Posted: Jan 11, 2017 | 6 days ago.
Does the thought sometimes cross our mind that maybe IslamicSolutions.Com should have more visitors than it does presently?
Of course it does. And, frankly, we wouldn’t be human if it did not.
But, also quite frankly, given the record of this world, and in particular of this Ummat, with the Qur’an, and the Hadith, we should be out of our mind to complain.
Jan 11, 2017 | 6 days ago.
At IslamicSolutions.Com, we are about Islam, not about technology. Even though our motto in anything and everything that we do remains: You Touch It, You Nail It.
And for us, with regard to anything and everything we handle: Best Or Nothing.
That is not because we are so good. It is because that to us is basic, elementary Islam.
For us, Islam is not a home for losers; and it is not a hideout for second-raters and also-rans.
To us, it is self-evident that if Islam is good enough to be called Allah’s Deen, it is good enough to be considered the Best.
Innad Deena Indallahil Islam.
But still, at IslamicSolutions.Com, technology is neither our focus nor our priority. Nor is it a matter of pride or joy for us.
We would rather be wrong and deficient a million times on questions of technology than be wrong one single time about the Deen of Allah.
The one who created the Seven Heavens without a single crack or rupture or imperfection in them:
Maa Taraa Fee Khalqir Ramaani Min Tafaawut.
Hal Taraa Min Futoor?
So, when it comes to anything pertaining the world, we are always guided by the canon that nothing less than the Best of the Best is acceptable to us — no matter how often and how blatantly we may fall short of that ideal, while making our best efforts to reach and breach it.
But when it comes to Allah’s Deen, whatever it is and however you define and measure it, even the minutest deviation, departure, shortcoming, distortion or misrepresentation is not acceptable to us.
And it is our firm belief, and our most fervent hope and prayer, that anything we say on IslamicSolutions.Com is Islam and nothing but Islam.
For, that is the goal that we have committed ourselves to.
That is part of the reason why take the precautions we do, and exercise the care and caution we exercise, when it comes to adding anything to IslamicSolutions.com or omitting anything from it.
Including colors and pictures and font sizes and punctuation marks — and all else.
Jan 11, 2017 | 6 days ago.
Question is not if we are being used, the question is Who Is Using Us: Allah or the Devil?
I am not denying the existence of Free Will in human life. In Islam, Free Will is a founding postulate. That means something that is taken for granted at the most basic level.
Everyone knows Islam is about submission. And those without Free Will do not “submit.” They just “succumb.”
They are designed to do what they end up doing: To say yes and do as told.
They are nothing but robots and automatons, mere nodes — different points — on the cosmic Reflex Arc.
Saying “No” is not an option for them.
But still this is how Allah’s world works: You are being used.
The only question is who is using you.
a) Allah and those working for him?
b) Or the Devil, Shaitan, and those working for him?
And as you live, you will know. But here is a clue.
If you see yourself impelled, called upon and facilitated to do Good Things, you should know that Allah is the one using you.
Lammatun Minal Malaki!
That is how the Hadith puts it.
When that happens, you should immediately turn to Allah and ask him to fortify you further. You should become very, very careful you do not slip up and you do not become arrogant and conceited and smug.
There are all kinds of Du’as that can help you in this respect, including the following:
Allahumma Yaa Muqallibal Quloob … (Al-Hadith)
Allahumma Yaa Musarrifal Quloob … (Al-Hadith)
Rabbanaa Laa Tuzigh Quloobanaa … (Al-Aayah)
If, on the other hand, you find yourself pulled and propelled to do Bad Things, then you should realize that it is the Devil’s hand that is moving and using you.
You should then immediately check yourself and try to get back on track.
Again, there are all kinds of Du’as and Awuraad to help you. Not the least of which is Ta’awwuz — A’oozu Billahi …
And the two Mu’awwidhatayin…
Qul A-oodu Bi-Rabbil Falaq.
And Qul A-oodu Bi-Rabbin Naas.
Constant vigilance is called for, because Shaitan is subtle and invisible. And he is patient and persistent in pursuing you.
Jan 10, 2017 | 1 week ago.
Here is what one of us wrote recently — with appropriate editing:
“I also hope people had a wonderful ‘holiday’ period.
For my part, together with my family, we have been reviewing the aayaat we covered in the Qur’an Program over the years.
It is quite amazing how these aayaat reveal so many different things at different times.
