In human history, the vast majority of people have always been “followers of the dominant ideology.” If disbelief dominates the environment, a large number of people stand with it. If polytheism prevails, people begin to worship it. We know that Prophet Noah preached for 950 years, but the majority of people continued to associate with disbelief. When Prophet Abraham challenged Nimrod, his people stood with Nimrod. When Prophet Moses challenged Pharaoh, the majority of people remained associated with Pharaoh. During the blessed time of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), until Mecca was conquered, the majority of Arabs continued to adhere to disbelief and polytheism and supported Abu Jahl.
The era of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan’s English worship is a notorious period, but the reason for his English worship was also that the English had become dominant in India, and Sir Syed believed that whoever was dominant was on the side of truth, and if the English were not on the side of truth, then why were they dominant? Our era is the era of Western domination, and although hundreds of millions of Muslims are worshipping the West throughout the Muslim world, it is because the West is materialistic, obsessed with the world, and money-oriented, and therefore, millions of Muslims have also become materialistic, worldly, and money-oriented. Prominent columnists and anchors like Javed Chaudhry are also among such people. We are confident that if Javed Chaudhry had lived during the time of the Prophet Muhammad, he would have stood with falsehood until the conquest of Mecca. The worldliness of Javed Chaudhry is such that in most of his columns…
“If we become a visa-free country for pilgrims, people from all over the world, including Sikhs, Hindus, and Buddhists, would come here. We can obtain Pakistani rupees by paying two thousand dollars at the airport. Show the receipt to the immigration officer and obtain an arrival visa. If this facility is available during ground travel, we can easily earn a few billion dollars. Similarly, 30 lakh families went from Pakistan to India in 1947, and their properties are still present in our country. The government should allow these families to buy these properties under two conditions.
They will buy these properties in US dollars and convert them into family museums or restaurants and hotels after purchasing them. Issue an access card to those who buy the properties so that they can come and go. We can earn millions of dollars from this. The government should also declare Hanzo and Gwadar as international cities with visa-free entry. These liberal cities should be like Dubai, Istanbul, Malaysia, Bali, and Saudi Arabia’s Neom City. However, medium dollars of buying and selling should be there so that the country’s foreign exchange reserves can improve.
The government should also declare any desert area as a tourist destination and allow international companies to restart there. The laws of that city should also be international. We have five peaks over 8,000 meters and 36 peaks over 7,000 meters. We can also name those areas as Mount Everest, Mount Mao, etc.”
In Islam, what is the value of the world? An estimate can be made from the fact that the Quran describes the world as a “trivial asset” and Allah has stated in the Quran that the world is nothing but a deceitful smoke screen. In this regard, the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad are also enlightening for us. The Prophet has said that the world is more contemptible than the carcass of a goat. The Prophet has also commanded that even if the world were as important as a mosquito’s wing, it would not be a part of the disbelievers and polytheists. In the life of the Prophet Muhammad, the world had no importance.
For three consecutive days, there was no fire lit in his house, and he slept on a bed of date palm leaves. One day when Umar went to visit him, he saw marks of date palm leaves on the Prophet’s pure body. Upon seeing this, Umar began to weep. When the Prophet asked him the reason, Umar replied, “For Caesar and Kisra, the world is full of all kinds of luxuries, and these marks of date palm leaves on your pure body.” Upon hearing this, the Prophet said, “O Umar, the world is for them, and the Hereafter is for us.
The story you mentioned is about the famous incident in the life of Hazrat Abu Bakr (RA), the first caliph of Islam. One day, his wife made a sweet dish for him, and he asked her where she got the sugar from. She told him that she saved some from their share and kept it until she had enough to make the dish. Upon hearing this, Hazrat Abu Bakr (RA) ordered him to reduce his share of sugar.
