The religious biographical novel condenses the themes of a 2017 publication “Man from Quaint City” and “21st Century Don Quixote” of 2018 with updates on actual world events.
The eBook and paperback formats are now available on Amazon.com
The religious biographical novel condenses the themes of a 2017 publication “Man from Quaint City” and “21st Century Don Quixote” of 2018 with updates on actual world events.
The eBook and paperback formats are now available on Amazon.com
The 21 Century Don Quixote account #6: Part A . . . Bliss of submission introduction
During the age of ignorance in Arabia the elite folks questioned why they should forsake what their fathers worshiped and why they should not do what they please with regard to their property. Could obligatory prayers enjoin a person to forsake his or her wayward ways in regard of property?
Instead of trusting the word of the Almighty some Jews in ancient times twisted the simple command ‘to eat whatever is lawful and good’ . Prohibited is the carrion, its oozing blood and contaminated meat; and what has been slaughtered and distributed must be done in a manner prescribed by their Maker. When told to follow what was transmitted through revelation the majority rather follow the traditions of their forefathers who lacked common sense – they were akin to being deaf, dumb and blind but keen to follow rhetorics of fellow men. [Inferred from Q2:168 -173]
Don Q pointed to the Q30:30 vision guidance “Let there be no change in the work fashioned by God” and agonized over the lack of common sense in regarding cattle as “holy”; and in the 21st century the championing of same-sex marriage. For him there is no letting up on the core decrees of the scriptures: while contributing from what is provided, do not corrupt the Earth; not cause for God to be associated with anything; and deliver good news to those who do deeds of righteousness, for them is the garden – just as they experience it on Earth.
By the Time, indeed the humans are in a loss except those who are trustworthy and they focused on practical righteous deeds; and they exhort one another with the Truth. Refer Q103.
Just as lessons for building upright characters can be sourced from scriptural narratives and parables (refer Q39:27 and Q29:43) and the most repeated guidance is doing deeds of righteousness; the Don Q novel harps on upholding “amanah” commonplace anecdotes and real world events to illustrate corollaries of the teachings in the scriptures.
Starting from this account #6 Part A . . . Bliss of submission, account #7 will also relate to the same theme with additional tales which illustrate breaching of clear guidance found in the scriptures.
Excerpts from Chapter 4:
It is not cow-sense that the Hindu belief that by following his quality of work, every man can become perfect in serving the Lord; we spend more than half our awaken day at work so common sense tells us it is a potent pathway in serving God if we are dedicated at work and we uphold our conscience embedded moral responsibility (Arabic: amanah). Could the alternative be praying for hours and ever holding rosaries for remembering and commemorating God (Arabic: dhikr)?
The fount of life’s stream proclamation in the Vedic scriptures require man to abandon all varieties of religion and just surrender (or submit) to God. There must be a positive outcome for the community in what we do in life otherwise we will be cut off from the abundant life if you understand the Quran Q108 fount of abundance.
Will anyone’s “pious deeds of ritual prayers and “dhihkr” benefit orphans, displaced persons, the landless seeking to make an honest livelihood or will such acts help educate the needy youth or the person with misfortune to turnaround?
In sponsoring a public building will it cater to the homeless destitute and aged, desperate traveler in search of employment, or simply have space for a community hall to serve as an enrichment center? When we afford wages with public funds to individuals is the community better off in health, education, security, judicial and administrative services or it might be expenditure to alleviate consequences of adversity, temporary displacements and calamity; or on positive enablers to uplift the standard of living, improve agriculture and other economic activities and fair trading. As such what is the case for temples, churches and mosques, as well as enabling caretakers and preachers to earn their keep?
Individuals too are at a loss situation (state of ignorance and delusion) if they lack the right focus. Will his deeds such as excessive gambling foster better care for the immediate family and aged parents? How would custom practices of religious sects and most religious rites contribute to society and a blissful life?
