Moulana Yunus Patel (rahimahullah) mentioned:
Nowadays we look at soccer players, cricket players, rugby players, actors, actresses, musicians and others, and we take them as our role models. We want to identify ourselves with them but most of them are not believers in Allah Ta‘ala. They have rejected Allah Ta‘ala . They have no noor of imaan, no noor of taqwa, nothing. They pass their lives in heedlessness and in the disobedience of Allah Ta‘ala .
Often the lifestyle of many of these celebrities is the cause of their own destruction. They wreck and ruin their lives in all kinds of vices; drugs, drink, fornication, etc. Their immoral habits and corrupt ways make them bad role models. The end results are also damaging and even ‘toxic’ for those who revere them, obsess over them and imitate them.
As Muslims, we have ideal role models in our beloved Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and the Ambiyaa (‘alaihimus salaam); as well as the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) and pious who follow them. They were the most successful people. Were we to learn about them, we will draw great inspiration and will find them to be the best role models.
The Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) were ‘men’ – and very brave men. Their achievements, feats and conquests drown the thousands of insignificant and frivolous goals scored by soccer players or runs scored by cricket players or wins scored by others. How will these goals and runs benefit in the grave and in the Hereafter? The song and dance, the acting and performances of the others will only be a cause of great regret in the court of Allah Ta‘ala .
The Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) achieved tremendous success because their lives were constructive, productive and profitable for their Deen, dunya and aakhirah. In the effort to emulate them, we will gain the love of Allah Ta‘ala and Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), the wealth of peace, happiness and contentment, and insha-Allah, reap the blessings and success of both worlds.
Read about the youth among the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum). Their obedience in the prime of youth and their spirit of sacrifice offer great inspiration for all. (Seeking the Shade of the ‘Arsh pg. 61)