The Beloved (pbuh): Visiting him and meeting with him

May 19, 2009 at 9:25 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

It is an amazing experience to pray in the Prophet’s (pbuh) Mosque and to be in Madina. The feeling is indescribable. The last time I was in Madina was 6 years ago, on a school umrah trip, and my friends and I could all testify to the feeling one gets being in Madina. When I was there a few days ago, it was the same exact feeling. For my brother it was the first time, yet even he said he felt a strange sense of lightness. SubhanAllah, the Prophet (pbuh) made du’a for Madina to be as beloved as Makkah and more 1430 years ago, and Allah’s response to the du’a can still be felt today.
The Prophet’s (pbuh) mosque is so majestic. You cannot help but be in awe at the tranquility when you are in it, and the beauty of the designs. But the most magical experience is going into the Rawdha.The Prophet (pbuh) said “Between my minbar (pulpit) and my grave is a meadow from the meadows of Paradise” (Bukhari, Muslim). i.e. the Rawdha. The Rawdha is opened for a couple of hours for the men and then a couple of hours for the women and is interchanged throughout the day.
In Qadhi Iyad’s Al-Shifa, he states that Ibn `Umar said that the Prophet (pbuh) said, “My intercession is assured for all who visit me.” Imam Malik, as well as many other scholars from the four schools of thought, encouraged visiting the Prophet (pbuh) and considered it important. You can even relay someone else’s salaam to the Prophet (pbuh). Yazid ibn Abi Sa`id al-Mahri said that he went to `Umar ibn `Abd al-`Aziz and when `Umar bade him farewell, he said, “I would like you to do something for me. When you reach Madina and see the grave of the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, greet him for me with peace.” (Note: Of course, there are many etiquettes of visiting the Prophet (pbuh); avoiding wailing, not circumbabulating around the grave etc, so it is always best to consult with a scholar beforehand and avoid copying people who sometimes out of good intention and deep love for the Prophet (pbuh) but lack of knowledge do things that Allah and His Messenger would not approve of and have no basis in the religion)

It is so crowded when you go into the Rawdha; almost no place to move let alone think. I was holding hands with two women from our umrah group so that we wouldn’t be separated. But despite that, so many women were so courteous; one woman prayed, and then with tear-streaked eyes looked at me and the two women I was with and said to us “Here, pray in my spot and I’ll stand behind you to make sure no one knocks you over”. The selflessness was touching and more of a story than i can relay here; but with the grace of Allah we prayed in almost three different places in the Rawdha and we even got to the first line right in front of the prophet’s (pbuh) grave. After we left the Rawdha, we sat for a few minutes in the Prophet’s (pbuh) Mosque for quiet contemplation. The most striking thing to consider is that you were in the presence of the Prophet (pbuh), and next to him are Abu Bakr and Umar (ra), and you gave your salaam to him (and on behalf of others). Abu Huraira said that the Prophet (pbuh) said, “No one sends me Salam except Allah has returned my soul to me so that I can return his Salam.”

Going on umrah in Makkah and then visiting Madina almost makes you feel intoxicated (in a good way). Every prayer has so much more khushoo’, and when you return, it almost hurts to be away and the difference can be felt in the prayer. It truly feels like you took a trip to Paradise, and suddenly find yourself back in the dunya.
On the Day of Judgment

When I sat down to write this email, I had so many thoughts going through my mind. So many things to say about the Prophet (pbuh), so many things to learn, but perhaps this time I wanted to think about what it would be like to really meet God’s beloved (pbuh).
In the absence of seeing him in a dream in this world, perhaps the first live meeting with him will be on the Day of Judgment inshAllah.

The Prophet (pbuh) said, “I am the chief of all the sons of Adam, and I’m saying it without any vanity. I have in my hands the regiment of thanks (to Allah) on the Day of Judgment.  I will be the first who is brought up from the grave.  Furthermore, I will be the first one to intercede (for you) and the first one to be allowed intercession (on the Day of Judgment).  Written under the throne of the Most Merciful is: There is no God but Allah, and Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah.” (Sahih Al-Jami’ of Al-Albany)

We all know the severity of the situation of the Day of Judgment. When everyone will be worried about themselves, wondering if they will be forgiven, waiting to be judged, we will be scrambling for the Prophets (as) to intercede because they are the best of us. But they will all be worried about themselves, except the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). (Bukhari)

We all know that the Prophet (pbuh) said, “Each prophet had an answered dua’a (invocation) that he hastened into being during his lifetime.  I have postponed my invocation for my nation until the Day of Judgment.” (Al-Albany)

Can we then imagine, going to him, asking him to intercede, because we were from his Ummah, because we believed him though we never heard him, followed him though we never saw him? He will stand at the fountain calling, “my nation… my nation”.  Then he will extend his noble hand into the fountain to give you the fulfilling drink, after which you will never ever be thirsty again.  At this particular instant, some people may be kept away by the Angels as they try to approach the Prophet (pbuh).  The Prophet (pbuh) will then say, “Let him pass.  He belongs to my nation!” The Angels will then say, “O Muhammad, you do not know what he has done after you.”  He (pbuh) will then reply, “Away with those who have changed my way after me.” (Muslim)

Ouch. If the Prophet (pbuh) will not look at us and would not want to be near us… how will we be judged by Allah?

After the trials begin, and when the people who have safely passed the Sirat (the path above Hell taking one to the Gates of Paradise) stand in front of the gate of Paradise, they will find the gate closed.  They will then call on each other, “Who can open the gate of Paradise for us? Who will intercede for us with our Lord to open the gate of Paradise for us?”

At that time, the Prophet (pbuh) will come and knock on the gates of Paradise.  The Angel who is the keeper of Paradise will ask, “Who are you?” The Prophet will answer, “Muhammad, son of Abdullah.”  The keeper will say, “I have been ordered to open for you; but not to any before you.” (Muslim)

Allahuma saly ‘ala Muhammad, wa ‘ala aali Muhammad, wa sahbihi, w man tabi’ahum bi ihsaanin ila youm al-deen. (O Allah, bless Muhammad, and his family, and his companions, and those who follow them with ihsan until he day of judgment)

For all these reasons it is all the more important to follow his sunnah. The utmost thing we desire is Allah’s pleasure with us; Allah sent us the Qur’an as a Guide, and the Prophet (pbuh) is an embodiment of its teachings. Allah has told us that in the Messenger of Allah we have an example for those who want Allah and the Last Day. If this is truly our goal, we must take the means.
Simple Sunna

An oft-neglected, simple sunna is the Prayer of Ablution. The Prophet (pbuh) said that if a person performs ablution, then prays two rak’as with devotion, is promised Paradise. (Muslim)
* Note: avoid praying this prayer during the makrooh times i.e. between fajr and sunrise, between asr and maghrib.
I truly pray that every single one of you has the opportunity to visit Makkah and Madina, and when you visit Madina inshAllah, pass my salaam to the Prophet (pbuh) please.
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