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Court orders the arrest of Ven. Gnanasara Thera

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A warrant has been issued by the Homagama Magistrate’s Court for the arrest of Bodu Bala Sena General Secretary Ven. Galaboda Aththe Gnanasara Thera, Ada Derana reporter said.


The warrant was issued by Homagama Magistrate Ranga Dissanayake, a short while ago on Monday afternoon (25).


According the reporter, order was issued on the charges of allegedly threatening, Sandhya Eknaligoda, the wife of missing journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda, at the court premises.


Sandhya Eknaligoda had arrived at the premises for the hearing into the Habeas Corpus case in connection with the disappearance case.

 

http://www.adaderana.lk/news/33925/court-orders-the-arrest-of-ven-gnanasara-thera

 

ඥානසාර හිමිට වරෙන්තු

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හෝමාගම මහේස්ත්‍රාත් උසාවියේදී ප්‍රගීත් එක්නැලිගොඩ නඩුව විභාග වෙද්දී සන්ධ්‍යා එක්නැලිගොඩට බැන වැදුණු බව කියන බොදු බල සේනාවේ මහ ලේකම් ගලගොඩඅත්තේ ඥානසාර හිමියන් අත් අඩංගුවට ගෙන අධිකරණයට ඉදිරිපත් කරන ලෙස හෝමාගම මහේස්ත්‍රාත් රංග දිසානායක මහතා පොලිසියට නියෝග කළේය.

විවෘත අධිකරණයේදී අධිකරණයට අපහාස කළැයි ඥානසාර හිමියන් අත්අඩංගුවට ගැනීමට මහේස්ත්‍රාත් වරෙන්තු නිකුත් කළේය.

සන්ධ්‍යා එක්නැලිගොඩට බැන වැදීමෙන් පසු ඥානසාර හිමියන් අධිකරණයෙන් පිටව ගිය බවද කියති.

අතුරුදන් කළැයි කියන ප්‍රගීත් එක්නැලිගොඩගේ අයිතිවාසිකම් වෙනුවෙන් පෙනී සිටි නීතිඥවරු මේ සිද්ධිය මහේස්ත්‍රාත්වරයාට සැල කළහ.

එක්නැලිගොඩ නඩුවේ හමුදා බුද්ධි අංශ සැකකරුවෝ අද අධිකරණයට පැමිණ සිටියහ. යුද හමුදාපති පරීක්ෂණවලට සහාය දෙන බව පැවසූ නිසා ඔහු සම්බන්ධ ප්‍රශ්නයක් පැන නොනගින බව මහේස්ත්‍රාත් කීවේය.

ලබන 9 වැනිදාට නඩුව කල් තැබිණි.

 

http://www.lankadeepa.lk/index.php/top_story/379660

 

Time to Deal with Rising Racism to Save the Country

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sinhaleby Latheef Farook :

Are the racist elements trying to provoke a July 83 type pogrom against the island’s Muslims as part of their strategy to create chaos and destabilize the government to prevent the much expected arrest of those who committed crimes, corruption and plundered the nation?

It appears these racists, perhaps encouraged by the government’s slow pace to deal with lawless elements, began to implement their local and suspected foreign masters’ agendas.

They enjoyed free hand under the defeated Rajapaksa government, torn apart communities   and caused havoc. However they were rejected by the people in the last two elections and remained subdued since President Maithripala Sirisena’s election on 8 January 2015.

However during the past few months they began raising their heads openly provoking Muslims. It appears that it was as part of this conspiracy that they started their “Sinha Le”, Sinhala Blood, and sticker campaign.

However large majority of Sinhalese distanced themselves from this madness. So much so , according to print and electronic media,  some even went to the extent of buying paints  to erase the slogans from the gates and walls of Muslim owned houses in Colombo suburbs.

This is a very good omen for the country battered by racist wars.

Under the circumstance the question is whether it isn’t time the government wake up and deal firm with these groups to avert any potential disaster

Addressing the special session of Parliament last week President Maithripala Sirisena did warn that extremist groups are attempting to destabilize the country. He added that there is no room for extremism be it in the North or the South.

First these racists blindly criticized all government initiatives. Then they criticized President Sirisena and the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe while turning their attention on Muslims. Then came the attacks on Muslims.

Innocent Muslims coming out of the mosque after prayer were attacked in Polwatta. Green color Prophet Muhammad birth anniversary   flags were removed and burnt near Puranappu statute in Matale. Attempt to damage the Muslim daily, Navamani, office in Colombo and the list continues.

Black JulyDisplaying their ignorance they even called for the banning of the Holy Quran.

Perhaps they do not understand the seriousness of such calls. Their words and deeds demonstrate that they have nothing to do with Buddhism or Sinhalese community. Instead as once pointed out by Ven Dambara Amila Thera   “these racists   think that the world is inside Sri Lanka and Sri Lanka is not part of the world”.

Their irresponsible and lawlessness could trigger both local and international response which a small country like Sri Lanka, friendly to all Muslim countries, could ill afford.

It is common knowledge that these   groups have been Rajapaksa regime’s political tools and suspected mercenaries funded by foreign forces.

There were speculations during Rajapaksa regime that these forces were funded by Israel through Norway and a German Jew even donated a building in Galle to Bodu Bala Sena at a function attended by former defense secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.

Israelis, kicked out time and again during the past six decades from Sri Lanka only to re enter through backdoor are here now. Though invisible they are an influential lot today unlike in the past.

Their main agenda wherever they go is to carefully   pick up racist groups to pit them against Muslims. The anti Muslim campaign in the island fits in to their global agenda and thus the rumored close link.

These groups have also been backed by certain section of the island’s mainstream media    which   give   publicity to their activities and contribute to the growing rift between communities.

Some local columnist go all out to associate the island’s  Muslims and Islam with extremism   though Muslims  were the most peaceful of the three communities as once pointed out by former Chief Justice Sarath N Silva. Muslims were the only community which did not take to   violence despite systematic discrimination ever since independence and ethnic cleansing.SinhaLe Sticker

In the international scene Muslim countries were invaded by United States led European, Russian and Israeli war mongers, destroying almost developed infrastructures, massacre millions of Muslims besides throwing millions and millions into refugee camps to suffer in extreme conditions.

These so called columnists in the island never highlight these crimes. Instead, parroting the western media which, mainly owned by western weapons industries and remains integral part of the US led western war machine.

Thus the racist groups enjoy considerable support in the local media.

This paradise island has suffered enough due to racism. The need of the hour is for all to seek means to achieve communal harmony and move ahead for the common benefit of all. This is the reason why the government needs to be protected despite shortcomings.

However, under the circumstance, unless the government is firm in dealing with racist groups once again they could turn the country into a killing field .In fact Muslims voted for the government to end racist attacks and ensure peace and harmony.


 

Health guidelines from Quran and Sunnah

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Dr. Shahid Athar

 

This article is not about the glory of Islamic Medicine of past 1000 years which produced great physicians.

