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Posted: Jul 26, 2014 | 2 days, 8 hrs ago.
Certainly Not the Butler
Muslims — many of them fairly good ones, at least so-called — would like to take credit for what they speak, write and do.
In general for all that they are and for all that they do. Many of them use important-sounding words like “accomplished” and “achieved” and “produced” and even “created” to produce and flaunt a list of all the things, events and activities they find themselves associated or identified with in this world.
How little do they realize that this world has only one actor, only one doer of things, and it is not they! Pitiful, pathetic humans that they are — the healthiest, strongest, toughest and the most resourceful ones among them.
And if there is praise to be claimed, or given, and there is plenty, that praise must be given, all of it, to the real actor, the real doer of things — Fa’alul Limaa Yureed — and not to all kinds of pretenders and wannabes.
And that praise must be free from the taint of Shirk.
That is right, you may not know it, but there is Shirk in Alhamdulillah!
Like in so many other things that we say or do. Like in practically everything.
Your local Mullas can fight all they want over what is Little Shirk and what is Large Shirk. But to me Shirk is Shirk, period.
For, one single Alhamdulillah, spoken with full and proper understanding, doesn’t leave room for inserting other names in the list.
Nor does it even leave open the door for uttering any other words — unless they are all subsumed under the broad umbrella of Alhamdulillah as subsets, specifics, details and commentary.
So, it is Allah all the way — and no one else.
It is him and him alone: In the beginning as well as in the end: Huwal Awwalu Wal Aakhiru! just like the Qur’an says.
Jun 24, 2014 | 1 month ago.
The most important question for each one of us to ask regularly is: Where do I go from here?
Working for Allah is a life-long business. So we cannot slack off or retire from it.
Our commitment and pledge is first to Allah and then to anyone or anything else. And Allah will hold us accountable right here in this world as well as in the next world.
This should make us continue working for Allah regardless of being few in number and irrespective of who else does or does not work for him — and regardless of others dropping out by the wayside.
May Allah keep us close to him and help us continue to work for him.
May Allah help us to work with others who are working for him.
May Allah open the hearts of those who may have been once involved in working for him to rejoin us to work for him again.
May Allah continually open the hearts of new people to work for him.
Jun 22, 2014 | 1 month ago.
Those of us who are in any form or shape affiliated with this work that we have been calling Working for Allah are standing at a crossroad. Each and everyone of us must, therefore, stand before their God — Rabbus Samaawaati Wal-Ard (Master of Heavens and Earth) — and ask themselves: “Where do I go from here?”
This work does not belong to any individual, group or organization. It is the personal and most important responsibility of each and everyone of us, male as well as female.
Our commitment, when we first gave it, was to God Almighty, and not to individual human beings like ourselves. And it is he, God Almighty, and not just our fellow-workers for Allah and others, who monitors our activities on a day-to-day basis.
As a result, the accounting for our commitment, and for all we do or do not do, will also be before God. And not before a court consisting only of our fellow-humans and fellow-workers.
That means one day we will all stand before God and answer for all we did or for all we did not do — and what reason.
But that also means that we are also answerable to the people in whose midst we live and work — our fellow-workers for Allah and others.
And God also has a way of holding us accountable right here in this world — before we die and depart this world.
Please read the Aayah that starts with Quli’amalu Fasayarallahu ‘amalakum …
And read the Aayah: Yadullahi Fawuqa Ayideehim…
May 13, 2014 | 2 months, 2 weeks ago.
Upon hearing how the computer was routinely sending all my mail to Spam — read: Rubbish Heap — it dawned on me, Allahu Akbar, finally the computer seems to provide validation to what some humans have been saying to me from time to time, that much of what I say — and write — is just that: a heap of rubbish.
Evidently, the Computer Knows!
And maybe, just maybe, all those Spies from around the world who prowl the Internet, and snoop on Free Citizens everywhere, know too.
However, if all my mail going directly to the garbage pile of Spam would save me from having to answer for any of it — both for what it says and how it says it — before God Almighty, on the Day of Judgment, imagine what a victory that would be.
How easily we humans forget, not the least the actual, or would-be or wannabee Muslims among us, that one day, before too long, we all will be standing before God Almighty, utterly guileless, helpless and defenseless, and answer not just for every deed we did, but also for every word we uttered — or wrote.
And, take this — but don’t ask me for an explanation, not right now — also for every thought we thought, no matter how hidden we kept it, deep down in our own hearts, from the rest of the world.
If only the world knew this and understood this!
And if only Muslims knew this and understood this!
And if only all the Crooks in the world — political, economic, “religious,” academic, media, or just plain, ordinary, everyday Crooks – knew this and understood this!
What a different world our world would then be!
May 13, 2014 | 2 months, 2 weeks ago.
Wonders of Islam never cease to amaze me.
Among them the Hadith Sharif, each a marvel in its own right.
