So, in reality, some of what I said earlier is some of what or who the Muslims were supposed to be. The kind the Qur’an talks about. That is their true profile – in the Qur’an.
Their true identity and their true mission in life.
That is why I wish Muslims of today were Muslims of the Qur’an. Not necessarily Muslims of yesterday, because that they can never be. For Islam is not about yesterday, but rather about today and tomorrow. But Muslims of the Qur’an, which they can always aspire and work to be.
And that is what will make them Muslims of tomorrow – contemporary in every age and comfortable in every place, because they will be the Muslims of the Qur’an.
As someone once said: Har mulk mulk-i-maast, ki mulk-i-khudaa-i-maast!
Paraphrase: We are at home everywhere, for all land is our land as it is our God’s land.
Muslims of the Qur’an
That is why I wish Muslims of today were the Muslims of the Qur’an. And they were the Muslims of the kind, Rasul, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, built, one by one, and left behind in this world.
And left the world of Allah in their care and custody.
So, the flood of divine mercy and blessing that you so ruthlessly unleash, Muslims – in fact you unleash it quite so nonchalantly, because I don’t think many of you even have a clue what you are doing – is stopped by what river, what mountain, what ocean and what national border or custom or military checkpoint?
Think Muslims, think. It will do you good – to think I mean. At least that is what Allah says – in his book. Islam is for thinking people, he says, and so is the Qur’an.
Islam is not, and the Qur’an is not – in fact nothing good and useful in this world really is – for the deliberately and willfully deaf and dumb and for the arrogantly mindless, heartless and clueless.
The Miracle of Collateral Blessings
And then, ladies and gentlemen, what about Collateral Blessings? Collateral Damage – what an expression! Just like Saturation Bombing! Did you ever think about that, Muslims?
Did you give any thought to all those innocent, naive bystanders who may be just standing around – or liming as some people would say in Trinidad in the West Indies – close to a target when you call in an aerial bombardment of your Smart Salaam?
What happens to them? Are they all going to be salaamed over by your blessing attack?
And is there such a thing as a primary target of Salaam – of Allah’s blessing – vs. a secondary or a tertiary target?
I don’t know, folks, I just don’t know. All I am doing is asking the questions. You go and find out the answers and then give them to me if you are kind enough to do so.
And of course there is no chance of your Salaam – coming directly from God, as it does – ever missing a target and landing on a neighbor’s house, is there? But what will you do if it does and fills their house with God’s mercy and blessing? How do you plan to stop that?
Again, I don’t know any of this stuff. I am just doing the asking. You go find the answers.
But trust me I am having a lot of “fun” asking these questions, Mashallah.
And when I turn around and look, all that meets my eye is miracle after miracle after miracle with which the Qur’an, Islam, the world of God Almighty and the lives of even the most ordinary of Muslims are filled.
© 2007 Syed Husain Pasha
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