This article is also not about virtues of honey, the center point of discussion in most of the articles written these days on Islamic Medicine.

This also is not an article saying that since science has now confirmed certain Quranic statements, therefore Quran must be a divine book. To the contrary, we begin with the belief that all Quranic statements are true, science has confirmed some of them in the past, and will confirm more in the future. If science has not confirmed it yet, it needs to examine its data more deeply, or maybe repeat the experiment, rather than question the authenticity of Quran.

The Quran is not a book of medicine or of health sciences,but in it there are hints which lead to guidelines in health and diseases. Prophet Mohammed (peace and blessings be upon him) has been sent as an example to mankind so his traditions in matters of health and personal hygiene are also a guide for his followers.

We start our discussion with the following verse:

"Everything good that happens to you (O Man) is from God,

everything bad that happens to you is

from your own actions". (Quran 4:79).

Therefore, pathology (disease) is defined by the famous pathologist William Boyd as physiology (natural state) gone wrong. It is our tampering with the natural process that leads to unnatural outcomes.

The human body can be compared to some degree with a machine created by man.

The fascinating tape recorder has many mechanical and electronic parts but life does not come to it till an electrical current is passed through.

Similarly, in the components of the human body there are the anatomic parts and fluids but also the spirit (the soul). As the care of a machine requires keeping it clean, giving it some rest, and passing electricity of proper voltage, and using it carefully and wisely, so are there requirements for the body and of the body as whole.

Before we come to the physical care of human body, let us talk about the spiritual care.

The spiritual care involves the acts of worship. The problem is that Iman (faith) cannot be translated into belief, nor Salaat into prayer, Nor Wudu into washing hands, face and feet nor; Sawm into fasting nor Zakat into charity nor Hajj into pilgrimage to Mecca. They are entitles in themselves.

 

A. Iman:

The belief in Allah is the first and foremost important need for spiritual stability.

Belief in Allah includes belief in His attributes, His angels, His books, the Day of Judgment, the Heaven and Hell and belief that - all good and bad is within His reach.

Imam Rumi has called faith being superior to prayers. In illness, according to Imam Ghazali, the awareness of Allah increases and man becomes closer to Allah by realizing his own weakness.

Without true belief, neither our prayer, nor charity, nor fasting nor pilgrimage will be accepted. The essence of belief is to rid ourselves of all false gods around us, or within us, and to worship no one except God alone.

 

B. Salat: There are two health aspects of Salat:

 

I. Wudu:

Washing all the exposed areas of the body, hand, feet, face, mouth, nostrils etc. 5 times a day is a healthy preventive procedure.

Handwashing is being emphasized more and more in hospitals now in order to prevent the spread of germs. However, non-Muslims did not know that handwashing is so important - it has been ordered in Quran (5:7) 1400 years ago. And for complete cleanliness bathing is advised (4:43).

 

 

2. Recitation of Quran and Salaah:

This has a healing effect on the body, mind and heart. These healing effects are due to the effect of sound (echo) and the meaning. The letter Alif resounds unto the echoes to heart and the letter YA resounds unto echoes to the pineal gland in the brain.

"O Mankind: There has come to you a direction from your Lord

and a healing for the (disease) in your hearts - and for those

who believe a guidance and mercy!" (Quran 10:57)

 

"And We sent down in the Quran that which is healing and

a mercy to those who believe: to the unjust it causes

nothing but loss after loss". (Quran 17:82).

The movements in Salaah are mild, uniform, and involve all muscles and joints. The caloric output is desired to keep the energy balance.

 

C: Zakat (Charity):

The word itself means purification and growth. Here it is meant to imply the purification of legitimately earned wealth. Many of our crimes are committed with money or for the love of money, and in the love of money one becomes violent in behavior.

"And he is violent in his love of wealth" (Quran 100:8).

In Islam the ownership of wealth belongs to Allah. We are the disposers of that trust. Therefore, this concept establishes peace at heart and our behavior in the loss of money or unusual gain. In either way, we thank Allah.

 

D. Sawm:

The Islamic fasting: Islamic fasting is prescribed as way training of our mind, and body in self-restraints.

"O you who believe fasting is prescribed to you,

as it was prescribed to those before you,

so that you can learn self-restraint." (Quran 2:183)

Therefore, during the period of fast one may not only get rid of nibbling food, coffee, smoking but also of anger and excessive passion.

In fact, the fast not only gives rest to the stomach but also stabilizes the secretion of hormones which control our behavior.

 

E. Hajj (Pilgrimage to Makkah):

The moral is Prophet lbrahim (peace be upon him)'s submission and absolute surrender to God's will, the opportunity for repentance, and the social and political gathering of the Ummah depicting brotherhood and equality.

However, this can be used for programming and testing us for physical endurance, a requirement for all able men and women. The long walks, the heat, the sun, the thirst, the physical exercise, etc. is to remind us of the Day of Judgment.

We should perform Hajj when we are young and physically well rather than wait for old age. We should keep ourselves in good shape before and after the Hajj.

 

Physical Health

After describing the pillars of faith as a basis for the spiritual health, let us talk about the maintenance of the physical structure in which the spirit resides.

 

1. Nutrition:

Allah loves His creations so much that He is concerned even with what we eat and put in our body.

Our muscles, bones, lungs, liver, brain and secretions are made from the raw product we feed it. If we provide the factory with junk raw products, the factory will not produce tough bones, strong muscles, good pump (heart) and clean pipes (vessels).

"O mankind: Eat of what is lawful and good on earth" (Quran 2: 168).

 

Forbidden to us are dead meat, blood and flesh of

swine (see Quran 5:3) and intoxicants (Quran 5:91, 92, and 2:219).

Science so far has not confirmed any beneficial effects to the prohibitions.

The blood and meat of the dead could be full of germs and other harmful elements like antibodies. Pork meat is high in cholesterol, salt and may have worms, and alcohol and other intoxicants that cloud our mentation, our inhibition and interfere with our normal capacity of judging good and bad.

Therefore, a person under the influence of alcohol may want to take off his dress, engage in unlawful acts, become violent and abusive without even knowing what he is doing. On medical damages due to alcohol, whole books have been written.

The second component in nutrition (after permission of the lawful and probation of the unlawful) is the moderation in the lawful.

Obesity is a major American tragedy, a form of malnutrition, affecting million of people, of all age. Ninety-nine percent of obesity is due to overeating. Allah advises as to be moderate in quantity.

 

"But waste not by excess for God loves not the wasters" (Quran 7:31).

 

"Eat of the good things we have provided for your sustenance,

but commit no excess therein, lest my wrath should justly

descend on you, and those on whom descends

my wrath do perish indeed" (Quran 20:81).

 

According to one Hadith of Prophet Mohammed we are advised to leave one third of our stomach empty after finishing the meal. I understood this Hadith only when I broke my blender/mixer in the kitchen after stuffing it to the top and then turning the machine on. After all, what is a stomach, if not a blender, grinder, mixer and food processor, all in one!