Excerpts from Chapter 2:
The morning sun of 21 September 2016 was brightening and calling out to Don Q to throw caution to the winds and to once again wrestle the wild currents of business innovation. In a larger context and for the greater good of society, governance policy objectives too must promote innovation, greater use of available land and natural resources. There must be some liberal sharing of scientific knowledge and no monopoly over wildlife. There must be a control framework for ensuring no unsustainable farming or harmful forest clearing occurred too.
God has made man to instinctively know for instance what water is for and what a tree is. Subsequently man will learn to utilize them. Prudent persons think creatively and are innovative in remembrance of God while working or resting. The outcome could be better ways to conduct business, improve work processes and resolving work station problems for added value.
. . . . . God will reward according to the finest things one has done.
South-east Asia faced annual haze hazards due to fire-burning approach in forest clearing and estate trees replanting. Using a green technology pulverizer would mean zero-burning and the oil palm eater could contribute up to MYR2000.00 per hectare value creation in downstream economic activities and also shorten the replanting cycle by three months with facilitates improved conformance to best agronomic management.
The traditional method of clearing secondary jungle and undergrowth was using a bulldozer to fell and uproot all the tree stumps and stacking of felled trees caused soil disturbance. Surface erosion was heightened particularly in the undulating and steeper areas. The windrowed stack of biomass too could become a fire hazard which the new tree pulverization method could address because the pulverized tree fibers would be flattened onto the growing site or removed as feed stock in organic fertilizer production.
In addition the oil palm trunk pulverization approach substantially reduced the incidence of insect and pest infestations because the broken down fibers that are spread on site did not provide a suitable medium to support breeding and multiplying. It would then minimize the need for chemical pesticides and poisons to treat insect infestations. Research literature suggested MYR1275.00 per hectare cost was traditionally incurred over the first 30 months. In the new green approach the decomposition process was accelerated as the felled trunks were fully pulverized and the resulting fiber which was significantly broken down increased the potential yields that could be obtained from newly replanted areas due to minimal pest infestations and optimal ground and growing conditions.
Fertilizer application was minimal because the nutrients returned to the soil was more than enough to meet the nutrient demands for vegetative growth during the entire immature phrase. The added opportunity was that replanting works residues or biomass could be turned into natural, organic fertilizers using effective microorganism technology. Don Q elaborated to Chris, the rascal younger brother of Pat, “Imagine eighty tons per hectare of biomass as feed stock for production of organic fertilizers. You close one eye for earthworms to feed on the decomposed felled trees and debris; and you will easily get ten tons of organic fertilizer from a hectare of oil palm replanting works.”
“What’s the value of re-cycling the bio-waste?” Don Q could sense Chris mischievously asking. “The answer my dear boy is MYR5000.00 per hectare for you to chase after your wildest dream gadgets.” The cost effective business model was operating an microorganism technology EM technology based fertilizer production facility in a town surrounded by plantations after the bio-waste degradation process at plantation sites.
. . . . . In 2006 Don Q collaborated with three green technologists involved in oil palm replanting works zooming into processing of silage for . . . . .
. . . The cattle farms around Tanjung Sepat had waste management problems that vermi-composting operations could solve. . . . . .
Additional excerpts from Chapter 4:
The highly ranked nations in The Good Country Index are made of communities who also have religious traditions but they do not uplift any cult beliefs and custom practices to the forefront of their way of life. Avicena was a Muslim who wrote on mathematics and physics in the latter half of the tenth century. He went down in history for his contributions to the medical science and his text book of medicine was the reference throughout Europe until the sixteenth century.
He had to leave the court of his patron, the Emir of Bokhara who could not resist the pressure of the Imams, and taught medicine at other seats of learning.
In the first week of September 2017 the Saudi Gazette published an opinion piece on the perils of prejudice and due to a tunnel vision self-declared Muslim states have not learned a lot of good things from everywhere and everyone. (http://saudigazette.com.sa/article/514866)
“The greatest problem with prejudice is that unless a man gets rid of it, he learns nothing new . . . the greatest trick of Satan is to instill in our hearts prejudice with a religious flavor. He presents to us this devil of darkness as the angel of light. . . . We must be well grounded in our religion and eschew prejudice, and educate ourselves for the good of our coming generations and humanity at large. . . . All the people around the world are our brethren. We have a natural obligation to share true love with all, without any decimation, and be honest in our social transactions with them. We must promote true friendship with them and be their well-wishers in all sincerity, and we must follow this covenant unconditionally.”
