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The Winds of Change…redefined.

The Winds of Change…redefined.

by Raja Zia ul Haq

It doesn’t take much to figure out that our ummah in general, and our country in particular, is going through a state of crisis. Whether it is corruption, or insecurity, or instability, or a shortage of energy and power, or immorality, or indecency; seems like it’s all happening – an “age of fitnah” if you will.

Without getting into long discussions, I’ll present before you, simply four ayaat (verses) from the Qur’an that point the finger back at us. Yes, that we indeed are the reason for our problems.

 

Ayah No.1

وَمَآ  أَصَـٰبَڪُم  مِّن  مُّصِيبَةٍ۬  فَبِمَا  كَسَبَتۡ  أَيۡدِيكُمۡ  وَيَعۡفُواْ  عَن  كَثِيرٍ۬

“And whatever of misfortune befalls you, it is because of what your hands have earned. And He (Allah) pardons much.” [Ash-Shura 42:30]

 

Ayah No.2

ظَهَرَ  ٱلۡفَسَادُ  فِى  ٱلۡبَرِّ  وَٱلۡبَحۡرِ  بِمَا  كَسَبَتۡ  أَيۡدِى  ٱلنَّاسِ

“Corruption and disorder have appeared on land and in the sea because of what the hands of people have earned…”  [ar-Room 30:41]

 

Ayah No.3

ٱلَّذِينَ  ءَامَنُو اْ وَلَمۡ  يَلۡبِسُوٓاْ  إِيمَـٰنَهُم  بِظُلۡمٍ  أُوْلَـٰٓٮِٕكَ  لَهُمُ  ٱلۡأَمۡنُ  وَهُم  مُّهۡتَدُونَ

“It is those who believe and confuse not their belief with Zulm (shirk), for them (only) there is security and they are the guided.” [Al-Anaam 6:82]

 

Ayah No.4

اِنَّ  اللّٰهَ لَا  يُغَيِّرُ  مَا بِقَوۡمٍ  حَتّٰى  يُغَيِّرُوۡ ا مَا  بِاَنۡفُسِهِمۡ‌ؕ

“Verily! Allah will not change the condition of a people as long as they do not change what is within themselves.” [Ar-Rad 13:11]

 

The fact being that due to our own wrong actions, our disengagement with the Creator, our gross transgressions, our crossing the limits, our greed and our lusts, we have reached this state of chaos and confusion. The solution, however, lies in the opposite direction. To reconnect with the Creator, to live by certain universal yet divine moral and ethical values, to build the characters of our children and our youth, so that they can be strong, upright, honest individuals and the leaders of the future.

The Winds of Change Tour is just one small step in that direction.

And sometimes, a small step is all it takes

What is WOC2015?

IMG_8446The Winds of Change Tour (WOC) first began in 2012, where a few international speakers were invited to Pakistan to lecture across two to three different cities; namely Islamabad, Lahore and either Peshawar or Faisalabad. Shortly thereafter, a strong need was felt to make the dawah more “local” as (a) certain parts of the country still struggled to understand the English language and (b) not much ground was being covered within the country due to time limitations and security concerns for the international speakers.

A clever little idea was thus conceived to make this a “for the people, by the people” tour, where local speakers, daees and scholars would reach out to the people, not just in a few cities but all over Pakistan!

Behold, Winds of Change 2015!!

Legacy of the Prophets

The Qur’an testifies as to how each of the prophets were sent to their own nations, enjoining their people to worship Allah. These prophets of Allah were raised from a people whom they knew well. They knew their habits, their deeds (both good and bad) and their sensitivities. Thus they were best suited to invite them towards the truth that was from Allah.

