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Archive for November, 2010

Pasha Hour International – Live from America! – Oct 12, 2010

Nov 10, 2010 | Section: Articles | 297 reads

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A very different radio program is attracting the attention of Muslims and non-Muslims alike around the world. It is fresh; it is exciting; and it is all that you wished
you had in a radio program but never quite got it before.

Featured in this program:

  • Human Beings in a State of Loss
  • God in Control
  • Believers of God
  • World Day of God
  • The Blood of Jesus
  • Historic Reality of Islam
  • Fundamentals of Islam
  • Dr. Pasha’s Search for Islam
  • Stephen Hawking on the Big Bang Theory

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Pasha Hour International – Live from America! – Sept 21, 2010

Nov 10, 2010 | Section: Articles | 362 reads

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A very different radio program is attracting the attention of Muslims and non-Muslims alike around the world. It is fresh; it is exciting; and it is all that you wished you had in a radio program but never quite got it before.

Featured in this program:

  • Belief in God
  • The Will of God
  • Concept of God in Hinduism
  • Concept of God in Judaism and Christianity
  • The Messiah
  • Mary in the Qur’an
  • World Day of God

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[Audio] Dr. Pasha at Quran Camp 10 – Nov 08 2010

Nov 8, 2010 | Section: Articles | 340 reads

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Trinidad and Tobago, W.I.  – Nov 08, 2009 (Qur’an Camp 10) [This material is being edited for quality and accuracy] Download

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Trying to Understand God and His Ways in His Creation [Quote – 202]

Nov 6, 2010 | Section: Articles | 299 reads

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“If you ask me why people accept Islam, I can give you two answers: one a very simple human one; the other a most complex unfathomable divine one.

From a human point of view, the process and outcome of conversion from religion to Islam, and, more specifically, from non-Islam to Islam, is the composite function of a billion variables, some known, most unknown or exogenous, each with its own specific value and error component, acting in concert, and the entire result being predictable or explainable within a certain margin of error, provided we have at our disposal all the theoretical models and methodological tools and instrumentations required for the purpose of figuring out these things.

I am calling this human equation simple because there is a way and there is a hope that somehow and sometime we can solve the puzzle. 

The divine answer may appear simple when stated in our daily language but is unknowable in both theory and practice as it transcends the limits of human knowledge and powers of human understanding.

For it means knowing God in all his attributes and understanding the calculus of his mercy and dispensation and his grace with regard to his creation.

Simply stated, it does not lie in human power to know or understand God and the internal dynamics of the way he does things.

Our very humanity is defined in terms of our general inability to comprehend God or the ways in which he dispenses his grace and mercy to his creation.

Wa laa yuheetoona bishai im min ‘ilmihi.” (Dr. Pasha)

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Guidance Comes from God – So Learn to Connect with Him [Quote – 201]

Nov 6, 2010 | Section: Articles | 450 reads

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“I am not saying Muslims should not be “nice.”

And I am not saying civility is not a virtue.

In fact Islam is all about being “nice” and kind and merciful and saying and doing “nice” things as much as you can.

But, at the same time, don’t beguile yourself into thinking that your being “nice” will automatically melt every non-Muslim or unbelieving heart and will necessarily lead to everybody accepting Islam.

If that were true, some of the arch-foes of Islam and Muslims, during the time of Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, like Abu Jahl and Abu Lahab, would have been among the first to embrace Islam.

For, they knew first hand, and only too well, what a kind, compassionate, loving, generous and “nice” man Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, was.

The fact is that it takes more than a “nice” word or a kind gesture for people to see the truth of Islam and come forward to embrace it.

It happens when the doors of a human being’s heart are opened by God Almighty.

That is why no one, other than God, can take credit for “guiding” people.

People find “guidance” – Hidaayat as the Qur’an calls it – when the divine mercy smiles down at them. Not when someone – a human source for example – wants to “guide” them and not when they want to “discover” the truth for themselves.

That is why blessed and fortunate indeed are those who are guided. For, they receive guidance from above – and not from any other source.

This is not to say others – an identifiable human source – do not play a helpful role in either bringing people closer to Islam or in driving people away from Islam.

We are all perfectly capable of doing that, and we indeed do both those things all the time: helping people to open their eyes to the beauty of Islam or giving them cause to dislike Islam even more than before.

But the “guidance” part that puts people over the top positively or negatively in the form of either accepting or rejecting Islam? That comes from God and no one else.” (Dr. Pasha)

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A Christian Story with a Moral for Muslims – and Others [Quote – 200]

Nov 6, 2010 | Section: Articles | 398 reads

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“I once heard a Christian religious leader tell this story and it stayed fresh in my mind. Here is how the story goes:

A very pious man once drowned in a flood. As the man got trapped in the rising waters of the flood, a boat came to him and a man in the boat said: “Hurry, get in the boat.” The man turned down the offer of help and said: “God will save me!

The boat went away, the man stayed and the water kept rising.

