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17 March, 2010

How to Join the Forces of Al-Mahdi

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بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ
In the name of Allah the beneficent, the Merciful
“We may be very busy, we may be very efficient, but we will also be truly effective only when we begin with the end in mind.”
Now you’ve spent the main portion of your life. You are no more energetic, you have lost the power of analysis, and you cannot use your talents any more. Now you start thinking. What have I done? I never set my vision. I never knew my long-term goals. I had never visualized what I had to spend my life for.
“If you haven't found anything you are willing to die for, you aren't fit to live.”
Before your times up, choose yourself from the following categories.
Do you think that you will enter the garden while Allah has not yet known those who strive hard from among you, and (He has not) known the patient. (Surah Aal e Imran)
1- Don’t Care: They are so deeply clutched by the matters of this temporary and material world that we fail to set any vision, goal or objective other than the material gains. Their aims and objectives hover around degrees, gadgets, fashions, luxury etc. They have no concern with what’s happening all around, all they want is a good ‘personal’ life. Their driving role is their role as businessmen, engineer or doctor and they might participate in some social activity if it approaches them some-how. They do care about the clock but have never reviewed their compass.
“ This is the true joy of life, being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one, being a force of nature instead of feverish selfish little cold of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote it self to make you happy”
2- Static and Confused: The happenings around them raise questions in their mind. They wish to do something for the evil society and want to transform it into a peaceful one but confusions regarding the methodology on how to achieve the goal and a mental-state of hopelessness that the things would never change makes them stay dormant.
“Anything less than a conscious commitment to the important is an unconscious commitment to the unimportant”
3- Unshaped Passionate: They are awake and they simply can’t stay dormant. They’ve adopted a particular path to work for some goals but they are not aware of the mechanics of change. They’ve not been able to set a clear-cut vision in light of which they can see their aims and objectives .For this reason, they are not able to achieve satisfactory results.
“It is more Important to do the right things, than to do the things right”
4- Misguided Passionate: They are working for betterment in their thinking, but miscalculation and misunderstanding of the mechanics of change are harming the society in the long run, rather than bring any fruitful results.
“The most important thing is to keep the most important thing, the most important thing”
5- Guided Passionate: A passion that has rightly understood the mechanics of change. They’ve been able to define a particular vision and are defining their goals and objectives in its light. Rab’ee bin Amir (May Allah be pleased with him) expressed his passionate vision in beautiful words
"Allah has raised us to rescue mankind from slavery of fellow humans and to make them devoted servants of Allah. And to deliver them from the cage of materialism to the magnanimity of spirtuality. And to liberate them from the tyranny of different religions and systems and guide them to the equity of Islam."
Vision: Desirable Future
Vision is the primary motivation of human action. It’s the ability to see beyond our present reality. We need to have a vision, a desirable future to work for. We need to know what gives meaning to our life. Clarity of our vision is important. This is the very first step. It affects everything else-the goals we set, the decisions we make, the paradigms we have etc. It provides us the guiding principles of our life.
