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A ‘burden’ of love and dedication for the sake of Allah
What do we want it to be?
“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?
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)
Are we fulfilling our purpose?
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
But slowly we forgot our purpose and the decline began
Ideology often outlasts its own proponents
Jonathan Freedland, National Geographic
Yet the Muslims beat the Romans. Why and How?
(Comment of a Roman historian just 30 years after
the Roman invasion of Britain)
Whose standards are visible in our own lives?
“We threw the baby out with the bath water.”
Because ‘Deen’ is not the opposite of ‘Duniya’
It is the name of the way to live in the ‘Duniya’
Because salah is the best of the zaraya
of the life of this world
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)
The bell tolled for us too
We forgot that the ‘Aakhira’ is the reward
for practicing ‘Deen’ in the ‘Duniya’
Theology and Science got separated
as in the Christian Church
We forgot that we were the Standard Bearers
Lies in showing them solutions to their daily problems
Which is more visible in our lives today?
Setting standards or imitating?
A world where the ‘self’ is worshipped
It’s only losers who make excuses
Our window is open now. Are we ready?
Performing a labor of love
Show how – Not merely talk about it
Are we willing to demonstrate this and show the way?
The correct sequence of learning that leads to success in both lives
recognizing the Creator and knowledge of His creation
Our purpose is to show this connection
The problem with Western education
‘How’ is method. ‘Why’ is Purpose
Are these answers to the question: Why?
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!!
The benefit of explaining science using the Qur’an
We need to tear space and escape into another dimension
The Qur’an begins where science ends
Introduce the Creator to His creatures
For conditions to change, actions must change first
But goodness lies only in the obedience to the Creator
They are the ones who provide the benchmark
for the world to judge itself.
Only a dead fish goes with the current
The willingness to be different
is an essential quality of leadership
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)
Qualities of the Prophet and His Companions
“There’s no earthly force that can stop an idea whose time has come.”
Because the Prophet came to demonstrate
It’s time to make a choice
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
Are we ready to
be Standard Bearers of Islam?
May Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala reward you all with the best