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Those who say they are "Working for Allah!" must internalize the following divine monitoring system on earth:
Islam means working for Allah. That is what Islam means and the Qur'an seems to suggest that very strongly and very clearly.
As a result, those individuals and groups -- those who claim they are Working for Allah -- are not doing anyone any favors. They are just doing what they were put on this earth to do: To Work for Allah!
Illaa Li-Ya'abudoon (51:56)
But there is a small "catch" that seems to go with it. And the Qur'an is quite direct about it.
Quli'amaloo, says the Qur'an in Surah Tawubah, Aayat 105.
Go ahead and do the things you have to do. In other words, plain and simple: "Work!"
But then the Qur'an adds: Go ahead and work, "For, God shall see your work."
Fa-Sa-yarallahu Amalakum! (9:105)
After that, the Qur'an says:
And so shall Allah's Rasul, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam.
Work, so along with Allah, Allah's Rasul, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, can also see your work.
The story does not end there, but goes on to induct the Muslims -- The Believers: Al-Mu'minoon -- as part of this divine monitoring system of human behavior on earth.
As an integral part of this unfailing divine arrangement to monitor and supervise human action in this world.
Wal-Mu'minoon, says the Qur'an, "and the Believers."
The Believers also shall and must be able to see and check your work.
Have you ever heard of something the world calls "Transparency"? This is the mother and grand-daddy of all transparencies.
Here is that full passage from Surah Tawubah:
Wa Quli'amaloo Fa-Sa-Yarallahu Amalakum wa Rasuluhu wal-Muminoon (9:105).
Paraphrase, once again:
For, Allah shall soon see and inspect your work.
And so shall Allah's Rasul, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam.
As shall also the Believers!"
First thing: Work, for, you must, as you were created exclusively for that purpose: to work for Allah.
Next thing: When you work, you will be on the radar -- on candid camera if you will -- of all of them:
Then, Rasulullah, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam;
And, after that, the Muslims.
So, people do you get it?
Muslims are good people. They like to do good things.
And they also tell each other to do good things.
But that is where sometimes the catch is: "What are the good things that Muslims must do?"
And all of us must do?
We are talking outside all the compulsory duties of course -- the Faraa-id.
And outside all that Muslims know to be strong Sunnah.
So, the question is, in matters which involve neither direct Fard, nor strong Sunnah, what kind of good things should Muslims do?
A rude fellow like me will say:
"Trust your judgment."
"And your common sense."
"And your past experience."
"Do some cost-benefit analysis like smart people."
"See which investment is likely to produce the best and highest returns on your time, money and effort."
Better people than me, which is practically everyone else on this planet, will say:
"Hey, why don't you check out this Hadith Sharif? The one which says:
Al-Mu'minu ... Kayyisun, Fatin.
Meaning, roughly, a believer is a sharp, smart operative. He or she does not get bitten from the same hole over and over again.
Laa Yuldaghul Mu'minu Min Juhrin Waahidin Marratayin.
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Even though we all live – hopefully – in free and democratic societies, and operate by democratic norms, Working for Allah means constantly dedicating and rededicating ourselves, with single-mindedness, to our Program, our Jama'at and our Leadership.
Failure or hesitation to do that is indicative of breakdown of mental discipline and spiritual commitment on the part of individuals.
And it is suggestive of lack of personal growth and progress in one’s journey to Allah.
They are all instances of problems, and possibly ongoing struggles, inside people, many of which could be summed up under the rubric of Nafs – selfishness and self-centeredness.
Such individuals generally have a tendency to be focused on themselves rather than on the Jama'at, the Program and the Leadership with which they are supposed to be working.
At that level, it is generally a problem of what is called Ikhlas and Iman.
Left unaddressed, these issues will come to the fore sooner or later, as the Jama’at continues to plod along in the pursuit of its goals.
And these individuals, unless they correct their attitudes in time, may turn out to be a problem to the Jama’at and the work down the road.
Those who think or say they work for Allah – which basically means all Muslims – they must train themselves to do one simple thing.
With regard to everything in their life, they must learn to put Allah first – and last – and second – and third – and fourth – and everywhere else.
That means they must learn to put Allah first and last and in the middle – and everywhere else in their life.
Otherwise, they should go and find something else to do for themselves.
That means they must find a new master – like so many people have.
And they must work for someone other than Allah – like so many other people do.
Hear the Qur’an say it:
Huwal Awwalu wal Aakhiru waz Zwaahiru wal Baatin.
Muslims are God’s people on earth. And there are expectations that are associated with that exalted position.
Expectations that humanity has from Muslims.
Expectations that all of Allah’s creation has from Muslims.
And, more than anything or anyone else, expectations that God Almighty has from Muslims.
And, also, expectations that we all must have from each other – as Muslims; and as civilized people on earth.
Therefore, if we are Muslims in the truest sense of that expression, here is what we must expect from us – each one of us, from each and every one of us.[...]
"Islam is getting out of one’s comfort zone and taking a good look at the world around.
It is pushing the envelope of one’s ideas and beliefs and critically examining the foundations in which those beliefs and ideas are rooted.
That is what the Qur’an came to teach people. And that is what Islam is." (Dr. Pasha)
Dr. Pasha has issued a call to world Muslims to observe a World Day of Repentance this 'Aashoora, 1433.
Muslims are human and as humans they have done many things over the centuries that are contrary to the best interests of Islam, Muslims and the World. [...]