Let’s then adhere to the call to distance ourselves from ignorance and injustices and in doing so we can make headway to establish a way of life more akin to the ‘Islamic’ genre.
Excerpts from Chapter 5:
As to 1 September 2017 being the “Feast of Sacrifice” and over dramatization of the stoning of the devil ritual – always a grand story told by returning pilgrims, there lamentably are no poignant relating of lessons of upright conduct and “amanah” insights which the returning pilgrims of the Indian King Vikramaditya’s OKAJ fair and Vedic influenced ancient Arab pilgrimage picked up.
In the continuing story line of the Don Q novel, the Jacobite clan on 1 September 2017 personified the scriptural Q30:32 rebuke of people exuberant in whatever cult beliefs and custom practices possessed by them. Those who had made the Mecca pilgrimage did not contemplate in what way they were better off after their pilgrimage.
The author has chosen the date to accompany the foreword to this manuscript because of a development in the tapestry of the Jacobite clan’s lives. Fatima’s close sister had already passed away in 2011 and the hubby, Mr. Wa remained a neglectful father to the children. Matters begun to turn for the worse with a college-aged son taking the characteristics of Prophet Noah’s son, who had rather headed for the mountains when the great flood started.
In 2017 the wayward son, Isk was dismissed from college and went missing for weeks on and off. By mid-2017 Isk was no longer welcomed in the family home. On 1 September, quite similar to the Biblical story of the returning prodigal son it was Fatima and the Don who were the surrogate parents.
Indeed Don Q and Fatima were the so called monetary governance lender of last resort in non-glamorous matters of the Jacobite clan. An elder sister of Isk sms the Don around mid-night expressing gratefulness to him for providing temporary shelter to Isk. Chis too sent a thank-you sms.
Don Q replied: “Please tell your father to own up to his parental role especially on this hullabaloo day of slaughtering goats and buffaloes. He already performed his pilgrimage, and he is still no better than before.”
What about Mr. Wa’s siblings who had also made the pilgrimage? As to the Jacobite elders who had journeyed to Mecca, it was just the same casual honoring themselves for having fulfilled one of their religious pillars of faith, but not looking out to see if there were any accruing benefits or ingraining of better upright character.
Thus it is appropriate that we recap that in Chapter 3 we emphasized the scriptural Q108 fount of abundance pointing out we must sacrifice our comfort for the welfare of the community, starting off with matters of the immediate family; those who oppose this attitude will be cutting themselves off from the abundant life. In matters of being upright Pat needed only to look at Fatima, who was not religious but what was there to critique?
For each person in his own way (depending on his circumstances and stage of development in life), there must some inkling of embracing the straight pathway or method needed for success and henceforth to humble in submission to God’s prescribed way.
The way of life of the respective communities of past Judaeo-Christian prophets was not practicing virtues but one of bowing and reciting of institutionalized prayers or feverish practicing of rituals. Even the present day self-proclaimed “True Religions of worshiping the One God” does not change that way of life of ‘worshiping through acts of rituals and formalized strict prayers’. Furthermore and in the first place, slaughtering old goats and buffaloes in Malaysia for the distribution of sacrificial meat by virtue of being animals of discards do not qualify as Al Birr (virtues). You will never attain virtue (Al Birr) until you spend out of something which you are fond of. [Refer Q3:92]
It is truly remembrance of God that man gets satisfaction and inner peace. Followers of the Creed of Abraham acknowledge that the wife of Pharaoh was also among those who gained God’s favor – not because of the rituals she practiced but because she disassociated with Pharaoh’s transgression against God (‘equal to God’ in making decrees) and oppression of the masses. [Inferred from Q66:11]
You are prompted to seek help with endurance and be committed – and surely it is difficult – except upon those who are sincere. Following God’s decrees such as avoiding corruption and being honest in doing business and being sincere at the workplace is difficult only for those who rather just pray to God to be forgiven for their misdeeds.
