What we are in this world for?
meneen Brothers and Sisters,
Salaam Aleikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh. (May Allah's Peace, Mercy
and Blessings be upon all of you)
One of our brothers/sisters has asked this question:
to say i agree with most of the things you have said but you are forgetting
that we are all human beings and there are many reasons for why we do things,
all about living. Rather than criticise and leaving the community don't you
think it is better to stick together and try and stamp out all the unnecessary
causes of worry, stress, hurt etc and live with the things that allow you to
become a better, nicer, happier etc person. After all why are we here for if
not to be happy, lead a good life etc. I am proud of so many things that we as
Bohras stand for and we do.
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are in this world for?
In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol, no person, no grave, no prophet, no imam, no dai, nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.
comment: I am proud of so many things
that we as Bohras stand for and we do.
There is absolutely no doubt that a lot of the things done by the Bohras are indeed very noble and demand respect and recognition. But the issue we are dealing with in Bohraism, is the issue of ‘shirk’, a sin which Allah has promised Himself in the Holy Quran that he will not forgive. Whatever good one might have done, they will all be fruitless in the hereafter, if one was to die while committing this heinous crime of ‘shirk’ or associating and invoking other beings with Allah.
says in the Holy Quran Chapter 5 Surah Maidah verse 72: Whoever commits
‘shirk’ (invoking anything with Allah), Allah shall forbid for him
Paradise, and Hell shall be his abode. And for such wrong doers there will be no
one to help.
says in the Holy Quran Chapter 39 Surah Zumar verse 65-66: If you commit
‘shirk’ all your works will be rendered vain and you will be among the
losers. Therefore, you should worship
Allah Alone, and be among His grateful servants.
comment: Rather than criticize and leaving the community don't you think it is
better to stick together and try and stamp out all the unnecessary causes of
worry, stress, hurt etc and live with the things that allow you to become a
better, nicer, happier etc person.
Our mission is not to criticize the community, nor to ridicule their beliefs. But Allah has made it a duty for all muslims to invite their brethren and all mankind to Islam in the best possible manner, and to enjoin the right and forbid the evil, according to our ability. And that is exactly what we are doing: obeying the command of our Lord and Creator, Allah Subhanah.
says in the Holy Quran: Chapter 16, Surah An-Nahl Ayat 125: Invite to the way
of your Lord with wisdom and excellent admonition and argue with people in the
best manner. Your Lord knows best who has gone astray from His Way and who is
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 3 Surah Ale Imran verse
110: You (muslims) are the best community which has been raised for the
guidance of mankind. You enjoin what is
right, and forbid what is evil and you all believe in Allah Alone.
Islam is extremely tolerant, but the truth is that the Bohra leadership is extremely intolerant and intransparent. We are never allowed to ask any theological questions in Bohraism, nor is anything explained to us by giving evidence from the Holy Quran. A thing is halaal because the Syedna and the Bhaisahebs do it, and a thing is haraam because the Syedna and Bhaisahebs said so! If a common Bohra tries to understand the Quran and goes for clarification to any of their aamils and bhaisahebs, he is branded a traitor and immediately threatened with ostracism. All they ever demand is that we remain subjugated to them and go like cattle wherever they lead us, even if it be against the direct commandments of the Holy Quran! All that the aamils and the bhaisahebs seem interested in, is gathering more money and grabbing more power! The average Bohra assumes that the aamils and the bhaisahebs are guiding him from the Holy Quran and thus from Allah, and gently bears with patience every subjugation and humiliation. But what the Holy Quran guides to and what is happening in Bohraism are two distant poles! And the subjugation and humiliation of the common Bohra is such that he cannot do anything without the permission of the ‘raza na saheb’!
says in the Holy Quran Chapter 2 Surah Baqarah verse 77-79: Do they
really not know that Allah is fully aware of what they hide and what they
disclose? Then there are among them
some ignorant people who have no knowledge of the Book, but depend upon empty
hopes and are guided by mere conjecture and guesswork. So woe to those who write the Book with
their own hands, and then say to the people, ‘This is from Allah’, so that they
might gain some paltry worldly gain!
This writing of their hands will bring woe to them, and what they gain
from it will lead them to their ruin.
We hereby declare that we are slaves of our Creator and Sustainer, Allah Alone! Allah Alone deserves our humility, our reverence, our invocation, our worship and all our rites of worship. There is absolutely no one who is worthy of our worship and our invocation, except the One Lord Allah, Alone!
comment: After all why are we here for if not to be happy, lead a good life
This question is best answered from the very words of Allah Himself, the Al Quran.
This is what Allah, our Creator, says why he has created us:
says in the Holy Quran in Chapter 67 Surah Al Mulk verse 2: He (Allah) created
death and life that He may test you, to see which of you is the best in deeds.
says in the Holy Quran Chapter 51 Surah Dhariyat verse 56: I have not created
the jinn and men except for this that they should worship Me alone.
says in the Holy Quran Chapter 3 Surah Ale-Imran verse 19: Indeed, Islam in the
ONLY right way of life in the sight of Allah.
says in the Holy Quran Chapter 22 Surah Hajj verse 77-78: O you who have
believed, do ‘rukooh’ (bow down) and do ‘sajdah’ (prostration), and worship
your Lord Allah Alone, and do righteous deeds: it may be that you attain true
success! Exert your utmost for the
cause of Allah, as one should. He has
chosen you for His service, and has not laid on you any hardship in your
religion. Therefore, be steadfast in
the religion of your father Abraham.
