بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ
In the name of Allah the beneficent, the Merciful
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.
Before your times up, choose yourself from the following categories.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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:
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.
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.
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
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