In today's society, We are all trying to reach goals, make goals, and complete mre goals. We find ourselves striving for that particular degree we have always wanted, or we seek to get that raise we have been anticipating for the longest time. Nevertheless, We sometimes forget about working towards a bigger goal that triumphs even our own aspirations. This bigger goal is working towards the religion of Islam. We should ask ourselves, "What have I done for Islam"? Are we striving in our own practice of Islam? Are we encouraging our families and our children towards working for Islam?
In following the tradition of Islam, The companions worked for the religion and sought to get their children working for the religion. Rumaysa(May Allah be pleased with her) gave her son, Anas bin malik to the Prophet Muhammad(Peace be upon him) as a way of servicing her son for the religion of Islam. How many of us would give our children to the mosque so that the imam could teach our children Islam or have our children help them for the cause of Allah? Nowadays, We find ourselves lacking this vigor of getting ourselves and our children into working for this religion. The mother of Imam Ahmed(May Allah be pleased with him) used to drop off her son for the fajr prayer at the mosque and tell the men to drop him off at home once they were done. We have to ask ourselves, 'What have I done for the sake of this religion"? Are we working for the akhirah, or the hereafter? We should never stop striving in preserving this way of life. This way of life should be practiced and taught in our homes. Look at Prophet Noah(May Allah be pleased with him) worked for Islam for 950 years. He called the people to the pure worship of one God, but his son did not follow this guidance. This is the reality of working for this religion. We should never expect or think that Allah owes us anything for working for this religion, and this includes the guidance of our children. Nevertheless, Noah(May Allah be pleased with him) didn't stop working for the religion of Allah. What does this mean for us as an ummah, or a nation of Muslims?
Despite the struggles that we may incur on a daily basis in our task of working for Islam we should remain firm and rely on Allah. All the prophets that came before were firm and did not stop working despite the people's hate, the people's misguidance, the people's comments, and the people's rejection of the truth. We can start working for Islam by beginning with ourselves in making sure we are performing our obligations. Also, We can teach the individuals in our homes about Islam. If we have done these things we can volunteer our time at the local mosque, at an Islamic organization, by giving sadaqa(charity), teaching others the religion, and ect. Of course, We should only do what we are capable of doing in our task of working for Islam. We should never think that what we do is small or petty. Even if we meet our brother or sister with the greeting of "Assalamu alaikom" we are working by creating love and unity. This is not very hard to do, but this is a great act that increases love and mercy between the Muslims. We can work in so many ways for this religion, but we just have to be creative in how we execute this task.
Finally, It should be noted that working for Islam is a hard task, but rewarding for the fruits that comes from it. We should seek only the blessings from Allah in our job of working for Islam. This is the most important thing to remember when we work for the religion. We should never stop working for this religion, despite the struggles that we may find ourselves going through along the way.