Dr. Pasha's Arabic Language and Cultural Immersion Sessions -- Lesson 23 Civility Precedes Islam by Light Years Roughly speaking, Civility means being nice. It is treating people with the same respect and consideration with which you will...
Islam Aptitude Test (IAT): Assignment of the Day Dr. Pasha (Bringing Islam to the World One Concept at a Time. Trying to Take the Qur'an to Every Home and Heart that Needs It --...
I have said this several times before. And I want to say this again.
The real problem with Muslims of today, by and large, is not their Deen or Aqeedah. But their character.
Their ability to tell the truth and act in an upright and truthful manner.
It is not that Islam somehow mysteriously builds character in people. Islam expects people to bring that character with them as they come into the fold.
Khairukum Fil Jaahiliyyati, Khairukum Fil Islam!
"Best before Islam, best after Islam."
Many Muslims think Islam is a magic pill. You take it and everything will be just fine and dandy -- as if by magic. Islam is nothing of the sort, even though Almighty God can do...
By Jameela Mohammad We may think of character as related to or tied in with personality. It is the qualities that make a person what he or she is. So, this would include dependability, reliability,...
Remember the fine art of smiling? Islam and Muslims invented that too!
And just like many other good things such as Democracy and Freedom that Islam and Muslims invented, that too has become more or less an American monopoly.
To paraphrase and extrapolate -- extend -- a Hadith: The least that should be expected of a Muslim is to smile when meeting a fellow-human being.
Wow, what an amazing system this Islam is. And, God Help Us, how far we Muslims have wandered off from it!
“What Muslims need to work on is character, integrity, education and excellence.
Everything else will follow.
That is how simple and easy it is to change the condition and destiny of Muslims.” (Dr. Pasha)
"Education without character is at best a waste and at worst quite possibly a pretty dangerous thing." (Dr. Pasha)
Chapter 22 Still Working for Allah in the West: Theory and Methodology Interpersonal Relations: A Question of Character – Makarim Akhlaq If what I am saying is true, interpersonal relations are among the most important things...
“The most blessed month of Ramadan is designed to completely reshape human life and character. During the blessed month of Ramadan, our habits of eating, drinking, sleeping, conjugal intimacy, all undergo profound transformation.
After day-long deprivation of food, drink and sex, Ramadan imposes upon the Believers long hours of night prayers, chants, meditations and Qur’an reading. Lying and cheating, quarrelling and fighting, gossip and backbiting, always anathema to Islam, are now treated as absolute abominations.
And this goes on day after day and night after night for one whole month.
And for all of this time, the only one who really monitors your thought, speech and behaviour closely is you and your God. No one else does or can. A more comprehensive or rigorous regime for the complete reshaping of the human body, mind, soul and spirit is hard to imagine.
It would be hardly surprising if at the end of the month of Ramadan a human being emerges with a completely new and vigorous attitude to life and its challenges – and with a brand new character to successfully deal with them.
There is no better system on earth for creating character or for reforming and redirecting human life. And that is exactly what the Qur’an says Siyaam or Fasting came into this world to do: To teach us Taqwa, the highest form of character, rooted in the fear and love of God and in the love and service of humanity. To make new human beings out of us.
A Taqwa-based character, when fully and properly formed, makes it possible for human beings to do their duty, and to do the right thing, at all times and in all situations, regardless of whether they are in a public place or in the privacy of their home.
It teaches human beings how to hold themselves accountable before God, and before their own conscience right here in this world, for their actions as well as for the outcomes and consequences they intended or expected from their actions.
Because their character has now been perfectly recalibrated and their spirit has now been fully charged and reinvigorated by the month-long physical, mental and spiritual drill of Ramadan during which God himself presided over their character training and over their physical and spiritual rejuvenation and remaking.” (Dr. Pasha)