Doing tells us where people’s hearts really are.
And it tells us what people’s true priorities are.
Doing tells us what people really like to do.
Talking tells us what people like to talk about when they finished doing what they were out to do, what they really wanted to do.
Or when they have nothing really to do.
So, talkers talk, while doers do – they do what they really want to do.
Doing gets things done.
Talking fills time and makes us feel good. It also creates the illusion of doing.
Often, talking becomes a substitute for doing.
Islam, of course, values both types, even though, clearly, it is partial to
the doing type.
There Is Always a Way
Those who want to do something – anything – bad enough, they will always find a way for doing it.
This may be a good place for Muslims to ask: How badly do we want to do
The Hungry and Ailing Soul
Human beings are body and soul.
Body is what you see; soul is what is inside the body, invisible to the naked eye.
The body craves food, drink and medicine and must be fed and catered to with some regularity.
Pangs of hunger in humans are well known and acted upon with alacrity by those concerned.
But what most people don’t understand is that the soul too hungers and thirsts for nourishment.
And it has ailments that must be attended to.
But its cries are heard by few and responded to even less.
As a result, most human beings carry around in their often pampered and well-fed bodies souls that are emaciated, starved or diseased.
The results then show up in all kinds of unsavory ways – for individuals; for societies; and for the entire world.
Then all of those who never paid timely attention to the sick and dilapidated souls in and around them cry out in a chorus: Annaa Haadha?
That is Qur’an for:
Why is this happening to us?
And how did we get to be in this sorry state of affairs?”
Yaa hasratan ‘alal ‘ibaad, says God Almighty in the Qur’an, as if in reply.
What a pity, humans should have reached this terrible state!
Islam Is Following a Predictable Routine!
Islam is doing what everyone of us must do -- or has undertaken to do: over and over and over.
It is part of our Focus -- which is one of the best definitions of Islam.
And of Iman.
Islam is Focus.
And Iman is Focus.
Haneefan and Hunafaa’ are the expressions the Qur’an uses to capture the idea of Focus.
While Muslims must remind each other of our duties and responsibilities, the best and most powerful reminders are the ones that come from inside.
Often it is routine work.
But that is what Islam is -- for the most part.
Islam is routine work.
And as for reminding each other, that is what we are supposed to do.
Dhakkir, says the Qur’an: “Remind them!”
For, reminders will help the good guys.
They will help the believers.
As for those who do not believe, nothing helps them.
Secret to Doing Islam
Consider Islam just another project, a personal project.
- Just like going to school.
- Finishing college.
- Getting a job.
- Building a business.
- Finding a mate.
- Acquiring a home.
- Getting your kids married off, as they say.
- Watching your favorite TV show or football or cricket or basketball game.
And then compare the way you do Islam with the way you do any of these other things. You will get all the answers you need.
You will then know why the world is the way it is and why you are the way you are.
You will then also know how one is a close correlate and associate of the other.
Islam Is Doing the Impossible
Everyone will tell you why it is impossible for you to do this or that or something else.
I want you to know that life itself is just another name for doing all that seems impossible to do.
Such as walking on earth, most of the time upside down really, and not falling off into deep space.
Such as breathing raw air and turning it into life-giving oxygen.
Such as munching some berries and changing them into blood in your veins and flesh on your bones.
More of it later.
For now, just ponder over these few things and know that life is doing the impossible.
Islam is just another name for doing life the way it ought to be done.
Islam Is Easy
God Almighty made Islam easy.
Easy to know, easy to learn, easy to understand and easy to practice.
He says so in the Qur’an -- over and over.
But Muslims make Islam difficult.
And they go to extraordinary lengths to do so.
And then Muslims wonder why they are the way they are and why the world is the way it is.
My advice to Muslims? Try Islam the nice, easy and practical way.
And see what happens.
To you and to the world.
Give yourself -- and give the world -- five years of easy Islam.
And then call me if the world does not change by then.
This Eid: A New Dawn of Freedom!
To the Muslim World,
A 1432 Eid Greeting from Dr. Pasha
This Eid: A New Dawn of Freedom!
May this Eidul Adha -- 2011/1432 -- usher in to the Muslim World a new dawn of freedom.
Starting from today’s Eid, may every Muslim government be a democratically elected one and may every Muslim people everywhere be a truly free and genuinely empowered people.
For, that is Islam.
And it is the quintessential spirit of what the world has recently taken to calling the Islamic Shari’ah.
This Baqr Eid, a Wish, a Prayer
This Baqr Eid, Qurban Bayram, Eidul Adha, call it what you will, I have a wish.
And I have a prayer.
I will not say it is from my heart.
For, my heart is broken to a million bits at what is happening in the world -- senseless violence; marauding injustice; rampaging lies.
So, I don’t really have a heart to speak of.
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