Discussions with a hindu friend – Part 1.

24 Jul

Disclaimer: I respect all religions.

Great. With that being out of the way, let me get started.I don’t understand Hinduism. Studying in an Indian school for the first 8 years of my educational life meant that I had a lot of hindu friends but later on as I have moved on to a different school, that number has gone down by a huge margin. But I continued to have a few Hindu neighbours/friends and eventually even roommate/s.

Religion is a topic that a lot of people love to talk about and I happen to be in that list of people. Having spoken to my hindu friends, what I have noticed is that the hindu friends that I have had are borderline atheist. I am not saying whether this is a good or a bad thing — I am just saying this from personal experiences and conversations with them.

Also, many of them do not understand Hinduism. A Hindu friend said to me that one reason why Islam is the fastest growing religion [followed by Christianity], is because there are so much awareness being raised by Muslims [I think he means Dawah]; on the other hand nothing as such is being done by Hindus. Again, I have not researched whether this statement is true or not. These are just from personal conversations.

The Hindus I have lived with, have been extremely curious of Islam. My ex roommate whom I will mention just as V; said to me that it shouldn’t be surprising if people of other faiths convert to Islam in a muslim country because they can easily get influenced by the environment. He does have a point. But to change such a big part of your life isn’t just about environmental factors. Also, by that line of thought, it becomes difficult to explain why people in America convert to Islam. V also said that he finds Islam to be extremely logical. He loves how muslims have to pray five times a day at different times on the movement of celestial bodies.

V no longer lives with me as his family is set to arrive and his position has been taken by his friend C who is also a Hindu. C is far more religious than V and has quite a bit of knowledge about Christianity but in his own words, “..I don’t know anything about Islam much so tell me something…”. Where would I begin with?

“What do you want to know?”

“Anything…You shouldn’t even ask Yasin..you talk so much..”. Ouch. Fine. Speech is silver, silence is golden and speaking about my Allah is out of this world.

“We believe in Allah and there are 5 pillars of Islam — Shahadah, Slaah, Zakah, Sawm, Hajj.” Why was I shivering… Dawah isn’t easy.

C: “Who is Allah?”

Me: “..In English, translated as God. Our Creator. We just have one God [I don't know why I said this but maybe it was just that I was talking to a Hindu and the situation got the better of me]“

C: We have 33 crores Gods.

Me: Woah! Do you know all of them? [It was an honest question and not sarcasm or to poke fun].

C: No. But what I don’t get is this. Why do many muslims feel the need to talk about Islam and wish that people convert….why can’t we just stay.. You never see Hindus doing that.

Me: Live and let live concept? Sure, why not? Have I ever forced you to become muslim or spoken about Islam to you before today?

C: No.

Me: Do I invite you to eat with us during iftaar and do I invite you to go out with us whenever we go out?

C: Yes.

Me: Why do I even need to do that? As if you will die out of hunger if I don’t invite you to eat… But we are told in Islam to love for our brothers what we love for the self.. Not just muslim brothers, but brothers in humanity. Maybe that is why muslims invite others to Islam. Because we want the best for our brothers..now that we have the best for ourselves.

C: Hmm. But some muslims are so bad..they make fun of my religion sometimes in my office..

Me: In your previous room that you stayed with, did they ever invite you for iftaar? No. Your office colleagues make fun of your religion. Have we ever made fun of your religion? No. Look at my 5 fingers. They aren’t equal. Humans are all different in their own ways. Some good and some bad. And I am not calling myself good here. But judge the human by his human qualities and judge Islam by forgetting all about these human qualities. Don’t mix between the two.

C: Hmmm. Yes you are right.

Me: Tell me something about Hinduism…

C: I do not know much…

Me: And you still follow it?

C: I think there is a God but now a days I am not sure. I have got success and failures through my own actions.

Me: Perhaps through your own actionsbut that is over simplifying it. You can’t have such a narrow vision of the world. If you tell me that my mobile phone that has a 13 mega pixel camera has a creator but my eyes that have 576 mega pixels doesn’t have a Craetor… I am not buying it.

C: Wow our eyes are of 576 mega pixels?

Me: Yes! Isn’t the Creator amazing!

C: Hinduism is good maybe. I need to learn more about it. Its bad when people make temples and take advantage of other people. [Goes on a rant to badmouth temple authorities who favour the rich and not the poor and how they con people out of hard earned money. Talks a lot about Christianity too and is surprised to find that I know the stories of Noah, Moses etc...]

A discussion about Jesus dying for peoples sins and the miraculous birth of Jesus is discussed but may be that is for the next post.

I don’t even know why I wrote all this in a blog post… I just felt like writing. Also may be some people out there can write about how they give dawah and that could be of use to me inshaAllah.

Till the next time,
Allah hafiz.

