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Islam and life: What a perfect confluence! What a perfect combination, I mean.
And, if you ask me, what a perfect choice!
Let me explain.
For those wanting to know what Islam is, let me ask them a very different question: What is it you want most out of life?
For, Islam is all that life is and more – much, much more.
I mean, tell me all that you seek, or need, from life. And I will show you how Islam offers you all that you seek or want or need from life – and more.
I will even tell you how Islam shows in practical terms – step by step – how you can get what you want.
That is one of the things that never ceases to amaze me about Islam. And, personally, pushes me harder and harder, and closer to closer, to the point of crying out: “No! There is no way this Islam could be from any source other than God.”
Therefore, for example, if it is wealth you seek, Islam offers you the worlds. Not one world but two: this world and the next world.
Islam throws open before you the treasures of both worlds. Treasures you never even would suspect exist.
If it is health you seek, Islam opens doors for you of not only physical but of also mental and spiritual health. To the point that you are inexorably driven to conclude: Islam is all about health and wellbeing – your own health, in every imaginable way, and everyone else’s health and wellbeing.
If, on the other hand, it is love you are looking for, Islam guarantees you love in all its purest and most sublime and perfect forms. And in its fullest, richest and most glorious abundance.
For, Islam offers you physical and psychological love and fulfillment through your lawful, pure, filial, spousal and conjugal bonds.
And it offers you the highest and most soaring and abiding forms of intellectual and spiritual love in the form of loving God and his vast, varied and endless creation that envelops you in never-ending and ever-widening concentric circles, both horizontal and vertical.
Islam teaches you to love everything beautiful in this world.
If it is the satisfaction of human achievement you wish, then Islam offers you the joy and comfort, and deep satisfaction, of turning to God formally, and “ritually,” as it is sometimes called, no less than five times a day – and reporting to him, directly and in person, all that you did or did not do, and then hear from him at the same time.
These five-times-a-day formal worship routines are called “Prayers” in English, which in some ways is a misnomer, and Swalaat in Arabic by the Qur’an – God Almighty’s book in human hands.
If it is power you seek, Islam offers to make you the master of the world, nothing less – the master of all you survey, as someone once said, and of much more that most other people can neither survey nor fathom.
Islam beckons you to tap directly into the power of God, speaking through his speech; seeing through his vision; hearing through his hearing; partaking of his infinite knowledge and wisdom; and grasping and holding through his hand.
And Islam offers you the power to fill this entire world with love and justice and compassion and goodness for all of God’s creation.
And it points the way to the power you can have to reach out and touch other human hearts – greater and richer and more indomitable than whom there is no domain on earth – and ignite in them the eternal spark of love of God and his creation and a passion for service for each and every one of them.
So, if your life is about any or all of these things, and more, and if you seek, hunger, pine and strive for any or all of these things, then Islam is the answer to your quest.
In all these cases, Islam is the place for you to turn to. For, Islam is the only earthly door that you can tap, and that will open for you all these wonderful vistas of earthly life.
And of all of life’s hopes, dreams and possibilities, that you may ever want, wish or search for.
That is why I say: Islam and Life! What a Perfect Confluence!
And what a perfect choice!
For you and me and everyone else!
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. [...]
"Amateurs do things however they please: randomly; haphazardly; by the seat of their pants, as they say.
Professionals do things the right way.
There is consistency and predictability in the work of professionals – because professionals follow routine and process.
Civilized societies are societies of laws, they say, and not of men.
That means the more a civilization progresses, the more bound and guided it becomes by laws, rules and procedures, and the less it runs based on the whim and convenience of individuals.
We as Muslims should aim at 100 percent professionalism. That means we must follow a certain process and set of procedures in everything we do.
Our work must always be consistent and predictable and perfect.
And it must always be the best that it can possibly be.
Of course, all this within the means, resources and skills God has given us.
But then, as Muslims, it is also our duty to do everything in our power to improve our skills and increase of our means and resources.
I can’t think of a more perfect example of consistency and predictability in Islam -- or anywhere else -- than Salah or Namaz.
That itself is proof, right there, that this Namaz or Salah is not of human design but purely and entirely of divine origin.