لَقَدۡ اَرۡسَلۡنَا نُوۡحًا اِلٰى قَوۡمِهٖ فَقَالَ يٰقَوۡمِ اعۡبُدُوا اللّٰهَ مَا لَـكُمۡ مِّنۡ اِلٰهٍ غَيۡرُهٗ ؕ

Indeed, We sent Nuh to his people and he said: “O my people! Worship Allah! You have no other Ilah (God) but Him. [Al-A’raaf 7:59]

وَاِلٰى عَادٍ اَخَاهُمۡ هُوۡدًا‌ ؕ قَالَ يٰقَوۡمِ اعۡبُدُوا اللّٰهَ مَا لَـكُمۡ مِّنۡ اِلٰهٍ غَيۡرُهٗ

And to ‘Ad (people, We sent) their brother Hud. He said: “O my people! Worship Allah! You have no other Ilah (God) but Him. [Al-A’raaf 7:65]

وَاِلٰى ثَمُوۡدَ اَخَاهُمۡ صٰلِحًا‌ ۘ قَالَ يٰقَوۡمِ اعۡبُدُوۡا اللّٰهَ مَا لَـكُمۡ مِّنۡ اِلٰهٍ غَيۡرُهٗ‌

And to Thamud (people, We sent) their brother Saleh. He said: “O my people! Worship Allah! You have no other Ilah (God) but Him. [Al-A’raaf 7:73]

وَاِلٰى مَدۡيَنَ اَخَاهُمۡ شُعَيۡبًا‌ ؕ قَالَ يٰقَوۡمِ اعۡبُدُوا اللّٰهَ مَا لَـكُمۡ مِّنۡ اِلٰهٍ غَيۡرُهٗ‌

And to (the people of) Madyan, (We sent) their brother Shuaib. He said: “O my people! Worship Allah! You have no other Ilah (God) but Him. [Al-A’raaf 7:85]

وَلَـقَدۡ بَعَثۡنَا فِىۡ كُلِّ اُمَّةٍ رَّسُوۡلًا اَنِ اعۡبُدُوا اللّٰهَ وَاجۡتَنِبُوا الطَّاغُوۡتَ‌ۚ

And verily, We have sent among every nation a Messenger (proclaiming): “Worship Allah (Alone), and avoid (keep away from) Taghoot (all false deities). [An-Nahl 16:36]

Who are the speakers?LS BW

The speakers involved in the epic tour include senior, local scholars from each city, as well as a variety of young, knowledgeable and energetic daees who have “been there & done that”! Most of them share a similar background, in that they gave up their previous lives of rebellion, sin and recklessness to learn the deen of Allah and to propagate it to the people. They are from the educated, well-to-do class of society, some having graduated from top universities/colleges within the country or abroad. Together they plan to share their stories in-sha’Allah, as well as their experiences, in an attempt to inspire the youth and to motivate them towards being better individuals and productive members of society.

Where is WOC2015 going?

Pakistan Road MapThe Winds of Change Tour 2015, is going where ever YOU are! We intend to visit all major cities of each province including: Peshawar, Islamabad/Rawalpindi, Lahore, Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Gujrat, Sialkot, Jehlum, Mirpur, Multan, Quetta, Hyderabad, Karachi and more!

What will be happening during WOC2015?

The tour will consist of lectures, talks, workshops, street dawah, counseling sessions, advice, naseeha and team building exercises within each city insha’Allah. Our intent is to provide people with the chance to sit with scholars, as well as meet the Youth Club team who can offer their help and services where ever and however required.

The team will visit schools, colleges, universities, masajid, madaaris, as well as other public or private venues (both big or small) where speeches, discussions or workshops can be arranged.IMG_0882

How can YOU be a part of this tour?

If you would like to join the cause and be part of this awesome tour, you can start by assisting us in making arrangements in your own city! Book a private venue or a public one, all you have to do is fill out the following form and join the gang in-sha’Allah!

BOOKING FORM: http://www.tinyurl.com/woc2015

The long road ahead

Allah (SWT) states in the Noble Qur’an:

وَلۡتَكُن مِّنكُمۡ أُمَّةٌ۬ يَدۡعُونَ إِلَى ٱلۡخَيۡرِ وَيَأۡمُرُونَ بِٱلۡمَعۡرُوفِ وَيَنۡهَوۡنَ عَنِ ٱلۡمُنكَرِ‌ۚ وَأُوْلَـٰٓٮِٕكَ هُمُ ٱلۡمُفۡلِحُونَ

“Let there arise out of you a group of people inviting to what is good and forbidding what is evil. And it is they who are successful.” [Aal-e-Imraan 3:104]

And He (SWT) also says:

