Dr. Pasha on Islam,
Muslims and the World
(Bringing Islam to the World One Concept at a Time)
Grafting Democracy onto Islam
There are those among Muslims who would like to graft Democracy onto Islam.
They say Islam is good and it is from God – from the East, they say.
And they say Democracy is from the West – and it is good, they say.
And then they say, wouldn’t it be nice if we married them off: Islam and Democracy together; Islam from the East and Democracy from the West.
What these Muslims – many of them good Muslims – don’t realize is that Islam is about People and their freedom and Democracy also is about People and their freedom.
That means both Islam and Democracy are Islam – together and inseparable.
And that which is about People and their rights is from God, no matter by what name you call it.
It is Islam.
Therefore, Muslims don’t need to marry one to the other. All they need to do is to understand their Islam properly and practice it fully.
For, that is Democracy.
And that is also Islam.
The Prophet Who Gave the World the Miracle of Education
Just imagine how much the educated world of today owes Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam.
And yet how ignorant and ill-informed and uncaring that world is about him.
Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, came into this world in early Seventh Century.
That was when reading and writing were generally forbidden for everyone except the members of the royal family, the rich landlords and the most privileged few.
Many people were put to the sword for daring to teach themselves or anyone else how to read and write.
In such a climate, Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, came and offered the world a “Book” – Al-Kitaab.
And he called that book The Reading – Al-Qur’an.
And he issued a common command to the whole world saying: “Read!”
Then he said if any man or woman taught himself or herself one single passage of that Book, Al-Kitaab, big or small, that would be more than 200 times better than worshipping God in other ways.
And he said that to Hazrat Abu Zarr, a companion of his, who was a most devout and God-fearing individual, given to worship a great deal.
He didn’t say “200 times better,” he said “More than 200 times better.”
Does the world of today know anything about this man — Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam?
And does the educated world of today know anything about this most amazing of miracles that he gave the world: the miracle of education?
Do the Muslims know about this fact?
Do the non-Muslims know about this most miraculous fact?
What would it take for the Muslims to get out and share this fact with the
rest of the world?
Doling Out Democracy
The eventful year of 2011 is fading fast and the dawn of 2012 is about to break.
The world is abuzz with talk about Islam and Democracy. And people, good people, everywhere, are busy patching one to the other.
They seem to think that somehow the time has come to concoct a brew containing both ingredients: Islam as well as Democracy.
The allure is irresistible.
And the drums of Democracy are rolling around the world, including the Muslim world.
But Muslims have their own special way, as they often boast, of doing things. And doing Democracy is no exception.
But Muslims’ way of doing things is nothing if not remarkable, or, should we say interesting.
Mindboggling may not be too strong an expression.
And often, it has very little to do with reality, logic or common sense.
As for science, Muslims chased that Cinderella from their home and habitat a long time ago.
As a result, in Muslim culture, and in Muslim lands, it seems to be generally the foxes that guard the henhouses.
And it is absolute Muslim monarchs, and other sundry tyrants and dictators, that dole out democracy to their subjects in ways and quantities – and as per the schedule and framework – they and their sycophantic and traitorous native advisers and former colonial foreign masters see fit.
And they have at their beck and call hosts of religious hirelings to put their seal of approval on these moves and keep the gullible and oppressed Muslim masses quiet and subdued.
But you cannot say Muslims do not have a sense of humor, or even a sense of irony.
Muslims often seem to do things in ways that makes you want to burst out laughing.
That is when you have run out of tears to cry over the sorry plight of the poor, poor, poor Muslim men, women and children groaning under the yoke of some of the most barbaric and brutal oppression known to history.
Take Egypt for example, which is a country of roughly 83 million people today.
The tragic and benighted land of Egypt has been ground to dust under the heel of one repressive military dictatorship after another for nearly 60 years.
Today, the march to Democracy in Egypt will now be headed and supervised by a body that calls itself The Supreme Military Council, what else.
And that Supreme Military Council of Egypt is headed by a man who calls himself not just a General, but a “Field Marshal” – a title given to him by General Husni Mubarak who used to be the Military Dictator of Egypt for over 30 years before him.
Field Marshal Tantawi served the former Military Dictator Husni Mubarak for 20 years as his most loyal and faithful Defense Minister.
This is the man, and the other generals in cahoots with him in the Supreme Military Council, who will now preside over Egypt’s transition from 60 years of the most tyrannical military dictatorship to freedom and democracy!
As someone said: Go Figure!
Doing vs. Talking: Two Kinds of Living on God’s’ Earth
Two kinds of people live on God’s earth – among all the millions of other kinds that there are:
A) Those who get things done.
B) Those who talk about getting things done.
The first kind: Doers.
The second kind: Talkers.
While Islam cares about all kinds of people, including the talkers, Islam has a particular soft spot for the doing type.
Here may be a clue to the difference: between doing and talking about doing.