Posted: Dec 05, 2016 | 2 days ago.
When you are Working for Allah, it is always good to have people with you. But that is not always possible. It doesn’t happen that way.
Sometimes, the baseline is no more than one solitary Muslim household. That is all you get as part of your team.
When angels came to destroy the people of Lut, Alaihis Salam, Hazrat Ibrahim, Alahis Salam, was concerned what would happen to Lut, Alahis Salam.
Inna Feehaa Lutaa, he said.
“But there is Lut there, in that place.”
But angels told him not to worry. They said they were fully aware of who was in there, in that place.
When the angels went looking to remove all the good guys from the land of Lut, Alaihis Salam, before destroying it, they could not find more than a single Muslim household.
The words of the Qur’an are devastating:
Wa Maa Wajadnaa Feehaa Ghayira Bayitin Minal Muslimeen!
“Not more than a single Muslim household could we find there!”
Elsewhere Hazrat Lut, Alaihis Salaam, pleads with his people, when they came rushing to molest and dishonor his visitors — who were actually angels in human shape:
A Layisa Minkum Rajulun Rasheed?
“Is there not a single decent human being among you?”
So, those of us Working for Allah, should not lose heart when we do not see a crowd gathering around us to help us with this work.
The work must go on.
And we must go on with our without help.
Dec 04, 2016 | 3 days ago.
Dr. Firdaus Kamalodeen
Alhamdulillah and congratulations to the Muslim Mother-Daughter team from Trinidad on being featured on the front page of Tuesday’s edition of the local newspaper Newsday which captured them having just completed voting the day before.
This is how Muslim women exercise power in a democracy, which is what Islam is all about.
While some Muslims in some parts of the world seem to have just gotten an epiphany and came to the realization that Muslim women maybe should be allowed to drive, Muslim women in Democratic Trinidad not only drive, they also vote.
In one picture featuring our people, Allah showed how to do Islam.
Here in Trinidad and Tobago, when it comes to selecting the country’s leadership, it is the model of Islam that is followed.
And as part of that model, Muslim women have full and equal rights of participation along with Muslim men and along with all the non-Muslim men and women in the country.
How beautiful Islam is — if only people will not use it to advance their own personal, political and economic agendas and plans!
Dec 03, 2016 | 4 days ago.
When Muslims meet, as they should, they talk.
And they talk and talk and talk some more.
Little do they realize that they will answer to God Almighty for every word they utter.
And meetings are good. For meetings, done right, could be vehicles for debate and decision making. For civilized give and take.
Qur’an calls it Shura!
And then someone randomly says something. And we all follow the leader.
It scares me no end that we will answer for every word we utter — and fail to utter. Answer to God that is.
So, I suggest, we consider the following three things before and during every meeting:
One, what do we want to do, accomplish that is?
Two, how do we plan to do it — using what tools, techniques and resources?
Three, why do we want to do it — what are our motivations and our reasons for wanting to do it?
For, often, they are the difference, our reasons and intentions are, between Good and Bad.
Between Right and Wrong.
Between Ma’roof and Munkar.
Between Haqq and Baatil.
And between Islam and Kufr.
That is how serious some of these things are.
Nov 24, 2016 | 1 week ago.
What are the key concomitants and requirements to power in this world? Answers could be many.
Some theoretical. Some empirical — based on an analysis of historical data.
For much of the world, it is wealth. That is how the world generally looks at wealth and power. They go hand in hand.
Even today, November 2016, Wall Street and its Big Money hold Big Power.
And the Big Media are a part of that equation. Five mega-media conglomerations controlling roughly 90 percent of what over 7,000,000,000 (seven billion) people around the world see and hear on a daily basis.
Thirty-two-year old Mark Zuckerberg (Big Money Estimate: over $50 billion) has more people visiting his Facebook than there are human beings on this planet!
And Big Money in all its forms and variations exercises enormous power and leverage on the lives of the American People and the people throughout the rest of the world.
But according to the Qur’an, the key qualification of leadership is something different. It is Ilm — knowledge, understanding.
Earlier people, the Jews if you want to call them that, Jews after Moses, Alaihis Salaam, had trouble accepting the man God appointed as their leader: Because the man did not have Big Money.
Let us follow the story in the Qur’an:
Wa Qaala Lahum Nabiyyu-Hum.
“And their Nabiyy — prophet — told them.”
Innallaaha Qad Ba’atha Lakum TalootaMalikaa.
“Allah has appointed this man Taaloot your leader.”
Qaaloo Annaa Yakoonu Lahul Mulku ‘Alainaa?
“They said how can he be our leader?”
Wa Nahnu Ahaqqu Bil Mulki Minhu?
“When we are more deserving of leadership than him?”
“Wa Lam Yu’ta Sa’atam Minal Maali?”
“And the man doesn’t even have enough money?
Qaala Innallahas-tafaahu ‘Alaikum,
“Allah said the fact is God has chosen him over the rest of you.”
