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|Presenting Islam to Non-Muslims – The Role of the Masjid||23/11/2001|
|Conferences and Speakers: A Partial Primer||16/10/2004|
|Love, Not Hate Is The Answer!||08/11/2015|
|This Hajj, Let Muslims Re-Learn the Lesson of Human Equality!||08/11/2015|
|Quote-Unquote: Dr. Pasha on Islam, Muslims and the World - Book I||18/06/2011|
|You Must Know This Man!||20/05/2010|
|Drive-by Experts on Islam||10/06/2010|
|Islam Gave the World the Gift of Liberty||09/11/2008|
|Did You Say "Christian Islam" Sorry, Does Not Compute!||27/12/2007|
|If It Is Extreme, It Is Not Islam!||03/03/2009|
|The Pope and the Prophet, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam!||04/11/2006|
|Islam Is All about Communication||10/03/2008|
|Divali, Thanksgiving, Christmas! It Is Us! It Is Us! It Is Us!||30/11/2007|
|Continuity and Change in Islam||12/11/2007|
|Qur'an: Key to World Peace||24/06/2007|
Posted: May 27, 2016 | 3 days, 15 hrs ago.
I don’t know why I feel like saying this. I don’t even know if I have a proper basis for doing so.
Or maybe on the other hand I do.
But here is what I feel like saying:
Let us sweat the small things, Muslims!
Maybe, maybe, Allah will take care of the big things!
And by small things I mean things like removing from the path anything that will cause harm or injury, or inconvenience, to passersby.
Mind you, doesn’t say Muslim or non-Muslim, man or woman, believer or non-believer, does it?
Says Hadith Sharif:
Imaatatul Adhaa ‘Anit-Tareeqi Sadaqah.
What I am trying to say is this:
“Try and connect with Allah for one second.
That may be better for you than a lifetime of pretension and posturing!”
May 27, 2016 | 3 days, 16 hrs ago.
I don’t know why. But I keep thinking: Is there anything better in this world — than “Assalamu Alaikum!“
People, if I were you, which I am not, I will not throw away this very special and precious gift from God — right from the pages of the Qur’an — for any reason: time shortage; technology constraints; whatever.
Allah seems to say in the Qur’an, if you don’t find anyone to say“Assalamu Alaikum!” to, then at least do that to yourself.
Say: “Assalamu Alaikum!” to yourself.
Fa-Sallimoo A’laa Anfusikum!
I don’t know, nor can I think of, anything that will beat that!
If Allah had given Muslims nothing more, and if Muslims had nothing in their possession but Salaam, that would still be the most prized possession that anyone ever had in their hands on the face of this earth.
May 17, 2016 | 1 week, 6 days ago.
We bring Islam to the world, one little thing, one simple point, at a time.
Nothing more; nothing less.
At a time when the world seems to have no idea what Islam is really all about, this, we believe, is just what the doctor may have ordered.
Or, put differently, and more accurately, this is exactly what God Almighty has commanded all Muslims do:
Wa Bi-Dhaalika Umirtu,
Wa Ana Awwalul Muslimeen!
And that Divine Mandate, first to Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, and then, through him, to all Muslims until Kingdom Come, is:
Balligh Maa Unzila Ilaika Min Rabbika!
Go tell everyone what God has given to you!
Share with the world the message of Islam to which
you now have been made privy!
May 17, 2016 | 1 week, 6 days ago.
Professor Kalamazad Mohammed
My university training is in Mathematics. And Mathematics is what I teach for a living as they say.
Or, stating it more properly: Teaching Mathematics at the University is what Allah has chosen as a means of providing me my livelihood — Rizq — in this world.
Wa Lakum Fil Ardi Mustaqarrun wa Mataa-‘un Ilaa Heen!
But here is the point:
Being a math teacher seems to give you a better understanding and deeper appreciation of words and their precise meaning.
It is amazing how knowing the language of Mathematics (Numbers) makes you a better student of the language of English (Words): Her Majesty’s Language, as Dr. Pasha calls it.
May 15, 2016 | 2 weeks, 1 day ago.
Islam is from God. And it is for people.
That means the world can only run on Islamic principles and teachings. If it really wants to run its affairs well.
That means if you want to have any semblance of justice, fairness and decency in this world, you can only achieve it under the shadow and umbrella of Islamic teachings, regardless of whether or not you use the name of Islam.
And whether or not you give Islam credit.
One example is: sadly or happily, Islam does not allow you to cut corners in what you do.
