This is an excerpt from Moulana Saad's Bayan in Markaz Nizamuddin during March '05, North America Jor.
My dear brothers and elders in Islam, this work is the work of Allah SWT. And in this work, it does not depend on how talented a person is. Rather, in this work, the most important thing is that how can a person be accepted by Allah SWT. Acceptance is the criteria for this work, not the talents and the abilities. And because we do not have this in our environment, so what we think is that 'let's bring people the people who are talented to do this work'. But the reality is, my dear respected brothers and elders, this work is for those people who are accepted by Allah.
It happens to that point, that a person who does not have any qualities or any abilities or any talents, so what? When he comes through the way of acceptance, he becomes so talented and Allah gives him so much that he exceeds those people who have talent. This is the way of acceptance of Allah; this is how Allah SWT accepts a person. And it happens that when Allah SWT desires to accept a person, this person has to go through different tests and trials. Different decisions and circumstances are put on this person. This person has to go through these circumstances and conditions. And while passing through these different tests, trials, and conditions, this person reaches a level that he becomes acceptable to Allah SWT. Because Allah SWT chooses; He says: "[...] from the people he wants to do the work."
So when Allah SWT chooses a person, that person has to go through various tests and trials, so that different benefits can get inside this person. He goes through all that, so that through that, different qualities become embedded in the person. And because of these qualities, this person becomes accepted by Allah SWT.
Allah SWT mentions about Ibrahim AS that he underwent so many tests, and Ibrahim AS passed all those tests. And when he passed all those tests, Allah SWT chose him as Imam, as Imam of the millat, and Imam of the deen. Allah SWT chose him. This is what the acceptance of Allah SWT is; that when a person goes through this process, then Allah SWT chooses him and selects him. And this is the most important thing, that how can a person get accepted by Allah SWT.
First of all, every worker must assess his personal life. This is very essential and very important. Maulana Ilyas Saheb RA used to say that Allah SWT will protect this work with such people that have the qualities to carry out this work. The people with such qualities and such attributes that they will carry out this work, then through them Allah SWT will protect the effort.
As such, there are four things that must come in the life of a human being; the first is 'ibadah, then akhlaaq, mu'amalat, and mu'asharat. Ibadah is between a person and Allah. The rest - akhlaaq, mu'amalat and mu'asharat - the character of a person, the dealings of a person, the social life of a person; this is between a person and other people. Between a person and Allah, there is just one aspect; between a person and other people, there are three aspects. That's why, Maulana Ilyas RA, in Hayatus Sahabah, has written a chapter where he has written how through the akhlaaq of the Sahabah RA, Allah SWT gave hidayah to other people. Their akhlaaq, their character, their dealings and their mu'amalat became a means of hidayah for other people.
The first thing which a person is tested is in his patience. One Jewish scholar once came to Rasulullah SAW, and he wanted to test Rasulullah SAW in his patience, to see if he was really a nabi, and to see the dealings of Rasulullah SAW. And he dealt with Rasulullah SAW very harshly, and very rudely. But as harshly as he dealt with Rasulullah SAW, Rasulullah SAW showed even more patience. Patience and forbearance are signs of prophethood. He showed more patience, because Ambiya AS are given this quality of patience. They had so much patience, that whatever conditions come upon them, they would make sabr and have patience on those conditions, until the decision of Allah SWT comes forth. They tolerated those conditions and had patience so that Allah SWT can open the doors of hidayah for them. The temperament of a da'iee is one of patience and tolerance, and thus these must be adopted in the lives of every worker.
The life of Rasulullah SAW before prophethood was such that he was considered "Sadiqul Ameen", that he was truthful, pure, and trustworthy. Rasulullah SAW had all these qualities, even before prophethood, because he was in a position where he frequently had to deal with people. That is why we are told again and again that we should read Hayatus Sahabah, and we should carry out this effort according to the temperament and the methodology that is shown through the lives of the Sahabah. If we carry it out in this manner, then our efforts will be accepted. But if we do not read it, or keep these examples in front of us, and the life of Rasulullah SAW is not in front of us, then we will deviate from that path. We will carry out this work with what? With cheating with one another, lying with one another, betraying one another, hating one another. And we will carry out the work in this manner. And what will happen is that the work will be destroyed.
That is why it is very necessary to recognize that the first quality that the Ambiya AS developed was the quality of patience, and we have to bring this quality inside ourselves. And the more a person has patience, the more Allah SWT will use him as a means of hidayah. There is a chapter in Hayatus Sahabah which mentions those qualities of Rasulullah SAW which were linked to the hidayah of other people; among those, the first quality mentioned was that of patience. So we must bring this quality inside us.
To be continued..................