The early companions of the Messenger of Allah were great, they were amazing. They were and are Superstars, because they’d tasted what life was like in the disobedience of Allah and then they experienced Islam, they tasted what life was like with Allah and Paradise as your final goal.
At this time they were messed up in terms of their character, like ‘Umar bin Khattab , Hind and Abu Sufyan , but Islam gave them greater character. Islam bought them back to morality. Hence, they went through an internal conflict and gave up their lifestyles willingly and it was the best thing they did in their lives. It was so impactful that we remember them today. Who would have known ‘Umar bin Khattab if he didn’t accept Islam? He would have passed away, never to be heard of again. Islam gave them a purpose, it made them passionate and gave them a desire to be the best. Nothing but the best, regardless of what comes their way.
One of the most distinguishing factors was the Messenger of Allah had hope in them, even when someone of them killed his followers. He’s is sending a powerful message to us all.
We all have been through times when we didn’t wear hijab or didn’t have a beard, or perhaps messed around with the opposite gender or involved ourselves in drugs. Everyone goes through this. It is this deep understanding of empathy which should cause us never to look down upon another or lose hope in their future. The companions had experienced the lack of contentment, the sadness, the arguments, the pain of not worshipping Allah hence they had a care for the community, a sincere care.
Allah reminded the Messenger of Allah his job was to convey, he needed to fulfil his part of the deal. He was obliged to show he cared.
“Indeed, [O Muhammad], you do not guide whom you like, but Allah guides whom He wills. And He is most knowing of the [rightly] guided.” [1. Al-Qasas; 28: 56]
This leads me to a story I wish to relate to you. On our way back from Birmingham we noticed two young guys at the train station, they looked around 16, much to our dismay it was obvious they both were using drugs. As our train approached, I felt the need to say something. Then I stopped, it was against the norm, but its that moment when you hope and pray perhaps a passing word may leave a lasting mark. After all, most likely you will never see them again, maybe, just maybe, this was meant to be their turning point – inshaAllah. With two minutes to spare I turned to them and said; “Are you Muslim?” They turned around and replied: “Yes” at which I responded; “then don’t your waste your life away, you have an amazing future ahead of you.”
Then we were about to enter the train when one of the young boys said; “but we don’t have a life…” and it ended there. Our doors closed and we were both left to contemplate, each in our own ways.
It was probably one of the most saddening moments of my life, because I know there are many brothers and sisters out there in the same positions. And even worse, Islam is the only thing which can help them, but we’re not doing enough.
Remember, every little counts. Sometimes when we have Islam, we have that concern; its upon our shoulders to help others and if we don’t do it, who will help us on our day of need?
I sincerely believe with our du’a these two young brothers have a future ahead of them insha Allah. Du’a is not a mere prayer, it’s like a powerful jolt of electricity. Once its connected to the mains, it will swiftly travel around and cause hearts to light up. With sincere action anything is possible insha Allah.
May Allah help us to help them and help them to help themselves and may Allah make those two young brothers of the righteous, Aameen.
Alima Ashfaq is the founder of I am Alima and hopes to transform it into the forefront of assisting women come closer to Allah (swt). She is the author of a number of publications, most notably Du’as of the Superstars.