Concept 14 – use PAPA when in doubt
If you are ever in the position to make a tough decision, without the help of the people you usually ask for advice, Allah (SWT) has given us a solution. In class, I have learned it by the acronym PAPA, which stands for Prophet, Allah, Prophet, Allah. It means, before you have to make a risky decision, you first think “Would the prophet do it?” Then, you ask yourself “Would Allah approve?”After that, if you think it’s okay to do it, do the second PA, just to double check. After the second time, you base your decision on your results. For example, if you were in the position to make a decision on cheating on at test, you would first ask yourself “Would the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) do it?” The answer would be no, and you would stop there. If the answer was yes, then you go to the next question. Whenever the answer is no, you stop there, but if the answer is yes, you go on.