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APPENDIX: An Extended Syllabus and Some Areas of Focus

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APPENDIX

An Extended Syllabus
and Some Areas of Focus

The following represents an extended syllabus. It also provides lessons and discussion topics.

Lesson 1* Still Working for Allah:  
Who Are We – You and Me?

– Introductions – that generally don’t work

Lesson 2* Still Working for Allah:
Creating a New Culture

Innallaha La Yughaiyyiru Ma Bi-Qawmin…….

Lesson 3* Still Working for Allah:
Sponsors

– Courtesies and Disclaimers

Lesson 4* Still Working for Allah:
Orientation I

– Why are you here? What do you want?
– And why do you want it – whatever it is that you want?

Lesson 5* Still Working for Allah:
Orientation II

– What do you bring to the table?
– What do you have to offer?
– What makes you think you have a right to it?
– How are you willing to pay for it?
– Learning and Teaching
– Attitude and Preparation

Lesson 6* Still Working for Allah:
Learning Outcomes and GIGO

Lesson 7* Still Working for Allah:
Proper vs. Improper Use of Material

Ijazah, Idhn, Khiyanah, Sariqah, Barakah
– Copyright and Intellectual Property Rights

Lesson 8* Still Working for Allah:
Some Goals and Objectives

Lesson 9* Still Working for Allah:
Some Common Questions

Lesson 10* Still Working for Allah:
Some Prerequisites

– The Positives: Ikhlas, Taubah, Ihsan, Taqwa, Dhikr

Lesson 11* Still Working for Allah:
Some Concomitants

– The Negatives: Amraadul Qalb and
Tazkiyah-i-Baatin
Bukhl, Hasad, Kibr, Ghaibah – Nafs

Lesson 12* Still Working for Allah:
Three Levels of Taqwa Plus One

1. Relationship with Allah
2. Accountability and thoroughness (Itqan) in responsibilities
3. Dealings with Khalq of Allah
4. Makarim Akhlaq

Lesson 13* Still Working for Allah:
Working against Nafs

Nafs Ammarah The biggest roadblock
– The other Jihad – the bigger Jihad

Lesson 14* Still Working for Allah:
Dealing with a dichotomy that never was

– Confusion about Huququllah vs. Huququl ‘Ibad

Lesson 15* Still Working for Allah:
A Minimum Human

– Threshold
– A question of character – before Islam even begins
– Integrity of thought and speech
– Integrity of behavior and conduct
Sadaqah, Amanah, Qawl Sadeed

Lesson 16* Still Working for Allah:
Interpersonal Relations

– A question of character – once again
– Good vs. Bad people
– Action vs. Abstention; omissions and commissions
Makarim Akhlaq and Mu’amalaat
Man Salimal Muslimoona Min …

Lesson 17* Still Working for Allah:
Loving Your Brother and Showing it

Hatta Yuhibba Li-Akheehi Ma Yuhibbu Linafsih

Lesson 18* Still Working for Allah:
Helping Your Brother and not showing off

Qawlun Ma’roofun wa Maghfiratun Khairin Min…
Ma Daamal ‘Abdu Fi ‘Auni Akheeh …

Lesson 19* Still Working for Allah:
Neighborliness, Next to Godliness

Wal Jarul Junub was Sahibu Bil Janb …
Wallahi La Yu’min, Wallahi La Yu’min …

Lesson 20* Still Working for Allah:
Understanding the Environment

– EQ: the environmental intelligence quotient
– Speaking the Language
Wa Ma Arsalna Mir Rasulin Illa Bi-Lisani Qawumih!

Lesson 21* Still Working for Allah:
Democracy vs. Dictatorship

Lesson 22* Still Working for Allah:
A Golden Triangle of Islam in the West

Lesson 23* Still Working for Allah:
Nature of Change

Ta’alawu Ila Kalimatin Sawaa-in Bainana wa Bainakum
– Selecting issues
– Shoulder to the wheel in motion
– Making native dreams come true
– Translating local ideals into realities
– Third-Worldization vs. Westernization
– Indianization, Africanization, Arabization vs.Britishization, Americanization, Europeanization
– Addressing local fears and concerns

Lesson24* Still Working for Allah:
Understanding the Role

– Western Wing of the Muslim Ummah
– Living in the West, thinking East
– Interlopers, cultural refugees, social outcasts vs. ownership
– Helplessness vs. empowerment
– Survival and victimhood vs. ownership, equality and participation

Lesson 25* Still Working for Allah:
Success vs. Failure

– Responsibility and accountability

Lesson 26* Still Working for Allah:
Beyond Time and Space

– Limitations of times
– Boundedness of geography
– Constraints of culture
– Culture of Islam

Lesson 27* Still Working for Allah:
Having the Cake and Eating it too

– Reconciling contradictions of life in Islam
– Totally earthbound
– Totally transcendent
– Totally local
– Totally global

Lesson 28* Still Working for Allah:
Darul What?

