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Topic:- Ishq Rasul sallallahu alayhi wasallam
Allah Ta’ala began the chain/series of Prophets for the guidance of mankind. This chain consists of about 124 000 Prophets. Allah Ta’ala sent His beloved, the beloved of the universes, Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalam to end this series and thus, the sending of Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalam completed the chain of Prophethood.
To love the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalam is the foundation/basis of Iman. The heart which is devoid of the love of the Prophet Alayhis Salaam is devoid of Imaan.
Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalam said:-
والذي نفسى بيده لا يؤمن احدكم حتى اكون احب اليه من والده و ولده والناس اجمعين
“By the being in whose hand my life lies, None of you will have faith till he loves me more than his father, his children and all mankind.”
Imaan as a structure is built on this foundation, i.e the love for the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalam.
The stronger the foundation the stronger the structure.
It is for this this reason that we need to bring into our hearts all those things which increases the love for Nabi sallallahu alaihi wasalam.
Practice on the following is needed to bring out the love of Rasul Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalam in a heart devoid of this love.
Remember that love for the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi wasalam is not only the core of Imaan, but it is also something that will grant us Ma’iyyat on the day of Qiyamah.
A Sahabi once came to Rasul Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalam and asked:-
؟ يا رسول الله متى تكون الساعة
“When will the last hour come?”
He was asked what preparations he had made. His answer was that he had nothing prepared besides the love for ALLAAH and HIS Rasul Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalam . He was then told that he would be amongst those whom he loves.
That person who loves Allah and His Rasul will taste the sweetness of Imaan.
Love for the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam does not mean that you are being implored to love him. Loving Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalam is not something, you have to do because it’s your job. Rather, the following attest that he is in fact worthy of being loved.
It has been seen that if someone attains a certain status in this world, several people will begin to love that person.
If we make perfection in some aspect of life the reason of love, we can then say that Rasul Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalam has in him the combination of all the reasons of why we love people. Many people have passed on from this world. When we study their lives, we will see that one aspect or part of their life is better than the other.
There are so many warriors that can conquer any country but should we decide to make them leader’s, they wouldn’t be able to lead the country.
A brother might be a good brother but might not be a good father . They might excel in one aspect of their lives but fail in another.
However, a glance at Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalam’s Seerah will show that he excelled in all aspects of his life.
During the early period of prophethood, the Mushrikeen of Makkahhad asked Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalam for proof of His claim to prophethood.
They said that if you have proof then show us a sign. In response, Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalam could have pointed towards the moon and it would have split into two. He however, did not point towards the moon at this time.
If Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalam would have indicated towards a tree, the tree would have walked towards Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalam, but He did not do so. If he had indicated to a stone, the stone would have began reciting the Kalima but He did not point towards a stone. All these miracles took place later on.
Instead, Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalam said, ” The biggest proof of my prophethood is my own self, my very life. You people have seen my life as I have grown up amongst you. Tell me, can you find something wrong in me equal to a strand of hair? Such a pure life can only be that of a Nabi and this is the biggest proof of my prophethood.”
Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalam acheived so much within a short period of time after prophethood.
Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalam received prophethood in a place that was filled with vices and wrong doing. There was no humanity left in this place:
– Fathers would bury their daughters alive.
– They would drink alcohol so much so that when a child was born the first thing to go down his throat was a drop of alcohol. It is said, there was, at that time, a leader who was keeper of the keys to the Baitullah. He wanted more alcohol than what he had already consumed. He asked someone, who agreed to give him more alcohol in exchange for the key of the Baitullah. Thus, he gave up the key to the Baitullah for alcohol.
Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalam was brought up in this community and He had to bring about a revolution.
He had only 10 years, a short span of time, to bring about change.
Someone might say that he had 23 years because the period after prophethood was 23 years.
However, out of the 23 years, Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalam only spent 13 years in Makkah.
The Makkans restricted Him and out of these 13 years Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalam spent 3 years in Shobe Abi Talib.
Therefore, Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalam had only 10 years to bring about a mighty revolution from Madinah.
