What Are These Eyes For, Anyway? Dr. Pasha (Bringing Islam to the World One Concept at a Time! Taking the Qur'an to Every Home and Heart that Needs It -- And which One Does Not?)...
The saddest thing about human life – and about this world – is how this world sees the world and misses the maker of the world.
How it seeks and pursues the world and ignores the maker and master of the world.
How it displeases the master, maker and owner of the world to please his sundry slaves in the world.
How it is attracted by the luster of the objects in the world – wine, women, wealth, power and such – and seems impervious to the beauty, power, majesty and glory of its maker and master.
How the world, then, falls in love with them all and fails to behold the effulgence of the master’s face that lights up heaven and earth, and dispels all shades and types of darkness – and never thinks about loving him.
Or about earning and meriting his love and pursuing it in one way or another.
Nothing is sadder or more tragic in this world than that.
And nothing – really – is more foolish or dysfunctional.
But this is true of only the human side of this world. The non-humans are different – very different.
They – the non-humans – are not a part of this mess that is entirely of human making.
They – the non-humans – know their place in the world and they know their business and how to go about it.
And, unlike humans, they have no identity issues or personality crises, as they have been programmed and harnessed by their maker to go about their duties in a most meticulous manner.
And they – the non-humans – notice and bear witness to this human folly – and failure. And they marvel at this persistent and near-universal human foolishness, failure and tragedy of missing the maker for the objects he makes and say:
Lord, how utterly and incomprehensibly foolish these human mortals could be!
People fall in love with all kinds of things. But the one love they miss out on is the love of Allah.
How many people realize that the best one to fall in love with is Allah himself, and not that or this part or aspect of his creation?
But when you fall in love with Allah, you also fall in love with everything and everyone associated with him, including all of Allah’s kingdom and creation.
When you fall in love with Allah, then all you see is Allah. And all you hear is Allah calling you.
Thereafter, every temptation becomes a triviality and every adversity fades to insignificance.
You then live in a world in which the only actor is Allah and in which you can readily and clearly see Allah's hand behind everything that happens – to you as well as to everything around you.
And, if fact, you see nothing but Allah.
What a wonderful world such a world is!
And what a new life and what a glorious new meaning in such a world the following words assume: Fa’alam Annahu Laa Ilaaha Illallah!
That most unique, powerful and all-encompassing expression Alhamdulillah means something like this:
"All and every praise, all commendation and glory, belongs to God and to no one else.
And I duly, and most gratefully, acknowledge all his boons, bounties, favors and blessings that he has chosen to bestow upon me.
And I have no reason or cause whatsoever to be angry or unhappy or displeased with him.
That means, so far as I am concerned, such as I am, and in whatever state or condition or place or situation I am, it is all just the way it should be.
It is all just right -- just the way he is pleased to make it.
What is more, and I shall want it no other way.
If that is his way with me, then that is how it is, shall be and I want it to be." [...]
"One way of loving Allah is connecting with People. It is always: Allah above, People below, that is Islam." (Dr. Pasha)
What most people forget is that no part of this life, and nothing whatsoever that they have in this life, is theirs to begin with. Someone gave it all to them. God Almighty: that is who gave it to them. And he did so free of charge.
So, if people today take a few moments from that life that God gave them and return those few moments to the original owner in the form of service to God and his creation, they want appreciation for that? Or they want what the Brits would call a Vote of Thanks? Or they want a statue set up in their honor to commemorate their kindness and generosity?
I don't get it. I can be very generous too with someone else’s money.
“Those who love football find football.
And those who love soccer or baseball find soccer and baseball.
In the same way, those who love God find God.
So, it is a question of what it is that you love or seek most in life.
And how well and how hard you do so.
And in what contexts and places.
It would be interesting to know how Love of God intersects with Love of Game in the lives of many, or at least some, of the high-end football, soccer and baseball players in the world.” (Dr. Pasha)
“Your journey to God begins when and where your preoccupation with your own self tapers off.
The more ascendant and salient you make yourself in your list of priorities and in your own scheme of things, and the more prominent your child, spouse, job or business is in the calculus of your life, the slower and more arduous and fitful your journey to God and the farther and more uncertain your destination.
Unless, of course, you master the true Islamic way of doing things under which you love God first, and foremost, and unconditionally, and above all else, and then you compress and derive all your worldly loves, whether it is your love for your family, career or even yourself, from that single most dominant and all-consuming passion in your life – Love of God.
That total and single-minded devotion for God then validates, legitimizes, blesses and consecrates every other lawful love you may have in this world, whether it is love of a child, parent, sport, business, spouse, career, nation, society, culture or place.” (Dr. Pasha)
“There are those in this world who wish to die for Allah. I wish to say to them: “Have you ever tried living for Allah?”
“Give it a shot,” I say to them. I mean living for Allah. “You might like it.”
If you ask me how you do that, my response is simple: “Exactly as the man said: By loving your God with all your might and soul and heart, and, at the same time, by loving your fellow human beings – each and every one of them, regardless of race or religion; age, gender or nationality – as you would love yourself.”
If you can do that, you would be living your life for Allah.
And, oh yes, there is something else you can do: Don’t for one moment forget that God is with you no matter where you are and no matter what you are doing.
And, yes, there is something else too that you can do: Do everything you do as if you actually see God.
Or, even if you don’t see him, surely you are on his radar and he sees you all the time.”
You do these things, and you will be living your life fully and entirely for Allah.
So, love Allah and serve Allah’s creation, Muslim and non-Muslim alike, human and non-human alike.
That is how you live for Allah. And that is what Islam came into this world to teach everyone: How to live for and with Allah.
This is also the core of what is called the Islamic Shari’ah – the Divine Law that God gave to Moses, Jesus, Abraham and Muhammad (God Bless Them All!).
It is a collection of divine principles and practices common to Islam, Judaism, Christianity and all other belief systems with roots in any form of divine guidance. And in a truly global, timeless and trans-cultural context, it represents the best that it is possible for humanity to have.
If you want to lay your hands on Divine Shari’ah, then look no farther than the Ten Commandments. For, that is Shari’ah that the Mighty God placed in your hands.” (Dr. Pasha)
“Love and fear of Allah must translate in service to humanity, regardless of race or religion. That is a central part of the message of Islam and of the model of the Prophet, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam!” (Dr. Pasha).