Indeed this is part of the many miracles of the Qur’an,
as it were.”
In response, here is what I want to say:
Allah bless you and you family. You always do the most amazing things.
Personally, you and your family could not have given me a better present, as they say, this “Holiday Season,” than this.
For, this whole thing that we do — writing, speaking, distributing literature, emailing and everything else — is about each and everyone of us connecting with Allah and his book, and getting everyone else in the world to do the same.
For, we have no other purpose, object or agenda in our mind. And everything else that we may appear to be doing, or engaged in, whether it is our education, our jobs, our travels, our businesses or our family and social life, is simply means to that end.
Qul Innanee Hadaanee Rabbee
Ilaa Siraatin Mustaqeem…
“Say, my master has put me on a straight path…”
Qul Inna Salaatee wa Nusukee,
wa Mahyaaya wa Mamaatee
Lillahi Rabbil Aalameen.
Wa Bi-Dhaalika Umirtu
wa Ana Awwaul Muslimeen.
“As a result,
My whole life now centers around God Almighty.
I have no divided loyalties of any kind.
And I am indeed the first to say yes to his call.”
“And how can I possibly look for another focus or direction for my life, when God Almighty is the one who owns everything?”
Qul A-Ghayirallahi Abghee Rabban
wa Huwa Rabbu Kulli Shayii?
Jan 06, 2017 | 1 week ago.
When people get so caught up in their “Worldly Concerns” — chasing their worldly tails as it were — that they cannot find time, or energy, or resources to do their bit in “Allah’s Work,” maybe, it just might happen, that Allah Almighty might look at them and say:
All right, People, that is what you want to do?
Great! Happy hunting, Folks!
Don’t worry, we will give you more of the same.
And we will keep you busy chasing your tail —
in every dark and dingy alley of this worldly life.
This just might happen.
And one worldly sign of this happening might be that the more you are able to tackle and solve your “worldly” problems and issues, the more of them seem to pop up in all kinds of places and from all kinds of directions that you least suspect.
Maybe a careful review of Hadith literature will help throw light on what I am talking about here.
And I certainly do not know the difference between “Allah’s Work” and “Worldly Concerns.” So, don’t ask me what it is.
Whereas, on the other side of this fence, when you are busy doing “Allah’s Work,” let us say, for example helping, and caring for, and taking care of Allah’s People politically, economically, morally, financially, socially, intellectually, educationally and otherwise, then, Allah Almighty, and I believe this is a Hadith, assumes responsibility for making sure your “Worldly Concerns” get taken care of.
If I recall that Hadith Sharif right, it goes something like this:
Kaanallahu Fee ‘Awunil ‘Abdi
Maa Kaanallahu Fee ‘Awuni Akheehi.
“All the time that you are engaged in helping out “Your Brother,”
Allah is engaged in helping you out.”
And the thought that occurs to me is this:
With Allah Almighty himself in charge of your affairs —
your “Worldly Concerns,” as it were —
how can anything possibly go wrong with your life?
Jan 05, 2017 | 1 week ago.
There is no end to how cute the Muslims are. Across the board.
But some Muslim groups have their own special talents and gifts, cultural practices and habits, over and above a certain base level of general cuteness.
In general, when you hand out free literature to people, many simply do not bother to read it.
Most do not even care to look at it.
Flyers are the worst offenders in this regard. Most people who take them from you either throw them in the nearest trash basket or fold them and stuff them in their back pockets, never to revisit them again.
Muslims, of course, are not the greatest and most avid readers in the world — of anything. Muslims are generally great talkers: Yap-Yappers, if there is such a word.
They will talk about anything and everything, forever and ever and ever, whether they know anything about it or not.
Endless, senseless gossip is the bread and butter of any average Muslim’s life: generally content-free and directionless. It defines most Muslim social gatherings and encounters.
How much of Muslim Yap-Yapping is hard-core or borderline Backbiting is anybody’s guess.
So what if Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, warned us that our tongues are often our surest passport to hell?
And so also what if the Qur’an says that backbiting is equal to eating the flesh of our dead brothers?
And mind you, Backbiting is when what you say about“Your Brother” is true and factual. Otherwise, it is slander and defamation which renders Muslims accountable before law right here in this world.
The words “Your Brother” are from a Hadith Sharif I think.
In any case, those of you dedicated to distributing free literature to Muslims, beware! Most likely Muslims will not read it.
