The Sunday Guardian

Only God can make a tree

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | The Sunday Guardian | Dec 15, 2019

"Nature works," says Emerson, "on a method of all for each and each for all." This sums up the process at work in the universe. There are innumerable forces in nature functioning with amazing coordination, in complete harmony with one another. The whole corresponds to the part and vice versa.

His mercy masters His wrath

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | The Sunday Guardian | Dec 1, 2019

Wrath is an attribute of God, and so is mercy. If someone thinks that God created humans in order to make them experience His wrath, this would definitely be an underestimation of God.

It is more correct to say that the reason why God created man was to make him experience His mercy. It is this understanding that is in accordance with God’s glory.

Lessons from nature

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | The Sunday Guardian | Nov. 24, 2019

We are a minuscule part of a gigantic universe. We should adopt the same behaviour in our lives as that adopted by all the other components of the Universe. This is the correct natural course, and the secret to our success lies in adopting this course.

Accept death as a test

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | The Sunday Guardian | Nov 3, 2019, p. 12

“Every human being is bound to taste death”, the Quran (3:185) reminds us. Our deaths have been decided by God. We are brought to life by God’s decision. Likewise, death, too, happens because God wills it so.

Respect all religions

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | The Sunday Guardian | Oct 27, 2019

There are about a dozen major religions in the world along with thousands of other religions and sects. Differences and disagreements are bound to arise, which lead to conflict. How can we create an atmosphere of unity among the adherents of all these religions, so we can all live in peace and   harmony?

The solution does not lie in removing religion altogether—that would not solve anything. The urge to believe in a greater power is strongly inherent in human nature, and human nature cannot be changed.

Complaints take you away from God

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | The Sunday Guardian | October 20, 2019, p. 12

The Prophet Muhammad began his mission in Makkah in 610 CE. Then, the time came when the chieftains of Makkah compelled him to leave the city. At that time, the Prophet said to his Companions:

 “I was ordered to migrate to a town which will swallow other towns. It is called Yathrib and that is Madinah.” (Sahih al-Bukhari)

True prayer fends away evil

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | The Sunday Guardian | Oct 13, 2019

A believer has been advised in the Quran to be steadfast in his prayer, for prayer fends away indecency and evil. (29:45).

When the Prophet of Islam was asked about this verse, he said: “If a person’s prayer does not fend away indecency and evil, then his prayer is not really prayer at all.”

‘Allahu Akbar’ speaks of a belief

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | The Sunday Guardian | Oct 6, 2019, p. 12

The phrase Allahu Akbar (or God is Great) is the most important part of the Islamic form of ritual prayer. If you add up the number of times this phrase is used in the azan, the call to prayer, and while performing the ritual prayers 5 times a day, it comes to around 300 times every day! This declaration of God being the Greatest is the phrase that is heard and uttered the most number of times in a Muslim’s life.

Make the most of life when you can

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | The Sunday Guardian | Jul 07, 2019

Abdullah ibn Umar tells of how the Prophet once took him by the shoulders and said: “Live in this world as though you were a wayfarer.” 

Of our passage through life Abdullah ibn Umar used to say: “In the evening do not wait for the morning and in the morning do not wait for the evening. 

Make the most of your life before you are struck down by illness or death.” (Al-Bukhari).