The Beloved (pbuh) and selflessness

February 1, 2009 at 7:28 pm 1 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

The Prophet (pbuh) said:

“Teach your children 3 qualities:

Love of your Prophet

Love of his family

Reciting of the Qur’an, because those who recite the Qur’an will be on terraces of light on the Day of Judgment”

(Ad-Daylami)


Loving the Prophet (pbuh)

What differentiated the Muslims from others when Islam was at its peak, when it was known that Islam meant a combination of spiritual piety, scientific progression and affluence? How did Muslims behave when they arrived in new lands? What impressed non-Muslims about Islam, even when Muslims came as conquerors?

What Muslims were characterized by was a God-consciousness that affected their transactions with others, whether social or commercial, as well as a deep love for the Prophet (pbuh). This love permeated their hearts, but it was not a passive love, like one who says he loves with his lips but does nothing to show for it. Their love for the Prophet (pbuh) came hand in hand with a desire to be like him, to emulate his noble character. This is, after all, why God sent him. Muslims recognized the Prophet’s (pbuh) station with God, and only by trying to be like the Prophet (pbuh) can Muslims truly attain closeness to God, because the Prophet’s (pbuh) character was the Qur’an, and it was truly he who followed God’s injunctions with perfection.

Loving the Prophet (pbuh) comes from knowing him and his qualities, knowing what he sacrificed for us, and knowing that he was sent down as an example in order for us to know what we should be like. Muhammad Asad, an Austrian of Jewish descent and author of “The Road to Mecca”, converted to Islam in the 1920s after witnessing the character of the Arabs at the time. He describes visiting a poor Bedouin tribe, but nonetheless being greeted with hospitality and being offered the little that they had. He talks about an emotional security that was peculiar to him, because despite living in the harsh conditions of the desert, they never complained. Wherever he went, he noticed this pattern of character, so it was not reserved for a few people. Such was their embodiment of the characteristics of the Prophet (pbuh).

How do we know that the Prophet (pbuh) is more beloved to us than ourselves, that we are truly walking in his noble footsteps? Habib Ali Al-Jifry said in a khutba, that if a person comes to us and curses us or is unjust towards us, our nafs wants to respond with the same or to retaliate- but, if we truly love the Prophet (pbuh) more than ourselves, we would think of what his reaction would have been, and desire to be like him more than we desire to take what our nafs wants. Our wants are in line with what the Prophet (pbuh) wanted.

Our Beloved (pbuh) and selflessness

The arabic word for selflessness is “eethar” and it is basically preferring others over yourself. The most selfless of people was the Prophet (pbuh), who readily gave when people asked even though he was in more need. We know that the Prophet (pbuh) lived in poverty, such that Aisha (ra) narrated that a woman came with her two daughters asking for some alms, and they did not have anything but one date, and gave that to the lady and her daughters (Bukhari).

Despite this, Jabir bin Abdullah (ra) reported that never was the Prophet (pbuh) asked for anything that he said “no” (Bukhari). After all of this poverty, when there were times that the Prophet (pbuh) and the Companions would have to tie rocks to their stomachs to stop the hunger pangs, victory came at Khaibar and booty was gained. The Prophet (pbuh) had a lot of sheep from this, and he noticed a Bedouin admiring them. He then gave it to the Bedouin, and the Bedouin was so shocked he took it all and went back to his tribe, saying “Embrace Islam. I have just been with the best man that ever has been.  Muhammad gives with the generosity of a person who has no fear of poverty” (Bukhari)

The Prophet (pbuh) could have given the man some of the sheep; to be considered generous he could have given the man more than he kept for himself. Yet he gave it all away. We live in an age where we are told that everyone has to look out for ‘number one’; ourselves, because no one else will. But this was not the way of the noble Messenger (pbuh), who always went out of his way to help others, without seeking any personal gain. He knew that everything he did was recorded with Allah, and that retaining wealth or retaliating against others was simply not worth it in the grand scheme of things. This world to him was but a bridge, which he crossed to get to Allah, and his aim was bringing as many people as he could with him. May Allah give us this vision and allow us to regard our own lives in such a light.

Simple Sunna: Just Smile!!

Abdullah bin Harith (ra) said:

“I did not see anyone who smiled more than the Prophet (pbuh)”

(At-Tirmidhi)

May Allah soften our hearts and fill it with love for God and His Messenger (pbuh). Ameen.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Magda M Ali  |  February 3, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    Beautiful piece mashAllah.

    wasalam.

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