An extension of this principle is: When someone writes something, that person alone has the right to decide what to do with it — with that piece.
Meaning, rights that accrue to authorship of any document or manuscript belong to the writer, not to bystanders, no matter how well-intentioned those bystanders may be.
So, whether or not to post on the Internet, including IslamicSolutions.Com, a piece carrying the name of someone as writer and author, that decision can be made only by the owner of that name and identity — and not by others.
That is Islam 101.
And that is also Western Culture — which in all kinds of strange and interesting ways — ended up becoming the guardian of some of the core elements of Islamic Culture such as this one.
This, unbeknownst to Muslims, and the rest of the world, is one of the secrets behind the seeming worldly success of Western Culture: the ideas, practices and principles Western Culture borrowed from Islamic Culture.
Islamic Culture flows like blood through the veins of Western Culture, even as the West, from time to time, comes up with all kinds of excuses to combat Islam and malign and defame Muslims.
How true the Qur’an is:
Enemies of God, want to extinguish God’s light with their breath.
But God insists on making his light shine in its fullest glory.
May 02, 2016 | 4 weeks ago.
Muslims — everyone everywhere — must learn and teach their people the following:
Sabaq phir padh Sadaaqat ka, Adaalat ka…
“Go re-learn the lesson of truthfulness!
And the lesson of how to be fair and just…”
For, those are the qualities needed for leadership in the world.
“Forgiveness” is a great thing. And the reward for it is tremendous.
God is a Most Forgiving God. He is Ghafoor and Ghaffaar.
And in the Qur’an God encourages people to practice forgiveness every opportunity they get.
Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, was a most forgiving man.
But true forgiveness means having the power NOT to forgive.
It is owning the power, ability, strength and resources to get even and to avenge, and THEN to forgive and walk away — if you so choose.
And it is a good choice if you can afford to make it — and do so without all kinds of pressures being mounted on you on behalf of the oppressor, who in many cases may be a privileged and well-connected source.
That is what true forgiveness is all about.
The name for it is Adl.
Another name for it is Qist.
And Islam is about Adl.
And Islam is about Qist.
These are the lessons Muslims forgot.
Lessons Muslims must re-learn.
Apr 30, 2016 | 1 month ago.
Islam is from God. And Non-Islam is from the Devil.
The Devil — Shaitan — and his ilk fight Islam.
They are the followers of falsehood and worshipers of the Devil.
They are the breakers of the Biblical Commandments.
Their life is a celebration of the Seven Deadly Sins that the Bible talks about.
They worship all kinds of gods besides God, which is a direct violation of the First Commandment in the Bible.
Their methodology is one of falsehood: It is a methodology of Lies and Deceit.
Whereas the methodology of Islam is Truth: Haq and Sidq.
The objective of Islam is Adl — justice and fairness and equity for all people all over the world.
The objective of non-Islam is Zulm and Udwaan: oppression; aggression; and exploitation of others and inflicting of harm on them.
In a confused and confusing world, you can tell which is which, and who is who, by trying to find out who is telling the truth and who is not. And who is standing up for justice and fairness for all and who is not.
It is that simple.
Apr 27, 2016 | 1 month ago.
Life does not, cannot, go on by hope alone. Even though hope is a great sustainer and energizer of human life.
Without hope, human life will sputter and die in short order.
What life needs, what we all need, what the whole world needs, in addition to hope — and optimism — is action: sustained, accountable, targeted action.
To be successful in life, we must find a way to marry eternal and undying hope to sustained, robust and accountable action.
You do that, and you have got a pretty firm handle on Islam.
For, Islam is all about hope married to goal-directed, accountable, action.
Apr 25, 2016 | 1 month ago.
Shaitan — the Devil — seems to be having a field day. Good people, in all too many places, appear to be in retreat, on too many good and noble and important fronts.
Islam — and the world — await those who will take the word of God door to door, home to home, heart to heart. Throughout the world.
People who are truly educated, thoroughly trained and fully committed.
People whose hearts are full of love for God and for humanity — all at the same time.
People who will place their duty to God and humanity before their own personal needs, whims, fancies, priorities, predilections, interests.
Have Muslims, by and large, dropped the ball on this count?
Is that why the world of God in the terrible shape it is? Innal Insaana La-Fi Khusr, as the Qur’an says?
Who now among us will rise to the challenge of helping God and humanity?
“Helping” God? Yes, that is directly from the Qur’an.
Apr 21, 2016 | 1 month, 1 week ago.
