So Alhamdulilah I was presented with this great and very useful topic to be discussed with you all. Often times we see so many great people ahead of us, successful in all ways. On the other hand, we see those who we assume are “lower” than us, doing poorly in school, and just dragging on with their lives not amounting to anything. We do not want to get stuck in a slum, there is no excuse. We all have greatness within us, it’s all potential, we just need to make it kinetic and GET MOVIN’.
First, I want you to ask yourself, as I ask myself as well: Allah (swt) did not doubt His own creation, so why do you doubt yourself? The answer, and proof that we are intended for greatness lies in Surat Al-Baqara for all mankind to believe:
وَإِذۡ قَالَ رَبُّكَ لِلۡمَلَـٰٓٮِٕكَةِ إِنِّى جَاعِلٌ۬ فِى ٱلۡأَرۡضِ خَلِيفَةً۬ۖ قَالُوٓاْ أَتَجۡعَلُ فِيہَا مَن يُفۡسِدُ فِيہَا وَيَسۡفِكُ ٱلدِّمَآءَ وَنَحۡنُ نُسَبِّحُ بِحَمۡدِكَ وَنُقَدِّسُ لَكَۖ قَالَ إِنِّىٓ أَعۡلَمُ مَا لَا تَعۡلَمُونَ
And when thy Lord said unto the angels: Lo! I am about to place a viceroy in the earth, they said: Wilt thou place therein one who will do harm therein and will shed blood, while we, we hymn Thy praise and sanctify Thee? He said: Surely I know that which ye know not. Ayah (30)
Imagine this: We don’t know how long Angels have been with Allah (swt) to be able to work with Him, and always see Him. We can’t imagine the knowledge they have, yet they even questioned Allah (swt). They knew that the Jinn, the creation before Adam (as) did all of these actions because they had free will. Yet Allah (swt) did not doubt us, He told the Angels a simple answer, He knows best! SubhanAllah. Honestly, that makes me feel happy and relieved on the inside, knowing that Allah (swt) still knows better, and even with all the crazy stuff humans do, there is so much in us for good, so much potential for greatness. So do not doubt your potential, Allah (swt) didn’t! He gave us the tools to succeed, minds, hearts, health etc. And a great earth to do all this good. Allah(swt) has faith in us, and we in Him.
We find ourselves stuck in between so many standards/rules in society by our friends, family, schools, professors etc. Often times we think that we can’t do anything right, and want to give up all together because we are not satisfying anyone, and definitely not ourselves. As Muslims, and as Americans, we face having to deal with two completely different worlds. But that’s not the case. Islam demands success, demands us to work hard and pursue our dreams, so long as we are worshiping Allah (swt) and dedicating all we do for His sake. You can be anything you want, especially in this country. It saddens me when I see a bunch of youth just slacking when I know they are smart, and can do so much better. Not just for the sake of society, but for their own good. Although America remains the land of opportunity, it is a place that causes conflict of self interest. Are we doing what’s cool? Are we doing what’s right by Islam? By our parents? So many people to please, yet it gets us no where. Do not let anyone dictate what you can and cannot achieve in this life. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have the money to go to college, or your parents are pressuring you into a specific field, where there is a will, there is a way, and with sincerity in our actions Allah (swt) makes all our dreams come true.No matter how simple, big, or small.
We live in culture that brainwashes youth into solving their “problems” by chasing after our desires. When our desires are not the problem, its how we deal with them that is. We all desire fame, success, love, wealth, education etc. But we cannot keep taking the easy ways out. Truly, anything that is of value is going to be hard to achieve-period. Think about the youth in Arab countries such as Libya, Palestine, Jordan, Egypt, and especially Syria who have SO much potential, they are so intelligent back home, but they don’t have the opportunities and encouragement like we do in this country. Yet, we let things like drugs, social media and other things take away our time, and make us numb to all the craziness and important stuff happening in our Ummah, and in the world. This culture is designed to suppress our potential. No where in Islam does it say you cannot be a doctor, a journalist, a teacher, a NBA all star etc. Islam does not inhibit success, for Allah (swt) gave us the best guide to all things this life, and the next. Do not surround yourself with people who are lazy, be driven. They may have money, but don’t have motivation. They may have fame, but not family. Look at all the blessings you have, and USE them to your advantage. We see that throughout history many leaders told their people “No, you can’t” and even now, our own family and friends can doubt us. For me personally, telling me I can’t do something is an insult. Not because I think I can do everything, but rather it underestimates me as person. Truly, if your hearts in it, and you have the skills for a certain passion you like, by all means go for it. The people who tell you you can’t are most likely the ones who haven’t tried themselves.
Start the change. Allah (swt) says that He will not change the situations of people, unless they change themselves. It all starts with you. If you want real life examples there are many, but there are some in the past as well. The youth of Surat Al Kahf left everything to protect their deen. They were youth, traveling far and wide for the only thing they had at that time that they valued. Look what we have now in 2014. We still have Islam, growing and strong, but we have more means to practice. Do not forget that all the khair you do is given by Allah (swt), and all your success is truly from Him. Youth of today are so strong willed, so driven, but they (we) need to be driven in the right things, in the right direction.
I cannot stress this enough: YOU ARE WORTH SOMETHING. Don’t forget that. You’re worth something to Allah(swt), your family, friends, and our Ummah.
When conforming into society remember that society is not large, it is rather small in ideas, and not unique. The mainstream. Don’t let society make you small, strip you of your skills and God given potential. Do not be numb and stubborn to change, and do not forget what the Messenger said (pbuh), that anything that befalls a Muslim, is good for him/her. Any challenge you face, you have the opportunity to come out stronger, and better than before.And please do not fall for the “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” saying.
It’s actually false. It encourages us to push our minds, hearts, and bodies to the limit, drinking ourselves to death or being radical and then barely escaping death. Do not be fooled by this, one sip of anything sinful can only lead to worse and worse. Avoid the things that make us unstable. Allah (swt) demands us to keep at a balance in this life. Even in our worship. Do not push yourself, there is always different routes to happiness, and ALWAYS a way to please Allah (swt), and if you have Him, what do you have to lose?
Potential—Kinetic. As the popular song says, “I dare you to move.”
I apologize in advance if I said anything wrong, it is of me and shaytan for all good is from Allah (swt).