Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 24th 2016 Contents Dr. Pasha
This most blessed month of Ra-
madan, 1437, I call on the world -- on
all the People of the World -- to
come to the Qur'an.
And when I say "The People of the
World," I mean all my most beloved
and respected brothers and sisters
all over the world.
Muslim and non-Muslim; male and
female; child and adult; black and
white and all others.
And when I say "Come to the
Qur'an," I mean the following things:
Read the Qur'an as much and as
best as you can.
But if you have never read the
Qur'an before, do it now. Find a copy
of the Qur'an and read it. In this most
blessed Month of Ramadan.
That is because the Month of Ra-
madan is the Month of the Qur'an.
That is because the Qur'an itself
Shahru Ramadaan Alladhee Unzila
That is right, that is how the
Qur'an puts it.
Qur'an, of course, is in Arabic.
Everything else is a translation in
some other language.
That is why the best thing for any-
one and -- everyone -- is to read the
Qur'an in its original Arabic text.
But if you cannot read the Qur'an
in original Arabic, then get hold of a
translation of the Qur'an in some
other language -- any language -- and
But do try and read the Qur'an
with a pure and clean heart -- and
with as much sincerity and humility
as you can find within yourself.
But do not hesitate to read it with
a skeptical eye, if that is what you
wish to do. For, the Qur'an itself gives
you the right to do that: to be skepti-
cal about the Qur'an, should you so
And it allows you to question the
veracity and authenticity of the
Qur'an, if you are serious about it, as
you go along.
And then fast and pray. For, the
Month of Ramadan is also the month
of fasting and prayer -- prayer in the
sense of worship as well as supplica-
That means this is the month in
which everyone everywhere should
pour out their hearts -- and their
pains and sorrows -- before their
Maker and Master, God Almighty:
Rabbis Samaawaati wa Rabbil
Ardwi Rabbil 'Aalameen!
The best way -- and the most per-
fect and authentic way -- to pray is to
do Swalaah or Namaaz the way the
Muslims do it five times a day in
their local community mosques or
But if, for whatever reason, you do
not want to or cannot do it, then do it
any way you like. For, your Master,
God Almighty, listens and responds
to you when you call him.
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And he says in the Qur'an that
he is close enough to do that.
Fa Innee Qwareeb.
Ujeebu Da'watad Daa'i Idhaa
And call him in whatever lan-
guage you know and however
you wish, making sure you use
the most beautiful names and
language to do that. For, he says
in the Qur'an all beautiful names
belong to him.
Falahul Asmaa-ul Husnaa!
In the same way, the most
perfect and authentic way to
fast is to observe the fast the
way the Muslims do during this
month of Ramadan: stay away
from all food, drink and sex from
about two hours before sunrise
But if you cannot or will not do
it that way -- whatever your rea-
sons for not doing it -- then do it
anyway you wish.
But, as much as you can, do it
for God. And for no one and
And do it in search of perfec-
tion that comes from supreme
love and fear of God -- what the
Qur'an calls Taqwaa -- and not
merely in the pursuit of transient
worldly benefits such as weight
loss or better health.
Because the latter is for you
while the former is for God.
And at the same time try and
embrace the broader range of
the concept of Sawum -- fasting:
Abstinence here would mean
deliberately and consciously
staying away from all bad and
harmful things -- to you as well
as to all other creation of God: all
humans and non-humans.
It is, some may say, the "nega-
tive" aspect of doing worship: Do
Hurt no one, not yourself, not
So, I call on all my Muslim and
non-Muslim brothers and sisters
in every part of the world, in this
most blessed month of Ra-
To Read the Qur'an -- as best
as they can.
To fast -- as best as they can.
To pray -- as best as they can.
To give in charity -- as best as
May God Almighty accept our
reading, our fasting, our prayers
and our giving!
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