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Faiths of the World Unite! Dr. Pasha Issues Call for Joint Celebration of World Day of Fasting 2010/Ramadan 1431

DR.PASHA | August 19, 2010 | Section: Articles | 1672 reads


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Talk to God Personally and Discover the Power of Prayer

Ramadan is not just about fasting. It is also about prayer. So, this is your opportunity to discover the power of prayer.

Let me ask you this: Did you ever talk to God in private and in person? Did you ever have a one-on-one personal audience with him?

When was it you ever did that?

Did anyone ever tell you that you could? That it was possible for you to do that? And showed you how?

Well, now is your chance of a private, personal and exclusive tete-a-tete with the all mighty God himself.

Don’t miss out. Go for it.

Tell God how happy you are to be fasting. And then pour your heart out to him. And your feelings, and your joys, and your sorrows. And all your troubles.

Don’t hold anything back.

Pray to God Almighty to shower his peace and blessings upon you – and yours.

And upon all of God’s good people everywhere. For, all of humanity is your family too. That is what Islam says anyway.

And bear in mind that what you ask for others shall also be given to you. That is God’s way with people: What you recommend, you also get.

Let us not forget that the right to petition God – alone and in private – is our most sacred and fundamental right. And it is from this divine and most inalienable of all rights that all our other rights flow.

That is why this right – the right to petition God, alone and in private – must be cherished and utilized to the full by every one of us.

And no one should be allowed to take that right away from us: not priests; not rabbis; not pundits; not mullahs; not anyone else.

Talk to God How You Can

You know God. So, talk to him the way it works for you.

You know where and how to find him. So, run to him, says the Qur’an.

The Prophet, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, says, God says, he is exactly where you think he is – as far or as close as you think.

Islam says: God is closer to you than you think.

The Qur’an says: Call him and he will respond.

So, go look for him. And then turn to him and pray.

Tell yourself that now is your chance. So, take God up on his word. Ask him for what you want. And ask him to bless you.

And bless your neighbourhood, and your community, and your society and the whole world.

Ask him to feed the hungry; to clothe the naked; to heal the sick and wounded; and to comfort those in pain.

Don’t forget, hunger is a great leveller, and as human beings we are all in this together.

And ask him to protect you – and yours – from all harm and evil. And from the Devil, for, the Devil is no one’s friend.

And ask God to shower his blessings upon your family and friends. And upon your community and society – and upon the entire world, for, there is no shortage in his treasure of what he can give.

Don’t forget we are only limited by what we ask, provided it is something good, both for us and others.

So, this is your chance to discover your God, your maker and master, and say “Hello” to him. How long will you treat him as a stranger? How long will you run or stay away from him? How long will you shut him out of your life – and our world?

Take a chance with God. Give God a try, he won’t mind.

So this is the World Day of Fasting to which we are calling everyone everywhere, this coming 5th of September, 2010, Ramadan 1431.

How Can You Go Wrong?

Now in the end, this is what I want to ask you: How can you possibly go wrong with any of this?

And if you cannot practice or observe all of these things, then do whatever you can. For, that is God’s law for human beings: Do the Best You Can.

So, if you cannot fast for the full day, fast at least for a part of the day. And if you are going to do that, it doesn’t really matter which part.

Do what you can. For, that is Islam.

So, once again, this is the World Day of Fasting we are calling the world to: in this blessed month of Ramadan 1431.

And every Ramadan thereafter.

So, let everyone everywhere come together in a common celebration of the World Day of Fasting.

This year and every following year for the rest of our lives!

Let us join hands to create a Common Culture of peace, joy, love and Hope for Humanity!

By doing this, we may not solve all the problems of the world. But it is a good beginning.

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 © 2010 Syed Husain Pasha.

Dr. Pasha is an educator and community worker.

 

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