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The Mantle of Misogyny Muslims Inherited from Others

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Muslims and the World


There was a time when the Christians and the Jews debated endlessly whether the woman was a human being or not; and whether she had a soul or not; and whether she was taking everybody to Hell or not.

Some of them called her the Instrument of the Devil. Others gave her the name Gateway to Hell.

But everybody pretty much agreed that she was somehow a lesser human being, fundamentally lacking in the human essence and spirit.

But in the Middle of the Seventh Century – 1400 years back – Islam came and put an end to all that nonsense. Once and for all. At least so you would have thought.

But, as it turns out, not if the Muslims could help it.

For, eventually, they too decided to dive into the same Lizard's Hole the Christians and the Jews were occupying before them. Just as the Prophet, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, had warned them they would.

But, unlike the Jews and the Christians, the Muslim concern was not if a woman had a soul or not; and if she led them all to hell or not; but, rather, if a woman could have a leadership role in life or not.

They also agonized in their spare time – and all their time was beginning to become spare – about what kind of clothes they would like to see a woman wear.

Not all Muslims, mind you, but yet quite a few among them. Especially, many of those who thought they were the better ones among Muslims – more ostensibly God-fearing; more manifestly conformist; and more punctiliously observant of the required Islamic “rituals.”

And somehow, paradoxically and inexplicably, less tolerant and less accommodating of others than their Prophet, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, was.

As if that was their mandate from God: Going after the female half of their species and telling them what to wear and how to behave.

So, the Muslims gladly wore the broadly misogynist mantle inherited from the Christians and the Jews, even though they opted for only the lighter and milder version of it.

In the process, the Muslims forgot their own glorious Islamic teachings and traditions of female emancipation, equality and empowerment.

And in many cases they went after the womenfolk with a vengeance under one pretext or another, even though all this was fairly benign compared to some of what was going on elsewhere.

And most certainly there never were any burnings at the stake – a la Joan of Arc at the hands of the British in France or in line with other burnings of putative witches that took place for instance in Salem, Massachusetts, in the New World.

In the process, the Muslims gave up education and science and turned their back on innovation, creativity, pragmatic problem solving and enlightenment.

They also replaced personal liberty with social and political tyranny and exchanged a democratic and egalitarian way of life for hereditary monarchy and dictatorship – and for all sorts of feudal and authoritarian power structures and arrangements.

And they filled their mind with all kinds of idle thought and empty space.

I have always refrained from honoring these debates by joining them. But let me ask these faux-super Muslims this question anyway – this one question that to me is most simple and elementary.

Those who spend endless hours and days debating if a woman can be a leader or not; and if she can be in charge of something or not; and then they drag the glorious and blessed name of Islam in this perverse, foolish and futile debate; all they need to do is just think about one thing.

That is all they need to do. Think about one thing. Answer one simple question.

Let them ask themselves: Just who was the owner, master – and leader – of their kitchen, when their gourmet meal was being prepared the previous day, and who was in charge of that cup of sumptuous tea or coffee – or some other similar drug – that their wife placed in their hand that morning?

And then let them allow their imagination to wander. And let them ponder all the Might-Have-Beens of that kitchen and all the likely brews that could have taken the place of that cup of life-giving early morning or afternoon tea or coffee.

All the different kinds of poison, some slow to act and some faster to work their havoc; some most painful and excruciating and some with their deadly effects barely visible to the naked eye.

No, under the eminent, capable and compassionate leadership of their women, their cup of tea was still a cup of tea and the food they had been consuming all of yesterday was nothing but food.

The result is that these ingrate men live on – maybe only to ungraciously malign their women another day.

They are still alive and breathing – these ungracious and ingrate and somewhat foolish men – and continuing to make their mischief.

No, their wives did not use their total mastery of their culinary territory to put an end to their existence with a chalice full of hemlock.

Instead, the women of their household – and practically every other household on earth – exercised their leadership in the most positive, supportive and nurturing manner that they have been doing for who knows how long.


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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

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    The Situation in The World Today [Quote – 975]

    Posted: Jan 18, 2020 | 1 day ago.

    Hashim Mohammed 

    The situation in the world today is both terrible and sad: the way leaders and nations with criminal intent take unfair advantage of less privileged leaders and nations.

    The role of the media also is disappointing because of their biased and one-sided reporting in support of the criminal elements.

    Shaitan apparently is very smart. One has to hand it to him the manner in which he takes out his opponents one nation or people at a time.

    Believers, and human beings in general, have to be smart to stand up to Shaitan and to those who do his bidding.

    People, both Muslims and non-Muslims, must go beyond rolling their beads, and chanting empty prayers asking God to help them, and start getting organized to educate each other and the whole world.



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    Reason Why the World Is Such a Mess:
    Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing [Quote – 974]

    Jan 17, 2020 | 2 days ago.

