The Prophet Who Taught the World How to Read and Write, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam! [Quote – 885]
This one man taught the world how to read and write, even though he himself did not know either to read or to write. He gave the world education.
His name was Muhammad — Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam.
Just imagine how much the Educated World of today owes Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, in terms of everything it has.
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 members of the royal family, the rich landlords and the most privileged few.
And of course the members of the clergy – the priests.
Those were the times when many people were put to the sword for daring to teach themselves or others 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 – to all of humanity – “To Read!”
Just plain “Read!”
Then he said if any man or woman taught himself or herself one single passage of that Book, that Al-Kitaab, big or small, that would be more than 200 times better than worshiping God in other ways.
And he said that to Hazrat Abu Zarr, a close companion of his, who was a most devout and God-fearing individual, given to a great deal of worship.
He didn’t say “200 times better,” he said “More than 200 times better.”
His words were not only blessed, they were most carefully chosen. And they were closely monitored from above: by God Almighty himself.
Does the Educated World of today know anything about this man?
And does the Educated World of today know anything about this most amazing of miracles that he gave the world: the Miracle of Universal 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?
And what would it take for the non-Muslims of this world to inquire and find out about it?
A Reaction to a Recent Quote from Dr. Pasha [Quote – 884]
By Professor Kalamazad Mohammed
Dr. Pasha recently made a comment in one of his posts on www.IslamicSolutions.com that I found to be truly astounding.
He said: “When people confuse means with ends, their lives don’t end up too well.”
This realization moved me deeply. And I began to think, maybe, Dr. Pasha was being gentle when he was breaking this stark reality upon us in this particular way.
Otherwise, I could see clearly that chances are, when people cannot tell the means from the ends, and when they make the means the end, they end up affecting, let me say “jeopardizing,” not only their own lives, but also the lives of others as well.
And that means the whole world.
Most people in this world seem to be of the view, and conclusion, that the means are the ends.
Most people seem to feel that their careers, jobs, families, money, positions is what they have to spend their entire lives to achieve and to build.
Unfortunately, I feel, many Muslims also fall in this same trap. But with one difference though: When Muslims do this, when Muslims mistake means for ends, their case comes out to me as even more depressing than when the non-Muslims do it.
When we look at the life of Muslims today, it is clear that most Muslims see Salat, fasting and Hajj as the end and not as the tools Allah has given them to work on their character and thus influence and change the state of the whole world for the better.
In other words, those who were sent here by God to change the world, and make it better, have themselves fallen victim to the problems and confusion that prevail in the world.
Reflection Or Action?
It Is Like Asking Food Or Water! [Quote – 883]
Islam is all about reflection and thinking. The Qur’an is clear on that.
But in life there is something else that is critical. And that is action.
Just like there is no food without water and there is no water without food.
In some ways, Reflection and Thought themselves could be considered action.
But when thought becomes a hindrance to action, or even a substitute for action, then that is not the kind of reflection and thought that Islam commends and encourages.
To a truly meaningful and productive life, that kind of useless thought and purposeless reflection is dysfunctional and counterproductive.
For, the essence of life, and life’s true purpose, is action, functionality, productivity and growth. And empty thought runs directly counter to life’s supreme purpose and ultimate outcome.
That is why Islam’s First Responders — Sahaabah Kiraam and the next generation — were among the most lucid thinkers the world has known.
At the same time, they were also among the world’s quickest and most decisive actors. With them to think and to understand something was to leap to implement it in their lives — and all around them.
That is why in less than 100 years they totally changed the world from the way they found it to the way Islam wanted it to be: Free, Equal, Prosperous and Truly Enlightened.
Working for Allah Is a Little Bit Like Riding a Tiger [Quote – 882]
It is a strange thing to say, but that is what strikes me as obvious. And it strikes me with a telling force. Every time I think about it.
Working for Allah, whatever that means, and however it is done, is a little bit like hopping on a tiger for a ride. It strikes me that most folks won’t do it for fun or on a whim.
They won’t hop on the back of the most powerful tiger ever built only to hop off at the next street corner, or whenever else the fancy overtakes them.
Or when other “More Pressing” things loom along.
Doesn’t look like the smart thing to do.
Last time, Yunus, Alaihis Salam, tried it. The Qur’an tells us.
He ended up in the belly of the beast, in the middle of a bottomless ocean, the Qur’an also tells us.
So, when Allah guides you to the honor and privilege of Working for Him, the smart thing to do is to stay put. And to be constant and firm and steady, whether or not we are on Candid Camera.
It helps to remind ourselves that that is precisely the reason Allah created us: To Work for Him. Everything else he has given us is a means to that end.
When people confuse means with ends, their lives don’t end up too well.
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