How about a Bit of New Technology This Ramadan: 1437?
Dr. Firdaus Kamalodeen
On the blessed eve of this blessed Ramadan, 1437, I hope all is well with all of you and your families.
And with your communities and neighborhoods.
And with your cities and societies.
For, that is who we are.
We are people -- men, women and children -- who see our job as to relentlessly wish you the best, and do so nonstop -- regardless of who you are. That is, regardless of your race, your religion, your nationality, your gender, your age, or your whatever else.
That is because we are Muslims: simple and straightforward.
No ifs, no buts, not hyphens, no qualifications and adjectives. Just plain Muslims.
That is who we are. And that is who we are trying to be: just plain simple ordinary everyday Muslims.
And as Muslims, we see our job as one of wishing you and yours well.
And, at the same time, continuously working to make sure that you are indeed well: all of you -- Muslim as well as non-Muslim.
In every conceivable way: in your body; in your mind; and in your soul.
And we do it without any expectation of reward or recognition or compensation from you or any other human being.
As to what Allah -- Almighty God -- will do with us, we leave it to him.
And we do this because that is how we see Islam to be. Today and forever!
That is how Islam is today. And that is how Islam was always. And that is how Islam will be for ever and ever.
And that is why Islam spread throughout the world with the unstoppable rapidity it did -- and continues to do so today in the face of all the propaganda and all the lies and fabrications let loose against it from so many different directions.
Because Islam is -- and Islam always was -- not just worshiping God inside a cloister or a mosque, but service in the real world to all of God's creation: human and non-human; Muslim and non-Muslim; plant, animal or something else.
As for life, it is what it is, and, as Dr. Pasha says, "Wouldn't have it any other way!" -- or words to that effect.
Alhamdulillah, Alhamdulillah, Alhamdulillah -- what else can we say? -- we got our foot in the door of New Media and New Technology.
Not that we did not have it before, it is just that we have turned a new page now: with Twitter. We have been sending out two tweets, more or less daily. And our tweets come directly from the pages of www.Islamicsolutions.com.
That is right! Two tweets a day! That is what we are doing by the Grace of Almighty God.
And, happy to report I should say, we have gotten some traction. But we need to build on this.
And those of us who follow our tweets -- and all of us should -- should take a page out of the playbook of Mr. Donald J. Trump and start retweeting.
That is right. Start retweeting the tweets you get from us to all the followers you have.
And then go get some more followers. Add new followers to your list.
And it does not take much from you to retweet our tweets either.
And, do you know what, you are not likely to find a better and more effective way of taking the Qur'an to every home and heart that needs it -- and which one does not?
So, let's work on gaining as many followers as possible and see what Allah does with this work.
Of late, I have been spending some time looking at other people's tweets and let's just say that to date I am yet to find posts as significant as what is posted on #IslamicSolutions.
I don't think that is going to change in a hurry.
This literature with which Allah has blessed us -- much of it on www.IslamicSolutions.Com is absolutely amazing. Absolutely without parallel I should say.
Did I say that before? Well how else do you describe this literature produced by Dr. Pasha?
Allah bless him and his family who have faced the brunt of the impact of the countless hours, days, weeks, months, years, decades .... which would have had to be "sacrificed" in order to produce literature of such immense significance and extraordinary quality and standard.
In original English language. With research directly based on Qur'an -- and Hadith. And with amazing clarity of concepts and elegance of diction and writing.
I have italicized "sacrificed" in the previous sentence, and put in quotes, to indicate that we are all fully owned slaves of Allah: every single one of us.
And, in that capacity, everything we do, no matter how great or small, is nothing but our duty. It is all our Waajib; our Fard; our most elementary duty.
And it is required of us. That is what we are supposed to do. And nothing we do is really a sacrifice.
Some people set targets every Ramadan -- and we all should. That is the right thing to do.
But it seems to me sometimes all we are targeting is the number of blessings -- how much reward and how many blessings will we be getting by doing this or that. By reading or chanting this or that.
Maybe we should go beyond that and learn to set a different target number -- number of followers for example; or number of retweets; or number of people we will be able to reach this Ramadan with the message of the Qur'an.
All the new people -- and old -- whom we can reach with our literature: basically taking the Qur'an to every home and heart that needs it -- and which one does not?
Even as we continue to do our extra Ibaadaat, and our extra Dhikr and everything?
What do you all think?