Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, came into this world in the 7th Century. He changed that world, from the way it was to pretty much the way it is today.

That means a lot of the things that you see in the world today, and you think they are all good, and you like them, chances are many of them are traceable to the teachings and legacy of Prophet, Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam.

What I am about to say here is not an expression of my faith as a Muslim, but a simple statement of empirical truth. That means anyone anywhere can take any of what I am saying here and subject it to a Truth-Test of their own. [...]

This A’ashura 2011, this month of Muharram 1433, this time thinking of the land of Karbala, I have a question.

What did American Revolutionary Patrick Henry and Islamic Revolutionary Husain have in common?

Love of Liberty! That is what!

And then I have another question.

What did America of the 18th Century and Karbala-Iraq of 7th Century have in common?

A shared struggle for Liberty and a determined revolt against Tyranny.

Henry cried: “Give me liberty or give me death!”

Husain embodied that message and paid the ultimate price for it – his life.

Henry said: “Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains or slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God!”

I just cannot shake off those words: “Forbid it, Almighty God!”

They haunt me wherever I go.

Henry went on: “I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”

Husain chose death over slavery and bondage.

“Live free or die!” is the official motto of the American state of New Hampshire.

Husain decided to die free. [...]

Everybody wants to change the Muslims. Let me say how it could, and should, be done: One Idea at a Time.

That is how.

That is how you change the Muslim world. And that is how you change the entire world in fact: One simple and small new idea at a time.

That is how.

When people say they want to change the Muslims – and the world – I say: Me Too!

I must own up to being an addict to the idea of changing the world – and making it better: for all of God’s creation. [...]

I don’t know who you are. I don’t know what or where you are. And I have no idea what you do or don’t do. But regardless of all that, I would still like you to read that book – the most amazing and incomparable Al-Qur’an!

For, there is no other book quite like that book in the world! There never was, and there never will be. Not to belittle, disparage or put any other book down. But simply to tell you that this is a book you owe it to yourself to read.

This book – I mean that book – is quite unlike any other book you may have read. [...]

Contents:

  1. Do Prayers Work?
  2. Do Medicines Work?
  3. Prayers Work, But it Depends!
  4. What it Takes for Prayers to Work
  5. The Curse of Alcohol
  6. Sincerity and Surrender
  7. A Divine Time Scale
  8. The One Prayer that Never Fails
  9. To Pray also Is to Act
  10. Right and Wrong: Halaal and Haraam
  11. Fear and Love God!
  12. Will Your Car Work that Way?
  13. Don't Forget to Tie the Camel
  14. Are You Praying to the Right God?
  15. Life Means Responsibility and Action
  16. We Are a Democracy
  17. Governments Must Protect Citizens
  18. How Societies Fight Crime
  19. A Role for Opposition
  20. Micro and Macro Causes and Contributors of Crime
  21. The Islamic System of Zakat Addresses Economic Imbalances in Society
  22. Societies without Opportunities
  23. Short-Term and Long-Term Solutions
  24. Don't Order God, Beg Him!
  25. God's Doors Are Always Open
  26. Here Is What to Do!
  27. Pour Out Your Pain to God!
  28. Sob like a Baby!
  29. Act like the Slave You Are!
  30. Go Out and Change the World!
  31. Rejoice!
  32. Living with God
  33. Call Me and I Shall Respond, Says God in the Qur'an
  34. Talk about Me and I Shall Talk about You, Says God in the Qur'an