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    Islam’s Core Message Is:
    Education. Education. Education [Quote – 871]

    Posted: Nov 05, 2017 | 1 month ago.

    Education. Education. Education. 

    That is the key to rebuilding the nation. Any nation or society.

    Both Muslim and non-Muslim. 

    Islam started the drive to Education 1400 years ago. In a place where most people did not even know what Education was.

    In today’s world, Non-Muslims embraced the call of Islam to Education. And Muslims, in many ways and at many levels, turned their back on it.

    The results are obvious.



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    Some Perceptive Comments by a Muslim Writer [Quote – 870]

    Nov 04, 2017 | 1 month ago.

    From time to time, I do take a sneak peek at some of what Muslims have to say. 

    Below is an observation that one Muslim writer made recently. It deserves serious reading and reflection on the part of all of us:

    “Muslim countries own a significant portion of the world’s natural resources including oil, gas, minerals and forestry. … 

    Muslims make up 21 percent of the world’s population (1.5 billion) but account for only 5 percent of the global GDP (a little less than $5 trillion). The average GDP per capita is around $5,000, which is three times less than the global average of around $13,000. Only a few Muslim countries have a sustainable model of development and show signs of success for alleviating poverty and for the equal distribution of wealth. Only a handful of universities in Muslim countries make it to the world’s top one or five hundred list. The number of scholarly and scientific output in these universities and research institutes is negligible.”

    Well, what do you all think?



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    Challenges in the Life of a Muslim [Quote – 869]

    Nov 03, 2017 | 1 month ago.

    Life of a Muslim is often filled with challenges of all kinds. 

    Sunnatullah — Allah’s way of doing things — is most amazing.

    The better a Muslim is, and the closer he or she is to Allah, the more full of challenges his or her life becomes.

    Life becomes a never-ending test.

    Iman is tested. 

    Vigilance and Resourcefulness are tested. 

    Leadership skills and abilities are tested.

    Sabr and Tawakkul are tested. 

    Ridaa — Are you happy and pleased with what Allah is doing in your life, or do you have a problem with that? — is tested.

    And then, just when you think, you are finished and you have nowhere to turn, Allah’s Aayat rings true. And help is at the door.

    Ataahum Nasrunaa!

    “Our help came to them.”

    I look at the life of Anbiyaa Allah — Prophets and Messengers of God — Alaihim Assalam, and I wonder: 

    When did they ever have a moment free from challenges?

    When was life all rosy and comfortable for them?

    When was life all smooth sailing for them, as they say?

    So, loving Allah and his Deen comes with its own perils — and challenges.

    Fa-Toobaa Lil Ghurabaa!

    Good wishes to those who stick with it.



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    Who Will Speak For Allah?
    And For His Deen? [Quote – 868]

    Oct 24, 2017 | 1 month ago.

    It fills me with great sadness that millions of people speak for Shaitan.

    On behalf of the Devil.

    And for Baatil.

    For all things that are wrong and false and detrimental to real and genuine human interests in this as well as in the next world.

    Expounding and advocating all the lies that come from the Devil — and from legions of his minions.

    But not even a handful of truly qualified and competent and credible voices are around to speak for Allah.

    And to speak for Allah’s Deen.

    I dare not mention Allah’s Rasul, sallallahu alaihi wa sallam, in the same breath.

    For, that door is a highly guarded one!

    And then I think the way we say we do Allah’s work — whatever it is and however we interpret it — what value, what glory, what importance and prominence do we attach to it?

    If Allah’s work will not be done with full glory, and fanfare, whose work will be?

    Just look at Muslim weddings — and at all the Muslim functions — in many parts of the world.

    Look at all the show and the pomp!

    And look at all the money that is spent!

    And look at all the food that is wasted.

    Do I need to say more?

    I always had trouble understanding this simple thing about Muslims:

    Either Allah exists or he does not.

    We either believe in him or we do not.

    But if Allah exists — as he does al hayyul qayyoom and al hayyulladhee laa yamootu — and we say we believe in him, then why do we act the way we do?

    Why do we carry on the way we do?

    Where is the impact of our belief on our lives?

    Have we no shame, as someone said?



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    Me and Allah’s Work? Really? [Quote – 867]

    Oct 24, 2017 | 1 month ago.

    Someone recently said to me:

    You are doing so much to spread Allah’s Deen!”

    My initial response? A quick shudder down my spine.

    And then the words:

    Me and Allah’s Deen?
    How does that compute?”

    A more delayed reaction:

    Even though the person means well, and may Allah reward that person immensely for that kindness and generosity of spirit, I am afraid these words will be held against me in Allah’s court.

    I fear it will be said to me,

    “Hey you,

    Good, nice people in the world thought you were spreading Allah’s Deen on Allah’s earth.

    Just how were you doing it?

    What was in your heart at that time, when you were doing it?

    What were your motivations and intentions?

    And how did your actions match what was in your heart?

    And what means and methods did you employ?

    And what resources of what kind did you utilize and invest in doing Allah’s work?

