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Dr. Pasha on Islam,
Muslims and the World
No Truer Patriot or More Loyal Citizen than a Muslim
No nation or society or country ever had a truer patriot, or a more loyal citizen, than a Muslim who truly understands Islam and is unequivocally committed to it.
How to Purify Our Motives and Intentions
People: Let us take “us and ours” out of the equation in any form or fashion. What is left will be as close to pure Islam as possible. That is the first step to purity of the heart and to the purity of our motives and intentions that Islam requires as a starting point to everything else in life.
Loving America, Did You Say? Why in the World Not?
Loving America – or any other place where one lives and works, and where one pursues one’s education and career, and raises one’s family – may be the end point of life for others. But for Muslims, who truly understand Islam, that is where life on earth begins.
To My Fellow-Muslims in the West, a Fresh Start
God gave us an opportunity to present Islam to the West in its original purity and simplicity. We used it instead for building our lives and for pursuing wealth and name, and power and position, for ourselves and our families. Results now stare us in the face. How about making a fresh start even now and getting on with the business of Taking the Qur’an to Every Home and Heart that Needs it?
Damage Done to Islam by “Islamic” Mercenaries
Some of the worst disservice to Islam may have been done by the mercenaries among us – those who turned Islam into a career path, rather than treating it as a cause and a mission that Islam was meant to be.
Islam and True Patriotism Are the Twain that Never Do Part
If you think you have to give up your Islam in order to be a patriot, you understand the meaning of neither Islam nor patriotism. Islam and True Patriotism are the twain that never part company.
Character Is the Key, Did You Know That?
It is not Islam or Iman Muslims need more of, it is character. Just like so many others in the world do.
While Floods Ravage Pakistan,
Pakistan President Goes Looking for World Leaders to Meet
It is August 2010. And it is also the month of Ramadan – 1431 – during which Muslims everywhere fast the entire day.
Pakistan, we are told, is having the worst floods of its 60-year history, with 20 million reported victims. And during this crisis the president of that country is said to have been on a fairly extended tour of Europe and UK to meet what are called World Leaders.
We may have a couple of things to say on that. First, nothing a politician ever does comes as a surprise to us, especially one from Pakistan.
Second, if all the president of Pakistan wanted to do was to fly over a large body of water like the Atlantic, why couldn’t he have gotten into a helicopter and flown over the flooded parts of his own country? If he wanted to, he could have asked his military to colour those waters green to make them resemble the Atlantic. Pretty much everything in Pakistan is run by the military we are told.
Is Full-Face Covering Really the Way Out for Muslim Women?
If God had wanted to impose a Niqab – full-face covering some people insist is an absolute Islamic requirement – on every woman everywhere as an absolute feminine necessity, don’t you think he would have asked nature to take care of it, like eyes, nose, mammalian glands and menstruation? For, Nature is the instrument, and the handmaiden if you will, through which God generally works his Will in the world.
The Mantle of Misogyny Muslims Inherited from Others
There was a time when the Christians and the Jews debated endlessly whether the woman was a human being or not; and whether she had a soul or not; and whether she was taking everybody to Hell or not.
Some of them called her the Instrument of the Devil. Others gave her the name Gateway to Hell. Everybody agreed that she was somehow a lesser human being, fundamentally lacking in the human essence and spirit.
But in the Middle of the Seventh Century – 1400 years back – Islam came and put an end to all that nonsense. Once and for all.
At least so you would have thought. But, as it turns out, not if the Muslims could help it. For, eventually, they too decided to dive into the same lizard hole the Christians and the Jews were occupying before them. Just as the Prophet, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, had warned them they would.
But, unlike the Jews and the Christians, the Muslim concern was not if a woman had a soul or not; and if she led them all to hell or not; but, rather, if a woman could have a leadership role in life or not.
They also agonized about what kind of clothes they would like to see a woman wear.
Not all Muslims, mind you, but yet quite a few among them. Especially, many of those who thought they were the better ones among Muslims – more ostensibly God-fearing; more manifestly conformist; and more punctiliously observant of the required Islamic “rituals”; and somehow, paradoxically and inexplicably less tolerant and less accommodating of others than their Prophet, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, was.
As if that was their mandate from God: Going after the female half of their species and telling them what to wear and how to behave.
