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A Messiah Whom no one Loves !


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A MESSIAH Whom No One Loves!

 

The United States may feel it rightful to claim to be the benefactor and the leader of the world as an upholder of all her illusionary ideals of equality, peace, freedom, justice, as well as a champion of human rights. No doubt, for many people she is the Great Provider of their daily bread, giving food, money, and arms to scores of nations and assisting them in the implementation of their development plans in the name of Foreign Aid. But is it all just for the sake of charity? Out of human compassion for the suffering and starving nations? If it had been so, the whole world would have been worshipping the Great America, or at least would have been sincerely grateful to her. Masses all over the world should have been deeply in love with their “Messiah”.  But is it really what America is getting in return? No, the reality is just opposite – she is the most hated country (may be after Israel?) on the face of the earth today.

 A number of countries may feel protected against external aggression because of their defense pacts and other arrangements with America. For them, having friendly relations with the America is the greatest guarantee for having peace and maintaining their sovereignty. Yet, no one is sincerely thankful towards her. On the contrary, they never miss an opportunity to denounce her. An undercurrent of hatred is found everywhere against her, resulting in America having no sincere friends, no true well-wishers in any part of the world. The question is: Do the leaders of this great country not feel it? Are its thinkers blissfully unaware of this reality? No, they must be knowing that for all her dollars, what America is getting back is a kick here and a let-down there. But have they ever cared to go to the roots of the matter? If they do a little self-introspection, they will find that at the core of it all lies America’s own insincerity.

The entire concept and mechanism of aid and assistance devised by the United States is devoid of earnestness to serve the humanity. In the very first place, it is America herself that is responsible for whatever turmoil the poor nations are facing today. Her generosity in turn is again a cloak for the exploitation of the weaker and the poorer nations. She gives, but not to enable them to stand on their own feet. Her magnanimity is aimed at the perpetuation of their dependence upon her. It is a way to keep other nations in a perpetual debt so as to keep their loyalty, to disarm them against America – in one word, to force them to “Slavery”. Her so graciously donated “Foreign Aid” is thus a misleading term, a way of acting out and implementing her (America’s) imperialist designs in the garb of a messiah – a messiah whom no one really loves!

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Reconstruction of the World : A Dream


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What will be the answer if in western countries which is bustling with life and activity one were to ask how many real men lived; men whose hearts throbbed and eyes wept for the sake of humanity; men who controlled their carnal desires and were the riders and not the mounts of this civilization; who held the reins of life instead of being driven by it; who knew their Creator and whose hearts were filled with love for him and respect for mankind; who led a simple life, in harmony with nature, and were aware of true joys and genuine pleasures; who did not like tensions and conflicts in the world and hated the selfishness and greed of the politicians; who wished every country well and wanted it to prosper; who were eager to give and not to grab; who did not believe that the aim of life was only to eat, drink, and be merry, but thought that there was much more pleasure in feeding the other men and going hungry themselves; who saw gain in loss and victory in defeat; who dreamt of the reconstruction of the world and were not concerned solely with the growth and development of their own land; who wanted to see the world united, not on the transitory and artificial platform of the United Nations, but on the real and natural stage of the oneness of mankind.

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IQRA: How Muslims addressed this call


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Iqra: How Muslims Addressed this Call

“IQRA” is the first word of the first revelation of Islam to Prophet Mohammad, an Arabic word which literally means: “Read”. Muslims since then have tried to do justice to this call for knowledge and learning by setting up an elaborate system of education and learning all through the Islamic world and all through the Islamic history. The importance and high value that Islam accords to education became evident since the very beginning as the very first prisoners of war captured by Muslims in the battle of Badr, the first battle of Islam with the non-believers, who were unable to pay the prize that they were required to pay in order to earn their freedom were asked to teach the art of reading and writing to the illiterate Muslims in exchange of that prize. It is obvious that the pagan prisoners were not supposed to impart the religious knowledge, hence highlighting the fact that it was the idea of literacy itself that Islam bestowed so much value upon!

