As-Salamu Alaykum. I hope you are all well and benefitted greatly from the blessed month of Ramadan!
Now there’s something I want you to think about.
There’s always a time in your life when the spotlight is on you. Maybe you have to make a speech in front of a large group of important people, maybe the way you react to a situation is under scrutiny or simply you may feel that the spotlight is constantly on you! Well there was someone who was always under the spotlight and every time he delivered. It was none other than the Prophet Muhammad .
When he was 35 years old (5 years before the first revelation), Muhammad was called upon to deal with a serious situation – a situation that, if not dealt with, could have potentially led to a bloody war.
The Quraish chieftains had decided to rebuild the Ka’bah since it had been damaged by floodwater. Each sub tribe was given the job of working on one side of the Ka’bah. When the project was almost complete a heated argument broke out. Each chieftain wanted the honour of placing the black stone in the corner of the Ka’bah and none was willing to back down. They were even willing to resort to fighting in order to have the glory of placing the black stone in its rightful place. One of the oldest chieftains, Umayyah ibn Mugheerah suggested to “appointing the first person to enter the door of the masjid to act as a judge”.
Guess who walked in? Muhammad . This was his spotlight moment.
Let’s pause for a second. Imagine yourself in this scenario. A war is about to break out and you have been chosen as the mediator. Everyone is looking to you and your decision will impact what happens next. You also have to think quickly on the spot. It’s a tough call to make. Now let’s see what the Muhammad did.
The Prophet asked for a robe to be brought to him. He placed the black stone in the middle of the robe and said, “Let each hold on the corner of the robe”. Thus the leader of each sub tribe held one corner of the robe, carried it to its place and the Prophet removed the stone from the robe and put it in its correct place. Everyone was happy and war was prevented. [1. The Noble Life of the Prophet, Vol. 1]
SubhanAllah! Despite the intense pressure of the situation Prophet Muhammad dealt with it magnificently, in a cool, calm and collected manner. He didn’t run from the responsibility nor did he pass the buck to someone else. To add to this he gained two honours:
- He prevented bloodshed and
- In the end it was he who had the honour of placing the black stone in its rightful place!
So when the spotlight is on you my dear sisters, think of the honour that has been placed on you. Don’t see it as a burden and don’t refuse or try to pass the responsibility to someone else because that will be your spotlight moment and your chance to shine.
Allah burdens not a person beyond his scope. He gets reward for that (good) which he has earned, and he is punished for that (evil) which he has earned.
“Our Lord! Punish us not if we forget or fall into error, our Lord! Lay not on us a burden like that which You did lay on those before us; our Lord! Put not on us a burden greater than we have strength to bear. Pardon us and grant us Forgiveness. Have mercy on us. You are our Maulâ (Patron, Supporter and Protector, etc.) and give us victory over the disbelieving people.” [2. Surah Al Barqarah: 286]
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