2. - Good Deeds
This is, after faith, the second characteristic, the second slogan, of
the Muhammadan Call.
is work free from remissness, false imaginativeness, or day-dreaming; effective
work for the welfare of the whole community and in the interest of the
Call; work that drives reform forward with a sure, powerful hand.
nothing is more detrimental to nations than having life all leisure, to
individuals than procrastination and laziness, to a call or cause than
being based on empty theories and uncontrolled fancy.
Islamic Call, knowing this fact, made good work a prominent feature of
the true Muslim, thus coupling faith with its outward expression. Otherwise
what avails faith without fruition into good work? One putting forth no
effort towards its realisation, his belief will be useless, of no avail.
know of no other call which equals Islam in exhortation for work and in
insisting on it as a characteristic of the true believer. Islam denies
monasticism; in the words of the Prophet, peace be upon him, there is "No
monasticism in Islam". To devote oneself entirely to worship, to the exclusion
of all other human activities, is foreign to Islam, as is known from the
teaching and life of the Prophet and his companions especially his second
Caliph and commander of the Faithful Omar. No religion as far as I know
has ever honoured labour and associated it with belief as Islam did. To
quote only one of many verses to the point in the Holy Qur'an.
those who believe and do good work., them verily We shall house in lofty
dwellings of the Garden underneath which rivers flow. These they will secure".
Holy verse goes on to emphasise the noble meaning by an adage that shall
stand for ever ; "How sweet the garden of the toilers"
.(Surah XXIX, 58)
much importance is attached by the Islamic call to good work because it
is the only true expression of the reality and value of the creed. Belief
may be passive, may not express itself in outward act. Such a passive believer
is not worthy of the true Faith because true faith demands from one firm
belief in the Call, through active participation in it on the one hand,
and on the other, through enlightening those responsible for the call and
its propagation as to the way he thinks best for securing it, and the difficulties
he has met in doing his part! So will the call be served and disseminated
far and wide.
positivity God ordered His apostle to make plain to the believers in the
"And Say (unto them)
Act ! Allah will behold your actions, and (so
will) His messenger and the believers, and
ye will be brought back to the Knobbier of the invisible and visible, and
He will tell you what ye used to do". (Surah IX, 105).
the light of this positivity, the Islamic community has been divided into
three categories : the patients, the workers, and the fighters, and nothing
else is indicated by the holy text:
then, of the Qur'an that which is easy for you; He knoweth that there are
sick folk among you, and some who seek of Allah's bounty, while others
fight for the cause of Allah ! (Surah 73, verse in part).
is also this positivity which calls upon believers to actively seek their
living thereafter having attended the Friday congregational prayers letting
for the moment work aside:
"And when the prayer is ended, then disperse in the land and seek of Allah's
bounty, and remember Allah much, that ye may be successful". (Surah 62,10).
Calls preaching socialism, fascism and democracy put at the head of programs
working for the good of the state that the produce of the individual may
increase, and hence the income of both individual and nation. A successful
state mobilizes individual efforts for the exploitation of national resources,
putting to use every tract of land, big or small. A strong state has little
labour disturbances or union strikes, all being busy developing resources
and increasing production. Only recently have states come to know and fully
appreciate these facts with the advance of science and the widening horizon
of human thought, yet they were known to the Muslim nation when other parts
of the world floundered in ignorance and enjoyed it.
The Islamic call could and did recruit and enlist the services of almost
every individual and Muslim believer, integrating all into one powerful
whole working with faith for the welfare of the newly risen nation. There
was no room for bloody disturbances similar to those previously stirred
up by the tribes, and which in fact used up the vitality of the Arab race,
threatening it with ultimate destruction. There was no room for that killing
poverty which was the real cause for tribal strife. All took to work earnestly
and sincerely, and the Arab mind found its way out of the narrow circuit
within which it used to revolve, to a sphere world-wide, in order to deliver
the Islamic Call a permanent message of enlightenment and guidance to mankind.
Only later during periods of weakness and disunion was heard the factious
discordant tune, but there had been no echo of it at the time of the strength
and glow of the Call.
its slogans, in its distinctive features, the Islamic Call is a living
ideal for every group, individual or nation. The groups believe and carry
into effect what they believe in; the individual subscribes to a principle
and works for it; the nation holds a view with unanimity and keeps on calling
for it, fighting for it until it is translated into fact, however great
the sacrifice entailed.
The Apostle of the Islamic Call was an outstanding example, the practical
ideal to the true Believer, persistent in Faith, unshaken by calamity,
unweakened by obstruction and unyielding under adversity. His history is
true testimony of his entire devotion to his Mission voicing it loud and
clear, and translating it perfectly into action for the good of the Muslim
Muhammad was the perfect practical expression of All the characteristics
of the call divinely raised through him for the guidance of individuals
and of humanity at large, the two most prominent being Faith and Good Work.
Let us, thin, follow him and take him as our Master and Leader in every
reform we wish to attain.