The Miracle of “Smart Salaam”

Auron ka hai Payaam aur, mera Payaam aur hai, / Ishq key dardmand ka tarz-e-kalaam aur hai! (Iqbal)

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SYED HUSAIN PASHA

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Auron ka hai Payaam aur, mera Payaam aur hai, / Ishq key dardmand ka tarz-e-kalaam aur hai! (Iqbal)

Ask yourself how many big, fat books, with long and complicated footnotes, do you need to read before realising that – perhaps – there is no one else in this world running around wildly and uncontrollably blessing everyone and everything in sight?

That is right: I said “blessing.” That means saying to everyone in sight and within earshot: “Bless You! Bless You! Bless You!”

Who is doing it? Except the Muslims that is?

That is right: blessing everyone and everything everywhere.

Who but the Muslims? Who is doing that other than the Muslims – wherever they are, and such as they are?

I mean running around saying “Assalamu Alaikum!” to one and all

Exactly as God Almighty’s beloved Prophet, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, told and taught them to do. In case you would like to know, his exact words were: ‘Alaa man ‘arafta, wa ‘alaa mal-lam ta’arif.  Paraphrase: Give Salaam “to those you know. And those you do not know.”

That is what the Muslims were told to do. That is what the Muslims were trained and schooled to do. That is what the Muslims were apprenticed to do through generations over the past 1400 years. By the noble prophet of God – may God Almighty bless him!

And may He also bless all his other prophets and messengers such as Jesus, Moses, Abraham, Solomon and David.

And that is exactly and precisely what the Muslims actually do to this very day – all over the world: they run around blessing the whole world.

Don’t forget those earth-shaking and immortal words: ‘Alaa man ‘arafta, wa ‘alaa mal-lam ta’arif.

Go forth and rain down the blessings of Salaam “on all those you know.” And “on everyone else that you do not know.” I am not aware of a whole lot of others doing that or even being cognizant or appreciative of the need to do that.

 

NEARLY ONE-FOURTH OF HUMANITY

Subhanallah! What a sweeping, powerful and practical social, moral, political, economic, spiritual and psychological tool it is, this Salaam that Muslims have in their possession, that in one neat little stroke it nullifies all the little gods and demons of color, caste, race, religion, wealth, gender, class and country!

Do you know anyone else who does that in this world? Tell me who else is doing that? I am asking. I would like to know.

Oh, don’t tell me “Muslims only say Salaam to other Muslims.” What is wrong with that, even if that is entirely true, which it is not?

That still covers nearly one-fourth or one-fifth of the entire human race, does it not? And it covers most of Planet Earth I guess, because Muslims are spread all over the globe, wouldn’t you think?

So, bring it on, ladies and gentlemen, bring it on, as somebody said! What do we got that is better or superior to this God-given formula for peace, tranquillity, fairness, justice, equality, joy, health, wealth and blessings?

 

WHO ELSE IS DOING THAT?

So, who else, folks? Answer me! Who else is doing that? I mean covering one-fourth or one-fifth of humanity – around the clock and around the globe with Saturation Blessing? Nonstop! Every micro-, milli- and nano-second: Twenty-Four Seven, as they say? As if they were possessed!

In fact, it is one unbroken and seamless continuity of saturation bombing – oops, blessing is what I wanted to say, Saturation Blessing – of the universe. Not with explosives and incendiaries that kill, maim, burn, and poison God’s good earth, with all its inhabitants and occupants, from humans to animal to plants, but filling the world with God’s blessings that heal, soothe, nourish, build and give life.

What an expression that: Saturation Bombing! I guess that is who we human beings are. And that is how we like to do things. We like to saturation bomb whatever we can, whenever and however we can do it. To feed our own greed, lust and egos.

WHO IS BLESSING YOUR KIDS?

But, at the other side of the spectrum, that is also what the Muslims do: They Saturation Bless the whole universe – nonstop, twenty-four seven.

I can understand a couple of eyebrows shooting up as people read this statement. But I am telling you: That is what the Muslims are supposed to do. That is what they are trained to do. That is what they are programmed to do. That is what they are spiritually hardwired to do.

And what you don’t know about Muslims – and what many Muslims don’t know about themselves – is that that is exactly and precisely what Muslims actually do.

They saturate bless the world of God and all its occupants – day and night.

They are busy blessing you, your kids and your family; your workplaces, your farms and your factories; your streets, your playgrounds and your neighbourhoods; and your countries, your communities and your societies.

And they are busy blessing your land, your water and your seas; your air, your forests and everything else associated with you, even as you go about your normal life walking, talking, eating, drinking, working, having fun, making merry, resting or sleeping.

That is right. That is who the Muslims are. And that is what the Muslims do.

That is their job. Their raison d’etre on this earth.

Yes, Muslims, that is what you do. And that is who you are. That is why God Almighty placed you on his earth: to bless his creation.

Don’t let anybody tell you otherwise.

 

WHO IS COUNTING THE SPILLOVER SALAAM?

And I don’t think anyone is counting all that spillover Salaam when Muslims so generously invoke God’s blessings on a specific target by saying: “May the peace and blessings of God Almighty rain down on you!”

These are Smart Salaams, programmed to hit their target every time. But can you tell me what you estimate to be the average radius of a common, run-of-the-mill Smart Salaam?

I mean what target area does your average Salaam cover? How many square inches, feet, yards, acres, hectares, kilometres or miles does it blanket and saturate?

And what about all the Collateral Blessing to the unintended “victims” of your Salaam and Blessing Blitz with which you continue to fill the world day and night? How much of your Salaam spills over and reaches and envelops other unintended bystanders?

 

SATURATION BLESSING VS. SATURATION BOMBING

Yes, it is fair to say that that is what the Muslims do: They fill God’s earth with Saturation Blessing, while some others may fill it with Saturation Bombing, toxicity and waste.

The Collateral Blessing that comes from the Saturation Blessing that Muslims unleash on earth is life, liberty, health, joy, peace and happiness, whereas the Collateral Damage resulting from the Saturation Bombing invoked by some others may include death, destruction, disease and unspeakable human pain, misery and suffering.

Of course, the Muslims don’t often know or understand that that is what they are doing. Nor do too many non-Muslims. And with good reason. How would they know if nobody told them? Muslims don’t know because they gave up the culture of knowledge, education, science, rational thought and diligent inquiry a long time ago.

And, of course, the non-Muslims don’t know in part because the Muslims forgot to tell them what it is that they really do. Who they really are. Instead, the Muslims have been running around for some time now trying to tell anyone who would listen to them that “Islam is a peaceful religion!”  Whatever on earth that is supposed to mean.

And whatever the consequences and penalties that may come from God Almighty for mouthing a euphemism and a half-truth that its users know to be misleading, ill-thought-out and meaningless.

So, non-Muslims don’t know because Muslims don’t tell them. And also because non-Muslims don’t ask.

And all the time, Shiatan, the Devil that is, falls off his chair laughing hysterically at how both branches of his arch-enemy Adam’s children continue to wallow in their foolishness and misery: Muslims don’t tell; non-Muslims don’t ask; and the Deen of Allah, including its core teaching of Salaam, remains a mystery to all.