EBOLA, CURSE OR TRIAL, INTRODUCTORY

first_imgIN THE NAME OF ALLAH, THE MOST COMPASSIONATE, THE MOST MERCIFULAll praise belongs to Allah; and may His peace and blessings be upon His Prophet, his household, his companions and all those who rightly follow their foot-steps. Ameen!In our last edition we began discussing the perception of our people concerning the pandemic disease- Ebola. We attempted to give an introductory explanation to this topic. At the end of the edition we concluded by asserting that variance in thoughts, perceptions and conceptions as a norm of human creation. Today, we shall try to concentrate on “fate”.Every mortal being created by Allah is composed of pair-male and female, righteous and ill-righteous, as well as good and bad, the faithful and unfaithful. Within this context Al-Qur’an-the Holy Scripture of Al-Islam tells us that it be would illogical and inconceivable that: “Would he whose heart reflects the image of religious and spiritual virtues be equaled to the one in whose heart reign vice and impiety!” (32:18). Certainly not! This is so because, the behavioral patterns of the two are not the same and identical; and of course, neither can they be recognized, appreciated and treated alike; nor can they be rewarded the same way. Perhaps this is why Allah makes crystal and clear in some of the Scriptural assertions of His Last and Final Testament that: “he who has done an atom’s weight of good, will see it and profit by it, and he who has done an atom’s weight of evil, will see it and be punished for it” (99:7-8).  The fact is that it is the behavioral pattern that distinguishes a realistic person from unrealistic one. For the former is one free from the bondage of childish unrealistic and immature notion. This character is described as “positive thinker. This is so because, he/she views issues in a cogent, logical and well-argued manner; and by the same trend, act with the course of sobriety, clear-headedness and maturity. On the other hand, the latter is portrayed as negative thinker. In that, he/she allows partiality, imagination and delusion to influence his/her practical thought and life. Perhaps this is why Al-Qur’an also maintains that: “But those whose hearts reflect the image of religious and spiritual virtues and their deeds wisdom and piety must expect the Gardens of bliss in which they shall be homed with home-felt delight and wherein shall each one come into close relation with oneself and with others in requital of all the good they had accomplished in life. Those in whose hearts reigns vice shall be homed in Hell. As often as they try to escape it they are reinstated therein and be told: ‘Now you taste the torment experienced in Hell which you had always denied.’ And in mercy to them We (Allah) will make them suffer here the lesser of the two evils by justly submitting them to pain and punishment that they might hopefully repent and turn to Allah (and save themselves the bigger and really vehement Hereafter). And who is more wrongheaded and wrongful of actions than he who is reminded of Allah’s evident signs and shuns them and of His revelations and persistently avoid them and abstain from listening to them! (Let them just wait), We (Allah) will take just vengeance on them and afflict them with torment that is laid upon the damned” (32:18-22). As stated earlier, the above quoted verses, all in all, signify that Allah’s generosity can in no wise operate at the expense of His justice system both in reward and requital. Crystallizing the indisputableness of this fact, the Holy Scripture again says: “that no soul bearing wrongs shall in no way bear the wrong actions of another,  that nothing is considered one’s own on the Day of Judgment but only what he strove for and had endeavoured to attain, and that the advantages of his efforts will be seen later in the course of events and the fruits of his endeavours will ripe and glow here (in this life) and Hereafter. Then will the end crown the deed and Allah shall requites him in full for the action involving godly efforts directed to a definite end and for the deeds imprinted with wisdom and piety” (53:38-410. What a clarity emphasis!  For his part, Prophet Muhammad (SAW) is reported to have said thus: “The horses are for three purposes. For one they are a reward, for another they are a shield, and for other that are burdens. In reference to the one for whom they are reward is the person who keeps them to be used in the way of Allah. Thus, they spend their entire life grazing in the pasture or garden (waiting in preparation for struggle in good faith). So whatever afflicts them during that lengthy period in the pasture or garden, it will be counted as good deeds for such person. Then if their lengthy period is ended and they are used for a noble cause or two, their hoof prints and their dung are counted as good deeds for such person. When they passed through it a stream from which they did drink, such person (their owner) does not intend to quench their thirst; yet, it would be counted as good deeds. Therefore, they are a reward for that person. On the other hand, a  person who keeps them to maintain self and to be independent of others, and does not forget the right of Allah upon their necks and their backs (i. e., their Zakah/Poor Dues), then they are shield for such person (from the Hellfire). However, for a person who keeps them in order to boast, brag and show off, then they are a burden for such person (on Judgment).Even though the foregoing Scriptural assertions and their respective attendant Prophetic explanations give broader connotations, one issue is however paramount and needs to claim the full attention of us all. That is, the phrase “good” as mentioned herein above, is the good that centers on the acknowledgement, appreciation and obedience of the Divine Law, including its attendance moral decorum. For there is no morality that contravenes the fact appertains to “faith” in the Existence, Oneness and Absolute Sovereignty of Allah. By the same token, no morality is moral that contradicts the Divine Laws. So, nothing behooves humanity, particularly those who claim to be adherents and followers of “Religion” that is guided by “Divine Revelation”. Of course, “faith in Allah” stands olympic high in His servantship, but it is worth stating that mere declaration of “faith” not accompanied or backed by prescribed worship, righteous acts, spiritual virtues and other various religious rites, is but a first and profound class of insincerity and hypocrisy. Perhaps this is why Al-Qur’an is replete with assertions which indicate that whenever a call is made on the “believers”, the phrase is followed by the words: “and whose deeds are characterized by wisdom and piety”. In other words, any good done in the state of disbelief in Allah and wanton disregard of His prescribed Code of Decorum, can in no wise be recognized and appreciated by Allah-the Almighty; and of course, cannot be rewarded in the Hereafter. It is also worth understanding that whatsoever is described as “wrong” or “evil” will justly be requited both here in this life and the Hereafter. This is so because, the Divine Promise that contains in Allah’s Holy Scripture and Prophetic assertions.    Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Monreal in contract talks with Arsenal

