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The Light - English edition

The Light - English edition

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November 2012

November

2012
Webcasting on the world’s first real-time Islamic service at www.virtualmosque.co.uk
Editors:
Shahid Aziz Mustaq Ali

Contents:
Call of the Messiah Umar bin Abdul Aziz Persecution and False Piety

Page
1 4 6

Webcasts: Please note that the Friday khutba and prayers, the dars, as well as all meetings are broadcast over the Virtual Mosque (www.virtualmosque.co.uk).

‫بِسْم ہللاِ الرَّحْ مٰ ن الرَّحیْم‬ ِ ِ ِ

The beauty Allah created – so which of Allah’s bounties wil
November 2012

November

2012
Webcasting on the world’s first real-time Islamic service at www.virtualmosque.co.uk
Editors:
Shahid Aziz Mustaq Ali

Contents:
Call of the Messiah Umar bin Abdul Aziz Persecution and False Piety

Page
1 4 6

Webcasts: Please note that the Friday khutba and prayers, the dars, as well as all meetings are broadcast over the Virtual Mosque (www.virtualmosque.co.uk).

‫بِسْم ہللاِ الرَّحْ مٰ ن الرَّحیْم‬ ِ ِ ِ

The beauty Allah created – so which of Allah’s bounties wil

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November 2012
Editors:
Shahid AzizMustaq Ali
Contents:
 
Page
 
Call of the Messiah 1Umar bin Abdul Aziz 4Persecution and False Piety 6
Webcasts
: Please note that the Friday
khutba
 and prayers, the
dars
, as well as all meetingsare broadcast over the Virtual Mosque(
www.virtualmosque.co.uk 
).
Call of the Messiah
(
Continued from the last issue
)
Prayer precedes plan
This investigation leads us obviously to the con-clusion that prior to the creation of a plan thereis the stage of prayer, which the Law of God haspreordained and destined as necessary and in-evitable for man, so that every seeker after anobject has naturally to cross over this bridge. It is, therefore, a shameful matter if one should sayor think that prayer and plan are contradictionsand inconsistent with each other. What is theaim or purpose of prayer? It is evidently that theGreat Knower of the Unseen, Who has knowl-edge of even the subtlest schemes, might dropsome nice and excellent plan into the suppli-
cant’s mind, or create one from his own side by
exercising His attributes of all-powerfulness andcreative action. How, then, could there be anycontradiction or inconsistency between prayerand plan?
 A spiritual argument 
Besides this, just as the mutual relation betweenprayer and plan is proved by the testimony of the Law of Nature, in the same way, the Book of Human Nature, too, offers the evidence that at the time of some affliction, human minds, as isour observation, turn to adopting a remedialplan, and tend to prayer, sacrifice and charita-ble deeds under a natural impulse. If a glanceshould be cast upon all the nations of the
world, it seems that up to this time no nation’s
conscience has stood up against this univer-sally accepted principle. It is, therefore, a spiri-tual argument upon the fact that the internallaw of man has also, from ancient times, de-creed unto all the nations that prayer shall not be separated from plan and proposed action,and that plan and method of procedure shouldrather be sought and explored by means of prayer. In short, prayer and plan are two natu-ral requirements of human nature which have,ever since the creation of man, come downthrough the ages, like two real brothers, to at-tend upon and serve human nature. Whereasplan is the necessary outcome of prayer, prayer
is the incentive or stimulus for plan; and man’s
blessedness and obedience lies in the fact that he should, before launching upon a plan, seek 
 
November
2012
Webcasting on the world’s first real
-time Islamic service at 
www.virtualmosque.co.uk 
The beauty Allah created
 
so which of Allah’s
bounties will man deny by destroying it?
 
