A powerful excerpt from one of Sh. Muhammad Al Shareef’s sessions during NicheHero 2011.
“Now even with leaders, some of them are known, some of them are not known. In the Battle of Qadisiya, which I spoke about earlier, when the Messenger of Allah came to ‘Umar (radhiAllahu ‘anhu) and he’s explaining what happened in the battlefield, and [the Prophet] asked who was killed, and he says: this person was killed, shaheed, and this person, shaheed, and then the Messenger says to ‘Umar (radhi’Allahu ‘anhu): “Wa khalqun la na’lamuhu” – and so many people, so many leaders of this Ummah that you don’t know and I don’t know were killed and shaheed in the Battle of al Qadisiya. You don’t know them. And this is what the Messenger said, he said and so many leaders, so many people .. la na’lamuhum. Mothers and Fathers sent out their kids to be killed in Qadisiya to fight for the sake of Islam so you would get the deen today.
Unselfish Da’wah. You haven’t been tested like they were tested. They put forward their lives, they put forward their families, they put forward their tribes, they put forward everything. Screw the criticism! They put everything forward, so that their whole life was for Allah (subhanahu wata’ala). They didn’t neglect their families, their families were the ones that were supporting them. Their families were the ones telling them that if you don’t go to the battlefield, we will disown you. Go live in the desert. We don’t need cowards in our house. Those were the women at that time.
And so then, this Messneger says to ‘Umar (radhi’Allahu ‘anhu): So many people – la na’lamuhum: We don’t know who they are. And ‘Umar (radhiAllahu ‘anhu), crying, says, “Wala kinnAllahu ya’lamhum” – Rather, Allah knows who those people are! Allah knows who those people are.
So you don’t need to be a leader on a stage in front of everybody. You don’t even need to come to this event (NicheHero). You need to be a leader in your life. In whatever capacity that you are, that you live your life, whether that’s taking care of your kids, or taking care of your family, or even supporting or holding your tongue back from trying to cut down people who step up. Everybody has to work together. We stand up united. We don’t stand up as individuals, [but] we’re living in a time when that’s what it’s going to take. I’m sorry the community is not ready to stand up united, so be it. Forget the community, we’ll stand up as individuals.”
I promise never to be a flat tire, or allow anyone in my life to be one. Islam doesn’t have room for non-contributing zeros.