Tell me what is the sense — what is the probability or likelihood, let us say — of a child of the barren Arabian desert, like Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, not someone from Greece, Rome, China or India, but someone arising out of, and surrounded by, nothing but burning sands and flaming rocks, making a statement like the one below.
Not merely in passing, but as a commandment, as a general admonishment, if you will. And that too, more than 1400 years ago?
How do you account for any of it from a purely rational — scientific and historicist — point of view?
Now hear this. It is one of the most revolutionary statements you will ever hear or read in your life.
Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, said:
“Go see a doctor, people!”
Or alternatively translated:
“Everybody: every time you get sick, go find a doctor and take medicine!”
His original words in his pure, pristine and inimitable Arabic are really not easy to translate in English. And here they are:
“Tadaawow Yaa ‘Ibaadallah!”
And those words mean all that I said above — and much, much more.
This is what I call the Ijaz of the Hadith Sharif — the miraculous nature of the Hadith Sharif.
It is just like the Ijaz of the Qur’an.
Different in some important respects. Otherwise, it is part of the same continuum of miracles.
May 10, 2014 | 2 months, 2 weeks ago.
It is important for a sports team to realize the following, which is also exactly what every human being must realize:
Playing is about winning.
In Islam. And in life.
That is right. Always play to win. For, that is Islam.
I know, sports is supposed to be for fun; it is supposed to be in the name of sportsmanship; and, when it gets to the professional level, it is supposed to be all about money.
I am not denying any of that. In some ways, I have been a part of that all my life.
All I am doing is providing a perspective, if you will, that may help you to navigate the choppy channels of life with the light of Islam tightly strapped to your helmet.
It is God’s promise that he will hand you a light that you will be able to use to walk on earth.
Wa Yaj’al Lakum Nooran Tamshoona Bihi!
So, keep in mind that playing is about winning. So, always, play to win.
And, of course, when you do that, you play to win I mean, you must always try to do it the right way.
That means following all the rules of Islam.
And, at the same time, respecting all the rules of honesty, integrity and good sportsmanship that human beings have pieced together over the years.
All that is part of what the Bible calls the Lord’s Law.
And it is also what is known in Islam as the Shari’ah.
May 09, 2014 | 2 months, 2 weeks ago.
We are humans. Our specialty is we all get sick.
Not that many of us are not sick to begin with: sick of mind; sick of soul; if not always sick of body parts.
But when God made an illness, he also created a cure.
No matter what the ailment, there is always a remedy for it. It is just a matter of looking for it — and finding it.
That is what the Hadith says. And what a beautiful Hadith it is — like every Hadith that came out of the blessed mouth of Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam.
And the worst and biggest disease of all? Alienation from God!
To live in God’s house; to make use of God’s things; and never even to bother to say “Thank You!” to God? No disease can be worse — or more deadly — than that!
And nothing catches up with you more quickly!
May 09, 2014 | 2 months, 2 weeks ago.
The call of Islam is loud and clear and penetrating. It is God calling his flock to come home to him.
Everyone and everything hears it except the humans.
Humanity is lost and confused and helter skelter.
And Muslims? Muslims couldn’t care less.
Muslims think they are going to Paradise. And they are busy building an earthly Paradise, right here in this world, converting this world into Paradise full of all the pleasures of the Next World.
A practice run of sorts.
But the trouble is, they are not doing it for all. They are only doing it for themselves — and what many of them call their children.
It is all about their children for them. Their own children — and their own jobs and businesses and careers and homes.
And the full of list is in the Qur’an.
Let everyone take care of his own.
Muslims eat Halal Chicken and go to the mosque and do Islamic cookouts. And they are all happy doing that.
And the world of Allah, at the point of collapse? In utter confusion, chaos and “state of loss,” as the Qur’an calls it? That is not their responsibility — is it, really?
And, frankly, they could not care less.
As for the Qur’an telling us that Muslims were created to save the world?
Really? I never heard that before.
Does the Qur’an really say that?
Well, let me figure this out. I think I got it. How will I save the world if I cannot save myself and my own family? Huh? Did you ever think about that, Mr. Busybody?
As for me, that is what I am doing right now, get it? I am busy saving “myself and my family from the fire of Hell,” as the Qur’an says. Doesn’t the Qur’an say that?
Once I am done doing that, I am going to turn to other things and other people and start saving the world. How about that?
And all this time, Islam keeps calling. And the Qur’an keeps talking.
And God Almighty waits!
Apr 29, 2014 | 2 months, 4 weeks ago.
Here is something simple and clear about Islam which most Muslims seem to miss:
“Islam means Working for Allah full time, period.”
Apr 20, 2014 | 3 months, 1 week ago.
What most people don’t understand is that Muslims are people. And in that sense, speaking generally, Muslims are no more or less, and no better or worse, than most other people in this world.
And what do most people want out of life? Simple: All kinds of security – personal, economic, emotional and all else.
That means most people want a safe, secure and comfortable place to live; good jobs, careers and businesses; excellent health; education for themselves and their children; and so on and so forth, as they say.
