Quote-Unquote - Book VI (501-600)

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That is how it was then -- in the times of the Prophets, God Bless them All!

That is how it is now -- during our own time.

And that is how it shall be always -- as long as this world lasts.

That is God's Law in his creation: Sunnatullah!

That is also what is called Nature's Law.

And that, in a word, also is Islam.


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Let Allah Do His Work -- He Always Does

Muslims are a funny breed -- by birth or by conversion.

That is, whether they are "born into Islam" or whether they "converted to Islam" from a state of non-Islam, they are still a pretty funny bunch.

Forgive me, but I do not use that foolish expression "reverted to Islam."

"Funny" in a cute and cuddly sort of a way, as I have stated elsewhere, and not in a derogatory or pejorative sense.

And who can be more cute or cuddly than people who are on a sure track to Paradise? As it was foretold by Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam?

The record shows he said:

Ummatee Haadhi-hi Ummatun Marhoomah!

Paraphrase:

"My people are a blessed people!"

Indicating they are on their way to divine Grace and Forgiveness.

Part of Muslims being funny to me is how busy Muslims are expressing the "hope" God will accept their prayers.

If they read their Qur'an they will know that ab initio -- right from the beginning -- that is exactly what God does: HE ACCEPTS THEIR DU'AS (PRAYERS) WHEN AND AS THEY MAKE THEM.

That is his job.

He says he is Mujeeb!

No, don't believe me. Read the Qur'an: 

Ujeebu Da'watad Daa'i Idhaa Da'anee!

Paraphrase:

"I respond to -- I answer -- the call, the prayers, of those who call me, those who pray to me, when and as they call me, when and as they pray to me."

So, to me Muslims are funny because they are always busy telling God what to do and almost not a whimper or squeak about what it is they themselves have to do next.

Nothing about where they go from here.

Nothing like -- for example:

'People, we have done the Khatm, Alhamdulillah; we have made the Du'as; 

let us now all ask: What do we do next?

Let us ask: Where do we go from here?

For example, should we:

  1. Continually work on our Qur'an Readers' List and update it?

  2. How can we "hit the road," as these bad Americans say, and recruit new people for the next Khatm?

  3. Should, for example, each one of us commit ourselves to find and train a new "recruit" for the Next Khatm?

    Would that be too much of a burden? Or can we all try and work on it?

  4. Would it be appropriate at this stage to think of that foolish man Dr. Pasha who, a long, long time ago used to teach:

    "Each One, Teach One!"

    And we all recited that chant like a parrot? Only to forget it and turn our back on it the moment the man went away on a break? Or wherever!

So, there is no end to how funny, cute and cuddly Muslims can be.


559

Islam Is Asking Questions

Pasha Hour International of August 5, 2014, talks about the importance of asking questions. It says Islam came to teach people to think.

And to ask questions.

It says what people call "Religion" generally discourages people from thinking. 

And from asking questions.

But Islam does the opposite. It insists that people learn to think and to ask questions.

The Qur'an seems to suggest -- often quite strongly -- that thinking and reasoning and understanding are the pathways to Paradise.

The Qur'an emphasizes the importance of the role of thinking in human life so much and so repeatedly that it may not be an exaggeration to refer to it as a Manual of Thinking and Asking Questions.

Or simply as a Manual of Human Thought.

The Qur'an seems to suggest -- and quite clearly and strongly -- human success and salvation, both in this world as well as in the next world, depend on the ability to think, to reason, to ask probing questions and to make sound judgments. 

In doing this, the Qur'an takes the exact opposite path to what most people in this world refer to as "Religion."

Is it a surprise then that what people call "Religion" is from people -- meaning it has an entirely human source, as it is mostly a human creation or artifact -- whereas the Qur'an -- and Islam -- has an entirely divine origin?

And they are -- Qur'an and Islam both -- directly from God and not a product of the human mind.

How much clearer can it get?


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The Methodology of Quote-Unquote

Humans communicate in many ways. And for many purposes.

Some give speeches. Some write articles. Some sing and dance.

And some, as Shakespeare I think put it, communicate through silences.

The Internet has caused a virtual explosion in both the amount and forms of communication. Emails, Blogs and Social Media are everywhere and used for every conceivable reason or purpose, and at times without any rhyme or reason or sense.

Quite often, talking for the sake of talking is a favorite human pastime.

And also, apparently, quite a powerful human need. Meaning: People need to talk or else they will go mad.

Our Methodology of Quote-Unquote is meant to serve a very special purpose. It is designed to make people think and ask some serious and meaningful questions on issues of importance to human life and society.

Each Quote picks a specific idea or point and addresses it clearly and concisely and in as few words as possible. Often, the ideas are quite clear and specific.

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