What Exactly Is It that We Are Trying to Accomplish?
Here is what one of us wrote recently -- with appropriate editing:
“I also hope people had a wonderful ‘holiday’ period.
For my part, together with my family, we have been reviewing the aayaat we covered in the Qur’an Program over the years.
It is quite amazing how these aayaat reveal so many different things at different times.
Indeed this is part of the many miracles of the Qur’an,
as it were.”
In response, here is what I want to say:
Allah bless you and your family. You always do the most amazing things.
Personally, you and your family could not have given me a better present, as they say, this “Holiday Season,” than this.
For, this whole thing that we do -- writing, speaking, distributing literature, emailing and everything else -- is about each and everyone of us connecting with Allah and his book, and getting everyone else in the world to do the same.
For, we have no other purpose, object or agenda in our mind. And everything else that we may appear to be doing, or engaged in, whether it is our education, our jobs, our travels, our businesses or our family and social life, is simply means to that end.
Qul Innanee Hadaanee Rabbee
Ilaa Siraatin Mustaqeem…
“Say, my master has put me on a straight path…”
Qul Inna Salaatee wa Nusukee,
wa Mahyaaya wa Mamaatee
Lillahi Rabbil Aalameen.
Wa Bi-Dhaalika Umirtu
wa Ana Awwaul Muslimeen.
“As a result,
My whole life now centers around God Almighty.
I have no divided loyalties of any kind.
And I am indeed the first to say yes to his call.”
“And how can I possibly look for another focus or direction for my life, when God Almighty is the one who owns everything?”
Qul A-Ghayirallahi Abghee Rabban
wa Huwa Rabbu Kulli Shayii?
Being Busy with “Worldly Concerns”
Finding Time to Do “Allah’s Work”
When people get so caught up in their “Worldly Concerns” -- chasing their worldly tails as it were -- that they cannot find time, or energy, or resources to do their bit in “Allah’s Work,” maybe, it just might happen, that Allah Almighty might look at them and say:
All right, People, that is what you want to do?
Great! Happy hunting, Folks!
Don’t worry, we will give you more of the same.
And we will keep you busy chasing your tail --
in every dark and dingy alley of this worldly life.
This just might happen.
And one worldly sign of this happening might be that the more you are able to tackle and solve your “worldly” problems and issues, the more of them seem to pop up in all kinds of places and from all kinds of directions that you least suspect.
Maybe a careful review of Hadith literature will help throw light on what I am talking about here.
And I certainly do not know the difference between “Allah’s Work” and “Worldly Concerns.” So, don’t ask me what it is.
Whereas, on the other side of this fence, when you are busy doing “Allah’s Work,” let us say, for example helping, and caring for, and taking care of Allah’s People politically, economically, morally, financially, socially, intellectually, educationally and otherwise, then, Allah Almighty, and I believe this is a Hadith, assumes responsibility for making sure your “Worldly Concerns” get taken care of.
If I recall that Hadith Sharif right, it goes something like this:
Kaanallahu Fee ‘Awunil ‘Abdi
Maa Kaanallahu Fee ‘Awuni Akheehi.
“All the time that you are engaged in helping out “Your Brother,”
Allah is engaged in helping you out.”
And the thought that occurs to me is this:
With Allah Almighty himself in charge of your affairs --
your “Worldly Concerns,” as it were --
how can anything possibly go wrong with your life?
A Theory of Free Literature Distribution:
Muslim Cuteness Has No End!
There is no end to how cute the Muslims are. Across the board.
But some Muslim groups have their own special talents and gifts, cultural practices and habits, over and above a certain base level of general cuteness.
In general, when you hand out free literature to people, many simply do not bother to read it.
Most do not even care to look at it.
Flyers are the worst offenders in this regard. Most people who take them from you either throw them in the nearest trash basket or fold them and stuff them in their back pockets, never to revisit them again.
Muslims, of course, are not the greatest and most avid readers in the world -- of anything. Muslims are generally great talkers: Yap-Yappers, if there is such a word.
They will talk about anything and everything, forever and ever and ever, whether they know anything about it or not.
Endless, senseless gossip is the bread and butter of any average Muslim’s life: generally content-free and directionless. It defines most Muslim social gatherings and encounters.
How much of Muslim Yap-Yapping is hard-core or borderline Backbiting is anybody’s guess.
So what if Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, warned us that our tongues are often our surest passport to hell?
And so also what if the Qur’an says that backbiting is equal to eating the flesh of our dead brothers?
And mind you, Backbiting is when what you say about “Your Brother” is true and factual. Otherwise, it is slander and defamation which renders Muslims accountable before law right here in this world.
The words “Your Brother” are from a Hadith Sharif I think.
In any case, those of you dedicated to distributing free literature to Muslims, beware! Most likely Muslims will not read it.
And be ready for some, if not many, especially of the Indo-Pak type, to take the literature from your hands and immediately hand it to their seven- or eight-year-olds. Something for the kids to play with and to feel good about.
That is Muslims for you! And you want Allah to put these people in charge of running his world?
What kind of God do you think he is? A parochial, tribal, national, ethnic, corrupt God?
Like so many in American and British Political Circles, so patently and so decisively beholden to their contributors, constituencies, political agendas, party loyalties, foreign and domestic lobbyists, as well as personal interests, habits and weaknesses from alcohol to drugs to sex?
Or is he everybody’s God, Rabbul ‘Aalameen, as he so proudly calls himself?
And the most fair and just God?
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