“Orphanizing” Islam: Don’t Do It Muslims!
The Outcome Will Not Be Good!
Muslims: don’t orphanize Islam!
Meaning, don’t treat Islam like an orphan. That means don’t turn your back on Islam, and don’t abandon it, when Islam needs you and comes to you asking for your help.
I can’t say: when Islam is in trouble. For, Islam never is – in trouble I mean.
Allah’s Deen marches from glory to glory right before our eyes, whether anyone is able to see it or not.
That is the nature of Islam – of Truth. It is unstoppable!
Sometimes, you need more than the naked eye to see it. You need the smarts of a Believer. The Hadith calls it Firaasatul Mu’min.
Don’t Run and Hide
So, Muslims, don’t run and hide when Islam calls you – which is all the time.
Don’t look to others to do your job. Don’t wait for everyone else to respond to the call of Islam, while you put your eyes down and pretend not to hear.
That is turning your back on Islam. That is part of orphanizing Islam.
And don’t think that way you will be safe from all that is going on around the world in terms of Muslim-baiting and Muslim-hunting.
Read the Qur’an and you will know. The Qur’an is very precise and most succinct in its language. If you thought you will be “safe” by abandoning Islam to its own fate, think again.
No Fortified Fortress Can Protect You
The Qur’an says not even the most fortified fortresses will be able to afford you protection from what Allah wants to inflict upon you – whether it is death or something else.
Wa Low Kuntum Fi Buroojin Mushayyadah!
The thing to know is this: Islam is Allah’s private domain. He says so in the Qur’an. And he guards it jealously, if you will, as they say, that is.
That means, you monkey with it, you pay for it. You are held accountable. And it does not matter who you are: Muslim or non-Muslim.
Don’t Tinker with God’s Tolerance
So, what is happening around the world today in terms of bad-mouthing and maligning and insulting and abusing Islam is nothing but tinkering with God Almighty’s tolerance.
And the games Muslims play with Allah’s Deen is not going to get them bonus points with Allah either.
But this is the general pattern of Muslim behavior throughout history: play games with Allah’s Deen; provoke Allah’s wrath; when Allah yanks their chain, start moping and crying; and then when Allah eases things a bit, go back to their old ways.
Muslims and Non-Muslims Both Forget Their Duty
But what Muslims forget is that all along, no matter when or where, they have a special responsibility: to take Islam – and the Qur’an that embodies Islam in a divine nutshell – to every home and heart that needs it, and which one does not.
The duty of non-Muslims, on the other hand, is to wonder, to inquire, to learn, to evaluate and then to either accept or reject: Allah and his Deen of Islam.
That is Islam: the guarantor of the ultimate in human liberty and dignity! For not just friends but also foes!
That is the job and the responsibility of non-Muslims: to check out things for themselves. And that is a very fair and reasonable burden that God has placed on their shoulders.
After all, their salvation in this world, as well as the next world, depends on it.
Convey the Message of Islam to the World
But the Muslims, their job is to strive mightily, and day and night, and using every lawful and moral means available, provided it is the best and the nicest of means and methods, to convey the message of Islam to non-Muslims.
In every place and in every time.
And to explain to non-Muslims – and to whomever else may be in need of help and explanations and coaching and teaching from among their own fellow-Muslims who may be getting a bit rusty on their Islam – the teachings of Islam.
That is what the Muslims are supposed to do. It is the very purpose of their being on earth – as Muslims.
Muslims and Their Mercenary Mullas and Sheikhs
But the trouble is most Muslims don’t understand this. And their mercenary mullas don’t make it easy for them to understand this either, for, their agendas are a bit at variance compared to what a Muslim’s agenda in general ought to be.
As a result, Muslims do what they are told to do – much of which of course is required of them – such as “praying,” fasting and, well, … in many cases Hajj. One or more Hajj!
The cardinal concept of Zakat – a practice around which Islam’s social and moral fabric is built – tends to languish throughout Muslim habitat, except when itinerant preachers and adventurers come to collect Zakat and other charities to fuel their own plans and purposes.
Whatever Did Muslims Do with Zakaat?
Nobody – well, let us say, not too many people tell the Muslims that in the Qur’an Zakaah is almost invariably in the second place after Salaah or “Prayer.”
All you have to do is to open the Qur’an and read it. How many times out of how many times does the Qur’an couple Zakat with Salaat:
Aqeemus Salaata wa Aatuz Zakaata.
May be a couple of dozen times. I am just throwing that number at you so you will go and check and verify it. And not once did I come across an instance in which the Qur’an said something like: All right everybody, “Do Salaat and then do Siyaam!”
27:0 – That Is the Count, Muslims!
If I am not mistaken, and may Allah forgive and guide me if I am, there is not one single formulation like that in the entire Qur’an. Something like: Salloo wa Soomoo!