Saturday, 28 September 2013

Helen Vs. Aafia


Recall HELEN OF TROY - 
And NEVER forget sister Aafia Siddiqui !!!

I often think about HELEN OF TROY. It was a war over a woman. Here it's a different case. Our sister Aafia is in their custody since many years. She has not only been tortured but physically & morally abused many times. If only we had the courage to bring her back by force somehow. With touts like Nawaz Sharif, we can never even dream of it. The fundamentalists say it right sometimes. How much of this injustice can we bear and for how long? The imperial forces have been acting as the world's corrupt policemen since long. But we are blindly playing along with their game. The first step for Pakistan should be to cut off diplomatic relations with US and form a block with a set of countries that carry relative harmless design against the outer world. The common American citizens are a mix of innocent and media brain-washed individuals, they can't be blamed and many amongst them are excellent human beings. It's the US state with Zionist lobby behind which is creating havoc in the world. Do we have the guts to do all that and also free ourselves from IMF loans which bind us with terms & conditions hindering our self-reliance and growth?



Be Fair!

BE FAIR!
This thought does not leave my mind ever & sadly many of us are not careful in this matter - "Be fair while describing anyone, even your enemy. If you can't acknowledge something good about your enemy, at least don't unfairly attribute something negative also to him/her." - Roman Ahsan.

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Jummah Sunnah

JUMMAH SUNNAH (as per Ahadith)



Balochistan Earthquake & Island

EARTHQUAKE IN BALOCHISTAN & RESULTING ISLAND
The earthquake in Balochistan killing more than 350 people to date has given rise to a new island in the sea. People are speculating about it but earthquakes normally do produce such Islands. This is not a unique happening. But Pakistanis are creating piles upon piles of strange theories related to it. Just today, my father was telling me that in his days also new islands used to form in the sea due to earthquakes. It's a natural phenomenon.
http://www.disaster-report.com/2013/09/earthquake-in-pakistan-emergency-in-awaran.html

Monday, 23 September 2013

Peshawar Blasts - Missing Fact!


Human Beings First!

A Muslim man rescuing a Christian kid after Peshawar blasts on Sunday, September 22, 2013.

This is the thing Muslims are Recognized for. Not what Media is Talking About! 
We are human beings first!!


The New 'Idol' Craze

THE NEW 'IDOL' CRAZE 
[download & spread]


Sunday, 22 September 2013

Attack on Church

Attack on Church in Peshawar!
As if we didn't have enough problems, the attack on Church in Peshawar killing so many innocent people is highly tragic. We can keep deceiving ourselves but surely our enemies are trying to make Pakistan look bad in front of the whole world. They achieve their targets best with attacks on Pakistan's minorities, how callous they are! ~ Roman Ahsan.

Kindness Matters!

Be Kind To Everything That Lives - Kindness Matters!
Hate Only Those About Whom You Are 'Sure' That 
They Want To Create Trouble In This World.


Friday, 20 September 2013

"Shake the dirt off" - Beautiful story



"SHAKE THE DIRT OFF" - BEAUTIFUL STORY:

One day, a farmer’s donkey fell into an abandoned well. Terrified, the animal cried for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally, he decided the animal was old and impossible to retrieve. He realized the well needed to be filled to prevent future losses. So he invited all his neighbors to help him.

They all grabbed shovels and began to throw dirt into the well. At first, when the donkey realized he was being buried alive, he cried horribly. Then, to everyone’s shock, the donkey quieted down. A few shovel loads later, the farmer looked down the well and was astonished at what he saw. With each shovel of dirt that hit the donkey’s back, the donkey would shake it off and take a step up.

As the farmer and his neighbors continued to throw dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take another step up. Soon everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and happily trotted off!

Life is going to throw dirt your way and attempt to bury you. However, no one ever gets out of life’s wells by giving up!

