A Baseline of No More Than One
When you are Working for Allah, it is always good to have people with you. But that is not always possible. It doesn’t happen that way.
Sometimes, the baseline is no more than one solitary Muslim household. That is all you get as part of your team.
When angels came to destroy the people of Lut, Alaihis Salam, Hazrat Ibrahim, Alahis Salam, was concerned what would happen to Lut, Alahis Salam.
Inna Feehaa Lutaa, he said.
“But there is Lut there, in that place.”
But angels told him not to worry. They said they were fully aware of who was in there, in that place.
When the angels went looking to remove all the good guys from the land of Lut, Alaihis Salam, before destroying it, they could not find more than a single Muslim household.
The words of the Qur’an are devastating:
Wa Maa Wajadnaa Feehaa Ghayira Bayitin Minal Muslimeen!
“Not more than a single Muslim household could we find there!”
Elsewhere Hazrat Lut, Alaihis Salaam, pleads with his people, when they came rushing to molest and dishonor his visitors -- who were actually angels in human shape:
A Layisa Minkum Rajulun Rasheed?
“Is there not a single decent human being among you?”
So, those of us Working for Allah, should not lose heart when we do not see a crowd gathering around us to help us with this work.
The work must go on.
And we must go on with our without help.
How Muslim Women Exercise Power in a Democracy
Dr. Firdaus Kamalodeen
Alhamdulillah and congratulations to the Muslim Mother-Daughter team from Trinidad on being featured on the front page of Tuesday’s edition of the local newspaper Newsday which captured them having just completed voting the day before.
This is how Muslim women exercise power in a democracy, which is what Islam is all about.
While some Muslims in some parts of the world seem to have just gotten an epiphany and came to the realization that Muslim women maybe should be allowed to drive, Muslim women in Democratic Trinidad not only drive, they also vote.
In one picture featuring our people, Allah showed how to do Islam.
Here in Trinidad and Tobago, when it comes to selecting the country’s leadership, it is the model of Islam that is followed.
And as part of that model, Muslim women have full and equal rights of participation along with Muslim men and along with all the non-Muslim men and women in the country.
How beautiful Islam is -- if only people will not use it to advance their own personal, political and economic agendas and plans!
Who Will Answer for the Words We Utter?
When Muslims meet, as they should, they talk.
And they talk and talk and talk some more.
Little do they realize that they will answer to God Almighty for every word they utter.
And meetings are good. For meetings, done right, could be vehicles for debate and decision making. For civilized give and take.
Qur’an calls it Shura!
And then someone randomly says something. And we all follow the leader.
It scares me no end that we will answer for every word we utter -- and fail to utter. Answer to God that is.
So, I suggest, we consider the following three things before and during every meeting:
One, what do we want to do, accomplish that is?
Two, how do we plan to do it -- using what tools, techniques and resources?
Three, why do we want to do it -- what are our motivations and our reasons for wanting to do it?
For, often, they are the difference, our reasons and intentions are, between Good and Bad.
Between Right and Wrong.
Between Ma’roof and Munkar.
Between Haqq and Baatil.
And between Islam and Kufr.
That is how serious some of these things are.
According to the Qur’an:
Knowledge Is a Key Requirement for Power
What are the key concomitants and requirements to power in this world? Answers could be many.
Some theoretical. Some empirical -- based on an analysis of historical data.
For much of the world, it is wealth. That is how the world generally looks at wealth and power. They go hand in hand.
Even today, November 2016, Wall Street and its Big Money hold Big Power.
And the Big Media are a part of that equation. Five mega-media conglomerations controlling roughly 90 percent of what over 7,000,000,000 (seven billion) people around the world see and hear on a daily basis.
Thirty-two-year old Mark Zuckerberg (Big Money Estimate: over $50 billion) has more people visiting his Facebook than there are human beings on this planet!
And Big Money in all its forms and variations exercises enormous power and leverage on the lives of the American People and the people throughout the rest of the world.
But according to the Qur’an, the key qualification of leadership is something different. It is Ilm -- knowledge, understanding.
Earlier people, the Jews if you want to call them that, Jews after Moses, Alaihis Salaam, had trouble accepting the man God appointed as their leader: Because the man did not have Big Money.
Let us follow the story in the Qur’an:
Wa Qaala Lahum Nabiyyu-Hum.
“And their Nabiyy -- prophet -- told them.”
Innallaaha Qad Ba’atha Lakum TalootaMalikaa.
“Allah has appointed this man Taaloot your leader.”
Qaaloo Annaa Yakoonu Lahul Mulku ‘Alainaa?
“They said how can he be our leader?”
Wa Nahnu Ahaqqu Bil Mulki Minhu?
“When we are more deserving of leadership than him?”
“Wa Lam Yu’ta Sa’atam Minal Maali?”
“And the man doesn’t even have enough money?
Qaala Innallahas-tafaahu ‘Alaikum,
“Allah said the fact is God has chosen him over the rest of you.”
Wa-zaadahu Bastatan Fil ‘Ilmi …
“And God has granted him vast knowledge and understanding.”
Qur’an, all you people out there?
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