Posted: Feb 23, 2017 | 7 hours ago.
I love the way Muslims — the good ones I mean — put it all on Allah.
First, they engage in all kinds of questionable practices and blame it all on Allah.
And then, they wait for Allah to come and help them out of whatever bad things they are doing.
Some even turn it into prayer:
May Allah help me wake up for Fajr!
May Allah stop me from being lazy!
May Allah make me read Qur’an more!
May Allah help me to reach out to my non-Muslim neighbors more!
And so on …
Are they good people? Of course they are.
And are they all headed to Jannat? Sure they are, if Allah’s promises are true, and whose promise could possibly be truer than Allah’s?
Wa Man Asdaqu Minallahi Qeelaa?
Innallaha Laa Yukhliful Mee’aad!
I am not saying any of it is wrong. Or that Allah is not totally and one hundred percent in control of his creation. Or that Allah is not the only doer and actor in the world.
All I am saying is, the way Allah made us and appointed us his Khaleefah on earth, and the way he designed this business of Islam to help us navigate our earthly life, and created a fair and just Reward-Punishment Calculus in this world, is:
“Look Here Fellows, Take Responsibility for Your Actions!”
“Get Up, and Try, and Do Your Very, Very Best at Every Stage,
with Regard to Everything and Then See What Happens!”
Now go and read the Hadith that says that Believers should haul themselves to Jum’ah even if their feet are dragging behind them and even if they have to be supported by a couple of people on either side.
I think there is a Hadith Sharif like that. May Allah forgive me for being so tentative about it. Please correct me if I did not get the gist of that Hadith right.
And here is a bit of the right etiquette right from the pages of the Qur’an. Truly sublime.
I think it is Hazrat Ibrahim, Alaihis Salaam. Takes upon himself the responsibility for falling ill.
“When I get sick,” he says.
Sure! All them bacteria and all them viruses, all the millions upon millions of them, they are all in your control, right? You can’t even see them, leave alone stop them from getting at you.
But that is Ibrahim, Alaihis Salaam, for you. He not only had a lifetime of “Doing” all the right things, but he also had a lifetime of “Saying” all the right things. He could not bring himself to say:
And every time “He” makes me fall ill,
“He” “also” helps me get better.
So, when it comes to getting well, finding Shifaa, he has no hesitation in giving credit to Allah.
Hear him say it:
Wa Idhaa Maridtu, Fa-huwa Yashfeeni.
“And when ‘I’ get sick, ‘he’ cures me.”
Subhanallah! What a miracle this Aayat Karimah is! And how much more beautiful its words and melody than all the jazz, calypso, country and all other music in the world:
Wa Idhaa Maridtu, Fa-huwa Yashfeeni.
Feb 12, 2017 | 1 week ago.
When I open my eyes and look — and when are the eyes of a Believer ever completely shut? — my heart fills with a sadness I cannot describe in words.
Not at all the most terrible and egregious things the world is doing to the Muslims, which the world is, but more so at what the Muslims themselves are doing:
(a) To themselves.
(b) And to the world.
God commissioned Muslims to invite the world to him and to Islam.
To take the Qur’an to every home and heart that needs it,
as it were, and which one does not?
But Muslims seem to be doing everything but that.
The result is what you see:
(a) Muslims in terrible shape.
(b) World in worse shape.
And not a voice to admonish and alert them. And to cry halt.
Feb 11, 2017 | 1 week ago.
Presidential advisor Steve Bannon says media are the opposition party. And he may be right.
Even though Bannon holds some extremely foolish and wrong-headed political views, such as Islam being the nemesis of everything decent, good, noble, nice and Judeo-Christian in the world, he is spot on the money when it comes to figuring out the media.
And the media’s adversarial relationship is not with an individual or a party but with Truth and with the American People.
That is because media live to make money – by any means necessary. And to service all kinds of political, social and other agendas, both domestic and foreign.
So, between extreme political expediency and sycophancy and rabid money mongering, the media must lie to live. And the media know a million ways of lying, dissembling, creating distractions and covering up.
Therefore, the media are the flag carriers of fakeness in our society – a society that has waged its own painful struggle with truth ever since its founding. So much so that when we piece together the pieces of fakeness pouring into our lives from everywhere, it is hard not to call ourselves the Fake News Nationof the modern world.
Not only do the media have a million ways to lie, they are also very, very good at it. The media create facts and build news with breakneck speed to fill their ravenous bellies.
