How Fast Should We Work When We Are Working for Allah?
(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?)
This is puzzling to me. Like so many other questions that I have had to deal with. For many of which, frankly, not too many people seemed to have an answer.
I really mean no one in most cases.
And that puzzle is this. Speed, they say, travels at the speed of roughly 186,000 miles in one single second.
And Allah says in the Qur’an, he – Allah – is the light of heavens and earth.
And Islam is all about taking the Qur’an to every home and heart that needs it.
And Allah says Qur’an is light.
And Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, is light.
Here, read the Qur’an:
Qad Jaa-akum Minallahi Noorun wa Kitaabun Mubeen!
So, the question that haunts me – the puzzle if you will – is this:
How fast should those “Working for Allah” work?
What should be the pace and speed of their work?
True, the speed of light I mentioned – 186,000 miles per second – happens when light travels in a vacuum; in empty space as it were; when it is not obstructed by impediments.
And the business of taking the Qur’an to every home and heart that needs it, the business of Working for Allah, is not done in a vacuum.
It is done in the real world that is full of all kinds of impediments and roadblocks.
And it is done by people, real people.
That means Working for Allah is not done by angels in heaven. Working for Allah is done by people on earth.
As I said, it is done by people. And people, by their very nature, are flawed, limited.
And, at any given time and place, people are a bundle of obstacles, problems and issues.
Some of these obstacles, problems and issues are generated from within; some come at them from without.
And, in addition to everything else, Shaitan – the Devil – is after them.
He told God he will be, and he is true to his word. He is after them with a vengeance. And this is not just an expression. It is reality.
For, Shaitan – the Devil – swore hate, hostility and vengeance against Adam and his Progeny – you and me: Human Beings forever and ever.
Those he cannot outright mislead and put on the path to evil and self-destruction, he lures with a Plan B.
He slows them down. He scares them.
He plays with their emotions. And he gives them all kinds of toys and distractions to play with.
Often these toys and distractions are closely tailored to the needs and psychologies of individuals.
And if the Devil – Shaitan – sees in people a propensity toward Islam and things Islamic, he paints his toys in all kinds of “Islamic” colors.
So, those “Working for Allah” in this world – those committed to take the Qur’an to every home and heart that needs it – are constantly under attack from Shaitan and his Progeny.
So, how fast or slow they will work, when they are Working for Allah, is modulated by all these things.
Maybe – just maybe – one key “indicator” is not just how fast the body works, but how fast your heart – and your mind – travels on the path to Allah.
Ultimately, as they say, it may all be a question of how true your heart and mind are to your responsibility of taking the Qur’an to every home and heart that needs it – and which one does not?
And how faithfully you show and deliver that commitment in practice.