Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Ya Ali : Bura Lage tu Lage

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Zainab Tere Baba ki... Mola Ali Shahdat Nauha by Ustad Tari Khan Arifwala

Hazrat Imam Ali Shadat Nauha

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Utha Koi Janaza phir...Shahdat Noha by Sachay Bhai marhoom

इमाम अली की शहादत पर पढ़े गए सच्चे भाई के इस नौहे को सुनने पर आज भी आंखों में आंसू आए बिना नहीं रहते। इस नौहे को सुनने के दौरान सच्चे भाई मरहूम के लिए सूर-ए-फातेहा जरूर पढ़ें। -अंजुमन जुल्फकार-ए- हैदरी

Please Recite surah Fateha for Sachay bhai, Bashay bhai ,Aale Haider Rizvi bhai .I am sure they all are in Janat and reciting this noha together in front of 14 masumeen today.  - Anjuman Zulfiqar-e-Hayderi

A Little Death In DixieA Little Death In Dixie

Hazrat ALI : Man of Knowledge and Vision

-By Asghar Ali Engineer
Islam brought about a great revolution in the field of knowledge in Arabia where literacy was almost unknown and people took pride in their ancestry rather in culture and civilization. According to Tabari, the great historian and commentator on Qur’an, there were no more than 17 people in pre-Islamic Mecca who could read and write. No wonder than that pre-Islamic period came to be called period of jahiliyya i.e. period of ignorance. It5 was in this background that Qur’an’s emphasis on knowledge has to be seen. The very first verse begins with the word iqra’ (read) and the word ‘ilm (knowledge) occurs more than 800 times in Qur’an as against the word jihad which occurs no more than 41 times. Qur’an called ‘ilm light and jahiliyya darkness.

One can say there were three principle sources of knowledge in Arabia of the: time Qur’an, the Prophet (PBUH) and Ali. The Qur’an was of course the principal source which came through wahi (revelation) to the Prophet, Prophet’s contribution was through hadith (what he said on various subjects) and sunna i.e. what he did and people observed and reported. Ali’s contribution has reached us through his speeches as he was man of great oration and which was later collected under the title Nahj al-Balaghah i.e. (Highway of Oration) and some letters he wrote to his governors.  There is famous hadith of the Holy Prophet accepted unanimously “I am city of knowledge and Ali is its door” and one enters the city through door. Such was the importance of Ali in the matter of knowledge. Ali contributed very richly to intellectual advancement of Muslims.  

Qur’an is source of revelatory knowledge i.e. from Allah and Prophet’s knowledge was innate rather than acquired and Ali’s knowledge was what the Prophet passed on to him and hence called ‘ilm ladunni as well as what was born of his vision of the society. Prophet was insane-e-kamil i.e. perfect human being and Ali next to him in perfection. Hence for sufis Muhammad and Ali were two sources of inspiration. The Prophet (PBUH) lived in this world and yet was never attached to it. Ali, who always tried to closely follow the Prophet, never felt attracted towards the allurements of the world. Je is even reported to have said I divorce the world thrice i.e. never to be attracted by it.

Ali, like the Prophet, was basically a deeply spiritual person and yet, like the Prophet, was conscious of the fact that millions of people live in this world and this world should be such as to provide meaning and guidance to human life and to minimize human suffering. Renunciation of the world is no solution. This is possible only if one fulfills bodily needs but does not become slave of ones body.

There was power struggle in early Islam but Ali kept away from it unless power was thrust on him after the assassination of third Caliph Hazrat Usman. Ali, while avoiding temptation of power was also conscious of the fact that one needs power, not to control others but to enforce certain rule of law, morality and justice. Qur’an provided best guidance and yet all those who embraced Islam did not become perfect Muslims. They had all sorts of worldly temptations and many of them even had embraced Islam for worldly gains.

Ali’s priority, therefore, was to mould Muslims into real mu’min (i.e. believers) and make them good Muslims and this world a just place to live in, in keeping with the Qur’anic teachings. Qur’an tried to strike balance between spiritual and bodily needs, between materialism and spiritualism, the Prophet being its perfect blend. Ali’s exhortations in Nahj al-Balaghah are a rich source of this approach. Since Ali never sought power to control others and exercise his authority, when it was thrust on him he used it to enforce rule of law and justice as rigorously as he could. In this process even his closest allies were alienated from him but he did not care. Abdullah bin Abbas was his closest ally and yet he wrote a stern letter to him when he took money from state treasury as a governor of Basra which was more than his share. He left Basra unhappy.