Islam, thus, has a long and strong tradition of introducing its followers to the art of learning by establishing a network of elementary schools called “madrasahs” (maktab, or kuttab) where pupils learned to read and write, which were developed into centres for instruction in elementary Islamic subjects. Students were expected to memorize the Qur’an as perfectly as possible. Some schools also included in their curriculum the study of poetry, elementary arithmetic, physical sciences, penmanship, ethics (manners), and elementary grammar. Maktabs were quite common in almost every town or village in the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Sicily, and Spain, existing since as early as the 9th century. However, the most famous one was founded in 1057 by vizier Nizam-ul-Mulk in Baghdad. The Nizamiyah, devoted to Sunnite learning, served as a model for the establishment of an extensive network of such institutions throughout the eastern Islamic world, especially in Cairo which had 75 madrasahs, in Damascus which had 51, and in Aleppo where the number of madrasahs rose from six to 44 between 1155 and 1260. Important institutions also developed in the Spanish cities of Cordoba, Seville, Toledo, Granada, Murcia, Almeria, Valencia, and Cadiz, under the Umayyads.

Al-Azhar University at Cairo, Egypt, has been the chief centre of Islamic and Arabic learning in the world, founded by the Fatimids in 970 C.E. with a large public library and several colleges. The basic program of studies was, and still is, Islamic law, theology, and the Arabic language. Gradually these subjects got eliminated after having reached climax resulting in consequent decline. In the 19th century philosophy was reinstated. The modernization has resulted in the addition of social sciences at its new supplementary campus. Presently a number of Islamic universities have been established in the Muslim countries where apart from theology, the other sciences are also taught, but they are few in numbers. There are, however, thousands of traditional madrasah and Dar-ul-ulooms in countries with Muslim populations where only Islamic theology and religious sciences are taught, producing millions of ‘ulema’ (religious scholars) with almost no knowledge of social and physical sciences or other branches of knowledge.

Early Muslim Education:

Early Muslim education emphasized practical studies such as the application of technological expertise to the development of irrigation systems, architectural innovations, textiles, iron and steel products, earthenware, and leather products; the manufacture of paper and gunpowder ; the advancement of commerce; and the maintenance of a merchant marine. After the 11th century, however, denominational interests dominated higher learning, and the Islamic sciences achieved preeminence. Greek knowledge was studied in private, if at all, and the literary arts diminished in significance as educational policies encouraging academic freedom and new learning were replaced by a closed system characterized by intolerance toward scientific innovations, secular subjects, and creative scholarship. This denominational system spread throughout eastern Islam between around 1050 and 1250 C.E.

Pursuit of Scientific Knowledge & Libraries:

Thus during first half of millennia of its history, Islamic civilization has been keen to gain knowledge, be it physics, chemistry (alchemi), algebra, mathematics, astronomy, medicine, social sciences, philosophy or any other field. The high degree of learning and scholarship in Islam, particularly during the ’Abbasid’ period in the East and the later during Umayyads in the West (Spain) encouraged the development of bookshops, copyists, and book dealers in big and important Islamic cities such as Damascus, Baghdad, and Cordoba. Scholars and students spent many hours in these bookshop schools browsing, examining, and studying available books or purchasing favourite selections for their private libraries. Book dealers travelled to famous bookstores in search of rare manuscripts for their purchase and resold them to collectors and scholars, thus contributing to the spread of learning. Many such manuscripts found their way to private libraries of famous Muslim scholars such as Avicenna, al-Ghazali, and al-Farabi, who in turn made their homes the centres of scholarly pursuits for their students.

Role of Islam in Renaissance & Enlightenment:

Europe owes its awakening from the dark ages to the Renaissance and Enlightenment by the transfer of knowledge including lost Greek heritage through the Muslim scholars and centres of learning at Spain and their contact with the Muslim world through Crusades. As long as Muslims continued the pursuit of all branches of useful worldly knowledge of physical sciences and technology along with the religious sciences, the Islamic Civilization was at its zenith.

