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DR.PASHA | January 17, 2020 | Section: Articles | 21 reads


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Working for Allah Invitation [Quote – 986]

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?

END

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

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]

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 neighboring 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]

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]

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.

END

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

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]

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?

END

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

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.

END

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

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.

END

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

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.

END

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

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.

END

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

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 Illallah 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?

END

The Second Commandment and the Clueless Muslims [Quote – 975]

Alhamdulillah, because of some friends and benefactors of mine, I was able to put down some thoughts on paper on the Second Commandment in the Bible.

And that Commandment, attributed to Musa, Alaihis Salam, in Exodus 20:4-5, I think, reads as follows:

“Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: thou shalt not bow down thyself to them.”

Now, please tell me, which part of this blessed Commandment is not as clear as day? And in what way is this Commandment not at the Core of Islam?

I just don’t get it. How clear Islam is. And how lost the world is. And how clueless the Muslims are.

And how the Christian Churches around the world are a Living Monument to the most brazen disregard and violation of this Commandment in broad daylight.

And how totally, totally uninformed, or misinformed, the Christian World is about this Blessed Commandment and how the Christian People are violating that Commandment everyday, in every aspect of their life.

And how indifferent and uncaring the Muslims are to this colossal state of ignorance on the part of our Christian Brothers and Sisters around the world.

All these self-appointed American Muslim leaders, up to their eyebrows in all these Interfaith Dialogues, do you think, at any stage in their dialogues, they see it as their duty to respectfully engage their Christian Brothers and Sisters and Friends on the subject of the Second Commandment?

And, for that matter, on the question of the First Commandment, that simply says:

Laa Ilaaha Illallah?

“Thou Shalt Take No God Besides God!”

And then everybody wonders what is wrong with the world.

And why the world is the kind of mess it is.

And why the Muslims are facing the problems they are facing.

END

The Situation in The World Today [Quote – 974]

Hashim Mohammed

The situation in the world today is both terrible and sad: the way leaders and nations with criminal intent take unfair advantage of less privileged leaders and nations.

The role of the media also is disappointing because of their biased and one-sided reporting in support of the criminal elements.

Shaitan apparently is very smart. One has to hand it to him the manner in which he takes out his opponents one nation or people at a time.

Believers, and human beings in general, have to be smart to stand up to Shaitan and to those who do his bidding.

People, both Muslims and non-Muslims, must go beyond rolling their beads, and chanting empty prayers asking God to help them, and start getting organized to educate each other and the whole world.

END

How to Find Confidence [Quote – 973]

Dr. Judy Kamalodeen

When Allah asked Musa, Alaihis Salam, to go to Pharaoh and invite him to Islam, Musa, Alaihis Salam, seemed to hesitate.

Musa, Alaihis Salam, said to Allah, using Dr. Pasha’s paraphrase of the Aayats of the Qur’an:

“I feel I am choking. And my tongue is not moving.
Besides, I am also on the run from them for something they have charged me with. I am afraid they will kill me.”

But then Allah counsels Musa, Alaihis Salam, and gives him courage and confidence to go and deliver Allah’s message to the Pharaoh.

If that is the case with a Nabiy of Allah, Musa, Alaihis Salam, why should we be ashamed or discouraged when we have our own bouts of hesitation, self-doubt and lack of confidence when we embark upon our mission of inviting people to Allah and Allah’s Work?

Surely, the people we are going to give the invitation to cannot be as bad as the Pharaoh?

END

Just Jump Start Your Islam:
That Is the Best Antidote to Your Doubt and Depression [Quote – 972]

Muslim or non-Muslim, we are all weak, we are all flawed. And we all have our problems and our issues.

And we have all kinds of interests and agendas that we all pursue.

And then we all have our own understanding of Islam, of what is right and what is wrong.

Our worldly allegiances and loyalties, as well as our agendas and priorities, differ, even though all Muslims claim to worship Allah and follow his Rasul, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam.

And of course our leadership also is different.

And in the process, when it comes to dealing with obstacles and roadblocks in our path, we all have set up our own pet windmills to tilt against. Our own Favorite Enemy’s List as it were.

As a result, what people call Muslim Unity is mostly a distant dream.

And sometimes this chant of Muslim Unity may even be a carefully constructed ploy and distraction to fool and misguide Muslim masses and take their attention away from their real and most pressing issues and challenges.

Consequently, Working for Allah as an Iron-Clad Team is not always a reality among us.

And this could be discouraging in the extreme, even downright depressing.

That is why I believe the Antidote is: Just Do It!

And by that I mean, wherever we are, it is never too late to Jump Start Our Islam. Don’t wait around for others to join you, support you or even agree with you.

Instead, say Bismillah! and do whatever you are capable of doing, provided it is Lawful, Halal and Moral.

And provided you have thought it through carefully. And you keep an open mind.

And so long as your Intention (Niyyat) is right and pure. And so long as your Attitude is humble, cooperative and reasonable.

You do that and Allah’s help and Barakat will come your way.

No matter who you are, and no matter where you are, and no matter what the work is that you are doing.

END

Your Destiny Is Right around Your Neck! [Quote – 971]

It is amazing how Allah runs his world. Everything so right, so fair, so perfect, just as it should be.

On the one hand, Allah puts on each one of us the responsibility of inviting everybody in the world to Allah and his Deen.

“Do Your Best!” is the message from Allah to all of us, “Go get it done!”

But, on the other hand, the responsibility for results and outcomes is not placed on our shoulders. Allah keeps that in his own hands.

But at the same time, Allah also takes that responsibility and places it squarely on those to whom the Message is given. It is their job to respond to the message.

Allah says he hangs everyone’s Destiny right around their neck.

Wa Kulla Insaanin Alzamnaahu Taa-irahu Fi Unuqihi.

I just do not understand how this message could be clearer, stronger or more stark. Can you believe that?

I just cannot get my head around this Aayat.

Just like I cannot get my head around anything that Allah says or does.

So, Allah says:

Fa-Innamaa Alaikal Balaagh,
wa Alainal Hisaab.

Paraphrase:

“You just go deliver the message,
And leave the accounting completely to us.”

Frankly, I find this Aayat Karimah one of the most sobering, if not frightening, in all of the Qur’an.

The moment a message is delivered to you, you become directly accountable before God? Makes your hair stand on end.

END

Allah’s Work Never Stops [Quote – 970]

Allah’s world works round the clock for us. Anybody can see that. It does not matter whether they believe in Allah or not.

We in fact create our clocks and calculate our time based on how Allah’s world works nonstop for us.

Ya Allah, how simple and clear these things are!

Al-Haqqul Mubeen, as Allah says in the Qur’an.

And if there were an interruption of even a nanosecond, or a Planck Unit of Time, in the function of the universe — a universe that constantly works for us — everything about our life will be disrupted and destroyed.

So, given all this, why should we ever, ever, ever stop Working for Allah? Part of which is inviting everyone in the world to Allah.

Using every means and every ounce of energy at our disposal to Take the Qur’an to Every Home and Heart that Needs It and Which One Does Not?

And now do you see why Allah’s world is in the kind of mess it is in? One reason: Because so many people in the world just don’t Work for Allah.

Another reason because those who used to Work for Allah at one time have stopped doing so now.

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