Quote-Unquote - Book VI (501-600)

Feb 12, 2014

Review world history. And study current affairs. You will see how Muslims are losing, one after another, the blessings Allah had conferred upon them.

They have lost their place of honor and dignity in the world.

They have lost their "empires," if you can consider them a blessing.

They have lost their political power around the world.

They have lost major chunks of their lands. And they are fast losing whatever lands are still left in their possession.

They have become slaves in their own so-called "countries," while others around them enjoy the fruits of freedom.

Many of these so-called "countries" were created for them, at the spur of the moment, by their Colonial Masters, many of whom continue to be their Ex-Colonial Mentors, Minders and Handlers.

While the earth is unlocking its treasures on Muslim lands, the main beneficiaries and exploiters of that wealth are the former Colonial Masters of Muslims who used to formally own and occupy Muslim lands.

In other Muslim lands, such as the so-called Middle East, vast hordes of Muslims from around the world live and work in Modern Slave Plantations.

Without rights; without dignity or honor; and without voice, recourse or justice.

If much of this applies to Muslims as a global community and as an Ummah, the fate of individuals will not be different if they turn their back on Allah and the promise they made to him.

Individual Muslims who renege on their individual personal duty to take the Qur'an to every home and heart that needs it, will suffer the same fate: blessings given to them by Allah will be taken away from them, one by one.

It may be slow in coming for many or some of them. But come it surely will.

For, that is Allah's Law on Earth. And Allah's Law does not change.


526

Job Not Yet Done

So long as there is a single non-Muslim on the face of this earth -- man, woman or child -- to whom the life-giving message of Islam is not conveyed in the clearest, sweetest, gentlest and the most respectful and attractive manner, our job on this earth is not done.

Frankly, till we make sure this is done, we cannot even think of saying goodbye to this world.

And to this life.

We cannot even escape in the safe arms of death from this enormous personal responsibility that Almighty God has placed so squarely on the shoulders of each one of us: Muslim man and woman.

For, our job in life is not yet done.


525

Character, not Aqeedah 

I have said this several times before. And I want to say this again.

The real problem with Muslims of today, by and large, is not their Deen or Aqeedah. But their character.

Their ability to tell the truth and act in an upright and truthful manner.

Their trustworthiness.

It is not that Islam somehow mysteriously builds character in people. Islam expects people to bring that character with them as they come into the fold.

Khairukum Fil Jaahiliyyati, Khairukum Fil Islam!

Paraphrase:

"Best before Islam, best after Islam."


524

Integrity or Bust

The so-called "Islamic Work" -- or Working for Allah -- is all about integrity and trust: Personal Integrity.

When that is compromised, everything else is lost.

How can people trust you with their Deen and Aakhirah when they cannot even trust you with the small things of this Dunya?


523

Whose Boys Are We -- And Girls?

Sometimes we fight, quarrel and taunt each other. 

"Whose Boy are you?" we say.

"Whose water do you carry?" we say.

You know, that is who people are: prone to fighting, and arguing, and quarreling

If not about one thing, then about a host of other things.

Wa Kaanal Insaanu Akthara Shai-in Jadalaa, says the Qur'an, in the clearest terms.

But what people often forget is that humans are that way: they do carry water for one person or another

That is often the nature of human life on earth.

That is why the really, really smart thing to do is to be Allah's Boys -- and Girls.

And no one else's.

And to be the boys -- and girls -- of Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam.

And of all those who follow in his glorious and most blessed and beautiful footsteps.

Ila Yaumid Deen -- till the Day of Judgment!


522

Growing Sometimes Means Outgrowing

We all grow. Men as well as women. 

There is no program or school that teaches us how to do it. We just do it. Each, how they can. 

Sometimes with help from here and there, parents and others. Also, quite often, in the teeth of all sorts of impediments, counter-currents and setbacks.

Many succumb, while many others make it to the shore. Almost all of us carry the burn marks all over our bodies as proof of our adventures.

And many of us pay -- and how dearly we do! -- a heavy price for the mistakes we make and the tumbles we take.

But one simple lesson many of us fail to learn is to "Let Go." 

To outgrow those who have outgrown us.

To walk away from those who have sent us repeated signals -- often clear and unmistakable signals -- that they have no further use for us. That they don't know what to do with us any more. 

And to say Sweet Adieu to them.

But if we had read our Qur'an, we would know how to do it. 

How to say Goodbye and Godspeed to those who insist on leaving.

Wasfahis Safhal Jameel, says the Qur'an. 

Paraphrase:

"Say Goodbye to them nicely and sweetly."

For, as those charged by God with the ultimate responsibility of bringing every one of his slaves back to his doorstep, we cannot afford to really turn our back on anyone.

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