    And what precisely were the things you did to advance Allah’s Deen on Allah’s earth?

    And, over and on top of all that, here you were, your whole life a shame to Allah’s Deen
    From A to Z.

    So, just how did you fit in? How did you even belong?

    So, what do you have to say for yourself?”

    And I will have nowhere to hide!

    No, the truth is, whatever I did — or do — if I did or do anything at all, it never entered my mind that any of it was for Allah.

    I did — and I do — what I did and do for one simple reason: it is a job that must be done.

    That is all there is to it.




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    Life of a Muslim — A Story of Never-Ending Tests and Trials!
    And Then of Companionship of Allah! [Quote – 866]

    Oct 19, 2017 | 1 month ago.

    Some would say the life of a Muslim is filled with challenges. 

    All you need to do is to look at the life of Sayyidina Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam. When did he ever get to rest? His life was Go, Go, Go, all the time.

    From Makkah to Taif. And then to Habashah — Abyssinia — for his people. 

    Not once but twice.

    And then to Madinah for himself and for his people together. 

    Alone in the Cave — he with his companion Abu Bakr. They were two together in that Cave. 

    Alone! Hiding!

    Thaaniyathnayini Idh Humaa Fil Ghaar!

    Just the two of them together in the Cave. With Enemy surrounding them from all sides. If the Enemy had only looked down at their feet, they would have spotted the Divine Fugitives.

    And what Blessed Fugitives they were! With everything everywhere on God’s earth vying and straining and eager to offer them refuge! And give them a helping hand!

    Abu Bakr is perturbed, not unnaturally. Not for himself, but for the man, Allah’s Rasul, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, for whom he had put his all on the line. And now his life too.

    One more time.

    “What if the Kaafirs just looked down, what would happen then?” said Abu Bakr.

    “Not to worry,” says Allah said Rasulullah, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, to Abu Bakr.

    We are not alone, said Rasulullah, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam. For, there is someone else with us.

    “Allah is with us,” he said.

    The Qur’an uses the following words:

    Laa Tahzan,
    Innallaha Ma’anaa!

    That is how it is with a Muslim. He, she is never alone. There is always Allah with them.

    And they know it and they feel it, depending where their heart is and depending on the purity or pollution of their soul.

    And having Allah with you, who or what else would you want to have with you?

    “A Laisallahu Bi-Kaafin Abdah?”

    “Isn’t Allah enough for you?” says the Qur’an.

    Of course! There is always Allah! And Allah is enough!

    Kafaa Billahi Waliyyaa!

    Wa Kafaa Billahi Naseeraa!

    And Allah is there! Before everything. And after everything.

    And with everything, no matter how hidden or open.

    Huwal Awwalu Wal Aakhir,
    Wazzaahiru Wal Baatin!



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    Slaves Do Not “Sacrifice”
    They Just Do What They Are Told to Do [Quote – 865]

    Oct 16, 2017 | 1 month ago.

    Slaves do not sacrifice. They only try and measure up. And they try to please the Master — to the extent they can. 

    And of course many cheat like crazy.

    As for me, I have no expectations of ever measuring up to what Allah wants from us or what we owe Allah. 

    The fact is there are two kinds of people in this world: 

    One, those whom Allah himself nudges and guides and pushes in the direction of working for him. 

    Two, those whom he turns away from working for him — using all kinds of devices.

    Then there is a third category: the Pretenders. The Munaafiqoon. They are neither here nor there.

    And these groups are decided when they were still in the belly of their mother — by Allah himself.

    Take it how you want. But that is how it is.



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    How Shaitan Generally Works in Our Lives [Quote – 864]

    Sep 19, 2017 | 2 months ago.

    Shaitan often starts small. It is amazing what an inveterate optimist Shaitan is. 

    He watches and observes people and their conditions. He constantly monitors the situation of each one of us. And he tests the waters everywhere he can.

    Allah has given Shaitan considerable powers to be able to do that — until the Day of Resurrection.

    Rabbi Anzirnee Ilaa Yawumi Yub’athoon.


    “Can I have until Resurrection Day 
    to be able to trick and fool and mislead these wretched humans?”

    That is what Shaitan said to Allah. 

    And here is what Allah said to Shaitan in response to that strange and arrogant request:

    Inaaka Minal Munzareen.

    Go, do what you want! 
    You are free Until Resurrection Day.”

    And then Shaitan makes his move. 

    He makes an entry wherever and whenever he finds an opening — in our hearts, in our minds, in our souls, in our bodies, in our activities and interests, and in our lives. 

    And in the circle of our friends and acquaintances and contacts. 

    And in our businesses, professions and entertainment. And in all our other pursuits.

    And then he builds on whatever success we are able to deliver his way. He grabs and consolidates whatever territory or aspect of our life we vacate and concede.

    That is why it is important for us to monitor Shaitan, and keep abreast of his tricks and activities. And then make each other aware of his machinations. And the Satanic Goings-on around us.

    And help each other to cope with them.

    If we don’t do this, we will be fighting a losing battle against Shaitan. Ours will at best be a rear-end action. And our defenses against Shaitan will crumble rapidly.

