Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Aladdin from a Mystical Perspective

I believe Aladdin was in reality a story to inspire or teach the mystical/spiritual reality of transcendence and spiritual ascension to the Muslim children which like as in Chinese whisper was distorted by those who never understood the true essence thereof or deliberately distorted the underlying teachings replacing them with the exact opposite of the point in question.
I believe Aladdin’s actual name is ‘Allah-Deen’; a known name amongst Muslims of the Sub-Continent. Signifying ‘one who promulgates the Message of Allah i.e. the Islamic Code of Life’. Aladdin was never a story about a boy who grew from rags to riches, but in fact it was the story of every Muslim who sets out on a journey of spiritual ascension and realizes the nothingness of his self and reaches to become the best of whom he can be.

The supposed magic ring in fact signifies the joining/association with a Sufi Order. In the olden days’ rings were worn by certain Sufi orders depicting one’s association with them.  This ring in particular looks like a traditionally know Islamic Aqeeq Ring.  I feel that perhaps in the true instance Aladdin joined an Order of Tasawwuf whereby he was lead on the spiritual journey and taught about the route/process/way of reaching the supposed magic lamp. But it is unclear as per the prevailing versions whether his Spiritual Guide was himself authentic or not, perhaps he was amongst those typically known fraudulent ‘peers’ (spiritual guides) who was actually into black magic of sorts and became Aladdin’s enemy on realizing that Aladdin had actually reached true Spirituality due to his earnest and sincere efforts and devotion. Or perhaps that too was a distortion to put people off of the  reality and essence of Tasawwuf by reinforcing the concept of magic and greed with the so-called peer. Allah Knows best!

Aladdin’s magic carpet was in fact a Muslim Prayer Mat, used for offering Salah. Salah being one of the five pillars of Islam and main rituals of Spiritual ascension. Hence the concept of the flying carpet; when offering Salah upon the prayer mat one disconnects from the world and ascends to the highest heavens connecting with His Lord Allah, praising Him, glorifying Him and Thanking Him.

A Muslim’s Salah is meant to be a meeting with his Beloved i.e. his LORD ALLAH the Creator of All! Unfortunately, this concept has been twisted and distorted or completely misunderstood to be taken as a meeting or union between Aladdin and his earthly beloved i.e. the princess.

Surah Al-Nur (Surah number 24) Ayaat 35-40:
Allah-SWT is the Light of the heavens and the earth. The similitude of His-SWT light is as a niche wherein is a lamp. The lamp is in a glass. The glass is as it were a shining star. (This lamp is) kindled from a blessed tree, an olive neither of the East nor of the West, whose oil would almost glow forth (of itself) though no fire touched it. Light upon light, Allah-SWT guideth unto His-SWT light whom He-SWT will. And Allah-SWT speaketh to mankind in allegories, for Allah-SWT is knower of all things.
(This lamp is found) in houses which Allah-SWT hath allowed to be exalted and that His name shall be remembered therein. Therein do offer praise to Him-SWT at morn and evening (engaging in His-SWT Remembrance)--
Men whom neither merchandise nor sale beguileth from remembrance of Allah-SWT and constancy in prayer and paying to the poor their due; who fear a day when hearts and eyeballs will be overturned;
That Allah-SWT may reward them with the best of what they did, and increase reward for them of His-SWT bounty. Allah-SWT giveth blessings without stint to whom He-SWT will.
As for those who disbelieve, their deeds are as a mirage in a desert. The thirsty one supposeth it to be water till he cometh unto it and findeth it naught, and findeth, in the place thereof, Allah-SWT, Who-SWT payeth him his due; and Allah-SWT is swift at reckoning.
Or as darkness on a vast, abysmal sea. There covereth him a wave, above which is a wave, above which is a cloud. Layer upon layer of darkness. When he holdeth out his hand he scarce can see it. And he for whom Allah-SWT hath not appointed light, for him there is no light.

Hadith: Al-Bayhaqee relates from Ibn 'Umar radiallaahu 'anhu that Allah-SWT's Messenger-SAW said: "For everything there is a polish, & the polish for the hearts is the zikr (remembrance) of Allah-SWT. There is nothing more potent in saving a person from the punishment of Allah-SWT than the zikr of Allah-SWT." It was said: Not even Jihad in the path of Allah-SWT. So he replied: "Not even if you were to continue striking with your sword until it breaks."
Hadith: Muslim, Narator Hazrat Umar ibn al-Khattab-RAU: Umar went out one day to the masjid of Allah-SWT's Messenger -SAWand found Mu'adh ibn Jabal sitting by the Prophet-SAW's grave, weeping. He asked what was making him weep and he replied that it was something he had heard from Allah-SWT's Messenger-SAW. He had heard him say, "a little hypocrisy is polytheism, and anyone who is hostile to a friend of Allah-SWT has gone forth to fight Allah-SWT. Allah-SWT loves the upright, pious and retiring ones who are not missed when they are absent and are not given invitations or treated with honour when they are present. Their hearts are the lamps of guidance, and they come forth from every dusty and dark place."

