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    Nothing and No One Should Stop Us from Doing Our Duty [Quote – 834]

    Posted: Jun 20, 2017 | 3 days ago.

    In life in general, or in this work that we have been calling Working for Allah, nothing and no one should get in the way of our doing our duty: Not our friends, not our relatives, not even our own children or parents or spouses.

    The Qur’an is as clear on this subject as it can be. 

    And the Hadith too is quite graphic in its detail in treating this subject. 

    And the point of it all is that if we let any of these things get in our way and stop us from doing our duty to God, to God’s Messenger, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, to the Ummat of Islam, to humanity at large and to God Almighty’s creation in all forms and shapes, then we should be prepared for the worst punishment from Allah.

    Islam is honoring our word and our commitment. And Islam means being a reliable, dependable, trustworthy and predictable person in all our dealings with each other. 

    If we cannot meet those minimum requirements of human decency, we have no business sullying the name of Islam mouthing all kinds of high-sounding cliches and platitudes.

    The words of one such Hadith are:

    Lawu Anna Fatimata Binta Muhammadin Saraqat, 
    La-Qata’tu Yadahaa.

    Paraphrase:

    “If my own daughter Fatima had committed that crime,
    she would have received the same punishment as anyone else.”

    I have always maintained that the fundamental qualities of being a good human being — honesty, integrity, truthfulness, trustworthiness and such — precede any claim, commitment or pretension we may have to Islam.

    That is why Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, himself was stamped by the whole world with the Twin Title of Truthful and Trustworthy way before the angel ever approached him with the Wahy or God’s Message.

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    Speaking the Truth Is an Islamic Requirement [Quote – 833]

    Jun 08, 2017 | 2 weeks ago.

    Often, we notice things that are somehow not how they should be. We sense and we know something is wrong. And we also have a feeling, an idea, a notion, what it is. 

    But we hesitate to call things the way we see them. We lapse into shyness and, shall we say, into timidity, and we do not speak up. It is a silence born of weakness.

    Psychologists may say it is a physical or psychological ailment or deficiency. But for Allah, it is a clear moral and spiritual issue. 

    We hesitate to speak up because we are fearful of consequences — mostly for us: looking foolish or offending people.

    And that is where the rub is: 

    Fearing people and thinking of how they will react, rather than fearing Allah and thinking of what he would want us to say or do.

    Allah publicly admonishes Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, on such an issue.

    Wa Takhshannaasa,
    Wallahu Ahaqqu An Takhshaahu!

    Paraphrase:

    “You are more afraid of people than you are of Allah?”

    So, if bluntness means frankness, and speaking the truth, we all need to be blunt and frank. And we all need to train ourselves into being able to do that.

    Let us all read the Hadith and the Qur’an and see how this concept figures in both of them.

    Neither Allah nor his Rasul, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, seem to be too tolerant of willful ambiguity and vagueness in speech or of hesitation and vacillation in action, when the situation calls for clear speech and decisive action.

    Speaking the truth — and saying the right thing — has always been the distinguishing feature of Islam throughout history. 

    It sets Islam apart as a system directly from God, rather than being a creature of human contingency and convenience.

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    The Pain and the Challenge of Working with Fellow-Humans [Quote – 832]

    Jun 07, 2017 | 2 weeks ago.

    If you are a human being, you have no choice but to work with other humans. 

    People just like you.

    If you look at yourself in the mirror everyday, you should know that the people you run into on a daily, hourly, basis, are all going to be people just like you: Perfect in their own eyes, maybe, but flawed and deficient on practically every other scale of human measurement.

    That is how their God created them: Imperfect, incomplete, error-prone, blundering, self-righteous, impatient and fickle.

    And yet, interacting with fellow-humans in all kinds of meaningful, productive, positive and enjoyable ways is what human life is all about. But it is not easy to do that, not always anyway. 

    And often it is a challenge. And at times, frankly, it could be a pain.

