While I have all these reservations about Meetings and Committees, I want to leave no doubt that Meetings and Committees are important.
And often they are indispensable tools of democracy -- and Islam, which in many ways comes down to being the same thing.
Meetings and Committees are generally the instruments through which a free people exercises Power and Participation in a Democratic Society.
In the language of Islam, it is called Shoora.
In Islam, Shoora means grass-roots democratic participation and involvement on the part of a Free People -- at all levels.
Without such broad-based participation, chanting the name of Islam is mere lipservice.
At worse, it is a way to hoodwink people and distract them from knowing, demanding and working to realize their basic human rights.
So, Committees and Meetings are an instrument of Shoora -- of Islam that is.
To be effective, Committees must be freely elected and fairly nominated.
And they must be efficiently run.
Members and Leadership of Committees must make the best and most efficient use of the time and resources available to them.
And they must be constantly aware of their accountability before God -- and before Society.
That is Islam.
Islam Above and Islam Below
God above, that is Islam.
People below, that is Islam.
God’s government in heaven -- and everywhere else. That is Islam.
People’s government on earth. That is Islam.
People’s elected government, fair and honest and God-fearing, run based on God’s immutable guidance in Scripture. That is God’s Kingdom on Earth.
Education: The Missing Link of Islam and Muslims
Qur’an says Islam is all about Education.
Allah defines Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam’s, mission on earth as Education.
Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, said, all he was is an Educator.
Innamaa bu’ithtu mu’alliman is how he put it.
So, no matter how you look at it, Education is everything in and about Islam.
And Education also is the key to everything good and wonderful in this world.
And yet Education is Muslims’ Missing Link to reality, to Islam and to God.
And even now, after the passage of a millennium and a half to the arrival of Islam on earth, Muslims worry about everything except Education.
And they are among the least educated people in the world.
Who but Muslims can do something like that and get away with it?
Pushing the Envelope
Islam is getting out of one’s comfort zone and taking a good look at the world around.
It is pushing the envelope of one’s ideas and beliefs and critically examining the foundations in which those beliefs and ideas are rooted.
That is what the Qur’an came to teach people. And that is what Islam is.
Love and Tolerance
Islam is living in peace and amity with everyone and everything around you.
It is showing love and tolerance even toward those who will show you none and will give you no quarter.
As a Muslim, your house should be the safest place on earth for the little babies of your worst enemies, even of those who may have raped your women and butchered your babies.
That is what Islam teaches and that is what Muslims demonstrated throughout their history.
No, such a system could not have been devised by mere mortals. Only God, the creator of all, the most compassionate and loving, the most compassionate and loving, as he refers to himself repeatedly, could have designed a system like this – for all human beings.
And he did.
That is why Islam spread like wild fire, when it first appeared in Arabia 1400 years ago.
And that is why it will do so again.
Salah or Namaz: A Paragon of “Professional” Conduct
Amateurs do things however they please: randomly; haphazardly; by the seat of their pants, as they say.
Professionals do things the right way.
There is consistency and predictability in the work of professionals – because professionals follow routine and process.
Civilized societies are societies of laws, they say, and not of men.
That means the more a civilization progresses, the more bound and guided it becomes by laws, rules and procedures, and the less it runs based on the whim and convenience of individuals.
We as Muslims should aim at 100 percent professionalism. That means we must follow a certain process and set of procedures in everything we do.
Our work must always be consistent and predictable and perfect.
And it must always be the best that it can possibly be.
Of course, all this within the means, resources and skills God has given us.
But then, as Muslims, it is also our duty to do everything in our power to improve our skills and increase of our means and resources.
I can’t think of a more perfect example of consistency and predictability in Islam -- or anywhere else -- than Salah or Namaz.
That itself is proof, right there, that this Namaz or Salah is not of human design but purely and entirely of divine origin.
The same Takbir, the same recitation from the Qur’an, the same Rukoo’, the same Sajdah, the same Jalsah, the same Tashahhud, and so on and so on, in every Namaz or Salah.
But what makes it all the more of a miracle is not just how perfect it is in every way, but how it was born that way from Day One – 1400 years ago on this earth.
Nothing changed. Nothing morphed.
How do you explain something like that in purely human terms?
If people saw Muslims doing Salah or Namaz and they analyzed and tried to understand what Muslims were doing, that alone would be enough to make someone a Muslim, no matter what background they may come from.
That is how mind-bogglingly consistent, predictable and perfect the routine of the Salah or Namaz is in every respect – every time and everywhere.
Islam and Muslims Face Insider Threat
All of us must always bear in mind that if our work of wanting to take the Qur’an to every home and heart has any merit at all, two things will happen.
A) It will draw test after test from Allah, to which Allah will subject us, to find out who among us is telling the truth, when we claim to love Allah and serve his creation, and who is not.
That is directly from the Qur’an.
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