Last night, July 15-16, 2016. There was an attempted coup d'é·tat in Turkey. 

Thank God Almighty that evil and wicked coup appears to have failed, leaving behind, at the time of writing, a debris of nearly 1000 dead and 2000 wounded.

Everyone, everywhere, I am sure, watched on every TV and Social Media channel as the Coup played out.

The question is how do we react?

In words, in gestures, in actions, in feelings and emotions -- or in whatever other legal, civilized, noble, normal way possible?

This will be the crucible -- the true test -- of our Deen as well as of our Iman as well as of our membership in the civilized human race: Western or Eastern.

That means our reaction to the events unfolding in Turkey in full public glare -- on TV and on every other media portal -- will be the true measure not only of our Iman and of our Islam, but also of our basic humanity, of our core moral fiber, of our religious and humanistic conscience, and of our civilized human conduct in general: Western or Eastern.

Does anyone think some Muslims somewhere, maybe, should be doing a Khatm of Qur'an for Turkey -- and making Du'a for Turkey; and for its democratically elected government of President Erdogan and others; and for its brave and free people who faced bullets with bare chests and took on mutineer military tanks with empty hands -- and made them turn back?

Let us look at it this way -- those of us (in the West and in all other parts of the world) who value and cherish freedom, democracy, Islam, God, morality, human decency, and common compassion and "charity" (to use a Biblical expression) in this world?

God forbid, if our own child, or wife, or husband, or parent, or brother, or sister, or friend, or someone else of that kind, were involved in a serious car accident last night, and we watched it all on live television in real time, is this how we will react?

That should tell us, and that should give us, a true measure of who we are -- as individuals; as a people; and as members of civilized societies in the West and around the world.

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“I have often thought about how some of us think: “Truth is what we say.” And “We” are the Good GuysPropaganda, on the other hand, is what those Other Guys say. And “They” are the Bad Guys.

And I tell myself: Wow, what a perfect recipe we have invented to delude ourselves about what really goes on in the world? And what a great guarantee it is for us to preserve and maintain all kinds of Status Quo that is favourable to us but that is essentially unfair and unjust to others – a Status Quo that some might call Evil.

The major problem I see with this formulation, however, is this: We know, and we insist, that “We” are the Good Guys. But if you went and asked the Other Guys, they are also likely to say the exact same thing. They would most probably say that “They” are the Good Guys and “We” are the Bad Guys.

That means there are actually two Bad-Guys and two Good-Guys in this world: one from “Our” vantage point and the other from “Their” point of view, which means “They” are Bad Guys to Us and “We” are Bad Guys to Them.

If more people understood this simple truth – this reciprocal equation of Good Guys and Bad Guys – about our world, perhaps there will be less violence, hate, prejudice and war in this world.” (Dr. Pasha)

“It is Eid today. Muslims around the world are celebrating, as they should. Happy Eid Everyone!

But I am in tears today, which I am trying to hide from my family – and from my extended family of man, as they say.

Because I cry for the victims of earthquakes – in Haiti and elsewhere.

And for the victims of tsunamis and Katrina, who, after all this time, are yet to be made whole.

And I cry for the victims of floods in Pakistan. All 21 million of them according to the United Nations.

And I cry for the nameless, countless victims of the endless “wars” in Iraq and Afghanistan. All the wounded, the dead and the dying. All the widows and the orphans.

Their screams, groans, moans and sobs fill my ears and burn my brain. Are they not people, I ask myself. Are those little ones not children, I ask.

In response, my tears gush in bigger torrents.

And I cry with shame for a humanity that would not cry for them. Or would scale its tears to their names and identities; their race and religion; their ethnicity and nationality; and to the fine technicalities of their own geopolitics and so-called national interests..

But it is Eid. Everybody is happy. As they should be.

Merry Eid Everybody!” (Dr. Pasha)

“First the Bible says in the Sixth Commandment: “Thou Shalt Not Kill!”

Then the Bible says in the Ninth Commandment: “Thou Shalt Not Lie!”

Don’t you see how Lying and Killing go hand in hand? In fact, the two seem to be joined together at the hip.

For, Lying is often what goes before, during and after Killing. Whether it is in the case of individuals committing murder; or groups committing genocide; or nations waging wars of aggression on nations.

It is almost as if you cannot have one without the other.” (Dr. Pasha)