Islam Is Coping with the Seemingly Impossible
(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 says in the Qur’an, what I am paraphrasing here, if he had set down this Qur’an on a mountain, the mountain would have turned to dust.
Khaashi’an Mutasaddi’an Min Khashyatillah!
And Allah tells us in the Qur’an to fear the day that will turn children into old people and the sky is about to burst with it.
Yawuman Yaj’alul Wildaana Sheebaa!
And Allah asks us in the Qur’an why we should be left alone just because we say “We Believe!” and we should not be put to test just like everybody else -- like all those people before us?
A-Hasibannaasu An-Yutrakoo An-Yaqooloo Aamannaa wa Hum Laa Yuftanoon?
And then Allah say in the Qur’an take your chances and tell the truth; speak straight; and let things fall where they may. If you did some straight talking, and said the right thing, Allah will fix the affairs of both worlds for you.
He will straighten out your worldly affairs.
And he will also forgive your sins.
It is as if you are guaranteed the best of both worlds. And all of that just for being honest and telling the truth.
And for speaking straight.
Qooloo Qawulan Sadeedaa.
Yuslih Lakum A’amaalakum!
Wa Yaghfir Lakum Dhunoobakum!
When human beings lie and dissemble and hide facts; when they try to ration reality; when they try to dole out truth in small and what they think are safe and manageable doses; they are trying to play God.
They believe by being “nice,” in the wrong place at the wrong time, by sugarcoating things, by keeping the bitter pills of truth from their family, friends and loved ones, they are managing things better; they are controlling reality in a wiser and smarter way; and they are altogether on top of things.
My advice to them: “Go, Read Your Qur’an!“
Go, read in the Qur’an the stories of Ibrahim, Alaihis Salam; Nooh, Alaihis Salam; Musa, Alaihis Salam; Lut, Alaihis Salam; Hud, Alaihis Salam; Saalih, Alaihis Salam; and Shu’aib, Alaihis Salam.
A general word of caution to everyone is “Beware, This Tiger Could Be Dangerous to Ride!“
So, think a million times before you jump on the back of this tiger and decide to ride it -- the tiger of so-called “Working for Allah.”
But once you find yourself on the tiger’s back, “Double Beware!! Stay put. And never even think of jumping off. For then you will land right into the mouth of the tiger!”
Yunus, Alaihis Salam, tried it.
He jumped off the back of the tiger -- and tried to run away. Only to end up in the belly of the whale, where he spent endless time saying sorry to Allah and begging him for mercy, till Allah relented and got him out.
Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, never at any time even remotely contemplated changing anything Allah had sent down to him. But that did not prevent Allah from warning him in the starkest language that if he were ever to do anything to alter or dilute Allah’s message, Allah will then grab him and cut off his head.
Like I said, Go, Read Your Qur’an!
But here is the real catch:
Riding the Tiger, as I have called it, is not a matter of choice.
It is a most pressing and inescapable personal obligation of every single adult male and female among us.
So, the bitter pill is this:
What kind of Muslims are they that cannot hand out a single little pamphlet or a piece of paper about Islam to a single non-Muslim in a 50-year lifetime?
To catch them by the shoulders, and to shake them up nicely, and to ask them that question in a straightforward manner is the greatest favor anyone could do to them.
And in doing that, we would have, those of us who would do it, taken the first step toward discharging the least of our obligations to God and to our fellow-human beings, especially of the Muslim kind.
Especially in far off places like the West Indies and South America.
And by not doing that, for whatever reason, we would betray God; betray humanity; betray Muslims; and betray Islam.
And if we think reading the Qur’an, and more and more of it, is a substitute activity that will make up for our not hitting the street and inviting both Muslims and non-Muslims to Allah, then we just don’t know the first thing about Islam.
How happy Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, would have been, just staying in the cave and talking to the angel.
Go study his life for the next 23 years. You would then know what it is you are supposed to do in your own life as a Muslim!