We have witnessed a big earthquake in Istanbul, Izmit, Adapazari, and some other regions of Turkey. Thousands died, thousands got injured, thousands were left homeless, causing millions of dollars of loss for the Turkish economy. This was unexpected, unexpected by anyone. Everybody was sleeping at 3.00 am in the morning, and we all woke up with a great shock, everyone asked each other “what is happening?”. Thousands left their homes with the fear of death, and waited in the streets (Have you not considered those who went forth from their homes, for fear of death, and they were thousands... - Surah Al-Baqara, 243).
This is not for ‘nothing’. We take this as a warning from our Rab (Lord). We know that the previous nations also were faced with the wrath of Allah.
Then the (mighty) Blast overtook them before morning,
And We turned (the cities) upside down, and rained down on them brimstones hard as baked clay. Behold! In this there are the Signs for those who examine. And surely the cities are on a road that still abides. Most surely there is a sign in this for the believers. (Hijr, 73-77)
May Allah accept our tawba, may Allah forgive our sins.
We pray Allah that we get closer to our Rab. Our love for Allah becomes stronger, and fear of Allah becomes deeper. May Allah accept our deeds, and our prayer. May Allah save us from the effect of the ongoing earthquakes.
When Earth is shaken with her (final) earthquake
And the earth throws up her burdens (from within),
And man says (distressed): ‘What is the matter with her?’-
On that day she shall tell her news, Because your Lord had inspired her.
On that Day will men proceed in companies sorted out, to be shown the deeds that they (had done).
Then anyone who has done an atom’s weight of good will see it! And anyone who has done an atom’s weight of evil, will see it. (Al-Zalzala -the Earthquake-, 1-8)
The earthquake which caused thousands to die, and thousands waiting to get cured in the hospitals happened on the 8th of August 1999 at 03.00 am by local time, as we all know.
* The 99th Surah of the Qur’an is “Al-Zalzala” (the Earthquake) which is very meaningful as we are in 1999.
* Surah Al-Zalzala is composed of 8 verses in total, and this points to August which is the 8th month of the year.
* In the first ayat, the number of letters of the words “Earth is shaken with her earthquake”, gives 17 and the earthquake took place on August 17.
* In Surah Al-Zalzala, in the 3rd ayat, it is stated that “..man says: ‘What is the matter with her?’. This ayat points at the 3rd hour of the early morning. And in the very same ayat, it is said that men ask “what is happening?”. In fact, at the very first moment when the earthquake started, the first thing thousands of people said was, “what is happening?”. Everybody who witnessed the earthquake knows this.
* In the fourth verse of Surah Al-Zalzala, it is stated, “On that day she shall tell her news.” The day earthquake happened, on August 17, all international media agents gave prominence to this event in the first place, and throughout the whole day both the local and foreign media agents gave news about this disaster. And also among the public, the earthquake was the first and major topic on which they talked. The expression “On that day she shall tell her news” points out to this.
* In the 5th verse of the same Surah, it is stated, “Because your Lord had inspired her”. And on that day the earth rocked with the inspiration of Allah. The crack in the fault is only the apparent “cause” of this earthquake. It is certainly not possible for this fault to get active without the will of Allah. This is totally similar to the case of a stone which causes the glass to get broken. There is the stone, and there is the glass. But only a force may throw the stone at the glass. And this is the Power, and the Inspiration, and the Will of Allah.
* The expression in Surah Al-Zalzala, the numerical value (abcad) for the sentence “On that day she shall tell her news, because your Lord had inspired her” gives 1999. This is really remarkable because it gives the date for this big earthquake.
* In Surat Al-Zalzala, ayat 7 it is stated; “Then anyone who has done an atom’s weight of good will see it!”, and in ayat 8 it is stated; “And anyone who has done an atom’s weight of evil, will see it.” In Arabic, the word referred is “miskal” which means “measure”. And it is really remarkable that the measure of the earthquake was 7.8.
Prof. Dr. Mumtaz Ali Khan
There are several hundreds of thousands of cases of victimized young married girls. I try to provide two case studies in brief to drive home the points-
Marriage is a major social institution well accepted all over the world. It establishes durable relationship between a man and woman as husband and wife. Human society has witnessed several changes in the personal relationship between man and woman and it has now presented to mankind the present system of relationship as recognized by the society. Islam has laid particular stress on the need, relevance and significance of relationship between man and woman tied together through the institution of marriage. Blessed are the couples who become husband and wife through this institution.
