Humanity was sick, Islam came to heal it.

Humanity is back to being sick again. It needs Islam, once again, to make it well and whole.

It needs the Qur’an.

Allahu Akbar, should that alone not wake up human beings today to the truth of Islam – to the fact that this Islam could only be from Allah?

And that this system of Islam could not by any stretch of the imagination be a human concoction?

“Human beings are body and soul.

Body is what you see; soul is what is inside the body, invisible to the naked eye.

The body craves food, drink and medicine and must be fed and catered to with some regularity.

Pangs of hunger in humans are well known and acted upon with alacrity by those concerned.

But what most people don’t understand is that the soul too hungers and thirsts for nourishment.

And it has ailments that must be attended to.

But its cries are heard by few and responded to even less.

As a result, most human beings carry around in their often pampered and well-fed bodies souls that are emaciated, starved or diseased.

The results then show up in all kinds of unsavory ways – for individuals; for societies; and for the entire world.

Then all of those who never paid timely attention to the sick and dilapidated souls in and around them cry out in a chorus: Annaa Haadha?

That is Qur’an for:

“Why?

Why is this happening to us?

And how did we get to be in this sorry state of affairs?”

Yaa hasratan ‘alal ‘ibaad, says God Almighty in the Qur’an, as if in reply.

What a pity, humans should have reached this terrible state!” (Dr. Pasha)

“When our body is sick, it is only our life in this world that may be at risk. For, death will surely put an end to all bodily pain and suffering.

And then there is the hope of eternal bliss for the soul.

But when our soul is sick, it is perdition in both this world and the next world that we risk.

For, a sick soul will make our worldly life miserable for us, while at the same time raking up enough negative credit to ruin our next life as well.

A sick soul will guarantee us hell in life and hell after death.

And often not just for us.” (Dr. Pasha)

“When our body hurts, we rush to its help. We call the doctor and apply the medicine.

No amount of money is too great to be budgeted for our “Healthcare.”

To our pure “BodyCare” that is.

Many of us have made ourselves prisoners of grueling medication routines in the hope of someday making our bodies feel a little better.

Our souls cry out in pain every day, but we rarely pay attention.

Our souls hurt and hyperventilate, and we march on in total oblivion and indifference.

And then when a diseased soul teams up with other diseased souls and turns to injustice, cruelty, exploitation and wars of aggression, we run helter-skelter and demand to know how so much could go wrong with so many human beings all at once.

What happened was that in our mad march to perdition on earth, we never stopped to listen to the anguished cries of our souls in torment.

Nor did we provide them any First Aid when the first signs of their pain showed up and First Aid could have helped.

We all pretended not to notice and not to know.

But when the soft moans of our souls turned to blood-curdling screams, it was too late to do anything about it, except to watch in horror as our souls wilted and withered, or went up in flames right before our eyes, often taking a slice of the world with them.

And then we claim we never tasted the horrors of Hell in this world.” (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) 

“There are those in this world who wish to die for Allah. I wish to say to them: “Have you ever tried living for Allah?”

“Give it a shot,” I say to them. I mean living for Allah. “You might like it.”

If you ask me how you do that, my response is simple: “Exactly as the man said: By loving your God with all your might and soul and heart, and, at the same time, by loving your fellow human beings – each and every one of them, regardless of race or religion; age, gender or nationality – as you would love yourself.”

If you can do that, you would be living your life for Allah.

And, oh yes, there is something else you can do: Don’t for one moment forget that God is with you no matter where you are and no matter what you are doing.

And, yes, there is something else too that you can do: Do everything you do as if you actually see God.

Or, even if you don’t see him, surely you are on his radar and he sees you all the time.”

You do these things, and you will be living your life fully and entirely for Allah.

So, love Allah and serve Allah’s creation, Muslim and non-Muslim alike, human and non-human alike.

That is how you live for Allah. And that is what Islam came into this world to teach everyone: How to live for and with Allah.

This is also the core of what is called the Islamic Shari’ah – the Divine Law that God gave to Moses, Jesus, Abraham and Muhammad (God Bless Them All!).

It is a collection of divine principles and practices common to Islam, Judaism, Christianity and all other belief systems with roots in any form of divine guidance. And in a truly global, timeless and trans-cultural context, it represents the best that it is possible for humanity to have.

If you want to lay your hands on Divine Shari’ah, then look no farther than the Ten Commandments. For, that is Shari’ah that the Mighty God placed in your hands.” (Dr. Pasha)

“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)

“The most blessed month of Ramadan is designed to completely reshape human life and character. During the blessed month of Ramadan, our habits of eating, drinking, sleeping, conjugal intimacy, all undergo profound transformation.

After day-long deprivation of food, drink and sex, Ramadan imposes upon the Believers long hours of night prayers, chants, meditations and Qur’an reading. Lying and cheating, quarrelling and fighting, gossip and backbiting, always anathema to Islam, are now treated as absolute abominations.

And this goes on day after day and night after night for one whole month.

And for all of this time, the only one who really monitors your thought, speech and behaviour closely is you and your God. No one else does or can. A more comprehensive or rigorous regime for the complete reshaping of the human body, mind, soul and spirit is hard to imagine.

It would be hardly surprising if at the end of the month of Ramadan a human being emerges with a completely new and vigorous attitude to life and its challenges – and with a brand new character to successfully deal with them.

There is no better system on earth for creating character or for reforming and redirecting human life. And that is exactly what the Qur’an says Siyaam or Fasting came into this world to do: To teach us Taqwa, the highest form of character, rooted in the fear and love of God and in the love and service of humanity. To make new human beings out of us.

Taqwa-based character, when fully and properly formed, makes it possible for human beings to do their duty, and to do the right thing, at all times and in all situations, regardless of whether they are in a public place or in the privacy of their home.

It teaches human beings how to hold themselves accountable before God, and before their own conscience right here in this world, for their actions as well as for the outcomes and consequences they intended or expected from their actions.

Because their character has now been perfectly recalibrated and their spirit has now been fully charged and reinvigorated by the month-long physical, mental and spiritual drill of Ramadan during which God himself presided over their character training and over their physical and spiritual rejuvenation and remaking.” (Dr. Pasha)