We’re still on a journey this Ramadan to find the most beloved deeds to Allah [SWT], and why so that we motivate ourselves to incorporate them into our lives. Today’s action is one of those deeds that Allah [SWT] loves to see nestled comfortably and permanently in the hearts of His [SWT] slaves. This action is love for Prophet Muhammad [saw]. Allah loves our Prophet [saw] , so much so that he wants the whole universe to love him (saw). Allah (SWT) took an oath from all the Prophets (as), asking them to promise that if they were to come during the time of our Prophet (saw) they too would believe in him (saw), for Allah [SWT] says:
‘ And [recall, O People of the Scripture], when Allah took the covenant of the prophets, [saying], “Whatever I give you of the Scripture and wisdom and then there comes to you a messenger confirming what is with you, you [must] believe in him and support him.’ [ Allah ] said, ‘Have you acknowledged and taken upon that My commitment?” They said, “We have acknowledged it.” He said, ‘Then bear witness, and I am with you among the witnesses.’ [3:81] *[please see note at the end]
True to this oath, Prophet Jesus (as) gave his people the glad tidings of the coming of Muhammad (saw) after him, “And when Isa son of Marium said: O children of Israel! surely I am the messenger of Allah to you, verifying that which is before me of the Torah and giving the good news of an Messenger who will come after me, his name being Ahmad…” [61:6]
This is your Prophet O’ followers of Muhammad (saw). Allah’s model vicegerent on earth. Loving him (saw) is one of the best things that you can do for yourself. We are always in search for what is best for us, well I am telling you this is the best thing you can do for yourself. ‘
Abdullah reported that a man came to Allah’s Messenger (saw) and said: “What is your opinion about the person who loves the people but his acts or deeds are not identical to theirs?” Thereupon Allah’s Messenger (saw) said: “He would be along with the one whom he loves.” (Muslim)
If we were to compare our acts and deeds to those of the Prophet (saw) we will fall short miserably, for no one can be Allah’s ‘gift to humankind.’ The Prophet (saw) understood what the man was saying—he was saying, “I love you O Prophet of Allah and want to be with you in Jannah, but I my deeds will definitely fall short of yours.” The Prophet (saw) consoled him and us, told him and in turn us not to be afraid, with this glad tiding, “He would be along with the one whom he loves.”
Yes, our Prophet (saw) is Allah’s masterpiece; the living example of the perfection of Allah’s guidance. So, Allah [SWT] has made His love contingent on love for the Prophet (saw). Allah [SWT] says, “Indeed, those who pledge allegiance to you, [O Muhammad] – they are actually pledging allegiance to Allah . The hand of Allah is over their hands.” [48:10] But unlike the famous men of this world, he finds it in his busy schedule to care about every single one of us, and Allah [SWT] is his witness on this: “There has certainly come to you a Messenger from among yourselves. Grievous to him is what you suffer; [he is] concerned over you and to the believers is kind and merciful.” [9:128] Many times he would cry “My Ummah! My Ummah!” in his prayer; and imagine that our Prophet (saw) preferred to leave his ‘guaranteed dua [supplication]’ on a day when we will need it the most, on the Day of Judgment. O’ Prophet of Allah you could have used that dua to keep your sons alive, but you chose us over your own family. That’s enough for us to be forever indebted to you, if we aren’t already indebted to you for more than words can ever express.
Do you want a solution to all your problems? The solution is in loving the Prophet (saw). Allow this love to conquer your heart, because with it Allah [SWT] raises you in ranks you never thought possible in your wildest dreams:
O you who have believed, fear Allah and believe in His Messenger; He will [then] give you a double portion of His mercy and make for you a light by which you will walk and forgive you; and Allah is Forgiving and Merciful. [57:28]
It’s up to you. Do you want more of Allah’s Mercy, and light of Allah [His guidance] in your life, and forgiveness? If that is the case then we want Allah [SWT] to look into our hearts today and find them throbbing with love for the Prophet (saw). We want to say, “O Allah we love you, and to prove it we are going to let the love of the Prophet (saw) take over our hearts, and take priority over our love for anything else in this life.” For does not the Prophet (saw) say, “None of you truly believes until I am more beloved to him than his father, his child and all of mankind.”
