PRAYERS FOR PEACE

 

PRAYERS FOR PEACE

 

As the world celebrated Shab-i-Mehraj with prayers across the globe to mark Prophet Muhammad’s journey to heaven, it is high time to reiterate the commitment and dedication to pursuade the people, especially the youth, to follow the real path shown in the teachings of Islam in true letter and spirit, especially since certain elements in the society across the globe have deviated towards barbaric activities  in the name of Islam and are trying to spread the tentacles of terrorism in every nook and corner of the world. The Shab-i-Mehraj night is considered the most auspicious for prayers by Islam and its followers who remain involved in reciting the holy book Quran, special prayers and doing lots of social works in order to invoke the blessings of the Almighty. Some Muslims also carry out charity work. It is believed that it was during this night that Prophet Muhammad ascended to heaven with the angel Gabriel and met a different prophet at each of the seven levels of heaven. First he met Adam, then John the Baptist and Jesus, followed by  Joseph, Idris, Aaron,  Moses, and last of all Abraham. After Muhammad met Abraham, he proceeded to meet Allah without Gabriel. Allah tells Muhammad that his people must pray fifty times a day, but as Muhammad descends back to the Earth, he meets Moses who tells Muhammad to go back to God and ask for fewer prayers because fifty is too many. Muhammad shuttles between Moses and God nine times, until the prayers are reduced to the five daily prayers, which God will reward ten-fold. Again, Moses tells Muhammad to ask for even fewer prayers, but Muhammad feels ashamed and says that he is thankful for the five. It is believed to be a spiritual journey of Prophet Mohammad by considerable members of the Muslim community. Therefore, on this auspicious night, special mass prayers are held in all the mosques by performing prayers for peace, success and harmony in the world, besides making sacred efforts to embark upon the said spiritual journey. While the night is very sacred for the Muslims, in India which has a composite culture, every such occasion is an opportunity for all the people to participate in the festivities of every other community irrespective of their caste, creed, colour or religion and the Union Territory of J&K being no exception, has always been at the forefront in upholding the tenets of brotherhood, peace and amity setting an example for the nation at large. Commemorating this auspicious night, let’s realize the essence of Islam that preaches peace and brotherhood, besides devoting oneself to Allah or God. Unfortunately the hate-mongers in today’s society are interpreting this great religion to suit their vested interests, thus misleading the gullible people. As the Muslims around the world on this night prayed for forgiveness and peace for the whole world, let’s wholeheartedly appreciate the value of rational thoughts and denouncing religious obscurantism and mindless terrorism. Let us make efforts to spread the   Islamic teachings and values in the real perspective. Islam, since its birth, teaches that rational thinking is neither anti- human nor against any religion and at the same time none of the religions in this world is against any community, sect or human values. Let us hope that good sense will prevail upon the derailed elements and hate- mongers, so that peace and harmony will prevail again not only in J&K which has experienced the trauma of terrorism and natural disasters during the past few decades, but across the globe that is struggling to come out of the trauma of the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PRAYERS FOR PEACE

 