Certain types of food i.e. fruits are especially

emphasized in Quran (36:57, 43:73, 16:67)

 

"And from the fruits of date palm and grapes you

get wholesome drink and nutrition: Behold in this

is a sign for those who are wise" (Quran 16:67).

 

Fruits are low in calorie, high in vitamins and minerals, and fiber and sugar is fructose and not sucrose. In a recent study by Dr. Anderson fructose has been shown to cause no rise in blood sugar and even lowers the high blood sugar of diabetics. Honey is fructose.

 

2. Cleanliness:

Allah is pure and likes purity. He is clean and likes cleanliness.

Therefore, cleanliness of body and mind is stressed in Quran (4:43). Miswak (brushing teeth) is not a new invention of last 200 years. This was stressed as part of our daily routine by Prophet Mohammed.

He also advised us on flossing (Khilal) as is now being advised by all the dentist. In fact, he is known to have said that if it was not a hardship for Muslims, he would have advised using Miswak before each prayer i.e. five times a day.

Cleanliness of our mind is prerequisite for total cleanliness (body and mind).

 

3. The Value of exercise in maintaining health

Though we do not find much in Quran about specific exercise, recommendation, the Prophet's life was full of recommendations.

He advised all Muslims to teach their children swimming, archery and horse riding. He, himself used to walk at a fast pace even race with his wife, Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her).

Most importantly, he used to work with his hands whether at home, in the kitchen, or with his companions collecting wood for fire, fighting during wars etc.

It is a pity that Muslim men and women have become sedentary and, because of the excessive consumption of starches, obesity has crept into them. We should keep ourselves fit to go for Jihad and feel healthy in peacetime.

 

The State of Disease

Many of the common chronic illnesses (i.e. coronary heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, peptic ulcer disease, obesity and depression) also have a common man-made etiology, that is rich food, too much food, too much salt, too much sugar, smoking, stress and alcoholism.

If we give up excessive salt, sugar and cholesterol from our diet, and do not drink and smoke, and stay active, it is possible that the pump (the heart) won't be rusted from inside.

What should a Muslim do when disease is confirmed?

A. Accept it as a will of God as Kaffara for his sin, and ask him to remove the affliction.

 

"And if God touches thee with affliction, none can

remove it but He: if He touches thee with

happiness He has power over all things." (Quran 6:17).

 

B. Many Muslims won't seek early medical attention, contrary to the Prophet's practice and teaching. In Christianity there is a sect believing in faith healing who have let their members die rather than go to the physician.

Usamah Bin Shareek (may Allah be pleased with him) reports "I was with the Prophet and some Arabs came to him asking "O Messenger of Allah, do we take medicine for any disease." He said, "Yes, O You servants of Allah take medicine as Allah has not created a disease without creating a cure except for one. They asked which one, he replied old age'.

 

C. Increase your knowledge of health and disease, of medications and side effects. This knowledge is not the monopoly of doctors. You can have it and use it in preventing the illness, recognizing it early when symptoms appear, seeking early medical attention, then monitoring the course of the disease, implementing the treatment (i.e. knowledge of diet for diabetics) and recognizing side effects of the medicine.

Those of my patients who do the above make me very happy that I can trust their health to them as they do trust it to me.

In summary, our healthy body is a gift from Allah. We are the trustees. We should not misuse it, nor provide wrong raw products for the factory and we should keep superb maintenance of this delicate and sensitive machine. It is the container of our soul.

 

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It may be an athletic race, an exam, a business deal, an argument or whatever; our human instinct wants us to be at the top. We all want to win the battle, but in the process are we not losing the war?

In pursuit of our material goals we often lose focus and although we may “achieve, win or succeed”, it could be at a substantial cost to ourselves, families, friends and community.

A few years ago at a Special Athletics meeting, nine contestants, all physically or mentally disabled, assembled at the starting line for the 100 metre race. At the gun, they all started out, not exactly in a dash, but with a relish to run the race to the finish and win.

All, that is, except one boy who stumbled on the tarmac, tumbled over a couple of times and began to cry. The other eight heard the boy cry. They slowed down and looked back. They all turned around and went back. Every one of them!

One with Down's Syndrome bent down and kissed him and said, "This will make it better."

All nine linked arms and walked across the finish line together.

Everyone in the stadium stood, and the cheering went on for several minutes. People who were there are still telling the story. Why? Because deep down we know this one thing:

What matters in this life is more than winning for ourselves. What truly matters in this life is helping others win, even if it means slowing down and changing our course.

“By helping others achieve their dreams, we will be achieving our own!”

The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon) is reported to have said;

“ None of you truly believes (in Allah and His religion) until he loves for his brother (sister) what he loves for himself.” (Hadith Bukhari and Muslim)

“He who is not merciful to people, Allah will not be merciful to him.” (Hadith-Bukhari & Muslim)

In pursuing our ambitions let us not become unmindful of those around us for indeed the road to success is paved by helping and caring for others and if we cannot help or support them ,then let us not by our conduct hurt them.

The bigger picture is NOT about winning the race but about bringing joy and happiness to all those around us whether we win the race or not.

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10 Tips to Kick the Backbiting Bug

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Backbiting is easy to commit. A perfectly acceptable conversation can take a nasty turn in an instant. You can find yourself backbiting without even realising how it happened. Someone asked the Prophet (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasalaam) about backbiting and he said, “It is to mention about a man what he does not want to hear.” He said, “Messenger of Allah! Even if it is true?” The Messenger of Allah (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasalaam) said, “If you utter something false, then it is slander.” (Muwatta)

Many people do not realise how broadly ‘backbiting’ is defined. Backbiting includes listening as well as making statements. It can be done by words, a glance, gestures, or writing. That a person might make the same statement (verbal or otherwise) in the presence of the absent person is no excuse.

The gravity of backbiting is reflected in Allah Ta'ala's description of it: “Would one of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother?” (49:12)

And the punishment is severe, as described by the Prophet (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasalaam), “When I was taken up to heaven I passed by people who had nails of copper and were scratching their faces and their breasts. I said: ‘Who are these people, Gabriel?’ He replied: ‘ They are those who were given to backbiting and who aspersed people’s honour.’” (Dawud)

Fortunately, backbiting can be avoided. Here are 10 tips that should help you curb this nasty habit:

 

1. Increase your knowledge


Islam is a religion for thinkers. We are expected to learn our deen and to research what we do not understand. Allah Ta'ala instructs in the Qu’ran, “And say: ‘My Lord! Increase me in knowledge.” ( Ta-ha:114)

A person cannot adequately address backbiting unless she knows the Islamic rulings that govern it. Each of us has the responsibility to learn what constitutes as backbiting, when it is permissible to speak about an absent person and what to do after we backbite.

