...It will be wonderful if all Muslim men, and all Muslim women, in all places in the world, will make this blessed month of Rabi'ul Awwal 1443 a Month of Action.

And in Islam, and in life in general, the Key to All Action is Learning and Thinking. And Muslims must do everything in their power to make this month of Rabi'ul Awwal 1443 a Month of Study, Analysis, Understanding and Reflection.

And in Islam, and in life in general, All Learning is Self-Learning and All Education is Self-Education.

For much of the time, Islam and Muslims are like two ships moored side by side at a port. Or gliding and twinkling past each other in the high seas at night.

At times, there is an interface of sorts between them. Or, if I may spoof off an old Hollywood movie expression, a close encounter of some kind.

And that makes the world what it is.

I wonder what the world would be like if the two – Islam and those professing to be Muslims – really intertwined and merged for any length of time.

After all, 10 years of Islam at Makkah, and another 10 years of it at Madinah, all of it under the most beautiful, sublime and humanly perfect leadership of Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, made the world what it is today, did it not?

Is that too much of a stretch to see that practically everything good and productive and nice and wonderful in human affairs that the world has today is more or less traceable to those most amazing 20 years in human history?

And, therefore, a most glorious legacy of Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, whom God Almighty says he sent into this world as a Personification of Mercy to All the Worlds?

Rahmatan Lil-'Aalameen!

END

Humans can rise to the most astonishing levels of (so-called) spiritual excellence, greatness and exaltation. Above the angels, if you wish, to the extent God Almighty required of the angels to pay homage and perform Sajdah or special prostration and salutation to them on the day of their creation.

So much so, some of them, humans I mean, are sometimes taken to possess super-human powers and capabilities.

They do not.

All they are doing is rising to the higher levels of their own human potential. And in the process fulfilling what is written in the Qur'an for them as members of the human species:

Laqwad Khalaqnal Insaana Fee Ahsani Taqweem!

Paraphrase:

We indeed created the human being in the finest mould and formation.

And when I say "humans," I mean all human beings – male as well as female; Muslim as well as non-Muslim.

Except that Muslims are, by the very nature of things, a cut above.

That is why all the Muslim saints – Awuliyaa Allah – always place, and perform, above their counterpart saints of other faiths and persuasions.

Some of the categories of Muslim “saints” include the following: The Swahaabah Kiraam, Radiyallahu 'Anhum, and Tabi’een.

And all the Siddeeqween, Shuhadaa’ and Swaaliheen.

 And then all the prophets and messengers of Allah, all the Rasuls and Anbiyaa’, 'alaihimus salam, rank above all the rest of the human beings, no matter how learned, saintly and exalted they may be.

And the Rasuls and Anbiyaa’, 'alaihimus salam, possess over and above their highest human potential, the special and unique gift of having been chosen as God’s emissaries to other human beings.

They all receive Wahy or what people call in English Divine Revelation from God Almighty above.

So, all the Rasuls and Anbiyaa’, 'alaihimus salam, are above all the rest of the human beings.

And above them all comes Sayyidina Rasulullah, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, greater than whom there is no one other than God Almighty himself.

As someone said:

Ba’ad az khoda buzorg tu-ee, qwissa mukhtaswar.

Paraphrase:

After God, you are the greatest, end of story.

Or as someone else said, in a different language:

Da’a madda’athun naswaaraa fee nabiyyihimi
Wahkum bimaa shi’ata madhan feehi wah-takimi.

Paraphrase:

Just leave what Christians say about their prophet. After that, heap on him whatever praise and exaltation you wish.

Meaning how Christians call Jesus, alaihis salaam, God and son of God, Ma’adhallah.

So, the poet is saying:

Avoid that one thing. Just don’t say that one thing – that Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, is God or son of God.

After that, say in his praise whatever else you wish.

How beautiful!

And how true!

END
(Dr. Pasha)

I can barely write, but write I must. For, the night of connecting earth to heaven, man to God is upon us.

It is the night of Israa – the night Allah took his slave, Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, from Masjid Al Haraam at Makkah to Masjid Al Aqswa in the blessed land in Palestine.

And I expect that night is this Sunday, June 17, 2012: Rajab 27, 1433.

The earth appeared to have shut its doors in the face of God’s messenger Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, and his message. He had nowhere to go but to heaven, which threw open its doors for him. [...]

Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, came into this world in the 7th Century. He changed that world, from the way it was to pretty much the way it is today.

That means a lot of the things that you see in the world today, and you think they are all good, and you like them, chances are many of them are traceable to the teachings and legacy of Prophet, Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam.

What I am about to say here is not an expression of my faith as a Muslim, but a simple statement of empirical truth. That means anyone anywhere can take any of what I am saying here and subject it to a Truth-Test of their own. [...]

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