Stages of Evolution of Learning Process:

The progress and development of educational system among Muslims may be divided into various stages. The renaissance of Islamic culture and scholarship developed largely under the ‘Abbasid administration in Eastern side and later under the Umayyads in the West, mainly in Spain, between 800 and 1000 C.E. This latter stage, the golden age of Islamic scholarship, was largely a period of translation and interpretation of classical thoughts and their adaptations to Islamic theology and philosophy. The period also witnessed the introduction and assimilation of Hellenistic, Persian, and Indian knowledge of mathematics, astronomy, algebra, trigonometry, and medicine into Muslim culture. Whereas the 8th and 9th centuries (mainly between 750 and 900 C.E.) were characterized by the introduction of classical learning and its refinement and adaptation to Islamic culture, the 10th and 11th were the centuries of interpretation, criticism, and further adaptation. There followed a stage of modification and significant additions to classical culture through Muslim scholarship. During the 12th and 13th centuries, most of the works of classical learning and the creative Muslim additions were translated from Arabic into Hebrew and Latin. The creative scholarship in Islam from the 10th to the 12th century included works by such scholars as Omar Khayyam, al-Biruni, Fakhr ad-Din ar-Razi, Avicenna (Ibn Sina), at-Tabari, Avempace (Ibn Bajjah), and Averroes (Ibn Rushd).

Muslim Contributions in the field of Medicine, Science & Technology:

The contributions in the advancement of knowledge by the traditional Islamic institutions of learning (Madrasahs, Maktab, Halqa & Dar-ul-Uloom) are enormous, which have been summed up in Encyclopedia Britannica: “The madrasahs generally offered instruction in both the religious sciences and other branches of knowledge. The contribution of these institutions to the advancement of knowledge was vast.

Muslim scholars calculated the angle of the ecliptic; measured the size of the Earth; calculated the precession of the equinoxes; explained, in the field of optics and physics, such phenomenon as refraction of light, gravity, capillary attraction, and twilight; and developed observatories for the empirical study of heavenly bodies. They made advances in the uses of drugs, herbs, and foods for medication; established hospitals with a system of interns and externs; discovered causes of certain diseases and developed correct diagnoses of them; proposed new concepts of hygiene; made use of anesthetics in surgery with newly innovated surgical tools; and introduced the science of dissection in anatomy.

Muslims furthered the scientific breeding of horses and cattle; found new ways of grafting to produce new types of flowers and fruits; introduced new concepts of irrigation, fertilization, and soil cultivation; and improved upon the science of navigation. In the area of chemistry, Muslim scholarship led to the discovery of such substances as potash, alcohol, nitrate of silver, nitric acid, sulfuric acid, and mercury chloride.

Muslim scientists also developed to a high degree of perfection the arts of textiles, ceramics, and metallurgy.”

According to a US study published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science in its journal on 21 February 2007, “Designs on surface tiles in the Islamic world during the Middle Ages revealed their maker’s understanding of mathematical concepts not grasped in the West until 500 years later. Many Medieval Islamic buildings walls have ornate geometric star or polygon or ‘girih’, patterns, which are often overlaid with a swirling network of lines – This girih tile method was more efficient and precise than the previous approach, allowing for an important breakthrough in Islamic mathematics and design.”

Muslims Scholars of Theology and Science:

According to the famous scientist Albert Einstein; “Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind.” Francis Bacon, the famous philosopher, has rightly said that a little knowledge of science makes you a believer in God. A critical analysis reveals that most of Muslim scientists and scholars of medieval period were also eminent scholars of Islam and theology. The earlier Muslim scientific investigations were based on the inherent link between the physical and spiritual spheres, but they were informed by a process of careful observation and reflection that investigated the physical universe.

