By Khalafalla Osman
Bismillahi Rahman Ar Raheem,
It was narrated by Abu Hurairah (R) and collected in Sahih Bukhari and Muslim that the prophet Muhammad (S) said, “There are seven whom Allah will shade in His Shade on the Day when there is no shade except His Shade: a just ruler; a youth who grew up in the worship of Allah, the Mighty and Majestic; a man whose heart is attached to the mosques; two men who love each other for Allah’s sake, meeting for that and parting upon that; a man who is called by a woman of beauty and position [for illegal intercourse], but he says: ‘I fear Allah’, a man who gives in charity and hides it, such that his left hand does not know what his right hand gives in charity; and a man who remembered Allah in private and so his eyes shed tears.” Masha Allah, indeed this is a beautiful hadith but for this issue I would like to analyze the part in which Rasulullah says “a youth who grew up in the worship of Allah” and “a man whose heart is attached to the mosques”. Maybe in another article in the future I can go in more detail on the other ones insha Allah.
Growing up in the United States, Muslim American youth are exposed to an environment where a lot of what is impermissible in Islam is socially accepted to the public; the greatest tool against the scenarios a young brother or sister may go through is a good and sound foundation of Islamic knowledge. Once you have a good and sound foundation, you will know what is best for you to do in some of those tricky scenarios in the high schools and universities. That is why a young Muslim that grows up in the worship of Allah is truly a blessing; they will pave themselves a path of protection from the temptations of the dunya – everyone needs protection from the temptations.
When I go to the youth group, I cannot help to smile because I am spending my free time and my chilling time with the people I love at the masjid. Although there are a lot of beautiful things that the youth group has to offer, the biggest advantage is that it brings the youth to the masjid at least once a week in a time where youth normally spend doing wrongful actions such as spending time with the opposite gender in un-islamic atmospheres. When you have people at the masjid for social events AND religious events what you are making right there is a community; people that come together for salah, halaqas, but also for socializing and getting to know each other like a family is beautiful. A man/woman whose heart is attached to the masjid is a beautiful thing; because if the House of Allah is attached to your heart, only good can come out of that.
Barakallahu Feekum for reading, wa Assalaamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatu.
Picture Reference: http://cheriehillblog.blogspot.com/2011/07/in-his-shadow.html