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    Once Again, A School for Muslims? [Quote – 842]

    Posted: Jul 12, 2017 | 1 week ago.

    All my life, I wanted to build a school for Muslims that will train a new generation of leaders for the world. 

    Not just along the lines of Eton and Harrow, but to beat both of those great historic landmarks in our educational landscape.

    Dream School of sorts for Muslims. And for the entire world

    It did not happen. My dreams, ambitions and plans came to naught. 

    While I am the only one responsible for these shattered dreams, and for all those plans gone awry, it is fair to say that it did not help that Muslims simply did not share my vision. 

    Even though education — the best kind of education — is what Islam is all about.

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    Can the Urdu Language Be Brought Back? [Quote – 841]

    Jul 12, 2017 | 1 week ago.

    For the longest time, I had written off the Urdu language. But then Allah brought me back. And I started to study Ghalib and Iqbal — and others — all over. 

    I realized there are no poets in any language I know that can touch either one of these two great masters: Ghalib and Iqbal

    And I have defended that position everywhere since. And would love to do that for as long as I live.

    It is understandable why people will lose interest in Urdu. Especially Muslims. But it is possible to bring the Urdu language back. 

    Hindus are picking it up. Many of them for their own reasons, as people generally do. But it is not impossible to get Muslims interested. It is going to be hard, maybe, but quite possible. 

    I have been privileged to talk to broad-based White non-Muslim audiences in US about Urdu poetry, and in particular about Ghalib and Iqbal, and, quite frankly, they were fascinated.

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    The “Miracle” of This Ummat [Quote – 840]

    Jul 12, 2017 | 1 week ago.

    This Ummat to this day does not have a really good translation of the Qur’an in English. Based on what I know of course. I have not looked at every new thing that might have come out.

    Will someone explain that to me. We are supposed to be 1.5 billion strong. Not that numbers of that kind ever impressed me.

    When you say numbers, I think the epochal encounter between right and wrong at a place called Badr, during the second year of Hijrat — Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam’s, world-changing migration to Madinah.

    I think about the number of Muslims in that encounter. And that number was no greater than 313. 

    And that tiny band of people was pitted against a well-armed army of 1000. And this small group of 313 men with character and courage beat the odds and won the day.

    So, numbers mean nothing to me. 

    And then all that money in which this Ummat is supposed to be rolling: trillions upon trillions of dollars!

    And I said that a long time ago: how Muslim money was running the world. Everything in the world, that is, except Islam.

    And often working to bring Islam to its knees, if it could, and perpetuate the bondage in the life of the Muslims.

    And then there are supposed to be 50 or 60 Muslim countries. Again numbers. And no one ever asks what kind of political, social, educational or economic and financial system these so-called Muslim governments operate under.

    Whose interests are they all serving?

    And who do most of their leaders really answer to: their own citizens or their paymasters, minders and handlers, both domestic and foreign?

    So, all this good stuff and yet not a drop to drink, as they say? Not one real good translation of the Qur’an? 

    A simple man like me cannot fathom this miracle by this Ummat. Even though it is plain as daylight  for all to see.

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    God’s Way with Truth [Quote – 839]

    Jul 12, 2017 | 1 week ago.

    “God’s way in his world is that those who seek the truth shall find it. 

    Provided they are sincere, have a measure of humility, are committed and remain persistent in their search.

    If they are all that, truth then shall come to them in God’s own good time, place and scale – as everything else would and does.

    Just as the Qur’an says:

    Kullu shai-y-in indahu bi-miqdaar.

    Paraphrase:

    “Everything God does is most meticulously planned and measured.”

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    Note to a Friend [Quote – 838]

    Jul 12, 2017 | 1 week ago.

    Dear Friend:

    Have not heard from you. Hope you will work with our mutual friend —— and address whatever the issues are.

    There are few people like you and fewer still like ——. The results of your cooperation thus far are clear and powerful. They have made an impact on the world.

    The thing to do now is for you all to come together to make our work go forward. 

    But do bear in mind Allah’s Work does not need anyone. Nor does it depend on anyone. On the other hand, it ls individuals and groups — and nations and societies — that rise and fall, live or perish, by this work.

    Also, remember that coming together and working together as one solid ironclad entity (Ka-Annahum Bunyaanum Marsoos) has always been a challenge for Muslims.

    Their one big hurdle in life has always been working together with discipline under good leadership. Generally, when one is there, the other goes missing. 

    But when the two come together, disciplined following and good leadership, the results are nothing short of spectacular. That is what changed the world and made the world the kind of wonderful place that it is today.

    All of history is a lesson in this.

    Another name for it is Islam. Nothing more, nothing less.

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    When Allah’s Light Strikes [Quote – 837]

    Jul 10, 2017 | 1 week ago.

    Light of Allah — Noorullah — while eternal and constant, strikes human hearts differently at different times.

    And there are a lot of reasons why it is so.

    We need to hold on to the moments of light and clarity Allah brings us, and move forward along the paths divinely illumined for us, and not allow ourselves to stagnate or regress or stumble off the path.

    (Dr. Pasha)

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    Problems and Their Solutions [Quote – 836]

    Jul 10, 2017 | 1 week ago.

    The world is full of problems – some small, some big; some comparatively easy to solve and some that seem to defy easy solutions.

    One solution to many of the problems we face – and certainly one way of coping with these problems – is to move forward with the work of Allah that we have chosen for ourselves. 

    Those of us, that is, who have made that conscious decision and commitment in their lives.

    The fact is that this is work that has been given to us by none other than God Almighty himself. He could have given this work to anyone anywhere. 

    But, in his wisdom and mercy, he chose to place that burden on us, unworthy and weak and insignificant as we are.

    And by this work I mean our production and distribution of literature; our outreach efforts aimed at both Muslims and non-Muslims; and our activities that seek to invite people to Allah and introduce them to the Qur’an.

    And this work includes our meetings, discussions and Dhikr sessions; our time with the Qur’an; and everything else that we undertake along these lines.” 

    What a glorious way to live!

    And what easy solution to the problems we may face!

    (Dr. Pasha)

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    How to Deal with Shaitan [Quote – 835]

    Jul 03, 2017 | 2 weeks ago.

    In dealing with Shaitan and his agents, the simple thing is this: 

    Don’t have a wandering eye and a weak heart.

    When Shaitan and his agents come calling, as they will every opportunity they get, and remember they will come bearing all kinds of attractive offers and gifts, just read: 

    Aoodhu Billahis Samee-il Aleemi Minash Shaitanir Rajeem.

    That is what Allah asks us in the Qur’an to do.

    And tell them in simple English:

    Begone!

    To talk to them, to engage with them, and to discuss things with them is to offer Shaitan and his progeny an invitation to enter. 

    And that is all Shaitan wants: for the door to give just a little. He can then push it open all the way — before you even realize what has happened.

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

    Jun 20, 2017 | 4 weeks 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 | 1 month 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 | 1 month 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 | 1 month 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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