The power of vision is incredible. Unfortunately most of us have failed to have a clear vision, and they are going on with their passionate or impassionate life without any vision. Most of us have not made a beginning, and many others have made a beginning without an end in mind. We have set blind missions, where as a mission describes how vision is to be realized.
Our vision deals with a lift-time concept of time. It’s fueled by the realization of the unique contribution we have the capacity to make. It clarifies purpose, gives direction and empowers us to perform beyond our resources. This passionate vision becomes the nucleus of our lives. It becomes the driving-force behind every decision that we make.
Furthermore, we must realize that as ‘Muslims’ we have a common vision. Though, we are moving towards the toughest defeat of our history in the final crusade, still we keep an eye on the final result. Surely, a day is to come when our spring would begin. Islam would reach the corners of the world and we would end the tyranny by establishing the law of Allah throughout the world. This is our vision. As Iqbal has so beautifully said:
Whatever the eye is seeing cannot be described by the lips
I am lost in amazement as to what the world will become!
The night will eventually disappear by sun’s appearance!
This garden will be filled with the Light of Tawheed!
Our vision is not a mere imagination; it is a truth which is beyond all doubts. This common vision would unite us. In light of this vision, we can set our own missions and objectives to fulfill the mission. Our missions can be different, but we are all share the identical vision. We can adopt any of the missions that Mahdi would adopt and we’d still be in the forces of Mahdi, because we are sharing the same vision. We’d be like those who were fighting along-side him.
"Give up waiting for the Mahdi -the personification of Power. Go and create him." (Allama Iqbal)
Islam has given us the solution all confusions and hopelessness. We’d be enjoying a global victory one day. This tyranny, this disbelief would surely end one day. This dream might not come into reality in our lives, but if we share a vision for which the Sahaba worked, for which our pious predecessors worked and for which the awaited Mahdi would work then we make it to the list of those who worked for it. Mahdi would be giving the finishing touches to the missions that continued for centuries. He’d organize and unite the scattered passion. The question at hand is how we can make it to golden list, a list of those who worked for the global spread of Islam.
Let us join the forces of Mahdi Now! Do we have the prerequisites: Islam, Imaan and Vision. If we fulfill these criteria we have the freedom to select any mission that we think we can work for the best; any mission that takes us to the ultimate-dream. Mahdi would not only fight with weapons (qitaal), he’d revive people’s Imaan. He’d eliminate the commonly spread innovations and misconceptions and would bring out the true face of Islam. He’d be the center of political, military and spiritual unity. He’d establish a society based on Islamic socio-economical guidance. He’d be a mujtahid. He’d perfectly understand the path between dynamism and static behavior. He would invite the non-Muslims to Islam. In short, every step towards the ultimate-dream is a step that makes us share the same mission, the same vision with Mahdi and become a part of his army.
Let us stop pulling each other’s legs now. Let us move towards a common vision. We can have different missions but a common vision. We can spread days and nights in reviving people’s imaan, we can strive hard to remove the dust from the face of Islam intellectually, we can make people understand the need of socio-economical order of Islam, we can strive hard to achieve unity, we can make it a mission to spread islam among chrisitians etc. We are bound to succeed one day.
And be not infirm, and be not grieving, and you shall have the upper hand if you are believers.(Surah Ale Imran)
The victory is certain. The arena is set. The real question is of our ‘effort’. What has been the driving force of our life? Were we able to see the end, when we begun?
May Allah help us define a clear passionate vision that becomes our fuel and helps us transcend fear, doubt and discouragement. (Aameen)
Author: Mohammad Awais Tahir