 

2. Avoid people who talk about others

Some people have very little to say if they are not talking about someone else. I once told someone close to me about theIslamic prohibition against backbiting and she replied, “Then, we’ll have nothing to talk about.” The sad thing was she was right. Avoid conversations with those who will not stop backbiting, even if you lose a friend or two.

3. Avoid places of gossip

The infamous “water cooler” is well-known as a meeting place for exchanging office gossip. University cafeterias and other lunchroom settings are other notorious places for spreading rumours. The internet with its chat rooms and blogs provides a nearly limitless opportunity to backbite. If every time you eat at the lunchroom, you become involved in backbiting, then find another place to eat. If backbiting is prevalent in certain chat rooms, surf the web for other sites. The point is that you should not place yourself in a setting where backbiting is the norm, because you will become involved in it.

 

4. Don’t ask leading questions

Seemingly innocuous questions can lead to backbiting: “I haven’t seen so-and-so for a while. How is she doing?” Instead of getting a simple reply, the response might be “Did you hear that she … ” Some scholars advise not to ask about an absent person for fear of backbiting.

5. Stop backbiting the first time it happens

If you are in a new situation and people around you start backbiting, let them know immediately that you cannot be involved in such conversations. Make it clear from the beginning where you stand. If you are in a group of non-Muslims who likely do not understand the gravity of backbiting, it presents a great da’wah opportunity. One need not be hostile or self-righteous. The Prophet (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasalaam) stated: “Keep to gentleness and avoid harshness and coarseness. Gentleness is not found in anything without adorning it, and is not withdrawn from anything without shaming it.” (Muslim)

 

6. Let people know you are trying not to backbite

The more difficult task is to stop backbiting with people whom you have previously engaged in backbiting. A good way to change the dynamic is to let them know the next time you talk with them that you are working hard not to backbite and ask them to help you with it. If backbiting creeps up in the conversation, gently remind them about what you are trying to do. Perhaps, your efforts will encourage them to do the same. If not, refer to Tip #2.

 

7. Maintain a policy with friends to remind each other not to backbite

Make a commitment with your friends to help each other not to backbite. If you discuss it beforehand, your friends should feel comfortable reminding you if you slip and you should feel comfortable reminding them if they slip. A simple statement such as “Uh oh, I think we may be getting close to backbiting,” should be enough to turn the conversation in the right direction.

8. Play it safe

“He who keeps silence will be safe.” (Ahmad, Tirmidhi) The safest course to avoid backbiting is not to talk about people who are not present in the conversation. If you start with that rule and allow only a few exceptions, you will drastically limit the opportunities to backbite.

9. Forgive those who backbite about you

We all make mistakes and Allah Ta'ala knows that we will sin. We are taught how to repent and how to ask Allah, al-Ghafur, al-Raheem, for forgiveness. We are also encouraged to forgive others as mentioned in the Qur’an: “And let not those among you who are blessed with graces and wealth swear not to give to their kinsmen, Al-Masakin (the needy), and those who left their homes for Allah’s Cause. Let them pardon and forgive. Do you not love that Allah should forgive you? And Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. (24:22)

Al-Hasan al-Basri explained that what it means to repel evil with good, “When they are deprived, they give; and when they are wronged, they forgive.”

In short, if someone backbites you, forgive them – perhaps you will be treated in the same fashion.

 

10. Remember death often

Since the time of the Prophet (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasalaam), Muslims have been reminded of the brevity of this life and the consequences in the Hereafter. Some scholars reportedly dug graves in their homes and lay in them to remind themselves that one day they would be in the grave and no longer able to repent for their sins. The Prophet (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasalaam) sought refuge in Allah Ta'ala from punishment in the grave and we are encouraged to do so as well. When one realises that death can occur at any time and that even the next moment is not guaranteed, the urgency to stop oneself from backbiting becomes very real.

Author : J. Samia Mair

 




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Wilpattu - Fact, fiction and reality - by Latheef farook

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sunday observerby Latheef Farook :

Musali South in the Mannar District has traditionally been a predominantly Muslim populated area for centuries. Their peaceful life was devastated in October 1990 when they were kicked out of their homes and lands within two hours by the LTTE when it ethnic cleansed the entire Northern Muslims.

Since then, they languished in refugee camps and temporary shelters in extreme hardships.

After the military defeat of LTTE in 2009, Muslims started to return to their lands to resume their devastated life. However racist forces with their own sinister agenda, hell bent on causing problems to Muslims, have falsely accused them of encroaching Wilpattu and triggered off a controversy to them from returning to their lands to which they have deeds and permits.

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Explaining the situation in her preface to a document on Musali South, Prof Sivamohan Sumathy of Peradeniya University said, "the return of the Displaced in Musali South has evoked a variety of responses and competing claims that have taken on national and nationalist proportions.

The returning population of Musali South have tried to eke out a living in the midst of harsh conditions, unaided by state forces for the most part. Yet, the region has become needlessly entangled in a controversy over environmentalism. While the Navy has claimed large acres of land for its own entrenchment in the region, environmentalists have accused settlers, the IDPs, who have returned and staked out a claim for their lands, as destroyers of forest.

wilpattu masjidThe displaced people of Musali South, account for some of the most marginalized sections of the population, but the debate that the putative return has spurred in the media and in political circles has cast them as adversaries of both nature and the state".

A six member team of academics led by Prof Shahul H. Hasbullah of Peradeniya University has prepared an extensive research document on the issue of Musali South Muslims returning to their lands under the title "Denying the Right to Return - Resettlement in Musali South and the Wilpattu Controversy." With a plea "Help Us Return Home" people of Musali South appeal to all to help them return to their lands and homes with dignity and self respect to end their more than three and half decade old sufferings.

Explaining the background in his author's note, Prof Shahul H Hasbulla stated that;

"When the "Wilpattu controversy" flared up, the turn of the debate surprised me. I knew for certain that the contested area in question was not located in Wilpattu. In a published newspaper article, I emphasized the issue of returnees, which in my view, is the crux of the matter. But the ongoing debate paid no attention to this issue. To the contrary, the public discourse continuously labelled returnees as 'criminals'.

Truth

"The bleak situation spurred me to take on the mission of uncovering the truth. I visited all corners of "Musali South" to get to know its history and its peoples, reflecting on the claims and counter claims of land ownership.

"I learned from the people who were paddy, chena and cattle farmers; sea, lagoon, river and tank fisher folk; teachers, religious dignitaries; men, women, young and children of all ethnic (Tamils, Muslims and Sinhala), religious (Catholic, Hindu, Muslims, Buddhist) and linguistic (Tamil and Sinhala) communities.

"According to our findings people have lived in the Musali Region for generations. They toiled on this land and roamed the region for various livelihood activities without any interruption, while keeping the tradition of protecting the forest and the environment.

"They are a part of the nature and culture of the region. For more than two decades, the people have been displaced - until today. They have a right to return to their homes". Thus concluded Prof Hasbullah.

