Loving the messenger of Allah ﷺ

All praise is due to Allah ﷻ, Lord of the worlds and May His peace and blessings be upon His final prophet and messenger, Muhammad ﷺ.

Sayyidina Anas (rd) narrates that Rasulullah ﷺ said, “He who loves my Sunnah truly loves me, and the one who loves me will be with me in paradise.” – Sirat, Vol 1, pg. 426

If today someone were to ask us if we love Rasulullah ﷺ, our spontaneous answer will be yes. However, have we once pondered over what truly loving Rasulullah ﷺ means? Is it simply reading about his life’s work? Or learning about his inner character and mannerism? Was every aspect of Rasulullah ﷺ’s life documented and made accessible to us through the ahaadeeth just so that we can skim through it as we do a magazine?

No! Through the companions, Allah ﷻ granted us with the ability to learn about Rasulullah ﷺ so that we may learn to develop that love and grow it. Adherence to the Sunnah is a symbol of true love for Rasulullah ﷺ. Those who claim to be lovers of Rasulullah ﷺ, but do not adhere to the Sunnah are untrue to their claim. A true lover is generally aware of the circumstances and conditions of his beloved and wishes to be like him.

Of course, this does not mean that in learning to follow the Sunnah of Rasulullah ﷺ, we will become exactly like the companions (rd). There is much difference between the companions (rd) and us. The privilege they had was because they were able to do what we could not.

However, Rasulullah ﷺ’s way of life has been made accessible to us through many means so that we can cultivate the type of love that Abu Bakr (rd) had for Rasulullah ﷺ.

After the conquest of Makkah, Abu Bakr (rd) took his father Abu Quhafa (rd) to Rasulullah ﷺ to accept Islam. Abu Bakr (rd) told Rasulullah ﷺ upon entering the tent, “Oh Rasulullah ﷺ, this is my father, he has come to accept Islaam”. Rasulullah ﷺ replied, “Oh Abu Bakr! If you had informed us that it was your father, we would have come to you”. But Abu Bakr (rd) replied, “Oh Rasulullah ﷺ! It is not befitting that you come to any one let alone my father”.

Thereafter Abu Bakr (rd) placed his father’s hand into Rasulullah ﷺ’s hand to accept Islaam and began crying. Rasulullah ﷺ realised that Abu Bakr (rd) was crying out of sorrow. He asked, “Oh Abu Bakr! What makes you cry? You should be over joyed that your father is accepting Islaam!! Abu Bakr (rd) replied, “Oh Rasulullah ﷺ! Your uncle, Abu Talib, has come to my mind and I swear by Allah ﷻ, the only reason why I am crying is that I would rather have Abu Talib accepting Islam on your hands than my father because I know you will become happier by that. Allah ﷻ will give you a sense of contentment being happy because your uncle strived so much for you but was deprived of Imaan. If he had accepted Islaam, you would’ve been overjoyed by that and so I am crying that if only Allah ﷻ had in place of my father’s Imaan, your uncle would’ve accepted Islam in his place.”

That is the level of affection the companions (rd) had for Rasulullah ﷺ. So much love that they would rather someone closer to Rasulullah ﷺ accept Islaam than their own kin. They would rather their own kin enter the hell-fire in place. Subhanallah! It is so unimaginable that we cannot even put it into prospective.

Allah ﷻ mentions in Surah Ale Imran,

“Say, [O Muhammad], If you love Allah ﷻ, follow me; Allah ﷻ will love you and forgive for you your sins and Allah ﷻ is most forgiving, most merciful.” – 3.31

Hence, we learn from the verse that it is essential for a believer to love Rasulullah ﷺ because gaining the pleasure of Allah ﷻ and loving Rasulullah ﷺ are inseparable.

Then again in Surah Tawbah, Allah ﷻ says,

Say, [O Muhammad ﷺ], “If your fathers, your sons, your brothers, your wives, your relatives, wealth which you have obtained, commerce wherein you fear decline, and dwellings with which you are pleased, are more beloved to you than Allah ﷻ and His Messenger ﷺ and striving in His cause, then wait until Allah ﷻ executes His command. And Allah ﷻ does not guide the defiantly disobedient people.” -9.24

Looking at verse, we see that Allah ﷻ mentions every subject that a human heart develops love for and then Allah ﷻ says if these things become more beloved to the human heart then we should “wait until Allah ﷻ executes His command”. Many commentators of the Qur’aan say that this refers to Allah ﷻ’s punishment and this can come in many forms of which one is the loss of something we love.

There are certain things that we have natural love for, like our children and there are certain things that we develop love for, like our businesses. However, if the love of these things become greater than the love of Allah ﷻ, His messenger ﷺ and striving in His path, then we should wait for the punishment of Allah ﷻ.

