Apologists for the British rule…

As we know, some apologists for British rule argue that the condemnation of Britain for its destruction of Indian and economic growth is unjustified. Britain, they claim, did not deindustrialize India; India’s share of World GDP merely went down because India ‘missed the bus’ for industrialization, failing to catch up on the technological innovations that transformed the West. India had a significant world share of GDP when the world was highly agrarian. As the world changed, they argue, other countries overtook India because of scientific and industrial progress that India was unable to make.

That is highly disputable proposition. As I have demonstrated, deindustrialization was a deliberate British policy, not an accident. British industry flourished and Indian industry did not because of systematic destruction abetted by tariffs and regulatory measures that stacked the decks in favour of British industry conquering the Indian market, rather than the other way around. The economic exploitation of India was integral to the colonial enterprise. And the vast sums of Indian revenues and loot flowing to England, even if they were somewhat less than the billions of pounds Digby estimated, provided the capital for British industry and made possible the financing of the Industrial Revolution.

It is preposterous to suggest that India’s inability to industrialize while the Western world did so was Indian failure, the result of some sort of native deficiency, rather than the deliberate result of systematically planned polices by those who ruled India, the British. If India’s GDP went down because it ‘missed the bus’ of industrialization, it was because the British threw Indians under the wheels.

An era of darkness: The British empire in India. By Shashi Tharoor

He سبحانه و تعالى will forgive in a such a manner…

قال ابن مسعود رضي الله عنه :

‎ لَيَغْفِرَنَّ اللَّهُ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ مَغْفِرَةً لَمْ تَخْطُرْ عَلَى قَلْبِ بشْرٍ

Ibnu Mas’ood said,

“I swear, Allah is going to forgive on the day of Judgement in a way which *no* human heart could ever imagine.”

كتاب الزهد


The similitude of Rizq and death

وعن أبي الدرداء – رضي الله عنه – قال : قال رسول الله – صلى الله عليه وسلم – : ”

إن الرزق ليطلب العبد كما يطلبه أجله

The Messenger ﷺ said, ❝Rizq seeks out its recipient just as death seeks out the one who is due to die.❞ [Ibn Ḥibbān]

قال ملا علي القاري رحمة الله عليه:

أقول : بل حصول الرزق أسبق وأسرع من وصول أجله ; لأن الأجل لا يأتي إلا بعد فراغ الرزق . قال الله تعالى : الله الذي خلقكم ثم رزقكم ثم يميتكم ثم يحييكم ( رواه أبو نعيم في ” الحلية ” ) : قال ميرك نقلا عن المنذري : رواه ابن ماجه في صحيحه والبزار . ورواه الطبراني بإسناد جيد إلا أنه قال : إن الرزق ليطلب العبد أكثر مما يطلبه أجله . قلت : وكذا رواه ابن عدي في الكامل ، وهو يؤيد ما قررته وفيما سبق من المعنى حررته ، وروى أبو نعيم في الحلية عن جابر مرفوعا : لو أن ابن آدم هرب من رزقه كما يهرب من الموت لأدركه رزقه كما يدركه الموت .


الدعاء علم الرسول صلى الله عليه و سلم شداد رضي الله عنه 

What thing amazes you the most…?

قيل للفضيل بن عياض – رحمه الله- ما أعجب الأشياء ؟ فقال :” قلب عرف الله عز وجل ثم عصاه ” . أدب الدنيا و الدين للماوردي

Fudayl bin I’yad رحمة الله عليه was asked:

What thing amazes you the most?

He replied:

A heart that is cognisant of Allah, yet disobeys Him.

Few of the few who bravely…

“Britain used the British Indian Army to complete its conquest of the Indian subcontinent in the Kandyan War of 1818 Ceylon (Sri Lanka); and the Burmese War of 1824-26, in which six of every seven soldiers of the British Indian Army fell as casualties to sickness or war. As late as World War II, among the ‘few of the few’ who bravely defended England against German invasion in the Battle of Britain were Indian fighter pilots, including a doughty Sikh who named his Hurricane fighter ‘Amritsar’.
An era of darkness: The British Empire in India Shashi Taroori

Inform them there is a Master…