Allah had named you ‘muslims’ before this, and has named you (muslims)
in this Quran also, so that the Messenger may be a witness in regard to you,
and you may be witnesses in regard to the rest of mankind.
Our goal in this world is not to play and be happy, but rather to work and prepare for the life hereafter. We put our children through 18 or 22 years of school, so that they might get a good education which will help them get a decent job, and support themselves and their families, in this worldly life. We just don’t leave them to play and enjoy themselves as they like! But for the eternal and everlasting after life, we are ‘cool’ and think there we need no preparation. Whatever we sow in this worldly life of ours, we shall reap in the Hereafter. If we sow nothing, we will reap nothing; and if we sow thorns, we will reap thorns (Allah forbid!).
But yes, if we lead our lives in submission to the will of our Creator, Allah has promised such doers of good, eternal happiness and rewards in the life of the Hereafter. And each and every one of Allah’s promises in the Holy Quran are true, and who is there to make a better promise than Allah?
says in the Holy Quran Chapter 4 Surah An-Nisa verse 122: The promise of Allah
is true, and who can be truer in his word than Allah?
Please read carefully what
Allah has to say about people who treat their life of this world as a sport and
says in the Holy Quran Chapter 6 Surah Anam verse 70: And leave alone those who
have taken their ‘deen’ as a sport and past time, and have been deluded by the
life of this world. Nevertheless, you
go on admonishing them by reciting the Quran to them, lest any person should be
seized because of his own deeds; and that too, at a time, when there would be
no protector, no helper and no intercessor to rescue him from Allah; when no
conceivable amount of ransom would be accepted from him. This is because such people shall be
seized, in consequence of what they themselves had earned.
says in the Holy Quran Chapter 57 Surah Hadid verses 20: Know it well that the
life of this world is nothing but a sport and a pastime, and a show, and a thing
of boasting among yourselves, and a rivalry in wealth and children. Its example is of vegetation after a shower
of rain, which delights the tillers; then the same ripens and you see it turn
yellow; then it becomes straw. Contrary
to this, in the life to come there is severe torment; and forgiveness from
Allah and His good pleasure. The life
of this world is nothing but an illusionary screen.
says in the Holy Quran Chapter 70 Surah Mairaj verses 42-44: Therefore, leave
them engrossed in their vain talk and sport, until they encounter that Day of
theirs which they are being promised; when they shall be rushing out of their
graves as though they are racing towards the shrines of their deities. Their eyes shall be downcast and abasement
shall be covering them. That is the Day
they are being promised.
says in the Holy Quran Chapter 29 Surah Ankaboot verse 64: And the life of this
world is nothing but a sport and a pastime.
The home of real life is indeed the Hereafter. Would that these people knew (what awaits them)!
says in the Holy Quran Chapter 6 Surah Anam verse 32: This worldly life is but
a sport and a pastime. In fact, the
abode of the Hereafter is better for those who desire to be safe from harm. Will you not, then, use your common sense?
says in the Holy Quran Chapter 43 Surah Zukhruf verse 83: Well, let them remain
absorbed in their falsehoods and sports, till they see that Day of theirs with
which they are being threatened.
says in the Holy Quran Chapter 7 Surah Aaraaf verses 50-51: (On the Day of
Judgement) The inmates of Hell will cry out to the people of Paradise: “Pour
upon us a little water or throw down a bit of the provisions Allah has bestowed
upon you.” The people of Paradise will
reply, “Allah has forbidden both these things to the disbelievers, who had made
their religion a sport and a pastime, and who had been deluded by the worldly
life.” Then Allah will say, “Today We
will forget them just as they forgot the meeting of this Day, and rejected Our
Allah has honored man above all his creations, and given him the faculty of intelligence to think, ponder, counsel and contemplate; who is his Creator? Who Created everything in the heavens and the earth? What are his Creator’s rights on him? Is there anything after this worldly life? What are the requirements of success in the life hereafter?
Allah has given us a will and the limited freedom to do right and wrong. No other creation of Allah (except the Jinns) have this will. This is the ‘trust’ Allah gave us, and lets see what Allah says in the Holy Quran about this ‘trust’:
says in the Holy Quran Chapter 33 Surah Ahzaab verse 72-73: We (Allah) offered
this trust to the heavens and the earth and the mountains, but they all refused
to bear it, and were afraid it. But
man undertook to bear this trust.
Indeed, he is unjust and ignorant!
The inevitable result of bearing the burden of the trust is that Allah
should punish the hypocrite men and women, and the mushrik (one who invokes
others with Allah) men and women, and accept the repentance of the believing
men and women. Allah is indeed
Forgiving and Merciful.
O Allah, help us, guide us, and forgive us our sins. O Allah, help us to read and understand the Holy Quran, so that we can understand the significance of our creation and its responsibilities. O Allah, help us and guide us to the Path, which you have chosen for us. O Allah, forgive us our sins, and take us into Your Mercy. O Allah, help us and guide us to the Siraat al Mustaqeem. Ameen.
Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allah’s Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.
Your brother and well wisher in Islam,