Evacuating Hypocrisy: A Road to Exit Deception

 

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ife is an experience provided to human beings by their Lord so they can access His commands and ensure compliance. Those who trespass and neglect are given warnings of utter doom and despair.

All set, no fret- Till He met!

We are all completely aware of the basic purpose of our Creation. Now, the question is:

Are we prepared to get this experience called life, and move on to the next stage of speculating meetings with our Lord? Do we have the courage to lie alone in the dark graves?

A very few people among us would be willing to exchange this gleaming world with accountability and odyssey towards Allah (swt). We do proclaim our faith and love for Allah (swt); however, only a few are all set to meet Him. This depicts our worldly-mindedness and absence of faith. These aspects arrive into the life of those whose lives are marred by illusions and falsehood.

The greed to attain satisfactions from materialistic possessions, and utmost desire to gain superficial respect from people only makes living more competent, and eventually too stressful. In comparison, the life offered by our Beloved Creator is far more serene and sustaining. Once, you taste the pleasure of connectivity with Your Lord, there is no worldly satisfaction that could gratify you to similar levels.

Allah (swt) said in Holy Quran (Ar-Rad 13:28),

الَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ وَتَطْمَئِنُّ قُلُوبُهُمْ بِذِكْرِ اللَّهِ﴾﴿أَلاَ بِذِكْرِ اللَّهِ تَطْمَئِنُّ الْقُلُوبُ

“Those who believe, and whose hearts find rest in the remembrance of Allah, Verily, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest.”

Allah (swt) said,

(Verily, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest.) And surely, He is worthy of it.

It’s dire- the fire of desire!

In generic terms, we find two categories of people in our society, who are most prone to sway from the moral standards.

  • The Ones with Power.
  • The Ones struggling to obtain power or financial uplift.

It is an understood notion that leadership is the responsibility that comes with an immense load of dependence from the public. People who are being ruled have great expectations from their leaders which they desire to be fulfilled. However, this is also a customary human trait that leadership often departs a person from the accustomed ethical framework. Lust of power and greed for extravagant lifestyle, disables the leaders to think for the benefit of people or prosperity of the nation as a whole.

Another noticeable category of people belongs to those who would stoop to deeper levels of hypocrisy albeit all the values instilled within them by cultural and religious systems. These are the people who aim to get into the position of power. They may be the ones aiming for elevation in their financial status. They would get down to the acts like the backing of unjust personnel, faking identities, denying family values, and lying irresistibly in order to get their means.

Abdullah ibn Mas’ood (rta) used to say: “Whoever aids an oppressor or taught him an argument to nullify the right of an ordinary Muslims, has drawn upon himself the anger of Allah (swt).”

Powerology is the ideology!

There are times in our life when we speculate over how a person, or a powerful entity, could take blatant steps that are otherwise inconceivable for the human mind. For instance, the brutal acts of oppression taken against civilians in war-zoned countries like Syria or Iraq. The death of children, women and old civilians make us stop, and think of how a human being could descend to such levels of cruelty. Despite all the political explanations provided as a reason behind such aggression, their main motive is to obtain unparalleled levels of power. They value the worldly gains against all the warnings provided by religion or general morality.

This, in turn, has to be weighed against the transient living that is an undeniable actuality. Undeterred by all the debates presented by atheists about life being a one-time experience, the rationality of Islam enables us to widen our horizons. We firmly believe how life would eventually come to an end, and we will be held accountable for all that we did in this world.

This world’s a stage….

As a Pakistani nation, this belief has been reinstated within us throughout the past years. Deaths of legendary people like charity torch-bearer Abdul Sattar Edhi, and charismatic figure Junaid Jamshed- reinforced among us the fact that life is indeed, a momentary existence.

People whom we thought of having prolonged lives, transforming others’ lives, the ones whom we cannot fathom as dead, were gone in a blink and in the most unbelievable circumstances.

All that shine makes you blind

It is extremely vital for every Muslim man and woman to declare their faith in Allah (swt). Once this has been accomplished, comes the task of understanding the religion and serving Islam. That is supposed to be the main element of human life.

The dilemma of utter disregard being faced by the Muslim world is due to the fact that they have forgotten their creed, and lust for worldly means blinds them.

It is really vital for the Ummah to identify their weak spots; ensure that religious leaders target on the areas like sectarianism, and make efforts to rectify deeds of masses. On an individual level, the unworthy status of life has to be realized; each person has to make efforts for the amendment. This would mean instant repentance towards Allah (swt), and pledge to comply with all Divine commandments.

