the pure triviality of trying to prove we are right instead of giving the other party time to undertake self analysis we will not understand what allah is trying to teach us by offering us his oft repeated opportunity for mercy and forgiveness
I pray that Almighty Allah continue to inspire him to enlighten our Ummah.
Very few Muslims are being allowed to understand them. We have only ourselves to blame. No religion can afford to live too long in the past.
We have to move forward. We have to use the knowledge that exist in each and every field and improve on it. We do have a mind, we should use it. We cannot close our doors to the outside world. We should open it. We do not have to become exactly like those we do not agree with, we can take what we need to improve ourselves and use it to become stronger and better.
Let us all be strong and stay united and educated our selfs and our children. No one is stronger than the ones being oppressed. Allah hu Akbar
We need to brainstorm how to unite ourselves and Muslim countries should not help arrogant powers to terrorise and kill our people in pretex of fighting terrorism.
Let's not lose hope. Let us struggle for good in our individual capacities.
And above all, let us not forget that Allah is 'Just'- to Muslims and to others.
your religion. There have been MANY who are refugees due to Wars between themselves. America went into Somalia to help & look what your savages did to our military there. We also saved the Muslims from Milosovich's "Ethnic Cleansing".
Your poor Palestinians could have been offered a homeland by any other Arab country=they never offered one acre. When Jordan controlled all of Jerusalem, why didnt they give it to the Palestinians. Why is ONLY ISRAEL expected to give more than they have & what have they gotten in return, Women, teenagers at Disco's, the elderly, slaughtered by your friggin TERRORIST GROUPS. MY PEOPLE, the JEWS, have been the target of society
since the beginning of civilization, & continue to be by your MUSLIM brothers & sisters, who dont want to live WITH ISRAEL IN PEACE, they want the entire state of Israel for themselves.
i want to say here that the USA and BRITAIN are the protectors of the infidles and the persecutors of the ummahs. what can the custodians do for the ummahs to stop this abuses?
i'm not happy about it in anyway.
kindly reply me with a word of comfort.
may ALLAH save the ummahs.......ameen
Question (1): Are the rulers in the 'Muslim World' (developing world generally), elected by the people?. Answer: NO! Question (2): Then where did they come from? Using your examples: IRAQ-The tyrannical murderer Saddam Hussein was brought to power through a coupe in 1969 by the USA, who toppled a democratically elected government. The then director of the CIA said about Saddam Hussein, "He is our (American's) Son-Of-a-Bitch". IRAN- Did your Iranian friend tell you that in 1957 Iran peacefully got rid of the Shah's tyrannical father, and started to instigate democratic rule. Uncle Sam decided it wasn't having it, so they forcible installed the Shah, (former rulers son) on the Iranian people. Tens of thousands died, and the rest is history. If you are still in touch with your friend, ask her about it. EGYPT: -Have you ever been there Roger? Well, I have and it's a Police state with full backing from the "civilised" West. 99.99% of Egyptians detest those who rule them, and the USA is the biggest supporter of these tyrants. SAUDI ARABIA-Can anyone please explain to me why there are US bases in SA (the cause of a lot of friction)? Guard against Saddam Hussein maybe? Utter Rubbish!. The US is there to ensure the compliant oppressive regime is not toppled and democracy come in. After all, you want oil for nothing, and a government by the people, for the people in SA would make you pay for it. I could carry on and on with examples, but space is limited. I am the first to admit that most Americans, if not all, I have met are good decent caring friendly people, but unfortunately you also tend to be like sheep gobbling up what ever the US government and the media tells you without question. Please open you eyes and ears and find out what is being done around the world in your name. The great American Malcolm X said, " THERE IS NO PEACE WITHOUT JUSTICE." How true, if only people on this beautiful planet of ours understood.
It seems to me that a good place for Muslims to start looking for the cause of their plight might be to first look at their own governments, not blame the rest of the world/western governments. They should first look at the tyrannical Islamic governments that are in place that perpetuate the poverty of its people in the name of religion. These same governments alienate themselves from progress in the fear that their Muslim masses (i.e., power base) might not be strong enough to resist the corrupt temptations of Western civilization.
Unless I am too niave in my understanding, countries like Egypt have to oppress their people in fear of fanatic Islamic uprising. Seems that if they didn't need to fear blind fanaticsm, they may not need to be so oppressive? Isn't Saudi Arabia oppressive because of the corruption of the ruling party? In Iraq, the dictatorship there kills and oppresses many more Muslims than the west, why not speak out against them in outrage? Why is the west always the only target of outrage and blame? In fact, wasn't it the US/West Europe that came to the aid of Muslims in Kosovo, not Muslim nations? Where was their support? The US is much more interested in world peace, stability, and prosperity than Muslim nations: that seems to me to be the basis of US foreign policy. I know it's not altruistic: we help ourselves by supporting this--but everyone benefits.
When I was in college, I had an Iranian friend who fled Iran shortly after the Islamic revolution there. She told me that she marched in the streets against the Shah. Soon after the end of the revolution, she relized her mistake at supporting such fanaticism and fled to the U.S. and very much appreciates the freedom we have here. She is still a Muslim, but acknowledges the mistakes of Islamic fanaticism. Hopefully more Muslims worldwide will share in her wisdom.
