My parents gave me alot and I know I can never thank them enough or pay them back for it. Yesterday, on my birthday, I didn’t ask my father for anything because I realized that he has already given me the best thing in the entire universe; the understanding of religion.
I grew up listening to him saying, ‘Do not believe (in the matters of religion) what one says until you research for it.’ He told me to discover what religion is, all by my own. I was free to read about any religion and free to listen to any scholar. What I learned all along was the fact that this World hardly has any so-called-scholar who knows what he is talking about. I don’t talk about religion usually, as it is a really sensitive issue for everyone. But after yesterday, I couldn’t stop myself.
Note: This post is not directed towards any religion, it is directed towards the so-called-Muslim sects.
Yesterday was February 5th, 2012 of Solar Calender making it 12th Rabi-ul-Awwal of Lunar Calender.
Popularly, Muslims believe that 12th of Rabi-ul-Awwal was the day the Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h) was born, which isn’t actually proven and none of the recognised Islamic scholar believes it nor any Muslim who actually studies Islam. However, as Muslims are divided among many sects, the main two being Shia and Sunni, a further division of Sunnis believe that 12th of Rabiul-Awwal is the confirmed date of Prophet’s birthday.
So things really don’t seem bad till now, but somehow, this same class of Sunnis is very much against Shias, which again doesn’t really sound bad as every sunni, even if he/she doesn’t show it, doesn’t count Shias as Muslims. The reason is the fact that Shias openly claim that Muhammad (p.b.u.h) was chosen a Prophet ‘mistakenly’ (indirectly saying God made a mistake, right?) and that the Khulfa-e-Rashideen did not deserve the status they were granted and.. I can write more than 50 pages of how different their beliefs are and the fact that they never talk about it with Sunnis as the Holy Book Qur’an does not say a single word in accordance with what their Imams say.
To be honest, I don’t even care about what Shias say, believe or do. To me, what matters is what Sunnis are doing as it affects and irritates me. Now I don’t know where he heard/read it but my brother said:
‘Kisi se itni nafrat mat karo kay wo nafrat tumhe bhi usi jesa bana de.’
‘Do not hate someone so much that the hatred could make you do the same thing you hate them for.’
The above saying goes perfectly with what that particular class of Sunnis, Barailvis, are doing in their hatred towards Shias. From Musical naats to the free lemon juice/kashmiri tea to the lightening and flags. The only difference is that of the colour. Shias wear and make everything in Black and Barailvis use the colour Green for doing the same things. Sunnis are fine with whatever anyone believes in as long as they don’t do BS (sorry, didn’t have any other word) in the name of Islam. Sadly, this is exactly what Barailvis are doing. They are competing with Shias in the Shia-way. They have turned it into a war. The Shia-Sunni war. The Blacks versus the Greens, while they are all the same: biddati (inventors of new things in religion which are not part of it).
It saddens me. Islam is not about lightening/darkening your streets or singing for God. Its about living life in the limits He had decided for the mankind. Its about praying to Him silently and not brag about it. Its about giving to others in such a way that if you’re giving something with your right hand, then your left hand shouldn’t know. Its about being good to your ownself and others. As for the celebration on 12th Rabi-ul-Awwal, it makes me sick. A bidatti is a bidatti. It doesn’t make a difference if he wears a black turban or a green one.
The Prophet (p.b.u.h) said:
“Allah kisi Biddati ka Roza, Namaz, Sadqa, Hajj, Umrah, Jihaad, Farz, Nafil (Gharz koi bhi Naik Amaal) qabool nahi farmata, Woh (Biddati Shakhs) Islam se is tarah Nikal jata hai jis tarah baal aatay se nikaal diya jata hai.”
“Allah does not accept the fasting, praying, charity, Hajj, Umrah, Jihaad, Farz, Nafil (or any virtue) of a bidatti. He (bidatti) is expelled from Islam just as a hair is excluded from flour (grains).”
(Ref: Ibn-e-Maaja, Hadees #49, Kitaab-us-Sunnat, Riwayat: Hazrat Huzaifa RaziAllah Tallah Anho)