The two aspects of repentance and compliance would penetrate into a Muslim’s life when they find true guidance in the light of Quran and Sunnah

. It is highly recommended in the gloomiest times of this era that each person returns to the fundamental legislative given by Allah (swt). Make efforts and try understanding what Quran says to each person. It is then advised to preach the message of Quran far and wide through all possible means. Positive exploitation of social and print media could allow the Scholars, or even common Quran students to make the message of Allah (swt) reach across oceans. This may take many years to ripen and show results, but the journey has to begin at this very moment.

The expedition is thorny and tedious, however, the sluggish movement will be assisted by Allah (swt); His help would ensure rejuvenation of Muslim world. Along with, the efforts will also bring changes in individual behaviors where people would realize the unworthiness of life and recompense by liberating themselves from false desires of power or elevated social status.

The Wow-Woman in You

wowWhat do we love the most in winter? Blankets, of course!

There must be a good reason for stepping out of the bed early on a Sunday morning and going all the way to the IBA main campus. However, I managed to go, as I had to attend a workshop about “Finding the Wow-Woman in You” – who wouldn’t want to attend an event that sounded so good?

In the workshop, five speakers gave talks on various topics related to women: the worth of a Muslim woman, Islamic perspective on woman’s career, stories of female companions (ra) and self-esteem issues in young girls. The actual workshop activities were carried out by a renowned former business journalist and sustainability consultant Khadijah Balkhi.

Following description is based upon the lessons that I learnt from her speech and the activities she conducted with us. Her session really helped me in analyzing myself from different perspectives. I hope it becomes beneficial for those sisters who could not attend the workshop. (Note: This is not a transcript of her speech.)

Activity 1:

  • Who is the ‘Wow-Woman’ in your life?
  • Mention three of her characteristics, which inspired you the most. Remember – three is just a number; you can go up to a hundred and above.

This will give you a clear idea about your understanding of a successful and influential woman, while also making a pathway for you to become one yourself. But what if you aren’t inspired by anyone? Well, that’s a problem in itself! Try to stay in the company of people, who are at a higher level than you religiously, and who can inspire you towards an Islamic lifestyle.

After this, she shared her experience of returning to the original practices of Islam, which meant that wearing Hijab became more important than conducting training sessions for hundreds of men. She continued saying that one cannot do everything in life, implying that we are always required to make certain choices in order to become the Wow-Woman.

Here, ‘wow’ symbolizes a state, where a woman is so close to Allah (swt) that we perceive her as ‘wow’.

Here, ‘wow’ symbolizes a state, where a woman is so close to Allah (swt) that we perceive her as ‘wow’. However, before working to get the Qurb of Allah (swt), it is important for us to identify the barriers, which are taking us away from His love and care. For instance, in case of Ms. Balkhi, it was her career, which she later chose to give up for the sake of Deen. It does not mean that every Muslim woman should quit her job; rather, it only means that if your job or your dream is based upon the violation of Allah’s (swt) Deen, then there is certainly no good in it. She further clarified that everyone has a different situation, and, therefore, a woman has to evaluate her career choices critically, so that she can pursue her passions, while remaining close to Allah (swt).

“Don’t feel the pressure to do things, which you aren’t required to do!”

Similarly, on the other side, Allah (swt) has blessed women with unmatched intellect and knowledge, so why use them for His disobedience?

This led us to another activity.

Activity 2:

  • List down things, which are holding you back from His Deen.
  • List down number of ways, which you can use to tune them.

Subsequently, Ms. Balkhi shared her valuable insight on Nafi – negation or canceling out something. Negation is important, because technically we can focus only on one thing, and our focus of attention should be on nothing else but the pleasure of Allah (swt). This helps us in developing clear values and preferences for the rest of our lives.

Make a mental note of things-to-do and things-not-to-do. Once this is done, aim to become a Wow-Woman. For achieving it, we need to make heavy investments in our environment, which is as simple as moving into gatherings which are filled with the Dhikr of Allah (swt) and the presence of His loving slaves. This will significantly help us in bringing out the best of ourselves, Insha’Allah.

Activity 3:

  • List down things which you think are positive in your life.
  • List down your wow-factors from an Islamic perspective.

Ms. Balkhi concluded her speech with a wonderful advice, which relieved my heart and truly became a source of inspiration for me. She said to do away with the useless messages of society (false ideologies, peer pressure, family traditions, social expectations, etc.), so that you are able to see yourself clearly and spend time with people, who help you in exploring yourself. Most importantly, pray for your guidance and remember that you can have Deen + career; however, at times, you have to choose one of them – so be ready for making the right choice, whenever required.