The author may or may not have the same views on the topic and would not like to be quoted on what has been said above. The author, however, deems nothing wrong with changing opinions, hence, he does not wish to amend/remove posts that do not resonate with his current thinking. 
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32 comments:

Muhammad Awais Tahir said...

May Allah reward all those who helped me in completing this article. Its a long list.

JazakAllah

Bela said...

Nicely written.

So I say, I m in.I m a trainee of Mehdi's Army. Then tell me, what EXACTLY m I supposed to do ??
I say I m Static and Confused, mobilize me..remove the confusion.
I say I m Unshaped Passionate, shape my passion.
I say I m Misguided Passionate, guide me.

U see the point,its beautifully written but it hasn't answered the questions..atleast to me.

Anonymous said...

Assalam u alaikum wr wb!!

well i think if u read the article wid full concentration and in a surge to find UR way towards the ultimate success u will find ur answers in sha ALLAH.

the thing is tht we hav taken islam as ONLY a religion and NOT the way of life.

if u r a student...integrate ur worldly knowledge wid ur religious one n make it benificial 4 urself n others

if u r businessman,,b lyk hazur S.A.W n become a sign of honesty

if u r a doctor, help ur patients NOT 4 money but 4 ALLAH

if u r a soldier,,protect ur religion first

if u dont have a vision,make ISLAM ur vision

if u r still aimless,,set ur aim

BE MUSLIMS BY NOT ONLY UR WORDS BUT BY ACTIONS ALSO!!

do dawah NOT only by lec n talks BUT by ur character also

the very first step towards all this is IMAAN...revive ur imaan!!

thn beautify ur intentions,tht will make ur actions more meaningful

n thn act according to islam.

may ALLAH guide us all towards the path of those who incurred HIS blessings n raza ameen

Muhammad Awais Tahir said...

Assalam o Alaikum wr wb Brother Bela!

I think I did provide answers to your questions, but ofcourse they weren't direct. The article had to be a general one so that people could find answers them selves. The 'grand' answer is not that you'll be put on a certain path, the answer is that you'll have to ponder and select your path.

If you have a confusion and you are static: Its because you see so many organizations, so many people working for Islam, working for a better society in one way or the other. First thing that you need to check is whether those people or organization are using the correct methodolty to change. Have they realized that what we actually need an Islamic world. A world where the law of Allah is implemented. Because personal thinkings, personal solutions might seem 'good' for a certain location, for few people, but if we want a global system, we want a system that all socities need, then its an Islamic system, a divine system.

Unshaped Passion: If your passion is unshaped it means that is not guided by any vision. You need to first set a clear cut vision. And in our case, we already have a vision. We just need to keep on reminding ourselves that our vision is an Islamic world. And then we have to set our missions and objectives in the light of that vision. You can define your roles. You will have roles as a brother, son, husband etc. But you have to always remember that your main role, your driving role remains your role as a 'Slave of Allah' SWT. You try to reach the level of excellence in this very role, and excellence is to do your best within the available resources.

Now, having defined a vision. Having realized your leading role. Having realzied that you've to take care of all your roles, you now choose your mission for your leading-role.

For instance, you decide that as I have studies economics. I'll spend my life to prove intelellectualy why Islamic Financial System is the best one and how it can be implemented throughout the world. Your ultimate-mission becomes a comepletely islamic world. And for that you can define short-term objectives. And your mission will surely be acheived one day and it goes parallel with the vision.

This way not only you know 'what you are doing'. You have the end in your view. And there would be people working on other areas. Someone might be spendind his life reviving imaan of people. Someone might be spending his life in interfaith dialogues, but as they all realize that they have the same vision, they still remain united, and there is no need to 'stress' that my work is a 'real' one , a disease that we commonly see in the religious organizations these days.

Muhammad Awais Tahir said...

In short : 'Main focus is on the mechanics of change and the ultimate vision (dream), and the need to ignite the vision, and the dire-need of a common vision, and rest we need to decide our path in line with our own expertise and skills. '

Allahuma Faqihna Fil Deen

Bela said...

@ Anonymous...

JazakAllahu Kherun. I don't know why I was under mistaken impression that some real Army is abt to emerge. May b the title deluded me.
But I m grateful to u for ur comprehensive response.

Bela said...

@ Anonumous

Walikum us salam wr wb

Bela said...

@ Awais

Walikum Us Salam Wr WB.

As I already confessed, I was kind of enchanted by the title. I reckoned as if we were
right there in the middle of the final crusade brandishing our swords but I think therez still sometime to go...

Yup, I know till the time we r really "in" it we need to endeavour in our own sphere in order to collectively put the share in that common vision.

I wish all the people who r tiring themselves in this common cause Godspeed.

P.S. Although it isn't required here but no female likes herself to be tagged as a "brother".

Muhammad Awais Tahir said...

@ Bela

I never knew it 'sister'. JazakiLLAH for correction !

Bela said...

No problem.

Anonymous said...

Assalam-0-Alaikum

May Allah bless u for such an effort n give us all n effort to work for our common vision........

Muhammad Awais Tahir said...

Wa alaikum as salam wr wb!

Aameeen n JazakAllah !!

