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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|
That Is What Islam Is All About! [Quote 682]
Posted: Apr 27, 2016 | 1 day, 5 hrs 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 | 3 days, 15 hrs 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 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 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 week, 1 day 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.
Apr 15, 2016 | 1 week, 6 days ago.
Just Do It!
Did Nike take it from us — from the Qur’an and from Islam and from Muslims — I do not know. But that is what Allah told people: a few hundred, thousand, eons, epochs before there was Nike.
So who took what from whom, Allah only knows.
But people have a way of stealing from others. As do nations and societies and cultures.
And that is why the Bible came up with the edict:
Thou Shalt Not Steal!
But, sadly, folks in the West, many of them have been conditioned — Pavloved should I say? You know the experiments of the Russian scientist Pavlov to condition the dog to salivate, not when it smells or sees food, but when it hears the bell. It is called Conditioned Reflex or something like that, right? — so, a lot of people in the Western World have been conditioned not to treat the rest of the world — the non-Western world that is — not quite as humans but as lesser human beings.
That philosophy, and that world view, more or less allows them, without feeling too much guilt or shame, to “borrow” — or steal that is — from other cultures, civilizations, traditions and heritages without acknowledging their sources and without giving them any credit.
In any case, Just Do It is from Allah, and it is in the Qur’an.
So, my advice to Muslims, in these somewhat challenging times: Just Do It!
Just keep doing what you are supposed to do as a Muslim and as a believer in God and his Prophet, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, and the Qur’an and the Deen of Islam — and in the Ummatof Prophet, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam.
Everything will fall in place.
Just Do It!
Apr 10, 2016 | 2 weeks, 4 days ago.
The greatest wealth a human being can have is the belief that there is no God but Allah.
And that Allah is in control of his world — and of our life on earth, every single one of us, all the time.
And to work to let that belief — that faith — rise to the level of certain knowledge is the greatest blessing one can hope to attain in this world.
It is the stage of:
Fa’lam Annahu Laa Ilaaha Illallah!
“Know, have the sure knowledge, that there is no God but God!”
It is the stage of certainty — Yaqeen.
It is a gift that is given to people when they are ready for it. And the path to it is non-stop, unflagging Work for Allah.
Fa’bud Rabbaka Hattaa Ya’tiyakal Yaqeen.
“Just keep doing Allah’s work till Yaqeen comes to you,
till Yaqeen is conferred upon you.”
Allahu Akbar, what a Deen this Deen of Allah is!
And then we all have a stealth weapon in our possession. It is weaponry that we alone know about.
And it is our Du’a.
And it is an entirely private affair between us and our Master — God Almighty.
And it is launched from anywhere at any time in any language whether in public or private. But it is best deployed when we are alone with our Master — in the dead of night, the last one-third of it: couple-of-three-hours before Sunrise.
With tears flowing and hearts breaking and wails rising!
That is the Du’a of a believer. Begging Allah for things; talking to Allah; pleading with Allah.
Especially when we are in need. And when are we not — in need?
And when Allah makes a decision — issues a decree that is: Qadaa it is called — nothing can alter or erase that decree.
Except one thing. And that one thing is Du’a. That is the only thing that can make Allah alter and reissue his earlier decree.
And the Eternal Law of Du’a is:
Du’a Never Fails.
The only question is when and where and in what form it will be answered.
What a stealth weapon we all have been given.
One question to ask is:
Do we all use the stealth weaponry of Du’a often enough?
This most powerful instrument of altering our life — and the world,
that Allah has placed in our possession?
Apr 10, 2016 | 2 weeks, 4 days ago.
We are all human beings. All of us share, to different degrees, the strengths and weaknesses that are endemic to the human race.
And our lives are modulated not only by our thoughts — that is how most Jama’at Islami people in India, and good people they are, seem to think, to this day, almost, I believe — but also by our emotions.
In all kinds of important ways, it is not only our head, but it is also our heart that makes us do what we do.
In fact, emotions are in the driver’s seat when it comes to living our life as humans.
So, that means we all can use some words of kindness, compassion, support and encouragement from each other from time to time.
“Just say something nice to people.”
Qul Linnaasi Husnaa!
Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, says — in paraphrase:
“If you can’t say anything nice to people, at least greet them with a smile.”
So, do you think this Islam could have come from any source other than Allah?
Apr 09, 2016 | 2 weeks, 5 days ago.
Has the Pope embraced Islam? Some would say he has.
Otherwise, what is the point of the latest Papal Encyclical, if newsmedia reports are to be believed, asking Parish Priests to be more accepting of Divorce and Remarriage?
Islam has been saying this for over 1400 years. And it took Catholic Church all this time to catch up?
Hallelujah! Better late than never.
Celibacy — the Church Ideal for good people — is not a natural human state: not for male priests, not female nuns. It never was. It simply does not make any sense.
However, the Church imposed that unnatural state on its flock and the results are obvious for all to see.
Matrimony is a basic human need. The Church woke up to it late. But Islam has been knocking at the door for the longest time.