Here is an example. A simple Feb. 11 headline proclaims: “Trump Capitulates to China.”
Fact: Trump may not have, does not, did not.
When Trump took the call from the Taiwanese president, it was not necessarily a repudiation of the two-China policy. It may not have been more than a simple act of courtesy.
And Trump said so.
For others, it may have been a big deal. Especially to the media. To them it was big news. Another stick to beat Trump with.
To Trump, it was just being civil.
Trump made a lot of news. Stirred the pot a bit. Got everybody’s attention, including China’s, and then told the Chinese President in a personal phone call later that the entire ballyhoo was generated by the media, and he himself had no problem with the one-China policy.
I am sure President Xi understood.
So do the American people!
Jan 29, 2017 | 3 weeks ago.
In this world of ours, there is Islam. And then there are all these people called Muslims. They are not one and the same thing.
Even though, generally speaking, it may perhaps be so to many non-Muslims. And that is due, at least in part, to the methodology many non-Muslims use to understand what they call “Religion” and the world in general.
To many of them, Islam is what Muslims do. And what Muslims are in their daily life.
But to the Muslim mind, that is a most terrible thing to do: To equate Islam with Muslim behavior and practice.
And that is because Islam is from God Almighty. And Muslims are merely people. Like everybody else in the world.
As a result, Islam is perfect and complete and wonderful and every inch a most beautiful and practical thing.
Muslims on the other hand are frail, fragile and fickle human beings, like everybody else on the face of this earth, buffeted by the vicissitudes of time, space and circumstance. They bob up and down in the whirlpools of life’s turbulent waters, pretty much like all other people do.
And part of the reason why Islam stands out so clearly in a class of its own is because Islam has something that others don’t. Islam, most fundamentally, has the Qur’an. Others don’t.
No one, but no one, has a book quite like the Qur’an. There are no ifs or buts about it.
The Qur’an is a book that exists in the original, in exactly the same form, with precisely the same wording and organization in which Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, gave the world well over 1400 years ago.
Whether or not that book is from God is a matter of investigation, discussion and belief. But what brooks no doubt, debate or discussion is the fact that this book that the world has in its hands today is that very same book.
Nor does it bear discussion or questioning that no one else in the world has a book like that. The world today does not have a book given by Moses, Jesus, Krishna, Rama, Buddha or Jaina or anyone else.
It is as simple as that.
Islam has it, others don’t.
Jan 21, 2017 | 1 month ago.
The way to Work for Allah is always to try to do more. Not less.
Not very different from the way we work for what we think is our Dunya.
Who among us does not want for themselves and for their family members:
a) More education?
b) Better jobs?
c) Higher salaries?
d) Higher profits in business?
So also, when it comes to Working for Allah, try and go for more, not for less.
Does that make sense to anybody?
Jan 11, 2017 | 1 month ago.
Does the thought sometimes cross our mind that maybe IslamicSolutions.Com should have more visitors than it does presently?
Of course it does. And, frankly, we wouldn’t be human if it did not.
But, also quite frankly, given the record of this world, and in particular of this Ummat, with the Qur’an, and the Hadith, we should be out of our mind to complain.
Jan 11, 2017 | 1 month ago.
At IslamicSolutions.Com, we are about Islam, not about technology. Even though our motto in anything and everything that we do remains: You Touch It, You Nail It.
And for us, with regard to anything and everything we handle: Best Or Nothing.
That is not because we are so good. It is because that to us is basic, elementary Islam.
For us, Islam is not a home for losers; and it is not a hideout for second-raters and also-rans.
To us, it is self-evident that if Islam is good enough to be called Allah’s Deen, it is good enough to be considered the Best.
Innad Deena Indallahil Islam.
But still, at IslamicSolutions.Com, technology is neither our focus nor our priority. Nor is it a matter of pride or joy for us.
We would rather be wrong and deficient a million times on questions of technology than be wrong one single time about the Deen of Allah.
The one who created the Seven Heavens without a single crack or rupture or imperfection in them:
Maa Taraa Fee Khalqir Ramaani Min Tafaawut.
Hal Taraa Min Futoor?
So, when it comes to anything pertaining to the world, we are always guided by the canon that nothing less than the Best of the Best is acceptable to us — no matter how often and how blatantly we may fall short of that ideal, while making our best efforts to reach and breach it.
But when it comes to Allah’s Deen, whatever it is and however you define and measure it, even the minutest deviation, departure, shortcoming, distortion or misrepresentation is not acceptable to us.