Later, when Hazrat Umar (RA) became the caliph, he asked Hazrat Salman Farsi (RA) if he noticed any shortcomings in his behaviour. Hazrat Salman Farsi (RA) replied that he had heard that Hazrat Umar (RA) had two sets of clothes and two houses. However, Hazrat Umar (RA) corrected him, saying that he had only one set of clothes and one house.
During Hazrat Umar’s (RA) rule, Egypt was conquered, and the governor of Egypt expressed his desire to meet Hazrat Umar (RA). Hazrat Umar (RA) travelled a long distance to meet him. When he arrived, the governor noticed that Hazrat Umar’s (RA) clothes were dirty and suggested that he change them. However, Hazrat Umar (RA) replied that their honour was due to Islam and not their clothes.
Sometime later, Hazrat Aisha (RA), the wife of the Prophet (SAW), requested Hazrat Umar (RA) to provide dates and water to the people of Madinah, as they used to have during the time of the Prophet (SAW). Hazrat Umar (RA) immediately arranged for the dates and water to be distributed to the people of Madinah. This incident shows his concern for the people and his dedication to fulfilling their needs.
Miracles of poverty are the crown, throne, and army;
Poverty is the king of kings, the emperor of emperors.
The aim of knowledge is the purity of intellect and wisdom;
The aim of poverty is the purity of heart and vision.
Knowledge belongs to the jurist and the sage;
Poverty, to Christ and Moses.
Knowledge is the searcher of the path;
poverty is the knower of the path.
The existence of knowledge, and the existence of poverty;
I bear witness that there is no God, I bear witness that there is no God.
When one climbs the mountain of poverty by oneself,
One person’s work is equal to that of an entire army.
What is the worth of Alexander’s prestige in the eyes of poverty?
What is the worth of a Caesar’s horse, compared to the humble donkey?
The foremost among the men of poverty, Dara and Alexander,
Whose name echoes in the cry of Asadullah.
The symbolic meaning of the stranger is exposed by their rule,
The kingdom of the people of the heart is poverty, not royalty.
My poverty is better than Alexander’s. His is the art of making mirrors;
Mine is the act of becoming human.
My path is not the path of princes;
It is the path of poverty. Do not sell your selfhood for fame amidst strangers.
If you want to fulfil the desires of your heart, serve the poor;
You will not find this treasure in the treasuries of kings.
Do not ask the intentions of those who wear fancy robes;
Look at them. They carry a blank page in their sleeves.
Nothing remains in Iran or Turan;
The destruction of the faithful does not come from poverty.
If a person thinks that there is another cause;
The decline of the believer is not due to poverty.
Even though wealth exists in this world to fulfil needs;
That which is made possible through poverty cannot be achieved through riches.
The second line of the couplet is more concerning for me:
May Allah bless you with the sword of poverty. In the grip of…
On one hand, this is poetry by Iqbal, and on the other hand, Javed Chaudhry is urging Pakistanis in his column to read this line: “It is okay if there are liquor stores in Pakistan. If prostitution becomes common in Pakistan, there is no need to worry. If the culture of massage parlours becomes common in Pakistan, one should not be worried.” He is saying that if we need to worry about something, it should be whether we can earn as many dollars as possible or not.
In this series, he has presented Turkey, Malaysia, and Indonesia as “model countries.” Javed Chaudhry says he is also a “Muslim,” but he does not feel the need to present an example from the Quran and Sunnah in his advice. He did not present any examples from Islamic civilization and Islamic history in this series. His “reason” is the present world. He says that we should have the same way of thinking and behaviour as the rest of the world. The current problem in the world is that the population of the world is 7 billion. Two and a half billion of these seven billion humans do not believe in God and religion.
There are also two and a half billion people who have created idolatry. In this context, Javed Chaudhry can one day give advice to Pakistanis that if wealth can be earned by infidelity and idolatry, then we should adopt infidelity and idolatry. May God not bring bad times for Javed Chaudhry. Otherwise, he would give advice to his children in bad times…