The life of a Muslim is driven by purpose and resolution. Are we ready to be the Keepers of tomorrow?
By Neda Shams
Dammam, Saudi Arabia
We cannot eliminate wrong until we propagate right.
“And let there be [arising] from you a nation inviting to [all that is] good, enjoining what is right and forbidding what is wrong, and those will be the successful.”
We cannot bring a change until we realise that we have to.
“Verily never will Allah change the condition of a people until they change it themselves (with their own souls).”
It wasn’t just the fearless and lion-hearted like Umar Ibn Al-Khattab (رضي الله عنه) and Hazrat Hamza (رضي الله عنه) who sacrificed in the path of Islam. It was also people like Abu Bakr As-Siddique (رضي الله عنه) and Uthman Ibn Affan (رضي الله عنه) who were known for their mild nature and shy attitude. It was the likes of Abdullah ibn Mas’ud and Bilal (رضي الله عنهما). Their determination was as strong as iron. Their bodies were deprived of worldly nourishment but their hearts yearned for the provisions of jannah. Subhan’Allah!
Umm Musa said, “I heard ‘Ali say that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, commanded ‘Abdullah ibn Mas’ud to climb a tree and bring him something from it. His Companions looked at ‘Abdullah’s thigh and laughed at its thinness. The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, ‘Why are you laughing? ‘Abdullah’s foot is heavier in the balance than the mountain of Uhud.'” [Al-Adab Al-Mufrad 237]
Why? Because every muscle, every drop of blood that ran through those thin shins were for the sake of Allah.
We, the youth of today, need to reconstruct our Imaan. We admire lie and pretense, we tolerate being unclothed in spite of being clothed, and we praise mockery and hypocrisy, everything that is “movie” and “music” in a nutshell. The Ummah falls in a sorry state when we choose to enjoy what should be rejected.
When Prophet Musa (عليه السلام) was sent to Fir’aun, Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) commanded him to be soft in his tone and to be humble. And this was the enemy of Allah, the one who called himself god, yet Allah commands His prophet to exhibit good manners. This is the attitude Allah wants from us. This is the level of humanity the Qur’an inculcates in us. This was the example the Prophets of Allah left for us.
A Muslim is the one whose heart trembles at the plight of another Muslim. A Muslim is the one whose eyes tear up on seeing a child cry. He feels their pain, he agonises over their suffering, and he is anything but passive.
“The believing men and women are ‘awliya’ (loyal) to one another.”
We have been desensitised by the violence and bloodshed around the world and we don’t realise that these are the people who are bound to us as brothers and sisters. Just by saying the words “La ilaha illAllah” we are strung in the same thread by the pearls of the faith that is Islam. We ask Allah every day “Ṣirāṭ al-laḏīna an’amta ‘alayhim” “(guide us to) the path of those you have blessed” yet how narrow is our view that we do not stop and think of the significance of these words. If we truly wanted to be among those whom Allah chooses, we would be the best of neighbours, the best of friends, the best of daughters and sons and the best of people.
A society that forgets the weak and poor and gets too involved in worldly affairs always meets with downfall. This was the reason the earlier nations (Ad, Thamud etc) were destroyed and their traces have been left as a lesson for those who ponder.
He (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) does not need our efforts. He is Al Ghani (The Self Sufficient) and Al Muqeet (the One Who is Able to do all things) and without an iota of doubt, we need our own efforts.
“Do you not see that Allah has created the heavens and the earth with truth? If He will, He can remove you and bring (in your place) a new creation! And for Allah that is not hard or difficult.:
The miracle of our Prophet ﷺ was the Qur’an, and remains till the last day. There won’t be wake up calls anymore and there won’t be any more prophets. We’ve been given the signs, the alarms, and now it’s our choice, to remain in a stupor of worldly motives or to wake up and run for the akhirah. One of the easiest plots of shaytan is engaging the youth in fun and frolic, cajoling them into a state of complacency until they lose track of time and purpose. When this state becomes constant and our efforts, our energies, and our priorities start to revolve around irrelevant matters of dunya, that’s when we lose our credibility as ummat-un-wasat – the honorable description for the Ummah of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ in the Quran by Allah calling us the best ummah brought forth for mankind (http://quran.com/2/143). It is time we ask ourselves how we have kept the honour of that title, or is being a part of this ummah enough of a guarantee for our success?
Allah does not burden a soul beyond its capacity and, Subhan’Allah, He definitely doesn’t ask of us anything that is beyond what we can conquer. We are weak and Allah knows our weaknesses, but He has kept strength for us in unity. The least we can do is take out a minute every day to remember the ones in pain. The least we can do is to raise our hands and make a dua for our troubled ummah. The least we can do is help the ones who are trying to help.
Allah says in the Qur’an:
“And We will surely test you with something of fear and hunger and a loss of wealth and lives and fruits, but give good tidings to the patient”
Have we ever thought that it’s just a matter of time and place that we are safely and comfortably living away from the calamities and chaos that has marred a section of the world? What have we done to ensure the favours of Allah that will keep us protected from His wrath? It is the questions we ask ourselves today that will provide the answers to our problems tomorrow. And no one can ask us these questions but our own conscience.
We ask Allah for the blessing of peace and for the sweetness of Iman. We ask Allah to unite us on the Day of Judgement with the saliheen (righteous) and we ask Allah to make our lives a life of purpose. Ameen!
Indeed, the Muslim men and Muslim women, the believing men and believing women, the obedient men and obedient women, the truthful men and truthful women, the patient men and patient women, the humble men and humble women, the charitable men and charitable women, the fasting men and fasting women, the men who guard their private parts and the women who do so, and the men who remember Allah often and the women who do so –
for them Allah has prepared forgiveness and a great reward.