People Need People

Human beings cannot do everything by themselves. They need help and advice from other human beings.

They need reminders about what is good and beneficial for them. Thus all the time in their life, people need people.

Islam, therefore, is a divine system of Mutual Self-Help – to coin an expression. That means Islam is a system based on everyone helping themselves by trying to help everyone else.

As a result, offering good advice and providing timely reminders to others is a key social obligation in Islam. [...]

"Islam says Muslims must be clean. But how clean is clean?

It is fair to say that Islam wrote the last word on cleanliness. Bathe and wash your dead thoroughly, says Islam, before you bury them.

Muslims refer to this last bath as Ghusl Janaazah: Burial Bath.

The entire Muslim community is held responsible for making sure that no Muslim dead, male or female, is buried without Ghusl Janaazah.

Islam refers to the entire concept of cleanliness as Tahaarat.

You can consider it the overall and the big state of physical cleanliness.

And most certainly cleanliness is also one of Islam’s very first teachings.

Before all else, Muslims must perform Salaat or prayers five times a day. And every time they do that, they must be in a state of physical purity or cleanliness.

Islam calls it Wudu.

And you can consider Wudu the smaller and more compact state of personal and physical cleanliness – mini-Tahaarah as it were.

That is what Allah says in the Qur’an about how to touch, hold or handle the Qur’an.

“No one that is not cleansed and purified shall touch the Qur’an!” the Qur’an declares.

Islamic culture generally holds this teaching to mean two things:

  1. A general state of overall physical purity – bodily purity – that is realized through intentional or purposeful and “ritual” bathing or what is called Ghusl in Islam.
  2. Maintaining intact a general condition of Wudu or “ritual” ablution or washing up.

So, one must have Ghusl, and one must have Wudu, before one can touch or handle the Qur’an.

That is the Islamic law. Islamic Shari’ah if you will.

And everyone knows that and everyone agrees with that.

That means one must be in a state of physical cleanliness while touching the Qur’an. No question about that.

But I ask myself another question: Is there, also, such a thing as a state of mental and spiritual purity or cleanliness that goes along with that required state of physical cleanliness?

For example, are we supposed to leave all “evil” thoughts and intentions behind when we approach the Qur’an?

Are we supposed to cleanse ourselves from all ideas about using the Qur’an, for example, for personal glory and benefit, and for political and social advantage?

And somehow using the Qur’an for the purpose of promoting self-interest? Using the Qur’an, for example, to promote one’s business or commercial goals?

Or to hurt, insult, attack or take advantage of someone?

So, must we then also, while handling the Qur’an, try to cleanse and purify our mind and our soul from all lower and baser level instincts and motives?

Is it, then, fair to say that as we approach the Qur’an, it is not our body and our clothes alone that must be clean, but it is also our mind and our soul that must be clean?

I am just asking a question. That is all I am doing.

Seems to me it is a question worth asking." (Dr. Pasha)

"Every Muslim worries about Wudu, or physical purity or Tahaarah, when they are about to touch or handle the Qur’an?

And they must.

But how many of us worry about our mental state of purity and cleanliness as we are about to touch or handle the Qur’an?

Does anyone think it is a question worth asking?

And then we complain the Qur’an does not open up to us or talk to us!" (Dr. Pasha)

"Let us today, this Tuesday, December 8, 2010 – coinciding with the 1st of Muharram, 1432 of the Hijri Islamic calendar – let us today introduce a new concept and a new term in the English lexicon: “Real-Time Miracles.” By this I mean real miracles that are happening right now even as we speak. Right before our eyes. From this point of view, everything about Islam is a Real-Time Miracle. So is much of whatever Islam is left in the lives of Muslims such as Wudu, Salaat, Siyaam and Hajj – that is, washing up, prayers, fasting and pilgrimage to Makkah. Or the way the Muslims bathe and bury their dead, for example. Each one of these things is a Real-Time Miracle. That means it is not supposed to happen, but it is happening, contrary to all expectations, and defying all predictive or explanatory models. Each and every single one of these things. And they are all happening right now, even as we speak. They are all Miracles because they all date back from the time of Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, 1400 years ago. And they are Real-Time because they are happening right now, right in front of our eyes. And there is nothing like them anywhere else in the world. No real-life living activity of our time and age that goes back that far in history. Absolutely nothing. It is mind boggling to say the least, this whole thing. These things being miracles on the one hand, and their occurrence in real time on the other hand in our own age and lifetime." (Dr. Pasha)