Accordingly, in the light of the above mentioned Ayaat and Hadith one can clearly see that the Lamp is in fact the Qalb bestowed to every Human Being; which has been granted the capacity to receive the Divine Light/Refulgence and radiate it. It is in fact the communicating device between man and the Spiritual-World/Realm; it’s polish being Qalbi-Zikr-Allah. Thus, in my understanding the cave was symbolic of the dusty and dark place. The struggle of reaching that cave to find the lamp is in fact the Mujahida one undertakes within the self to reach/face his darkest of fears and understand the reality of his own being and one finally opening his heart through desire and want of ultimate success; thereby striving to polish his own Qalb, he unleashes the Power of the Spiritual World that lies within and he is thus rewarded with the ultimate treasures and he is no longer beguiled/distracted by the illusions of royalty/grandeur of this world because he has actually witnessed the essence of the Grandeur of the Divine!

“(This lamp is found) in houses which Allah-SWT hath allowed to be exalted and that His name shall be remembered therein. Therein do offer praise to Him-SWT at morn and evening (engaging in His-SWT Remembrance)--
Men whom neither merchandise nor sale beguileth from remembrance of Allah-SWT and constancy in prayer and paying to the poor their due; who fear a day when hearts and eyeballs will be overturned;
That Allah-SWT may reward them with the best of what they did, and increase reward for them of His-SWT bounty. Allah-SWT giveth blessings without stint to whom He-SWT will.” (24:36-38)

Unlike what it is made out to be in the prevailing version of Aladdin, this polishing of the lamp actually made Aladdin indifferent to the material world and material gains because he truly begun to recognize the power of Allah. This was not about magic or about unleashing any Genie and becoming forever enslaved to materialism and dependent upon the Genie. It was the exact opposite of all this. It was about Aladdin discovering and coming to the realization that “this world and all that lies within is nothing but an illusion and in reality, It has absolutely ‘NO POWER OVER ME!’” It was about the absolute submission before the Only True Power; Allah!

Friday, November 18, 2016



Their thoughts and beliefs

Ghulam Ahmad began his activities as an Islamic daa’iyah (caller to Islam) so that he could gather followers around him, then he claimed to be a mujaddid inspired by Allaah. Then he took a further step and claimed to be the Awaited Mahdi and the Promised Messiah. Then he claimed to be a Prophet and that his prophethood was higher than that of Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him).
  • The Qadianis believe that Allaah fasts, prays, sleeps, wakes up, writes, makes mistakes and has intercourse - exalted be Allaah far above all that they say.
  • The Qadiani believes that his god is English because he speaks to him in English.
  • The Qadianis believe that Prophethood did not end with Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), but that it is ongoing, and that Allaah sends a messenger when there is a need, and that Ghulam Ahmad is the best of all the Prophets.
  • They believe that Jibreel used to come down to Ghulam Ahmad and that he used to bring revelation to him, and that his inspirations are like the Qur’aan.
  • hey say that there is no Qur’aan other than what the "Promised Messiah" (Ghulam Ahmad) brought, and no hadeeth except what is in accordance with his teachings, and no Prophet except under the leadership of Ghulam Ahmad.
  • They believe that their book was revealed. Its name is al-Kitaab al-Mubeen and it is different from the Holy Qur’aan.
  • They believe that they are followers of a new and independent religion and an independent Sharee’ah, and that the friends of Ghulam are like the Sahaabah.
  • They believe that Qadian is like Madeenah and Makkah, if not better than them, and that its land is sacred. It is their Qiblah and the place they make hajj to.
  • They called for the abolition of jihaad and blind obedience to the British government because, as they claimed, the British were "those in authority" as stated in the Qur’aan.
  • In their view every Muslim is a Kaafir unless he becomes a Qadiani, and everyone who married a non-Qadiani is also a kaafir.
  • They allow alcohol, opium, drugs and intoxicants.
Intellectual and ideological roots:

The westernizing movement of Sir Sayyid Ahmad Khan paved the way for the emergence of the Qadianiyyah, because it had already spread deviant ideas.The British made the most of this opportunity so they started the Qadiani movement and chose a man from a family that had a history of being agents of the colonialists.In 1953 CE, there was a popular revolution in Pakistan which demanded the removal of Zafar-Allaah Khan from the position of Foreign Minister and that the Qadiani sect should be regarded as a non-Muslim minority. In this uprising around ten thousand Muslims were martyred, and they succeeded in having the Qadiani minister removed from office.In Rabee’ al-Awwal 1394 AH (April 1974), a major conference was held by the Muslim World League in Makkah, which was attended by representatives of Muslim organizations from around the world. This conference announced that this sect is Kaafir and is beyond the pale of Islam, and told Muslims to resist its dangers and not to cooperate with the Qadianis or bury their dead in Muslim graveyards.The Majlis al-Ummah in Pakistan (the central parliament) debated with the Qadiani leader Mirza Naasir Ahmad, and he was refuted by Shaykh Mufti Mahmood (may Allaah have mercy on him). The debate went on for nearly thirty hours but Naasir Ahmad was unable to give answers and the Kufr of this group was exposed, so the Majlis issued a statement that the Qadianis should be regarded as a non-Muslim minority.
Among the factors that make Mirza Ghulam Ahmad an obvious Kaafir are the following:

