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    Islam Is All About Team Building [Quote – 723]

    Posted: Aug 24, 2016 | 16 hours, 12 mins ago.

    Islam is not just for individuals. Even though individuals are always at the core of it all.

    Islam is about building, nurturing and training teams that will work for Allah in their private as well as in their public affairs. 

    And Islam is about becoming a part and parcel of such teams — wherever they exist, and regardless of all the odds.

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    Transparency & Accountability [Quote – 722]

    Aug 24, 2016 | 16 hours, 14 mins ago.

    I don’t know what others think. But to me Islam is all about transparency and accountability. Both before God and before People.

    When those of us who claim or think they are working for Allah fall short on the fronts of transparency and accountability, we fall short on Islam. Period.

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    Islam and Ketchup [Quote – 721]

    Aug 24, 2016 | 16 hours, 16 mins ago.

    For some people, Islam is like ketchup. Life goes on with or without Islam.

    Fries decidedly taste better with ketchup. But fries go on ketchup or no ketchup.

    And, luckily, how many brands there are — of ketchup. When you run from one, you can always find refuge in any of the others. For, after all, they all call themselves “ketchup.”

    So also Islam.

    Every Islamic outfit not only calls itself “Islam,” everybody even has a label that reads:

    “The Only Real and Original Islam Ketchup. Directly From the First Tomatoes Ever Made!”

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    A Trip and a Man and a Book [Quote – 720]

    Aug 15, 2016 | 1 week, 2 days ago.

    It was a trip I was supposed to be too ill to make. It was an unlikely trip.

    But the trip was made anyway. Allah made it happen — as Allah makes everything happen.

    And on that trip I met a man — an unlikely man. And he told me an unlikely thing.

    He said he often finished the Qur’an — doing a Khatm of the Qur’an as they say, from cover to cover — once in two days. 

    That is 15 Juz or parts of the Qur’an a day! 

    And it is fifteen Khatm a month, right? 

    Right here on this earth? Right now in our own age and time? And I met such a man?

    How likely is that? The entire trip was supposed not to happen, a most unlikely trip, given how unroadworthy some people were.

    And the fact that I got to shake the hand of this man? What a jackpot that was, as they may say.

    And he was such an unlikely man. Tall and elegant and most unassuming — and clean shaven as a whistle. Soft of voice and mild of manner with an incredible sense of humor.

    Are there more people like him on this earth?

    And are these people the reason why the sun still rises from the East and the sky still sustains and nourishes life on earth by giving it water?

    And what a book, this Qur’an.

    “It just happens,” said the man when he saw me so completely aghast by the news I had just heard. “Once you pick up the Qur’an, you can’t put it down.”

    And he said: “It goes by itself.”

    What a man!

    And what a book!

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    Doing a Better Job with Our Posting of Our Work [Quote – 719]

    Aug 15, 2016 | 1 week, 2 days ago.

    Here is how, maybe, we can improve our work of posting our posts.

    And how not to miss our mail.

    Let us try and sit down with a laptop of some kind in a designated place. I mean rather than do things while we scurry about with a cell phone attached to our anatomy.

    Let us read very carefully — both the posts that need to be posted and the requests and instructions that go with them.

    If necessary, let us set aside a certain time of day or night for doing so.

    Let us do the same for reading our mail if we can.

    I somehow have this primitive notion in my mind that, maybe that way, we will reduce error in our postings and in our spotting and reading of our mail.

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    Difference between Must and Can [Quote – 718]

    Aug 11, 2016 | 1 week, 6 days ago.

    We all have our job cut out for us. We all are required to do what we must. 

    We have a mandate from God to do what we all must.

    We are after all his slaves. And slaves don’t have much of a choice.

    But in reality, we all being who we are, we end up doing what we can.

    But in this ongoing fight between our “Must” and “Can,” let us not make Islam an orphan: Let us not make it the last item on our To Do List.

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    Qur’an:
    Everyone Should Make Islam Their Personal Concern! [Quote – 717]

    Aug 11, 2016 | 2 weeks ago.

