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Burden of the Standard Bearer. A ‘burden’ of love and dedication for the sake of Allah . Our Legacy to the World…. What do we want it to be?. If the following organizations are wiped off the face of the earth, what would be lost to you and me?. Boeing Motorola Nokia Jesuit Schools.

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burden of the standard bearer

Burden of the Standard Bearer

A ‘burden’ of love and dedication for the sake of Allah

our legacy to the world

Our Legacy to the World…..

What do we want it to be?

if the following organizations are wiped off the face of the earth what would be lost to you and me
If the following organizations are wiped off the face of the earth, what would be lost to you and me?
  • Boeing
  • Motorola
  • Nokia
  • Jesuit Schools
so let s ask the people of the world both muslim and non muslim

So let’s ask the people of the world, both Muslim and non-Muslim………...

“If Islam and all its signs were wiped off the face of the earth, what would be lost for you?”

What do you think they would say?

allah s purpose for us
Allah’s purpose for us

You are the best of people Extracted (chosen) for (the benefit of) mankind; enjoining what is right forbidding what is wrong and believing in Allah. (3:110)

what we forgot
What we forgot..
  • We were sent to benefit the whole world and all who live in it
  • Islam is as much a social reform system as it is a theological concept
  • The path to people’s hearts, lies in the solution of their daily problems

Are we fulfilling our purpose?

so where did we go wrong

So where did we go wrong?

Seeing our history in perspective


“Perspective is the ability to hold two pictures simultaneously in your mind… where you are and where you want to be.”

A nation that does not learn from its history

is condemned to repeat it

standard setters vs followers
Standard setters vs followers
  • The Prophet changed the perspective of his Companions by giving them a Standard.
  • For 300 years they set the standard of morality, courage, chivalry, and justice which they demonstrated in all aspects of their public and private life.

But slowly we forgot our purpose and the decline began

ideology impacts
Ideology impacts!
  • Nations rise and fall and have a lasting impact and influence due to ideology.. Not merely due to military might or wealth.
  • Historical comparison:
    • Romans, Goths/Barbarians, Tartars, Muslims

Ideology often outlasts its own proponents

rome the model empire
Rome-The Model Empire
  • “The secret of Rome's success had less to do with spears and centurions than with culture, psychology, media and technology. In the New World, the American domination of the globe owes a great deal to the Roman example. The Roman Empire may belong to ancient history, but its echoes resonate through today's structures of international power and control.”

Jonathan Freedland, National Geographic

Yet the Muslims beat the Romans. Why and How?

case in point
Case in point..
  • “The British are good people. They accept our ways and adopt our customs easily. Little do they realize that these are the symbols of their slavery.”

(Comment of a Roman historian just 30 years after

the Roman invasion of Britain)

Whose standards are visible in our own lives?

historical mistake of muslims

Historical Mistake of Muslims

“We threw the baby out with the bath water.”

joint responsibility
Joint Responsibility
  • The so-called learned people in worldly affairs made no effort to learn the Deen and the gap between the Ulema and the ordinary people grew and continues to grow
  • Ordinary people forgot that the solutions to their problems lie in the Deen

Because ‘Deen’ is not the opposite of ‘Duniya’

It is the name of the way to live in the ‘Duniya’

making the connection
Making the connection
  • Then you remember me and I will remember you. O! Your who believe! Seek help with patient perseverance and salah: for Allah is with those who patiently persevere. (2:152-3)

Because salah is the best of the zaraya

of the life of this world

the peak was the decline
The Peak was the Decline
  • When the focus shifted from setting standards to imitating and competing … the decline began.
  • When we forgot the purpose of our creation and compromised our standards and sold our ideology for a few pieces of silver.

Today we have wealth but no influence or power


Wealth and children are the adornment of the life of this world. But the good righteous deeds that last, are better with your Lord for rewards and better in respect of hope. (18:46)

secret of muslim success
Secret of Muslim success…..
  • As long as we remembered our ideology and purpose; Tawhid and Da’awa; we influenced the minds of the world and people adopted our ways and benefited.
  • But when we became imitators…

The bell tolled for us too

the path of decline
The Path of Decline
  • Innovations & shirk crept into the practice of Islam in the name of spirituality, tradition, local customs etc.
  • Pursuit of worldly pleasure became universal
  • Ulema who objected to this were persecuted mercilessly; from Abu Hanifa (R) to Ibn Taymiyya (R)
  • People lost sight of how the ‘Deen’ could make them winners in the ‘Duniya’ so they abandoned it.

