Islam stands for peace. Ahmadiyya Muslim community presents the real picture of Islam.

The true victory of Islam, as is evident from the word 'Islam' (submission) itself, lies in our complete surrendering our selves to God and freeing ourselves of our egos and our passions. No idol, whether it is the idol of our desires, our our intentions, or the idol of creature worship, should stand in our way, and we should submit ourselves entirely to the will of God. After reaching this state of Fana (self-annihilation), we will attain baqa (the life of eternity) which will give our eyes a new light, our minds a new passion; and we will become a wholly new being and the same Eternal God will become for us a new God. This is the true victory, and one aspect of it is Divine ammunion.(the green announcement p. 28)

Monday, December 27, 2010

Allāh Sees Hearts

Narrated by Ḥaḍrat Abū Hurairah, Allāh be pleased with
him: Said the Prophet of Allāh (peace be on him and
blessings of Allāh):
“Allāh does not see towards your shapes
and your wealth but He sees towards your
hearts and your actions.”

                        Explanatory Note
In this Ḥadīth, the Holy Prophet (peace be on him and
blessings of Allāh) has mentioned two things which, in spite
of being gifts of God, can and [do] become, at times, causes
of big trial for both men and women. Of these, one is
physical beauty and comeliness which becomes, generally for
women, a source of great trouble. The second is wealth and
affluence which generally put men to a lot of test and
temptation. Citing both these as examples, the Holy Prophet
(peace and blessings of Allāh be on him) said that while,
without a doubt, they were great gifts of God, but Muslims
should take note that Allāh does not judge the worth of
people by His appraisal of the beauty of women or of wealth
of men but that He sees towards their heads and hearts
which are the source and repositories for human thoughts
and feelings and then He sees towards their deeds which are
the products of their thoughts and feelings.
The word qalb used in this Ḥadīth stands both for heart
and mind: for, qalb literally means the central point of an
organism and the heart and the mind are both, in their
respective spheres, centers of the bodily organism; the mind
being the center of overt feelings and the heart that of
spiritual experience. By using the words qulūb (hearts) and
a‘māl (deeds), the Holy Prophet (peace of Allāh be on him
and His blessings) in this context, has pointed out that,
though physical beauty and material wealth are gifts of God
and one should value them, but what God takes note of is the
heart (qalb) of men and their (a‘māl) actions. It is therefore
the duty of every Muslim to seek to improve his mind, heart
and actions, instead of taking pride in the gifts of physical
beauty and property and worldly goods.
It must be borne well in mind that the Holy Prophet’s
(peace of Allāh be on him and His blessings) admonition that
God, the Excellent, watches the heart and deeds of man,
means not only that these things will weigh him, on the Day
of Requital but in this world too, real weight is given to
feelings of the heart and the motives of the mind and the
actions of limbs. The truth is that, once a people are granted
the favor that the heads and hearts and limbs of its members
start operating in the right direction, no power can hinder
the courses of its progress nor deprive it of realization of the
highest of values.

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