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Category: Prophet Muhammad (SAWS)

Connecting with the Life of the Prophet (ﷺ)

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.

Habib Ali Jifri: Muhammad – Master of Change Tour

We were blessed last month to have the presence of Habib Ali Jifri visiting us in the UK. I had the opportunity to attend a weekend gathering to hear him teach Imam al-Ghazali’s 20th book the Ihya on the subject of prophetic character. For everyone there it was a deeply enriching and soulful experience to have Habib teach us the text, which became more about the inward spiritual dimension of prophetic character as opposed to the simple Shamail.

Excerpts and snippets from the weekend, as well as Habib’s other engagements can be found at this blog: Treasures for the Seeker. Just scrolling through and picking up little short quotes open up a treasure trove of wisdom within them, it’s worth taking the time to go through all of them and choosing some to spend some time reflecting on. This being one of my favourites:

Look to how great our Prophet was. Everything that was connected to him was also raised in remembrance. 1400 years later we’re talking about his donkey named Ya’fur and a mule named Dhul Dhul because they were connected to him. Even remembering them is an act of worship. The donkey is at a raised state due to its attachment. What about a heart of a believer that is attached? This donkey may be better than many human beings. The donkey didn’t eat or drink after the flight of the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) due to sadness. What kind of sadness is this? Other Muslims, days pass and no tear is shed out of longing and yearning for him. This attachment increases you in degree and rank.

Radical Middle Way who hosted the event will be putting up the whole thing online soon, all the sessions put together will be quite long, but it would be very beneficial to wait and take the time to go through the whole thing, I cannot overstate the immense nature of the whole time spent there and to benefit from its recording is very worthwhile.

The Permissibility of saying “Ya Muhammad”

Qadi Iyad relates in as-Shifa’:

It is related that once ‘Abdullah ibn Umar’s foot went numb. He was told “Remember the most of beloved of people to you and it will go away!” He shouted , “Ya Muhammad!” and the feeling returned. [Bukhari: 967]

Taken from Shaykha Aisha Bewley’s translation with modifications. Hadith number taken from the Dar Ibn Hazm 2002 edition.

The Mawlid in the Light of the Muhammadan Reality

How could the need of such a man be answered by the world,
When without him this world would have never come into being.
Qasida al-Burda of Imam al-Busayri

You are the one from whom the moon and stars
Receive the brightness of their eyes;
And you are the one for whose sake
The universe was brought into being.
– Iqbal

Allah (ﷻ) tells us in the Qur’an: “Nor did I create man and jinn except to worship Me” (Qur’an 51:56), with Mujahid interpreting ‘worship Me’ to mean ‘know Me’. Regardless of which definition we choose to give preference over, all can agree that for one to truly know, or worship Allah (ﷻ) it must come through revelation and the way of the Prophets, each one sent in turn to strengthen and add to the previous one sent, culminating with the Seal of the Prophets, the Leader of the Messengers, Muhammad (ﷺ). The Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ), embodies the perfected knowledge of man, that is Ma’rifa of Allah (ﷻ), which is made apparent by the miraculous ascension of the Prophet (ﷺ) on the night of Mi’raj, where he (ﷺ) was made “distant by two bows’ length or nearer” (53:9), and “The eye turned not aside nor yet was overbold, verily he saw one of the greater revelations of his Lord.” (53:17-18). Thus is his (ﷺ) knowledge. Now what of the interpretation of this verse to mean ‘worship’, what of his (ﷺ) worship?

Worship is an action whose sincerity is manifest by the purity of character, and Allah (ﷻ) Himself testifies to the character of the Prophet (ﷺ) when He said:

The reason I will not translate this verse is because it is not translatable into the English language. Shaykh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi explains this beautifully, he tells us here that the letter ﻭ is not for the conjunctive, but rather for an oath. This is then further compounded by انّ which is an emphatic particle, then further with the ل which is again an oath, three times Allah (ﷻ) in His eternal and perfect speech emphasises and swears to us that the Prophet (ﷺ) is above immense character, and character is in the form what is referred to as nakerah, which in most cases indicates something unknown or unspecified i.e. the Prophet (ﷺ)’s character is greater than any immense human trait possible.

Thus we see that in whichever way we interpret the verse “Nor did I create man and jinn except to worship Me”, the secret of it lies in understanding the magnanimous nature of the Chosen One (ﷺ). He (ﷺ) represents the epitome of our purpose in being created, he (ﷺ) is the key to understanding the meaning of life. For out of all His creation, Allah (ﷻ) chose man above all others, and out of all men he chose Muhammad (ﷺ). Thus do we come to understand the Muhammadan Reality, for Allah (ﷻ) in His infinite and divine wisdom would have never created us without guiding us, and only by sending us the best of guides did He perfect His favour upon us.

Thus the Mawlid, should not just be a simple celebration, it should be a moment to reflect on the essence of our existence, the cause of it, the meaning of it, its goals, and objectives. The birth of the Messenger (ﷺ) represents the completion of divine favours upon man, and if it is left without reflection then it loses the beauty that lies within it.

Allah bless our Master Muhammad (ﷺ) who opened what had been closed, and who is the Seal of what had gone before, he who makes the Truth Victorious by the Truth, the guide to thy straight path, and bless his household as is the due of his immense position and grandeur.

See also: Shaykh Nuh Keller on Haqiqa al-Muhamadiyya (The Muhammadan Reality)

Spring’s Gift – Poem in praise of the Prophet (ﷺ) by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf

…And there’s also Nader Khan’s excellent rendition of the same poem:

The Love the Companions had for the relics of the Messenger of Allah (SAWS)

After reading Qadi Iyad’s as-Shifa’a, I wanted to to make a post where I could take excerpts from the book with regards to the attachments the companions of the Messenger of Allah (SAWS) had for his belongings and other tangible things related to him.

I came across the following web site which had already carried out this task. The list of sources and quotes from hadith given are quite extensive. Also note the number of narrations taken from the collections of Bukari and Muslim, which should leave no doubt in the reader’s mind of their authenticity: