I Too Have A Dream!

Dec 16, 2010

So, Islam does not belong to this or that community. It belongs to all the people.

It is the common heritage of humanity.

In fact, Islam is the system that pervades and operates the entire universe – the sun, the moon and everything else.

As a result, everyone has a right – and an obligation – to know what Islam is and how it works.

And then Muslims have a special obligation – an additional obligation.

A twin obligation, in fact.

On the one hand, they have the obligation to know as much as they could about Islam and practice it.

On the other hand, they have the obligation to help others – Muslims as well as non-Muslims – know and understand Islam better.

That is why I have this dream that every man, woman and child in Trinidad and Tobago will know more about Islam tomorrow than today.

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I Have Another Dream: Closeness to God

And then I have this other dream also.

I have a dream that every man, woman and child in Trinidad and Tobago – and everywhere else on God’s beautiful earth – including you, me and our families, will be closer to God Almighty and his infinite mercy and grace tomorrow than today.

And what a beautiful dream it is!

And I daresay it is also the dream you have.

How can you not?

I mean, how can you afford not to have a dream like that?

How can anyone of us be a Muslim and not have that dream?

In fact, how can you be a believer of any kind in God and not have that dream?

Because, to be close to god is the ultimate blessing that a human being – any human being – can have.

It is the greatest privilege that God himself confers on those he wants to bless.

That is the greatest joy or success any of us could wish for those we love – a relative, a friend, a neighbor, a fellow-citizen, just about anyone.

For that person to be closer to God with every passing day.

That is why I say that I dream and hope and pray that every coming day will bring every Trinidad and Tobago man, woman and child closer to Allah, the Almighty, than they have ever been before.

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I Have Yet Another Dream: Health, Wealth and Happiness

I have this other dream that every man, woman and child in Trinidad and Tobago – and everywhere else on God’s beautiful earth – including you, me and our families, will be better off educationally, economically and in their health, hygiene and happiness tomorrow than they are today.

Being a Muslim, how can I not dream that dream?

And being a human being?

Or, how can my fellow-Muslims and my fellow-human beings not share with me that hope and that dream?

Isn’t education one of the greatest blessings of God?

Aren’t we as Trinidadians and Tobagonians – well, my long association with Trinidad and my son’s birth in Trinidad, gives me a bit of a right to include myself among Trinidadians – especially blessed to have a higher level of general education and literacy as compared to many other parts of the world?

And aren’t we now also seeing an upsurge of Islamic education throughout the island?

So, can we as Muslims and as human beings afford not to wish the highest educational attainment for all those we love and for all those with whom we share our beautiful islands of Trinidad and Tobago with?

Knowing full well that education is what gives people a leg up in this life?

Also knowing full well that the best education is that which gives people the greatest success not only in this life but also in the next life?

And then isn’t economic wellbeing an important consideration for us – all of us?

Aren’t our lives often centered around our jobs and our careers and our businesses?

Then how can we not, as Muslims and as human beings, wish and pray and hope and dream about the greatest level of economic success for all of us, for all our relatives and friends and for all those with whom we share our society and daily life?

Knowing full well, of course, that the best wealth is that which makes it a source of blessings and goodness and help for all people.

And for all the creation of Allah.

And, then, what use is all the education and all the wealth in the world if we do not have good health to enjoy them and to benefit ourselves and others from them?

Health in our body.

Health in our mind.

And, more than anything else, health in our soul?

So, how can I not as a Muslim wish perfect health in body, mind and soul, not only for myself and my family and friends, but also for all Trinidadians and Tobagonians?

And for everyone else everywhere else?

And how can you not, regardless of who you are, and regardless of whether or not you are a Muslim, join me in this wish, and in this hope, prayer and dream?

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One More Dream: Compassion and Caring

I have a dream that every man, woman and child in Trinidad and Tobago – and everywhere else – including you, me and our families, will be more caring, loving, compassionate, respectful and helpful toward each other tomorrow than they are today.

Being a Muslim, and being a human being, how can I not dream such a dream, or have such a hope, or pray such a prayer?

Or, for that matter, how can you?

Regardless of who you are and regardless of what you believe in?

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