It was narrated from ‘Abdur-Rahman bin ‘Amr As-Sulami that:
He heard Al-‘Irbad bin Sariyah say:
“The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) delivered a moving speech to us which made our eyes flow with tears and made our hearts melt. We said: ‘O Messenger of Allah. This is a speech of farewell. What did you enjoin upon us?’ He said: ‘I am leaving you upon a (path of) brightness whose night is like its day. No one will deviate from it after I am gone but one who is doomed. Whoever among you lives will see great conflict. I urge you to adhere to what you know of my Sunnah and the path of the Rightly-Guided Caliphs, and cling stubbornly to it. And you must obey, even if (your leader is) an Abyssinian leader. For the true believer is like a camel with a ring in its nose; wherever it is driven, it complies.”
[ Sunan Ibn Majah 43 ]
What is Love?
Love is something secret. Whether or not a person loves another person, or loves less or more, are questions which cannot be answered precisely. There is no measure or yard-stick to determine the truth of the matter except that one makes an educated guess based on visible conditions and dealings, for love leaves traces and signs which could help in recognizing it as such. Now, in these verses, Allah Almighty tells those who claimed that they loved Allah and hoped to be loved by Him above the real criterion of His love. In other words, if a person living in the world of today claims that he loves his Creator and Master, then, he must test it on the touch-stone of his obedience to the Messenger, that is, match it against the frequency and quality of where and how he has been following him.
[Maarif ul Quran]
The Status of the Prophet (ﷺ)
Allah (AWJ) has elevated the status of Muhammad (SAW) and given him a status that has not been given to anyone before him. He was not only a messenger and prophet of Allah, but he was the final messenger and the Imam of the anbiyaa. Until the Day of Judgement, Allah (SWT) has attached the success of mankind to him and his teachings. The closer a person becomes to him and his teachings in terms of love and conveying his message, the higher the status of a person will go in the sight of Allah (SWT). In all matters, we are all commanded to follow the example of the prophet (SAW).
[Mufti Aasim Rashid]
Respect For The Prophet (ﷺ)
We all maintain a great deal of respect; not just for the prophet (ﷺ)’s person, but for anything and everything related to him. Anything we hear about him – to us, that thing that was affiliated with him is noble, honorable and sacred, and needs to be protected, whether it is his ways, his sunnah, his teachings, his hadith, a noble habit of his, or something that he used to like – every one of those things should have importance and reverence in our hearts. Through this, we will be able to get closer to the prophet (SAW) as his followers, and by following him, we will get closer to Allah (SWT). May Allah (SWT) instill in us true reverence, respect and pride for the prophet (ﷺ).
What We Can Do!
We truly cannot comprehend the greatness of the prophet (SAW) in the sight of Allah (AWJ). The very least we can do is try to attach ourselves to this prophet (SAW). There are many ways to do this. One of the most important aspects of Iman is to have love for the prophet (SAW) – true, genuine love for him. The prophet (SAW) said, “You cannot be a true believer until I have become more beloved to you than your parents, your children and all of mankind.” One of the ways of expressing our love and increasing our love for the Prophet (SAW) is to send salutations for him profusely.
[Above sections are adapted from lectures given by Mufti Aasim Rashid]
The Birth of The Prophet (SAW)
The night that the prophet (SAW) was born, many things were happening around the world. We talked about what was happening in his family when he was born, and meanwhile, hundreds of miles away in the Persian empire, something else was happening; fourteen chandeliers in the Persian king’s palace collapsed and a fire burning in the temple for the last 1000 years suddenly went out. Then, the king, who was a state of worry and fear, called his council and asked, “What is going on?” As he called them, his high priest said, “I have just seen a dream. In this dream, there was a camel pulling many horses and they were coming across the land towards us.” So, he said, “What does it mean?” The priest replied, “I’m not sure, but it looks like something big is happening in the region of the Arabs.” The king needed to find more details, so he called a man, Abdul Masih, to come and tell them. He said, “I do not know the information you are asking but I am sure my uncle who lives in Sham knows.” The king told him, “Go to him personally and get this information from him.”
