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MOST OF US ARE CRUEL & SINNERS,
KNOWINGLY & UNKNOWINGLY
BY JAVED ZAHEER, FREE EXPRESSION AWARD WINNER
TORONTO: Most of the human beings are cruel and sinners, knowingly and unknowingly, and remain in the state of loss. Yes, cruel and sinners. They are cruel to themselves and others including the near and dear ones. They are sinners because they keep disobeying and displeasing God, opposing, ignoring, treating badly, harming and killing innocent, helpless and good people, violating rules, breaking laws, committing sins, crimes and mistakes.
Yet they are not ready to accept, understand, realize, admit and confess this and consider themselves to be pious, good and fit for heaven. Yet they think they are the best ones and God is pleased with them, although their conscious keeps pricking them and restless.
How costly the misunderstanding and disobedience are proving they don’t understand. They don’t understand that God is pleased with only those who believe and do good works and exhort one another to truth and exhort one another to endurance (Reference Chapter 103 Al-Asr---Quran).
There are signs and symptoms which tell us about such state of human beings. The answers and solutions are in the original holy books of God. Devil, a committed enemy of mankind, is a barrier between God and people. Evil temptations and lustful desires are his weapons. Removal of this barrier ends evil influences and enables us to reach and understand the truth, good and God. The holy books help do this by creating a barrier between us and devil. It shows us the path to God, good and heaven.
WHO IS CRAZIER? Imagine about a person who is highly respected, recognized, qualified, knowledgeable, skilled and professional and a psychiatrist or psychologist or counsellor as well and a schizophrenic or lunatic compares himself with that person and says:
“What is the difference between us? Are we both not insane and doing the same thing? You think I am crazy and ill and I think you are crazier and more mentally sick than me. I am not in my senses and do things without sensing right or wrong or good or bad, realization and understanding and you are doing them with full senses, a set mindset and understanding? If I need a doctor then you need both specialist and a spiritual healer?”
One of my distant relative, a very literate, knowledgeable and well-established person, suffered huge business losses and as a result became a mental patient. He became aggressive and abusive. Even his family and almost all relatives got fed up of him.
One day he came to my house and my mother gave him shelter. Understanding his condition and situation, we handled him accordingly and took good care of him. Initially he was good with us but as the time passed and his mental and overall health condition worsened he became very weak and more abusive. Still my mother ordered us to never misbehave with him and always try to take good take care of him. Despite his worsening condition, he respected my mother.
He lived with us for over two decades. When my mother left Pakistan for USA, he left the house on his own will and lived with his family---stepbrothers and sisters. He did not stay there for long, vanished and one day we got the news that he passed away.
HINDU DOCTOR: When he was with us, I took him to an international medical conference so that he could be seen and his case presented and discussed. We met a Hindu doctor there. He showed interest in this person and started chatting with him. Being a schizophrenic, the person picked up a flower vase on the table and started talking. When the doctor asked him as to what he was doing, he replied: “Don’t disturb me. Can’t you see I am talking to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and discussing important matters and issues to solve world problem.”
The Hindu doctor asked again: “Is she listening and replying to you. If not then stop and listen to me. I am your friend and interested in helping you by knowing you and your problems?”
The person became silent and started staring at the flower vase. At that moment, the Hindu doctor took out the idol of Hindu god from his pocket, started worshipping and then kissed it with great respect.
The person who was watching the flower vase stopped and started observing the activities of the Hindu doctor. Suddenly he started laughing loudly, then stopped and took the idol from the doctor and asked him: “What are you doing doctor? There are millions of such idols, statues and toys made and sold by people for few cents and dollars in the markets and on the streets. Is this god listening to you and answering? Please tell me. I too want to talk to him and get problems solved. If not then stop and listen. Don’t fool me by giving stupid answers. I may be mad but definitely not a fool.”
The Hindu doctor was left stunned and speechless. Instead of the doctor, the person started questioning and grilling him in his abusive style and finally told him: “Doctor, I see that you are more sick then me. Don’t waste my time. I am an army general and have an appointment with world leaders to discuss policy matters. They are my ally, think and act like me and understand me. It is you who should go and see some specialists and spiritual healers. It is you who need guidance, help and treatment. Stop fooling the world, your people and yourself.”
