When you are Working for Allah, it is always good to have people with you. But that is not always possible. It doesn’t happen that way.

Sometimes, the baseline is no more than one solitary Muslim household. That is all you get as part of your team.

When angels came to destroy the people of Lut, Alaihis Salam, Hazrat Ibrahim, Alahis Salam, was concerned what would happen to Lut, Alahis Salam.

He protested.

Inna Feehaa Lutaa, he said.

“But there is Lut there, in that place.”

But angels told him not to worry. They said they were fully aware of who was in there, in that place.

When the angels went looking to remove all the good guys from the land of Lut, Alaihis Salam, before destroying it, they could not find more than a single Muslim household.

The words of the Qur’an are devastating:

Wa Maa Wajadnaa Feehaa Ghayira Bayitin Minal Muslimeen!

“Not more than a single Muslim household could we find there!”

Elsewhere Hazrat Lut, Alaihis Salaam, pleads with his people, when they came rushing to molest and dishonor his visitors — who were actually angels in human shape:

A Layisa Minkum Rajulun Rasheed?

“Is there not a single decent human being among you?”

So, those of us Working for Allah, should not lose heart when we do not see a crowd gathering around us to help us with this work.

The work must go on.

And we must go on with our without help.

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We are all human beings. All of us share, to different degrees, the strengths and weaknesses that are endemic to the human race.

And our lives are modulated not only by our thoughts — that is how most Jama’at Islami people in India, and good people they are, seem to think, to this day, almost, I believe — but also by our emotions.

In all kinds of important ways, it is not only our head, but it is also our heart that makes us do what we do.

In fact, emotions are in the driver’s seat when it comes to living our life as humans. 

So, that means we all can use some words of kindness, compassion, support and encouragement from each other from time to time.

Qur’an says: 

“Just say something nice to people.”

Qul Linnaasi Husnaa!

Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, says — in paraphrase:

“If you can’t say anything nice to people, at least greet them with a smile.”

So, do you think this Islam could have come from any source other than Allah?

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When we look at the world around us, it gives us a lot of pain. But that is a sign of a heart that is not dead. Not fully anyway. Dead hearts don’t feel anything. They just are dead.

Things are what they are in the world. Problems of every kind and description abound. 

The point is first to do our best to understand them. And then to set about systematically to address them — and looking for solutions for them.

Search for solutions is neither easy nor short-lived. It sometimes extends over years and decades. And sometimes even generations.

The important thing is never to give up. But to continue looking and searching. 

It is Allah’s promise in the Qur’an that you look hard enough, and Allah will guide you to the answers:

Walladheena Jaahadoo Feenaa,
La-Nahdiyannahum Subulanaa!

Allah’s world is sweet and wonderful — such as it is. And there is a lot of room for hope and optimism. 

And where there is none, hope must be generated. Optimism must be created. 

It is a candle that must be lit in every heart.

That is what Islam came into this world to do. 

And that is the job of the Muslims today: to light that fire of hope in every heart.

To tell everybody what the Qur’an says:

A-laa Inna Nasrallahi Qareeb!

Meaning: Good days are just around the corner. Keep up the effort. Don’t lose heart. 

The world needs to be shown that there is a better way — with better likely outcomes. 

That is part of the job of Muslims in today’s world. To rise to levels of being part of the solution. And not just be part of the problems that plague the world.

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