Seerah Message

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Forsaken by his people; harassed by his own uncles; stoned till he bled . . . Allahu Akbar . . . yes ... indeed . . . till he bled from head to toe; mocked, jeered and persecuted in countless ways — all this was done to the most beloved of Allah Ta`ala, the leader of all mankind, Sayyiduna Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam). He underwent untold suffering himself and had to also bear the pain of witnessing the severe difficulties heaped upon those who followed him. The books of history are filled with thousands of heart-rending incidents. “Why did Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) undergo all this?,” one may ask. Are these incidents merely moving stories which one reads or listens to… becomes emotional for a few moments…wipes the tears streaming down one’s face… wakes up from the gathering… and then continues with one’s sinful life??? Is there no lesson we take from the seerah (biography) of Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam)???

 

OBJECT OF LIFE

Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) underwent unimaginable difficulties in order to invite mankind to Allah Ta`ala and to teach them the object and purpose of life. Prior to his advent, people were engaged in all the activities of life that we are engaged in today. They were involved in business, agriculture, trade, medicine and a host of other activities. These activities, together with chasing fun and entertainment, had become the object and purpose of life. Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) brought a message which had “upset the applecart”. The message was clear: Business, agriculture, professions and all other worldly occupations are not the object of life. Entertainment is not the purpose of our existence. While some people continued to cling to their worldly occupations, entertainment and merry making, those who were his true and sincere lovers fully embraced his message in word and spirit. The message that Allah Ta’ala revealed unto him declared: “You are the best of nations extracted for the benefit of mankind. You enjoin right and forbid evil and believe in Allah.” (S3: V 110) The Sahaabah (radhiyallahu anhum), who had the greatest love for Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam), clung onto the message of their beloved. In the process they tolerated major losses in their businesses, farms, worldly possessions and loss of the lives of their near and dear ones, but they could not tolerate any deviation from the message and the way of life of the one they loved the most.

 

SALAAH NOW, BUSINESS LATER

While the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu anhum) and all the true aashiqs (lovers) of Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) proved their claim of love by living the message of Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam), how have we responded? For instance, how have we responded to his impassioned plea in the last moments of his life, when he said: “Guard your salaah.” In response to this do we sacrifice business, work, school, and whatever else for salaah, or does salaah get the chop? Where is our love? What is our object? When the Mu’azzin announces: “Come to Salaah,” do we respond with “salaah now, business later” or by means of our actions do we say “business now, salaah later?” Have we embraced the message of Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) or have we embraced our business, profession, occupation and entertainment???

 

WHO CRIED FOR THEM?

Similarly when it comes to marriage, do we have a simple sunnah nikah or is it a lavish westernised wedding? Who do we follow? Who do we imitate? Furthermore, how do we dress? Do we wholeheartedly embrace the modesty and shame that Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) taught, or do we grab the latest western garb? Are our daughters happy to imitate the dressing of the apple of Rasulullah’s (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) eye – Sayyidah Faatimah (radhiyallahu anha) — or are they more comfortable in shameless attire such as jeans, T shirts, tight fitting garments and the like? Who do they love? Who cried profusely for them? Will the jeans designers intercede for them on the Day of Qiyaamah, or will they hope for the intercession of Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam)??? Likewise, whose akhlaaq (character) have we adopted? Do we strive to crush our ego or do we crave for status and recognition? Do we love for our fellow Muslims what we love for ourselves, or is our heart filled with malice and jealousy? Are we the humble servants of Allah Ta’ala or does arrogance and pride overcome us? Do we suppress our anger, overlook and forgive or do we seek revenge?

 

WHO HAVE WE EMBRACED?

The answers to these questions will clearly indicate to us who we have embraced: Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) or our businesses, professions, shamelessness, the western way of life, our ego, etc. Life will soon come to an end. We have to face Nabi (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) on the Day of Judgement. What will we say? Will we declare our business turnover, or the number of investments we had, or describe the most fabulous home we built, or the fanciest cloak or the shameless designer jeans we wore, etc.? No. He would want to know whether we embraced his way of life, what gratitude we showed for the sacrifices he underwent for us and to what extent we spread his message? If we have positive answers, we can hope that he will embrace us on that day.

Hence it is time to change the direction of our lives. Business, professions and other occupations should remain only as a necessity of life. One should engage in it, plan for it and worry about it to the extent that one does for a necessity. For instance, when one has eaten lunch, which is a necessity, one forgets about eating until supper time. The same should apply to our other necessities of life. Deen – the total obedience of Allah Ta`ala and His beloved Rasul (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) – the object and purpose. Everything – business, comforts, luxuries, relaxation, etc. must take a second place.

May Allah Ta`ala grant us the true understanding of the message of Seerah and enable us to wholeheartedly embrace it. Aameen

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