The Sunnah of our Holy Prophet (Swallallaahu alaihi wa sallam) sets a perfect example for anyone who wishes to draw close to Allah (Allaah Azzawajal)
Quran (Surah 33: Verse 21)
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The Beloved Messenger said, “None of you will have faith till he loves me more than his father, his children and all mankind.”
[Bukhari, Book 2, Hadith no. 12]
We live in such times that it is no longer just the unbelievers who raise objections to a Muslim’s love for the Prophet. Today, within our own Ummah itself, a Muslim is questioned and cross-examined in case he loves the Prophet “too much”. The essence of our faith, the crux of our obedience to Allah, has become a matter of great debate. We now need references and proof to justify this fundamental aspect of Imaan. The question is, why?
The Beloved Messenger said, “The people most loved by me from amongst my Ummah would be those who would come after me but everyone amongst them would have the keenest desire to catch a glimpse of me, even at the cost of his family and wealth.”
[Muslim, Book 40, Hadith no. 6791]
Ask yourself, what proofs did the Companions demand for loving him?
When Sayyidina Abu Bakr surrendered all his wealth to him for Tabuk (1);
when Sayyidina Abdullah bin Masud would carry his blessed sandals like a treasure (2);
when Sayyidina Talha honoured and kept his blessed hair (3);
when Sayyida Umm Sulaym cherished drops of his blessed sweat (4);
when Sayyidina Hassaan bin Thabit penned poetry in his honour (5);
when Sayyidina Umar kissed the Black Stone only because he did so (6);
when Sayyidina Usman rushed at his request to equip the Muslim army (7);
when Sayyidina Bilal wept heartbroken at his blessed grave (8);
when Sayyidina Ali refused to erase words testifying to his Prophethood (9);
when Sayyida Nusayba bint Kaab shielded him at Uhud (10);
when Sayyidina Talha gave an arm to protect him from arrows (11);
when Sayyidina Khalid bin Walid honoured strands of his blessed hair mid-battle (12);
when the Companions treasured his blessed saliva, and competed for his blessed ablution water (13)
– did they love the Prophet too much?
Sayyidina Umar said to the Beloved Messenger, “O Allah’s Messenger! You are dearer to me than everything except my own self.” The Beloved Messenger said, “No, by Him in Whose Hand my soul is, (you will not have complete faith) till I am dearer to you than your own self.” Then Sayyidina Umar said to him, “However, now – by Allah – you are dearer to me than my own self.” The Messenger replied, “Now, O Umar, (now you are a believer).”
[Bukhari, Vol. 8, Book 78, Hadith no. 628]
The cries of ‘shirk’ resonate louder with every step taken out of love for the Prophet. However, the Prophet himself said, “By Allah, I am not afraid that you will worship others besides Allah after me (commit shirk), but I am afraid that you will compete with each other for the pleasures of this world.” [Bukhari, Vol. 5, Book 5, Hadith no. 411]
Our Prophet himself testified to the fact that the Ummah will never be united upon shirk, that as a majority the Ummah will not unite on this concept. That being said, the Ahle Sunnah wal Jamaat which is as-sawad al-aazam, firqat an-najiyya (the greater majority, the group of salvation), have shown complete love and devotion towards the Beloved Prophet, and all that is associated with him, for centuries. It cannot therefore be classed as shirk, and if this was the case, the Ummah would never have united and agreed upon it. These are the words of the Beloved Prophet himself.
This ever-growing fear of shirk is simply the false alarm of those who believe little in the words of the Beloved Prophet, and whose hearts are devoid of complete devotion. It is an evil whisper of doubt from the devil, the illness of those who have gone to extremes in trying to implement the Shariah – about whom the Beloved Prophet said, “Ruined are the extremists!” [Bukhari, Book 34, Hadith no. 6450]
Imam Nawawi states that in the context of its narration, the above Hadith refers to “those who delve too deeply, are extreme, and go beyond bounds in their speech and actions.” [Sharh Sahih Muslim]
The action of labelling others as mushrikeen (those who indulge in shirk) is a serious matter and should not be taken so lightly.