God Almighty is everybody’s God. And he is a merciful, loving, doting God.
And he blesses his creation.
Can you believe that? That is what Allah does: blesses all of us.
Huwalladhee Yusallee ‘Aliakum.
And one sign of his blessings is that he guides those he wishes to bless to places, acts, choices and decisions he likes. He guides them — and gets them — to do what he likes: what will please him.
While others wait in the wings, the blessed ones are called to action. And the blessed ones act.
While the best of the best of them were still thinking of doing something wonderful and great — for Allah and his Rasul, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, and for Islam and for the Ummat of Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, Hazrat Abu Bakr, Radiyallahu Anhu, was already there: being there before everybody else and having finished doing what others were only thinking about doing.
Dhaalika Fadlullahi Yu’teehi Man Yashaa’.
But the rest of us should not lose heart. Because, for the rest of us, there is more where that came from — plenty more. All we have to do is to turn to him And to run to him. And redouble our efforts.
Wallahu Dhul Fadlil ‘Azeem.
Apr 21, 2016 | 1 month, 1 week ago.
The hour finds the man. Or is it Allah who does the finding? But does Allah have to go looking for the man?
And what about women? Does Allah find women too?
After all, didn’t Allah find Hazrat Maryam, Alaihas Salam?
And Hazrat Khadijah, Radiyallahu Anha?
And Hazrat Aayishah, Radiyallahu Anha?
And Hazrat Fatimah, Radiyallahu Anha?
And didn’t Allah find all our mothers too, may Allah bless those of them who live now as Muslims, or who died as Muslims and those of them who died believing in him?
And shouldn’t all of us be clamoring, and jumping up and down, to be recognized by Allah’s Scouts and to be “found” by Allah?
The fact is, Allah has already found everybody: men as well as women.
The fact is, Allah has created men and women with their fate and destiny stamped big and bright on their forehead. And their path in life clearly programmed into their genes.
And he did all that before he created them. And before he created time. In eternity.
And when these men and women are born, whenever and wherever they are, their DNA and their circumstances lead them to where Allah meant them to go from Day One.
Good ones go to good places — and taste paradise right here on earth. They work to change the world for better. They toil to invite the world to Allah.
And those around them can feel the impact of their work. And they can feel the gentle breeze of paradise blowing on them and toward them — and from them.
And bad ones go to damnation and perdition and descend to the pit of hell, and drag their world, and many of those around them, into that hell-pit, right here on earth.
They become obstacles in the path of Allah. Or they become indifferent to their responsibility of inviting the world to Allah.
Thus, they become irrelevant in the larger scheme of God’s creation — and in God’s administration of his universe. They float through life like pieces of straw on water: irrelevant, immaterial, weightless and worthless.
The Hadith Sharif calls people like that Guthaa’ Ka Guthaa-is Sayil: foam in floodwater.
Everyone — and the world — around them can feel the flames coming from their direction.
The good ones are focused, targeted, driven, sustained, guided — and results driven: good and wonderful and positive results for all.
The bad ones are slothful, slow, devious, lost and full of excuses and explanations why they are not doing what they should be doing.
The whole world of Allah reads them like a book and laughs at them, except that they are not — human beings in general are not — able or equipped to hear it.
Life goes on. Death nears. Day of Judgement looms. Human fates are finally sealed and tossed away where they belong: an eternity of joy and bliss (Jannat) or a never-ending life of shame, guilt, remorse and pain (Jahannam).
But the point to learn in all this is that, while this worldly life lasts, we all have a chance to kick our bad habits and attitudes, and our slothfulness and our litany of excuses, and clamber on God’s Bandwagon that is hurtling along right before our eyes.
At least this time around. For, God’s Bandwagon has come many times before. And it will come again.
Maybe. If life lasts.
Apr 20, 2016 | 1 month, 1 week ago.
Yes, Islam is a movement.
And it is a lifelong commitment — until death doth take us away from this world, while still chanting Allah’s name, and inviting all and sundry to Allah, and teaching the world everything good and nice we can.
And holding the banner of Islam high.
That is Islam. And it is a movement. With all the mechanisms of organizing and choreographing and training sent down by Allah from Heaven.
From Namaz (Salaah) to Roza (Siyaam) to Hajj to Zakat to Amr Bil Ma’roof to Nahy Anil Munkar!
And continuing, non-stop Da’wah: Go to people and call them, invite them, take the message to them.
They all came from Allah — in the Qur’an.
All we need to do is translate these divine concepts and practices in human terms to make them all happen on earth.