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Every Day Is a New Year's Day!
Did You Know That?

New Year came and went. In fact, we are already half way through the first month of this new year of our life.

But, as Dr. Pasha points out, every day that dawns on us is the first day of a brand new year of the rest of our life.

If we understand this simple and obvious fact, we will understand what life is all about, and we will be able to live out the rest of our life pursuing priorities that really matter to us, and that are truly beneficial for us, and for our society, free from all kinds of irrelevancies, distractions and exploitations.

So, read on this New Year article that Dr. Pasha wrote nearly a decade ago, and that is as fresh and relevant and helpful today as it was when it was first published ten years ago on January 04, 2008.

Dr. Kamalodeen

Book Review

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    For Once, Doing a Blessing Count! [Quote – 943]

    Posted: Feb 17, 2019 | 5 months ago.

    I do not count my Blessings. Or anyone else’s. Never did. Never got into the habit.

    I always thought the angels — and there is a whole bunch of them everywhere, and at every juncture in your life, monitoring and recording every moment and everything you say and do — would do a better job of it than I ever could.

    So, I always told myself: 

    Alright Mr! Stop worrying about the Blessings. Just get on with your job. Do what you have to do, and the rest will follow with that most amazing preciseness, certainty and predictability with which God Almighty has packed his universe.

    But today, encouraged by some new comments from an old friend, I thought I will send out some Special Blessings — of course, I have no idea what “Special Blessings” are — in the direction of all those wonderful people who visit IslamicSolutions.Com and read any of the articles or listen to any of the tapes. 

    And then react to those articles and tapes in their own hearts and minds. 

    And then go on to comment on them in whatever manner or form or fashion, using whatever forum or platform or venue that may be available to them. 

    Including sending us e-mails, using our e-mail address that is right there on IslamicSolutions.ComDrSyedPasha@Aol.Com.

    So, I say to them:


    May Allah bless you:

    1. For visiting IslamicSolutions.Com.

    2. And for reading any of the articles therein.

    3. And for listening to any of the tapes. 

    3. And for registering and absorbing some of the material and meaning in those articles and tapes. 

    4. And for reacting in your own heart and mind to what you read or listened to.

    5. And then for going on to comment on what you read, and what you heard, to whomever you could, using whatever avenue or platform or opportunity may be available to you. 

    For, that is Islam!

    For, Allah’s Rasul, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, says what I am paraphrasing here: 

    “Those of you who happen to be here right now, 

    let them convey this message and this material 

    to those who are not present here at this time.”

    If I recall right, the blessed words of Allah’s Rasul, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, were:

    Fal-Yuballigh Ashshaahid Al-Ghaa-ib!

    5. And a whole bunch of Super-Special Blessings — again, no idea what they are — also, for your reactions and comments appearing to be genuine and coming from the heart as they say.

    That is a lot of blessings if you ask me. But I was never good at counting blessings.

    I just got on with the job at hand. And did my duty — to the best of my ability.



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    Du’a Is Not a Du’a Unless It Is Really a Du’a! [Quote – 942]

    Feb 05, 2019 | 5 months ago.

    Du’a is not a Du’a unless it is really a Du’a.

    And until and unless every fiber in your body and mind and soul is consumed and overwhelmed by it. 

    And until it is accompanied by copious crying and heart-rending sobs and torrential tears.

    Your RasulSallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, even showed you how to do it. The same way he showed everything else.

    He said what may be paraphrased as: 

    “If you don’t know how to cry, 
    and if the tears will not come to you easily and readily, 
    then at least go through the motion of crying.” 

    “Act as if you are actually crying.”

    “Force yourself to cry.”

    “Affect crying!”

    Fa-Tabaakoo, is how he put it.

    And then — and this is my sense of the meaning, not part of the Hadith Sharif — and then maybe, maybe when it is time, and when you are ready, the tears will come to you.

    Allahu Akbar! What a Deen Allah sent. 

    And, Allahu Akbar, what a teacher he sent to teach that Deen to the world.

    The least we can do is say: 

    Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam!

    And, of course, say:

    Fa-Lillahil Hamdu Rabbis Samaawaati,
    Wa Rabbil Ardi,
    Rabbil Aalameen!



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    Keeping Allah’s Light Burning [Quote – 941]

    Jan 31, 2019 | 5 months ago.

    May Allah Almighty shower his blessings on all those who play a role in keeping this candle of the Qur’an burning. 

