Assalamu Alaykum. My name is Ajran Nai’ma A. Arsad, 15 years old. I was born in the Philippines and lived there until last year, when I travelled here to Malaysia with my parents and my siblings because my Mother is to study here.
For all the goodness people see in me now, it is because of Islam which he (Prophet Muhammad) has brought that turned me this way
Just recently, a video was made to insult the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and many of the Muslims protested against it. During that time, I did not participate in any protest, nor did I make a reaction paper/video like other Muslims did. What exactly was I doing? I was just sitting at home, unable to do anything. I also don’t know so much about his (pbuh) life story. Do I love the Rasulullah (pbuh) or not? This is a question I asked myself so many times. I asked Allah (swt) to make me love him [the Prophet] or if I already love him, then to make my love for him even more. I was in fact in a complete dilemma during those days thinking about that all the time.
Then my parents got to know of this essay competition and asked my siblings and me to participate in this. I completely had no idea what to write and had no confidence to do so. So my head was hurting so much worrying about it. But Alhamdulillah (all praise be to Allah), I’m fine now.
Many times we were told in the Qur’an that the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was sent as a Mercy to mankind. And we Muslims cannot describe as to how, and how much, he made us feel blessed for having him (pbuh) as our Prophet. We love him of course, because he has brought with him Islam, my and your religion. Without the Islam he has brought, I would not have known about myself and about my Lord, Exalted is He. Without the Islam he has brought, I would have gone astray, away from Allah (swt) and away from the Truth. Without the Islam he has brought, I would not have known about the Day of Judgment, wherein we will be rewarded for the good deeds we have done and punished for the evil deeds we have committed. Without the Islam he has brought, I would not have become close to my parents, my siblings, and the rest of the people of my household and many, indeed, too many to mention.
One of my favorite sayings of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is this: “A believer is one who desires for his brother what he desires for himself.” And another saying tells us that when a believer supplicates for his brother, an angel will say, “Ameen, may you have the same.”
It is a sad thing indeed that many people are unaware of these sayings of the Prophet (pbuh), and even ridicule and accuse him of being this-and-that when truly I have not known anyone better and kinder than him.
Now that I am writing this essay, I’ve realized that the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) played a major role in my life and that I do love him and am very proud of being among the people of his (pbuh) Ummah. For all the goodness people see in me now, it is because of Islam which he (pbuh) has brought that turned me this way. Allah (swt) has indeed granted me my prayer and has consoled me regarding my problem, Alhamdulillahi Rabbil A’lamin.