Work More, Not Less
The way to Work for Allah is always to try to do more. Not less.
Not very different from the way we work for what we think is our Dunya.
Who among us does not want for themselves and for their family members:
a) More education?
b) Better jobs?
c) Higher salaries?
d) Higher profits in business?
So also, when it comes to Working for Allah, try and go for more, not for less.
Does that make sense to anybody?
Number of Visitors to IslamicSolutions.Com
Does the thought sometimes cross our mind that maybe IslamicSolutions.Com should have more visitors than it does presently?
Of course it does. And, frankly, we wouldn’t be human if it did not.
But, also quite frankly, given the record of this world, and in particular of this Ummat, with the Qur’an, and the Hadith, we should be out of our mind to complain.
At IslamicSolutions.Com, we are about Islam, not about technology. Even though our motto in anything and everything that we do remains: You Touch It, You Nail It.
And for us, with regard to anything and everything we handle: Best Or Nothing.
That is not because we are so good. It is because that to us is basic, elementary Islam.
For us, Islam is not a home for losers; and it is not a hideout for second-raters and also-rans.
To us, it is self-evident that if Islam is good enough to be called Allah’s Deen, it is good enough to be considered the Best.
Innad Deena Indallahil Islam.
But still, at IslamicSolutions.Com, technology is neither our focus nor our priority. Nor is it a matter of pride or joy for us.
We would rather be wrong and deficient a million times on questions of technology than be wrong one single time about the Deen of Allah.
The one who created the Seven Heavens without a single crack or rupture or imperfection in them:
Maa Taraa Fee Khalqir Ramaani Min Tafaawut.
Hal Taraa Min Futoor?
So, when it comes to anything pertaining to the world, we are always guided by the canon that nothing less than the Best of the Best is acceptable to us -- no matter how often and how blatantly we may fall short of that ideal, while making our best efforts to reach and breach it.
But when it comes to Allah’s Deen, whatever it is and however you define and measure it, even the minutest deviation, departure, shortcoming, distortion or misrepresentation is not acceptable to us.
And it is our firm belief, and our most fervent hope and prayer, that anything we say on IslamicSolutions.Com is Islam and nothing but Islam.
For, that is the goal that we have committed ourselves to.
That is part of the reason why take the precautions we do, and exercise the care and caution we exercise, when it comes to adding anything to IslamicSolutions.com or omitting anything from it.
Including colors and pictures and font sizes and punctuation marks -- and all else.
Who Is Using Us?
Question is not if we are being used, the question is Who Is Using Us: Allah or the Devil?
I am not denying the existence of Free Will in human life. In Islam, Free Will is a founding postulate. That means something that is taken for granted at the most basic level.
Everyone knows Islam is about submission. And those without Free Will do not “submit.” They just “succumb.”
They are designed to do what they end up doing: To say yes and do as told.
They are nothing but robots and automatons, mere nodes -- different points -- on the cosmic Reflex Arc.
Saying “No” is not an option for them.
But still this is how Allah’s world works: You are being used.
The only question is who is using you.
a) Allah and those working for him?
b) Or the Devil, Shaitan, and those working for him?
And as you live, you will know. But here is a clue.
If you see yourself impelled, called upon and facilitated to do Good Things, you should know that Allah is the one using you.
Lammatun Minal Malaki!
That is how the Hadith puts it.
When that happens, you should immediately turn to Allah and ask him to fortify you further. You should become very, very careful you do not slip up and you do not become arrogant and conceited and smug.
There are all kinds of Du’as that can help you in this respect, including the following:
Allahumma Yaa Muqallibal Quloob … (Al-Hadith)
Allahumma Yaa Musarrifal Quloob … (Al-Hadith)
Rabbanaa Laa Tuzigh Quloobanaa … (Al-Aayah)
If, on the other hand, you find yourself pulled and propelled to do Bad Things, then you should realize that it is the Devil’s hand that is moving and using you.
You should then immediately check yourself and try to get back on track.
Again, there are all kinds of Du’as and Awuraad to help you. Not the least of which is Ta’awwuz -- A’oozu Billahi …
And the two Mu’awwidhatayin…
Qul A-oodu Bi-Rabbil Falaq.
And Qul A-oodu Bi-Rabbin Naas.
Constant vigilance is called for, because Shaitan is subtle and invisible. And he is patient and persistent in pursuing you.
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