Muslims and the World
(Bringing Islam to the World One Concept at a Time) Quote-Unquote – Book X (901-1000)
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I have to use language as it is available, even though frequently I bend it to my own purposes to express ideas from Qur’an and Hadith, as I need to.
Islamic ideas if you want to call them.
Therefore, when I say “usual religious stuff,” it is heartbreaking, to have to say things like that. For, that is what the Muslims have done. They have turned Islam into a “religion,” and the foundations of Islamic culture and practice like Salah into “rituals.”
Religion is man made. And it is run by priests and pundits and Rabbis. Islam is from Allah and, in Islam, every man and woman is their own priest, as it were.
There is no professional priest or pundit or Mowlana class in Islam.
So yes, Islam is about Salah and Siyam and all else. But Islam is also about knowledge and science and research and discovery.
And Muslims have dropped the ball on things like science and research. And on things like counseling, therapy, medicine, lab work and all that, even though Islam was supposed to be about all of that, and it was supposed to be about much, much more about everything else that could possibly be related to every single aspect of life on earth.
A campaign that does not have those frontiers of human life on mind, does not start out by telling people to go get educated. It does not cry out from the rooftop on Day One: Iqra’!
Hey Everybody, go get the best education you can. No matter where you find it. Even if it is in China!
So, when you replace knowledge with idiocy, and replace truly enlightened, educated and scientifically competent and grounded leadership with idiots, this is how you end up. Beaten up by everybody everywhere on every excuse that anyone could think of.
And then this is how the world of Allah ends up, teetering on the brink of extinction as it were, facing a worldly Qiyamat of some kind, because no one saw this Coronavirus threat coming.
Certainly not Muslims, even though they should have been the ones to be in the forefront of it all, as scholars, researchers, scientists, doctors, pharmacists, field workers, and everything else.
Allama Yusuf Ali was a very special man. Allah bless him and give him Jannat.
Personally I feel a sense of obligation to this man and I think all English- speaking Muslims should as well.
His English translation of the Qur’an has been THE go-to translation used in the English-speaking world for however many decades until recently.
Other translations that appeared after him generally all built on the shoulders of Allama Yusuf Ali.
Last year, Alhamdulillah, we were able to get a Khatm Qur’an done in his name and make Du’a for him.
Others who read this, maybe, also should do something like that: read Qur’an and make Du’a for him.
The Ummat as a whole owes this man a great debt.
Just when we thought we were totally and completely invulnerable, and no one can tell us what to do or how to behave, God Almighty sent us the Coronavirus – COVID-19.
It came out of nowhere and got everybody’s attention.
And now no one really believes they are totally and completely unassailable. And everybody is telling everybody else to hunker down, to shelter in place, and to do this, that and something else.
Don’t you think God Almighty has his way of getting things done?
And, as God’s Plan for his world, God sent Islam into this world. To tell and show people what they should do and how they should behave.
And God put all that in a book called the Qur’an.
And God sent a man called Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, to precisely show everybody how to do the things that God wanted them to do.
And that man, Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, told and showed everybody how Cleanliness is really key to Godliness.
And he asked and showed everybody how to observe Personal Hygiene, for, without it they would not get to worship God or get close to God.
And this man Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, taught and showed the world that this routine, this regimen, this highly personalized protocol of Personal Hygiene, begins with washing your hands; and then washing and rinsing your mouth; and then washing and rinsing your nostrils; and then washing your entire face, including your eyes.
And this was 1400 years ago.
And the whole world has been practicing this Personal Hygiene Protocol, for all these 1400 years.
When I say “the whole world,” I means all those billions upon billions of people around the world, throughout these past 1400 years, who are called Muslims.
And the formal Islamic name for this Personal Hygiene Protocol is Wudu.
And Wudu that is required before performing every prayer, and before touching and handling the Qur’an, holds the key to keeping the world safe from the Modern Day Menace of the Coronavirus.
For, it is through hands, by touching that is, that the Coronavirus mainly spreads. And it is through your mouth, nose and eyes that the Coronavirus enters your system, the human body.
Islam showed us to protect ourselves by constantly washing our hands, mouth, nose and face. If we did not follow that practice so far, isn’t it time now, when the menace of the Coronavirus is upon us, to embrace at least that part of Islam that shows us how to protect ourselves by following the Personal Hygiene Protocol of Islam called Wudu?
From Coronavirus to Islam is not that far, is it?
Some time ago, we said typos are Haram. And of course they are. For, often they reflect a lackadaisical approach to work. And Islam is hostile to that.
Islam says, when you touch something, do a perfect job -- as much as you can.
But good people, sincere people, work day and night, and leave no stone unturned as it were, they eat little and sleep even less, and worry and agonize about the quality and outcome of their work constantly, then Allah, God Almighty of course, throws open the gates of Paradise for them, right here in this world.
For such people, even their mistakes and errors are turned into virtues and rewards. So, when these amazing people do things right, the way they should, they chalk up double the reward.
But when they unavoidably make mistakes, after the most sincere and strenuous efforts, and after doing everything they could, then even their errors and mistakes count as blessings for them.
But, listen to this, only one reward per mistake.
And that includes typos.
This system of Islam is amazing or what?
There are situations when for a typo, you get one blessing and reward from God? How does that figure?
If you thought this system of Islam may not be a human invention after all, you may be right.
Every AM and PM, recite three times the following words of Sayyidina Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam:
Wa Laa Fis-Samaa-i,
Wa Huwas-Samee’ul ‘Aleeem.
AFTER THAT, with or without Wudu, recite Qul A’oodhu Birabbil Falaq and Qul A’oodhu Birabbin-Naas, three times each, cup your hands, blow in them and rub your hands all over your body, whatever parts you can.
Those two Surahs, the last ones in the Qur’an, are called the Two Protectors.
The Hadith is simple and clear. And it is timeless.
The Hadith says, what I am paraphrasing here, when a certain place is known to be affected by an epidemic of some kind, no one should go in or out of that place.
This is quarantine, no matter how you spell it.
And this was 1400 years ago.
I don’t know whether this makes me a Kaafir (Unbeliever) or what. But I cannot help thinking how extraordinary, how strange really, this saying of Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, is in the context of how things are in our world.
And how they always have been.
Men treating women the way they always have and the way they still do.
The Hadith I am thinking about goes something like this. Of course, this is my English Paraphrase of the original and the most blessed Arabic words of Sayyidina Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam.
Paraphrase generally means somewhat of a free and lose rendering of an original text from one language into another language. And that is what I am doing here.
So, the First Paraphrase of the Hadith is this:
best human beings are those
who treat their spouses in the best possible manner.”
The Hadith in question can also be paraphrased as follows:
“The finest man among you is one who treats his wife the best.”
I don’t know if I have it in me to comment on this any further. But the Prophet, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, himself suggested:
“Look at me,
see how I treat my wives.
My treatment of my wives is the best that can be.”
Many Muslims fall short of this requirement of treating their wives in the best possible manner. Not because they are not good Muslims. But because they have not fully understood what is really at stake.
They seem to miss the point that prayers, fasting, Hajj and all that is one thing. But if you do not treat your wife right, and with the respect and dignity and kindness and love that every wife deserves, then all your Islam is not worth the piece of paper on which you may have jotted it down.
Oh yes, the words of that Hadith, the best I recall:
This, mind you, was in the 7th Century of the Christian Era! Not yesterday or today!
And there are still those in this world who do not think and believe that he is God’s Messenger to the Human Race!
Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam!
In South and North Carolina, Bernie Sanders should have hit the Black Question out of the Park. He did not. He should have thundered mightily about all the Injustices the Blacks have suffered over the past 400 years. And that they continue to suffer to this day.
For the Black People in America, it is not just Medicare for All. It is the Basic Issue of Life and Liberty.
Bernie came out glaringly lacking.
In Virginia, Sanders should have addressed black issues, and also suburban issues, vigorously and imaginatively. He did not.
Old People Issues are critical for this country. With the virus going around, he has a great opportunity. Can he come out swinging on that one in his next debate?
I am not sure.
Trump dropped the ball on Coronavirus. Can Sanders hold him to account? And can he link that failure on the part of the Administration directly to Old People, and to the rest of America, young and old alike?
I doubt it.
Sanders is a great man. I am almost tempted to say, God Bless Him. But American Presidential Campaigns are not about being a Noble Warrior. They are about Winning, pure and simple. They are about Going for the Jugular.
And Sanders simply does not seem to have that Killer Instinct in him.
I am a Campaign Specialist. I know what I am talking about.
Can I expect Sanders to say in the Sunday debate something like:
I am fighting for all of you.
I am fighting for Blacks and Whites.
For Old and Young.
For Men and Women.
For the Sick and the Healthy.
And for the Elderly and the Infirm as well as for those in the Prime of their Life.
I am fighting for the future of All of You. I am fighting for America.
Help me Win, So, I can continue to fight for you, and make You win!
And make America come out a Winner!“
I wish I could stoke my hope. But I tread warily.
For, Bernie, it seem to me, would rather be a Noble Loser, as someone put in, than be a ruthless and vicious winner.
(A) Guidelines from the United States Federal Government, Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 2020:
1. Wash hands with soap and water.
2. Keep a 6-foot or 2-meter distance from the next person.
(B) Qur’an, Hadith, Islam, Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam -- roughly 650 AD:
At least five times a day:
1. Wash hands.
2. Wash forearms up to and including elbows.
3. Wash and rinse mouth and do gargling.
4. Brush teeth.
5. Wash nose and rinse nostrils.
6. Wash eyes.
7. Wash face.
8. Wipe entire head with wet hands.
We strongly urge the US Federal Government and its agencies, including the CDC, to adopt the full range of Islamic Standards of Personal Hygiene as divinely mandated protocol for protection against the plague of Coronavirus that is upon us.
Islam and the Human Thought Process
Under a Professional Mowlana Class and Charlatan Relief Fundsters [Quote – 992]
Islam is a Thinking Man’s Deen. And, of course, a Thinking Woman’s.
And that is where today’s big Muslim Disconnect is: with Reality as well as with Islam, which, really, is one and the same thing.
Muslims, today, and they have been that way for a long time, will do anything for Allah and his Deen, except one thing: Think.
Muslims have neither the inclination, nor the tools, to engage in serious thinking about Islam, Muslims and the World.
Muslims are not interested in engaging in serious thought process about questions such as: What exactly is going on in the world today?
Who is doing what to whom, meaning mostly to Muslims, and why -- and how?
And who is aiding and abetting in whatever is being done to the Muslims?
And then, beyond that, Muslims cannot engage in serious and systematic thinking about such things as: What does Allah’s Deen Islam have to say about any of this?
And why is there such a visible disconnect between Muslims and Allah’s promise of help?
Didn’t Allah make a commitment in the Qur’an to help the Muslims?
Kaana Haqqan Alainaa Nasrul Mu’mineen?
It is incumbent upon us to help the Believers.
You can fuss all you want about the distinction between Muslims and Mu’mins. But all it will tell anyone is that you are still not serious. You are just kicking the can down the road, and not facing the real issues.
In part, this is so because Muslim Leadership, for the most part, is saturated by a Professional and Mercenary Mowlana Class of the lowest denominator, both in terms of intellectual caliber and personal character.
You can call it Ta’leem and Tazkiyah if you wish.
Or, on the other side of this coin, the Muslims are mostly gullible and well-meaning pawns in the hands of a generally Western-educated charlatan class, who also have turned Islam and Muslims into an easy and convenient breadbasket in the name of this or that Relief Fund.
And since there is no dearth of Muslim calamities and tragedies around the world, Muslim Relief Business is booming.
Not, in some ways, unlike the multibillion dollar Halal Industry.
Any wonder then that the Muslim Goose is cooked to a very nice pulp, the way it is?
To be a Muslim is to preach Islam to everyone everywhere. This is a critical detail about Islam, and about being Muslim, that most Muslims seem to know nothing about.
But “preaching” means seeking to “convert” people from whatever they are right now to becoming Muslim. That is, you are not just asking people for a donation of a few dollars, but you are asking them for everything they own: their body; their mind; their wealth; and their very soul.
And their present world as well as their next world.
How hard do you think a bargain like that is going to go down?
And then on top of all that, you are supposed to do this using nothing but the nicest of means and methods. No lies, no deception, no cheating, no gimmicks, no mental or verbal sleights of hand, no false promises.
Just how do you do that? Are you surprised that Allah’s Nabiy Yunus, Alaihis Salam, got discouraged after a while and left town?
So, those of us who are Working for Allah, those who are trying to preach Islam to both Muslims and non-Muslims, and all those who are trying to take the Qur’an to every home and heart that needs it, and which one does not, must hold on firmly to the rope of Allah and hang tight.
For them, better days are sure to come. If not today, then tomorrow. If not in this world, then absolutely, positively in the next world.
For, they are working to please Allah, and help Humanity, and not just to reap some quick worldly rewards.
And their goal is not just this world, but also the next world.
Delhi is the capital of India, whose government now is firmly in the hands of Fascist Hindu Terrorists called the RSS and the BJP.
World Media calls them Hindu Nationalists, whereas in reality they are Hindu Supremacist Terrorists and Extremists.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Police Minister Amit Shah presided over the massacre of thousands of innocent Muslims in the State of Gujarat in 2002 when they were state chief minister and home minister respectively.
Now, the RSS-BJP master plan of a Final Solution to the Indian Muslim Problem has begun unfolding with the massacre of Muslims in the capital city of Delhi even as President Donald Trump and wife Melania were winding up their state visit to India.
When inviting people to Allah, there are two things we need to remember:
1. We need to keep doing what we are doing until Kingdom Come as they say. And we should keep doing this regardless of whether or not our efforts produce “Success” in a worldly sense. And that means people accepting our call and coming to us.
We should change our plans only in consultation with our leadership and with the Jama’at.
2. We need to inculcate in every person we talk to the understanding that, as we are inviting them to Allah, so also everyone of them, in turn, should invite others to Allah. Each one of our invitees should, at their own initiative, invite others to come to our program, and to become part of Working for Allah, as we call it.
That is how this work is supposed to proceed and grow until we succeed in Taking the Qur’an to Every Home and Heart that Needs It -- and Which One Does Not?
All of us are busy doing all kinds of things. And sometimes doing absolutely nothing.
And, all the time, there still is a world out there that needs saving. More so today than ever before.
So, who is going to do it? Who is going to save that world?
And, when it comes to that question, everybody is looking for the other person to do it. But the reality is that each one of us, in a very real sense, is alone. We came into this alone, and we will go out of this world alone.
We will be placed and dealt with in our grave alone. And, on the Day of Judgment, we will be raised, quizzed and sent into Jannat or Jahannam alone.
But when it comes to doing our duty, and fixing Allah’s World, for which purpose Allah created us in the first place, we always look to someone else to do it. That is, to do what we are supposed to do.
How does that make sense?
For the past over six months, Indian Government’s Ongoing Genocide of eight million Kashmir Muslims is playing out right before everybody’s eyes. The world has never seen anything like this before. Nearly, a million-strong Indian military has turned the lush Kashmir Valley into a Concentration Camp. While this genocide is unfolding in slow motion, the world is watching in stupefaction. Muslims of the world are watching. Western Powers are watching. Most of World Media, too, are watching. Just as everybody did when Hitler and the Nazis annexed Czechoslovakia and turned Germany into a boiling cauldron of racial hate and horror. But soon the world paid a horrible price for its culpable silence and cowardly inaction. Eventual toll was nearly 100 million human lives.
