The Life in this World

بسْم الله الرّحْمن الرّحيم، اللّهمّ صلِّ على سيّدنا محمّدٍ وآله

 وصحْبه وسلِّم

They used to enjoy eating, sleeping and having intercourse just like you. They hardly thought of their impending deaths just like you... Imam Hasan al-Basri ra. said, "Death exposes the lowliness/reality of life in this World, leaving no joy in the hearts of men with intellect"

“And present to them the example of the life of this world, [its being] like rain which We send down from the sky, and the vegetation of the earth mingles with it and [then] it becomes dry remnants, scattered by the winds. And Allah is ever, over all things, Perfect in Ability.Wealth and children are [but] adornment of the worldly life. But the enduring good deeds are better to your Lord for reward and better for [one’s] hope.” al-Kahfi:45-46     (Remember to recite al-Kahfi on Friday(today) for protection against the fitnah of Dajjal)

Allah ta’ala inspired to Moses upon whom be peace, “O Moses, if I love a servant, I will keep the World away from him, this is how I treat my lovers, O Moses! If you see wealth drawing near, say, “This is a punishment, hastened, for our sins.” If you see poverty approaching, say, “Welcome to the signpost(poverty) of the pious.”

Allah Most Exalted is He said, “The most lightest of punishment that I inflict upon a man of knowledge who becomes attached to the World is I remove the sweetness he experience in intimate conversation with Me.”

Allah ta’ala inspired to ‘Isa/Jesus upon whom be peace, “O ‘Isa, relate to the Children on Israel to remember these two phrases : “Tell them to be content with little wealth for the benefit of their religion, like how the lover of the world/wealth are content with little of religion for the benefit of their worldly life.”

  Imam Hasan al-Basri said, “May Allah bless the one who wears old clothes, eats dry bread, whose bed is the ground, who weeps over his sins and is in continuous Divine worship.”

Indeed this is the way of The Prophet Jesus and The Prophet Muhammad they are the foremost of ascetics. May we not claim to be their followers if we have greed for the world and wealth in our hearts!

Abu Hazim al-Madani said, “Whatever has passed from this world(your life ) was just a dream while whatever is left (in the future) are also just dreams(that are not certain). When his wife told him, “Indeed winter is coming, we should prepare storing food, clothes and firewood,” he replied, “All of that is not certain, but what is certain for us is death, the Resurrection after that, standing, facing Allah ta’ala after which is either heaven or hell.”

Malik ibn Dinar said, “If the heart is overpowered by attachment to the world, all advice you give to it will be in vain.” 

In a hadith, ‘Uqbah bin ‘Amir r.a. said, the Messenger of Allah said, “I am not afraid that you will associate anything with Allah in worship after (my demise, but I apprehend that you will vie with one another for the life of the world.”

The world is bound for destruction, (the signs of which is everywhere) and the most destroyed is the heart of those who indulge in it. The Hereafter is full of indulgences and the heart of those who seeks it glows with life.

May our remembrance be the remembrance of Death and the Hereafter. May our hearts long for the eternal abode of peace in the company of the martyrs, men of Truth, men of piety and Prophets of Allah. May the destructions, the disasters, accidents, corruption, the racism, the hatred, the oppression, the injustice, the greed, the suffering of the life in this world make us long for the Hereafter and work towards it for it is eternal. May we be in the morning as if we are going to die in the afternoon and be in the afternoon as if we are going to die in the evening and be in the evening as if we won’t live to see the sun rise, for death is certain and no one knows when it’ll come. 

The Messenger of Allah upon whom be the blessings of Allah forever said:

  • “Love of the world(the wealth, the fineries etc.) is a sin that cannot be forgiven.”
  • “Whoever loves the Life after death will sacrifice his Life in this world, and whoever loves his Life in this worldwill sacrifice his Life after death, therefore prioritise the eternal (the life after death) from the impending destruction (life in this world).