Shake the dirt off and take a step up! :)

Thursday, 19 September 2013

"Commercialized Islam" – Roman Ahsan


"Commercialized Islam" – Syed Roman Ahsan




"Commercialized Islam" – Syed Roman Ahsan

-         September 19, 2013

Our life in this world is a delusion and just a test. Unless we watch our steps, we can easily get lost. It has been noticed that many individuals and groups with missions start out with noble goals. They carry a sincere concern for others and want to create a better world. But all this does not sit well with 'Satan'. How can he achieve supremacy if everything works out good in this world? Thus he attempts to confuse the doers and makes them believe that earning money or fame with their goals is perfectly alright. If we look at it wealth or unintentional fame should only be a by-product of their efforts and not the main objective. The key objective should revolve around their intent to help out others, but sadly the case is opposite.

Hence, their goals become commercial rather than charitable. It is agreed that such groups need to earn money as means of livelihood too. However, if their goal is focusing more on the money aspect and they are using religious philosophies to add credibility to their sessions, then they will be losers in the hereafter. It has been noticed that many such individuals and groups do not go out of way to help people. They only want to ‘stick’ to their programmed schedule of work which means they themselves have not understood the message of Allah and His Prophet (s.a.w.w.). For example, it is easy to invite people to group sessions by charging fees and promote religious philosophies (success philosophies supported by Qur’an and hadith) than to adopt the principles of Islam as a whole by going out in the society and doing good. Did the Prophet (pbuh) charge any price for delivering sermons to his companions while seated in his humble surroundings? Then what right do we have to use his sayings to earn money? If a person is needy however, then he or she could charge some price in exchange for what he offers or sells in terms of religious literature or related items. But here we are talking about a different case.

Compared to these group sessions, there are senior scholars of Islam who deliver free lectures to people. Those lectures are later available on books, CDs, DVDs or on their websites. It would be advised that people seek Islamic knowledge through these help material as they become a personal property which can be used again and again to reflect on those theories. Furthermore, it needs to be emphasized that in any case if we have to learn deep Islamic teachings, then we have to learn from senior scholars rather than the ones we see on television in routine or otherwise. Listening to different senior scholars of Islam helps us in drawing commonalities or common theories since TRUE ISLAM is scattered in these times. Thus all this exercise helps us in arriving at the true spirit of ‘deen’ though we learn all our lives and always remain students of Islam apart from other disciplines of learning. It cannot be denied at the same time that many Western theories are also extensions from our own religious philosophies or from other religions. But we need to make ourselves familiar with our own roots first.

Reading Qur’an ourselves with translation is a major step. Then books on ahadith could also be consulted or books with light themes on ahadith literature. One such book is Urdu book “USVA-E-HASNA” by Bintul Islam published in the early 1980s (available from Idara-e-Islamiat Anarkali, Lahore). It has three volumes with a beautiful Urdu expression and easily comprehensible with explanations of ahadith literature under different chapters. Today the situation is very misleading when we see so many ‘ulema’ and other people on commercial TV. Hence, our generation is confused about which person to follow in terms of Islamic teachings.

Lastly, when we want to learn pure Islamic teachings, then we have to study from sources which do not mix too much politics with ‘deen’. Otherwise, we will be left with a confused mind in the end about the difference between right and wrong even if it is important to keep ourselves aware of the national and global issues in these troublesome times. Sadly, some elements want to gain power under the cover of religion and politics (either consciously or unconsciously) OR more aptly POLITICAL ISLAM and we need to be ware of them, even if we cannot deny that Islam should be implemented at all levels. The need exists nevertheless of having an Islamic system of governance at top (if we talk about Pakistan to start with) but for that perhaps we still have to wait many years before we have a benevolent group of people who carry a selfless approach and the spirit of serving the masses instead of pushing their own bigoted agenda!

