Prayers that God Himself Taught the World! Dr. Pasha (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?)...
Muslims, Good Muslims that is, seem to be always hurting for resources and numbers. But somehow that seems to be the nature of this Deen. That seems to be how this Deen works. The funny thing is -- it is really most...
The long and short of the story is this:
It is God – and God alone – that has the key, and that controls all access, to the human heart.
And that means Guidance comes directly from Allah. And from no one else.
So, if you really care about your future in This World and in the Next World, find a way to connect with him. And this applies equally to Muslims and to Non-Muslims.
Most people don't understand a simple thing about the way Allah does things. Or what it means to Work for Allah.
When those Working for Allah issue forth -- spread out that is -- on God's earth and leave no stone unturned to invite people to come to Allah, the response to their work is far from predictable.
And far from uniform.
Sometimes it is a trickle, sometimes it is a flood. Sometimes it is a drizzle and sometimes it is a downpour.
From massive to meager, from instant to delayed, the response to your work is all Allah's doing. It is not a direct outcome of your work.
The untiring efforts of Prophet's Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, covering a span of two decades, were, toward the end, rewarded by the floodgates of acceptance opening and men and women -- Annaas -- rushing into Islam in waves:
Wa Ra-ayitan Naasa Yadkhuloona Fi Deenillahi Afwaaaja (110:2).
Other Prophets of God, Alaihimus Salam, such as Hazrath Lut, Alaishis Salam, were left wondering if there was not a single decent human being among those they were targeting and working for so long and so hard to win over for Allah.
So much so that they ended up saying:
A-Layisa Minkum Rajulun Rasheed (11:78).
"Is there not one decent human being among you?"
Or, as in another case -- also in relation to Hazrath Lut, Alaihis Salam -- as Allah and his angels looked, before proceeding to destroy the entire community of rebels against God, and his Messenger Lut, Alaihis Salam, they could not find more than a single household in that entire community that happened to be Muslim:
Fa-Maa Wajadnaa Fihaa Ghaira Bayitin Minal Muslimeen (51:36).
Go figure Muslims!
And those of you Working for Allah: take heart!
So long as you keep doing your work, and keep doing it right, there is no such thing as failure in your lot!
It is all success -- from beginning to end.
So, just go and do your work and do it right -- the way Allah asks you do it:
Fa-Lidhaalika Fad-'u Wastaqim Kamaa Umirta (42:15).
"So, go and invite people to Allah, as you are asked to do,
And don't falter in your mission!"
Most people do not understand that Allah has his own way and his own meticulous calculus of doing things.
Therefore, what happens in the world is what Allah decides should happen. And it does not always coincide with what you and I wish would happen.
And it is all to the good!
Therefore, to submit to Allah's decision, and to accept it with an open heart, and in fact to rejoice in it and to celebrate it, is a level of Iman that is much to be envied and that is not given to all.
So, people, let us all go back to the drawing board and retool. Let us learn to understand and accept and enjoy and celebrate Allah's decisions for us, and for his world, even as we work day and night to help to make his world a better place, in itself and for all of this creation.
Dunya impinges on us human beings in all kinds of ways.
Dunya is Arabic in the Qur’an for “The World” – meaning this earthly world in which we live today.
As distinct from another world, Aakhirah – the next everlasting world that we will enter after death.
So, while we human beings are in this world, the Dunya, all kinds of things happen to us. Some we call good and some we tend to see as bad.
But good or bad, the impact of all them on one’s life is often very real and tangible.
But then some of the more clear-headed among us look at the source where all of it comes from, where all things have their origin: God Almighty.
Then some of the more blessed ones among us hang our heads in shame and say: How can anything bad ever come from someone so good!
And that is in spite of all that the 19th Century French Deist and revolutionary thinker Voltaire had to say in that most biting satirical book of his called Candide, ou l'Optimisme.
In response a Believer, if he is truly blessed and guided by God, would tend to say:
Radwitu Billahi Rabban wa Bil-Islami Deenan wa Bi Muhammadin, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallama, Nabiyyan wa Rasoolaa!
How human beings pass from one stage of life to another is a matter that is both hidden and manifest.
And it is both simple and complex.
Call them, if you will, the Manaazil and Maqwaamaat of passage through life: Sulook.
