Quote-Unquote - Book VI (501-600)

Feb 12, 2014

545

Muslim Kind of Islam

What most people don’t understand is that Muslims are people. And in that sense, speaking generally, Muslims are no more or less, and no better or worse, than most other people in this world.

And what do most people want out of life? Simple: All kinds of security – personal, economic, emotional and all else.

That means most people want a safe, secure and comfortable place to live; good jobs, careers and businesses; excellent health; education for themselves and their children; and so on and so forth, as they say.

As a result, and in hot pursuit of these goals, Muslims, just like all the other people in the world, tend to cut corners and do things one way when they think God is watching, and another way when they seem to somehow convince themselves that maybe God is not really watching.

Even though Muslims, especially good Muslims, know full well that they are on God Almighty’s unfailing and unerring radar all the time, every second of their life.

Isn’t there a beautiful Hadith – and to me all Hadith Sharif are most beautiful – that seems to suggest that believers who commit violations of God’s Law are not really believers when they are actually committing those violations?

Sins as some people might call them.

So, Muslims often seem to carry a priority list in their pockets: father, mother, children, jobs, businesses, and so many other things, and then after all that, God and his work.

So, Muslims, it seems to me, tend to practice different kinds of Islam, depending on their needs and circumstances, such as the following for example:

Safe Islam; Convenient Islam; Installment Islam; Slow Islam; and so on.

Allah, however, seems to take a very different view in the matter. Here is what Allah says in the Qur’an in Surah 9 (At-Taubah), Aayah 24, regarding this matter:

“Say:

If your mothers and fathers,
And your sons and daughters,
And your brothers and sisters,
And your wives and husbands,
And your close relatives and family,
And the wealth you have amassed,
And the business whose decline you fear,
And the homes and residences you love —
Were dearer to you than Allah,
And his Rasul,Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam,
And Jihad in his path,
Then just wait,
Until Allah brings about his decision.

(9:24)

What commentary or explanation or Tafsir can anyone offer on this Aayat?


544

Get Up and Change the World

Muslim or not.

Educated or not.

Rich or poor.

Man or woman.

Get up and change the world.

There is too much ignorance, too much injustice, too much corruption, too much poverty, too much inequality, too much greed, too much exploitation, too much oppression, and too, too much lying and cheating and deceiving in the world today.

And altogether there is too much denial to too many human beings of some of their most basic human rights from political freedom to economic and social justice.

Some of the worst offenders in this regard are Muslims and Muslim societies.

So, get up and change all that. And make this world a better place for all.

For yourself and for everyone else.

That is Islam!


543

What Is It We Are After?

Those of us who think or say we are "Working for Allah," what is it that we want?

Answer: We want to teach the world -- Muslims as well as non-Muslims -- what Islam is all about on a day-to-day basis, and in a practical way.

That is what we are after and that is what we want to do.

We want to change the entire culture of ignorance and misunderstanding. And lethargy and apathy and indifference.

And using the Qur'an -- Islam -- as basis, we want to tell the world that there is a better way of doing things. And that way is Islam.

Not in terms of blanket, broad or sweeping statements of principle in an abstract way, but in the form of some very specific, concrete and practical issues.

Even though we will outline and state abstract theoretical principles when that becomes necessary.

Like, for example, the issue of "Taking the Qur'an to Every Home and Heart that Needs It -- and Which One Does Not?" The point is, who is supposed to do it?

Who is responsible for this work?

And do you think that this is a part-time pursuit, when Allah says in the Qur'an it better be a full-time deal and when Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, spent every minute of his life doing it?

That is one very specific question, with a very clear focus.

So, who is supposed to do it?

Our argument is, "You are!" whoever you may be -- man or woman; rich or poor; good or bad: You Are Supposed to Do It!

Who else?

And then only recently we raised another issue -- an issue we don't think Muslims think about it even in their dreams. An issue that never, to the best of my knowledge and recollection, ever made the Muslim agenda in any shape or form. 

Not in their writings that I know of. Not in their conversations that I have ever been a part of.

We want to ask the "Good People," those people who think or say they are "Working for Allah," did you ever stop and think what happens when you don't do your work. 

Or when you delay or slow your work? Or when you do it only when it is safe and convenient and pleasant and easy and comfortable?

The world pays the price of your action and inaction and the price of your doing things slow or fast and how well or badly you do the things you do.

That is what happens.

In this way, we are calling on people of the world, especially the so-called "Good People," to think along some new lines -- think in terms of the consequences of their actions -- and their inaction.

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