Influence of Qur’an on Muslim Scientists:

The worldview of the Muslim scientists was inspired by the Qur’an as they knew that: “Surely, in the creation of the heavens and the earth; in the alteration of the night and the day, in the sailing of the ships through the ocean for the profit of mankind; in the rain which Allah sends down from the skies, with which He revives the earth after its death and spreads in it all kinds of animals, in the change of the winds and the clouds between the sky and the earth that are made subservient, there are signs for rational people.” (Qur’an 2:164). Their scientific enquiry was inspired by Qur’anic verses like “Indeed in the alteration of the night and the day and what Allah has created in the heavens and the earth, there are signs for those who are God fearing.” (Qur’an 10:6). They were aware that there was much more to be discovered. They did not have the precise details of the solar and lunar orbits but they knew that there was something extremely meaningful behind the alteration of the day and the night and in the precise movements of the sun and the moon as mentioned in the Qur’an. One can still verify that those who designed the dome and the minaret knew how to transform space and silence in to a chanting remembrance that renews the nexus between God and those who respond to His urgent invitation.

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Woman ‘Liberation’ has only Caused Misery


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A society where men and women are bombarded with a variety of sexual imagery at all times of the day weather on televisions, billboards, newspapers, or magazines will lead inevitably to widespread sexual agitation.

Such societies implicitly encourage citizens to compete in latest fashions that vie to fetishize certain parts of their bodies. For women the pressure continues to be tall, slim and possess bee-sting lips alongside the almost seasonal pressures.

With opportunities abound for people to meet each other via speed-dating, singles nights lonely-heart ads, nightclubs. Add to this the fact that a number of Romantic Novels, soap operas and movies have established a widespread idea that it is possible to meet the love of one’s life while offering an espresso, catching a train, or attending a lecture on the history of 20th century armed struggle in Bolivia.

The sexual agitation excited can then be satisfied by a growing number of ways, all of which are based on the core concept of freedom to choose how to live, use one’s body and how to satisfy the urge. Those ways can then include satisfaction via pornographic material, one night stands, visiting prostitutes, swinging strip-clubs, long term fidelity marriage, sexual assault and child abuse. Therefore the manner will depend solely on one’s predilections and we soon have the potential for absolute sexual chaos.

Is it any wonder that societies that fit the model outlined find themselves at the mercy of rising rates of sexual crimes, both petty and violent? The UK already has the highest rate of teenage pregnancy in Europe, rates of new sexually transmitted infection cases are reaching pandemic levels. A woman is raped every three minutes in Britain and the numbers on the child sex offenders register are estimated at 230,000 with 3,400 paedophiles currently serving sentences in the UK. In the United States, 1.3 women are raped every minute. That results in 78 rapes each hour, 1872 rapes each day, 56,160 rapes each month, and 683,280 rapes each year.

Islam arranged the public life through the segregation between men and women. In this way the role of men and women is clearly defined and no gender struggle took place in Islamic history. Islam organised public life through regulating the occasion where men and women need to meet together to fulfill their basic needs. In contrast western societies regulate societal life through the removal of obstacles and through the necessity of consent. Such consent pervasive and all-encompassing agitation of the sexual instinct in public manifests itself in a number of unwanted results.

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Reasoning with the Miguided people


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REASONING WITH THE MISGUIDED PEOPLE

The Qur’an is a book of argumentation against infidelity, polytheism, and atheism in the same way as it a book of legislation on Shariah matters.  This is why intellectual and rational arguments, permeating all through it, have been advanced chiefly against infidels, polyththeists, Jews, Christians, and athiests or materialists.  Reasoning with them reapetedly, every aspect of thier faith has been countered intellectually, challenging them to substantiate thier claims similarly. Criticising some of the contentious beliefs of the jews and the christians, for instance, the Qur’an commands thus:

Those are thier desires. Say unto them, O Muhammad: “produce proof in support of your claim if you are truthful.”
2:111

