Tuesday, June 29

Allah's Name (1)



A couple of years ago, a Saudi guy, who worked as a “personal trainer” at an upscale gym where my friend tried very hard to melt away her unwanted fat, gave her a Christmas present, a special Quran. What is so special about that Quran? Well, each verse appears in Arabic, and in pure gold, and under each verse, in another line appears a very interesting “English translation” of that same verse in silver! So, you can read each verse, and a chapter as a whole, either in Arabic, that is if you can, or in English, that is if you must. And if you are kind of familiar with Arabic Language, you can laugh your head off by the way of the contrast between the original and the translated version of the same verse. Anyway, at the end of this marvelous Quran, there comes a list of Allah’s Names—99 of them—written, again, in both Arabic and English. And in front of each Name comes an English definition of the same Name in emboldened gold. Quiet fancy for a gift! I know. But don’t you forget that Allah revealed Himself to Mohammad over the mountain in Mecca, and instructed him to spread the last-good-words around. And today the trustees of Allah will send His Words around, either with sword, or in silver or gold.

Now, in order to write about Allah’s Names, I’ve consulted that fancy gift as my one and only legitimate Source. Because, what could be more appropriate than using that Quran which was put together by the true followers of Mohammad, Allah’s special army?


One of Allah’s most cherished Names is Al-Aziz (العزیز), the “Mighty”. If I were not familiar with Islam, and were just a regular Zahra or Fatima, I would have assumed that Allah is wonderfully Loveable. But fortunately for me, I was born in Iran, and utterly unfortunate for me I had lived under the Yoke of Allah’s worshipers. And I can assure you that there is nothing in Allah’s mightiness that deserves love or respect.

In Farsi Aziz (which is an Arabic word) simply means that which is loved and respected, and is dear to one’s heart. For instance, you may call your beloved daughter or mother, or even your sweetheart Azizam or Aziz, quite appropriately, just to express your tender feeling of love toward that dear individual. Calling someone, Aziz or Azizam is like calling someone Dear or Darling. But, when I look at the history of Islam in the Middle East, and especially in Iran, and the plight of the nation who had suffered after the advancement of that religion in that country, I cannot see Allah as a Mighty Power worthy of my Praise and Respect. One foot outside my country, in Afghanistan where Allah’s rules are preserved, protected and practiced by thugs and criminals, all true believers of Allah, I see neither love nor respect for humanity. And I ask myself, should I love that which stands against what is truly lovely, Aziz?


Katayoun




Tuesday, June 8

Song

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In sad time such as now,
Let us hear a good Song,
To soothe our wretched soul,
With the sweetness of rhyme
Let us hear the good Song
By a metaphysical poet, John Donne.
Katayoun

Song

Go and catch a falling star,
Get with child a mandrake root
Tell me where all past years are,
Or who cleft the Devil’s foot,
Teach me to hear mermaids singing,
Or to keep off envy’s stinging,
And find
What wind
Servest o advance an honest mind.

If thou beest born to strange sights,
Things invisible to see,
Ride ten thousand days and nights,
Till age snow white hairs on thee,
Thou, when thou return’st, wilt tell me
All strange wonders that befell thee,
And swear
No where
Lives a woman true, and fair,
If thou find’st one, let me know,
Such a pilgrimage were sweet;
Yet do not, I would not go,
Though at next door we might meet;
Though she were true when you met her,
And last till you write your letter,
Yet she
Will be
False, ere I come, to two, or three
.

John Donne (1572-1631)

Wednesday, June 2

Why Allah’s Names!




Before I begin a series of posts, under the heading of ‘Allah’s Names,’ I should like to clarify a point or two as to why I want to write, in brief and casually, about a few of Allah’s Names and their meanings. If I may be frank with you all, I must say that when you look at the history of Islam and its subsequent advancement in Iran, you will note that Allah has been a great force of nature, especially ever since the “triumph of the Islamic Revolution” in 1979, where The Protecting-Friend’s (Al-Wali=الولی=Allah) rules have been established, legitimized and enforced, and as a result nearly 8,000,000 Iranians have been forced into “exile”. Furthermore, I am obliged to talk about the many Names of The Avenger (المنتغم=Al-Muntaqim) whose army of devotees are now the Protectors of the Devil, whose influence on the making of so many nations’ fate has been of great consequence. Now, having said that, should anyone of you be obliged to be enraged when encountering a weekly-post under the title of ‘Allah’s Names’ and declare me a heretic, I have nothing against your judgment, but I sincerely wish you an aptitude for a thorough examination of your faith.

That being said, I’d now like to draw your attention to the following Quranic verse:

Remember Me, and I will remember you” (Quran, 2:152) [the sentence is a direct quotation taken from a translation of Quran, which came to my hand a few months ago]

I have always believed, and still do, that as a matter of Principles, people shouldn’t be forced to ‘Remember’ things, people, incidents or events. Things, people, events, incidents are either Memorable or Not. I also believe that if the “love of Allah is greater than all other kinds of love,” and if that ‘Love’ is carried in the hearts of the worshipers, then, why push the poor creature to “Remember Him Who is Beyond All Needs and Demands”? To be honest with you, the pushy-tone of Allah’s admonition does not appeal to me at all, because I cannot “Remember” Allah on demand. And above all, if I love something it means that that love is a second nature to me and the Object of that Love is not Forgettable, and I don’t have to worry about Remembering It. Simple as that. A friend once said to a “believer” that, “You argue that Allah is ‘beyond needs and demands’, and then your holly book, Quran tells me that Allah Wants you to “Remember Him,” only if you’d wish to be remembered by Him. Should I go with your saying or should I stay with the Quran?” The “believer” simply shouted that, “You and the likes of you are lost forever! Rot in Hell, all of you!”

All things considered, after a few days of contemplation I decided that I cannot bring myself to write under such heading. So, I refrained from writing weekly-pieces under the title, “Remember Me,” and instead I decided to focus on some of Allah’s Names and their Meanings.

The Most Beautiful Names Belong to Allah; invoke Him by Them” (Quran, 7:180)
So, in order to “invoke Him” by His Most Beautiful Names, and with the hope that my action is taken as a kind consideration of the Remembering-Me”, I commence a series of posts under the heading of Allah’s Names. What better than Remembering and Invoking Allah by a Name that we find interesting. May He hears us, correctly and fairly, and move away His worshipers from Iran to another Land of His Creation. Then, for sure, I will Remember Him!