    Here is what the Qur’an says about the kind of priorities each one of us should have in our lives. And the Qur’an makes it crystal clear that Islam needs to be a most serious personal concern for each one of us.

    And the Qur’an lists in great detail the things that we value most in life — item by item, one after the other — and says that Islam needs to be at least as dear and at least as important to us as any or all of these things.

    And the Qur’an ends this passage with the dire warning that if we fail to personalize Islam in this way, then Allah will decide what to do with us.

    Here is a list of the things the Qur’an says human beings may tend to value most in their lives:

    our fathers and mothers;
    our sons and daughters;
    our brothers and sisters; 
    our wives and husbands; 
    members of our extended family; 
    all the wealth we accumulated over the years;
    our businesses, jobs and professions;
    our favorite houses and dwellings; 
    (9:24)

    And the Qur’an then goes on to say that if we refused to do that, then we must just wait for Allah’s decision to arrive!

    This is scary stuff, to say the least.

    Here is the Aayat Karimah from Surah Tawubah:

    Qul,
    In Kaana Aabaa-ukum, 
    Wa Abnaa-ukum, 
    Wa Ikhwaanukum,
    Wa Azwaajukum, 
    Wa ‘Asheeratukum, 
    Wa Amwaalun Iqtaraftumoohaa,
    Wa Tijaaratun Takhshawuna Kasaadahaa, 
    Wa Masaakina Tardawunahaa,
    Ahabba Ilayikum Minallahi Wa Rasoolihi,
    Wa Jihaadin Fi Sabeelihi,
    Fa-Tarabbasoo Hattaa Ya’tiyallahu Bi-Amrihi!

    A Paraphrase of Aayah 9:24:

    Say:
    If your fathers, and your sons, and your brothers, 
    And your wives, and your relatives and your family members, 
    And the wealth that you have accumulated, 
    And the businesses you fear may suffer and that you so jealously guard, 
    And the houses and dwelling places that you love, 
    Are dearer to you than Allah, and His Messenger, 
    And ceaseless struggle in the path of God, 
    Then just wait till Allah brings about his decision.

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    Saying and Doing the Right Thing [Quote – 716]

    Aug 10, 2016 | 2 weeks ago.

    When we do or say something, others watch. And they listen.

    And, when we think, no one is watching or listening, Allah is.

    That is the difference between faith and lack of faith — between being a Muslim and not being a Muslim.

    As a result, all Muslims, at all times, must speak and act as if they are on Candid Camera all the time. 

    And the whole world is watching their every move.

    And the whole world is listening to them.

    And when it may appear no one is around, and no one is seeing what we are up to, or hearing what we may be saying, then we must rest assured in the belief, and in the knowledge, that Allah is with us all the time.

    Wherever, and in whatever situation, we may be.

    Wa Huwa Ma’akum Ayinamaa Kuntum!

    That is Qur’an.

    And that being the case, we must always be mindful of God’s presence. And we must act appropriately.

    And God deserves more respect than all the others. We need to be more mindful of his presence than we are of the presence of anyone else.

    Here is a Hadith:

    Wallahu Ahaqqu An Yustahyaa Minhu!

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    Jum’ah Khutbah:
    Islam Is about Knowledge and Understanding [Quote – 715]

    Aug 04, 2016 | 2 weeks, 6 days ago.

    Islam is a Deen of Ilm.

    That means Islam is a Deen of knowledge, and science, and education, and scholarship, and research, and inquiry.

    And Islam is a Deen of Fikr.

    That means Islam is a Deen of thinking, and reflection, and analysis, and understanding.

    Muslims have largely ritualized Islam. And they have taken all life and functionality and effectiveness from some of the most powerful tools of Islamic education, motivation and regeneration such as Jum’ah Khutbah that God Almighty gave them.

    As a result, many if not most Jum’ah Khutbahs are stillborn.

    Most Jum’ah Khutbahs are ineffective at best and dysfunctional and narcotizing at some of their worst.

    Is it any surprise then that the Muslim Nation — the global and divinely constituted Muslim Ummah — is in the kind of disarray that it is?