Muslims, in fact, had nothing to do with the devastating ethnic war between successive governments and the LTTE. However sandwiched between the two they suffered immense and the plight of Musali South Muslims was no exception.

While Musali South Muslims were in refugee camps the Rajapaksa Government had acquired a major part of their traditional lands under various pretexts knowing very well that the owners would claim this land once the ethnic war ends.

Acquisition

First around 40% of their traditional lands in the Musali South was acquired. This was followed by the acquisition of another 30 percent of their land without any consultation or consent to establish security Establishments. Added to this Muslims owned lands were acquired to establish a naval agricultural project. Furthermore, a Navy Regional Commanding Office was established in two prominent villages and the Muslims were prevented from entering their lands, dwellings and other properties.

Thus, Musali South Muslims were deceived and deprived large extent of their traditional lands.

wilpattu bbsJudging from the subsequent anti Muslim campaign under Rajapaksa government aimed at virtually eliminating the Muslim community it is not difficult to realize now that Muslim owned Musali South lands were acquired deliberately to deprive Muslims of their lands.

Commenting on the controversy Prof Arjuna Parakrama of University of Peradeniya stated in the special document that;

"The issue of resettlement in Musali - Wilpattu has divided and destroyed relationships built up among "progressive" groups who hitherto shared similar positions on other national concerns. Environmental activists allowed this discourse to be narrowly ethnicised, and emulated populist majoritarian rabble rousers in their passion to "save Wilpattu" from what they saw as corrupt and opportunist minority politicians.

"A small band of human rights professionals and academics who took up the cause of the displaced were unable to disentangle themselves from the political leadership that was using the issue in at least of the ways that the environmental lobby claimed.

"The media exploited all of this - generally on the side of the single-issue environmentalists - to rekindle anti-Muslim sentiment among the Sinhala polity. As a result, those who had no interest in the preservation of wildlife became passionate campaigners, while dedicated eco-types transformed into ethno-nationalists overnight. In all of this the affected people remained voiceless - pawns in a series of chess games - and this denial of agency is as damaging as the continued deprivation of their rights".

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Meanwhile, Prof M.A. Nuhman lamented that six years have passed since the war ended and the ethnic relations in the country further deteriorated because of the short sighted political leadership that encouraged ethnic tension and fear in the country to further their own agendas.

Resettlement of internally displaced people is one of the major issues today that demands an immediate solution in post war Sri Lanka. Hundreds of thousands of people from all three communities were displaced internally during the war, losing their houses, land and sources of livelihood; most of them are not resettled so far and they are longing for return to their own soil to live peacefully.

To this day, we have not been able to formulate a national policy of resettlement to resolve the problem of the displaced people justly and permanently. Therefore, resettlement programmes are being carried out in an ad hoc manner and have led to further problems and tensions among the communities. Resettlement in Musali South is a case in point.

 

ජාතික ගීය දෙමළෙන් ගැයීමේ වරදක් නෑ: බෙල්ලන්විල නාහිමි

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Image captionදෙමළ ජනතාව ජාතික ගීය දෙමළෙන් ගැයීම ඇතැමුන්ගේ ප්‍රබල විවේචනයට ලක් වී තිබුණි

ශ්‍රී ලංකා ජාතික ගීය නිසි තනුවට අනුකූලව දෙමළ භාෂාවෙන් ගැයීමේ කිසිදු වරදක් නොදකින බව ශ්‍රී ජයවර්ධනපුර විශ්ව විද්‍යාලයේ කුලපති මහාචාර්යබෙල්ලන්විල විමලරතන නායක හිමියෝ පවසති.

නායක හිමියන් ඒ බව කියා සිටියේ, නව ව්‍යවස්ථා සම්පාදන ක්‍රියාවලියට අදාලව බුද්ධ ශාසන කාර්ය සාධක මණ්ඩලය විසින් ආණ්ඩුව වෙත ඉදිරිපත් කරන ලද පහළොස් වැදෑරුම් ඉල්ලීම් මාලාව පිළිබඳව බීබීසී සංදේශය වෙත අදහස් දක්වමින්.

"ජාතික ගීය කියන්නේ එකයිනේ? ඒක වෙනස් කරන්නේ නෑ. නමුත් ඒ තනුවම දෙමළ ජාතිකයන්ට තමන්ගේ භාෂාවෙන් කියන්න අවසර දුන්නයි කියල බරපතල ලෙස විරුද්ධ වෙන්න දෙයක් නෑ," එහිමියෝ සඳහන් කළහ.

බුදු දහම ආරක්ෂා කිරීම

බුදු දහම ආරක්ෂා කොට, පෝෂණය කරන බවට වත්මන් ව්‍යවස්ථාවේ නම වැනි වගන්තියෙන් ලබා දී තිබෙන ආරක්ෂාව නව ව්‍යවස්ථාව මගින්ද සහතික කිරීම බුද්ධ ශාසන කාර්ය සාධක මණ්ඩලය විසින් ජනාධිපති මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන සහ අගමැති රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ වෙත යොමු කර ඇති ලිපියේ ප්‍රධානම ඉල්ලීමයි.

Image copyrightYouTube.comImage caption'ප්‍රශ්නේ තියෙන්නේ සමහර රජයන් තුල ඒ බලධාරීන් නීතිය අතට ගෙන ක්‍රියාකිරීමයි. ඒවා සිදු නොවෙනවා නම් නීතියේ ප්‍රශ්නයක් නෑ'

රාජ්‍ය බුදු දහම රැකගනිමින් පෝෂණය කළ යුතු බවට වගන්තියක් මුලින්ම ඇතුලත් කෙරුණේ ආචාර්ය කොල්වින් ආර් ද සිල්වාගේ ප්‍රමුඛත්වයෙන් සම්පාදනය කරන ලද 1972 ජනරජ ව්‍යවස්ථාවටයි.

එම වගන්තිය මගින් තමන් නොලකා හැර ඇතැයි රටේ වෙසෙන සුළු වාර්ගික, සුළු ආගමික ජනකොටස්වලට හැඟී යන්නට ඉඩ තිබෙන්නේ නොවේදැයි විමසූ අවස්ථාවේ මාහාචාර්ය විමලරත්න හිමියන් සඳහන් කළේ, කිසියම් රටක ප්‍රධානම ආගම රැකගැනීමට රාජ්‍යය බැදී සිටිය යුතුය යන්න ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ පමණක් පවතින සම්ප්‍රදායයක් නොවන බවයි.

"ඉතින් මේක තිබුණයි කියල අනෙකුත් ආගම්වලට හානියක් සිද්දවෙලා නැහැ. ඒ ආගම්නුත් ආරක්ෂා කළ යුතුයි කියලා ඒ සමඟ ඊළඟ වගන්තිය තියෙනව. ඒ ආගම්වල සියලු කටයුතුන් ඒ ආකාරයෙන් කෙරෙනවා කිසිම බාධාවක් නැහැ,"එහිමියෝ පැවසූහ.

