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Posted: Feb 08, 2016 | 4 days, 3 hrs ago.
by Kalamazad Mohammed
It’s interesting, to say the least, how Muslims have restricted Islam to Salaat and Siyaam — praying and fasting.
And may be a Hajj — or two. And any number of Umrahs.
Whatever happened to the job of inviting others to Allah, which always was, and which always must be, a part and parcel of being a Muslim?
This most important requirement of Islam — taking the message of Islam to the whole world — is not done with any concerted effort.
Who is worried these days about bringing new Muslims into Islam; about educating them in all that they need to know about Islam; and about training them to be good Muslims, good and productive members of the societies in which they live, and overall good human beings in every conceivable way.
The way Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, was throughout his life!
And how beautifully the Qur’an — God Almighty himself — testifies to that fact:
Wa Innaka La-Alaa Khuluqin Azeem!
Dr. Pasha’s paraphrase:
“And what a marvelous character you possess!”
Feb 08, 2016 | 4 days, 4 hrs ago.
There are those who argue that if you believe in Jesus, you cannot then follow Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam. That is because Jesus, Alaihis Salaam — God Bless Him — said:
“I am the way. No one comes to God the Father but through me.”
That is right. That is precisely what he said: Jesus, Alaihis Salam.
The Qur’an says it came to confirm, validate and guard the earlier Divine Scripture —Muhaiminan Alaihi. And it does.
As part of this confirmation and validation process, the Qur’an says that is precisely what Jesus, Alaihis Salam, said to his people. He said to them: Follow me, I am the way to God Almighty — the Father.
From the point of view of the Qur’an, it should be read as: Innee Rasulullah!
And that is also precisely what all other prophets and messengers of God said to their people.
They all said: Ittaqullaha wa Atee-ooni!
Fear Allah and follow me — meaning: “I am the way!”
A perfect equivalent to Muhammad Rasulullah!
Feb 04, 2016 | 1 week ago.
Islam is about inviting people to Allah. And doing so without let up.
Just like Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, did all his life.
If they don’t listen to you in Makkah, go to Taif.
If they beat you up in Taif, move to Madinah.
Don’t stop till you die.
That is how Islam — and Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam — changed the whole world in about 20 years or so.
Jan 23, 2016 | 2 weeks, 5 days ago.
We are God Almighty’s slaves. The whole world is. As a result, the default position of our life — our existence — is work.
Sleeping, eating, resting and all else, are part of the perks of working for the most kind, loving and merciful master. Nothing beyond that.
Work is doing what we are designed to do. That is a default position for all of creation. The world operates that way — by virtue of its very creation and design.
And there are no breaks or work stoppages. It is nonstop work 24-7 as they say.
Even human life is largely a part of that default mechanism: all systems of human biology are default based in terms of their work.
Death is the name for system failure — crash — when human biological systems have run their course and can no longer function as default mechanisms.
But where human existence rises to the level of conscious and deliberate choice, including the right to rejection, and the option of saying “no,” work is by choice and commitment and acceptance. It is still doing what one is told to do — you “pray” exactly as you are taught — but mediated by a process of learning, thinking, accepting or rejecting.
Life — and work — is hard or easy based on how God makes it.
Easy is what God makes easy. And when he chooses, he makes the hard easy.
Wa Anta Taj’alul Hazna Sahlan Idhaa Shi’ta!
Jan 18, 2016 | 3 weeks, 4 days ago.
Here is something we all must understand clearly: Those who come forward — and enlist in some form or fashion — at some stage, to Work for Allah, they have in a sense bought a one-way ticket.
That means they have nowhere to run — but to Allah.
All doors are now closed for them, all avenues and all exits shut, except Allah’s door.
And if they leave their work in the middle and run, they will be caught and brought back to stand before Allah and face the consequences of their flight.
Right here in this world as well as in the next world.
For, they are fugitives from justice — Allah’s justice. Nothing can or will give them refuge.
And nothing can or will help them.
As the Qur’an says:
An Laa Malja-a Minallahi — Illaa Ilaihi (9:118).
