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February 6, 2011

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We still have a chance…

by Umm Muawiyah

Assalamu Alaikum.

Chance to do what, you ask?

Actually, it’s more like “chance to be”.

Okay, chance to be what, you ask?

Chance to be from amongst the awesome individuals mentioned in these ayaat (verses), of course:

وَالسَّابِقُونَ السَّابِقُونَ

“And those foremost [(in Islamic Faith of Monotheism and in performing righteous deeds) in the life of this world on the very first call for to embrace Islam,] will be foremost (in Paradise).”

أُولَـٰئِكَ الْمُقَرَّبُونَ

“These will be those nearest to Allah.”

فِي جَنَّاتِ النَّعِيمِ

“In the Gardens of delight (Paradise).”

ثُلَّةٌ مِّنَ الْأَوَّلِينَ

“A multitude of those (foremost) will be from the first generations (who embraced Islam).”

وَقَلِيلٌ مِّنَ الْآخِرِينَ

“And a few of those (foremost) will be from the later time (generations).”

[Surah Al-Waaqiah (56) : 10-14]

Imam Ibn Kathir (rahimahullah) said in his tafseer:

(A multitude of those will be from the first ones), refers to the earlier generations of this Ummah, while (And a few of those will be from the later ones.), refers to the latter people of this Ummah.

[You may read Imam Ibn Kathir’s tafseer of these ayaat here.]

There’s a hadeeth that shows us that the foremost exist in every era:

في كل قرن من أمتي سابقون

“The Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam) said: “In every qarn (century/generation) from amongst my ummah (nation), (there are) saabiqoon (the foremost).” [Saheeh Al-Jaami, Hadeeth No. 4267. Graded “hasan” by Al-Albani. You may check the results from Dorar here.]

So, we still have a chance to be …. amongst the foremost.

How can we become from amongst these great people?

Well, to summarise:

1) Dua

2) Starting working for it

Facile, non?

4 Comments Post a comment
  1. Shireen
    Feb 7 2011

    An easy start would be to actually be regular in the obligatory acts of worship, to perfect them. Then, to go on one additional level at a time.

    For me, i experience problems in maintaining continuity. Khayr inshallah need to work on that.

    Jazakillah khayr for the reminders and like another sister mentioned your blog entries are one of the highlights of my day

    Reply
    • Umm Muawiyah
      Feb 16 2011

      Assalamu Alaikum.

      Yes, step by step is the way to go.

      I meant that one should also look at the bigger picture so that one can continue to aim higher.

      Try to first safeguard the fard prayers and then add the sunnah prayers one by one, insha-Allah.

      Wa iyyaaki.

      I’m glad that the reminders are of some benefit, alhamdulillah.

      Reply
  2. Umar Farooq
    Feb 7 2011

    As-salaamu alaiykum wa rahamtullaahi wa barakaatuh,

    May Allaah reward you duly for the regular super-amazing reminders, especially today’s (thats how we feel everyday, “especially today’s”!!), cos theres no feeling like knowing we can be amongst the first.

    Being down to earth is good if:

    It makes you wanna be better.

    bad if:

    You limit yourself and say, “ah! how can we ever be like them!”

    – “You can*! may Allaah guide you!”
    *(bi idhnillaah)

    Reply
    • Umm Muawiyah
      Feb 16 2011

      Wa Alaikum Assalam.

      Jazakallahu kheira for the kind words.

      And yes, you’re right. We need to always avoid the two extremes.

      Reply

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