The simple farmer or fisherman who is trustworthy finds no difficulty because it is second nature to them as honest and sincere persons not to defraud others.
Excusing oneself from work duties due to up-keeping one’s “obligation to God” short changes the customers who deserve prompt services; and are you abiding by the input hours for the direct recompense you receive? Is that a way of life to serve God by rendering services for the good of the community? Longer lunch break-time for weekly congregational prayers serves naught, and will you be more diligent at work after the cult practice? Would you tell your employer to pro-rate your wages because of the time off relative to other employees who do not practice your religious obligations?
Isn’t striving to live up to your God-given innate prowess your quest and hope in life? For those who believe and work righteous deeds God will blot out any evil in them and God shall reward them according to the best of their deeds.
Embrace noble values instead of sectarian customs and practices – then and only then will man fulfill his covenant with the Omnipresent and be aligned with the universal laws which govern all creation.
As clarified in Chapter 3, any zakat derivative word is connected with a meaning of “purification’ or “to purify” – just as ‘an tazakkaa’ in Q79:17-19 addressing Moses . . . “Go to Pharoah; verily he has transgressed all bounds and say to him “Would you not be purified? [Arabic: ‘an tazakkaa’] and that I guide you to your Lord.” In addition, refer to Q11:84-87 and note that ‘salata’ and the other words do not mean “pray” or “prayer”.
You would not ask people to forsake their wayward ways in respect of their properties by prayer; and Moses was not asking Pharoah to make the ‘zakat’ or religious tithe. The meaning of the Q2:277 expression “akimus-salat o-atuz- zakat” in chapter two of the Quran should be read as “uphold your commitments and attain purification” since the verses which precedes it and come after it are about not getting involved in profiteering.
Hence we must uphold our commitments and endow its purity (Arabic “Aqimus-Solaa-ta-wa-atuz-zakaa”) just as Don Q in the novel frequently mentioned that people must be committed to the decrees stated in the scriptures, and purifying the intent with righteous deeds.
Charity [Arabic: ‘Sadaqah’] is explained in the Quran and some passages clarify how much and who gets it. There are no such details in respect of religious taxes. Like food taboos and circumcision borrowed from Jewish traditions, it could be linked to Biblical referenced traditions. The Quran has stated that whatever of importance is explained clearly in the readings. It is a path of ease – do not make it difficult by frivolous additions.
“Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Where in have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.” (Mal.3:8). So if you do not pay your religious tithes, you are robbing God.
Don Q: “As we embrace God’s law of cause and effect; starting with commitments to sanctioned decrees and purifying oneself through righteous acts the fountain for serenity is crystallized in the inner self. A blissful life has nothing to do with custom practices of religious sects and most religious ceremonies and beliefs.”
Sadly we find it difficult to even own up to a straight forward command like praying in private. Eighty percent of the direction proclaimed in the scriptures for mankind is mentioned in the Don Q novel. Mostly issues relating to marriage, inheritance, conduct in wartime and punishments for crimes are sidelined without earth shattering dents on any layman’s pursuit of an honest earning based peaceful and abundant life.
And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you. (Matthew 6:5-6 RSV)
In dramatic disobedience to Christ’s direct and unambiguous order, people make a great public show of their piety by loudly and visibly praying in Churches, even around school flagpoles. Loud ringing of church bells sound the call to prayers. They object furiously when courts rule against prayers in public schools. How can Christians morally justify this—other than by their own sense that praying in public is good despite what Jesus said?
When beseeching God, do so with humility without loudness of voice is the similar sentiment in the Quran. Refer Q7:205.