But Germany was not a nuclear power then. And today’s India, taken over by a gang of Fascist hate-mongers, is. And so is neighboring Pakistan, which is eyeball-to-eyeball with India on India’s illegal annexation of Kashmir and Genocide of Kashmir Muslims. If, God Forbid, either one of these two nuclear-armed nations commits a nuclear error or misadventure of any kind, the rest of the world will be walking around in bandages for decades to come.
Silence and inaction in the face of ongoing genocide of eight million Muslims in Kashmir bodes clear culpability on the part of so-called Muslim Governments, Western Powers, the United Nations and World Media.
If this sounds like an ad, it is. But not to touch you for money, but to alert you that it is never too late to get going on your Deen, which you, like so many of the rest of us, have most likely put on the shelf and forgotten.
So, Jump Start Your Deen Today!
For, in Islam, and in science, and I don’t even know the difference between the two a lot of times, this day, whichever day it happens to be, is the first day of the rest of your life.
Your life begins today and, in that sense, everyday is your “Birthday,” as the world calls it and celebrates it.
But the world does it mostly for commercial reasons. We are trying to get you to pay attention to this important fact in your life for your own good. Not because we have Birthday Cards or Cakes to sell. And gift items to move off store shelves.
Regardless of how bad or deficient your past life has been, Allah says turn it around today. And you can do it too.
And it is simple: Make Tawubah and make a fresh start. That means repent your past lapses, and commit yourself to a more active future.
And you can do it for as long as you wish, and as many times as you wish, till the icy fingers of death have grabbed hold of you by the throat.
That is Islam for you. And there is no better deal for anyone anywhere.
And that is because Islam is not just praying and fasting and zakat and hajj, it is also Telling Others about Islam.
About La Ilaha Illallah, Muhammad Rasulullah.
In fact, according the Hadith of Jibraeel, Alaihis Salam, it is the very first requirement of Islam: To go and tell everyone in the world about Islam and to invite them all to Islam.
So, if you have not been doing this all this time, now is the time for you to Jump Start your Deen of Islam by telling everyone about it and by starting to invite everyone to it.
People are people. They have circumstances they deal with. Things change. Life happens.
As a result, people’s commitment to, and people’s active involvement in, this so-called Working for Allah business, also begins to show signs of wear and tear.
We go up and down. Weariness and exhaustion set in. Confusion and distraction take their toll. Health issues intervene. Financial problems knock at the door.
People lose interest and motivation. Iman fluctuates.
And the battle with Shaitan is an ongoing one. Shaitan neither tires, nor does he give up.
That is right. Hear this from Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam:
Al-Imanu Yzadaadu wa Yanqusu.
Iman increases and decreases.
Iman goes up and it goes down.
So, those of us who experience this situation -- and which one of us does not? -- whenever we wake up from our slumber, should say Astaghfirullah, and we should say La Hawula wa La Quwwata Illa Billah, and jump right back into action.
It is never too late. And Allah’s door never closes.
Whenever you meet another human being, man, woman or child, Muslim or Non-Muslim, just try to plant a tiny little seed of Islam in their hearts and minds.
Make sure it is Organic: meaning it is directly from the Qur’an and the Hadith and not a part of some ethnic or tribal culture.
Assalamu Alaikum! already starts you off on an autobahn whose speed or wonders you cannot even imagine, even though Muslims try to mess it up in every way they possibly can.
That simple start takes you to every wonderful place you want to go, whether it is worldly success, glory and achievement, or a cozy corner tucked away in a shady grove in Jannat, next to a dancing brook.
So, after Assalamu Alaikum! opens the door for you, try and plant that little seed in the mind of the person you just met. And watch Allah’s wonders unfold.
For non-Muslims, find a nice equivalent to Assalamu Alaikum! in your own language.
Our goal and our message is clear. It is simplicity itself. It is to bring Islam to the entire world, one concept at a time.
That is the reason why we do what we do. And that is also the reason why we do things the way we do them.
All our activities, and our entire Campaign in Life, flow from that core focus.
In practice, all our efforts, and our entire life we hope, take the form of trying to “Take the Qur’an to Every Home and Heart that Needs It -- And which One Does Not?”
It is clear to us, from studying the Qur’an, and the Sunnat of Rasulullah, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, that this is the Unequivocal Mission in a Muslim’s Life. And it is the Direct Mandate given to Muslims by God Almighty.
To every Muslim as an individual. And to the entire Muslim Ummat or Nation as a whole.
We believe that Muslims are losing out in this world, on all fronts, for not carrying out this Divine Mission. For turning their backs on what God Almighty had appointed them to do.
We also believe that today the entire world is worse off as a result of Muslims not doing their Divine Duty of Telling the World about Islam.
We further believe that neither the condition of the Muslims, nor the condition of the world as a whole, will change till Muslims, as individuals, as groups, as societies, and as an Entire Ummah or Nation, rededicate themselves to the Divine Mission of Taking the Qur’an to Every Home and Heart that Needs it -- and Which One Does Not?
If you are a Muslim, the least you can do is this:
Tell all those you can, all those you know and all those you meet,
whatever you know, whatever you can, about Islam.
For, an important requirement of being a Muslim is to tell others about Islam. To show others what Islam is all about.
According to the Hadith of Jibraeel (Alaihis Salam), Islam is Shahaadat, which is “Bearing Testimony,” as so many people translate that expression, but which in simple, straightforward English is “Telling Others” -- Telling the Whole World -- about Islam.
La Ilaha Illallah,
Even though this is the work of a lifetime, this is the least that is expected of you if you want to qualify as a Muslim: Tell Everyone about Islam.
Islam, above All, Is about Truthfulness, Honesty and Integrity —
And It Is about Upholding the Highest Standards of Fairness and Justice [Quote – 981]
Muslims need to do all they can -- even when they fall short, and do so over and over and over again -- to uphold the highest standards of honesty and integrity in everything they do.
For, that is what Islam is all about: Honesty, Truth, Integrity.
And those were the credentials Almighty Allah used to establish Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, in this world as the future Rasul, his very last Rasul -- Khaatamul Anbiyaa, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam -- for this world, for all times to come.
Almighty Allah got the whole world to recognize a youthful Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, as As-Saadiq and Al-Ameen: the Truthful One and the Trustworthy One, way before he made him a Rasul.
And Allah did that in the Society of Arabia in which lying, cheating, deceiving were pretty much as common as they are in our own societies today.
And the Poet of Islam Iqbal asks Muslims to Relearn the Lessons of Honesty and Truthfulness, and Justice, because those will be the credentials and qualifications that the world will seek to see if it will accept you as Leaders, one more time in this world, and in the history of human civilization.
Sabaq Phir Padh Sadaaqat Kaa,
Liyaa Jaa-ey Ga Tujh Sey Kaam
Duniya Ki Imaamat Kaa.
Almighty God is just and fair. He does not punish one person for the sins of someone else. As Allah says in the Qur’an:
Wa Laa Taziru Waaziratun Wizra Ukhraa.
Non-Muslims will answer to Allah for all the things they did wrong or did not do right. Including how seriously they did or did not search for Truth about God.
And how open- or closed-minded they were when Truth came to them from someone else, such as, for example, a Muslim who wanted to reach out to them and give them Islam.
Muslims will answer for their own acts of commission as well as omission of all kinds, including how seriously they tried to take the Message of Islam to every Non-Muslim man and woman they possibly could.
Neither side will be faulted or held responsible for the failures or excesses of the other side.
For, they both have the same God, God Almighty, and he is a fair and just God. And he does not punish one human being for the sins of another human being.
To me, it seems strange to have to say this. Bad People, it seems to me, are not really the problem in this world.
Everybody knows them. And deals with them as they should be dealt with: as Bad People. And Allah makes short shrift of them.
It did not take Allah long to take care of Fir’aun, did it? Even though Allah gave Fir’aun chance after chance after chance to save himself.
It is the Good People, it seems to me, that are really the challenge. And at the top of this list are people we call Good Muslims.
They all pass for Good People. They act and conduct themselves as Good People. But they so often leave you utterly frustrated and confused with the way they do or don’t do certain things. And with the results in real life that they target and achieve.
Under their tutelage and leadership, and they do seem to have a penchant for hoisting themselves at every leadership petard they could find, the Muslim Ummah, and the world at large, go from bad to worse.
Nothing moves, nothing changes and nothing improves. Status Quo remains the same. Stagnation is the order of the day.
Everything and everybody in the world changes and improves and becomes better. But not the Muslims -- under the dominance and leadership of the Good Muslims. In fact, all too frequently, the condition of Muslims goes from bad to worse.
And, so often also, for them the rope of Allah seems to have no end.
One clear example of this is how, almost all over America, Canada and the Caribbean, the Jum’ah Khutbah has become an almost useless and lifeless ritual in the hands of all the Good Muslims who preside over it in one way or another.
I find it inexcusable -- and frankly surprising -- for myself to have been so lackadaisical about Jum’ah Khutbah myself. And so ineffective in whatever noises I have tried to make, and in all the steps I have tried to take, to address the Jum’ah Situation, wherever I could.
It seems Shaitan works at many levels. And often he attacks you where you would least suspect: yourself.
So many mixed feelings about the world trouble us all the time. One cannot help but think about all the Zulm -- all the terrible things -- that goes on in the world.
And then one wonders about all the Non-Islam that seems to have crept in among Muslims.
And how Muslims, even though they all believe in Allah and Rasulullah, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, seem to have somehow become part of this Zulm that is upon us today.
It seems to me, somehow along the way, we Muslims have misplaced, abolished and ignored the central message of of La Ilaaha Illallah, Muhammad Rasulullah, in our own lives as well as with regard to the rest of the world.
When someone like Dr. Pasha says that Qur’an Is the Key to World Peace, then it strikes me that indeed La Ilaaha Illallah is at the core of the Qur’an.
And La Ilaaha Illallah, as Dr. Pasha has repeatedly pointed out, means Peace on Earth, and No Zulm, Atrocity, Injustice or Oppression of Any Kind on Any of God Almighty’s Creation.
When will the Muslims get this message from the Qur’an and from La Ilaaha Illallah?
Alhamdulillah, because of some friends and benefactors of mine, I was able to put down some thoughts on paper on the Second Commandment in the Bible.
And that Commandment, attributed to Musa, Alaihis Salam, in Exodus 20:4-5, I think, reads as follows:
“Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: thou shalt not bow down thyself to them.”
Now, please tell me, which part of this blessed Commandment is not as clear as day? And in what way is this Commandment not at the Core of Islam?
I just don’t get it. How clear Islam is. And how lost the world is. And how clueless the Muslims are.
And how the Christian Churches around the world are a Living Monument to the most brazen disregard and violation of this Commandment in broad daylight.
And how totally, totally uninformed, or misinformed, the Christian World is about this Blessed Commandment and how the Christian People are violating that Commandment everyday, in every aspect of their life.
And how indifferent and uncaring the Muslims are to this colossal state of ignorance on the part of our Christian Brothers and Sisters around the world.
All these self-appointed American Muslim leaders, up to their eyebrows in all these Interfaith Dialogues, do you think, at any stage in their dialogues, they see it as their duty to respectfully engage their Christian Brothers and Sisters and Friends on the subject of the Second Commandment?
And, for that matter, on the question of the First Commandment, that simply says:
Laa Ilaaha Illallah?
“Thou Shalt Take No God Besides God!”
And then everybody wonders what is wrong with the world.
And why the world is the kind of mess it is.
And why the Muslims are facing the problems they are facing.
The situation in the world today is both terrible and sad: the way leaders and nations with criminal intent take unfair advantage of less privileged leaders and nations.
The role of the media also is disappointing because of their biased and one-sided reporting in support of the criminal elements.
Shaitan apparently is very smart. One has to hand it to him the manner in which he takes out his opponents one nation or people at a time.
Believers, and human beings in general, have to be smart to stand up to Shaitan and to those who do his bidding.
People, both Muslims and non-Muslims, must go beyond rolling their beads, and chanting empty prayers asking God to help them, and start getting organized to educate each other and the whole world.
Dr. Judy Kamalodeen
When Allah asked Musa, Alaihis Salam, to go to Pharaoh and invite him to Islam, Musa, Alaihis Salam, seemed to hesitate.
Musa, Alaihis Salam, said to Allah, using Dr. Pasha’s paraphrase of the Aayats of the Qur’an:
“I feel I am choking. And my tongue is not moving.
Besides, I am also on the run from them for something they have charged me with. I am afraid they will kill me.”
But then Allah counsels Musa, Alaihis Salam, and gives him courage and confidence to go and deliver Allah’s message to the Pharaoh.
If that is the case with a Nabiy of Allah, Musa, Alaihis Salam, why should we be ashamed or discouraged when we have our own bouts of hesitation, self-doubt and lack of confidence when we embark upon our mission of inviting people to Allah and Allah’s Work?
Surely, the people we are going to give the invitation to cannot be as bad as the Pharaoh?
Muslim or non-Muslim, we are all weak, we are all flawed. And we all have our problems and our issues.
And we have all kinds of interests and agendas that we all pursue.
And then we all have our own understanding of Islam, of what is right and what is wrong.
Our worldly allegiances and loyalties, as well as our agendas and priorities, differ, even though all Muslims claim to worship Allah and follow his Rasul, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam.
And of course our leadership also is different.
And in the process, when it comes to dealing with obstacles and roadblocks in our path, we all have set up our own pet windmills to tilt against. Our own Favorite Enemy’s List as it were.
As a result, what people call Muslim Unity is mostly a distant dream.
And sometimes this chant of Muslim Unity may even be a carefully constructed ploy and distraction to fool and misguide Muslim masses and take their attention away from their real and most pressing issues and challenges.
Consequently, Working for Allah as an Iron-Clad Team is not always a reality among us.
And this could be discouraging in the extreme, even downright depressing.
That is why I believe the Antidote is: Just Do It!
And by that I mean, wherever we are, it is never too late to Jump Start Our Islam. Don’t wait around for others to join you, support you or even agree with you.
Instead, say Bismillah! and do whatever you are capable of doing, provided it is Lawful, Halal and Moral.
And provided you have thought it through carefully. And you keep an open mind.
And so long as your Intention (Niyyat) is right and pure. And so long as your Attitude is humble, cooperative and reasonable.
You do that and Allah’s help and Barakat will come your way.
No matter who you are, and no matter where you are, and no matter what the work is that you are doing.
It is amazing how Allah runs his world. Everything so right, so fair, so perfect, just as it should be.
On the one hand, Allah puts on each one of us the responsibility of inviting everybody in the world to Allah and his Deen.
“Do Your Best!” is the message from Allah to all of us, “Go get it done!”
But, on the other hand, the responsibility for results and outcomes is not placed on our shoulders. Allah keeps that in his own hands.
But at the same time, Allah also takes that responsibility and places it squarely on those to whom the Message is given. It is their job to respond to the message.
Allah says he hangs everyone’s Destiny right around their neck.
Wa Kulla Insaanin Alzamnaahu Taa-irahu Fi Unuqihi.