كُنۡتُمۡ خَيۡرَ اُمَّةٍ اُخۡرِجَتۡ لِلنَّاسِ تَاۡمُرُوۡنَ بِالۡمَعۡرُوۡفِ وَتَنۡهَوۡنَ عَنِ الۡمُنۡكَرِ وَتُؤۡمِنُوۡنَ بِاللّٰهِ‌ؕ

“You (the true believers) are the best of nations ever raised up for mankind; You enjoin what is good and forbid what is evil, and you believe in Allah. [Aal-e-Imran 3:110]

We realize that the task ahead of us is huge. We realize that our resources are limited and our numbers are small. And despite the challenges, we know we have to do what we have been commanded. As Allama Iqbal put it so eloquently:

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My dear brothers & sisters, it is time we put our full faith in Allah (SWT), and do whatever is in our capacity to work towards his deen and to change the deteriorating condition of our nation. If we won’t do it, no one else will do it for us.

I want to conclude by reminding you the promise of Allah. That Allah helps those who help His cause. Having that knowledge, you have nothing to fear, for you have the help of Allah the Almighty, by your side.

وَلَيَنۡصُرَنَّ اللّٰهُ مَنۡ يَّنۡصُرُهٗ ؕ اِنَّ اللّٰهَ لَقَوِىٌّ عَزِيۡزٌ

“Verily, Allah will help those who help His (cause). Truly, Allah is All-Strong, All-Mighty.” [Al Hajj 22:40]

#WOC2015 here we come (in-sha’Allah)!

COLOR ME HAPPY 

COLOR ME HAPPY 
By Ayesha Nasrullah
Do you sometimes feel like you’re living the most miserable life in the world because you lack in that one thing all your friends have? Or maybe you’re the most disliked kid in school and not that oh-so-bright student; your parents don’t buy you fancy gadgets each month; don’t get to eat out that often; your mother cooks daal roti every other day; have to deal with annoying siblings, classmates, colleagues etc. And in the midst of this miasma of depression and deprivation you’re lacking SABR and SHUKAR- the two essentials of leading a contented life?
How about we COLOUR OUR LIFE HAPPY?
And why shouldn’t we when there’s so much to be greatful for! Of the countless blessings that Allah Swt has blessed us with, is the fact that He made us human beings with a healthy heart, proportionate body size, limbs, brain and all five senses. The fact that we are breathing, we’re being able to read this with our eyes and our mind is able to process these images and comprehend its meaning is a great blessing in itself. We’re able to hear with our ears, talk with our tongue while so many a person of the smae age and body as ours has ears but is deaf; has a tongue but is dumb.
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No matter how healthy a body we may have, being the social animal as we are, we wouldn’t be able to survive without other people around us. Catering to this need, Allah SWT gave us loving parents, siblings, relatives, friends, teachers, spouses and all those people who are there with us through thick and thin. Allah blessed us with so many material blessings that it is hard even to enumerate them, let alone pay gratitude for every single one of them. All of us are blessed with a comfortable house, clothes, varieties of food, while millions out there are dying of poverty, hunger, malnutrition and what not. The wealth and status that we are so proud of; the new car, branded clothes and gadgets which we love bragging about- all those are blessings are indeed blessings from Allah and demand gratitude.
Allah has also blessed us with opportunities to gain education, to get into institutions, universities and pursue the profession of our choice. One thing that makes each one of us unique are talents that Allah has endowed us with: a beautiful voice, eloquent speech, writing skills, creativity and so on and so forth. The intelligence which helps us win laurels in life is also a gift from The Almighty. Undoubtedly, the most precious of all blessings is the Deen of Allah SWT: we’re born to Muslim families, we proudly wear the label of an Ummati of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Quran and Sunnah of the Prophet guide us in all walks of life. Allah bestowed us with insight so we can distinguish right from wrong. Some lucky ones are chosen for the work of Allah’s Deen. Salah, no doubt, is a great gift from Allah. Such easy access to communication with the Lord of the Worlds,  gives us a very comforting and secure feeling. He has also blessed us with an environment and company that takes us closer to Allah and we’re able to get the knowledge of Islam without any particular struggle. The ability to realise our mistakes and feel remorse and guilt over sins also comes from Allah SWT.
Often in our lives we come across people who’ve been through immensely painful situations yet we see them smiling- patience and perseverance are also blessings from Allah. The ebbs and flow of life teach us to move on and deal with all the imperfections with the help of Allah. This help comes to those whose hearts are indulged in Sabr and Shukar. Allah is with those who actually colour their lives happy so remember that nobody’s a loser until and unless he loses his faith in Allah.

