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

 

 

When the shooting star passed by…

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

A curtain moved and the prophet ﷺ looked through.

Satisfaction smiled on his face and he went away.

Little time passed by,
An angel knocked on the door.
Permission was enquired “Peace be upon you! May I take your soul?”
The reply came “What of my people? Go ask my Lord!”
An oath was made and his soul was taken away…

Stillness fell…

Deafening silence was heard.

Despite the sun, anguish rained.

Darkness clouded the mind.

Thunder struck at the heart and emptiness was claimed.

The tunnel was blocked and no light came through.

A source of guidance was taken away!

Anger reared its head, but fear reigned above all.

Sadness filled the air.

Sorrow seeped through and grief walled in.

Mourning in shock, no tear fell.

Then prayer time came and wailing teared the companions apart.

Souls crushed…

Senses lost…

Tortured, yet their conviction persevered.

Years passed and times changed,
But to Muhammad’s memory, faithfulness they attained.

Mesmerised in the stories they told,
But emotional at how it unfold.

Tears flowed and misery attacked.

Though heartache was sustained,
In their thoughts, his promise remained.
You will (surely) be with those whom you love. (Aw kama qaal ﷺ)

SALLALLAHU ALAYHI WASALLAM

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

The Katibah.

Building a Connection

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.

Once in Madinah during the time of Rasulullah ﷺ, a companion, Aws bin Samit (rd) became displeased with his wife, Khowla bint Tha’labah (rd) and gave her a talaaq-e-zihaar. This was a type of divorce which was issued in the time of ignorance. The husband would say “You are to me like the back of my mother”. These words likened his relationship with his wife to his relationship with his mother and made his wife forbidden to him forever. Even after marrying another man, the wife would not be able to ever remarry her first husband again.

Khowla bint Tha’labah (rd) was an old woman and no longer at an age to remarry. Any person can imagine how distressed she must have felt and as was the habit of the companions, she ran to Rasulullah ﷺ with her problem.

Rasulullah ﷺ was residing at Aishah’s (rd) house at the time. Khowla (rd) came and said; “Oh Rasulullah ﷺ! My husband has given me a talaaq-e-zihaar. What do you command”?

Until this time, Rasulullah ﷺ had not received any revelation related to the matter and so he said; “Oh Khowla! You have become forbidden for him”. This was the ruling according to the customs of the time.

Upon hearing this reply, Khowla (rd) pleaded; “Oh Rasulullah ﷺ! He spent my wealth, exhausted my youth and my womb bore abundantly for him. When I became old and unable to bear children, he pronounced zihaar on me. Where shall I go and how will my children do their living?”

But once again Rasulullah ﷺ replied; “Oh Khowla! You have become forbidden for him.” She pleaded again; “Oh Rasulullah ﷺ! Please review your answer”. But Rasulullah ﷺ realised that Khowla (rd) was not going to listen so he bowed his head and did not reply.

Khowla (rd) saw this and so she said; “Oh Rasulullah ﷺ! I will complain directly to your lord”! She raised her hands to the heavens and she spoke quietly to Allah ﷻ; “Oh Allah! I bring my complaint directly to you. I have small children. I do not have the strength or money to feed them. Nor can I rely on their father as he has also become old. Oh Allah! Send a decision in my favour on your prophet’s tongue”. Suddenly the signs of revelation being revealed were noted on Rasulullah ﷺ and once he was relieved, he smiled; “Oh Khowla! Allah has revealed in regards to you and your husband.

Allah ﷻ revealed;

Indeed Allah has heard the talk of the woman who was debating with you concerning her husband and was complaining to Allah. And Allah was hearing the conversation between you both. Verily, Allah is All-Hearing, All-Seeing.

(Surah Mujadalah, verse 1)

Subhanallah! The connection that Khowla (rd) had with Allah ﷻ speaks directly to my soul. Just try to imagine yourself in the presence of Rasulullah ﷺ. How fortunate would that person be! No person would even think of asking anyone else for confirmation of what was said. Yet here was Khowla (rd). She was a woman and she was old. But her connection with Allah ﷻ was so strong that when she realised that Rasulullah ﷺ was not going to listen to her, she turned to Allah ﷺ. Not because she did not believe in Rasulullah ﷺ. But because she knew that Allah ﷻ answered the prayer of the person in distress.

In Surah Ghafir, Allah ﷻ says;

And your Lord says, “Call upon Me; I will respond to you.”

But when will Allah ﷻ respond?

He will “respond” when you believe in Him. When your conviction in Him is so strong that be it in a time of need or not, you know that Allah ﷻ is there for you. When you believe without a doubt, that He is forever present.

Take a look at Khowla (rd). What did she do that made her so special, that Allah ﷻ revealed the Qur’aan to Rasulullah ﷺ in response to her call. The only thing that she did was ask Allah ﷻ to reveal a ruling in her favour with conviction in her heart.

Khowla (rd) spoke to Allah ﷻ. She prolonged her call. She beautified her speech like she was talking to her lover. She did not just simply say “Oh Allah! Give me this!” She knew that Allah ﷻ knew. But she was pleading her case in the court of Allah ﷻ and in response, Allah ﷻ revealed the Qur’aan. How truly amazing is that! Khowla (rd) made one plea to Allah ﷻ. Just one plea!

