Today, More than Ever before, Islam Is What the World Needs
Considering all that is going on in the world today, one conclusion seems clear and inescapable: The world needs Islam today more than ever before.
Islam that is derived directly from the Qur’an and Sunnah (the life and example of Allah’s Rasul, Sallallahu Alaihi Wassallam) and Islam that is truly responsive to the realities and complexities of the world in which we live.
So, it seems to me, our work -- the work of taking the Qur’an to every home and heart that needs it, and which one does not -- never ends.
And to this end we have to continue to recommit ourselves every moment of our lives.
Whatever Happened to the Jum’ah Khutbah that Allah Gave?
And that Allah’s Rasul, Sallallahu Alaihi Wassallam, Practiced and Delivered to the Muslims?
Where Did that Khutbah Go?
I do not know what other people do, or have, but Allah gave us, Muslims, Jum’ah and Jum’ah Khutbah as an instrument of comprehensive social, “religious,” political, economic and cultural reform, revival and regeneration. Based on that alone, that is using the Jum’ah Khutbahs alone, Muslims can easily clean the state of Muslims -- and the state of the world -- and build a new and better world for everybody wherever they are, in whichever part of the world.
But Muslims have effectively abandoned the Jum’ah Khutbah the way it was practiced and delivered to them by Allah’s Rasul, Sallallahu Alaihi Wassallam, and managed to blunt the potency and potential of Jum’ah Khutbahs pretty much everywhere in the world.
And then the Muslims wonder why the world is the way it is and why the world is treating them the way it does.
Only Muslims Can Defeat Muslims?
Dr. Pasha has repeatedly pointed out how only Muslims can defeat Muslims. That seems to be the Muslim story -- forever.
Use that model to interpret the events in the world today -- or at any time in the past -- and it’s amazing how the model fits every time and how clear things become.
But it seems that the large majority of Muslims just couldn’t care less about the world. They are consumed by their own passions and preoccupations -- sports, entertainment, business, whatever else.
A Thought about Muslims
Muslims are indeed quite a people and they always seem to want to do their own thing -- never mind what Islam really is and never mind what’s happening to the world.
Muslims may certainly be psychologically and emotionally scarred by how the world treats them -- by all that the world says about them and to them and by what the world does to them. But part of being Muslim also is to accept responsibility for your own state of being in this world -- and by extension for the state of the world, the way the world is, and for what the world has become under the watch of the Muslims.
At the same time, Muslims must give some thought to how easily they are manipulated and managed by others. It seems as if others do not even have to work hard or try seriously anymore: Muslims do the work for their enemies and detractors.
The more you think, the more the prophecy of Allah’s Rasul, Sallallahu Alaihi Wassallam, seems to be manifesting itself in the life of the Muslims and the world.
Does the expression of the Hadith “Ghuthaa’ Ka Ghuthaa-is-Sail” ring a bell anywhere? An expression that seems to express and foretell the sad but utter irrelevance and worthlessness of Muslims in the world.
Our goal is to take the Qur’an to every home and heart that needs it and which one does not.
Our first target in this regard is to reach anyone who is someone, anywhere, and can read English, and put our books and literature in their hands.
Cooperation Commandment of the Qur’an:
“Working with Others!”
We are Muslims. And part of Islam is working with people -- “Working with Others” that is.
“Cooperating with Others” is how the Qur’an puts it. The Qur’an says to Believers: “Cooperate!”
And this cooperation, as the Qur’an makes it clear, must always be in “Good Things.” And never in “Bad Things.”
That is (A) “Cooperate.”
And (B) “Cooperate Only in Good Things, and never in Bad Things.”
If the world today only followed this simple commandment by the Qur’an, what a beautiful, enjoyable, and nice place this world would be!
And what a perfect and unfailing recipe this Cooperation Commandment of the Qur’an is for peace in our own domestic lives; for peace and productivity in our various organizations and working groups; for peace and tranquility in our neighborhoods and communities; for peace and bliss in our societies and countries; and finally for peace throughout the world.
Are there any takers?
Speechless in God’s Universe?
Just Say: “Alhamdu Lillah!”
How often has it happened to how many of us: We all end up saying, more often than not, more frequently than we should, how speechless we are! How overcome we are with life and its kaleidoscopic situations.
How we are short of words and expressions as it were. How we don’t know what to say, for example. That is, how we are short of the right thing to say.
I am sure this is true of most if not all of us.
But here is what I think: Why are we speechless to begin with, why are we short of words in God’s Universe?
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