As the world celebrated Shab-i-Mehraj with prayers across the globe to mark Prophet Muhammad’s journey to heaven, it is high time to reiterate the commitment and dedication to pursuade the people, especially the youth, to follow the real path shown in the teachings of Islam in true letter and spirit, especially since certain elements in the society across the globe have deviated towards barbaric activities  in the name of Islam and are trying to spread the tentacles of terrorism in every nook and corner of the world. The Shab-i-Mehraj night is considered the most auspicious for prayers by Islam and its followers who remain involved in reciting the holy book Quran, special prayers and doing lots of social works in order to invoke the blessings of the Almighty. Some Muslims also carry out charity work. It is believed that it was during this night that Prophet Muhammad ascended to heaven with the angel Gabriel and met a different prophet at each of the seven levels of heaven. First he met Adam, then John the Baptist and Jesus, followed by  Joseph, Idris, Aaron,  Moses, and last of all Abraham. After Muhammad met Abraham, he proceeded to meet Allah without Gabriel. Allah tells Muhammad that his people must pray fifty times a day, but as Muhammad descends back to the Earth, he meets Moses who tells Muhammad to go back to God and ask for fewer prayers because fifty is too many. Muhammad shuttles between Moses and God nine times, until the prayers are reduced to the five daily prayers, which God will reward ten-fold. Again, Moses tells Muhammad to ask for even fewer prayers, but Muhammad feels ashamed and says that he is thankful for the five. It is believed to be a spiritual journey of Prophet Mohammad by considerable members of the Muslim community. Therefore, on this auspicious night, special mass prayers are held in all the mosques by performing prayers for peace, success and harmony in the world, besides making sacred efforts to embark upon the said spiritual journey. While the night is very sacred for the Muslims, in India which has a composite culture, every such occasion is an opportunity for all the people to participate in the festivities of every other community irrespective of their caste, creed, colour or religion and the Union Territory of J&K being no exception, has always been at the forefront in upholding the tenets of brotherhood, peace and amity setting an example for the nation at large. Commemorating this auspicious night, let’s realize the essence of Islam that preaches peace and brotherhood, besides devoting oneself to Allah or God. Unfortunately the hate-mongers in today’s society are interpreting this great religion to suit their vested interests, thus misleading the gullible people. As the Muslims around the world on this night prayed for forgiveness and peace for the whole world, let’s wholeheartedly appreciate the value of rational thoughts and denouncing religious obscurantism and mindless terrorism. Let us make efforts to spread the   Islamic teachings and values in the real perspective. Islam, since its birth, teaches that rational thinking is neither anti- human nor against any religion and at the same time none of the religions in this world is against any community, sect or human values. Let us hope that good sense will prevail upon the derailed elements and hate- mongers, so that peace and harmony will prevail again not only in J&K which has experienced the trauma of terrorism and natural disasters during the past few decades, but across the globe that is struggling to come out of the trauma of the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PRAYERS FOR PEACE

 

As the world celebrated Shab-i-Mehraj with prayers across the globe to mark Prophet Muhammad’s journey to heaven, it is high time to reiterate the commitment and dedication to pursuade the people, especially the youth, to follow the real path shown in the teachings of Islam in true letter and spirit, especially since certain elements in the society across the globe have deviated towards barbaric activities  in the name of Islam and are trying to spread the tentacles of terrorism in every nook and corner of the world. The Shab-i-Mehraj night is considered the most auspicious for prayers by Islam and its followers who remain involved in reciting the holy book Quran, special prayers and doing lots of social works in order to invoke the blessings of the Almighty. Some Muslims also carry out charity work. It is believed that it was during this night that Prophet Muhammad ascended to heaven with the angel Gabriel and met a different prophet at each of the seven levels of heaven. First he met Adam, then John the Baptist and Jesus, followed by  Joseph, Idris, Aaron,  Moses, and last of all Abraham. After Muhammad met Abraham, he proceeded to meet Allah without Gabriel. Allah tells Muhammad that his people must pray fifty times a day, but as Muhammad descends back to the Earth, he meets Moses who tells Muhammad to go back to God and ask for fewer prayers because fifty is too many. Muhammad shuttles between Moses and God nine times, until the prayers are reduced to the five daily prayers, which God will reward ten-fold. Again, Moses tells Muhammad to ask for even fewer prayers, but Muhammad feels ashamed and says that he is thankful for the five. It is believed to be a spiritual journey of Prophet Mohammad by considerable members of the Muslim community. Therefore, on this auspicious night, special mass prayers are held in all the mosques by performing prayers for peace, success and harmony in the world, besides making sacred efforts to embark upon the said spiritual journey. While the night is very sacred for the Muslims, in India which has a composite culture, every such occasion is an opportunity for all the people to participate in the festivities of every other community irrespective of their caste, creed, colour or religion and the Union Territory of J&K being no exception, has always been at the forefront in upholding the tenets of brotherhood, peace and amity setting an example for the nation at large. Commemorating this auspicious night, let’s realize the essence of Islam that preaches peace and brotherhood, besides devoting oneself to Allah or God. Unfortunately the hate-mongers in today’s society are interpreting this great religion to suit their vested interests, thus misleading the gullible people. As the Muslims around the world on this night prayed for forgiveness and peace for the whole world, let’s wholeheartedly appreciate the value of rational thoughts and denouncing religious obscurantism and mindless terrorism. Let us make efforts to spread the   Islamic teachings and values in the real perspective. Islam, since its birth, teaches that rational thinking is neither anti- human nor against any religion and at the same time none of the religions in this world is against any community, sect or human values. Let us hope that good sense will prevail upon the derailed elements and hate- mongers, so that peace and harmony will prevail again not only in J&K which has experienced the trauma of terrorism and natural disasters during the past few decades, but across the globe that is struggling to come out of the trauma of the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic.