Dr. Firdaus Kamalodeen
What an amazing concept it is: the concept of Working for Allah.
More proof, as if we needed more proof, that this Islam could not have come from any human source whatsoever.
I am very grateful to Allah for making me -- and others -- see and understand this over so many years. And for continuing to do so to this day.
For my part, I believe I have been the chief beneficiary of this understanding. And life as we know it today makes so much more sense, as some would say, as a result of internalizing this concept. I shudder to think of the alternative.
But knowing some thing and executing it are two very different things.
And while deficiencies and limitations exist in my understanding, I am even more keenly aware of the deficiencies in my execution. I worry about this all the time.
But Allahu Akbar, how God Almighty helps us deal with this "obsession" too -- an obsession that could be most debilitating if not addressed in a timely and effective manner.
Allah bless Dr. Pasha for helping so many of us understand and deal with this very, very human weakness by repeatedly arguing that constantly lamenting our weaknesses and inaction does not take us anywhere. Nor was it really Islamic in essence and spirit.
Instead, Dr. Pasha never tired of arguing, we must learn to replace our sense of helplessness, and our inaction, with a positive spirit of enterprise, dispatch and action. And that means whatever action we are able to muster and manage at any point of time, in any particular place and with regard to any given situation.
And that means each one of us just doing what we are able to do, such as we are. That is the critical construct: Such As We Are!
Again, that is a concept that could only come from a loving, kind, compassionate, merciful and most generous God!
Dr. Pasha draws our attention to a most amazing Aayat of the Qur'an -- and which Aayat of the Qur'an is not most amazing?
Faqra-oo Maa Tayassara Minal Qur’an.
Dr. Pasha's paraphrase of that Aayat Karimah:
"Just pick up a copy of the Qur'an and read whatever and
however much you easily can."
Who but Allah could offer a deal that generous to the human beings that he designed and created with so many weaknesses and infirmities.
So, now, rather than obsessing with things, and with my own deficiencies and failures, I try to channel whatever energy Allah gives me into doing what I can.
Again, Allah bless Dr. Pasha for showing us these things.
But the truth is that doing Allah’s Work is indeed the remedy for all our problems and challenges. But perhaps chief among these problems and challenges is that either we don't realize this or we forget it so often.