In a short span of 10 years, He Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalam brought about such a change in the Arabian peninsula that the world can not give semblance to it. Within this short span of 10 years, thousands of people accepted islam.
His students were such that Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalam himself was proud of them. He used to say:
“My companions are like the stars.”
In a short span of 10 years he produced such students that we cannot compare to them. Today, people go for Jamaat, spend time with the Mashaikh and after years we will see some change in them. What an amazing teacher He SallallahuAlaihi Wasallam was, that a person would come to him and change within a few minutes!
It didn’t matter if the Sahaba had spent with him 10 years, 5 years or just a few moments. Every one of them became a star.
It is said that whichever one of them (the Sahaba) you will follow you, you will be on the right path. There is no such condition that if you follow the ones who spent 10 years, you will be better.
Today Madaaris are made and the teachers are different, the helpers are different, the labour has been spread out. After a few years, a few students complete hifz and in celebration banners are put up and there is joy in the air. Truly, to do this much is a lot in our times.
Yet, 1400 years ago there was a Muallim in Madinah, he founded a Madrassah of which he alone was the founder, he alone was the Muallim, he alone was the caretaker and there were no funds. Ten years later, as he left this world 10 000 Ashaab had become Hufaaz!
No one can ever make such a Madressa.
When an Ustaad teaches a student, the student will have likeness to that Ustaad. If the Ustaad leans towards Sufism, so will the student. If the Ustaad leans towards zuhd, so will the student. What an amazing teacher He Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam was, that after he left this world, his students spread out around the world and every one of his students became an Imaam in his field. If one was a leader, then the other was a Faqih. If one was a conqueror, the other was a Zaahid. All of them became Imaams in different aspects attained from one Ustaad.
It is the special virtue of Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalam that he had such a group of followers within such a short time.
Let us take a look at how this revolution of Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalam was brought about:
The Sahaba were digging a trench around Madina for the battle of Khandaq. Some did not even have a cloth large enough to cover themselves completely. They did not have enough food and it was very cold. Despite all this, they were saying:
نحن الذين بايعوا محمدا على الجهاد ما بقينا ابدا
Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalam would reply:
اللهم لا خير الا خير الآخرة فاغفر للانصار والمهاجرة.
One sahabi came to Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalam and said, ” Oh Nabi of Allah, our stomachs have become empty so much so that out of hunger, I have tied a stone on my stomach.” Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalam removed his shawl and replied, “you have tied one stone and I have tied two stones.”
This was the condition of the leader.
In another incident, Hadhrat Fatima R.A said that once Hadrat Ali R.A brought some flour in the home. I made four Chappati out of the flour. I gave one to Hazrat Hasan R.A, one to Hazrat Hussain R.A, one to Hazrat Ali R.A and then kept the last one for myself. She says, “I took the first bite and thought of whether my father had eaten. I made halves, ate one and took the other to Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalam.’ She then mentions that after He swallowed the first morsel, Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalam said, “Fatima I swear by that lord in whose hands is my life is, this is the first morsel that has gone down my throat in three days.”
Revolutions usually cost large amounts of wealth and they result in many deaths. Yet the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam had no worldly wealth to offer to those who became His ashaab. This is indeed no small feat
In addition, Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalam brought about such a huge revolution with very little harm.
When revolutions take place children are orphaned, parents loose their support, women are widowed and many other losses occur.
You would know if you read the conquests of Ghenghiz Khan. The amount of blood shed was such that the rivers were red for days.
Yet, Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalams revolution was such that He Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalam in a span of two years managed to spread islam 10 000 miles away from Madinah with very few losses. The total loss of life lf the Muslims as well as the Kuffar are counted was only 1050.
Loss of life is inevitable in a revolution but to cause only 1050 deaths is a source of amazement.
Look through history, and you will find conquerors enter the conquered city with pride and heads held high. When He Sallahu Alaihi Wasallam entered Makkah as a conqueror , He entered with such humility that His head was bowed down until it touched part of the saddle of the Camel.
He explained to Hazrat Khalid Bin Waleed R.A that I will enter Makkah from the one side and you will enter from the other. We will enter from two sides so that the people of Makkah won’t have time to react and in this way, very few lives will be lost.