So, the Muslims gladly wore the broadly misogynist mantle inherited from the Christians and the Jews, even though they opted for only the lighter and milder version of it. In the process, the Muslims forgot their own glorious teachings and traditions of female emancipation, equality and empowerment. And in many cases they went after the womenfolk with a vengeance under one pretext or another, even though there never were any burnings at the stake – a la Joan of Arc or other putative witches of Salem, Massachusetts.
In the process, the Muslims gave up education and science and turned their back on innovation, creativity and enlightenment.
They also replaced personal liberty with social and political tyranny and exchanged a democratic and egalitarian way of life for hereditary monarchy and dictatorship. And for all sorts of feudal and authoritarian power structures.
And they filled their mind with all kinds of idle thought and empty spaces.
I have always refrained from honouring these debates by joining them. But let me ask this question anyway – a question that to me is most simple and elementary. Those who spend endless hours and days debating if a woman can be a leader or not; and if she can be in charge of something or not; and then they drag the glorious and blessed name of Islam in this almost perverse, foolish and futile debate; all they need to do is just think about one thing.
That is all they need to do. Think about one thing. Answer one simple question.
Let them ask themselves: Just who was the owner, master – and leader – of their kitchen, when their gourmet meal was being prepared the previous day, and who was in charge of that cup of sumptuous tea or coffee – or some other similar drug – that their wife placed in their hand that morning?
And then let them allow their imagination to wander. And let them ponder all the Might-Have-Beens of that kitchen and all the likely brews that could have taken the place of that cup of life-giving early morning tea or coffee. And all the different kinds of poison, some slow to act and some faster to work their havoc; some most painful and some with their deadly effects barely visible to the naked eye.
No, under the eminent, capable and compassionate leadership of their women, their cup of tea was still a cup of tea and the food they had been consuming all of yesterday was nothing but food. The result is that these ingrate men live on – maybe only to ungraciously malign their women another day.
They are still alive and breathing – these ungracious and ingrate men – and continuing to make mischief. Their wives did not use their total mastery of their territory to put an end to their existence with a chalice full of hemlock. And the women of their household – and practically every other household on earth – exercised their leadership in the most positive, supportive and nurturing manner that they have been doing for who knows how long.
And then what many of these male Muslims need to do thereafter is to hang their head in shame and turn to God and repent from their folly and their arrogance – and for having strayed so blatantly and shamefully from the pure, pristine and pro-female teachings of Islam.
And immediately thereafter they need to start apologizing to every woman they meet – starting out with their mother and wife.
These Muslim men who ask if a woman can be a leader.
Two Paths to Success: Islam and Machiavelli
Islam presents a methodology of doing life – and attaining success – that is a bit at variance from that articulated by Machiavelli. To Niccolo Machiavelli, Success was the result of lies and deception and manipulation and ruthlessness — and of taking advantage of the weak, the unwary and the vulnerable.
In Islam, however, Success is a gift and a blessing from God Almighty and its path is illuminated by truth and justice and honesty and integrity and transparency — and fairness and compassion. It is often a by-product of Charity toward all and malice toward none as someone once put it.
Lying Is Endemic to Human Nature,
Machiavelli May Have Just Shown Us How to Do It Well
Machiavelli did not invent the art of lying, deception and manipulation. He merely codified it and raised it to the level of almost a science – and spelled out the practical and pragmatic reasoning behind it.
Europe Makes Cheap Political Hay Using the Niqab Issue
They lie. Those who say they are protecting the cultural integrity of a nation or society by banning the Niqab – the full face-covering some Muslim women insist on wearing in public, thinking that is what Islam wants them to do.
But to any sensible person, and Islam is all about being a sensible person, Niqab could present a serious security situation in places like the streets of Paris, London and Brussels in these uncertain times. Who can vouch what surprises lurk behind what Niqab?
Indian Muslims and Their Glacial Pace of Change
Not that Indian Muslims – especially the good ones – won’t do the right thing, the smart thing. It is just that many of them may not be around by the time they get around to doing it.
People Pleasing Does Not Always Pay
Memo to politicians: Those who try to please everyone on everything may end up pleasing no one on anything.
Opiate Use of Islam by Its Followers
Muslims used to get mad at Karl Marx for calling religion “The Opium of the People.” But that didn’t seem to have stopped many of them from OD-ing on it.
If Only He Had Claimed to Be God or Son of God!
Sometimes I think part of the resistance some people feel toward Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, comes from the fact that he did not claim to be God or Son of God. If he had done that, the world probably would have been in a stampede to bow down before him.
But him claiming to be God’s messenger on earth, and asking everybody to follow his example of super-uprightness, and obey God’s law of perfect truth, justice, equality and morality in all things, that is a tough sell.
