Support the Good
September 24, 2015
I responded to a comment recently that was critical of the Pope’s visit, the honor and respect he was given, at least from the rational quarters, and his courageous words in support of protecting the planet, human dignity and economic justice. I supported him because he said the same things Prophet Muhammad said and Prophet Muhammad is my leader. And he encouraged the same things that the Holy Qur’an enjoins on me and that is my book of guidance.
Out of the numerous responses, many of them Muslims, most were reminders of the ugliness that was going on in the world. Some were particularly offended by the photo of the Pope pictured greeting a Muslim and a Jewish leader. They questioned the interfaith unity that was portrayed. My religion teaches me that I must live in the world with all kinds of people, even devils, and that I can have heaven here on earth, even with them there next door.
It’s sad to see people who have become such a bundle of hurt feeling that they are blinded to any rational or moral perspective. Allah (G-d) says in Qur’an that one of the blessings of the Paradise and I say part of what we should expect here is that: “He will remove from our heart any lurking sense of injury (rancor).” Why now are we still so angry and hurt that it makes us hateful? We were blessed just because we went through horrible experiences here in America and did not let them warp our beautiful human shape. Why would we now let someone come here, suffering from colonial oppression and interpret our struggle for us? Pass their anger onto us?
“I believe that many proponents of militancy, Black Nationalism and Afro-centrism are sincere. But I also know that many of them did not have the courage to follow or even acknowledge the Honorable Elijah Muhammad while he was alive. Many today are young and simply do not know the history. In any event I see them having missed the bus and are now running behind the bus inhaling the toxic black fumes of its exhaust. “Yes, I Am Your Brother: Understanding the Indigenous African American Muslim.”
It is even sadder s to see African Americans, when we have rescued by G-d from a white master, search all over then world until we find another Arab or Indian master, sheik or mufti that they can serve. G-d thought enough of us and had enough Mercy on us to raise leadership from among ourselves that the whole world respects, and never again put us under any Master but Him. And yet we search all over for anything that doesn’t look like selves.
It’s really very simple and again my dear sister, Zaimah Ella-Jefe put it into perspective:
In this, the last of times… There are two obvious and clear paths.
Path 1.) The side that promotes the best of our human nature, that is good inside us which The Creator, The Most High, has created us to be and build more upon. This is a life based on morality, and requires discipline, higher motivations and isn’t usually popular. Extra emphasis on sacrifice, community focus, and spiritual success.
Path 2.) The side that seeks to lower our humanity to sensation based pleasures. It calls us to a life of feeling good, having fun, unaccountability and a lack of regard for morals. Extra emphasis on physical and material success at the expense of spiritual success. Self is the main focus. (“Obey your thirst.” “Do what you want to do.” “YOLO”)
Look at your behavior. Not simply your ideals. But your actions and lifestyle. What path are you on?”
Is this any different than what Allah (G-d) says in the Qur’an?
90:01 I do call to witness this City;-
90:02 And thou art a freeman of this City;-
90:03 And (the mystic ties of) parent and child;-
90:04 Verily We have created man into toil and struggle.
90:05 Thinketh he, that none hath power over him?
90:06 He may say (boastfully); Wealth have I squandered in abundance!
90:07 Thinketh he that none beholdeth him?
90:08 Have We not made for him a pair of eyes?-
90:09 And a tongue, and a pair of lips?-
90:10 And shown him the two highways?
90:11 But he hath made no haste on the path that is steep.
90:12 And what will explain to thee the path that is steep?-
90:13 (It is:) freeing the bondman;
90:14 Or the giving of food in a day of privation
90:15 To the orphan with claims of relationship,
90:16 Or to the indigent (down) in the dust.
90:17 Then will he be of those who believe, and enjoin patience, (constancy, and self-restraint), and enjoin deeds of kindness and compassion.
90:18 Such are the Companions of the Right Hand.
90:19 But those who reject Our Signs, they are the (unhappy) Companions of the Left Hand.
90:20 On them will be Fire vaulted over (all round).
My sister pointed out the steep path. And all I see the Pope doing during his visit was using his tongue and his two lips to urge support for the indigent (economic justice), the orphan (refugees) and freedom. As Muslims we all know the theological issues that we have with the People of the Book. But Allah (G-d) dealt with those issues when He revealed the Qur’an to Prophet Muhammad—to correct those who were given previous revelation and went astray. And Allah (G-d) says that He will tell us the truth of what we did and the value of our deeds. The Prophet himself lived in a society with Jews, Christians and pagans and never fought them unless they fought him, and endured a lot of persecution until Allah gave him the upper hand. If we are going to be Muslims we need to look carefully at what and whom we are following.