Essentially there is no such thing as a pious person in the scriptures. In the pursuit of righteousness the individual, in spite of ritual prayers and religious rites, sincerely believes in serving God and is mindful of the cause and effect enablers, observes the sanctioned decrees found in the scriptures and the prophets’ warnings. Righteousness is also to donate of one’s wealth despite one’s love thereof to relatives, the orphans, the needy, those who are in hardship and to beggars. The individual frees himself of man-made religious mental enslavement by upholding the commitments to God’s decrees and keeping them pure in his actions. He keeps all promises that are made, and he remains steadfast in the face of adversity, hardship, and war. [Refer Q2:177]
It is hard for the common folks to comprehend the precept because they are brought up conditioned to blindly fulfill their sectarian religious obligations, often without reference to noble values and how they live out their daily personal and working lives. Blessed are those individuals who have been recipients of some form of righteous deeds in order to emulate their benefactors and prosper with God’s prescribed way of sustaining good deeds. The individual who wins God’s favors conditions himself to constantly question any sectarian tenet and the accompanying rituals and rites if there is any worthy outcome, which ultimately improves one’s character and righteousness. What is in the value of ritual prayers and other sectarian rites if they do not prevent you from transgression and shameful acts?
You just cannot satiate the cursed bottomless hole in your heart and only the Q108 fount of abundance can overflow the covetousness of the black hole. See Q3:14 on the pull of passions: women and sons; heaped-up hoards of gold and silver; horses branded and (wealth of ) cattle and well-tilted land – Abdullah Ali’s translation. Repeating here, ritual prayers and worship are the way of life of followers of religions to have a sense of satisfaction that they have discharged their obligations to God when what is really required of them is that they discharge their commitments among fellow humans and themselves.
Whereas people must be committed to do righteous deeds and uphold their commitments to God through the ends of the day and nights. The good deeds nullify the bad. This is the way of life for those who are reminded through the scriptures. Surely the commitments will keep you from evil and it is also for the remembrance of God which is greater.
Excerpts from Chapter One of The 21 Century Don Quixote: Living a life without regrets
There is an old Jewish joke about a dedicated servant of God ever musing over his misfortune of not striking it rich by winning the lottery and it is a telling eye opener.
In the context of the twisted humor, God finally was agitated and replied the wretched supplications made with imprudence: “Give me a break. At least go and purchase a lottery ticket.”
It’s a truly apt ice breaker to those who made entreaties to the Almighty for help in understanding the straight path for a peaceful life. The chapter after the opener of the Quran, Al-Baqarah begins with the assertion that “without doubt here is a guide for those who are observant. These are people who put their trust in God by upholding their commitments and they contribute from what God provides”.
This second chapter of the Quran specifies four core decrees which other sections of the scripture elaborate on as well as crystallizes its poignant declaration: “God has revealed the best message (hadith) in scriptural form – consistent and marking out the ways for success and failure; repeating its message in diverse forms; skins and hearts soften at God’s reminder – this is the guidance of God.” [Refer Q39:23]
Al-Baqarah invariably stress that guided people are those who trust with present and past decrees and contribute from what they are provided. Those who do not trust have hearts which are sealed; their hearing and sight are veiled. [Refer Q2:4-27]
“To those who believe in the Revelation sent down to thee and sent before thy time”. Pray tell what is the common message?
Each person has a right of choice as to following God’s orderly way of life. Those who prefer to follow their priests and such are heading toward the darkness in this life and the hereafter. In this context Cause and Effect apply. God does not micro manage. If you do not study you will not pass any examinations even though you ceaselessly appeal to God or when others appeal on your behalf.
Jewish joke aside, if the right guidance is stated in the Quran, specific and clearly clarified and millions of dedicated servants of God recite the Al-Fatihah – the opening chapter of the Quran, asking God alone for help in being guided in the straight path there is no need for anyone to purchase lottery tickets. The mark of a hypocrite is one who stringently enjoin but do not carry out what one profess is correct.
It is through understanding God’s decrees written in the scriptures that enables an individual to be helped by God alone. Not reading and understanding to one’s best capability the teachings in the scriptures is the same difference as the case of not buying a lottery ticket teaser.
