Salam Maal Hijrah and greetings everyone!
Alhamdulillah, I manage to make full use of my Deepavali holidays attending the Heroes Conference titled "Reviving Humanity's Role Models: the Sahaba." During this conference, 9 speakers had delivered powerful talks with regards to the life of the companions of Rasulullah saw and how we should make them as our role model. Before I write further, why don't you watch this montage first:
GREAT LEADERSHIP: LEARNING FROM THE GIANTS by Nisar Nadiadwala
"Before Islam shines in Arab, the Arabs were nomads. They were barbarians. Even the two strongest empire in those times: the Persians and the Romans, were not willing to conquer the Arabs because they are difficult to handle," said bro Nisar (I'm paraphrasing here).
Bro Nisar told us that the Sahabah are no different from us in terms of their jobs. Some are shepherds, some are labourers. But how is it we are so different from them in terms of deen (religion)? He also spoke about Abu Bakr, Umar al Khattab and Ibn Abbas. In terms of Abu Bakar and Umar al Khattab, bro Nisar elaborated that they are leaders who serve the people, not leaders whom people are serving. As for Ibn Abbas, he is a person who knows between the good and the better. It is important he said, to not only know between the good and the bad, but also between the good and the better.
The difference between us and the Sahabah are two: tawheed, character and the impact of Quranic verses. The Sahabah's tawheed is so perfect in comparison to us. Nowadays, when we have problems, ALLAH is not our first place in asking help. Instead, we will automatically asks our friends and families. The Sahabah too are willing to sacrifice for the sake of ALLAH. In comparison to us, even waking up for Subuh prayer is a hard thing. But for the Sahabah, reciting the Quran at night and waking up in the day for jihad is a routine for them. And lastly, bro Nisar had asked us how many verses of the Quran that have changed us? How many verses of the Quran that has made our hearts tremble?
So, these three points: tawheed, character and the impact of Quranic verses are what made the Sahabahs giants in terms of deen.
INHERITORS OF THE PROPHETS: OUTSTANDING SCHOLARS AMONG THE SAHABA by Sheikh Ibrahim Nuhu
First and foremost, Sheikh Ibrahim Nuhu told us about the importance of knowledge. According to a hadith, those who come out of their houses to seek knowledge, ALLAH will make the path for Jannah easier for him/her. Even when Rasulullah saw calls everyone for jihad, there must be some Muslims staying for he/she must teach knowledge to others. Plus, the scholars are the inheritors of the Prophet saw.
Among many of Rasulullah saw's companions, Sheikh Ibrahim Nuhu talked about Muaz bin Jabal, Abdullah Ibn Mas'ud, Abu Hurairah and Aisyah..may ALLAH be please with them. Muaz bin Jabal is so knowledgeable that when he leaves Madinah, people will say, "knowledge is leaving Madinah". As for Abdullah ibn Mas'ud, Rasulullah saw has said that if anyone wants to learn the Quran, learn with Abdullah ibn Mas'ud. Abu Hurairah on the other hand, although he is poor and destitute, he still strive for the sake of knowledge. Lastly, Abu Bakar and Umar bin Yusuf would sent people to Aisyah to seek knowledge.
To conclude, Sheikh Ibrahim Nuhu had emphasis on the knowledge about ALLAH, the prophet and the deen for all of these will be question to us in the grave. Also, Sheikh had said that we should follow the Sunnah and not any other Muslim sects.
FROM ZEROES TO HEROES: THE AMAZING RISE by Sheikh Zahir Mahmood
In his speech, Sheikh Zahir told us how Rasulullah saw who doesn't even know how to write, was able to change the Arab barbarians into amazing people. He had change the Arabs into respectable and knowledgeable persons. Rasulullah saw had transformed them from zeroes into heroes.
Sheikh Zahir had also reminded us of a hadith saying: