I have noticed a pattern in the thinking of Muslims. And it may seem like nothing but it’s a bad sign. When discussing stories of the Sahabas and the Muslims of the past, especially miraculous stories, you hear the comment–“Yeah but it doesn’t work that way anymore.” Or you hear, “Miracles don’t happen now.”
How curious is this? Obviously, it is rare to see miracles such as those performed by the Prophets (as) or the Awliya of Allah (ra) but stories of extraordinary feats are not uncommon, especially in the Muslim world.
A story of one shaykh bringing a third of the African continent into Islam may sound far-fetched and impossible to achieve but it can happen and it did. His name was Abdullah ibn Yasin and made Dawah in Mauritania, 440 years AH.
What one must realize when discussing these issues is this: Nothing appears to be miraculous or extraordinary when it is occurring. But when we look back and reflect we realize it to truly have been a miracle. Many things occur now and here that reflect this but only years later when a decline occurs will we realize all that we had and were achieving with the help of the Most High.
I will cite an example to bring a glimpse of hope into the pessimistic Muslim mind. In the times of the Sahabas, Dawah occurred on a one-to-one or lecture style basis. Indeed, it still occurs this way. But now it occurs on a much grander scale.
If I were to tell you that I have thousands of people listening and learning about Islam every single day, all on my own would you believe me? If I were to tell the Sahabas (ra) they would not even believe me. But this is the truth. And what Dawah has evolved into now. Online Islamic videos receive hundreds and thousands of visitors daily. It may sound like something small to us now, which is a good thing–because we must always strive for more. But in reality it is something miraculous that has never been achieved in the history of Islam. And we are achieving ‘miracles’ that Muslims may dismiss as ‘impossible’. All with the help of Allah and Allah Alone.
Subhana kallahumma wa bihamdik ash-haduana la illaha illa ant astaghfiruka wa atubu ilayk. Ameen.