May Allah make us among those whose hearts are disgusted by the attractions/allurement/adornments of this world!  Imam asy-Syafi’i ra. said, “If the Life in this world were to be sold in the market, I would not purchase it even at the meagre price of a piece of bread as I see ugliness/repulsiveness in it.” Fudhail ibn Iyadh r.a. said, “The world is as repulsive to me as a carcass is repulsive to you such that you avoid getting your clothes soiled by it.” Subhan Allah!

Respect and Esteem for The Prophet

بسْم الله الرّحْمن الرّحيم، اللّهمّ صلِّ على سيّدنا محمّدٍ وآله

 وصحْبه وسلِّم

‘Amr ibn al-‘As said, “There is none I have loved more than the Messenger of Allah nor anyone I have respected more. I could never get my fill of looking at him due to my great respect for him. If I had been asked to describe him, i could not have done so because I was unable to look at him enough.” 

“O you who have believed, do not raise your voices above the voice of the Prophet or be loud to him in speech like the loudness of some of you to others, lest your deeds become worthless while you perceive not.” 49:2

Al-Mughira said, “The Companions of the Messenger of Allah pbuh would knock on his door with their fingernails.” When Quraysh gave Saiyidina ‘Uthman permission to do tawaf  of the Ka’bah when the Prophet sent him as an envoy to them and he refused, saying, “I will not do it until the Messenger of Allah does.”

Anas said, “I saw the Messenger of Allah when his hair was being shaved. His companions were around him and whenever a lock fell, a man picked it up”

Mus’ab ibn ‘Abdullah said, “When the Prophet was mentioned, Malik would grow pale so that it distressed those with him. One day he was asked about this. He said, “If you had seen what I have seen, you would not be suprised at what you see me do. I used to see Muhammad ibn Munkadir, the master of the Qur’an reciters. Almost every time he was asked about a hadith, he wept until his eyes were red. I saw Ja’far ibn Muhammad who joked and laughed a lot, but when the Prophet was mentioned in his presence, he grew pale. I never saw him relate a hadith of the Messenger of Allah except in a state of ritual purity. I frequented him for a time and only saw him doing one of three things – praying, fasting, or reciting Qur’an. He only spoke about what concerned him. He was one of the men of knowledge and those who fear Allah.

‘Amir ibn ‘Abdullah would weep when the Prophet was mentioned until he had no more tears to weep while Safwan ibn Sulayman would weep until people got up and left him.

‘Abdullah ibn Mubarak said, “I was with Malik when he was teaching us hadith. A scorpion stung him sixteen times. He changed colour and grew quite pale, but did not interrupt the hadiths of the Messenger of Allah. When he finished and the people departed, I said to him, ‘Abu ‘Abdullah! I saw you do something extraordinary today!’ He said, ‘Yes, I endured it out of respect for the Messenger of Allah.'”

Jabir ibn ‘Abdullah said, “Every stone or tree that the Prophet passed prostrated to him.” ‘Ali said, “We were in Makka with the Messenger of Allah and he went to one of its districts and every single tree and mountain he passed said to him, ‘Peace be upon you, Messenger of Allah.’ “

Lifeless, brainless stones, inanimate objects, animals greeted the Messenger of Allah while we don’t send blessings and prayers to him when his name is mentioned, truly we have hearts harder than stones. May Allah aid us so that we say the selawats with love and esteem. Amin

It is related that Safiyya bint Najda said, “Abu Madhura had a lock of hair at the front of his head which touched the groun when he sat down. He was asked, ‘Why don’t you cut it off?’ He said, ‘I will not cut off something that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, touched with his hand.'” Ibn ‘Umar was seen to place his hand on the seat of the Prophet in the minbar and then place it on his face.