Ali’s letter to another of his faithful ally Malik bin Ashter, governor of Basraq which is considered as masterpiece of principles of governance. He advised Malik ”do not say, ’I am your overlord and dictator, and that you should, therefore, bow to my commands”, as that will corrupt your heart. He further writes to him, “Let your mind respect through your actions the rights of God and the rights of human beings…for otherwise you will be doing injustice to yourself and injustice to humanity.”

He also advises Malik Ashter to”Care for them with tenderness with which you care for your children, and do not talk before them of any good you might have done to them, nor disregard any expression of affection which they show in return…

Chief Justice should be selected, he writes, from the best of people who cannot be intimidated, who does not err too often, one who does not turn back from the right path, one who is not self-centred or avaricious.

Thus it would be seen Ali’s concept of power was for people. Never over people but unfortunately the world was not perfect enough to accept this concept and he paid price for it through his life and became martyr for the cause on 21st of month of Ramadan. 

Courtesy : Centre for Study of Society and Secularism, Mumbai

The last Will and Testament of Hazarat Imam Ali (a.s.)

Today, as you are driving home from work, it happens. After the initial jolt, you find yourself strangely detached from your body and the twisted metal around you. As you assess the situation, you realize that this is an accident you won't survive.
As you begin to evaluate your life, your thoughts turn to Imam Ali (peace be upon him), approaching death after receiving the fatal blow while he offered his prayers. He had exclaimed, "By the Lord of the Ka'ba, I am successful!" What an upright life he lived – a model of success for all – and what perfect, simple advice he had left in his last will and testament!

"My advice to you is to be conscious of Allah and steadfast in your religion."
Now at the hour of your death, you are wholly conscious of Allah. So many hours of your life were spent without thinking of Him, when there really is nothing but Him. At this moment, you yearn for all those hours back to remember God, to pray intently, to give thanks for your countless blessings.

"Do not yearn for the world, and do not be seduced by it. Do not resent anything you have missed in it."
It seems so silly now how intent you were on getting a bigger house. You wanted it so badly you could taste it, and you resented your coworker who never seemed to have to work hard for anything. You secretly yearned to be free of responsibility to your family that always made demands of you, feeling you were missing out on the pleasures of life. But right now at this moment, you realize you would be content to spend a lifetime living in a tent or a car and that you would love to redo all your time with your family so that you could appreciate your blessings this time around. All your complaints seem so petty now!

"Proclaim the truth; work for the next world. Oppose the oppressor and support the oppressed."
You spent years of your life working for money and respect. While some of it was necessary and good, much of it was for status or excess wealth. You always intended to prepare for the next world, but this one always seemed to consume your full attention. You let lies pass or confused you, and you let oppressors stand unopposed because you were too busy and didn't want to bring trouble to yourself.

"I advise you, and all my children, my relatives, and whosoever receives this message, to be conscious of Allah, to remove your differences, and to strengthen your ties. I heard your grandfather, peace be upon him, say: 'Reconciliation of your differences is more worthy than all prayers and all fasting."
You had estranged yourself from kin and brethren. You had quibbled with them over various things, like who should be the prayer leader or paying off a debt. But now you realize they were all a test for you, and you failed the test. All of them could have been a source of blessing and companionship in your life if you had softened your heart toward them.

"Fear Allah in matters concerning orphans. Attend to their nutrition and do not forget their interests in the middle of yours.

Fear Allah in your relations with your neighbors. Your Prophet often recommended them to you, so much so that we thought he would give them a share in inheritance."
Your neighbors included a single mother and her children. You knew that she struggled to pay her rent and to get gifts for her kids on the holidays. How nice it would've been to bring smiles to their faces and ease their worries. Instead, you are now haunted by their troubles, knowing you could have helped.

"Remain attached to the Quran. Nobody should surpass you in being intent on it, or more sincere in implementing it.
Fear Allah in relation to your prayers. It is the pillar of your religion.
Fear Allah in relation to His House; do not abandon it as long as you live. If you should do that you would abandon your dignity."
Regret consumes you for the way you treated the Qur'an. You took it down only during the month of Ramadan and recited it without understanding. How foolish you were, when you had access to the guidebook of life, not to read it often, ponder it and put its guidance to action! And how many times had your prayers been hasty and thoughtless, instead of the worship that would have purified you? How many times had you delayed going for Hajj for worldly reasons, seeing it as a burden rather than an opportunity? And when you did go, you treated it like a vacation and complained about the hotel not being fancy enough. Even on Hajj, your focus was worldly, and you missed out on seeing the signs of Allah all around you.

"Persist in Jihad in the cause of Allah with your money, your souls, and your tongue."
You had hated that word: Jihad. It made you think about bringing hardship and terrorism. But now you want to live your whole life struggling in the Way if you could do it over.