Abubakar Rehman said...

"mechanics of change"...mind blowing...:-)
On a serious note, it was a very good article, quiet helpful.
Thanks

Abubakar Rehman said...

Awesome!
Gloriously explained an essential and beautiful idea.

Muhammad Awais Tahir said...

JazakAllah Abu Bakr!

Muhammad Abdul Ahad said...

MASHALLAH AND JAZAKALLAH
KEEP IT UP AWAIS BHAI

Muhammad Awais Tahir said...

JazakAllah Abdul Ahad!

Iqra said...

MashAllah itz awsum n true! :)

A— D— said...

Assalamualaikum brother,

This is my second comment after the one on the "Birthday" entry. May I ask you : Where is the mention of Issa alayhi sallam, son of Mary ?

Are you aware of the series « The Arrivals » by youtube users "noreagaaa" and "achernahr" ? Here's the original playlist with titles, and here's the revised, uncensored online edition at their official page.

For all mankind : please search as well documentations of Imran Hosein such as The End Of History or other videos (Dajjal, Gog & Magog, Jerusalem in the Qur'an, Riba, they're all important), they will explain a lot of things that are happening today, good to know for anyone. His website : imranhosein.org/books.html

French series (with English parts) : The Signs by seniorfreeman2

Wassalamualaikum

Muhammad Awais Tahir said...

Brother!

This article was not supposed to discuss the signs of end times, it is just to show a path to those who really wish to strive for the Global Islamic State and are trapped by confusions.

JazakAllah bro...And I've gone through almost all the things that you've mentioned in your comment and many others...

A— D— said...

Alhamdulillah, great to know that you know those and much more.

The End Times prophecies is also part of the vision true muslims should integrate within their lives as those prophecies make it all so clear wherever there was confusion and of course, deception.

Indeed the article is really helpful to assert the importance of identifying the right change mechanisms. Unfortunately, many muslims I meet don't even know about the end times prophecies, such a pain to wake them up. Without the right data, they cannot make the right decisions.

May Allah a.w.j. guide us all, I shall come back to check your other entries, insya Allah, keep'em coming !

Gibran Mahmud said...

Brother I have recently found this blog and taken a good liking to it Alhamdulilah may Allah guide us all and give us the best in the hereafter. That being said, we all make mistakes and I think you misinterpreted the verse you quoted from Surat Al Kahf so please take this as an opportunity to prove your humility to Allah and correct yourself.

Say, "Shall we fully inform you who will be the greatest losers in their deeds?"
The ones whose endeavor errs away in the present life, (Literally: the lowly life, i.e., the life of this world) and they reckon that they are doing fair work.Those are they who have disbelieved in the signs of their Lord, and the meeting with Him, so their deeds have (been) frustrated. Then on the Day of the Resurrection We will not set up for them any weight (i.e., their deeds will not be counted in the Balance with good deeds). That is their recompense: Hell, for that they disbelieved and took to themselves My signs and My Messengers in mockery.Surely the ones who have believed and done deeds of righteousness, the Gardens of Paradise will (duly) be their hospitality;Eternally therein, they seek no transfer out of them."

So, at least from my interepretation, the verse is talking about those who disbelieve in the ayat(interpreters in english have variously said it means signs and verses and Pickthall translates the word ayat into "communications") and deny the hereafter. So I believe it means that the good and charitable works of a nonbeliever are weightless and useless because of his rejection.

Muhammad Awais Tahir said...

Brother Gibran !

The point you raised was pretty valid. May Allah forgive me ! I've replaced the 'Ayah with an 'Ayah from Surah Ale Imran.

JazakAllah

Muhammad Awais Tahir said...

Brother Gibran !

The point you raised was pretty valid. May Allah forgive me ! I've replaced the 'Ayah with an 'Ayah from Surah Ale Imran.

JazakAllah

Muhammad Awais Tahir said...

Brother!

