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The Mantle of Misogyny Muslims Inherited from Others

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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.

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    Hurting for Resources:
    Even When They Are Buried Under a Glut of Resources [Quote – 954]

    Posted: Aug 22, 2019 | 4 weeks ago.

    Muslims, Good Muslims that is, seem to be always hurting for resources and numbers. But somehow that seems to be the nature of this Deen. That seems to be how this Deen works.

    The funny thing is — it is really most tragic in fact — that this seems to be the case even when good Muslims are buried under a glut of swollen numbers and limitless resources. As is the case with 21st Century Muslims.

    Their number is approaching a billion and a half. And their oil pretty much ran the world for nearly all of the last century. And their wealth spills around and fills the coffers of everybody everywhere.

    But Good Muslims still hurt for resources and for numbers. It is almost as if Allah does not want them to depend on anything or anyone except himself. 

    Others can have all they want: huge numbers, enormous wealth, every technical resource, everything. But Good Muslims shall have nothing but Allah.

    In the Battle of Badr Muslims barely had any numbers. They were able to put together no more than a force of 313 souls. And barely a horse or two among them. And a handful of camels. And their weapons were nothing beyond their own personal swords.

    But then they had something others did not have. They had Allah with them. And Allah went to do battle for them. And took entire battalions of angels with him. 

    That is right. Hit me with all the Fatwas you wish. But that is what Allah says in the Qur’an. The whole battle was fought by him. And he did all the shooting. And all killing on that day.

    Who do you think won the day in that battle — the Battle of Badr?

    Should Good Muslims be unhappy with this situation? I am not, even though it hurts like Whatever. And I am not even a Good Muslim to be included in that statement.

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    Double Standards of a Kafir Mindset [Quote – 953]

    Aug 20, 2019 | 4 weeks ago.

    Kafirs are those who knowingly and willfully deny and reject God. The mindset from which such a total denial and rejection of God proceeds carries all kinds of concomitants and attachments with it. 

    And all kinds of consequences too. Most of them unpleasant and terrible.

    Such a mind, I mean Kafir Mindset, does not believe either in Truth or in JusticeTruth for it is what it says it is at any particular time and with regard to any particular issue or situation.

    And Justice for it always comes tailored to its own needs and circumstances. For such a Kafir Mindset, there is always one Justice for self and one’s own and a totally different Justice for everybody else.

    Double standards are endemic to a Kafir mind. It is like Heads I Win, Tails You Lose.

    Islam, on the other hand, is the name for Universal Truth and One Justice for All

    Islam means Truth is Truth, no matter who says it, and no matter whom it benefits or hurts.

    And Islam means friends and foes alike will receive the same kind of Justice. Under Islam, it is not One Justice for Me and My People, and a Different Justice for Others.

    It was to end the Disparity in Truth Telling and Double Standards in Meting Out Justice that Islam came into this world. And Islam has been holding this fort ever since, all alone.

    I am a Muslim today for these reasons. Not because I am a good or nice man. I am a Muslim because Islam gave me refuge when I was lost and I had nowhere to go.

    I read the Qur’an and was blown away by the Aayat that says, in effect, Believers, Tell the Truth and Uphold Justice even if it be against yourselves or your own parents and relatives. 

    This was a big deal in Pagan Arabia of Fourteen Centuries ago. These Arabs lived and died and waged wars and killed and marauded for their fathers and relatives. 

    For such a fanatical people to be told in such stark terms: Tell the Truth and Uphold Justice without looking at whom it helps or hurts? 

    That is simply mind-boggling. It is not possible that such a statement could have a human source. So, I ended up being dragged into Islam, bound but not gagged. For, no one was ever able to gag me, thank God Almighty for that.

    Life to me is not life if it means loss of the right to think and to speak. That is why the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States is to me a reflection of the same Islam that came into this world 1400 years ago.

    And then the words of Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, sealed for me any possible exits there might have been. He said, in effect, people, listen carefully, earlier nations were destroyed because they had one system of Justice for the Rich and a very different system of Justice for the Poor.

    And then he declared, what I am paraphrasing here: 

    “I swear by God Almighty in whose hands my life is, if my own daughter 
    Fatimah commits a crime like theft, she will also receive the same 
    punishment that is prescribed for that crime. Just like everyone else.”

    This was in a world 1400 years ago. In a place called Arabia where might was right and sword was the ultimate arbiter of who got what.

    I cried and cried and cried and said: God Almighty, this is not human. Only you can create a system like this. And only a man who was selected and trained and appointed by you could think and speak like that.

    Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam!

    That is how I got stuck with Islam. I had nowhere to go. Nothing else was worth the bother. There was no competition from anywhere. Not even close. 

    And I became a fan. If it is all right to use that expression, Fan. I never used that expression for anyone or anything with regard to myself. Never did. But when Islam cornered me the way it did, I became a fan of Islam. 

    So, today I am calling myself a Fan. Not of a celebrity. Not of a sports team. Not of something else of that kind. But of all things Islam.

    And if I were not terrified of fellows hitting me with all kinds of Fatwas — not that their Fatwas really matter — I would even say a Fan of the Qur’an; and a Fan of the Hadith; and a Fan of God Almighty himself; and of his most amazing Rasul, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam.

    And I want to devote my life, and I have indeed done so for decades now, to build a life and a world whose contours I see in the Qur’an and in the Hadith. A world in which Truth and Justice will be the same for everybody, for friends as well as for foes.

    Today, the world is 1400 years older. Nations and societies pride themselves how civilized they have become. 

    Balderdash, I say. Nothing has changed for the world from the Pagan Culture of Arabia of 1400 years ago. It is the same Pagan Culture of Double Standards and a Kafir Mindset that we see prevailing everywhere.

    Today, for nations and peoples, as well as for individuals, families and groups, the Kafir Mindset of Double Standards controls thought as well as action, policy as well as practice: In both Truth Telling and in Delivering Justice.

    And it is this Kafir Mindset of Double Standards that has been at the root of much of Humanity’s troubles all these 1400 years. And that includes the barbarism of European Colonialism as well as World Wars One and Two.

    Today, politicians of all stripes put out their fingers in the wind and then decide to speak. Media all over the world think long and hard how to cover a certain story and then go in the direction they think is the best. Neither group, not politicians and not the media, are committed to the simple notion of One Truth for All and One Justice for All.

    The Kafir Mindset of Double Standards prevails everywhere. Except in Islam. So, what choice do I have but to be a Muslim?

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    Letter to a Stranger 
    Who Seems to Be Doing Some Good Work for His Country — 
    And For His People [Quote – 952]

    Aug 20, 2019 | 1 month ago.

    Thank you for replying. 

    Muslims, Allah bless them, do not like to communicate. Just imagine what this world would be like if only Muslims, once again, became great communicators, the way they used to be not so long ago.

    After all, Ghalib and Iqbal were Muslims were they not? Do you know any other communicator — “poet” if you prefer — who was, or who to this day is, better than them or who can match them in any language or culture, in any period of human history?

    Muslims of course like to bury that light in a closet by referring to Iqbal as Sha’ir-e-Mashriq

    Really? What about Sha’ir-e-Aalam?

    Forgive my intrusion. For, that is what this is: an intrusion on your time and kindness and indulgence.

    But do allow me to say that the best thing for a human being is to Work for Allah. There is no better work than that for anyone, anywhere, at any time. For, that was the reason God created us in the first place.

    If we cannot do that, whatever our reasons or excuses, the least we all can do is to work for all of humanity and to save and serve the entire world without limitations or distinctions of any kind.

    If we can’t do even that, then there is no more of a bottomline, as they say, than to serve our own native land, and our own native people. And do so most devoutly and diligently and sincerely.

    True and sincere Patriotism, that does not lapse into any kind of ChauvinismFascism and Jingoism, of the kind we see raising its ugly head in India today under Mr. Narendra Modi and Mr. Amit Shah, and the RSS and the BJP, is the least that can be expected of any decent and civilized human being anywhere.

    In the West or in the East.

    Thank you and God Bless You and your family for the wonderful work you are doing. May the Almighty purify the intention and Niyyat of all us. And may he also help and guide us to do the right thing, in the right way, and for the right reason.

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    Working for Allah vs. Working for Ourselves:
    An Islamic Point of View on Good and Bad Actions [Quote – 951]

    Aug 20, 2019 | 1 month ago.

    We work for Allah, even when we think we are working for ourselves. For, there really is no such thing as doing Work for God Almighty and then doing some other kind of Work for Ourselves — in our spare time as it were. And vice versa.

    The fact is: All Work is God’s Work.

    Provided we understand the following. And, provided, we meet the following requirements:

    a) Provided our intentions are right. 
    b) Provided our priorities are right.
    c) Provided our methodologies are right.

    Right action, done for the right reason, and in keeping with God Almighty’s Law of Halal and Haram, which means Lawful and Unlawful, is Good Action.

    It is Amal Salih.

    Every other action is exactly what it is. 