Sayyidina Anas narrates: “A man asked the Prophet about the Hour (i.e. Day of Judgment) saying, “When will the Hour be?” The Prophet said, “What have you prepared for it?” The man said, “Nothing, except that I love Allah and His Messenger.” The Prophet said, “You will be with those whom you love.” We had never been so glad as we were on hearing that saying of the Prophet.”
[Bukhari, Vol. 5, Book 57, Hadith no. 37]
Love for the Prophet has one limitation; that a person does not exceed the limits as the Christians did in regards to their Prophet: “Do not exaggerate in praising me as the Christians praised the son of Maryam, for I am only a slave. So call me the slave of Allah, and His Messenger.” [Bukhari, Vol.4, Hadith no. 654]
This, the Beloved Prophet said as a warning so that none would take him as a deity (na’uzubillah) for Allah alone is worthy of worship; and also out of humility for he was known for his deep modesty and noble character.
As long as these bounds are respected, the Ummah is safe. Following the Beloved Messenger leads to Allah’s Pleasure, and following his Sunnah leads to strength in faith – and you cannot be sincere in these actions if they do not come from the love within your heart.
“Say (O Muhammad): ‘If you do love Allah, follow me: Allah will love you and forgive you your sins: for Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.’”
Truly, love needs no justification nor does it require reasoning or proof; it just is.
And Allama Iqbal once said, “Love of the Prophet is like blood in the veins of the Muslims.”
May Allah’s eternal peace and blessings of the highest degree be upon our Beloved Prophet Mustafa, upon his Family and his Companions; upon those he loves, and those who love him.
1) When the Beloved Messenger of Allah led the expedition of Tabuk, Sayyidina Abu Bakr Siddique donated all his wealth for the campaign. When the Beloved Prophet enquired as to how much wealth he had left for his household, he replied, “I have left Allah and His Messenger for my family.”[Sunan Abu Dawud]
2) Sayyidina Abdullah ibn Masud would carry the Prophet’s blessed sandals. When the Prophet rose, Sayyidina Abdullah ibn Masud would put them on his sacred feet, and when the Prophet sat down, he would carry the blessed sandals in his arms until the Prophet rose again. [Imam Qastalani’s Mawahib al-Laduniyya; Imam Salihi’s Subul al-Huda wal Rashad]
3) Sayyidina Anas said, “When the Prophet shaved his head (after pilgrimage), Abu Talha was the first one to take of his hair.” [Bukhari]
4) Sayyidina Anas reported that, “Allah’s Messenger used to come to our house and there was perspiration upon his body. My mother brought a bottle and began to pour the sweat in that. When Allah’s Messenger got up he said, ‘Umm Sulaym, what is this that you are doing?’ Thereupon she said, ‘That is your sweat which we mix in our perfume and it becomes the most fragrant perfume.’” [Muslim, Book 30, Hadith no. 5761]
5) Sayyida Aisha narrated, “Once Hassaan bin Thabit asked the permission of the Holy Prophet to satirize (i.e. compose satirical poetry to defame) the infidels. The Holy Prophet e said, ‘What about the fact that I have common descent with them?’ Hassaan replied, ‘I shall take you out of them as a hair is taken out of dough.’ [Bukhari, Book 56, Hadith no. 731]
6) Sayyidina Umar approached the Black Stone (Hajr-e-Aswad) and kissed it saying “No doubt, I know that you are a stone and can neither benefit anyone nor harm anyone. Had I not seen Allah’s Messenger kissing you, I would not have kissed you.”[Bukhari, Vol. 2, Book 26, Hadith no. 667]
7) When the Beloved Messenger appealed for contributions for Tabuk, Sayyidina Usman gave one thousand camels, fifty horses and one thousand pieces of gold. The Beloved Prophet remarked at this generosity saying, “Whatever Usman does, from this day on, will do him no harm.” [Tirmidhi]
8) It is reported that Sayyidina Bilal visited the blessed grave of the Beloved Prophet and sat weeping, rubbing his face against its soil in his anguish. [Ibn Maja 2:1320, Imam Ahmad, Imam Tabarani, Imam ibn Asakir]
9) Sayyidina Ali penned the treaty of Hudaibiya and he wrote: This is what Muhammad, the Messenger of Allah, has settled. The polytheists said, “Do not write the words, ‘the Messenger of Allah’. If we knew that you were the Messenger of Allah, we would not fight against you.” The Prophet said to Sayyidina Ali, “Strike out these words.” He replied, “I am not going to strike them out.” So the Prophet struck them out with his own hand. [Muslim, Book 19, Hadith no. 4401]
10) Sayyida Nusayba bint Kaab fought at Uhud and killed 12. It is reported that the Prophet praised her saying, “Never did I look right or left but she was there defending me and fighting before me.”