I just do not understand how this message could be clearer, stronger or more stark. Can you believe that?
I just cannot get my head around this Aayat.
Just like I cannot get my head around anything that Allah says or does.
So, Allah says:
Fa-Innamaa Alaikal Balaagh,
wa Alainal Hisaab.
“You just go deliver the message,
And leave the accounting completely to us.”
Frankly, I find this Aayat Karimah one of the most sobering, if not frightening, in all of the Qur’an.
The moment a message is delivered to you, you become directly accountable before God? Makes your hair stand on end.
Allah’s world works round the clock for us. Anybody can see that. It does not matter whether they believe in Allah or not.
We in fact create our clocks and calculate our time based on how Allah’s world works nonstop for us.
Ya Allah, how simple and clear these things are!
Al-Haqqul Mubeen, as Allah says in the Qur’an.
And if there were an interruption of even a nanosecond, or a Planck Unit of Time, in the function of the universe -- a universe that constantly works for us -- everything about our life will be disrupted and destroyed.
So, given all this, why should we ever, ever, ever stop Working for Allah? Part of which is inviting everyone in the world to Allah.
Using every means and every ounce of energy at our disposal to Take the Qur’an to Every Home and Heart that Needs It and Which One Does Not?
And now do you see why Allah’s world is in the kind of mess it is in? One reason: Because so many people in the world just don’t Work for Allah.
Another reason because those who used to Work for Allah at one time have stopped doing so now.
All that violence in what is called the Middle East is caused by one simple fact: Western Aggression.
It is caused by one Western Nation after another, from Italy to England, and from France to America, committing aggression after aggression, against one Middle Eastern society after another.
That is what is causing all that violence in the broader Middle East, with its repercussions spilling over to other parts of the world.
Don’t get it? Just go figure whose armies and navies and airforces and drones are attacking whom and where?
Western militaries and their lethal hardware, from bombs to jets to drones to missiles, are reigning perpetual death and destruction on every single Muslim country in the wider Middle Eastern Region: Iraq; Somalia; Afghanistan; Syria; Libya and everywhere else.
And it is not the other way around. Meaning: It is not the militaries from Middle Eastern countries that are invading England, France, Italy, Spain or America.
And the reason why Western Militaries are attacking Muslim Middle East is simple: Greed. And it is not to protect themselves from some wild ogres and gargoyles hiding in the Middle East.
Stated plainly, it is the West’s insatiable hunger for conquest and domination, and for territory, wealth and natural resources from oil to minerals to everything else, that is driving this violence.
It is as simple as that. The equation is simplicity itself: Western aggression = violence in the world.
Solution? Stop Western aggression against Muslim Middle East, violence will end.
Maybe then nations and societies can start thinking about living in peace.
Dr. Judy Kamalodeen
I have been worried about our reading habits for a long time. It seems children are reading less and less -- both in and out of school.
And literacy, if you ask me, is a downward trend.
And then there is the issue of comprehension, which has been on a slippery slope for a long time.
This seems like a crisis to me but others appear to be numb to it.
So while this weighs heavy on my mind, most of our teachers seem to accept it as part of life. Parents too appear indifferent.
We can lament all we want as to why this is happening. But there seems to be enough blame to go around.
So, if this is the case about reading in general, what does it mean for reading the kind of Islamic literature that we produce? Who is going to read our books?
Maybe one way to deal with this reading crisis is that we should have reading circles and read-alouds and public reading sessions of all kinds. What we need really is a reading campaign.
In all worldly and professional pursuits -- journalism, advertising, public relations, politics, business, sales, marketing, propaganda -- messages are generally sent out keeping Audience Needs, Choices and Preferences.
That is why Audience Research is such an enormous enterprise in our society -- American Society.
The focus often is on what the sender of the message has to offer the people who are supposed to be receiving the message.
Messages about Allah, Rasulullah, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, about Qur’an and about Islam are generally the opposite of this.
They have generally nothing to offer what the audience may like. On the other hand, they also make all kinds of demands on the audience, with which the audience may or may not be ready and willing to comply.
Islamic messages are always asking for things, not offering things like commercial messages do. Give us your time, they say. Part with your money, they say.
Don’t blindly and impulsively follow the bidding of your heart, they say.
And they say, don’t foolishly pursue every pleasure that comes your way.
And they say, first of all, you have to make all kinds of sacrifices, and you have to put up with all kinds of hardships. And then, they say, in return, you can have all kinds of fun and joy and excitement, as your reward, but for that you will have to wait a lifetime, in fact you will have to wait till you die.
Try selling that thing downtown. Any downtown anywhere. Or on the Internet. Or on TV or Radio.
Where is the surprise if most nice people listen to you politely and then turn and walk away?
That is just the nature of things, don’t you think?
If you ask me, it is nothing but an honor and a blessing to be guided by Allah to Work for Him.
True, if Allah did not call you, and guide you, you will not be Working for Him. You will be doing a million other things. God only knows what.
As people get older and less able, they still have to continue doing what they can, while they can, in trying to take Islam to as many people as possible.
That is what we mean when we say: Taking the Qur’an to Every Home and Heart that Needs It -- and Which One Does Not.
Everything else in creation works for Allah. 24-7. So why shouldn’t we fall in line?
The Messengers of Allah, Alaihimus Salam, faced many tests in the course of doing their job of inviting people to Allah. Why do we feel that we would not be tested, although our tests will only be very small in comparison?
As for the people you try to invite to Allah, they are always going to react in all kinds of different ways to your call. But that is the nature of this work.
Our job then is only to convey the message and Allah determines the results.
Even though, to tell you the truth, he determines the means and the methods too.
Wa Maa Alaika Illal Balaagh, says Allah in the Qur’an.
What choice do we have after we have been guided by Allah other than to serve him?
And Work for Him?
May Allah keep all of us on course, Working for him, for as long as we live!
One big difference between amateurs and true champions is that the masters are never overconfident. They never are too, too sure of themselves.
Even though they may be the best at their game, and they know and believe that ultimate victory will be theirs, they never underestimate the enemy.
Same is true of Iman. And of passion for the Deen of Allah.
Those Working for Allah may suddenly start asking themselves: Are we doing all that we possibly can do to Take This Deen to Every Home and Heart in This World?
For, that is the core of this Deen. It is the essence of being a Muslim in this world: To burn with a passion to take the Qur’an to every home and heart that needs it and which one does not.
Those Working for Allah may be consumed by this doubt, from time to time. Am I cutting corners, they will say. What stones am I leaving unturned, they will ask themselves?
The fact is that the stronger and more deep rooted the Iman, the more a person is likely to have those kind of doubts and ask: Am I doing the right thing? Am I doing enough? What am I leaving out?
How could I be doing more for Allah and his Deen?
Two things comes to mind. I wish someone will find the right Hadith references for this. But my recollection of Hadith Sharif is Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, congratulated such people. Saying, if I recall right, that it was a sign of their Iman that these doubts come to them.
And the other thing is the example of Abu Bakr Siddique, Radiyallahu Anhu, who, one day, joined Hazrat Hanzalah, Radiyallahu Anhu, in saying: I have become a Munafiq -- a hypocrite that is.
And the two of them then march up to Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, to share their shock and grief, only to be reassured: To the contrary; neither one of you qualifies as a Munafiq. In fact, it is your Iman that makes you feel that way.
Dr. Judy Kamalodeen
Everybody in this world gets their life, and their time, free from Allah. And yet when it is time to give some of it “back” to Allah, they find all kinds of excuses.
People then begin to portion their time so carefully when it comes to learning Allah’s Deen, though much latitude is given to other worldly pursuits.
And then when it comes to Islamic work, time is even scarcer.
Fun and games and the trivial seem to be highly valued and pursued, while inertia take over when it comes to Working for Allah: doing what Islam demands of you.
Slothfulness and lack of persistence may be an apt way to describe how so many of us approach our Deen. And that means, basically people are both numb and hyped all at the same time.
May Allah never make me among the numb.
Sometimes a great deal, frankly.
While so many titles are earned or conferred by worldly agencies, some academic, some political, there seems to be one title that strikes me as having its roots deeply set in the Qur’an.
And in the Hadith.
And that title is “Brother,” as applied to a fellow Muslim, a fellow believer, a fellow human being.
Hear the Qur’an say it:
Innamal Mu’minoona Ikhwah!
And see the Hadith put it:
Koonoo Ibaadallahi Ikhwaanaa!
What a Deen! What a system of belief and behavior!
And of social cohesion and emotional solidarity and bondedness!
And how blessed are we to be a part of it, which is purely a gift to us from Allah. For, it was never in our power to get to it all by ourselves.
Wa Maa Kunnaa Linahtadiya Lawu Laa An Hadaanallah!
Allah bless all those who come forward to spearhead Allah’s Work, in whatever form or shape they do it. And in whatever part of the world.
When doing this work, Allah’s Work that is, we must know that everybody in the world is our audience. Our job is somehow to reach them and bring them all in.
And we have to do it in ways that are better than what anyone else deploys against us.
Wa Jaadilhum Billatee Hiya Ahsan.
Note the expression “Billatee Hiya Ahsan.” The key word is “Ahsan.”
“Nicer. Nobler. More refined and profound.”
Whatever others throw at you by way of argument or evidence, or challenge, counter them with a rejoinder, and a reply, that is superior and better in every sense: meaning, style, format and everything else you can imagine.
Now tell me anyone other than God Almighty would put forward such a proposition as a working formula.
Therefore, to all those Working for Allah I say: Ladies and Gentlemen, let us get it done, “while we can,” as someone so eloquently and tellingly put it only recently.
For, there surely will come a time when we will not have available to us the ability to get it done. God Almighty’s bell will ring and the chapter of our life will close. And who knows how far or close that hour is.
So, let us get it done while we can. If nothing else, let us get Allah’s Word out to as many ears as we can, and to as many homes and hearts as we can, while we have been granted the means and the opportunity to do it.
And I am telling this more to myself than I am telling anyone else:
This business of Working for Allah, trying to take the Qur’an to every home and heart that needs it, and which one does not, can be most frustrating and heartbreaking if we do not put ourselves totally in the hands of Allah.
Just ask Allah’s Nabiy Yunus, Alaihis Salam, about his experience with it and you would know.
Those who say, or think, they are working for Allah, one simple thing they may want to do is to figure out the following:
What is it that they really -- really, really, I mean --
want to accomplish?
Then, the next thing they may want to figure out is exactly how, using what means and methods, they would like to go about accomplishing the goal or goals they have set for themselves.
This has to do with clear thinking. And clear thinking is part, if not prerequisite, of what Qur’an calls Istiqaamat. As in:
Innalladheena Qaaloo Rabbunallahu Thummastaqamoo.
And at some levels, it may even be all of Islam. Study Hazrat Ibrahim, Alaihis Salam, in Qur’an, and you will know.
Islam is everything about everything. It is information, knowledge, guidance, blessings, whatever it is that human beings may possibly crave or need in this world.
Or in the next world for that matter.
That means, to live a most Wonderful Life in This World, and then to go on to live a Most Wonderful Life in the Next World, what you need is Islam.
And you don’t need anything other than or more than Islam. For, there is nothing “other than” Islam in this world. And of course nothing “more than” Islam.
Of course, most Muslims are unaware of this, which makes it a tragedy.
And most non-Muslims are also unaware of this, which is a perfect recipe for making this world the kind of Right Royal Mess that it is.
Wal Asr. Innal Insaana Lafi Khusr.
Zaharal Fasaadu Fil Barri wal Bahri Bimaa Kasabat Aydinnaas.
There is nothing more powerful in this world than Allah’s own words, in the Qur’an, in the original Arabic Language in which they were sent down to Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam.
Allah calls them, in the Qur’an, Aayaat, plural for Aayat, which means Miracles or Signs or Markers. Two syllables, both of them long syllables: AA and YAAT.
These perfectly Divine Aayats of the Qur’an guide you to a perfect and everlasting life of the most unimaginable Joy and Bliss in the Hereafter.
But at the same time, they also help you to live a most wonderful life on earth, in a worldly sense, with health, wealth, happiness, peace, tranquility, Deen, Iman, and every other conceivable Worldly Blessing.
The following are Aayats from the Qur’an. They are packed with every conceivable benefit for anyone who reads and recites them.
(A) First, for all kinds of Health Issues, Situations and Challenges.
The following words of Ibrahim, Alaihis Salam, directly quoted by Allah in the Qur’an.
Wa Idhaa Marid-tu,
“And when I get ill,
He restores me to full health!”
(B) For all kinds of Difficulties, Problems and Challenges in Life in general.
- Sa-Yaj’alullahu Ba’da Usrin Yusraa!
“Allah will soon, replace all difficulties
with easy circumstances.”
- Fa-Inna Ma’al Usri, Yusran.
Inna Ma’al Usri Yusraa!
“Surely, better times will follow hard times.
Surely, better times will follow hard times.”
Well, there you have it!
A direct and most emphatic assurance from your God that Better Times Are on Their Way. Right on the heels of bad times.
Read and recite these Aayats any number of times you can, millions of times if you want and if you can, and then wait and watch Allah’s blessings, help and mercy pour down on you and yours.
This World, such as it is, is a most amazing place.
Simple: None of us has any replacement world tucked away in some secret place anywhere. So, if we mess up This World, or decide to bail out of This World, that is the end of the road for us in This World.
And there is absolutely no place to run or hide.
And life is a most beautiful gift from God Almighty.
To live to the full.
And to be productive and useful to all of God Almighty’s Creation.
And to enjoy.
Qul Man Harrama Zeenatallahi?
And to use it as an investment for the Next World.
Addunya Mazra’atul Aakhirah!
And people, such as they are, are our money in the bank. They are our capital through which to buy a better world.
Right here in This World as well as in the Next World.
The path of Working for Allah does not close.
Not does it ever change.
The goal, the purpose, the methodology, everything is the same from Nuh and Ibrahim, Alahimas Salam, to Sayyidina Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam.
However, details and focus of the method of Working for Allah undergo change with changes in time and space.
And the first step on the path of Working for Allah is absolute and uncompromising purity of motives and intentions: In everything, it is Allah and nothing else.
You work for Allah; you live for Allah; and you die for Allah. And in everything you do, you seek nothing but Allah and his pleasure: Ridwan Allah.
And the second step of Working for Allah is clarity of vision. Random tilting at windmills is not how Islam does things.
Islam pinpoints what it wants to achieve and goes after it with laser-like focus.
After that, people need to work as a Team under an elected Leadership, using a meticulously developed Plan, for the achievement of carefully defined Goals.
And people need to impose a certain Discipline on themselves such as the regular reading of the Qur’an, playing an active role in the implementation of an agreed program of action, and so on.
After that, things happen the way they do. As they always do.
And all this is orchestrated and choreographed by Almighty Allah every step of the way -- from beginning to end: who will be in, who will be out, and who will do what with what results, and everything else.
Everything has been written down from Eternity in Allah’s all-encompassing book.
As Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, put it:
Wa Jaffatis Suhuf.
“Pens have been put away,
And the papers have dried.”
Now, tell us if you are with us in the trenches.
Or would you rather watch from the sidelines, as so many Muslims and others are happy and contented doing, hiding behind all kinds of extra “Islamic Rituals,” spending their time and resources listening to Islamic Lectures and chasing the coattails of all kinds of Islamic Priests and Pundits called Mowlanas and Sheikhs.