As a follow through to Q1:5 “You alone we ask for help”, we seek God’s guidance starting with core decrees. Up to verse 29 of Al-Baqarah (Chapter 2 of the Quran) stipulated are four decrees:
a) From what God provides they contribute;
b) Do not corrupt the Earth;
c) Not cause for God to be associated with anything;
d) Deliver good news to those who do deeds of righteousness, for them is the garden – just as they experience it on Earth.
This is the starting point for those who seek God’s way of life for mankind (deen nil-lah) to attain ‘salam’ (peace or being free from evil). Note that by committing to God’s decrees a person becomes more upright. This is the only pathway for attaining the mystical Salam. In God we trust and thus we also trust what has been transmitted in the scriptures.
After all, Q2:29 is glaringly inflexible and simply states: “The losers are those who severe with what are commanded by God; whereas it binds (Arabic: “ia-yu-solaa”) and they cause corruption in the Earth.
In Chapter 73 of the Quran, the call to read the scripture is repeated twice. For the observant, reading little or much since folks can be preoccupied with seeking the bounties of God or be taken ill; or being preoccupied in Jihad to actualize our Maker’s grand scheme of things, the repeated callings command us to be committed to the decrees, purifying the intent with righteous deeds. Returns on your investment in the cause of the Almighty is akin to having keys to an inexhaustible treasury.
Why was there a high tolerance for corrupting the land and leaders of loose characters? Fair trading and an equitable economic system interlocks with the individual work ethic, honest work and skills expertise range. It must not fall into the ambit of corrupting the land – one of four core decrees that permeates the teachings of the Creed of Abraham, referenced by Don Q.
Don Q of the biographical novel constantly contemplated the wisdom of Aristo, his elderly godfather and a guru of the Creed of Abraham.
It was during one exhaustive session with Aristo that the Don jotted on ring bounded pad sheets grouped as module 2, the fundamental renditions of the Creed of Abraham. The exercise led to his dissertation of the above prognosis.
Point by point numbering 286 in total he summarized that about 20 guidance matters related to marriage and divorce; 20 pointers on man utilizing God’s provisions to contribute, including clarifying the essence of charity; 30 passages describing hypocrites and slandering the word of God – roaming on Earth to cause corruption, impeding farming and other livelihoods; 100 verses spelling out specific commands regarding trading on cash and loan terms, being accountable for anything committed whether expressed or first intended, general guidance on taking the challenge to promote the word of God and tests faced by man in becoming upright – including clarifying what truly is righteousness.
None of the 286 pointers clarified how any religious rituals need to be done or how often they are to be established. Was there a need to in the first place?
Clarifying the corollary to Pat and Chris, Don Q wearing his consulting cap would substantiate that practical matters of living out an abundant life or conversely one filled with injustices is the thrust of the teachings in the scriptures. In whatever capacity we are to deliver some of the clear divine guidance which broadly explains everything about a life of abundance.To obey the messengers means to obey the message since messengers are the ones chosen to deliver the word of God. None of them create any of God’s laws but merely conveyed them. Yet some coreligionists tout that they strictly follow the way of their prophets.
“Explanation of everything” means God’s law is sufficient guidance as the ordained way of life for mankind. The guidance of God is consistent and marks out the ways for success and failure; repeating its message in diverse forms it becomes a reminder not to follow transgressors who will turn their followers from the truth. That it is limited in details is the Almighty’s mercy to mankind. In truth so called religious leaders who claim to almost know all should know that if man were to write down everything all the trees on the planet and all the water in the oceans being paper and ink will not be sufficient. Thus what’s there to shout aloud about a dozen or so volumes of traditions?
Plagiarizing the cream of agnostic opinions, the Don frequently quoted ad verbatim an ignored eye-opener narrative: Jesus was asked, ‘What must I do to inherit eternal life?’ Jesus replied: keep the commandments. You shall not murder. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not steal. You shall not bear false witness. Honor your father and your mother; and you shall love your neighbor as yourself. He listed the moral core of the law that is on every man’s heart. So where is instant salvation by saying a prayer, getting baptized and such? Not only must we keep the commandments, we must know how to live soberly, righteously, and be zealous for good works.