    There is a most beautiful Hadith of Bukhari Sharif. In fact, it is the very first Hadith of that most marvelous collection of what is the most authentic and verified historical data on earth that we call Hadith.

    That Hadith Sharif says:

    Innamal A’amaalu Bin-Niyyaat.

    One very limited paraphrase:

    “Actions depend on intentions.”

    Another equally limited paraphrase:

    “Intentions determine actions and make them what they are.”

    But in the system of Islam, actions are important in themselves. 

    Good Actions are good and important in and of themselves. And Good Actions are those that have been declared to be Good by God and his beloved Messenger Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam.

    Bad Intentions make even Good Actions bad. 

    Bad Actions are those that have been so designated by God and his beloved Messenger Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam

    Good Intentions do not render Bad Actions good. 

    That means actions designated to be bad by God and his beloved Messenger Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, are bad regardless of whether they are undertaken with good or bad intentions. 

    For example, Adultery, Gambling and Consumption of Alcohol do not turn into good actions, no matter by what supposed good intentions they may be undertaken.

    On the other hand, even Supreme Compulsory Good Actions, such as Salaah and Siyaam, become bad if they are undertaken with Bad Intentions such as impressing other people or showing off.

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    Stopping the Rise of Fascism in India [Quote – 950]

    Aug 16, 2019 | 1 month ago.

    As we celebrate this Eidul Adha, 2019, how many of us are taking the time to think about what a Fascist Indian Government is doing to Kashmir Muslims at the time of this Eid. What kind of Eid are the Muslims of Kashmir having?

    And what are we, in America, Europe, UK and elsewhere, willing to do in support of the Mazloom Kashmir Muslims at the hands of India’s Fascist Government

    Will we hold meetings and discuss the issue?  

    Will we dedicate our Jum’ah Khutbahs to discuss this matter? 

    Will we raise the Kashmir situation with our own government: our Senators, governors, Congressmen, mayors, media people, others?

    What are we doing to reach out to our non-Muslim fellow-citizens in America and elsewhere to educate them about the rise of this new wave of rabid Fascism in India? 

    And about the terrible fate that India’s Fascist BJP Government has imposed on the defenseless Muslims of Kashmir?

    Or is this all not part of Islam?

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    State of the Ummah [Quote – 949]

    Aug 16, 2019 | 1 month ago.

    The Muslim Ummah today is nearly one and a half billion strong: 1,500,000,000 souls as it were.

    After the Christians and the Chinese People, Muslims today are the largest grouping of humanity on God’s earth.

    But out of this multitude, there are one or two individuals, here and there, in every society and community, in a manner of speaking, who practically do a most amazing job in whatever they do, and thus carry the entire Ummah on their shoulders — these stray but most blessed individuals. 

    The rest of the Ummah lives happily ever after, doing what it has always done: Just going on living happily ever after.

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    Islam Is All about Doing a Proper Professional Job —
    In Everything You Do! [Quote – 948]

    Aug 16, 2019 | 1 month ago.

    No matter what you are doing, ask yourself how the best professional in that area and in that field would do it. If you make an honest and unrelenting effort to come up to that level, you would have gotten a taste of what it is to be a Muslim. For, Islam is about doing things — any thing and all things — the very best way that they can be done.

    In the language of the Hadith, it is called Itqaan.

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    A Book Called Quote-Unquote, Vol. 1 [Quote – 947]

    Aug 12, 2019 | 1 month ago.

    A Book Review of Sorts by the Author

    I did sit down this morning and read this book through: A Book Called Quote-Unquote, Vol. 1

    And my sentiments were: May Allah give all those people associated with the publication of this volume the most wonderful blessings of This World (Dunya) as well the most wonderful blessings of the Next World (Aakhirah).

    I mean all those amazing people who financed the project. All those who typed and scanned and proofread and printed the material. And all those who put the original quotes on www.IslamicSolutions.com. And so on.

    What impressed me most was that almost the entire publication was typo-free. And that to me, where Muslim publications are concerned, one of the greatest and most significant achievements.

    As for the quotes, they seemed to make general intuitive and scientific sense. And I felt fairly satisfied with the style and quality of writing and the language.

    This was important. For, this and all other publications associated with www.IslamicSolutions.Com originated with a conscious and determined effort to produce authentic Islamic Literature using language and style that would pass linguistic and professional muster.

    Readability from a professional point of view being one of the key requirements of all our publications, this one appeared to have met that requirement to a high degree. 

