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Posted: Aug 20, 2014 | 1 day, 2 hrs ago.
When Allah’s Rahmat — and his Blessing and his Grace – comes down pouring from every side, which is all the time, and which is everywhere, you wish you almost had no roof over your head and almost no walls standing between you and that relentless, torrential onslaught.
Aug 19, 2014 | 2 days, 5 hrs ago.
How lucky, how fortunate a Believer is!
Or should we really say how blessed by God a Believer is?
To be able to believe, as he or she does.
And to be able to see, as he or she can.
And to be able to know as sooner or later he or she will.
That not an iota or atom of good he or she does will ever be wasted and go unrecognized and unrewarded.
Nor shall an iota or atom of bad that anyone does go unnoticed and unpunished.
Fa Man Ya’mal Mithqaala Dharratin Khairan Yarah.
Wa Man Ya’mal Mithqaala Dharratin Sharran Yarah.
Does it mean the Bad Guys — whoever they may be — shall have nowhere to run, and no place to hide, no matter how long the rope may appear to be that they are getting from God?
Just close your eyes for one moment and try to imagine how personally comforting and rewarding; how psychologically soothing and calming; and how altogether energizing and empowering this thought must be to a Believer — to a Muslim I mean!
In a world where he or she — a Muslim, a Believer I mean — seems so visibly and so frequently buffeted and slapped around by bitter winds of cruelty, injustice and adversity from so many sides.
Aug 19, 2014 | 2 days, 14 hrs ago.
Sometimes, being a Muslim is like running a Marathon race.
Those who stay the course and make the effort win laurels.
Those who drop off or lag behind are forgotten.
Nasullah, says Allah: “They forgot Allah.”
Fa-Nasiyahum: “So, he forgot them.”
Just for one moment consider these words. How simple, direct and stark they are.
None starker or more portentous: Allah forgot them?
That means the entire universe brushed them aside and moved on. They are nothing but pieces of straw or foam on the crest of a raging flood.
Aug 18, 2014 | 3 days, 2 hrs ago.
All those who have ever stood up for truth and justice, and spoken up clearly and courageously in defense of people’s rights and liberties, and in the service of God and humanity — and in the service of God’s creation at large — they have always been called upon to offer a price: for their thoughts, beliefs and convictions; and for their acts of courage, generosity, service, selflessness and dedication.
Enormous sacrifices have been demanded of them — always.
Sometimes it is their resources — time and money and effort and all that.
And sometimes it is their liberty and other fundamental human rights.
And sometimes it is their very lives.
That is how it was then – in the times of the Prophets, God Bless them All!
That is how it is now – during our own time.
And that is how it shall be always – as long as this world lasts.
That is God’s Law in his creation: Sunnatullah!
That is also what is called Nature’s Law.
And that, in a word, also is Islam.
Aug 12, 2014 | 1 week, 2 days ago.
Muslims are a funny breed — by birth or by conversion.
That is, whether they are “born into Islam” or whether they “converted to Islam” from a state of non-Islam, they are still a pretty funny bunch.
Forgive me, but I do not use that foolish expression “reverted to Islam.”
“Funny” in a cute and cuddly sort of a way, as I have stated elsewhere, and not in a derogatory or pejorative sense.
And who can be more cute or cuddly than people who are on a sure track to Paradise? As it was foretold by Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam?
The record shows he said:
Ummatee Haadhi-hi Ummatun Marhoomah!
“My people are a blessed people!”
Indicating they are on their way to divine Grace and Forgiveness.
Part of Muslims being funny to me is how busy Muslims are expressing the “hope” God will accept their prayers.
If they read their Qur’an they will know that ab initio — right from the beginning — that is exactly what God does: HE ACCEPTS THEIR DU’AS (PRAYERS) WHEN AND AS THEY MAKE THEM.
That is his job.
He says he is Mujeeb!
No, don’t believe me. Read the Qur’an:
Ujeebu Da’watad Daa’i Idhaa Da’anee!
“I respond to — I answer — the call, the prayers, of those who call me, those who pray to me, when and as they call me, when and and as they pray to me.”
So, to me Muslims are funny because they are always busy telling God what to do and almost not a whimper or squeak about what it is they themselves have to do next.
Nothing about where they go from here.
Nothing like — for example:
‘People, we have done the Khatm, Alhamdulillah; we have made the Du’as;
let us now all ask: What do we do next?
Let us ask: Where do we go from here?
For example, should we:
Continually work on our Qur’an Readers’ List and update it?
How can we “hit the road,” as these bad Americans say, and recruit new people for the next Khatm?
Should, for example, each one of us commit ourselves to find and train a new “recruit” for the Next Khatm?
Would that be too much of a burden? Or can we all try and work on it?
Would it be appropriate at this stage to think of that foolish man Dr. Pasha who, a long, long time ago used to teach:
“Each One, Teach One!”
And we all recited that chant like a parrot? Only to forget it and turn our back on it the moment the man went away on a break? Or wherever!
So, there is no end to how funny, cute and cuddly Muslims can be.
Aug 10, 2014 | 1 week, 4 days ago.
Pasha Hour International of August 5, 2014, talks about the importance of asking questions. It says Islam came to teach people to think.
And to ask questions.
It says what people call “Religion” generally discourages people from thinking.
And from asking questions.
But Islam does the opposite. It insists that people learn to think and to ask questions.
The Qur’an seems to suggest — often quite strongly — that thinking and reasoning and understanding are the pathways to Paradise.
The Qur’an emphasizes the importance of the role of thinking in human life so much and so repeatedly that it may not be an exaggeration to refer to it as a Manual of Thinking and Asking Questions.
Or simply as a Manual of Human Thought.
The Qur’an seems to suggest — and quite clearly and strongly — human success and salvation, both in this world as well as in the next world, depend on the ability to think, to reason, to ask probing questions and to make sound judgments.
In doing this, the Qur’an takes the exact opposite path to what most people in this world refer to as “Religion.“
Is it a surprise then that what people call “Religion” is from people — meaning it has an entirely human source, as it is mostly a human creation or artifact — whereas the Qur’an — and Islam — has an entirely divine origin?
And they are — Qur’an and Islam both — directly from God and not a product of the human mind.
How much clearer can it get?
Aug 10, 2014 | 1 week, 4 days ago.
Humans communicate in many ways. And for many purposes.
Some give speeches. Some write articles. Some sing and dance.
And some, as Shakespeare I think put it, communicate through silences.
The Internet has caused a virtual explosion in both the amount and forms of communication. Emails, Blogs and Social Media are everywhere and used for every conceivable reason or purpose, and at times without any rhyme or reason or sense.
Quite often, talking for the sake of talking is a favorite human pastime.
And also, apparently, quite a powerful human need. Meaning: People need to talk or else they will go mad.
Our Methodology of Quote-Unquote is meant to serve a very special purpose. It is designed to make people think and ask some serious and meaningful questions on issues of importance to human life and society.
Each Quote picks a specific idea or point and addresses it clearly and concisely and in as few words as possible. Often, the ideas are quite clear and specific.
This is a whole new methodology of public communication we believe we have developed and we are using for our purpose.
And that purpose is simple: To convey to people some precise points and make people think.
And ask some meaningful questions.
Of course, on the broad and most inclusive subject — what else? — of Islam, Muslims and the World.
Aug 06, 2014 | 2 weeks, 1 day ago.
Qur’an is the most valuable gift the world has been given by God Almighty.
Qur’an certainly is the most valuable possession Muslims have.
And the Hadith Sharif makes it clear that there is no better activity than learning and teaching the Qur’an.
And yet the Qur’an is not an excuse for running away and hiding from real life and its challenges and problems.
And from Working for Allah.
Look at the life of Sayyidina Muhammad, Sallallahu Alahi wa Sallam.
His life was all action. Nonstop action.
And yet, was there then or ever, or is there now, anyone who read the Qur’an more?
Or taught the Qur’an more?
So, those who are turning to the Qur’an and coming forward to read it, and it is a great blessing that they are doing so, they should not forget that reading the Qur’an is not a substitute for doing their daily and hourly duty of taking the Qur’an to every home and heart that needs it — and which one does not?
And that is how Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alahi wa Sallam, spent his entire life:
Working all the time, and in every conceivable way, to take the Qur’an to every home and heart everywhere.
His workstation was the entire universe. Ask yourself what is yours.
