. . . never give up hope of Allah’s soothing Mercy: Truly none despairs of Allah’s soothing Mercy except those who have no faith. [Quran 12:87]
There are times when we look at what the world is like and feel so depressed, sometimes depressed to the point where we might even lose the will to live, especially when we look at Muslims and their plight.
What good can come out of the Muslim ummah (community) if they’re so busy sabotaging and eating away at themselves, overly busy and consumed with the worldly things even though so many other Muslims are dying for lack of food?
Please, do not lose hope. Despite the tragedies, remember that there is still a lot of good that is left in this ummah. Despite all the challenges and difficulties, a lot of good still remains.
The Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) said, ‘My ummah is an ummah that has mercy upon it.’ [Narrated by al-Hakim].
Never give up on an ummah which has the mercy of Allah upon it.
When the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) went up on the night of Mi’raj, he met the Prophet Ibrahim (peace be upon him). Ibrahim said, ‘O Muhammad, give my salams to your ummah. [Narrated by at-Tirmidhi]
Never give up on an ummah which has the salam of Ibrahim relayed to it.
Also on the night of Mi’raj the Prophet (peace be upon him) met Musa (peace be upon him). The Prophet was ordered with 50 prayers, and Musa encouraged the Prophet to talk to Allah to reduce it down. He cared for us, even when he didn’t need to.
Never give up on an ummah for whose ease Musa cared deeply.
Never give up on an ummah, the first of whom was Muhammad and among the last of whom will be Eesa (peace be upon him).
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said that in every single prayer he makes the dua, ‘O Allah forgive my ummah for their past and future sins, in public and in secret.’ [Narrrated by Ibn Hibban]
Never give up on an ummah that had the Prophet Muhammad making dua for it in every single prayer.
The Prophet is also reported to have said, ‘Good news to the one who believed in me and saw me, and seven times the good news to the one who believed in me but did not see me.’ [Narrated by Ahmad]
Never give up on an ummah whose members have been given good news by the Prophet Muhammad himself (peace and blessings be upon him).
One night the Prophet wept, ‘O Allah, my ummah, my ummah.’ He wept and wept all night, until Allah sent Jibreel to tell him, ‘We will please you with regard to your Ummah and We will not cause you any harm.’ [Narrated by Muslim]
Never give up on an ummah that will be pleasing to the Prophet on the Day of Judgement.
Gold’s impurities are extinguished in a furnace to extinguish the impurities. Give time for the ummah to be purified. These tests and trials are like the ummah being purified. The ummah is golden and precious, but has a lot of impurities. These tests separate the impure from the pure. Most of the ummah is tested with difficulty, but I pray that most of us reading this article at least are being tested with ease.
Let us use this ease to help the cause. Even if it is very small. We cannot change the world, but we can change someone’s world. There are poor people in every community, help them out. There are children struggling to go to school in every community, teach them. There are Muslims in every community who have no Islamic learning, help bring it to them. There are elderly in every community, help them. There are non-Muslims and not so practicing Muslims in almost every community, give dawah to them.
Helping the ummah doesn’t always necessitate that we need to be at a war zone delivering aid. It can be you bringing light to the little child begging on the street corner. Make a stand. Make a start. If nothing, just focus on your family. Raise your children to be people who make a major difference to this ummah.
We pray for the oppressed, destitute, hungry, weak and sick everywhere on earth. We ask Allah to make our moments of ease an opportunity to help others who are in difficulty. We ask Allah that He brings honour back to this ummah. We ask Allah for safety and security. Ameen ya Rabb!