My mind goes to refugees in Afghanistan, especially the
elderly and the children. It's Eid and I could not swallow my
dinner tonight thinking of them who might have nothing to
eat at all.
as a writer, i appreciate the pen's ability to put into shape the emotions that bond souls, across time, culture and distance, into a compassionate world community. this author, through the grace of Allah, has triumphed in using the pen to proclaim human empathy. he has recognized the suffering in the WORLD community of believers and his sensitivity has inspired me to return to my journal. (when life gets too overwhelming, i find myself unable to go near my journal. the pain i've seen my brothers and sisters in the world endure recently, had been for me, too painful, too awesome, to put into words). may Allah bless this author always for using his pen to summon human concern, in a spirit of Ramadan that should last every day of our lives--and may Allah bless the believers with speedy relief, victory and Paradise.
The Muslim tribulation in the world in my humble opion is like the hadith of the woman in need of water and could not have it unless she allowed herself to be raped. She was forgiven but I wonder often if after that she hoped for a long life in this world. May Allah give us order and constancy. May he give us the courage to die of thirst. may allah forgive me. and all of us in the world.
Somehow something just falls above on us which was one of the most damaging moments in human history and suddenly we had to flee to some other people's country where they act that we came to their country in order to of their economic or goods, ( they saw us as evils) but they don't know that we came from hell and we want just peaceful life that's it. Anyway, what I want to say to the brothers is that, this is first of all is LIFE and life gives u something and then takes something from u. This life is based on According to Allah (subhanahu wa ta'alaa) worshipping. We all will die someday, and we will face Allah. So my point is ISN'T BETTER TO HELP ONE ANOTHER SINCE WE HAVE NO KNOWLEDGE ABOUT THIS LIFE. PEOPLE WENT THROUGH PAINS AND PAINS AND PAINS....WHILE SOME PEOPLE LIVE IN THEIR DREAMS, HAVING EVERYTHING THEY WANT IN THIS LIFE AND PUNISHING THE POWERLESS. HOW COULD THIS BE FAIR TO TRULLY THINKING HUMAN BEING. SO LIFE DOES NOT WORK THIS WAY, MAYBE SOME PEOPLE MIGHT LIVE IN GOOD LIFE WHILE SOME STRUGGLE TILL THEY DIE CUZ OF THEIR LEADERS WHO SOLD THEIR BEING AS A HUMAN, AND THEIR DIGNITY TO ENEMY WHO HAS POWER TO DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO DESTROY THEM. THIS MIGHT CONTINUE A LITTLE WHILE BUT THE REAL PUNISHMENT WILL TRULLY BE ON THOSE WHO IGNORE THE TRUTH.THE POINT IS IT IS BETTER TO LIVE IN THE CAUSE OF ALLAH AND IT IS NOT GOOD TO WATCH OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS AND THE INNOCENT PEOPLE DIE EVERYDAY. "EVERY MINUTE COUNTS IN ALLAH
hope that u will appreciate my comments and INSHA ALLAH , those who believe will succeed in this world and in the hereafter.
I am a mother and wife and live in Laudium. I also lecture at Vista University. I have had the privilege of meeting you as I lived in Jia Mansions, where your sister lived until she moved to Erasmia- where Iwent to pay my condolences recently. I cannot agree with you more, the tragedy is enormous and we need to pray collectively and learn lessons from this. However, the question is, what is to be done?. Providing aid and relief supplies cannot solve the root of the problem.
my question, when will it be better, when will the muslims wake up and realise our condition
i wonder do we even care when we have everything we need. when will we rise and have islam to guide us all the way, when
May we all pray for God to bring peace to our world and love for each other to our hearts.
I pray that the Muslims du'a are accepted I'm sure this Ramadan Insha'Allah.
A good allegory in respect to the Muslims of today is that of a person sitting
quietly while there is a huge sword or powerful weapn nearby. Some others come and
attack him from all sides, yet still the man refuses to pick up the sword and defend himself. This is our state today. Allah has given Muslims all over the world great power, blessing and refuge in the Holy Qur'an and the Hadith, yet we refuse to follow it and instead follow the limited understand of the Kuffar. If only we would return to the true practice of the Qur'an and the Sunnah we would be so much more than we are now. Allah has given us everthing we need to survive on earth, now we can only blame ourselves if we fail to follow this precious wisdom.
It is the second country in the entire history of mankind that was created solely for the sake Islam, after the Islamic State of Medina, created by the Prophet PBUH.
For the criteria that defined nationhood in both the states, was not language, culture or race, but the religion Islam.
Today the same country is the only Muslim nuclear power in the entire world.
Is this not a miracle?
The whole ummah feels the pain of every
single oppressed Muslim....but in the face of
despair, I take refuge in Allah's promise that
the prayers of the prayers of the oppressed
will always reach Allah....
and also, I take consolation that justice will
only be complete on the Day of Judgment......
May Allah bless the ummah.....
Brother you have said what many of us are feeling. May ALLAH lead us to help the powerless. It is not a good feeling to know there are Muslim in such great need.
May Allah bless you and your family much.