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DR.PASHA | July 06, 2011 | Section: Articles | 2094 reads


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Working for Allah is living and dying for Allah, as the Qur’an quotes Prophet Abraham (May God Bless Him!) as saying.

Working for Allah is living every moment as if you see Allah and he sees you, as Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, said.

Working for Allah is helping and serving all of God’s creation everywhere and in every form.

Working for Allah is living and working in this world as if this life will last forever.

Working for Allah is preparing to leave this world as if it will happen tomorrow.

Working for Allah is doing all that Allah requires of you as if this were your last day on earth.

Working for Allah is honoring your parents; it is showing kindness, respect and affection to your spouse; and it is loving and providing the best for your children.

Working for Allah is loving your neighbor like yourself; and it is treating others how you would want them to treat you.

Working for Allah is offering a blessing and a greeting of peace and joy to everyone: those you know as well as those you don’t know.

Allah’s work is helping friends; forgiving enemies; and showing compassion to the afflicted and the needy, regardless of who or what they are.

Working for Allah is being generous almost to a fault; it is giving even when you have nothing much to give.

Working for Allah is feeding others when you go hungry yourself.

Allah’s work is educating the world and inviting people to God.

Working for Allah is ensuring peace, security, justice and stability around the world.

And it is fighting tyranny, injustice, cruelty and oppression against anyone anywhere.

And it is working tirelessly to make sure that God’s world is better tomorrow for everyone of God’s creation than it is today – and that means every Jew, Christian, Hindu and Muslim on the one hand and every bird, beast, fish and plant on the other hand.

It is for this that God created us: to work for him; to work for his world.

And it is to invite us all to do this – to work for him; to work for his world – that he sent his noble prophets, may Allah Bless Them All, into this world.

To paraphrase what God All-Mighty says in the Qur’an: “I created human beings so they would serve me.”

How can anyone – Muslim or non-Muslim – say no to something like this?

And how can anyone go wrong with a life full of commitment to something like this?

And anyone with any sense, if they won’t work for Allah, who will they work for?


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The More Time You Spend Working for Allah, the More Time You Have for Your Own Work

Allah bless the man who once made the comment I paraphrase here.

He said: “The more time you spend doing “Allah’s work,” the more time you seem to have on your hands for your own “personal work.”

And, conversely, the less time you spend doing Allah’s work, the less time there seems to be for your own personal work – if there is such a thing as that.” 

Allahu Akbar, what a sentiment! What a thought!

Does anyone else feel the way this gentleman seems to feel, because I can see quite clearly what he means?

Or is it a special line God Almighty opens up to some people, much to the envy of the rest of us?


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No Fool Could Be More Dangerous Than an Ignorant Fool

I don’t know if this is called a redundancy or a tautology, or even gibberish, but it strikes me that there is no fool more dangerous than an ignorant fool.

From an Islamic perspective, ignorance is not bliss.

In Islam, there is no equivalency between knowledge and ignorance: Hal yastawilladheena ya’lamoona walladheena laa ya’lamoon, the Qur’an asks.


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Blessing the World Nonstop Is What Islam Is All About

Today’s definition of Islam, if you have not heard it from me before, and even if you have: “Blessing the World – the whole world – without regard to race or religion, and without regard to gender, class or nationality.

How sad it is for me to tell you at this stage in the history of the world that that is precisely what Muslims all over the world actually do – Twenty-Four-Seven: Bless the World!

And, I suspect, that is not something anyone else in the world does.


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Advice to a University Student Pursuing Graduate Studies

Here is a paraphrase of an advice given to a fairly brilliant post-graduate university student who wrote to apologize, and provide some excuses, for not being able to be as active as before in what we have been calling Working for Allah.

The student’s explanations included the following: continued and more focused work on the methodology and literature review parts of the thesis; concurrent work on a new competitive and refereed scholarly conference paper; preoccupation with tests that seem to be getting tougher.

Advice?

“May Allah help and bless you. Right now, your thesis, your tests and your conference papers are your Islam. So, make sure you stay with your Islam.

At the same time, also make sure you do not abandon “Allah’s Work” – which is basically doing your own work; doing your family’s work; doing your neighbors’ work; as well as doing everybody else’s work – when you are done navigating these rough patches of your student life, and things get a bit smoother and easier.”

How I wish Muslims would seek clarity in life –and in relation to Islam, which is what life is all about.

And which is also what Islam is all about. For, in Islam, life and Islam are synonymous.

Confusing? Sit down and work on it and you will see how amazingly clear it really is.

And, oh how I wish Muslims would at least accept clarity when it is offered to them, as it is being done here, on a platter as they say!

God bless the Muslims. And God bless his world.



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