And it is our firm belief, and our most fervent hope and prayer, that anything we say on IslamicSolutions.Com is Islam and nothing but Islam.
For, that is the goal that we have committed ourselves to.
That is part of the reason why take the precautions we do, and exercise the care and caution we exercise, when it comes to adding anything to IslamicSolutions.com or omitting anything from it.
Including colors and pictures and font sizes and punctuation marks — and all else.
Jan 11, 2017 | 1 month ago.
Question is not if we are being used, the question is Who Is Using Us: Allah or the Devil?
I am not denying the existence of Free Will in human life. In Islam, Free Will is a founding postulate. That means something that is taken for granted at the most basic level.
Everyone knows Islam is about submission. And those without Free Will do not “submit.” They just “succumb.”
They are designed to do what they end up doing: To say yes and do as told.
They are nothing but robots and automatons, mere nodes — different points — on the cosmic Reflex Arc.
Saying “No” is not an option for them.
But still this is how Allah’s world works: You are being used.
The only question is who is using you.
a) Allah and those working for him?
b) Or the Devil, Shaitan, and those working for him?
And as you live, you will know. But here is a clue.
If you see yourself impelled, called upon and facilitated to do Good Things, you should know that Allah is the one using you.
Lammatun Minal Malaki!
That is how the Hadith puts it.
When that happens, you should immediately turn to Allah and ask him to fortify you further. You should become very, very careful you do not slip up and you do not become arrogant and conceited and smug.
There are all kinds of Du’as that can help you in this respect, including the following:
Allahumma Yaa Muqallibal Quloob … (Al-Hadith)
Allahumma Yaa Musarrifal Quloob … (Al-Hadith)
Rabbanaa Laa Tuzigh Quloobanaa … (Al-Aayah)
If, on the other hand, you find yourself pulled and propelled to do Bad Things, then you should realize that it is the Devil’s hand that is moving and using you.
You should then immediately check yourself and try to get back on track.
Again, there are all kinds of Du’as and Awuraad to help you. Not the least of which is Ta’awwuz — A’oozu Billahi …
And the two Mu’awwidhatayin…
Qul A-oodu Bi-Rabbil Falaq.
And Qul A-oodu Bi-Rabbin Naas.
Constant vigilance is called for, because Shaitan is subtle and invisible. And he is patient and persistent in pursuing you.
Jan 10, 2017 | 1 month ago.
Here is what one of us wrote recently — with appropriate editing:
“I also hope people had a wonderful ‘holiday’ period.
For my part, together with my family, we have been reviewing the aayaat we covered in the Qur’an Program over the years.
It is quite amazing how these aayaat reveal so many different things at different times.
Indeed this is part of the many miracles of the Qur’an,
as it were.”
In response, here is what I want to say:
Allah bless you and you family. You always do the most amazing things.
Personally, you and your family could not have given me a better present, as they say, this “Holiday Season,” than this.
For, this whole thing that we do — writing, speaking, distributing literature, emailing and everything else — is about each and everyone of us connecting with Allah and his book, and getting everyone else in the world to do the same.
For, we have no other purpose, object or agenda in our mind. And everything else that we may appear to be doing, or engaged in, whether it is our education, our jobs, our travels, our businesses or our family and social life, is simply means to that end.
Qul Innanee Hadaanee Rabbee
Ilaa Siraatin Mustaqeem…
“Say, my master has put me on a straight path…”
Qul Inna Salaatee wa Nusukee,
wa Mahyaaya wa Mamaatee
Lillahi Rabbil Aalameen.
Wa Bi-Dhaalika Umirtu
wa Ana Awwaul Muslimeen.
“As a result,
My whole life now centers around God Almighty.
I have no divided loyalties of any kind.
And I am indeed the first to say yes to his call.”
“And how can I possibly look for another focus or direction for my life, when God Almighty is the one who owns everything?”
Qul A-Ghayirallahi Abghee Rabban
wa Huwa Rabbu Kulli Shayii?
Jan 06, 2017 | 1 month ago.
When people get so caught up in their “Worldly Concerns” — chasing their worldly tails as it were — that they cannot find time, or energy, or resources to do their bit in “Allah’s Work,” maybe, it just might happen, that Allah Almighty might look at them and say:
All right, People, that is what you want to do?
Great! Happy hunting, Folks!
Don’t worry, we will give you more of the same.