The Age of Fitnah- The Workshop

The Age of Fitnah- The Workshop

By Sara Ahmed

On one side, a racetrack, on the other a swimming pool, and in a sunlit hall between them on a Sunday afternoon: the Age of Fitnah workshop.

As the Youth Club team added the final touches to the decor and dawah stalls, people gradually started to file in and were entertained by video presentations about Youth Club and the upcoming event. At exactly 12 pm, after a heart-warming recitation of the first ten verses of Surah al-Kahf, Brother Raja Zia ul Haqq, the speaker for the day, graced the stage. By this time, the hall was so full that rows of extra chairs were needed to accommodate the crowd!

Brother Zia acquainted the expectant audience with the schedule and guaranteed that they would not be bored. Without further ado, the first session began with a brief introduction to the major and minor signs of the Day of Judgment, knowledge of which, he added, would convince us of the truthfulness of the Prophet(s) and make us realize how shockingly close we are to that day.

The audience was refreshed by making all of them stand and introduce themselves to 4 of their immediate neighbors. After a merry ice-breaking jumble of greetings, talk and laughter, all of them were told to sit back down.

As Brother Zia continued with the coming of Dajjal, the crowd was amazed by the intricate details of Dajjal’s humanly appearance, that have been mentioned in authentic ahadith. He added that this was crucial information, otherwise, in the near future, Dajjal might be staring us in the face and we would be so stupid as to not even recognize them.

After the end of the first session, it was time for a give-away. Brother Zia asked those people to raise their hands who had come from very far especially to attend the workshop. On the brothers’ side, people from Mianwali, Toba Taik Singh and Bahawalpur and from the sisters’ side, those from Attock, Sialkot and ‘Saudi Arabia’ raised their hands! Brother Zia’s jokes concerning all those places left the audience roaring with laughter. All claims were then verified and the candidates were rewarded with Mushafs with translation.

Intending to spark up the crowd, Brother Zia told them to yell “Youth Club!” three times with increasing intensity. The brothers’ last cheer was so deafening, that the floor shook with the words!

The mission having been accomplished, the session entitled ‘The Legacy of Suleiman(A)’ was up next, in which Brother Zia discussed the reality and fitnah of black magic. He explained that black magic practitioners tell you all about your past, through a wireless connection between their jinn and your jinn. When you get really impressed, they tell you about your future, through knowledge that the jinn have overheard from the angels, and that too, which they mix with a hundred lies, so there is no need to be impressed by such people and weaken your faith in the process. He illustrated all this through a personal story, which repeatedly sent the crowd into fits of laughter.

The audience was undoubtedly amazed when Brother Zia moved onto introduce the Free Masons, Templar Knights, Zionists and did an exposέ of the Israeli flag, the intent of which was to create awareness about what actually went on in the world.

With the announcement of break at 1:45 pm, everybody rushed to make wudhu for Zuhr prayer and the modest little washrooms, were absolutely jam packed! Meanwhile, sisters and brothers climbed up the stairs to the respective prayer areas. The areas were such that one could easily scan the entire hall below, giving a grand feeling to the atmosphere. Prayer also had to be performed turn by turn, due to the huge turn-out but the attendees were so cooperative, that they did not complain.

After prayer, platters of oven hot samosas and containers full of tea, were laid out on the tables downstairs and along with eating and drinking, Youth Club members also had a chance to interact with the crowd. Meanwhile, the dawah stalls were selling books, CDs and Youth Club merchandise like crazy. The customized T-shirts with eye-catching messages, were the first to run out.

Brother Zia had to bang on the microphone to call everyone to order and the third session began with an extensive exploration of the US one dollar bill, huge images of which were being shown on the projectors. This was again to illustrate the hidden reality of the plans of Dajjal.