And be ready for some, if not many, especially of the Indo-Pak type, to take the literature from your hands and immediately hand it to their seven- or eight-year-olds. Something for the kids to play with and to feel good about.
That is Muslims for you! And you want Allah to put these people in charge of running his world?
What kind of God do you think he is? A parochial, tribal, national, ethnic, corrupt God?
Like so many in American and British Political Circles, so patently and so decisively beholden to their contributors, constituencies, political agendas, party loyalties, foreign and domestic lobbyists, as well as personal interests, habits and weaknesses from alcohol to drugs to sex?
Or is he everybody’s God, Rabbul ‘Aalameen, as he so proudly calls himself?
And the most fair and just God?
Dec 30, 2016 | 2 weeks ago.
Muslims do so much for Allah. That is what many of them think. And they may be right. At least in some big, broad sense.
They pray; they fast; they go to Hajj; and some of them even give Zakat. Many of them call it Charity.
And Muslims are not wrong when they call Zakat, Charity. For, the Qur’an does the same. There are places, I think, where the Qur’an calls Zakat, Sadaqah. May Allah forgive me if I am mistaken.
So, the Muslims have so much going for them. And, from that point of view, Muslims have so much coming to them.
But the thought that persists in my mind is this:
How does all this stack up against the market price of a single self-growing nail on one of our little fingers?
Or a patch of skin anywhere in our body? Not plastic and wire slapped on by a surgeon.
But the real kind that God created us with that will make our brain hear an ant crawl and our body convulse in instantaneous reaction?
And another thought:
What do you think is the going rate for a day’s — no, call it an hour’s; no, actually make it five minutes’ worth — rental of your body?
Does God seem to come out ahead? What can I say?
So, why the arrogance? What God himself calls Istikbaar!
Dec 30, 2016 | 2 weeks ago.
Absolutely, Allah is the doer and he is the actor. And he has all the power. And we have none.
But you have been told you have responsibility. And you have been given the power. So, get up and assume the responsibility. And feel the power.
You have been commanded to act. So, dust up and start acting.
So, even though Iman comes from Allah — just as everything else does — it is, nevertheless, our job, our duty, our responsibility to find out what we need to do to make our Iman better and stronger and more up-to-date.
So, we need to train ourselves to take personal responsibility for everything in our life — from getting groceries from the store and getting cars fixed to getting our Salaat repaired and our Iman improved.
That is what it means to be a real human being in the real world that God Almighty created for us.
Huwalladhee Khalaqa Lakum Maa Fil Ardi Jamee’aa!
And that is the protocol: We must do what we are ordered to do.
Wa Bi-Dhaalika Umirtu,
Wa Ana Awwalul Muslimeen.
“That is what I am ordered to do.
And I am going to be the first to fall in line!”
Allahu Akbar! If this is not perfection in words, then what is it?
And don’t you think words like these could have come only from Almighty God? And that this Qur’an, from which these words are taken, cannot be from any source other than Almighty God himself?
Dec 30, 2016 | 2 weeks ago.
Suppose you hear a cry from the kitchen:
“Honey, Sugar Jar Empty!”
That is TTSpeak: no verbs if we can avoid them.
I have never in my entire life heard a response like the following one:
“I heard you Dear, May Allah fill it with sugar!”
A more likely reply, I expect would be:
“All right Dear, I going now.”
Again, no verb. That is Trinidad.
Translated in plain American it means:
“I am on my way, sweetheart!”
To get sugar of course.
But that is not always the response we get when we talk to teach others and scream out in pain:
“Hey, guess what.
Our Iman seems to be running on fumes!”
You know what the Dominant Model is when it comes to responding to a distress call like this? Even from some of the best of the best of the best of us?
It is likely to be:
“May Allah make our Iman better!”
It is almost an exact equivalent of:
“Honey, may Allah fill our jar with sugar!”
And it is rarely, if ever, anything that sounds like this:
“All right Dear, I am heading out right now to get some.”
I do not hear Muslims taking personal responsibility for their situation, whether it is about improving their Salaah or their Iman. I do not generally hear Muslims saying things like:
What do you think I should do?
Do you have any ideas how I can improve my Iman?”
And even more rarely does one come across anything like this:
“Oh my God! Really?
Innaa Lillahi wa Innaa Ilaihi Raaji’oon!
Laa Hawula wa Laa Quwwata Illaa Billah!
I am going to start working on it right away.
And, oh by the way, any ideas? Any suggestions?