Some of the senior scholars of Islam which we can learn from are:

1-    Sheikh Imran Hosein (a speaker as well as writer)
2-    Dr. Israr (a speaker whose lectures are available in the form of booklets)
3-    Maulana Justice Retd. Taqi Usmani (a prolific Urdu writer)
4-    Dr. Zakir Naik
5-    Harun Yahya (a gifted writer in English though his personality is controversial in some ways)
6-    Sheikh Nuh Keller (a convert who has written some books)
8-   Maulana Tariq Jamil (a brilliant speaker whose lectures are available on CDs even though both good and bad points are associated with his Tableeghi Jamaat)
9-    Professor Ahmed Rafique Akhtar (a great lecturer in Urdu with comprehensive insight on Qur’an and Hadith)

[The opinions expressed above are solely of the author and others have the right to differ]
 

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Thought(s) For Monday - Sep16, 2013






THOUGHT(S) FOR MONDAY – SEPTEMBER 16, 2013

-         "When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know Peace!" – Jimi Hendrix

-         Greeting or paying Salaam first to poor people on the road (or elsewhere) who are strangers, can remove PRIDE (TAKABBUR) from our hearts.

-         1526 cases of rape and 109 cases of gang-rape (figures to be verified) registered by Punjab Police during Jan-Jul 2013. How many got punished? Indian court ordered hanging of Delhi gang-rape attackers two days back. It means before we think of hating Hindus and “conquering India” we need to concentrate on our own social evils and put our own house in order (even though we cannot ignore the atrocities in Kashmir for which Pakistan needs to arrive at a solution through peaceful legislation at local and international level). Since decades and decades, we have been reading in newspapers about the heinous crimes in our villages like honor killings, gang rapes, oppression of women, forced marriages, parading women without clothes in front of the whole village, murders, etc. What about the cities where every second person is a liar and a cheater?

-         To top all of this, our corrupt governments have been succumbing to international pressure and so-called human rights organizations to abolish death-penalty/capital punishment in Pakistan. Can we afford not to punish the murderers and terrorists in these times, when there is so much crime and terrorism in the country? If you think Pakistan can survive without capital punishment then first read this detailed article “Crime without punishment in Pakistan” where the writer has thrown light on the issue from all possible angles. http://www.presstv.com/detail/2013/06/05/307359/crime-breeds-crime/
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IK's Move for Education - KPK

VIDEO: IK's Move for Education in KPK
VIDEO: IK's Move for Education in KPK
WITHOUT ANY POLITICAL AFFILIATION - KPK & Imran's Move for free education - Imran's efforts for education of children in the region should be appreciated. However, we hope he will fight a war to abolish "Riba-based economic systems" from the country as well since indulging in Riba is considered one of the seven most heinous sins in Islam. Though many Muslims today will try to argue and justify the existing systems in the country, but it is a reality that the current monetary systems with credit cards, mark-ups, interest, etc. is not at all permissible according to Qu'ran and Hadith.

http://www.zemtv.com/2013/09/11/imran-khan-announces-free-education-in-kpk
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Saturday, 14 September 2013

Muslim Women

TRUE FACE OF MUSLIM WOMEN
& HOW THEY SHOULD CARRY THEMSELVES :)

I am clever :) Through this image,
I have conveyed something to Muslim women...
(though men are under certain obligations too)


Greatness and great acts








 
GREATNESS AND GREAT ACTS:

WITHOUT ANY POLITICAL AFFILIATION - A MESSAGE FOR US ALL - AHSAN IQBAL CLEANING THE STAIRS OF A SCHOOL ON A SURPRISE VISIT WHEN HE FOUND THAT THE AREA WAS DIRTY 

[P.S. - I have listened to Ahsan Iqbal on TV sometimes and then attended a get-together two years back at a hall in LCCI, Lahore where some senior writers, thinkers apart from him were also present. The theme was "Revolution". I have found him to be a well-spoken man with clear vision and sometimes wonder how he gets along with the other fish in the filthy pond. He has got his business education from UK or USA perhaps earlier in his youth.]

غیر سیاسی۔۔۔
اگر یہ تصویر یورپ یا امریکہ کی ہوتی تو آج پورے فیس بک پر واہ واہ ہوتی۔ لیکن یہ تصویراک پاکستانی کی ہے۔ جی ہاں احسن اقبال صاحب جب ایک سکول وزٹ کرنے پہنچ جاتے ہیں تو سکول کی ابتر صفایُ کی حالت دیکھ کر وجہ پوچھتے ہیں۔ہیڈ ماسٹر صاحب نے معذرت پیش کی کہ چپڑاسی چھٹی پر ہیں۔۔ جناب احسن صاحب نے جھاڑو منگوایُ اور خود صفایُ شروع کی۔۔ ہیڈماسٹر اور سکول کا عملہ یہ دیکھ کرشرم سے پانی پانی ہو کر رہ گیا۔ جی ہاں یہ ملک ہمارا گھر ہے۔۔ اور ہمیں ہی اس کا خیال رکھنا ہے۔


