بِسْمِ اللّهِ الرَّحْمـَنِ الرَّحِيم
(In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful)
As I sat down cheerfully, looking outside the window, thinking of a title as Alkalaamblog finished it’s first year, my mind lingered on to all the events that occurred since then. It’s amazing how time flew by.
The look outside seemed to be more of a stare as my mind was still thinking of the title, but I felt the cheerfulness gradually fade away into a shroud of silence.A group of Muslim youth(mixed gender) laughing and …
Our Muslim Youth…they and their time
At this very instance Sura Al-Asr, struck me.
وَالْعَصْرِ- إِنَّ الإِنسَـنَ لَفِى خُسْرٍ- إِلاَّ الَّذِينَ ءامَنُواْ وَعَمِلُواْ الصَّـلِحَـتِ وَتَوَاصَوْاْ بِالْحَقّ وَتَوَاصَوْاْ بِالصَّبْر-
“By Al-`Asr. Verily, man is in loss. Except those who believe and do righteous deeds, and recommend one another to the truth, and recommend one another to patience” [103:1-3]
Al-`Asr is the time in which the movements of the Children of Adam occur, whether good or evil. At-Tabarani recorded from `Abdullah bin Hisn Abi Madinah that he said, “Whenever two men from the Companions of the Messenger of Allah used to meet, they would not part until one of them had recited Surat Al-`Asr in its entirety to the other, and one of them had given the greetings of peace to the other.” Ash-Shafi`i said, “If the people were to ponder on this Surah, it would be sufficient for them.” (Ibn Kathir)
Allahu Akbar, that’s the title….
Although I was intending to celebrate my blog’s first life cycle, the plight of our youth steered my direction to write this article, merging it with time.
LA HAWLA WA LAA QUWWATA ILLAA BILLAH ”there is no power nor might except with/by Allah”,
The Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said:
“On the Day of Resurrection the feet of the son of Adam (man) will not move till he is questioned about four things: how he spent his lifetime, how he spent his youth, from where he acquired his wealth and how he spent it, and what he did with his knowledge.” (Tirmidhi).
One thing common in the above Hadeeth is TIME….
The Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said:“Make the most of five things before five others: life before death, health before sickness, free time before becoming busy, youth before old age, and wealth before poverty.” (Saheeh al-Jaami’)
Great things happen, but never by accident.
Just as much as it is the need of the community, it is also the aspiration of the parents that his son or daughter to be a teacher, doctor, engineer, scientist, researcher, pilot, driver et all.
Little do we realize (leave about thinking or pondering) we need to add to the cart a Da’ee. A full time Da’ee. At least a minimum of one full time Da’ee from EVERY Muslim family is necessary. It is the due responsibility of the entire Muslim community (Parents, Teachers, Masjids, and Social organizations) to invest themselves and their children in the advancement of the Deen. We must remember that while we need tons of them, for many of our youth it will not be their forte.
It is imperative, then, that we push them to engage society and culture from a deeply Islamic viewpoint. We should not allow our kids to cruise by in school–we should push them from their earliest years to be leaders, thinkers, movers and shakers for Islam. We cannot relinquish this work to just our Imam’s and scholar’s as we did for many years. We need to be profoundly engaged in the spreading of Deen because
Tick Tock, Tick Tock…..
Life really is short, and we will be following our ancestors very soon.
As expressed by Imam Hassan Al-Banna, “Time is life itself.”
Say: “The angel of death, who is set over you, will take your souls. Then you shall be brought to your Lord.”[Sajdah: 11]
“Our youth are the leaders of tomorrow. With that, I conclude.
It has been a blessing from Allah swt to have reached this milestone. Blessings to all reading this out there, and Jazak Allahu Khair for reading.
May Allah swt bestow on us from our wives and our offspring the comfort of our eyes, and make us leaders of those who have Taqwa.