Connecting with the Life of the Prophet (ﷺ)

by britishmisk

Our teacher Shaykh Ahmad Saad al-Azhari mentioned something very insightful to us in one of our classes on the Qasida Burda of Imam al-Busayri one day. He said to us for every single person, who goes through any kind of test, the Prophet(ﷺ) has already been through it, and because of that we have a means to connect to him(ﷺ), and to learn how to respond, and because of what he(ﷺ) went through, we find solace and comfort, in knowing that our Messenger(ﷺ), faced the same trial, and in many cases in a greater and more severe way, and from the reward Allah(ﷻ) bestowed upon him(ﷺ), we have an idea of what awaits us:

– If someone was raised without his father, the Prophet(ﷺ) was raised without his father Abdullah.

– If someone’s mother passes away, the Prophet’s(ﷺ) mother Amina passed away.

– If someone loses a son, the Prophet(ﷺ) lost all his sons.

– If someone loses a daughter, the Prophet(ﷺ) lost his daughter Ruqayyah.

– If someone loses an uncle, the Prophet(ﷺ) lost his uncle Abu Talib.

– If someone loses their wife, the Prophet(ﷺ) lost Khadijah.

– If someone wants to marry someone, and that person ends up marrying someone else, the Prophet(ﷺ) wanted to marry Abu Talib’s daughter Umm Hani, but Abu Talib refused.

– If someone marries a divorcee or a widow, the Prophet(ﷺ) did so as well.

– If someone marries a virgin, the Prophet(ﷺ) married Aisha.

– If someone’s wife is accused of indecency, the Prophet’s(ﷺ) wife Aisha was also accused.

– If someone has a problem with his wife, the Prophet(ﷺ) had problems with his wives.

– If someone is abused and slandered, the Prophet(ﷺ) was also abused and slandered.

– If someone loses a friend, the Prophet(ﷺ) lost many friends.

– If someone’s life is threatened, the Prophet’s(ﷺ) life was also threatened.

– If someone is ridiculed for being a Muslim, the Prophet(ﷺ) was also ridiculed.

– If someone goes through sickness, the Prophet(ﷺ) went through sickness.

There has certainly been for you in the Messenger of Allah an excellent example for anyone whose hope is in Allah and the Last Day and [who] remembers Allah often.