Quote-Unquote: Dr. Pasha on Islam,
Muslims and the World
(Bringing Islam to the World One Concept at a Time!
Taking the Qur'an to Every Home and Heart that Needs It --
And which One Does Not?)
For all too many people, how easy it is to talk Islam.
That is partly because Islam is so beautiful, so wonderful, so easy, so logical, so systematic, and so great.
Islam is so perfect in every way, and so clear in everything it says, that it is easy to talk about it.
And it is the most natural thing to do: to talk about Islam and do so in the most glowing of terms.
That is because Islam is from God. And, being from God, it cannot be anything but perfect.
But all too often, how hard it is for the same people to do Islam. To practice Islam.
To live Islam the way it ought to be lived. The way Islam deserves to be lived.
That is because we humans, who all the time hanker or pretend to live or do Islam, are beset by so many imperfections. And by so many impurities in our mortal, sinful hearts and minds.
We are prey to flawed motives and questionable intentions. And we are creatures of imperfect characters and deformed personalities.
We are, all too many of us, not the gold that Hadith talks about. But base metal -- all too many of us. And we bring our impurities and imperfections into Islam.
And because our egos -- our Nafs -- are all too often so bloated. So oversize. So untamed.
Where, then, is the surprise if we say one thing and do something else? At times just the opposite of what we say?
The great Tamil sage, Tiruvalluvar, said, about 2000 years ago how the bad influence of those given to disparity between words and deeds would haunt you not only in your waking life, but also in your dreams.
And Allah warned the Believers in the Qur’an in even more stark terms:
Why do you say things that you do not do?
Don’t you know what a great sin it is, in the eyes of God, that you should be saying things that you do not practice?
"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 ...
Human life is all about technology. And so is Islam.
It is all about learning to do what we do better -- and pressing into service the best tools for each task at hand.
But the difference in each situation, and on ...
Here is what the Qur'an says about the kind of priorities each one of us should have in our lives. And the Qur'an makes it crystal clear that Islam needs to be a most serious personal concern for each one of us.
And the Qur'an ...
What most people don’t understand is that Muslims are people. And in that sense, speaking generally, Muslims are no more or less, and no better or worse, than most other people in this world.
And what do most people want out ...
That is what we call "Working for Allah." It is nothing more or less than what some others may call "Islamic Work."
One of the most important elements of this work is its Integrity: Integrity of the Work and the Personal ...
Islam is based 1000 % on personal integrity. That means the credibility and believability of those who "Preach" Islam and "Practice" Islam.
Where our personal integrity is compromised, everything else becomes irrelevant.
In fact, Islam itself becomes a moot point.
After that, it ...
Iqbal was one of the greatest poets the world has ever known – in any language, culture, time or place.
Just like Ghalib before him.
And just like Khosroe centuries before both of them.
Just like the other two, Iqbal too wrote not ...
There are different states of being or living in this world. One is Islam and the other is what Islam calls Jaahiliyyah.
Earlier or pre-existing forms and levels of Jaahiliyyah is how the Qur'an puts it.
Islam is living life within and ...
One of the biggest ongoing challenges before those working for Allah -- you, me and anyone else who say they are -- is this: How long will we continue on this difficult and rather lonely path of Allah's work?
Hazrat Nuh, Alaihis Salam, ...
"Consider Islam just another project, a personal project.
Just like going to school.
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 ...
What each and everyone of us must do is to learn Islam, from scratch as it were, and to preach and teach it to everyone everywhere in the world.
This is the job for which Allah created us in the first ...