Monday, July 16, 2018

How to thank God for His mercy

July 16, 2018

Do you want to get a little taste of God's mercy right now? Imagine for a few seconds that the Earth has lost its gravity and stopped rotating for a second: This----is---what----will----happen: Listen to this video and then get back to reading:

Another little idea of how much merciful God is: Imagine the Earth losing oxygen for even five seconds. God is merciful enough not to let these disasters happen. Watch the video 

Thank the Lord for His mercy all the time and your life will start changing for the best
Gratitude tips: How to thank God for His mercy

The law of gratitude tells us that if we don't acknowledge or don't give due credit for a blessing or favour, that favour/blessing is gradually taken away from us. Why is that blessing taken away or starts slipping away from our life when we don't appreciate or give due credit to the source? It gets taken away simply because we tend to ignore, devalue, or even degrade the benefactor (Lord/God/Allah/Creator) who brings that blessing/benefit to us. Logical enough. 

Lord's mercy is the most valued blessing that only an ignorant will ignore

Lord's mercy should be given due credit and acknowledgement (though it can never be given due credit due to it's limitless reality but we humans are supposed to give it our best try)

Why should you be thankful to God for His mercy?

* It is Lord's mercy that is keeping existence alive and active. 

* It is Lord's mercy that is pumping oxygen through our lungs and maintaining our heartbeat and blood pressure without our being aware of it. 

* There is peace, security and protection in our country thanks entirely to Lord's mercy (Imagine life without protection, peace and security for a minute)

* We are given food on a regular basis. Without it, we would starve to death in a day or two

* We are given second chances all the time to correct our mistakes and wrongdoing. If God took away His mercy, we would not be given a second chance and would taste punishment for our mistakes immediately and face losses in every area of life. 

* I am employed and earning money thanks entirely to God's mercy

* There would be no family structure or family support for us if the Creator of everything took away His mercy. 

Friday, July 13, 2018

Dua for ablution (after)

July 13, 2018

What dua to recite after you have completed your ablution (wudu)

Below is an easy-to-learn dua along with Arabic text, English translation and transliteration. 
dua after ablution wudu

أَشْهَدُ أَنْ لَا إِلَهَ إلَّا اللهُ وَحْدَهُ لَا شَرِيكَ لَهُ، وَأَشْهَدُ أَنَّ مُحَمَّداً عَبْدُهُ وَرَسُولُهُ اللَّهُمَّ اجْعَلْنِي مِنَ التَّوَّابِينَ وَاجْعَلْنِي مِنَ الْمُتَطَهِّرِينَ

Transliteration: Ash-hadu Anlaa Ilaaha illalahu wahdahu la shareekalahu wa-ash-hadu anna Muhammad-an abduhu warasuluhu Allahummaj-alnee minat-tawwabeena waja-alni minal muta-tah-hireen.

Translation: I bear witness that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah alone, Who has no partner; and I bear witness that Muhammad is His slave and His Messenger.  O Allah, make me among those who turn to You in repentance, and make me among those who are purified.

Listen to the dua here:

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Pakistani political culture: Asfandyar Khan of ANP and Professor Ghafoor Ahmed of Jamat e Islami

July 11, 2018
There was a time in Pakistani politics when politicians knew how to have difference of opinion without insulting or disrespecting each other. This culture now seems the thing of the past, which has now been replaced with loud-mouthed, headstrong and aggressive faces that are put on screens to defend their respective parties. 
Pakistani political talk shows are often the scene of verbal war among opposing parties, with their representatives trying their best to shut the opponents up. 

Take the example of Asfanyar Wali Khan of ANP (Awami National Party) and late Professor Ghafoor Ahmed of Jamat e Islami. I am moved by the sincerity and maturity of these two leaders as they were well aware of their boundaries and knew how to have difference of opinion despite political or ideological rivalry. 

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Hadith on munafiq and munafqat (Urdu explanation)

July 10, 2018
Here is a Hadith on munafiq and munafqat, explained and translated in the Urdu language. 

Who is munafiq according to this hadith?
The hadith has shed light on the characteristics that make soneone a munafiq (hypocrite). 

Urdu hadith on munafiq and munafiqat

Can we call anyone munafiq?
It has been observed that people conveniently call each other munafiq without even knowing the meaning, when in reality they are committing the same mistakes that will make them a munafiq in light of Quran and Hadith. 
We must avoid jumping to the conclusion and stop risking our faith as blaming someone for a crime they haven't actually committed will make us guilty (buhtaan or even badgumani). 

Monday, July 9, 2018

Careem trolls PML N with a promocode - risks losing customers in Punjab

July 09, 2018

Careem, an application-based transportation company, got itself in trouble after it tried trolling PML N (Muslim League Nawaz) by introducing a promocode.

The promocode "Mujhay Kyun Nikala?" angered a large number of PML N supporters and culminated in an even nastier outcome for the company with a number of N league Facebook pages launching Careem-boycott campaigns.
Careem promocode "Mujhay Kyun Nikala" that ended up angering PML N supporters on social media

The official Facebook page of Careem got flooded with criticism soon after the company updated its new pomocode status. The company's page admin was then seen apologising to the users who advised Careem to stick to its core business values and not be politically biased.

Here's what Careem tweeted following criticism:
Careem apologises after receiving criticism over its promocode post "mujhay kyun nikala"
Careem might have tamped down PML N supporters' fury over its promocode by quickly sharing an apology tweet, but with elections already coming up and intense political activity, political trolls like this could have ended up seriously hurting the company's customer base.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Farooq Sattar grilled by voters at Memon Masjid

June 29, 2018

Former MQM Pakistan head Farooq Sattar was seen encircled by people at Memon Masjid, Karachi, voters grilling him why it took him so long to appear in public with general elections 2018 coming up.

An amateur footage filmed with a mobile phone shows Farooq Sattar stalked by dozens of people at Memon Masjid after Jumma prayer. One of the persons encircling MQM leader can be heard talking about "forcibly taking' animal hides from Karachiites during his party rule in the city. 

Farooq Sattar looks a bit worried and confused trapped by angry voters as the area (Kharadar) in which the incident happened traditionally belongs his constituency. 

MQM Pakistan has not yet started its election campaign and most of its candidates are still unknown to the people of Karachi. 

New video of Imran Khan doing sajda at Baba Farid Shakar Ganjj

June 29, 2018

Imran khan is never fed up with facing challenges and yet again, the social media of Pakistan is brimming with videos of him bowing down (doing sajda) at the doorsteps of renowned Sufi Saint's Maqbara.
The video showing the PTI leader stepping into Baba Farid Shaka Ganjj's tomb at Pakpatan along with his wife has gone viral across not just the social media platforms, but also the electronic and print media.

PTI followers and opposing parties are now at loggerheads over whether the act done (sajda) by Imran khan at Baba Farid tomb is deemed as haram (not permissible) or halal (permissible) in light of Islamic sharia. 

People are sharing their views on their social media profile, with much of the criticism driven by political tussle but obviously not on religious grounds.

How to thank God for His mercy

Do you want to get a little taste of God's mercy right now? Imagine for a few seconds that the Earth has lost its gravity and stopped ...