    As for the content having anything to do with Islam, Muslims and the World, well, our goal has always been to operate within the boundaries of the Qur’an and the Hadith, the two sources that encompass every form of knowledge and human experience and expression in the world.

    I wish everyone everywhere, professionals as well as the so-called lay people, both Muslims and non-Muslims, would somehow read this book. 

    And, maybe, reflect on its content. Some people would say there is some food for thought in some of those quotes.

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    What the Media Call Hindu or Indian Nationalism
    Is in Reality Fascism of the 21st-Century [Quote – 947]

    Aug 12, 2019 | 1 month ago.

    When Hitler and his Nazi hordes did it, they called it Nazism and mobilized the whole world to fight it.

    When Mussolini and his Fascist mobs did it, they called it Fascism and hanged them in public.

    Now that Narendra Modi and Amit Shah and their fanatical mobs of Bharatya Jan Sangh and its ideological parent RSS suppress dissent, persecute minorities and publicly lynch and massacre innocent civilians, the media and others call it Hindu Nationalism.

    The world is witnessing the rise of one of the worst Fascist regimes in the world in India today. The consequences of ignoring the rise of this 21st-Century Fascism in India, and whitewashing it by calling it Indian Nationalism or Hindu Nationalism, will be clear for all to see within the next several months. 

    And then it will be too late to do anything about it.

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    Returning to Doing a Qur’an Program Maybe? [Quote – 946]

    Aug 07, 2019 | 1 month ago.

    I don’t know. Only Allah knows. But indications are I may be returning to doing a Qur’an Program.

    Too early to tell. But there are signs it may happen. Of course, should Allah’s will and pleasure and Decree so require and mandate it.

    I make no secret of the fact that my heart is with the Qur’an. And my life is inside the pages and aayats of the Qur’an. I wish I could read the Qur’an and reflect on its wonders all the time.

    I also wish I could talk about the Qur’an every moment of my life — with whomever will listen, and, sometimes, even when there is no one around to listen. And keep talking about it till my tongue could move or function no more.

    There was a time I used to say, when I talk about the Qur’an I talk to an Audience of One. And that is none of the members of the audience at the time.

    And, of course, when you talk about the Qur’an, the space is crowded with Allah’s angels. And, of course, Allah is listening.

    So, you pick your audience then.

    I wish to talk about the Qur’an not because I don’t have other things to talk about. I do. There are a million things I could talk about, each more beautiful and more exciting than the other. 

    But the Qur’an is infinitely more exciting and infinitely more beautiful than everything else.

    And this is not a reflection of my “Faith,” whatever that means, but a simple statement of fact.

    So, opportunity came along, what nonsense, I should say, Allah brought an opportunity, to talk to some highly educated Muslims last night. 

    And they did what any Highly-Educated Muslim would do. Some of them wanted the session to be different. You know, “more structure,” “topics” clearly identified and all that wonderful stuff.

    In short, they wanted the session to look and run like a class. My first reaction was a bit on the naughty side. I thought in my heart, I did not say it aloud: You mean the way they said to Musa, Alaihis Salam?

    Yaa Musa Ij’al Lanaa Ilaahan,
    Kamaa Lahum Aalihah.

    Paraphrase:

    “Hey Musa, 
    See all those nice little gods these people have?
    Can you make one just like that for us also?”

    But then I gave them two assignments. And that is better than I did in the past 50 years of Talking Qur’an to the People.

    If you ask me, maybe those who read this must also undertake this assignment. Those Aayaat, just like every other Aayat in the Qur’an, are the most amazing things you will ever find.

    (1) Assignment One said: 

    Carefully review Aayaat 74-83 of Surah Al-An’am and tell me what they tell you about how Ibrahim, Alaihis Salam, marched from simple curiosity and observation of what he thought to be elementary natural phenomena such as a star to a fuller and more sophisticated discovery of reality and God Almighty himself.

    (2) And then Assignment Two said:

    Go through the Qur’an and give me a list of three “Topics,” or “Themes” you think the Qur’an is about.

    Maybe this assignment thing will make me a “teacher” now. But why would I even dare to want to be a “Teacher” when that title was claimed by someone whom Allah himself sent as a Teacher and a Message of Love and Mercy to all the Worlds?

    Qur’an Karim:

    Wa Maa Arsalnaaka Illaa Rahmatan Lil-Aalameen!

    Hadith Sharif:

    Innamaa Bu’ithtu Mu’alliman.

    Paraphrase:

    I don’t know how to paraphrase this Hadith. But I will, with great hesitation, say something like:

    I have only been sent as a Teacher!

