M. Hussain, firstname.lastname@example.org
My dear Brothers and Sisters, I know that we all sometimes feel dismayed by what we see around us. We all want to fight the good fight and "never give up". But sometimes the problem is not that, but rather the method we are using to fight. My name is Meinhaj, in Arabic, it means methodology, and ironically today I want to talk to you about the same.
What we think is that fighting the good fight, alone is somehow going to change the world. The truth is, this is far from the truth, and in fact contradicts how Islam was originally. Muslims worked together, even if they had to migrate to be with each other. Anyone and everyone who could, migrated to Medinah, they did not continue on their jobs and "do their best" and "never give up" from where they had their lives. Why did they do that? They did that because they knew that together we can achieve something, alone, divided, we would be of little worth. But that is exactly where I find most of you.
We may be too stuck in our material comfort to bother about the risk and problem of trying to, really trying to, not just talking and making half-hearted attempts, to migrate to and build a community together. It is thus that we find ourselves in this situation:
Thauban reported that the messenger of Allah said: "It is near that the nations will call one another against you just as the eaters call one another to their dishes." Somebody asked: "Is this because we will be few in numbers that day?" He said: "Nay, but that day you shall be numerous, but you will be like the foam of the sea, and Allah will take the fear of you away from your enemies and will place weakness into your hearts." Somebody asked: "What is this weakness?" He said: "The love of the world and the dislike of death." (Abu Daud)
The people who migrated to Medinah or Abyssinia (and then again to Medinah), did not have jobs waiting for them, nor homes waiting for them, nor admissions to schools... They jumped blindly, and Allah subhanahuta'ala caught them and saved them. If you are seeking Allah's pleasure, if you are truly fighting the good fight, and truly want to make a difference, you can't take half steps, you can't do your own little "bit", circumstances call you to do much more. So dear brothers and sisters, think again, reflect, and try a little better, in'sha'Allah.