In the Service of Deen
by Hazrat Maulana Yunus Patel Saheb (rahmatullah ‘alayh)
Those involved in some Deeni service should consider their likeness to the guards protecting the King's Palace.
The guards understand that the King does not need their service. The King's resources are such that he can easily replace any guard with hundreds or thousands more guards. Thus, a guard considers it his good fortune to be accepted by the King and be in his service.
Similarly, those involved in the Khidmat of Deen have been selected from millions to serve the Deen of the King of Kings, Allah Ta'ala. They are defending and guarding the Deen of Islam or propagating the Deen.
Thus, we should consider ourselves the most fortunate — despite our deficiencies and failings and not deserving such a privilege, Allah Ta’ala is using us for some service. We must understand that this is entirely the Ihsaan of Allah Ta'ala.
We should not forget that Allah Ta'ala does not need us and can easily replace each one of us with an entire nation to be in the service of Islam. Allah Ta'ala expresses this independence and sovereignty:
“…And if you turn away, He will replace you with some other people, then they will not be like you…”
[Surah Muhammad 47:38]
We should continuously express appreciation for the great favour of being in the service of Deen, and we should seek forgiveness for our shortcomings and inadequacies. Dua should be made for acceptance in the court of Allah Ta'ala.
We should not seek worldly gains because the rewards of Allah Ta'ala encompass the best of both worlds for those who are Mukhlisin (sincere ones).