The Temptation Of Mediocrity

إِنْ قَامَتِ السَّاعَةُ وَفِي يَدِ أَحَدِكُمْ فَسِيلَةٌ، فَإِنِ اسْتَطَاعَ أَنْ لاَ تَقُومَ حَتَّى يَغْرِسَهَا فَلْيَغْرِسْهَا

Anas ibn Malik reported that the Prophet said, “If the Final Hour comes while you have a palm-cutting in your hands and it is possible to plant it before the Hour comes, you should plant it.”Al-Adab Al-Mufrad

Every generation must come to define itself. Surah al-Bayyinah.

إِنَّ الَّذينَ آمَنوا وَعَمِلُوا الصّالِحاتِ أُولٰئِكَ هُم خَيرُ البَرِيَّةِ
جَزاؤُهُم عِندَ رَبِّهِم جَنّاتُ عَدنٍ تَجري مِن تَحتِهَا الأَنهارُ خالِدينَ فيها أَبَدًا ۖ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنهُم وَرَضوا عَنهُ ۚ ذٰلِكَ لِمَن خَشِيَ رَبَّهُ

“But those who have faith and do right actions — they are the best of creatures. Their reward is with their Lord: Gardens of Eden with rivers flowing under them, remaining in them timelessly, for ever and ever. Allah is pleased with them and they are pleased with Him. That is for those who fear their Lord.” Qur’an, 98: 7-8

You can’t be like everyone else and still strive for excellence.

You weren’t created to be the same.

You were given guidance to be the same.

Not everyone’s trying to feed poor people.

أَفْضَلُ الصَّلاَةِ طُولُ الْقُنُوتِ

“The most excellent prayer is that in which the duration of standing is longer.” Sahih Muslim

Not everyone’s feeding them without asking for anything in return: tax breaks, brand promotion, etc.

Not everyone’s paying attention to the world around them. Not everyone’s paying attention to themselves.

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