In the name of God, the most Merciful, the most Merciful!

IslamicSolutions.Com

New Literature for a New Era

Education at its best -- for both Muslims and non-Muslims.

Authentic. Unique. Powerful. Readable. Absorbing.
Accessible. Electrifying. Groundbreaking.

Driving Islam Home to the World -- One Concept at a Time!

See Islam for all that Islam really is:

Peaceable! Positive! Simple! Sensible! Elegant! Civilized! Constructive! Hopeful! Contemporary! Pragmatic! Problem-Solving! Moderate! Modern! Balanced! Just! Fair! Compassionate! Truthful! Nice! Easy! Fun! Global! Divine! Authentic! Original! Free! (Dr. Pasha)

EXPAND

Quote-Unquote – Book III (201-300)

DR.PASHA | July 06, 2011 | Section: Articles | 1995 reads


Read offline:


 207

The Amazing World of a Believer

Nothing is more amazing in this world than a believer who is sustained by God’s Love.

Let me explain how.

“When a believer looks at God, I mean when he thinks or contemplates about God, he thinks his life is forever.

But when he looks at this world, he knows that his life hangs in the most delicate and dynamic balance of a dizzy whirl of a billion variables from minute to minute and from second to micro- and millisecond.

So a believer learns to scale his life and his priorities accordingly.

And his life then becomes a perfect balance of rights and responsibilities.

As a result, a believer discharges his duties, and fulfils his obligations, to friend and foe alike, and to humans and non-humans alike, as if he had but maybe seconds to live.

But he leaves his rewards in the safe and secure hands of his master – God Almighty.

And he rests comfortably in the safe and secure knowledge that what is his by divine dispensation will also be his in actuality. 

And what was meant to reach him in this world will never miss him, no matter who gets in the way or tries to stop it.

A believer never surrenders his rights, no matter how seemingly insurmountable the odds against him, for he knows his rights are given to him by his maker and master, God Almighty, and not by fellow-human beings like himself.

Nor does a believer allow the rights of anyone else to be denied or diminished, for he knows all rights, his as well as everyone else’s, come from God and it is his God-given duty to cherish and protect them and to strive tirelessly to secure them for himself as well as for all others.

Yet, at the same time, a believer’s struggle for his rights is most cultured, compassionate and dignified, for, he knows that the one who gave him his rights will also make sure to deliver them to him.

As a result, a believer’s struggle for those God-given rights – life, liberty, property, family, human dignity, freedom of belief, freedom of expression and such – both for himself and for everyone else in this world, is persistent and fearless.

For, a believer reads in the Qur’an, which is God’s word in his hand, and in this world, and in the universe, that God does not change the condition of a people unless they themselves work to change it.

As a human being, a believer loves Liberty more than he loves Life, just as the American revolutionary Patrick Henry once said it as eloquently and forcefully as perhaps any man can ever say it: “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!

And as the Bible quotes the indomitable Moses, Prophet and Messenger of God, may God bless him, as saying it to no less a tyrant than Pharaoh who not only considered himself the greatest king on earth, but also God: “Let My People Go!

But a believer respects, loves, and celebrates life as a very special gift and trust from God, not just for himself but for all of God’s creation, both human and non-human.

Such a man is mortal to the extent all creation must drink inevitably from the decreed cup of mortality. But his life, legacy and impact on the world are forever, for, he is moved by the Spirit of God that God breathed in him when he created him.

Such a man is indestructible, unbreakable.

For, as someone once said it:

  • You send him in exile, you turn him into a tourist on the endless expanse of God’s earth;
  • You lock him up in jail, you make it possible for him to be in never-ending tete-a-tete with his Creator;
  • Or you kill him, and thereby you confer upon him the priceless blessing of martyrdom and send him directly to paradise where he lives forever in eternal bliss in the presence of God Almighty.

Indeed, how different is the world of a believer who knows, understands, and believes, and cares, from the world of a non-believer who neither knows, nor understands, nor believes, nor cares.

And what an enchanted and impregnable and radiant and self-sustaining world it is!

Directly in the hand of God Almighty.

May God bless such a believer and those he loves and teaches, and whose lives he touches!”


 208

Imagine a Household That Lives Right in the Heart of Islam – and Does Not Know It

Imagine a household.

Imagine a household in which:

  • The father works hard to provide for the family;
  • The daughter works hard to give herself the best education she can;
  • And the mother works hard to keep the entire household running as smoothly as possible.

Imagine such a household.

And then ask yourself: How far can such a household be from Islam?

From that most amazing system of belief and behaviour that God sent down into this world to help human beings live a good life on earth, both as individuals and as groups, collectives and societies.

All you need to do thereafter is throw in some other fundamentals of Islam in this equation such as the ones below and you have built a solid foundation of Islam around such a household:

  • Belief in one God;
  • Belief in Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, as the last and final messenger of God;
  • Belief in the Qur’an as God’s full and final guidance to humanity;
  • Belief in all of God’s prophets and messengers and books;
  • And belief in the Day of Judgment as a reality and a certainty.

After that, all that remains to be attended to are some practical requirements of daily living such as prayer and fasting and cleanliness and you have got yourself as complete a picture of Islam as you may wish.

Imagine such a household and then ask yourself how far such a household can be from God and from Islam.


Jump to Quote:


 

Shortlink:
Next:

Previous:

Home | Writings | Audio | Quote-Unquote