The Sunday Guardian

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.”