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    Islam Is Business [Quote – 851]

    Posted: Aug 20, 2017 | 2 days ago.

    For those who understand Islam, and also understand the world, it is clear as daylight: Islam, properly understood, is business, and business, properly done, is Islam.

    Pretty much the way I said a long a time ago: Islam properly understood is science, and science, properly done, is Islam.

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    All Is Well! [Quote – 850]

    Aug 20, 2017 | 2 days ago.

    A simple message from Dr. Firdaus Kamalodeen:

    All is well, Alhamdulillah!

    All is always well as long as Allah is in charge — which is always and forever.

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    Muslims Sticking Together — And Working Together [Quote – 849]

    Aug 15, 2017 | 1 week ago.

    It is a requirement of this Deen of Islam that Muslims stick together. And they work together.

    Here is a Hadith Sharif:

    Yadullahi Ma’al Jamaa’ah!

    One simple paraphrase: 

    “Allah’s hand is with the group.”

    At one level, Islam is all about Jamaa’ah: The Group.

    Even though it is all about the individual: Fard.

    And the bottomline, as they say, about Jamaa’ah is the magic number 3: three people.

    That is the minimum needed to establish Jum’ah.

    And that is when — when there are three individuals together — “they,” according to Hadith Sharif, those three individuals, must elect one of “them” as leader.

    What explanation or elaboration does any of this need?

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    Sleeping Is Dying:
    Read the Qur’an, and You’ll Know! [Quote – 848]

    Aug 14, 2017 | 1 week ago.

    Every breath we take is a miracle. An event totally beyond human control or comprehension.

    If we don’t see that, we need to have our IQ tested. Not our faith, but our Intelligence Quotient.

    And when the breathing mechanism in the human body ceases, life ceases. We call it death.

    But death can, and it does, come to us even while we are alive, even while the breathing mechanism of the human system is intact and functional.

    Every night, and often during daytime as well — let me drop it on you as gently as I can — we all die

    That is right!

    Every single one of us — man, woman and child. We all die at night — when we sleep. 

    Every night!

    And those of us who have trouble dying — falling asleep that is — are forced to call the doctor and resort to chemical intervention of all kinds.

    How hard is that to understand that sleep is exactly that: Death? That it is exactly what the Qur’an says it is?

    Albeit, you can say, a milder, gentler and, perhaps, a sweeter form of death. And certainly a much less scary one.

    “Tired Nature’s Sweet Restorer!” Isn’t that what someone called sleep? A long time ago?

    “Death Light,” perhaps, is how they would say it in more modern language. But death, nevertheless.

    The Qur’an is pretty clear on this subject. Read the Qur’an and find out for yourself.

    That alone should tell you that this Qur’an is not, it could not have been, of human imagination or composition. 

    Least of all, produced by a man, Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, whom no human being ever taught, tutored, educated, trained or mentored in any form or fashion.

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    Where Do Your Good Intentions Come From? [Quote – 847]

    Aug 05, 2017 | 2 weeks ago.

    Allah bless all those wonderful people who do all the amazing work that they do for Allah. 

    And Allah bless them even more for all the great leadership that they provide for this work — this business of Working for Allah: Whatever it is and however it is done.

    Of course the best, the right, the proper, and in fact the only, way to do this work — Allah’s Work — is to do it according to the light, the guidance and the instructions provided by the Qur’an and the Sunnah.

    And of course, thereafter, if there is such a thing as “thereafter,” there is Science, and then there is something called Common Sense.

    Let Muslims take a good look at this Four-Step Formula and see where they end up. For, nothing runs human affairs like these four components together do.

    My offer of helping out with this or that project, whether it is Twitter or something else, like all else I do or do not do, is contingent on all the constraints I operate under. As if no one else has any constraints that they have to deal with. 

    So the basic formula is this. Let me spell it out — as clear as I can: 

    You do the Niyyat — form a firm intention that is — and God Almighty, 
    Allah, Subhaanahu wa Ta’alaa, will do the work!

    But there seems to be a catch. And the catch is this: 

    We humans cannot even come to the stage of making intentions, 
    or wanting something, or wishing for something good, nice and noble, 
    until our chain is yanked from above.

    Go figure, as they say in America!

    Or just pick up the Noble Qur’an and read the following Aayat Karimah:

    Wa Maa Tashaa-oona Illaa An Yashaa-Allahu Rabbul A’alameen!

    What an Aayat!

    And what a book, this Qur’an!

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    Literature Distribution and Engaging People [Quote – 846]

    Aug 05, 2017 | 2 weeks ago.

    Good Muslims hand out flyers and books to people. It is a great thing in itself. But it may not be enough.

    Muslims — let me say “generally” — do not read. They are not — by and large — a reading people.