    I have been calling the attention of Muslims, in America and elsewhere, to this important task at hand, going back all the way to the very early 1970s. But without much success.

    Is anyone surprised?



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    Perfection: Divine and Human [Quote – 863]

    Sep 19, 2017 | 2 months ago.

    Perfection belongs to God Almighty. It does not, cannot and should not belong to anyone else. Otherwise, they will all be Gods, a contradiction in terms and a meaningless expression. 

    For, by definition, God is someone who is “Perfect” in every conceivable way. And God is and can only be one. Otherwise, there is no God. Period.

    And yet, having been created by that same Perfect God, and blessed by him with whatever skills, abilities and qualities he has bestowed upon me, it becomes virtually impossible for me to touch anything and not to seek to nail it as they say.

    That is, not to do anything I do in a way, and to a level and standard, that does not leave a single stone unturned. That does not cross every “t” and dot every “i.” And makes you say, well, it looks like I cannot do much else with it.

    And that includes doing whatever Allah allows and directs me to do, including the writing that I do from time to time. 

    Every time I sit at the computer, and write something, I ask myself: 

    Is everything the way it should be? Is every word, nay, every letter, in its place? And as it should be? And is every punctuation mark?

    And is every fact, every bit and piece of information and every data point as accurate as possible?

    And is every argument as sound, and is every conclusion as valid, as it should be?

    How have my own Nafs and my Hawaa, and my own implicit biases and predilections, shaded and shaped what I am saying?

    Overall, is the piece that I have written as “humanly perfect” as it is possible for a piece of writing to be, even though perfection is never our lot at any level?

    I am driven to think it is becoming harder to meet those standards. Mainly for paucity of time, and the rush of life, and the demands that tend to pile up from every side.

    But an Aayat comes to mind. 

    And what does it say about our Iman, or about our relationship with Allah, that the world we live in, our own personal life I mean, can accommodate and handle only one or two Aayats at a time! And that is all that is given to us in our hours and hours and hours of daily living?

    The Aayat is this:

    Sa-Yaj’alullahu Ba’da Usrin Yusraa!

    What an Aayat! Allahu Akbar! Like every other Aayat in the Qur’an!


    “Don’t let all the hardships break your spirit.
    Better times are just around the corner.”

    And to think there may still be people around in this world for whom Allah and Allah’s Book may not be enough or sufficient!



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    Reacting to What We Read [Quote – 862]

    Sep 17, 2017 | 2 months ago.

    Nobody can tell others what to think. Or how to react when they read one of our posts. But still, we all need to be educated and trained into how we should process information.

    And how to react to the information we process.

    As a result, when I write what I do, my expectation is people will read it. And then they will reflect on it. And then they will react to what they read.

    And one way to react to what people read is to ask questions pertaining what they read. And to ask questions that arise from what they have just read.

    And then, whenever possible, people should go and do further research into the topics addressed and the points raised in the posts that people read.

    And thus they will be further educated and trained.

    And that is why I write: to educate and train people.

    Take an example: Recently, I wrote a note on three Indian Muslim Traitors who helped British Colonizers to conquer India from its Muslim rulers. 

    Now, anyone who reads this note, and happens to be a Muslim, should be asking: Really? Goodness, me, I never knew that! Is that really what happened?

    And then it would be perfectly natural for them to mutter to themselves: 

    “That is sad. In fact, how shameful is that? I hope that sort of thing never happens again.”



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    Unity of Human Life in Islam [Quote – 861]

    Sep 13, 2017 | 2 months ago.

    In a sense, there really is no distinction between “Private” and “Public,” or “Personal” and “Social and Professional” in the life of a Muslim. 

    A Muslim’s life is one seamless whole. 

    And it all belongs to Allah and must be used to fulfill Allah’s mandate of being Allah’s Khalifah on Earth.

    Innee jaa’lun fil ardi Khalifah.

    In the Qur’an, Ibrahim, Alaihis Salam, states this approach to human life like this: 

    Inna Salaatee wa Nusukee, 

    wa Mahyaaya wa Mamaatee 

    Lillahi Rabbil Aalameen.

    And he says that is what is required of us:

    Wa Bi-dhaalika Umirtu.

    “That is what I am commanded to do.”

    And then he says:

    “It is just that I am the first to respond!

    Wa Ana Awwalul Muslimeen!

    Who knows who is next in line to respond to Allah’s Call!



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    We and the Qur’an [Quote – 860]

    Sep 13, 2017 | 2 months ago.

    Those of us who say or claim or pretend we are Working for Allah, we all have a simple motto in our life.

    And it is: 

    Taking the Qur’an to Every Home and Heart that Needs It —

    And Which One Does Not?

    Regardless of how sincere or otherwise we may be, or how successful or otherwise our efforts may turn out to be, or how well or badly we may be doing our job, Qur’an remains our stated goal, our overriding purpose in life, and our motto.

    Who knows, maybe, Allah will take us on our word and treat us based on our claims and not based on the true condition of our hearts or the success or failure of our efforts.



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