Forty Days of Curfew in Kashmir:
A New Face of Muslim Genocide by India’s New Fascist Government [Quote – 958]
It has been over 40 days since India’s new Fascist Government headed by Prime Minister Naredra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah (Minister of Internal Affairs, Police and Security Matters) imposed a 24-7 Curfew on the nearly 10 million (10,000,000) Muslims of Kashmir.
Curfew means the government imposing a total ban on a population from coming out of their homes at any time, day or night, for any reason, on peril of being shot at sight or arrested by the Police or the Military.
And India has filled the Valley of Kashmir with a military force of close to one million (1,000,000) soldiers to make sure that the nearly 10 million Muslims of Kashmir remain locked up insider their homes 24 hours a day.
And a 24-7 Curfew means the People of Kashmir cannot come out of their homes day or night, no matter what their needs, such as to go to school or hospital or mosques; or buy medications or groceries or other daily necessities; or even bury their dead in extreme cases.
This is done not only to subdue the People of Kashmir and force them to give up their Fundamental Freedoms and Human Rights, and to take away from them their Inalienable Right to Self-Determination that the United Nations gave them, but to starve the People of Kashmir to death and to subject them to slow and systematic killing and Genocide.
All those Corrupt Muslim Governments and Hypocritical Western Powers who are watching this Genocide unfold, and do nothing to stop it, and do not take effective steps to restore the Internationally Recognized Right of the People of Kashmir to Self-Determination, are complicit in this crime.
For, silence and inaction, while having the power and means to act, in the face of Injustice is a crime in and of itself. It is nothing short of Culpability on the part of those standing around and watching and doing nothing to prevent this Genocide that is being perpetrated on the People of Kashmir right before their eyes by this new Fascist Indian Government of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah based on the Racist and Xenophobic Nazi Ideology of the RSS that openly drew inspiration from Hitler and Mussolini during the early part of the last century and emulated their methods to build their own para-military terrorist organization, which is now the ruling power in India.
While this goes on, Narendra Modi’s and Amit Shah’s RSS followers and disciples who head governments in some of India’s largest and most powerful and populous states make public statements about Indian men kidnapping the fair-skinned women of Kashmir and about digging up Muslim women from their graves to rape them.
I don’t think even the Nazis and the Fascists under Hitler and Mussolini said or did things like that.
One very good way of serving God Almighty in Heaven, who needs nothing from us, and whom we cannot even see, is to serve God’s creation -- His Khalq -- who need everything, and whom we see and encounter every moment of our life in varying situations of need and even desperation.
Of course, this has to be done proceeding from the purest of motives and intentions, which means seeking nothing but the pleasure of Almighty Allah, and using the purest and most wonderful of methods and techniques as shown by God Almighty’s last and final prophet and messenger, Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam.
That is how, as Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, told us, in ancient times, a woman of questionable ways earned a place in Paradise by giving water to a dying dog and saving his life in the middle of a burning desert.
After all, some of the ways of your Lord God, Almighty Allah, are not all that mysterious, are they?
Indian Fascist Government’s Genocide of Kashmir Muslims is playing out right before everybody’s eyes. Nearly 10 million Muslims are under round-the-clock curfew for the past 40 days.
The world has never seen anything like this before.
A million-strong Indian military has turned the lush Kashmir Valley into a Concentration Camp. Highly trained para-military fanatical anti-Muslim goons of the Fascist RSS Organization have been let loose in Kashmir.
Words can barely describe the atrocities being committed against the men, women and children of Kashmir by the Indian Military and the RSS thugs.
While this genocide is unfolding in slow motion, the world is watching. The Muslims of the world are watching. The Western Powers are watching.
Just as everybody did when Hitler invaded and annexed Czechoslovakia.
The world watched in silence and did nothing. Just as the world is watching helplessly right now a Hitler-like Narendra Modi, the Indian Prime Minister, who grew up as a full-time Pracharak or Preacher and Organizer of the Fascist RSS Organization, unleashing the same Hitler-like genocidal invasion and annexation of Kashmir.
But the world soon paid a price for its culpable silence and tragic and cowardly inaction when faced with Hitler and the Nazis. Not before too long, the entire world was consumed by the flames of World War II with a toll of 100 million human beings.
Silence and inaction in the face of ongoing genocide of Muslims in Kashmir is nothing short of culpability on the part of Muslim governments, Western Powers and the United Nations.
I shudder to think what price the world will be called upon to pay for the moral cowardice and culpability of corrupt Muslim leaders and Western Powers in the face of this ongoing genocide of the Muslim population of Kashmir that is taking place right before everybody’s eyes.
Muslims, Good Muslims that is, seem to be always hurting for resources and numbers. But somehow that seems to be the nature of this Deen. That seems to be how this Deen works.
The funny thing is -- it is really most tragic in fact -- that this seems to be the case even when good Muslims are buried under a glut of swollen numbers and limitless resources. As is the case with 21st Century Muslims.
Their number is approaching a billion and a half. And their oil pretty much ran the world for nearly all of the last century. And their wealth spills around and fills the coffers of everybody everywhere.
But Good Muslims still hurt for resources and for numbers. It is almost as if Allah does not want them to depend on anything or anyone except himself.
Others can have all they want: huge numbers, enormous wealth, every technical resource, everything. But Good Muslims shall have nothing but Allah.
In the Battle of Badr Muslims barely had any numbers. They were able to put together no more than a force of 313 souls. And barely a horse or two among them. And a handful of camels. And their weapons were nothing beyond their own personal swords.
But then they had something others did not have. They had Allah with them. And Allah went to do battle for them. And took entire battalions of angels with him.
That is right. Hit me with all the Fatwas you wish. But that is what Allah says in the Qur’an. The whole battle was fought by him. And he did all the shooting. And all killing on that day.
Who do you think won the day in that battle -- the Battle of Badr?
Should Good Muslims be unhappy with this situation? I am not, even though it hurts like Whatever. And I am not even a Good Muslim to be included in that statement.
Kafirs are those who knowingly and willfully deny and reject God. The mindset from which such a total denial and rejection of God proceeds carries all kinds of concomitants and attachments with it.
And all kinds of consequences too. Most of them unpleasant and terrible.
Such a mind, I mean Kafir Mindset, does not believe either in Truth or in Justice. Truth for it is what it says it is at any particular time and with regard to any particular issue or situation.
And Justice for it always comes tailored to its own needs and circumstances. For such a Kafir Mindset, there is always one Justice for self and one’s own and a totally different Justice for everybody else.
Double standards are endemic to a Kafir mind. It is like Heads I Win, Tails You Lose.
Islam, on the other hand, is the name for Universal Truth and One Justice for All.
Islam means Truth is Truth, no matter who says it, and no matter whom it benefits or hurts.
And Islam means friends and foes alike will receive the same kind of Justice. Under Islam, it is not One Justice for Me and My People, and a Different Justice for Others.
It was to end the Disparity in Truth Telling and Double Standards in Meting Out Justice that Islam came into this world. And Islam has been holding this fort ever since, all alone.
I am a Muslim today for these reasons. Not because I am a good or nice man. I am a Muslim because Islam gave me refuge when I was lost and I had nowhere to go.
I read the Qur’an and was blown away by the Aayat that says, in effect, Believers, Tell the Truth and Uphold Justice even if it be against yourselves or your own parents and relatives.
This was a big deal in Pagan Arabia of Fourteen Centuries ago. These Arabs lived and died and waged wars and killed and marauded for their fathers and relatives.
For such a fanatical people to be told in such stark terms: Tell the Truth and Uphold Justice without looking at whom it helps or hurts?
That is simply mind-boggling. It is not possible that such a statement could have a human source. So, I ended up being dragged into Islam, bound but not gagged. For, no one was ever able to gag me, thank God Almighty for that.
Life to me is not life if it means loss of the right to think and to speak. That is why the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States is to me a reflection of the same Islam that came into this world 1400 years ago.
And then the words of Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, sealed for me any possible exits there might have been. He said, in effect, people, listen carefully, earlier nations were destroyed because they had one system of Justice for the Rich and a very different system of Justice for the Poor.
And then he declared, what I am paraphrasing here:
“I swear by God Almighty in whose hands my life is, if my own daughter
Fatimah commits a crime like theft, she will also receive the same
punishment that is prescribed for that crime. Just like everyone else.”
This was in a world 1400 years ago. In a place called Arabia where might was right and sword was the ultimate arbiter of who got what.
I cried and cried and cried and said: God Almighty, this is not human. Only you can create a system like this. And only a man who was selected and trained and appointed by you could think and speak like that.
Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam!
That is how I got stuck with Islam. I had nowhere to go. Nothing else was worth the bother. There was no competition from anywhere. Not even close.
And I became a fan. If it is all right to use that expression, Fan. I never used that expression for anyone or anything with regard to myself. Never did. But when Islam cornered me the way it did, I became a fan of Islam.
So, today I am calling myself a Fan. Not of a celebrity. Not of a sports team. Not of something else of that kind. But of all things Islam.
And if I were not terrified of fellows hitting me with all kinds of Fatwas -- not that their Fatwas really matter -- I would even say a Fan of the Qur’an; and a Fan of the Hadith; and a Fan of God Almighty himself; and of his most amazing Rasul, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam.
And I want to devote my life, and I have indeed done so for decades now, to build a life and a world whose contours I see in the Qur’an and in the Hadith. A world in which Truth and Justice will be the same for everybody, for friends as well as for foes.
Today, the world is 1400 years older. Nations and societies pride themselves how civilized they have become.
Balderdash, I say. Nothing has changed for the world from the Pagan Culture of Arabia of 1400 years ago. It is the same Pagan Culture of Double Standards and a Kafir Mindset that we see prevailing everywhere.
Today, for nations and peoples, as well as for individuals, families and groups, the Kafir Mindset of Double Standards controls thought as well as action, policy as well as practice: In both Truth Telling and in Delivering Justice.
And it is this Kafir Mindset of Double Standards that has been at the root of much of Humanity’s troubles all these 1400 years. And that includes the barbarism of European Colonialism as well as World Wars One and Two.
Today, politicians of all stripes put out their fingers in the wind and then decide to speak. Media all over the world think long and hard how to cover a certain story and then go in the direction they think is the best. Neither group, not politicians and not the media, are committed to the simple notion of One Truth for All and One Justice for All.
The Kafir Mindset of Double Standards prevails everywhere. Except in Islam. So, what choice do I have but to be a Muslim?
Letter to a Stranger
Who Seems to Be Doing Some Good Work for His Country —
And For His People [Quote – 953]
Thank you for replying.
Muslims, Allah bless them, do not like to communicate. Just imagine what this world would be like if only Muslims, once again, became great communicators, the way they used to be not so long ago.
After all, Ghalib and Iqbal were Muslims were they not? Do you know any other communicator -- “poet” if you prefer -- who was, or who to this day is, better than them or who can match them in any language or culture, in any period of human history?
Muslims of course like to bury that light in a closet by referring to Iqbal as Sha’ir-e-Mashriq.
Really? What about Sha’ir-e-Aalam?
Forgive my intrusion. For, that is what this is: an intrusion on your time and kindness and indulgence.
But do allow me to say that the best thing for a human being is to Work for Allah. There is no better work than that for anyone, anywhere, at any time. For, that was the reason God created us in the first place.
If we cannot do that, whatever our reasons or excuses, the least we all can do is to work for all of humanity and to save and serve the entire world without limitations or distinctions of any kind.
If we can’t do even that, then there is no more of a bottomline, as they say, than to serve our own native land, and our own native people. And do so most devoutly and diligently and sincerely.
True and sincere Patriotism, that does not lapse into any kind of Chauvinism, Fascism and Jingoism, of the kind we see raising its ugly head in India today under Mr. Narendra Modi and Mr. Amit Shah, and the RSS and the BJP, is the least that can be expected of any decent and civilized human being anywhere.
In the West or in the East.
Thank you and God Bless You and your family for the wonderful work you are doing. May the Almighty purify the intention and Niyyat of all us. And may he also help and guide us to do the right thing, in the right way, and for the right reason.
Working for Allah vs. Working for Ourselves:
An Islamic Point of View on Good and Bad Actions [Quote – 952]
We work for Allah, even when we think we are working for ourselves. For, there really is no such thing as doing Work for God Almighty and then doing some other kind of Work for Ourselves -- in our spare time as it were. And vice versa.
The fact is: All Work is God’s Work.
Provided we understand the following. And, provided, we meet the following requirements:
a) Provided our intentions are right.
b) Provided our priorities are right.
c) Provided our methodologies are right.
Right action, done for the right reason, and in keeping with God Almighty’s Law of Halal and Haram, which means Lawful and Unlawful, is Good Action.
It is Amal Salih.
Every other action is exactly what it is.
There is a most beautiful Hadith of Bukhari Sharif. In fact, it is the very first Hadith of that most marvelous collection of what is the most authentic and verified historical data on earth that we call Hadith.
That Hadith Sharif says:
Innamal A’amaalu Bin-Niyyaat.
One very limited paraphrase:
“Actions depend on intentions.”
Another equally limited paraphrase:
“Intentions determine actions and make them what they are.”
But in the system of Islam, actions are important in themselves.
Good Actions are good and important in and of themselves. And Good Actions are those that have been declared to be Good by God and his beloved Messenger Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam.
Bad Intentions make even Good Actions bad.
Bad Actions are those that have been so designated by God and his beloved Messenger Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam.
Good Intentions do not render Bad Actions good.
That means actions designated to be bad by God and his beloved Messenger Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, are bad regardless of whether they are undertaken with good or bad intentions.
For example, Adultery, Gambling and Consumption of Alcohol do not turn into good actions, no matter by what supposed good intentions they may be undertaken.
On the other hand, even Supreme Compulsory Good Actions, such as Salaah and Siyaam, become bad if they are undertaken with Bad Intentions such as impressing other people or showing off.
As we celebrate this Eidul Adha, 2019, how many of us are taking the time to think about what a Fascist Indian Government is doing to Kashmir Muslims at the time of this Eid. What kind of Eid are the Muslims of Kashmir having?
And what are we, in America, Europe, UK and elsewhere, willing to do in support of the Mazloom Kashmir Muslims at the hands of India’s Fascist Government?
Will we hold meetings and discuss the issue?
Will we dedicate our Jum’ah Khutbahs to discuss this matter?
Will we raise the Kashmir situation with our own government: our Senators, governors, Congressmen, mayors, media people, others?
What are we doing to reach out to our non-Muslim fellow-citizens in America and elsewhere to educate them about the rise of this new wave of rabid Fascism in India?
And about the terrible fate that India’s Fascist BJP Government has imposed on the defenseless Muslims of Kashmir?
Or is this all not part of Islam?
The Muslim Ummah today is nearly one and a half billion strong: 1,500,000,000 souls as it were.
After the Christians and the Chinese People, Muslims today are the largest grouping of humanity on God’s earth.
But out of this multitude, there are one or two individuals, here and there, in every society and community, in a manner of speaking, who practically do a most amazing job in whatever they do, and thus carry the entire Ummah on their shoulders -- these stray but most blessed individuals.
The rest of the Ummah lives happily ever after, doing what it has always done: Just going on living happily ever after.
