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World Day of Fasting 2014/Ramadan 1435

DR.PASHA | July 01, 2014 | Section: Articles | 1201 reads


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Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem!
In the name of Allah, the Most Merciful, the Most Merciful!

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

2014/Ramadan 1435

Dr. Pasha
www.IslamicSolutions.com

Contents:

  1. Faiths of the World Unite!
  2. And It Makes Perfect Sense
  3. The Bible Has Only One God
  4. Echoes Elsewhere
  5. Divine Law of Cooperation
  6. Hear the Qur’an Speak
  7. Divine Law of Non-Aggression
  8. Divine vs. Human Legislation
  9. Islam Is about Finding Common Ground
  10. An Entire Theory of National and International Cooperation
  11. Shared Culture of Fasting
  12. A World Day of Fasting
  13. Let Leadership Everywhere Issue a Common Call
  14. Doing the Best You Can: That Is the Islamic Way
  15. World Day of Fasting 2014: Ramadan 1435 – The How-To Part
  16. Some Comments and Explanations
  17. Intention Is Key to Action
  18. Stay Away from All Things Bad – And Try to Do Whatever Good You Can
  19. Consult Your Friendly Family Bible
  20. Love Your Family: For, That Is Islam
  21. And Love Your Neighbour. For, That Is Also Islam
  22. Kick the Booze – and All Other Drugs – Even If It Is Just for One Day
  23. Don’t Forget Islam Is Moderation – And Muslims Are People Too!
  24. Punctuality and Timeliness
  25. Late Wedding, in America, But Punctual Fast Breaking in India!
  26. Sex during Ramadan
  27. Talk to God Personally and Discover the Power of Prayer
  28. Talk to God How You Can
  29. How Can You Go Wrong?

Faiths of the World Unite!

Faiths of the World unite! For, to parody Marx, what do you have to lose except maybe your prejudice, fear and distrust of one another?

And maybe a little bit of your smugness and arrogance that you alone are right and everyone else is wrong?

For, your shared motto in this time of peril for humanity should be: Serve Humanity or Perish! And that, if you haven’t noticed, is what is happening to so many religions around the world. They are withering on the vine through their lack of relevance and applicability to the human situation in its totality and full diversity.

It is, therefore, in our view, time for the different faiths, religions and cultures of the world to come together to create a common culture of hope for humanity!

Not by compromising or giving up all or any of the core elements of your unique identity or belief, but by exploring commonalities and continuities in your several faiths, belief systems and experiences.

For, as God is the God of all, mutual cooperation should also be the joint motto, spirit and common goal of all – at least all those seriously searching for or sincerely professing faith in God.

And It Makes Perfect Sense

And it makes perfect sense.

For, if the entire universe is one inter-correlated kaleidoscope of diversities and multiplicities, then it makes sense for the ultimate origin and source of that universe to be one too.

Again, it stands to reason that the central message going out from that one central seat of power, knowledge and authority – God Almighty – to the peripheries of the universe should also be one.

That is why all divine sources of guidance to humanity, no matter how you look at them, in one way or another they all come round to talking about one God, the maker and master of all.

The Bible Has Only One God

That could be the reason, do you think, why there is such striking near-unanimity among the Biblical Prophets – and the Bible – in their basic message of monotheism, notwithstanding eons separating some of them from some others?

The Bible and the Prophets agree on one thing: There is only one God.

If Abraham was an uncompromising iconoclast, and monotheist, the first article in the Law of Moses, hundreds of years later, The First Commandment, proclaimed: Thou shalt have no God besides God.

For Jesus, hundreds of years later, the most important commandment was also: Thou shalt have no God besides God.

Don’t take my word for it, read your Bible.

And yet hundreds more years later, the alpha and omega of the message of Muhammad – May God bless him and all the other prophets of God – was Laa Ilaaha  Illaa Allah, meaning: There is no God but God.

Echoes Elsewhere

Hindus claim the freedom to apotheosize, venerate and worship anything that makes sense to them. But the cognoscenti among the followers of the Hindu faith would concede that presiding over all the wealth of numbers and variations in the Hindu pantheon is the Supreme Lord, referred to by many names, including Brahman.

Engage the wise and the learned among Native Americans in a discussion on this topic and they will keep bringing you back to what they would call the Great Being.

So, if, more or less by common consent among the belief systems and faiths of the world, God is one, and his core message to his creation is also one, it makes sense that at least some of the basic practices emanating from that divine source should also be bound by a common thread.

Don’t you think so?

Divine Law of Cooperation

Muslims, why not tell the world a simple and most basic truth about Islam – that Islam is about the divine law of cooperation?

That is right. Divine Law of Cooperation – that is what Islam is all about.

I don’t know. So, help me if you will – Muslims and non-Muslims alike. Which other system – from 1400 years ago – tells its people, in such clear and categorical terms, to let cooperation be the guiding principle in their life?

Which other system – from 1400 years ago – issues a general call to the adherents and practitioners of all other systems in the world to come and sit around a table to thrash things out between them and emerge with a commonly agreed agenda or set of beliefs and principles?

I know for a fact that Islam does those things: from 1400 years ago. Those are then among the guiding principles of the Islamic way of life. At least they should be. Those then should be among the fundamental beliefs and practices of Islam, right?

They are.

Hear the Qur’an Speak

Don’t take my word for it; hear the Qur’an speak – in God’s own words.

Here is the Qur’an on the subject of cooperation:

Ta’awanoo ‘alal birri wat-taqwaa.

Paraphrase:

Work together – Cooperate! – in matters that pertain to goodness and that are based on the true fear and love of God. So when it comes to these things — Birr and Taqwaa: meaning “virtue” and “piety” – make sure you extend your fullest cooperation.

Now tell me something: How can someone, totally illiterate, sitting in a cave somewhere in the barren desert of 7th-Century Arabia issue such a lucid call for cooperation? And also, at the same time, lay out such unerring framework for that cooperation – 1400 years ago?

So, it makes sense that something like this had to have divine roots, correct?

So, let us not forget the divine expression Ta’awun – Cooperation.

Divine Law of Non-Aggression

But that is not all. Now look to see if the call to cooperation is a sweeping and unconditional one.

Let us continue with that beautiful and most glorious and miraculous Aayat of the Qur’an.

And this is what we are going to see: This most amazing and divinely ordained Cooperation Principle stops at the door when there are bad things involved – such as sinning against God or hurting and causing injury to human beings or to God’s other creation.

  1. Divine Law of Non-Aggression. So, there is to be absolutely, positively no cooperation to commit aggression – to causing injury to people and committing all kinds of wrongs and excesses against them.I did not make up that word. It is the expression the Qur’an uses: ‘Udwaan, which means “Aggression” – pure and simple.There is no other way to translate it from its original Arabic, the language in which the Qur’an was revealed, and in which it is preserved, and read and recited and committed to memory, to this day – verbatim: just in the form and shape in which it was revealed to and given out by Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam!May God Almighty bless him and all the other prophets of God!
  2. So also, there is to be no cooperation when it comes to betraying God’s trust in you and committing all kinds of sins against him.

Want to hear the Qur’an again? Here goes:

Wa laa ta’awanoo ‘alal ithmi wal ‘udwaan.

Paraphrase:

Do not cooperate when it comes to committing a sin or an act of Aggression – ‘Udwaan in the words of the Qur’an.

So, let us remember this: No Ta’awun when it comes to ‘Udwaan! Meaning: No Cooperation when it comes to Aggression!

I am sorry, but my head is spinning under the momentous impact of these divine expressions. And their relevance to the human situation in all places and at all times, including our own times today.

 

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