SERVANTS!

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It’s been 5 months since my last post….wooowww. Time flies when you are lazy.

Ok, Let’s get straight to it, I’m going to assume that by now it is public knowledge that that humans in the Holy Quran are usually referred to as servants (this isn’t some level 5 classified: for scholar’s eyes only thing). I believe the reference to humans as servants truly reflects the true nature of humans; we are at our best when serving others. The happiest of people in the world are those who are devoted to serving others.

The obvious question that follows is, given the fact that we are servants, who is it that needs our service? We already know that Allah is clearly not in need of our service, hate to burst anyone’s bubble… so the question remains, who is?

Some might hate to admit it but the answer to that question is… fellow homo-sapiens… Ba dum tsss.  Most of us forget this and some of us are completely oblivious to it, but it is especially sad when Muslims forget this.

BECAUSE… REASONS:

Quran Surah Al- Imran 3:110 .

You are the best nation produced [as an example] for mankind. You enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong and believe in Allah. If only the People of the Scripture had believed, it would have been better for them. Among them are believers, but most of them are defiantly disobedient. – Sahih International

Although I personally like this translation more:

You are the best nation ever brought forth to men, bidding to honour, and forbidding dishonour, and believing in God. Had the People of the Book believed, it were better for them; some of them are believers, but the most of them are ungodly. – Arberry

It has a more old school feel to it.

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The thing is, apart from worshipping Allah, the number one duty bestowed to Muslims is to lead the rest of the world by example. By bidding to honor and forbidding dishonor *while I twist the end of my imaginary handlebar moustache* and make no mistake, we will be questioned about this duty given to us that we so often neglect.

Now how do we lead by example, You ask?. Well in my personal opinion (you are free to disagree with me) I don’t see it as going out on the streets and starting to preach about Islam. Being a convert,  I have experienced different kinds of dawah, and I found the “hey have you heard the good news” not to be effective at all and always evokes this mental image.

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No one converts anyone; only God can change what is in people’s hearts, which should make our job a lot easier for us. All we really are is just facilitators/ agents. You can’t convert someone who isn’t looking for the truth, you can only try to show the path to someone who is already looking for the truth on their own. Maybe the others will look for the truth later, or maybe not, it’s not up to us.

Our only duty is to be good and to do good to all mankind regardless of religion. To do things that help everyone, make everyone’s life better (Muslims and non-Muslims). Muslims are here to make the world a better place, for everyone.  Islam is for everyone not just for Muslims maybe we forget this fact sometimes. It is not to spread fear, or to discriminate.

 I believe it is enough for us to just work on being the best version of ourselves and being kind to others regardless of their race, religion, gender or age. Being a good Muslim isn’t just about praying, fasting and giving zakat. As the Quran verse below

Quran surah Al Ma’un 107: 1 -7

Have you seen him who belies the rewards and punishments of the Hereafter? He it is who drives away the orphan and does not urge giving away the food of the poor. Then woe to the praying ones, who are careless of their Prayer, who do good to be seen, and withhold small kindnesses (from the people).”

Acts of small kindness to everyone hold great value. Let us practice this. When we call ourselves servants of Allah, we should realize who we are meant to serve. The Prophet Muhammad, served humanity more than any other human being ever has and ever will, and so that is his Sunnah. Let’s take that as an example of what we are supposed to do.

Oh and before I forget, before we run outside to go serve the world, let us remember charity starts at where was that place?? Uhh that’s right… HOME sweet HOME.  Yup the annoying siblings, the cousins that won’t quit and the Uncles and Aunts who know when the world will end, even if it means ending it themselves.  (This is just a worst case scenario)

ANDDD Yes… most of the mainstream media and many other ignorant and misinformed people are trying to paint Muslims as terrorists and evil. Retards like these have and will always exist to the end of time, the fear mongers and those who promote ignorance and hate.

However that should never stop us from doing what we are supposed to be do, because we aren’t doing it to prove a point or get the acceptance of others,praise or recognition, we do it because it is our duty entrusted upon us by Allah,  that’s all there is to it! In short we do it for the sake of Allah.

Love you all for the Sake of Allah…

HOlllaaaaa

Yes that rhymed.

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8 thoughts on “SERVANTS!