The puzzled Hindu doctor’s face became red with anger and forehead wet with sweat. No answer from him could satisfy or convince the mentally disturbed person, who was bent upon proving the Hindu doctor as insane, crazy and mentally sick.
Sensing the situation, I took the doctor aside to say sorry and goodbye and then took the person away from there. Seeing the reaction of the doctor, I asked him as to why he was disturbed. The doctor said: “Don’t worry. While treating the mentally sick persons, we too become somewhat like them---crazy and mad. While dealing with them, this happens.”
ANOTHER DRAMA: This mentally sick person nearly created another big scene. One day I received a call from the office of Pakistan International Airlines Chairman. Secretary of PIA Chairman was on the line. She said: “Is Gen Nizamuddin there? Air Marshal Daudpota, PIA Chairman, wants to talk to him.”
I immediately realized what happened, told her that Nizamuddin was not present and asked her why the PIA Chairman wants to talk to him or meet him.
She said: “Air Marshal Daudpota could not recall knowing any retired Gen Nizamuddin and has agreed to meet him at the place (park) and the time given by the retired general.”
I then told the secretary: “Thanks God that I picked up the phone and all of us have been saved from great embarrassment. Nizamuddin is not a general. He is a mentally sick person and a schizophrenia patient. Since he passed a good life before becoming a schizophrenic, he knows how to deal with all sorts of people including VIPs.”
The secretary was shocked and said: “He spoke so well and with confidence. He impressed us and that’s why Air Marshal Daudpota agreed to meet him. Thanks you saved us all.”
The doctor and schizophrenia patient story is a great lesson for all of us to learn. It points toward many grave mistakes, faults, stupidity, cruelty and sins that we commit knowingly and unknowingly in our daily lives and how God has taught us to seek true forgiveness for the wrong, sins and mistakes we commit, enjoy His blessings and protect ourselves from His anger and wrath.
All the original holy books are full of examples, guidance and commands. We know and understand most of these yet we fail to follow. We believe in God and good but also knowingly disobey Him and commit mistakes, sins and cruelties. We dislike and hate the devil yet we please him the most by becoming slaves of temptations and desires. We know the right and wrong yet we put ourselves on the wrong track and PATH TO HELL.
We need to stop blaming God and others for our faults, mistakes, sins and cruelties. We need to start analyzing our thinking and lifestyle and understand, follow and implement what God wants us to do. The holy books are Books of Guidance. They have the keys to open all the locks including our brain, understanding and heaven. They are the pharmacy which contains all the spiritual medicine. They contain prescriptions from God---The Healer.
Those who deliberately distort the divine messages and hide the truth are quacks, criminals, sinners and cruel. We must remain alert, understand, avoid and expose the quacks and criminals. The holy books are constitution to regulate our lives.
God has taught us through examples in the shape of Surahs (Chapters) and Ayats (Verses) in the Holy Quran as to how to remain on track, seek forgiveness from Him, escape from His anger and wrath and benefit from His blessings.
Surah # 1 (Al-Fatiha): In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful (1)
Praise be to Allah, Lord of the Worlds, (2) The Beneficent, the Merciful. (3) Owner of the Day of Judgment, (4) Thee (alone) we worship; Thee (alone) we ask for help. (5) Show us the straight path, (6) The path of those whom Thou hast favoured. Not (the path) of those who earn Thine anger nor of those who go astray. (7)
Surah # 2 (Al-Baqara) Verse 286: Allah tasketh not a soul beyond its scope. For it (is only) that which it hath earned, and against it (only) that which it hath deserved. Our Lord! Condemn us not if we forget, or miss the mark! Our Lord! Lay not on us such a burden as thou didst lay on those before us! Our Lord! Impose not on us that which we have not the strength to bear! Pardon us, absolve us and have mercy on us, Thou, our Protector, and give us victory over the disbelieving folk. (286)
Surah # 3 (Al-E-Imran) Verses # 147 & 148: Their cry was only that they said: Our Lord! forgive us for our sins and wasted efforts, make our foothold sure, and give us victory over the disbelieving folk. (147) So Allah gave them the reward of the world and the good reward of the Hereafter. Allah loveth those whose deeds are good. (148). Prayers made by companions of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) at the Battle of Uhud.