No matter what you are doing, ask yourself how the best professional in that area and in that field would do it. If you make an honest and unrelenting effort to come up to that level, you would have gotten a taste of what it is to be a Muslim. For, Islam is about doing things -- any thing and all things -- the very best way that they can be done.
In the language of the Hadith, it is called Itqaan.
A Book Review of Sorts by the Author
I did sit down this morning and read this book through: A Book Called Quote-Unquote, Vol. 1
And my sentiments were: May Allah give all those people associated with the publication of this volume the most wonderful blessings of This World (Dunya) as well the most wonderful blessings of the Next World (Aakhirah).
I mean all those amazing people who financed the project. All those who typed and scanned and proofread and printed the material. And all those who put the original quotes on www.IslamicSolutions.com. And so on.
What impressed me most was that almost the entire publication was typo-free. And that to me, where Muslim publications are concerned, one of the greatest and most significant achievements.
As for the quotes, they seemed to make general intuitive and scientific sense. And I felt fairly satisfied with the style and quality of writing and the language.
This was important. For, this and all other publications associated with www.IslamicSolutions.Com originated with a conscious and determined effort to produce authentic Islamic Literature using language and style that would pass linguistic and professional muster.
Readability from a professional point of view being one of the key requirements of all our publications, this one appeared to have met that requirement to a high degree.
As for the content having anything to do with Islam, Muslims and the World, well, our goal has always been to operate within the boundaries of the Qur’an and the Hadith, the two sources that encompass every form of knowledge and human experience and expression in the world.
I wish everyone everywhere, professionals as well as the so-called lay people, both Muslims and non-Muslims, would somehow read this book.
And, maybe, reflect on its content. Some people would say there is some food for thought in some of those quotes.
What the Media Call Hindu or Indian Nationalism
Is in Reality Fascism of the 21st-Century [Quote – 947]
When Hitler and his Nazi hordes did it, they called it Nazism and mobilized the whole world to fight it.
When Mussolini and his Fascist mobs did it, they called it Fascism and hanged them in public.
Now that Narendra Modi and Amit Shah and their fanatical mobs of Bharatya Jan Sangh and its ideological parent RSS suppress dissent, persecute minorities and publicly lynch and massacre innocent civilians, the media and others call it Hindu Nationalism.
The world is witnessing the rise of one of the worst Fascist regimes in the world in India today. The consequences of ignoring the rise of this 21st-Century Fascism in India, and whitewashing it by calling it Indian Nationalism or Hindu Nationalism, will be clear for all to see within the next several months.
And then it will be too late to do anything about it.
I don’t know. Only Allah knows. But indications are I may be returning to doing a Qur’an Program.
Too early to tell. But there are signs it may happen. Of course, should Allah’s will and pleasure and Decree so require and mandate it.
I make no secret of the fact that my heart is with the Qur’an. And my life is inside the pages and aayats of the Qur’an. I wish I could read the Qur’an and reflect on its wonders all the time.
I also wish I could talk about the Qur’an every moment of my life -- with whomever will listen, and, sometimes, even when there is no one around to listen. And keep talking about it till my tongue could move or function no more.
There was a time I used to say, when I talk about the Qur’an I talk to an Audience of One. And that is none of the members of the audience at the time.
And, of course, when you talk about the Qur’an, the space is crowded with Allah’s angels. And, of course, Allah is listening.
So, you pick your audience then.
I wish to talk about the Qur’an not because I don’t have other things to talk about. I do. There are a million things I could talk about, each more beautiful and more exciting than the other.
But the Qur’an is infinitely more exciting and infinitely more beautiful than everything else.
And this is not a reflection of my “Faith,” whatever that means, but a simple statement of fact.
So, opportunity came along, what nonsense, I should say, Allah brought an opportunity, to talk to some highly educated Muslims last night.
And they did what any Highly-Educated Muslim would do. Some of them wanted the session to be different. You know, “more structure,” “topics” clearly identified and all that wonderful stuff.
In short, they wanted the session to look and run like a class. My first reaction was a bit on the naughty side. I thought in my heart, I did not say it aloud: You mean the way they said to Musa, Alaihis Salam?
Yaa Musa Ij’al Lanaa Ilaahan,
Kamaa Lahum Aalihah.
See all those nice little gods these people have?
Can you make one just like that for us also?”
But then I gave them two assignments. And that is better than I did in the past 50 years of Talking Qur’an to the People.
If you ask me, maybe those who read this must also undertake this assignment. Those Aayaat, just like every other Aayat in the Qur’an, are the most amazing things you will ever find.
(1) Assignment One said:
Carefully review Aayaat 74-83 of Surah Al-An’am and tell me what they tell you about how Ibrahim, Alaihis Salam, marched from simple curiosity and observation of what he thought to be elementary natural phenomena such as a star to a fuller and more sophisticated discovery of reality and God Almighty himself.
(2) And then Assignment Two said:
Go through the Qur’an and give me a list of three “Topics,” or “Themes” you think the Qur’an is about.
Maybe this assignment thing will make me a “teacher” now. But why would I even dare to want to be a “Teacher” when that title was claimed by someone whom Allah himself sent as a Teacher and a Message of Love and Mercy to all the Worlds?
Wa Maa Arsalnaaka Illaa Rahmatan Lil-Aalameen!
Innamaa Bu’ithtu Mu’alliman.
I don’t know how to paraphrase this Hadith. But I will, with great hesitation, say something like:
I have only been sent as a Teacher!
All I am is a Teacher!
Message of This Eidul Adha 1440:
Sunnat of Ibrahim, Alaihis Salam, Is Transcending Boundaries [Quote – 945]
Muslim problem is not that Muslims are not good people.
Or that they do not work hard. Or that they are not smart.
Or that they do not have the wherewithal to be successful or even be great in this world.
The main Muslim issue is that most Muslims are clueless about Islam. That is right, clueless, even though they may know their Salaah and other Faraa-id and Sunan and Nawaafil.
If Muslims knew their Islam, and understood it, they would know that the Sunnat of Ibrahim, Alaihis Salam, is to transcend boundaries: all kinds of boundaries, from geographic to cultural to ethnic to every other boundary that human beings are bound and limited by.
His was a life of total freedom.
The Aayat Karimah makes it as clear as it can be. Ibrahim, Alaihis Salam’s, destination is Allah.
Innee Dhaahibun Ila Rabbee.
And there is no mixing of motives here and there is no duality or blurring of boundaries:
Inna Salaatee wa Nusukee wa Mahyaaya wa Mamaatee
Lillahi Rabbil Aalameen.
Laa Sharika Lahu.
It is time for Muslims everywhere to make a conscious attempt to transcend their natural geographic and ethnic and national boundaries of origin and start looking at themselves as “Muslims.”
The way Ibrahim, Alaihis Salam, did.
From this point of view, the pain of what is happening in Kashmir today, and what is going to happen in future all over the world, as a result of India’s illegal annexation of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, is not the pain of Kashmiri Muslims alone.
It should be the most personal and intimate pain of every single Muslim everywhere, regardless of what ethnic, cultural or geographic boundaries they may come from.
And, beyond that, of every single human being everywhere.
Halal-Haram are core Islamic concepts. All of a Muslim’s life revolves around this twin axis of Halal-Haram.
Haram means “Forbidden.” Taboo. It means inadmissible, unlawful, impermissible.
Halal means that which is “Not Forbidden.” It means that which is lawful, permissible, admissible.
And this Twin Axis of Halal-Haram is created by God Almighty himself. Because God Almighty is the true and real legislator of all things in human life. And this Twin Halal-Haram Axis is the foundation stone of all human legislative needs.
And, of course, Allah’s Rasul, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, is too. He is the second source of all human legislative ideas and procedures and methods, after Allah.
Go and count in the Qur’an the number of times God Almighty couples the name of his Rasul, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, with his own name. Go and see how many times the Qur’an says: Allah and his Rasul, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam.
Atee’ullaha wa Atee’ur Rasula.
After that, and based on guidelines and models provided by Allah and his Rasul, Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam, humans in every age and place are free to do their own specific legislation based on their changing needs.
So, given the enormity of the concepts of Halal and Haram in Islam, it is not a good thing to loosely shoot one’s mouth, calling this or that thing Halal or Haram in a cavalier fashion.
Keeping all these caveats in mind, I still feel comfortable saying, in a Fatwa-like manner, that Typos are Haram.
And by that I mean, people, when they write their stuff, whatever it is that they write, have an “Islamic” responsibility to make sure that their writings are Typo free. Otherwise, they will be committing a sin for each Typo they make and allow to pass into their writing.
After that, at stage two, all those who publish and proofread that material, and would not catch those typos and let them stand, would also be committing a sin.
After that, at stage three, all those who read that material in one form or another, and for one reason or another, and ignore those Typos and fail to take any steps to alert responsible people to correct them, will also be sinful.
This is the kind of Chain Reaction of Sin that, when it takes hold of a society, corrodes that society and weakens its moral fiber, and makes it vulnerable to all kinds of other moral, social and spiritual problems and issues.
So, if this sounds like a Fatwa, it is. Well, a Fatwa of sorts, really, from someone who does not relish being in the Fatwa business, though qualified to issue Fatwas by background, qualification and training.
And if, on the other hand, it sounds like a piece of social analysis, it is, which, social analysis I mean, I love doing. And also, for doing which I have undertaken enormous efforts to equip myself with all the needed training, tools and education.
So, everybody, beware of typos: whether you make them; read them; or choose to ignore them.
And beware of the nefarious impact these seemingly innocuous Typos can produce on individuals and societies.
I do not count my Blessings. Or anyone else’s. Never did. Never got into the habit.
I always thought the angels -- and there is a whole bunch of them everywhere, and at every juncture in your life, monitoring and recording every moment and everything you say and do -- would do a better job of it than I ever could.
So, I always told myself:
Alright Mr! Stop worrying about the Blessings. Just get on with your job. Do what you have to do, and the rest will follow with that most amazing preciseness, certainty and predictability with which God Almighty has packed his universe.
But today, encouraged by some new comments from an old friend, I thought I will send out some Special Blessings -- of course, I have no idea what “Special Blessings” are -- in the direction of all those wonderful people who visit IslamicSolutions.Com and read any of the articles or listen to any of the tapes.
And then react to those articles and tapes in their own hearts and minds.
And then go on to comment on them in whatever manner or form or fashion, using whatever forum or platform or venue that may be available to them.
Including sending us e-mails, using our e-mail address that is right there on IslamicSolutions.Com: DrSyedPasha@Aol.Com.
So, I say to them:
May Allah bless you:
1. For visiting IslamicSolutions.Com.
2. And for reading any of the articles therein.
3. And for listening to any of the tapes.
3. And for registering and absorbing some of the material and meaning in those articles and tapes.
4. And for reacting in your own heart and mind to what you read or listened to.
5. And then for going on to comment on what you read, and what you heard, to whomever you could, using whatever avenue or platform or opportunity may be available to you.
For, that is Islam!
For, Allah’s Rasul, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, says what I am paraphrasing here:
“Those of you who happen to be here right now,
let them convey this message and this material
to those who are not present here at this time.”
If I recall right, the blessed words of Allah’s Rasul, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, were:
Fal-Yuballigh Ashshaahid Al-Ghaa-ib!
5. And a whole bunch of Super-Special Blessings -- again, no idea what they are -- also, for your reactions and comments appearing to be genuine and coming from the heart as they say.
That is a lot of blessings if you ask me. But I was never good at counting blessings.
I just got on with the job at hand. And did my duty -- to the best of my ability.
A Du’a is not a Du’a unless it is really a Du’a.
And until and unless every fiber in your body and mind and soul is consumed and overwhelmed by it.
And until it is accompanied by copious crying and heart-rending sobs and torrential tears.
Your Rasul, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, even showed you how to do it. The same way he showed everything else.
He said what may be paraphrased as:
“If you don’t know how to cry,
and if the tears will not come to you easily and readily,
then at least go through the motion of crying.”
“Act as if you are actually crying.”
“Force yourself to cry.”
Fa-Tabaakoo, is how he put it.
And then -- and this is my sense of the meaning, not part of the Hadith Sharif -- and then maybe, maybe when it is time, and when you are ready, the tears will come to you.
Allahu Akbar! What a Deen Allah sent.
And, Allahu Akbar, what a teacher he sent to teach that Deen to the world.
The least we can do is say:
Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam!
And, of course, say:
Fa-Lillahil Hamdu Rabbis Samaawaati,
Wa Rabbil Ardi,
May Allah Almighty shower his blessings on all those who play a role in keeping this candle of the Qur’an burning.
If you want, call it the Light of Allah.
For, that is what the Qur’an is: Allah’s Noor!
God Almighty’s Light!
Here, listen to the Qur’an:
Fa-Aaminoo Billahi wa Rasoolihi
Wan Noorilladhi Anzalnaa!
So, Believe in Allah,
And in his Rasul,
And in the Noor that we sent down.
Allahu Akbar, how clear this Qur’an is!
I am not saying great and beautiful. And it is all that and more.
I am saying: Clear!
“Clarity” of idea, argument and diction is among the greatest miracles of the Qur’an that even a blind person can see.
So, helping in any form or fashion, and to any degree, to keep this Qur’an Reading and Khatm business going is nothing short of keeping the Light of Allah burning on this earth; in our lives; and in our environment, wherever we maybe -- Not that Allah needs our help, or anyone else’s help, in keeping his Light burning.
So, people, everyone of you, ask yourself where you are in this business of dealing with the Qur’an.
The big words in the title simply mean this: Life goes up and down. That is the nature of human life on earth. Bad things happen to people, as good things happen to them.
But it is most amazing that the Qur’an addresses even this common human ailment -- life’s difficulties -- like every other human situation that the Qur’an addresses and provides remedies and solutions for.
And when we say Qur’an, remember it also includes Hadith Sharif as divinely guided commentary and earthly substantiation of the Qur’an.
Allah’s Double Promise in the Qur’an is this:
Surely, Life’s Downs will be followed by Ups.
And surely with Difficulty will come Ease.
Allah’s words are:
Fa-Inna Ma’al Usri Yusran,
Inna Ma’al Usri Yusraa!
Meaning, it seems to me: The sun will break through the clouds and Good Times will surely come with Bad Times.
When people face difficulties, whatever their nature or source, my standard answer is:
Turn to the Qur’an; read it; complete it if you can; and make Du’a. Allah’s Rasul, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, says: Du’a done after reading the Qur’an, or after completing it, is answered by Allah.
Knowing of course Allah responds to all Du’as all the time.
For anyone with even an iota of sense it is clear that we need, the world needs, a God that is full of Mercy, Compassion, Forgiveness.
We are, every human being is, just the opposite of what a dutiful and obedient child should be. We are truants and turncoats in every way we can think of. And to the highest possible degree.
And all this in the face of the most powerful and clinching evidence hitting us in the face from every direction.
Born helpless, filthy and pathetic; fed and washed and clothed by everyone in sight.
For years on end.
Unable to utter a word. Our only means of communication with the world being a meaningless whimper or a heart-rending cry.
And this not-so-glorious chapter of infancy and deep dependency is book-ended by another one of near-equal helplessness, infirmity, frailty and, ultimately, death and disappearance from the ken of all who say they love us and who might actually detest or even hate us.
