I don’t know how to say this. It is the most simple thing to say. But a most profound and powerful thing in relation to real life.

According to Hadith Sharif, there is no better or more powerful Du’a — I wish Muslims will realize that this is what a real “prayer” or supplication is, not Salaah — than Alhamdulillah!

Nor is there a more powerful and profound Dhikr than La Ilaaha Illallah!

I cannot help wondering how many (so-called) Good Muslims tend to look down their nose on the concept and practice of Dhikr.

Here, by Good Muslims I have in mind the Jama’at-e-Islami type. But I am simply not comfortable saying it.

But there, I have said it anyway.

I hope — and I wish — more of them will turn to more of Allah’s Dhikr in their everyday life.

There is a description of the Sahaabah Kiraam, Radiyallahu Anhum, in Hadith, I think:

Ruhbaanun Billayil, Fursaanun Binnahaar.

Roughly paraphrased, it means:

“Warriors by day, monks by night.”

Allahu Akbar! What a description! What a character sketch.

I hope this Hadith Sharif will help the Good Muslims of today to reset their bearings.

In today’s world, you can add to “Warriors by Day” the following — purely by way of example:

Householders by Day.
Business People by Day.
Social Workers by Day.
Citizens and Bureaucrats by Day.
Teachers and Professors and Students by Day.
Politicians and Professionals by Day.
Media People by Day.
Workers for Allah by Day.
And Everything  Else!

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“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)

“Of course, we must ask Allah all the time – for everything, no matter how small or routine it may be, just like the Hadith says. But at the same time, here is something important we all must learn: Rather than asking Allah all the time to purify our motives and intentions, we must work on doing it ourselves, even though nothing ever gets done without Allah doing it. That is because till we clean up our inside, our motives and all, our outside, our actions and output that is, will not become pure. And the Qur’an will then remain a stranger to us for the most part. And we will be reduced to playing games with the Qur’an the way many non-Muslims or even Muslims do. The world will then go on being the kind of mess it is.” (Dr. Pasha)

Time was when most Muslims used to worry about their Islamic Identity. Islam, interpreted in a very broad, inclusive and proactive sense, defined who the Muslims were; what they did; and what some of their…

“Every moment in your life is a wonder. And every breath you take is a miracle from God.

And your heart is constantly changing and vibrating with the power and majesty of Allah to reflect his will in and through you.

And the light of Allah, while eternal and constant, strikes the prism of human hearts differently at different times.

We need to hold on to the moments of light and clarity Allah brings us, and move forward along the paths illumined for us, and not allow ourselves to stagnate or regress.” (Dr. Pasha)

“Sometimes those working for Allah may wonder why we have to keep doing the same thing over and over again.

Why, they may ask themselves, do we keep working so hard and see such minimal results.

Why do we all follow the same old style of doing things, they may say?

Why do we, they could ask themselves, for example:

  • Keep on preparing and distributing literature the way we do;
  • Keep on producing the same old-fashioned audio and video and computer material;
  • Keep on designing and populating the websites the same old-fashioned way;
  • And keep on doing everything as it was done over 1000 years ago?

And why do we, they could say for example, keep on trying to:

  • Reach out to people;
  • Invite them to Allah;
  • Give them the message of Islam;
  • Answer the same old questions over and over;
  • Show them the miracles of the Qur’an;
  • And try to share with them the joy, beauty and practicality of the teachings of Islam?

And it is perfectly normal and natural for them to feel and wonder about things in this way and to ask these questions of themselves and others.

After all, they are human beings – are they not? – even though they have chosen to be in the special category of those who have dedicated their lives to work for Allah and to serve his creation without asking for anything in return.

As for results, regardless of whether those results are a lot or a little, I will leave that question for another day. But I do want to make clear the role of seemingly dull and redundant routine activity in Islam and in nature.

Sheer repetitivity.

While in many ways things in the world change and evolve, by and large the universe is a giant amalgam of mini and mega structures and processes that pretty much perform the same routine functions repetitively, over and over, billions of times.

I wish someone would tell me how many times a human heart pumps blood during the course of a 60-year life span – all the same way.

Or how many times the sun rises and sets the same way in a 1000-year period.

And how I wish some learned scholar of Islam will explain to me how the way of doing prayers (Salaat) has changed in Islam over the past 1400 years, because it has not.

Not even an iota.

Because even today Salaat or Islamic Prayer is the same old process of:

  • Making intention;
  • Facing Ka’abah in Makkah;
  • Standing upright;
  • Making intention;
  • Reciting from the Qur’an;
  • Bending from the waist;
  • Prostrating halfway;
  • Sitting on bended knees;
  • Chanting all the prayers and chants;
  • And turning left and right to say to the whole world on each side:
  • God Bless You!”
  • God Bless You!”

Isn’t that how the Salaat or Prayer has gone on since the time of the Prophet, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, 14 long centuries ago?

Isn’t that how it has been repeated, day after day, night after night, and in place after place, in what is perhaps the greatest ongoing and living miracle of all time, for all these one thousand four hundred years – the way Muslims perform their daily prayers called Salaat?

Isn’t that in itself a most amazing miracle that anyone can see with their own eyes anywhere, anytime?

So why should those working for Allah, at any time or in any place, complain or feel bad about the constancy of their method, or the invariance of their message, or the redundancy of what they do in the path of Allah?

For, their message is eternal and immortal.

And it is simplicity itself: God is one and Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, is God’s messenger and prophet.

That message never changes.

That is how it has been and that is how it shall be – till the end of time.

And repeating it is what keep the world going.

And their method is the best that anyone can devise: purity of motives and intentions on the one hand and, on the other hand, utilization of means and methods that are the best and finest and noblest in the entire world.

That approach to the choice of methods does not change either.

So, why should a message and a method like that ever change?

Or how can those with a message and a methodology like that ever fail or falter?

For their message and method has the same constancy and durability as the rising of the sun in the sky and the leaping and splashing of the waves in the ocean.

And their success also is just as assured as the rising of the sun in the sky and the soaring of the waves in the ocean and the blowing of the winds between heaven and earth.”

Wa Lan Tajida Lisunnatillahi Tabdeela, says God Almighty in the Qur’an.

Paraphrase: You shall not find Allah’s way changing or faltering.” (Dr. Pasha)

“Those who love football find football.

And those who love soccer or baseball find soccer and baseball.

In the same way, those who love God find God.

So, it is a question of what it is that you love or seek most in life.

And how well and how hard you do so.

And in what contexts and places.

It would be interesting to know how Love of God intersects with Love of Game in the lives of many, or at least some, of the high-end football, soccer and baseball players in the world.” (Dr. Pasha)

“Your journey to God begins when and where your preoccupation with your own self tapers off.

The more ascendant and salient you make yourself in your list of priorities and in your own scheme of things, and the more prominent your child, spouse, job or business is in the calculus of your life, the slower and more arduous and fitful your journey to God and the farther and more uncertain your destination.

Unless, of course, you master the true Islamic way of doing things under which you love God first, and foremost, and unconditionally, and above all else, and then you compress and derive all your worldly loves, whether it is your love for your family, career or even yourself, from that single most dominant and all-consuming passion in your life – Love of God.

That total and single-minded devotion for God then validates, legitimizes, blesses and consecrates every other lawful love you may have in this world, whether it is love of a child, parent, sport, business, spouse, career, nation, society, culture or place.” (Dr. Pasha)

“While the Next World should be the most important thing in our life, we should not forget that the only path that leads to that Next World is This World. Therefore, if we really want that Next World to be a good place for us to live, then we need to work to make This World a better place to live – not just for us but for all of God’s creation.” (Dr. Pasha)