OUR PEOPLE

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Asalaam Alyekum my people,

I think I spent about a month deciding whether to name this post “Our duty to our people”, “Our duty” or “Our people. #Truestory

About a month ago, starring at the passing palm trees outside while on a cross country bus ride…a thought popped into my
head. “Why do we judge people?” not in the “someone did something bad that affected someone else” bad, but in the “how someone
decides to lead their lives” part.  A few thought trains later came to; what is a Muslims duty towards people in this world?

Long story short, it definitely wasn’t to judge people…like this one is Christian, Jew, Atheist, gay, good-Muslim or bad Muslim,
that is really not our concern nor is it something we should pay attention to, our main duty  to the people is to promote and keep the peace. I believe that is why Islam is called the religion of
Peace, it is for it’s followers to show tolerance and patience towards others and to lead by example.

Quran verse: 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.”

This means our duty is to all man-kind, “our people” is every human being on earth, not just Muslims, not just those that we like and agree with or approve of their life choices, and our duty is to live in peace with them, enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong.

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Before someone uses that as the reason to judge and fight someone who might be doing wrong.

Quran verse: 2:256

“There shall be no compulsion in [acceptance of] the religion. The right course has become clear from the wrong. So whoever disbelieves in Taghut and believes in Allah has grasped the most trustworthy handhold with no break in it. And Allah is Hearing and Knowing.”

However, what I want to emphasize the most is that we can’t judge anyone’s choice in life, we aren’t equipped to do it nor do we have the
authority to. God judges people because HE has absolute knowledge of people and their circumstances, we don’t. So whenever we try
only hate and pointless fighting follows.

It is utterly useless to sit and hate someone else’s choices in their life or even try to fight it, instead of focusing on one’s
own flaws and shortcomings, given we don’t know how God will judge between any two people.

What we should hate and fight against
is oppression and injustice not differences.

To you and yours…

– ABD

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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FOR THE SAKE OF ALLAH

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Hey, guess who’s back…ok I never really left, just been silent, busy as usual…( Not sure why I feel the need to explain that every time but…ahhh when it feels right, what can you do?) anyway without further ado…

Opening with the following Hadith seems fitting:

It is narrated on the authority of Amirul Mu’minin, Abu Hafs ‘Umar bin al-Khattab, radiyallahu ‘anhu, who said:

“I heard the Messenger of Allah, sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam, say: “Actions are (judged) by motives (niyyah), so each man will have what he intended. Thus, he whose migration (hijrah) was to Allah and His Messenger, his migration is to Allah and His Messenger; but he whose migration was for some worldly thing he might gain, or for a wife he might marry, his migration is to that for which he migrated.”

[Al-Bukhari & Muslim]

It might not seem obvious but that right there is the formula to happiness. Honestly doing things for the sake of Allah is the secret to happiness… Seriously, no joke, but it’s no secret that, it’s not easy at all!

I found out that stories deliver the message better than explanations, so here is a little background story to how I came up with this topic.

So I had planned to do something for a friend and when I told the person my plan, the response was close to “good for you”.  Yea it didn’t quite make sense for a few seconds and I wasn’t actually upset but after thinking about it, I felt disappointed that the person didn’t recognize that I have very little to benefit from doing it. Either way I still wanted to do it for the person… but it was still stuck in my head, and thinking a little more I realized I shouldn’t even have been disappointed. I should be doing it solely for the sake of Allah and if my only intention was that I shouldn’t be disappointed in anyway, because it wouldn’t matter whether the person appreciated it or not.  What I thought I was doing “for them” isn’t really “for them” it’s for me (if we are going to be totally honest that is.)

What I really wanted was to be rewarded by the only one who can reward me for my deeds beyond my expectations and that is Allah. Am I making sense? I felt like I might have lost some of you on the way here… so starting from the top.. So I had planned to do something…(Gotchaaa!) ok you probably saw that one coming… yea moving on

This wasn’t the only incident when I realized doing things for the Sake of Allah makes us happier, because we don’t expect anything from anyone else. I mean we might have heard this quote before “the secret to happiness is low expectations” , my take on it is; it is half true half false. Its half true in the sense that lowering your expectations on what you get from people is more likely to keep you away from disappointment, its half false because, we can never really have low expectations, so instead lets have the highest expectations for what we do, from Allah, and trust me, still our highest expectations still will not meet this

As Allah mentions in the Quran

Surah As-Sajdah 32:17

“And no soul knows what has been hidden for them of comfort for eyes as reward for what they used to do.”

Well this post barely grazes the depth of doing things for the sake of Allah, but our attention span usually doesn’t go two pages straight per post. So my closing statement is,

“Always check our intentions” and a good way to do that is to see if when we do something good and later feel upset that someone or no one seemed to appreciate it then it’s time to correct our intentions and make them for the sake of Allah. And Allah is the most Appreciative.

As Allah mentions in the Quran

Surah At-Taghabun 64:17

“If you loan Allah a goodly loan, He will multiply it for you and forgive you. And Allah is Most Appreciative and Forbearing.”

And so

Surah Al- An’am 6:162

Say, “Indeed, my prayer, my rites of sacrifice, my living and my dying are for Allah , Lord of the worlds.”

Love you all for the sake of Allah

-Abd

SLOW DOWN

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WOOAAAHHH HORSEYYYY…SLOW DOWN

Try doing the speed limit: it  might be fun.

Ok here we are again…before I go on, I need you to think about what you have done all day…if its not a blur of tasks done at record time, then you probably don’t need to read this, but you have the time to, so please do. If its otherwise then…slowdown and read this.

So what we normally do is wake up and our to do list looks something like this

TO DO LIST:

1)   EVERYTHING!

Then we start running around, doing task after task and we look for more and we are terrified of slowing down, even prayer is done, on fifth gear…we are in , we are out. Its sad when you think of it, we jump from one thing to the next, and although we would like to think, there is some logical transition and what we are doing is rational, truth is we are moving about like a beheaded chicken, waiting to fall in our graves. Sorry for the visual there but it had to be done…to drive the point home.

As Allah mentions in the Quran

Surat Al-‘Anbyā’ 21:37

Man was created of haste. I will show you My signs, so do not impatiently urge Me.”

And in the Hadith

The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, “Calmness and patient deliberation is from Allah and haste is from Satan” (Tirmidhī).

STOP and think, look at the big picture, what have we done so far? Where are we? And where are we going? Are any of these things we are rushing off to, related with Pleasing Allah or gaining Paradise?

If not we need to learn to start separating what’s urgent from what’s important. It’s a skill worth developing quick, fast and in a hurry. This one you can do in a hurry.

Slowing down also trains us to be patient, good things come to those who wait…Well, work then wait, don’t just wait…

Yup that’s about it. Have a nice day…calmmmmmm dooowwwnnn…sssshhhh everything is going to be alright… take it easy Ok?. Allah is here for you.

Ayt, I gotta go now, there is like 1000 things I gotta do today. – Kidding…haaaaa almost got you there huh…

It’s actually a million things…but who cares… 🙂

Love you all for the sake of Allah.

–      ABD