There is no arguing around this; Jesus said one must keep the moral core of the commandments. Jesus never said you could be saved if you say the sinners’ prayer, or when you are baptized with water, or consuming bread and drink grape juice. Today’s deficit sects, still captive to the concept of sin, believe in a God whose favor is presumed to be granted upon their heathenish rituals and form of godliness. They deny a God of power, who can and is eager to free us from the oppression and captivity of evil, so that we can secure his promises, which require righteous deeds and purity.’
It is no laughing matter that obeying the core commandments is the straight path for mankind to attain serenity on Earth. Pat at times pondered on the doctrinal divide of Christian and Jewish communities. Adding fringe dominions of the Creed of Abraham to the religious landscape, why is the direction so different? In the Christian perspective is your preacher focused as a first priority on seeking the Kingdom of Heaven and universal righteousness, which is within you and does not come with outward signs? Are you one of them being misled? Can anyone blame the fringe dominions for not accepting that an Almighty God had sent his son to be crucified in order to save people from Himself as a creed?
Everybody seems to need a religion so that they can worship something, whether it results in the Christians deifying Jesus or the Jews deifying their own ‘chosen’ status. Is Judaism known to Moses? Did Moses or Jesus or Buddha show their followers how to worship God? What was the step by step ritual prayer described in the scriptures?
The Buddha told the Kalama people not to believe religious teachings just because they are claimed to be true by various sources. He urged that direct knowledge from one’s own experience should be called upon. He counseled that the words of the wise should be heeded and to question if any teachings can reduce suffering or is conducive to happiness.
Noah told his community to serve no others except God and work righteousness. Their response of “Do not abandon your idols (symbolizing power, wealth, fertility and such), do not abandon Wadd or Suwa” – the names after the religious sages who were the gods of those who follow their teachings; quite in the mold of Ezzra for Judaism and Paul in Christianity, reinforced that what Noah asserted did not fit into the popular pattern of the day.
Note that by committing to God’s decrees a person becomes more upright. This is the only pathway for attaining the mystical Salam stated in the Quran. Christians are taught that Jesus had said, “Think not that I have come to abolish the law, or the prophets: I have come not to abolish them but to fulfill them.” So how many new laws and rituals are found in present day Christianity whereas Jesus professed to have not brought any new laws? In God we trust and thus we also trust what has been transmitted in the scriptures.
“From what God provides they contribute” does not just mean give away freely the wealth which is over and above what you need to sustain your life style and other commitments. Don Q’s belief was that charity and contribution took shape at homes, meaning everyone must not neglect the family for instance due to excessive indulgence in alcohol and gambling. Good parents obviously spare most of their wealth on their children – anything in excess of what they themselves need.
That’s the corollary to the guidance on excessive gambling and consumption of alcohol.
They ask you about intoxicants and gambling. Say: “In them is great harm, and a benefit for the people; but their harm is greater than their benefit.” And they ask you how much are they to give (or contribute), Say: “The excess.” (or what is more than you need) Thus God clarifies for you the revelations that you may think.
The alternative to reading “The excess” (or “beyond”) is “forgiving” which in the context of Q2:280, in the event a loan becomes a non-performing loan, the lender is to give the borrower more time to repay or to forfeit it as goodwill charity. In Q7:199 holding on to forgiveness means to turn away from the ignorant (who challenges God’s guidance) inferring that you need not engage in fruitless arguments but never compromise on the truth. Leave it to God if punishment is due.
Will coreligionists bent on policing the conduct of common folks focus on the more beneficial action needed measures to ensure no untoward distraught for individual families and communities on the whole when peace in the land is lost or when intermittent calamities and adversity strike.
Next post on the 21 Century Don Quixote account: Why is alcohol and gambling linked with “contribute” in one verse?