    India’s Fascist Modi-Amit Shah BJP Regime is holding eight million human beings under lock and key in Kashmir for the past six months. And there is not even a whimper from the Western Keepers of Human Civilization and Guardians of Human Rights in the world such as France, UK, EU, America, Germany and so on.

    Now, China wants the atrocities in Kashmir to be discussed in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), albeit behind closed doors.

    But guess what? UK, France, United States, Germany all say: Nothing doing! There is no need to take the Kashmir Curfew and Human Rights Abuses to the United Nations.

    Do you believe that?

    Even Russia seems to have joined this nefarious chorus for not addressing the Kashmir Human Rights abuses at the UN.

    What do you think? For those of you who are wondering what is wrong with the world, this is what is wrong with the world: There is nobody to raise their voice against Tyranny and Injustice, unless it serves their own narrow political interests.

    That is what is wrong with the world, in case you were wondering.

    And that is why the world so urgently and so desperately needs Islam: Because Islam is about raising your voice against Tyranny and Injustice no matter against whom it may be directed, against your friends or against your enemies, or against someone you don’t even know.

    Also, what do you think this whole thing is telling you?

    It is telling you that India’s Ruling Fascists did not unleash their lethal tide of atrocities against the innocent people of Kashmir without first securing the blessings of their Friends in the Western World

    Nor will the Indian Fascist Rulers be able to continue their atrocities and Human Rights Abuses against the People of Kashmir without continued patronage and support from Western Governments.

    So, you can say, if these are the Champions of Human Rights in the world today, what will Enemies of Human Rights look like?



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    How to Find Confidence [Quote – 973]

    Jan 16, 2020 | 3 days ago.

    Dr. Judy Kamalodeen

    When Allah asked Musa, Alaihis Salam, to go to Pharaoh and invite him to Islam, Musa, Alaihis Salam, seemed to hesitate.

    Musa, Alaihis Salam, said to Allah, using Dr. Pasha’s paraphrase of the Aayats of the Qur’an: 

    “I feel I am choking. And my tongue is not moving.
    Besides, I am also on the run from them for something they have charged me with. I am afraid they will kill me.”

    But then Allah counsels Musa, Alaihis Salam, and gives him courage and confidence to go and deliver Allah’s message to the Pharaoh.

    If that is the case with a Nabiy of Allah, Musa, Alaihis Salam, why should we be ashamed or discouraged when we have our own bouts of hesitation, self-doubt and lack of confidence when we embark upon our mission of inviting people to Allah and Allah’s Work?

    Surely, the people we are going to give the invitation to cannot be as bad as the Pharaoh?



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    Just Jump Start Your Islam:
    That Is the Best Antidote to Your Doubt and Depression [Quote – 972]

    Jan 15, 2020 | 4 days ago.

    Muslim or non-Muslim, we are all weak, we are all flawed. And we all have our problems and our issues.

    And we have all kinds of interests and agendas that we all pursue.

    And then we all have our own understanding of Islam, of what is right and what is wrong.

    Our worldly allegiances and loyalties, as well as our agendas and priorities, differ, even though all Muslims claim to worship Allah and follow his Rasul, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam.

    And of course our leadership also is different.

    And in the process, when it comes to dealing with obstacles and roadblocks in our path, we all have set up our own pet windmills to tilt against. Our own Favorite Enemy’s List as it were.

    As a result, what people call Muslim Unity is mostly a distant dream. 

    And sometimes this chant of Muslim Unity may even be a carefully constructed ploy and distraction to fool and misguide Muslim masses and take their attention away from their real and most pressing issues and challenges.    

    Consequently, Working for Allah as an Iron-Clad Team is not always a reality among us. 

    And this could be discouraging in the extreme, even downright depressing.

    That is why I believe the Antidote is: Just Do It! 

    And by that I mean, wherever we are, it is never too late to Jump Start Our Islam. Don’t wait around for others to join you, support you or even agree with you. 

    Instead, say Bismillah! and do whatever you are capable of doing, provided it is Lawful, Halal and Moral

    And provided you have thought it through carefully. And you keep an open mind.

    And so long as your Intention (Niyyat) is right and pure. And so long as your Attitude is humble, cooperative and reasonable.

    You do that and Allah’s help and Barakat will come your way. 

    No matter who you are, and no matter where you are, and no matter what the work is that you are doing.



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    Your Destiny Is Right around Your Neck! [Quote – 971]

    Jan 15, 2020 | 4 days ago.

    It is amazing how Allah runs his world. Everything so right, so fair, so perfect, just as it should be.

    On the one hand, Allah puts on each one of us the responsibility of inviting everybody in the world to Allah and his Deen

    “Do Your Best!” is the message from Allah to all of us, “Go get it done!”

