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The Great Divide - Vol 1 - Issue 1

The Great Divide - Vol 1 - Issue 1

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Published by: Shifa Student Society on May 06, 2011
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Vol.1- Issue.1Shifa Student SocietyFebruary-March 2009
Written by 
Komal Atta
What Pandora Managed To Save16The Great Divide19
Written by 
Dr. Muzaffar Iqbal
My “John Hancock”
Written by 
Ahmed Malik
Written by 
 Yousuf Raza
Sanity Pleads8 Abu Bakr ‘As-Siddique’12
Written by 
Dr. Waqas Ahmed
Cannibalism’s Supremacy Continues26
Written by 
Umar Shuaib
Wake Up!32
Written by 
Dr. Madiha Ashraf 
Women Scholars Of Islam34
Written by 
Asmara Malik
The Spiritual Heart24
Written by 
Mohammad Hammad
In the recent attacks on Gaza, hundreds of men, women and children were massacred.
Thousands were wounded. The hospitals were overflowing, and there was a severe shortageof medical professionals. There wasn’t even enough space to bury the dead, who lay in pileson various street corners. How did this happen? Have we fallen so far that a part of us can beforced into concentration camps, be pulverized by constant bombardment, and have criticalshortages of food, water, medicine, and electricity, but we remain powerless to stop it? Therewas a time in our history when Muhammad bin Qasim rode out from Hijaz with an army of onlytwelve thousand to face the might of the Sindhi Rajputs and free Muslim widows and children.What happened? In truth, we lost sight of our true purpose in this life and discarded the Com-mandments of Allah SWT.The most any of us might have done was to leave our homes once and protest, buthonestly, how many of us did even that? We could have at least boycotted those companieswho support or are owned by Zionists. Our money flows to them and turns into rivers of innocentblood. ‘Yes, yes, we know,’ you say, ‘but everything is owned by them, or supports them. Do youwant us to not ever buy anything?’ It is a matter of principle. Do the best you are able to do.Truly, the first and most important thing we should do is examine ourselves. Throughthorough and repeated reflection, we can begin to understand the state of the Muslim Ummahand the active role we can take to bring about its revival.Take a look at the world news coverage of the crisis in Gaza; it was utterly biased. Self-righteous Israel was applauded in taking initiative to stop the “terrorists” from firing rockets intotheir land. The ground, air and naval raids were seen as completely justified, self-preservingacts. To those without proper knowledge of the real situation it seemed perfectly acceptable.Israel’s reprehensible use of chemical weapons like white phosphorous (an indiscriminate killer that ignites once it is exposed to oxygen, causing painful burns) was blithely ignored.Therefore the second thing we must do is educate ourselves and our communities. Wemust know our Deen, its role in our lives, the current status of the Muslim Ummah, and what we
can do to improve it.
The greatest change comes from within. We can endlessly blame others for our currentstate, but if we sincerely wish for the betterment of ourselves we must strive to change the Um-mah from the inside. No sudden external force will cause the strengthening and enlightenment of the Muslims. Allah SWT explains in ayah eleven of Surah Ra’d, “Verily Allah will not change thecondition of a people as long as they do not change their state themselves.”
The Magazine Team
here comes a time in a person’s life when
he or she gets a glimpse of being at the
pinnacle of life. When that happens, we
tend to forget our meek beginning and our 
ultimate end.
Imagine, for an instance, that you write to the
President of Pakistan with a proposal for a
way out of our energy crisis. Out of the many
letters that the President receives, he chances
to personally read yours. He looks throughyour plan and, being in a good mood thatday, actually decides that he likes the plan.The President then calls a meeting with hisassociates and puts the plan into action. Oneof two things can happen next.The first thing that can happen is that your 
proposed plan works out well and the nation’s
energy crisis is solved. The second thing thatcan happen is that your plan fails miserablyand the nation remains lost in its energy
woes—the consequences of which we will not
bother discussing.If the plan turns out to be sound, then you canbe appreciated one of two ways. First, thePresident comes on TV and addresses thewhole nation about the success of a new plan
that was initiated under his direction and whichsaved the nation. In this speech, the presidenttells the nation that it was the concern of the citizens for the nation, after his concern,which pulled the nation out of the crisis. Then
he says, “One such citizen who was a greatpromoter of this new plan is—.” Your name isnow known all across the nation and you areconsidered a great person. You are thankedimmensely. However, there is another endingto this story that is equally as likely to take
Your plan is great and turns out to beinstrumental in catapulting the nation out of theenergy crisis. The President announces your plan to the nation, calling it, “The President’sEnergy Plan.” After the plan has progressedpositively, the President comes on TV to
address the nation. He thanks all the citizens
for their patience through the times of difficulty.
He tells them that their concern for the nation
and cooperation with the government has paidoff. The President talks at length about how theplan is wonderful in many aspects and how itwill work to keep the nation away from trouble.He tells the nation what steps are being takento ensure that the plan works and is properlycarried out. He goes on and on and then finallyends his speech with, “Pakistan, Zindabad!”There is no mention of you; there is not even ahint about you in the speech; there is not evena slight, “Thank you.”You will probably think to yourself, “What anungrateful fool this president is! I spent hoursupon hours of sleepless nights molding andshaping this plan, and this man sits in front
4th year MBBS student at Shifa College of Medicine
of the cameras self-claiming everything. Hedidn’t even bother expressing gratitude to mefor writing to him. He could have at least said,‘I thank all those who have been writing to meabout ways in which they wanted to help thisnation.’ What does he care about this nation?”
If we ever fall into such a situation we are
bound to jump with joy in the first scenario andboil with anger in the second. In either case,thoughts like, “
saved the nation from the
energy crisis;
was willing enough to sacrificemy sleep to work out this plan.
was the onewho wrote to the President.
should get credit
work,” might begin to creep into our 
We forget however, that it
not I 
who made the
President read the letter; it
not I 
who allowed the
President to be in a goodmood at that time; it was
not I 
who made the plan
actually work in the end;
it was
not I 
who chosewhether the Presidentwould appreciate me or not.
There are so many things
in this world that are not
under our control, and yetwhen we are given authority,power, or acclaim we think it is because of our doing. One word can describe this feelingadequately—arrogance.Arrogance was the first sin ever committed,even before the well-known murder of the sonof Adam (AS). One has to wonder,
is arrogance
a sin? If it was the first one committed, then it 
should be inherently a part of us.
That is where
our thinking goes wrong. Yes, arrogance is asin, but just because it was the first sin to becommitted doesn’t mean it is inherently a partof us. In fact, we should completely abhor thissin if we consider what should or should not be
a part of our inherent nature.
The sin of arrogance, the first sin to becommitted, was committed by Shaytan (Satanor the Devil). It was committed in regard to our father, Adam (AS). When our Creator, Allah,told all the angles to bow down in front of Adam (AS), all the angels obeyed. Iblees, whowas not an angel but was ranked among thembecause of his worship of Allah, refused to bowto Adam (AS),
“And (remember) when We said to theangels: ‘Prostrate to Adam.’ So they  prostrated except Iblîs(Satan). He was one of the jinns; he disobeyed theCommand of his Lord.” (18:50)
How could someone be so
close to the All Powerful,
Allah, and yet blatantlydisobey His commands?The Most Wise, Allah did
not leave this question to
float around in our mindsunanswered. In Suratul-‘Araaf, Allah (SWT) tells us,
“(Allâh) said: ‘What  prevented you (O Iblîs)that you did not prostrate,when I commanded you?’ Iblîs said: ‘I ambetter than him (Adam). You created me
from fire, and him You created from clay.’” 
This caused Shaytan to be cast out of Jannah(heaven) and to be dejected for all eternity.His arrogance, however, completely cloudedhis judgment and instead of seeking theforgiveness of the Most Merciful, Allah, hebegged Allah for respite so that he coulddedicate all the time till the Day of Reckoningto mislead Adam (AS) and all his offspring,including us:
 was the first sin ever com-
mitted, even before the well-known murder of the son of Adam (AS).

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