بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
That’s something that one of my teachers, Ustadh Umar Saad, said in class.
[No, you haven’t heard of him if you’re an English speaker. He teaches only in Arabic. If you know Arabic, you can listen to some of his lectures here.]
He pointed out that the Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam) never saw the fruits of his dawah. Many of the great conquests happened after his death.
Yes, we do dua (supplication) and we want to see the fruits but we may or may not see them. And the purpose is not to see the fruits.
One of my friends told me that the many of the major scholars of the past weren’t that well-known in their time. Their works only spread AFTER their deaths, after which they became famous.
So they didn’t see the fruits of their dawah either.
What both of them said struck me because we are always in a hurry for the response.
When we teach, we want many students.
When we blog, we want many hits.
This isn’t the point and we should make it a point not to make this a point (get it?).
I came across the following ayah (verse) yesterday).
“And no person can ever die except by Allah’s Leave and at an appointed term. And whoever desires a reward in (this) world, We shall give him of it; and whoever desires a reward in the Hereafter, We shall give him thereof. And We shall reward the grateful.” [Surah Aal-Imran (3) : 145]
Think about it.