    But, on the other hand, the responsibility for results and outcomes is not placed on our shoulders. Allah keeps that in his own hands. 

    But at the same time, Allah also takes that responsibility and places it squarely on those to whom the Message is given. It is their job to respond to the message.

    Allah says he hangs everyone’s Destiny right around their neck.

    Wa Kulla Insaanin Alzamnaahu Taa-irahu Fi Unuqihi.

    I just do not understand how this message could be clearer, stronger or more stark. Can you believe that? 

    I just cannot get my head around this Aayat

    Just like I cannot get my head around anything that Allah says or does.

    So, Allah says:

    Fa-Innamaa Alaikal Balaagh,
    wa Alainal Hisaab.


    “You just go deliver the message,
    And leave the accounting completely to us.”

    Frankly, I find this Aayat Karimah one of the most sobering, if not frightening, in all of the Qur’an.

    The moment a message is delivered to you, you become directly accountable before God? Makes your hair stand on end.



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    Allah’s Work Never Stops [Quote – 970]

    Jan 15, 2020 | 4 days ago.

    Allah’s world works round the clock for us. Anybody can see that. It does not matter whether they believe in Allah or not. 

    We in fact create our clocks and calculate our time based on how Allah’s world works nonstop for us. 

    Ya Allah, how simple and clear these things are!

    Al-Haqqul Mubeen, as Allah says in the Qur’an.

    And if there were an interruption of even a nanosecond, or a Planck Unit of Time, in the function of the universe — a universe that constantly works for us — everything about our life will be disrupted and destroyed.

    So, given all this, why should we ever, ever, ever stop Working for Allah? Part of which is inviting everyone in the world to Allah. 

    Using every means and every ounce of energy at our disposal to Take the Qur’an to Every Home and Heart that Needs It and Which One Does Not?

    And now do you see why Allah’s world is in the kind of mess it is in? One reason: Because so many people in the world just don’t Work for Allah

    Another reason because those who used to Work for Allah at one time have stopped doing so now.



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    Western Aggression Is the Cause of Middle East Violence [Quote – 969]

    Jan 11, 2020 | 1 week ago.

    All that violence in what is called the Middle East is caused by one simple fact: Western Aggression.

    It is caused by one Western Nation after another, from Italy to England, and from France to America, committing aggression after aggression, against one Middle Eastern society after another.

    That is what is causing all that violence in the broader Middle East, with its repercussions spilling over to other parts of the world.

    Don’t get it? Just go figure whose armies and navies and airforces and drones are attacking whom and where? 

    Western militaries and their lethal hardware, from bombs to jets to drones to missiles, are reigning perpetual death and destruction on every single Muslim country in the wider Middle Eastern Region: Iraq; Somalia; Afghanistan; Syria; Libya and everywhere else. 

    And it is not the other way around. Meaning: It is not the militaries from Middle Eastern countries that are invading England, France, Italy, Spain or America.

    And the reason why Western Militaries are attacking Muslim Middle East is simple: Greed. And it is not to protect themselves from some wild ogres and gargoyles hiding in the Middle East.

    Stated plainly, it is the West’s insatiable hunger for conquest and domination, and for territory, wealth and natural resources from oil to minerals to everything else, that is driving this violence.

    It is as simple as that. The equation is simplicity itself: Western aggression = violence in the world.

    Solution? Stop Western aggression against Muslim Middle East, violence will end. 

    Maybe then nations and societies can start thinking about living in peace.



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    Is Reading Books a Thing of the Past? [Quote – 968]

    Jan 10, 2020 | 1 week ago.

    Dr. Judy Kamalodeen

    I have been worried about our reading habits for a long time. It seems children are reading less and less — both in and out of school. 

    And literacy, if you ask me, is a downward trend.

    And then there is the issue of comprehension, which has been on a slippery slope for a long time.

    This seems like a crisis to me but others appear to be numb to it.

    So while this weighs heavy on my mind, most of our teachers seem to accept it as part of life. Parents too appear indifferent.

    We can lament all we want as to why this is happening. But there seems to be enough blame to go around.

    So, if this is the case about reading in general, what does it mean for reading the kind of Islamic literature that we produce? Who is going to read our books?

    Maybe one way to deal with this reading crisis is that we should have reading circles and read-alouds and public reading sessions of all kinds. What we need really is a reading campaign.



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    How Messaging Generally Works:
    In Worldly and Other-Worldly Matters [Quote – 967]

    Jan 10, 2020 | 1 week ago.

    In all worldly and professional pursuits — journalism, advertising, public relations, politics, business, sales, marketing, propaganda — messages are generally sent out keeping Audience Needs, Choices and Preferences. 

    That is why Audience Research is such an enormous enterprise in our society — American Society.

    The focus often is on what the sender of the message has to offer the people who are supposed to be receiving the message.

