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    For this Month of Ramadan
    Some More Adhkaar (Plural for Dhikr) [Quote – 924]

    Posted: May 23, 2018 | 1 day ago.

    Dhikr in this context means repeatedly reciting Allah’s name and his word multiple times. As many times as you can can. How you can and where you can.

    To talk about Allah is also Dhikr

    And so is thinking about Allah. And about Allah’s Creation. 

    And about your own duties and responsibilities in the world of Allah.

    All that is Dhikr. And there is nothing more important or more powerful in life than Dhikr of Allah.

    My preference is NOT to change the Kalaam of Allah as he has used it in the Qur’an. But to use it the way it occurs in the Qur’an — without any changes whatsoever.

    So, here are some more Adhkaar (plural for Dhikr) to read and to recite, especially when faced with difficulties and challenges in life.

    And not the least during the month of Ramadan.

    It helps to read Darood Sharif several times, preferably odd times, before and after. 

    Of course, Darood Sharif is your Life Jacket in navigating the turbulent waters of life — anywhere, anytime, in any situation or context. 

    All the time!

    1. “Hasbunallahu wa Ni’mal Wakeel.”

    2. “Ni’mal Mawulaa wa Ni’man Naseer.”

    3. “Wa Kafaa Billahi Waliyyan wa Kafaa Billahi Naseeraa.”

    4. “Wa Kafaa Billahi Wakeelaa.”

    5. “Sa-Yaj’alullahu Ba’d ‘Usrin Yusraa.”

    6. “Fa-Inna M’al ‘Usri Yusran, Inna Ma’al ‘Usri Yusraa.”

    7. “A-Laa Inna Nasrallahi Qareeb.”

    8. “Hasbiyallah.”

    9. “Hasbiyallahu Laa Ilaaha Illaa Huwa Alaihi Tawakkaltu Wa Huwa Rabbul ‘Arshil ‘Azeem.”

    10. “Ujeebu Da’watad Daa’i Idhaa Da’aanee.”

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    Things That Move Mountains [Quote – 923]

    May 22, 2018 | 1 day ago.

    Qur’an is what keeps this world going. It is not a matter of one’s faith to say that. It is things people with eyes can see.

    One single word of the Qur’an will outweigh the entire universe in the scale, if there were such a scale in place.

    And there is.

    Didn’t Allah say:

    “Lawu Anzalnaa Haadhal Qur’ana Alaa Jabalin 
    La-Ra-Aytahoo Khashi’an Mutasaddi’aa.”

    Paraphrase:

    If this Qur’an were to be set at a mountain, 
    the mountain will crumble to pieces.”

    So, here are some Aayaats from the Qur’an that will move mountains. If you are inclined, feel free to recite them. Especially, if you are facing some kind of a difficulty. And who among us does not?

    That is called Dhikr.

    1. “Hasbunallahu wa Ni’mal Wakeel.”

    2. “Ni’mal Mawulaa wa Ni’man Naseer.”

    3. “Wa Kafaa Billahi Waliyyan wa Kafaa Billahi Naseeraa.”

    4. “Wa Kafaa Billahi Wakeelaa.”

    5. “Sa-Yaj’alullah Ba’d ‘Usrin Yusraa.”

    6. “Fa-Inna M’al ‘Usri Yusran, Inna Ma’al ‘Usri Yusraa.”

    7. “A-Laa Inna Nasrallahi Qareeb.”

    These are all aayaat (plural for Aayat) taken directly from the Qur’an. Their Dhikr has the power to move mountains. And to crush adversities to dust.

    If you can, and if you care, feel free to recite them. As often as you can.

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    This Ramadan, a Wish, a Prayer [Quote – 922]

    May 18, 2018 | 6 days ago.

    May Allah make this Ramadan a source of all kinds of worldly and other worldly blessings for all of you and your families.

    And to all of us and our families too, whatever the difference.

    And to the entire Khalq of Allah, which I somehow believe is part of my family too: Allah’s entire creation

    It is worrying about the world of Allah — Allah’s Khalq — that keeps me up at night. And rings torrents of pain and grief out of my eyes during the day. 

    As I watch helplessly Allah’s world burn and smolder right before our eyes, and writhe and cry in agony and torment, as we, the Good Muslims, go about our business and our “worldly concerns” — jobs, education, family, business, profession, vacation and everything else — with perfect equanimity and indifference.

    So, what can I do but to say: May we all be better Muslims this Ramadan than we have been in all previous Ramadans and in all other months and days.

