The Miracle of “Smart Salaam”

May 18, 2007

They would then know what that book – Dhaalikal kitaab – the Qur’an, is really all about. The book that he brought from God as a guide and blessing for all of humanity.

And they would know and understand what their own role in this world really is. In this place on earth where God Almighty sent them – with the rest of humanity – as his own personal representatives and managers, with a clearly stated mission.

Muslim Mission on Earth

A mission that specified in the most clear terms that the job of the Muslims – and their responsibility – on earth was:

  • To encourage, foster, facilitate and promote all that is good, nice, decent, kind, compassionate, caring and noble.
  • To discourage and curb all that may be bad, evil, inhuman, cruel, dangerous, unjust, unfair, unkind, abusive, exploitative and harmful.
  • To work ceaselessly and tirelessly to end all forms of tyranny, as Thomas Jefferson once put it, over the mind and body of all men, women and children.
  • To treat everyone, without any distinction of race, color, gender or nationality, with respect, justice, equality and fairness.
  • To protect the earth and all that it contains from all harm and waste.
  • To serve all of God’s creation in all forms and shapes in every possible way.
  • To spread the message of love, kindness, compassion, niceness, equality, justice, fairness and decency everywhere.
  • To guarantee the most basic and fundamental rights to everyone, especially the weak, the oppressed, the powerless, the disadvantaged, the dispossessed and the voiceless.
  • To be compassionate, caring, generous and charitable toward all, regardless of color, caste, status, race, religion, gender, language, nationality or some other marker of difference.
  • To place God Almighty, their maker and master, and the maker and master of everyone and everything else in this world, first, second and last in their life – and invite everyone else in this world to do so.
  • And to be, at all times, devoted to and mindful of God Almighty more than to and of anyone or anything else in this world – and to preach that message to everyone else in this world.

Profiling Muslims – And Others

This more or less is the profile of the Muslims that the Qur’an provides.

According to the Qur’an, that is who the Muslims are supposed to be and that is how God Almighty defines their real role in this world.

And what a glorious portrait it is! And what a majestic and magnificent profile!

And what an absolutely amazing miracle it is – unlike any this world has ever known.

If some people today want to profile the Muslims, my very respectful message to them is: Hey, go right on ahead! Make your profiles. We Muslims are used to profiling.

We more or less invented the game. We have a patent on it.

Our original profile comes directly from God himself. It is one that God Almighty himself designed. Your God and our God, God of everyone and everything, he is the one who gave us our first and most complete profile.

And he also profiled everyone else in this world. Read the Qur’an and you will find in its pages all the profiles you will ever need.

You will find in the Qur’an your own profiles as well as our profiles. You will find in it the profiles of good people as well as bad people; nice people as well as nasty people; believing people as well as non-believing people; and all kinds of other people.

The Qur’an will also give you the profile of all kinds of mixed-up and confused people. People who don’t know who they are or what they want. These are people who are here, there and everywhere. But they are truly nowhere.

We Muslims thus are the original profile-makers of this world. At least the Qur’an is. At least our God Almighty is.

That is, our God, who is really your own God, who is truly God of everyone and everything.

Islam Is About Tomorrow

So, in reality, some of what I said earlier is some of what or who the Muslims are supposed to be. The kind the Qur’an talks about. That is their true profile – in the Qur’an.

That is their true identity and their true mission in life.

That is why I wish Muslims of today were Muslims of the Qur’an.

Not necessarily Muslims of yesterday, because that they can never be. For Islam is not about yesterday, but rather about today and tomorrow.

No one does or can live yesterday. We can only live today and tomorrow.

So, whether it is for Muslims or for the rest of the world, there is no such thing as returning to life the way it was yesterday. That can never happen. That is contrary to the law of Allah.

Life on earth does not run backwards. It runs forwards. It runs from God in the beginning to God in the end, if you can figure that one out.

A Future that Is a Throwback to the Past

All we can do, and all we must try to do as Muslims, is to build a most glorious tomorrow for ourselves, and for the rest of the world, keeping before our eyes the immortal teachings of the Qur’an and the everlasting example of the Prophet, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam.

That is why I wish Muslims of today were Muslims of the Qur’an. For, they are the ones who can build a bright new future for themselves, and for all of humanity, that is as perfect a replication of the past as it is possible for any future to be.

No, it is not a contradiction in terms. It is a miracle. A divine miracle, directly from God Almighty.

For, the more truly successful and glorious the future that human beings build for themselves, the more that future is going to be a throwback in its most central parameters to the life, times and example of the Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam – 1400 years ago.

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