We forgot that the ‘Aakhira’ is the reward

for practicing ‘Deen’ in the ‘Duniya’

mongols spanish inquisition
Mongols & Spanish Inquisition
  • Muslim scientists were killed, records were destroyed and what remained was adopted by Europe leading to their Renaissance.
  • Theology was protected and hidden from the masses in religious schools and largely became the property of the scholars

Theology and Science got separated

as in the Christian Church

what we forgot1
What we forgot
  • We were sent to lead; not to follow.
  • We were sent with the formula for success in this life and the next.
  • We were supposed to demonstrate this, not merely talk about it.

We forgot that we were the Standard Bearers

the path to people s hearts

The path to people’s hearts..

Lies in showing them solutions to their daily problems

so where are we now

So where are we now?

Which is more visible in our lives today?

Setting standards or imitating?

global situation today
Global situation today
  • Oppression of the many by the few
  • Self indulgence is the ultimate goal
  • Leaders are blatant criminals
  • Accountability is ignored or denied
  • Justice has many interpretations

A world where the ‘self’ is worshipped

resilience is the key
Resilience is the key..
  • Face the brutal facts……..
  • But never lose hope in our eventual success

Remember –

It’s only losers who make excuses

window of opportunity
Window of Opportunity
  • In the life of every man and woman comes a time when they have a unique opportunity to make an impact and influence others.
  • Those who succeed, are the ones who anticipate and prepare for it and recognize it and act when it opens.

Our window is open now. Are we ready?

the burden of the standard bearer

The ‘Burden’ of the Standard Bearer

Performing a labor of love

the challenge
The Challenge
  • Show how the Qur’an and Sunnah are relevant in today’s worldly life
  • Show the way to practice the Islamic Way of Life in today’s context
  • Show how Islam differentiates the Muslim and makes him a winner in both worlds
  • Create teachers who can replicate this model in every society throughout the world

Show how – Not merely talk about it

what does islam have to offer to the world today
What does Islam have to offer to the World today?
  • A democratic model of government based on the selection of the best in character and piety.
  • An economic model based on helping each other and sharing resources and social responsibility.
  • A moral order based on the consciousness of accountability to Allah who knows all.
  • A model of scientific development based on research taking hints of the marvels of creation mentioned in the Qur’an.

Are we willing to demonstrate this and show the way?

the qur anic model

The Qur’anic Model

The correct sequence of learning that leads to success in both lives


The Qur’an teaches us the relationship between

recognizing the Creator and knowledge of His creation

combining theology science
Combining Theology & Science
  • Behold! In the creation of the heavens and the earth and the alternation of night and day there are indeed Signs for People of Understanding.
  • People who celebrate the praises of Allah standing sitting and lying down on their sides
  • And contemplate (research, enquire) the Creation in the heavens and the earth (with the thought): "Our Lord! not for nothing have You created (all) this! Glory be to You! Save us from the penalty of the fire.

Our purpose is to show this connection

why versus how

“Why” versus “How”

The problem with Western education

why versus how1
“Why” versus “How”
  • When you ask “Why” something happens, science tells you “How” it happens.

‘How’ is method. ‘Why’ is Purpose

why do rogue waves rise so high
Why do rogue waves rise so high?
  • Waves coming at different speeds from different directions suddenly meet and mingle into one big rogue wave.
  • Strong waves collide with fast-flowing ocean currents coming from the opposite direction, slowing down the waves so that they pile up and form rogue waves.

Are these answers to the question: Why?

science versus islam
The purpose of science is to peel back the layers of the appearance of objects to reveal their underlying nature.

It is the purpose of Islam to peel back the layers of the appearance of objects to reveal their underlying purpose.