In a narration, Aishah (rd) says; “Pure is He, whose hearing encompasses all things. I heard what Khowla bint Tha’labah said about her husband while some of it I could not hear despite being so close to her in the same room, but Allah ﷻ heard her all her conversation and said; “Indeed, Allah has heard…”

Subhanallah! Allah ﷻ is All-Hearing, All-seeing. Allah ﷻ truly is the one who hears your plea, who hears your cry for help. He really is the only one who will not break your heart. When you call Him lovingly, when you call to Him in distress, when you talk to Him like there is no one else that you love more than Him, He will answer your call. And if you feel that Allah ﷻ has not answered your call, don’t feel disheartened. Just think that Allah ﷻ wants you to talk to Him for longer. Don’t demand from Allah ﷻ. He is not the one who is in need of us. Talk to Him! Plead with Him. Beg Him. Cry to Allah ﷻ. Plant your seed of hope in your prayers and see the miracles that grow in your life!

The key point to this lesson is we have to build a connection with Allah ﷻ if we want him to respond to our call and there is no better time to do this than in the month of Ramadhaan.

In a hadeeth, Rasulullah ﷺ says;

“When Ramadhaan begins, the gates of Paradise are opened, and the gates of Hell are closed, and the devils are chained up.”

(al-Bukhaari, 3277; Muslim, 1079)

Here is a golden opportunity. We have to take advantage of it. We have to build a connection with Allah ﷻ today. We cannot wait for tomorrow. Who has been promised the next minute, let alone tomorrow? We cannot wait around for next Ramadhaan. Who knows whether we will even see next Ramadhaan? There is only about a week left of Ramadhaan. How many of us can say that we have truly connected with Allah ﷻ in this month? How many of us can say that without a doubt we will not turn back to our old ways because our connection with Allah ﷻ is stronger than before?

Build a connection with Allah ﷻ before it’s too late. No one needs to know how you’re building your connection. That is between you and Allah ﷻ. All you need to remember is that it does not have to be something great. Start small. Give charity. Recite the Qur’aan more often. Stand up for the night pray. Anything. Just as long as you are doing something.

I know that this is easier said than done. We face obstacles in our path in the form of our own wishes and desires. We all have our ups and downs. But that’s ok. That’s life. We’re bound to have a bumpy ride. But as long as we are trying to connect with Allah ﷻ, we will Insha Allah be getting somewhere.

A wise person once said;

“The path to Allah ﷻ is long. It is not important that you reach the end. What is important is that you are on this path when you die.”

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

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

The Katibah.

Resources used:

Ma’riful Quran
Tafseer Ibn Katheer

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The people of the past encouraged the sunnah and the people of the present discourage the sunnah. Then they wonder why their prayers are not accepted. :/

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Yet again you reap what you sow!

It greatly saddens me to post this. 😦

Allah the almighty says in the glorious quraan:

“And your Lord has decreed that you worship none but Him. And that you be dutiful to your parents. If one of them or both of them attain old age in your life, say not to them a word of disrespect, nor shout at them but address them in terms of honour.” [17:23]

Subhanallah! How beautifully Allah swt honours the parents.  He puts them straight after His worship! Yet how easily we dishonour them. They reach old age and we send them in to care homes.

Then carrying on from the Quraanic verse above, Allah the almighty says: “And lower unto them the wing of submission and humility through mercy, and say: “My Lord! Bestow on them Your Mercy as they did bring me up when I was small.” [17:23]

We ask Allah swt to show them mercy as they did us, yet we ourselves who they bought up, we show no mercy to them!

How unfortunate we are! How unfortunate we are! 😦

The Katibah.

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What is the use of knowledge when it is only applied in the classroom?

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Muhammad (saw) -The Soul of Islam

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

A conversation between a Jewish Rabbi and an ordinary Muslim.(Published as received with few corrections)

میں نے اس سے پوچھا ’’کیا آپ مسلمان ہیں؟‘‘
I asked him, “Are u a Muslim?”

اس نے مسکرا کر جواب دیا ’’نہیں میں جارڈن کا یہودی ہوں۔
میں ربی ہوں اور پیرس میں اسلام پر پی ایچ ڈی کر رہا ہوں‘‘
He smiled and replied, “No, I am a Jewish Rabbi from Jordan and currently pursuing a PHD on Islam in Paris.”

میں نے پوچھا ’’تم اسلام کے کس
پہلو پر پی ایچ ڈی کر رہے ہو؟‘‘
“On which aspect of Islam are you pursuing a PHD?” I asked.

وہ شرما گیا اور تھوڑی دیر سوچ کر بولا ’’میں مسلمانوں کی شدت پسندی پر ریسرچ کر رہا ہوں‘‘
He was shy at my question and after a little thought he spoke, “I am researching about the orthodox nature of the Muslims.” (Staunch nature of the Muslims)

میں نے قہقہہ لگایا اور اس سے پوچھا ’’تمہاری ریسرچ کہاں تک پہنچی؟‘‘
I laughed aloud and asked, “How far have you got with your research?”

