May 15, 2016 | Section: Articles | 517 reads
Pasha Hour International of Friday, May 13, 2016: A Personal Reaction
Professor Kalamazad Mohammed
Alhamdulillah, Alhamdulillah, Alhamdulillah! What else can I say?
What else is there to say, except, of course Alhamdulillah, which covers every situation there is – or there can be?
And that is a blessing of Allah in itself: that we can, in critical moments, say Alhamdulillah!
So, to say that Pasha Hour International of May 13th 2016 was excellent is to state the obvious.
But Allahu Akbar, what a program! What a message! What a mission!
As I listened, I could not help myself: the feelings kept flooding in.
What is it? What was driving this broadcast, “Unlike Any,” as the program calls itself?
Was it the nature of the issues and topics that were being touched upon – that were being raised; that were being covered?
Was it the precarious nature of our technology that Dr. Pasha was using – all of us were using – to get this broadcast out?
Was it a concern on the part of Dr. Pasha that the program may be interrupted at any moment due to the vagaries of time and space – and the unpredictability and fragility of our technology?
Everyone knows how persistent and how dedicated Mr. Hashim Mohammed is in organizing this program – week after week after week. Allah bless him.
And how persistent and professional Ms. Herbert is in making sure the program is delivered without fail and on time – and in assisting Dr. Pasha to deliver the program in circumstances that could be challenging at times.
And how the people at the studio, Pat and all, despite all the circumstances that surround them, and notwithstanding the constraints they evidently have to cope with, seem to make every effort to ensure the continuity of the program on its fixed day and appointed time.
Maybe, I thought, it was Dr. Pasha feeling, at the back of his mind, that the points he was making needed to be made, and was aware, given the circumstances of the broadcast, that the technology we were using may falter or get cut-off
But what no one could miss was how conviction and passion radiated from every word that Dr. Pasha spoke.
And how, in the midst of it all, Dr. Pasha seemed to be making a plea – a persistent and heartfelt one – to everyone everywhere to help make the world a better place for all.
“Come on People!” Dr. Pasha was saying over and over again.
He was saying:
People, can’t you see, don’t you believe, how there is a pressing need to recall, restore and implement the Commandments of God Almighty.
The Ten Commandments – and all the other commandments of God – in the Bible.
And in all the other scriptural sources with any connection with any divine revelation at any time and in any other culture.
The Divine Commandments that God Almighty finalized and perfected in the Qur’an – and through the Hadith.
The Divine Commandments that God Almighty modified 1400 years ago on this earth so they will fit all times and places and situations as long as the world lasts.
Dr. Pasha was saying:
People, can’t you see that we need the Commandments, he was saying.
Don’t you realize that the world cannot work without The Commandments, he was saying.
Can’t you see all that mess in the world, he was saying, that has been created since people – human beings basically – decided to abolish God’s Commandments, and abrogate the Divine Law in the Bible, soon after Jesus Christ, May God Bless Him, disappeared from our midst.
Dr. Pasha was saying:
That is pretty much what the Christian Leadership, headed by St. Paul and others, did: They decided to abolish and abrogate the Law of God.
In theory at least, and institutionally speaking, they decided to cancel and nullify the Ten Commandments of Moses, God Bless Him!
Even though Jesus Christ, God Almighty Bless Him, made it abundantly clear that he had not come to abolish the Law, “but to fulfill it.”
And I could not help saying to myself: May Allah Bless Dr. Pasha!
For, I am sure, I somehow could not help feeling, that the program must have taken quite a lot out of Dr. Pasha. I would not be surprised if, at the end of the program, Dr. Pasha had come out completely drained and exhausted.
And I am thinking: Why did the Christian Leadership, after Jesus Christ, Alaihis Salam, have to abolish the Law?
I am not sure exactly when the decision was taken by the Christian Powers-That-Be to abrogate the Commandments.
But Allah did not really abandon his world.
Allah did not allow his world to be forever deprived of the blessings of his Divine Law that Moses and Jesus and other prophets, May Allay Bless Them All, brought into this world.
He sent Muhammad, Sallalahu Alaihi wa Sallam – and Islam – to remedy the situation.
And salvage his world – a world that includes Muslims as well as non-Muslims; believers as well as non-believers; humans as well as non-humans.
He, then, told the Muslims that their job – the job of the Muslims – was to reinstate and guard and uphold his Commandments, which the Christians, so sadly, and with such disastrous consequences for the world, had decided to abandon and abolish nearly 2000 years ago.
Muslims did an amazing job of fulfilling their God-Given Mission under the leadership of Muhammad, Sallalahu Alaihi wa Sallam, and the world witnessed the most glorious and beautiful results that this produced.
Within the blinking of an eye, the whole world was transformed into a place of joy and beauty, and peace and blessings – and justice for all – for year after year, and for century after century for well over a thousand years.
Then the Muslims forgot their job. They dropped the ball, as the Americans say.
The Muslims ended up doing in actual practice what the Christians had done formally and institutionally in an earlier time: the Muslims abandoned their Divine Mission of restoring and preserving and implementing God’s Law – the Commandments of the Bible – in the world!
Where is the surprise then that we are now witnessing the continued downward spiral of the societies and cultures and peoples of the world to a State of Loss and Despair, as the Qur’an calls it.
Innal Insaana La-Fee Khusr!
Feel like saying it – again:
Allah bless you Dr. Pasha and thank you for what you do.
And Allah bless you, Mr. Hashim Mohammed, and all the others associated with this program, and with this work, for the amazing job each one of you do – or is it: “does”?
I realize, I teach only mathematics – and not English literature, or Her Majesty’s Language, as Dr. Pasha says.
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