It’s a bright, flashy world out there. The glitz and the glamor – from the celebrity life to the next hot release. You are constantly being bombarded by it all, whether it’s a new show on Netflix, a new song by the latest pop group, or pictures on your IG feed of X and Y partying at the beach – it’s everywhere.
In a world where everyone is running to get their fifteen minutes of fame, you on the other hand, have been asked to stay humble and sincere. In a world of let’s-be-hot for the gram and “Netflix and chill”, you’ve been asked to lower your gaze and be modest. In a world of “I do me”, you’ve been asked to pray five times a day, fast for 30 days every year, and give away your money to those who need it the most and be disciplined in it. In a world of “life’s a party”, you’ve been asked to stay focused and determined.
Let’s be honest, it’s not really easy being a young, practicing Muslim today is it?
The world seems to be calling us to one type of life and Islaam calls us to just the opposite! And so, every day we wake up being at war with ourselves…the constant push and pull in our hearts… what will it be? This or that? Here or there?
These are turbulent times and more often than not, me and you, we have slipped up. We have given into temptation. We have let our desires get the better of us. Now we feel so far away from Allaah. We may even feel lost. We might not even know why we are here anymore. At times like these, we kick ourselves and start feeling hopeless. Man, I’m a lousy person. Man’ I’m a bad Muslim. What’s the use of all of this? I’m a failure…might as well just give it all up, right?! And then we give up on ourselves because we’ve lost all hope in us.
What if I told you that a long time ago someone really believed in you? They really saw your worth and potential wayyy before anyone else did. They sincerely wanted to see you successful and well. They had faith that you will make it through all these temptations and trials and that you will reach the highest peaks of success. They prayed all night for your well-being. They really, sincerely prayed to meet you…
The Prophet (peace be upon him), from among all his beloved companions (and man, they were the righteous of the righteous!) called you his brother. Little you who has never even seen him or let alone had the blessing of being alive in his lifetime!
Because you believe in him and are trying every day to stay on the Path he (peace be upon him) mapped out for you and you haven’t even seen him! Imagine! The Messenger of God Himself, the truest and best of all mankind, longed to meet you. He knew that you would face a lot of temptations and trials and that in your time holding onto your faith will be like holding onto hot coals. That’s why he said that your reward will be fifty times the reward of his Companions who saw him and lived with him. All that have you have in between your hands is what he has left for you – the Qur’aan and a path he walked, his sunnah. He told you to hang on to that and that it’s all you will need. He told you to meet him at the Pool of al Kawthar on the Mighty Day. A Pool from which only those who followed in his footsteps can drink from. He believed in you. The question is: do you believe in in yourself?
So, chin up, young soldier! Keep striving, you got this. The meeting’s at the Pool. Be there.