The famous story of the crazy camel which went amok in a garden: Tha’laba ibn Malik relates, “No one entered the garden without the camel attacking him. When the Prophet entered the garden, he called it and the camel put its mouth on the ground and knelt before him. He put a halter on it. He said, ‘There is nothing between the heavens and the earth which does not know that I am the Messenger of Allah except for the rebels among the jinn and men.’ “

May our respect and esteem for The Messenger of Allah peace be upon him increase with every blessing and prayer we sent to him. May all our actions be based upon his way, may he be pleased with our actions, pleased with our states as pleasing him is pleasing Allah. May our hearts be purified so that his presence can be felt upon every salam we sent to him. May our hearts be purified further such that the veil is lifted everytime we send salams to him and his blessed presence is seen with the eye of the heart. May our hearts be purified further such that none of our nafs remain and only the light of the Prophet shine from within and without. Amin Amin Amin Ya Rabbal ‘alamiin!!! 

 

 

 

Love for The Prophet

Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem, Alhamdulillahi Wasolatu Wasalaamu ‘ala Sayidina Muhammadin wa ‘ala aalihi wasohbihie fi kulli lamhatin wa nafasin…

The necessity of loving the Prophet

Say, [O Muhammad], “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 and His Messenger and jihad in His cause, then wait until Allah executes His command. And Allah does not guide the defiantly disobedient people.” (9:24)

This is enough encouragement, advice, proof and indication of the necessity of loving him and is sufficient to show that this duty is an immediate important obligation which is the Prophet’s right.

Anas reported that the Prophet pbuh said, “None of you will believe until I am more beloved to him than his children, his father and all people.”

The Reward of loving him

The Prophet pbuh  said, “You will be with the one you love.” That is on the Day of Rising, in the hereafter. “And whoever obeys Allah and the Messenger – those will be with the ones upon whom Allah has bestowed favor of the prophets, the steadfast affirmers of truth, the martyrs and the righteous. And excellent are those as companions.” 4:69

Thus if one loves the Prophet and obeys him and Allah’s commands and prohibitions will be with the Prophet in heaven.

The Signs of love

  1. Emulation, following his way, his sunna, his words and deeds, obeying his commands and avoiding his prohibitions and taking on his adab in ease and hardship, joy and despair. Say, [O Muhammad], “If you should love Allah , then follow me, [so] Allah will love you and forgive you your sins. And Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.” 3:31
  2. He will prefer what the Prophet has laid down as law and encouraged, over his own passions and appetites. Allah said, “And [also for] those who were settled in al-Madinah and [adopted] the faith before them. They love those who emigrated to them and find not any want in their breasts of what the emigrants were given but give [them] preference over themselves, even though they are in privation. And whoever is protected from the stinginess of his soul – it is those who will be the successful.” 59:9
  3. His anger against people will only be for the sake of the pleasure of Allah. Anas ibn Malik said, “The Messenger of Allah said to me, ‘My son, if you can be without any grudge in your heart against anyone in the morning and evening, be like that.’ Then he added, ‘My son, that is part of my way/sunna. Whoever gives life to my sunna has loved me and whoever loves me is with me in the Garden.”
  4. Another of the signs of love for the Prophet is to mention him often.
  5. Another is great yearning to meet him. Every lover yearns for their beloved.
  6. One of its sign is that as well as mentioning him often, someone who loves him will exalt and respect him when he mentions him and display humility and abasement when he hears his name. Ishaq at-Tujibi said, “Whenever the Companions of the Prophet heard his name after he passed away, they were humble , their skins trembled nad they wept. It was the same with many of the Followers. Some of them act like that out of love and  yearning for him, others out of respect and esteem.”
  7. Love for those who love him and the people of his house and his Companions, both the Muhajirun and the Ansars, for his sake. Such a person will be hostile to those who hate them and curse them.
  8. Hatred for anyone who hates Allah and His Messenger, having enmity towards all who have enmity towards him , avoidance of all those who oppose his sunna and introduce innovations into his deen,  and finding every matter contrary to his shari’a burdensome. You will not find a people who believe in Allah and the Last Day having affection for those who oppose Allah and His Messenger, even if they were their fathers or their sons or their brothers or their kindred…-58:22
  9. Love for the Quran which was brought by the Prophet, by which he guided and was guided, and whose character he took on so that ‘A’isha said, “His character was the Quran”. ibn Mas’ud said, “No one needs to ask himself anything except the Qur’an. If he loves the Qur’an, he loves Allah and His Messenger.”
  10. To have compassion for his community, giving them good counsel, striving for their best interests and removing what is harmful from them just as the Prophet was “compassionate, merciful to the believers.” 9:128
  11. The final sign is that the one who aspires to it does without in this world and prefers poverty. The person is content with little from this world. The Prophet said, “Poverty for those among you who loves me comes quicker than a flood from the top of the mountain to the bottom.”

