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DR.PASHA | April 14, 2017 | Section: Articles | 220 reads

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Working for Allah Is Not Part-Time Work [Quote – 895]

Working for Allah is not part-time work.

Nor should it be way down on your To-Do List. Or even second, or third or fourth.

In fact, all your other work – if there is such a thing – derives its legitimacy, and its blessings from God, based on how committed you are to do Allah’s Work, and how sincerely and seriously you take that commitment, and how honestly and diligently you try to fulfil it.


The More Time You Spend Doing Allah’s Work,
The More Time You Seem To Have for Your Own Personal Work! [Quote – 894]

Allah says all human life belongs to him. People say, no, we will keep the bulk of our life for our own personal use and give Allah a little bit of it.

If you ask me, this is actually a form of Shirk – splitting up God’s authority and rights with others, such as yourself in this case. And it is worse than rejecting God outright.

So, what happens when you give all your life to Allah, as you ought to, and as Allah asks you to do? Believe it or not, the opposite happens!

Meaning, you get more time and energy and resources for yourself. To do your own work as it were.

Allah bless the man who once made the comment I paraphrase here. He said:

“The more time you spend doing Allah’s Work,
the more time you seem to have on your hands for your own Personal Work.”

And, conversely, the less time you spend doing Allah’s Work,
the less time there seems to be for your own Personal Work!”

Allahu Akbar, what a sentiment! What a thought!

Does anyone else feel the way this gentleman seems to feel? Because I can see quite clearly what he means.

Or is it a special line God Almighty opens up to some people, much to the envy of the rest of us?


How Can Ignorance and Knowledge Be the Same? [Quote – 893]

I don’t know if this is called a redundancy or a tautology, or even gibberish, but it strikes me that there is no fool more dangerous than an ignorant fool.

From an Islamic perspective, ignorance is not bliss. And it can be a very dangerous and unfortunate thing, ignorance I mean. And it can be at the root of a lot of evil.

And a lot of bad things that happen to people in this world could be traced to the evil of ignorance.

The Islamic model is the exact opposite of this. 

In Islam, Knowledge Is Bliss. And God Almighty is the Most Knowledgeable One. He is Al-‘Aleem! 

And Muslims name themselves: Abdul Aleem. Meaning: The slave of The Most Knowledgeable One.

Therefore, in Islam, there is no equivalency between knowledge and ignorance. They are two opposite things. One to be desired and diligently sought and the other to be shunned and avoided.

The Qur’an asks: How can the two be the same?

Hal Yastawilladheena Ya’lamoona Walladheena Laa Ya’lamoon?


“How can the two be equal: Those who know and those who don’t know?”


Blessing the World Nonstop Is What Islam Is All About [Quote – 892]

Today’s definition of Islam, if you have not heard it from me before, and even if you have, is this: 

Blessing the World – the whole world – without regard to race or religion, and without regard to gender, class or nationality.

How sad it is for me to tell you at this stage in the history of the world that that is precisely what Muslims all over the world actually do – Twenty-Four-SevenBless the World!

And when I say “Muslims,” I mean every single Muslim individual everywhere.

And, I suspect, that is not something anyone else in the world does. That means no non-Muslim of any kind or category or description is so completely engaged in blessing the world of Allah so profusely and so comprehensively.

This is not to attack or insult non-Muslims in any way, but only to point out a most important difference about how Muslims and non-Muslims live their life on this earth: Muslims bless everybody and everything everywhere; non-Muslims do what they do. Why not ask them what exactly it is that they do.

Just ask the non-Muslims how many times a day they say Assalamu Alaikum to all sundry!


Unsolicited Advice to a University Student [Quote – 891]

Here is a paraphrase of an advice given to a fairly brilliant post-graduate university student who wrote to apologize, and provide some excuses, for not being able to be as active as before in what we have been calling Working for Allah.

The student’s explanations included the following:

Continued and more focused work on the methodology and literature review parts of the thesis; concurrent work on a new competitive and refereed scholarly conference paper; preoccupation with tests that seem to be getting tougher all the time; and such.

Now, I am known to have a serious weakness, among all the other weaknesses that afflict my character: a marked penchant and alacrity for giving advice, whether it is asked for or not.

And whether anybody pays any attention or not, and whether anyone listens or not.

I just love to offer advice to anyone who happens to be within earshot.

So, here is how my advice came out:

May Allah help and bless you. Right now, your thesis, your tests, your conference papers and your journal publications are your Islam. 

So, make sure you stay with your Islam.

At the same time, also make sure you do not abandon “Allah’s Work” – which is basically doing your own work; doing your family’s work; doing your neighbors’ work; as well as doing everybody else’s work – when you are done navigating these rough patches of your student life, and things get a bit smoother and easier.

I could say that because that is what Islam is all about: going about living your life in a way that is best for you and best for the whole world, both at the same time.

And doing it all within the framework of Working for Allah, at the core of which is the duty and responsibility of Taking the Qur’an to Every Home and Heart that Needs It.

How I wish Muslims would seek clarity in life –and in relation to Islam, which is what life is all about.

And which is also what Islam is all about. 

For, in Islam, life and Islam are synonymous. Life lived according to the laws and commands of Allah is Islam, period.

Confusing? Sit down and work on it and you will see how amazingly clear and simple it really is.

And, oh how I wish Muslims would at least accept clarity when it is offered to them, as it is being done here, on a platter as they say!

God bless the Muslims. And God bless his world.


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