What do you think I should do to make my Iman better?”
Not once, people! Not once!
Shows the disconnect that Muslims, by and large, have with reality when it comes to Islam.
So far as Muslims are concerned, it seems to me, their Deen is a set of cliches and platitudes.
The way I see it, most of us are Legacy Muslims — born into Islam, through no active or rational choice of ours in this world. And more or less stuck with our heritage of birth.
And that means most of us are Muslims by habit and custom. Not through careful thought and agonizing personal search and transformation.
As a result, many of us mouth these cliches and platitudes because everyone else does. And we never feel the necessity to think seriously about any of the things we do; like real people; alone; with pain filling our hearts and with eyes flooding with tears.
And the fact that mercenary mullahs by the dozen fill every street corner with their snake oil pills makes it impossible for us to climb out of the hole we find ourselves in.
So, let us change the old dysfunctional culture we have inherited from our priests. And replace it with a more real and vibrant set of beliefs and practices that are closer to the nature, text and spirit of Islam.
Dec 28, 2016 | 2 weeks ago.
If you ask why is the world the way it is, one answer would be:
Because the Muslims are the way they are!
For, in many ways, how the Muslims are, that is how the world will be.
In other words, Muslims’ deeds and words, not to say their State of Goodness or Badness, and their level and type of Iman should we say, will have a direct correlation with the life, fate and destiny of the world.
And that means, if the Muslims are good, and if their Iman is strong and pure, and it is of a higher grade altogether, the world will be a good place to live for all of its inhabitants.
But if, on the other hand, the Muslims are bad, and their Iman is flawed and weak, and their words and deeds are not good, the world will also turn out to be a bad place to live for all of its inhabitants.
And here is a shot across the bow for Muslims to pay attention to and it is directly from the Qur’an:
Wa-Maa Yu’minu Aktharuhum Billahi Illaa Wahum Mushrikoon!
“Most people’s Iman is flawed, tainted and mixed with Shirk!”
So, now you know one reason why there are all these sad and bad and mad goings on in the world all the time.
It has to do with the kind and type and level of Iman most of us possess and how it is liberally leavened with generous assortments of Shirk.
Just for starters, we love everything and everyone else more than we love Allah.
And we fear everything and everyone else more than Allah.
And we work for everything and everyone else more than we work for Allah.
And we spend more time, effort, money and resources on everything and everyone than we spend in the path of Allah.
That is just for starters. You go figure out the rest.
Dec 28, 2016 | 2 weeks ago.
Islam is from God. It is complete. And it is pure.
Alyawuma Akmaltu Lakum Deenakum!
Even though in human practice it may come out laden with all kinds of seeming imperfections and problems.
So, mixing Islam with all kinds of other things, whatever those things may be, simply does not cut it. It neither makes sense, nor does it work out in practice.
Islam “and” Feminism do not mix. One is Islam, the other Jaahiliyyat.
It is “Something Else.”
So also, Islam “and” Fascism do not mix.
Or Islam “and” Nationalism.
Or Islam “and” Communism.
Or Islam “and” Capitalism.
Or Islam “and” Extremism.
Or Islam “and” Fanaticism.
Or Islam “and“ Racism.
Or Islam “and” Sexism.
Or Islam “and” Jingoism and Chauvinism of any kind or category.
One is water, each one of these things, and the other is oil or fire.
And the two do not coexist in the same bosom, in the same human heart, in harmony.
They simply do not mix!
The Qur’an makes it abundantly clear:
Wa Man Yabtaghi Ghayiral Islami Deenan Fa-Lan Yuqbala Minhu.
“Whoever is looking to replace the Deen of Islam in their life
with Something Else,
it shall not be accepted from them.”
Dec 24, 2016 | 3 weeks ago.
Islam is a set of ideas, beliefs and practices.
All from heaven — to earth and beyond.
And Islam is a most complete, comprehensive, solid, sound and unassailable system, as it has to be if it is from God Almighty himself, the maker and master of the universe.
And Islam is not a hotchpotch of all kinds of good, bad, indifferent and hit-and-miss stuff, as it would be if it were the product of human mind and experience shaping it over centuries and across cultures.
Says the Qur’an:
Innaddeena Indallahil Islam!
Islam is the only system of life with the seal of approval from God.
Now, it is up to human beings, in every age and place, to examine Islam carefully and figure out if what I am saying here seems to make sense or not.