Breaking the E-Mail Bond
I used technology, including e-mails, to invite the world to Allah. And specifically to train Muslims into Islam.
Muslims are Muslims and they are hurtling to Paradise. That, however, is after they die.
But while they are alive, right here in this world, they will continue to make the kind of mess they always have.
That, in a nutshell as they say, is Muslims for you.
But real good Muslims, the real ones if you want me to be blunt, they will continue to learn Islam, teach Islam, practice Islam and work to invite the whole world to Islam, whether they are a nation of one or many.
They will either succeed in taking the Qur’an to every home and heart that needs it in this world, and which one does not, or they will lay down their lives in making it happen.
But what they will not do is change the deal, alter the game, turn their back on their commitment to Allah and his work.
As the Qur’an says:
Wa Maa Baddaloo Tabdeelaa!
As Allah pleases and decrees, such people will be set upon by the Devil and his minions and acolytes and killed.
But Allah’s work will go on. For, it must. It is Allah’s Law that it must go on.
Wa Lahud Deenu Waasibaa!
When working for Allah stops, the world stops.
So, I used whatever legal, legitimate, lawful and peaceful means I could to reach the world and Muslims and invite them to a better way of life in the shadow of Allah’s book, the Qur’an.
But I may no longer be such a frequent visitor to the e-mail world as I until recently used to be. I will mind other businesses, to the extent I can, if at all I can, and others will have to mind this business of Islam. I did what I consider to be my best to teach them and to tell them.
Now, it is they and their God.
Nor do I hate or distrust or fear technology. I love it; admire it; even teach it. What I don’t do is fritter away my life on foolish encounters on Facebook and everything else.
I was a strong advocate of Twitter before, maybe, Donald Trump discovered it. I used to have huge fights with my students on this subject.
While my students used to support other portals they fancied, I clearly saw the power and the potential that Twitter packed for producing the kind of impact that was needed to change the world.
And Islam is all about changing the world, not about having feasts in this world and waiting to die as a Pious Person — with a long record of Righteous Deeds — so you can continue the feasts in Paradise.
I predicted Twitter will beat out Instagram when it came to changing the world. And now look at the wonders Trump has accomplished using Twitter — regardless of his politics; and yours.
If you care, ask me how he did it, and I will tell you. I have been showing it to my students step by step even as all this was unfolding right before everybody’s eyes.
Except of course the so-called Mainstream Media and the usual crop of Establishment Politicians whose eyes had been blinded by their own arrogance; corruption; and stupidity.
Qur’an calls that kind of arrogance: Istikbar!
And that kind of cattle-level stupidity: Ulaa-ika Kal An-aam!
And that manner of corruption: Fasaad!
When no one in the world had a course like that, I initiated, proposed, developed and taught a groundbreaking university course on modern technology called: Social Media in Public Relations and Advertising.
I did that a couple of years ago.
And only a couple of months ago, I again proposed, initiated, developed and taught another cutting-edge university-level
So, I am neither ignorant of technology nor fearful of it. Nor do I resent technology.
Technology to me is an extension of Allah’s command to read: Iqra’!
And the origin of technology also to me is the Qur’an Karim— just like the origin of everything else.
Alladhee Allama Bil-Qalam.
It is all a question of what technology you use and for what purpose. You use it for the right reason, and the right way, it is Ibaadat. Otherwise it is Kufr and Shirk and Zulm and Fasaad and Laghv!
Wa Idhaa Marroo Billaghvi Marroo Kiraamaa!
While I stayed engaged on e-mail, which is until now, I answered every e-mail, read every single one and reacted to it — and in as timely a manner as I possibly could.
I did it for social purposes of counseling, advising, encouraging and morale-boosting.
I did it to teach people the Qur’an and Islam. And just a little bit to open their eyes to the world around them. A world in which, unsuspected by many of them, they do happen to live and of which they are an inseparable part, even though so many of them act and carry on as if they are not.
I used e-mails to build this Qur’an business into a movement that it is, and that it should be, and that it always was and will be.
