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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“Muslims are constantly in the habit of asking God to help them with this, that and the other.

And that is as it should be.

For, without God’s help and guidance and without his command and will nothing happens, nothing ever gets done.

So, Muslims would say: “May God make me a good person,” which is absolutely great!

Because if God does not want to make us good people, there is no way any of us will ever get to be good.

But there is another side to this story, a very important one. And it is the need for everybody to take personal responsibility for their own actions.

But often, Muslims are not very good at that. In fact, there is a singular dearth of that quality in contemporary Muslim culture and psyche.

Muslims, therefore, need to teach themselves that skill: Doing the best they can, with regard to everything, and then trusting God to take care of that thing for them.

A man once came to Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, and asked:

“Should I tie my camel or should I leave him in God’s trust?”

The Prophet, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, gave him the most amazing and the most perfect answer anyone could ever give. He said: Tie your camel first and then leave him in God’s trust.

That answer not only covers that particular situation from every angle, it also typifies the teachings as well as the spirit and approach of Islam to life and its responsibilities in this world: Work the hardest you can to do the best you can with regard to anything and everything and then ask God for help.

Let God then do what he would.

In other words, tie your camel first and then entrust him to God’s care.

Don’t run around pleading to God: “God Almighty, you are so kind, you are so merciful, won’t you please make me tie my camel for me, please?”

Or saying, “God Almighty, O kind and loving One, please tie my camel for me.”

Even though God is perfectly capable of tying and securing the camels of those he wants – and he does.

In other words, Islam isn’t praying all the time saying: “God, please start my car for me.”

Islam is acquiring the best car you can and maintaining it the best way you can.

And it is then filling the car with oil and gasoline as needed.

And then when the time comes to start that car, Islam is getting inside that car; inserting the key in the ignition; saying Bismillah; and then turning that key clockwise.

That is what it means to trust God with your car; with your camel; or with anything else in life.

And that is what Islam is all about.

And it strikes me as one of those basic lessons that many Muslims need to learn urgently.

May God, the Most Loving One, help and forgive the Muslims, his favorite people on earth.” (Dr. Pasha)

"We are all more than our body. We also -- all of us -- possess a soul.

The body is where the soul resides, to the extent a statement like that is intelligible to anyone.

We nourish our body with food and drink. And we titillate it with all kinds of delectables, from sweets to fruits and all things delicious and pleasurable.

Food for the soul is turning to God. For, it was God who breathed in Adam's body his spirit when he fashioned him with his two hands.

So, the soul has a perpetual hankering for God -- for its maker and master. And it will not find real peace or satisfaction with anyone or anything else.

And the way to delight and nourish the soul is remembrance of God, whether it is through chanting of words -- Dhikrullah -- or through contemplation and meditation: Tafakkur and Tadabbur.

A hungry and tormented soul then finds peace and joy. And then it returns to God well pleased with itself and with all else. In a state of perfect contentment.

It is then welcome by God in the abode of everlasting delight and ecstasy, in the most exalted and honored company of God's Elect.

Yaa ayyatuhannafsul mutmainnah, irji'ee ilaa rabbiki raadiyatam mardiyyah. Fadkhulee fi 'ibaadee, wadkhulee jannatee!" (Dr. Pasha) 

I feel I am trivializing it by putting it this way, but that is the image that comes to mind. And it is not even apt or appropriate, really.

But when I see people falling over themselves, and not even minding if they trample each other, to get to their coveted bargains in all these sales, I say: All right, here is another sale for all you sale lovers of the world. [...]

“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)

Nothing is more amazing in this world than a believer who is sustained by God’s Love.

Let me explain how.

“When a believer looks at God, I mean when he thinks or contemplates about God, he thinks his life is forever.

But when he looks at this world, he knows that his life hangs in the most delicate and dynamic balance of a dizzy whirl of a billion variables from minute to minute and from second to micro- and millisecond.

So a believer learns to scale his life and his priorities accordingly.

And his life then becomes a perfect balance of rights and responsibilities.

As a result, a believer discharges his duties, and fulfils his obligations, to friend and foe alike, and to humans and non-humans alike, as if he had but maybe seconds to live.

But he leaves his rewards in the safe and secure hands of his master – God Almighty.

And he rests comfortably in the safe and secure knowledge that what is his by divine dispensation will also be his in actuality. 

And what was meant to reach him in this world will never miss him, no matter who gets in the way or tries to stop it.

A believer never surrenders his rights, no matter how seemingly insurmountable the odds against him, for he knows his rights are given to him by his maker and master, God Almighty, and not by fellow-human beings like himself.

Nor does a believer allow the rights of anyone else to be denied or diminished, for he knows all rights, his as well as everyone else’s, come from God and it is his God-given duty to cherish and protect them and to strive tirelessly to secure them for himself as well as for all others.

Yet, at the same time, a believer’s struggle for his rights is most cultured, compassionate and dignified, for, he knows that the one who gave him his rights will also make sure to deliver them to him.

As a result, a believer’s struggle for those God-given rights – life, liberty, property, family, human dignity, freedom of belief, freedom of expression and such – both for himself and for everyone else in this world, is persistent and fearless.

For, a believer reads in the Qur’an, which is God’s word in his hand, and in this world, and in the universe, that God does not change the condition of a people unless they themselves work to change it.

As a human being, a believer loves Liberty more than he loves Life, just as the American revolutionary Patrick Henry once said it as eloquently and forcefully as perhaps any man can ever say it: “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!

And as the Bible quotes the indomitable Moses, Prophet and Messenger of God, may God bless him, as saying it to no less a tyrant than Pharaoh who not only considered himself the greatest king on earth, but also God: “Let My People Go!

But a believer respects, loves, and celebrates life as a very special gift and trust from God, not just for himself but for all of God’s creation, both human and non-human.

Such a man is mortal to the extent all creation must drink inevitably from the decreed cup of mortality. But his life, legacy and impact on the world are forever, for, he is moved by the Spirit of God that God breathed in him when he created him.

Such a man is indestructible, unbreakable.

For, as someone once said it:

  • You send him in exile, you turn him into a tourist on the endless expanse of God’s earth;
  • You lock him up in jail, you make it possible for him to be in never-ending tete-a-tete with his Creator;
  • Or you kill him, and thereby you confer upon him the priceless blessing of martyrdom and send him directly to paradise where he lives forever in eternal bliss in the presence of God Almighty.

Indeed, how different is the world of a believer who knows, understands, and believes, and cares, from the world of a non-believer who neither knows, nor understands, nor believes, nor cares.

And what an enchanted and impregnable and radiant and self-sustaining world it is!

Directly in the hand of God Almighty.

May God bless such a believer and those he loves and teaches, and whose lives he touches!” (Dr. Pasha)

What seems to matter most to some of our super-pious Muslims is not what life is like in this world – the way it is for us and for all other creation of God, right here and now – but what they think life will be like in the next world, after we are resurrected from the dead.

They seem to forget what Islam says in this regard: that this world is the pathway to the next world, which essentially means, as you sow in this life so shall you reap in the next life. 

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“I have a most respectful suggestion for those who make loud and ostentatious protestations of their love for God: Begin by learning to love Truth first – learn it; speak it; advocate it; stand by it; and defend it. You might be pleasantly surprised how soon you discover that God loves you.” (Dr. Pasha)