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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.

But everybody pretty much 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’s 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 in their spare time – and all their time was beginning to become spare – 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 Islamic 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 all this was fairly benign compared to some of what was going on elsewhere.

And most certainly there never were any burnings at the stake – a la Joan of Arc at the hands of the British in France or in line with other burnings of putative witches that took place for instance in Salem, Massachusetts, in the New World.

In the process, the Muslims gave up education and science and turned their back on innovation, creativity, pragmatic problem solving 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 arrangements.

And they filled their mind with all kinds of idle thought and empty space.

I have always refrained from honoring these debates by joining them. But let me ask these faux-super Muslims this question anyway – this one 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 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 or afternoon tea or coffee.

All the different kinds of poison, some slow to act and some faster to work their havoc; some most painful and excruciating 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 and somewhat foolish men – and continuing to make their mischief.

No, their wives did not use their total mastery of their culinary territory to put an end to their existence with a chalice full of hemlock.

Instead, 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.

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    Working for Allah Invitation [Quote – 986]

    Posted: Feb 19, 2020 | 3 days ago.

    When inviting people to Allah, there are two things we need to remember:

    1. We need to keep doing what we are doing until Kingdom Come as they say. And we should keep doing this regardless of whether or not our efforts produce “Success” in a worldly sense. And that means people accepting our call and coming to us.

    We should change our plans only in consultation with our leadership and with the Jama’at.

    2. We need to inculcate in every person we talk to the understanding that, as we are inviting them to Allah, so also everyone of them, in turn, should invite others to Allah. Each one of our invitees should, at their own initiative, invite others to come to our program, and to become part of Working for Allah, as we call it. 

    That is how this work is supposed to proceed and grow until we succeed in Taking the Qur’an to Every Home and Heart that Needs It -- and Which One Does Not?

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    We Always Look to Others to Do It [Quote – 985]

    Feb 15, 2020 | 1 week ago.

    All of us are busy doing all kinds of things. And sometimes doing absolutely nothing.

    And, all the time, there still is a world out there that needs saving. More so today than ever before. 

    So, who is going to do it? Who is going to save that world? 

    And, when it comes to that question, everybody is looking for the other person to do it. But the reality is that each one of us, in a very real sense, is alone. We came into this alone, and we will go out of this world alone. 

    We will be placed and dealt with in our grave alone. And, on the Day of Judgment, we will be raised, quizzed and sent into Jannat or Jahannam alone.

    But when it comes to doing our duty, and fixing Allah’s World, for which purpose Allah created us in the first place, we always look to someone else to do it. That is, to do what we are supposed to do.

    How does that make sense?

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    Ongoing Kashmir Genocide: Six Months of Hell on Earth! [Quote – 984]

    Feb 14, 2020 | 1 week ago.

    For the past over six months, Indian Government’s Ongoing Genocide of eight million Kashmir Muslims is playing out right before everybody’s eyes. The world has never seen anything like this before. Nearly, a million-strong Indian military has turned the lush Kashmir Valley into a Concentration Camp. While this genocide is unfolding in slow motion, the world is watching in stupefaction. Muslims of the world are watching. Western Powers are watching.  Most of World Media, too, are watching. Just as everybody did when Hitler and the Nazis annexed Czechoslovakia and turned Germany into a boiling cauldron of racial hate and horror. But soon the world paid a horrible price for its culpable silence and cowardly inaction. Eventual toll was nearly 100 million human lives.

    But Germany was not a nuclear power then. And today’s India, taken over by a gang of Fascist hate-mongers, is. And so is neighbouring Pakistan, which is eyeball-to-eyeball with India on India’s illegal annexation of Kashmir and Genocide of Kashmir Muslims. If, God Forbid, either one of these two nuclear-armed nations commits a nuclear error or misadventure of any kind, the rest of the world will be walking around in bandages for decades to come. 

    Silence and inaction in the face of ongoing genocide of eight million Muslims in Kashmir bodes clear culpability on the part of so-called Muslim Governments, Western Powers, the United Nations and World Media.

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    Jump Start Your Deen Today! [Quote – 983]

    Feb 14, 2020 | 1 week ago.

    If this sounds like an ad, it is. But not to touch you for money, but to alert you that it is never too late to get going on your Deen, which you, like so many of the rest of us, have most likely put on the shelf and forgotten.

    So, Jump Start Your Deen Today!

    For, in Islam, and in science, and I don’t even know the difference between the two a lot of times, this day, whichever day it happens to be, is the first day of the rest of your life.

    Your life begins today and, in that sense, everyday is your “Birthday,” as the world calls it and celebrates it.

    But the world does it mostly for commercial reasons. We are trying to get you to pay attention to this important fact in your life for your own good. Not because we have Birthday Cards or Cakes to sell. And gift items to move off store shelves.

    Regardless of how bad or deficient your past life has been, Allah says turn it around today. And you can do it too.

    And it is simple: Make Tawubah and make a fresh start. That means repent your past lapses, and commit yourself to a more active future.

    And you can do it for as long as you wish, and as many times as you wish, till the icy fingers of death have grabbed hold of you by the throat.