The contemporary society in general has been witnessing several changes in the inter-personal relationship between husband and wife. The impact of the evils of the modern society which is highly corrupted and has lost control over social and ethical values, has ultimately ruined the Muslim society too.
The great advantages of faithful and concerned relationship between husband and wife are being lost and the result is that the very edifice of family is shaking. The invasion of corrupted values and practices has led to creation of terror in the minds of the young unmarried girls who are mute spectators to what is happening to their sisters, cousins and friends after marriage. Marriage has become a nightmare and is considered to be a necessary evil up to a point and beyond that a curse. Wife-beating, dowry harassment and harassment by the mothers-in-law and sisters-in-law besides some male members of the family are crushing the ethos of Islamic ways of life after marriage. Rights and duties of all the members of the family are well laid down and guarded in Islam. But in a society which is degenerating fast and where the beauty of Islamic message for a blissful family circle is fast disappearing, what remains is nothing but the wreckage of the demolished system. How to solve the problem and who has to bell the cat remain almost outside the reach of ordinary mortals. Dark clouds with thunder and lightning are hovering over the heads of people with imminent chances of Heavens falling on earth.
When we hear the heart-rending stories of married girls (not a generalization!) We tremble and fumble. The mind refuses to believe. The Heart refuses to beat. Eyes become dim and wet and the whole human system becomes numb. Then, what about the victims of the tragedy? Who is there to rescue the young, educated hapless girls who had dreamt of heavenly bliss after entering into wedlock? Community leadership is helpless. Parents can at best provide temporary asylum. Married brothers dance to the tune of their wives. Religious leaders remain outside the domain of family relationship. Legal recourse is costly and uncertain. Feminine activists raise their voice, which boils down to a whimper. Protests and demonstrations will create a social movement. Commissions of enquiry get into atrocities and harassment against women, but their reports get dusted and rusted in the cupboards of the State.
These unfortunate married girls will have sleepless nights, weeping all by themselves, drinking the sorrowful tears from their eyes. Often they have tender children, the only hope for them and the only factor which prevents them from committing the inevitable and prohibited self-extinction, suicide. Suicide is a sin but life is a pain. To live or not to live is the thoughtful or thoughtless provocation.
Lip sympathy and external ointment to the dreaded broken relationship will only prolong the disease, worse than cancer. What is then the alternative, if there is any? A thefty penalty is to be paid. Survival warrants removal of the sacred but vitiated married robe. Is it very difficult? No, the depth of pain and misery is so much that if determination is not there, the human body will easily be consumed by the power generated by these forces. If will power is exercised, then these girls have chances of survival and can face the challenges. They may take the lead in ushering a new socio-cultural environment where women can demand and get their rights and status granted in Islam. The male champions of women's right will get into oblivion and may have to wear masks or burkah to cover their Hippocratic and shamed faces. A revolution, not evolution, becomes inevitable. The true spirit of Islam may then prevail. Aggrieved and suffocated women can provide a dynamic and hopeful leadership to make the males hang their heads in shame and female foes of the unfortunate female victims will have to repent for ever because their daughters may also face a similar situation. This realization would provide on easy and quick solution.
Hamdan Muhammad Hassan
Understanding Politics in Islam - Fiqh al Siyasah: adapted and rearranged from the book Fiqh al-Dawlah written by Professor Yusuf al Qaradawi. According to Al-Mawardi from his book Al-Ahkam Al-Sultaniyyah, it is hirasatud din wa siasatud dunya - to uphold the religion and administer the world. Politics is not munkar - is not a depravity - real politics is noble, virtuous because it administers the affairs of all creatures, bringing man closer to good and away from fasad - evil. According to Ibn al-Qayyim, politics is really the justice of Allah the Almighty and His Prophet (Pbuh).
The Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh) was a politician as well as the messenger conveying the risalah, murabbi - teacher, Qadi - Chief Justice, Head of the nation and Imam of the ummah. The Khulafa’ al Rasyidun - the rightly guided leaders, who succeeded him, were also politicians following the Sunnah - way of the Prophet, establishing just administration, practising ihsan - the betterment of good and providing the leadership of ‘ilm - knowledge and Iman - belief.