    Most act as if the Divine Commandment Read!” does not apply to them.

    And it seems to me the more “religious” they are, the worse offenders they are in this regard: in reading that is. They do not read.

    Some Muslims take the free books you give them and hand them to their littlest children to play with. That is who the Muslims are. Your people.

    As for flyers, here is what practically everybody does with them, Muslim or non-Muslim. Instinctively, everybody more or less folds the fliers and stuffs them in their back pocket — or in their shirt pocket maybe. Never to be brought to meet daylight again.

    Some of them are a bit more practical and decisive. They drop your fliers in the nearest waste basket. Voila! So much for doing the Work of Allah!

    And this is not just “Islamic” flyers. This is almost one of the general rules of human nature. Or human behavior, if you want.

    So, what to do?

    Engage! Engage! Engage!

    Become a Daa’ii: the one who is on a mission to identify, invite and recruit people to Allah and to Allah’s Work. And not just someone who hands out stuff to people mechanically. 

    Have the fire in your heart. And then set every heart you meet on fire: with your love; with your knowledge; with your enthusiasm; and with your overwhelming sincerity!

    Show people you care. And you do so truly and genuinely.

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    Statement from a Long-Time Worker for Allah [Quote – 845]

    Aug 05, 2017 | 2 weeks ago.

    Hashim Mohammed

    We look around and realize that only a few people seem to have remained with us in this work. Alhamdu Lillah, I am one among them and, Inshallah, I intend to stay with this work for as long as I live.

    Even though we have all trained and taught so many people — across generations. But they all seem to come, take from us what they want and can, and then leave. 

    But so what? If that is how Allah wants it, then that is how it is going to be.

    And, in any case, who wants it any other way than how Allah wants it. Certainly not me.

    But is that true though? Is anyone of us really alone? Is anyone of us working for Allah really and truly without company? And without a friend?

    Who among us does not know that when we are alone, there is always a second one with us? And what a force, and what a presence, he is!

    A force to be reckoned with, wouldn’t you say?

    At the same time, when we take a moment and reflect upon our lives, it is hard not to see how fortunate and how blessed some of us have been. 

    Alhamdu Lillah, a few of us have done quite a bit, it seems to me, especially in the area of preparing up-to-date and suitable literature on Islam, Muslims and the World in English language and distribution of that literature locally and abroad.

    Of course, there is much more that can and should be done in the area of distribution. And it will be.

    No question, God Willing, we are in this for the long haul. 

    May Allah give us the health, the strength and the resources to continue his work the way he has blessed us to do it all these days — and do it even better every day. For every second of the remainder of our lives.

    And may he also send us more dedicated and sincere and committed and disciplined workers to help us in our work. In his work that is. 

    Ameen!

    Hashim

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    Working for Allah:
    Paucity in the midst of Plenty [Quote – 844]

    Jul 25, 2017 | 4 weeks ago.

    I never questioned anything Allah does. I don’t think so. 

    But, from time to time, the thought does cross my mind how Allah Almighty — Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala — seems to make one Umar or Abu Bakr or Ali or Umar bin Abdul Aziz (Radiyallahu Anhum Ajma’een) in the midst of all the hundreds of millions of the rest of us.

    Especially in these latter times:

    Wa Qaleelun Minal Aakhireen!

    Not that the talent and potential is not there.

    Or even the training and skills are missing.

    It is just that all those things are mobilized in the advancement of the causes and issues set up for us by Shayaateenil Jinni Wal Insi.

    (1) Devils from the Jinn Species.

    (2) And Devils in human shape.

    That is right. Don’t miss this one: 

    There are actual devils that come to you in the shape of humans.

    Including the serving and protecting of the most narrowly — and often wrongly — defined Self-Interest.

    Wa Hum Yahsiboona Annahum Yuhsinoona Sun’aa.

    And all the time they think what a great job they are doing!

    The fact is, it is actually Shaitan that decks up and decorates and paints in the most beautiful colors their actions for them:

    Wa Zayyana Lahumush Shaitanu A’maalahum.

    If we held this Aayat Karimah in front of us like a mirror, we will all see our faces in it.

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    Deen or Duniya: 
    It Seems I Worry More about the Latter [Quote – 843]

    Jul 25, 2017 | 4 weeks ago.

    Good Muslims — and they are just incredibly good people — worry about other Muslims. That is part of being a Muslim.

    It is, in fact, a sine qua non of their faith of Islam.

    But they do so mostly for their Deen. Are they being “Good Muslims” and all that.

    And what will happen to them on the Day of Judgment?

    So, what will be their fate after death? Will they, or will they not, enter Heaven — go the Jannat?

    But I somehow turned out different. I worry, it seems to me, more about their Duniya than I worry about their Deen.

    The right Here and Now: in This World.