    If you want, call it the Light of Allah.

    For, that is what the Qur’an is: Allah’s Noor!

    God Almighty’s Light!

    Here, listen to the Qur’an:

    Fa-Aaminoo Billahi wa Rasoolihi
    Wan Noorilladhi Anzalnaa!


    So, Believe in Allah,
    And in his Rasul,
    And in the Noor that we sent down.

    Allahu Akbar, how clear this Qur’an is!

    I am not saying great and beautiful. And it is all that and more.

    I am saying: Clear!

    “Clarity” of idea, argument and diction is among the greatest miracles of the Qur’an that even a blind person can see.

    So, helping in any form or fashion, and to any degree, to keep this Qur’an Reading and Khatm business going is nothing short of keeping the Light of Allah burning on this earth; in our lives; and in our environment, wherever we maybe — Not that Allah needs our help, or anyone else’s help, in keeping his Light burning.

    So, people, everyone of you, ask yourself where you are in this business of dealing with the Qur’an.



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    Life’s Vagaries and Vicissitudes [Quote – 940]

    Jan 30, 2019 | 5 months ago.

    The big words in the title simply mean this: Life goes up and down. That is the nature of human life on earth. Bad things happen to people, as good things happen to them.

    But it is most amazing that the Qur’an addresses even this common human ailment — life’s difficulties — like every other human situation that the Qur’an addresses and provides remedies and solutions for.

    And when we say Qur’an, remember it also includes Hadith Sharif as divinely guided commentary and earthly substantiation of the Qur’an.

    Allah’s Double Promise in the Qur’an is this: 

    Surely, Life’s Downs will be followed by Ups.
    And surely with Difficulty will come Ease.

    Allah’s words are:

    Fa-Inna Ma’al Usri Yusran,
    Inna Ma’al Usri Yusraa!

    Meaning, it seems to me: The sun will break through the clouds and Good Times will surely come with Bad Times.

    When people face difficulties, whatever their nature or source, my standard answer is: 

    The Qur’an!
    The Qur’an! 
    The Qur’an!

    Turn to the Qur’an; read it; complete it if you can; and make Du’a. Allah’s Rasul, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, says: Du’a done after reading the Qur’an, or after completing it, is answered by Allah.

    Knowing of course Allah responds to all Du’as all the time.



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    The Need for a Merciful God [Quote – 939]

    Jan 10, 2019 | 6 months ago.

    For anyone with even an iota of sense it is clear that we need, the world needs, a God that is full of Mercy, Compassion, Forgiveness.

    We are, every human being is, just the opposite of what a dutiful and obedient child should be. We are truants and turncoats in every way we can think of. And to the highest possible degree.

    And all this in the face of the most powerful and clinching evidence hitting us in the face from every direction. 

    Born helpless, filthy and pathetic; fed and washed and clothed by everyone in sight. 

    For years on end.

    Unable to utter a word. Our only means of communication with the world being a meaningless whimper or a heart-rending cry.

    And this not-so-glorious chapter of infancy and deep dependency is book-ended by another one of near-equal helplessness, infirmity, frailty and, ultimately, death and disappearance from the ken of all who say they love us and who might actually detest or even hate us.

    This is the beginning and end of human life on earth. All human life. 

    And there is not one exception to it. 

    Don’t tell me some people do not die of Old Age as some get shot or die in road accidents. I have long grown weary of those inanities.

    The point I am making is that humans begin and end life in states of utter weakness and helplessness. 

    And the Qur’an makes this idea as clear as it can be.

    And then, those who survive the vagaries of this world, also meet the end of their life in the same state of personal helplessness and of heart-rending dependence on others. 

    In Nursing Homes or on the Streets.

    But in between these two periods of weakness and infirmity and helplessness and dependency, humans break record after record of arrogance, stupidity, cruelty, injustice and meanness to each other and of indifference and disobedience to God. 

    What, should we call it a span of 40 to 60 years for the most part?

    Allahu Akbar! How stupid and foolish and rash and reckless and ungrateful can we be!

    Thinking we will live forever, even though we see with our own bare, naked eyes that not a single one before us, and right in front of us, has or will.

    And yet the world of Allah keeps turning and churning and working for us around the clock.

    The sun shines on us. The skies pour down their rain on us. The earth grows food for us. And the waters quench our thirst. And the earth continues to harbor us on its shoulders.

