Fourth, you must, in the same breath, also commit yourself to make sure that you do all this in the most beautiful way – in the finest, nicest and most wonderful of ways.
That means in a way that would enhance the best interests of the entire creation of Allah.
That means you must keep your eyes not only on success and wellbeing in this world but also on success and wellbeing in the next world; not only on the letter and form of the law but also on its spirit; and with a great deal of caring and compassion for all.
For, you are, after all, representing a God who is most merciful, most merciful – Ar-Rahmaan Ar-Raheem!
You are, according the Qur’an, the Khalifah – representative – on earth of such a God, which means you are a channel of his love and mercy, and of his Grace and compassion, to the rest of his creation.
And you are also the follower and successor in this world of his most beloved Messenger, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, whom he sent as a source of blessing and love and compassion to All the Worlds, as he says in the Qur’an.
Wa maa arsalnaaka illaa rahmatan lil’aalameen.
Hayaat Tayyibah or Life Sublime: What Else Can You Wish For?
So, if you do all these things right, and do them with the sincerity and dedication that they require, the result will be a most wonderful life – for yourself as well as for everyone else.
The Qur’an refers to such a wonderful life as Hayaat Tayyibah (16: 97) – Life Sublime.
It is a most amazing concept: Hayaat Tayyibah. It means a life which is most wonderful, positive and purposeful in every conceivable sense and in every one of its myriad aspects and dimensions.
It is a life that is illumined by the soundest theoretical knowledge and guided by the most profound practical wisdom.
It is a life in which the best human understanding of science becomes identical with the revealed divine guidance of Islam.
In short, it is a life in which Islam is operational in its truest and fullest glory.
The result is a most wonderful, glorious and noble life for all – a most clean, pure, idyllic, happy and prosperous life for everyone, both here and in the hereafter.
The Qur’an characterizes such a delectable and perfect state of existence as cast in the mold of Fid-Dunya Hasanah wa Fil Aakhirati Hasanah!
Most blessed on earth and most blessed in heaven – and most wonderful in this world and most wonderful in the next world.
That is the kind of life those claiming to work for Allah – those who claim to be Muslim that is – must endeavor to build for themselves and for all of God’s creation on earth.
That is what it means to be Working for Allah.
And that also is what it means to be a Muslim.
Fifth Practical Objective:
Get Busy Building a Better World for All
Fifth and finally, get busy trying and working to make this world a better place for all – starting out where you are.
Or starting out wherever you can and however you can.
That means get busy with all kinds of targeted projects and activities that will improve the Quality of Life for your fellow human beings.
If it means physically and personally cleaning the streets and neighborhoods and towns and communities, do it.
If it means building schools and hospitals and parks and playgrounds and community centers for everyone everywhere, do it.
If it means making clean drinking water and healthy nutritious food available to those who don’t have it, do it.
If it means making your streets and neighborhoods safe and crime-free, do it.
If it means putting a roof over the head of every human being on the face of this earth, do it.
If it means helping to elect the most honest, capable and God-fearing people to public office, do it.
If it means helping to reduce pollution in air and water, do it.
If it means working to make public life more transparent, accountable and less corrupt, do it.
If it means working to make peace and justice prevail in the world for everyone everywhere, do it.
If it means working to end the curse of rape and violence against women in all parts of the world, do it.
If it means ridding humanity from the perpetual bondage of compound interest, do it.
If it means working to save the cheetah, the tiger, the rhino, the elephant and other animals around the world from becoming extinct, do it.
If it means making sure no human being, male or female, is left without a proper education in this world, do it.
And if it means making sure no one anywhere goes without proper and adequate medical care, do it.
In other words, be a positive presence on the face of this earth and do whatever you can to be helpful to others, Muslim or non-Muslim, human or animal – and however best you can do it.
And try to do it all in the most beautiful manner: sweetly, gently, peacefully and keeping in mind the law of the land as well as the local sensitivities of the people and communities in whose midst you work.
At the same time, do not lose your primary focus: inviting people to the path of Allah.
For, all your efforts to make people’s life in this world better will not be of real and lasting value to them unless you also show them the path to eternal success and the ever-lasting blessings of Allah in the hereafter.
Don’t Forget, It Is People Who Decide
And don’t for one single moment lose sight of the fact that you are only a channel and a communicator. The power to guide people does not lie in your hands.
It is a decision between people and their God. It is people who decide. And it is their God who decides. And that is where God Almighty wants to keep it.
This in a nutshell is what you do when you are Working for Allah.
Where else can we find a more challenging job description; a better work environment; or a more comprehensive reward structure or compensation package?
© 2012 Syed Husain Pasha
Dr. Pasha is an educator and scholar of exceptional
talent, training and experience. He can be reached at DrSyedPasha [at]
AOL [dot] com or www.IslamicSolutions.com.