اللہ کرے ہمارا ہر لیڈر خواہ کسی بھی پارٹی سے, ہو خود اسی طرح کردار کا عملی نمونہ پیش کرے تا کہ کارکنوں اور ماتحتوں کیلیےُ اک سبق ہو۔اورہم بحیثیت قوم بڑے دل کا مظاہرہ کرکے انہیں اسی طرح داد دیں

Friday, 13 September 2013

Punjab Police & Rape Cases


PUNJAB POLICE AND PUNISHING OF RAPE CASES:

1526 cases of rape and 109 cases of Gang Rape registered by Punjab Police during Jan-Jul 2013. How many got Punished? #Pakistan.

Indian court orders hanging of Delhi gang-rape attackers.


FROM RAJA MUJTABA:

In #Lahore a most heinous crime has taken place where a 5 years old girl was raped probably more than 1 beast. Then they left her in a critical condition in front of the hospital where she is struggling for her life.
So called Khadim Alla is not pushed, #Sharif brothers only act where they get political mileage but have never seen any criminal being convicted.

Today in #India the rapers of the girl student have been hanged, justice has been delivered but never in Pakistan.

In #Kandhar, the Taliban recovered a woman who was being brutalized and they not only set her free but pulled out the man responsible and executed him publicly, that was the turning point in #Afghanistan and thereafter whole Afghanistan fell to Taliban without firing a bullet. The Taliban whom we spare no word in ridiculing them day in and day out while  we claim to be civilized; is this being civilized or cold blooded animals?

For this crime, the first responsibility falls on the citizens of #Lahore to get organised and force it to its logical conclusion. The second responsibility falls on the all the citizens of Pakistan to come out and force the pseudo Khadims to pack up and go. They must leave Pakistan to Pakistanis.

Wake Up People ..... Wake Up Pakistan

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Recognizing People


جن کے اخلاق عمدہ ہیں ان کی صحبت تلاش کرو ' لازم نہیں جس کے ارد گرد
 لوگ جمع ہوں وہ الله کا دوست بھی ہو ' مداری بھی تو لوگ جمع کر لیتے ہیں -
 

How Many Ears?

HOW MANY EARS? 
[this post makes me cry, I received it thru email
 many years back & forwarded it ahead then...]


Jinnah's Greatness - Sep11

GREATNESS LINGERS ON...


9/11 - NEVER FORGET...

NEVER FORGET...

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Samaan Hai Sau Bars Ka


The reality of our life in this world and our insensitivity!
'SIMPLICITY' - the core lesson of Islam. Say NO to materialism. Don't buy every new gadget or accessory just because the whole world is going mad.


Video: George Galloway on Israel Vs. Hezbollah


MUST SEE - Nice slapping given by George Galloway on the issue of right and wrong about Israel vs. Hezbollah.https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=516183671794761&set=vb.100002093972429&type=2&theater

Monday, 9 September 2013

Judgment & Court Punishments


Judgment and Court Punishments


"Judgment is a divine right of Allah alone the powers of which have been delegated to human beings in accordance with the terms and conditions spelled out in Holy Quran and as excercised by the Holy Prophet (pbuh) and the Caliphs. Any deviation from there would be a serious violation and hence a contempt of Divine Authority." Raja Mujtaba

German Solar Plants


Germany has it, but even USA doesn't....so can
we employ solar plants to our advantage as a cheap substitute for other sources of energy?
 
 

Salah in mosque



Nothing like Salah in mosque, at home the environment is not right & also there is lots of distraction..
 