It was then explained how natural, military and technological resources, political power and even the food industry of the world is gradually culminating in a few hands and who knows, eventually we would have juice brands named “Dajjal”! For further information, he recommended we watch the movie entitled “Food Inc”.

He then went on to describe how the enemies of Islam were uniting in their own efforts and dividing the Muslims for generations and keeping every Muslim family member busy with soap operas, TV shows, and other physical and mental distractions. Even if it succeeds, change of face with not change the face of the Pakistani ummah. In such times of fitnah, we should be increasing our ibadah time instead of increasing our TV time. We were supposed to be people of “Nurun alaa Nur” and we have become people of “Tabsira alaa Tabsira”!

At this point, every member of the crowd was divided into groups of five and told to come up with the 3 greatest problems facing the ummah today and their solutions. The next 15 minutes were spent brainstorming and writing the findings on pieces of paper. The papers were collected, checked and then two of the best works were announced and the respective groups were rewarded.

With everybody energized once again, the next session was about “The Footsteps of Shaitan”- how he makes us adapt other cultures and thus distort our priorities. We want to be Disney Princesses instead of Queens of Jannah. We confuse video games with real life. Music is the new dhikr!

Around this time, another award ceremony was due, so Brother Zia asked, “Which of you have brought the maximum amount of people to this event?” Many raised hands informing that they had brought 6, 7 or 8 people, but the shocker came, when a sister claimed to have brought a whooping 26!! The whole posse of 26 was showered with candies by the Youth Club team!

Having discussed all the problems in the world, it was now time for solutions. In a nut-shell:

  1. Memorize the first and last 10 verses of Surah al-Kahf.
  2. Swear to work on yourself and leave what others do.
  3. Think big. You can be the likes of Abu Bakr(R), Umar(R) and Khalid bin al-Walid.
  4. Be people of Quran and Sunnah.
  5. Increase your Ibadah.
  6. Carry deen and dunya together. That’s the only way you can change the system. A moulvi and a secular alone, can’t do much.
  7. Leave useless, time-wasting activities. Your youth is precious.
  8. Keep yourself in righteous company

The workshop culminated with these legendary last words: “Nothing is impossible and impossible is nothing.”

 

 

 

 

To Be Sinless, Or To Sin Less

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By Zaynub Zafar

Attitude 1: ” Oh no! I’ve done it yet again. And after all those promises to Allah- there’s no point trying to stop.!…”

Attitude 2: “It’s OK, no big deal really. I mean sure, it’s bad, but it’s a minor sin. Besides, everyone does it. I will repent later. Can’t be that bad…”

We have two groups of people (not just these two…), when it comes to the concept of sinning. Because it is Shaytan’s way, always, to either make the believer very laid-back about sinning regarding deen (as in the case of attitude 2), or extremely zealous (attitude 1). Needless to say, both are unhealthy for our religious commitments; moderation, my dear readers, is the key.

At times, for that mental satisfaction of ‘saving’ ourselves from sinning, we feel it is alright to commit minor sins here and there. Our attitude is very relaxed; we do them comfortably and don’t even cringe. Au contraire’, such a phenomena can also have reverse effects, by making us extremely conscious about sinning, which is good, of course. But, it becomes a nuisance when even a single slip leads us to hopelessness and despair, and shatters our resolve. Because we want to be perfectionists. Flawless. Angelic. Impeccable- something that is quite impossible.

What then, should be the behaviour of a Muslim towards sinning? Well, simply put, we are required to ‘sin less’ and not be sinless.

Confused?

 Let me explain further.

Allah never asked us to be perfect, all we were told to do was to TRY. So as long as we try our very best, with pure intentions, that’s all that matters really.

“Say: O ‘Ibaadi (My slaves) who have transgressed against themselves (by committing evil deeds and sins)! Despair not of the Mercy of Allaah, verily, Allaah forgives all sins. Truly, He is Oft‑Forgiving, Most Merciful.” [Quran; al-Zumar:53].

Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“And those who, when they have committed fahishah (illegal sexual intercourse) or wronged themselves with evil, remember Allah and ask forgiveness for their sins; — and none can forgive sins but Allah — and do not persist in what (wrong) they have done, while they know.” [Quran; al Imran:135-136]

Ibn Katheer said:

The words “and do not persist in what (wrong) they have done” mean: they repent from their sins and quickly turn to Allah, and they do not persist in their sins, rather they give it up, and if they do it again, they repent to Him again. (Tafseer Ibn Katheer)

Where major sins are concerned, we do need to run away, like we would normally run away from something disastrous. Dangerous. But every once in a while, everyone slips. To err is human after all, and while this shouldn’t be used an excuse to commit minor sins on and off, our nips and slips should lead us to REGRET and remorse- not DESPAIR. There is a difference between the two feelings. Regret is repentance. Regret will make us give up the sin, infuse the feeling of guilt and motivate us to do better next time. Despair will lead us to frustration, hopelessness and, in some cases, even to adopting evil as a lifestyle, because we see “no point” in trying…

And again, with minor sins, we need to be careful. We have to avoid them as well, because perpetual minor sinning continues to decrease our resistance towards the major sins and takes away the feeling of repentance, from one’s heart.

“Beware of minor sins, like a people who camped in the bottom of a valley, and one man brought a stick, another man brought a stick, and so on, until they managed to bake their bread. There are some insignificant sins which, once (they accumulate) and a person is questioned about them, they lead to his doom.” (Narrated by Ahmad, 2/223. Its isnaad is hasan)

To conclude, bear in mind, that you will commit minor sins from time to time. Don’t let that get you. Repent every time, plan again, refuel yourself with a new motivation and move on more intelligently. And don’t lose hope, even if you repeat the same sin a 1000 times. Just make sure you follow it up with SINCERE regret and repentance each time and the resolve to never go back to it again. Avoid sinning as much as possible. If it happens again, repeat the process. They say practice makes perfect. Practice good deeds, practice conscious efforts to diminish bad deeds and sins, and before you know it, you’ll be like that beautiful butterfly that left its gooey (and ugly) past behind.

It was said to al-Hasan al-Basri: ‘Would not any one of us feel ashamed before his Lord to seek forgiveness from his sin then go back to it, then seek forgiveness then go back to it? He said: The shaytan would like you to feel that way; never give up seeking forgiveness.’

Uplifting, isn’t it?


The Bottom line:

Being defeated by Shaytan every now and then is not defeat. Defeat is when we refuse to try. Keep trying. Because it’s hard to defeat someone who never stops trying.
Fall down seven times, stand up eight.

Remember, where there’s a will, there’s a way.

Are You Ready to Become #Sinless

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Failure…

The word echoes around inside your head.

You’re a failure. You’ve fallen back into sin…

You gave into temptation.

How will you face Allah now?

Might as well just give everything else up too, starting with your beard (or your hijab). No point looking like a Muslim and deceiving people into thinking that you’re better than you actually are.

And then your prayers. They go next. ‘Cause of course, your heart can’t have truly been in the right place if those five prayers didn’t stop you from committing sin.

And so on.

 An entire chain of events unfolds from a single act of sin.

Is self-pity really the right way to handle sin? Does committing sin make you a sinner- or should it motivate you to do better the next time you face temptation to break Allah’s laws?

Allah lays out the solution in the Quran:

“… except for those who

 repent, believe and do righteous work.

 For them Allah will replace their evil deeds with good.

And ever is Allah Forgiving and Merciful.”

(Quran, 25:70)

This month we’ll be looking at sin from a completely different perspective.

This month we’ll work on facing temptations the correct way, and becoming bigger, better individuals (InshaAllah).

This month, we proudly bring to you the next blog theme…*drumroll*

S I N L E S S

Many people today believe that sinning (in some way or the other) has become completely inevitable.  Some would argue we are living in sin towns, and sin cities, where sin is just another part of everyday life.

In an age like todays is there really any way to be completely free of sin?

Falling into sin may be natural and sometimes unavoidable but making a habit of sin, not seeking Allah’s mercy and forgiveness, and putting oneself in situations where it is difficult to avoid sin is anything but natural.

