Dr. Safi Kaskas and Dr. Mike Ghouse have embarked on presenting 17 values of Islam from the Quran that contribute to the well-being of humanity. It is about Accountability of one’s actions from an Islamic perspective; how can a non-Muslim understand this? How do the societies benefit from these 17 values – join us for a conversation on zoom.
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Who are you accountable to?
First of all, we are accountable to ourselves. We all have been embedded with a conscience, that serves as our monitor if we are doing the right thing.
Dr. Kaskas explains in the video what accountability is, who you are accountable to, first yourselves, then God, Community, Nation and in today’s context. How do good societies function when everyone is accountable.
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Indeed, God says, 50:16 (Asad) Verily, it is We who have created man, and We know what his innermost self-whispers within him: for We are closer to him than his neck-vein.
Our actions and interactions are our free choice, we may not consider that we have choices, but we always have the option. It is an inalienable right uploaded into our brainwaves from the process of evolution.
We have not developed a convincing answer, other than the belief, that no one goes scot-free,
55:8 “So that you might never transgress the measure [of what is right]. ” Each one has to account for his excesses.
I am pleased to share a few of the many verses of guidance from the Quran.
Quran 6:164, “Say: Shall I seek Lord other than God, while He is the Lord of all things? No person earns any sin except against himself (only), and no bearer of burden shall bear the burden of another. Then unto your Lord is your return, He will tell you that wherein you have been differing.”
You are responsible for what you do individually, and no one but you is responsible for your actions. You will never be burdened with others’ excesses. Remember, each one of us has a deep secret, that we do not share with anyone, we live with our nightmares and fears all by ourselves.
You are also responsible for keeping harmony within yourself, your family, the family, community, and the nations, but you are not accountable.
Quran 17:15, “Whoever goes right, then he goes right only for the benefit of his own self. And whoever goes astray then he goes astray to his own loss. No one laden with burdens shall bear another’s a burden. And We never punish until We have sent a Messenger.”
Quran 35:18, “And no bearer of burdens shall bear another’s burden; and if one heavily laden call another to (bear) his load, nothing of it will be laden even though he be near to kin, you can warn only those who fear their Lord unseen and perform prayers. And who purifies himself then he purifies for the benefit of his own self. And to God is the final return.”
Quran 39:07, “If you disbelieve, then God is not in need of you; He likes not disbelief for his slaves. And if you are grateful, He is pleased for you. No bearer of burdens shall bear the burden of another. Then to your Lord is your return, and He will inform you what you used to do. He is the All-Knower of that which is in the breasts (Of men).”
Quran 21:13, “Do not run, and come back to your luxuries and your mansions, for you must be held accountable.
Quran 65:8, “Many a community rebelled against the commands of its Lord and against His messengers. Consequently, we held them strictly accountable and required them a terrible requital.”
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