And I did it to mold what one, two or three Muslims I could find into a team.
Now, it is time to wean. Those one, two or three people I sought to invite, train, motivate and mold must consider themselves grownups. They must now navigate under their own steam. Or fly using their own wings as it were.
They must make their own decisions — and pay the price of the decisions they make. For, all human decisions have consequences. The good ones as well as the bad. Including the “Non-Ones.”
That is, when you decide “not” to decide. That Non-Decision too is a decision and it has implications that may be profound.
It is up to them — these wonderful Muslims — now to continue to build this work or concentrate on building their own lives, and feathering their own nests as they say, while they watch this work — Allah’s work — whither on the wine from what they think is a safe distance.
There is a beautiful and fairly exhaustive itemized list that is given by Allah in the Qur’an. List of things that people use as excuses for not giving Allah’s work their 100 percent.
They should check it out. And then, just like Allah says, they should “Wait!”
Here is a reference for that list. The Surah in question has a rather challenging name: At-Tawubah. It is a “Now-or-Never” kind of a name.
“Wake-Up-Or-Else” kind of name if you will.
“Repent Now, Or It Is All Over” kind of a name!
And the beginning of the Surah is nothing less than ominous. Though directed at Mushrikeen, Qur’an’s Bad Guys, the net cast by that Surah is quite a wide and inclusive one.
And the Surah begins without the usual reference to and invocation of Allah’s boundless mercy and love and Rahmat. Actually, it starts with a categorical declaration that “Allah Has Nothing To Do With …”
Scary stuff. From beginning to end!
You all owe it to yourselves to check that Surah out. Surah number 9. And the Aayat, I think, is 24.
The list of things that may keep people away from throwing themselves into Allah’s work body, mind and soul, is a pretty intriguing one. And it seems pretty comprehensive. And it looks something like this:
- Your fathers.
- Your sons.
- Your brothers.
- Your spouses.
- Your relatives.
- Your wealth.
- Your businesses.
- Your houses and residences…
I will probably continue to do Pasha Hour International, maybe so long as I feel anyone is listening or paying attention or cares or bothers.
What can I do? I have always been a cost-benefit-analysis kind of a fellow. And I think I understand what made Yunus, Alaihis Salam, cut and run.
Not the right thing to do maybe, but that is how it is.
And likely also I will continue to write for www.Islamicsolutions.com, for as long as my body, mind, soul and circumstances will allow me, meaning for as long as, and not a nanosecond more or less, than Almighty Allah will permit me. Partly because an occasional visitor does seem to wander on to the pages of IslamicSolutions.Com.
Is it all my Nafs? Maybe it is. Translate Nafs as Ego Trip. That should help you to understand.
But at the same time, it has been and continues to be a trip whose exhilaration words cannot describe. And whose tangible payoffs include the fact that in seeking to invite others, I discovered Islam for myself.
And in working to teach others the Qur’an, I found myself face to face with the light of Almighty Allah shining the way for me to traverse the unspeakable magic and mysteries of the Qur’an.
So, part of my work, especially that of tangling with the Muslims through their e-mails in the midst of their deafening silences, is now done. At least so it seems. But the work continues.
For, Allah is forever. And so is Allah’s work.
So, we live for that work. And we die doing that work. Not only because that is the right thing to do, but also because there is nothing in this entire world that could be better for us to do than this work.
And once again, I summarize the work as follows:
It is doing everything legal, lawful, legitimate, nice, sweet, gentle, wonderful, peaceful and glorious in your power to make the world of Allah, and the lives of the creation of Allah better than you found it when you arrived in this world.
And that means for every human being on planet earth: male or female, child or adult, black or white, Muslim or non-Muslim, believer or non-believer.
And for every animal.
And for every plant and tree.
How is that for a definition of Islam?
That is what we are told to do. And that is the dotted line on which we signed.
Wa Bi-Dhaalika Umirtu wa Ana Awwalul Muslimeen!