In one of the houses of Madinah, Sayyidina Umar ibn Al-Khattab رضي الله عنه was sitting with a group of his companions.
He said to them, “Make a wish,”
One of them said, “I wish to have as much gold as would fill this whole house so that I could spend it in Jihad.”
Again Sayyidina Umar رضي الله عنه said, “Make a wish.” Another man said, “I wish that this house was full of jewels and pearls so that I could spend it all in Jihad and charity for the Sake of Allah (ﷻ) .”
Sayyidina Umar رضي الله عنه said for the third time, “Make a wish.” His companions said, “We don’t know what to say, O Leader of the Believers.”
Thereupon Sayyidina Umar رضي الله عنه said, “I wish that this house was full of men like Abu ‘Ubaydah Ibn Al-Jarraah رضي الله عنه, Mu’aadh bin Jabal رضي الله عنه and Saalim Maula Abi Hudhayfah رضي الله عنه in order to use them to spread the word of Allah (ﷻ).”
Indeed Sayyidina Umar رضي الله عنه was wise to wish for men of high calibre instead of silver, gold, pearls or jewels.
When Sayyidina Amr Ibn Al-‘Aas رضي الله عنه requested supplies from Sayyidina Umar ibn al Khattab رضي الله عنه during the Islamic conquest of Egypt, he (Sayyidina Umar رضي الله عنه) wrote, “I have sent you (the equivalent of) 4,000 men; four men each of whom are equal to a thousand others: (Sayyidina) Az-Zubayr Ibn Al-‘Awwaam رضي الله عنه, (Sayyidina) Al-Miqdaad Ibn ‘Amr رضي الله عنه, Sayyidina Ubaadah Ibn As-Saamit رضي الله عنه and Sayyidina Maslamah Ibn Makhlad رضي الله عنه.”
O Muslims! What type of men do we require? Is it anyone with a moustache and beard? If so, then we already have too many.
Real manhood is not determined by age. There are many 70-year-olds with the mentality and interests of seven-year-olds. They rejoice at ridiculous and insignificant events and are depressed and saddened by trivial matters; they are nothing but children trapped in the bodies of adults. On the other hand, you may find some youths whose speech, behavior and intellect reflect maturity and manhood.
Sayyidina Umar ibn Al-Khattaab رضي الله عنه once passed by a group of young boys playing, when they saw him they all ran away except for one: Sayyidina Abdullaah Ibn Az-Zubayr رضي الله عنه.
Sayyidina Umar رضي الله عنه asked: “Why didn’t you run away along with your friends?”
He replied, “O leader of the believers! I wasn’t doing anything wrong in order to be afraid (of you) and the road is not narrow; there is enough room for you to pass.”
A generation that possesses real manhood and righteousness can only be generated through being cultured on firm belief, strong morals, and sound Islamic customs. A generation that grows up surrounded with destructive doubts, immorality, disbelief, and obscenity will never discover real manhood – just as plants will never grow without water, light, and air.
The world did not see real manhood in its finest and definitive form except in the unique generation that was nurtured by the Sayyidina Rasulullah ﷺ . That generation experienced great fear; they were not materialistic; they were not deceived or seduced by temptation; they were not scared by warnings or threats from others; nor were they proud and arrogant after victories and they would never give up after suffering setbacks.
Today, colonization (power and materialism) has polluted the environment with infidelity and obscenity; you see many males but you can hardly find any real men.
This religion that lacks real men has more than one billion followers, but they are as the Sayyidina Rasulullah ﷺ described them: “As useless and powerless as the foam on the surface of a flood.” (Ahmad)
O Muslims! What benefit is it to have Muslim men who are only concerned about themselves, controlled by their whims and desires and only do that which fulfills their own self-interests? They are neither sure of themselves, nor do they rely on their Rabb. Greed unites them and fear shatters them.
Received from the Khaanqah Maseehiyya Group
Please take a few moments and learn about the noble Sahaba رضوان الله عليهم اجمعين indeed they were blessed personalities, and if we will emulate them, we too will become blessed.