    That is Islam for you. And there is no better deal for anyone anywhere.

    And that is because Islam is not just praying and fasting and zakat and hajj, it is also Telling Others about Islam

    About La Ilaha Illallah, Muhammad Rasulullah.

    In fact, according the Hadith of Jibraeel, Alaihis Salam, it is the very first requirement of Islam: To go and tell everyone in the world about Islam and to invite them all to Islam.

    So, if you have not been doing this all this time, now is the time for you to Jump Start your Deen of Islam by telling everyone about it and by starting to invite everyone to it.

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    Jump Right Back In, 
    For, Allah’s Door Never Closes [Quote – 983]

    Feb 12, 2020 | 1 week ago.

    People are people. They have circumstances they deal with. Things change. Life happens. 

    As a result, people’s commitment to, and people’s active involvement in, this so-called Working for Allah business, also begins to show signs of wear and tear.

    We go up and down. Weariness and exhaustion set in. Confusion and distraction take their toll. Health issues intervene. Financial problems knock at the door.

    People lose interest and motivation. Iman fluctuates.

    And the battle with Shaitan is an ongoing one. Shaitan neither tires, nor does he give up.

    That is right. Hear this from Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam:

    Al-Imanu Yzadaadu wa Yanqusu.

    Paraphrase:

    Iman increases and decreases. 
    Iman goes up and it goes down.

    So, those of us who experience this situation -- and which one of us does not? -- whenever we wake up from our slumber, should say Astaghfirullah, and we should say La Hawula wa La Quwwata Illa Billah, and jump right back into action.

    It is never too late. And Allah’s door never closes.

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    Ideas on How to Work for Allah [Quote – 982]

    Feb 09, 2020 | 2 weeks ago.

    Whenever you meet another human being, man, woman or child, Muslim or Non-Muslim, just try to plant a tiny little seed of Islam in their hearts and minds.

    Make sure it is Organic: meaning it is directly from the Qur’an and the Hadith and not a part of some ethnic or tribal culture.

    Assalamu Alaikum! already starts you off on an autobahn whose speed or wonders you cannot even imagine, even though Muslims try to mess it up in every way they possibly can.

    That simple start takes you to every wonderful place you want to go, whether it is worldly success, glory and achievement, or a cozy corner tucked away in a shady grove in Jannat, next to a dancing brook.

    So, after Assalamu Alaikum! opens the door for you, try and plant that little seed in the mind of the person you just met. And watch Allah’s wonders unfold.

    For non-Muslims, find a nice equivalent to Assalamu Alaikum! in your own language.

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    Our Message, Our Goal and Our Campaign [Quote – 981]

    Feb 09, 2020 | 2 weeks ago.

    Our goal and our message is clear. It is simplicity itself. It is to bring Islam to the entire world, one concept at a time. 

    That is the reason why we do what we do. And that is also the reason why we do things the way we do them.

    All our activities, and our entire Campaign in Life, flow from that core focus.

    In practice, all our efforts, and our entire life we hope, take the form of trying to “Take the Qur’an to Every Home and Heart that Needs It -- And which One Does Not?”

    It is clear to us, from studying the Qur’an, and the Sunnat of Rasulullah, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, that this is the Unequivocal Mission in a Muslim’s Life. And it is the Direct Mandate given to Muslims by God Almighty.

    To every Muslim as an individual. And to the entire Muslim Ummat or Nation as a whole.

    We believe that Muslims are losing out in this world, on all fronts, for not carrying out this Divine Mission. For turning their backs on what God Almighty had appointed them to do.

    We also believe that today the entire world is worse off as a result of Muslims not doing their Divine Duty of Telling the World about Islam.

    We further believe that neither the condition of the Muslims, nor the condition of the world as a whole, will change till Muslims, as individuals, as groups, as societies, and as an Entire Ummah or Nation, rededicate themselves to the Divine Mission of Taking the Qur’an to Every Home and Heart that Needs it -- and Which One Does Not?

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    The Least You Can Do If You Are a Muslim [Quote – 980]

    Feb 07, 2020 | 2 weeks ago.

    If you are a Muslim, the least you can do is this: 

    Tell all those you can, all those you know and all those you meet,
    whatever you know, whatever you can, about Islam. 

    For, an important requirement of being a Muslim is to tell others about Islam. To show others what Islam is all about.

    According to the Hadith of Jibraeel (Alaihis Salam), Islam is Shahaadat, which is “Bearing Testimony,” as so many people translate that expression, but which in simple, straightforward English is “Telling Others” -- Telling the Whole World -- about Islam.

    About:

    La Ilaha Illallah,
    Muhammad Rasulullah.

    Even though this is the work of a lifetime, this is the least that is expected of you if you want to qualify as a Muslim: Tell Everyone about Islam.

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    Islam, above All, Is about Truthfulness, Honesty and Integrity —
    And It Is about Upholding the Highest Standards of Fairness and Justice [Quote – 979]

    Feb 07, 2020 | 2 weeks ago.

    Muslims need to do all they can -- even when they fall short, and do so over and over and over again -- to uphold the highest standards of honesty and integrity in everything they do.

