بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
والحمدلله رب العالمين والصلاة والسلام على أشرف الأنبياء والمرسلين
In the name of Allah, the Most Merciful the Most Compassionate
All praise be to Allah, and may peace and blessings be upon the most noble of the Prophets and Messengers
Who do you want to be?
We all have our aims in life- some of us want to do our PhDs, others want to own their business, perhaps a start a school, and others want to pursue knowledge of the deen. And these are, inshAllah, all great things. Sometimes we do things thinking, this will be a bridge to me getting what I want. And as we all know, we need to work with the means we have been given. But of course, this isn’t exactly what I’m getting at. What I am getting at is, who do you want to be with Allah?
This tarbiya won’t be telling us anything new, but I hope that it will give a new perspective on things, or at least a reminder, of who we really want to be.
Sometimes we read all the verses of the Qur’an talking about virtuous people, or the ahadith, but it is difficult to implement them all, and all the time. But we all know that the Prophet (pbuh) said the best of deeds are the continuous ones, even if they are little.
This doesn’t mean we desist from being all round good people (or attempting to), it just means we should put an extra effort, at least to begin with, into implementing at least one hadith because that is who we want to be:
1- To be under Allah’s Shade
The Prophet (pbuh) said:
“There are seven whom Allah will shade in His Shade on the Day when there is no shade except His Shade:
a just ruler; a youth who grew up in the worship of Allah, the Mighty and Majestic; a man whose heart is attached to the mosques; two men who love each other for Allah’s sake, meeting for that and parting upon that; a man who is called by a woman of beauty and position [for illegal intercourse], but be says: ‘I fear Allah’, a man who gives in charity and hides it, such that his left hand does not know what his right hand gives in charity; and a man who remembered Allah in private and so his eyes shed tears.’ (Bukhari and Muslim)
On the Day of Judgment, the situation will be unimaginable. All we need to do is read the verses in the Qur’an to realize the gravity of this day. I myself never think of it, but if we spend just a couple of minutes thinking it is something to make us tremble. Yet being on of the people in the hadith above guarantees that you are under Allah’s Shade. Work hard to just be one of them!
2- To have Allah veil our faults
The Prophet (pbuh), said, “No servant veils another servant in this world without Allah veiling him on the Day of Rising.” (Muslim)
Sometimes it is tempting to reveal someone else’s faults. Perhaps it makes us feel good about ourselves (!!), perhaps it sometimes slips because someone has said something that is incorrect and we want to correct them, but for whatever reason- we have to remember that we have our own faults.
3- To have Allah’s help
“Allah will continue to assist the servant as long as the servant is assisting his brother.” (Muslim)
Who doesn’t need Allah’s help, in this life and the next? Sometimes we spend so much time stressing, thinking, how do we get to our goal? One of the best ways to obtain Allah’s help is through helping others. Go out of your way- Allah is Ash-Shakoor and the Prophet (pbuh) is the truthful one. So follow the advice and you won’t lose.
4- To be close to the Prophet (pbuh)
The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “I and the one who sponsors an orphan will be like this in Paradise,” and he gestured with his index and middle fingers (Al-Bukhari).
We’ve all missed out on being with the Prophet (pbuh) in this life. Sometime when we read the seera, his sayings, and the way he acted in difficult situations, we feel a certain loss. But he has said that a person who sponsors an orphan as close to him as his index and middle finger are to each other. Imagine if we made this our life goal, and instead of sponsoring one orphan, sponsoring many, or being in a charge of an orphanage? How close would we be to the Beloved (pbuh)??
This is very brief, and I want to encourage everyone to contribute and write a little something about who YOU want to be ☺ in accordance with the Qur’an and Sunnah.