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When the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) received the order to 'Arise and warn', he started calling others to Islam and continued to do so, day and night, until he died. Time was very important for him and he used every minute of it in the best possible way. He would meet regularly with his companions to teach them Quran and to warn them from disobeying Allah (SWT). He was an example to them in speech and in deeds.
The result of this education was that the companions' faith became the most important thing for them. And when they had to choose between their home, tribe and good living on one hand and the companionship of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) on another hand, they chose the latter and emigrated for the sake of Allah (SWT) and exemplified sacrifice for the sake of one's belief. After thirteen years of hard work and sacrifice in Makkah, the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) and his companions were granted victory in Madinah.
Today, how are our efforts compared with those of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) and his companions? One year of our life has passed. How many good deeds have we prepared for the day of judgment? What did we, as individuals and communities, do for Islam? Were we distracted by our money and our children from the obedience of Allah (SWT) and Jihad for His sake? Allah (SWT) saidOne :"O you who believe! Let not your money or your children divert you from the remembrance of Allah. If any act as such, then surely they are the losers." (Surah Munafiqoon:9)
There is a Hadith in which the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said:"No servant will be let go on the day of judgment until he is asked about the four matters: His lifetime: How did he spend it? His knowledge: What did he use it for? His money: Where did he gain it from and what did he spend in it? And his body: In what did he wear it away?" (Tirmidi)
Have we used our bodies for fasting, praying, enjoining good and forbidding evil or have we used them up by succumbing to our desires? Muslims have to realize the importance of time: that it is their capital in this life and that it is to be invested for the maximum return. Suppose for a minute that every Muslim dedicates one hour a day to work for the sake of Allah (SWT). In financial terms, this would generate a minimum of 1 billion dollars a day, 360 billion dollars a year! If such amount were to be reserved for Islamic work, it would change the face of the earth. Suppose that every Muslim was to spend one hour calling others to the path of Allah(SWT): millions would enter Islam! Won’t they?
Muslims today need to build their Ummah and revive it. And this does not come through futile discussions but rather through work, sincere, continuous, careful and planned. We need to strengthen the body of this Muslim Ummah and protect it from the dangers surrounding it. We need to deepen the awareness of the Muslims about their identity, their history, their wealth and that they are one single nation. And to start with, we need to invest in the Muslim individual because he/she is the real instrument for change. Also, start reciting Quran (See also: Al Quran Online) from today and maintain prayers five times a day. May Allah (SWT) give us all the motivation to follow this plan.
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Source: al-Jumuah Magazine
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