    Everyday, we go to bed tired at night, and we wake up fresh in the morning.

    Life goes on to its inevitable finale. Day after day; night after night; minute by minute.

    And it is clear to the least intelligent among us that our Train of Life is headed to Crash in Death. For, the immutable law of this Life — of this World is: To Be Born Is To Die!

    And yet we continue to behave every new day in the same arrogant, foolish and stupid way that we behaved on all previous days.

    Don’t you see that people whose very nature seems to be this, do need a God that is loving and merciful?

    Ar-Rahmaan and Ar-Raheem?

    And that is tolerant and forbearing and gracious and generous?





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    Being Muslims, 
    Will Do What Muslims Do Best! [Quote – 938]

    Nov 22, 2018 | 7 months ago.

    Being Muslims, 
    Will Do What Muslims Do Best!

    Muslims are Muslims, right? And they have their Jannat guaranteed for them, Right?

    Well, more or less! Fair?

    Meaning: Muslims are going to get to Heaven, as the Christians call it, one way or the other. Sooner or later, right?


    So, Muslims do what Muslims do: 

    (a) Nothing.

    (b) Do it sloppily, whatever it is they do, or partially and do an incomplete job.

    (c) Lie, cheat, dissemble, and misrepresent things.

    Just look at Muslims in all their habitats — from so-called Muslim World to their new habitations in England, Europe, America and wherever.

    (d) Find some creative angle to turn whatever situation or circumstance is out there into a trick — a tool, a device, an opportunity, an occasion — to either make money for themselves and for their relatives and friends. 

    (e) Or to gain personal power and position and name and fame for themselves and for their people, whoever they are.

    (f) Example: Every little boy morphing into an instant Sheekh and running Islam as a business for the Colonized Masses of Muslims.

    (f) Example: This Halal Booking, That Halal Something, This Retreat or That Retreat … you name it.

    And, while Muslims do all this Muslim Thing, two things will happen:

    (A) Condition of Muslims will deteriorate and get from bad to worse, in general and along a number of measurement indicators and variables.

    (B) Condition of the World will also get from bad to worse in all kinds of ways that are too varied and too numerous to catalog here. 

    (C) And Muslim Leadership — in particular those among Muslims who force, trick, coerce, manipulate and foist themselves in positions of leadership among Muslims — will be responsible for this terrible situation of the Muslims on the one hand and of the entire World on the other hand.

    (D) And Colonized Muslim Masses will share the blame to the extent they remain ignorant and uncaring of any of this.

    This, to some degree, explains the condition and history of both Muslims and the World, for as long as you want to look back.

    So, is it a problem of Iman? And Aqeedah, as the Aqeedah Crowd used to call it? Or is it something else, such as, maybe, Character?

    Of course, the two are closely correlated: Belief and Behavior; Iman and Character; Ilm and Amal; Aqeedah and Akhlaaq.

    The Qur’an calls the Amal, the Character part with the most amazing name of Tazkiyah

    And couples the two together in many places in the Qur’an: (a) Yu’allimuhum and (b) Yuzakkeehim.

    So, if you ask me, even though the two things are interconnected, the real and most urgent issue that Muslims need to address is Character.

    It is Akhalaq and Amal. It is their Mu’aamalaat.

    It is their Behavior and Conduct.

    Qur’an says so. 

    Hadith says so. 

    Even a fellow like Iqbal said so. 

    So, will Muslims start addressing their character issues urgently and on a priority basis? At least now?

    Who knows!

    Muslims being Muslim I mean. Hurtling on their path to Heaven or Jannat



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    Who Does Not Face Difficulties?
    There Is Help Available!
    From God Almighty Himself!
    Each Is God Almighty’s Own Immortal Word!
    Directly from the Qur’an! [Quote – 937]

    Nov 19, 2018 | 7 months ago.

    Who Does Not Face Difficulties?
    There Is Help Available!
    From God Almighty Himself!
    Each Is God Almighty’s Own Immortal Word!
    Directly from the Qur’an!

    First of all, here is the Protocol.

    (A) Aayats below never fail. We know that for a fact. 

    (B) And their acceptance from Allah is instantaneous.

    (C) But when and how their effects will manifest themselves in our lives in this world, we do not know. 

    (D) There is a Meticulous Divine Calculus according to which these things work. 

    (E) For God Almighty, everything is NOW. For humans, it is a function of a billion variables, unfolding over generations.

