If Health Is a Human Condition, Healthcare Is a Human Right [Quote - 109]

“On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed into law a bill that extends health insurance coverage to 32 million Americans who are currently uninsured. Signing the bill, Obama said the core principle of the bill was that everybody should have some basic security when it comes to their health care.

My thinking on the subject is a bit more primitive than that and I have been trumpeting it for decades. To me: If health is a human condition, healthcare is a human right, period!” (Dr. Pasha)

Qur’an Has Miracles, Signs and Markers, Not Verses, But Who Is To Tell the Muslims That? [Quote - 108]

“Jews and Christians say the Bible has verses. “We Too!” say the Muslims, in direct fulfilment of prophesy in Hadith. The Qur’an has “Verses” too, Muslims chime in.

No one seems to care or recall what the Qur’an itself says: that its passages are living miracles; that they are signs and markers, every single one of them; and they are not “verses.”

The Qur’an calls them AayaatAayat or Aayah for singular; Aayaat for plural.

For, that is what the word Aayah means in Arabic: a miracle; a proof; a marker; a sign. Not “a verse” by any stretch of the imagination or Arabic usage." (Dr. Pasha)

Is It Blasphemy to Call the Qur’an Muslims’ Holy Book? [Quote - 107]

“English-speaking Muslims often speak of the Qur’an as their Holy Book. Just like Christians for example refer to the Bible as their Holy Book.

I am not sure the Qur’an ever said or suggested that it was anyone’s Holy Book. I am also not sure if questions like this even matter to Muslims.

In the same way, I am not even sure if it is blasphemy to refer to the Qur’an as Muslims’ Holy Book.” (Dr. Pasha)

Fool Me Once, Shame on You; Fool Me Twice, Shame on Me [Quote - 105]

“The surprise is not that politicians lie. The real surprise is that so many of their followers believe them – over and over and over. A believer does not allow himself to be bitten from the same hole twice, says Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam.” (Dr. Pasha)

Why Blame Machiavelli for the Darkness in Our Own Soul? [Quote - 104]

“Many of us tend to blame many of the perversities of our political culture on Machiavelli.

But what many of us may not understand is that through his doctrine of ever bigger lies and ever more blatant deception and manipulation, Machiavelli may only have been tapping into a rich vein of moral and political darkness that may have pre-existed in many of our political, social, religious and business elites and influentials.

Is this what insurance companies call a “Pre-existing Condition”?” (Dr. Pasha)

From Sadat of Egypt Banning Long Robes for Men to Sarkozy of France Banning Niqab for Women [Quote - 103]

“When Anwar Sadat was military dictator of Egypt, he banned wearing of long robes for men on university campuses. It has taken Nicolas Sarkozy, a democratically elected civilian president of France, well over three decades to catch up with a military dictator from the Muslim Middle East and ban the wearing of Niqab – the controversial full-face covering – for women.

This, as they say, proves several things. First, it goes to show how slow and snail-paced civilian democracy could be compared to military dictatorship, especially of the Muslim and Middle Eastern variety, when it comes to introducing social reform in society.

Second, it shows how Muslim societies are still fixated on men and won’t pay enough attention to women.

And also, it may or may not show something else: Why authoritarian societies in the so-called Middle East, as well as their patrons, protectors and Guardian Angels overseas, especially in the Western world, may think brutal dictatorship and not benign democracy is the best form of government for that part of the world.” (Dr. Pasha)