The Quran says:
“Lo! Allah hath bought from the believers their lives and their wealth in return for Paradise which will be theirs.” (9:3)
This is the attitude of the Master towards you. And now look at your behavior. You sell away a thing to others which was given to you by your Master and which He had also bought back from you against payment. And this selling is done for a paltry compensation. The buyers take work from your against the wishes of the Master and you serve them thinking that they are your sustainers. You sell them your brains, your hands and your feet, the energy of your body and all that which these rebels of God want to buy. Can there be a greater moral turpitude than this? To sell a thing already sold out is a legal and moral crime. Those guilty of such crimes are tried in the world’s courts for cheating and fraud. Do you think that no suit will be filed against them in the court of God?
This passage reminds me of the book of Hosea. But there is something missing from Maududi’s analysis.
I still owe a review (or two, or three) of Scruton’s “Beauty”. I ordered Scruton’s “Culture” on account of the genius of “Beauty”, and will review that as well. “Khutabat” has some fascinating parallels to the fundamentalist/evangelical discussion, which I hope to review some time here.