Thursday, 8 October 2015

Who are our Role Models?

Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem

Advice for the Youth 
by Hazrat Maulana Yunus Patel Saheb (Rahmatullah 'alayh)

TODAY WE LOOK AT CRICKET PLAYERS, soccer players, rugby players, boxers, actors, actresses, musicians, etc. and we take them as our role models.

We want to identify ourselves with batsmen, fast bowlers and others – but most of them are not Believers in Allah Ta’ala. They have rejected Allah Ta’ala. They have no Noor of Imaan, no Noor of Taqwa – nothing. The end results are that those who follow them take on the same bad habits they have - drink, drugs, fornication, etc.

The lives of these players, musicians and others are destructive to their hereafter and destructive to those who are obsessed with them and who emulate them.

As Muslims, we have beautiful role models in our Beloved Rasul (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam), his noble companions (Radhiyallahu ‘anhum) and the Auliya Allah. ...The Ambiyaa[1] (Alaihimus Salaam) and their followers were the most successful of all people. Were we to learn about them, we will draw great inspiration and find them to be the best role-models.

We also need to acquaint ourselves with the Sahabah-e-Kiraam (Radhiyallahu ‘anhum). They were MEN. And Brave Men. Their history, their feats, their conquests drown the thousands of insignificant and frivolous goals scored by soccer players or runs scored by cricket players or wins scored by others. …How will these benefit in the grave and the Hereafter?

The Sahabah-e-Kiraam (Radhiyallahu ‘anhum) achieved tremendous success because their lives were constructive and productive – for their Deen, Dunya and Aakhirah, as well as for those who emulate them.

In the effort and endeavour to follow them we gain the Muhabbat of Allah Ta’ala and Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) and we get peace, happiness, contentment and enjoy the success of both worlds.

We should read about the lives of the youth amongst the Sahaba-e-Kiraam (Radhiyallahu ‘anhum). Their obedience in the prime of youth and their spirit of sacrifice offers great inspiration and incentive for all.

Hazrat Mus’ab Ibn Umair (Radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was a young man, extremely handsome, growing up in the lap of absolute wealth and luxury. For the sake of Islam, and in his love for Allah Ta’ala, he gave up everything. Look at the honour Allah Ta’ala gave him in this life, at the time of death, and until Qiyamah. He will always be remembered for his noble contributions to Islam.

Read the stories of Hazrat Abdullah ibn Mas’ud, Hazrat Abdullah ibn Abbaas, Hazrat Abdullah ibn Umar, Hazrat Abdullah ibn Zubair, and so many other young Sahabah (Radhiyallahu ‘anhum) – who spent their youth in the obedience of Allah Ta’ala and what greatness Allah Ta’ala bestowed upon them in this life. In the Hereafter, will be greater honour and high ranks in Jannah.

Our daughters should read the inspirational biographies of the wives, daughters and companions of Nabi (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam), as well as other pious women. This will be a catalyst towards living a life of piety and great success.

May Allah Ta'ala grant us the understanding and Taufeeq of Aml.


[1] Ambiyaa : Messengers of Allah Ta'ala