However in the present time, due to ‘politics’ man faced suffering as a result of deceit and political ploys and scheming and devious politicians, whether in the form of past colonialists, treacherous rulers, tyrannical leaders and regimes preaching Machiavellian philosophy (the end justifies the means!).
It became common to label and describe committed Muslims as ‘political’ so that they are regarded warily and wickedly for the purpose of disassociating and furthering apart the people from them, intending that society will shun and hate what is called ‘political Islam’. It has been such that symbols of Islam like the headscarf, the proper attire and congregational prayers - Salat jama’ah are attempted to be labelled ‘political’.
The Fight against Fasad and Zulm (Evil, Transgression and Tyranny) is the utmost in Jihad from the understanding of the Prophet’s tradition (mafhum hadith):
Munkar (transgression) is not limited to khamr - liqour, gambling and zina - unlawful sex but degrading and defiling the honour and dignity of the people and citizens is a major transgression, so is cheating in the elections, refusing to give testimony - neglecting to vote, letting government be in the hands of those who are not deserving and undesirable stealing and squandering the nation’s wealth and property, monopolising the people’s needs for personal gains or cronies’ interests, detaining people without crime or just cause, without judgement from a fair court, torturing human beings in prison and the detention camps, giving, accepting and mediating in bribes, cowering up to, praising evil rulers.
These are all grave transgressions!
When a Muslim remains quiet upon seeing all of these it means that he or she does not deserve to live (is not alive) from the mafhum of al-ayat and al-hadith.
Islam requires that every Muslim has political responsibility. A Muslim is required by his Iman - faith to be truly concerned with the affairs and problems of the ummah - community, helping and defending the meek and the weak, fighting tyranny and oppression. By retreating and abstaining oneself, it will only invite divine retribution and be seized by the flames of hell (mafhum ayat).
True democracy is not the whims and desires of the tyrannical rulers or their cronies, it is not the place to jail and incarcerate its fighters and not the place to torture its proponents.
Democracy is the simplest and proper way to achieve the aims of a noble life, to be able to invite all to Allah and Islam. It is the place for a free and honourable nation to have the right to choose, evaluate the ruler, change governments without coups and without bloodshed.
The theory, way and system which looks alien maybe adopted if it benefits us and as long as it does not contradict clear Islamic edicts and the rules of Shariah. We appraise, amend according to our spirit, we do not adopt its philosophy, and we do not allow what is forbidden and vice versa. We do not relinquish or compromise what is ordained or compulsory - the wajib in Islam.
The gist of democracy is that the public, the people can choose the rulers who are going to administer them; the people having the right to select, criticise and terminate; and the people are not forced to accept systems, trends, and policies which they do not agree to and they are not abused. They are free to hold elections, referendums, ensuring majority rights, protecting minority rights, having opposition, have multi parties, press freedom and safeguarding the independence of the judiciary.
Shura or consultative decision making must be followed and not just as a debating factor. By practising shura, it is closer, hence even better than the spirit of democracy. It is but the lost jewel found, the lost wisdom - al-hikmah which has been rediscovered.
Shura enables musyawarah to be conducted, obtains views and opinions, becomes the responsibility of the people to advise and counsel the government (ad-dinu nasiha) and establish amar ma’ruf nahy munkar - enjoining good and forbidding evil. Among the obligations of amar ma’ruf nahy munkar is the highest jihad (struggle) that is to voice out the truth in front of the unjust tyrant.
Qur’anic Examples of Tyrannical Rulers
The Al-Qur’an denounces all powerful rulers such as Namrud, Fir’aun (Pharaoh), Hamaan and Qarun. Namrud is taghut - the transgressor who enslaves the servants of Allah as his serfs.
There is the pact or collaboration of three parties:
Fir’aun - he claims to be God, carries out tyranny and oppression throughout the land, enslaves the people
Hamaan - the cunning politician, experienced, having self interest, in the service of taghut, propping up and supporting Fir’aun and cheating the people, subjugating them.
Qarun - the capitalist or feudalist who takes opportunity from the unjust and oppressive laws, spending fortunes for the tyrannical leader in order to profit and amass vast returns, bleeding and exploiting the toils of the people. The origin of Qarun was that he came from Prophet Musa’s own clan who colluded with Fir’aun due to the love of worldly life and materialism. The combination of taghut and Zulm results in the spread of mayhem and the destruction of the community, subjugating man by force and degradation.
