Allah's path is clear -- straight
(Bringing Islam to the World One Concept at a Time!
Taking the Qur'an to Every Home and Heart that Needs It --
And which One Does Not?)
Allah's path is clear -- and straight.
And that path is the path of the Qur'an.
It is the Qur'an.
Allah did not put any crookedness in it.
Hear the Qur'an say it:
Al-Hamdu Lillahil Ladhi Anzala
`Ala `Abdihil Kitaba Wa Lam Yaj`al-lahu `Iwajaa.
So, Allah's path is the path of the Qur'an. And it is a straight path.
And, once again, Allah did not put any crookedness in it.
And it is a solid, firm path, able to withstand heavy traffic.
Qayyiman! says the Qur'an.
But the central question is this: What is the purpose of this path? Where is that path supposed to take you?
Muslims will say: To Allah, of course.
And then they will say, that path will take you to Jannat. Because that is where we all want to go.
And that is where the Muslim problem seems to come from, at least in part: this seeming obsession with Jannat -- and Aakhirat -- often at the expense of the Duniya.
Of here and now.
Muslims forget that the path to Aakhirah invariably passes through Dunya. That means when you fix your Duniya, using Allah's guidance in the Qur'an, your Aakhirah will automatically take care of itself.
And that is what the Qur'an is making explicit in the following words:
Liyundhira Ba'saan Shadidaan Min Ladunhu.
Paraphrase and extrapolation:
The Qur'an came so people will take it to every home and heart that needs it
-- and which one does not.
Qayyiman, says the Qur'an.
It is strong and firm and well established and well anchored.
This path that the Qur'an came to show us.
Our assigned job seems to be for those of us who embrace the Qur'an to take that Qur'an and to warn everybody in the world of the most terrible consequences should they fail to heed God Almighty's call and mend their ways in this world.
This was the sole purpose of the formation of what the Qur'an refers to as: Khair Ummat. In other words, of the raising up of the Muslim Ummat as an ideology-based people and as a purpose-oriented missionary nation.
Make no mistake, that is who the Muslims are supposed to be: a Missionary Nation.
But the radar -- your GPS -- that helps you to navigate Allah's path can get clouded -- and cause you to get lost.
And the way it gets clouded is when you throw some Hawaa in its working.
Hawaa is a very serious concept in the Qur'an. Muslims cavalierly translate it as "base desire." But in reality it is nothing of the kind.
It simply means your own personal opinion and judgment. It is another way of saying self-interest.
A great deal of what people do is -- both Muslim and non-Muslim -- Hawaa Worship.
That means, instead of putting God's way first, they put their own thinking first.
A Fa-Ra-aita Manittakhadha Ilaahahu Hawaahu!
People who seem to have a "God Complex," what do you think of them?
A-Fa-anta Takoonu Alaihi Wakeelaa?
Do you think you really can get them to change their ways?
That is what Allah asks Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam.
And by extension, that question seems to be directed at all of us, who are engaged in the pursuit of taking the Qur'an to every home and heart that needs it -- and which one does not?