– Home vs. Back Home
Darul ‘Amal
Darul Hijrah
Darul anything else?

Lesson 29* Still Working for Allah:
Islam and the Heartstrings

– Emotional attachment to Pakistan, India, Turkey and Egypt
– Emotional attachment to England, Scotland, Europe and America

Lesson 30* Still Working for Allah:
We Are the West!

– I am America! England! France!
Har Mulk Mulke Maast
– Muslim America
– Islamic West

Lesson 31* Still Working for Allah:
Are Elections Haram?

– How about Fard or Wajib?
– Two ways to put people in power

Lesson 32* Still Working for Allah:
Slaves on a Plantation

Surah Maryam – the last few Aayaat

Lesson 33* Still Working for Allah:
Need for Literature

– Standards and qualifications
– Issues and concerns

Lesson 34* Still Working for Allah:
Rethinking Some Old Ideas

– Government service

Lesson 35* Still Working for Allah:
Secrecy vs. Openness

Wa Asrartu Lahum Israra
Fasda’ Bi-Ma Tu’mar
Balaagh Mubeen
Qur’an Mubeen
Kitaab Mubeen
Aayaat Mubeen

Lesson 36* Still Working for Allah:
A Question of Accountability

Lesson 37* Still Working for Allah:
A Question of Trust

Lesson 38* Still Working for Allah:
The Bai’ah Question

– Permanent vs. time bound
– General vs. task and situation specific
– Form vs. function and spirit

Lesson 39* Still Working for Allah:
The Mystery of As-Sam’ wat-Taa’ah

– Command vs. advice and request
Rasul, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam vs. the rest
– Reasoning, understanding, disagreement, dissent

Lesson 40* Still Working for Allah:
An Ilah called Organization

– Filters
– Commitments and loyalties
– Friends and foes
– Good guys vs. bad guys
– Status and class hierarchy

Lesson 41* Still Working for Allah:
The Leadership Question

– Nature of leadership
– Tasks vs. talents and traits
– Good and bad leaders
– Mechanisms and processes
– Duration vs. transition

Lesson 42* Still Working for Allah:
Questioning Leadership

Lesson 43* Still Working for Allah:
Theory

– Nature and meaning of theory
– Role of theory
– Is there room for theory in Islam?

Lesson 44* Still Working for Allah:
Methodology

– There is no madness without a method

Lesson 45* Still Working for Allah:
Reaching Out

Lesson 46* Still Working for Allah:
Reaching Out to Muslims

Lesson 47* Still Working for Allah:
Reaching Out to Non-Muslims

Lesson 48* Still Working for Allah:
Reaching Out to the World

Rahmatul Lil-‘Aalameen

Lesson 49* Still Working for Allah:
Seeking and Serving Haqq – Truth

Lesson 50* Still Working for Allah:
A Method Named Salaam – Peace

Mau’idha Hasanah
Jidal Billati Hiya Ahsan

Lesson 51* Still Working for Allah:
A Concept Called Moderation

Ummatan Wasata
Ifrat
Tafrit

Lesson 52* Still Working for Allah:
Mainstreaming Islam

Lesson 53* Still Working for Allah:
Putting Our Money Where Our Iman is

Lesson 54* Still Working for Allah:
Ideas, Language and Vocabulary

Tazkiyah vs. Tarbiyah
– Islamic work vs. working for Allah
– The deal with Da’wah
– Movement vs. organization
– Foundations, trusts and such other things

Lesson 55* Still Working for Allah:
Getting it Right

– Fitting in
– Making a difference
– Making it better
Inna Hadhal Qur’ana Yahdi Lillati Hiya Aqwam …

Lesson 56* Still Working for Allah:
Proper Understanding and Perspective

Iqamat Deen: Aqeemuddeena wa La Tatafarraqu Feeh
Izhar Haqq: Liyuzhirahu ‘Aladdeeni Kullih
Itmam Nur: Wallahu Mutimmu Nurih
Ihqaq Haqq Bi Kalimaatillah: Yuhiqqal Haqqa Bikalimaatih

Lesson 57* Still Working for Allah:
Building a Better World!

– What does it really mean?
– Who knows the answer?
– A working model for future work

Lesson 58* Still Working for Allah:
A Political Party?

