Guest post by Zuhair Shaath. Zuhair graduated from George Mason University with a B.A in Religious Studies. He is currently completing his Imam and Community Leadership Graduate Certificate from Hartford Seminary. He resides in sunny California where he works as a Programs Manager and Assistant Imam. He has a decades worth of work with youth, and currently helps consult with Youth Directors and programs across the nation.
Greatness doesn’t happen accidentally.
You don’t “accidentally” save $20,000 for hajj.
You don’t “accidentally” have a 4.0 GPA
You don’t “accidentally” become a millionaire.
These are all things you have to intend to do, and follow through with a game plan that can help you accomplish these goals.
The Messenger of God (peace be upon him) didn’t “accidentally” help change the world. It was intentional. When we look at the ways in which God and His Messenger helped accomplish this goal, you’ll see that the game plan involved winning the hearts of the people first and foremost. It wasn’t by mere chance that the themes of early revelation dealt with belief in the Oneness of God, a belief system, a spiritual call to morality and ethical behavior.
This was all critical in paving the road for what was to come next, as the wife of the Prophet, Ayesha stated,
“The first thing that was revealed thereof was a Sura from Al-Mufassal, and in it was mentioned Paradise and the Fire. Then, when the people embraced Islam, the verses regarding legal and illegal things were revealed. If the first thing to be revealed was: ‘Do not drink alcoholic drinks.’ people would have said, ‘we will never leave alcoholic drinks.’”
In order to prosper as a community, we must do so intentionally.
They say “One is too small a number to achieve greatness” and I wholeheartedly believe that. Your input is not just wanted, but needed. Please feel free to contact me with your thoughts on the direction our community is moving towards.