Madinat al-Muslimeen Islamic Message Board
|08/17/00 at 03:57:21|
"Grasp five things before others: your youth
before your decrepitude, your health before
your illness,your riches before your poverty,
your leisure before your work,and your life
before your death."
-Prophet Muhammad (SAW)
what exactly can we do to make use of our youth?
(this should start a discussion right?)
|08/17/00 at 16:35:47|
There's something that happened at our mosque that I would like to share with you. It deals with what you have said. And youth: pay attention :)
We have an unofficial muadh-dhin in our Masjid who is almost always there to make the adhaan. He's an elder man, with more gray hair in his head than black ones. Of course, since he is not officially appointed as a muadh-dhin, other people are also free to make the adhaan if they can get there first. But this brother is always there, and always on time. I'm one of the eager ones to make the adhaan, so it happened one day that I got to the musalla before him, and started to wait for the time of the adhaan...hoping that this brother wouldn't show up before it was time!
2 minutes before the time, this brother walked into the Masjid. He came next to me, smiled, then looked at the clock, and didn't say anything. I knew that he was just going to ignore me and make the adhaan when it was time! So I looked at him, smiled, and said, "I'm making it today." He turned back to me and said, "you're gonna give me a hard time again?" This wasn't the first time we were engaging in this discussion!
He paused for a moment and then he looked me into the eye, and began talking to me in a whispering, sincere tone of voice. "I want you to understand one thing," he said. "You guys are young, and get plenty of opportunities to do good, whether it's da'wah on campus, or arranging for social activities to bring the Muslims together, etc. etc. But me, I'm old now. I can't do much. I feel that this is one of the few ways that I can reap the reward from Allah. So let me have the adhaan. Please!"
What could I say after that? I told him to go ahead and make it. From that day on, I haven't attempted to make the adhaan in his presence! Rather, every time I hear him say the adhaan, his words ring in my mind, and I tell myself to use my youth before I'm in his position ... scrambling for opportunities!
|08/18/00 at 22:03:24|
|As salaamu alaykum.|
All day I thought about your story. I like that!
|08/18/00 at 23:04:44|
Really like your story Arsalan. For some reason reminded me of the past, you know, back in the days of Prophet (S). I don't know why.
Your story was an encouragement. I was about to give up on trying to help out with our Muslim community here because they don't appreciate anything and instead talk about you. After I read your story I realzed that I am not doing this to please people and no on'es going to reward me for it except Allah. And what if I end up like the old man in your story but worse than him? When I realize that that I have to do something to get to Jannah but its too late. What if I will be confined to my bed in my old age? Then I will regret that I let a bunch of people scare me away from working for Allah.
|08/20/00 at 22:59:01|
|i like your story|
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