As a result, and in hot pursuit of these goals, Muslims, just like all the other people in the world, tend to cut corners and do things one way when they think God is watching, and another way when they seem to somehow convince themselves that maybe God is not really watching.
Even though Muslims, especially good Muslims, know full well that they are on God Almighty’s unfailing and unerring radar all the time, every second of their life.
Isn’t there a beautiful Hadith – and to me all Hadith Sharif are most beautiful – that seems to suggest that believers who commit violations of God’s Law are not really believers when they are actually committing those violations?
Sins as some people might call them.
So, Muslims often seem to carry a priority list in their pockets: father, mother, children, jobs, businesses, and so many other things, and then after all that, God and his work.
So, Muslims, it seems to me, tend to practice different kinds of Islam, depending on their needs and circumstances, such as the following for example:
Safe Islam; Convenient Islam; Installment Islam; Slow Islam; and so on.
Allah, however, seems to take a very different view in the matter. Here is what Allah says in the Qur’an in Surah 9 (At-Taubah), Aayah 24, regarding this matter:
If your mothers and fathers,
And your sons and daughters,
And your brothers and sisters,
And your wives and husbands,
And your close relatives and family,
And the wealth you have amassed,
And the business whose decline you fear,
And the homes and residences you love —
Were dearer to you than Allah,
And his Rasul,Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam,
And Jihad in his path,
Then just wait,
Until Allah brings about his decision.
What commentary or explanation or Tafsir can anyone offer on this Aayat?
Apr 17, 2014 | 3 months, 1 week ago.
Muslim or not.
Educated or not.
Rich or poor.
Man or woman.
Get up and change the world.
There is too much ignorance, too much injustice, too much corruption, too much poverty, too much inequality, too much greed, too much exploitation, too much oppression, and too, too much lying and cheating and deceiving in the world today.
And altogether there is too much denial to too many human beings of some of their most basic human rights from political freedom to economic and social justice.
Some of the worst offenders in this regard are Muslims and Muslim societies.
So, get up and change all that. And make this world a better place for all.
For yourself and for everyone else.
That is Islam!
Apr 14, 2014 | 3 months, 2 weeks ago.
Those of us who think or say we are “Working for Allah,” what is it that we want?
Answer: We want to teach the world — Muslims as well as non-Muslims — what Islam is all about on a day-to-day basis, and in a practical way.
That is what we are after and that is what we want to do.
We want to change the entire culture of ignorance and misunderstanding. And lethargy and apathy and indifference.
And using the Qur’an — Islam — as basis, we want to tell the world that there is a better way of doing things. And that way is Islam.
Not in terms of blanket, broad or sweeping statements of principle in an abstract way, but in the form of some very specific, concrete and practical issues.
Even though we will outline and state abstract theoretical principles when that becomes necessary.
Like, for example, the issue of “Taking the Qur’an to Every Home and Heart that Needs It — and Which One Does Not?” The point is, who is supposed to do it?
Who is responsible for this work?
And do you think that this is a part-time pursuit, when Allah says in the Qur’an it better be a full-time deal and when Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, spent every minute of his life doing it?
That is one very specific question, with a very clear focus.
So, who is supposed to do it?
Our argument is, “You are!” whoever you may be — man or woman; rich or poor; good or bad: You Are Supposed to Do It!
And then only recently we raised another issue — an issue we don’t think Muslims think about it even in their dreams. An issue that never, to the best of my knowledge and recollection, ever made the Muslim agenda in any shape or form.
Not in their writings that I know of. Not in their conversations that I have ever been a part of.
We want to ask the “Good People,” those people who think or say they are “Working for Allah,” did you ever stop and think what happens when you don’t do your work.
Or when you delay or slow your work? Or when you do it only when it is safe and convenient and pleasant and easy and comfortable?
The world pays the price of your action and inaction and the price of your doing things slow or fast and how well or badly you do the things you do.
That is what happens.
In this way, we are calling on people of the world, especially the so-called “Good People,” to think along some new lines — think in terms of the consequences of their actions — and their inaction.
And then recently we also pointed out — the world never thought about it to the extent we know — look, no matter how well you do your job, you are already 50 if not 100 years late.
Generations of people have died without ever hearing the name of God with their ears and without ever seeing a copy of the Qur’an with their eyes.
Who is responsible for that?
Naturally, most of us were not around then. But do we get the point I am making: We are playing catch-up with time. We are running after a fast-moving train to overtake it. How fast and how desperately do you think we must run?
So, our goal is education.
And we are after waking up the whole world — Muslim and non-Muslim parts of it — to the terrible conditions in which we all live and calling on them to awake and change their condition.
For, God Almighty will not change our condition unless we get up and decide to attend to it ourselves.
We are fortunate that Allah looks at our intentions and our efforts and not at the results, fruits and final outcomes of our actions.
Otherwise our fish will really be fried. Or should I, out of deference to her majesty whose language everybody says English is, say our goose will truly be cooked?
So, that is who we are and that is what we are really after: Educating, waking up and changing the whole world.
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