The question arises, when should we wait for the punishment to come? In answer to this, we must first understand the levels of Imaan.

The first is the lesser degree of Imaan in which you have love for something which conflicts with the love of Allah ﷻ and His messenger ﷺ. However, the minute that this begins to effect the rights of Allah ﷻ and His messenger ﷺ, then the punishment of Allah ﷻ which He mentions in His Qur’aan should be expected.

The second degree is the higher level of Imaan in which you aspire to develop your love for Allah ﷻ and His messenger ﷺ to such an extent that it supersedes all the things that the human has no control over loving and it supersedes the thing that the human can grow love for in his heart as well.

The affections that are naturally embedded in the heart, are worked on so much that eventually the love of Allah ﷻ and His messenger ﷺ begin to succeed over everything else.

As mentioned by Rasulullah ﷺ in a hadeeth,

“None of you will have faith until he loves me more than his father, his children and all of mankind.” – Bukhari

This greater love for Allah ﷻ and His messenger ﷺ is not possible without studying the life of Rasulullah ﷺ. If we strive to learn about Rasulullah ﷺ, we will learn that Allah ﷻ moulded him in such perfection that we will fall in love with him and if a study of his ﷺ’s life does not change us, then we should bear in mind that the imperfection is on our part and not his ﷺ.

All praises are due to Allah ﷻ at the beginning and at the end.

May you be rewarded for visiting my page and May we all benefit. Ameen.

The Katibah.

Resources used:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TfGRnKgQzw

https://quran.com/

The Khulasa by Shaikh Muhammad Adb al-Hayy al-Kattani

The sublime conduct of Nabi ﷺ by Mufti Muhammad Irshad Ahmed Qasimi

The sealed Nectar by Saifur-Rahman Al-Mubarakpuri

Seeratul Mustafa ﷺ by Hadhrat Moulana Muhammad Idres Kaandhewi saahib

 

 

The birth of Rahmatul lil Aalameen sallahu alayhi wasallam

All praise is due to Allah swt, the lord of the worlds and may His peace and blessings be upon His final Prophet and Messenger, Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam.

Assalaamu’alaykum.w.w.

Here it is! The birth of Rahmatul lil Aalameen sallallahu alayhi wasallam rewritten! Super excited to share it with you all. I pray you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!

During the Islamic month of Rabi-ul-Awwal, many people debate about whether it is permissible to celebrate the birth of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam or not. Some people celebrate Miladun Nabee (the birth of the prophet) to the extent that they give extravagant parties and spend large amounts of money in the name of the birth of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam without any thought to the laws pertaining to Shariah.

Instead of spending so much time and money unnecessarily, is it not better to learn about the seerah of that one being who showed humanity how to live a life of piety and simplicity?

Hence related to the subject at hand, how much do we know about the birth of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam?

According to a majority of the Islamic historians Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam was born in the year of the elephants when Abraha came to destroy the ka’bah.

There are six different of opinions on which month Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam was born in. 1) Muharram 2) Safar 3) Rabi-ul-Awwal 4) Rabi-uth-Thani 5) Rajab 6) Ramadhan. However a majority of the scholars unanimously agree that Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam was born in the month of Rabi-ul-Awwal.

The day on which Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam was born, was a Monday. According Hafiz Ibn Katheer, who was a great muhaddith and historian, he says that this is a unanimously agreed fact. This is evident from a Hadeeth of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam. Narrated in Muslim Shareef:

 On the authority of Abu Qatadah (rd) in which he says that Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam was asked regarding the fast of Monday and he replied; “It is the day I was born and it is the day when the first revelation was sent upon me.”

There is also a difference of opinion on which date Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam was born. The most common belief is the 12th of Rabi-ul-Awwal. However, scholars have given preference to the 9th of Rabi-ul-awwal.

Having noted down most of what Moulana Tariq Jameel sahib has said, I have gone in accordance to the 12th of Rabi-ul-Awwal as he has recorded dates which coincide with this date.

Now to answer the question, what actually happened on the day that Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam was born.

The English date was the 21st of April. It was the night of Sunday and the old leader Abdul Muttalib was sitting by the ka’bah, praying to Allah swt;

“Oh Allah! Give life to a sign of Abdullah’s. Grant his wife  a boy. Not a girl, a boy, so that a sign of Abdullah’s remains in this world. Abdullah died very young so leave a part of him in this world so this child “a boy” may carry on his lineage.”

Little did Abdul Muttalib know what Allah swt had destined for this Ummah!

