What do you truly feel when the news of a new born Muslim baby reaches you?
Of course you would feel very happy because it’s from your family or that its yours.
But let’s say it’s not from the family but a Muslim family just within your neighborhood or a Muslim family from abroad and you just heard from a friend of a friend or you read it on a facebook, twitter or tumblr status?
Would you still feel same happiness or so? Or you wouldn’t be that attached much? Be honest.
Today, this story I am sharing to you, will make you realize where you stand right now for the Muslim Ummah.
Do you know the sahabi who was known as the first Muslim child to be born after the migration of the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam?
No? Yes? Don’t worry, let me tell you and his birth story that became one of the most significant events in the face of Islam.
He was ‘Abdullah Ibn Az Zubair Radiyallahu Anhu, the son of Asma’ Bint Abu Bakr and Az Zubair Ibn Al-‘Awwan Radiyallahu Ahum.
When the Muslims were being persecuted and the migration to Al Madinah was at hand, the Qura’ish were rejoicing not only because the Muslims were “to them” being defeated but also became for a very long time no sons had been born among the Muslims.
Hence, the Qura’ish started to gossip among themselves that indeed soon enough Muslims will be rooted out.
Hence, on the pregnancy of Asma’, the Muslims became all excited just like how the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam was.
When her labor time came, she was on a near valley of Quba and there she gave birth to a son. The Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam, with his joy picked up the baby in his arms and congratulated the family, then he bit off a little piece of date, softened it in his mouth and gave it to ‘Abdullah. -and that was indeed a great honor that was given to the family of Az Zubair that the Muslims up to this day read about.
What does this story tell us?
Yes, that we are all one family, no matter what your last name is, our hearts will always be connected because our hearts beat for the same Rubb.
Look and reflect at the attitude of the Muslims towards their companion who was giving birth to a new born baby, they were all excited as if they are their own child. Do we not envy that in a good way?
Where is the love we have for the Ummah, we are always saying the Ummah is asleep, the Ummah does not care, why? because it is not the Ummah that is asleep, it is our hearts! Astagfirullah.
We close the door for our brothers and sisters, we ourselves, deprive them of the love that is so great in amount in our hearts.
Love feesabilillah is so great that it is like water being poured on a bucket and see that when the water overflows the water that is poured out is left unused and useless, that is the condition of the love for the sake of Allah is right now within the Ummah.
We have to connect ourselves with our brothers and sisters in Islam, so as the love pours in, it continues and not a single drop of water goes to waste.
My dear brothers and sisters in Islam, raise pious children, raise children that will walk upon the path of tawheed, lions and lionesses of the Ummah, wallahi, they are our light in the darkness of this dunya, our children bear such blessings, we pray for them even before they were born, so make it to a point that when you pray for them pray that they become among the saliheen!
And you, who is reading this, you know that long before you are also as same as your parents were, they were making du’a for you, they made du’a for you just like how you are making du’a for Allah Azza Wa Jall to grant you a beautiful child, so realize your worth, become an asset to the Ummah.
And may we become among those few people that realizes their true worth and places the Ummah in their hearts and prayers and that may we become such grateful people that even in the pangs of hardships, we still and will always rely on Allah Azza Wa Jall and with the grandeurs of success, we still find and will always thank Allah Azza Wa Jall for every bit of it. Amin
Story was taken from:
• Tabaqaat Ibn Sa’ad: 8/58
• Asma’ Bint Abu Bakr, Great Women of Islam, Qutb, p.193