11) Sayyidina Talha remained with the Beloved Messenger on the day of Uhud, defending him to the point that his arm was paralysed with arrows. Sayyidina Qais narrated, “I saw Talha’s paralysed hand with which he had protected the Prophet on the day of Uhud. [Bukhari, Book 59, Hadith no.392]
12) Sayyidina Khalid bin Walid had some strands of the Beloved Messenger’s hair inside his cap. During one of the battles, this cap fell onto the ground whereupon he fought zealously to retrieve it. At the shock of his Companions, he explained that he had not fought for the sake of the cap, but to retrieve the strands of the Prophet’s blessed hair that were tucked within it, so that he would not be deprived of their blessings, and also to save them from the hands of the unbelievers. [Qadi Iyaad’s Shifa, Vol. 1, page 619; Majma az-Zawaid, Vol. 9, page 349; Mustadrak, Vol. 3, page 239]
13) While Sayyidina Urwa bin Masud was an unbeliever, the Quraysh sent him as envoy to the Beloved Messenger. When he returned to his people, he said, “O people! By Allah, I have been to the kings and to Caesar, Chosroes and an-Najashi, yet I have never seen any of them respected by his courtiers as much as Muhammad is respected by his companions. By Allah, if he spat, the saliva would fall in the hand of one of them (i.e. the Prophet’s companions) who would rub it on his face and skin; if he ordered them, they would carry out his order immediately; if he performed ablution, they would compete to take the remaining water; and when he spoke, they would lower their voices and would not look at his face constantly out of respect.” [Bukhari, Vol. 3, Book 50, Hadith no. 891]
12 Foods That our Beloved Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه واله وسلم) Liked And Their Benefits.
1. Meat (گوشت):
Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه واله وسلم) sai…d.”Meat is the king of foods”, (sayed ut Tawam). It is rich in protein, iron, zinc, selenium. Good for bones, teeth, strengthening the immune system, body tissues and many more.
2. Dates ( کھجور ):
Dates are free from cholesterol and contain very low fat. Dates are rich in vitamins and minerals. Good source of dietary fiber,tannins, vitamin-A, iron, Potassium, calcium, mangnanese, copper and pyridoxine (vitamin B-6)
3. Figs ( انجير ):
Fig fruit is low in calories, Good for bones
4. Grapes ( انگور ):
The Prophet (صلى الله عليه واله وسلم) ) was very fond of grapes – it purifies the blood, provides vigor and health, strengthens the kidneys and clears the bowels.
5. Honey ( شہد ):
Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه واله وسلم) said. “Honey is the cure of every stomach disease”. He use to drink honey + water in morning. Considered the best remedy for diarrhea when mixed in hot water. It is the food of foods, drink of drinks and drug of drugs. It is used for creating appetite, strengthening the stomach, eliminating phlegm; as a meat preservative, hair conditioner, eye soother and mouthwash.