After a while the same boat showed up again and the same conversation took place. The boat went away a second time, and the man stayed in water, and the water rose further, this time reaching the man’s chin.

The boat returned a third time, offering to rescue him. The man said “God will save me!” and sent the boat away this time also. The man drowned and, then, upon resurrection, he asked God: “Lord, why did you not save me?” God said: Three times I sent a boat to rescue you and every time you turned down my offer of help.

This is a story told by a Christian Priest. But it seems to me there is a moral in it for Muslims as well – and for everyone else. Will someone please tell the Muslims this story?” (Dr. Pasha)

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When Will Muslims Re-Learn Their Forgotten Lesson of Truth Telling? [Quote – 199]

Nov 6, 2010 | Section: Articles | 356 reads

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“Sometimes, for some Muslims, 2 plus 2 doesn’t quite make 4. Their answer: Don’t worry, it will come out right in the next world. Whereas in Islam 2 plus 2 always makes 4 – whether it is your apples you are counting or your enemy’s.

And there were those among Muslims who were never afraid to tell the truth, even when the truth worked against them.

Those were the times when Muslims were known as the People of Truth.

And it was this lesson – the lesson to speak the truth – that Sir Muhammad Iqbal, the great Poet of Islam, in Urdu and Persian languages, urged Muslims to Re-Learn.

“Re-Learn the Lesson of Truth Telling,” said Iqbal.

“For, you are about to be called to the Leadership of the World.”

Anyone with any ability to read the events that rock the world today can see that Iqbal was right and that that time is upon us.

And that Muslims are being called upon to come forward to shoulder the burdens of leadership in the world.

But to merit that noble mantle, and to hasten that day, Muslims must first Re-Learn the Lesson of Truth Telling.

Nothing else will work.

And not just the Muslims but the entire world will be the loser if Muslims fail to Re-Learn their forgotten Lesson of Truth Telling.” (Dr. Pasha)

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Before Islam, Freedom of Expression Was Never a Basic Human Right [Quote – 198]

Nov 6, 2010 | Section: Articles | 403 reads

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“Before Islam, there was no such thing as the right to Freedom of Expression in the world. Islam gave people – all people – the right to free speech.

How I wish Muslims had known this fact.

And how I wish the world would know this fact even now.” (Dr. Pasha)

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Figuring Out the Good Guy-Bad Guy Equation [Quote – 197]

Nov 6, 2010 | Section: Articles | 360 reads

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“I have often thought about how some of us think: “Truth is what we say.” And “We” are the Good GuysPropaganda, on the other hand, is what those Other Guys say. And “They” are the Bad Guys.

And I tell myself: Wow, what a perfect recipe we have invented to delude ourselves about what really goes on in the world? And what a great guarantee it is for us to preserve and maintain all kinds of Status Quo that is favourable to us but that is essentially unfair and unjust to others – a Status Quo that some might call Evil.

The major problem I see with this formulation, however, is this: We know, and we insist, that “We” are the Good Guys. But if you went and asked the Other Guys, they are also likely to say the exact same thing. They would most probably say that “They” are the Good Guys and “We” are the Bad Guys.

That means there are actually two Bad-Guys and two Good-Guys in this world: one from “Our” vantage point and the other from “Their” point of view, which means “They” are Bad Guys to Us and “We” are Bad Guys to Them.

If more people understood this simple truth – this reciprocal equation of Good Guys and Bad Guys – about our world, perhaps there will be less violence, hate, prejudice and war in this world.” (Dr. Pasha)

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Demonization of Islam and Muslims – Then and Now [Quote – 196]

Nov 6, 2010 | Section: Articles | 551 reads

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“As a child as I studied the vilification and demonization of Islam and Muslims through history, one thing clearly stood out in my mind: There was near-consensus among the critics that there was nothing good that could be said about Islam or Muslims. The chorus that came from every side seemed to say: “Muslims are bad and Islam is no good.”

All I had to do to put this anti-Islam chorus to some kind of a Truth-Test was to look at my own father, and my mother, and my relatives, and all the other wonderful Muslims around me. And it became plain as daylight that those who demonized Muslims and Islam were idiots and ignoramuses or they were outright crooks and liars.

That means they were genuinely confused and misinformed or they were knowingly and deliberately lying through their teeth as the saying goes.

Later on, as I grew up, I was to learn that idiots and ignoramuses most of them were not. And having the kind of often very high educational qualifications and background many of them seemed to have, they had no excuse for being ignorant or misinformed.

I then began to realize how thorough, how extensive and how systematic the propaganda against Islam and Muslims was. And how multifaceted, aggressive, pervasive and powerful it was. And how there was not a lie or distortion the anti-Islam propagandists would not use to give Islam and Muslims a bad name.

And I also began to see how ignorant and unaware of any of this the Muslims were. History offers no parallel to such an unequal matchup of forces – to such an un-level playing field as you might call it.

And, perhaps, nothing speaks to the truth of Islam more loudly or clearly than how Islam survives, even thrives, against such seemingly impossible odds.” (Dr. Pasha)

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