In the same vain, the false ideologies of the polyhiests and the athiests are renounced in these words:

Have they adopted other gods besides Him? Say: “produce your proof in this regard.”
21: 24

Similarly, after posing questions concerning the different phenomena of nature, the polyhiests and the materialists were quizzed as follows:

Is there another god besides Allah? Say: “Bring forth your proof if you are telling the truth.”
27: 64

After delivering a fatal blow to thier dogmatic absurdities, at yet another occasion, the polyhiests and materialists were called upon to justify thier claims either through a revealed or logical argument concerning the natural phenomena:

Say: ” Do you see what is that you call upon besides Allah? Show me what they have created of the earth, or have they a share in the heavens? Bring me a book revealed before this or any intellectual evidence, if you are telling the truth!”
46 : 4

More than the polythiests, this verse applies particularly to the contemporary materialists and the athiests as the have neither created anything from the earth nor could establish any hold over the heavenly bodies; thus, the earth and the heavens lie under the universal command of a single and omnipotent Lord, and the ‘intellectual evidence’ demanded from man in the above verse denotes scientific evidence. There is, in fact, not even a shred of such proof in support of athiesm in any of the phenomena of nature.
It is hence said:

The one who calls upon any god besides Allah has no evidence thereupon.
23 : 117

There are people who dispute concerning Allah without knowledge, guidance, or a book of enlightment.
22 : 8

It has to be borne in mind that materialism and athiesm too are, as they attribute divinity to the matter, diffrent manifestations of polythiesm.

Intellectual and logical reasoning is all pervasive in the Qur’an.
This is why it has  as a whole been referred to as an ‘argument’ that serves as an antidote against all sorts of misleading ideologies:

O mankind! Surely  there has come to you an Argument (burhan)
From your Lord, for we have sent unto you a clear light.
4 : 174

This makes it abundantly clear that the divine book does possess the ultimate argumentative solutions to all the philosophical maladies affecting the mankind in any age, howsoever advanced that may be; thus, the divine argument is destined to excel over all the human arts and sciences in the field of argumentation always:

Say: with Allah is the conclusive argument  (hujjah)
6: 149

This is why numerous arguments concerning the exisstence, unity, and providence of the Almighty or Signs of Allah, have been scatterd all through the natural phenomena.  Despite them those who dispute the divine existence and repose thier faith in the theory of spontaneous creation of the universe are lacking miserably in the production of any logical argument that could duly be termed as ‘intellectual evidence’ :

Those who dispute about the signs of Allah without any authority revealed upon them, there is nothing in thier hearts other than the quest of greatness, which they shall never attain. Seek refuge, then in Allah. Indeed it is he who hears and sees all things.
40 : 56


Have we revealed any authority unto them, which speaks for that which they associate with him?
30 : 35

Muslims have been ordained to engage the athiests and the antagonists through such reasoning.

The Almighty commands:

Argue with them in ways that are best and most gracious
(jidal ahsan)

16 : 125

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Aurangzeb As He Was


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One of the strangest historical oddities is that the more popular a fact grows; its authenticity becomes still more doubtful.<em

Some events which have no truth at all get propagated and people believe in them, because they are told again and again. Those ‘facts’ remain immune from criticism and investigation.

Of all the Muslim rulers who ruled vast territories of India from 712 to 1857, probably no one has received as much condemnation from western and Hindu writers as Aurangzeb. He has been castigated as a religious Muslim who was anti-Hindu, who taxed them, who tried to convert them, who discriminated against them in awarding high administrative positions, and who interfered in their religious matters. This view has been heavily promoted in the government approved text books in schools and colleges across post-partition India, these are fabrications against one of the best rulers of India who was pious, scholarly, saintly, unbiased, liberal, magnanimous, tolerant, competent and far-sighted.

