Reply to A Big Pain in the Rear

Sometimes you don’t know whether a guy is kidding or what. We had a guy in Quranology Discussions FB who actually told us to take down our sites, delete our groups because it ‘ran contrary to Islam’. Amazing. Well, one of our main guys, Ifti, decided to reply to this Big Pain. Here’s his fantastic reply:

I  have identified a person who is trying to play “GOD” for a long time and here I am here to reply to him and all associated with him. Please read this note very carefully and use your own logic and brain. I am sure you would be able to definitely understand, as all of this is in english.

First things first.

What is Quranology?

A group where we TRY to understand the Quran by collecting various opinions, ideas, point of views, studies etc. The group is open for whose who are tolerant, polite, peaceful and have logic. You always have to keep in mind that you have to agree to disagree and should not curse other people as some try to. And also should never try to play God.

You do not have to agree with the person’s views all what is required is to be polite and peaceful which definitely lacks in Mr. Mahtab Hossain.

Call to the way of your Lord with wisdom and fair exhortation, and argue with them in the best way possible. Your Lord surely knows best who has gone astray from His way, and He knows best who are the rightly guided (Quran 16:125)

We in our group may have various opinions about what is what and what could be. We however, do not stop anyone from offering 5 times salaat. There are people who offer 5 times, 3 times, 20 times etc. I would ask Mahtab Hossain now, would he stop the person praying 30 times salaat and will he say that he/she is not a muslim? who gave him the right to decide? is he God? of course he is just a human being who is trying very hard to prove something out here. In our group if you pray 5 times or 50 times it does not really matter. Yes we do pray but we do not have the liability to tell a human how and when we pray coz our prayer are not to show off to people they are for God. Isnt Allah the one to decide who is Muslim who is not? 

Mahtab said in his note:-

“They do not give any Importance to our Prophet Muhammad (SAS). They just think that he was like any other Muslims like us. But they never realize that he was never like us nor was he a Super Man.”

Can he prove what he is saying? We never said that we do not give any importance to Prophet Muhammad. We acknowledge that the Quran is revealed to Prophet Muhammad and also we remember the verse quoted below:-

The Messenger believeth in what hath been revealed to him from his Lord, as do the men of faith. Each one (of them) believeth in Allah, His angels, His books, and His messengers. “We make no distinction (they say) between one and another of His messengers.” And they say: “We hear, and we obey: (We seek) Thy forgiveness, our Lord, and to Thee is the end of all journeys.” (Quran 2:285)

I know you are intelligent people and after this verse I do not have to emphasise on anything else.

We do not preach anything as I have explained earlier the motive of the group is to collect various opinions and analyze them without any hatered to people. So even if you are a christian or hindu or anything and if you have something valuable to share you are most welcome to understand and to share.

Furthermore, Mr. Mahtab has connected us with some shia regime which I do not know what it is but he has to definitely prove it. Or else he is a liar and he must accept that.

Mr. Mahtab is also trying to disturb the peace by calling war on us innocent people for just trying to understand the Quran. He wants to kill us which is a death threat and is definitely calling attention.

He Quotes few verses which you should check yourselves and it does not say anything about praying 5 times. Again its upon us individual to answer Allah not to Mahtab.

Please read this verse carefully:-

And Allah most certainly knows those who believe, and as certainly those who are Hypocrites (Quran 29:11)

Mr. Mahtab did not hesitate a single bit in calling us Munafiqs or asking us if we are Muslims or not well the Quran is clearly saying its only Allah who knows it and it did not mention “Mahtab” its written Allah there. Now I ask you people whoever he is corrupting agaisnt us. Will you be agreeing with what he is saying when he is clearly taking the authority what Allah and only Allah has? Are you really going to support him for this? well its upon you what you choose and we are all answerable to Allah definitely.

There is nothing like a true muslim (Muslimo Sadiqun) or something like that in the holy Quran if you really read the Quran you will never find the word true Muslim. I dont know how many of you would like to go with him on something which is illogical. If Muslim means submitter to God there cannot be a true or false. Go figure.

Dear people please note that it is God who will decide who is on the right path and who is not . Not some retired guy who does not have anything to do except threatening people and  including our names in his false accusations. 

And say: “Truth has  arrived, and Falsehood perished: for Falsehood is bound to perish.”

