[Chapter 25] Still Working for Allah?

Dec 21, 2010

Chapter 25
Still Working for Allah in the West: Theory and Methodology

Still Working for Allah?

Yes, indeed, still working for Allah. God Almighty must be praised for this, for it is his blessing that anyone can ever be able to say, yes, yes we are still working for Allah.

Still working for Allah? After all that has happened in the world over the past thousands and hundreds of years? After all that has happened in the world over the past seven years? Nearly seven years after September 11, still working for Allah?

At a time when Muslims are being held to all kinds of ridicule; subjected to all kinds of persecution and harassment; and hunted down like rabbits in their own homes?

Yes, indeed, still working for Allah, after and in spite of everything. For that is what we are supposed to do. What else can we do, if not work for Allah?

As reasonable human beings what other choice do we have? And as Muslims, especially as somewhat conscious and committed Muslims, what other choice do we have? Especially, when we realize that it is indeed the very purpose – working for him – for which Allah created us in the first place; the very purpose for which he created all human beings.

Events of September 11, 2001 have shaken the world – and they have Muslims on the defensive all over the world. Muslims, Islam and Islamic institutions are being held culpable on a wide litany of charges. Using special new standards, the world has dropped the presumption of innocence in the case of Muslims. As a result, it is hard to resist the conclusion that in some quarters Muslims have become guilty as charged just by the mere fact of being charged.

What are the Muslims to do?

Well, Muslims must do what Muslims are always supposed to do – work for Allah. They must still work for Allah. For, they can run from their tormentors, but they cannot run from Allah. In this world, they can leave one land and go somewhere else to avoid persecution. But they cannot leave Allah’s vast domain that covers the entire universe – and all the infinity beyond – and escape to some other world or universe. For, no matter where they go, they will find Allah waiting there – Fa Thamma Wajhullah!

As a result, Muslims must work for Allah in these new circumstances, even as they were supposed to work for Allah in the days prior to September 11, 2001. Because, that is what is expected of them; because that is the purpose for which Allah made them – and all other human beings: to work for him.

That is why Muslims are, and they must be, Still Working for Allah. Now and forever!

And it goes without saying that there is only one way for Muslims to work for Allah and it is the way of Salaam – love, peace, charity, peace, cooperation, compassion and forgiveness. For, that is the way of the Qur’an and that is the way of the Rasul of Allah, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam. The world never saw a greater advocate or practitioner of those qualities than him. As a result, these are the qualities that Muslims must embody in their own lives and in their work for Allah.

There is an even deeper reason for that. It is because the Muslim platform is Haqq. The message Muslims want to convey to the world is Haqq. The spirit that Muslims want to see infused in the working of institutions of the world is Haqq. The foundation on which Muslims want to reinvigorate individual lives and societies and cultures is Haqq. The Qur’an is Haqq and God Almighty is Haqq. And Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, is a messenger of Haqq.

Haqq means truth. And truth – Haqq – has no other friend or champion or source of energy or support than Salaam – an approach based on kindness, compassion, caring, love, peace and mercy. Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam was only sent as a mercy – not just to Muslims, not just to human beings, not just to this world, but to the worlds – plural, whatever that means.

That is what the Qur’an says about him. And Muslims are the people Allah commissioned to follow his lead and example in the service of humanity – always taking the high road; always saying that which is beautiful; always foiling evil with that which is noble and decent and good.

That is why Muslims must be, and they still are, and forever will be, Inshallah, working for Allah. And their reward for working for Allah is success and Salaam in this world and success and Salaam in the next world. No one can take that away from them so long as they do one thing – so long as they WORK FOR ALLAH RIGHT – the way they are supposed to. That is all that Allah wants from them – and in return he promises them the worlds, this and the next one.

That is why we are and must still be working for Allah. No one has made us a better offer – yet.

Allahu Akbar wa Lillahil Hamd! Allah is greater than all and to him is all praise due.

Still Working for Allah in the West: Theory and Methodology

© 2003 Syed Husain Pasha

Dr. Pasha is an educator and scholar of exceptional 
talent, training and experience. He can be reached at DrSyedPasha [at] 
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