How can we teach the Quran?

Listen to the audio first (it’s in Urdu):

I recorded this while in a car – gotta love the SoundCloud app! :)

Some observations and perspectives:

  • Quran is pure guidance.
  • It’s primary guidance comes in matters of “deen” (“deen” is inadequately translated as religion… it is not even a “way of life”… it is, to the best of my limited understanding, a guideline for interaction with God and Humanity. It is a way of life but only in the abstract sense.)
  • Sources of Islam are only and only two: the Quran and the Sunnah of the Prophet Mohammad peace be upon him.
  • Like everything else, Quran needs to be studied, not just read. You need repetition, you need questions that come directly from your reading of the Quran. And you need teachers who can guide – not dictate – you towards the right answer.
  • Learning the Quran is essential. The best way to learn anything is to learn it as if you were to teach it. It throws a completely new light on the hadeeth of the Prophet Mohammad PBUH that, “the best amongst you is the one who learns and teaches the Quran”.
  • Why are we biased when it comes to teaching Quran? Are we under-confident? Too scared of making a mistake? Do we even know that we can learn it and teach it?
  • What kind of learning will “qualify” you to teach what you’ve learnt? If you understand the meaning of a certain set of verses, can’t you spread the knowledge informally (many of us do that) and even formally (in the form of a class, or online video, a blog post etc?)

Thoughts?

How to Live a Life of Adventure

What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear “adventure”?

Life of Adventure

Did you think of Indiana Jones? I don’t know why, but for the longest time ever, adventure for me meant a mission to exotic places, a hat and a whip.

But of course, adventure is hardly the journey, it’s more of a mindset. An attitude of “let’s give it a try”.

And more importantly, I did not know that it was possible for a regular guy like me to be an adventurer. Continue reading How to Live a Life of Adventure

Are you even capable of reasoning with someone?

To reason with someone, you need to entertain other person’s thoughts with your own. You need to compare the other opinion with your own. To do this honestly, you actually need to allow for a possibility of your own opinion being wrong. This possibility, this thought that ‘maybe I have been wrong all along’ is what leads to tolerance, and this is not what we have here in Pakistan.

Continue reading Are you even capable of reasoning with someone?

Is This what Your God wants?

As the drama right after Salman Taseer’s murder unfolded on GeoTV here, I tried to explain to Akhtar (the servant watching the TV with me), how this Qadri has tried to punish a supposed blasphemer (as of course, nothing Mr Taseer said could be put within the realm of blasphemy).

I tried to explain to him, in as plain a language as I can muster, that the Prophet PBUH lead his beautiful life by example, by showing compassion where no one thought compassion and patience was possible.

How can someone claiming to be his follower, the follower of the great Prophet PBUH, how can that someone actually take a human life with such callousness? From where does his narrative come from?

Who injects his blood with calm intolerance and volcanic rage on matters like these?

But I already know the answer to this. You know the answer to this. It is what our ‘mullah’ tells us and it is us who listen and nod to whatever he says.

No one tells me what God wants from me!

It will be unfair on my part to calmly accept what one tells me is from God. How can I? I need sources, I need verification, I need semblance of rationale, I need coherence; I need all that to qualify anything into the wonderful world of Faith.

How can a mullah, or my Mother, or Father or Brother tell me how it is? When it comes to matters of God and His Godliness, there is none but Him.

What is opposite of happy?

What is the opposite of Love?

It is not hate.

It is indifference.

The simple truth is out there. If you love some one, some thing or some ideology, you have to give a damn. Hate is the other side of the same coin.

What is opposite of happy? It is not sad.

It is bored.

Weird huh?

The thing is, most of the things out there are simple and pretty obvious. But we do not want to observe, only complicate. We want to complicate.

If you want to find happiness, find things that interest you.

Be interested in life, and you will AUTOMATICALLY find God, find peace, find happiness.