    (F) In my own life, I have seen  things take 20 years, and even more, to show up in a way I could read them and make sense of them from my own point of view.

    (G) So, whoever you are, and wherever, read these Aayats. Read them now, and forever. And keep reading them all the time. Millions and billions of times.

    (H) Like any medication, things build up inside you — in this case, in your soul, and, actually, in your body as well. And the effects are seen on the body.

    (I) Learn each Aayat correctly.

    (J) Read them, and there is not a difficulty that will not be resolved. 

    God Willing, Inshallah, Bi-Idhnillah.

    An now, here are those four Aayats.

    (1) Fa-Inna Ma’al Usri, Yusran,
    Inna Ma’al Usri Yusraa!

    (2) Sa-Yaj’alullahu Ba’da Usrin, Yusraa!

    (3) Annee Maghloobun, Fantasir.

    (4) Laa Ilaaha Illaa Anta, Subhaanaka, Inee Kuntu Minaz-Zaalimeen!


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    Doing It Right! [Quote – 936]

    Nov 01, 2018 | 8 months ago.

    Whatever we do, we must do it right. That is Islam.

    Islam is doing everything we do in the best possible manner. It must be right; it must be legal; and it must be moral.

    And on top of all that it must be done to the best of our abilities. From the very beginning.

    Islam, believe it or not, is not a system of excuses and apologies.



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    They Want Us to Forget There Is Something Called Truth [Quote – 935]

    Oct 31, 2018 | 8 months ago.

    Truth is what it is. Often it is not self-evident, which makes it necessary we pursue it actively and in a focused way.

    Modern times have a way of misnomering and trivializing things, including this highly exalted and critical expression Truth, on which the entire human existence depends. And reducing everything to individual personal issues. To the fundamentally human side of things.

    The fact is, Truth is not what you or I feel about ourselves. It is not the state or integrity or honesty of our feelings. That is a very different issue altogether.

    Truth means an objective reality, outside ourselves, that is knowable through our senses and by the use of rigorous logical analysis. 

    For example, New York City is a metropolis that exists 250 or so miles south of the city of Syracuse in Upstate New York. That is an undeniable, verifiable reality. 

    It is Truth

    My feelings toward New York City could be honest, hypocritical or totally mixed up. That has nothing to do with Truth

    We can live in a fool’s paradise and think New York City is a little bird in Florida. And we may be very clear and very sincere and very honest in our belief. 

    But that has nothing to do with Truth. It is a simple case of personal delusion and stupidity. And the Truth that New York is a great big metropolis where it is will stand unperturbed and unaffected by our individual delusional states.

    This is the tragedy that has hit our present-day educational, media and informational systems and channels, including interpersonal channels and friendship networks, that even the simple meaning and reality of Truth is sought to be shielded from us, thereby severely limiting our chances of actively seeking or in fact finding Truth.



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    For All Those Looking for a Career Path [Quote – 934]

    Oct 29, 2018 | 8 months ago.

    Advertising and Public Relations and Corporate Communications — and all the rest — are great and richly rewarding as potential career paths for young people pursuing university education. 

    But the fact is that they will all take you only thus far. Because, then, there is still a whole world out there that must be cared for — and that must be saved. 

    Pursuing government or public service, such as The Peace Corps, for American youth, is a great step in the right direction. But only one step, and a first step.

    The real and the overall mission, and the real challenge, is the Pursuit of Truth — whatever it is and wherever it leads. 

    For, while it is great to teach a few kids in Africa; and to feed a few mouths in Asia; the world is still burning and crashing all around us. 

    Starting right here in America. Right at our doorstep. Right in our backyard.

    While there are all kinds of complex causes for it, one simple thing we can zero in on is what we may call Truth — simple, unadulterated, nonpartisan facts — which has become so scarce in our time and in our society. 

    Right at a time when there is such a glut of words and images and sights and sounds — and all kinds of communications and their tools and technologies — all around us.

    As a result of it, at least in part, there is so much confusion, and so much injustice, and so much unfairness, and so much suffering everywhere. Wolves seem to appear wearing sheep’s clothing. And thieves and crooks seem to be sitting in exalted seats sporting judicial robes and regalia.

    The real challenge before us is to make a dent in that wall of darkness that surrounds us from all sides. 

