Muslims are amazing. And they are going to Jannat, right?
And they have the most amazing ways of expressing themselves.
Used to be, Muslims would say, and I mean Good Muslims, when someone said to them, Hey, we all should be working hard to learn Islam, and to invite people to Islam, and to teach Islam to people, Good Muslims, upon hearing this would say “Of Course, Ameen! May Allah Make Us Work Hard and Do All That!”
To me it meant something like:
Hey, you want me to do something for your God,
go tell him to “Make Me Do It.”
It used to amaze me. This reaction from Good Muslims, when reminded of our work and of our responsibilities in this world. I wish I could say “amuse” me, but, frankly, it was too painful to be amusing.
So, I would tell the folks, Hey, look, the idea is for you to get your act together, and get on with what you must do. It is not about firing off another quick Du’a to Allah asking him to “make you” do your work.
And I would use examples like, Hey, how many of you ask Allah to make you go to the mechanic to fix your car or to the gas station to fill up your car?
Or make you tie your shoelaces?
Or “make you” wash your face and brush your teeth?
So, why and how is this different? When it comes to Working for Allah?
Of course, it is a given that Allah is the “true” — I had to put that in — actor with regard to everything in our life.
And also, if you ask me again, the “only” actor!
But that is not what they are thinking and saying, these Good Muslims. It is just a Reflex Action they had developed over the years when it came to Islam and things Islamic.
At bottom, it is a Psychic Disconnect of sorts from Reality.
After a while, they changed, the Good Muslims I mean, and that is partly why I call them Good Muslims, and started to accept Personal and Individual Responsibility for what they should be doing to preach and teach Islam to themselves and to everyone else in this world.
Sometimes it strikes me, Muslims are willing to learn. It is just that we are fast running out of people to teach them.
And many of those clamoring for Muslim attention from every street corner, it appears to me, are too often after Muslim Money more than they are after the Minds and Souls of Muslims!
And after Muslim Education and Wellbeing.
The way Allah’s Rasul, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, used to be.
And the way the Qur’an said he would be — and he was:
“Always solicitous of you.
And always concerned about your wellbeing.”