This man, Abdul Masih, goes chasing the horizon all the way back to Syria, and there he sees his uncle on his deathbed, about to breathe his last. Abdul Masih reaches him and sees that he still has consciousness, and his uncle says, “I know why you are here. 14 chandeliers crashing, the fire of a thousand years being extinguished, rivers drying up, those dreams – I know what brings you here. In fact, those fourteen chandeliers that came crashing are a sign that, very quickly, the Persian empire will change hands fourteen times. Kings and queens will come and go very rapidly, and fourteen dynasties will come and go. This dream of the camel pulling the horses is an indicator that the last prophet is here.”
The chaos in that region made the people confused and worried. Meanwhile, back in Makkah, the prophet (SAW) is born unlike any other child. Firstly, he is born in such a state that he is completely clean, and some narrations mention that when he was born, he started doing the zikr of Allah (SWT). On the seventh day, Abdul Muttalib organized the Aqiqah and named him Muhammad. People asked, “Why did you give him this name? No one else in your tribe or lineage has this name.” He replied, “I saw a dream where a chain extended to the sky, the earth, the east and the west, and turned into a tree. Some were holding onto it and some were trying to attack it. Every time they came closer, someone came and pushed them away. When I asked people the interpretation of the dream, they said, ‘In your progeny, there will be a child who will be praised by the followers in the heavens and the earth and will have followers in the east and the west.’ It came in my heart that I should name him Muhammad, meaning he who is praised by everyone.”
Interestingly, Aminah, the mother the prophet (SAW) also saw dreams telling her that she is about to have a son and his name should be Muhammad or Ahmad. All of these things came together and this child was named Muhammad. One of Allah (SWT)’s names is Hamid, meaning “one worthy of praise”, and “hamd” is “praise”. “Muhammad” is derived from the same root word and means “the one who is praised”. One sahabi says, “Allah gave this prophet a name from his own name.”
[Adapted from a lecture given by Mufti Aasim Rashid]
YOUR WEEKLY DOSE OF
The Prophet’s (SAW) Love For Us
The prophet (SAW) sacrificed and did so much for us that us Muslims have no other choice but to pour our hearts out for the prophet (SAW). Remember one thing; next time a teaching of deen is presented in front of us or a reminder, remember who it is coming from and who gave it to us. Ask yourself, “How much love do I have for this prophet?” Nothing else matters if you have the amount of love that you should have. Following your instructions becomes easy – staying away from that which he and Allah (SWT) disliked should be easy and staying away from sins becomes easy. Everything is simplified just through this one aspect of love. When love is not with us, every step is a challenge.
[Adapted from lectures given by Mufti Aasim Rashid]
Adhering To The Sunnah
It was narrated from ‘Abdur-Rahman bin ‘Amr As-Sulami that:
He heard Al-‘Irbad bin Sariyah say:
The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) delivered a moving speech to us which made our eyes flow with tears and made our hearts melt. We said: ‘O Messenger of Allah. This is a speech of farewell. What did you enjoin upon us?’ He said: ‘I am leaving you upon a (path of) brightness whose night is like its day. No one will deviate from it after I am gone but one who is doomed. Whoever among you lives will see great conflict. I urge you to adhere to what you know of my Sunnah and the path of the Rightly-Guided Caliphs, and cling stubbornly to it. And you must obey, even if (your leader is) an Abyssinian leader. For the true believer is like a camel with a ring in its nose; wherever it is driven, it complies.”
Allahumma Rabba hadhihi-dda` watit-tammah, was-salatil qa’imah, ati Muhammadan al-wasilata wal-fadilah, wa b`ath-hu maqaman mahmudan-il-ladhi wa`adtahu’
O Allah! Lord of this perfect call (perfect by not ascribing partners to You) and of the regular prayer which is going to be established, give Muhammad the right of intercession and illustriousness, and resurrect him to the best and the highest place in Paradise that You promised him (of)], then my intercession for him will be allowed on the Day of Resurrection”.
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