    So, what do you do? 

    Do you run and hide? But where will you go? Every aspect of your life from your birth to your growing up to your death and burial is so dependent on them — other humans?

    The Hadith Sharif, which I paraphrase here, is clear as could be:

    “That Muslim, or Believer, who mixes and deals with others, and puts up with the problems and pain they cause, is better than one who avoids them and hides from them.”

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    Quoting Qur’an and Hadith [Quote – 831]

    Jun 06, 2017 | 2 weeks ago.

    Misquoting a Hadith of Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, is as grave a responsibility, and perhaps as serious a sin, as misquoting an Aayat from the Qur’an.

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    Pursuit of Excellence A Muslim Character Trait [Quote – 830]

    May 31, 2017 | 3 weeks ago.

    Perfection is for God. Simple. If he is not perfect, he cannot be God.

    And nobody else can be perfect, because then they all would be God.

    Simple, right?

    But excellence is for all of us human beings.

    As a result, to be born human and not to seek excellence, and not to engage in the deliberate and unremitting pursuit of excellence in everything we do, is to turn our back on God.

    Now go and read the Hadith Sharif on something called Itqaan.

    I recall the words: “An Yutqinahu!”

    Am I right?

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    A Leader of This Work Reacts to Dr. Pasha’s Health Industry Article [Quote – 829]

    May 30, 2017 | 3 weeks ago.

    Professor Kalamazad Mohammed reacted in an e-mail to Dr. Pasha’s recent article on American Health Industry. Below is a paraphrase of his reaction:

    I gave Dr. Pasha’s Health Industry article a quick read. My reaction is something like this:

    Muslims came!
    Muslims saw!
    Muslims joined in!

    And those Muslims from whom it was expected that they would know better, and therefore would help to correct the situation, decided to make themselves ‘‘holy” instead and became priests and pundits and shaikhs and Imams.

    As Dr. Pasha pointed out in a piece titled Commitment to La ilaha illa Allah, “those Working for Allah should train themselves to define their life and identity by this work, Allah’s Work, not define this work — Allah’s Work — by their situations in life and the complications and needs that life unleashes upon them, both good and otherwise.”

    But, speaking generally, it seems to me Muslims are still at the point of fitting “Working for Allah” into the convenience and requirements of their own personal lives, instead of fitting their lives in and around “Working for Allah.”

    This is yet another concept about Islam that Muslims seem to be having trouble fully understanding. As a result, it becomes a moot question to what extent Muslims will be able to share this concept with non-Muslims as they are supposed to.

    Where is the surprise, then, if Muslims are generally unable to meet their obligation of “Taking the Qur’an to every home and heart that needs it?

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    How Do You Train People in Islam? [Quote – 828]

    May 30, 2017 | 3 weeks ago.

    I write to educate and train our people. 

    If our people do not read, they are no use to us. They will remain uninformed and confused. And Islam has no use for uninformed confused people.

    And if our people do not connect and engage with us in a systematic and sustained manner, through e-mail and otherwise, we don’t have them. 

    So far as we are concerned, they simply don’t exist.

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    Pasha Hour International This Past Friday [Quote – 827]

    May 28, 2017 | 3 weeks ago.

    Hashim Mohammed

    This week’s Pasha Hour International was different from what other people would have dealt with just before Ramadan was to begin.

    Normally, others would have spoken about Ramadan issues. But Dr. Pasha stuck to his normal approach of dealing with fundamental issues about Islam, Muslims and the World.

    Namely, Truth and Untruth and how to tell the difference between the two.

    1400 years ago, Dr. Pasha said, Islam came into this world and created a society free from religious and political tyranny. 

    This was something Thomas Jefferson dreamed about in America nearly 1100 years later, when he said: “I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility to all forms of tyranny over the mind of man!”

    Dr. Pasha called on Muslims everywhere to spend this glorious month of Ramadan trying to reach out to non-Muslims by taking the message of Islam to them.