හයිබ්‍රිඩ් අධිකරණය

ශ්‍රී ලංකාව අනාගමික රාජ්‍යයක් බවට පත්විය යුතුය යන්න 'එක්තරා විදියකින් අන්තවාදී ලෙස බලන අය' ඉදිරිපත් කරණ මතයක් බව පවසන එහිමියෝ ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ අනාගමික රාජ්‍යයක් බිහිකිරීමේ අවශ්‍යතාවයක් නොමැති බව අවධාරණය කරති.

ශ්‍රී ලංකාව දිගටම ඒකීය රාජ්‍යයක් වශයෙන් පැවතිය යුතුය යන්න ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ ප්‍රධාන පෙළේ බෞද්ධ භික්ෂුන් වහන්සේ සහ බෞද්ධ නායකයන් පිරිසකගේ අත්සනින් යුතුව බුද්ධ ශාසන කාර්ය සාධක මණ්ඩලය ඉදිරිපත් කර තිබෙන ලිපියේ අඩංගු තවත් යෝජනාවක්.

Image copyrightGettyImage caption'ඒකීය රාජ්‍යයක්, මේ රට එකක් හැටියට තියෙන්න ඕන කියන එක අද විපක්ෂනායක සම්බන්ධන් මහත්මයත් ප්‍රකාශ කරනවා. ඒ තුල බලය බෙදාගන්න ක්‍රමවේදයක් හදාගන්න බාධාවක් නැහැ'

"ඒකීය රාජ්‍යයක්, මේ රට එකක් හැටියට තියෙන්න ඕන කියන එක අද විපක්ෂනායක සම්බන්ධන් මහත්මයත් ප්‍රකාශ කරනවා. ඒ තුල බලය බෙදාගන්න ක්‍රමවේදයක් හදාගන්න බාධාවක් නැහැ." ( මහාචාර්ය බෙල්ලන්විල විමලරතන නායක හිමියන් සමඟ සාකච්ඡාවට සවන්දෙන්න)

ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ අධිකරණ ක්‍රියාදාමයට ඇඟිලි ගැසීමට විදේශීය රටවලට හෝ ආයතනවලට අවසර නොදිය යුතු බවටද බෞද්ධ නායකයෝ ආණ්ඩුවෙන් ඉල්ලා සිටිති.

එක්සත් ජාතීන්ගේ මානව හිමිකම් මණ්ඩලයේ සම්මත වූ යෝජනාව ප්‍රකාරහයිබ්‍රිඩ් අධිකරණයක් පිහිටුවීමට විරුද්ධ බව එහි අදහස දැයි සංදේශය කළ විමසීමට පිළිතුරු දුන් මහාචාර්ය විමලරත්න නාහිමියන් කියා සිටියේ, ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ ජාත්‍යන්තර ප්‍රඥප්තීන්ට අනුකූලව ස්වාධීන දේශීය අධිකරණ ක්‍රියාදාමයක් පවත්වාගෙන යාමට ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට හැකියාව පවතින බවයි.

ද්විත්ව පුරවැසියෝ

"ඒක බටහිර අයට ඕන හැටියට ලංකාවේ අධිකරණ හදන්න බැහැනේ? නමුත් ඔය රෝමන්, ලන්දේසි නීතිය නෞසාරයෙන් තමයි අද බොහෝ රටවල නීතිය හදල තියෙන්නේ," එහිමියෝ පැවසූහ.

"ප්‍රශ්නේ තියෙන්නේ සමහර රජයන් තුල ඒ බලධාරීන් නීතිය අතට ගෙන ක්‍රියාකිරීමයි. ඒවා සිදු නොවෙනවා නම් නීතියේ ප්‍රශ්නයක් නෑ."

Image copyrightAFPImage captionබුදු දහම ආරකෂා කිරීමේ වගන්තිය 'තිබුණයි කියල අනෙකුත් ආගම්වලට හානියක් සිද්දවෙලා නැහැ. ඒ ආගම්නුත් ආරක්ෂා කළ යුතුයි කියලා ඒ සමඟ ඊළඟ වගන්තිය තියෙනව'

ජාතික ධජය වෙනස් නොකිරීම, පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ උත්තරීතරභාවය ආරක්ෂා කිරීම, ජාතිය හෝ ආගම මත පදනම්ව පළාත් නොබෙදීම ඇතුළු ප්‍රධාන කරුණු 15 ක් බෞද්ධ නායකයන්ගේ එම ලිපියට ඇතුලත්.

වෙනත් රටවල පුරවැසිභාවය හිමි කිසිවෙකුටත් ජනපති, මැති, ඇමති තනතුරු හෝ රාජ්‍යයේ ඉහල නිලතල දැරීමේ අවස්තාව ලබා නොදිය යුතු බවත් බෞද්ධ නායකයෝ අවධාරණය කරති.

"ඒක ඇත්තනේ? රටවල් දෙකක කකුල් දෙක තියාගෙන වැඩකරන්න බෑනේ? නමුත් පහුගිය කාලේ එහෙම දේවල් කෙරුනා. එයාට ඕන වෙලාවක වරදක් කරලා මේ රටෙන් අනෙක් පුරවැසිභාවය ලබාගෙන ඉන්න රටට පැනල යන්න පුලුවන්."

එබැවින් ද්විත්ව පුරවැසියන්ට ඉහල තනතුරු දැරීමේ අවස්තාව අහිමි කරන මෙන් ඉල්ලා සිටීම අසාධාරණ ඉල්ලීමක් නොවන බවයි, මහාචාර්ය බෙල්ලන්විල විමලරතන නායක හිමියන් වැඩිදුරටත් සඳහන් කළේ.

මේ පුවතට සම්බන්ධ තවත් විස්තර

 

Year-end Audit

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By Abdur Rahmaan Umar

Zaid peered at the multi-coloured graphs scattered on the table, some half buried beneath paper-piles of calculations. Taking a cautious step back, he ran his hand through is untidy mop of hair, a few flakes of dandruff floated gently down to rest on his shoulder.

“What’s up, brother?” he questioned, gently prodding Yusuf on his shoulder.

Yusuf barely looked up and continued tapping away at his keyboard. Numbers flew across the screen giving birth to multi-coloured graphs.

Zaid prodded him again, forcing his chair to glide away from the desk, “What’s with the graphs?”

Yusuf pulled himself back into position sending a few pages drifting to the floor, “Year-end audit,” he mumbled, as he reached for the fugitive pages.

Zaid bent his head low, brushing his falling mop out of his eyes, looking at Yusuf in the eye, he exclaimed, “Let me get this right! Just let me get this right!” he sighed deeply. “You, Doctor Yusuf Ismail working for a government clinic are doing a year-end audit?”

Throwing his arms in the air in mock defeat, he continued, “What in the world do you need to do an audit for? You get your salary, you spend your salary and you see what’s left, simple! What’s to audit?”

