I wish someone would tell me how many times a human heart pumps blood during the course of a 60-year life span – all the same way.
Or how many times the sun rises and sets the same way in a 1000-year period.
And how I wish some learned scholar of Islam will explain to me how the way of doing prayers (Salaat) has changed in Islam over the past 1400 years, because it has not.
Not even an iota.
Because even today Salaat or Islamic Prayer is the same old process of:
- Making intention;
- Facing Ka’abah in Makkah;
- Standing upright;
- Making intention;
- Reciting from the Qur’an;
- Bending from the waist;
- Prostrating halfway;
- Sitting on bended knees;
- Chanting all the prayers and chants;
- And turning left and right to say to the whole world on each side:
- “God Bless You!”
- “God Bless You!”
Isn’t that how the Salaat or Prayer has gone on since the time of the Prophet, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, 14 long centuries ago?
Isn’t that how it has been repeated, day after day, night after night, and in place after place, in what is perhaps the greatest ongoing and living miracle of all time, for all these one thousand four hundred years – the way Muslims perform their daily prayers called Salaat?
Isn’t that in itself a most amazing miracle that anyone can see with their own eyes anywhere, anytime?
So why should those working for Allah, at any time or in any place, complain or feel bad about the constancy of their method, or the invariance of their message, or the redundancy of what they do in the path of Allah?
For, their message is eternal and immortal.
And it is simplicity itself: God is one and Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, is God’s messenger and prophet.
That message never changes.
That is how it has been and that is how it shall be – till the end of time.
And repeating it is what keep the world going.
And their method is the best that anyone can devise: purity of motives and intentions on the one hand and, on the other hand, utilization of means and methods that are the best and finest and noblest in the entire world.
That approach to the choice of methods does not change either.
So, why should a message and a method like that ever change?
Or how can those with a message and a methodology like that ever fail or falter?
For their message and method has the same constancy and durability as the rising of the sun in the sky and the leaping and splashing of the waves in the ocean.
And their success also is just as assured as the rising of the sun in the sky and the soaring of the waves in the ocean and the blowing of the winds between heaven and earth.”
Wa Lan Tajida Lisunnatillahi Tabdeela, says God Almighty in the Qur’an.
Paraphrase: You shall not find Allah’s way changing or faltering.
Those Who Look for Truth Hard Enough Shall Find It
Those who look for God shall find him.
Provided they look for him hard enough and well enough and seriously enough.
And those that seek the truth in this world shall find it.
For, that is God’s way in his world.
- They are sincere;
- Have a measure of humility;
- Are truly committed to their goal;
- And remain steadfast and persistent in their search.
If they are all that, truth then shall come to them in God’s own good time, place and scale – as everything else would and does.
As the Qur’an says, “Everything God does is most meticulously measured.”
Kullu shai-y-in indahu bi-miqdaar.
Another little miracle of an Aayat – passage of the Qur’an – in your hands.
Seize the Moment, and Move with Allah’s Light, Your Wonders to Perform
Every moment in your life is a wonder. And every breath you take is a miracle from God.
And your heart is constantly changing and vibrating with the power and majesty of Allah to reflect his will in and through you.
And the light of Allah, while eternal and constant, strikes the prism of human hearts differently at different times.
We need to hold on to the moments of light and clarity Allah brings us, and move forward along the paths illumined for us, and not allow ourselves to stagnate or regress.
Working for Allah Is the Best Way to Cope with Life’s Challenges
The world is full of problems – some small, some big; some comparatively easy to solve and some that defy solution.
One solution to many of the problems we face – and certainly one way of coping with life and its challenges in general – is to move forward with the work of Allah that we have chosen to do, and that has been given to us, which includes:
- Our production and distribution of literature;
- Our meetings and Dhikr sessions;
- Our service activities;
- Our aid and humanitarian projects;
- Our time with the Qur’an;
- Our outreach efforts;
- Our activities to invite people to Allah;
And everything else that we do of that nature.
True Dimensions of Muslim Identity
Time was when most Muslims used to worry about their Islamic Identity.
Islam, interpreted in a very broad, inclusive and proactive sense, defined who the Muslims were; what they did; and what some of their fundamental orientations and priorities in life were.
Muslims were by and large grateful, happy and proud that God’s mercy had rescued them from their mindless enslavement to narrow and often pagan tribal, ethnic, regional, linguistic, nationalistic and materialistic identities of the past – what the Qur’an calls “Jaahiliyyah” – and given them instead an overarching new identity of global and timeless dimensions of the kind that no one can imagine and nothing can rival, and called it “Muslim.”
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