An extension of this principle is: When someone writes something, that person alone has the right to decide what to do with it -- with that piece.
Meaning, rights that accrue to authorship of any document or manuscript belong to the writer, not to bystanders, no matter how well-intentioned those bystanders may be.
So, whether or not to post on the Internet, including IslamicSolutions.Com, a piece carrying the name of someone as writer and author, that decision can be made only by the owner of that name and identity -- and not by others.
That is Islam 101.
And that is also Western Culture -- which in all kinds of strange and interesting ways -- ended up becoming the guardian of some of the core elements of Islamic Culture such as this one.
This, unbeknownst to Muslims, and the rest of the world, is one of the secrets behind the seeming worldly success of Western Culture: the ideas, practices and principles Western Culture borrowed from Islamic Culture.
Islamic Culture flows like blood through the veins of Western Culture, even as the West, from time to time, comes up with all kinds of excuses to combat Islam and malign and defame Muslims.
How true the Qur’an is:
Enemies of God, want to extinguish God’s light with their breath.
But God insists on making his light shine in its fullest glory.
True Forgiveness Comes from Having the Power NOT to Forgive
Muslims -- everyone everywhere -- must learn and teach their people the following:
Sabaq phir padh Sadaaqat ka, Adaalat ka…
“Go re-learn the lesson of truthfulness!
And the lesson of how to be fair and just…”
For, those are the qualities needed for leadership in the world.
“Forgiveness” is a great thing. And the reward for it is tremendous.
God is a Most Forgiving God. He is Ghafoor and Ghaffaar.
And in the Qur’an God encourages people to practice forgiveness every opportunity they get.
Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, was a most forgiving man.
But true forgiveness means having the power NOT to forgive.
It is owning the power, ability, strength and resources to get even and to avenge, and THEN to forgive and walk away -- if you so choose.
And it is a good choice if you can afford to make it -- and do so without all kinds of pressures being mounted on you on behalf of the oppressor, who in many cases may be a privileged and well-connected source.
That is what true forgiveness is all about.
The name for it is Adl.
Another name for it is Qist.
And Islam is about Adl.
And Islam is about Qist.
These are the lessons Muslims forgot.
Lessons Muslims must re-learn.
Islam vs. Non-Islam: Truth vs. Falsehood
Islam is from God. And Non-Islam is from the Devil.
The Devil -- Shaitan -- and his ilk fight Islam.
They are the followers of falsehood and worshipers of the Devil.
They are the breakers of the Biblical Commandments.
Their life is a celebration of the Seven Deadly Sins that the Bible talks about.
They worship all kinds of gods besides God, which is a direct violation of the First Commandment in the Bible.
Their methodology is one of falsehood: It is a methodology of Lies and Deceit.
Whereas the methodology of Islam is Truth: Haq and Sidq.
The objective of Islam is Adl -- justice and fairness and equity for all people all over the world.
The objective of non-Islam is Zulm and Udwaan: oppression; aggression; and exploitation of others and inflicting of harm on them.
In a confused and confusing world, you can tell which is which, and who is who, by trying to find out who is telling the truth and who is not. And who is standing up for justice and fairness for all and who is not.
It is that simple.
Hope Supported by Action:
That Is What Islam Is All About!
Life does not, cannot, go on by hope alone. Even though hope is a great sustainer and energizer of human life.
Without hope, human life will sputter and die in short order.
What life needs, what we all need, what the whole world needs, in addition to hope -- and optimism -- is action: sustained, accountable, targeted action.
To be successful in life, we must find a way to marry eternal and undying hope to sustained, robust and accountable action.
You do that, and you have got a pretty firm handle on Islam.
For, Islam is all about hope married to goal-directed, accountable, action.
Did Muslims Drop the Ball?
Shaitan -- the Devil -- seems to be having a field day. Good people, in all too many places, appear to be in retreat, on too many good and noble and important fronts.
Islam -- and the world -- await those who will take the word of God door to door, home to home, heart to heart. Throughout the world.
People who are truly educated, thoroughly trained and fully committed.
People whose hearts are full of love for God and for humanity -- all at the same time.
People who will place their duty to God and humanity before their own personal needs, whims, fancies, priorities, predilections, interests.
Have Muslims, by and large, dropped the ball on this count?
Is that why the world of God in the terrible shape it is? Innal Insaana La-Fi Khusr, as the Qur’an says?
Who now among us will rise to the challenge of helping God and humanity?
“Helping” God? Yes, that is directly from the Qur’an.
Allah Blesses People How He Wants
God Almighty is everybody’s God. And he is a merciful, loving, doting God.
And he blesses his creation.
Can you believe that? That is what Allah does: blesses all of us.
Huwalladhee Yusallee ‘Aliakum.
And one sign of his blessings is that he guides those he wishes to bless to places, acts, choices and decisions he likes. He guides them -- and gets them -- to do what he likes: what will please him.
While others wait in the wings, the blessed ones are called to action. And the blessed ones act.
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