And God says so very clearly: Innallaha laa yughaiyyiru maa bi-qawumin hattaa yughaiyyiroo maa bi-anfusihim.
Paraphrase: Allah does not change the condition of an individual, a community, a people or a society, till they themselves set about changing themselves.
Nor does Allah place a burden on anyone more than they can carry. Hear the Qur'an say it: Laa yukallifullahu nafsan illa wus'ahaa.
That is the last word on changing the world so far as the Qur'an is concerned.
And, also, so far as the Qur'an is concerned, that is also the extent of our
own responsibility in that regard.
Weakness of Iman
It shows how weak or strong our Iman -- our faith and trust in God -- really is when we depend on people for support more than we depend on God -- all kinds of support: moral, material, other kind.
God Is One!
God is one. Everyone knows that. Or, at least, they should.
So, the Qur’an says: “Say, God is One!”
Qul Huwallahu Ahad (112:1).
And then of course, if God is God, then he does not, should not, owe anything to anyone. He should not be beholden to or dependent on any one.
And the Qur’an says that too: Allahus Swamad (112:2).
So, that is who God is, our lord and master: Dhaalikumullahu Rabbukum (6:102; 10:3).
So, let us all join together in worshipping him – Fa’budoohu (6:102; 10:3).
A most beautiful message from the most beautiful Qur’an!
Our Way Is the Way of Truth
Allah is truth.
Not just any kind of truth, but clear and transparent truth.
That is what the Qur'an says.
Allah is Al-haqqul Mubin, says the Qur'an -- clear and manifest truth.
Working for Allah, therefore, is all about truth and integrity.
When those are compromised, or replaced by fraud and deceit to any degree, there is nothing left of working for Allah.
This includes what is called "Spin" by the media and political commentators.
And it also may end up including what people think is merely "Cutting Corners.
Knowing How to Pray
For a world that doesn’t seem to know even how to ask its own maker and master for what it wants and needs, here is a prayer taken directly out of the pages of the Qur’an.
It is from the very first chapter, the Opening Chapter if you will, of the Qur’an.
If this does not convince you that this Qur’an is from God, I don’t know what will.
So, here goes:
“Lead us on to the straight path!
The path of those you have blessed.
Not the path of those who displease you.”
Put Allah First
Those who think or say they work for Allah – which basically means all Muslims – they must train themselves to do one simple thing.
With regard to everything in their life, they must learn to put Allah first – and last – and second – and third – and fourth – and everywhere else.
That means they must learn to put Allah first and last and in the middle – and everywhere else in their life.
Otherwise, they should go and find something else to do for themselves.
That means they must find a new master – like so many people have.
And they must work for someone other than Allah – like so many other people do.
Hear the Qur’an say it:
Huwal Awwalu wal Aakhiru waz Zwaahiru wal Baatin.
Truth about Democracy
Democracy is Islam! No ifs, no buts, you want Islam, you must have democracy
first. And last.
Democracy Is Islam!
Democracy is Islam!
For those who understand both Islam and democracy, and the world in which we live, there is no doubt about the fact that democracy is Islam.
Do you think that is partly why the Qur'an mandated education – including a thorough knowledge and understanding of the world, for example – before people begin to even think or talk about Islam.
Leave alone boast and brag about it.
Why do you think God started his message to the world with the command: Read?
Do you think it is a subtle hint from the creator of the world that Islam was not going to be a playground for fools, nincompoops and ignoramuses?
That it was a declaration from God that Islam was not going to be a bonanza for sundry Snake-Oil Merchants?
And for the marketers of all kinds of Mumbo-Jumbo in the name of what the world so glibly calls “Religion”?
Take heed people, Islam is democracy. That means, no democracy, no Islam.”
Consistency Is Key to Islam
(Dr. Firdaus Kamalodeen)
In practicing Islam, we should pace things consistent with our circumstances. Small things done continuously and consistently - are far better than bursts of energy followed by dormancy.
Pseudo-Sheikhs and the Peril of Professionalizing Islam
Among the most serious challenges facing Islam and Muslims today is the professionalization of Islam and Muslims by career seekers who use Allah's Deen and its followers to make a buck.
Instead of going out and getting an education and a degree; finding a job; setting up an honest business; and making a living that way, some of these folks find it easier and more profitable to turn Islam and Muslims into a career path for themselves.
Many of them, many new converts to Islam among them, thus become preachers and teachers of Islam: to Muslims, mind you, not to Non-Muslims.
The result often is a disaster for Islam, Muslims and the world.
May Allah save his world from these pseudo sheikhs and traders in Islam and Muslims!
Islam Is Doing Things Right
In Islam, you may do things big or small. It depends on your ability, circumstance and resources. In that respect, you have a choice in what you do.
But where you don't have a choice is in how you do things. That means regardless of what it is that you may be doing, you must do it right. In that you don't really have a choice.
For, Islam is all about doing things right.
Eyes of Man, Eyes of God
Before you worry whether or not you are doing something right in the Eyes of God, you must worry about whether or not you are doing it right in the Eyes of Man -- as our Christian friends used to say until fairly recently.