The People: Al Qur’an denounces the people or citizens who are obedient and loyal to their oppressive rulers. The people who remain under the tutelage of taghut are fully responsible and accountable because it is due to their attitude that brought forth these fir’auns and taghuts. Al-Junud (the collaborators):
These are the armies and enforcers of the rule and order of the taghut. They use force, fear and repression to eliminate and subdue all opposition and dissidents of the tyrant.
An Example of Leadership
Balqis, the Queen of Saba’ as told in the Qur’an was a woman who lead her people well, justly and administered them with intelligence and wisdom saving her people from a war that was destructive and made decisions by syura-consulting them. Alas, the story ended with the acceptance of Islam. She led her people towards the goodness of the world and the hereafter.
Pluralism in Islam
The existence of various parties or movements is forbidden as long as unification is not achievable due to differences over objectives, approaches, understanding and the level of confidence and trust. Variety and specialisation are allowed as long as they do not become contradictory and confrontational. However everyone has to be in one united front when facing the challenges to aqidah - belief, shariah, ummah and the survival of Islam. Relations between parties and groupings should be in the atmosphere of non-prejudice, forgiveness, nobleness, counselling truth and steadfastness, wisdom and engaging in healthy cordial debate.
Counselling and Corrective Participation in Politics
Without the shedding of blood, the most effective way as the outcome of long and painful struggles is the existence of political forces which the government in power is unable to contain or eliminate: that is presence of political parties.
The ruling regime can get rid of individuals and small groups of opponents but it is difficult for them to defeat or wipe out larger organisations which are well structured, organised and rooted in the masses of society. Political parties have the platform, machinery, newspapers and publications as well as mass influence.
Political parties or political movements are necessary to fight oppression, to enable criticism, bringing back the government to uphold truth and justice, bringing down or changing the government. These parties are capable of monitoring and appraising the government, offering advice and criticism.
Voting in the elections is a form of testimony. A testimony is considered just as long as one is not convicted of crime. Whoever so votes or abstains from voting in the general elections causing the defeat of a trustworthy and deserving candidate but on the other hand allows the candidate who is less trustworthy and undeserving to win, has gone against the command of Allah concerning giving testimony.
(The author is a senior civil engineer at the University of Sciences, Malaysia.
By Arjimand Hussain Talib
The decade-long turbulence in Jammu and Kashmir, particularly in the Kashmir valley, surprisingly has seen many qualitative developments in the field of education. Although there has been vast destruction of educational infrastructure in the valley, there have been many positive developments too, which could be described as spontaneous individual responses to pressing social and educational challenges, which the Information Technology revolution has thrown in, and which the state has failed to address.
There has been a mushroom growth of private schools in the Valley’s urban areas, which have not only provided considerable job opportunities to the educated youth but have also acted as good alternatives to the drop-outs of the poorly-run government schools. A survey conducted by the United Mission Foundation (UMF) in June ’98 revealed that a majority of Srinagar’s illiterate parents had sent their children to private schools, during the years when the Valley was going through political uncertainty.
On the other hand, owing to very restricted movement of youngsters outside their homes, most of the students aspiring for professional courses spend their time in extensive curricular studies, which has resulted in the Valley students sweeping almost all the competitive exams, during the last decade.
The decade long strife has also seen a spurt in the coming up of professional colleges and centres of specialised education in Kashmir. Creation of the Jhelum Valley Medical College, Prime Medical College, Sir Syed Memorial Engineering College, Asian Institute of Medical Sciences, Kashmir Institute of Physiotherapy in Srinagar have considerably broadened the scope of specialised education in the valley.
With the state yet to introduce degree courses in computer science in the colleges young software engineers, mostly having been trained outside the valley, have taken the lead in opening computer education centres throughout the valley. These centres have become very popular among students. With not a single computer training institute in the valley before the 90s, today dozens of computer training institutes offer courses in even advanced internet technology and client server technology, apart from courses in languages like Oracle, JAVA, VC++ and VB 6.0. The story doesn’t end here. The past ten years have also witnessed a dramatic growth of private colleges of education in the Valley. Not only do these dozen and odd colleges attract the students from the Valley, according to a survey conducted by the Indian Express newspaper recently, hundreds of students, particularly girls, from the neighbouring Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and Delhi get B.Ed degrees from these colleges every year.