    And in trying to make the world understand that God Almighty is everybody’s God. And that he blesses everyone everywhere: Muslims as well as non-Muslims, the good as well the bad.

    And it is his blessings that keep us and the world going. 

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    Devil’s Final Hurrah in Portland, Oregon [Quote – 826]

    May 28, 2017 | 3 weeks ago.

    During the month of Ramadan, the Devil and his progeny are chained and locked up. But just before that happened, the Devil had his final hurrah in the beautiful city of Portland in the state of Oregon.

    Two men, one a fresh college graduate, and the other a 20-plus year army veteran, fell prey to the sheer evil of Satan in human shape, who slashed their throats with a knife.

    The criminal lunatic was ranting against two young Muslim women. Three men intervened. The man turned on them and slashed their throats. Two men lost their lives, one is in serious condition in the hospital.

    When you look at what these three men did, and the price they paid for their bravery, it is America at its best: 

    Saying and doing the right thing and and trying to defend and protect the weak. 

    At the same time, what the assailant did may also represent America at its worst: 

    Racial bigotry and hate turning violent and deadly 
    every time there is an opportunity and safe passage.

    In that Portland incident, both the good and bad parts of America played out their scripted roles. That is how America welcomed this Ramadan 1438.

    Now, in my view, here is what Muslims of America can and should do: Every mosque throughout America should light candles during Iftar in the memory of the brave men who risked their lives to defend two young Muslim women against racist, xenophobic persecution and harassment.

    It would be their way of saying: 

    “Thank you for standing by us America, 
    even as many in America today have declared 
    an Open Season on Islam and Muslims. 

    We will not forget you.”

    May God Almighty grant the affected families comfort and solace!

    And a complete and quick recovery to the injured man.

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    If Your Computer Eats It, Recreate It [Quote – 825]

    May 27, 2017 | 4 weeks ago.

    If you know anything about computers — and who in this world doesn’t? — you should know that your computer will eat what you put on it. It will make it disappear. And it has a thousand ways of doing it.

    What you should do from day one is learn to save and copy and store away in all kinds of places, including USBs, the material you put on the computer. 

    This should be the first thing you do and the first thing you learn.

    And then, even if you think something is irrevocably lost, such as a list of your area’s or your country’s or the world’s mosques and Islamic Centers and such, how hard is it for you to sit down for a few hours or for a few days and weeks and do the research all over again and recreate that list?

    This is not Rocket Science, is it? 

    Or is it Brain Surgery?

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    Commitment to La Ilaha Illa Allah! [Quote – 824]

    May 27, 2017 | 4 weeks ago.

    A Muslim’s — any Muslim’s — Commitment is La Ilaha Illa Allah

    And that means putting all other Commitments in life below one’s Commitment to Allah and his Rasul, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam.

    And that means Allah’s Work takes priority and precedence over everything else: job, education, family, fun, friends, health, wealth, everything.

    But for a Muslim who understands Islam, the two commitments are one and the same: 

    (1) Commitment to Allah and his Work and 
    (2) Commitment to Life and its Requirements.

    Therefore, those Working for Allah should train themselves to define their life and identity by this work, Allah’s Work, not define this work — Allah’s Work — by their situations in life and the complications and needs that life unleashes upon them, both good and otherwise.

    When they can do that, it is only then that the Qur’an truly begins to make sense. Otherwise, it is only a mysterious book, in a foreign language, and often in bad English, from beyond the skies, from another world.

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    Working for Allah Is Full-Time Work [Quote – 823]

    May 24, 2017 | 1 month ago.

    Working for Allah is full-time work. It is not part-time work.

    Nor should it be way down on your To-Do List. It should be number one, two and every other number on that list.

    In fact, all your other work, if there is such a thing, derives its legitimacy, and its blessings from God Almighty, based on how committed you are to do Allah’s Work, and how seriously you take that commitment, and how hard you work to fulfill it.

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