The Prophet, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, saying:
An-Nikaah Min Sunnatee.
“Marriage is the way to go!”
But the best marriages sometimes don’t work. What are we supposed to do?
The Church said: What God has put together, let no one rend asunder.
Meaning: Absolutely, positively, no divorce.
That has been the position of the Catholic Church all these long and painful and traumatic centuries. Just ask the divorced Catholics what pain and trauma many of them have endured.
But Islam has again been knocking at the door, saying, hey, look, if there is no way to save your marriage, and if all good-faith efforts to save your marriage have failed, then, consider Divorce as a last-resort option.
And now the Pope is saying in effect: hey, look, Divorce happens. So, let us all learn to live with it and let us all treat each other with the compassion and understanding that we all need.
Has the Pope then embraced Islam? The Pope knows.
And Allah does.
Apr 09, 2016 | 2 weeks, 5 days ago.
When we look at the world around us, it gives us a lot of pain. But that is a sign of a heart that is not dead. Not fully anyway. Dead hearts don’t feel anything. They just are dead.
Things are what they are in the world. Problems of every kind and description abound.
The point is first to do our best to understand them. And then to set about systematically to address them — and looking for solutions for them.
Search for solutions is neither easy nor short-lived. It sometimes extends over years and decades. And sometimes even generations.
The important thing is never to give up. But to continue looking and searching.
It is Allah’s promise in the Qur’an that you look hard enough, and Allah will guide you to the answers:
Walladheena Jaahadoo Feenaa,
Allah’s world is sweet and wonderful — such as it is. And there is a lot of room for hope and optimism.
And where there is none, hope must be generated. Optimism must be created.
It is a candle that must be lit in every heart.
That is what Islam came into this world to do.
And that is the job of the Muslims today: to light that fire of hope in every heart.
To tell everybody what the Qur’an says:
A-laa Inna Nasrallahi Qareeb!
Meaning: Good days are just around the corner. Keep up the effort. Don’t lose heart.
The world needs to be shown that there is a better way — with better likely outcomes.
That is part of the job of Muslims in today’s world. To rise to levels of being part of the solution. And not just be part of the problems that plague the world.
Apr 08, 2016 | 2 weeks, 6 days ago.
One of the most important leaders of this work, a founding member of the Coworkers Community, an indefatigable worker for Allah, and just a plain wonderful Muslim, and a personal friend for who knows how long, had, by the Grace and Mercy of Allah, a rather narrow escape the other day.
A car — driven by a member of the police force, no less — jumped the median and sideswiped him, while he was, as always, on the road to distribute books about Allah to the people of Allah — anyone who will read them or even look at them.
Allah gave him prior warning — and saved him from a head-on collision.
Allah spared him — for his wonderful family; for those of us who love him; and most of all for his own work. For, that is what this man has been doing all his life: Allah’s work.
We are all grateful to Allah. And we celebrate and give thanks to Allah.
We even decided to do a Khatm as a token of our gratefulness to Allah for sparing one for our leaders for us — and for his work.
But there is another question here that must be asked:
How many of us, associated with Allah’s Work, realize — and grasp to any degree — that this could be a sign from Allah, telling us that we better watch out; we better not slack off; we better not put Duniya before Allah’s Work, using all kinds of excuses and arguments and rationalizations.
What we are calling Allah’s Work here, but which in reality is our first and foremost duty in this world, the very reason why Allah created us in the first place, and the very reason he gave us our degree, our jobs, our houses, our families and everything else.
And that work — Allah’s Work — is to take Allah’s book to everyone of Allah’s people — everyone everywhere, Muslim and non-Muslim, male and female, child and adult.
For, the distance between life and death is that close. For each and everyone of us. In this Russian Roulette that we call Life.
That is the point we all need to get. And if we got the point we will all know that every breath we take — every breath that we have been given by God — is a blessing, and an opportunity, and at the same time, a challenge and a warning from Allah.
The point is how do we know it is not our last breath.
We should understand that the line that separates us from our mortality is really devoid of width. That means it is not really a wide line. It is not even a thin line. It is simply an imaginary line.
That is the point that should not escape us.
Apr 03, 2016 | 3 weeks, 4 days ago.
You served Islam, Muslims and the Aligarh Muslim University community in India as a student leader.
After that, you served Islam, Muslims and the world as a doctor and a surgeon overseas.
Now you have returned to serve Islam, Muslims and the community — and the great land and people of India — upon your retirement in every way you can — as a doctor, as a leader, as a citizen and in every other way.
If life does not stop, until death that is, nor does service to Allah in Heaven or service to Allah’s people — all people — right here on earth.
I know full well that in Islam there is no such thing as “retirement.”
I don’t know anything about either Hazrat Ibrahim, Alaihis Salam, or Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, ever talking about “retirement.”
Nor did, to my knowledge, either one them actually “retire” from active and vigorous engagement with Islam, Muslims and the world, at any point in their life.
You are an example for all Aligarians to admire, emulate and celebrate. Allah bless you and keep you happy and healthy.