    I worry about their health. And about their wealth. 

    And about their education — I mean university and technical education of the best kind and highest quality.

    And I worry about their economic and professional success.

    And I worry about their family life and their marital bliss. And about the wellbeing of their children, if any.

    But I worry that way about everybody: both Muslim and non-Muslim

    Allah says in the Qur’an that he has made all the arrangements for human beings to live a decent life on this earth:

    Wa Lakum Fil Ardi Mustaqarrun wa Mataa-un Ilaa Heen.

    He did not say Muslim or non-Muslim, good people or bad. He just said that to all humans of all kinds.

    So, I just want humans, Muslims among them, to live a good life on earth, in This World, and then work for the Next World as best they can.

    The Qur’an calls such Good Life by a most beautiful name: 

    Hayaat Tayyibah.

    So, I want all human beings of all stripes, shades and faith to take advantage of that offer from their Creator:

    Fala Nuhyiyannahu Hayaatan Tayyibatan.

    And that means the best health, wealth, family, community, society, government, environment and everything else.

    Thereafter, it is their choice — the choice of each individual among them — whether or not to choose God.

    That is how the Qur’an wants it. In the simplest and clearest of terms.

    Wa Hadainaahun Najdain.

    Choose God freely and with full volition.

    No one can impose or force that decision upon you:

    Laa Ikraaha Fid Deen!

    Allahu Akbar, how beautiful this Deen of Islam is!

    No human source could have designed this system — so perfectly even and so completely level for everyone: believers as well as non-believers.

    A most perfectly Level Playing Field! That is how, the Qur’an shows, God Almighty wants humans to play out their Game of Life on Earth.

    That is one reason, it seems to me, why I ended up in Islam — the way I did.

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    Once Again, A School for Muslims? [Quote – 842]

    Jul 12, 2017 | 1 month ago.

    All my life, I wanted to build a school for Muslims that will train a new generation of leaders for the world. 

    Not just along the lines of Eton and Harrow, but to beat both of those great historic landmarks in our educational landscape.

    Dream School of sorts for Muslims. And for the entire world

    It did not happen. My dreams, ambitions and plans came to naught. 

    While I am the only one responsible for these shattered dreams, and for all those plans gone awry, it is fair to say that it did not help that Muslims simply did not share my vision. 

    Even though education — the best kind of education — is what Islam is all about.

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    Can the Urdu Language Be Brought Back? [Quote – 841]

    Jul 12, 2017 | 1 month ago.

    For the longest time, I had written off the Urdu language. But then Allah brought me back. And I started to study Ghalib and Iqbal — and others — all over. 

    I realized there are no poets in any language I know that can touch either one of these two great masters: Ghalib and Iqbal

    And I have defended that position everywhere since. And would love to do that for as long as I live.

    It is understandable why people will lose interest in Urdu. Especially Muslims. But it is possible to bring the Urdu language back. 

    Hindus are picking it up. Many of them for their own reasons, as people generally do. But it is not impossible to get Muslims interested. It is going to be hard, maybe, but quite possible. 

    I have been privileged to talk to broad-based White non-Muslim audiences in US about Urdu poetry, and in particular about Ghalib and Iqbal, and, quite frankly, they were fascinated.

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    The “Miracle” of This Ummat [Quote – 840]

    Jul 12, 2017 | 1 month ago.

    This Ummat to this day does not have a really good translation of the Qur’an in English. Based on what I know of course. I have not looked at every new thing that might have come out.

    Will someone explain that to me. We are supposed to be 1.5 billion strong. Not that numbers of that kind ever impressed me.

    When you say numbers, I think the epochal encounter between right and wrong at a place called Badr, during the second year of Hijrat — Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam’s, world-changing migration to Madinah.

    I think about the number of Muslims in that encounter. And that number was no greater than 313. 

    And that tiny band of people was pitted against a well-armed army of 1000. And this small group of 313 men with character and courage beat the odds and won the day.

    So, numbers mean nothing to me. 

    And then all that money in which this Ummat is supposed to be rolling: trillions upon trillions of dollars!

    And I said that a long time ago: how Muslim money was running the world. Everything in the world, that is, except Islam.

    And often working to bring Islam to its knees, if it could, and perpetuate the bondage in the life of the Muslims.

    And then there are supposed to be 50 or 60 Muslim countries. Again numbers. And no one ever asks what kind of political, social, educational or economic and financial system these so-called Muslim governments operate under.

    Whose interests are they all serving?

    And who do most of their leaders really answer to: their own citizens or their paymasters, minders and handlers, both domestic and foreign?

    So, all this good stuff and yet not a drop to drink, as they say? Not one real good translation of the Qur’an? 

    A simple man like me cannot fathom this miracle by this Ummat. Even though it is plain as daylight  for all to see.

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