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1 160 Why should we be forgiven? Dear Friends, Assalamu Alaikum, We are discussing the rather interesting topic ‘Pleasing Madrasah Reforms’ The objective is to create curiosity and to stimulate the urge to seek from the Quran. In other words most of those who pass out of Madrasahs assume the role of preachers’ whilst the desired outcome should be that they should pass out as lifelong learners and seekers. Should we not try to bring in reforms to the curricular in Madrasahs so that students wou
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  1  2 160 Why should we be forgiven? Dear Friends, Assalamu Alaikum, We are discussing the rather interesting topic ‘Pleasing Madrasah Reforms’  The objective is to create curiosity and to stimulate the urge to seek from the Quran. In other words most of those who pass out of Madrasahs assume the role of preachers’ whi lst the desired outcome should be that they should pass out as lifelong learners and seekers. Should we not try to bring in reforms to the curricular in Madrasahs so that students would  become lifelong learners or seekers? In my talk last week I was able to raise the point that society expects those who pass out of Madrasah to be preachers and society heaps this duty or burden on them. There are many questions that Muslims would like answers to about many aspects of Quran, but since these Moulavies and Alims do not possess this knowledge such questions are discouraged. In fact it is most unfortunate that we are erroneously told that Islam discourages these questions.  Now last week I raised 5 questions which I am sure would be bothering every person who  believes in God. The questions are on God and His attribute of Justice. We all know or we all deeply believe that God is Just. God has to be Just. But then I was able to raise questions that make us wonder as to whether God is really ‘ Just ’  and about the system of Justice that He requires or executes. These are questions that I hope every Moulavi and every Alim or even every Muslim would ask and then go in seek of the answers, being sure that there is a logical sensible and rational explanation to all these perplexing questions. Over the last few months or even years, these 5 questions have been very much in my mind whilst I have been researching the Quran. The answers or what I see as the explanation to these answers are well described in the Quran. However it does take me by surprise as to why these answers or this thinking has not been a cornerstone of modern day teachings of Islam. I have selected literally 100’s of Aayaths that together answer these questions as well as many unasked questions, but when I read these Aayaths many or even all Muslims would be surprised at what the Quran is instructing us or pointing out to us. But then these Aayaths do make sense  –   Alhamdulillah! As I mentioned earlier there are literally 100’s of Aayaths that gives meaning to these questions and what I hope to do (Insha Allah) is to attempt to arrange these Aayaths in to a meaningful sequence and then read them to you. Of course the explanation does go through many stages, so I would have to read the sequences of Aayaths according to the developing stages  –   again Insha Allah!  3 However, reading the many Aayaths can be a tedious exercise and listeners may find it difficult to keep track of the developments that are being pointed out through these Aayaths. So I thought it best to first describe, ever so briefly as to what has happened or what is happening, so that we would begin to realize the basis on which God is explaining to us His Justice. And remember His justice is very very fair and very very just. This explanation is very important let me begin by asking at least one of those 5 questions. We all know that the average life span of a human being is around 60 to 70 years. All religions inform us that after death we have to face another life. All monotheistic religions teach us that this life after death is never ending, that is it will last forever and forever. These religions also teach us that those who are good in this world or lead good lives will after death be rewarded with Heaven whilst those who lived evil lives would be punished by being sent to Hell.  Now remember this is forever and forever. I have no objections to those being rewarded with Heaven, Maasha Allah Alhamdulillah! However I have enormous fears about the plight of those who go to Hell. What if I am one of those unfortunate ones? How do I find out? What should I do or what should I stop doing to ensure that I will not end up in Hell? To me these are terrifying questions.  Now Hell is not some uncomfortable room. It is a terrible place designed and crated to inflict terrible punishments on its inmates. The scriptures of the monotheistic religions clearly inform us that the inmates of Hell would be in Fire and the fire of Hell is hotter and more terrifying than the fire that we are familiar with on earth. And this would be forever!! So I ask the question ‘What crimes are people doing that makes them deserve being condemned to Hell and for forever?’   I ask the question, ‘I am going to live on this Earth for maybe 60 to 70 years, so what is that I could be doing that m akes me deserve being condemned to Hell?’   It is a frightening thought isn’t it?  On earth according to our sense of justice the worst possible crime a person could perform is murder, and the sentence or the punishment for a murder would be a death sentence or a life sentence. We do hear of people having to serve many life sentences concurrently, but that  judgment would be based on the acceptable principal of justice ‘a life for a life’   Now why should people who have not even committed a murder have to be condemned to Hell? And we learn from the scriptures that our final destinies would be judged at an awesome Day of Judgment, where we would be confronted with our deeds and then the verdict or the sentences meted out to us would be ‘  justly ’  delivered. The emphasis the focus and all information we have off that day, the great Day of Judgment is that that is the day of justice. The day real justice would be meted out. It is a day of precise judging and just verdicts.  4 So I ask, “ God is very very ‘J ust ’  so how could it be ‘ Just ’  to condemn anyone to Hell and forever? ” I may be able to understand say a sentence in Hell of a few or even many years, of course within limitations, but then this forever…..???  I find that very difficult to understand or I can say I just cannot understand the justice in that. But then God is very just!!  Now when we read the Quran there are many Aayaths that apparently do not make sense to us. We just do not know what God is pointing out to us or what He is instructing. There are other Aayaths where some meanings are vague and we just do not know how to put these Aayaths together and seek out what Allah is pointing out to us or what Allah is instructing us. There are still other Aayaths where the message is apparently very clear but we also have this thinking that there is depth and wisdom in these Aayaths and again we just do not know how to seek out this depth and the wisdom from these Aayaths. I would like to list out a few points that we have learnt from reading the Aayaths from the Quran. As I have mentioned some of these lessons are very vague. There are so many gaps in these lessons and we just do not know how to fill these gaps. We are told that this life is a test, and those who pass this test would go to Heaven and those who fail would be condemned to Hell. (67:2) the One who created death and life, so that He may test you as to which of you is better in his deeds. And He is the All-Mighty, the Most-Forgiving, ُَ   ُَُَِ   َََاَو   َتَا   َقََخ   يِَاَُَو   ۚََ   ُََ   ُ﴿   ُرُَغا   ُزِزَا    Now one question I ask is ‘W hy does Allah mention death before life ’  (  َةََاَو   َتَا   َقََخ ) Surely death comes after life so should this Aayath not read that He has created Life and Death so that He may test us? So is this not a good point to ponder and learn. Why does Allah say ‘ (  َةََاَو   َتَا   َقََخ )’ ? The next point is that the Quran instructs us of our existence even before we arrive on earth or  before we are even born on earth. The Quran even points out a conversation or an interaction God had with us. We all have heard that phrase (  ۖُّَِ   ُََ ) meaning ‘Am I not your Rabb?’  We have heard it in a few bayans. We are aware that this is a question that Allah has asked all of us before we were born on this Earth. Do we not have many questions regarding this conversation, but we do not know how to ask those questions and we also do not know where to seek the answers.
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