The next day, 12th of Rabi ul Awwal, 22nd of April 571AD, subah sadiq, 4.20am, the year of the elephants. At the house of Amena bint Wahab, the midwife, Shifa’ bint Amr (rd), the mother of Abdur Rahman bin Auf (rd) who later embraced Islam, was doing her job as a midwife. She took the child out and what she saw surprised her because this child was like no other she had seen before.

Normally when a child is born, it is covered in blood and dirt and is in need of cleaning. The child’s umbilical cord is in need of cutting and a boy needs to be circumcised. However when this child, Muhammad bin Abdullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam, was born he was clean and pure and was already washed, his umbilical cord was already cut and his circumcision had already been done.

Now Shifa bint Amr was very troubled. Here she was, a midwife, whose job was to do these things when a child is born, yet this child’s arrival into this world was like no other.

She handed the child over to his mother, Amena bint Wahab. This child was no more than half an hour old. Yet all of a sudden it was as if a super natural power came from within and he rolled over on to the floor and done a full prostration like an adult. He done one long sajdah and then he lifted his head, leaned on this left hand and raised his shahadah finger towards the heavens and the entire universe lit up with noor (light). His mother, Bibi Amena says “I began to wonder upon the palaces of Yemen, Syria, Rome, Iran and Persia because when he lifted his finger it was as if the light of the entire world was shining upon me.”

This child then put his finger down and the light went out and the baby then became content in his sleep like any other new-born.

Bibi Amena then took her child into her lap and naturally she began to worry about what had just happened to her child. But Allah swt was not yet done showing the miracles of this baby. Allah swt bought forth another of his great signs and it would seem as if the roof of the house split open and a cloud entered through it. This cloud then spread throughout the room and the space in which the child was resting upon his mother’s lap became more intimate and Bibi Amena says “it felt as if the child was no longer in her lap.”

Thereafter an announcer announced from within the cloud and said “Turn this child towards the east and turn this child towards the west and turn this child all around, so that the world may see who this is, what exactly he is and why he has come.”

“Recognise him! This is he who the world, the whole of mankind, was waiting for. This is he for whose arrival, the Anbiya (as) were looking out for. For whom the darkest places in the world kept on waiting for. For whom the darkest places of the universe were waiting for. He will bring forth light from darkness. He will come and he will teach about the oneness of Allah swt. He will come and he will erase the work of kufr and shirk. He will come and he will change darkness to light. He will come and change hatred into love. He will come and there will be peace instead of war and he will show the success of gaining the pleasure of Allah swt. He will show the ways. He will show Jannah and he will show Jahannam.”

Then the speaker spoke again and he said “Give him the manners of Adam (as). Give him the recognition of Sheeth (as). Give him the heroism of Nuh (as). Give him the friendship of Ibraheem (as). Give him the sacrifice of Isma’eel (as). Give him the fluency of speech of Saleh (as). Give him the wisdom of Lut (as). Give him the pleasure of Is’haaq (as). Give him the glad tidings of Ya’qoob (as). Give him the beauty of Yusuf (as). Give him the might of Musa (as). Give him the struggle of Yusha (as). Give him the love of Daaniyaal (as). Give him the honour of Ilyaas (as). Give him the voice of Dawood (as). Give him the the obedience of Yunus (as). Give him the the fate of Yahya (as). Give him the the devotion of Esa (as) and whatever has been put into all the prophets put it into this child.”

To look at this child he would seem an orphan but what happened to the world around him on the day that he was born?

As if for the signs of Allah swt, his birth alone was not enough, the fires that had been kept going for the past 1000 years, in the palaces of Persia, extinguished. The fires that were kept lit in the places of worship blew out. The 40 stakes that upheld the grand palace of Persia broke and all the idols of the world broke into pieces. A voice came from within the broken pieces and said “Our time has come to an end and the era of the last prophet has come”. Allah swt sent the Hoors of Jannah and the Angels of the sky to Makkah Mukarramah to welcome this child into this world. During that year in happiness of this child’s arrival, every woman who gave birth was blessed with a boy. Even the fishes in the sea congratulated one another on his arrival.

And thus the greatest man that ever lived, Muhammad bin Abdullah bin Abdul Muttalib sallallahu alayhi wasallam was born.

It is not my words that have given praise and beauty to the most beloved of Allah swt, but rather it is Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam who has given beauty to my words.

All praise is due to Allah swt at the beginning and at the end.

May you be rewarded for visiting my page and may we all benefit. Ameen.

Ma’assalaam!

The Katibah.

Resources used:

http://www.muftisays.com/muftifarooq.php?viewpage=birthofnabi

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHBjpLz2EAc&list=WL&index=14

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlHP1NZjr0A

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