In addition, it was announced before the entrance that all those who will enter the house of Abu sufyaan R.A will be safe and all those who will enter the Haram will be safe.
Furthermore, Hazrat Khalid R.A was asked not to kill anyone as far as it was possible.
Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalam enters Makkah, sitting on a camel whilst reciting the Ayah of Surah Fatah with such humility that His head was bowed down so much so that his forehead was touching the saddle.
He went to the Kabah Shareef and waited for Hazrat Khalid R.A who was entering from the opposite side.
From afar, he noticed that the sword of Hazrat Khalid Bin Waleed was red. He said that it seems Hazrat Khalid R.A has killed someone. When Hazrat Khalid came close, Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalam asked him what had happened.
Hadhrat Khalid Bin Waleed explained that he had tried to safeguard lives, but a few youngsters stood in front of him and he persistently asked them to give way. However, they did not give him way and so he became helpless and had to use his sword.
Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalam was crying and said whatever Allah Ta’ala wants happens. Only seven people were killed at such a great conquest, yet Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalam was crying about the loss of these lives.
The leaders of Quraish were all standing in front of Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalam with their heads bowed down when Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalam asked, “What do you think I should do to you?”
Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalam as well as the Quraish remembered all the difficulties that He Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam went through eight years ago. They remembered how they had tortured Hazrat Bilal R.A, and how they had martyred Hazrat Sumaiya R.A.
Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalam did not have a weak memory, but He had not come to take revenge. He asked what should be done and they said we hope for the best from you, you are our noble brother, and you are the son of our noble brother.
If Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalam wanted, he could have taken revenge for each and everything that was done to Him, but He had not come to avenge. Instead, he had come as a mercy to them.
Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalam said, “Today, I announce that which Hazrat Yusuf Alaihi Salaam had said to his brothers,
لا تثريب عليكم اليوم….
If accomplishments are the basis to love, then Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalam has the right to be loved.
Each time a great person leaves the world, it is said by the people, ‘If only he had lived longer, then he would have attained such and such as well.”
Whoever has left this world has not managed to achieve all that he set out to, but Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalam achieved all that he had to needed to. His mission was completed.
At the time of the Hajatul Wida, Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalam asked the Sahaba, “Have I completed the task that I was sent for?”
The Ashaab unanimously attested, “We give witness that you have completed your task.”
Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalam then looked towards the sky and raised his finger saying,” O Allah, you bear witness.”
If beauty is made the basis of love then, Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalam had the most beauty.
Hazrat Hassaan R.A says regarding Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalams beauty
وأَحسنُ منكَ لم ترَ قطُّ عيني
وَأجْمَلُ مِنْكَ لَمْ تَلِدِ النّسَاءُ
خلقتَ مبرءاً منْ كلّ عيبٍ
كأنكَ قدْ خلقتَ كما تشاءُ
The Sahaba Kiraam used to speak about the beauty of Nabi Sallahu Alaihi wasallam
Hadhrat Samraa bin Jundub R.A states that it was a full moon. I was sitting with Nabi sallallahu alaihi wasalam. I would glance at the moon and then at the blessed face of Nabi sallallahu alaihi wasalam trying to see which was more beautiful, the moon in the sky or the moon of Madina. After observing for a long time he concluded, “o moon your beauty has become exemplary yet the beauty of my beloved is far greater.”
If we make beauty the basis of love, then Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalam holds the right of being loved.
That is why Hadhrat Aisha( RA) used to say, “O Zuleikha when you saw Hadhrat Yusuf (AS) you cut your fingers. If you would have seen my Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalam you would have cut your hearts to pieces.”
A Sahabi R.A says I went to meet Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalam and glanced towards Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalam. There was so much Noor on His face that I had to close my eyes out of fear of going blind.
Hadhrat Aisha RA says, I was doing some work at night, when my needle fell down and I started looking for it. There was no lantern in the house and so I was looking for the needle by feeling around with my hands. Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalam entered the house and due to the Noor on his face the room became illuminated and I found my needle.
