Saturday, December 29, 2007

BB's death-The Stories

There were three main stories about her death published since the news got out of her death.
  1. The first was that a suicide bomb killed her "amid firing". This was Musharraf's version when he first appeared on TV following her death. It was a written speech which he had to look at the paper every other second. He mentioned that it was the work of suicide bombers and terrorists who killed her. CNN also tried to show this version by saying that she died by a suicide bomb even though its reporters told otherwise. This story was also endorsed by secularists and the anti-militants.CNN also tried to say it was the work of 'religious parties' clearly indicating Jamaat Islami and Jamaat Ulema-i-Islam. JI is boycotting the elections and JUI has more to lose than win since the PPP are not very strong in NWFP where JUI holds its only significant strength.
  2. The second more seemingly-accurate report which appeared a little later but was soon all over the local news was that she popped her head out of the sunroof to wave to supporters and then seeing the chance the assassin killed her by three bullets. One in the head, two in the neck. At one point, Aaj TV even mentioned that the assassin shot five bullets and then, another person used a report control bomb to kill the assassin. Though most channels were saying this, they kept on switching back and forth between the two stories in apparent pressure from the government.Later on, this was endorsed by an eye-witness(in Dawn on Friday) and by Amin Fahim, the PPP vice chairman who sat next to her in the car.
  3. Apparently, the first government-imposed story was too inaccurate and vague. So the government created a new story. The bullets missed her, the force of the explosion hit her and while she was coming back down in the car, the LEVER of the sunroof hit her and was the cause of her death. PROOF: They had an x-ray of her head and the video you all got hours before the people of Pakistan did. Oh yeah, the GEO logo was missing. After this, they had a transcript from Baitullah Mehsud (the Taliban commander in Pakistan) congratulating some "Maulana" for the assassination. Interestingly, it also included Mehsud's location.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Qadr (Predestination)

Below is an article I wrote for Dawn. It hasn't been published yet and I don't even know if it will be ever published. But its written in that way: For secularists and with a tinge of real Islam.

Qadr (Predestination)

Qadr (predestination) is the belief that everything is predestined by Allah (SWT). It comprises of four parts. The first part is the knowledge of Allah (SWT). Allah (SWT) knows exactly and everything of what takes place, what has taken place and what will take place. The second part of Qadr is Al-Lawh Al-Mahfooth which is the prescribed tablet. In the Al-Lawh Al-Mahfooth everything that will happen has been written down. The third part is the will of Allah (SWT). Everything in the past, present or future takes place by the will of Allah (SWT). The last part is Creation. It is the belief that Allah (SWT) has created all creation, all what they possess of attributes, and all their actions.
Qadr is one of the seven beliefs of a Muslim. There is no disagreement among the scholars of Islam that it is must for every Muslim to believe in Qadr. Without it the belief of a Muslim is incomplete. Among those who rejected this concept were the Mu’tazilaat, and for this reason were called apostates to Islam by the Muslims of the past and those of today.
The Qadr of Allah (SWT) is not an easy concept to grasp. It is beyond human understanding to fully comprehend and understand it but nevertheless it is possible to understand a great (though small in proportion) part of it. Qadr is not a new concept to the religions of the world. It is also a part of the belief systems of other religions, namely Christianity and to a certain extent Judaism. Though the belief of predestination is present in Christianity, it is different in key concepts from Islam. In Christianity it is an unquestionable fact that it is part of a Christian’s belief. Still, many Christians still reject it because they find it difficult to understand and because it is against free will. Even those Christians, who believe in it, believe in it blindly without knowing too much about it. In sharp contrast, the most research and in-depth analysis done on Qadr is in Islam.
Since the Quran was revealed 1400 years ago, the scholars of Islam have tried to understand this concept and abide by it in their daily lives. Qadr is the belief that everything is predestined by Allah (SWT). One of the questions that arise is that if Allah knows all that we do, if he knows if we will go to Jannah or Jahanum, why doesn’t he make his decision now? Why should we try to be good and follow Allah (SWT) when all that we are going to do is already written down and known by Allah (SWT)? Is their really any point in trying to do good? This question can be best explained by the example of a student and a teacher. Suppose a student has a test at the end of the week. He rarely studies and in all the assessments the teacher gives throughout the week, he fails. It also so happens that the teacher is a neighbor of the student and sees the student all day whether at school or at home. Now the teacher is certain the student will fail that test. It is impossible for him to pass it. Still, the teacher can’t fail the student if he doesn’t take the test. So the student has to take the test for the teacher to fail him.
This is similar to the situation between us and our Creator. The test is this life, the Dunya. Our results will be announced on the Day of Judgement and our reward will be either Jannah or Jahanum. Allah (SWT) knows if we will pass or fail this test in the Dunya. He knows if we will go to Jannah or Jahanum. Yet he can’t make the decision to send us to either one if we don’t take the test. May Allah (SWT) bless us all and help us pass this test.

Abu Abdur-Rahman

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

About Me

Here's my description. Maybe this will help out all the intelligence agencies that are doing their 'random' checking.

No I'm not a terrorist, a to-be suicide bomber, or a militant. Yeah, I like paintball but I'm not a pro at it nor do I practice with real guns. I horrify myself by thinking about hurting another person. Yup, that's how violence-phobic I am.

Yes, I live in Pakistan but unlike most religious Pakistanis, I'm not anti-West or Anti-American. In fact, I am proud to be a US citizen and I consider myself an American as well(having lived there for all my childhood). I also share most(not all) regrets, sympathies, problems, etc. with the average American as well.

Oh yeah, I am also very religious, a religious fundamentalist if you want to call it and insha'allah(God willing) I most of my opinions will be based on the fact that The Quran is first source of law and the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad(SAW) is the second source of Islamic law.