first_imgThe 32-year-old has made 165 Premier League appearances for Arsenal since joining from Malaga in 2013.“At the moment we are talking with the club. I’ve always said I am really happy, I feel very happy playing for Arsenal,” he told the London Evening Standard.“I came six years ago. I have a good relationship with them.“We are in contact in any moment so don’t worry about that. I am happy here. That is the most important thing.”Monreal has been a useful member of an Arsenal defence that new boss Unai Emery hopes to strengthen after their error-strewn displays in the final years of Arsene Wenger’s reign.In the latter stages of his career, Monreal is keen to be a big part of Emery’s rebuilding process.“My idea is to play in football until my body says, ‘Nacho, so sorry but that’s the end’. But I think it is far away,” Monreal said.“I hope so. You never know because your body, sometimes you start with some problems, some injuries and you can’t continue giving 100 per cent.“But at the moment I feel good so I am not thinking of my retirement.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arsenal defender Nacho Monreal is in talks over a new contract © AFP / Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 12 – Nacho Monreal has opened talks with Arsenal over a new contract with the Premier League club.Monreal has one year left on his present deal and the Gunners are willing to extend the Spain defender’s stay at the Emirates Stadium.last_img read more

Facebook Admits It Encourages Employees to Use Android Smartphones Not iPhones

first_imgFacebook has a semi-official ban on employees using Apple’s iPhones — allegedly because of Mark Zuckerberg’s ire at Apple CEO Tim Cook.According to the New York Times’ damning report on Facebook’s tactics targeting company critics and stonewalling on dealing with multiple scandals, Zuckerberg ordered his management team to use only Android smartphones. Per the NYT, that came in response to comments Cook make slamming Facebook in an MSNBC interview earlier this year in the wake of revelations that Cambridge Analytica improperly obtained info on millions of Facebook users. Cook said “privacy to us is a human right” and added that Apple could “make a ton of money” if it chose to monetize customer data as Facebook does.Facebook, as part of its response to the Times piece, acknowledged that it has a policy of promoting usage of Android phones over Apple’s iPhones. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 “[W]e’ve long encouraged our employees and executives to use Android because it is the most popular operating system in the world,” Facebook said in a statement Thursday.Facebook also said, “Tim Cook has consistently criticized our business model and Mark has been equally clear he disagrees.”As part of its anti-Apple smear campaign, according to the Times report, it hired a D.C.-area political PR firm called Definers Public Affairs. A right-leaning news site called the NTK Network, affiliated with Definers, published “dozens of articles” that criticized Apple as well as Google “for unsavory business practices,” including one that slammed Cook for hypocrisy over his stance on privacy, per the New York Times.Facebook said it ended its contract with Definers on Wednesday, Nov. 14, after the Times report was published, but the company didn’t offer an explicit reason for terminating its association with the PR firm. According to Facebook, the Times report incorrectly suggested “that we ever asked Definers to pay for or write articles on Facebook’s behalf — or to spread misinformation.”Pictured above: Google’s Pixel 3 line of Android smartphonescenter_img Popular on Variety last_img read more