Editorial June 2013 – Voice of East magazine

Straight from the heart!
Syeda Qudsiya Mashhadi

Dear readers
Assalam o Alaikum.

On this 27th of Rajab, I was reminded by one of my friends that it was on this blessed night of Mairaj of our Holy Prophet [PBUH], that Sultan Salah-ud-din Ayubi (RA) entered Jerusalem and freed it from the Crusaders after occupation of 90 years. Today, once again Masjid Al-Aqsa is looking for a ‘Saladin the Great’, as he is remembered by his opponents. It is said that Sultan Salah-ud-din Ayubi had a great desire to perform Hajj but was unable to do so because he was fulfilling his duty of Jihad and liberating Al-Aqsa from the non-believers. When he died, he left behind just a few Dirhams, a horse, a sword and a shield.

That is the Mard-e-Azad and Banda-e-Momin, the Shaheen that Allama Iqbal so frequently talks about in his work. We are once again in need of such Momin leaders, commanders and scholars. It is undoubtedly a testing time for Ummah, when Muslims are suffering from Palestine to Kashmir, from Burma to Syria, there are endless wars and despotism being carried out in the name of humanity. It is high time is to wake up, do astaghfaar and ask Allah [swt] to bless us with leaders like Sultan Salah-ud-din Ayubi. In Iqbal’s words:

Come out of the monastery and play the role of Shabbir,
for monastery’s Faqr is but grief and affliction.

Thy religion and literature both smell of renunciation:
symbol of old age of dying nations.

May Allah bless us with Ulema-e-Haq and Momin Leadership. I am proud of our Pak Armed Forces and proud of the fact that we are the only Islamic country with the Atomic bomb. But at the same time I am saddened to see the atrocities being carried out on my Muslim brothers and sisters in Palestine, Kashmir and Burma. I pray to Allah [swt] to make Pakistan, the Fortress of Islam, in every sense of the word. I pray that a time comes soon that no Muslim is afraid of being brutalized by the Global Elite. I pray that the time comes soon when we are ready to answer the call of every wretched Muslim in the world. Aameen

This month we conclude the enlightening article on the ‘Western Plots to divide the Muslim Ummah’. Also ‘Impact of Social Media in Pakistan’ is highlighted. And this is along with the regular wise words from Allama Iqbal and Maulana Rumi.

May Allah give us the barakah of Shabaan and Ramadan. Aameen

Stay blessed.

Syeda Qudsiya Mashhadi
June 2013