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    Ramadan: 
    Month of the Qur’an [Quote – 921]

    May 18, 2018 | 6 days ago.

    Dr. Firdaus Kamalodeen

    This is Ramadan. The month of the Qur’an. 

    How fortunate we are that Allah has given us this month. One more time. 

    And he has given us the Qur’an. 

    And the Qur’an comes with a very clear and precise agenda for human beings. All human beings in general. And Muslims in particular.

    Muslims of course have their own agenda. And Muslims everywhere are busy doing their own thing. 

    What passes for Muslim leadership is doing a fine job of dragging Muslims by their tail in all kinds of murky alleys. And they do all that in the name of Islam — and Muslims.

    As for us, ordinary Muslims, we must do what we must. And that to me boils down to taking the Qur’an to every Home and Heart that needs it — and which one does not. 

    When you read the Qur’an, you can’t help but recognize what a sorry lot we human beings are. Not the least the Muslims.

    Allah describes our various profiles in such detail — not a thing left out and always with clear and pin-point accuracy. 

    At the same time, Allah has also stated what our duties and responsibilities are in this world. Why he placed us on this earth in the first place. And he has done so with most amazing clarity and precision. 

    May Allah make this month of Ramadan meaningful and successful for all of you and your families. And may he accept your fasting and other Ibaadaat — plural for Ibaadat.

    What else can I say?

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    The Great Communicator,
    Malcolm X, Rahmatullahi Alaihi! [Quote – 920]

    May 17, 2018 | 6 days ago.

    In a way, Muhammad Ali came to Allah through the sport of boxing.

    But Allah led Malcolm X, Rahmatullahi Alaihi, to truth, even though Malcolm was no sportsman in the ordinary sense of that expression. But still what great sport Malcolm was in reality!

    And what great communicator!

    May Allah fill Malcolm’s grave with his blessings and with his light!

    And how Malcolm grew and evolved from a confused and then hate-filled individual, seething with rage against White Racism and Oppression of the Blacks, in America and elsewhere, into an embodiment of love and justice and compassion for all.

    And how Allah made Malcolm’s tongue an Instrument of Truth – often a blunt one – in a world and in an era characterized by confusion, obfuscation and mendacity, and filled with hate, prejudice and oppression.

    Was it any wonder then that his voice and his passion for truth and justice filled the bosoms of his friends with love and the hearts of his enemies with terror?

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    Muhammad Ali, the Champ!
    Rahimahullah! [Quote – 919]

    May 17, 2018 | 6 days ago.

    Certainly, Muhammad Ali, Rahimahullah, arguably the greatest American boxing champion of all time, found God using the killer sport of boxing. A sport that in my mind should never have been allowed to exist in the first place.

    And a sport that should be banned by law forthwith everywhere.

    For, the central object of the sport of boxing is to inflict as much physical harm and damage and pain on your opponent as humanly possible and thus stop him from continuing the fight any longer, while, of course, all the bloodthirsty thousands surrounding the ring yell themselves hoarse to feed their blood lust and, while, all the equally bloodthirsty millions glue themselves to television screens to lick the human gore splashed on their screens.

    In my mind, it should be a crime to organize or watch the blood sport of boxing. As much as it is a crime to organize dog and cock fights. Safety and integrity of the human body should be respected at least as much as that of the bodies of dogs and roosters.

    Allah makes this quite clear in the Qur’an. And how lucid and precise the words of the Qur’an are.

    Wa Laqad Karramnaa Banee Aadama.

    Paraphrase:

    “Surely, we did exalt humans,
    and we did endow them with great dignity and honor.

    Boxing is a sport that you could blame, to the extent it makes sense, for accelerating the degeneration of the late Mr. Ali’s health and for speeding up his death.

    I am saying “to the extent it makes sense” because death and life, just like the movement of all the stars above, and the stirring of every single blade of grass or grain of sand below, are meticulously choreographed by God as per a very precise calculus and matrix. 

    So, what happened to Muhammad Ali would have happened regardless, had God wanted it that way. But boxing did punch up serious holes in Ali Marhoom’s health and turn him from a roaring tiger into a wilting cabbage for much of his later life.

    For those of us who were witnesses to that colossal human degradation and deterioration, it was a crime that history should neither condone, nor cover up, nor forgive.

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    Love of God Means Love of People! [Quote – 918]

    May 17, 2018 | 6 days ago.