How to Be a Republican or a Democrat Using the Prism of Islam
It is not a question of being Republican or Democrat. It is about doing what is absolutely, positively the best for America with regard to everything – above personal interest and beyond party politics. Now, that comes pretty close to how a real Muslim would think. Except that a real Muslim may go even further and think in terms of the wellbeing of the entire human race.
A Tyrant’s Best Friend: Give the Dog a Bad Name and Hang It!
They say, “Give the Dog a Bad Name and Hang It!” In real life it often comes down to this: Give something – just about anything – a bad name; make it stick; give it wide currency; and then invoke that bad name to justify everything terrible and unfair you want to do to the bearer of that bad name.
Works like a charm. Every time. And no tyrant was ever without it.
When You Lie, Make Sure Your Lies Make Sense
If Muslims had really used the sword to convert the world, as some detractors of Islam allege, wouldn’t everybody in the world be a Muslim today? After all, Muslims and Islam were dominant in many parts of the world for hundreds of years.
Truth Is What We All Need More Of
Without Truth as its guiding light, there is no religion, no morality and no civilization. And, frankly, no humanity.
Judge People Based on Their Character, Not Based on Their Colour
Islam wants to give everyone a fair chance. It wants to level the playing field.
That is why Islam wants us to focus, not so much on people’s race, gender or age, which they cannot change; or even on their nationality or social status, which are also mostly inherited; but rather on their belief and their behavior, which most people should be able to analyze, understand and modify if they tried.
Truth Is a Fundamental Requirement for Life, Liberty and Equality
With Truth as foundation, we have a better chance of establishing Peace and Justice in this world and of realizing the goals of Life, Liberty and Equality for all.
Islam Taught the World the Best of What the World Knows Today
All you need to do is to rewind the world to the time when Islam first appeared in Arabia – 1400 years ago. And then compare item by item where the world was then and where it is today.
And then with regard to each item quietly ask yourself an honest question: “But isn’t this exactly what Islam has been teaching all this time? All these 14 Centuries?” Your answer will tell you who you are and it will take you where you want to go.
Denying Rights of Democracy to Islam and Muslims
Liberal Democracy sadly has come to mean free and fair elections so long as Islam and its advocates are not in the race and don’t have a credible chance of winning. It is the same old formula of Universal Tyranny: You can play the game all you want, so long as we – not you – will win it, every time.
Islam Means Free and Fair Elections
Where there are no free and fair elections, there is no Islam, regardless of what else may or may not be there. It is that simple.
Islam Means Democracy
Democracy in the broadest sense is the system of life and government that Islam came into this world to establish and that Muslims then gave away to non-Muslims and have been looking for it ever since. Darkness is never deeper, and the tragedy never more stark, except when Muslims, some of them claiming to know Islam, argue about how alien democracy is to Islam.
If Modernity Means Something Good, It Has To Be Islam
Sometimes I wonder if Modernity isn’t simply Islam kidnapped and camouflaged to hide its true identity – with some judicious distortions thrown into the equation. And then there are those who argue with a straight face that Islam is the very antithesis of Modernity.
Progress in Its Truest Sense Is Just another Name for Islam
For the most part, what we call Progress is the degree to which the world has inched closer to the divine teachings of Islam – without giving Islam or Muslims much credit.
Allah’s Will Is Always Done
What many of us don’t understand is that Allah gets his work done, no matter who gets in the way; and no matter who refuses to do his bidding; and no matter who drags his feet.
Whoever said: “His Will Be Done!” wasn’t kidding. The point is that His Will is done all the time, right here in this world.
And more often than we realize, which is practically every time, we – you and I – are the instruments of His Will; whether we like it or not; whether we know it or not; and whether we are with him or against him.
What the King Giveth, the King Taketh Away
It was a long time ago.
“We were both in the mosque. This super-good Muslim and me. But he was a really good guy, though. Then he suddenly comes rushing to me and says: “Do you know the king has issued a decree for democracy?”
He was all excited. He could barely contain his joy.
I say to him: “Don’t you know what the king giveth, the king taketh away?”
He looked at me, puzzled, even pained I thought. I am not sure he understood what I was saying.
Or maybe he did. And I just burst his bubble.
Should I feel terrible thinking about it? I don’t know. He was a good man.
Do They Even Know What Shari’ah Is?
