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-worldization- Christianization

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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