Our Beloved (pbuh) and his legacy with the Companions (ra)

November 30, 2008 at 11:36 pm Leave a comment

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

والحمدلله رب العالمين والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله

In the name of God, the most Merciful, the most Compassionate

All praise be to God, and may peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of God

Salaam alaikm

Apologies for the lateness of this! I have been running around the whole week. Also to let you know, I won’t be on email much for the next two weeks, so inshAllah I will try to continue this around mid-december.

Our Beloved (pbuh)

Our Beloved (pbuh) had a profound effect on everyone around him- his community, his family, his companions, and even his enemies. The effect that he has extends more than 1400 years to this very day, where many people around the world truly love him and want to be like him.

What explains the effect he has? He taught us our religion, and he came with revelation from Allah (swt), but as Allah says in the Qur’an:

“Thus it is due to mercy from Allah that you deal with them gently, and had you been rough, hard hearted, they would certainly have dispersed from around you…”

(Surat Aal-Imran, 3:159)

Allah (swt) explains the effect that the beloved Messenger (pbuh) had, and it was his character and the way he dealt with others. If he had taught people the religion with a stick in his hand, people would not have come to the religion as they did. The people who did not see the Prophet (pbuh) saw bits of his character in the character of the Companions (ra) and those who came after. This has always been one of the hallmarks of the Muslim.

The Companions (pbuh) and their love

If we were to die today, and the people who knew us were asked about our character, what would they say? What kind of impact would we leave? And with who? Does our legacy extend to only those who were close to us, or has our character touched even those who are far?

During the Prophet’s (pbuh) life, he kept the best of people close to him. We know that his closest companion was Abu Bakr (ra), who was known amongst the Arabs as a righteous man even before he accepted Islam. It was Abu Bakr (ra) who used his wealth to free Bilal (ra) from the torture of the Meccans, and Bilal (ra) then became the first mu’athin. We can see Abu Bakr (ra), who helped the Prophet (pbuh) escape from the assassination attempt and went with him from Mecca to Medina. Abu Bakr (ra) put his own life in peril to be with the Prophet (pbuh), and when they were hiding in the cave, Abu Bakr (ra) did not fear for himself, but he feared for the Prophet (pbuh). This is what the verse of Qur’an talks about when Allah states:

If you will not aid him, Allah certainly aided him when those who disbelieved expelled him, he being the second of the two [the second being Abu Bakr (ra)], when they were both in the cave, when he said to his companion: Grieve not, surely Allah is with us…”

(Surat At-Tawba, 9:40)

Abu Bakr’s (ra) grief was only due to his fear for the safety of the Prophet (pbuh). Once, Abu Bakr (ra) donated all of his possessions, and the Prophet (pbuh) asked ‘”What have you left for yourself?”. He replied, “Allah and His Messenger (pbuh)”. This was the extent of the love of Abu Bakr (ra) for the Prophet (pbuh). Even Ali (ra) risked his life for the Prophet (pbuh), as he slept in his bed the night the Kuffar of Mecca went to assassinate him, and he was young then. Abu Dojana (ra) was one of the companions of the Prophet (pbuh) who fought in the battle of Uhud. During the battle, at one point, the Kuffar of Quraish were shooting arrows at the Prophet (pbuh), and Abu Dojana (ra) embraced the Prophet (pbuh) so that the arrows would hit him and not the Messenger of Allah (pbuh).

This was the love of the Companions (ra) for the Prophet (pbuh). They were not paid, as bodyguards are today, or trained. This was the impact the Prophet (pbuh) had on them. Their actions were the proofs that they loved him.

Did this love end after his (pbuh) death?

No. We know that Islam flourished, that people were in awe of the characteristics that they saw. When the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) passed away, Bilal (ra) had to call everyone for fajr prayer. When he got to “And I bear witness that Mohammed is the Messenger of Allah” he could not continue, and he ceased to be the mu’athin of Medina after that. He only did the athan in two incidents later in his life- when he was in Damascus, he had a dream in which the Prophet (pbuh) came to him and asked, “why don’t you visit me?”. So he went to Medina and visited the grave of the Beloved (pbuh), and he did the athan. The last time he did the athan was in Al-Masjid Al-Aqsa in Palestine.

Um Salama (ra), one of the wives of the Prophet (pbuh), stated that when he (pbuh) passed away, many of the people were numb. But she states that when everyone came together for ‘isha prayer, the mosque shook from everyone’s sobbing. If we look at the statements from the Prophet (pbuh)’s wives, they were always filled with love and respect.

Even the Prophet’s (pbuh) enemies- we know that they called him a madman, a sorcerer and a poet. But did they once attack his character? They could not, because they would immediately exposed as liars.

Us

When the Prophet (pbuh) said that he wished he could see his brothers, the Companions (ra) were astonished, and exclaimed, “Are we not your brothers O Messenger of Allah?”. The Prophet (pbuh) told them that they were his companions, and his brothers are the people that would come later, who would believe in him without seeing (Malik’s Mwatta’), and may we be included in that group inshAllah. Most Muslims today would testify to loving the Prophet (pbuh), and this love only gets stronger when we learn more about him.

Yet how does our love translate in our actions? Do we try to follow the sunnah of the Messenger of God (pbuh)? How do we compare to his Companions (ra)?

Imam Suhaib Webb said something very profound, which was that in the history of Islam, even when Islam and the Muslims were being attacked, people could not say anything bad about the character of the Muslims. Yet nowadays, this is the very thing that is bringing the Muslims down. How can we claim to follow the Prophet (pbuh) who said “I was sent to complete noble character”?

Some people may claim it is hard, when people are suffering abuse and when times are so stressful, but can we compare to the time of the Messenger of Allah (pbuh), and all the trials that he faced, from his family members to those around him? And still even his enemies testified to the fact that he was of exalted character, such that when Abu Sufyan heard that his daughter had married the Prophet (pbuh), and it was a time when Abu Sufyan was at the height of his enmity towards the Prophet (pbuh), he said “Nobody better could have married my daughter”. Imagine, that is a testimony from an enemy. So we have no excuse- and when it gets hard, we have to remember, we are not doing it for people expecting something in return. This was not the Prophet’s (pbuh) way. We do not want anything from anyone- all we want is for the legacy of the Prophet (pbuh) to live on in us so that we can earn the pleasure of God. This is an act of worship, as according to Ibn Taymia, the definition of ‘ibadah is everything that God loves; so not just praying, fasting, giving charity, but defending the weak, being kind and conscientious and so on…

Simple Sunnah

The Messenger of God (pbuh) said:

A person should not sit between two people unless granted their permission

(Abu Dawud)

May Allah put love in our hearts for His beloved Messenger (pbuh), and may we follow in his blessed footsteps and may our characters be a mirror of the Prophet’s (pbuh). Ameen.

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