"Maintain communication and exchange of opinion among yourselves. Beware of disunity and enmity. Do not desist from promoting good deeds and cautioning against bad ones. Should you do that, the worst among you would be your leaders, and you will call upon Allah without response."
Most of the world is in the hands of bad leaders. But you yourself had done nothing to bring the good people together to strive in the way of Allah and to improve yourselves and the world. When others had made effort, you had mocked them as naïve. But if you had worked with them, maybe it would have made a difference. Did you make all your prayers be blocked by your own deeds or inaction?

"O Children of Abdul Muttalib! Do not shed the blood of Muslims under the banner: 'The Imam has been assassinated!' Only the assassin should be condemned to death.

If I die of this stroke of his, kill him with one similar stroke. Do not mutilate him! I have heard the Prophet, peace be upon him, say: 'Mutilate not even a rabid dog.'"
So many times in your life you had desired revenge more than justice. Now you see your anger and hatred as blackness consuming your heart. If only you could go to your Creator with a pure and free heart.
In only a few brief words, Imam Ali left a tremendous treasure – clear and simple instructions that if you had followed them, maybe you could also be exclaiming, "By the Lord of the Ka'ba, I am successful!" As you draw your last breath, you recite Salawat, grateful that there had been such people on the earth as the Prophet and his Ahlul Bayt (as) to guide mankind, but wishing you had lived by that guidance before this moment arrived.

A Little Death In DixieA Little Death In Dixie

What type of Muslims they are...kaise ye Musalman hain

kaise ye musalman hain buas inko khuda jaane,
masjid me namaazi ko jo tegh lagate hain.

  • Lai hai 1 rat qayamat ki wo sahar,   
    Jab aasman phat k gira farsh-e-khak par,
    Zarb-e-sitam se zakhmi hai nafs-e-NABI ka sar,
    Tahra rahy hain Masjid-e-Kufa k bam-e-dar,
    Ro ro k keh rahy hain Pather ALI(as) ALI(as),
    ...Chilla rahy hain Masjid-O-Member ALI(as) ALI(as).

    اللّهُــمّ الْعَــــــنْ قَتَـــــــــلَةَ أَمِــــيرِ الْمُـــــؤْمِنِــــــــينَ

    ■ مسجد میں شیر حق نے اٹھایا جو اپنـا سر ■
    ■ ایک بار کانپنے لگے مسجــــــد کے بام و در ■
    ■ ابلا لہو کہ ہو گئ محـــــــــراب خوں سے تر ■
    ■ ایک زلـــــــــزلہ سا بس ہوا نازل زمـــــین پر ■
    ■ ناگاہ جــــــــــــبرئیل پکارے غضــــــــــب ہوا ■
    ■ مسجــــــــد میں قتل آج امـــــــیر عرب ہوا ■

    اللّهُــمّ الْعَــــــنْ قَتَـــــــــلَةَ أَمِــــيرِ الْمُـــــؤْمِنِــــــــينَ


    اللّهُــمّ الْعَــــــنْ قَتَـــــــــلَةَ أَمِــــيرِ الْمُـــــؤْمِنِــــــــينَ

    ■ زنجیر در یہ کہتی تھی مـــولا نہ جائیے ■
    ■ مرغابیوں کی تھی صدا آقـــــا نہ جائیے ■
    ■ تھا آسماں پہ شور کہ مــــولا نہ جائیے ■
    ■ بچے پکارتے تھے کہ بــــابــــا نہ جائیے ■

    ■ کیوں آسمان ســرخ ہے یہ کیسا راز ہے ■
    ■ مسجد میں آج علی کی آخری نماز ہے ■

    اللّهُــمّ الْعَــــــنْ قَتَـــــــــلَةَ أَمِــــيرِ الْمُـــــؤْمِنِــــــــينَ

    Masjid me sher-e-HAQ ne uthaya jo apna sir,
    Ek bar kanpny lagy Masjid k Bam-O-Dar,
    Ubla lahu k ho gai mehrab khoo’n se tar,
    Ek Zal-Zala sa bas hua Nazil Zamin par,
    Nagah Jibraeel(as) pukary Ghazab hua,
    Masjid me Zakhmi aaj Ameer-e-Arab(as) hua. 
    اللّهُــمّ الْعَــــــنْ قَتَـــــــــلَةَ أَمِــــيرِ الْمُـــــؤْمِنِــــــــين
Weeran hay Madina
Weeran hay Madina Koofa ujar gaya hay,
Malik lahu main tar hay kaba tarap raha hay,

Sub eid ki jaha'n main tayyari kar rahay hain,
Aur ghar main FATIMA(S.A) k Farsh-e-aza bich'ha hay,

Awaz arahe hay zakhmo'nsay MURTAZA(A.S) k,
...karb-o-bala ka "GOHAR" Aghaz ho chuka hay...