– Open boundaries
– Identity question
– Message integrity
– I am still thinking this through

Lesson 59* Still Working for Allah:
Building Skills

– Understanding and awareness
– Empathy and appreciation
– Overcoming shyness and lack of confidence
– Learning social graces through humility
– Assertiveness and self-confidence

Lesson 60* Still Working for Allah:
Evaluation and Retooling

Lesson 61* Still Working for Allah:
Results Orientation

Lesson 62* Still Working for Allah:
Process Orientation

Lesson 63* Still Working for Allah:
Creating Ribaless Financial Institutions

Ribaless micro-credit
Ribaless business loans
Ribaless start-up loans
Ribaless personal loans

Lesson 64* Still Working for Allah:
Entrepreneurship

– Creating a culture of commerce and enterprise
– Teaching people how to trade
– Profit orientation

Lesson 65* Still Working for Allah:
Building Social Service Structures

– Financial and business guidance, counseling and support
– Family guidance, counseling and support
– Educational guidance, counseling and support
– Personal guidance, counseling and support
– Civic guidance, counseling and support

Lesson 66* Still Working for Allah:
Political Participation

– Voting and elections
– Voter education and candidate identification
– Issue selection

Lesson 67* Still Working for Allah:
Neighborhood and Community

– Localization Hypothesis

Lesson 68* Still Working for Allah:
Opportunities and Resources

– Iqbal’s lament on scarcity of worldly wealth among Muslims
– Muslims never lacked resources
– It is a question of leadership
– One More Time: Don’t Turn Jum’ah into a Hustle for Funds

Lesson 69* Still Working for Allah:
Challenges, Constraints and Impediments

– Internal vs. external
– Personal vs. social and cultural
– Individual vs. institutional and structural

Lesson 70* Still Working for Allah:
Coping

– Approaches, techniques and strategies
– Thinking and philosophy

Lesson 71* Still Working for Allah:
Anticipating Problems

Lesson 72* Still Working for Allah:
Strategizing, Planning and Preparation

Lesson 73* Still Working for Allah:
Simulation and Forecasting

Lesson 74* Still Working for Allah:
Ghettoization of Islam

Lesson 75* Still Working for Allah:
Third-Worldization of Islam

Lesson 76* Still Working for Allah:
Racialization and Ethnicization of Islam

Lesson 77* Still Working for Allah:
Commercialization of Islam

– Corporatization
– Industrialization
– Big business
– Making a buck
– Making a living

Lesson 78* Still Working for Allah:
Servicization of Islam

Lesson 79* Still Working for Allah:
Fetishization of Islam

Lesson 80* Still Working for Allah:
Theologization of Islam

Lesson 81* Still Working for Allah:
Lizardization of Islam

Judaization
Scholasticization

Lesson 82* Still Working for Allah:
Lizardization of Islam

Hinduization
Other-worldizationChristianization

Lesson 83* Still Working for Allah:
Lizardization of Islam

– Westernization
– Easternization
La Sharqiyyah
La Gharbiyyah

Lesson 84* Still Working for Allah:
Sirat Mustaqeem

– Straight path between humans and God

Lesson 85* Still Working for Allah:
Clericization of Islam

– Their Eminences and other sundry counterparts
– From The Book to book-masters

Lesson 86* Still Working for Allah:
Narcissization in the Name of Islam Super-perfectionism

– Trips of the ego or of the soul?
– Insecurities and props

Lesson 87* Still Working for Allah:
Kafirization of Enemies and Undesirables

– A loose-lip approach
– Liberal with Jahannam
– Frugal with JannahA-Hum Yaqsimoona Rahmata Rabbik?

Lesson 88* Still Working for Allah:
Materialisation of Islam

– Living for this world
– Islam = material objects
– Obsession with resources

Lesson 89* Still Working for Allah:
Hypocrisization of Islam

– Fostering a culture of hypocrisy
– Double standards
– Islamic and Muslim Schizophrenia

Lesson 90* Still Working for Allah:
A Word on Conspiracy Theory

– Competition and conspiracy
– Paranoia vs. awareness and calculation
– Aggression vs. self-protection and self-defense
Wa Makaru Makran Kubbara

Lesson 91* Still Working for Allah:
Islam and Muslims Made on Television

Tawaf around the media
– Episodic Islam

Lesson 92* Still Working for Allah:
Nature of Western Media

Lesson 93* Still Working for Allah:
Media Relations and Management

Lesson 94* Still Working for Allah:
Reality vs. Image

Lesson 95* Still Working for Allah:
Truth vs. Falsehood

Haqq
– Baatil
– A bit of both
Wa La Talbisul Haqqa Bil Baatil

Lesson 96* Still Working for Allah:
Reaction vs. Proaction

– Winning vs. Also-Running

Lesson 97* Still Working for Allah:
Not if Shaitan Will Have His Way

Lesson 98* Still Working for Allah:
But Against a Lot of Odds

Lesson 99* Still Working for Allah:
Not if We Won’t Do it Right

Lesson 100*  Still Working for Allah:
While Being Watched by Allah

Lesson 101*  Still Working for Allah:
With Help from Allah

Lesson 102*  Still Working for Allah:
Grace from Above

 

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