Are you active (or once were) within an Islamic movement?
Are you part of an Islamic circle, group, or organisation?
Have you been given a responsibility within your group?
Are you leading an important department within your dawah group?
Then read this..
One of the major obstacles which creeps into the psyche of a person involved in Islamic voluntary work (dawah, charity, teaching, building, supporting etc) is this: letting go, which leads on to a downward spiral of negative emotions building up. As you may already know, shaytan and his cohorts do not always make someone commit a sin or lead him astray immediately but may be years in the making before someone decides to switch off and do something completely out of their character. –
This is especially true with people involved in Islamic voluntary work. Whether it is charity work or being the original few responsible for setting up the framework for a groundbreaking international Islamic organisation, people engaged with such work are often taken for a stroll through a ‘seemingly’ scenic route before being pushed off a cliff by the devil headlong into eternal condemnation.
Many people start off well-intentioned and continue to do so for many years, doing their part for religious awareness, the spread of Islamic teachings, teachings of unique mashaykh, sunnah among people, or pioneering new ideas and compelling projects which draws people in, due unique presentations and powerful systemized format of self-development programmes. However, after a number of years when a particular organisation may have out grown its initial size and capacity; gone from a national reach to an international reach, with new adherents coming to the forefront of the organisation showing willingness to help or are given responsibilities by the head of an organisation it is often older seasoned veterans of the organisation (and sometime even new members who may have started on a project of their choosing), who begin to feel they are being intentionally pushed out and sidelined out of their role (e.g the production head, online marketing lead, or the dawah amir), somehow a conspiracy against them to make them become expelled from a particular role, unwilling to let go. It makes some of them feel people are encroaching on their personal project, their baby, which they were part of from the beginning when new ‘brothers’ in the group were not there. Forgetting that having the privilege of working for deen is no one’s property but the property of Allah azzawajal alone. So if new brothers come to the front and are willing to do the work when they are assigned one should feel happy Allah has now chosen others to continue on the work of deen and grow what has been started and not make one feel they are now going to retire since they are no longer valued or accepted as a team player. Nor allow the growth of animosity or grudge to encroach in the mind of a person towards new players in the scene, why are they doing this?who do they think they are?
Inherently wishing for failure on each new project or initiative they may take. You should be the same as you were on day one if you really did something for the pleasure of Allah; continue to work tirelessly for the propagation of Islam whether you hold a position, role, responsibility or status within the group or not. Stop feeling rejected, expelled, a victim of a coup or that there is a conspiracy against you by others within the group.
At the end of the day doing the work of deen is voluntary and it is not owned by anyone so if any website, cd, dvds, leaflets books, video channel or social media platforms come about as a result of someone’s voluntary work within a group one should know that it is the property of that organisation and Allah ultimately as no one individual can own Allah’s deen. Which means, if someone else has been given the responsibility to continue on the work which you may have been doing for a while then so be it, the baton has moved to the next player. Ultimately, it is suffering from incorrect beliefs that is the root cause for people beginning to deter and slow down on their commitment to Islamic voluntary work, ending up by giving up completely and getting fed up and bitter towards others who are now leading on the work which you may have initially been given the responsibility of (in the scene of Islamic voluntary work).
People have the incorrect idea as long as I am doing something for the pleasure of Allah, steering a project, or building a website for a Islamic organisation completely free for Allah I will have the privilege to see this project to the end, that Allah will continue to use me as a means for his deen: The spread of Islamic message, building of a Islamic project etc. Then this allows a false notion to build in the mind of that person e.g Allah needs me to continue his work otherwise everything will collapse, that he or she is too important to be left out of the picture.
Allah does not need anyone for the propagation of his religion, feel privileged if you are being used as a means for the spread of his religion and when this opportunity is given to someone else then do not feel you are now rejected or expelled, or that you showed a sign of slackness which was the reason for someone else taking over your responsibility. Instead know that the correct belief is, it is the sunnah of Allah to give others a chance to work for his deen, this is a form of his mercy for the believers, i.e to allow them become a means to spread the teachings of Islam. It is not whether you did or did not do anything when you were given the privilege to work for Allah’s religion, but how you did it, the quality of work you did that will count. Not that, since someone else is now doing your part you have been rejected, cursed or were not good enough; being involved in Islamic voluntary work is such a huge blessing Allah wants to allow as many people as possible to have this chance so that it may become the means for someone entering paradise.
Remember, even if you did everything sincerely for Allah there will still come a time when Allah chooses someone else to come into the scene and allow him to take over the baton from you to continue the work of deen. So do not feel disheartened or think you did not do as you should have and that’s why a particular role has been taken away from you. If you tried hard when you had the chance then this is what will count and should be remembered and cherished. Let go.