Muslims are Muslims. And they play games. Not the kind of sports that train people and build their bodies, minds and character. But the most self-defeating game of cutting corners and second-guessing Allah. For example,...
Why can't the Muslims go back to the way things were? Starting all our social interactions and all our conversations with Assalamu Alaikum? Even now, given half a chance, all too many of us will...
It is tough being a Muslim. And not just for the usual reasons. Like, for example, because so many people want to kill so many of them.
Or because so many want to plunder their wealth and waste and squander it or give it away to their Colonial Masters.
Or because so many others want to steal their land and settle and occupy it as so many others settled North and South America and Australia.
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It is an all-encompassing, and non-stop flow of Allah's Mercy and Love and Salaam to each and all everywhere. Just as Allah says elsewhere in the Qur'an...
Humans greet each other in all kinds of ways. Even some animals seem to do it. Nose rubbing is one such way -- for both humans and animals.
And some ways humans use to greet each other are, naturally, more fancy -- should I say "cool" or should I say "awesome"? -- than some others.
The Brits, as usual, seem to have a lock on it. They proceed from an intricate matrix: Good Morning, Good Evening, Good Night, Good Day, Hello, and the rest.
And the Devil takes what is in between? Is that how it works?
But they don't tell you when one begins and the other ends, do they?
But the Qur'an does. And in all kinds of the fanciest ways -- and in some detail too. All you need to do is to read the Qur'an.
The Americans, so typical really, just say a sweeping "Hi" and move on -- at least in most cases.
But then research shows that Islam gave the world a fairly airtight and effective formula, not only to say Hi or Hello to each other, but also, at the same time, to fill each other's lives as well as Allah's earth with Allah's Blessings.
Correct me if I am wrong. But I suspect the going greeting formula among Sahaabah Kiraam was Assalamu Alaikum, and it was not Sabaah Noor or a variation thereof.
And this Divine Greeting has stood the test of time for a millennium and a half -- right here in this world. No matter how much Muslims and others may have tried to change it, and introduce all kinds of alternatives or shortcuts to it.
So, my question to modern-day Tech-Savvy Muslims is, hey People, is your Cell Phone or Hand-Held Gizmo the one that determines your ultimate speech patterns?
So, depending on the APP you use, Allah will become "Al"?
I don't know why. But I keep thinking: Is there anything better in this world -- than "Assalamu Alaikum!"
People, if I were you, which I am not, I will not throw away this very special and precious gift from God -- right from the pages of the Qur'an -- for any reason: time shortage; technology constraints; whatever.
Allah seems to say in the Qur'an, if you don't find anyone to say"Assalamu Alaikum!" to, then at least do that to yourself.
Say: "Assalamu Alaikum!" to yourself.
Fa-Sallimoo A'laa Anfusikum!
I don't know, nor can I think of, anything that will beat that!
If Allah had given Muslims nothing more, and if Muslims had nothing in their possession but Salaam, that would still be the most prized possession that anyone ever had in their hands on the face of this earth.
Muslims have been doing for 14 long, long, eventful centuries: Being Messengers of Peace in and to the World!
Some Muslims, who may or may not think they are better than others, Astaghfirullah of course, say "Allah bless you!"
And they say it before, after, or in addition to saying Salaam.
And they may -- or may not -- think they are being cute.
At best it is a redundancy. For, that precisely is what "Assalamu Alaikum" means:
"Allah Bless You All!"
At worst, it may be some kind of an effort, no matter how unconscious or naive or foolish, to outdo Almighty Allah himself: Wanting and trying to do things better than Allah can do.
And better than Allah already has done -- way before they and their fathers and mothers ever showed up on this earth.
So, Allah did it before them. And Allah did it much better than they ever could.
For, Allah's Salam beats your "Bless You!" or any variation or modification or improvement thereof, hands down -- anytime, any day.