Taking the Qur’an to
Every Home and Heart that Needs It!
(Bringing Islam to the World One Concept at a Time!
Taking the Qur’an to Every Home and Heart that Needs It --
And which One Does Not?)
Duty of Muslim Ummah
For a long time now, I have been saying as clearly and loudly – and as repeatedly – as I can that the most important thing Muslims everywhere need to do is work to invite the whole world to Allah and to his Deen.
It is my belief, based on a careful study of the Qur’an and Sunnah, that that is the reason God Almighty created us in the first place. Not just to whisper the message in people’s ears and then forget about it, but to work out all sorts of practical ways in the light, once again, of Qur’an and Sunnah, to make Allah’s Deen work in this world as a complete and divine way of life for those who care to assent to it.
As a result, every Muslim everywhere should think of how to take the Qur’an to every home and heart that needs it in every part of the world – and which one does not.
It is also my view, again based on what the Qur’an and the Sunnah have to tell us in this regard, that Muslims – in any age and place – open themselves to the divine punishment of Dhillat and Maskanat (utter humiliation and helplessness) when they knowingly and repeatedly turn their back on this national duty that Allah has placed upon their shoulders.
Testimony of Muslim History
Entire Muslim history is a living testimony to this truth. As for present Muslim reality, it is nothing if not a divine drumbeat as to what happens to the slaves who run away from their all-powerful master’s mega-plantation and start moonlighting in plain sight in neighborhood patches of vegetation and shrubbery owned by some non-entities.
The tragedy is – at times it is so amusing it looks like a comedy – that even some of the better Muslims do not seem to understand this. Or at least do not seem to be able to figure out the full dimensions and implications of it.
Muslims of the West
I tried Muslims in the so-called West: Europe and America. They just don’t get it. They never did try to get it over these past 50 years. As a result, two things have happened. Their hearts have gone the way of the Qur’an – Thumma qasat quloobuhum. They have turned into granite and the light of neither reason nor revelation seems to be able to penetrate them.
The second thing that has happened is that history has marched right past them. As a result, things have become much more challenging for them even on a day-to-day basis leave alone on the front of their being able to mount a really powerful movement to take the Qur’an to every home and heart that needs it. There simply isn’t either the will or the talent or the leadership to think their way out of this state of divine wrath and retribution: Fa-baa-oo bi-ghadabin minallah.
Muslims of the East
And I have tried good people in the East. Tested and tried people who have devoted entire lifetimes to serving Allah and his Deen. But once again, their very goodness has become a stumbling block in their path. They have become incapable of seeing beyond their pious and sincere noses to take in the global picture even in this so-called age of globalization and instant borderless communication.
They have become bound by borders of their geography, ideology and organizational structure and philosophy. They have become prisoners of their own commitment and training. In other words, they have become what people in Urdu call Lakeer kay fakeer.
Not us, they say. How can we think globally when we are struggling right here locally, they ask. Where are the resources, they demand? And where are the people, they want to know.
So, who is minding the store of Allah, then? Who is committed to this goal of Fasda’ bimaa tu’mar? Meaning: Go tell the whole world. And who is organized and dedicated to take the Qur’an to every home and heart that needs it in all the four ends of the earth? No one really, it seems! At least, there don’t seem to be too many people or organizations or agencies reliably and unshakably committed to this purpose.
One Trillion Dollars to Invest
So, if vision is shot and purpose is lost, where is the surprise if logistics end up in shambles? Muslims have talent, but seemingly not for this. Muslim coffers overflow with money, but evidently not for this cause. Only the other day, a Muslim investor was walking about with a $Trillion in his pocket looking for ways to invest. That is “Trillion” with a “T” as in one thousand billion.
Forget about where that money came from. That is a question Muslims are not trained to ask, especially the so-called good ones among them. But ask this: What all can you buy with that money. If you ask me, you could practically buy an entire world with that kind of cash.
Can you set up a half dozen real quality printing houses with that money? Sure you can. Can you train a few hundred decent preachers, missionaries and so-called Du’aat with that wealth? Of course you can. Could you start a newspaper or two, a radio or television station or so? Why not?
I am an optimist. So, if you really want to know how I feel, my answer is: put that money on the table and you can really change the world a few times over.
And guess what? There is much, much, much more money where that money surfaced from.
Lack of Leadership, Vision and Integrity
So, in an absolute sense, Muslim are not really hurting for resources. What they lack is willpower. And what they lack is a clear vision and direction. And they lack leadership. And then it all boils down to sincerity, and honesty and integrity. In a word, what they lack and seem to have misplaced, is Islam itself.
So, with or without financial, technical, human and other resources, what Muslims seriously lack is also what you may call real quality and first-rate literature – in all kinds of languages, not the least in English itself.
So, when some of us wanted to strike out and find a tract or brochure or pamphlet to introduce Islam, in a quick and brief sort of way, to let us say the Koreans, or the Japanese or the Chinese, we were running into all kinds of blind alleys. There simply isn’t material out there that you can close your eyes and grab and start distributing to the whole world – the Korean, Chinese, Japanese or Spanish speaking world.
Or for that matter to those whose mother tongue is Her Majesty’s English.
Need for First-Rate Literature
So, what do you do? Where do you go? One way to deal with this situation, with your back to the wall, is to improvise and create your own resources. That by the way is also the way of the Qur’an. It is in fact God’s promise: Man yattaqillaha yaj’al lahoo makhrajaa. If you are working purely and strictly for him, and you are stuck in a blind alley, he will find a way out for you.
And the thing about Allah is that Allah never lies. Wa man asdaqu minallahi qeelaa? Who, if not him, can ever be counted upon to tell the truth?
By All Means Use, but Don’t Abuse
So, what you have below is “A Quick Introduction to Islam” in the English language, specially designed to meet our pressing need for quality literature for free distribution. Feel free to print and distribute it by the millions if you wish. But make sure you do so with proper acknowledgment and credit to the source and author.
Don’t do what some charlatans with Muslim names sometimes do: change, edit or alter the text or take the author’s name out and put your own name instead.
People who do that are called crooks, not Muslims, no matter how well-intentioned some of them may claim to be.
Write to www.IslamicSolutions.com to print and distribute, or to translate in a different language. If that is too much of a trouble for you, then go do something else and leave Islam to those who don’t mind that kind of bother.
Islam: A Quick Introduction
© 2010 Syed Husain Pasha
Greetings! May God Almighty shower upon you and your family his choicest blessings and fondest favors!
Did you ever ask yourself why everyone is talking so much about Islam and Muslims these days? Do you know what Islam is and who the Muslims are? Let us find out!
Islam means believing certain things. Let us call them Islamic Beliefs. And then Islam also means practicing certain things. Let us call them Islamic Practices. Together, these beliefs and practices make up what is called Islam.
What is most important is for us to understand that the beliefs and the practices that Islam teaches are all given to us directly by God. They are not things that people made up on their own.
(A) Islam Means Peace
Islam is an Arabic word that means peace. That word is given by God to human beings as a gift. Islam stands for peace inside you as well as peace outside and around you. It means making peace with God and making peace with God’s world and creation everywhere.
The path to that state of perfect peace is provided by God as submitting and surrendering yourself to God Almighty. You do that by believing God is one and Muhammad, peace be upon him, is his messenger.
After that, you commit yourself to observe certain practices that teach you how to live a most wonderful life in this world and also reap rich and lasting rewards in the next world.