Assalamualaikum wbt and peace y’all.
Today I decided to write, just because I wanted to. Just kidding, I did not want to write this up at first but I think this deserve a post.
So alhamdulillah, we had held a program last weekend and I was proud to be a part of the team. This was not solely because it was the first ever program featuring the budding West Midlanders, but also it was my second time to learn the subjects, which I must say enhanced my grasp a tad more.
I was not going to deliberate further on the subjects lewls. But basically it was what that rehabilated my whole life (I guess). On the fundamental basis, it was concerning on what is happening in the world right now, eg poverty, war, politic etc and what role should we be playing to encounter, or to simply elucidate the problem. And it takes hard slog, lemme tell ya that. Slowly but inshaAllah surely.
As a first timer in 2014, I would say I took it pretty hard. I mean I was all about being a teenager – passionate and fervent. I was literally the girl on fire. I whatsapped my close friends and preaching them on the matters. The fun bit of it was, they did not even reply. Well, maybe they thought that as a forwarded message that people somewhat read it, or just scrolled through. Or maybe they were alarmed by the fact that they meant something in this world. Well, there were a lot of likelihoods that were put into my perspective.
To learn the fact that you meant something in this world is so demanding, nobody is insignificant by the way. Demanding in the sense of your time, energy and even money. You can’t be a world changer by doing absolutely nothing. It is not enough just to not contribute to the crime world. It is not enough just to be a stagnant human being. It is more than that. We are youth (well me, I don’t know about you guys) that are in our formative years, the golden age – because to agree or not, energy is the most vital fraction of a world changer and that is what youths own. Most superheroes are rich (Batman and Ironman?) but all of them are youth (I stand to be corrected, I did not watch superheroes) implying that they have more energy, stronger and bolder.
The great thing about this context is, youth is not exclusively defined by age (13-40) but also by the passion. Here is one of the proofs; it is the story of Abu Ayyub al-Ansari. As you probably had guessed, he is an Ansar (Madina) man back in the time of Rasulullah s.a.w. He had never missed a single war in the time of the Prophethood and the Caliphates. He made it to the Umayyad Caliphate and he was 90ish at the moment. And came the day for the Constantinople (modern day Istanbul) conquer quest which was lead by Yazid bin Muawiyyah (the son of Muawiyyah Abu Sufyan) and Abu Ayyub with his willpower and a passionate youth by heart decided to join in the conquer. There is one hadith that Rasulullah mentioned greatly about conquering Constantinople; “Constantinople will be conquered, the King is the best of kings and the army is the best of armies.” And Abu Ayyub was motivated by the hadith, he wanted to be the best army. And if you were wondering what is so great abouth Constantinople, then you should listen to what Napoleon Bonaparte had to say, “If the Earth were a single state, Istanbul would be its capital”. So back to the story of Abu Ayyub, he was in a weak state and he could not even lift a sword. The leader of this campaign asked him for any specific request as he was dying and he requested to be buried by the gate of Constantinople so that he could hear the galloping of horses of the best of kings and the best of armies. And as recorded in the history, the best of kings is Sultan Muhammad al-Fateh, which was only 20ish by the time he conquered Istanbul during the Ottoman Empire. And guess what, he was also a youth.
But hey, let us get everything straight now. I am not saying that you should find any jihadi expedition just to be a world changer. Jihad is not merely war. Jihad is so broad that even helping your mom and dad is jihad. Jihad is to struggle, and to do something for Allah. If taking pictures is how you are going to change the world, and then do it. You are in this world for something big, and with something big. You can do jihad with your talent that Allah has blessed you with. We are the best of ummah, init? May Allah help us all :)
p/s: Do watch the video :)