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Posted: Sep 01, 2014 | 14 hours, 30 mins ago.
Blessed are those who go to street corners and university and school campuses, and public and market places, and preach Islam to people and distribute Islamic literature.
For, they are doing God’s Work on earth.
They are Working for Allah.
They must rejoice in the knowledge that, no matter how strange this may sound, this is the beginning of Islam. In their life; and where they are.
Yet another one.
This is yet another beginning of the endless chain of the Message to Humanity from God Almighty.
The only test — did I say “only” test? — of these wonderful individuals and groups, male and female, will be how long they keep this up: Going out and hustling on the streets for Allah and preaching Islam.
And, also, how pure and true their motives and intentions are — and will be.
And, oh yes, also of course, how sweet and wonderful their demeanor is going to be and how absolutely charming and alluring their approach will be throughout.
Wa Yadra-oona Bil-Hasanatis Sayyi-ah.
“They cope with Evil using Good.”
“They return Evil with Good.”
“They reward Evil with Good.”
I don’t to this day understand what that means — or how it works. But since Allah says it, I know it must be right.
So, these people, hustling in the streets — universities, schools, markets and all kinds of other places — have their work cut out for them:
” When people are bad to them, they must be good to people.”
That alone is an experience worth having in life.
Everyone: Come on; take a chance; go out on the streets and try your hand at preaching Islam to people; you may even come to like it.
And who knows what kind of reward God Almighty may have in store for you, right here in this world, as well as in the next world.
Aug 28, 2014 | 4 days, 12 hrs ago.
People — often Good People — do Bad Things in all kinds of Bad Ways.
Sometimes, good people do bad things just by doing them.
Sometimes, they do bad things by not doing the good things they must be doing.
Sometimes, they do bad things by saying or speaking — using all forms, tools and techniques of communication — bad things.
Sometimes, they do bad things by not speaking or saying the good things they must be saying.
Check this out:
Man Sakata An Haqqin Fa-Huwa Shaitaanun Akhras.
And check this out in the Qur’an:
Kaanoo Laa Yatanaahuuna An Munkarin Fa’aloohu.
Let me give here just one example that I never use.
The whole world condemned the most disproportionate use of force the most powerful state of Israel used recently to perpetrate some of the most terrible atrocities on the tiny Gaza Strip most densely populated with children and women and in the process killing countless children and women and civilians.
And now go and make a list of all those Muslim governments, rulers, countries, leaders, organizations and others who did anything to stop that.
And those who said anything to stop or condemn that.
And those from whom not a squeak or a peep was heard.
Then ask if they are some of the people in this world — Muslims — who are in Bed with the Devil.
So, that is how some people do bad things:
through action and inaction;
through speech and communication; and
through equally wicked, evil, culpable, criminal silence in the face of injustice, oppression and some of the most terrible wrongs and atrocities known to man.
Aug 28, 2014 | 4 days, 12 hrs ago.
There is no such thing as “Armchair Islam.”
So, as a result, there cannot be people who want to spend their life as “Armchair Muslims.”
Islam is “hustling.” Period.
Islam is “hustling” in the Streets.
Islam is camping out on Street Corners — looking for people to talk to; to invite to Allah; and to do good unto.
All kinds of people: Hindus; Muslims; Jews; Christians; Atheists; Believers; non-Believers; and all others.
Islam is not armchair reading of the Qur’an and Rolling of the Rosaries.
Even though there is no activity on this earth more glorious than the Reading of the Reading: the Noble Qur’an.
And the learning and teaching of the Qur’an.
Khayirukum Man Ta’allamal Qur’ana wa Allamahu!
And even though Dhikr of Allah — Chanting of Allah’s Most Glorious Name: Rolling the Rosary Beads – is bigger and better than anything else.
Wa La-Dhikrullahi Akbar!
Yet, when all is said and done as they say, Islam is “Hustling” in Streets — for Allah and for Allah’s creation.
Islam is “Hustling in the Streets” looking for all kinds of ways to serve Allah and his creation better.
To make the life of the people on earth better.
To make a difference in the life of the people — a positive and most wonderful difference — in the life of everyone everywhere.
And to better and improve the life of all other creation of God in this world.
That is Islam in a nutshell.
