Those without Taharah — being technically clean — are not allowed to enter the Qur’an. Pure and simple.

That is God’s law.

Laa Yamassuhoo Illal Mutahharoon.

No one shall touch the Qur’an except the ones who have been thoroughly cleansed.

Implication: No one shall be allowed to get inside the sanctuary of the Qur’an except those who meet the condition of complete cleanliness.

Tat-heer is the word. It means being subjected to thorough purification.

In today’s world — and by most standards — Muslims are the ones who meet that requirement. They undertake formal ablution, what Muslims may call “Ritual Ablution” — (Washing Up and also Bathing as required) before they approach the Qur’an.

So, Muslims are the ones with the clearance and the wherewithal to get inside the Qur’an.

It is anyone’s guess what they will do to or with the Qur’an once they are inside.

And here is something all of us must remember. And make no mistake about it: What anyone attempts to do to and with the Qur’an is exactly what the Qur’an will do to and with that person — multiplied by infinity.

My hands are shaking at the enormity of this thought as I try to write it down.

(Dr. Pasha: Inspired by a comment by Dr. Firdaus)

“Muslims are smart. They have good business sense. And they can always negotiate a deal – with God.

God says in the Qur’an he sent his Messengers (Alaihim Assalam) so people will obey and follow them. Muslims say: “Sure, we will follow Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam. We will eat like him; we will drink like him; we will dress, and pray, and fast like him,” they say.

And they say: “But if he did anything else, beyond that, then he is on his own – pretty much. Too bad it had to be Camels and not Cadillacs in those days. Frankly, don’t get me wrong, a Cadillac makes more sense in today’s world than a Camel.”

But then supposing someone says to them: “Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, spent all his waking hours, and all his energies, and all his resources, inviting people to God. He knocked at every door; he went to every fete and fair; he attended every meeting and gathering of people; and he got people to assemble wherever and whenever he could. All for one single purpose: to invite them to come to God—and of course to follow him. Shouldn’t that, then, be the focus of everything Muslims do?”

Muslim response?

I am still awaiting the Muslim response.” (Dr. Pasha)

“I once heard a Christian religious leader tell this story and it stayed fresh in my mind. Here is how the story goes:

A very pious man once drowned in a flood. As the man got trapped in the rising waters of the flood, a boat came to him and a man in the boat said: “Hurry, get in the boat.” The man turned down the offer of help and said: “God will save me!

The boat went away, the man stayed and the water kept rising.

After a while the same boat showed up again and the same conversation took place. The boat went away a second time, and the man stayed in water, and the water rose further, this time reaching the man’s chin.

The boat returned a third time, offering to rescue him. The man said “God will save me!” and sent the boat away this time also. The man drowned and, then, upon resurrection, he asked God: “Lord, why did you not save me?” God said: Three times I sent a boat to rescue you and every time you turned down my offer of help.

This is a story told by a Christian Priest. But it seems to me there is a moral in it for Muslims as well – and for everyone else. Will someone please tell the Muslims this story?” (Dr. Pasha)

“Sometimes, for some Muslims, 2 plus 2 doesn’t quite make 4. Their answer: Don’t worry, it will come out right in the next world. Whereas in Islam 2 plus 2 always makes 4 – whether it is your apples you are counting or your enemy’s.

And there were those among Muslims who were never afraid to tell the truth, even when the truth worked against them.

Those were the times when Muslims were known as the People of Truth.

And it was this lesson – the lesson to speak the truth – that Sir Muhammad Iqbal, the great Poet of Islam, in Urdu and Persian languages, urged Muslims to Re-Learn.

“Re-Learn the Lesson of Truth Telling,” said Iqbal.

“For, you are about to be called to the Leadership of the World.”

Anyone with any ability to read the events that rock the world today can see that Iqbal was right and that that time is upon us.

And that Muslims are being called upon to come forward to shoulder the burdens of leadership in the world.

But to merit that noble mantle, and to hasten that day, Muslims must first Re-Learn the Lesson of Truth Telling.

Nothing else will work.

And not just the Muslims but the entire world will be the loser if Muslims fail to Re-Learn their forgotten Lesson of Truth Telling.” (Dr. Pasha)

“I suspect some Muslims think they have an iron-clad alibi in life. They feel they can do any foolish thing they want, and when things don’t turn out right, they can always blame it on God. And don’t think it is only the Muslims who do that.” (Dr. Pasha)

“Sometimes I suspect this is how some people think: “The Bible says ‘Thou Shalt Not Steal,’ so I don’t and won’t steal. Except on those occasions when I steal from fellows who are not of my tribe, or my race, or my colour, or my kind, or my religion, or my country, nation or society.

But that is not stealing, is it – when I plunder people who are not of my “kind”?” (Dr. Pasha)