    It does not matter whether you are a Jew, a Christian, a Muslim, a Hindu, a Buddhist or something else. But if you, in any form or fashion, claim to love God, your claim to Love God must be backed up by your Love of People.

    In other words, that is Allah’s Law in his creation: Sunnatullah as the Qur’an calls it. And God’s Law neither changes nor moves from its scripted place and time.

    In other words: Love GodLove God’s Creation! It is that simple!

    And show through your practical behavior, and through the policies and practices of your organizations and governments and societies, that you do so.

    And one simple and clear way to show your Love of God is to honor, to protect and to serve God’s Creation in general and human beings in particular.

    And when you say Human Beings, that means “All” human beings of all colors, races, religions, nationalities.

    And “kinds.”

    That “kind” thing is a hark back to Benjamin Franklin who once remarked that it was quite natural for people to be“partial” to their own “kind.” That was Dr. Franklin’s explanation for why he, Benjamin Franklin, was “partial” to his own “kind,” the English, as opposed to the “Swarthy” Swedes, whom he did not want crowding the shores of these United States, in the shaping and creation of which Dr. Franklin did play a fairly significant role.

    Hello!

    At least now will you all say in chorus: 

    Thank God for Islam? 
    And thank God for Prophet Muhammad, 
    Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam?

    And thank God for the Qur’an?

    For, it was they – Islam, the Qur’an and Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, I mean – that taught the Human Race the basic tenet of loving, respecting, honoring and protecting “All” human races equally, regardless of their religion, ethnicity, color, country.

    Or “kind.”

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    Look Hard Enough for God,
    And You Will Find God! [Quote – 917]

    May 17, 2018 | 6 days ago.

    So, you love football? Rest assured you will find football!

    By the same logic, whatever else it is that you love and seek in your life, provided you do it hard enough, long enough and with enough focus, you are sure to find it.

    In the same way, those who love God will find God. Except that in the case of God the likelihood of finding God increases exponentially with every little bit of effort that you spend looking for him.

    For, God Almighty crowns the smallest of human efforts with the most abundant of divine rewards and bounties.

    Wa Yudaa-ifu Liman Yashaa-u!

    “And God Almighty doubles and multiplies
    His rewards and bounties for whoever he wishes.”

    And the Hadith Sharif makes that abundantly clear for even the least intelligent person among us to understand. Here is my paraphrase of parts of one such most glorious Hadith, and to me every Hadith is most glorious:

    “If a human being advances toward me but one foot,
    I move toward him a whole yard.

    And if a human being comes to me walking at a leisurely pace,
    I come to him running.”

    Ya Allah, what magic words are these! Who but God would have spoken them, albeit through his Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam?

    And that too a most loving and merciful and generous God? A God who has enough to give, and who is not afraid of giving.

    For, this is part of what is called a Hadith Qudsi. Those are Ahaadeeth (plural for Hadith) in which Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, attributes what he says directly to God Almighty. That is what the expression Hadith Qudsi means.

    In a Hadith Qudsi, Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, quotes God Almighty himself as saying the words that he speaks.

    So, finding God is easier than you think, if you come to think of it.

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    Saving a Rigged World [Quote – 916]

    May 04, 2018 | 2 weeks ago.

    Hashim Mohammed

    Anyone with eyes can see that this world is a rigged place. It is rigged by the few to the disadvantage of the many. 

    As a result, many of the main aspects of our life in this world are also rigged: Education, Economics, Politics, Media and everything else, as the vast majority of human beings are fooled and lied to and manipulated to the advantage of a small group of privileged people.

    The fact is that fairness, justice, equality, truth can all come in their true and full measure only from Allah — God Almighty. And this world is becoming more and more alienated from Allah every day. The results are obvious in practically every aspect of our life.

    Many of those who pass through this system, knowingly or unknowingly transfer this corrupt and rigged culture to the next generation. In politics, in economics, in education, in business, in life in general.

    But as Muslims, especially as educators and as those Working for Allah, which basically means working for the welfare of all of humanity, we have a special responsibility on our shoulders. We have to try our best to make a difference and work ever harder to “Save this World and Make it a Better Place for All,” as Dr. Pasha says.

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    Doing Everything Right and Well:
    That Is an Islamic Requirement!
    [Quote – 915]

    Apr 24, 2018 | 4 weeks ago.

    When Muslims do whatever it is that is required of them, and there is much that is required of them on a daily, hourly and second-by-second basis, they are required to do it “perfectly.” 

    Even though Perfection is a Divine Attribute of Allah. 