    Or:

    All I am is a Teacher!

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    Message of This Eidul Adha 1440:
    Sunnat of Ibrahim, Alaihis Salam, Is Transcending Boundaries [Quote – 945]

    Aug 06, 2019 | 1 month ago.

    Muslim problem is not that Muslims are not good people. 

    Or that they do not work hard. Or that they are not smart. 

    Or that they do not have the wherewithal to be successful or even be great in this world.

    The main Muslim issue is that most Muslims are clueless about Islam. That is right, clueless, even though they may know their Salaah and other Faraa-id and Sunan and Nawaafil

    If Muslims knew their Islam, and understood it, they would know that the Sunnat of Ibrahim, Alaihis Salam, is to transcend boundaries: all kinds of boundaries, from geographic to cultural to ethnic to every other boundary that human beings are bound and limited by.

    His was a life of total freedom.

    The Aayat Karimah makes it as clear as it can be. Ibrahim, Alaihis Salam’s, destination is Allah.

    Innee Dhaahibun Ila Rabbee.

    And there is no mixing of motives here and there is no duality or blurring of boundaries:

    Inna Salaatee wa Nusukee wa Mahyaaya wa Mamaatee 

    Lillahi Rabbil Aalameen.

    ………………………………..

    Laa Sharika Lahu.

    It is time for Muslims everywhere to make a conscious attempt to transcend their natural geographic and ethnic and national boundaries of origin and start looking at themselves as “Muslims.”

    The way Ibrahim, Alaihis Salam, did.

    From this point of view, the pain of what is happening in Kashmir today, and what is going to happen in future all over the world, as a result of India’s illegal annexation of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, is not the pain of Kashmiri Muslims alone. 

    It should be the most personal and intimate pain of every single Muslim everywhere, regardless of what ethnic, cultural or geographic boundaries they may come from.

    And, beyond that, of every single human being everywhere.

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    Typos Are Haram [Quote – 944]

    Jul 27, 2019 | 1 month ago.

    Halal-Haram are core Islamic concepts. All of a Muslim’s life revolves around this twin axis of Halal-Haram.

    Haram means “Forbidden.” Taboo. It means inadmissible, unlawful, impermissible.

    Halal means that which is “Not Forbidden.” It means that which is lawful, permissible, admissible.

    And this Twin Axis of Halal-Haram is created by God Almighty himself. Because God Almighty is the true and real legislator of all things in human life. And this Twin Halal-Haram Axis is the foundation stone of all human legislative needs.

    And, of course, Allah’s Rasul, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, is too. He is the second source of all human legislative ideas and procedures and methods, after Allah.

    Go and count in the Qur’an the number of times God Almighty couples the name of his RasulSallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, with his own name. Go and see how many times the Qur’an says: Allah and his RasulSallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam.

    Example: 

    Atee’ullaha wa Atee’ur Rasula.

    After that, and based on guidelines and models provided by Allah and his Rasul, Sallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam, humans in every age and place are free to do their own specific legislation based on their changing needs.

    So, given the enormity of the concepts of Halal and Haram in Islam, it is not a good thing to loosely shoot one’s mouth, calling this or that thing Halal or Haram in a cavalier fashion.

    Keeping all these caveats in mind, I still feel comfortable saying, in a Fatwa-like manner, that Typos are Haram.

    And by that I mean, people, when they write their stuff, whatever it is that they write, have an “Islamic” responsibility to make sure that their writings are Typo free. Otherwise, they will be committing a sin for each Typo they make and allow to pass into their writing.

    After that, at stage two, all those who publish and proofread that material, and would not catch those typos and let them stand, would also be committing a sin.

    After that, at stage three, all those who read that material in one form or another, and for one reason or another, and ignore those Typos and fail to take any steps to alert responsible people to correct them, will also be sinful.

    This is the kind of Chain Reaction of Sin that, when it takes hold of a society, corrodes that society and weakens its moral fiber, and makes it vulnerable to all kinds of other moral, social and spiritual problems and issues.

    So, if this sounds like a Fatwa, it is. Well, a Fatwa of sorts, really, from someone who does not relish being in the Fatwa business, though qualified to issue Fatwas by background, qualification and training.

    And if, on the other hand, it sounds like a piece of social analysis, it is, which, social analysis I mean, I love doing. And also, for doing which I have undertaken enormous efforts to equip myself with all the needed training, tools and education.

    So, everybody, beware of typos: whether you make them; read them; or choose to ignore them. 

    And beware of the nefarious impact these seemingly innocuous Typos can produce on individuals and societies.

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