Sunday, 8 September 2013

"The Days Ahead" - by Roman Ahsan




THE DAYS AHEAD - - - !!!
[by Syed Roman Ahsan]

Originally written as: “While The Country Mourns------!!!”
– Dec. 2007

Revised: March 2008 and September 2013

[The author has written this article with an earnest concern and with his limited knowledge – independent research could be carried on by the reader to verify the references or the content – In the end, only ALLAH KNOWS BEST about everything].

THE DAYS AHEAD - - - !!!
[by Syed Roman Ahsan – Sep. 2013]

Posted at: http://bit.ly/15aXb2T [Together We Rise!]

"That which is on earth We have made but as a glittering show for the earth, in order that We may test them - as to which of them are best in conduct." - (SURAT AL-KAHF: 7)

The suicide bombings have been taking their toll in Pakistan. Some of those events were ghastly affairs whereby not only innocent people lost their lives, but explosives of unusual magnitude were used. Moreover, the two parallel suicide operations in Lahore, Pakistan (one at FIA building and the other in a Marketing Research/Advertising agency) were carried out in a very well-planned and systematic manner. These incidents occurred just two months after a highly prominent female political figure of Pakistan was ruthlessly terminated. The current overall situation in Middle Eastern countries is also very heart-breaking with Syria on the hit-list now. Some definite patterns emerge when we examine the current global events in connection with the prophecy of our Holy Prophet (s.a.w.w.):

"The hadith of our Prophet (s.a.w.w.) contains detailed information and signs regarding the end times that will take place close to the Last Day. According to this information, a number of significant events will follow one another in the end times. It is stated in the hadith that in the first part of the end times there will be great chaos (9/11 event ?, post-9/11 events ? , suicide bombings ?), moral degeneration ( increasing liberal views of the West ?, promotion of godless or atheist philosophies ?), war (US-Afghanistan ?, US-Iraq ?, Kashmir ?, Lebanon ?, Congo ?, Sri Lanka ?, Sudan ?. Libya?, Egypt?, Syria?), terror, hunger (The Africas ?) and conflict. The increasing prevalence of earthquakes is one of the signs of the Last Day imparted by Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.w.)." - An extract from Harun Yahya's work.

Almost all of the senior and seasoned scholars of Islam are unanimous that we are living in the End Times! It means we should observe some precautionary measures because the Anti-Christ (Dajjal) who will appear in the End Times, will bring great tribulations or sufferings for Muslims wherever they are living as per the warnings of our Dear Prophet (s.a.w.w.). In fact, according to one of his sayings, the Anti-Christ (Dajjal) will be the greatest fitna (or test) from Prophet Adam's (pbuh) time till Judgment Day (Yaum-ul-Qayamah). It is written that every Prophet has warned his followers about Dajjal. Dajjal means “imposter” or “big liar”. Dajjal is a system also which will precede the coming of the actual person who will be the Dajjal. He will be the false ‘Messiah’ preceding the coming of the ‘true Messiah’, Isa (as) Ibn-e-Maryam.

When we look around us, we see that most of the people in this world are absorbed in seeking worldly pleasures through over-dose of entertainment activities without balancing their lives. We are unaware, that we are living in the End times. We never know if the Dajjal system is already prevailing in these times since it has almost become a fashion to boast about one's misconduct/lies/treachery and other evil ways in gatherings. Then, Capitalism has seized the world and man's selfish quest for making himself richer & richer has left him with little concern for afterlife! Afterlife has become a fable in the eyes of many who brush away such talk with jokes. More and more luxuries are quickly finding their place amongst necessities, and common man is only left with unmet desires contributing to his frustrations. Majority of the people are immersed in media attractions caring very little for the drastic world & country events. This latest media attack is acting like tranquilizers which are putting their minds to sleep, while the need of the time is serious pondering and creating awareness for the desired steps that might help us out of these unfortunate conditions, or pave way for a better course of action!

Latest accessories and gadgets do attract people, but the desire to make them absolutely necessary for survival should be condemned and we need to check such tendencies. An optimum balance needs to be obtained between needs, luxuries and necessities. Today we have become obsessed with buying every new product and new models since we think they define our status amongst people in society. A man will neglect to say his prayers sometimes just because he has not got enough time to maintain his accessories. In that sense, those accessories are just a curse in his life, nothing else. And that is why the elders in the old days always stressed the importance of ‘simplicity’ which is a core principle of Islam. Simplicity does not mean that a person should not own a car or laptop as per ‘genuine need’. It defines his or her overall attitude towards life in general and his/her relationship with Almighty Allah while applying a limit to his belongings. It means saving time and money for Lord and to help the needy people in the society.