Thank you

– Iftikhar Uddin

The difference between Ritual and Routine

It seems to me, rituals can be time consuming and dogmatic. There is pressure to conform. Guilt and depression can follow, if not maintained. Due to the strict requirements of the rituals, they are not sustainable for a lengthened period of time. The mind plays tricks with excuses to justify why the ritual could not be fulfilled. The extremes of “all of nothing” show when you make a new attempt to start the rituals after having abandoned them and then give up when 1 ritual is missed. Like starting a low fat diet and doing really well for 2 weeks until someone brings cakes into work and then the whole regime is destroyed, and you end up pigging out on everything you missed for the last 2 weeks. This is Crash and Burn. This is Perfectionism at its most dangerous. Perfectionism is a killer, it is soul-destroying and can strike anywhere. Perfectionism is for example when you want to keep your house not just tidy and clean but “perfect”. I’m talking about every last crumb and every last splash of juice, every last sticky finger mark on the walls (if you have kids you will know!). Trying to achieve the impossible is usually a waste of time; it’s demoralising and makes us beat ourselves up for being failures when things do not end up “perfect”. It is like some kind of psychological illness in my own honest opinion. The problem with Perfectionism is that sometimes the task seems so big, you do not know where to start so you never get started for fear of the failure of not being able to do it “perfectly” or not having the time to do it “properly” – (properly according to whom, we have to ask?).   Rituals, like Perfectionism inhibit productivity, require concentration and are stressful. While-ever the ritual is being maintained, there is a danger of arrogance too – the ones who don’t do it the same as you may be considered lazy or not devoted enough. This leads to “poor me” syndrome – the feeling that you are doing all the work and no-one else is. This leads to tension and does not create a good atmosphere. The “One Size fits All” principle from the “ritual” point of view does not really seem to be the case.

Routines on the other hand are flexible. They come from habits established into daily life. They are adaptable. New habits replace old habits or attach onto good habits already established. Habits can become automatic too. It is said that to learn a new habit takes somewhere between 21-30 days. Routines aid organisation and productivity. By setting goals and establishing routines designed to work towards these goals, one has direction and purpose. Routines are not perfect, but they are positive. Routines consist of “Baby Steps” which are continuous, evolving, progressing and are maintainable and sustainable, logical and reasonable. It is probably fair to say that productive people contribute considerably to their families, communities and society at large, by having adaptable routines, schedules, goals and aspirations and a positive attitude.

Without routines, one upside is that we can be spontaneous, and variety is the proverbial spice of life!  However without routines for a long period of time, there will inevitably be randomness, and this can lead to chaos. General disorganisation; the mind is less clear, thoughts are scattered. Productivity comes in peaks and troughs, fits and starts. This also leads to “Crash and Burn” seeing as it is another form of the extremes – “All or Nothing” , or having the passion and drive to start projects but not getting them finished due to lack of focus or discipline or indeed motivation.

Conclusion :

Having routines is a middle path between the 2 extremes of Ritual and Random Chaos

I see a sliding scale between the 2 extremes and routines can even be towards the Ritualistic side of the scale or towards the Random Chaos side. Different routines throughout the day may require different levels of Routine Intensity. For example, my Morning Routine works best if it is performed more towards the ritual end of the scale, seeing as I have a list of tasks that really need to be done in order for the day to run smoothly. Other routines I have are less stringent as tasks can be shuffled and adapted to suit requirements (and the weather)  🙂

On Asnam

Traditionally, Muslims have always been told to believe that Al-Asnam are pagan gods almost always built or carved from stone, wood or sometimes even date fruit that can be consumed as edible food later on.

Muslims have also been told that people would set these statues up and worship them daily in rituals. I have a mind to believe otherwise since “to worship” is “to serve”, in my opinion. I do not see how you can serve a piece of stone unless, of course, you also image it giving orders or having expectations and desires.

There are only five occurrences of the word As-nam in the Quran, those being in 6:74, 7:138, 14:35, 21:57 and 26:71.

Chapter 26 is a long way off, and it’s essential to understand it’s “air” before diving into the meaning of Asnam. Yet, it’s interesting to point out that 26:77 lists Allah as one of those “asnam” worshiped by the people of Ibrahim.

26:75 – He said, “Then do you see what you have been worshipping,

26:76 – You and your ancient forefathers?

26:77 – Indeed, they are enemies to me, except the Lord of the worlds,

In fact, chapter 26 contains a detailed comparison between God and (I won’t say pagan) useless spiritual approaches.

Verse 26:71 also mentions an interesting word: ‘akafa, meaning that these people’s method of serving (because worshiping is to admire, and chanting for God won’t exactly save the world) these asnam is al-‘tikaf. Another interesting word used in the same verse is “nathalla”, and if I recall correctly, “thill (or dhill)” means “shade”.

The only connection that can be found between shade and “remaining” (with the help of Lane’s Lexicon) is protection: you shade something to protect it from sunlight or exposure, or becoming “clear”. This thing that is being sheltered from sunlight is obviously intolerant to heat or becoming clear, justified or valid. It’s to plainly say that these asnam they serve all day have no proof of existence, thus would melt when exposed to the sun: when we shine light on them, their faults, flaws and contradictions will be manifest to the eye.

(To be continued.)