This is the beginning and end of human life on earth. All human life.
And there is not one exception to it.
Don’t tell me some people do not die of Old Age as some get shot or die in road accidents. I have long grown weary of those inanities.
The point I am making is that humans begin and end life in states of utter weakness and helplessness.
And the Qur’an makes this idea as clear as it can be.
And then, those who survive the vagaries of this world, also meet the end of their life in the same state of personal helplessness and of heart-rending dependence on others.
In Nursing Homes or on the Streets.
But in between these two periods of weakness and infirmity and helplessness and dependency, humans break record after record of arrogance, stupidity, cruelty, injustice and meanness to each other and of indifference and disobedience to God.
What, should we call it a span of 40 to 60 years for the most part?
Allahu Akbar! How stupid and foolish and rash and reckless and ungrateful can we be!
Thinking we will live forever, even though we see with our own bare, naked eyes that not a single one before us, and right in front of us, has or will.
And yet the world of Allah keeps turning and churning and working for us around the clock.
The sun shines on us. The skies pour down their rain on us. The earth grows food for us. And the waters quench our thirst. And the earth continues to harbor us on its shoulders.
Everyday, we go to bed tired at night, and we wake up fresh in the morning.
Life goes on to its inevitable finale. Day after day; night after night; minute by minute.
And it is clear to the least intelligent among us that our Train of Life is headed to Crash in Death. For, the immutable law of this Life -- of this World is: To Be Born Is To Die!
And yet we continue to behave every new day in the same arrogant, foolish and stupid way that we behaved on all previous days.
Don’t you see that people whose very nature seems to be this, do need a God that is loving and merciful?
Ar-Rahmaan and Ar-Raheem?
And that is tolerant and forbearing and gracious and generous?
Muslims are Muslims, right? And they have their Jannat guaranteed for them, Right?
Well, more or less! Fair?
Meaning: Muslims are going to get to Heaven, as the Christians call it, one way or the other. Sooner or later, right?
So, Muslims do what Muslims do:
(b) Do it sloppily, whatever it is they do, or partially and do an incomplete job.
(c) Lie, cheat, dissemble, and misrepresent things.
Just look at Muslims in all their habitats -- from so-called Muslim World to their new habitations in England, Europe, America and wherever.
(d) Find some creative angle to turn whatever situation or circumstance is out there into a trick -- a tool, a device, an opportunity, an occasion -- to either make money for themselves and for their relatives and friends.
(e) Or to gain personal power and position and name and fame for themselves and for their people, whoever they are.
(f) Example: Every little boy morphing into an instant Sheekh and running Islam as a business for the Colonized Masses of Muslims.
(f) Example: This Halal Booking, That Halal Something, This Retreat or That Retreat … you name it.
And, while Muslims do all this Muslim Thing, two things will happen:
(A) Condition of Muslims will deteriorate and get from bad to worse, in general and along a number of measurement indicators and variables.
(B) Condition of the World will also get from bad to worse in all kinds of ways that are too varied and too numerous to catalog here.
(C) And Muslim Leadership -- in particular those among Muslims who force, trick, coerce, manipulate and foist themselves in positions of leadership among Muslims -- will be responsible for this terrible situation of the Muslims on the one hand and of the entire World on the other hand.
(D) And Colonized Muslim Masses will share the blame to the extent they remain ignorant and uncaring of any of this.
This, to some degree, explains the condition and history of both Muslims and the World, for as long as you want to look back.
So, is it a problem of Iman? And Aqeedah, as the Aqeedah Crowd used to call it? Or is it something else, such as, maybe, Character?
Of course, the two are closely correlated: Belief and Behavior; Iman and Character; Ilm and Amal; Aqeedah and Akhlaaq.
The Qur’an calls the Amal, the Character part with the most amazing name of Tazkiyah.
And couples the two together in many places in the Qur’an: (a) Yu’allimuhum and (b) Yuzakkeehim.
So, if you ask me, even though the two things are interconnected, the real and most urgent issue that Muslims need to address is Character.
It is Akhlaaq and Amal. It is their Mu’aamalaat.
It is their Behavior and Conduct.
Qur’an says so.
Hadith says so.
Even a fellow like Iqbal said so.
So, will Muslims start addressing their character issues urgently and on a priority basis? At least now?
Muslims being Muslim I mean. Hurtling on their path to Heaven or Jannat.
Who Does Not Face Difficulties?
There Is Help Available!
From God Almighty Himself!
Each Is God Almighty’s Own Immortal Word!
Directly from the Qur’an! [Quote – 937]
First of all, here is the Protocol.
(A) Aayats below never fail. We know that for a fact.
(B) And their acceptance from Allah is instantaneous.
(C) But when and how their effects will manifest themselves in our lives in this world, we do not know.
(D) There is a Meticulous Divine Calculus according to which these things work.
(E) For God Almighty, everything is NOW. For humans, it is a function of a billion variables, unfolding over generations.
(F) In my own life, I have seen things take 20 years, and even more, to show up in a way I could read them and make sense of them from my own point of view.
(G) So, whoever you are, and wherever, read these Aayats. Read them now, and forever. And keep reading them all the time. Millions and billions of times.
(H) Like any medication, things build up inside you -- in this case, in your soul, and, actually, in your body as well. And the effects are seen on the body.
(I) Learn each Aayat correctly.
(J) Read them, and there is not a difficulty that will not be resolved.
God Willing, Inshallah, Bi-Idhnillah.
An now, here are those four Aayats.
(1) Fa-Inna Ma’al Usri, Yusran,
Inna Ma’al Usri Yusraa!
(2) Sa-Yaj’alullahu Ba’da Usrin, Yusraa!
(3) Annee Maghloobun, Fantasir.
(4) Laa Ilaaha Illaa Anta, Subhaanaka, Inee Kuntu Minaz-Zaalimeen!
Whatever we do, we must do it right. That is Islam.
Islam is doing everything we do in the best possible manner. It must be right; it must be legal; and it must be moral.
And on top of all that it must be done to the best of our abilities. From the very beginning.
Islam, believe it or not, is not a system of excuses and apologies.
Truth is what it is. Often it is not self-evident, which makes it necessary we pursue it actively and in a focused way.
Modern times have a way of misnomering and trivializing things, including this highly exalted and critical expression Truth, on which the entire human existence depends. And reducing everything to individual personal issues. To the fundamentally human side of things.
The fact is, Truth is not what you or I feel about ourselves. It is not the state or integrity or honesty of our feelings. That is a very different issue altogether.
Truth means an objective reality, outside ourselves, that is knowable through our senses and by the use of rigorous logical analysis.
For example, New York City is a metropolis that exists 250 or so miles south of the city of Syracuse in Upstate New York. That is an undeniable, verifiable reality.
It is Truth.
My feelings toward New York City could be honest, hypocritical or totally mixed up. That has nothing to do with Truth.
We can live in a fool’s paradise and think New York City is a little bird in Florida. And we may be very clear and very sincere and very honest in our belief.
But that has nothing to do with Truth. It is a simple case of personal delusion and stupidity. And the Truth that New York is a great big metropolis where it is will stand unperturbed and unaffected by our individual delusional states.
This is the tragedy that has hit our present-day educational, media and informational systems and channels, including interpersonal channels and friendship networks, that even the simple meaning and reality of Truth is sought to be shielded from us, thereby severely limiting our chances of actively seeking or in fact finding Truth.
Advertising and Public Relations and Corporate Communications -- and all the rest -- are great and richly rewarding as potential career paths for young people pursuing university education.
But the fact is that they will all take you only thus far. Because, then, there is still a whole world out there that must be cared for -- and that must be saved.
Pursuing government or public service, such as The Peace Corps, for American youth, is a great step in the right direction. But only one step, and a first step.
The real and the overall mission, and the real challenge, is the Pursuit of Truth -- whatever it is and wherever it leads.
For, while it is great to teach a few kids in Africa; and to feed a few mouths in Asia; the world is still burning and crashing all around us.
Starting right here in America. Right at our doorstep. Right in our backyard.
While there are all kinds of complex causes for it, one simple thing we can zero in on is what we may call Truth -- simple, unadulterated, nonpartisan facts -- which has become so scarce in our time and in our society.
Right at a time when there is such a glut of words and images and sights and sounds -- and all kinds of communications and their tools and technologies -- all around us.
As a result of it, at least in part, there is so much confusion, and so much injustice, and so much unfairness, and so much suffering everywhere. Wolves seem to appear wearing sheep’s clothing. And thieves and crooks seem to be sitting in exalted seats sporting judicial robes and regalia.
The real challenge before us is to make a dent in that wall of darkness that surrounds us from all sides.
That is why, in our own various capacities, and to the extent our own talents and circumstances would allow, I see no alternative but to dedicate our lives, to the extent and however we can, to the mission of pursuing and advocating Truth.
Seeking it; learning it; speaking it; standing up for it; and championing and advocating it both in private and in public.
Given that, any time and energy any one of us may have spent in pursuing advertising and public relations and corporate communications as a potential career path was hardly off the mark.
It was hardly time wasted. We were on the track all along, albeit by different names.
All we have to do now is a simple realignment of our direction and our orientation: what we want and where we want to go and how we wish to deal with the world of which we are such an integral part.
And Truth at all levels is the key that will unlock the chains that bind us and that will set us free: our bodies as well as our minds.
For, free bodies cannot exist without free -- and fearless -- minds.
Muslims must know that they are on Candid Camera.
All the time!
And with regard to everything that they do.
And that means with regard to every breath they take; every word they utter; and every gesture they make.
Or fail to, when they must and when they are supposed to.
And get this, and that includes every thought they think, even though Allah does not punish people till their thoughts are pushed to take the form of words.
And, thereafter, words are made to morph into actions.
And what eyes are those that are fixed on the Muslims, as Muslims go about their daily, hourly, minute-by-minute, second-by-nanosecond routine of living life on God’s earth, free of rent or charge, and with all things provided, and every need taken care of?
How about turning to God Almighty for at least part of the answer? How about this Aayat Karimah?
Wa Kuli’Maloo! (Go, do what you have to do!)
Fa Sa-Yarallahu ‘Amalakum, (God Almighty shall see what you are doing).
Wa Rasooluhu, (And so will Allah’s Rasul, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam).
Wal Mu’minoon! (And so shall the believers -- of all kinds everywhere).
That means, among those watching the Muslims, before and during and after everything, is Almighty Allah himself.
And then Allah’s angels.
And then Allah’s Rasul, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam.
And then Allah’s people, the Muslims: The Human Believers!
And then the whole world — Muslim and non-Muslim; human and non-human.
So, Muslims, decide how you want to be seen. By whom?
In what condition and situation?
And doing and saying and thinking precisely what.
That is right! Thinking precisely what thoughts? And entertaining what ideas?
Na’oodhu Billahi Min Shuroori Anfusinaa!
Wa Min Sayyiaati A’maalinaa!
“You should let Allah handle things for you.
You really don’t need an advocate or agent other than Allah to handle your affairs for you.”
Now, this is a paraphrase -- only one among many that could be attempted -- of the aayah karimah that says:
Wa Tawakkal Alallah.
Wa Kafaa Billahi Wakeelaa!
Others have translated this most amazing Aayat, and every Aayat of the Qur’an is most amazing, in all kinds of other ways. And they are all within ballpark as translations go.
Except for one thing: No Translation of the Qur’an is really a Translation, whatever that expression may really stand for, but only a Paraphrase masquerading as Translation.
I have been saying things about the fundamental untranslatability of the Qur’an that may strike some as contradictory. And, on surface, they are.
I say Transliterations of the Qur’an are Haram. Transliteration of course means writing the original Arabic of the Qur’an in English (Roman) script. I have argued that this is an impossibility and a nullity.
And yet I use Transliteration in my writings for the Aayaat (plural for Aayat) I cite -- often as my only reference.
I have also argued quite vehemently that the Qur’an cannot be translated in English language. And yet every time I produce an Aayat in my writings, I also provide what looks like a translation.
The only thing is that I call my translation a Paraphrase, which is a lot more liberal and broad-based than what most people would consider a Translation to be.
But I will repeat what I said earlier: All Translations are Paraphrases.
This is my home-made Linguistic Theory of sorts if you will.
As for the contradictions in my writings, the only reason I resort to them is necessity. Short of using Transliteration and Paraphrase in my writings, I have no means to communicate to my readers in the English language a sense of what I am trying to say.
Either about how to make an attempt to say the aayat as best as you can or with regard to getting a grasp of the basic meaning and thrust of the aayat.
None at all.
Islam is active engagement. Serious, painstaking, deliberate, total engagement -- in everything we do.
It is mindfulness at its best and fullest.
Islam is doing everything we do well and to the best of our human ability.
And Islam is about acquiring all the education, all the training, all the know-how and all the wherewithal to be able to do everything we do the best way it can be done.
Islam and sloppiness do not mix. Islam is not doing things in a perfunctory, cursory, halfhearted, lackadaisical manner.
And that is the essence of the Sunnah of Sayyidina Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, if you ask me.
For, Allah’s Rasul, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, produced the last word of excellence, elegance and “Human Perfection” in everything he touched.
And then he said:
“Allah has made it a requirement for you that you do well and wonderfully everything you do.”
“Even to the point of slaughtering your animals,” he said.
And he called it Ihsaan.
The Hadith Sharif, which is recorded in Sahih Muslim, reads in part as follows:
Innallaha Katabal Ihsaana Alaa Kulli Shayi.
Muslims should tell themselves, those of them who read and write, that they cannot live with typos in the text to which they have access any more than they can live with gaping holes in the walls of their homes.
Or with missing Carburetors in their cars if cars still use Carburetors, which most cars don’t. Or, maybe, I should say with defective Fuel Injection Systems.
Typos are that serious.
For, Islam is “Human Perfection,” right here on this earth, even though perfection is a Divine Attribute, and not attainable by “Man,” as the Christian-Jewish-Western writers would say.
And even though the expression “Human Perfection” is an oxymoron.
But one thing should be clear: Making, reproducing, condoning, accepting and ignoring typos in our texts is a sin.
That is right: A Sin. A typo is a sin.
And I repent and seek Allah’s forgiveness for all the typos I have been instrumental in producing, causing, condoning, ignoring or tolerating.
There are times when to be a Muslim is to be a stranger in one’s own land. And among one’s own friends, relatives and people. For, that in many ways is the nature of Islam.
That is the basic nature of Truth. Truth often has few friends in this world.
The fact is, Islam came into this world as a stranger. Ghareeb is the word the Hadith Sharif uses.
The words of the Hadith, if I recall them right, are:
Bada-al Islamu Ghareeban.
Islam started out as a Ghareeb: as a stranger; as an alien; as a foreigner; as an outsider; as an unfamiliar entity.
And here is the other part of that same Hadith Sharif: “Islam shall return to being a Ghareeb.”
Islam shall become a stranger, in our midst, one more time; or from time to time; or at the end time, when the world is about to end.
When that happens, Islam shall have few friends. It shall have few among people who will be able to recognize its true contours and dimensions; and understand them; and articulate them; and stand up for them, champion them and defend them.
Here is how that same Hadith Sharif phrases that notion:
Wa Sa-Ya’oodu Kamaa Bada-a.
