Being a Muslim is about being positive to the upmost, so being a practicing Muslim it means to be positive. If you were to look at Islam in its different aspects, you would find it’s all about empowering the individual, to giving direction in life and to set you in a direction where he knows, no matter what happens he still got hope and he’s got a chance until his last breath. Therefore, since our breaths are numbered we have to make sure they are spent in the right way and every breath is taken in a way that only makes us grow and come closer to our Lord and to be people who contribute in society, who spread a message that truly everyone needs to know the reality of it because truly it comes with solutions in all aspects and specifically we are talking about being positive.
One thing I want to share, The Prophet Muhammad (Peace & Blessings Be Upon Him) said: “If the hour occurs, while in the hand of one of you holds a small plant, let him plant it.” You might ask the question, what is the reason behind that? I’ll tell you cause your duty is to work till the last set and for you is to do and upon Allah is the results but it is about leading hearts to grow. It’s about causing minds to overcome obstacles, to see hope in the midst of darkness. To be that person who just simply inspires, that is what a leader is. A leader is someone who can give that positive impression and look and be the source for that power, for others around them.
I’ll tell you one thing, The Prophet Muhammad (Peace & Blessings Be Upon Him) was the best of leaders and I say this bluntly and openly. I don’t say this with a hype, I say this while believing in him. Why? Because he was a man that did not lead bodies but led hearts and minds to be, the best of people even in the midst of hardships. This is what makes him so special till this day and we say, Alhumdulilah (Thanks To Allah) that we have such a role model that we can follow and we can take him as an example. This model belief that Islam teaches, except that is there to empower you. All beliefs that Islam comes with, is to purify your heart and your mind from all that which is impure and also to give you the strength to be someone who can continue a journey that its end is with Allah.
I like one of the beautiful examples from the Prophets. I recall this was the Prophet Hud (Peace Be Upon Him), when he was someone who turned to Allah and he put his trust in Allah and he made his du’aa. It didn’t matter anymore how many enemies he had. It didn’t matter anymore where he was. He told his enemies that disliked him and hurt him, he tells them bluntly and straight up, “plot against me all of you and don’t give me any time. I have put my trust in my Lord and your Lord” at the end of the day, you cannot hurt me, you cannot do nothing, you cannot affect me with nothing, if it wasn’t for my Lord allowing it. Just take into consideration, that my Lord will not allow it except to increase me in status.
As one of them said, when you find yourself going down because of the pressures that you are faced with and people who don’t want to bring you up. We have people like that who just want to destroy you and they don’t want to see a flourishing nation, you know? They don’t like seeing that at times, unfortunately. I’ll tell you one thing. I like what was said. He said when they push you down, remember the best place to go in, is all the way down in prostration to Allah, ask Him and come back up because they want to bring you down.
By: Sheikh Mustapha Al Majzoub martyred in Syria on the blessed day of Eid [Sunday 20th August 2012]. Allah give him the highest ranks in Jannah. Ameen.