The True Nature of Our Work
The fact is, the true nature of our work does not change. Regardless of where we are.
And, so far as we are concerned, it does not make a difference whether we are, like Ibrahim, Alaihis Salam, a Nation of One.
Or a multitude of 10,000,000,000 — ten billion people. And that is a lot more people than there are on this earth right now.
The fact is, and may Allah make it so, that we have committed ourselves to one supreme goal: To Take the Qur’an to Every Home and Heart that Needs It — And Which One Does Not?
And in doing this, we understand, we will have to:
(a) Nudge the Ummat of Islam ever so gently back to the tracks, and infuse it with the new breath and energy it requires to live out the rest of its life on earth as God Almighty’s Khalifah and as Khayir Ummah.
(b) Produce whatever literature and tools such an undertaking would require.
(c) Explain and clarify the fundamental concepts (Kitab) and practices (Hikmah) of Islam to the world, one concept and one practice at a time.
(d) Invite every man, woman and child in the world to Allah, and to their basic roots of Islam, in the nicest and the most wonderful possible way.
This understanding of the nature of our works springs directly from the pages of the Qur’an. And it is guided and shaped by the most glorious life, words, example and actions of Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihis Salam.
And it builds, as it should, on the unshakable foundation of Salaat, Zakaah, Siyaam and Hajj.
But it goes way, way beyond them and spills out, throughout the rest of our life, and in every single aspect of our earthly existence, as an unceasing and all-out struggle, Jihaad, using nothing but the most beautiful of means, and having as our goal nothing but Salaam:
the most complete and comprehensive peace, joy, success,
liberty and glory in the life of every human being on earth.
And it commits us to the goals of equality and justice and freedom for all:
male as well as female; friends as well as foes;
those who are with us as well as those who may be against us.
For, we are an inseparable part of the Divine Process and Mission of Rahmah, Love and Mercy for the Entire Universe as encapsulated in the Clarion Declaration of the Qur’an:
Wa Maa Arsalnaaka Illaa Rahmatan Lil ‘Aalameen.
That is the true nature of our work and our mission and our commitment in this world. May Almighty Allah make it so.
Consequently, everything we do, whether it is something big or small, and whether it is so-called “religious” or so-called “secular,” is undertaken and carried out as integral to this overall purpose and process.
Regardless of what specific things we do, whether it is memorizing parts of the Qur’an; doing a Khatm of the Qur’an; writing, reading, broadcasting or distributing literature; organizing and holding camps, conferences, training sessions; or whether it is the standard Ibaadaat like Hajj, Zakaat and everything else.
Our activities are not random or disjointed. They are all interconnected and goal-directed.
As Ibrahim, Alaihis Salam, put it, the Qur’an says:
Inna Salaatee wa Nusukee wa Mahyaaya wa Mamaatee
Lillahi Rabbil Aalameen.
“Every single element, moment, part and aspect of my life is
dedicated to work for Allah the Master of the Worlds.
For, that indeed is our mandate from God almighty. Again, quoting Ibrahim, Alaihis Salam, in the Qur’an:
Wa Bi-Dhaalika Umirtu,
Wa Ana Awwalul Muslimeen!
“For, that indeed is my mandate.
And I am going to be the first one to accept it
and to submit to it.”
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