Every Momin has the love of Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalam in his heart but we have to see how we express this love. Do we merely claim we love Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalam or do we actually live up to this claim?
In order to live up to this claim, we need to practice upon the Deen. We need to practice upon each on every aspect taught by Him Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalam .
Allah Ta’ala has expressed His love for Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalam.
The question arises that if Allah Ta’ala loves Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalam then why did He send Him to this world to face difficulty? The answer is Allah Ta’ala wanted to show the people that Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalam is precious to me but my Deen is priceless.
One drop of Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalam’s sweat is so precious, that the whole universe can not be equal to it. Imagine, if His sweat is so precious than how invaluable must that tear and that drop of blood be that Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalam shed for His ummat?
Taa’if when Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalam, was bleeding, to such an extent that his shoes were filled with blood, Allah Ta’ala became angry and said, “O my Beloved tell me and I will destroy the people of Taa’if,” but Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalam made Dua for them.
On the other hand, during the battle of Uhud, one of the Kuffar threw a stone which hit Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalam on the forehead. Blood started flowing out. And another Kaafir struck a sword on the blessed cheek of Nabi Sallallahu. Whilst another hit Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalam’s with a stone and two of His teeth fell. Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalam’s face was covered in blood. Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalam said that how can that group be successful who behaves this way with a Nabi? Even at that point He Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalam was worried about the people and their success.
A third incident occurs during the battle of Khandaq, Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalam missed his namaz. Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalam got angry looked towards the sky and said, “O Allah fill their houses, graves and stomachs with fire.” Allah Ta’ala asked why he was angry. During Ta’if and Uhud he did not react like this.
Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalam says, in Ta’if my blood was shed, In Uhud my teeth were martyred, I can bear that but here my Allah’s command has been neglected. I missed my Namaaz and I cannot bear that.
Look at the value of Deen in the eyes of Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalam, He got so angry because He missed His Namaaz.
Similarly in another incident, it was Namaaz time and a few Sahaba were present, waiting to start praying. Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalam came and said, ” I feel like making someone else stand on my Musalla and taking a few youngsters with me and setting fire to those people’s houses who pray Namaaz at home and don’t come for Jamaat.” Why did Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalam display so much anger? It was because people were breaking a command of Allah Ta’ala.
We have left the Deen that Nabi Alayhis Salaam brought to us after so much sacrifice.
We claim to have love for Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalam but we leave His Sunnah.
We need to bring the Sunnah into practice.
The respected sheikh says he believes that the way Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalam taught us to live our lives in a way that cannot be compared to any other religion or nation. Each and every aspect of His life is the best and His teachings are the best. So then why do we need to follow others?
Think about this, two women are sitting, one has gold in her laps and the other has stones. And the one with gold is looking towards the one with stones with longing and desire. One would say that, “You are foolish, you have gold in your laps and you are yearning for stones.”
This describes our condition we have the lifestyle of Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalam before us but we are yearning for the lifestyle of the Kufaar.
We need to bring the lifestyle of Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalam in our life.
We need to create an environment in which the Sunnah is practised.
Hazratjee D.B says that He had the opportunity to pray Jummah Namaaz in one of the western countries.
He mentions that the Imam came dressed in jeans and a top with no beard. He gave a lecture and then He mentioned something and Hazratjee says that he felt the ground was slipping from beneath him.
The Imam said that if Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalam was alive now then He would have also worn jeans and a top.( Na’ auzubillah)
Ponder and think, what have we given in return for the tears that our Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalam shed for us?
Instead of taking the blame (and admitting guilt), fingers are pointed to Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalam that if He Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalam would be alive even He would have worn jeans and a shirt.
Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalam did not use interest, yet we consume it.
Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalam ordered Purdah, yet we have made going out without hijaab a fashion.
Hazratjee says that someone stood up from the gathering and said, “O Khateeb aren’t you scared to say something like that, you are talking about the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalam. Look towards the companions of Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalam, they are still wearing the Sunnah clothing. If they have not been affected by this fashion trend then how would Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalam be affected? Ambiya don’t come in this world so that the world changes them, they come to change the world.
“How can one be proud that the world has changed him.
A man is he Who changes the world.