    That is why we refer to God Almighty as Allah Subhanahu — broadly meaning, free from, and above and beyond, all limitations and imperfections and impurities that are the natural and inborn characteristics of his Khalq — Creation.

    But it is that Divine Attribute — the quality of doing everything well and “perfectly,” and to the very best of our ability and resources, that we are required to emulate right here on this earth. Even while operating within the framework of our own native human limitations, impurities and imperfections.

    Takhallaqoo Bi-Akhlaaqillah, says Prophet Muhammad, 
    Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam!

    Paraphrase:

    “Embrace and emulate in your own imperfect and flawed and finite lives 
    God’s Inimitable and Perfect and Infinite Divine Attributes!”

    It is as part of this most amazing requirement that Muslims are characterized as the “Best Nation on Earth.” 

    Khayir Ummah!

    Because they have been instructed, and they can be trusted, to do well and “perfectly” what they have been told to do. What they are required to do!

    Meaning, Muslims would be expected to do well, and to their best attainable human level of “perfection,” whatever is required of them in this world — whether it is something pertaining to This World or something that concerns the Next World.

    That is, from a Worldly or from an Other-Worldly point of view.

    Go figure!

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    What Do Modern Muslims Have in Common with
    Ancient Roman Emperor Nero? [Quote – 914]

    Apr 23, 2018 | 1 month ago.

    They say that one day the great ancient City of Rome caught fire, and flames leaped from everywhere. It is said that the Roman Emperor at the time, a fellow named Nero, did not care about the fire or the devastation it was causing to the city, but went on playing his fiddle.

    So, Nero played the fiddle as Rome burned. Not a very good thing for an emperor to do, you would say, right?

    I did not make any special effort to learn the history of this. But I see a modern parallel that I find to be compelling. The way most Muslims in the world, including the majority of the so-called Good and Pious Muslims, act and carry on while the world of God all around them crumbles to ashes in the fire of mendacity, injustice, cruelty, greed, corruption, blind ambition and poverty.

    As the fire consumed Rome, Nero is said to have reached for his fiddle. And as these deadly fires consume the world, Muslims dive into their mosques or run to Makkah to perform an extra Umrah. to rake up some “Extra” Thawaab.

    Muslims are supposed to be the guardian angels of this world. Allah entrusted the world to their care and command and personal responsibility. As a result, Muslims are supposed to protect and serve the best interests of everybody — Muslim and non-Muslim; human and non-human — in this world.

    That is the Unchanging Muslim Mission on Earth.

    But looking at Muslim priorities and preoccupations today, and looking at the way today’s Muslims go about their lives, and looking at Muslim reaction to happenings and conditions in the world, that is not what a Visitor from Mars would conclude: That Muslims really are the caretakers and custodians of this world, appointed to that task by Almighty Allah himself.

    And that they did not really take a leaf out of the pages of Nero’s book to use it as their Deen.

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    A Simple Advice to Muslims —
    And Others! [Quote – 913]

    Apr 01, 2018 | 1 month ago.

    If we cannot use Allah’s Kalaam, the Qur’an, to earn our Aakhirat, the Next Life or the Next World, we can at least use it to make our Duniya, This Life or This World, better. 

    This may sound sarcastic, but it is real and sincere and true. Because the Word of God — the Noble Qur’an — is the most amazing thing humans have in their hands. There is not an issue it does not address. And there is not a problem people face for which the Qur’an does not offer a solution.

    Understanding the Qur’an properly, and following its directives faithfully, is the surest formula to make human life on earth better for all human beings. And for the entire Planet Earth.

    Everything useful and good in this world, including all the good and positive advances in science, comes either directly or indirectly from the Qur’an. 

    And the Qur’an — and what a great miracle this alone is! — does not stand alone. It confirms and validates and supports the “Revelations” that Allah gave to all the other Prophets, Alayihimus Salaam, before Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam.

    This alone is a most amazing and unfailing formula for mutual respect and cooperation and coexistence for the followers of all faiths and religions in this world.

    Simple and true and workable. Hear the Qur’an say it:

    Ta’aalawu Ilaa Kalimatin Sawaa-in Bayinanaa wa Bayinakum!

    Paraphrase:

    “Let us proceed and work together on the basis of whatever we hold in common together.”

    How can the world go wrong with that?

    And isn’t that what the United Nations is all about? And the European Union is all about?

    And isn’t that what any Federal Government is all about, whether it is in Spain or in the United States?

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