Date: 2nd January 2015; 10th Rabi’ al-awwal 1436
Allah has sent us to this world as Ashraful Makhlooqat- the best of all creations. Moreover, within this Ashraful Makhlooqat we have been honored as the Ummah of the very last Prophet. No words nor any form of worship can repay the niyamat of our Lord. Allah (Subḥānahu Wa Ta’Ala) has declared in the Quran:
You are the best nation produced [as an example] for mankind. You enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong and believe in Allah . If only the People of the Scripture had believed, it would have been better for them. Among them are believers, but most of them are defiantly disobedient.
Surah Al-Imran, Ayah 110 (3:110) Translation: Sahih International
We are the Ummah of the Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam), who is considered to be the best of all mankind and also the leader of all Prophets. As his Ummah, we have given a complete religion, perfect in all aspect and also our status as human beings have been raised as we are regarded as “Muslims”. In order to receive the mercy of Allah and also to be led towards the Straight Path, Allah sent his Messenger (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) as a mercy and also as a demonstration for the whole Muslim Ummah. The Quran says:
And We have not sent you, [O Muhammad], except as a mercy to the worlds.
Surat Al-‘Anbyā’, Ayah 107 (21:107) Translation: Sahih International
In order to be guided towards the Straight Path, we should love and follow the Rasool (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) of Allah. It is also mentioned in the Quran:
Say, [O Muhammad], “If you should love Allah , then follow me, [so] Allah will love you and forgive you your sins. And Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.”
Surah Ali Imran, Ayah 31 (3:31) Translation: Sahih International
The Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) used to worry over his Ummah all the time. It is mentioned so in several Hadiths. He had always prayed for our betterment. All the battles he had ever fought was only for the spreading of Islam so that Islam reaches among most of us. He had to suffer several torments, humiliation and insults from disbelievers just to reach the essence of Islam in their hearts. He had manners and etiquette which are incomparable to any person in history. The Quran mentions:
And verily, you (O Muhammad) are on an exalted standard of character.
Surah Al-Qalam, Ayah 4 (68:4) Translation: Muhsin Khan
The Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) never used to possess a sufficient amount of wealth but whatever he had, he used to give it all for charity. Even at the time of his death, he did not leave his belongings to his family, rather he donated it all for the Ummah.
As his Ummah, we need to realize the pain and suffering of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam). He used to wake up in the middle of the night and used to weep and pray for us so that all of his Ummah can attain Paradise. He sacrificed all forms of comfort in his life just for our sake. The Quran mentions:
There has certainly come to you a Messenger from among yourselves. Grievous to him is what you suffer; [he is] concerned over you and to the believers is kind and merciful.
Surah At-Tawbah, Ayah 128 (9:128) Translation: Sahih International
It is also mentioned in the Quran about the Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) begging for the mercy of Allah for the sake of his Ummah.
If You should punish them – indeed they are Your servants; but if You forgive them – indeed it is You who is the Exalted in Might, the Wise.
Surah Al-Maidah, Ayah 118 (5:118) Translation: Sahih International
One Hadith clearly demonstrates how much the Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) loved us.
Narrated Abu Huraira (Radi Allahu Anhu): I heard Allah’s Apostle (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) saying, “My example and the example of the people is that of a man who made a fire, and when it lighted what was around it, Moths and other insects started falling into the fire. The man tried (his best) to prevent them, (from falling in the fire) but they overpowered him and rushed into the fire. The Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) added: Now, similarly, I take hold of the knots at your waist (belts) to prevent you from falling into the Fire, but you insist on falling into it.”
Reference: Sahih Bukhari, Volume 8, Book 76, Hadith- 490
We are like moths, always getting dazzled with the glossy elements of this Dunya but it is the Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam)’s Sunnah which will save us from the Hell-fire. We should therefore strive to become Ashiq-e-Rasool, the true lover of the Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam).
The Ulamas and the Auliyas are the successors of the Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam). Allah sent us them so that even after the Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam)’s death, we get guided. Ulamas provide us fatwas and advices according to the Sunnah so that we get to know what is right and what is wrong.
If Allah wanted, He could have left us all misguided and make us all go to Hell-fire but He did not do so. He has always blessed us with the things which are needed the most. In return we should worship Him regularly, not forgetting all His blessings.
The Ulamas help us all the time with our daily life. In return we should respect them all. No disbeliever can us with our Deen. The Kafirs wanted to destroy our religions and there are still disbelievers who plot against our religion.
Many people, among us, cannot feel the essence of Islam and each of us must realize that all us are also blessed in realizing the importance of our Deen. Allah has instructed us to unite as one Ummah and enjoin good and forbid evil. The Quran says:
And let there be [arising] from you a nation inviting to [all that is] good, enjoining what is right and forbidding what is wrong, and those will be the successful.
Surah Ali-Imran, Ayah 104 (3:104) Translation: Sahih International
If we respect each other then Allah will also respect us. This is what Allah expect from all of us.
The Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam)’s character was made by Allah in such a way that even he could kill himself for our sake. The Quran says:
Perhaps, you, would kill yourself (O Muhammad) in grief, over their footsteps (for their turning away from you), because they believe not in this narration (the Quran).
Surah Al-Kahf, Ayah 6 (18:6) Translation: Muhsin Khan
Even the companions of the Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) sacrificed their lives for the love of Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) because they saw the profound love and care of him towards mankind.
