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A Call to Prayer & Fasting for Egypt
Those who love freedom and democracy for Egypt and the Great Egyptian People – and for all the other peoples, nations and societies of this world – must show that love by maybe fasting and praying and begging God for help.
They may fast one or more of these four days – this coming Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday – May 21-24, 2012.
And they must pray and beg God Almighty to grant victory to the Ikhwan and to Dr. Morsi in Egyptian elections for President, slated for 23 & 24 (Wednesday & Thursday) of this month of May, 2012.
They may even want to do what is called a Qiyaamul Layil – spend the entire night performing prayers and begging Allah for help – either on Monday night; or on Tuesday or Wednesday or Thursday night.
For, Islam teaches that victory and defeat in life, in all matters small and big, and in every single aspect and facet of life, are from Allah.
No one else has any real power or capability when it comes to any of these things.
Wa mannasru illaa min ‘indillahil ‘azeezil hakeem, is how the Qur’an phrases this most golden of all golden concepts.
That simply means that what Allah gives, no one can take away; and what Allah says no to, no one can give.
It is as simple as that.
Laa maani’a limaa a’atayita, wa laa mu’tiya limaa mana’ta, wa laa yanfa’u dhal jaddi minkal jadd.
No one can take away what you give; and no one can give what you deny; and nothing can give any help to anyone against you.
That is because God is the king; and he is the sovereign; and his is the kingdom and the power, both in this world and in the next world.
Qulillahumma maalikal mulki, tutil mulka man tashaa-u, wa tanzi’ul mulka mimman tashaa-u, wa tu’izzu man tashaa-u, wa tudhillhu man tashaa’u, biyadikal khayiru, innaka ‘alaa kulli shayi-in qadeer.
“Say: O Allah, owner of all power and authority and kingdom, you give power to whom you wish, and you snatch away power from whom you wish, and you bestow honor upon whom you wish, and you bring humiliation upon whom you wish, all good is in your hand, and surely you have power over everything.”
This is the greatest secret to the working of the entire universe, from the biggest and broadest configuration of objects, events, forces and variables to the minutest of all microcosmic details and minutiae.
That is why even though the time for effort and for hard work is never over, it is nevertheless now time for prayer and prostration, even though all time is the best time for prayer and prostration and supplication – and for shedding copious tears before God, begging him to show mercy and compassion to his creation – and you and yours – and all those men and women of honor, faith and unassailable integrity, fighting for truth and justice and democracy and freedom in Egypt against such overwhelming and back-breaking odds.
The way it works is like this: A Muslim must do everything in his or her power in the pursuit of their goals and objects in life – goals that are lawful, legitimate, peaceable, noble and good.
And then, even as they are undertaking these efforts for the attainment of their objectives, Muslims must constantly beg and pray to Allah to help them and make their hopes, dreams and aspirations come true.
Now, the elections in Egypt for president are among the most historic events of our time. In many ways, the fate, not only of Egypt, but of the whole world, is tied to victory or defeat of the Ikhwan and their presidential candidate Dr. Morsi.
The Ikhwan seem to have done everything in their power to win this election, and done so in the most lawful, peaceful and civilized manner.
Their enemies – who have persecuted, jailed, tortured and killed them over the past 80 years – are doing everything in their power to rob the Ikhwan, and their candidate Dr. Morsi, of their legitimate and lawful popular and electoral victory using every diabolical device and devilish trickery in their evil arsenal.
It is time for all lovers of freedom and democracy everywhere – Muslim and non-Muslim alike, Egyptian and non-Egyptian alike – to pray to God for victory for truth and justice and freedom and democracy in Egypt – and for Ikhwan and their most noble, qualified and capable candidate Dr. Morsi.
While God Almighty looks to our efforts to see who is doing the best they can, he also at the same time looks to our hearts and minds to see who is turning to him with the greatest humility and sincerity in prayer and supplication.
Prayers – coming out of the depth of our soul – are the most potent and unfailing means to move God’s mercy and compassion. That is God’s promise to his people.
Ud’oonee astajib lakum, says God in the Qur’an.
“Call me, I shall respond!” is how I would paraphrase that Aayat of the Qur’an.
No one ever did or can say it better than God did in these three divine words!
© 2012 Syed Husain Pasha
Dr. Pasha is an educator and scholar of exceptional
talent, training and experience. He can be reached at DrSyedPasha [at]
AOL [dot] com or www.IslamicSolutions.com.