(Bringing Islam to the World One Concept at a Time! Taking the Qur’an to Every Home and Heart that Needs It -- And which One Does Not?)
Everyone knows it is open season on Islam. Of course, turkey and deer season in some parts of the world is not too far off either.
That means anyone from any background, and proceeding from any combination of motives, is free to shoot their mouth in any direction they please on Islam and things Islamic.
And they will be none the worse for doing that.
And that includes friends, enemies and innocent bystanders.
That is why the word Shari’ah gets bandied about a lot these days. By friends and foes alike.
The result is there is a great amount of what some people would call Collateral Damage.
In many instances, you and I, the ordinary people, are an inevitable part of that Collateral Damage.
And so is our world – all the innocent, decent, well-intentioned people everywhere.
That is partly why God started his message to the world with a clarion call to everyone everywhere to go and get educated first.
“Read!” said God to the world in the Qur’an before he said anything else.
Iqra’!is the word in Arabic.
For, understanding God’s word requires not only purity of the body but also enlightenment of the mind.
A clear mind and a clean soul are prerequisites to get a clear sense of what God is saying to us.
So, when people are educated; when they have worked very, very hard to develop their mind and their knowledge of the world on the one hand and their knowledge of God’s word on the other hand; and when their souls are touched by God’s light; those people understand that so far as the Qur’an is concerned, expressions such as Deen, Islam, and Shari’ah all pretty much mean the same thing.
They all mean God’s chosen way for human beings for a Good Life – Hayyat Tayyibah – in this world.
And Democracy, in its broadest and most comprehensive sense, is an inescapable part of Allah’s Deen or Shari’ah or Islam.
Given the fact that human beings know no other civilized way of living on earth in relative peace and prosperity, how could it be otherwise?
What is more, it was also Shari’ah that God laid down in the Old Testament and the New Testament and in the message that he sent to Abraham and Noah, may God bless them.
Here, how about letting God Almighty speak to you directly in the Qur’an:
Shara’a lakum minaddeeni maa wasswaa bihee Noohan walladhee awuhayinaa ilayika wa maa wasswayinaa bihee Ibraheema wa Musa wa Isa An Aqweemuddeena wa laa tatafarraqwoo feehi (Shura 42: 13).
He gave you as part of the Deen the same Shari’ah that he gave to Noah, and which we required from Abraham and Moses and Jesus, at the core of which was the message that says establish God’s way on earth, and do not become a prey to dissension and disagreement on it (42:13.)
That is what I say: Waa Islaamaah!
It is a distress cry - about the condition of Islam today. Poor, poor Islam! That is what it means: Waa Islaamaah!
And I will tell you why I am crying Waa Islaamaah! ...
Those who love freedom and democracy for Egypt and the Great Egyptian People – and for all the other peoples, nations and societies of this world – must show that love by maybe fasting and praying and begging God for ...
Once again, I don’t know why I am writing this. Nor am I absolutely certain about what I mean by at least some of what I am saying.
In any case, here is the thought. And I have expressed it before.
We call on the world – the entire world, Muslim as well as non-Muslim; in the East as well as in the West – to declare and celebrate Thursday, May 23, 2013, as WORLD DAY OF DEMOCRACY.
This year, May 23 ...
Islam, among other things, is about an elected and publicly accountable government and independent judiciary.
Qur’an laid down these principles quite clearly and precisely – among many others – for everyone to read, understand and implement in their lives and societies ...
I have spent a lifetime learning, reading, analyzing, researching and thinking through Islam on the one hand and Democracy on the other hand.
And here is some of what I found.
In any society, where there is no democracy, there can be ...
I have been saying this for years. No, make it decades.
"Islam Is Democracy!"
That means where there is no democracy, there can be no Islam.
No matter how hard you try to fit the square peg of Islam in the round hole ...
Dr. Pasha has issued a call to world Muslims to observe a World Day of Repentance this 'Aashoora, 1433.
Muslims are human and as humans they have done many things over the centuries that are contrary to the best interests of ...
Islam came to liberate humanity from all kinds of slavery -- and vices. And it did so quite successfully.
Among the top modes of slavery Islam set humanity free from were Hereditary Kingship and Traditional Priesthood.
In fact, Allah had kept Pre-Islam ...
Islam means taking responsibility. And that means showing initiative when and where needed.
Initiative shows leadership. And Islam is leadership.
And that really is the foundation of true democracy and decentralization of power.
Kullukum Raa-in, says the Hadith.
How much clearer can the issue of Democracy = Islam = Deen = Shari'ah be?
Finally, the world seems to be getting around to understanding this equation.
But notwithstanding those who haven't got a clue, it seems to me that the message ...
"Democracy is Islam!
For those who understand both Islam and democracy, and the world in which we live, there is no doubt about the fact that democracy is Islam.
Do you think that is partly why the Qur'an mandated education – including ...
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Racial and Religious Harmony
An Enlightened Democracy
A Solid Base of Informed Citizenry
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It is that time again: Elections! And if you are Muslim, you must vote.
There are no ifs or buts about it. As Muslim, you have no choice but to vote. For, Islam means voting. And it means elections.
Others may get ...
“To the extent Democracy implies rights, freedoms and opportunities for participation and representation for “The People,” it is from God and it embodies the essence and spirit of Islam.
Dictatorship on the other hand, any kind or type of dictatorship, whether it ...
"Tyranny has many faces and they are all from the Devil.
In case anyone has trouble understanding this simple equation, let me make it as clear as I possibly can: A so-called “Religious” Dictatorship or “Islamic” Dictatorship is still a dictatorship.
"It was during the first few days of the month of Muharram that Moses (Alaihis Salam) set his followers free from the tyranny of the Pharaohs. He parted the sea with his staff and led his people to freedom in ...
"People, Muslims included, have opinions about America – and who can blame them. And they want to express those opinions – and they should. For, that is what America is all about: the right of the people everywhere to have ...
When God wants something to happen, he just says “Be!” and it happens.
That is the ultimate Rule by Decree.
It is Rule by Royal Fiat.
That is because God is King.
And that is because God is the Owner and the Master and ...
“I sometimes think: What would it take for Muslims to see the obvious?
What would it take for Muslims to realize that Islam is Democracy and Dictatorship is Haram?
And it makes no difference whether it is a military or civilian dictatorship, or ...
“There are those among Muslims who would like to graft Democracy onto Islam.
They say Islam is good and it is from God – from the East, they say.
And they say Democracy is from the West – and it is good, ...
This A’ashura 2011, this month of Muharram 1433, this time thinking of the land of Karbala, I have a question.
What did American Revolutionary Patrick Henry and Islamic Revolutionary Husain have in common?
Love of Liberty! That is what!
And then I have ...
"God above, that is Islam.
People below, that is Islam.
God's government in heaven -- and everywhere else. That is Islam.
People's government on earth. That is Islam.
People's elected government, fair and honest and God-fearing, run based on God's immutable guidance in Scripture. ...
Much water has flown down many a river in the so-called Middle East since a cowardly and spineless Ben Ali of Tunis stole the wealth of the Tunisian People and ran away to hide in a rent-free mansion in Jiddah ...
We call on the world – the entire world, Muslim as well as non-Muslim; in the East as well as in the West – to declare and celebrate WORLD DAY OF DEMOCRACY.
For, democracy is Islam and Islam is from Allah!