And we will keep you busy chasing your tail —
in every dark and dingy alley of this worldly life.
This just might happen.
And one worldly sign of this happening might be that the more you are able to tackle and solve your “worldly” problems and issues, the more of them seem to pop up in all kinds of places and from all kinds of directions that you least suspect.
Maybe a careful review of Hadith literature will help throw light on what I am talking about here.
And I certainly do not know the difference between “Allah’s Work” and “Worldly Concerns.” So, don’t ask me what it is.
Whereas, on the other side of this fence, when you are busy doing “Allah’s Work,” let us say, for example helping, and caring for, and taking care of Allah’s People politically, economically, morally, financially, socially, intellectually, educationally and otherwise, then, Allah Almighty, and I believe this is a Hadith, assumes responsibility for making sure your “Worldly Concerns” get taken care of.
If I recall that Hadith Sharif right, it goes something like this:
Kaanallahu Fee ‘Awunil ‘Abdi
Maa Kaanallahu Fee ‘Awuni Akheehi.
“All the time that you are engaged in helping out “Your Brother,”
Allah is engaged in helping you out.”
And the thought that occurs to me is this:
With Allah Almighty himself in charge of your affairs —
your “Worldly Concerns,” as it were —
how can anything possibly go wrong with your life?
Jan 05, 2017 | 1 month ago.
There is no end to how cute the Muslims are. Across the board.
But some Muslim groups have their own special talents and gifts, cultural practices and habits, over and above a certain base level of general cuteness.
In general, when you hand out free literature to people, many simply do not bother to read it.
Most do not even care to look at it.
Flyers are the worst offenders in this regard. Most people who take them from you either throw them in the nearest trash basket or fold them and stuff them in their back pockets, never to revisit them again.
Muslims, of course, are not the greatest and most avid readers in the world — of anything. Muslims are generally great talkers: Yap-Yappers, if there is such a word.
They will talk about anything and everything, forever and ever and ever, whether they know anything about it or not.
Endless, senseless gossip is the bread and butter of any average Muslim’s life: generally content-free and directionless. It defines most Muslim social gatherings and encounters.
How much of Muslim Yap-Yapping is hard-core or borderline Backbiting is anybody’s guess.
So what if Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, warned us that our tongues are often our surest passport to hell?
And so also what if the Qur’an says that backbiting is equal to eating the flesh of our dead brothers?
And mind you, Backbiting is when what you say about“Your Brother” is true and factual. Otherwise, it is slander and defamation which renders Muslims accountable before law right here in this world.
The words “Your Brother” are from a Hadith Sharif I think.
In any case, those of you dedicated to distributing free literature to Muslims, beware! Most likely Muslims will not read it.
And be ready for some, if not many, especially of the Indo-Pak type, to take the literature from your hands and immediately hand it to their seven- or eight-year-olds. Something for the kids to play with and to feel good about.
That is Muslims for you! And you want Allah to put these people in charge of running his world?
What kind of God do you think he is? A parochial, tribal, national, ethnic, corrupt God?
Like so many in American and British Political Circles, so patently and so decisively beholden to their contributors, constituencies, political agendas, party loyalties, foreign and domestic lobbyists, as well as personal interests, habits and weaknesses from alcohol to drugs to sex?
Or is he everybody’s God, Rabbul ‘Aalameen, as he so proudly calls himself?
And the most fair and just God?
Dec 30, 2016 | 1 month ago.
Muslims do so much for Allah. That is what many of them think. And they may be right. At least in some big, broad sense.
They pray; they fast; they go to Hajj; and some of them even give Zakat. Many of them call it Charity.
And Muslims are not wrong when they call Zakat, Charity. For, the Qur’an does the same. There are places, I think, where the Qur’an calls Zakat, Sadaqah. May Allah forgive me if I am mistaken.
So, the Muslims have so much going for them. And, from that point of view, Muslims have so much coming to them.
But the thought that persists in my mind is this:
How does all this stack up against the market price of a single self-growing nail on one of our little fingers?
Or a patch of skin anywhere in our body? Not plastic and wire slapped on by a surgeon.
But the real kind that God created us with that will make our brain hear an ant crawl and our body convulse in instantaneous reaction?
And another thought:
What do you think is the going rate for a day’s — no, call it an hour’s; no, actually make it five minutes’ worth — rental of your body?
Does God seem to come out ahead? What can I say?
So, why the arrogance? What God himself calls Istikbaar!