And that is what we call Working for Allah.
Aug 28, 2014 | 4 days, 13 hrs ago.
A Believer’s life is one of perpetual Hijrat – constant movement and non-stop walking away and running to.
Leaving the world behind as it were.
A Believer is constantly walking away from bad things and moving toward good things.
And his life is one of non-stop running to Allah — and away from all else.
As the Qur’an says:
Innee Dhaahibun Ilaa Rabbee.
And a Believer’s life is one of Ghurbat – loneliness; being and feeling alone; unrecognized; unappreciated; and being a stranger in his own land, and among his own friends and in the midst of the most robust and vibrant company.
Blessed be the one who blessed the Strangers, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, and said:
And yet a Believer finds solace, comfort and joy in the company of Believers and of Good People and of what ancient Christians — even some Muslims — used to call the Righteous.
Aug 28, 2014 | 4 days, 14 hrs ago.
Challenges in the life of those Working for Allah are normal and to be expected.
These things are just as they are supposed to be. Perfectly understandable — and natural.
Those Working for Allah must start worrying, not when they are facing challenges, but when things appear to be going just “too, too well” and perfectly.
And they have no challenges to deal with.
A-Hasibannaasu An-Yutrakoo An-Yaqooloo Aamanna wa Hum Laa Yuftanoon.
Aug 27, 2014 | 5 days, 20 hrs ago.
Muslims are good people. They like to do good things.
And they also tell each other to do good things.
But that is where sometimes the catch is: “What are the good things that Muslims must do?”
And all of us must do?
We are talking outside all the compulsory duties of course — the Faraa-id.
And outside all that Muslims know to be strong Sunnah.
So, the question is, in matters which involve neither direct Fard, nor strong Sunnah, what kind of good things should Muslims do?
A rude fellow like me will say:
“Trust your judgment.”
“And your common sense.”
“And your past experience.”
“Do some cost-benefit analysis like smart people.”
“See which investment is likely to produce the best and highest returns on your time, money and effort.”
Better people than me, which is practically everyone else on this planet, will say:
“Hey, why don’t you check out this Hadith Sharif? The one which says:
Al-Mu’minu … Kayyisun, Fatin.
Meaning, roughly, a believer is a sharp, smart operative. He or she does not get bitten from the same hole over and over again.
Laa Yuldaghul Mu’minu Min Juhrin Waahidin Marratayin.
Aug 27, 2014 | 5 days, 20 hrs ago.
There is a most beautiful Hadith of Sayyidina Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam.
And all Hadith of Sayyidina Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, are beautiful.
That most beautiful Hadith goes like this, I think:
Al Mu’minu Mir-aatul Mu’min!
A believer to a believer is a mirror. Not “like” a mirror. But a mirror.
“The mirror,” in fact.
“A believer is a believer’s mirror.”
Believers reflect each other in this common mirror from God.
What one thinks, the other does too. What one says, the other echoes.
And some of us have just been shown that to be true. Right here, right in our own life.
Right at this moment.
To the point of spontaneously crying out:
Sadaqa Rasulullahi, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallama.
“Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, did indeed speak the truth.“
What a blessing, Mashallah and alhamdulillah!
It is one thing to know a particular Hadith to have strong Sanad – chain of narration.
It is one thing to understand a given Hadith to have unimpeachable credentials.
But then to watch that Hadith suddenly spring to its feet, and come alive right in front of your eyes, who can ever put that experience in words?
Aug 20, 2014 | 1 week, 5 days ago.
When Allah’s Rahmat — and his Blessing and his Grace – comes down pouring from every side, which is all the time, and which is everywhere, you wish you almost had no roof over your head and almost no walls standing between you and that relentless, torrential onslaught.
Aug 19, 2014 | 1 week, 6 days ago.
How lucky, how fortunate a Believer is!
Or should we really say how blessed by God a Believer is?
To be able to believe, as he or she does.
And to be able to see, as he or she can.
And to be able to know as sooner or later he or she will.
That not an iota or atom of good he or she does will ever be wasted and go unrecognized and unrewarded.
Nor shall an iota or atom of bad that anyone does go unnoticed and unpunished.
Fa Man Ya’mal Mithqaala Dharratin Khairan Yarah.
