Quote-Unquote - Book VI (501-600)

Feb 12, 2014

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Give God a Break!

With regard to anything, just because you don't see it does not mean it is not there.

For, as all educated people know -- or they should know -- that with regard to anything: "Absence of Evidence" is by no means "Evidence of Absence" with regard to that thing.

I am suggesting we use the same universally accepted scientific principle -- that same self-evident logic -- with regard to the existence of God.

In other words, what I am saying is: Give God a Break!

Just because you do not see him does not mean he is not there.

But when it comes to God, the evidence available to human beings is not just plentiful, it is overwhelming.

What most humans do not have in their hands is the Smoking Gun, as it were -- the critical, clinching proof.

That God keeps in his hand.

For, just think about it. If he gave that away, the game will be over, don't you think?


507

Modesty, Thy Name Is Man

Human beings have much to be modest about.

Their life on earth is only a matter of decades -- for the best placed among them.

And the most robust among them in health could be laid low by an organism they cannot even see. 

And those who think are the most powerful and indomitable among them are in a holding pattern for death, which no one knows when it will strike, how and where.

Not one of them has ever beaten the odds of death, decay and turning to dust. 

And human knowledge is so pitiful that it barely goes beyond a few random facts of dubious validity tagged on to some ill-formed guesses and hypotheses. 

Against such a backdrop, the thought that an All-Powerful and All-Knowing God exists is tantalizing. 

And the belief -- for a belief is all it is -- that he is also a Loving, Caring God is overwhelming. 


506

Destroying Democracy in the Name of Democracy:
Egypt Yesterday, Ukraine Today

Russians co-presided over the destruction of Egyptian democracy. Along with the European Union (EU).

Bandar went specially to Russia and got Putin's permission and blessings for moving on President Morsi and Egyptian Democracy. 

And now in Ukraine, it is payback time for the Russians. 

For, it is the same Usual Suspects of Anti-Islam trying to destroy Ukraine's hunger for democracy and freedom and return it to slavery. And doing it all in the name of democracy. 

That is the new game in town. 

Destroy democracy in the name of democracy. Just like they did with Egypt.

That is the special formula developed over the past few years! 


505

Crying for Humanity

Human life is a mixture of joy and sorrow.

All human beings laugh and cry at one time or another. Some do more of one, while some others do more of the other.

And we all cry and laugh for a lot of different reasons.

I do my share of both. But what I cry most for is humanity.

That is right. I cry over the condition in which I find human beings.

Not in any one particular place, but all over the world. With some variations, the story of humanity everywhere is pretty much the same: ignorance; poverty; wretchedness; injustice; cruelty; slavery; greed!

How can someone love humanity and not shed tears at what one sees.


504

Islam Is a Record That Is Played Over and Over

Islam is a message from God Almighty to all of humanity. And to all the universe.

And that message is summarized in the four words of La Ilaha Illa Allah -- There Is No God but God!

And the other three words -- Muhammad Rasul Allah -- are an operationalization, a practical demonstration, of that concept.

In fact, the three words of Muhammad Rasul Allah are an entire Owner's Manual of the concept of La Ilaha Illa Allah: How to practice, use and live the concept and message of La Ilaha Illa Allah in one's life, in this world, at all individual and collective levels of human existence.

And among other things, for human beings, commitment to Islam requires an endless repetition and recitation of this message -- La Ilaha Illa Allah, Muhammad Rasul Allah -- all the time in one's life.

And it is a record and a tape that is played over and over and over, from one end of the universe to the other, and from the beginning of time to the end. 

There is nothing broken about this record. It is the soundest thing there is.

Once it breaks, which it cannot, or its chanting by the universe ends, the world ends.


503

Talking Islam vs. Doing Islam

For all too many people, how easy it is to talk Islam. 

That is partly because Islam is so beautiful, so wonderful, so easy, so logical, so systematic, and so great.

Islam is so perfect in every way, and so clear in everything it says, that it is easy to talk about it. 

And it is the most natural thing to do: to talk about Islam and do so in the most glowing of terms.

That is because Islam is from God. And, being from God, it cannot be anything but perfect.

But all too often, how hard it is for the same people to do Islam. To practice Islam.

To live Islam the way it ought to be lived. The way Islam deserves to be lived.

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