The Virtue of spending time in Ibadat during Youth
The Day of Qiyamah is very difficult and fearful day. Allah has described in different places of the Quran. In Surah Hajj Allah says: “O Mankind! Fear your Rabb. Verily the earthquake of the Hour (of Qiyamah) is a terrible thing (has a huge magnitude).
On that Day you will see every nursing mother will forget her suckling child, and every pregnant mother will abort, and you will see mankind in a state of drunkenness but they will not be drunk but the punishment of Allah is severe.” (V. 1-2)
The heat on that day will be very severe and the sun will be a short distance above our heads and people will be sweltering in the heat and drowning in their perspiration. However, there is a haven and that is the shade of the Arsh of Allah.
There are approximately 90 categories of people who will be shaded under the Arsh of Allah Ta’ala. (Awjazul Masaalik). They have been mentioned in various Ahadith. However, in one particular Hadith Nabi (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) has mentioned 7 categories at one time. Hazrat Abu Hurairah (Radiyallahu Anhu) narrates that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said, “Allah will grant shade to 7 categories of people in His shade on the Day when there will be no other shade besides His:
1) A just ruler
2) A youth who spent his time engaged in the worship of Allah
3) A man whose heart is attached to the Masjid when he leaves until he returns to the Masjid
4) Two people who love each other solely for the pleasure of Allah and meet and depart solely for Him
5) A person who remembers Allah in seclusion and tears flow from his eyes
6) A man who is tempted by a woman of a prominent family and beauty but he refuses and says, ‘I fear Allah.’
7) A man who gives charity so secretly that his left hand does not know what his right hand spends
(Bukhari #660 and Muslim #1031)
From this Hadith we understand that the value of a youth saving himself from sin and engaging in Ibadat is so great that he is given a place under the Arsh of Allah on the Day of Qiyamah.
Importance of Youth to Allah that a person is questioned in specific about it
Hazrat Abdullah ibnu Masood (Radiyallahu Anhu) narrates that Nabi (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said:
The feet of the son of Adam will not move (on the Day of Qiyamah from the plain of Resurrection) until he is questioned about 5 things:
1) How did he spend his life?
2) How did he spend his youth?
3) How did he earn his wealth?
4) Where did he spend his wealth?
5) To what extent did he practice on his knowledge (of Deen)?
Youth is a very valuable time
Hazrat Abdullah ibnu Abbas (Radiyallahu Anhuma) narrates that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) whilst advising a person said to him: “Value 5 things before 5: 1) Your youth before old age 2) Your health before sickness 3) Wealth before poverty 4) Free time before becoming occupied 5) Your life before your death (Mustadrak lil Haakim #7846, Shuabul Imaan lil Baihaqi #9767)
These few Ahadith show the true significance of youth and that youth have very great potential and energy. At the same time they are faced with a lot of challenges. How do we harenss this potential and use it as a benefit for mankind?
Let us look at exemplary examples of youth of the passed before us:
1) Hazrat Ibrahim (Alayhis Salaatu Wassalaam)
A Nabi himself and the father and grandfather of other Ambiya (Alayhimus Salaam). Alone he gave da’wat to his father, broke the idols and challenged the beliefs of the people in his youth. He also challenged Namrood single-handedly.
2) Hazrat Yusuf (Alayhis Salaatu Wassalaam)
The minister’s wife attempted to seduce him. He had no apparent way of escape but he did what was in his capacity and that was to run. He did what was in his capacity and Allah took care of the rest. He preferred to be imprisoned than to be seduced by a woman and make Zina. When in prison he made Da’wat to Allah and soon became the ruler over Egypt. He forgave his brothers for their error and was thankful to Allah for releasing him from prison.
3) Ashaabul Kahaf
Seven youngsters came together due to belief in Allah and dislike for Shirk and idol-worship. The king tried to force them to worship idols etc. but they did not bow to pressure and to save themselves they went to a cave and Allah took care of them and protected them from Shirk. The king was also replaced by a believer as a result of their efforts.
4) Hazrat Mus’ab ibnu Umair (Radiyallahu Anhu)
A youngster who had everything of the world. He would wear a new garment everyday and had the best of perfumes. When he accepted Islam he lost everything besides one garment yet he remained steadfast. Nabi (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) sent him to teach and educate the people of Madinah Munawwarah and make Da’wat amongst them for a year. Single handedly he made Da’wat and educated the people of Madinah Munawwarah. He became a shaheed oin the battle of Uhud and was buried with only one piece of cloth with his arm chopped off trying to hold up the flag of Islam.
5) Muaaz bin Amr bin Jamooh and his brothers
These brothers accepted Islam at the hands of Hazrat Musa’b ibnu Umair (Radiyallahu Anhu) and through much effort got their father to accept Islam. These same brothers played an instrumental role in the killing of Abu Jahal.
6) Muhammad ibnul Qaasim
He conquered India at the age of 17
7) Tariq bin Ziyaad
The recent resistance movements in the Arab world were started by the youth.
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