Who is responsible for Islam?

To properly and correctly represent it to ourselves and to others?

Will we do to our children -- or to anyone else -- what we do to Islam?

Misspell their names? Give out wrong IDs for them? Enter their names wrong in school and college records?

But this is what we do to Islam. People who have no credentials or qualifications become authorities on the subject. And give out a picture of Islam that is often not true.

A picture that has only the most precarious basis in fact and reality.

Often just because there is name, fame and money in Islam.

Ulama used to say about people like that: Fa-Dalloo wa A-dalloo.

Meaning: They went wrong themselves. And they took everybody else with them.

It is like the Blind Leading the Blind!

Makes you want to cry. Why can't some of us leave Islam alone? And go find another way of making money or name or fame for ourselves?

As the Sahabah Kiram used to do? They did not ride Islam for personal and professional purposes of their own.

They gave Islam their all. Often, including their lives.

Why can't some of us leave Islam -- and Muslims -- alone and go find a job. And maybe have a life, as they say in America.

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Shaikh Quilliam, England; Lord Headley Al-Farouq (Ireland) in Islamic Review; Freedom Fighter and Gandhi colleague Mowlana Muhammad Ali Johar in Comrade in British India; scholar and Qur'an translator Allama Yusuf Ali, and others.

Allah bless them all.

Whatever else they all were, or were not, they certainly were not third-raters, as so many of us, Muslims of today, have or threaten to become.

And then some of the same third-raters among us have the gall to preach to the world that Islam is the best there is and that it is a first-rate product.

But the all-important question Muslims must answer is this: Why should a first-rate non-Muslim accept that argument about Islam from a third-rate Muslim?

As for guiding people to Islam, Allah, of course, guides whomever he wishes to his path, even if it is through a very flawed and less-than-stellar Muslim.

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Words fail me when I see the silent mosques. It seems somehow wrong telling the owner of this world how to run his house. But shouldn't there be at least one place on earth, where people -- Hindus, Muslims, Jews, others -- can flock to listen to Allah's word articulated in a clear and powerful way?

How can we live when so many mosques have gone dead?

Muslims -- good, thinking Muslims -- complain about Muslims falling silent. But why wouldn't Muslims go silent? Look at their mosques! Look for how long these houses of Allah have gone silent now?

Houses about which Allah says: Adhinallahu An Turfa'a ... Houses that were meant to be raised.

Mimbars, from which the clarion call of justice and truth -- Haqq -- was supposed to rise and fill the world, have fallen silent.

What face will we show Allah, when we raise our voice for everything, except in the service of truth and justice?

And what fate awaits us right here in this world, when we do everything except to raise aloft the banner of truth and justice?

Who will do it, if not Muslims? And where will anyone do it if not in our mosques?

And yet how loud and deafening is the roar of Muslim silence when it comes to truth and justice!

And how profound and powerful is the silence of the mosques!

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“A Good Muslim fears, loves and worships God.

At the same time, a Good Muslim is also committed to love and serve humanity and all of God’s creation.

And to a Good Muslim all of these things are one and the same. If there ever was a seamless fusion between any two things, it was between these: loving God and serving humanity.” (Dr. Pasha)