6. Melon ( تربوز – خربوزا – سردا ):
The Prophet (صلى الله عليه واله وسلم) said: ‘None of your women who are pregnant and eat of water melon will fail to produce off spring that is good in countenance
The Prophet(صلى الله عليه واله وسلم) said that milk wipes away heat from the heart just as the finger wipes away sweat from the brow. It strengthens the back, improved the brain, renews vision and drives away forgetfulness.
8. Olive & Olive Oil ( زيتون )
It is mentioned in Quran. Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه واله وسلم) said ““ Eat the olive oil and apply it (locally), since there is cure for seventy diseases in it, one of them is Leprosy.” Olive’s are said to be the food of Prophets. Olive oil is Excellent treatment for skin and hair, delays old age, and treats inflammation of the stomach.
9. Pomegranate ( انار ):
The Prophet (صلى الله عليه واله وسلم) said it cleanses you of Satan and evil aspirations for 40 days.
10. Vinegar ( سرکہ ):
Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه واله وسلم) said. “Vinegar is the best curry (سالن)”
11. Water ( پاني ):
The Prophet (صلى الله عليه واله وسلم) said “fever is (like) vapor of hell. so cool it with cold water” and “the best drink in this world is water”, when you are thirsty drink it by sips and not gulps, gulping produces sickness of the liver.
12. Squash or Pumpkin (کدو):
It was Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه واله وسلم)’s favorite vegetable. It is good for Lungs, protects against birth defects. Good in asthma, colon cancer, pain, blood pressure, heart disease and much more.
And last but not least, Remember! excessive eating of any thing is wrong. e.g. excessive eating of meat or just any other thing is bad. The thing is you should eat normal. and 2nd. Dont eat to the full capacity of your stomach. Its the saying of our Beloved Prophet that humans need little food to live. So just imagine three parts of your stomach. 1 for food. 1 for water and keep one empty. Means 1/3 of ur stomach should have food and 1/3 is for water. Dont fill the remaining 1/3 with excessive eating or any thing. Thats the way to stay healthy.
Prophet of Islam (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) occupies an exalted, everlasting and the most unique position in the religious history of mankind. Of all the Founders of Religion only Prophet of Islam (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) is the first and the last to claim that the Message which he brought from Allah Ta’ala to mankind is absolutely complete and final, that his dispensation shall remain in force till the end of the world, and after him no Divine Messenger will come to modify, add, subtract or abrogate any of his teachings. In him, the institution of Prophethood attained its full, final and most perfect form. History shows that the world from the beginning has not produced any other man who can rival the Prophet of Islam (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) in the field of his teachings, his actions, his deeds or practical way of life.
It was Hazrat Muhammad’s (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) grandest contribution to the elevation of his fellow-men that he re-affirmed the sovereign principle of Monotheism and universal brotherhood of man transcending all barriers that people erect in ignorance and fear.
Hazrat Muhammad (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) arose in the midst of a society that was cruelly barbarious, which had no culture, no manners, no society and no civilisation. Humanity was coming very close to calamity. Imagine the same society is today the noble torch-bearer of a new and excellent civilisation. This is one of the main miracles the Prophet of Islam (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam)performed and world history bears testimony to this truth. In a short span of 23 years he brought under one banner a most barbarous tribe spread over 2 000 000 square miles of a very remote region of the world.
It is a universal fact that Hazrat Muhammad (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) is the only Prophet in whose honour praises have been sung by all other religious leaders and some have rather recommended to their followers to follow the path of this great Prophet. People like Guru Nanak, the spiritual head of Sikh sect, and George Bernard Shaw, the philosopher, are such personalities.
Sayyiduna Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) accomplished what he undertook in his own short span of life with limited means and all round adversities, trials tortures and tribulations. The task that he accomplished, the work that he did, the manners and the character that he exhibited, and above all, the way in which he completed this stupendous task, is itself a clear proof of his being the last and the living Messenger of Allah whose religion is perfect, character blotless and complete, and teachings marvellous in all respects.
