As humans, it is not an odd thing to ponder over our existence. Not only do we ponder over the reason why we’re here but also why now? In this specific time? Perhaps we wonder why we couldn’t have been born in another era. Like in the medieval times with all the cool knights and posh ladies or maybe even in the Prophet’s (peace and blessings be upon him) time and era. Maybe practicing Islam would’ve been easier in that time, surrounded by his greatness and his message. Being able to see his blessed face and hear his invaluable wisdom with our own ears. Imagining just beings able to sit with the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) makes our heart yearn and wish we could’ve been there as we wonder if he (peace and blessings be upon him) would’ve loved us. However, if we take a step back and truly contemplate the reason why we’re in this era, we would realize that Allah SWT has put us here because we are the people who are best suited for our times and trials.
In the Quran Allah states: “Allah does not burden a soul beyond that it can bear…” (Al Baqarah, 2:286)
It’s safe to say that Allah, Exalted be He, with His Infinite Wisdom has placed us in our time because we are the ones best suited to face the problems that are going on in our world right now. The people of our times are the only ones who can face the trials and tribulations that are occurring outside our doorstep. What’s even more interesting, is that not only were we placed in this world, the 21st century, but we were also led and guided to Islam in this very critical time.
Few ponder over that fact. Why are we Muslims brought into this time? Some would chalk it up to chance, however, we know as Muslims that everything Allah SWT does is for a reason. Allah has guided us to Islam with our specific talents and capabilities because we have a purpose to fulfill in our Ummah that has now become divided.
It is our responsibility as Muslims to wake up and realize that we do have a purpose. First and foremost, our ultimate purpose is to worship Allah as He SWT states in the Quran: “And I (Allah) created not the jinns and humans except they should worship Me (Alone).” (Adh-Dhaariyat, 51:56)
Allah also stated in the Quran: “And hold firmly to the rope of Allah all together and do not become divided…” (Al Imran, 3: 103). As we take a look at the condition of the Muslims today, it is easy to deduce that we have mostly become ignorant of this Ayah in practice, and are indeed in a dire state as we are truly divided. It’s easy to get overwhelmed and use the fact that we are youth to get away from the responsibility that this revelation brings.
However, if we were to look at the Sahabah’s stories, we would find that many were youth; great and mighty youth who were active in spreading Islam and keeping the Ummah from becoming divided as ours has now become. One of the things that we can do today is work on ourselves, get yourself educated and then turn to your family and educate them. When you have started to do that, work outside and educate other people about Islam, including the Muslims.
Use your talents and capabilities that Allah, Exalted be He has blessed you with, and make a difference in the era that we share. Also, take pride in the fact that even though you weren’t born in the era of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), that he did indeed love you and yearned to meet you as well and by working hard to fulfill your purpose in this world for the sake of Allah you are indeed pleasing Him, bithnillah.
The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “I wish I could meet my brothers.” The Sahabahs then asked: “Aren’t we your brothers?” To which he replied: “You are my companions, but my brothers are those who will believe in me without having seen me.” (Musnad Ahmed).