Pasha Hour International of August 5, 2014, talks about the importance of asking questions. It says Islam came to teach people to think.

And to ask questions.

It says what people call “Religion” generally discourages people from thinking. 

And from asking questions.

But Islam does the opposite. It insists that people learn to think and to ask questions.

The Qur’an seems to suggest — often quite strongly — that thinking and reasoning and understanding are the pathways to Paradise.

The Qur’an emphasizes the importance of the role of thinking in human life so much and so repeatedly that it may not be an exaggeration to refer to it as a Manual of Thinking and Asking Questions.

Or simply as a Manual of Human Thought.

The Qur’an seems to suggest — and quite clearly and strongly — human success and salvation, both in this world as well as in the next world, depend on the ability to think, to reason, to ask probing questions and to make sound judgments. 

In doing this, the Qur’an takes the exact opposite path to what most people in this world refer to as “Religion.

Is it a surprise then that what people call “Religion” is from people — meaning it has an entirely human source, as it is mostly a human creation or artifact — whereas the Qur’an — and Islam — has an entirely divine origin?

And they are — Qur’an and Islam both — directly from God and not a product of the human mind.

How much clearer can it get?

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George Bush (Jr.), former president of the United States, once said he was the decider. Well, I have news for him.

In the real world, the world in which all decisions are made and count, the only decider is Allah – God Almighty.

It is God who makes and moves every single particle in this world, individually as well as in any combination thereof.

So, ALL decisions are Allah’s decisions.

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“Islam is getting out of one’s comfort zone and taking a good look at the world around.

It is pushing the envelope of one’s ideas and beliefs and critically examining the foundations in which those beliefs and ideas are rooted.

That is what the Qur’an came to teach people. And that is what Islam is.” (Dr. Pasha)

But why not?

You have had questions.

And you have been looking.

Should we say for quite some time?

And you never quite got the answers that would go to your heart, answers that will give you real satisfaction.

I mean answers that will bring real joy and comfort to you.

And all this time, you have been looking and looking and looking.

You have done your research and your reading. And you have even done your talking to people.

All of that is as it should be. That is what we are supposed to do as human beings: look and search and ask questions.

That is what Islam teaches us to do. In fact, that is what Islam is all about: Asking questions and looking for answers. […]