The state of our beloved Pakistan is known to all. We just have to follow news for a day to realize how grave our problems have become. Is there any solution for us? Can we come out of this mess? Does anyone have any idea of what the solution might be and how we can become a formidable state as envisaged by our fore fathers? In this blog I attempt to look into one solution which are available to us.
As Muslims we all love Allah. But more importantly we want HIM to love us back and for Allah to forgive our sins. In this verse Allah tells us clearly the gauge through which our love for HIM will be measured. And what we can do to earn Allah’s love.
In various Aayahs in Quran, the Muslims are asked not to befriend the Kuffar. These Aayahs are used by people of other faiths to slander the Muslims that your Quran stops you from having good relations with people of other faiths and generates animosity between Muslims and followers of other religions.
We also find a lot of examples where our Prophet and the Khulfa-e-Rashideen treated the Kuffar very well. In fact one delegation of the Kuffar was accommodated in Masjid-e-Nabvi, when they came to Madina. So apparently there is a contradiction between the Quran and the Sunnah.
In this blog, I will try to explain the parameters of having relationships with the Kuffar, in light of Maariful Quran, which is one of the most famous Urdu Tafsir, written by Mufti Muhammad Shafi.
How often, while asking our sisters to do Hijab and our brothers to come to Salah or to keep beard, the instant reply is that though our outer self might not be entirely as per Islam our inside is pure! And then we are treated with a stream of examples of some ‘Bay Haya’ Hijabi sister and a liar brother with a beard. More scary are the times when we believe that some rituals of Ibadah like Salah, or some traits related to physical appearance like Hijab, beard etc, are all that there is to Islam, and we don’t need to do anything more. Recently I spent some time reading about Surah Bakra : 208, which bridges this gap.