Surah # 7 (Al-Araf) Verse # 23: They said: Our Lord! We have wronged ourselves. If thou forgive us not and have not mercy on us, surely we are of the lost! (23). Prayers of Prophet Adam and Eve.
Surah # 21 (Al-Anbiya) Verse # 87: And (mention) Dhu'n-Nun, when he went off in anger and deemed that We had no power over him, but he cried out in the darkness, saying: There is no God save Thee. Be Thou glorified! Lo! I have been a wrong-doer. (87). This surah has references of many prophets, their prayers and mention of blessings of God.
Surah # 23 (Al-Mumenoon) Verses # 116-118: Now Allah be Exalted, the True King! There is no God save Him, the Lord of the Throne of Grace. (116) He who crieth unto any other god along with Allah hath no proof thereof. His reckoning is only with his Lord. Lo! disbelievers will not be successful. (117) And (O Muhammad) say: My Lord! Forgive and have mercy, for Thou art Best of all who show mercy. (118).
Due to lack of proper awareness and understanding of the divine messages, guidance, instructions and commands, Muslims are easily provoked and made emotional. They get involved in senseless and foolish arguments, discussions and debates and waste their precious time and energy.
Surah # 112 (Al-Ikhlas) Verses 1-4 has closed all doors for foolish and senseless discussions. The commands are crystal clear and very easy to understand. They are the best answer to the queries of those who keep questioning about God and keep promoting the distorted versions: “Say: He is Allah, the One! (1) Allah, the eternally Besought of all! (2) He begetteth not nor was begotten. (3) And there is none comparable unto Him. (4)”
In order to ensure that they do not become cruel, sinners and astray, Muslims must focus on becoming true believers and only worshippers of one God (Allah). They must understand the following divine message of Surah # 9 (Al-Tawba):
Surah # 9 (Al-Tauba) Verse # 129: Say: Allah sufficeth me. There is no God save Him. In Him have I put my trust, and He is Lord of the Tremendous Throne. (129).
Interestingly all believers of the God including Christians, Muslims and Jews agree that the God of the three is the same but disagree with the divine messages of the same God thus portraying and making Him disputed. Influenced by distortions and venomous propaganda, they keep arguing and fighting with each other.
The commands and divine messages in the holy Quran clear all the confusions. Yet they fail to agree and understand. The enemies of mankind and humanity are taking full advantage of this situation and pitting all the believers including the three against each other by creating hatred. We need to focus on ending this situation so that all could love each other, live in peace and learn to live and work together.
JZ’S PROFILE: Joined Journalism Profession in 1974 (Daily `SUN’, Karachi) and still serving as a professional journalist (2014). Javed Zaheer, Free Expression Award Winner (Awarded by National Ethnic Press & Media Council of Canada—NEPMCC. Award presented by Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario, Canada), Desi Idol Recognition Award Winner (Presented by North American Desi Idol), Member/Honorary Director of NEPMCC, Veteran Active Member (VAM) of Toronto Press Club, Ex-Member of The National Club and The Ontario Club, Honorary Editor of English Weekly `Pakistan Abroad’, Canada, ex-Chief Editor (Honorary) of English Weekly `The Ambassador’, Canada, ex-Chief Editor (Honorary) of English Weekly `DAWN', Canada, ex-Senior Sub-Editor of English Daily DAWN, Pakistan (From 1986-1999), Chairman, CANOPI, Director of Children Dignity Foundation (CDF---Canada & Pakistan) and Honorary Director, Canpak, Chamber of Commerce, and Honorary Director Information, Pak Seniors Forum (PSF), is contributing purely on Voluntary and Honorary Basis in order to serve all people and communities. Contact: (416)firstname.lastname@example.org To read more JZ’s exclusive articles, please visit: www. nepmcc.ca and nationalethnicpress.com (Editorial Sections. Scan years from 2004. Visit www.javedzaheernews.blogspot.com for latest exclusive articles.--- JZ'S MOTTO: SERVE HUMANITY IN REALITY