He pulled a brightly coloured graph off the table and peered at it intensely. Yusuf gently tugged the sheet away from him, turned it around and handed it back, “Upside down,” he said, straightening the papers close to him.

“Ok so what’s this,” asked Zaid reading from the page, “Salaah analysis? What kind of year end audit is this?”

Yusuf nudged his chair away from the table spinning round to face Yusuf, “That’s what I’m analysing! My salaah and other religious actions.”

“But why?” queried Zaid, cocking his head to one side scattering a few more flakes of dandruff.

“So I can see if I’m improving or not”

Zaid dusted his shoulders and making vain efforts to bring his hair under control, sending a fresh crop of dandruff snow. Cupping his puzzled face in his hands, he asked, “I don’t understand. I really don’t understand.”

“Let me explain”

“Yes, please do! ‘Cause I really don’t understand why you doing year end audit stuff on your salaah, charity and Quran.”

“You see,” explained Yusuf, taking a long sip from his bottle of Voss mineral water, “Sheikh Hamaad was explaining some time ago that time passes, and with every passing year we come closer to our end.”

“Hey yes, tell me about time passing,” interjected Zaid, “It’s another year gone, the Haajjis are back and next week  we start all over again. Crazy how time’s flying.”

“Time will pass,” continued Yusuf draining the last of his bottled water, “But what we do with that time is our choice. We can use it in good or bad.”

“True! But what’s that got to do with this year-end stuff?”

Yusuf flashed an irritated glance at his friend, “Will you let me finish?”

“Ok, ok me I’m silent. You be the lecturer then” laughed Zaid putting his finger on his lips, “I will be the silent student.”

“That’s better,” exclaimed Yusuf, “Sheikh explained that time is valuable and that Allah Ta'ala even took an oath on time in surah Asr (Qur’an 103: 1-2) to emphasise its importance.”

Zaid began reciting, “By time, verily man is at a loss

Yusuf frowned and said, “I thought you were going to be quiet”

“But this is Quran! Can’t be quiet for Quran,” replied Zaid, staring delinquently at his hands.

“So every year passes and if we don’t check on ourselves the time will just go by and in the end we will be the losers. Hazrat Umar (Radia Allahu anhu) used to say – take your own reckoning before your reckoning is taken,” Yusuf paused, reaching for another bottle of water from under his desk.

“You’re a heavy drinker,” chuckled Zaid.

“And you’re a lousy listener,” complained Yusuf flinging a crumpled page at his friend.

“If we don’t check what we doing,” he sighed, “and that’s what I was trying to do, before you rudely interrupted me, then we will not progress. Sheikh explained that every good business checks its program every month if not daily. And, you could see all the sharp traders in the audience nodding their heads. But if we check then we will know where we can improve and progress.”

“You mean like improve our Aaghirah(Hereafter) profits?” interrupted a smug smile crossing his lips. “We can make the big time up there.”

Yusuf threw another crumpled page, “I give up with you! But yes, that’s the whole thing. If we focus on developing our spiritual selves as much as we do other things we will iron out the problems, and progress so that we are not losers in the end.”

“So I was comparing my salaah, how many I prayed with Jamaat (congregation) and on time. That’s that graph you holding. See, I improved on Esha but Fajr is still my problem, gotta work on that one. So that’s my focus for the next year –Fajr with Jamaat(congregation)!”

“You’ve done pretty well since you started checking on this, exclaimed Zaid waving the page triumphantly in the air, “From one with jamaat to four. That’s a three hundred percent increase. Wow!”

Yusuf looked away bashfully not intending his details be exposed, “Alhamdulillah, only by the Mercy of Allah Ta'ala. When you determined to do some good then Allah Ta'ala will help you. But if I wasn’t checking then I wouldn’t have been aware and I wouldn’t have made the effort to change. I would have been happy with my condition and then regretted in the end.”

“So I check every-day,” he said, proudly waiving his iPhone , “I even have an App called Qamr Deen to record this on a daily basis.”

“Ok, doctor Accountant”, mocked Zaid, “I think you are a techno freak but come let’s draw up some fancy charts for me too. Come next year  I also want to show a profit”

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Pleased with Allah’s Decree

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WHEN there is just one son, parents have to make him live with them; when there are several, it’s easier, as some of them can go abroad. After all, parents should not be left all alone. That is why one should have many children,’ says a mother-of-five empathetically. I remain silent, not agreeing with her simply because not everyone is blessed with children.


My mind shifts to some childless couples and unmarried people I know.

If Allah has kept them barren, what should their outlook be on life during old age?

Should they constantly be complaining to Allah for the fate decreed on them, or should they accept their fate and be content with it, achieving peace of mind?

 

Almost anyone and everyone can choose to be ungrateful. A short person may wistfully look at taller people and lament on his or her natural stature; a pauper sitting on the curb may stare enviously at the glamorous cars passing by; a blind person can very well gripe about not being able to see; and of course how slightly dark-skinned people wish they had fairer skin.

 

If one were to cave in to negative thinking, ungratefulness and wistfulness for the blessings one has supposedly missed out on in life, he or she would be losing on something greater: the blessings they have been granted by Allah! Life’s just too short to lose the good moments wishing for what was not meant to be yours in the first place.

 

The tendency to be ungrateful and negative in thinking is admittedly more common in women; this is a fact that has been mentioned in several Ahadith.


It is common to behold an unmarried girl, desperately wondering why a decent proposal has not come her way. As years pass by, the pressure to marry her off mounts on her parents.


A married woman who has not conceived a child will despair hopelessly, as she hears of the third pregnancy of a friend who got married a year after she did.

 

Another mother-of-three, standing in her tiny kitchen, may be crying hot tears of envy at thoughts of how other women her age live in compound villas with 24-hour maids. The cycle of ingratitude continues throughout some people’s lives: want something – pine, despair for it – achieved it and forgot about it; want something else – pine, despair for it – got it and forgot about it.

 

And He gave you from all you asked of Him. And if you should count the favour/blessings of Allah, you could not enumerate them. Indeed, mankind is most unjust and ungrateful.”
[Surah Al Ibrahim,34]

 

There is great Divine wisdom behind the concept of being pleased with Allah’s decree, known as “Al-Ridaa Bil-Qadr”. Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) prayed for this blessing in one of his ‘masnoon’ dua’s. It is indeed the requisite ticket to blissful peace of mind and unparalleled contentment of soul during this world’s life.

 

O Allah I ask you for a reassured soul, that believes in meeting you, and is pleased with Your Decree, and is content with what you have bestowed .”

 

But how does one achieve this desired goal?


Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) taught us a strategy to acquire this state;

Do not look to those above you. Look to those below you, as it will more likely remind you of Allah’s favors bestowed on you.”

(Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

 

Allah [subhanahu wa taála] says;


“And do not wish for that by which Allah has made some of you exceed others. For men is a share of what they have earned and for women is a share of what they have earned. And ask Allah of His bounty. Indeed, Allah is ever, of all things Knowing.”