Due to a state of saturation of once popular fields of engineering and medicine, the Valley students are seeking diversification and broadening of the horizon of education in the state. In this direction, the creation of an NGO — UMF — by some Kashmiri students has been a very significant development.
Being the only non-politicised voluntary educational initiative in the Valley, the Foundation has begun with a world-wide book-collection campaign for establishing a big computerised library in the heart of the capital Srinagar which is intended to serve as the centre of various non-formal educational projects as well. The Foundation has a large following all over the globe where Kashmiri students are pursuing various courses. The Foundation is also planning a research centre called KASHMIR CARE (Kashmir Centre for Advancement in Research and Education). The centre will focus on the research in educational, social and environmental fields.
The Foundation has planned a fund to be raised with public donations, which would enable it in raising the infrastructure for the library. Although the expenses of the Foundation are presently being borne by the members themselves, the UMF approached UNESCO for help in this endeavour, which has sought a project report for the purpose.
As the UMF is banking entirely on non-governmental financial support for the project, it expects whole-hearted support in terms of financial help and books, from Muslim individuals and social organisations. Given the success of this project, the UMF is optimistic that it will set an excellent example for such voluntary developmental initiatives in Muslim societies in South Asia.
Those interested to help may please contact: Feezu Jowhar, Department of Law, Kashmir University, Hazratbal, Srinagar J&K 190006, Or Sajjad Hakak, Tipu Hostel, Ghousia College of Engineering, Ramangaram, (PO) Bangalore 571 511
(The author is director of United Mission Foundation) e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org visit us at www.greaterkashmir.com.
By Hasan Mansur
Sushma Swaraj, BJP candidate and notable rival of Sonia Gandhi, declared recently in Mangalore, that her party will never go back on the Ram Mandir issue and Uma Bharati, notorious for spouting venom against Muslims, in an appearance on the Star TV indulged in her favourite pastime of bashing Muslims, hurling accusations of their being a vote-bank and accusing others of appeasing the minority community. On August 23, Pramod Mahajan declared in Aurangabad that the Ram Mandir is very much on the agenda of the BJP. Those who have been reading the English weekly, Organiser, the saffron mouthpiece of RSS, will find no let-up in its venomous outpouring against the minorities. That the BJP is an outright communal outfit, exploiting religion to grab political power is, known to all. The Supreme Court that pronounced in a landmark judgement that no religious party could be a political party has found the Election Commission not rising to its constitutional obligation of debarring this communal outfit from electoral politics and such is the dismal state of the Indian polity.
Let there be no illusions whatsoever about the Sangh Parivar, a creature of many tongues which has been consistent in its hatred for minorities, specially the Muslims. It continues to flex its genocidal muscle as it happened in the bloody events in Ahmedabad recently. The irony is that the Minister for Home is Advani, one of the prime accused in the Babri Masjid case. Vajpayee, the mask or ‘mukhota’ for the RSS, dons on and off the mask as the political occasion demands, alternating between call for peace with war cries. To imagine that he is the liberal among the hawks of the BJP is to entertain a dangerous delusion since he declared long ago that the RSS is his soul.
Undoubtedly the greatest threats to the Indian polity are communalism and casteism and of all the political parties, the BJP wears these on its sleeve unashamedly. Its pathological aversion for the minorities which takes genocidal proportions and abetting discrimination and violence against the Dalits points to the Sangh Parivar as its mentor and Manuvada as its theology. It uses the naive Dalits as cannon-fodder against the Muslims and the naive backward castes against the Dalits. It preserves its own identity as representing the upper castes. It is infiltrating into all professions -- intellectual and non-intellectual -- and ties up with the feudal and mercantile communities. Its mindset stuck in mandirs and so-called sants, is intent on destroying places of worship and has penchant for settling the old scores on the streets. Its jingoism threatening Pakistan with the bomb and its pusillanimity in the face of Chinese belligerence show for what it truly is, a cowardly bully. All its prowess lies in engineering killing of defenceless men, women and children as Hitler did with the Jews. This creature without a social conscience must be confronted and must be defanged.