Paraphrase of Aayat Karimah:
“There is no refuge for them — “
“Except in and with Allah!”
“No one but Allah can save them or give them refuge or offer them protection.”
And also, as the Hadith Sharif says:
Innamaa Ya’kuludh Dhi’bu Minal Ghanamil Qaasiyah.
Paraphrase of Hadith Sharif:
The wolf only devours the lone sheep — that strays from its flock.
Jan 17, 2016 | 3 weeks, 5 days ago.
In a sense, we are all waiting for the Qur’an. For the Qur’an to come into our lives.
And into our world.
We want the Qur’an to be revealed to us, as it were.
We want the Qur’an to change our lives and to change the world in which we live. To make it better in every conceivable way.
We want to be able to read the Qur’an: all the time — barring all the duties that lie on our shoulders. As parents; as spouses; as citizens; as members of civilized societies.
And we want to be able to understand the Qur’an: as much as we can — with all our limitations and inadequacies.
And we want the Qur’an to talk to us — and to share its wonders with us.
While all this is going on — and while the best of us are in a waiting mode for the Qur’an to enter and take over our lives –we turn to all the substitutes God allows us to produce and use and share: all the books and all other things of that nature.
They are shadows and reflections of the Qur’an. And not the real thing. And we hope they will help us to get to the Qur’an;The Real Thing.
For, the Qur’an is Qur’an. And nothing takes its place.
Jan 16, 2016 | 3 weeks, 5 days ago.
This business of Working for Allah is hard. It is only easy when Allah makes it easy.
And Allah has.
Wa Laqad Yassarnal Qur’ana Lidh-Dhikr!
But the trouble comes from within us: from our Nafs. When Shaitan warns us at every turn: “Beware!”
“Beware,” says Shaitan, “You run the risk of losing something worldly if you Work for Allah.”
“And if you work too, too hard for him.”
“So, protect yourself. And go easy!”
“Pace yourself,” says Shaitan.
“There are other things in life than Working for Allah,” says Shaitan.
And this Voice of Warning comes from inside us — from our own Nafs.
It comes from the Shaitan who races in our veins like blood.
So, all too many people fall prey to it. Easy prey! Without too much resistance.
They get rattled by that voice coming from inside them.
They get fooled by Shaitan.
And they give up. And they run and hide. And they begin to play hooky with Working for Allah.
They play truant.
And then Shaitan manifests himself. He drops his disguise and comes out in the open.
He drops the veil and shows his face.
And then people try to wake up with the shock of meeting Shaitan face to face. They then try to shake Shaitan off.
They try to run. But they cannot.
It is too late.
Shaitan is now all over them. And he has them at their mercy.
Shaitan now has control of their life.
And of their destiny!
Allah’s warning now comes true. And it is now out in the open, for everyone to see — with the naked eye:
Laa Yaftinannakumush Shaitan …!
Don’t let Shaitan fool you, the way he fooled your parents — Adam and his mate.
Jan 16, 2016 | 3 weeks, 6 days ago.
A lot of times, Islam comes down to identifying the most promising individuals and recruiting, teaching and training them — one person at a time — in Islamic theory and practice.
That is how the prophets of God, peace and blessings of God be on them, did it in earlier times. And that is how it can best be done now — and forever.
Jan 12, 2016 | 1 month ago.
Did you know that you have the right to say no – to anyone and anything?
And that the right to say “No!” may very well be quintessentially the most fundamental and inalienable right you have, if you are a human being?
And here is a further escalation of this concept: You have the right to say “No!” to anyone and anything including God Almighty himself.
Of course there are consequences to saying no.
For example, if you refuse to pay your taxes, the law will catch up with you – sooner or later.
Or if you refuse to obey a policeman, you may end up in jail or even dead.
Or if you fail to stop at the red light, you will get hit with a ticket, if not by other cars.
These are all normal requirements of civilized and orderly living in a society. Regardless of whether you are a Muslim or a non-Muslim.