Wa Man Ya’mal Mithqaala Dharratin Sharran Yarah.
Does it mean the Bad Guys — whoever they may be — shall have nowhere to run, and no place to hide, no matter how long the rope may appear to be that they are getting from God?
Just close your eyes for one moment and try to imagine how personally comforting and rewarding; how psychologically soothing and calming; and how altogether energizing and empowering this thought must be to a Believer — to a Muslim I mean!
In a world where he or she — a Muslim, a Believer I mean — seems so visibly and so frequently buffeted and slapped around by bitter winds of cruelty, injustice and adversity from so many sides.
Aug 19, 2014 | 2 weeks ago.
Sometimes, being a Muslim is like running a Marathon race.
Those who stay the course and make the effort win laurels.
Those who drop off or lag behind are forgotten.
Nasullah, says Allah: “They forgot Allah.”
Fa-Nasiyahum: “So, he forgot them.”
Just for one moment consider these words. How simple, direct and stark they are.
None starker or more portentous: Allah forgot them?
That means the entire universe brushed them aside and moved on. They are nothing but pieces of straw or foam on the crest of a raging flood.
Aug 18, 2014 | 2 weeks ago.
All those who have ever stood up for truth and justice, and spoken up clearly and courageously in defense of people’s rights and liberties, and in the service of God and humanity — and in the service of God’s creation at large — they have always been called upon to offer a price: for their thoughts, beliefs and convictions; and for their acts of courage, generosity, service, selflessness and dedication.
Enormous sacrifices have been demanded of them — always.
Sometimes it is their resources — time and money and effort and all that.
And sometimes it is their liberty and other fundamental human rights.
And sometimes it is their very lives.
That is how it was then – in the times of the Prophets, God Bless them All!
That is how it is now – during our own time.
And that is how it shall be always – as long as this world lasts.
That is God’s Law in his creation: Sunnatullah!
That is also what is called Nature’s Law.
And that, in a word, also is Islam.
Aug 12, 2014 | 2 weeks, 6 days ago.
Muslims are a funny breed — by birth or by conversion.
That is, whether they are “born into Islam” or whether they “converted to Islam” from a state of non-Islam, they are still a pretty funny bunch.
Forgive me, but I do not use that foolish expression “reverted to Islam.”
“Funny” in a cute and cuddly sort of a way, as I have stated elsewhere, and not in a derogatory or pejorative sense.
And who can be more cute or cuddly than people who are on a sure track to Paradise? As it was foretold by Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam?
The record shows he said:
Ummatee Haadhi-hi Ummatun Marhoomah!
“My people are a blessed people!”
Indicating they are on their way to divine Grace and Forgiveness.
Part of Muslims being funny to me is how busy Muslims are expressing the “hope” God will accept their prayers.
If they read their Qur’an they will know that ab initio — right from the beginning — that is exactly what God does: HE ACCEPTS THEIR DU’AS (PRAYERS) WHEN AND AS THEY MAKE THEM.
That is his job.
He says he is Mujeeb!
No, don’t believe me. Read the Qur’an:
Ujeebu Da’watad Daa’i Idhaa Da’anee!
“I respond to — I answer — the call, the prayers, of those who call me, those who pray to me, when and as they call me, when and and as they pray to me.”
So, to me Muslims are funny because they are always busy telling God what to do and almost not a whimper or squeak about what it is they themselves have to do next.
Nothing about where they go from here.
Nothing like — for example:
‘People, we have done the Khatm, Alhamdulillah; we have made the Du’as;
let us now all ask: What do we do next?
Let us ask: Where do we go from here?
For example, should we:
Continually work on our Qur’an Readers’ List and update it?
How can we “hit the road,” as these bad Americans say, and recruit new people for the next Khatm?
Should, for example, each one of us commit ourselves to find and train a new “recruit” for the Next Khatm?
Would that be too much of a burden? Or can we all try and work on it?
Would it be appropriate at this stage to think of that foolish man Dr. Pasha who, a long, long time ago used to teach:
“Each One, Teach One!”
And we all recited that chant like a parrot? Only to forget it and turn our back on it the moment the man went away on a break? Or wherever!
So, there is no end to how funny, cute and cuddly Muslims can be.
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