“And Islam shall return to how it began.”
What a Hadith! Allahu Akbar!
Like all the most glorious Ahaadeeth -- plural for Hadith. Each and every one of them.
The world has no literature like the Hadith. And certainly no better or more authentic or truthful or accurate account of any period or culture or time or individual or group or nation or society or event in the world.
Hadith is the only true History that exists in the world. While all that the world refers to as History is guesswork and speculation and patchwork of truth and non-truth.
Hadith is the only true eyewitness and participant account of historical reality. While that which we call History is generally a hit-and-miss account of things by individuals three, four or ten times removed from reality.
And there are still people in this world who question whether Islam is true and that it came directly from Allah -- God Almighty?
I absolutely, positively love us humans. Not the least for our most amazing generosity and graciousness when it comes to Working for Allah.
To begin with, Allah says we are his property. And without a doubt, we live on Allah’s earth. And we use the body that Allah gave us to do everything we do in this world.
And then, all through our life, we get super busy doing the work of everybody else, including our own.
And then in flashes of the most amazing generosity and graciousness, we, from time to time, try to find some “spare” moments in which we can do Allah’s Work.
See how cute we humans can be? Now, do you blame me for loving us humans the way I do?
Your journey to God begins when your preoccupation with your own self begins to taper off.
That means the more ascendant and salient you make yourself in your list of priorities, and in your own scheme of things, and the more prominent your child, spouse, job or business is in the calculus of your life, the slower and more arduous and fitful your journey to God. And the farther and more uncertain your destination.
Even though God Almighty is near. He is close by. By his own testimony. In his own words. Hear him says so in the Qur’an:
“I am close.”
Closer than one’s own jugular vein in fact. Again, just as the Qur’an says:
Wa Nahnu Aqrabu Ilayihi Min Hablil Wareed.
Unless, of course, you master the true Islamic technique of doing things, under which you love God first and foremost; you love him unconditionally; and you love him above all else.
And then, thereafter, you compress and derive all your worldly loves, whether it is your love for your family, career, country or even yourself, from that single most dominant and all-consuming love and passion in your life – Unconditional Love of God.
That total and single-minded devotion for God then validates, legitimizes, blesses and consecrates every other lawful love you may have in this world, whether it is love of a child, parent, sport, business, spouse, career, nation, society, culture or place.
This is a Divine Formula, designed by God to help human beings find true and complete success in their life. When you embrace and implement this formula without reservation, you gain everything. And you lose nothing.
There never was a better way to have your cake and eat it too.
Imagine a household.
Imagine a household in which the father works hard to provide for the family. There is a daughter in the family and she works very, very hard to give herself the best education she can.
And the mother, she breaks her bones and burns her brains everyday to keep the entire household running as smoothly as possible.
Imagine such a household. And then ask yourself: How far can such a household be from Islam?
From that most amazing system of belief and behavior that God called Islam and that he sent down into this world to help human beings live a good life on earth. Both as individuals and as groups and societies.
All you need to do thereafter is to throw into this family’s equation of life some of the staples of Islam such as Belief in one God; Belief in Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, as the last and final messenger of God; and Belief in the Day of Judgment as a reality and a certainty.
You do that and you have built a solid foundation of Islam around such a household.
All that remains to be attended to after that are some practical requirements of daily living such as Prayer (Salaah) and Fasting (Siyaam) and Cleanliness (Tahaarah) and you have got yourself as complete a picture of Islam as you may wish.
That is right. That is what Islam comes down to in terms of day-to-day living right here in this world.
So, why should not all the nice and wholesome households of today, in every part of the world, from every culture and background, look to Islam to help them fill and complete what is missing in their life?
And thus help turn their success in This World into a passport for even greater success in the Next World.
For a Muslim, the way I see it, there is no greater duty than to clarify the Core Concepts of Allah’s Deen to a world that seems to be so steeped in confusion and mired in mystery.
Allah made his Deen simple and clear. But the world is bent on making it complex and obtuse.
And most Muslims appear to have become partners in the process of mystifying Islam. And, as a result, in rendering Islam less accessible and less hospitable to most ordinary human beings around the world.
In times such as these, every Muslim is called upon to do all he or she can to dispel the mystery and to remove the cobwebs from the fundamental precepts and practices of Islam.
Dhikr in this context means repeatedly reciting Allah’s name and his word multiple times. As many times as you can. How you can and where you can.
To talk about Allah is also Dhikr.
And so is thinking about Allah. And about Allah’s Creation.
And about your own duties and responsibilities in the world of Allah.
All that is Dhikr. And there is nothing more important or more powerful in life than Dhikr of Allah.
My preference is NOT to change the Kalaam of Allah as he has used it in the Qur’an. But to use it the way it occurs in the Qur’an -- without any changes whatsoever.
So, here are some more Adhkaar (plural for Dhikr) to read and to recite, especially when faced with difficulties and challenges in life.
And not the least during the month of Ramadan.
It helps to read Darood Sharif several times, preferably odd times, before and after.
Of course, Darood Sharif is your Life Jacket in navigating the turbulent waters of life -- anywhere, anytime, in any situation or context.
All the time!
- “Hasbunallahu wa Ni’mal Wakeel.”
- “Ni’mal Mawulaa wa Ni’man Naseer.”
- “Wa Kafaa Billahi Waliyyan wa Kafaa Billahi Naseeraa.”
- “Wa Kafaa Billahi Wakeelaa.”
- “Sa-Yaj’alullahu Ba’d ‘Usrin Yusraa.”
- “Fa-Inna M’al ‘Usri Yusran, Inna Ma’al ‘Usri Yusraa.”
- “A-Laa Inna Nasrallahi Qareeb.”
- “Hasbiyallahu Laa Ilaaha Illaa Huwa Alaihi Tawakkaltu Wa Huwa Rabbul ‘Arshil ‘Azeem.”
- “Ujeebu Da’watad Daa’i Idhaa Da’aanee.”
Qur’an is what keeps this world going. It is not a matter of one’s faith to say that. It is things people with eyes can see.
One single word of the Qur’an will outweigh the entire universe in the scale, if there were such a scale in place.
And there is.
Didn’t Allah say:
“Lawu Anzalnaa Haadhal Qur’ana Alaa Jabalin
La-Ra-Aytahoo Khashi’an Mutasaddi’aa.”
If this Qur’an were to be set at a mountain,
the mountain will crumble to pieces.”
So, here are some Aayaats from the Qur’an that will move mountains. If you are inclined, feel free to recite them. Especially, if you are facing some kind of a difficulty. And who among us does not?
That is called Dhikr.
- “Hasbunallahu wa Ni’mal Wakeel.”
- “Ni’mal Mawulaa wa Ni’man Naseer.”
- “Wa Kafaa Billahi Waliyyan wa Kafaa Billahi Naseeraa.”
- “Wa Kafaa Billahi Wakeelaa.”
- “Sa-Yaj’alullah Ba’d ‘Usrin Yusraa.”
- “Fa-Inna M’al ‘Usri Yusran, Inna Ma’al ‘Usri Yusraa.”
- “A-Laa Inna Nasrallahi Qareeb.”
These are all aayaat (plural for Aayat) taken directly from the Qur’an. Their Dhikr has the power to move mountains. And to crush adversities to dust.
If you can, and if you care, feel free to recite them. As often as you can.
May Allah make this Ramadan a source of all kinds of worldly and other worldly blessings for all of you and your families.
And to all of us and our families too, whatever the difference.
And to the entire Khalq of Allah, which I somehow believe is part of my family too: Allah’s entire creation.
It is worrying about the world of Allah -- Allah’s Khalq -- that keeps me up at night. And rings torrents of pain and grief out of my eyes during the day.
As I watch helplessly Allah’s world burn and smolder right before our eyes, and writhe and cry in agony and torment, as we, the Good Muslims, go about our business and our “worldly concerns” -- jobs, education, family, business, profession, vacation and everything else -- with perfect equanimity and indifference.
So, what can I do but to say: May we all be better Muslims this Ramadan than we have been in all previous Ramadans and in all other months and days.
Dr. Firdaus Kamalodeen
This is Ramadan. The month of the Qur’an.
How fortunate we are that Allah has given us this month. One more time.
And he has given us the Qur’an.
And the Qur’an comes with a very clear and precise agenda for human beings. All human beings in general. And Muslims in particular.
Muslims of course have their own agenda. And Muslims everywhere are busy doing their own thing.
What passes for Muslim leadership is doing a fine job of dragging Muslims by their tail in all kinds of murky alleys. And they do all that in the name of Islam -- and Muslims.
As for us, ordinary Muslims, we must do what we must. And that to me boils down to taking the Qur’an to every Home and Heart that needs it -- and which one does not.
When you read the Qur’an, you can’t help but recognize what a sorry lot we human beings are. Not the least the Muslims.
Allah describes our various profiles in such detail -- not a thing left out and always with clear and pin-point accuracy.
At the same time, Allah has also stated what our duties and responsibilities are in this world. Why he placed us on this earth in the first place. And he has done so with most amazing clarity and precision.
May Allah make this month of Ramadan meaningful and successful for all of you and your families. And may he accept your fasting and other Ibaadaat -- plural for Ibaadat.
What else can I say?
In a way, Muhammad Ali came to Allah through the sport of boxing.
But Allah led Malcolm X, Rahmatullahi Alaihi, to truth, even though Malcolm was no sportsman in the ordinary sense of that expression. But still what great sport Malcolm was in reality!
And what great communicator!
May Allah fill Malcolm’s grave with his blessings and with his light!
And how Malcolm grew and evolved from a confused and then hate-filled individual, seething with rage against White Racism and Oppression of the Blacks, in America and elsewhere, into an embodiment of love and justice and compassion for all.
And how Allah made Malcolm’s tongue an Instrument of Truth – often a blunt one – in a world and in an era characterized by confusion, obfuscation and mendacity, and filled with hate, prejudice and oppression.
Was it any wonder then that his voice and his passion for truth and justice filled the bosoms of his friends with love and the hearts of his enemies with terror?
Certainly, Muhammad Ali, Rahimahullah, arguably the greatest American boxing champion of all time, found God using the killer sport of boxing. A sport that in my mind should never have been allowed to exist in the first place.
And a sport that should be banned by law forthwith everywhere.
For, the central object of the sport of boxing is to inflict as much physical harm and damage and pain on your opponent as humanly possible and thus stop him from continuing the fight any longer, while, of course, all the bloodthirsty thousands surrounding the ring yell themselves hoarse to feed their blood lust and, while, all the equally bloodthirsty millions glue themselves to television screens to lick the human gore splashed on their screens.
In my mind, it should be a crime to organize or watch the blood sport of boxing. As much as it is a crime to organize dog and cock fights. Safety and integrity of the human body should be respected at least as much as that of the bodies of dogs and roosters.
Allah makes this quite clear in the Qur’an. And how lucid and precise the words of the Qur’an are.
Wa Laqad Karramnaa Banee Aadama.
“Surely, we did exalt humans,
and we did endow them with great dignity and honor.
Boxing is a sport that you could blame, to the extent it makes sense, for accelerating the degeneration of the late Mr. Ali’s health and for speeding up his death.
I am saying “to the extent it makes sense” because death and life, just like the movement of all the stars above, and the stirring of every single blade of grass or grain of sand below, are meticulously choreographed by God as per a very precise calculus and matrix.
So, what happened to Muhammad Ali would have happened regardless, had God wanted it that way. But boxing did punch up serious holes in Ali Marhoom’s health and turn him from a roaring tiger into a wilting cabbage for much of his later life.
For those of us who were witnesses to that colossal human degradation and deterioration, it was a crime that history should neither condone, nor cover up, nor forgive.
It does not matter whether you are a Jew, a Christian, a Muslim, a Hindu, a Buddhist or something else. But if you, in any form or fashion, claim to love God, your claim to Love God must be backed up by your Love of People.
In other words, that is Allah’s Law in his creation: Sunnatullah as the Qur’an calls it. And God’s Law neither changes nor moves from its scripted place and time.
In other words: Love God? Love God’s Creation! It is that simple!
And show through your practical behavior, and through the policies and practices of your organizations and governments and societies, that you do so.
And one simple and clear way to show your Love of God is to honor, to protect and to serve God’s Creation in general and human beings in particular.
And when you say Human Beings, that means “All” human beings of all colors, races, religions, nationalities.
That “kind” thing is a hark back to Benjamin Franklin who once remarked that it was quite natural for people to be “partial” to their own “kind.” That was Dr. Franklin’s explanation for why he, Benjamin Franklin, was “partial” to his own “kind,” the English, as opposed to the “Swarthy” Swedes, whom he did not want crowding the shores of these United States, in the shaping and creation of which Dr. Franklin did play a fairly significant role.
At least now will you all say in chorus:
Thank God for Islam?
And thank God for Prophet Muhammad,
Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam?
And thank God for the Qur’an?
For, it was they – Islam, the Qur’an and Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, I mean – that taught the Human Race the basic tenet of loving, respecting, honoring and protecting “All” human races equally, regardless of their religion, ethnicity, color, country.
So, you love football? Rest assured you will find football!
By the same logic, whatever else it is that you love and seek in your life, provided you do it hard enough, long enough and with enough focus, you are sure to find it.
In the same way, those who love God will find God. Except that in the case of God the likelihood of finding God increases exponentially with every little bit of effort that you spend looking for him.
For, God Almighty crowns the smallest of human efforts with the most abundant of divine rewards and bounties.
Wa Yudaa-ifu Liman Yashaa-u!
“And God Almighty doubles and multiplies
His rewards and bounties for whoever he wishes.”
And the Hadith Sharif makes that abundantly clear for even the least intelligent person among us to understand. Here is my paraphrase of parts of one such most glorious Hadith, and to me every Hadith is most glorious:
“If a human being advances toward me but one foot,
I move toward him a whole yard.
And if a human being comes to me walking at a leisurely pace,
I come to him running.”
Ya Allah, what magic words are these! Who but God would have spoken them, albeit through his Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam?
And that too a most loving and merciful and generous God? A God who has enough to give, and who is not afraid of giving.
For, this is part of what is called a Hadith Qudsi. Those are Ahaadeeth (plural for Hadith) in which Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, attributes what he says directly to God Almighty. That is what the expression Hadith Qudsi means.
In a Hadith Qudsi, Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, quotes God Almighty himself as saying the words that he speaks.
So, finding God is easier than you think, if you come to think of it.
Anyone with eyes can see that this world is a rigged place. It is rigged by the few to the disadvantage of the many.
As a result, many of the main aspects of our life in this world are also rigged: Education, Economics, Politics, Media and everything else, as the vast majority of human beings are fooled and lied to and manipulated to the advantage of a small group of privileged people.
The fact is that fairness, justice, equality, truth can all come in their true and full measure only from Allah -- God Almighty. And this world is becoming more and more alienated from Allah every day. The results are obvious in practically every aspect of our life.
Many of those who pass through this system, knowingly or unknowingly transfer this corrupt and rigged culture to the next generation. In politics, in economics, in education, in business, in life in general.
But as Muslims, especially as educators and as those Working for Allah, which basically means working for the welfare of all of humanity, we have a special responsibility on our shoulders. We have to try our best to make a difference and work ever harder to “Save this World and Make it a Better Place for All,” as Dr. Pasha says.
