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Utilise Your Youth Series: Serve Allah (SWT) with Sincerity

Utilise Your Youth Series: Serve Allah (SWT) with Sincerity

A tale of two youth

Meet ‘Eesa and Eeman.

Both youthful, driven and full of energy.

They have small families, big dreams and 24 hours in a day to strive at achieving their giant goals.

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‘Eesa is a such a high flyer!

He is successful at work just like his school days. Surrounded by an ambitious circle of friends, his ultimate life goal is to become powerful, popular and a top professional in his chosen career path. He loves his work, boss and colleagues; and he’s ever ready to put in his extra best to make his career successful.

His mantra is ”career first”.

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Eeman is known for her infectious energy.

She has always loved sports and outdoors for as long as she can remember. Surrounded by other nature lovers and sports enthusiasts, her ultimate life goal is to support Muslim women and children on their health, wellness and fitness journey, as a ‘sports and exercise psychologist’.

Her mantra is ”Allah (SWT) first”.

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‘Eesa serves Allah (SWT) on his own terms and at his convenience – as long as his career permits. He believes that when he becomes successful, he can serve Allah (SWT) better and with more ease.

He says he’ll have less to worry about in terms of his finances, and will be able to inspire and support others as well as make a bigger impact on the ummah.

”Have you seen he who has taken as his god his [own] desire, and Allah has sent him astray due to knowledge and has set a seal upon his hearing and his heart and put over his vision a veil? So who will guide him after Allah? Then will you not be reminded?” (Al-Jathiyah, 45:23)

Eeman on the other hand, eagerly seeks opportunities to serve Allah (SWT) through her studies and interests. Everything she does falls under the banner of ”I hear and I obey”. And any situation that leads her away from that obedience and hearing is abandoned, she doesn’t pursue it any further as bright as it may seem.

She has an intense purpose – that of serving Allah (SWT) – so she directs her inner and outer energy towards that purpose. And through her sense of servitude, she’s able to direct her dreams, desires and devotion.

”The Messenger has believed in what was revealed to him from his Lord, and [so have] the believers. All of them have believed in Allah and His angels and His books and His messengers, [saying], “We make no distinction between any of His messengers.” And they say, “We hear and we obey. [We seek] Your forgiveness, our Lord, and to You is the [final] destination.” (Al-Baqarah, 2:285)

They both have dreams, goals and desires but each has taken a different path to fulfilling them.

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The ultimate goal

Islam is a way of life and it is based on the pure human fitrah (nature).

It always takes into consideration man’s needs and desires in the temporal life, as well as the final destination of the hereafter. And it is from Islamic teachings that we find the correct means of fulfilling all desires, achieving goals and reaching for one’s dreams.

So, rather than be a slave to your desires and goals, you can be a slave to Allah (SWT) ~ loving Him, obeying His commands and submitting to Him in all affairs. And through that servitude you can fulfill your goals and gain rewards.

Serving and pleasing Allah (SWT) should be your ultimate goal as a Muslim.

This is attainable through purposeful, regular and intentional effort in every aspect of life – from your career to business, seeking knowledge and family life. You can serve Him through your knowledge, skills, creativity, earning and physical ability.

Everything you do should be entirely dedicated to serving the Creator because you are accountable for your servitude to Him.

”Say: “Truly, my prayer and my rituals and my life and my death are (all) for Allah, the Cherisher of the Worlds. No partner has He: This I am commanded, and I am the first of those who bow to His Will.” (Al-An`am 6:162-163)

Your DIY steps to true servitude

Ultimately true servitude is due to Allah (SWT).

”…So worship Allah, [being] sincere to Him in religion.” (Az-Zumar 39: 2)

Over to you…

What is your mantra?

What are your goals?

Who do you listen to and obey?

Here are 3 DIY steps you can take to help you serve Allah (SWT) with sincerity.

DO-IT-YOURSELF

1. Brainstorm through all of your thoughts and feelings. List all of the reasons why Allah (SWT) deserves greater servitude than all of His creations, your goals and your desires.

2. Eliminate all worldly excuses and insincere thoughts; and answer

– Why NOW and NOT later?
– Why TODAY and NOT tomorrow?
– Why YOUTH and NOT old age?

3. Bring the Qur’an close to your heart so you can find your mantra and guiding principles in His words.

Utilise your Youth to Serve Allah (SWT)

  • Have a clear purposeful intention {e.g., career first or His Pleasure first}
  • Seek or create opportunities to serve Him {on your own terms or submitting to ‘I hear and I obey’}
  • Dedicate yourself to His service {Strive to understand His words now NOT later?}

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Are you ever ready and eager to sincerely devote yourself to Allah’s service? In which way will you serve Him – as ‘Eesa, Eeeman or somewhere in-between?

Comments

  1. Great article. Sometimes i do feel too much of my attention goes on work life, when it really shouldn’t at all. When i think back i wish i had done more for the deen in my youth especially whilst being in education.

  2. It’s a struggle everyday to put deen before the world, it’s not anything to be ashamed of because that is life and we are human. But the struggle everyday to be better and to try and put Allah and deen first is what matters. Insha-Allah may Allah guide us all, save us from being misguided.

  3. Things can be distracting and many forget our true purpose. You may concentrate on your career first planning to then later serve Allah (swt) but what guarantees do you have that you will be here tomorrow? SO the focus should always be on serving Allah (swt) in everything you do. Of course it can be easy to slip

  4. Beautiful reminder, it’s so easy to get distracted in this life that we forget our main goal to worship Allah first.

  5. Nice article.We should devote ourselves to Allah’s service and we should seek to create opportunities..

  6. Ah this is something Ive been thinking of lately too. Unfortunately still havent been able to put dunya after deen. may allah give me hidayat and himmat

  7. I think we have in live periods we are more Eeasa or more Eeman and sometimes a mix of both of them. Career can be a tricky thing because the power and will to have successs can lead to abandon the spiritual purpose behind it. It happens not at once, the intention might be good but due to certain circumstances and fights in professional life, you end up in the threadmill. I have been there. If the mantra is only ‘Career first’ there is a danger. With my experience today, I would always extend the personal mantra to ‘Career to serve the Ummah’- in your very own way. Or ‘Serving Allah through my career’.

    • Amina Edota says:

      Brilliant, I love the version ”Serving Allah (SWT) through my career”. And you are right, the intention may be good initially but gets polluted along the way. So we need to keep checking and renewing our intention to achieve that balance.

  8. Asalamoalikum,
    my ultimate purpose and vision are to serve Allah(SWT) and His Creations as Eeman but being Human sometimes I fall for the world also as Eesa ready to get back on track.
    may Allah(swt) have Mercy on all of us.
    Aameen.

    • Amina Edota says:

      You are so right, we are only human and keep slipping. Sometimes our nafs overcomes us completely and we get lost and overwhelmed in dunya matters. We need Allah’s Mercy on us always so we can serve Him sincerely.

  9. This was a great reminder. In our busy lives we often forget fulfilling the duties towards Allah but reminders like these are so beautiful.

    Fatima | http://www.blogsbyfa.com

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