This article was not supposed to discuss the signs of end times, it is just to show a path to those who really wish to strive for the Global Islamic State and are trapped by confusions.

JazakAllah bro...And I've gone through almost all the things that you've mentioned in your comment and many others...

Iqra said...

MashAllah itz awsum n true! :)

Muhammad Awais Tahir said...

JazakAllah Abu Bakr!

Anonymous said...

Assalam-0-Alaikum

May Allah bless u for such an effort n give us all n effort to work for our common vision........

Bela said...

@ Anonumous

Walikum us salam wr wb

Muhammad Awais Tahir said...

Assalam o Alaikum wr wb Brother Bela!

I think I did provide answers to your questions, but ofcourse they weren't direct. The article had to be a general one so that people could find answers them selves. The 'grand' answer is not that you'll be put on a certain path, the answer is that you'll have to ponder and select your path.

If you have a confusion and you are static: Its because you see so many organizations, so many people working for Islam, working for a better society in one way or the other. First thing that you need to check is whether those people or organization are using the correct methodolty to change. Have they realized that what we actually need an Islamic world. A world where the law of Allah is implemented. Because personal thinkings, personal solutions might seem 'good' for a certain location, for few people, but if we want a global system, we want a system that all socities need, then its an Islamic system, a divine system.

Unshaped Passion: If your passion is unshaped it means that is not guided by any vision. You need to first set a clear cut vision. And in our case, we already have a vision. We just need to keep on reminding ourselves that our vision is an Islamic world. And then we have to set our missions and objectives in the light of that vision. You can define your roles. You will have roles as a brother, son, husband etc. But you have to always remember that your main role, your driving role remains your role as a 'Slave of Allah' SWT. You try to reach the level of excellence in this very role, and excellence is to do your best within the available resources.

Now, having defined a vision. Having realized your leading role. Having realzied that you've to take care of all your roles, you now choose your mission for your leading-role.

For instance, you decide that as I have studies economics. I'll spend my life to prove intelellectualy why Islamic Financial System is the best one and how it can be implemented throughout the world. Your ultimate-mission becomes a comepletely islamic world. And for that you can define short-term objectives. And your mission will surely be acheived one day and it goes parallel with the vision.

This way not only you know 'what you are doing'. You have the end in your view. And there would be people working on other areas. Someone might be spendind his life reviving imaan of people. Someone might be spending his life in interfaith dialogues, but as they all realize that they have the same vision, they still remain united, and there is no need to 'stress' that my work is a 'real' one , a disease that we commonly see in the religious organizations these days.

Anonymous said...

Assalam u alaikum wr wb!!

well i think if u read the article wid full concentration and in a surge to find UR way towards the ultimate success u will find ur answers in sha ALLAH.

the thing is tht we hav taken islam as ONLY a religion and NOT the way of life.

if u r a student...integrate ur worldly knowledge wid ur religious one n make it benificial 4 urself n others

if u r businessman,,b lyk hazur S.A.W n become a sign of honesty

if u r a doctor, help ur patients NOT 4 money but 4 ALLAH

if u r a soldier,,protect ur religion first

if u dont have a vision,make ISLAM ur vision

if u r still aimless,,set ur aim

BE MUSLIMS BY NOT ONLY UR WORDS BUT BY ACTIONS ALSO!!

do dawah NOT only by lec n talks BUT by ur character also

the very first step towards all this is IMAAN...revive ur imaan!!

thn beautify ur intentions,tht will make ur actions more meaningful

n thn act according to islam.

may ALLAH guide us all towards the path of those who incurred HIS blessings n raza ameen

Bela said...

Nicely written.

So I say, I m in.I m a trainee of Mehdi's Army. Then tell me, what EXACTLY m I supposed to do ??
I say I m Static and Confused, mobilize me..remove the confusion.
I say I m Unshaped Passionate, shape my passion.
I say I m Misguided Passionate, guide me.

U see the point,its beautifully written but it hasn't answered the questions..atleast to me.

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