What he preached appealed to man’s reasons and rational faculties rather than to mere sentimentalism, fanaticism, irrationality and superstition. He showed what was crystal clear. Although he was apostle, philosopher, reformer, religious head, statesman, orator, commander, soldier, administrator, and the head of state, he never sat an inch above the place where his followers used to sit, or ate a morsel more than his Companions ate or wore what was superior than what others used to wear.He was a selfless and sincere friend, perfect guide, graceful companion, loving teacher, an impartial judge and above all a simple and straight forward person. He sat in such a simple attire and mixed up so freely and simply with all the common people that the foreign delegations visiting his capital used to inquire from others as to who the Prophet of Islam was. Can any head of the state or any religious head in any part of the world boast to possess such an amicable nature? Can any head of state be so courageous?
History has known many great and glorious civilisations. The main amongst them being the Chinese civilization, Greek civilization, Roman civilization, Marxism and the Imperialistic. None owes its origin and establishment to a single individual. Nor can it be counted as everlasting. Moreover, these civilisations of the world covered a certain field and certain part of the world. All the civilisations were basically collective efforts of many, but Sayyiduna Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) gave Islamic civilisation single-handedly for all times to come.
The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History is a 1978 book by Michael H. Hart, a self-described white separatist. reprinted in 1992 with revisions. It is a ranking of the 100 people who, according to Hart, most influenced human history.
The first person on Hart’s list is the Prophet of Islam Muhammad, a selection that generated some controversy. Hart asserted that Muhammad was “supremely successful” in both the religious and secular realms. He also believed that Muhammad’s role in the development of Islam was far more influential than Jesus’ collaboration in the development of Christianity. He attributes the development of Christianity to St. Paul, who played a pivotal role in its dissemination.
The 1992 revisions included the demotion of figures associated with Communism, such as Vladimir Lenin and Mao Zedong, and the introduction of Mikhail Gorbachev. Hart took sides in the Shakespearean authorship issue and substituted Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford for William Shakespeare. Hart also substituted Niels Bohr and Henri Becquerel with Ernest Rutherford, thus correcting an error in the first edition. Henry Ford was also promoted from the “Honorary Mentions” list, replacing Pablo Picasso. Finally, some of the rankings were re-ordered, although no one listed in the top ten changed position.
Hart wrote another book in 1999, entitled A View from the Year 3000, voiced in the perspective of a person from that future year and ranking the most influential people in history. Roughly half of those entries are fictional people from 2000–3000, but the remainder are actual people. These were taken mostly from the 1992 edition, with some re-ranking of order.
Hart’s work shows both similarities and differences in thrust from Skiena and Ward’s 2013 book Who’s Bigger: Where Historical Figures Really Rank. Hart and Skiena & Ward both put two religious figures in the top three (Hart has Mohammed first, Jesus third; Skiena & Ward the converse), but second place in Hart’s ranking goes to a scientist (Isaac Newton) while Skiena & Ward place a soldier (Napoleon) second. And in fact Hart tends to favor people of ideas and invention (Albert Einstein, Cai Lun, Buddha, Paul of Tarsus, Johannes Gutenberg, and Confucius join Newton in his top ten) while Skiena & Ward tend somewhat more toward people who commanded states and armies (George Washington, Adolf Hitler, Abraham Lincoln, and Alexander the Great join Napoleon in their top ten, although they also rank Aristotle and Shakespeare highly).
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When people hear that the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) had many wives they conclude without much thought that the prophet was a sensuous man. However, a quick historical review of his marriages, proves otherwise.
When he was twenty-five years old he married for the first time. His wife, Khadijah, was fifteen years older than he. She remained the only wife of the prophet for the next twenty-five years, until she died (may Allah be pleased with her).
Only after her death, did the prophet marry other women. Now, it is obvious that if the prophet was after physical pleasure he did not have to wait until he was more than fifty years old to start marrying more wives. He lived in a society in which it was quite acceptable to have many wives. But the prophet remained devoted to his only wife for twenty-five years. When she died she was sixty-five years old.