Fortunately, in recent years a few Hindu historians have come out in the open disputing those allegations. For example, historian Babu Nagendranath Banerjee rejected the accusation of forced conversion of Hindus by Muslim rulers by stating that if that was their intention then in India today there would not be nearly four times as many Hindus compared to Muslim, despite the fact that Muslims had ruled for nearly a thousand years. Banerjee challenged the Hindu hypothesis that Aurangzeb was anti-Hindu by reasoning that if the latter were truly guilty of such bigotry, how could he appoint a Hindu as his military commander-in-chief?

Surely, he could have afforded to appoint a competent Muslim general in that position.

Banerjee further stated: “No-one should accuse Aurangzeb of being communal minded. In his
administration, the state policy was formulated by Hindus. The Hindus held the highest position in the state Treasury. Some prejudiced Muslim even questioned the merit of his decision to appoint non-Muslims to such high offices. The emperor refuted that by stating he had been following the dictates of the Shariah (Islamic Law) which demands appointing right persons in right place.”

During Aurangzeb’s long reign of fifty years, many Hindus, notably Jaswant Singh, Raja Rajrup, Kabir Singh, Arghanath Singh, Prem Dev Singh, Dilip Roy, and Rasik Lal Crory, held very high administrative positions. Two of the highest ranked generals in Aurangzeb’s administration, and Jaya Singh, were Hindus.

Other notable Hindu generals who commanded a garrison of two to five thousand soldiers were Raja Raja vim Singh of Udaipur, Indra Singh, Achalaji and Arjuji.

One wonders if Aurangzeb was hostile to Hindus. Why would he position all these Hindus to high positions of authority, especially in the Military, who could have rebelled against him and removed him from the throne?

Most Hindus like Akbar over Aurangzeb for his multiethnic court where Hindus were favoured. Historian Shri Sharma states that while emperor Akbar had fourteen Hindu mansabdars in his court. Aurangzeb actually had 148 high Hindu high officials in his court. But this fact is somewhat less known.

Some of the Hindu historians have accused Aurangzeb of demolishing Hindu temples. How factual is the accusation against a man, who has been known to be a saintly man, a strict adherent of Islam? The Quran prohibits any Muslim to impose his will on a non-Muslim by stating that “There is no compulsion in religion” [2:256]. The Surah al-Kafirun clearly states, “To you is your religion and to me is mine.” It would be totally unbecoming of a learned scholar of Islam of his calibre, as Aurangzeb was known to be, to do things that are contrary to the dictates of the Quran.

Interestingly, the 1946 Edition of the History text book Etihash Parichaya [Introduction to History] used in Bengal for the 5th and 6th graders states, “If Aurangzeb had the intention of demolishing Temples to make way for Mosques, there would not have been a single Temple standing erect in India. On the contrary, Aurangzeb donated huge estates for use as temple sites and support thereof in Benares, Kashmir and elsewhere. The official Documentations for these land grants are still extant.”

A stone inscription in the historic Balaji or Vishnu temple, located north of Chitrakut Balaghat, still shows that
it was commissioned by the Emperor himself. The proof of Aurangzeb’s land grant for famous Hindu religious sites in Kasi, Varanasi can easily be verified from the records extant at those sites.

The same textbook reads: “During the 50 year reign of Aurangzeb, not a single Hindu was forced to embrace Islam. He did not interfere with any Hindu religious activities.” Alexander Hamilton, a British Historian, toured India towards the End of Aurangzeb’s 50 year reign and observer that everyone was free to serve and worship God in his own way.

