Absolutely, Allah is the doer and he is the actor. And he has all the power. And we have none.
But you have been told you have responsibility. And you have been given the power. So, get up and assume the responsibility. And feel the power.
You have been commanded to act. So, dust up and start acting.
So, even though Iman comes from Allah — just as everything else does — it is, nevertheless, our job, our duty, our responsibility to find out what we need to do to make our Iman better and stronger and more up-to-date.
So, we need to train ourselves to take personal responsibility for everything in our life — from getting groceries from the store and getting cars fixed to getting our Salaat repaired and our Iman improved.
That is what it means to be a real human being in the real world that God Almighty created for us.
Huwalladhee Khalaqa Lakum Maa Fil Ardi Jamee’aa!
And that is the protocol: We must do what we are ordered to do.
Wa Bi-Dhaalika Umirtu,
Wa Ana Awwalul Muslimeen.
“That is what I am ordered to do.
And I am going to be the first to fall in line!”
Allahu Akbar! If this is not perfection in words, then what is it?
And don’t you think words like these could have come only from Almighty God? And that this Qur’an, from which these words are taken, cannot be from any source other than Almighty God himself?