When Muslims do whatever it is that is required of them, and there is much that is required of them on a daily, hourly and second-by-second basis, they are required to do it “perfectly.”
Even though Perfection is a Divine Attribute of Allah.
That is why we refer to God Almighty as Allah Subhanahu -- broadly meaning, free from, and above and beyond, all limitations and imperfections and impurities that are the natural and inborn characteristics of his Khalq -- Creation.
But it is that Divine Attribute -- the quality of doing everything well and “perfectly,” and to the very best of our ability and resources, that we are required to emulate right here on this earth. Even while operating within the framework of our own native human limitations, impurities and imperfections.
Takhallaqoo Bi-Akhlaaqillah, says Prophet Muhammad,
Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam!
“Embrace and emulate in your own imperfect and flawed and finite lives
God’s Inimitable and Perfect and Infinite Divine Attributes!”
It is as part of this most amazing requirement that Muslims are characterized as the “Best Nation on Earth.”
Because they have been instructed, and they can be trusted, to do well and “perfectly” what they have been told to do. What they are required to do!
Meaning, Muslims would be expected to do well, and to their best attainable human level of “perfection,” whatever is required of them in this world -- whether it is something pertaining to This World or something that concerns the Next World.
That is, from a Worldly or from an Other-Worldly point of view.
They say that one day the great ancient City of Rome caught fire, and flames leaped from everywhere. It is said that the Roman Emperor at the time, a fellow named Nero, did not care about the fire or the devastation it was causing to the city, but went on playing his fiddle.
So, Nero played the fiddle as Rome burned. Not a very good thing for an emperor to do, you would say, right?
I did not make any special effort to learn the history of this. But I see a modern parallel that I find to be compelling. The way most Muslims in the world, including the majority of the so-called Good and Pious Muslims, act and carry on while the world of God all around them crumbles to ashes in the fire of mendacity, injustice, cruelty, greed, corruption, blind ambition and poverty.
As the fire consumed Rome, Nero is said to have reached for his fiddle. And as these deadly fires consume the world, Muslims dive into their mosques or run to Makkah to perform an extra Umrah. to rake up some “Extra” Thawaab.
Muslims are supposed to be the guardian angels of this world. Allah entrusted the world to their care and command and personal responsibility. As a result, Muslims are supposed to protect and serve the best interests of everybody -- Muslim and non-Muslim; human and non-human -- in this world.
That is the Unchanging Muslim Mission on Earth.
But looking at Muslim priorities and preoccupations today, and looking at the way today’s Muslims go about their lives, and looking at Muslim reaction to happenings and conditions in the world, that is not what a Visitor from Mars would conclude: That Muslims really are the caretakers and custodians of this world, appointed to that task by Almighty Allah himself.
And that they did not really take a leaf out of the pages of Nero’s book to use it as their Deen.
If we cannot use Allah’s Kalaam, the Qur’an, to earn our Aakhirat, the Next Life or the Next World, we can at least use it to make our Duniya, This Life or This World, better.
This may sound sarcastic, but it is real and sincere and true. Because the Word of God -- the Noble Qur’an -- is the most amazing thing humans have in their hands. There is not an issue it does not address. And there is not a problem people face for which the Qur’an does not offer a solution.
Understanding the Qur’an properly, and following its directives faithfully, is the surest formula to make human life on earth better for all human beings. And for the entire Planet Earth.
Everything useful and good in this world, including all the good and positive advances in science, comes either directly or indirectly from the Qur’an.
And the Qur’an -- and what a great miracle this alone is! -- does not stand alone. It confirms and validates and supports the “Revelations” that Allah gave to all the other Prophets, Alayihimus Salaam, before Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam.
This alone is a most amazing and unfailing formula for mutual respect and cooperation and coexistence for the followers of all faiths and religions in this world.
Simple and true and workable. Hear the Qur’an say it:
Ta’aalawu Ilaa Kalimatin Sawaa-in Bayinanaa wa Bayinakum!
“Let us proceed and work together on the basis of whatever we hold in common together.”
How can the world go wrong with that?
And isn’t that what the United Nations is all about? And the European Union is all about?
And isn’t that what any Federal Government is all about, whether it is in Spain or in the United States?
May Allah grant Muslim Business People and Entrepreneurs the most amazing success in their businesses and make it a force for good in this world.
Islam is a businessman’s Deen. When Muslims abandoned that, they became slaves.
Allah’s Rasul, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, was a businessman. The people of Quraish were all business people. Abu Bakr, Uthman, and other great Sahabah Kiram, Radiuallahu Anhum, were all business people.
Even Hazrath Khadija, Radiyallahu Alaiha, was a great businesswoman.
It is time Muslims rediscovered the true nature and spirit and the global reach of their Deen, which is business and entrepreneurship and enterprise and tireless effort and struggle to make life better both in this world as well as the next world.
The key requirement of life is “Iman.” Even that is “Given,” not earned. So, what are you going to do?
When Iman is right, then, nothing that happens is wrong. Whatever happens comes from Allah. And our job is to say: Yes!
And that is the end of the story.
A Muslim’s life runs, not just on “Hope” and but on the Twin-Turbos of Hope and Fear.
Allah’s Twin Promise in the Qur’an is: Surely, Bad Days will be followed by Good Days.
Fa-Inna Ma’al Usri Yusran,
Inna Ma’al Usri Yusraa!
And Allah never breaks his promise.
The narrow path between Fear and Hope, in this world, is lit by iron resolve and trenchant sharpness of mind.
Unremitting effort then fuels the drive till the last breath leaves the body.
Muslims are a most amazing people. They have their own very special way of dealing with God and the Qur’an.
God can say in the Qur’an whatever he wants and however he wants to say it. Muslims will do precisely what they are trained and inclined to do.
And they will try to fit the Qur’an in what they do, however best they can.
And they will recruit all kinds of Mullah Mercenaries with their Pocket Fatwas to help them achieve that goal: the goal of bending and fitting the Qur’an to their own purposes, preferences and priorities.
By Hashim Mohammed
Sometimes, I do feel a Muslim knows how to live on God’s earth, where God made him his own personal representative.
A Muslim somehow seems to know how to account for his days and nights.
And a Muslim, the way I see it, is Self-Motivated, Self-Directed and Self-Moving.
And a Muslim does not wait around for all kinds of others to carry him on their shoulders, his duties to perform.
Here now, if you will, is a Panorama from a Muslim’s Daily Life:
A Muslim begins his day with Allah’s name. He opens his eyes and says: Alhamdulillah!
So, Alhamdu Lillah, on Wednesday, I was able to continue distributing our Literature in the North-East of the Country.
I did so at the Libraries at these two most beautiful towns. You supply whatever names you want.
And also at the Masjid at this beautiful town.
And at this incredible small Shopping Mall in the heart of this great town.
The owner of the mall, who I suspect used to be one of Dr. Pasha’s students at one time, placed a table at the entrance of the mall to display our literature. I cannot say what was the response, because he started doing so only a few days ago.
Today, I distributed in the Central Part of the Country at the libraries at these two other towns: Call them what you want.
And also at the Masjid in this other town.
All in a Day’s Work, as they say. A Muslim’s Day that is, if you allow me to say that.
May Allah help people to read and benefit from the books and booklets -- the Literature -- that he allows us to provide.
May Allah bless Br Pasha and his family for providing this literature. And may Allah bless all those others and their families for helping in its publication and distribution.
May Allah bless me and my family with the health and strength and energy and Tawufeeq to continue ‘Working for Him’.
For all the confused people in the world, including many super-confused Muslims, let me make it as clear and straightforward as I can: Democracy is from God and Dictatorship is from the Devil.
To the extent Democracy implies rights, freedoms and opportunities for participation and representation for “The People” at all levels, and in every aspect and sphere of Society, it is from God Almighty. And it embodies the essence and the spirit of Islam.
This was the very mission of Islam on this earth: To make Peace and Justice and Tranquility prevail on earth.
And to grant all the most wonderful rights to all human beings. From basic Human Dignity to Life, Liberty and the Freedom of Conscience and Belief and Expression.
And the right to Health and Healthcare for All.
And the right to a decent Livelihood and adequate Shelter.
And the untrammeled right to universal Education for every male and female in the Domain.
And the right of full Participation in the Electoral Process and of Choosing their own Leaders and Governments.
These are some of the rights that Islam came into the world to give all of God’s Creation.
Dictatorship on the other hand, any kind or type of Dictatorship, whether it is a civilian or military dictatorship, or a hereditary monarchy, pure and simple, that limits the rights and freedoms of “The People” in any form or fashion, and denies them opportunities for full participation and representation in the Political Process and in Government, is from the Devil.
And it represents all that is alien and hostile and antithetical to Islam.
And it embodies all that the Devil tries to create on earth.
My message for Eidul Ad-haa is a simple one. And it does not matter what year we are talking about.
When Muslims and their small and big leaders proceed to slaughter and sacrifice their camels, sheep, goats and cows, I suggest they ask the following question of themselves:
To what extent are they sacrificing these animals at the altar of God Almighty, and to what extent are they sacrificing Islam and Muslims, and the overall wellbeing of God’s Creation, at the altar of their own egos; selfishness; greed; corruption; politics; ambition; and sell-out to the Devil and his human minions and agents, both in their own ranks as well as from alien faiths and foreign lands?
Read Aayat Karimah:
Lan Yanaalallaha Luhoomuhaa wa Laa Dimaa-uhaa
Wa Laakin Yanaaluhut Taqwaa Minkum.
“It is not the blood and bones of the sacrificial animals that God cares about, but the true state of your own hearts: whether or not you care about God more than you care about all else.”
If you ask me why people accept Islam, I can give you two answers:
(a) one, a very simple human one.
(b) The other, a most complex, unfathomable, divine one.
From a human point of view, the process and outcome of conversion from this or that “Religion” to Islam, and, more specifically, from Non-Islam and Pre-Islam (Jaahiliyyat) to Islam, is the composite function of a billion (times Infinity) variables, some known, most unknown or exogenous, each with its own specific value and error component and distribution, acting in concert.
And, from that perspective, the entire result being entirely predictable or explainable, within a certain margin of error, provided we have at our disposal all the theoretical models, and all the methodological tools and instrumentations required for the purpose of figuring out these things.
And we also have all the applicable specific variable values.
I am calling this human equation simple because there is a way, and there is a hope, that somehow and sometime, maybe, we can solve this puzzle.
The divine answer, on the other hand, may appear simple when stated in our daily language. But it is unknowable in both theory and practice, as it transcends the limits of human knowledge and the powers of human understanding in every way and at every level.
And as it defies the capacities of human instrumentation to (define and to) measure.
For, it means knowing God in all his attributes. And -- Allahu Akbar and Subhanallah, who can ever make such a claim?
And it means understanding the calculus of God’s mercy and dispensation, and of God’s Grace with regard to his creation.
Simply stated, it does not lie in human power to know or understand God and the internal dynamics of the way God does things.
Or even the external dynamics, for that matter, that may appear to meet the human eye, and to register on the human radar, and to be amenable to human instrumentation and scalability and measurement.
Our very humanity is defined in terms of our general inability to comprehend God and the ways in which he dispenses his grace and mercy to his creation.
Read the Aayat Karimah:
Wa Laa Yuheetoona Bi-Shai-im Min ‘Ilmihi.
“Not an iota of his infinite knowledge are they about to grasp or comprehend!”
Meaning, when it comes to God, we as human beings draw a complete blank.
A Dictatorship Is a Dictatorship, Is a Dictatorship, Is a Dictatorship!
And Whatever Else a Dictatorship Is, It Is Not Islam! [Quote – 905]
Muslims have an abundance of dictators and tyrants and despots of all kinds, varieties and stripes – military, civilian, royal, and every other kind.
Egypt has been groaning and moaning and sobbing under the heel of the most brutal military dictators, one after the other, for the past nearly 70 years.
Other Muslim tyrants, despots, hereditary monarchs, absolute kings and sundry dictators from the area – the so-called Middle East – instead of helping the people of Egypt to get rid of their Military Dictators and regain their Liberty and their freedom and self-respect and dignity and human rights, empty their huge coffers to help establish and consolidate and strengthen the barbaric military dictatorship of Egypt.
That is the state of the Muslim Ummah today, if anyone cared to know. Muslims done in by fellow-Muslims.
The simple fact is, tyranny has many faces and they are all from the Devil.
In case anyone has trouble understanding this simple equation, let me make it as clear as I possibly can: A Dictatorship by any name and in any form is still a Dictatorship.
It is one of the many, many faces of tyranny. Nothing more, nothing less.
And it is directly from the Devil.
Love of God and Love of God’s Creation –
How Much Daylight Can There Be Between the Two? [Quote – 904]
Your journey to God begins when and where your preoccupation with your own self tapers off: Into taking a closer and deeper look at the Creation of God.
The more ascendant and salient you make yourself in your list of priorities, and in your own scheme of things, and the more prominent your child, spouse, job or business or politics is in the calculus of your life, the slower and more arduous and fitful your journey to God and the farther and more uncertain your destination.
Unless, of course, you master the true Islamic way of doing things under which you love God first, and foremost, and unconditionally, and above all else, and then you compress and derive all your worldly loves, whether it is your love for your family, career or even yourself, from that single most dominant and all-consuming passion in your life – Love of God.
That total and single-minded devotion for God then channels, modulates, validates, legitimizes, blesses and consecrates every other lawful love you may have in this world, whether it is love of a child, parent, sport, business, spouse, career, nation, society, culture or place.
Imagine a household!
Imagine a household in which:
The father works hard to provide for the family;
The daughter works hard to give herself the best education she can;
And the mother works hard to keep the entire household running as smoothly as possible.
Imagine such a household.
And then ask yourself: How far can such a household be from Islam?
From Islam – from that most amazing system of belief and behavior that God himself calls by that name Islam?
A system of life that God Almighty sent down into this world to help human beings live a good life on earth, both as individuals and as families. And as groups, collectives and societies.
All you need to do thereafter is throw in some other fundamentals of Islam in this equation such as the ones below and you have built a solid foundation of Islam around such a household:
Belief in one God;
Belief in Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, as the last and final messenger of God;
Not the only messenger, but the last and final messenger of God on earth;
Belief in the Qur’an as God’s full and final guidance to humanity;
Belief in all of God’s Prophets and Messengers and Books;
And belief in the Day of Judgment as a reality and a certainty.
After then, all that remains to be attended to are some practical requirements of daily living such as:
Prayers or Salaat;
And fasting or Siyaam;
And cleanliness or Tahaarah;
And Pilgrimage or Hajj;
And, then, a lifelong commitment to struggle in the path of Allah for Truth and for Justice and Equality and Liberty and Dignity for all -- Jihaad.
You do all that and you have gotten yourself as complete a picture of Islam as you may wish.
Imagine such a household and then ask yourself: How far can such a household be from God and from Islam?
Those who love football find football.
And those who love soccer or baseball find soccer and baseball.
In the same way, those who love God find God.
So, it is a question of what it is that you love or want or seek most in life.
And how well and how hard you do it.
And how persistently.
And in what contexts and places.
And using what means and methods.
It would be interesting to know how Love of God intersects with Love of Game in the lives of many, or at least some, of the high-end football, soccer, basketball and baseball players in the world.