When I hear some super-special Muslims talk about implementing the Shari’ah Law in Muslim societies – whatever they mean by it – I feel like saying to them – and I have done so on some occasions: “Absolutely! How about we begin by introducing the White Man’s laws first?
Laws such as simple traffic regulations.
Laws such as One Man-One Vote – and the right, both in theory and practice, of unfettered exercise of that vote.
And I want to say to them, How about laws such as First Come-First Served.
And laws such as the accountability of government officials and bureaucrats before the ‘Tax-Paying Public’?
And while we are on that topic, how about an educational system that rocks?
And then you pull all those things together, you get the finest start to the Shari’ah Law you can think of.
How many of you know that is what Shari’ah is all about?
For, Shari’ah means law – in all its forms and manifestations. And it is actually redundant to tag on the word Law with the word Shari’ah, for, both words mean the same thing: LAW! Is that what is called a tautology?
Organized life without Shari’ah is inconceivable. And there isn’t a society on earth that does not live under a Shari’ah – law – of its own.
Stop and Think for a Moment
Place is Hyde Park, London. The orator on the soapbox says: “Now, stop to think for a moment!” I ask myself: “Should I, really?” Why can’t I walk and think at the same time? Or tread water in the ocean and think, something I love to do?
And why can’t I drive and think, which, by the way, is what I do most of the time? I compose entire papers and articles that way. If I could walk and chew gum at the same time, as they say, surely I should be able to walk and think at the same time, don’t you think?
But then Allah does say in the Qur’an: “Go, stand by yourself, or in the company of someone – and THINK…”
Naturally, the Qur’an is right – always. And God’s word is supreme – always! And I shudder at my cheekiness.
Who Really Made This World: God or You?
There are only two ways of looking at this world: Either God, the All-Mighty, made it; or you, Mr./Ms. Pipsqueak, made it.
By that I mean all kinds of theories, or stories, or explanations, or speculations, in different stages of baking, you may have patched together about the nature and origin of the world.
My advice: Go with what you think is right or most likely. Go with your gut. Use your common sense. It is more common than many people say it is. Put the pedal to the metal of your brain. It is only fair.
In the absence of certain and direct knowledge one way or the other, what else can you do? And when you go to meet your Lord, the All-Mighty, have your story ready.
Now, To Tell You the Truth
Every time someone says to me, “To tell you the truth,” I feel like saying to them, “What, you have been lying to me all this time?”
Past Is Not for Living, Only Present Is
Allah will not ask Muslims about things 500 years or 1000 years before their time. He will not hold them accountable for the past they inherited, a past they did not personally inhabit. He will only ask them what they themselves did right here and now — during the time they themselves lived in this world – their present.
Islam Has Nothing to do with Illiteracy, Feudalism or Tyranny
One of the first and most important lessons you learn about Islam is that Islam and Illiteracy, Islam and Feudalism, and Islam and Tyranny – whether social, political or economic – don’t mix.
But you won’t be able to guess that by looking at Muslim reality today.
How Muslims Set Asunder What God Joined Together
Every time Allah talks about Salaat or Prayers in the Qur’an, he almost invariably couples it with Zakaat or Charity – the economic-financial levy of two-and-a-half percent that God imposed upon well-to-do Muslims.
But every time Muslims talk about Salaat, they almost always pair it up with Siyaam or Fasting. And then Muslims boast that they never did to the Qur’an what the Christians and Jews did to the Bible – change it, I mean.
For, Muslims very neatly set asunder – Salaat and Zakaat – what God Almighty joined together in the Qur’an.
Killing and Lying: Joined at the Hip
First the Bible says in the Sixth Commandment: “Thou Shalt Not Kill!”
Then the Bible says in the Ninth Commandment: “Thou Shalt Not Lie!”
Don’t you see how Lying and Killing go hand in hand? In fact, the two seem to be joined together at the hip.
For, Lying is often what goes before, during and after Killing. Whether it is in the case of individuals committing murder; or groups committing genocide; or nations waging wars of aggression on nations.
It is almost as if you cannot have one without the other.
No Elections, No Islam – It Is That Simple
Where there are no free and fair elections, there is no Islam, regardless of whatever else may or may not be there.
Muslims, Follow Your First Commandment: “READ!”
The very first command issued by God in the Qur’an to humanity says: “Read!”
If Muslims had internalized this core message of Islam to any degree, wouldn’t education be the highest priority in the lives of Muslims? And wouldn’t Muslim societies be models of educational attainment and excellence today?
And wouldn’t their educational supremacy have solved all their problems and set them free?