The excerpts from the earlier posts and this post on the Messenger of Allah are taken from the book Ash-Shifa of Qadi ‘Iyad translated by ‘Aisha Abdarrahman Bewley.

A Man Unlike Any Other

Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem, Alhamdulillahi Wasolatu Wasalaamu ‘ala Sayidina Muhammadin wa ‘ala aalihi wasohbihie fi kulli lamhatin wa nafasin…

Yes, the Messenger of Allah, may Allah grant him peace and blessings,  is a man but he is unlike any other. It is related that the mother of the Messenger of Allah, Amina bint Wahab said that when she was pregnant with the Messenger of Allah pbuh, she felt as if she was not pregnant all.

His blessed spittle

The miracles attributed to his spittle is enough to prove that he is unlike any other man. He is the best of creation, the master of creation and the beloved of Allah. 

Al-‘Uqayli has mentioned from Habib ibn Fudayk that his father’s eyes went white so that he could not see anything. The Messenger of Allah pbuh spat in his eyes and he saw. They even saw him threading a needle when he was eighty.

The Messenger of Allah pbuh spat  in ‘Ali’s eyes in the Battle of Khaybar when he had a pain in them and they were healed. He spat on the thigh-wound of Salama ibn al-Akwa’ during the Battle of Khaybar and he was healed. He spat on the foot of Zayd ibn Mu’adh when the sword meant for Ka’b struck him when ka’b ibn al-Ashraf was killed, and it healed. He spat on the broken thigh of ‘Ali ibn al-Hakam during the battle of the Ditch and it healed immediately without ‘Ali even dismounting. In the Battle of Badr, Abu Jahal cut off the hand of Mu’awwidh ibn ‘Afra’. He came carrying his hand and the Messenger of Allah pbuh spat on it and replaced it and it remained. Ibn Wahb related this. Ibn Wahb also related that Khubayb ibn Yasaf was injured in the Battle of Badr by a blow to his neck so that half of it was hanging loose. The Messenger of Allah pbuh put it back and spat on it and it healed up.

Love of Him

It is related that Bilal the muazzin of the Messenger of Allah pbuh emigrated to Syria upon the passing of The Messenger of Allah pbuh due to intense grief. He could not bear to stay in Madinah, the City of The Prophet pbuh. The sight of the Companions, the mosque of the Prophet pbuh and the tomb of the Prophet brought him to tears.

After two years, he had a dream in which he saw the Prophet pbuh. His longing brought him back to Madinah. The Companions of the Prophet upon seeing him requested him to do the prayer call (adhan) just like he did in the time of the Prophet. (He was well known to have the best voice). Bilal refused their request saying that he is the muazzin of the Prophet and he would not do the adhan after the Prophet is no longer around.

However, as he went about in Madinah he met with the two grandsons of the Prophet pbuh, Sayidina al-Hasan and al-Husayn. He greeted and hugged them. They were quick to request him the same request. Bilal however could not refuse them as he did not want to hurt their feelings nor that of their grandfather the Messenger of Allah. So he went up to make the Prayer Call.

Allahu Akbar! Allahu Akbar! Ash hadu allaailahaillallah…However when Bilal reached the phrase “Ash haduanna Muhammadur Rasulullah” he couldn’t continue further as he had broken into tears. By then the peope of Madinah had rushed out of their houses, they were exclaiming, “Has the Messenger of Allah returned?!” The voice of Bilal had reminded them of the time of the Messenger of Allah pbuh.  The whole of Madinah broke into tears of longing.