Another Hadith of the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.w.) points that when Dajjal appears, the Muslims with weak faith will embrace his religion due to his awesome power and magic, and thus doomed to the everlasting fire of hell. Only those with strong faith will survive his spell! So this calls for us to prepare for that time, and nourish our faith so as to enable us to tackle his power. Preparation means observing our obligations towards Almighty Allah, while not ignoring obligations towards people around us (Haqooq-ul-abaad) and following the right practices in religion (at least trying)! Today the enemies of Islam are trying to dilute the message of Allah and His messenger (s.a.w.w.). Sadly, many leading media groups in Muslim countries are serving the agenda of ‘Satan’ and floating godless or atheist philosophies. Apart from this, the enemies of Islam have employed global media and other sources to associate Islam with terrorism and “intolerance”. The fact is that the term “tolerance” is exploited by those groups who are themselves very intolerant towards Muslims and believers in general. It cannot be denied however that some groups working for the cause of Islam fail to proceed in the right manner and earn a bad reputation for Islam as a whole. That is why it is said “Islam is perfect, the Muslims are not. Please don’t get confused!” Still, with time it becomes apparent who are the oppressors. Is it the forces involved in ‘resistance movements’ or the evil warlords with the callous military-industrial complex on their side?

We have been assigned certain safeguards to protect ourselves from the spell of Dajjal. Prophet (s.a.w.w.) advised according to a hadith in Sahih-Mulim, that we should memorize and contemplate over the 1st ten verses of Surah Al-kahf (at other places it is written last ten verses) in order to escape the evil of Dajjal. Also, the entire Surah Al-kahf (No. 18th) should be recited on every Jumm’ah (after Maghrib prayer Thursday and before Maghrib prayer Friday) according to a saying of the Prophet (S.A.W.W.). Some relevant Ahadith followed by summary of End times:

1. Allah’s Messenger (pbuh) said, “If anyone memorizes the first ten verses of Sūrah al-Kahf, he would be protected from Dajjāl.” (As reported by Abū Darda – Sahīh Muslim)

2. “He who among you will survive to see him (Dajjāl) should recite over him the opening verses of Sūrah al-Kahf.” (Sahīh Muslim)

3. Prophet (pbuh) said: “Whoever recites Sūrah al-Kahf on Jum’ah (i.e., ‘Friday’ of the pagan world) would have illumination from the light (of the Sūrah) from one Jum’ah to the next.” (Reported by Abu Sa’īd al-Khudri – Nasā’i, Baihaqī, Hākim)

It should be noted that some so-called highly educated Muslims fail to admit the authenticity of end time prophecies of Anti-Christ as they consider those myths only. Such Muslims basically have been groomed from the very start with mindsets that focus on ‘human logic’ alone which is very limited compared to all that which is written in ‘Lauh-e-Mahfooz’. Then some media sources are preparing minds with a godless agenda which leads them further away from the truth. All that is secular is not bad and helps mankind with its scientific discoveries ‘if’ in its benefit. But beyond that, there are mysteries that we need to ponder as well and use to our advantage. If our mind has developed layers upon layers of intellect alone and we have not bothered to devote sufficient time to study religious philosophies, then we are at a loss in spite of our worldly success. Surah Al-Asr in Qur’an throws some light in this context in another way.