Science versus Islam

Think of Imaan Bil Ghaib in this context!!

an example

An Example

The benefit of explaining science using the Qur’an

the big dilemma
The Big Dilemma
  • Hyperspace theory tells us that when the universe stops expanding and starts contracting it will end in an enormous production of heat which will vaporize everything
  • “How can intelligent life escape the Big Crunch?”

We need to tear space and escape into another dimension

the qur an solves the mystery
The Qur’an solves the mystery
  • Verily the Day of Decision is a fixed time. The Day when the Trumpet will be blown and you shall come forth in crowds (groups after groups). And the heaven shall be opened and it will become gates. And the mountains shall be moved away from their places and they will be as if they were a mirage. (78:17-20)

The Qur’an begins where science ends

the challenge1
The Challenge
  • To bridge this gap between the knowledge of Experimentation and Revelation
  • Introduce the Creator into secular scientific syllabi so that scientists don’t waste time searching for 1300 years to find an answer that existed before they started looking.

Introduce the Creator to His creatures

Evil has appeared on land and sea because of what the hands of men have earned, that He may make them taste a part of that which they have done, in order that they may return (by repentance)
  • Say, “Travel in the land and see what was the end of those before you! Most of them were Mushrikun (people who join partners with Allah) (30:41-42)
the reality
The Reality
  • Allah has linked our life conditions to our actions and not to our possessions.

For conditions to change, actions must change first

today s paradox
Today’s paradox
  • To disobey Allah is not only accepted but is considered the ‘right’ of the individual
  • We call this, life style choice, adult consent and so on.
  • Yet we want peace, plenty, comfort, safety

But goodness lies only in the obedience to the Creator

who are standard bearers
Who are ‘Standard Bearers’?
  • Totally motivated and inspired by the standard they love and respect and feel privileged to bear
  • Genuinely believe in its superiority over other ways
  • Differentiate themselves with pride and confidence on the basis of the standard they exemplify
  • Willing to be held accountable by the world for adhering to their standard

They are the ones who provide the benchmark

for the world to judge itself.

differentiation is key
Differentiation is key
  • The willingness to be ‘different’ is a sign of leadership
  • Show how the ‘difference’ is beneficial by practicing it
  • Wear your ‘difference’ with pride and confidence

Only a dead fish goes with the current

hadith of the ghuraba
Hadith of the ‘Ghuraba’
  • Abu Huraiyra (RA) narrates that the Prophet said: Islam started as something strange, and it shall return as it started, therefore give glad tidings to the strangers. Muslim Kitab-ul-Iman (1/84)

The willingness to be different

is an essential quality of leadership

our standard
Our ‘Standard’

You have indeed in the Messenger of Allah a beautiful pattern of (conduct) for anyone whose hope is in Allah and the Final Day

and who engages much in the praise of Allah. (33:21)

5 critical qualities
5 – Critical Qualities
  • Passionate desire to work for Islam
  • Drive for excellence in everything
  • Understanding the correct priority
  • Attitude towards life
  • Willingness to commit yourself

Qualities of the Prophet and His Companions

our challenge going forward

Our Challenge going forward

“There’s no earthly force that can stop an idea whose time has come.”

the idea
The Idea
  • Research in the Qur’an and Sunnah and define specific attitudes & actions in each discipline or field of endeavor where the Muslim’s practice of Islam in that field will differentiate him from others.
  • Create propagators who will become living Standard Bearers for the Islamic Way

Because the Prophet came to demonstrate

our window of opportunity
Our Window of Opportunity
  • Very small in time in relation to the life of this world
  • Very important and significant in relation to its impact on our Aakhira

It’s time to make a choice

And whosoever has taqwa and fears Allah

Allah will make a way out (of every difficulty) for him. And He will provide him from (sources/means) he could never imagine. And whosoever puts his trust in Allah He will be sufficient for him. (65:2-3)

The Promise of Allah

people remember us not by what we consumed but by what we contributed

People remember us not by what we consumed - But by what we contributed

Are we ready to

be Standard Bearers of Islam?

may allah subhanahu wa ta ala reward you all with the best

جزاك الله خيرا كثيرا

May Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala reward you all with the best