Why is this important to know?
We have a lens in which we see the world and it is this VERY lens which shapes how we interpret the world.
And it’s the very thing which made the Sahabah radiAllahu ‘anhum so outstanding…
It was their interpretation of what this Duniya was about. Their unshakable belief in Allah subhanahu wa ta ‘ala Aka, their belief system (which can be translated as emaan, and guidance); which was Islam, but that’s not IT, as we all have Islam, so what made them different?
It was the mindset that went with it. Their positive mindset, that everything good or bad was a test from Allah, so they remained firm. This nurtured their taqwa, their love and hope of Allah, and with the correct mindset attached to it, they were able to have a NO EXCUSES JUST RESULTS attitude. A person may have a heart which is healthy and does remember Allah subhanahu wa ta ‘ala, however their perceptions of others may not be intact. This person does not have a superstar attitude which will push them in one direction, rather than another. One consists of doing good things which are of benefit, the other is a direction of greatness and this is when they outlive their own potential and this is what you need to aim for.
[blockquote cite=”Surah AlMu’minoon (23:60)”]…Who give that (their charity) which they give (and do other good deeds) with their hearts full of fear (whether their alms or charities have been accepted or not) because they were sure to meet their lord.[/blockquote]
They had the perception of living their life, whilst they waited for death – By having unwavering belief in the truth of the hereafter. I personally believe this goes back to their perception of Allah and His Might, which gave them a mindset unlike any other.
However, whenever you think of the above, someone always comes and says… “But they were the companions of the Prophet salAllahu ‘alayhi wasallam and they had the Prophet with them.” And they use this as an excuse to not excel internally, whether they articulate it or not, it’s leering at the back of their mind.
What can I say, I, somewhat had this mindset too, until I read about a super productive Muslim. Everyone please meet Abu Muslim who sets us all straight!
“Do the companions of Muhammad salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam think that they will have him exclusively without us? No by Allah, we will compete with them towards him at the hawdh (pool), so that they know that they have left behind men.” Abu Muslim AlKhawzani
Abu Muslim rahimahullah is one awesome thinker, mashaAllah. These are the lessons I got from it…
- This quote is sending the message out that we can be like some of the companions radiAllahu ‘anhu.
- It shows us the HIGH STANDARDS, the people after the time of Prophet salAllahu ‘alayhi wasallam had, they didn’t have this attitude that; Rather I hear them saying; “We’re going to show YOU how much we love Rasoolullah salAllahu ‘alayhi wasallam more than you. We love you – but we love Rasoollullah salAllahu ‘alayhi wasallam more!”
- Were all the Companions of the Prophet salAllahu ‘alayhi wasallam men? No they weren’t – they were men and women, and they were real men and women… For me Abu Muslim rahimahullah is saying – regardless of who you are – we’re going to compete with you, and we’re going to compete so HARD that we’re going to take it all the way to the Hawd! :in total awe:
Just a reminder… Allahumma Salli wa Sallim ‘alaa Nabiyina Muhammad! Let’s increase in salawaat and our good deeds, and let’s intensify the competition for the sake of Allah. …and let’s feel the pain of not being with Rasoolullah salAllahu ‘alayhi wasallam and use it as a means to motivate us to do better…
What can we do to move forward, to be more productive?
- Change your mind set. Sincerely believe that we will meet Allah ‘azza wa jal and allow all your actions to resonate this mindset.
- Compete for the sake of Allah and have fun with it :Ya’ni, it’s Halal!:
I end on something which personally made me go; I REALLY need to step up and kick-start this thought wave:
“If we had the attitude of the Sahabah, we’d be exactly like them!” Shaykh Muhammad Alshareef.
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.