اس نے کافی کا لمبا سپ لیا اور بولا ’’میری ریسرچ مکمل ہو چکی ہے اور میں اب پیپر لکھ رہا ہوں‘‘
He took a rather long sip of his coffee, then said, “I have completed my research and am now compiling a paper on my findings.”

میں نے پوچھا ’’تمہاری ریسرچ کی فائنڈنگ کیا ہے؟‘‘
I then asked, “What have your findings been?”

اس نے لمبا سانس لیا‘ دائیں بائیں دیکھا‘ گردن ہلائی اور آہستہ آواز میں بولا ’’میں پانچ سال کی مسلسل ریسرچ کے بعد اس نتیجے پر پہنچا ہوں مسلمان اسلام سے زیادہ اپنے نبی سے محبت کرتے ہیں۔
یہ اسلام پر ہر قسم کا حملہ برداشت کر جاتے ہیں لیکن یہ نبی کی ذات پر اٹھنے والی کوئی انگلی برداشت نہیں کرتے‘‘
He took a deep breath, looked to the right and left, shook his head, then spoke in a low voice, “After five years of research I have come to the conclusion that Muslims have a greater love for their Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) than their religion of Islam.
They may bear any sort of attack or provocation against Islam, but will not tolerate even a finger being lifted against their Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wasallam)

یہ جواب میرے لیے حیران کن تھا‘ میں نے کافی کا مگ میز پر رکھا اور سیدھا ہو کر بیٹھ گیا‘
This answer was a shock to me. I placed my coffee mug on the table and sat up straight.

وہ بولا ’’میری ریسرچ کے مطابق مسلمان جب بھی لڑے‘ یہ جب بھی اٹھے اور یہ جب بھی لپکے اس کی وجہ نبی اکرم صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم کی ذات تھی‘ آپ خواہ ان کی مسجد پر قبضہ کر لیں‘ آپ ان کی حکومتیں ختم کر دیں۔ آپ قرآن مجید کی اشاعت پر پابندی لگا دیں یا آپ ان کا پورا پورا خاندان مار دیں یہ برداشت کرجائیں گے لیکن آپ جونہی ان کے رسول صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم کا نام غلط لہجے میں لیں گے‘ یہ تڑپ اٹھیں گے اور اس کے بعد آپ پہلوان ہوں یا فرعون یہ آپ کے ساتھ ٹکرا جائیں گے‘‘
He continued, ” According to my research, whenever Muslims fought battles, stood up against opposition or attacked, it was for the sake of defending their Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wasallam).
If you capture their Masaajid, destroy their governments, place restrictions on the publication of the Quraan, or murder their entire household, they will bear such difficulties. However, the moment you abuse the name of their Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) they will arise with fury and challenge you regardless of how brave you are or even if you are as ruthless as Fir’aun (Pharaoh).

میں حیرت سے اس کی طرف دیکھتا رہا‘ وہ بولا ’’میری فائنڈنگ ہے جس دن مسلمانوں کے دل میں رسول صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم کی محبت نہیں رہے گی اس دن اسلام ختم ہو جائے گا۔
چنانچہ آپ اگر اسلام کو ختم کرنا چاہتے ہیں تو آپ کومسلمانوں کے دل سے ان کا رسول نکالنا ہوگا‘‘
I kept staring at him in astonishment and he continued saying, “According to my research, the day Muslims no longer have love for their Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wasallam), that will be the end of Islam.
Thus if you wish to destroy Islam, you will need to remove the love of their Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) from the hearts of the Muslims.”

اس نے اس کے ساتھ ہی کافی کا مگ نیچے رکھا‘ اپنا کپڑے کا تھیلا اٹھایا‘ کندھے پر رکھا‘ سلام کیا اور اٹھ کر چلا گیا
Having said this, he placed his coffee mug down, placed  his satchel over his shoulder, greeted me and departed.

لیکن میں اس دن سے ہکا بکا بیٹھا ہوں‘ میں اس یہودی ربی کو اپنا محسن سمجھتا ہوں کیونکہ میں اس سے ملاقات سے پہلے تک صرف سماجی مسلمان تھا لیکن اس نے مجھے دو فقروں میں پورا اسلام سمجھا دیا‘
However, since that day I have sitting in a daze. I consider this Jewish Rabbi to be my benefactor because prior to my meeting him I was just an ordinary Muslim. However he explained the whole meaning of Islam in two sentences.

میں جان گیا رسول اللہ صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم سے محبت اسلام کی روح ہے اور یہ روح جب تک قائم ہے اس وقت تک اسلام کا وجود بھی سلامت ہے‘
I have understood that the love for Nabi Sallallahu alayhi wasallam, in essence, is the soul of Islam. As long as the soul is there, Islam will exist.

جس دن یہ روح ختم ہو جائے گی اس دن ہم میں اور عیسائیوں اور یہودیوں میں کوئی فرق نہیں رہے گا۔
When this soul is destroyed there will be no difference between us and the Jews and Christians.

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.

The Katibah.

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