Posted: Mar 23, 2017 | 20 hours ago.
La La Land! No, I am not talking about a Hollywood movie by that name, I am talking about Muslim Reality by any name.
Muslim societies are a sight to behold. Their governments are dictatorships — Royal, Military, Civilian — appointed or controlled by Foreign Colonial Masters. And their masses are in a state of perpetual torpor: drugged and numb.
Some are drugged by their so-called Religion, controlled and managed by Mercenary Mullahs. Some are slaves to their passions — base desires, as some people call them. Some enslaved by their own whims and fancies — Hawaa as the Qur’an calls these things.
Islam is generally a stranger in their midst.
And those others who wake up, learn their Islam, work to change themselves and their societies to fit the mold of Islam, are set upon and beaten and killed by the same Foreign Colonial Masters who control and manage their governments.
In most cases, the goal of beating up the real good and God-fearing Muslims is achieved by these Foreign Colonial Masters using the very same dictators — Royal, Military, Civilian — and their coteries in Muslim countries whom they appoint and pay and control.
Now you can ask if there was a reason why Allah says at the very outset in the Qur’an: Wa Bil Aakhirati Hum Yooqinoon?
Of course Allah has a reason for everything he says and does.
Does it mean you simply cannot be a Muslim in this world — or even a really good man or woman for that matter — without the firm belief that this world cannot be the be-all and end-all of everything, and there is a next life, after this life, in which God will administer direct and personal justice, punishing the wicked and rewarding the good and decent people?
Mar 22, 2017 | 2 days ago.
Muslims, five times a day, no less, declare from the rooftop, all over the world, that they are witness to the fact that God is their Only Master and Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, is their guide and leader.
And then they get off their high perch and proceed to do everything that is precisely the opposite of what they said.
Their lives, as individuals and as societies, are based, not on what God says in the Qur’an, or what the Prophet, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, showed in his 23 years of Divine Messengership on earth, but on what everyone else says or does or asks them to do.
Do they even realize what they are doing?
Mar 22, 2017 | 2 days ago.
There is no running from Allah. And there is no hiding from Allah. Except maybe to him and with him.
Those of us, Good Muslims, who run and hide, and won’t even bother to write and help and encourage each other, on a regular, systematic and sustained basis, the Qur’an has some choice things to say about them.
The list includes me, except that I am not part of the list of Good Muslims. I am quite possibly the worst there is or could be!
So, here is the Qur’an Karim:
“In Tahris Alaa Hudaahum,
Fa-Innallaha Laa Yahdee Man Yudillu,
Wa-maa Lahum Minnaasireen.
And then down the road in the same Surah: ….
Liyakfuroo Bimaa Aatayinaahum,
Fatamatta-oo Fasawufa Ta’lamoon!
Paraphrase some other time maybe! But what paraphrase is there really?
Feb 27, 2017 | 3 weeks ago.
A poet once said, they also serve who only stand and wait. Or something to that effect.
Maybe they do. But not in Islam. Not in the ordinary meaning of those words.
Sitting and waiting for things to happen is not Islam. It is a treasonous way to throw away the greatest and the most precious gift Allah conferred upon you: the Gift of Life.
Muslims are people who get up, dust off and get busy doing things: Making Things Happen.
For, that is Islam: Making Things Happen.
All good and nice and sweet and wonderful and beautiful and useful things. For, Islam Is All Good!
For yourself; for your family; for your Muslim and non-Muslim neighbors; for the people at your work and business; for members of your society regardless of their race or religion; and for utter strangers.
Just call them Ibnus Sabeel!
That is what the Qur’an came to teach the world. The whole world. And not just Muslims.
And that is what Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, spent his entire life doing!
Feb 27, 2017 | 3 weeks ago.
While Super-Muslims are busy measuring and massaging such exotic things as Aqeedah, they forget some of the simplest and most elementary things like Hard Work in Your Everyday Life.
Doing well whatever it is that you do. Excelling at it. Trying to be the best that you can be.
Actually, I am a little bit behind times on this. The Aqeedah Cult I mean.
The Super-Ms abandoned the Aqeedah Project sometime ago, and they have marched on to some other fun stuff. I don’t know what.
Not because the world’s 1.7 billion Muslims — not my figures — have got their Aqeedah right, but because the rich and powerful and often Royal handlers and minders of the Super-Ms lost interest in the project and the money dried up.
The patronage died!
And they are most likely now, the Supers, hiding in their holes, no doubt, wondering, at least from time to time, how to deal with the way the world is beating up on Islam and Muslims everywhere.
Makes them look kind of bad, in a way!
Of course, they will never own up that the world got to where it did at least in part due to their mercenary tricks.
Nor will anyone tell them that. The Donation Crowd in America and UK certainly will not. Their money will dry up in a hurry if they did, maybe.
What is lost in all this diversionary madness and all this bonanza of distractions is the simple fact that Islam is about Hard Work.
Getting up for Fajr is hard. Making Wudu so many times a day is hard. Not to look at semi-naked females everywhere is hard.
Not to engage in endless, perpetual and purposeless gossip is hard.
That is why we were taught to put in an application for help from above — from Allah. All the time. At least as many times as we can.
Because without Allah’s help, life itself is frightfully hard. Scary and almost impossible, at least on paper.
Just remember all them bacteria and all them viruses that you can’t even see. And that are milling about all the time, trying to get you.
Allahumma Laa Sahla Illaa Maa Ja-‘altahoo Sahlaa!
That is a Hadith Sharif.
And a most beautiful and amazing Du’a it is.
Like all Hadith and like all the Du’as — from the Qur’an as well as from the Hadith.
So, Muslims have become a nation of Super Corner Cutters.
And where is the surprise if Allah treats them the same way they treat Allah and Allah’s creation. As Corner Cutters!
Without any pride in their identity, or their work, or their products, physical as well as intellectual.
But Allah is not only Rahmaan, he is also most generous and giving. Allah is Kareem!
Muslims turn in Third-Rate work, but Allah and Allah’s Creation still provide them Deluxe Accommodation on earth and treat them like VIPs.
With First-Rate Amenities and Services at every step of their life.
What ungrateful wretches, we human beings in general!
Qaleelun Min Ibaa-diyash-Shakoor.
That is how the Qur’an puts it!
Precisely the way Shaitan had declared to God Almighty a long time ago:
“Mark my words!
They will have no appreciation for what you do for them!
At least not most of them!”
As the Qur’an quotes him:
Wa Laa Tajidu Aktharahum Shaakireen!
Feb 23, 2017 | 4 weeks 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 month 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 month 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 | 1 month 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 | 2 months 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 | 2 months 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 | 2 months 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.