The task of the people is to identify those individuals, not political parties, who are imbued with humanism, shun violence against the poor and uphold the democratic rights of the poor and share the conviction that India is a pluralist society with multiplicity of culture, language and faith and the test for a genuine democrat is his or her deep concern for the multitudinous poor and deprived; his or her priority is to enhance those values that make for a life with dignity, that could be sustained through literacy, employment, shelter, health and faith of one’s choice. Citizens should cast their vote for such candidates who uphold democratic values. The people will be deceiving themselves if they think that this election is a most crucial and decisive battle for survival of democracy. They must realise that this is among the many battles to be fought in the years to come to undo the evils of Manuvada dating back to thousands of years. As voters, they must scrutinise the pros and cons and choose perhaps the least evil against the predators of varying degrees now found in most political parties of the Right and Centre. We are witness to thousands of political leaders and activists who have revealed themselves as rank opportunists, their socialism or liberalism shown as masks to be discarded to pursue their unprincipled agendas, displaying various shades of the saffron hue.
The coming century will see the sharpening of the struggle between life-giving humanism and death-dealing communalism in this country. It is going to be a long haul and to lose heart is to lose faith in humanity itself. One has to recall those immortal jotting of that indomitable Czech, Julius Fuschik, whose spirit never flagged in the face of Nazi terror in his country, holding aloft the banner of courage and liberty even when he was pushed inexorably towards death. It will never do to cease this struggle against the powers of death and darkness. It must be the democratic endeavour of every democratic citizen to fight injustice, violence and evil, a battle to be waged till victory is ours. The indomitable will of life-loving humanity will never give in to the Fascist evil.
Charity begins at home, they say, meaning that one who wants to practise charity must first direct his charitable urge to his own near and dear ones in need of succour. Islam lays great stress on the claims of our poor relations to our charity. But in actual fact what we find is that an affluent Muslim, when confronted with a call from an indigent relative, tries to palm him off with a few rupees without bothering to know about the actual needs of the supplicant and render adequate assistance. Only recently I came across a case where an eighty-year-old poor woman who was practically at death’s door, struggling for life in a private nursing home, was to all intents and purposes, given the cold shoulder by a host of alluent relatives. For appearance’s sake some of her nephews and nieces visited her at the nursing home. Some exhibited their generosity by tucking under her pillow a fifty-rupee note, a couple of them a hundred-rupee note. But nobody bothered to speak to the hospital management and enquire about the final hospital bill, because it would have cost them a pretty penny. None of them wanted to spend on a poor, dying woman. They never wished to find out how she was going to get out of the hospital, dead or alive, without paying the management their pound of flesh. Then why did they turn up at the hospital at all, one might ask. Well, the answer is, they were afraid of wagging tongues accusing them of indifference to a dying, old relative. For one thing, they wished to stop those tongues from wagging, and for another, they wished to slave their own consciences by grudgingly parting with a few rupees. On enquiry it transpired that the nursing home bill ran into four thousand rupees for a three-day stay, and who was to pay this sum? Not the poor lady who could never afford that luxury.
Then why did she allow herself to admitted in a nursing home instead of in a government hospital? The government hospital was too far away from where she was staying, which was in the little hut of a widowed daughter of hers who was as poor as the old lady herself. The daughter did not want to take the risk of her frail, sick, old mother being carried all the way to the government hospital. So she had opted for the nearest nursing home. She had been so racked with anxiety that there was no room in her brain for thoughts like the medical bill of a nursing home. Ultimately, however, the bill was met by a pious Muslim who had kept himself in the background till then. When told of the old woman’s plight he came to her rescue, to the eternal shame of all those hypocritical, self-seeking nephews and nieces. I am happy to say that the octogenarian lady is now back in her daughter’s home, though her days look numbered. In a cold, harsh, selfish world the succour from that lone Muslim, who aspired to live up to the teachings of our beloved Prophet (Pbuh), stands like a beacon to guide a misguided brother along the path to the grace of Allah. All those nephews and nieces of the destitute old lady who had tried to palm her off with a few rupees, belong to the category of philistines and have no right to call themselves Muslims. At best what they have done is to make a futile bid to clothe themselves with an aura of generosity. Talk of the ‘Munafiqs’ (hypocrites) who tried the same trick with the holy Prophet (Pbuh). Have they ever reflected that outward appearances cut no ice with the Omniscient Allah who looks into the hearts of his creatures and deals with them accordingly?
The story I have related above is a true account, a leaf from life.