‘Ali ibn Abi Talib was asked, “How was your love for the Messenger of Allah?” He replied, “By Allah we loved him more than our wealth, our sons, our fathers and our mothers, and more than cold water in a time of great thirst.”

Ibn Ishaq said that the father, brother and husband of one of the women of the Ansar were killed in the Battle of Uhud fighting for the Messenger of Allah. She asked, “What has happened to the Messenger of Allah, may Allah grant him blessings and peace?” They said, “He is as well as you would like, praise be to Allah!” She said, “Show him to me so that I can see him.” When she saw him, she said, “Every affliction is as nothing now that you are safe.”

The Beloved of Allah

Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem, Alhamdulillahi Wasolatu Wasalaamu ‘ala Sayidina Muhammadin wa ‘ala aalihi wasohbihie fi kulli lamhatin wa nafasin…

His Birth

When he was born, he lifted his head up, looking skywards, a light issued with him and Umm ‘Uthman saw the stars lowering themselves and a light appeared so that she could see nothing but light. The midwife ash-Shifa’ Umm ‘AbdurRahman said, “When he dropped into my hands and sneezed, I heard a voice said, “May Allah have mercy on you!’ and the entire horizon was illuminated for me so that I could see the castles of the Greeks.”

All the sons of Abu Talib got up in the morning disheveled whereas the Prophet pbuh was always neat, oiled and wearing kohl(celak). His nurse, Umm Ayman said, “I never saw him complain of hunger or thirst either as a child or as an adult.”

His Humility

In the battle of Banu Qurayza, he rode a donkey with a saddle cloth which was haltered with a rope made of palm fibre. The Prophet would be invited to eat barley bread and rancid butter and he would accept such an invitation. He would work in the house with his family. He would delouse his clothes, repair his sandals, serve himself, sweep the house and hobble the camel and take them to graze. He would eat with the servants, knead bread with them and carry his own goods to the market. You can’t find any leader, king or ruler in the past or present doing such things apart from the Prophets of Allah and they are nobler than kings.

His Trustworthiness and decency

An-Nadr ibn al-Harith said to Quraysh(the disbelievers), “When Muhammad was a young man among you, he was the most pleasing, truthful and trustworthy of you until he had white hairs at his temple (grew older) and brought you what he brought (the religion of Islam). Then you said, ‘A magician!’ No, by Allah, he is not a magician!”

The Prophet peace be upon him, never touched a woman over whom he did not have rights.

He divided his day into three parts, one for Allah, one for his family and one for himself. Then he divided his own part between himself and his people.

More on him

When he sits in an assembly, he almost never moved his limbs. He was often silent, speaking only when necessary and avoiding people who did not speak well. His companions smiled rather than laughed in his presence out of respect for him and to imitate him. He loved scents and perfume and he used them often. He encouraged their use. He also forbade people to blow on food and drink.

How he was respected, valued and venerated

When Quraysh sent ‘Urwa in Mas’ud to the Messenger of Allah, he saw the unparalleled respect which his Companions displayed towards him/ Whenever he did wudu’ they ran to get his leftover wudu’ water and very nearly fought over it. If he spat they took it with ther hands and wiped it on their faces and bodies. If a hair of his fell down, they ran to get it. If he commanded them to do something, they ran to do his command. If he spoke, they lowered their voices in his presence. They did not stare at him due to their respect for him. When ‘Urwa returned to the Quraysh, he said, “People of Quraysh! I have been to Chosroes in his kingdom, and Caesar in his kingdom and the Negus in his kingdom, but by Allah, I have not seen any king among his people treated anything like the way Muhammad is treated by his Companions.” He was respected and cherished more than kings but he slept on skin stuffed with palm fibre, fine bread was not prepared for him nor did he ate on a table or fine platter. May Allah bless him and grant him peace forever…