  1. Hello Brother, It’s good to have you back on the scene after a long break! an informative piece, always a delight to learn something from you and to know that your iman keeps getting strong (more Bankai power) :). I do agree on on that vein, there seems to be a mismatch in the Muslim world between what we do, thinking we are practicing and what we ought to be doing as per Sunnah and prescribed by the Holy Quran.  I find it to be such a pity that sometimes the imams in our societies don’t touch upon issues the modern world is facing. Rather they are repetitive in their lectures only speaking of the fundamentals (pillars of islam, and other mainstream wisdom) that it’s assumed every grown up Muslim pretty much is acquainted with already. Social issues facing the societies aren’t touched upon extensively; issues such as homosexuality, same sex marriages, drug abuses, infidelity, tolerance, co-existence, socio-economic issues, politics and law. what we do forget is that Islam is complete and thus every aspect of life is well covered.  Islam is way bigger than just praying 5 times a day! One would have to be deluded to think that’s all there is to it. We are obligated to seek knowledge men or women. It hurts to see how Islam is portrayed by the  media but we already know what embodies Islam. Islam is attacked and slammed from all sorts of schemes. Those who kill and say they represent Islam by  committing acts of terror in the name of Islam in my opinion are only deceiving themselves and they perceive it not. Our prophet was never a violent man, he co-existed with people of different beliefs, nobody was persecuted for having a different religious affiliation. We should also however recognize that we do have deep problems in Muslim world, such as rights infringements, misinterpretation of Islamic tenets, education  the list goes on.   Anyway let me pan out here, Keep it it up with the great job and i pray that Allah increase you in iman. Peace on you!      

    • Larry…you’re aliiiiiivveeee. I didn’t see you on the news… I thought you would definitely be the president right now or at least leading a rebel army… Just land in your country and said it done be! … Wetin de happen man?

      Thanks for the comment slash essay slash sub-post. It’s true though what you said, just not sure how to make that mainstream knowledge.

  2. This might be my favorite post. Small acts of kindness are what keeps me going. The smile of another person can work miracles. It’s cliché but the act isn’t. You hardly see kindness nowadays. But you’re right. We should do things for the sake of Allah, so we won’t be disappointed regardless of what the outcome is. Especially towards those annoying siblings. His pleasure is ours. JazakAllah khair. Always enjoying your funny comments.

  3. Guess what? I finally decided to catch up on some reading haha..I mean seriously if I wasn’t reading stuff online I literally would’ve had to blow dust off my books before I could read them.

    Anyway I really liked the idea behind this post that as Muslims it’s our duty to serve others. However I think that that is not why we’re called “servants” in the Quran. The title slave or ‘abd is used for human beings only in relation to Allah. Being servants of Allah just means that we’re supposed to do what Allah wants us to do, obey His Commands and submit to Him. The term servant has no relevance to the obligations we have towards fellow human beings. We serve humanity, but not as servants, rather as leaders like you said, or as helpers or advisers.

    Jazak Allahu khairan for writing this. Loved it. One of the reasons I like your blog is because there’s always something new and interesting to learn from you. Allahumma baarik lakum! I hope to read more from you soon inshaAllah. 😊

    • Hahah thanks, I still maintain we are meant to serve humanity, even though it is through serving Allah that we serve humanity. So it does have a lot of relevance to our obligations towards human beings. One can not claim to serve Allah while at the same time not serving humanity. As for serving humanity as leaders;
      1) being a leader means exactly that, to serve your people i.e you are their servant. ( like Civil servant) it isn’t to sit on some high horse and tell people what to do.
      2) not everyone is a natural born leader, some people have titles that give them authority but that’s not a leader. People follow leaders because they want to not because they have to.

      There are a lot of Muslims I would never follow, but that doesn’t mean they can’t serve humanity because they can’t be leaders. (again this is assuming that as you said we serve humanity not as servants but as leaders and that you distinguished being a leader and being a servant)

      • That’s not what I meant. I agree that in order to be leaders we should first work towards serving others rather than being served. And if figuratively that makes us their “servants”, then ok. But in the literal sense we can never be servants of anyone other than Allah. So when we’re talking about the reference to humans as servants in the Quran it has the connotation of worship. Beause ‘abd and ‘ibadah have the same root.

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