We are living in an era when our siblings, children and youngsters are becoming older, and as they embrace their future, it becomes difficult to have a say in their lives. In fact, for many it becomes harder to keep them in firm upon Islam.
We’re losing them to a way of life, which will bring them hardship, rather than happiness in this lifetime or the next.
Hence, tomorrow is an exceptionally special night, an odd an night.
When it comes to our community as always, tell our people to respect jumm’ah, to respect Ramadhan, to respect the ‘Eid salah, because it’s part of our faith, it’s a reminder than at least we’re safe, holding on to a string, that hopefully won’t break.
Still, if our community members, our family members fail take heed in these special times, then what shall we say about their faith? I can’t question it, but it’s of concern. Let us take the son of Nuh (may Allah be pleased with him) as an example, he gave da’wah to his son for years, but still he rejected his father’s cries, until the punishment came. When Nuh (may Allah be pleased with him) was safely on the ship he saw his son drowning and yelled out to him, he was hurting due to the love for his son. He wept for him, but still he rejected his calls.
We have individuals in our households and communities who have a sense arrogance. They don’t care, they really don’t, regardless of what their parents advise them, or even what the Prophet (salAllahu ‘alayhi wassallam) says, because a love of this life has consumed them.
What shall we say to them? We love them, we want them to priorities their hereafter, but really, how shall we win them back?
We need to call upon them with care and worry. Internalise it. It’s a terrifying thought that they will be accountable to Allah (subhanahu wa ta ‘ala), and be held accountable for their lack of attention.
We need to be call upon them compassionately, and remind them that they rebelling against Allah (subhanahu wa ta ‘ala), and it will eventually catch up with them.
Tomorrow is a special night, use the 27th night to remind them that they need to be concerned about Allah and their future.
Remind them how much they mean to you, hoping that Allah (subhanahu wa ta ‘ala) will soften their hearts.
Talk to them about what really matters, what will make a lasting impact in their lives and the hearts of people, which is their faith.
These are special nights, and this is a perfect opportunity to have one to one discussions with our loves ones and remind them about the love of Allah.
After you’ve done your part, stand to pray on these special nights and speak to Allah (subhanahu wa ta ‘ala) and call out to Him that you care, that you did your responsibility, and that He helps you in guiding your loved ones.
The issue is we have normalised that our communities don’t pray their prayers, however, even though we have become accustomed to this rebelling against Allah, does it make it okay? It needs to mean something to us and we need to call out to our sisters, brothers, fathers, mothers and daughters to stay true to their faith.
Let us be concerned, let us save them from the fire, because it is true. The Prophets (may Allah be pleased with them) had children and lived in communities who did not believe, they rebelled, but they didn’t give up on them, they didn’t normalise their neglect. They called upon them to return back to Allah (subhanahu wa ta ‘ala) with love, because they knew they will be questioned about their flock.
We need to nurture a concern in our hearts, because if we lack this concern, then we have to question our priorities, we are either lacking in concern or in faith.
Let us come together in our solicitude and when we do, be certain that Allah (subhanahu wa ta ‘ala) will navigate our families back to His path.