Al-Haadi v01n09



Saturday, 28 February 2009 00:40

To know Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) is more important than even knowing  ourselves. Allah Ta'ala declares: "The Nabi is closer to the Believers than their souls..." (Surah Ahzaab Verse 6). The very foundation of our Imaan lies upon knowing Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam). It is impossible to fulfil the commands of Allah Ta'ala without the knowledge of the Seerah  of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam). From our acts of worship to the mundane daily activities, the method and pattern of the Beloved of Allah Ta'ala will have to be followed. This is the one and only road to gain the love of Allah Ta'ala as explained in the words of the Qur'an: "Say (O Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam)) If you love Allah Ta'ala follow me, Allah will love you and forgive your sins." (S.3 V.31)  Therefore a Believer should be well aware of the details of the life of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam). Hereunder, glimpses from the Seerah of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) are discussed. This is  merely to create the thirst within us to undertake a detail study of the Seerah of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam).



The height of perfection was granted to Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) even in his physical self. Many narrations contain the description of the physical excellence of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam).  In one narration it is mentioned that the noble face of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) would shine like the full moon.

Hazrath Jaabir (R.A.) says: "I once saw Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) on a moonlit night. At times I looked at the full moon and at times I looked at Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam). Indeed I concluded that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) was more handsome than the moon". (Shamaa'il Tirmizi pg. 16)

Regarding the palm of  the Nabi of Allah Ta'ala (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam), Hazrath  Anas (R.A.) says: "I have  never touched any fine silk which was softer than the palm of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) nor did I smell any fragrance better than the (natural) fragrance (of the body of) Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam)."

Hazrath Ayesha (R.A.) reports that if  the  women who cut their hands when they saw Yusuf (Alaihis Salaam) had to see Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alalhi Wasallam), they would  have cut out their hearts. 

These are just some of the many narrations that explain the physical beauty and excellence of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam). A couplet of Hazrath Hassaan bin Thabith (R.A.) sums it all up. He says : "More handsome than you my eye has not seen; More beautiful than you no woman has given birth to; You have been created free from every blemish;  As if you were created just as you had wished." 

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The month of Rabiul-Awwal is known to one and all as being the month in which Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) was born. With the onset of Rabiul-Awwal, programmes and functions to commemorate the noble birth abound. These programmes and functions stem from the love for Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam). However, let us examine these programmes from another perspective. 

The Ummah of every Messenger of Allah Ta'ala passed through two stages. The first was that period of time when the Ummah was living a life in total accordance to the teachings of their Nabi (Alaihis Salaam). Every action displayed their love and devotion for their Nabi (Alaihis Salaam). Hence they had no need to fix any special occasions wherein this love could be expressed.

The next stage came when the Ummah had abandoned the practical example of their Guide and Prophet. Instead they had adopted a way of life which had little or no resemblance to the way of the Prophet (Alaihis Salaam). Nevertheless, the love for their prophet still existed in their hearts to some degree but there was no practical expression of this love. As a result they began to observe certain special occasions in which this love could be expressed.  

The Ummah of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) has also passed through the first stage. The Sahaaba (R.A.) displayed their total love for Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) in every aspect of their lives. Hence no special occasion in the entire year was ever observed by them to commemorate anything in order to express their love. However, with the passing of time the Ummah abandoned the Sunnah and adopted in its place the way of the enemies of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam). Often one can not even distinguish a Muslim from a disbeliever. Hence Special occasions are now observed in order to express the love for Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam). This obviously can never be a substitute for the Sunnah way of life. Therefore the only solution is to practically adopt the Sunnah totally and express the true love for Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) in every action of our lives.


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