Jihad For Humanity
Prophet Mohammed PBUH said, "The best of people are those that bring most benefit to the rest of mankind." [Daraqutni, Hasan]
Now consider the following conversation:
Person A : Can this hadith mean that a non Muslim is better than a Muslim, if the non Muslim has contributed more to humankind?
Person B: I think, yes. There are many non Muslim scientists, doctors, philanthropists and inventors who have contributed more to humankind than the average Muslim.
Person A: But the non Muslim might not be doing it for the sake of God.
Person B: There are non Muslims who believe in God and are working for God. There are those who might be doing it for money, power, glory or any other worldly motive.
However, should Muslims not be ashamed that others are working hard for something worldly, while they are doing nothing or alot less for God? Shouldn't we all be contributing more? Do you think that if you believe in God, you will have an automatic right to enter paradise? Don't you think that your faith should be translated into action? Where is your Jihad in science where you work to contribute to humanity through science? Where is your Jihad in excellence where you excel and become a role model for people to follow because of your accomplishments and achievements? Where is your Jihad in your local community, where you try to help those in need and support those who are vulnerable? Where is your Jihad for tolerance where you contribute to building bridges between communities, fighting terrorism and Islamophobia? Where is your Jihad in waking up Muslims to engage them in politics and activism? Where is your Jihad for humankind where you peacefully work for the betterment of humanity and the environment?
Remember, Jihad means struggle. I think it is a struggle to improve oursleves and make the world a better place for all. I think that now, we Muslims have an urgent need for Jihad in science and success in general. Are you up for it? Can you dedicate your life to the struggle for humanity?
British Muslims are blessed with some of the best universities in the world right here, contribute to their success and the progress of humanity with your efforts in the fields of science and knowledge.
Prophet Mohammad PBUH said: "The best of which man can leave behind for himself are three: a righteous child who supplicates for him, an ongoing charity whose reward continues to reach him and knowledge which others benefit from after him." [Ibn Hibban, Hasan].
Can you dedicate your life to educating others and spreading the values of Islam to Muslims who live mediocre lives without many successes and achievements?
As the hadith confirms: "The best of people are those that bring most benefit to the rest of mankind." [Daraqutni, Hasan].
I look at myself and I ask, how many people (Muslims and non Muslims) are benefiting from me? The more I benefit others, the better a Muslim I am. How about you? If following the academic path isn't for you, you still have an Islamic obligation according to the Quran to read and learn as much as you can. If you are a businessman, artist, manual labourer, whatever you are, be the best that you can be.
Time for some introspection, maybe?
What do you think Person A's response would be to the above? What is your response?
On judgement day, we will be asked what we did in the way of Allah. Do you have an answer? Will you be able to say that you worked hard and did your best or will you say that you failed Allah and failed humanity?
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