Quote-Unquote - Book VII (701-800)

Aug 11, 2016

708

Slaves Don't Get No Medal of Honor!
Slaves Just Do Their Duty!

Slaves don't get Medal of Honor for service.

If they are lucky, it just may save them some extra whipping -- if we are to go by the rather sad, tragic and most reprehensible standards of 300 years of slavery in the Western Hemisphere: America, North and South and Central and the Caribbean.

What no one should forget is that we are all fully owned slaves of Allah. As a result, what we do -- and what we must -- in the service of God, and God's Creation, is nothing but a tiniest fraction of what is really expected and required -- and needed -- of us.

Wa Quli'maloo
Fa-Sayarallaahu 'Amalakum 
wa Rasooluhu
walmu'minoon

Paraphrase:

Just tell them to keep on working!
Allah and his messenger and the believers will all
watch and observe and keep track of what you do.


707

People Reacting with Pain and Empathy to Disastrous World Events: 
Is A Sign of Our Iman! 
And of Our Islam!
And of General Civilized Conduct!
And of One's Basic Humanity!

Last night, July 15-16, 2016. There was an attempted coup d'état in Turkey.

Thank God Almighty that evil and wicked coup appears to have failed, leaving behind, at the time of writing, a debris of nearly 1000 dead and 2000 wounded.

Everyone, everywhere, I am sure, watched on every TV and Social Media channel as the Coup played out.

The question is how do we react?

In words, in gestures, in actions, in feelings and emotions -- or in whatever other legal, civilized, noble, normal way possible?

This will be the crucible -- the true test -- of our Deen as well as of our Iman as well as of our membership in the civilized human race: Western or Eastern.

That means our reaction to the events unfolding in Turkey in full public glare -- on TV and on every other media portal -- will be the true measure not only of our Iman and of our Islam, but also of our basic humanity, of our core moral fiber, of our religious and humanistic conscience, and of our civilized human conduct in general: Western or Eastern.

Does anyone think some Muslims somewhere, maybe, should be doing a Khatm of Qur'an for Turkey -- and making Du'a for Turkey; and for its democratically elected government of President Erdogan and others; and for its brave and free people who faced bullets with bare chests and took on mutineer military tanks with empty hands -- and made them turn back?

Let us look at it this way -- those of us (in the West and in all other parts of the world) who value and cherish freedom, democracy, Islam, God, morality, human decency, and common compassion and "charity" (to use a Biblical expression) in this world?

God forbid, if our own child, or wife, or husband, or parent, or brother, or sister, or friend, or someone else of that kind, were involved in a serious car accident last night, and we watched it all on live television in real time, is this how we will react?

That should tell us, and that should give us, a true measure of who we are -- as individuals; as a people; and as members of civilized societies in the West and around the world.


706

God's Greatest Gift to Humanity

God's greatest gift to humanity is not merely the fact that God showed humanity the pathway to God, but also the fact that God Almighty ensured through Islam the right, the freedom and the liberty, for all human beings, both as individuals and as societies, that human beings require in order to choose God and follow the path shown by him.

Or not to do so, should they so choose, and follow a different path, which may be at variance with God's own chosen path.

I don't know who says what on this subject. But this is what the Qur'an has to say on the subject of choosing, or not choosing, God and his path:

Wa Hadayinaahun Najdayin.

Paraphrase:

"And we blazoned before him two different paths."


705

Did You Know that All It Takes to Change the World 
Is One Single Human Being?

Do you know that one single human being is all it takes to change the world of Allah? 

When I say "change," I mean to produce good, positive, noble, nice, sweet, wonderful change that will make life on earth better, not only for the human race as a whole, but also, at the same time, better for all of God's creation on earth, whether that creation consists of plant, animal or human life.

Examine the history of humanity on earth. You cannot fail to see that it was almost always individuals who appeared on world stage and spearheaded change in the world.

So, don't ever think you are one person, but a single individual, so what can you accomplish?

Don't forget, you are an individual human being. That is who you are. 

You are someone whom God created in the finest mold:

Fee Ahsani Taqweem!

And you carry in yourself the might and majesty of the entire universe. 

And you have behind you all the power and all the resources of God Almighty -- your maker and master. 

Don't for one moment forget who you work for. You work for Rabbul 'Aalameen -- the master of all the worlds.

So, you can change the world, if only you would set your mind to it. 

And if you would do what it takes to make it happen -- by systematically proceeding to acquire the following:

All the knowledge you need to know and understand Islam as well as the world; 

All the skills and techniques you must possess for effective communication and persuasion; 

All the resources that must be available to you to do your job well; 

And all the support systems and coalitions that you must build in order to achieve your goals and purposes on earth.

When you do all this -- and do it all for no other reason than to please Almighty God, and not in the pursuit of your own personal goals and agendas, and you do it with your heart and mind filled with charity and love for all and with malice and hate toward none -- you will change the world for the better as surely as the sun fills the world with daylight and as the rain floods the earth with life-giving water.

And when the time comes for you to leave this world, the world would be a better place for your having passed through it. 

And there is no other thing you could have done in your life that would have been more compelling, or more rewarding, or more consequential than this.


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