We are fortunate to be Muslim. I know it sounds cliché and people say it so often the privilege we have had bestowed upon us often loses its gravity in our minds, but as you grow older and get exposed to more of the world and the terrible truths which exist in it one realises how lucky we really are to be Muslim. To have a guide in every single aspect of our lives, and that too a guide so flawless as exemplified by the Quraan and the Sunnah is a feat that should not be taken lightly. We should be honoured that Allah (S.W.T) has chosen us to be the Ummah of his beloved Nabi (S.A.W), and in accordance should try and uphold that honour to the best of our abilities. As students, a particular and important way of showing our appreciation of having Islam in our lives is by endeavouring to be the best that we can be.
Whatever field you may be studying and interested in; learn more, achieve more, be more! Use campus and the freedom we have not only to increase our knowledge in terms of studies, but in general as well. There are countless Ahadeeh, instructing us to acquire knowledge in every possible way. A significant one reads that the Nabi (S.A.W.) stated: “That person who shall pursue the path of knowledge, God will direct him to the path of Paradise; and verily the superiority of a learned man over an ignorant worshipper is like that of the full moon over all the stars.” Allah has created a magnificent world for us to live in; with details so intricate and mechanisms so perfect it is sometimes difficult for the human mind to comprehend. It is therefore obligatory for us to appreciate the greatness of our Lord by observing, learning and using the knowledge that we gain to help further the course of Islam. Let us all strive to excel in what we are studying, and truly propagate what we learn only for the pleasure of Allah (S.W.T) Ameen. Remember: “Knowledge in youth is wisdom in age”.
(This article was published in the Wits MSA newsletter 16 May 2011)