Wednesday, 18 February 2015
C for #ChapelHillShooting
"Is the reward for good [anything] but good?" (Surah Rahman:60)
"Bring about a change in yourselves, and you will in shaa Allah, be able to create ripples in the society."
We all have surely heard about the recent deaths of three Muslim youth, who were barely in their twenties.
Now, when I heard about Deah's, Yusor's and Razan's deaths, I was deeply saddened. I thought, how could you kill someone just because they were part of a faith that you didn't like? How is that even possible? And I remember the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم saying that Allah hasn't put mercy in the hearts of some people. But I was still thinking, how can they not care about these people who were murdered in their own homes? That's when a friend of mine says that, we shouldn't expect justice from the kuffar, they're going to be unjust anyways. Why wait for them to be the judge when we've got Allah, Al Ahkamul Hakimeen, and the Best Judge of all judges?
And then I was seeing things like #OurThreeWinners, and when I read all those articles about how these three were plain examples of how this Ummah should really be, I thought, why not? Why not do what we can to the best of our ability while we are able to do so, without delay? Why not persevere to be examples ourselves for the Ummah? Once again, they were barely in their twenties. 23, 21, and 19 do not speak of people with high intellect. They were college students, or so I heard. They were in their youth, and they still did whatever they could in their ability in path of Allah. "We'll leave it for later" never came out of their mouths. There's the hadith of the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم, that says:
"Take advantage of five matters before five other matters: your youth, before you become old; and your health, before you fall sick; and your richness, before you become poor; and your free time before you become busy; and your life, before your death."
And just like that, why can't we take advantage of those five before those other five? The one mistake that we make, is thinking that we have 'time'. Time is one of those things that haven't been guaranteed to us in this life. We don't know when we will die. Death might come at any moment, and we may or may not be ready for it. So isn't it better if we prepared ourselves for that final breath and stacked ourselves with multiple good deeds and sought forgiveness for those multiple bad deeds, so we wouldn't have to face Allah on the Final Day, ashamed of ourselves.
"They are in a different world now. They did not vanish or end." ~ Dr Abu Salha, father of Yusor and Razan Abu Salha