إِنَّ الدِّينَ عِنْدَ اللَّهِ الْإِسْلَامُ
Indeed, the (true) religion in the sight of Allah is Islam. [Surah Aal ‘Imran, 18]
Islam, our religion and our way of life. A religion selected by Allah the Almighty for the ummah of our beloved Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam); a guide for us in this dunya and a means of salvation in the akhirah (hereafter). The closer you come towards it, the clearer you see its light. As youth of this ummah, we must hold on to this light of Islam. To leave this world with Iman is our ultimate goal. This deen is our legacy, it is what we live for.
Our means of success lies within Islam. To live it, to breathe it, to practice it and preach it. To give da’wah in its cause while adopting the way of those who strived in its path. It is the way of our Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) and the way of his Sahabah (may Allah have mercy on them) and the Salaf (pious predecessors). So listen oh youth and hear me out. Hold on to these role models and let them be you guiding light. They are the ones who taught us Islam and they are the ones who showed us wrong from right.
Islam also teaches us kindness and affection. It creates love between us as long as we take heed from its lessons; to give preference to others and love for them what you love for yourself; to respect our elders and to show mercy to our youngsters. To look for the best in people and avoid looking for their faults; to mind our own business and let our hearts remain pure and clean. This is our deen, our religion and our Islam.
Allah has sent us to a world that is full with tests and trials, so do not rejoice at the shortcomings of others, lest Allah burden you with the same. Live with true harmony and do not let these differences divide us. For the barakah (blessings) of Allah remains with those who stick together.
As Muslims we believe that everything is from Allah. We accept all that is from him in times of happiness and despair. So listen oh youth and heed my advice. Whatever difficulty you face, it is a test from Allah. Observe patience and perseverance, and engage yourself in Dhikr (remembrance of Allah); always remain positive and pin your hopes in Allah.
Allah has also commanded us to fulfill our Islamic responsibilities. We must be steadfast in our prayers and perform all the the faraidh (compulsory acts), but we must never forget to take advantage of the sunnahs and nawafils. So do the best that you can and never let yourself waver in performing good deeds and striving to become better.
As our duty to Islam we must seek the knowledge of this deen and perfect it through practice. For knowledge is mere facts whereas wisdom comes from practice. Even if you face ridicule and mockery for practicing on this deen, simply ignore it and let it not lower your self esteem.
How we live our lives today will ultimately affect our akhirah, so perform good deeds and enjoin others to do the same. But never forget to always fix your niyyah (intention) as deeds are judged according to our intentions.
You must always remember that you are from the ummah of Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam). You are precious to Allah and are the flag bearers of his deen. So let no one make you feel that you have no worth, for in Allah’s eyes you are the best on this Earth.
There is an ancient saying that goes :“When a blade of grass is cut, the whole universe quivers.” So listen oh youth, you are the blades of grass for Islam. You are the ummah of our prophet and the bearers of his message. So shine forth with your Iman, value yourself and your Islam. Let us practice this deen and make our Rasulullah (sallallahi alaihi wa sallam) proud!