And if you refuse to believe in God – and say no to him as it were – but then it turns out that there really is a God out there, then you may have some serious answering and explaining to do.
But there is more to life than obeying traffic signals.
As a human being, you have certain rights that no one can take away from you. And one of them is the right to say no to anyone and anything you want.
Including God Almighty himself!
And that right is given to you by God himself.
In fact, that is what makes you a human being in the first place – as distinct from so many other creations of God right here on this earth: the right to say no.
The Magna Carta – early 13th Century, right? – was an affirmation of the right of King John of England’s lords and barons to say no to their king. No more, no less.
And, believe it or not, that is what Islam came into this world to teach – and to ensure that everyone everywhere had that right: the right to say no.
Regardless of anyone’s race, religion, nationality or gender.
Full 600 years before the English lords and barons forced King John to grant them the right of refusal as it were.
It is things like this that make me think how anyone can make up all these things in the name of Islam.
Jan 12, 2016 | 1 month ago.
For much of the time, Islam and Muslims are like two ships moored side by side at a port. Or gliding and twinkling past each other in the high seas at night.
At times, there is an interface of sorts between them. Or, if I may spoof off an old Hollywood movie expression, a close encounter of some kind.
And that makes the world what it is.
I wonder what the world would be like if the two – Islam and those professing to be Muslims – really intertwined and merged for any length of time.
After all, 10 years of Islam at Makkah, and another 10 years of it at Madinah, all of it under the most beautiful, sublime and humanly perfect leadership of Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, made the world what it is today, did it not?
Is that too much of a stretch to see that practically everything good and productive and nice and wonderful in human affairs that the world has today is more or less traceable to those most amazing 20 years in human history?
And, therefore, a most glorious legacy of Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, whom God Almighty says he sent into this world as a Personification of Mercy to All the Worlds?
Jan 03, 2016 | 1 month, 1 week ago.
I have noticed something. Clarity in speech and writing — and everything good — comes from Allah.
Allah the Al-Haqq!
Allah the Al-Malikul Haqqul Mubeen!
All you need to do is to plug in.
It may take a lifetime happening. Or it may take only a second or two. But the difference shines like the midday sun in a cloudless sky — for everyone to see.
That is everyone except those who are blinded by the sun itself!
Jan 03, 2016 | 1 month, 1 week ago.
Muslims are a people without a single decent newspaper among the 1,500,000,000 (1.5 billion) of them.
They have pretty much everything else: tallest towers; biggest and shiniest malls; most barrels of oil; all the super-luxury cars in the world; all the race horses they want; and who knows what else.
But a single decent news outlet — electronic or print? Muslims are still beholden to everybody else in the world.
The Rupert Murdochs of the world don’t even care to thumb their noses at them.
Fifty years ago, it made sense when Muslims did their bleats: What can we do? We just don’t have the money!
But now, 50 years later, Muslims burn their money to warm their hands on every street corner. Some would say, and how right they would be, Muslim money runs the world.
And Muslim money fills the bellies that are already too full and bloated and sated.
And yet, not one decent Muslim news outlet in sight.
Muslims, like all or most human beings, get what they want. They want their towers and malls and sports and all else. And they get them.
They fear honest and true news outlets — and therefore don’t want them — they don’t have them.
Not me, but the Qur’an!
People get only what they really want and strive for, says God Almighty in the Qur’an.
Layisa Lil Insaani Illaa Maa Sa’aa!
Aqeedah time, would you say?
By the way, whatever happened to all that never-ending happy-happy Aqeedah talk? Is it all hunky dory on the Aqeedah front now?
Let me restate the whole thing:
When it comes to a really, really world-class news operation, Muslims don’t have it because they don’t really want it. If they wanted it, and then if they had worked for it, they would have had it.
Just like Allah says in the Qur’an.
Allah has given Muslims all the worldly wherewithal with which to make it happen. Except of course the will and the burning desire, which in his infinite wisdom he emptied from their hearts and bosoms.
Layisa Lil Insaani Illaa Maa Sa’aa!