The same Takbir, the same recitation from the Qur’an, the same Rukoo’, the same Sajdah, the same Jalsah, the same Tashahhud, and so on and so on, in every Namaz or Salah.
But what makes it all the more of a miracle is not just how perfect it is in every way, but how it was born that way from Day One – 1400 years ago on this earth.
Nothing changed. Nothing morphed.
How do you explain something like that in purely human terms?
If people saw Muslims doing Salah or Namaz and they analyzed and tried to understand what Muslims were doing, that alone would be enough to make someone a Muslim, no matter what background they may come from.
That is how mind-bogglingly consistent, predictable and perfect the routine of the Salah or Namaz is in every respect – every time and everywhere." (Dr. Pasha)
All over the world, Muslims know what Salaat is. Urdu and Farsi folks call it Namaaz. English speakers call it “prayers”. But, Salaat is more – much, much more – than prayer as the world understands and uses that expression.
What is salaah then? All you need to do is ask any Muslim in any part of the world. And they will tell you the full miraculous story. [...]
“Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, in every corner of the world, Muslims cry from the rooftop the First Commandment, which says: “There Is No God besides God!” And they are the only ones anywhere on earth that do that. Except that they do it in the original Arabic, as it was laid down by God Almighty in the Qur’an, and as it was taught by Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, 1400 years ago.
That is the commandment that is at the core of the Ten Commandments in the Old Testament. It is also the commandment that Jesus Christ, may God bless him, called the “most important commandment of all.” And that is the commandment that today Muslims throughout the world proclaim to the whole world on a daily and hourly basis – actually non-stop and around the clock. It is also something they have been doing non-stop for the past 1400 years.
It would be nice to find out how many truly Bible-loving and God-fearing Christians and Jews know this fact. Or, for that matter, how many Muslims themselves realize or understand that this is what they are doing or the significance of what they are doing. And how many of them ever think of sharing this secret with their non-Muslim friends, neighbors and compatriots.” (Dr. Pasha)
“Here is a peek at that most astonishing of all partnerships – the one between God and Man, as they used to say – that provides as spectacular a definition of Islam as anyone would wish to have:
- Allah has created all kinds of food for humans to eat – but the actual eating part, humans will have to do that themselves.
- Allah has created water and all kinds of beverages for humans to drink – but the actual drinking part, humans will have to do that themselves.
- Allah has made the air for humans to breathe and equipped them with lungs to make that possible – but the actual breathing part, humans will have to do that themselves.
- Allah has made the earth for humans to walk on and given them legs to do so – but the actual walking part, humans will have to do that themselves.
- Allah has made night and day for humans to rest and work – but the actual resting and working parts, humans will have to do those themselves.
- Allah has given humans bodies and fitted those bodies with brains and hands and feet and eyes and ears and tongue and mouth and lips – but the actual thinking and acting parts, humans will have to do those themselves.
What an absolutely marvelous and meticulously calibrated partnership this is – between Man, as they used to say, and God.” (Dr. Pasha)
"Only recently someone – in fact someone I hold in great esteem as they say – talked to me about art that he called “Islamic.” I said: “Art is art and it is Islam.” He said, “Heh?” And I said, “Yea, that is right. Paint the most beautiful and evocative things in the most beautiful way. That is Islam. And that is also art.” And then I continued: “Of course you should not be painting nudes and things like that – any local Mulla will supply you with a list of things you should not portray in your art.” The man who had just taken up landscape painting showed visible signs of excitement. I pressed home the advantage and said: “Don’t you see the world around you? The grass; the flowers; the water; the sea; the mountains; the sunset; the sunrise; and all the rest of those things? Have you ever seen better art than that? That is all art, period. And that is also all Islam, period.” “And guess what,” I wanted to make one more point before we parted. “Allah is the greatest Artist. That is what he calls himself: Al-Musawwir. And he is the greatest designer and creator – Alkhallaaq and Al-Baari’.” And then I thought to myself: What a great system of ideas and what a great world of imagination this Islam represents! Under its magic touch, whatever you touch turns to gold, right in your hands. And then I said to myself and for anyone who would listen: Tabaarakallahu Ahsanul Khaaliqeen – “Glory to him, the most beautiful of all creators!”
Hallelujah!" (Dr. Pasha)
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