Dr. Pasha Issues Call to Believers around the World to Turn to God Almighty  in Repentance and in Prayer! Believers of the World, Unite in Repentance and Prayer before God Almighty,  the Maker and Master of All Things,  the Creator! The latest…

Cardinal Turkson spoke these words during a July 7 Vatican press briefing, in which he added that the world is currently “facing one of the worst humanitarian crises since the Second World War.” The above headline and…

An occasional Astaghfirullah rolls out of my tongue. And it falls flat to the ground.

For, nothing ever changes in my life. No matter how many Astaghfirullahs I mumble.

My evil intentions; my sinful speech; my wicked ways; my furtive glances; my confused conduct; they all remain the same.

Day after day; night after night; and place after place.

Nothing ever changes.

Maybe that is why my Astaghfirullah doesn’t seem to go anywhere.

Because Astaghfirullah means:

“I ask God to forgive me!”

Because Astaghfirullah means:

“Almighty God!

You know, just as I know, in fact even more and better than I do or will ever know, all the terrible things I have done – and I am continuing to do.

So, please God, forgive me!”

Because Astaghfirullah means:

“God Almighty!

I give you my solemn word, and I make to you a most serious and sacred commitment, that I shall never again repeat the terrible things I have done in the past – or I am doing now.

I promise you I will change.

I promise!”

Because Astaghfirullah means:

“I promise, Oh God, I will go and make amends, I will make restitution, for all the wrongs I have done, and for all the injustices I have committed, against you and your creation whose keeper and protector you are.”

Because Astaghfirullah means:

“I promise, right in front of you, Dear Beloved God, and right now, that I shall never return to my dubious days of the past and my questionable practices of the present.

And that I shall work very, very hard to purify my motives and my intentions.

And that I shall work tirelessly to modify my behavior.”

And because Astaghfirullah means:

“You be my witness, Oh God, that I shall change my ways and my behavior and my conduct.

No matter what price I have to pay.

No matter what it costs.

No matter how hard I have to work.

And no matter what sacrifices I have to make.”

So, these are some of the things that Astaghfirullah means.

I don’t know how well I have internalized these things. Maybe not very well.

But I have a feeling that, maybe, that is why my Astaghfirullah appears to fall flat. And does not seem to go anywhere.

Otherwise, one Astaghfirullah should have the power to transform a life.

And to remake the world in which one lives.

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“For all those waiting, they think, in line for Allah’s blessings, to get acceptance of their Du’as from Allah, here is some good news:

Your prayers were heard when you made them.

Ujeebu da’watad-daa’i idhaa d’aanee!

Decisions were made before you were born.

Standing in a queue is the way of this world.

It is the democratic and civilized — Islamic — way of doing things.

More good news is that the lines are getting shorter, and the clock is ticking faster.

Just hang in there knowing that your prayers have been answered. The only question is what form the answers will take.

And when the postman will deliver the mail.

And here is a question for you to ask yourself:

What is the fair way, the right way, the smart way, for these things to happen?

Should Allah abide by your dictates and demands? And leave things in your hands?

Or should he run his affairs — and yours — the way he thinks best.

If it is any comfort to you — that is, if you have trained your heart to find comfort and joy in thinking about him, and in talking about him, and in submitting yourself to his decisions — you should not forget the obvious: His knowledge is infinity; yours is zero.

So, who would you rather trust?

The one who knows all — that is him?

Or the one who knows nothing — that is you?

You may derive further comfort from the fact that his love for you is more than your own mother’s love for you.

And that is assuming your mother is the best of all mothers.

And that his concern with your wellbeing is stronger than your own concern with your own wellbeing.

And there is even more good news for you.

In all things pertaining to Allah, and all things do, the greatest thing is not just to get to the end of the line, for, this is a line with no end, but just to get in the line, no matter at what point.

So, to those of you waiting in Allah’s line, congratulations!

Allah’s help is on the way.

It is nigh!

A-laa inna nasrallahi qareeb!” (Dr. Pasha)

Dr. Pasha has issued a call to world Muslims to observe a World Day of Repentance this ‘Aashoora, 1433.

Muslims are human and as humans they have done many things over the centuries that are contrary to the best interests of Islam, Muslims and the World. […]