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    Two Qualifications for Giving Jum’ah Khutbah — 
    on University Campuses in the United States
    [Quote – 714]

    Aug 04, 2016 | 2 weeks, 6 days ago.

    Recently, I gave a Jum’ah Khutbah — after much humming and hawing from the organizers — in an Ivy League University.

    In that Khutbah, I said, among other things, those who do not have a firm grasp of Arabic should not put themselves up as candidates to give Jum’ah Khutbah.

    But the knowledge of Arabic, I pointed out was only a necessary and not a sufficient condition as a qualification to give Khutbah

    And I pointed out that both Abu Jahl and Abu Lahab knew Arabic well. But that does not qualify either one of them to give Khutbah.

    And then I said, as a second requirement, those who give Khutbah on a university campus in a place like the United States should have a strong command of the English language, which, once again, is a necessary but not a sufficient condition in and of itself.

    They should be able to speak English well, clearly, effectively and even eloquently. For, the Jum’ah Khutbah was a place and an occasion for some measured and effective eloquence.

    And those who do not know Arabic well, as well as those who cannot speak English clearly and well enough, should be extremely hesitant to give the Khutbah.

    For, the Jum’ah Khutbah is not just a “Holy Ritual,” as some may say.

    The Jum’ah Khutbah is, in fact, a most potent tool the Muslims have been given by God for their ongoing education, motivation and regeneration as a community or Jama’at and as an Ummah or a global nation of believers.

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    Those Working for Allah Must Try and Keep Focus —
    At All Times [Quote – 713]

    Jul 31, 2016 | 3 weeks, 3 days ago.

    Our job — the job of all us — is to take the Qur’an to every home and heart that needs it — and which one does not?

    We have no other job in this world.

    And that is the job we have committed ourselves to.

    And Allah will hold us to our word, for, as Muslims, Our Word Is Our Bond:

    Wa Kaana ‘Ahdullahi Mas-oola!

    And every other job and or duty that we may have in this world as responsible and productive members of civilized society, and as citizens, parents, spouses, neighbors and all that, is subsumed under this broad framework. 

    And that comes down to distributing our literature: To every male and female we know.

    To every non-Muslim and Muslim in that order, if you don’t mind my saying so.

    And that means SINGLE-MINDED FOCUS on doing that.

    When we take our eyes off that ball, and when we lose focus, we get into all kinds of trouble.

    The Battle of Uhad is a most illustrative, and most painful, example of momentary loss of focus on the part of Muslims.

    Go, study the incident — the Battle of Uhad I mean — and you will know what dire consequences followed that Loss of Focus on the part of Muslims.

    Muslims had that battle won. But that Loss of Focus on the part of Muslims, snatched for them, defeat — or near-defeat — from the jaws of a most glorious victory, with the most terrible personal consequences.

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    Those Who Say or Think They Are Working for Allah [Quote – 712]

    Jul 31, 2016 | 3 weeks, 3 days ago.

    We all raise important points in our mail. 

    At one time or another. And in one way or another.

    The rest of us, those who get these e-mails, we all have a responsibility to address those points.

    Each and every one of us is expected to, and required to, do that.

    That is our job. That is what we are all supposed to do.

    And we all got to do that without constant reminders from others.

    I don’t think we pay each other “enough” to send us reminders. In fact, not one of us gets paid for any of this. We all know that we all do this work for free, as it were.

    Except for whatever compensation or reward God Almighty may choose to give us, should he find any of what we do good enough — and sincere enough: done only to please him, and not to rake up praise and recognition and appreciation from onlookers.

    Not for showoff purposes, that is.

    This “showoff” business is a trap that Shaitan has set up for us everywhere. 

    And all too many of us are caught up in that trap in one way or another. That means while many of the best of us claim that we are working purely for Allah, not too many of us are immune from feeling puffed up, and wonderful and flattered, when other people shower praise and recognition upon us.

    So, recognition by God, and reward from him, is the only payment we expect — and we hope we get.

    So, we all need to do our job, and we all need to do our duty. 

    And we all need to do that without reminders from others and without other people being constantly after us.

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