A wonderful reminder sis, MashaAllah, we are beginning to appreciate Islam and what the Prophet pbuh and his companions strove for after growing up and living in this dark age and feeling it's corrupted influence, despite the recent previous generations having not bothered much, May Allah guide us to the straight path and keep us on it, And raise among the youth the banner that never calls retreat.
Originally Posted by لميس
Prophethood which is the beginning of the hadith ended with the death of
Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alayhe wassallam).
The next stage is Khilafah Rashida and this is from Abu Bakr al-Siddiq to ‘Ali ibn Abi Taalib (radiyallahu ‘anhum).
Then he said it will be Mulkan 'aaddhah which is the Banu Umayyah, Banu ‘Abbas and al-Khilafah ‘Uthmaniyyah.
Then after that, he said it will be dictatorship, which we are living under today; it is oppressive rule.
Then after that it will be
Sometimes we complain about our times, that we are living in the worst times
– the Ummah is weak, the Ummah is defeated and disunited, we wish we were living in the time of the Sahabah (radiyallahu ‘anhum) or times of the heroic Islamic eras.
The following are reasons why we should not complain about our times:
First Reason: One of the Tabi’een said to one of the Sahabah:
“How did you treat Rasoolullah (sallallahu ‘alayhe wassallam) when he was among you?”
So a Sahabi talked about how they used to treat the Prophet and that they did their best.
The Tabi’ responded by saying,
“If the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alayhe wassallam) was living in our time we would have carried him on our shoulders.”
What the Tabi’ was trying to say is that the Sahabah did not treat him good enough and if he was living with them, they would have treated him better than the Sahaba.
The Sahabi replied,
“A person does not know what they would have done had they lived in that time;
we were fighting our fathers and brothers and it was not an easy thing.
Now your fathers and brothers and family are Muslims; you imagine you are going to treat Rasoolullah (sallallahu ‘alayhe wassallam) in a certain way.
So do not ask or wish for something Allah did not destine for you.”
Second Reason: We shouldn’t complain about our time; instead we should be
grateful to Allah ‘Azza wa Jall that we are living in these days. Why? If you look at the status of the Sahabah, it is the highest status among the Muslim Ummah; they are the highest, the best and the greatest. And then the Tabi’een and then those who came after them. How come the Sahabah were the best?
Some of the reasons include that the Sahaba built Islam from scratch; the Sahabah came and there was nothing so they established the foundation of the Deen whereas anyone else who came after them, the building was already there and they came and added pieces to that foundation here and there; and if there were any broken pieces, like bid’ah, they would fix it. But the foundation was already laid down by the Sahaba. And this is what made them the best generation because their job was the most difficult job. It is important for us to realise what is the demand of our times so that we fulfil it because the things that at-Tabi’een emphasized on for example may be different from
the things that the Taba Tabi’een emphasized on.
To make this point clear: if Al-Bukhari (rahimahullah) came one hundred years later and did the same thing, he would not have the same status that he has among us now. If Imam ash-Shafi’i (rahimahullah) came one hundred years later and did the same thing, he would not have the same status that he has among us now. Why? Because the needs were different from time-to-time. You will notice that the four Imam’s of Fiqh lived in same Century, and the six Imam’s of hadith also lived within that same Century. This tells you that the need at one time was Fiqh and the need in another time was hadith. I am saying this because if we want to serve Islam the best now,
we need to understand what is needed now.
We find that some brothers would go and emphasize on Da’wah while some brothers will go and emphasise on ‘Ilm. We do need to emphasise on these areas and every area, but if we were to ask ourselves the question of what is needed the most in our time today, we would find that it is quite similar to the time of the Sahabah because now we have reached to the lowest level that we have reached in Fourteen Centuries.
So our time that we are complaining about, among all the other generations
after the Sahaba, although our time is not exactly the same it is the most similar to the time of the Sahaba.
Why? Because when the Sahabah came there was no Islamic authority and there is no Islamic authority today and this was not the case for fourteen hundred years.
When the Sahabah came, they fought entire surroundings including the two super powers – the Persian Empire and the Roman Empire – and all the ‘Arabs around them that were against them.
And this is similar to our situation today and this wasn’t the case in our history before. In our history before you would find Islamic authority, you would find people to assist you in Al-Haqq, and there was a place to make Hijrah to. Now we find that the whole world is waging a war against us and this is similar to time of the Sahabah, which means the ajr of the people today could be very great. We are not saying it is equal to the ajr of the Sahabah but it is going to be very great.
This is why Rasoolullah (sallallahu ‘alayhe wassallam) has mentioned in a hadith that even though the best generation is of the Sahabah, then the Tabi’een, then the Taba Tabi’een,
there will be a generation of people at the end of time
and the reward of one of them will be equal to the reward of fifty!
So the Sahabah asked, “Fifty of us or fifty of them?”
Rasoolullah (sallallahu ‘alayhe wassallam) said,
“Fifty of you.”