Should a Committee Look into the Use of the Word
“Holy” to Refer to Qur’an?
English-speaking Muslims glibly refer to the Qur’an as “Holy” Qur’an. Won’t it be nice if they appointed a committee of some kind to look into where or how often the Qur’an uses the expression “Holy” to refer to itself?
Fool Me Once, Shame on You; Fool Me Twice, Shame on Me
The surprise is not that politicians lie. The real surprise is that so many of their followers believe them – over and over and over. A believer does not allow himself to be bitten from the same hole twice, says Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam.
Why Blame Machiavelli for the Darkness in Our Own Soul?
Many of us tend to blame many of the perversities of our political culture on Machiavelli.
But what many of us may not understand is that through his doctrine of ever bigger lies and ever more blatant deception and manipulation, Machiavelli may only have been tapping into a rich vein of moral and political darkness that may have pre-existed in many of our political, social, religious and business elites and influentials.
Is this what insurance companies call a “Pre-existing Condition”?
From Sadat of Egypt Banning Long Robes for Men
to Sarkozy of France Banning Niqab for Women
When Anwar Sadat was military dictator of Egypt, he banned wearing of long robes for men on university campuses. It has taken Nicolas Sarkozy, a democratically elected civilian president of France, well over three decades to catch up with a military dictator from the Muslim Middle East and ban the wearing of Niqab – the controversial full-face covering – for women.
This, as they say, proves several things. First, it goes to show how slow and snail-paced civilian democracy could be compared to military dictatorship, especially of the Muslim and Middle Eastern variety, when it comes to introducing social reform in society.
Second, it shows how Muslim societies are still fixated on men and won’t pay enough attention to women.
And also, it may or may not show something else: Why authoritarian societies in the so-called Middle East, as well as their patrons, protectors and Guardian Angels overseas, especially in the Western world, may think brutal dictatorship and not benign democracy is the best form of government for that part of the world.
Ask Not What God Can Give, Ask What It Is
That You Can Really Ask of God
When it comes to God, we are only limited by what we ask, not by what we receive, or what God can give.
Do Well Everything You Do! “So Says God,”
Says Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam
Islam is about being meticulous in everything we do. That is also the key to success and excellence in this world.
There is a beautiful saying of Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, and all his sayings are most beautiful: God loves us to do well everything we do.
© 2013 Syed Husain Pasha
Dr. Pasha is an educator and scholar of exceptional
talent, training and experience. He can be reached at DrSyedPasha [at]
AOL [dot] com or www.IslamicSolutions.com.
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