The first step…

22 Jul

Originally posted on theindianrevertedmuslimah:

As salaamu ‘alai kum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh

I live in India. Born an brought up in West Bengal, I lived there for almost 18 years of my life after which I moved to Pune, Maharashtra to pursue my law course. It has been seven years since I technically did my Shahdah and reverted to Islam. My knowledge since then was limited to the five pillars of Islam. Nevertheless, I was not steadfast in my prayers or islamic on a daily life basis. I never disclosed to my friends and family about my reversion and nobody could actually tell seeing me that the heart within has true faith in Allah and his messenger (saw).

During the time I was away from my family in Pune, i secretly joined a Quran teacher, “apa” as I fondly address her and Alhamdulillah over 4 years I gained a lot of knowledge about…

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Ask Allah from Allah…

2 Jul

لَن تَنَالُواْ ٱلۡبِرَّ حَتَّىٰ تُنفِقُواْ مِمَّا تُحِبُّونَ‌ۚ وَمَا تُنفِقُواْ مِن شَىۡءٍ۬ فَإِنَّ ٱللَّهَ بِهِۦ عَلِيمٌ۬ (٩٢

By no means shall ye attain righteousness unless ye give (freely) of that which ye love; and whatever ye give, Allah knoweth it well (3:92)

There are some amazing buzurg shaikhs , alims and muftis who are filled with wisdom but are hidden because you don’t find them on youtube. Imam sahab was doing Tafseer of verse 92 from surah al e Imran. Spoke for just 10-15 minutes but it was filled with thought provoking words. Thought provoking words, along with humour. SubhanAllah, it was easy to smile and yet you leave behind reflecting of what was said.

Unless we give freely of that which we love — as humans we love most our jaan and maal [our life and our possessions]. Possessions doesn’t mean just wealth. It also involves family, relatives etc. The best thing we can sacrifice and give back to Allah is our life and our possessions. Indeed nothing belongs to us… Imam sahab said, we often ask for paradise and to be saved from hell fire, to be cured from diseases and to land a good job/spouse etc. There is no harm in asking Allah as Allah loves to give and only Allah can give, but how often have we asked Allah from Allah?

“Allah sey Allah ko maango” Ask Allah from Allah. If we get Allah, everything else will follow. Nothing is lost for he who has got Allah. What does it mean to get Allah? It means that every action of yours will be done for Allahs pleasure. The lover doesn’t want to disappoint the Beloved. This month of Ramadan is divided into 3 parts, the first of which is mercy. Ask the Most Merciful Allah for Mercy and make use of this month. 

As always, please remember me in your prayers.

Your brother in Islam.

Understanding A Mother

28 Jun

Originally posted on The Revert Miyabhai:

بسم الله

Sometimes she annoys me so much.dear mom

When she fusses over my successes and my failures. Clearly affected more than I am

When she doesn’t understand that I won’t starve if I delay having lunch or don’t have it at all

Why does she have to let go of things she doesn’t need to, sacrifice where its not needed, hold on tight when its not required

When she shares that big piece of pastry I bought so lovingly just for her. Like she does for me, just to see her face light up having her favorite treat. She doesn’t understand what it means to me.

She doesn’t understand that I care for her. I want her to rest and she doesn’t need to slog in the kitchen to make that special dish for us.

She is a lot more than that, than anything. But she doesn’t understand

She doesn’t need…

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Poem.

24 Jun

“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”
Rumi

I was going over one of my old diaries and I came through a poem I wrote on the 1st of August 2013. That was the 23rd Ramadan, last year. Like most of what I write, poem or otherwise, what I find most difficult is to give a suitable title to it. This is one of those poems I’ve written that doesn’t have a title. Anyway, here it goes.

During happiness, I forgot You.

When every thing was okay,

I seemed ‘okay’ without You.

In good times I didn’t realize

That good always came from You.

 

In distress I was, when I called out to You.

In a mess I was, when I called out to You.

Was surrounded by sadness, when I called out to You.

Was being driven to madness, when I called out to You.

 

Blessings weren’t taken as blessings when I continued to receive Your blessings.

I called out to You when I no longer felt blessed.

I called out to You when I felt I was tested.

I resisted being tested;

I detested being tested;

Until I realized, it was You who tested.

And that in itself made me feel blessed.

 

Pain can’t be called pain

If through pain, to You I gain.

This heart deserves being broken again and yet again,

Until in this heart only You remain.

The words are clear, the words are plain;

I won’t know love, until Your love I attain.

Until the next time and do remember me in your prayers,
Your brother in Islam.

 

 

Eid For A Revert

22 Jun

Originally posted on The Revert Miyabhai:

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

So this year will be my second Ramadan inshaAllah and it is near enough to make me feel what I am feeling right now. But alhamdulilah ala kulli haal. For indeed with hardship comes ease, Indeed with hardship comes ease [94:5-6]

As Ramadan approacheseid moon

my anticipation has a company.

I smile at the blessed month of joy

but dread the sinking feeling

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