We all go back home.
In the words of the Qur’an, Wa innaa ilaihi raaji’oon: “And to him shall we all be returning.”
What an elegant and economical equation – the very soul of parsimony and simplicity, as scientists would call it, even though some scientists may have all kinds of fits when we mention God.
But that is what the Qur’an teaches: “We all belong to God and it is to him that we shall all be returning.”
Hear the inimitable Qur’an put it all together in its own divine, immortal words: Innaa lillahi wa innaa ilaihi raaji’oon!
You reach this point and you are face to face with a miracle – a two part miracle.
Part one is the realization that you belong to God; and that it is he that is your true owner and master.
Part two is the understanding that one day – any day – God can and shall call you back to him.
If you believe and internalize the two parts of this divine-human equation, you are almost immune from Fear and Grief – at least as immune as it is possible for a human being in this world to be.
To me, this is nothing short of a miracle, a death-defying miracle.
What is more: Anyone, anywhere, can see this miracle with their own bare eyes, and hear it with their own mortal ears, every time a Muslim’s death is announced within the hearing of another Muslim.
Immediately, upon hearing of another Muslim’s death, a Muslim will cry out, Innaa lillahi wa innaa ilaihi raaji’oon: We all belong to God and we shall all be returning to him.
That means every time someone dies, Islam teaches Muslims the miracle of being able to pull a message of life from that news of death.
This is an ongoing miracle that anyone can see with their own eyes wherever there are Muslims.
And that alone should be enough to show them – to show anyone anywhere in the world – that Islam is not a man-made system.
And that Islam could only have come from God.
And this has gone on for over 1400 years: the miracle of Muslims reacting with this most life-affirming message of Innaa lillahi wa innaa ilaihi raaji’oon – to themselves and to everyone else – every time they hear the news of someone’s death.
Nothing has changed from the time since the Qur’an and the Prophet, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, placed the power of that miracle in the hands of the people who would choose to believe in them.
This death-defying miracle alone should be enough to wake up the world to smell the perfume of Islam and come forward to embrace it.
Islam Is Democracy
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 whether it is a hereditary monarchy or kingship of some kind.
They are all Haram in equal measure. And they are all equally antithetical to Islam.
For, they are all various faces of pharaoh and Pharaoh and Islam do not mix.
They are all, in their own way, basically anti-People and therefore essentially and irrevocably anti-Islam and anti-God.
The only government that is allowed by Islam is the one that is instituted – put in place – by the People with their full, free and informed consent.
And that is totally accountable to the People.
That is Islam.
© 2013 Syed Husain Pasha
Dr. Pasha is an educator and scholar of exceptional
talent, training and experience. He can be reached at DrSyedPasha [at]
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