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help and guidance from the Supreme Source of all grace, so that, getting light from that Ever-lasting and Ever-Flowing Fountain, excellent and effective schemes may be devised and con-ceived.
Portentous prophecies
There is yet another objection offered in opposi-tion, namely that no Divine decree or destinycan be held in suspense, and a revealed proph-ecy bound up by conditions is against the willand way of God. Be it known, therefore, that thisobjection is a delusion of the same colour as wasthe first one. Human minds have ever since beeninclined to this side, that if they be apprised be-forehand of the coming of a catastrophe theyseek to avert the doom by means of prayer andsacrifice. It is thus obviously clear that the inter-nal law of the Most High God has imprinted onhuman nature its decree that calamities and af-flictions can be warded off and obviated bymeans of prayer and sacrifice. It is for this rea-son that all the nations of the world are natu-rally inclined to this view, that at the time of thecoming of a calamity, or fear of its visitation,they should take to prayer with all their mindand concentration. With what pain and repen-tance people on the sea weep and wail and im-plore the Most High God for protection whenthey find that their ship is being wrecked! In theHoly Quran, from Prophet Noah down to thetime of the Holy Prophet Muhammad, our great and glorious Master (peace and the blessings of God be upon him), all the portentous propheciesforetelling the dreadful doom of the opponentsof Truth have been, one and all, bound up withconditions. This means that such and such a ca-lamity is about to overtake you, and that if youshould repent and do good deeds, the chastise-ment will be kept in abeyance and withheld,otherwise you will be swept away and annihi-lated. The Holy Quran is replete with suchprophecies. But it is surprising indeed that somepeople who call themselves Muslims put forthand urge such objections as are even repugnant to the teachings of the Holy Quran. The reasonof it is that in this age, many people have somuch engulfed themselves in the pursuit of worldly affairs that they have become hope-lessly bereft of the Islamic teaching.1. There is found, in these days, a group of people even among the Muslims who say that there is no such thing as prayer, and that thedictates of destiny must inevitably come to pass.But it is regrettable that these people know not that notwithstanding the truth of the doctrine of predestination, certain things, in the Law of God,have been ordained as means for the removal of certain calamities. For instance, water for thequenching of thirst and bread for the removal of hunger are natural means. Why, then, should it be wondered at or doubted that prayer, too, is ameans, in the Law of God, for the realization of aneed, wherein Providence Divine has implantedpower for the stimulation of Divine favour. Theexperience of thousands of saints and righteousmen bears witness to the fact that in prayerthere is undoubtedly a power to arouse andstimulate. We have also recorded in our booksour personal experiences in this connection;and there is no bigger argument than personalexperience. Although it is true that everythinghas been foreordained, yet, just as it has beenpredetermined that so and so will fall ill, andwill then make use of this medicine and recoverfrom his illness, in the same way it has also beenestablished beforehand that if such-and-such anafflicted person will offer prayer and supplica-tion, then the means for his deliverance will becreated through acceptance of his prayer. Andexperience bears it out that wherever it mayhappen, by the grace of God, that prayer be of-fered with all its necessary conditions, that 
 A Muslim’s love for the Holy Quran shown in
 creating this beautiful copy of the Holy Book 
 
 
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tance and pardon; for, it is one of the attrib-utes of God that He accepts the repentanceof a penitent person, and throws into abey-ance the prophecy foretelling for him adreadful doom.
Hazrat 
Umar bin Abdul Aziz
Mujaddid 
of the First Century of 
Hijra
 (From:
Noor-i-Islam
, October 2012)
There are a few rulers in the world who have left indelible impressions in history. Caliph Umar ibnAbdul Aziz tops that list. He is considered one of the finest rulers in Muslim history, second only tothe four rightly guided caliphs
Hazrats Abu Bakr,Umar, Uthman and Ali, Allah be pleased with themall. In fact, in some circles, he is affectionately re-ferred to as the fifth and the last caliph of Islamand it is also confirmed from all the lists publishedthat he was the First Mujaddid in Islam.The Roman emperor, when he heard about his
death, said: “A virtuous person has passed away …
I am hardly surprised to see an ascetic who re-nounced the world and give himself to the prayersof Allah. But I am certainly surprised at a personwork is certainly accomplished and fulfilled. The
Quranic verse saying “Pray to Me, and I will accept your prayer” also points to the same thing. And yet 
one has to wonder why it should be that when allpeople
despite having faith in the doctrine of pre-destination
betake themselves to doctors andphysicians when taken ill, they do not, going by theexample of medical treatment, appreciate and ac-cept the efficacy of prayer.2. Just ponder over these verses:a.
“Surely he who keeps his duty and is patient 
Allah never wastes the reward of the doers
of good.” (12:90) This prophecy is of a gen-
eral nature, subject to the conditions of ob-
servance of one’s duty to Allah and patience.
 b.
“Why should Allah chastise you if you aregrateful and believe?” (4:147) It has been
stated in this prophecy that the approachingdoom can be averted by gratefulness andbelief.c.
“Then as to those who disbelieve, I shall
chastise them with severe chastisement inthis world and the Hereafter, and they willhave no helpers. And as to those who believeand do good deeds, He will pay them fullytheir rewards. And Allah loves not the un-
just.” (3:55–
56) In these verses, too, it hasbeen clearly pointed out that belief is thecondition that can prevent and impede thecoming of chastisement.d.
“But if they give thee (the Prophet) the lie,
then say: Your Lord is the Lord of all-encompassing mercy; and His punishment cannot be averted from the guilty peo-
ple.” (6:148) This prophecy, again, is limited
by condition. If the opponents should be-lieve, they will, of course, get a share of thevast, all-encompassing mercy of Allah; but if they should persist in their denial, then thepunishment of God is such that it cannot beaverted by any trick or stratagem. There are,likewise, in the Holy Quran conditionalprophecies mentioned here and there, in thehistories of the prophets; and to deny themis, in fact, to deny Islam. Rather it seemsfrom the story of Prophet Jonah that a por-tentous prophecy, even though uninvestedwith a condition, can be averted by repen-
The Holy Ka‘ba
 

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