    That is why, in our own various capacities, and to the extent our own talents and circumstances would allow, I see no alternative but to dedicate our lives, to the extent and however we can, to the mission of pursuing and advocating Truth

    Seeking it; learning it; speaking it; standing up for it; and championing and advocating it both in private and in public.

    Given that, any time and energy any one of us may have spent in pursuing advertising and public relations and corporate communications as a potential career path was hardly off the mark. 

    It was hardly time wasted. We were on the track all along, albeit by different names. 

    All we have to do now is a simple realignment of our direction and our orientation: what we want and where we want to go and how we wish to deal with the world of which we are such an integral part.

    And Truth at all levels is the key that will unlock the chains that bind us and that will set us free: our bodies as well as our minds. 

    For, free bodies cannot exist without free — and fearless — minds.



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    Muslims Must Know They Are on Candid Camera — All the Time! [Quote – 933]

    Sep 09, 2018 | 10 months ago.

    Muslims must know that they are on Candid Camera

    All the time! 

    And with regard to everything that they do. 

    And that means with regard to every breath they take; every word they utter; and every gesture they make. 

    Or fail to, when they must and when they are supposed to.

    And get this, and that includes every thought they think, even though Allah does not punish people till their thoughts are pushed to take the form of words.

    And, thereafter, words are made to morph into actions.

    And what eyes are those that are fixed on the Muslims, as Muslims go about their daily, hourly, minute-by-minute, second-by-nanosecond routine of living life on God’s earth, free of rent or charge, and with all things provided, and every need taken care of? 

    How about turning to God Almighty for at least part of the answer? How about this Aayat Karimah?

    Wa Kuli’Maloo! (Go, do what you have to do!)

    Fa Sa-Yarallahu ‘Amalakum(God Almighty shall see what you are doing).

    Wa Rasooluhu(And so will Allah’s Rasul, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam).

    Wal Mu’minoon! (And so shall the believers — of all kinds everywhere).

    That means, among those watching the Muslims, before and during and after everything, is Almighty Allah himself. 

    And then Allah’s angels.

    And then Allah’s Rasul, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam.

    And then Allah’s people, the Muslims: The Human Believers!

    And then the whole world — Muslim and non-Muslim; human and non-human.

    So, Muslims, decide how you want to be seen. By whom? 

    In what condition and situation?

    And doing and saying and thinking precisely what.

    That is right! Thinking precisely what thoughts? And entertaining what ideas?


    Na’oodhu Billahi Min Shuroori Anfusinaa!
    Wa Min Sayyiaati A’maalinaa!



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    The Untranslatable Qur’an
    And the Contradictions in My Writings [Quote – 932]

    Aug 12, 2018 | 11 months ago.

    “You should let Allah handle things for you.
    You really don’t need an advocate or agent other than Allah to handle your affairs for you.”

    Now, this is a paraphrase — only one among many that could be attempted — of the aayah karimah that says:

    Wa Tawakkal Alallah.
    Wa Kafaa Billahi Wakeelaa!

    Others have translated this most amazing Aayat, and every Aayat of the Qur’an is most amazing, in all kinds of other ways. And they are all within ballpark as translations go. 

    Except for one thing: No Translation of the Qur’an is really a Translation, whatever that expression may really stand for, but only a Paraphrase masquerading as Translation.

    I have been saying things about the fundamental untranslatability of the Qur’an that may strike some as contradictory. And, on surface, they are.

    I say Transliterations of the Qur’an are Haram. Transliteration of course means writing the original Arabic of the Qur’an in English (Roman) script. I have argued that this is an impossibility and a nullity.

    And yet I use Transliteration in my writings for the Aayaat (plural for Aayat) I cite — often as my only reference.

    I have also argued quite vehemently that the Qur’an cannot be translated in English language. And yet every time I produce an Aayat in my writings, I also provide what looks like a translation.

    The only thing is that I call my translation a Paraphrase, which is a lot more liberal and broad-based than what most people would consider a Translation to be.

    But I will repeat what I said earlier: All Translations are Paraphrases.

    This is my home-made Linguistic Theory of sorts if you will.

    As for the contradictions in my writings, the only reason I resort to them is necessity. Short of using Transliteration and Paraphrase in my writings, I have no means to communicate to my readers in the English language a sense of what I am trying to say. 

    Either about how to make an attempt to say the aayat as best as you can or with regard to getting a grasp of the basic meaning and thrust of the aayat.

    None at all.



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