    Messages about Allah, Rasulullah, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, about Qur’an and about Islam are generally the opposite of this. 

    They have generally nothing to offer what the audience may like. On the other hand, they also make all kinds of demands on the audience, with which the audience may or may not be ready and willing to comply. 

    Islamic messages are always asking for things, not offering things like commercial messages do. Give us your time, they say. Part with your money, they say. 

    Don’t blindly and impulsively follow the bidding of your heart, they say. 

    And they say, don’t foolishly pursue every pleasure that comes your way.

    And they say, first of all, you have to make all kinds of sacrifices, and you have to put up with all kinds of hardships. And then, they say, in return, you can have all kinds of fun and joy and excitement, as your reward, but for that you will have to wait a lifetime, in fact you will have to wait till you die.

    Try selling that thing downtown. Any downtown anywhere. Or on the Internet. Or on TV or Radio.

    Where is the surprise if most nice people listen to you politely and then turn and walk away?

    That is just the nature of things, don’t you think?



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    Working for Allah: 
    What Choice Do We Have? [Quote – 967]

    Jan 10, 2020 | 1 week ago.

    Hashim Mohammed

    If you ask me, it is nothing but an honor and a blessing to be guided by Allah to Work for Him

    True, if Allah did not call you, and guide you, you will not be Working for Him. You will be doing a million other things. God only knows what.

    As people get older and less able, they still have to continue doing what they can, while they can, in trying to take Islam to as many people as possible.

    That is what we mean when we say: Taking the Qur’an to Every Home and Heart that Needs It — and Which One Does Not.

    Everything else in creation works for Allah. 24-7. So why shouldn’t we fall in line?

    The Messengers of Allah, Alaihimus Salam, faced many tests in the course of doing their job of inviting people to Allah. Why do we feel that we would not be tested, although our tests will only be very small in comparison?

    As for the people you try to invite to Allah, they are always going to react in all kinds of different ways to your call. But that is the nature of this work.

    Our job then is only to convey the message and Allah determines the results. 

    Even though, to tell you the truth, he determines the means and the methods too.

    Wa Maa Alaika Illal Balaagh, says Allah in the Qur’an.

    What choice do we have after we have been guided by Allah other than to serve him?

    And Work for Him?

    May Allah keep all of us on course, Working for him, for as long as we live!



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    There Are Times When Doubt Stalks Even the Masters [Quote – 966]

    Jan 09, 2020 | 1 week ago.

    One big difference between amateurs and true champions is that the masters are never overconfident. They never are too, too sure of themselves. 

    Even though they may be the best at their game, and they know and believe that ultimate victory will be theirs, they never underestimate the enemy. 

    Same is true of Iman. And of passion for the Deen of Allah. 

    Those Working for Allah may suddenly start asking themselves: Are we doing all that we possibly can do to Take This Deen to Every Home and Heart in This World?

    For, that is the core of this Deen. It is the essence of being a Muslim in this world: To burn with a passion to take the Qur’an to every home and heart that needs it and which one does not.

    Those Working for Allah may be consumed by this doubt, from time to time. Am I cutting corners, they will say. What stones am I leaving unturned, they will ask themselves? 

    The fact is that the stronger and more deep rooted the Iman, the more a person is likely to have those kind of doubts and ask: Am I doing the right thing? Am I doing enough? What am I leaving out?

    How could I be doing more for Allah and his Deen?

    Two things comes to mind. I wish someone will find the right Hadith references for this. But my recollection of Hadith Sharif is Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, congratulated such people. Saying, if I recall right, that it was a sign of their Iman that these doubts come to them.

    And the other thing is the example of Abu Bakr Siddique, Radiyallahu Anhu, who, one day, joined Hazrat Hanzalah, Radiyallahu Anhu, in saying: I have become a Munafiq — a hypocrite that is.

    And the two of them then march up to Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, to share their shock and grief, only to be reassured: To the contrary; neither one of you qualifies as a Munafiq. In fact, it is your Iman that makes you feel that way.




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    Excuses People Find When It Comes to Working for Allah [Quote – 965]

    Jan 09, 2020 | 1 week ago.

    Dr. Judy Kamalodeen

    Everybody in this world gets their life, and their time, free from Allah. And yet when it is time to give some of it “back” to Allah, they find all kinds of excuses.

    People then begin to portion their time so carefully when it comes to learning Allah’s Deen, though much latitude is given to other worldly pursuits. 

    And then when it comes to Islamic work, time is even scarcer. 

    Fun and games and the trivial seem to be highly valued and pursued, while inertia take over when it comes to Working for Allah: doing what Islam demands of you.

    Slothfulness and lack of persistence may be an apt way to describe how so many of us approach our Deen. And that means, basically people are both numb and hyped all at the same time. 

    May Allah never make me among the numb. 




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