Rights of Passage.
Or simply Pathways to Allah.
If, following 17th Century Christian Allegorist John Bunyan, you want to call it Pilgrim’s Progress, be my guest.
How is that for a spot of Interfaith Camaraderie and Bonhomie toward Christians on the part of this Muslim?
So, if you are a human being, you start out by looking at the world, investigating it, studying it and, somehow, falling in love with parts of it.
You then discover the Hadith.
Or, more appropriately, you are guided and led to it – to the Hadith of Sayyidina Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam.
You fall in love with Sayyidina Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam – the man, the messenger and his most glorious and all-conquering message.
And then along comes the Qur’an, at its own sweet, deliberate pace, and claims those who are tagged “blessed.”
You then navigate the Qur’an – as the Qur’an permits you to enter, tarry and proceed, all according to its most precise calculus.
And then, if you are of those who are called, you are smitten by the Qur’an. You end up falling in love with the Qur’an.
And then, if your name is on the list, you are invited to talk to the Qur’an. And the Qur’an then begins to talk to you, if it is your place, Maqwaam.
The Qur’an then lifts the veil. And you are allowed to behold the beauties and wonders that lie hidden behind every word and letter of the Qur’an.
The Qur’an now turns, right before your eyes, into the light, sheer radiance, that it is, and that was hidden from you all this time.
And if you can somehow survive this stage – consider the expression “Maqwaam” again or Manzil – and if you manage to navigate it successfully, then the unthinkable happens – provided of course your name comes up on the list.
You fall in love with God.
Thereafter, what happens to you, or, stated differently, what God does to you or with you, is a matter entirely between the two of you.
No third entity comes between you.
Na mee daanam chi manzil bood shab jaa-yee-ki man boodam;
Khuda khud meer-i mahfil bood andar laa makaan Khosroe.
Does any of this make any sense? I don’t know.
Maybe it does, maybe it does not.
When Allah makes a decision pertaining to us human beings – when he does; as he does; which he does all the time – those blessed by Allah say “Alhamdulillah!” and move on, their sundry duties to perform.
On the other hand, those who have worked to take themselves out of the downpour of Allah’s mercy and blessings don’t know what to do or how to react.
So, instead of panicking and running to Allah, and throwing themselves on Allah’s mercy, they wail and gripe and try to run away from Allah and his mercy.
Thus, they only make their predicament worse.
Some of them even curse themselves and everything and everyone in sight. They scream in their foolish arrogance and rage and fear and panic: “Why? Why? Why Me?”
Compared to all this, Alhamdulillah is perfect language for all times – none better – and for all seasons, as some would say. It means – among all the wonderful things it means – things like “Thank You! We Accept!”
That in slave language translates to: “Yes, Master! Thank You Master!”
And it means: “Of Course, Master! Whatever You Say, Master!”
And it says: “We Submit! We Surrender!”
Of course many people don’t understand the fact that all time is Allah’s Decision Time. And Allah’s Decisions are ongoing, ever-present.
And the functioning of the Universe, to the extent we are able to see and grasp it, as per every micro-, nano- or picosecond, or in Planck Time, is nothing but a mirror of the unfolding of Allah’s Supreme Will.
The Qur’an attests to this, over and over, in its most glorious Aayaat:
Kulla Yawumin Huwa Fe Sha'n;
Fa'aalul Limaa Yureed;
Yaf’alu Maa Yureed;
Yaf’alullahu Maa Yashaa-u;
Khaaliqu Kulli Shai-I;
God is God.
That means someone who is completely in command of every situation in creation. And that includes everything in everyone's life.
So, those who use expressions such as "Finally," when they are talking about something happening in this world, something that someone is doing, whether they themselves or someone else is doing it, what they are saying really is that God was late in doing things.
That God somehow forgot or missed his deadline.
God, however, is one who does not forget.
Nor does God ever delay anything.
Nor does God ever miss a deadline.
For, God is Time, and he is the maker and master of Time. God is not a creature of time like you and me and rest of the world.
So, next time you start saying glibly: "Finally," just beware!
I am not saying it is a mortal sin you are committing. Ask someone else about sins and stuff. All I am saying is, don't be surprised if the sky comes crashing down.
Be prepared for it, and if it happens then know who did it.