The Beloved (pbuh) and fearing none but God

February 1, 2009 at 7:04 pm Leave a comment

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
والحمدلله رب العالمين والصلاة والسلام على أشرف الأنبياء  والمرسلين

In the name of Allah, the Most Merciful the Most Compassionate
All praise be to Allah, and may peace and blessings be upon the most noble of the Prophets and Messengers

Salaam Alaikum

God’s honoring of the Prophet (pbuh)
O Prophet! surely We have sent you as a witness, and as a bearer of good news and as a warner, And as one who invites to Allah’s (grace) by His leave, and as a lamp spreading light
(Al-Ahzab, 33:45-46)
In a previous email we received by Yusuf, he mentioned that evidence of love is loving the Loved One’s beloved. The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was Habeeb Allah- God’s beloved, and we have no shortage of God praising His Messenger. He described him as “a lamp spreading light” in the verse above. Ali (ra) stated that the Prophet’s (pbuh) lineage was pure, and there was no one from the ancestors of the Prophet (pbuh) who was immoral or a killer.
In Surat Al-Inshirah, God says “…[have we not] exalted for you your esteem?” Abu Sa’eed Al-Khudri narrates that the Prophet (pbuh) said: “Gabriel (as) came to me and said ‘My Lord and your Lord says “do you know how I exhalted your esteem?” The Prophet (pbuh) responded: “God and His Messenger know best”. Gabriel (as) replied that God said “If I am mentioned, you are mentioned with Me” (Al-Jami’ As-sagheer)
La ilaha ila Allah, Muhammad Rasul Allah 🙂

Fearing none but God
We live in a world in which we are told to fear. Fear people; fear poverty; fear life.
Fear is not necessarily a bad thing because it makes us move, to get out and do things. We have both fear of and love for God. But the kind of fear that I am alluding to is one that causes us to not have trust in God, and so seek other means for our perceived security. The kind of fear that causes us to seek haraam/prohibited things. Fearing poverty such that people go into haraam professions. Fearing responsibility such that men are told not to get married early- its so much responsibility, etc etc  and so resort to haraam. Fearing a lack in God’s provisions, such that girls fear not getting married and so believe that having haraam relationships prior to marriage is the best way to go. Fearing people, such that we seek to please them more than God, and in ways that are displeasing to God.
This is not a call to leave the means which God has given us and sit at home saying “I trust in God, He will find me a job and i will sit at home watching Al-Jazeera English”; afterall, He made us human beings with our capacities, strengths and talents for a reason. But the point is that when we have used the means around us, we then put our trust in Al-Wakeel/The Trustee. This is why the Prophet (pbuh) would say “Hasby Allah, la ilaha ila Huwa, ‘alayhi tawakalt wa huwa Rabb al-‘arsh al-‘adheem” (God is suffient for me, there is no god but He, in Him do I rely and he is the Lord of the Formidable Throne), 7 times in the morning and 7 times in the evening. Remembering that nothing will afflict us except by God’s leave; and when we do face hardships, to turn to God in complete submission. God (swt) says in the Qur’an:
Say: Nothing will afflict us save what God has ordained for us; He is our Patron; and on God let the believers rely” (At-Tawba, 9:51)
It is usually easier said than done. But this is why we have to train ourselves so that our only fear and our biggest hope is God. The Beloved (pbuh), who is our exemplar, feared none but God. He knew that rizq/provision is apportioned by God; he knew that no matter how tough it got, as long as you are on the truth, God will aid you, even if it takes time. This life is temporary. And so are its hardships and its pleasures.
When the Muslims gained some booty from war, a man came to the Prophet (pbuh) looking at the spoils. The Prophet (pbuh) smiled at the man and gave him the entire herd of sheep (which was supposed to go the Prophet (pbuh)) that filled the area between two mountains. That man went back declaring, ‘O my people! Embrace Islam, for Muhammad gives away like the one who does not fear poverty.’ [Muslim]
What is amazing here is not just the Prophet’s (pbuh) generosity. The Prophet (pbuh) had just come out of the strangling poverty that he was in- he could have kept some for himself without blame. But he did not fear anything but God, he did not fear putting himself through discomfort for the higher purpose of the message. The reason of fearing nothing but God is evidenced in these verses:
“… God brings about ease after difficulty” (At-Talaq, 65:7)
Let’s not forget to make our intention to implement the sunnah and make a permanent positive change for when our books our exhibited on Monday 🙂
May Allah help us in learning from the example of our Prophet (pbuh), by fearing none but Him and putting our complete trust in Him. Hasbuna Allah wa ni’m Al-Wakeel.
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