[Surah An Nisa,32]

 

“…But perhaps you hate a thing and it is good for you and perhaps you love a thing and it is bad for you. And Allah knows, while you know not.”

[Surah Al Baqarah, 216]


Also, we are encouraged to look up to those who do good so that we can try to be like them.

 

Allah [subhanahu wa taála] says;


“Whatever you have will end, but what Allah has is lasting. And we will surely give those who were patient their reward according to the best of what they used to do. Whoever does righteousness, whether male or female, while he is a believer — We will surely give them their reward according to the best of what they used to do.”

[Surah An Nahl, 96-97]

 

If one persistently refuses – for Allah’s sake – to wistfully or enviously look at, or think about, people who are better off than him in worldly blessings, eventually he will reach a point when he will never be bothered by, or concerned with, what others have. Instead, he will focus on the good deeds he can do that will grant him a good destination in the Hereafter – the eternal life – where happiness and blessings are everlasting, not fleeting.

 

On achieving Ridaa Bil-Qadr, an unmarried woman will not feel anything when she hears of girls younger than her getting married or having babies; a childless man will not feel any regret or rancor when his brother begets his tenth child; an old woman, who has outlived her spouse and all her children, will not feel anything when she hears of other families gathering together on Eid. They will instead be content with what Allah has decreed for them and have a kind of peace and calmness inside them that cannot be bought with all the wealth in this world.

 

Allah [subhanahu wa taála] says;


“Those who have believed and whose hearts are assured by the remembrance of Allah. Unquestionably, by the remembrance of Allah hearts are assured.” [Surah Ar Ra’d,28]


 

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Forgotten Heroines: The Housewifes Lament

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Money is tight. The kids are demanding. Skin is raw from all the cooking, cleaning and chores that have to be done every day. There’s absolutely no time to spare for anything else, whether it’s pursuing further education or volunteering for a special cause.

Does this sound familiar? There are Muslim women all over the world who find themselves at home, living life as domestic stay-at-home mums and housewives. It’s a physically and emotionally demanding job and it’s also a pretty thankless one. How can spending all day serving others, instead of being involved in some kind of noble, public cause, ever be truly fulfilling and worth recognition – not just by people, but by Allah (Subhaanahu Wata'ala) Himself?

Fatimah bint Muhammad is known to be one of the four most perfect women in the entire world.

Prophet Muhammad (Salallaahu Alaihi Wasalaam) drew four lines and said to the Companions, “Do you know what these are?” They said, “Allah and His Messenger know best.” He said, “The best women of the women of Paradise are Khadeejah bint Khuwaylid, Fatimah bint Muhammad, Maryam bint Imran and Aasiyah bint Muzahim (the wife of the Pharaoh).” (Ahmad)

Yet when we look at the biography of Fatimah bint Muhammad (Salallaahu Alaihi Wasalaam), one could say that in comparison to others amongst the early Muslim women, her life was relatively unremarkable. She grew up during a difficult time for her parents, when her father was being publicly mocked and derided for preaching his message; she lost her mother at a relatively young age and she married her cousin Ali ibn Abi Talib when she was about fifteen years old. Some of the most well-known ahadeeth related by her mention how physically demanding her lifestyle was, such that her hands would crack and bleed from the wheat-grinding that she used to do.

What made Fatimah so special? So special, in fact, that she will forever be known as one of the greatest women of Paradise?

Fatimah bint Muhammad is not known for an act of dramatic courage such as that displayed by Nusaybah bint Ka’b during the battle of Uhud, but she too provides an example for a situation that many Muslim women around the world live and continue to face: the everyday drudgery of life as a wife and mother.

Fatimah may have been the most beloved daughter to the Messenger of Allah, who was also the head of the Islamic State and leader of the Muslim army, but that didn’t mean that her life was one of luxury or ease.

Quite to the contrary, Fatimah was the mother of two young boys and ran her household single-handedly. Life was difficult back then, with none of the technologies that smooth our way through tedious tasks today. She used to grind the wheat for her bread with her own hands, to the point that her hands would crack and bleed. Her husband, ‘Ali ibn Abi Talib, was an employee of one of the Ansaar, but the income was meagre and they struggled to survive on a daily basis.

One day, weary and despairing of the toll that their lifestyle was taking on her, Fatimah decided that she would approach her father, RasulAllah (Salallaahu Alaihi Wasalaam). At the time, the Muslims had won a battle and, as a result, had captured several prisoners and other spoils of war. With the reasoning that as a member of the Ummah, she was entitled to some relief, Fatimah went to visit one of RasulAllah’s homes. She did not find her father present, but seeing her stepmother A’ishah, Fatimah shared the story of her bleeding hands and her wish for a maidservant to take on a share of the burdens.

Fatimah went back to her home, and when RasulAllah returned to his own house, A’ishah told him about his daughter’s visit.

That same night, RasulAllah slipped into his daughter’s home, where she and ‘Ali were already lying in bed.

Ali narrates, “I wanted to get up, but the Prophet said, ‘Remain in your place.’ Then he sat down between us until I felt the coolness of his face on my chest. The Prophet said, ‘Shall I teach you a thing which is better than what you have asked me? When you go to bed, say, ‘Allahu akbar’ thirty-four times, and ‘subhanAllah’ thirty-three times, and ‘Alhamdulillah’ thirty-three times for that is better for you both than a servant.’” (Bukhari, Book #57, Hadith #55)

After this, Fatimah never repeated her request for a maid ever again.

It may seem to be a small, insignificant thing, but subhanAllah this was one of the reasons for which Fatimah earned her position as one of the queens of Jannah. Her life was spent quietly serving her Lord, through her sincere intentions behind caring for her husband and children. Around her, there were many sahabiyaat whose lives seemed much more exciting, full of adventure and grandeur. Her stepmother, A’ishah, was a great scholar; her great-aunt Safiyyah bint Abdul-Muttalib was fierce in battle and the women of Madinah were renowned for their boldness in approaching any matter.

Nonetheless, for Fatimah bint RasulAllah, the path to Paradise was simple – though never easy. For every stay-at-home-mother and housewife who feels that her life is too consumed by daily drudgery, who worries that her life is too dull to be of consequence, the quiet strength of Fatimah bint RasulAllah is an inspiration and a reminder that no deed, however small or seemingly insignificant, is overlooked by Allah, the Most Compassionate, the Most Just.

For indeed, Allah does not allow to be lost the reward of those who do good. (Surah Hud, verse 115)

Jannah is not only for the Prophets, the martyrs, the ascetics, or the scholars; Jannah is attainable by every Muslimah, no matter her occupation or station in life. In the eyes of Allah, every sincere Muslim woman who pledges her life to pleasing her Lord is a heroine of Islam.

Zainab bint Yunus

 

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ACJU Appeal - Help the Flood Victims

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The ACJU Appeals the Public to help the Flood Victims.

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