His later marriages were for various reasons. Some marriages were with the view to help the women whose husbands had been killed while they were defending their faith. Others were with a view to cement relationships with devoted followers like Abu Bakr, may Allah be pleased with him. Yet others were to build bridges with various tribes who were otherwise at war with the Muslims. When the prophet became their relative through marriage, their hostilities calmed down, and much bloodshed was averted.
Recent non-Muslim writers who had the opportunity to study the life of the prophet first-hand reach a similar conclusion about his plural marriages.
John L. Esposito, Professor of Religion and Director of the Centre for International Studies at the College of the Holy Cross, says that most of these marriages had “political and social motives” (Islam: The Straight Path, Oxford University Press, 1988, p. 19). This he explained as follows: “As was customary for Arab chiefs, many were political marriages to cement alliances. Others were marriages to the widows of his companions who had fallen in combat and were in need of protection” (John L. Esposito, Islam: The Straight Path, pp. 19-20). Esposito reminds us of the following historical fact: “Though less common, polygyny was also permitted in biblical and even in post-biblical Judaism
Another non-Muslim Caesar E. Farah writes as follows: “In the prime of his youth and adult years Muhammad remained thoroughly devoted to Khadijah and would have none other for consort. This was an age that looked upon plural marriages with favor and in a society that in pre-Biblical and post-Biblical days considered polygamy an essential feature of social existence.
The New Testament contains no specific injunction against plural marriages. It was commonplace for the nobility among the Christians and Jews to contract plural marriages
David had six wives and numerous concubines (2 Samuel 5:13; 1 Chronicles 3:1-9, 14:3) and Solomon was said to have had as many as 700 wives and 300 concubines (1 Kings 11:3). Solomon’s son Rehoboam had 18 wives and 60 concubines (2 Chronicles 11:2 1). The New Testament contains no specific injunction against plural marriages. It was commonplace for the nobility among the Christians and Jews to contract plural marriages. Luther spoke of it with toleration (Caesar E. Farah, Islam: Beliefs and Observances, 4th edition, Barron’s, U.S. 1987, p. 69).
Caesar Farah then concluded that Muhammad’s plural marriages were due “partly to political reasons and partly to his concern for the wives of his companions who had fallen in battle defending the nascent Islamic community” (p.69).
A seventeenth-century Suhrawardi mystic of Ucch (Pakistan) composed a work called Jawahir al-auliya (Jewels of the Saints), that contains an interesting chapter on the virtues and blessing powers of Muhammad’s ninety-nine names. The author recounts various traditions connected with their use. The Great saint Shaykh Abdul Qadir Gilani is reported to have said that a person who recites them once every day and every night will be preserved from all kinds of affliction, and his faith will always remain undisturbed.
According to the author’s ancestor, Makhdum Jahaniyan of Ucch, the recitation of these names after the dawn prayer will cause all sins, great and small, open and secret, to be forgiven, and Sultan Sayyid Mahmud Nasiruddin Bukhari is reported to have said that whoever recites them seven times after the noon prayer will never be harassed by birds or beasts. Another Sufi ascribed to their elevenfold recitation after the evening prayer an increase in knowledge, mildness, and gnosis.
But the greatest reward, for someone who recites Muhammad’s ninety-nine names twelve times after the night prayer, was revealed to Makhdum Jahaniyan by the Prophet himself during that Sufi’s visit to Medina: Muhammad promised that he would definitely bring that person to Paradise, and would not enter it without him.
Many modern printed copies of the Qu’ran enumerate the ninety-nine Divine Names at the beginning and list the ninety-nine names of the Prophet on the final two pages. An annotated list Appendix is on the next page.
Note: The manner of reciting the noble names is as such you recite sayyiduna then the name and finish with sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, for example (Sayyiduna Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, Sayyiduna Ahmad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, Sayyiduna Hamid sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, Sayyiduna Mahmud sallallahu alayhi wa sallam…etc).