While on my Twitter account the other day, I saw a tweet from Sh. Abdul Nasir Jangda (instructor for Bayyinah Institute) which read, Hafidh Salis Jibran, 18, has passed away. After reading this, I thought to myself, A Hafidh just passed away? An eighteen-year-old American kid, Hafidh, just passed away?! Death can come to anyone at anytime, but as someone who studied in the American Madrasa system, I had never heard of any of the Huffadh passing away in any of the schools throughout the country. It was a shock to see someone of this caliber passing away, pure shock.
After speaking to Shaykh Abdul Nasir, I was told that Salis was an active member of the Dallas Muslim community. He was one of those kids that people loved, cherished, and enjoyed the company of. At his Janazah, there were thousands upon thousands of people who came to pray for him. In my opinion, this was a blessing the Quran had brought him.
The point of this article is not to grieve over Saliss passing. In fact, we should be more worried about ourselves then him. As Muslim youth living in the west, we are the flag-bearers of Islam. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) mentioned that it was the youth that were the ones who never disappointed him when there was a task to be done (paraphrased Hadith). Dont finish reading this post and still tell yourself Im 18, 19, 20, and that I have my whole life to live. Dont tell yourself that youll make Hajj or repent later. Dont say youll become religiously committed to Allah when you get older. Dont think about then, think about NOW! Hafidh Salis didnt have his whole life ahead of him to memorize the Quran. He took the time he had, properly invested it, and memorized 600 some pages, 6,236 verses of the Quran.
Now the question for us is what are we doing to get closer to Allah? Are we still stuck in the same mode of procrastination with the Quran? How often do we review our memorized Surahs? How often do we open this letter from our King and read what it is telling us? How often do we make the Quran the center of attention in our conversations? Have we embraced its essence and message? Or are we still in the phase of opening the Quran in Ramadan or when someone dies, and then putting it back onto the shelf? Let us rather open the Quran, read it, memorize it, and become closer to Allah through this book. Let it become a means of intercession for us and guide us towards the right way.
We need to know that we can leave this world at anytime. Instead of throwing our time and effort away into excessively playing Call of Duty, scrutinizing the lives of the NBA All-Star players, and constantly not putting our time into efficient things, lets remember that life is too short not to open the Quran and see what it has to offer us.
Taken from muslimyouthmusings.com(NOTE: If you want to build a strong and powerful relationship with Allah, check out Islamia TV, where you can watch Islamic speakers from across the globe deliver inspiring and motivational courses. Learn more at www.islamia.tv.)