Wa-zaadahu Bastatan Fil ‘Ilmi …
“And God has granted him vast knowledge and understanding.”
Qur’an, all you people out there?
Nov 24, 2016 | 2 weeks ago.
I don’t get it. I just don’t.
I don’t get the fact that Muslims don’t seem to get it.
And I don’t get the fact that the Non-Muslims and the world don’t seem to get it.
They all seem to have some vague notion that That Book— The Qur’an Karim: Dhaalikal Kitaab — is from God Almighty.
Some believe it; some allege it; some dispute it; some quietly dismiss it; and, for some, it is just another cliche — along with a million cliches that fill their lives, and that sometimes influence and guide their actions.
So, Qur’an and God, all kinds of people make all kinds of association between the two — positively or negatively, warmly and passionately or only lukewarmly and even somewhat skeptically, their mental fingers crossed, as it were.
But these are all matter of belief — or disbelief.
If you think this assertion is true, it is belief.
If you do so — believe that Qur’an is from God — with the bottom of your heart as it were, it is faith or Iman.
And if you say “OK, let us talk about it!” it may be no more than an assumption — a working proposition that may take you in either direction: belief or lack thereof.
But what most people seem to be clueless about is a simple fact of empirical, verifiable data. It is an objective reality that anyone anywhere can see with their own eyes.
And that fact has to do with how many times the Qur’an makes a reference to God Almighty — right in the body of the Qur’an — and does so in the most direct and unequivocal manner.
Nov 22, 2016 | 2 weeks ago.
We have much to be grateful to the West for.
Even though, at the same time, we as Muslims also have a lot of very serious issues with the West.
That is how it is in a family. And we are one family: Muslims and the West.
One Human Family. Children of Adam all.
Along with all the Hindus, the Buddhists, the Atheists — and all the others.
And it is not uncommon among family members to fight with each other — and sometimes like cats and dogs.
So, it is not at all surprising that we all have our fights. Muslims and the West and all the rest of us human beings.
But at the core of it all is the fact that we are members of one common human family.
So, I am saying, we much appreciate what the West has done — in more recent times. And that means going back in time, not just a few decades, but maybe even a few centuries.
The West has increased our sensitivity to such vital human issues as Privacy.
But, to tell the truth, this is nothing but Johnny Come Lately! For, Privacy has been a Muslim issue since the advent of Islam on this earth: over 1400 years ago.
Beautiful Hadith, as all Hadith are:
You protect the Privacy of others,
God Almighty will protect your Privacy.
And much more than even that: One of the key attributes of God Almighty is Sattaar:
The One Who Loves to Protect and Cover Up
the Faults, the Imperfections, the blemishes,
the failures and the Slip-Ups of His Creation!
So, like all other good things in life, and in this world, we, meaning Islam and our God, your God too, for there is only one God anyway, invented this one too:
The concept that we so proudly call Privacy today!
And how can I ever forget that most beautiful Hadith Sharif in which the question arises about people throwing off their clothes in the privacy, let us say, of their own homes, and going, you know blank naked?
The words of the Hadith are as fresh, as immortal and as profound as any that ever issued from the mouth of a human:
Innallaha Ahaqqu An Yustah-Ya Minhu!
Paraphrasing something that cannot ever be paraphrased or translated on this earth:
“God Almighty deserves the most that we be bashful
and observe Privacy in his presence!”
Nov 21, 2016 | 2 weeks ago.
The world does not appreciate how beautiful each and every Hadith of Sayyidinaa Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, is!
And that includes most Muslims!
And the world does not even know this fact: How beautiful each and every Hadith is.
And that includes most Muslims.
At a time like this, in a world like this, there perhaps is no better way of spending your time and talent than to learn and memorize as many A-Haadeeth (plural for Hadith) as you can.
Except the Qur’an of course, which is the word of God Almighty himself!
Nov 18, 2016 | 2 weeks ago.
I am a Muslim and I want to offer an advice to America and American People.
Don’t worry, I am from some part of the world which you won’t even find on the map.
And relax, I am not about to make a beeline to America either.
My advice is free, willing and purely in the name of God Almighty.
I am giving this advice to the American People because I am a Muslim, and the job of a Muslim, the way I understand it, is to offer the best advice they can to all and sundry.
Fa-dhakkir, says the Qur’an.
It means “Tell them, give them advice, remind them!“
So, here is my advice to America:
The American people have spoken in the latest presidential election,
The election, to the extent anyone could tell, was by and large fair and above board.
In such a situation, it is only natural and logical that one person wins and the other loses. What other outcome could anyone envisage?
The important point is that the people have spoken. And they are a free people — Americans I mean — at least for the most part and in some very basic and important ways.
It is completely understandable that many will be pleased with the outcome while many others will not like the results.
But in the end, everybody has to accept the results, especially the people on the losing side.
The latter have to accept the results and stop grumbling and protesting.
In many ways, this is more or less the best deal we have on the face of this earth: people freely electing their leaders.
America is one country and her people are one people. So this is time for the American People to cooperate with one another in all that which is good, as the Qur’an says, and which will make America and the world. a better place — for all.
Life goes on for everybody. So, maybe, the American People, all of them, should move on also.
Your brother in our common humanity,
Nov 17, 2016 | 2 weeks ago.
People always wonder. People always ask. And people always talk about: Who are the best people in the world?
The Hadith of Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, has a very simple definition:
“The Best People are those who are best to their womenfolk!”
In the original words of the Hadith Sharif, it reads like this:
Khayirukum, Khayirukum Li-Ahlihi!
So simple, and yet, so profound!
Isn’t this proof enough that this Islam is from Allah?
And Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, is indeed the Messenger of Allah?
Nov 17, 2016 | 2 weeks ago.
The Qur’an says:
Ta’awanoo Alal Birri Wat-Taqwa,
Wa Laa Ta’awanoo Alal Ithmi Wal Udwaan!
Work together in good causes,
But do not help each other to do bad things.
Mitt Romney and Donald Trump said some pretty nasty things about each other during the recently concluded American presidential campaign 2016.
According to a newspaper report, here is a sample of what each of the two men thought and said about the other:
“In March, the former Massachusetts governor called Trump “a phony” and “a fraud” when discussing the then-candidate.
Trump has called Romney a loser and has said he “choked like a dog” during his 2012 presidential campaign against President Barack Obama.”
The campaign ended on Tuesday, November 8. Donald Trump won the presidency.
And now here is what the media say is happening between the two men:
“Romney and Trump to discuss secretary of state position, NBC source says.”
They may not call it that.
And Muslim little boys and sundry Islamic priestly pretenders may not recognize Islam when they see it, but this is Islam — even if it is pressed into service using any other name.
That is one reason why I say: God Bless America!
And let us hope and pray that this Trump-Romney cooperation will be to promote good things and not to perpetrate bad things.
Nov 17, 2016 | 2 weeks ago.
People again wrote to me asking me to join the fight. And Here is what I wrote back to them:
You guys just do not get it.
I do not want to “fight back” just for the sake of fighting back. And who am I fighting, and for what reason, anyway?
There was an election. Maybe you did not get that memo.
And Trump won fair and square. Maybe you did not get that memo either.
Man up and say it: “There was an election and Donald Trump won.“
That verbalization of a simple truth will help you and help America move forward — and possibly heal, no matter by how little.
So what if the Popular Vote went the other way by a certain margin? Not the first time.
But, we have a system in place and that system says loud and clear and in plain English:
Donald J. Trump Won on November 8. 2016!
And he will be President 45 of the United States of America!
I want you guys to tell me who you really are and what you really stand for. Then I will decide how to react to your blank invitation to join the fight.
As for myself, I have decided how I can best be of help and service to America and the American People.
I plan to redouble my efforts to get everybody re-initiated and re-pointed in the direction of the old notions of Honesty and Integrity and Truth!
Nov 16, 2016 | 3 weeks ago.
Democrats received a shellacking in the race for the White House. And that was mainly because they had a flawed candidate who ran a flawed campaign.
Hillary Clinton had no message, no voice, no personality, no charisma. She tried to be all things to all people — depending on the day and the place. And in the end she was nothing.
How much heavy lifting can surrogates do when the candidate herself lacks all oomph?
The Dems were against a formidable candidate — a fighter to the core. And they never took him seriously.
They seemed to have fallen for the nonsense the media were parading about Donald Trump being nothing but a clown, an entertainer and a fad.
Clinton called Trump voters a Basket of Deplorables. How do you put something like that behind you?
And she failed to win over the supporters of Bernie Sanders.
And now the Democratic National Committee (DNC) keeps sending me e-mails asking me if I was ready to fight back!
Fight whom? And for what? Who are we fighting and what is the fight about?
I don’t think they have a clue.
Don’t get me wrong. I am a born fighter. And I never run from a fight. But the future is not about fighting. It is about coming to terms with reality.
What is really needed is for everyone — Democrats as well as Republicans — to define:
a) Their true identity — who they really are.
b) Their true mission in life and in politics — what they really stand for.
c) Their true goals — what they really want to achieve for themselves and for this great country.
Once this is done, they need to then devise an effective strategy to achieve those goals.
Right now, at least the Democrats are totally rudderless and lost.
And Trump is waist deep in the swamp that he set out to drain.
Maybe one way out for the Dems is to put Sanders in charge of party policy and direction. Maybe he can still help them reemerge from the wilderness and regain relevance.
The fact is the electorate has changed. People are no longer as dumb and docile as they used to be.
Nor are the traditional media as mighty and dominant.
God Almighty’s Grace seems to have manifested itself in part in the form of Social Media and set the American People free. The People now appear more capable of thinking for themselves than at any point in the past.
So, the only way forward for the Dems is to level with the American People and do some serious soul searching.
Their mission should be to serve the People. Not fight Trump. At least not right now.