Now let us deal with Aurangzeb’s imposition of the Jizya tax which had drawn severe criticism from many Hindu historians. It is true that Jizya was lifted during the reign of Akbar and Jehangir and that Aurangzeb later reinstated this. Before I delve into the subject of Aurangzeb’s Jizya tax, or taxing the Non-Muslims, it is worthwhile to point out that Jizya is nothing more than a War tax which was collected only from able-bodied young non-Muslim male citizens living in a Muslim country who did not want to volunteer for the defence of the country. That is, no such tax was collected from non-Muslims who volunteered to defend the country. This tax was not collected from women, and neither from immature males nor from disabled or old citizens. For payment of such Taxes, it became incumbent upon the Muslim Government to protect the life, property and wealth of its non-Muslim citizens. If for any reason the Government failed to protect its citizens, especially during a War, the whole collected tax was to be returned. It should be pointed out here that Zakat (2.5 percent of savings) and ‘Ushr (Ten percent of agricultural products) were collected from all Muslims, who owned some wealth (beyond a certain Minimum, called Nisab). They also paid sadaqah, Fitrah, and khums. None of these were collected from any non-Muslim. As a matter of fact, the per capita collection from Muslims was manifolds of that of non-Muslims.

Further to Aurangzeb’s credit is his abolition of a lot of taxes, although this fact is not usually mentioned. In his book Mughal administration, Sir Jadunath Sarkar, foremost historian on the Mughal dynasty, mentions that during Aurangzeb’s reign in power, nearly sixty-five types of taxes were abolished, which resulted in a yearly revenue loss of fifty million rupees from the state treasury. He was a kind hearted man and led a simple life. He was a just ruler and forgave his enemies. He abolished all non-Islamic practices at his court, abolished Ilahi calendar introduced by Akbar and reinstated Islamic lunar calendar. He enforced laws against gambling and drinking. He abolished Taxes on Commodities, and inland Transport duties. He forbade the practise of Emperor being weighed in Gold and Silver on birthdays. Aurangzeb did not draw salary from state Treasury, but earned his own living by selling caps, he sewed. And selling copies of the Quran he copied by hand. While some Hindu historians are retracting the lies, the textbooks, and historic accounts in western countries have yet to admit their error, and set the record Straight.

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Man is Unable To Guide Himself


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Within civilization man is surrounded by others like himself and he finds that he shares much in common with his fellow men. Humans are similar and share the same basic needs. Mankind endlessly pursues that which offers pleasures and flees from whatever threatens to cause pain. The “fight or flight” instinct is always at work to protect one from physical, mental and emotional harm. What one does in response to that instinct is largely dependent upon his moral standard. As Yusuf Islam (former pop-singer Cat Stevens) said: when we are hurting we look for something to comfort us. While they consider all that causes pain to be evil. But there in trouble, the religious man turns to God, the one without religion runs from the pain and turns to something else (like alcohol) which will take his attention away from whatever is bothering him. There are two people with the same needs and same affection but who seek different means by which to find comfort.

Man has been endowed with great mental capacity; however it is not sufficient error. The most brilliant pioneers of science who created a nuclear bomb powerful enough to blow up the earth several times over are unable to unlock the secrets of human existence. The French scientist Andre Lwoff, said that man is still unable to create a single living organism and he cannot even produce one living bacteria. Although medical science has failed to run for to unravel the unknown mechanism of the human brain, it continues to observe the qualities in the human body that are no less miraculous. For example the tear of the human eye contains the strongest bactericide found in any pharmaceutical drug and can destroy upto one hundred different types of bacteria even when diluted many times. Man’s intelligence brings him very close to the knowledge he needs to understand life but even so he does not always use it in right way. For example research proves that alcohol kills brain cells when consumed even in small amount. Scientific evidence also shows that brain cells do not regenerate. so why do so many people still drink alcohol? It would seem not due to lack of knowledge but more for the need to escape. What causes man to seek self-confidence destructive outlets to banish sadness, boredom and the like? Could it be that without proper religious groundings mankind becomes easily jarred by life’s forces?

The stability offered in cyclonic “soul storms “of temptation depression lack of self-worth and infinitum is quite real. If the human soul is “anchored” to the truth, it will weather whatever the seas of life may toss at it. Knowledge of the true way to live will free human beings from the false fleeting traps that promise comfort and escape.