    For, that is what Islam is all about: Honesty, Truth, Integrity.

    And those were the credentials Almighty Allah used to establish Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, in this world as the future Rasul, his very last Rasul -- Khaatamul Anbiyaa, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam -- for this world, for all times to come.

    Almighty Allah got the whole world to recognize a youthful Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, as As-Saadiq and Al-Ameen: the Truthful One and the Trustworthy One, way before he made him a Rasul.

    And Allah did that in the Society of Arabia in which lying, cheating, deceiving were pretty much as common as they are in our own societies today.

    And the Poet of Islam Iqbal asks Muslims to Relearn the Lessons of Honesty and Truthfulness, and Justice, because those will be the credentials and qualifications that the world will seek to see if it will accept you as Leaders, one more time in this world, and in the history of human civilization.

    Sabaq Phir Padh Sadaaqat Kaa, 
    Adaalat Kaa,
    Shujaa’at Kaa.

    Liyaa Jaa-ey Ga Tujh Sey Kaam
    Duniya Ki Imaamat Kaa.

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    Muslims as Well as Non-Muslims: 
    Both Will Bear Responsibility for Their Own Actions [Quote – 978]

    Feb 01, 2020 | 3 weeks ago.

    Almighty God is just and fair. He does not punish one person for the sins of someone else. As Allah says in the Qur’an:

    Wa Laa Taziru Waaziratun Wizra Ukhraa.

    Non-Muslims will answer to Allah for all the things they did wrong or did not do right. Including how seriously they did or did not search for Truth about God. 

    And how open- or closed-minded they were when Truth came to them from someone else, such as, for example, a Muslim who wanted to reach out to them and give them Islam.

    Muslims will answer for their own acts of commission as well as omission of all kinds, including how seriously they tried to take the Message of Islam to every Non-Muslim man and woman they possibly could.

    Neither side will be faulted or held responsible for the failures or excesses of the other side. 

    For, they both have the same God, God Almighty, and he is a fair and just God. And he does not punish one human being for the sins of another human being.

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    A Strange Thought:
    How Shaitan Attacks You by Rendering You Ineffective [Quote – 977]

    Feb 01, 2020 | 3 weeks ago.

    To me, it seems strange to have to say this. Bad People, it seems to me, are not really the problem in this world. 

    Everybody knows them. And deals with them as they should be dealt with: as Bad People. And Allah makes short shrift of them. 

    It did not take Allah long to take care of Fir’aun, did it? Even though Allah gave Fir’aun chance after chance after chance to save himself.

    It is the Good People, it seems to me, that are really the challenge. And at the top of this list are people we call Good Muslims.

    They all pass for Good People. They act and conduct themselves as Good People. But they so often leave you utterly frustrated and confused with the way they do or don’t do certain things. And with the results in real life that they target and achieve.

    Under their tutelage and leadership, and they do seem to have a penchant for hoisting themselves at every leadership petard they could find, the Muslim Ummah, and the world at large, go from bad to worse. 

    Nothing moves, nothing changes and nothing improves. Status Quo remains the same. Stagnation is the order of the day.

    Everything and everybody in the world changes and improves and becomes better. But not the Muslims -- under the dominance and leadership of the Good Muslims. In fact, all too frequently, the condition of Muslims goes from bad to worse.

    And, so often also, for them the rope of Allah seems to have no end.

    One clear example of this is how, almost all over America, Canada and the Caribbean, the Jum’ah Khutbah has become an almost useless and lifeless ritual in the hands of all the Good Muslims who preside over it in one way or another.

    I find it inexcusable -- and frankly surprising -- for myself to have been so lackadaisical about Jum’ah Khutbah myself. And so ineffective in whatever noises I have tried to make, and in all the steps I have tried to take, to address the Jum’ah Situation, wherever I could.

    It seems Shaitan works at many levels. And often he attacks you where you would least suspect: yourself.

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    Muslims Maybe Part of the Zulm in the World [Quote – 976]

    Feb 01, 2020 | 3 weeks ago.

    Tahir Mahmood

    So many mixed feelings about the world trouble us all the time. One cannot help but think about all the Zulm -- all the terrible things -- that goes on in the world. 

    And then one wonders about all the Non-Islam that seems to have crept in among Muslims. 

    And how Muslims, even though they all believe in Allah and Rasulullah, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, seem to have somehow become part of this Zulm that is upon us today.

    It seems to me, somehow along the way, we Muslims have misplaced, abolished and ignored the central message of of La Ilaaha Illallah, Muhammad Rasulullah, in our own lives as well as with regard to the rest of the world.

    When someone like Dr. Pasha says that Qur’an Is the Key to World Peace, then it strikes me that indeed La Ilaaha IIlallah is at the core of the Qur’an.

    And La Ilaaha Illallah, as Dr. Pasha has repeatedly pointed out, means Peace on Earth, and No Zulm, Atrocity, Injustice or Oppression of Any Kind on Any of God Almighty’s Creation.

    When will the Muslims get this message from the Qur’an and from La Ilaaha Illallah?

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