  • His claim to be a Prophet
  • His abolition of the duty of jihaad, to serve the interests of the colonialists.
  • His saying that people should no longer go on Hajj to Makkah, and his substitution of Qadian as the place of pilgrimage.
  • His anthropomorphism or likening Allaah to human beings.
  • His belief in the transmigration of souls and incarnation.
  • His attributing a son to Allaah and his claim to be the son of God.
  • He is denying that Prophethood ended with Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and his regarding the door of Prophethood to be open to "any Tom, Dick or Harry". 
    The Qadianis have h5 ties with Israel. Israel has opened centres and schools for them, and helped them to publish a magazine which is their mouthpiece, to print books and publications for distribution worldwide.The fact that they are influenced by Judaism, Christianity and al-Baatiniyyah is clear from their beliefs and practices, even though they claim to be Muslims.




Monday, November 14, 2016


بِسْمِ اللّهِ الرَّحْمـَنِ الرَّحِيمِ
The Editorial of Al-Murshid: October 2016
انصاف’:    ‘Justice’

Editorial by Sahibzada Abdul Qadeer Awan,
وَلَكُمْ فِي الْقِصَاصِ حَيَاةٌ يَاْ أُولِيْ الأَلْبَابِ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ
“O people of Rationale! There is ‘Life’ for you in (the Law of just retribution) Qisas, so that you may become Allah-Cognizant.” (2:179)
Justice (انصاف), fairness (عدل) and equity of rights (مساوات); Any thing or deed, to be in its most appropriate state/position. Transgression and diminution disrupts justice. The Realm of Creation is based upon ‘cause and effect’; consequently, the absolute balance in these causes is the spirit of Life. Accordingly, when the creation is dependent upon balance, thereupon how can the greatest of creations receive beneficence without this equity.
Amongst all creations, man is the greatest of all creations; Furthermore, inherently amongst endless characteristics that man has been endowed with, one of them is also of thought and contemplation. That is why man is in a state of a ‘test’; otherwise life would have been without choices (predetermined). Neither could he have brought on wrath/tribulation upon himself nor would he have been rewarded with blessings. Society is not the name of a place or person; in fact, it is a group of individuals. The difference between thinking and caliber, creates a wall of conflicts amongst people. Subsequently these conflicts give birth to hatred and become a cause of clash. Justice is essential for peace. Accordingly, how is justice possible without a provided system? If intelligence and rationale are brought into use, and Allah Kareem is Kind, thereupon it is clearly understood that the difference between our thinking and caliber compels us to come to the conclusion that the code of life should be determined by the Creator Himself.
These days, much debate is done over endless aspects of the gravity of the prevailing circumstances. In which sometimes the politicians are determined as the cause of the decadence, while at other occasions the national institutions; alternatively, on rare occasions, even after all the oppression, the people at large also are held responsible.  Although, the success of any country depends upon five fundamental systems, which are: Justice, education, health, economy, and politics. Leaving aside the system of Justice, the priority of the remaining four systems can be argued upon; that accordingly which system holds top priority. However, without the system of Justice, the importance/significance of no other system remains. Significantly, irrespective of having attained our freedom, we have continued ‘the system of Justice’ established during colonialism, with full force. Alas! If only someone would look at the state of the oppressed/victims sitting at the courts. Alas! If only one could understand/empathize with the plight of those parents, who with their agonized children in their laps, are waiting helplessly outside the government hospitals. Oh Alas! If only someone would inquire about the state of that daughter of the nation, who was lost her honour (assaulted); who was turned into ‘breaking news’ by us and in the attempt to be rescued by the rulers have become the talk of the town.
   گنوا دی ہم نے جو اسلاف سے میراث پائی تھی
ثریا سے زمین پر آسمان نے ہمیں دے مارا
We have lost the heritage that we inherited from our ancestors,
(Hence) from the Pleiades (the seven stars), the sky threw us to the ground/Earth.
In our lives, the holy month of Moharram is arriving again in the near future. While it is the beginning of the New Islamic year, simultaneously it is a knock at the door of our hearts; that where are you all lost in an alien world, while the reality lies in the obedience of the Prophet . Whatever may be your status, nevertheless on a daily basis ‘Karballa’ reoccurs within your heart; accordingly, of good and evil, of righteousness and wickedness; whether you choose to keep alive the tradition (Sunnah) of the blessed household of the Prophet , or follow Yazid instead.

Justice demands … we follow the household of the Prophet .