One Hadith states that:
Narrated by Anas ibn Malik (Radi Allahu Anhu): A Bedouin asked the Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) about the Hour. He said, “It will surely come to pass. What have you prepared for it?” The man said, “O Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam), I have not prepared much in the way of prayer and good works, but I love Allah and His Messenger (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam).” The Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said, “You will be with those you love.”
References: Sahih al-Bukhari & Sahih Muslim
If we truly want to feel the love for the Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) we need to follow his Sunnah. It is mentioned in one Hadith:
Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said “He who loves my Sunnah has loved me, and he who loves me will be with me in Paradise.”
Reference: Jami At-Tirmidhi
Also we need to love the Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) more than anyone in this world. It is also mentioned in Hadiths:
Anas ibn Malik (Radi Allahu Anhu) reported that the Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said, “None of you will believe until I am more beloved to him than his children, his father and all people.”
References: Sahih al-Bukhari, Sahih Muslim & Sunan an-Nasa’i
The amount of love the Sahabis used to have for the Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) was immense which was so deep in essence that they were ready to sacrifice everything for his sake.
From ‘Abd-Allaah ibn ‘Amr ibn al-Aas (Radi Allahu Anhum), who said: “A man passed by the Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) wearing two red garments and greeted him with salaam, but he did not return the greeting.”
References: Jami At-Tirmidhi, Hadith- 2731; Sunan Abu Dawood, Hadith- 3574. Imam Tirmidhi (Rahmatullah Allaih) said: This Hadith is Hasan Gharib with this Isnad. This Hadith was classed as Da’eef by Imam al-Albaani (Rahmatullah Allaih) (Da’eef Sunan Abi Dawood, 403; Da’eef Sunan al-Tirmidhi, 334). He said: its Isnad is Da’eef.
According to the scholars, the meaning of this hadeeth is that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) disliked the wearing of garments dyed with safflower (the red dyestuff obtained from safflowers), but he had no objection to garments dyed with clay or other substances, so long as it was not dyed with safflower.
The Sahabis were always conscious about the things disliked by the Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) and did their best in forbidding them.
Our alms need to prove our love for our Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam). The Sahabis were ready to even sacrifice anyone for the sake of the Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam).
Ka’b ibn al-Ashraf was a Jewish poet who used to write hurtful poems insulting our Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) and the womankind. The Sahabis were so infuriated that they wanted to kill him. Hadith states:
Narrated Jabir bin ‘Abdullah (Radi Allahu Anhu): The Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said, “Who is ready to kill Ka’b bin Al-Ashraf who has really hurt Allah and His Apostle?” Muhammad bin Maslama said, “O Allah’s Apostle! Do you like me to kill him?” He replied in the affirmative. So, Muhammad bin Maslama went to him (i.e. Ka’b) and said, “This person (i.e. the Prophet) has put us to task and asked us for charity.” Ka’b replied, “By Allah, you will get tired of him.” Muhammad said to him, “We have followed him, so we dislike to leave him till we see the end of his affair.” Muhammad bin Maslama went on talking to him in this way till he got the chance to kill him.
Reference: Sahih al-Bukhari, Book 52: Book of Jihad, Hadith 270
We tend to focus more into this material world rather than thinking about the Akhirah. We tend to make excessive spending (Ishraf) without worrying about the Sunnah way of living. Eid al-Mawlid an-Nabawī is not the proper way to express our love for our Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam). Rather we should do Dawah, inviting more people towards the Deen. The Sahabis used to do this and they travelled around the whole world so as to spread the Deen. In Mecca and Medina, only the graves of 10,000 Sahabis can be traced but the majority of their graves lies in various regions of this world. There are also graves of Sahabis which were discovered in places like Russia and China. Sahabis used to fight and travel leaving their wives and children only for the love of Allah and His Messenger (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam). Just singing and dancing in the name of the Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) won’t turn us into Ashiq-e-Rasool.
Before doing dawah, our main concern should be our own nafs. If we have not purified our souls then we should be focusing more into ourselves and our family members, only then we reserve the right in making Dawah towards others.
This world is full of fitna and none of us should take it for granted that we can achieve Jannah with comfort. This life is going to offer us with suffering and disappointment so that our hearts don’t get attached to this temporary world. One Hadith says:
On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (Radi Allahu Anhu), who said that the Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: “When Allah created Paradise and Hell-fire, He sent Jibril (Alayhi As-Salām) to Paradise, saying: ‘Look at it and at what I have prepared therein for its inhabitants.'” The Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: “So he came to it and looked at it and at what Allah had prepared therein for its inhabitants.” The Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: “So he returned to Him and said: ‘By your glory, no one hears of it without entering it.’ So He ordered that it be encompassed by forms of hardship, and He said: ‘Return to it and look at what I have prepared therein for its inhabitants.'” The Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: “So he returned to it and found that it was encompassed by forms of hardship. Then he returned to Him and said: ‘By Your glory, I fear that no one will enter it.’ He said: ‘Go to Hell-fire and look at it and what I have prepared therein for its inhabitants;’ and he found that it was in layers, one above the other. Then he returned to Him and said: ‘By Your glory, no one who hears of it will enter it.’ So He ordered that it be encompassed by lusts. Then He said: ‘Return to it.’ And he returned to it and said: ‘By Your glory, I am frightened that no one will escape from entering it.’
Reference: Jami At-Tirmidhi, Sunan Abu Dawud and Sunan an-Nasa’i. Imam Tirmidhi (Rahmatullah Allaih) said that this Hadith is good and sound.
Our ticket to Jannah will be the Sunnah of the Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam), only by embracing the Sunnahs can we truly aim to become a pure Ashiq-e-Rasool.
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