Islam Is Doing Your Duty
Islam is the most simple and straightforward thing there is. How can it be otherwise when it is a system designed by the maker and master of the universe to help guide human life on earth?
In real life situations, Islam comes down to every one of us doing their duty at any given time and in any given situation. There is nothing more to it than that.
And in most cases, and in most situations, it is crystal clear for most normal and healthy people what it is that they need to do.
Now read the Hadith Sharif: Al-Halalu Bayyinun, Wal Haramu Bayyinun.
Keep Each Other Fired Up!
It is not enough for good people to do good things by and for themselves.
It is also important for them to keep each other motivated and fired up.
God in Heaven, Human Beings on Earth
Good people must try not only to love God in Heaven, they must also love human beings -- and all of God’s creation -- on earth and seek to serve them the best way they know how.
That is Islam!
God Is Forever
God did NOT come into existence, at any particular point in time -- or place.
He is and shall be forever, and there is no point or place for his beginning -- origin -- or end.
That is God!
As the Qur’an says: Huwal Awwalu wal Aaakhir Waz-Zwahiru Wal Baatin!
He is the first and the last.
And the manifest and the hidden.
And then Qur’an sums it all up elsewhere by saying: Dhaalikumullahu Rabbukum!
That is your God!
That is who God is -- or should be.
Real Islam in a Capsule
Want to know what real Islam is? Here, let me give it to you in capsule form!
“Love God! Serve his world!”
That is Islam in a capsule. Or, call it a nutshell if you wish.
Want to improve on it? Let us see how you do it.
Work and Worship in Islam
In Islam, work is worship.
So, you should do nothing in your work, which you will not do in your worship.
For, the same God is watching you in both places: your place of worship as well as your place of work.
Islam Is Education
If you are a Muslim – even if you are not – you must know this simple truth about Islam: In Islam, education is worship. And of the better and higher kind.
But don’t ask me why so many Muslims in so many places are so far away from the goal of education in their lives and in their societies.
What Muslims Do
Muslims often do these two things:
- When God gives them good leaders, they run and hide, or they play all kinds of games and tricks with them.
- And when Allah gives them bad leaders, they run and throw themselves over
all kinds of cliffs in all kinds of fruitless pursuits.
One of the saddest tragedies in the world is the fact that all too many non-Muslims use their troubled dynamics with the Muslims as an excuse for their ignorance about Islam.
It breaks one’s heart thinking that all too, too many non-Muslims turn their fight with Muslims, their fellow-human beings on this earth, for whatever reason, into a fight with their own creator, God Almighty in Heaven.
Children on the Playground
Human beings are like little children on a playground. They are too busy with their toys and too excited about playing.
It does not occur to them that at any moment their mother will call them and they will have to drop everything and run back home.
“From God we come and to God we shall return” (the Qur’an).
Interdependence of Deen and Dunya
I don’t know how many people will understand if I said, in Islam, Deen is Dunya.
Deen is all things that generally pass for “Religion.”
Deen also refers to the world after death, otherwise known as Aakhirah.
Dunya is this world – all the chores, worries and responsibilities that people deal with during their tenure on earth, while they live in this world.
And in Islam, there is no daylight, as they say these days, no separation or dichotomy, between the two: the Deen and the Dunya.
It is one continuum, two closely and inseparably intertwined dimensions, of the same basic reality of a life of total submission to God Almighty.
So, you take care of one, the other will automatically take care of itself.
You take care of the Dunya, Allah will take care of the Deen and Aakhirah.
To get a fuller perspective on this equation, read the declaration by Ibrahim, Alaihis Salam, in the Qur’an:
Inna Swalaatee Wa Nusukee Wa Mahyaaya Wa Mamaatee Lillahi Rabbil ‘Aalameen.
And reflect on the Hadith Sharif:
Addunya Mazra’atul Aakhirah!
Islam came to teach us all a sublime and superior culture of perfect integrity, honesty, transparency and “Non-Manipulativeness.”
Many Muslims have wandered off miles from that divine culture. We all need to retrace our steps and regroup and retool.
That way, we will be able to build a bright and blessed new future for all of us and for the rest of the world.
That is what Islam came into this world to teach us to do.
Winning Arguments vs. Winning People
In life, the most important thing is not winning arguments, which is what most people try to do, but winning people, which is what Allah does in the Qur’an.
The Sun and the Clouds
When it comes to Islam – and the Qur’an – just consider this: The sun has gone behind the clouds, but the clouds will part and the sun will reappear.
For, that is the nature of the sun and the clouds.
It is part of the perpetual interplay of light and darkness in nature that there are times when the sun comes under a cloud cover. But the clouds must, and do, part, and the sun always reappears.
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