Reviving this ummah..what does it really takes for us to do it? What is the most important element? What is it..that brought Islam to be once at the top of the world? Let's look back in the past..
Umar ibn Khattab RA knew what was most worthy and most valuable. And he wanted to give the sahabah a lesson. So they were sitting in a room, and he said:
"Taman-nau! Make a wish!"
One of the sahabah said: "I wish that this room would be filled with gold..so I can spend it in the path of Allah."
And Umar said: "Taman-nau! Make a wish!"
Another sahabah said that, "I wish that this room would be filled with jewels and gems..so that I can spend it in the path of Allah."
He said, "Make a wish!"
"O amirul mu'minin, we don't know what to say. You want to fill this room with what?"
Umar ibn Khattab said: "MY wish, is that Allah 'azza wa jall fills this room, with the likes of Abu 'Ubaidah Amr ibn Al-Jarrah (in another narration Abu 'Ubaidah and Muaz ibn Jabal), so that I can send them in the path of Allah." Umar (radiyaAllahu 'anhu) is telling us and telling them that your human resources are more important than your financial resources. Theyre more important than your brick and moor. They are more important than everything you have. It is your human resources that counts.
Rasulullah SAW when he passed away, he didn't leave behind any glamourous buildings. The masjid of Madina was mud and clay. The floor was merely sand. The roof were palm leaves, and it would drip water on them when it rained. Rasulullah SAW did not pave any roads. He did not establish a financial network or business. He did not leave behind even books!
All that Rasulullah SAW left behind was alQuran. And he left it behind, not in mushafs, not in books, but he left it behind engraved in the hearts of the sahabah radiyallahu 'anhum. That was the product that Rasulullah SAW left behind. That was the effort of the da'wah of Rasulullah SAW. He left behind, the Sahabah. And every blessings that we enjoy today is because of that.
The religion did not spread much in the time of Rasulullah SAW, no. It spreads in the time of Abu Bakr and Umar (radiyaAllahu 'anhuma). In the time of Khilafah Bani Umayyah and Banu 'Abbas. Rasulullah has the Sahabah that were with him. In Madina, or Makkah, their number were not many; a hundred plusplus. These are the ones who started off with him in Makkah. But every one of these men, you could just throw them anywhere in the world and leave them. Alone! And they'd take care of the religion.
Umar ibn Khattab RA is saying, "I want such men; like Abu 'Ubaydah and Muaz ibn Jabal RA so that i can send them out, fi sabiliLLAH"
So tarbiyah is the most important thing. It is more important than your buildings, more important than the institutions. The most important thing, is the Tarbiyyah! And that, is how Islam will carry on.
Sahabat and Sahabiah,
The only reason why we're here, living in this world, is because of His love. Wonder why? Hear this.
"Cinta itu lagi tua dari dunia. Bahkan kerana cinta juga, Allah ciptakan dunia."
He gave us a purpose to live
He gave us a deen
He gave us Love
So why waste every opportunity to strive for this deen? Why is it that, as we grow up, we seem to care less and less about Islam? Busy with career? That aint a correct answer. There was a Nabi way busier than us and yet, he kept tabs of Allah's religion. His name was Soloman.
Here in DQ, or even outside, lies every opportunity there is to better prepare ourself for the world. We claim to be the 'guardians' of Quran. Or even if we dont, still, the burden lies on us dont you think? Why should we ignore when the burden to carry Islam lies on everyone's shoulder? The order to do da'wah, the order to do jihad, the order to raise Islam - does not lie on a particular group of people. There is no exclusivity. Just because you don't know much doesn't mean you can't tell someone to stop wasting time. Just because you're not in certaincertain group doesn't mean you can't tell the leader to buck up and do the right thing. No. Everyone is involved. Huffaz or not.
Islam, its values, its morals, its teachings - compensates every aspects of our life. It is our duty to better ourself for the keepsake of Islam. Furthermore, those verses that lie in your heart are not meant to be read only during solat or tahlil. They are for practice. Practice what you read, practice what you preach. The issue here, being that Huffaz should realise, human capital is the utmost important. Speaking in a general tone, just how many of this group is really being out there and doing some serious work for Islam? Or are they just there leaning against the walls of the masjid, reciting Quran all day long while the world around them is getting 'darker'?
The sahabats lived by the Quran, and Islam came to us. If we can't live by the Quran, don't you think Islam will 'run' from us?
*an adaptive write from "Everything begins with tarbiyyah"