Part 2: This posting on the drafting of the new manuscript was first published on 25/7/17 in BFI – Google My Business https://business.google.com/b/100062579265611712032/dashboard/l/18068198624134373403
With the publishing of the biographical novel Don Q in July 2017, the breakthrough of above 1000 readership of the themes and main pointers far surpassed my previous published titles. Some passages of chapter two particularly are worth a re-look.
In service of the Almighty we constantly play our role in outlining God’s way of life for mankind to have an abandon life. In ancient times it was critical not to violate any sanctity when hunting and the cultivation of the soil was the model system Abraham partly crystallized.
With an unblemished elucidation Don Q clarified: “When hunting animals for food observe the guidance that forbidden is any animal which is gored or partly eaten by another animal; if trapped it must be slaughtered in a diligent way – not strangled to death or killed by violent blows; the body parts taken by anyone cannot be through raffling and when the meat constitutes a sacrificial offering to deities other than God. We should not consume meat obtained in a manner which conflicts the prescribed way, particularly decaying meat of dead animals, though fresh in some cases but is contaminated, as well as the blood.”
Taking the cue that clarifying what was written in the scriptures could be interspersed in story telling, the winning approach of illustrating scriptural guidance through everyday scenarios, prevailing world events and a shifting world order is worth a second absorbing.
The new title 21st Century Don Quixote uses relevant anecdotes in the Don Q novel and new commonplace events. Publication will not be very soon because of updating illustrations and expanding some anecdotes which readers appreciate.
Don Q is available on amazon.com. Type “A.R.Mowe” for author and choose Kindle eBook or Kindle paperback book format. You can read the book previews in “Hope Tribute Malaysia” https://hopetributemalaysia.wordpress.com/
Part 3: Postscript on the Don Q biographical novel.
It was wishful thinking that my first three book titles with religious themes could enlighten readers that guidance on governance in the Quran is enthralling.
Any of eventually eight published titles can be an alluring gift for Muslims and non-Muslims alike because readers would be prompted to focus on priority purpose and actions. This also proved to be another wannabe.
It was a sad tale of readers not being pulled to read what you want to explain.
Don Q is about a professional Don Quixote character immersed in living life to its fullest yet in passive enthusiasm he churns up situations where commoners can excel in their role of fulfilling their obligations to the Almighty.
In Don Q atypical anecdotes provoke the layman to view the scriptural philosophy beyond dogmatic religious notions. Snippets relate to unlawful gains and remunerations canceling out all noble contributions. As we embrace God’s law of cause and effect; starting with commitment to sanctioned decrees and righteous acts the fountain for serenity is crystallized in the inner self.
Don Q surmised a surrealistic mantra “Do let your obligations due to the Almighty be done and your moral responsibility in the workplace is not to be lightly tingled with.”
Five pages explain how the system concept framework serve better economics and governing of societies and 3 pages of commonplace scenarios and real events illustrate the subtle connections of economic scarcity, utility and opportunity cost.
Update on Don Q book preview #1 and #2 on createspace preview gallery
Nuances of living life to the fullest is the Don Q character. Will he succeed in sharing his more serious thoughts of short cut pathways to serenity?
Update on Don Q book preview #3 on createspace preview gallery
Man’s innate tendency as to what is right and his inclination to virtues are influenced by interlocking selfish desires, wrong focus, cult practices and superstitions. Can a fictional biography of upright character help dispel fallacies of entranced beliefs?
Update on Don Q book preview #4 on createspace preview gallery
The Quixote character’s moral leanings galvanize upright actions, promote prudent business outlooks and subtly implant ideas for a more benevolent economic system. Can his windmill tussles earn him some repose and rub off on readers too?
The Don Q book preview #5 URL is
or just read at this website the posting of 8 July 2017.
Don Q inculcates the notion that any layman can facilitate change to their utmost capacities. Leading and controlling actions by management galvanize innovation as well as education imbibing wonderment. He also divulges the path of ease for the abundant life. Avoid shifting sands at the casinos.