Author: Dr Qazi Ashfaq Ahmad

The 99 Divine attributes of Allah – Part 32 – Attribute 94

This issue continues the series exclusive to AMUST on the 99 divine attributes of Allah.  Read previous parts at www.goo.gl/L1wvP2 94.  Al- Hadi – The Guide “And the Messenger has said, ‘O my Rabb, indeed my people have taken this Quran and abandoned1 ie avoiding it, not listening to or understanding it, not living by it, or performing something else to it.” “And thus have We made for any Prophet an enemy2 from among the criminals. But sufficient is your Rabb as a Guide and a Helper3.” (Al-Furqan, 25:30,31)    1. In Arabia, the word Muhajirun is derived from the...

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The 99 Divine attributes of Allah – Part 31 – Attribute 93

This issue continues the series exclusive to AMUST on the 99 divine attributes of Allah.  Read previous parts at www.goo.gl/L1wvP2 93. An -Nur – The Light Allah is The Light (the source and bestower of luminosity and enlightenment) of the heavens and the earth1. The example of His light (His guidance in the heart of a believing servant) is like a niche arch within which is a lamp (a burning wick, the essence of a lamp)2 ; the lamp within a glass; the glass as if it were a pearly (white) star lit from (the oil of) a blessed...

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The 99 Divine attributes of Allah – Part 30 – Attribute 92

This issue continues the series exclusive to AMUST on the 99 divine attributes of Allah.  Read previous parts at www.goo.gl/L1wvP2 92. Al-Nafi’ – The Benefiter Say, ‘Shall we invoke instead of Allah that which neither benefits us nor harms us and be turned back on our heels after Allah has guided us?’(We would then be) like one whom the devils enticed (to wander) upon the earth confused,(while) he has companions inviting him to guidance,(calling), ‘come to us’.’  Say, ‘Indeed; the guidance of Allah (the only) guidance; and we have been commanded to submit to the Rabb of the worlds,...

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The 99 Divine attributes of Allah – Part 29 – Attribute 91

This issue continues the series exclusive to AMUST on the 99 divine attributes of Allah.  Read previous parts at www.goo.gl/L1wvP2 91. Ad-Darr – The Distresser ’Muhammad is not but a messenger. (Other) messengers have passed on before him. So if he was to die or be killed, would you turn back on your heels (to unbelieve) ? And he who turns back on his heels will never harm Allah at all; but Allah will reward the grateful.”1  ’And it is not (possible) for one to die except by the permission of Allah at a decree determined. And whoever desires...

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Response to AMUST Editorial and food for thought

I refer to AMUST issue 133 November 2016 editorial “Muslims suffering from internal division and external aggression”. Editorial of a high quality newspaper must not always be the frank and straight personal opinion of the editor to be published for the readers to digest as an ‘oracle’. Editorials should be bold enough to express harsh criticism upon one’s own community in order to gauge the opinions of the readers to the extent that they express their feeling or true opinions in favour or in opposition to the ‘gospel’ of the editorial. This particular editorial was to get the readers of AMUST to ponder over matters of governance in the Muslim countries. This editorial was a bold confession of one’s own community getting indulged in naked blunders and failures in governance. It declares apparently how Muslims have failed in their administration of governance of their countries due to quarrels and conflicts amongst their own selves. Generally, Muslims may get upset that instead of condemning others for external aggression upon Muslims, the editor has exposed our own blunders to encourage Islamophobia amongst non-Muslims. But Muslims who ponder should think about the charges against themselves without worrying about washing their own linen in the public. I present the following for genuine considerations: Islam is not just a religion to know and a set of do’s and don’ts according to the faith based...

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