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Share your thoughts on this month’s theme with us– either through a short blog-post, a tweet or a Facebook update, or even a quote regarding the nature of sin and ways to stop sinning! Make your part of the world a better place, by working on yourself first.

Don’t forget to add the hashtag #Sinless.

Keep tuned for more! (inshaAllah)

Disclaimer: The theme does not imply that one can claim to be completely free of sin- but rather, that one should aim to be the best person he/she CAN be in whatever capacity possible (starting with seeking forgiveness and promising to work harder and better).

Winds Of Change

Youth Club Blog

*This is a guest post by Br. Ali Naqash, a member of Youth Club.

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Best 2 days of my life at IIUI, Faisal Masjid auditorium, Sector E-7 Campus

Imagine seeing people of all ages and from various backgrounds smiling, crying and laughing all together. Imagine them realizing how each and every one of them has truly had a rich learning experience and many awe-inspiring moments by listening to world-famous speakers! Now imagine all of that happening in Pakistan! And the amazing thing is that it has happened before too! But words do no justice to how awesome it is! I had missed the previous one, the Winds Of Change (WOC) 2012 tour, and the awe-inspiring video clips of the previous tour made me adamant not to miss out on the one being held this year! And Alhamdulillah, I had the best time of my life. Even though I have traveled…

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New Theme: #NazreinNeechay

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A person should go to university to study and learn. A person should go to Centaurus Mall to shop or to window-shop or to dine out. Simple facts of life which escape the attention of the ogling ones among the human species. They just go everywhere to ogle. Or maybe: wherever they go, they just ogle. Whichever way it is: Stop ogling, bro! Lower your gaze because #NazreinNeechay is Youth Club’s ongoing theme.

No, we’re not going around bumping into poles and people because we’ve lowered our gaze and are intently looking at the pavement. We don’t want you to do that either! Lowering your gaze is more about controlling your gaze, restraining yourself from looking at what you’re not supposed to be looking at.

The human eye is an amazing creation of Allah, infinitely more complex and intricate than any camera. Eyesight is an absolutely beautiful gift from Allah. Ask the blind if you don’t value it! The eyes are also the most discussed human organ in poetry and song lyrics (ranging from the exquisite to the downright absurd- remember Eye to Eye by Tahir Shah?)  The eyes, as they rightly say, are the gateway to the heart. That is precisely why we should be concerned about lowering our gaze. If we want our hearts to be sound and pure, rather than dirty and diseased, then there is no other option but to control our gaze! Prevention is better than cure!

The Prophet (sallalahu alaihi wasallam) said:

“The furtive glance is one of the poisoned arrows of the devil, on him be God’s curse. Whoever forsakes it for the fear of Allah, will receive from Him a faith, the sweetness of which he will find within his heart.”

(al-Haakim)

 The above Hadith gives some valuable insight into “Cupid’s arrows”.  So what happens when you are heedless and your eyes feast on everything that is available, and the arrows of the devil pierce your very being?  Sigh, the inevitable happens.  You lose out on the sweetness of faith.  Since the eyes have already committed their share of adultery, the heart, the ears, the hands and feet, and the private parts are all lined up for their opportunity to share in the sin.

Lowering the gaze is something between you and Allah.  No one except Allah would know what you are sneaking glances at.  He is observing your gaze and He is listening to your thoughts as both wander.  He, Subhanahu wa Ta’ala, says:

“Allah knows the deceit of the eyes and all that which the hearts conceal.”

(Surah Ghaafir: ayah 19)

Lowering the gaze is actually the starting point for modest behaviour.  You see, the one who can control his gaze from wandering is the one who will also be able to master his words and deeds.

The ones who lower their gaze are the ones who can truly adopt modesty- in dress, and thoughts, and words, and dealings.  There is something serene and beautiful about modest people, as they go around the day, forever conscious of Allah and the standing before Him, forever protecting their hearts and preserving the sweetness of their faith.  These are the ones who are becoming an extinct species.  These are the ones YC’s theme #NazrainNeechay is preserving and nurturing.

Use #NazreinNeechay in your Facebook posts, tweets and blog articles.  If you have something absolutely awesome and unique to tell the world about this theme, feel free to send us your entry at youthclubblog@gmail.com.

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