People always wonder. People always ask. And people always talk about: Who are the best people in the world?

The Hadith of Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, has a very simple definition:

“The Best People are those who are best to their womenfolk!”

In the original words of the Hadith Sharif, it reads like this:

Khayirukum, Khayirukum Li-Ahlihi!

So simple, and yet, so profound!

Isn’t this proof enough that this Islam is from Allah?

And Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, is indeed the Messenger of Allah?

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Has the Pope embraced Islam? Some would say he has. 

Otherwise, what is the point of the latest Papal Encyclical, if newsmedia reports are to be believed, asking Parish Priests to be more accepting of Divorce and Remarriage?

Islam has been saying this for over 1400 years. And it took Catholic Church all this time to catch up? 

My response? 

Hallelujah! Better late than never.

Celibacy — the Church Ideal for good people — is not a natural human state: not for male priests, not female nuns. It never was. It simply does not make any sense.

However, the Church imposed that unnatural state on its flock and the results are obvious for all to see.

Matrimony is a basic human need. The Church woke up to it late. But Islam has been knocking at the door for the longest time.

 The Prophet, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, saying: 

An-Nikaah Min Sunnatee. 

Meaning:

Marriage is the way to go!”

But the best marriages sometimes don’t work. What are we supposed to do?

The Church said: What God has put together, let no one rend asunder. 

Meaning: Absolutely, positively, no divorce

That has been the position of the Catholic Church all these long and painful and traumatic centuries. Just ask the divorced Catholics what pain and trauma many of them have endured.

But Islam has again been knocking at the door, saying, hey, look, if there is no way to save your marriage, and if all good-faith efforts to save your marriage have failed, then, consider Divorce as a last-resort option. 

And now the Pope is saying in effect: hey, look, Divorce happens. So, let us all learn to live with it and let us all treat each other with the compassion and understanding that we all need.

Has the Pope then embraced Islam? The Pope knows.

And Allah does.

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There are different states of being or living in this world. One is Islam and the other is what Islam calls Jaahiliyyah.

Earlier or pre-existing forms and levels of Jaahiliyyah is how the Qur’an puts it.

Islam is living life within and according to God’s laws and guidance. Jaahiliyyat is living life outside God’s laws and guidance.

Don’t worry, both spelling are correct. That is why I am mixing them up.

Total or partial commitment to things like Communism, Nationalism, Racism, Feminism and such is living with or in Jaahiliyyah in full or part.

That means living outside Islam.

Communism is communism. Marxism is one of its most complete and well-known formulations.

Islam is NOT Communism or Marxism.

Islam is Islam. Period.

Nationalism and Racism are putting your own nation and race above other nations and races. It is a form of Tribalism or Groupism. Generally speaking, it is driven by a sense of superiority using those markers of human difference.

Once, Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, told a Sahabi — a Companion of his — that he still had remnants of Jaahiliyyat in him.

That is because the Sahabi in question was displaying a certain amount of Racism in the way he spoke to another Sahabi.

Feminism at one level may be regarded as preoccupation with what we may consider to be “Women’s Issues,” to the exclusion or dilution of other things and issues.

It is a certain level of over-concern, on the part of some women in particular, with securing women what they think are their rights.

This is also a form of Jaahiliyyah.

Islam means a full and total internalization and acceptance of a simple fact:

No one cares more about women — and men — than Allah.

And no system in the world caters to women’s needs, rights and issues — and to men’s needs, rights and issues — more than does the system of Islam that Allah devised for this very purpose: To give everybody their rights and dues.

So, for a woman in the 21st Century to come to Islam because Hazrat Khadijah was a woman or because Hazrat Aishah was so great is to come into Islam on a Jaahiliy ticket.

And to stay in Islam for that reason is to continue to be in Islam using an old Jaahiliy comfort formula.

Whereas Islam requires a categorical and complete rejection of all these — and all other — forms of Jaahiliyyat before people come into Islam.

Now, read the Kalimah Tayyibah. It starts out with a “La.” And “La” means “No.”

And in saying “La,” what a Muslim is saying is this:

“I totally and completely reject and forswear ALL FORMS AND TYPES of false and demi- gods before I step into Islam and affirm the existence of, and my own belief in, God.”

That is why the Kalimah Tayyibah consists of two very distinct parts:

A. Part A: Rejection: La Ilaha — No Ilahs of any kind.

B. Part B: Affirmation: Illa Allah — Only Allah.

That means no one ever gets to the stage of Illallah before a complete clearing of tables at the stage of La Ilaha.

I hope this helps.

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Woman: Root of All Evil?

Time was, in the Sixth Century AD, when women everywhere were male property and plaything.

Kings and commoners alike despised and abused women in every way they could.

Religion and religious leaders often treated women worse. They denied women were even people or they had a soul.

They went about saying it was woman who got man kicked out of Paradise, where God Almighty had put both man and woman when he first created them.

They called woman Gateway to Hell.

They called woman the Instrument of the Devil.

Religion and religious leaders more or less blamed woman for all of man’s troubles on earth.

And there were those in this world who did something about it.

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So, here is the first My Log of the day, week, year, century. And it is mostly directed at the willful and deliberate Liars-Liars-Pants-on-Fires.

And of course it is also for those who may be genuinely and honestly confused or unaware or misled or misinformed. May God Almighty forgive, guide and help them and make it easy for them to learn and understand.

The Qur’an actually pioneers, promulgates and promotes something you would never know, for, they haven’t drilled that into your heads yet: Gender Respect and Gender Inclusiveness.

Tell them that the Qur’an goes way beyond Gender Neutrality and teaches and promotes something that the world has yet to learn: the 25th Century, or even the Fourth Millennium, concepts of Gender Respect and Gender Inclusiveness.

And here is how the Qur’an does it – unlike anything you ever heard or saw or thought possible – that I paraphrase here directly from the Qur’an…

“Those who spend endless hours and days debating if a woman can be a leader or not, and if she can be in charge of something or not, and drag the glorious and blessed name of Islam in this almost perverse and futile debate, all they need to do is just think about one thing. That is all they need to do. Think about one thing. Let them ask themselves just who was the leader of their kitchen, when their gourmet meal was being prepared the previous day, and who was in charge of that cup of tea or coffee – or some other similar drug – that their wife placed in their hand that morning. And then let them allow their imagination to wander: all the might-have-beens of that kitchen and all the likely brews that could have taken the place of that cup of tea or coffee. And then what they need to do – many of them at least – is to have a sense of shame and turn to God and repent from their folly and their arrogance.” (Dr. Pasha)