In the name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, The Most Merciful.
Undoubtedly, the youths of the 21st century are at war but the question is, with who? Being a muslim in today’s world is not a bed of roses and may Allaah, Glorified and Exalted is He, make it easy for us. We must however, keep in mind the saying of the Prophet (Peace and Blessings of Allaah be upon him) as reported by Aboo hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) that;
“The world is a prison for the believer and a paradise (place of enjoyment) for the unbeliever.” Soheeh Muslim, 2956.
No part of the ummah could be excused from said war, but the youths make up a sizeable amount of soldiers on this particular battlefield, each contending with a more than worthy opponent. They battle their hearts, the society, even their parents and/or guardians. How difficult could it be fighting these battles singularly or simultaneously?
The toughest battle is the one with the heart. In chapter 114 of the Qur’aan, Allaah, Glorified and Exalted is He, says (interpretation of the meaning):
“from the evil of the sneaking whisperer, who whispereth in the heart of mankind.”
Allaah, Glorified and Exalted is He, is referring to the shaytan (satan) who whispers evil into the heart of man when he is heedless and absent-minded, but withdraws when the heart remembers Allaah. (Tafseer ‘ibn Katheer).
It is can therefore be inferred, that the war with the heart is the war with the shaytan. It is well known that the shaytan is skillfull in leading one’s heart astray and one only needs to fight harder, yet this war remains very difficult. At the end of the day, by Allaah’s Mercy and Guidance, only but a few come out victorious.
The battle is a constant and often recurring one that needs to be mastered and a sad reality is, as much one gives in to their nafs (soul) and hawa(desires), permitting the shaytan to win or usurp their previous victory, what is lost the most is the will to fight other battles, resulting in a systematic decline in one’s eeman (faith). The prophet (Peace and Blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:
“There is a piece of flesh in the body if it becomes good (reformed) the whole body becomes good but if it gets spoilt, the whole body gets spoilt and that is the heart.” Bukhaaree, Vol 1, Book 2, Number 49.
This is a battle that could be won with readily available artillery, if only man could but understand;
- Frequent reflection on the Qur’aan and authentic hadeeth.
- Also, as mentioned in the tafseer above, an impregnable amour and/or weapon is dhikr, which is the remembrance of Allaah, Glorified and Exalted is He.
- Lastly, Du’aa. As nothing is achieved without the consent of Allaah, Glorified and Exalted is He.
May Allaah ease our noble battles and aid us in staying victorious over the shaytan.
By Azeezat Akintunde.
27th Shawwal, 1438 AH.