Letter by Dr. Firdaus –
Sent: 02 July 2010
May Allah bless all of you and your families.
Dear Mr ……(Name left out).
Firstly forgive me for not including your surname. I’m not sure I got it.
My Salaams and that of all those on this email list, to you and your family and I hope all is well with you – physically, emotionally, financially, mentally, etc – and with your family as well.
My name is Firdaus Kamalodeen. I am part of the group working with Dr. Pasha and committed to take the Qur’an to every home and heart that needs it. Dr Pasha has been kind enough to share with us some of your emails to him in respect to IslamicSolutions.com and the literature (both print and audio) that you have been accessing there and your feedback as well.
Let me thank you on behalf of this group of wonderful human beings and Muslims who have taken on this noble responsibility - the task and role of the Prophets of inviting others to Allah, his Rasool sallallahu alaihi wasallam, his book the Qur’an and his Deen, Islam – the task and role that all of us were created to do.
That you have been able to access the wonderful literature on IslamicSolutions.com gives us great encouragement and motivation to pursue this task with even more vigour, resolve and determination.
That you have also elected to provide feedback in the manner which you have done to date is quite generous of you. May Allah bless you for such feedback. It has been quite invaluable especially the typos which you have picked up. Can I confess something here, just between you and I? Allahu Akbar, many of us in this group have read these articles, some many times and interestingly we never caught those typos. Allah has indeed blessed you with a special gift.
By the way, as we are on this, it makes you wonder who was the Rasool’s sallallahu alaihi wa sallam’s editor and proof-reader, if, according to some, he was the author of the Qur’an? Allah bless Dr Pasha. He was the first to raise this question and we were astounded and dumbfounded by the thought. But after the initial shock, we realize it is a legitimate question.
Dr. Pasha is a brilliant man and quite meticulous and deliberate in his writings and his speech and I dare say in everything he does. I am not sure how many 'drafts’ he goes through before he arrives at the 'version’ that he circulates, but having done a bit of writing myself, I can only guess that it will be quite a few 'draft’ versions would have preceded his 'final’ version. And all this in a 'modern’ age of technology and computers and word-processing software which is quite advanced.
But Sayyiddina Muhammad sallallahu alaihi wa sallam, a man who was sitting in a cave as it were, brings a book which is error free – and for 1400+ years it has stood the test of time/history in respect to this – his 'first draft’ as it were and we as human beings do not give it, its rightful due. Allahu Akbar. What a indictment on us as human beings. But if some people could claim – legitimately or otherwise – that they did not know, what does it say about us Muslims who fail to share it with the world? What an indictment on us. May Allah forgive us human beings and the Muslims as well.
But I digress. Let me get back to where I was before.
That you have not only accessed Islamicsolutions.com and provided feedback to us, but that you have invited others to this website is indeed a sign of your character.
Allah has indeed blessed you with a standard of integrity in which when you find something which you consider to be good and wonderful and outstanding and made an impact on you, you want to share it with others.
To me that is integrity gauged on a scale which seems to be non-existent in this 'modern era’.
That was the integrity which our predecessors possessed going right back to the Sahaabaas radiallahu anhum. They just could not sit still concerning sharing the Qur’an, even though they sat so still when Sayyiddina Muhammad sallallahu alaihi wa sallam taught them the Qur’an and spoke to them, that birds could have perched on their heads.
That is a model that the world has forgotten. Those are men that the world has forgotten. Allah says in the Qur’an about some other people, from a previous time, “Tilka ummatun qad khalat – that was a people who passed away”. Reminds me of these Muslims whom the world have forgotten, people of immense character and integrity.
It is in this noble tradition we seek to emulate – to take the Qur’an to every home and heart that needs it.
And in this light we wish to invite you join with us in this pursuit and objective.
Should you accept, all we need of you at this stage is to continue doing what you have been doing so far and give us a feedback of your readings and what you have listened. If you would take the time to share your thoughts on any of the issues raised we would be even more appreciative. And continue to invite others to the website IslamicSolutions.com.
We do not ask that you drop what you are doing or mobilize any group or such. Just sharing with others around the world would be wonderful.
The Internet is a wonderful resource. Inviting others to Allah, his Rasool sallallahu alaihi wasallam, his Qur’an and his Deen, using this virtual network is something which we as Muslims have not really gotten a handle of or have really used with effect, as others have used for their commercial or other interests. This we need to explore.
So, if I may be so presumptuous, it would seem that your contacts in India is a wonderful place to start.
If you say yes, you will continue to get emails from this group of people. We apologise for adding your name without your prior consent. Often things moves faster than some of us and I was slow in my invitation to you. That is my fault for which I accept full responsibility. May Allah forgive me. And please forgive me.
If you say yes we could continue to discuss these and many other wonderful things.
If you say yes we could reach India, another of Allah’s most wonderful places, where I was privileged and blessed by Allah to visit recently. What amazing people.
But the decision is entirely yours to determine without the slightest of coercion on our part, but with tremendous love and respect for and of your decisions.
If you decline our invitation, please still continue to give us your feedback as you have been doing.
May Allah bless you and your family and relatives.
Looking forward to your response.
Dr. Kamalodeen is an engineer and a developer.
To read more of his articles please visit www.IslamicSolutions.Com.