Do not use Allah’s book to hide from working nonstop to bring everyone else in Allah’s world to Allah’s book that Allah, out of his Rahmat and Mercy and Grace, has now placed in your hands.
Try and work to be worthy of that book.
And of that trust.
Read the Qur’an and you will know!
Jul 29, 2014 | 3 weeks, 2 days ago.
To Muslims, a Frank Question:
Are We Men Enough — And Women Enough?
The question is this:
Eidul Fitr, 1435.
Are we men enough to do it?
And women enough?
To do what?
Get out on the Mall?
On the Day of Eid, and not a day or two later.
And not after a week or two.
But on the very day of Eid.
And give out candy to the people you run into?
And tell them, as you do so, Eid Mubarak?
Are we men and women enough to do it?
I don’t know what you would have done if you were a Muslim in Gaza?
Or in Egypt?
And I don’t know why you are not there. But the fact is that you are not.
You are somewhere else: safe, sound and secure.
In your air-conditioned comforts.
“Enjoying” Eid, as they say, with your families and friends.
Is that what people call “Fate“?
The fact that you are not on the Killing Fields of Gaza and the Torture Chambers of Egypt, but wherever you are — safe and sound and comfortable.
Don’t scientists and pseudo-scientists call this kind of thing “Chance“?
But being where we are, are we men enough and women enough to get out on the Mall on the Eid Day and give out candy and say Eid Mubarak to all the people we run into?
All the people who happen to walk into the Mall that day?
If this sounds to you as if I am challenging our Manhood – and Womanhood – and not our Deen or Iman, then you are right.
That is precisely what I am doing.
For, in the ultimate analysis, Islam is for Men and for Women who are real men and women.
It is not for bums.
Jul 28, 2014 | 3 weeks, 3 days ago.
For Eidul Fitr 1435, here is a suggestion for Muslims in America, Caribbean, Europe and around the world: This Eid, go out to the Malls and celebrate Eid in the Malls by giving out small gifts to whoever you meet, Muslim and non-Muslim.
And saying Eid Mubarak to them all.
Can you do that Muslims? Or do you have 15 excuses for not doing even that?
Jul 26, 2014 | 3 weeks, 5 days ago.
Certainly Not the Butler
Muslims — many of them fairly good ones, at least so-called — would like to take credit for what they speak, write and do.
In general for all that they are and for all that they do. Many of them use important-sounding words like “accomplished” and “achieved” and “produced” and even “created” to produce and flaunt a list of all the things, events and activities they find themselves associated or identified with in this world.
How little do they realize that this world has only one actor, only one doer of things, and it is not they! Pitiful, pathetic humans that they are — the healthiest, strongest, toughest and the most resourceful ones among them.
And if there is praise to be claimed, or given, and there is plenty, that praise must be given, all of it, to the real actor, the real doer of things — Fa’alul Limaa Yureed — and not to all kinds of pretenders and wannabes.
And that praise must be free from the taint of Shirk.
That is right, you may not know it, but there is Shirk in Alhamdulillah!
Like in so many other things that we say or do. Like in practically everything.
Your local Mullas can fight all they want over what is Little Shirk and what is Large Shirk. But to me Shirk is Shirk, period.
For, one single Alhamdulillah, spoken with full and proper understanding, doesn’t leave room for inserting other names in the list.
Nor does it even leave open the door for uttering any other words — unless they are all subsumed under the broad umbrella of Alhamdulillah as subsets, specifics, details and commentary.
So, it is Allah all the way — and no one else.
It is him and him alone: In the beginning as well as in the end: Huwal Awwalu Wal Aakhiru! just like the Qur’an says.
Jun 24, 2014 | 1 month, 3 weeks ago.
The most important question for each one of us to ask regularly is: Where do I go from here?
Working for Allah is a life-long business. So we cannot slack off or retire from it.
Our commitment and pledge is first to Allah and then to anyone or anything else. And Allah will hold us accountable right here in this world as well as in the next world.
This should make us continue working for Allah regardless of being few in number and irrespective of who else does or does not work for him — and regardless of others dropping out by the wayside.
May Allah keep us close to him and help us continue to work for him.
May Allah help us to work with others who are working for him.
May Allah open the hearts of those who may have been once involved in working for him to rejoin us to work for him again.
May Allah continually open the hearts of new people to work for him.
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