It is ironic that we believe that the quotes of Aristotle from the B.C. era have been correctly preserved but the early Muslims were not able to compile the Ahadith literature or sayings of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.w.) without whom there would be no Islam or we would not be called Muslims. Hence, since the philosophies surrounding Dajjal have not been discussed in Qur’an but rather in Ahadith, ‘some learned’ Muslims of today who are infused too much with Western thought reject them. We just need to strike the right balance between Western thought and Islamic/Eastern philosophies. A believer has a strong faith that the Holy Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.w.) was the seal of all Prophets and his teachings along with his company created the best of human beings (not just Muslims) in those times. Though there were hypocrites amongst Muslims even then who conspired against the later Caliphs of Islam after the Prophet’s (pbuh) demise and created differences between groups but generally the early Muslims made tremendous efforts in all spheres of life. Their contributions later on paved way for the glory of Islam. It is tragic that the later Muslims became lazy and were easily subdued by their enemies. Thus the battle between good and evil continues and it is to be noted that though goodness is not confined to Muslims alone, yet we should take pride in our religion rather being ashamed of it! This sort of pride is not to be confused with ‘arrogance’ but ‘confidence’!

It needs to be emphasized that the generation victimized by materialism and media attractions that are not in league with our Islamic values can later on easily fall prey for the trials put forth to mankind by Anti-Christ. We need to apply some definite checks against these two categories even if we are not under any financial constraints. If we ponder over the current times, the trials by Anti-Christ are already upon us! The duty of an Islamic government is to take some definite measures and to provide some goals to the Muslim nations in this connection. One of the foremost concerns in this regard is to abolish “Riba-based economic systems” and to launch our own models of Islamic systems after mutual consultations since Riba is considered amongst the seven heinous sins in Islam. This seems possible only if we have an Islamic governance system operating at top. Finally, it is not being implied that we stop living or leave all entertainment activities – we only have to align our worldly goals with a greater concern that can help us in becoming good human beings and ‘better’ Muslims with a stronger faith!

Reading Qur’an with understanding should be encouraged apart from the sayings of the Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.w.). Ideally, an Urdu translation of Holy Qur'an should be studied, but for English translation, Abdullah Yusuf Ali's (1872-1953) work is recommended by most. Some of the signs of End times as given in Ahadith literature are:

_ Killings will increase manifold
_ Positions will be entrusted to incompetent persons
_ Fornication/adultery will rise
_ Knowledge will be lifted and widespread ignorance will take its place (knowledge here means that related to true faith)
_ Multiple Trials & Tribulations (Fitnah) will occur
_ The population of women will supersede that of men
_ Many Muslims will leave their faith and align themselves with Non-Muslims in their acts of worship (happening today even if not on conscious basis)
_ A big war will take place in Middle East in which Muslims will suffer huge losses. It has been prophesized that if a father has 100 sons, 99 will die. The war is named as “Armageddon” in the accounts of Non-Muslims while it is called “Al-Malhama-tul-Uzma” or “Al-Malhama-tul-Kubra” in Ahadith. These could be two different wars in End times. Some scholars say it is already in place in the form of smaller wars. Some others say it will be one big epic war.
_ Imam Mahdi (ra) will appear after the big war in Middle East and will lead the Muslims against Dajjal's forces for 7-9 years (the sequence of events i.e. appearance either before or after big war is known best to Allah Almighty only). All this time, Dajjal will be in hide yet commanding everything.
_ At the end of Imam Mahdi’s (ra) period, Dajjal (Anti-Christ) will ‘physically’ appear and will put mankind to severe kind of crises. That will be the toughest time for Muslims!
_ Prophet Jesus (pbuh) will return from the heavens, help Imam Mahdi (ra) and finally kill Dajjal and his allies. It will take a Prophet to kill Dajjal due to his awesome power and magic and that is why we call him Anti-Christ. Imam Mahdi (ra) will pass away due to natural illness and Prophet Isa (as) then will rule the world as a just king for about 40 years according to the true moral values of Qur'an & Sunnah! That will be a golden period of earth when the whole world will embrace Islam and there will be abundance of wealth and natural resources for everyone.

"What is the life of this world but play and amusement? But best is the home in the hereafter, for those who are righteous. Will you not then understand?” - (SURAT AL-ANAM: 32)

May ALLAH make us better Muslims and protect the Muslim World against the perils of Dajjal! Aameen!

[In writing this article, narrations from two Urdu books “Fitnah-e-Dajjal” and “Islam may Imam Mahdi Ka Tassawwur” have also inspired apart from some common theories of Islamic scholars]