Master Plan

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The construction of a perfect building depends primarily on two aspects: Having an expert to draw an excellent master plan and then constructing the building according to that plan. If either of the above two aspects are not found the building will be defective. A defective building could lead to much misery and may even cause the death of the one who occupies it.

Likewise is the building of our life. One needs to have a perfect plan to guide one. The plan must then be followed very strictly to build the perfect life which brings success in this world and the Hereafter.

 

GREATEST EXPERT

Allah Ta`ala blessed us with Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam), the greatest expert, who presented the most perfect plan and model of LIFE. The Qur’aan clearly declares: “Indeed in the messenger of Allah Ta`ala is a noble example for you.” (S 33: V 21) Our success now depends on building our lives according to the model he has presented to us. It would be very foolish to follow the plan of an unqualified person to build even the smallest structure. The structure may collapse on one. It will be even more foolish if one follows the plan of a novice to build a multi-storey block of flats. What then can be said of the one who refers to the plans of the disbelievers, those who are totally ignorant of the reality of this world and the Hereafter, in order to build the towering skyscraper of LIFE? To adopt the plans of such people is to invite misery and failure in this world and in the next.

 

PROBLEMS

Generally, people’s lives are beset with problems. Either the “roof is caving in” or the “floor is sinking in” or a host of other such issues are the order of the day. In most cases this is due to following the plan of the western way of life. Hence, parents are treated with utter disrespect by their own children, marriages are breaking due to the most trivial reasons, there is no peace and tranquillity despite having much wealth and a feeling of despair has overcome many people. It is therefore crucially important that we once again look at the perfect model presented to us by Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) and build our lives accordingly.

The perfect model presented by Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) covers every aspect of life. He practically demonstrated how we should impeccably fulfil the rights of Allah Ta`ala as well as the rights of the servants of Allah Ta`ala.

After Imaan, the most important right of Allah Ta`ala is Salaah. A few days before he bid farewell to this worldly abode, Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) became very ill. He fell unconscious many times. When he regained consciousness, the first thing that he would ask was whether it was already time for Salaah. When he felt slightly well, he came to the Musjid with the help of two people and performed Salaah with Jama`ah. His parting advice was: “Be careful of your Salaah.” This was the model of the importance of Salaah that he presented to us to follow. Therefore, our lives should also revolve around Salaah. Our personal engagements, business and other activities should be conducted outside of Salaah times. This is the most fundamental lesson to learn from the life of Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam). The love for Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) dictates that we should not cause pain to his mubarak heart by missing our Salaah or, for males, by neglecting to perform it with Jama`ah (congregation) without a valid shar`i reason.

 

RIGHTS OF PEOPLE

The example of Salaah was just a slight glimpse into the life of Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) with regard to the importance he gave to fulfilling of the rights of Allah Ta`ala. Likewise, the plan of life that Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) presented and demonstrated included the complete fulfilment of the rights of people.

For instance, he was never harsh upon his wives. Instead he displayed the greatest amount of love and affection to them. Without allowing anyone to overstep the boundaries of Deen, he presented the example of the best husband. He clearly declared: “The best among you is he who is best to his wife, and I am the best among all of you to my wives (Mishkaat).” In a similar manner the “plan” that he drew for women primarily included obedience to the husband (in all permissible things), respect for him and being a means of support for him in his Deen. Hence he is reported to have said: “Had sajdah (prostration) been permissible for anyone besides Allah, I would have ordered women to prostrate to their husbands.” The recipe for marital bliss, therefore, is in both spouses following the guidance given by Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) and building their married lives according to his perfect plan.     

 

PERFECT CHARACTER

Among the most prominent aspects of his exemplary model life was his akhlaaq (character). He never took revenge for himself. Instead he forgave those who tormented him the most. He encouraged the Ummah to also forgive and forget and explained to them the great rewards they will get for forgiving, both in this world and the Hereafter. He taught the lesson of joining family ties. Kindness to people and caring for the less fortunate were among his distinguishing characteristics.

Rasulullah’s (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) plan of life highlighted the qualities of modesty and simplicity. He declared both these traits as being part of Imaan. How tragic it is that the Ummah has, to a large extent, adopted the western plan of life which is based on shamelessness and extravagance. As a result, among other aspects the dressing of especially Muslim women has degenerated to unimaginable depths. The entire focus is towards revealing the body to strangers in one way or the other. Similarly, due to lack of shame, the most indecent newspapers, magazines and other literature are left lying around the home without the least concern. Numerous other aspects of shamelessness have become accepted in society. No consideration is given to the fact that shamelessness and immorality speedily invite the wrath of Allah Ta’ala which results in the destruction of nations, as was the case with the nation of Hazrat Lut (A.S.). The end result of losing shame and modesty is the explosion of immorality. Homes and communities are on fire. Nothing can extinguish the flames except adopting the model of Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam). The laws of hijaab must be upheld. No intermingling of non-mahram males and females must take place. All immoral literature and media, especially the T.V., must be literally thrown out. Haya (modesty and shame) must be inculcated in the Ummah.

 

SACRIFICES

While Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) practically taught us how to fulfil the rights of Allah Ta`ala and of people, he also taught us to be deeply concerned about our own salvation in the Hereafter as well as the salvation of others. To this end he undertook untold hardships and made unparalleled sacrifices. His family and his Sahaabah (r.a.) joined him and supported him in his mission. This should also be an integral part of our plan of life – to help the Deen of Allah Ta`ala. Inviting people towards Allah Ta`ala, teaching somebody some aspect of Deen, assisting in the running of Masaajid, Madaaris and Makaatib and in general bringing people closer to Allah Ta`ala are all ways of serving Deen.

Thus our lives should be built on the master plan of the Sunnah. Only in this lies our peace and happiness in this world and eternal success in the Hereafter. May Allah Ta`ala grant us the most intense love for Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) and enable us to live our lives according to his plan. Aameen.

 

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