But are these just going to be words of the tongue? Because we are here talking about what Allah [SWT] would like to see in our hearts regarding love for His Messenger (saw), not just on our tongues:
“Say (O Muhammad): ‘If you do love Allah, follow me: Allah will love you and forgive you your sins: For Allah is Oft-Forgiving Most Merciful.’” (Qur’an 3:31)
So, “. . . know that among you is Allah’s Messenger” [49:7]Many will say, but the Prophet (saw) died 1400 years ago. True, but we should respect his physical absence by following the example of his life. His life is among us, and very alive. The Prophet (saw) during his life was called by his enemies, “the one who will cut off [because he did not have living sons]” , but little did they know that the Prophet’s name will be raised in masajed in every corner of the earth, and his followers will multiply and carry his message to all corners of the earth till the end of time. Who is the one “cut off”? I can’t remember the name of his haters without having to look them up, and I am not going to just to because i don’t want to give them any mention on my blog. They are undeserving. So, know that you are the ones making the world go round on the example of the Prophet (saw), you are the living examples of his legacy. We are the living traces of Muhammad [saw] today.You keep him in our midst . We are his thumbprint. Who needs idols to commemorate him, or even pictures! He is carved in our hearts, and alive in every move we make. Therefore, don’t be among those who harm the Messenger of Allah (saw):
And among them are men who hurt the Prophet (saw) and say: “He is (lending his) ear (to every news).” Say: “He listens to what is best for you; he believes in Allah; has faith in the believers; and is a mercy to those of you who believe.” But those who hurt Allah’s Messenger (saw) will have a painful torment. [9:61]
Scholars say that among the ways to harm the Prophet (saw) is through sinning, doing exactly that which he took great pains to warn us against. So, let’s not be disrespectful of his physical absence among us by trampling on his life which is still in our midst. We want to be among those whom he (saw) misses, those mentioned in this hadith:
When the Prophet visited Al Bakki’ (a burial-ground in Madienah next to the Prophet’s mosque) before his death, he told his companions:” I wish I could see my brothers.” They replied:”Aren’t we your brothers?” The Prophet said:”No, you are my companions, my brothers are those who didn’t see me and yet follow me and believe in me. I’ll wait for them on Al Hawdh (the Place where the Prophet is going to give all survivors a handful water from his noble hands that will make them never feel thirsty again after this hard day-the Judgment Day- and this will be directly before interring Paradise).
We miss you too O’ Prophet of Allah! We miss you too! We hope that we live up to your expectations of us.
Know that it will require that we take on character/personality of the Prophet (saw) and favor it over our own. We should want to sleep the way he (saw) did, and wake up the way he (saw) did, and enter the bathroom as he (saw) did. We want to have an optimistic outlook towards life just because he (saw) did. Scholars say that among the interpretations of the part of the ayah highlighted in blue: “Surely Allah and His angels bless the Prophet; O you who believe! Call for (Divine) blessings on him and salute him with a (becoming) salutation. [33:56] means to surrender your self to the Prophet’s (saw) way of life, take his (saw) approach in life. Let his life lead yours. Mind you, not anyone can do it. Only those who are persuaded that his approach to life is with certainty better than any approach your intelligence could ever possibly come up with or choose for yourself. So, do yourself and us all a huge favor will you! Hopefully when you finally meet the Prophet (saw) Insha Allah and you are taking walking with him in Jannah and he asks you to recall some of your memories, that you remember those times when you resembled him (saw). Imagine the smile on his face.
So remember to send your daily “Salah Allah ‘Ala Muhammad” to him as Allah [SWT] advised us, and watch as your worries become history. Know that he receives them via the angels, and responds to you. I want to conclude by saying on your behalf:
“O Messenger of Allah, we miss you. We can’t wait to see you. We’ll be fine with your Sunnah in our midst. Don’t worry about us O’ Messenger of Allah.”
*The Prophets and Messengers since the beginning of time fulfilled their covenant, and the Prophet (saw) led them all in prayer on the Night of Al Israa Wa Al Mi’raaj when Allah assembled them all in Jerusalem. They all prayed behind Muhammad (saw) . Him leading him in prayer means that they too believed in His Message and supported him wholeheartedly. For none of them rejected to him leading the prayer.
Also, when the Prophet (saw) ascended the heavens and met the Prophets (as) they all welcomed him:
Adam (as) greeted him with, “Welcome to the good son and the righteous Prophet.”
Musa (Moses) was crying and he said to Muhammad (saw): “Prophet of the Last Nation! Intercede for me and my people.” Muhammad (saw) said: “Why are you crying, my brother Musa (Moses)?” He replied: “I cry for love of you and for the great honour where Allah has raised you and made your nation countless people and other nations very few, even mine. Muhammad! you are the seal of prophets and the light of creation. Allah is raising you today to His presence, to a station where no-one can reach. Remember me there as Allah made you the intercessor for all human beings including prophets, from Adam to Isa (Jesus).”
Ibraheem (Abraham) said: “Welcome to the pious son and the perfected Prophet!”
Furthermore, when Jesus (as) returns during Fajr he will descend to earth at the time of Fajr prayer and he will be led in prayer. A confirmation on his end of the message of Muhammad (as). And he will come and confirm and rule according to the law of the last message Islam.
At the end of time when all people will be rushing to the Prophet (as) to beg them to intercede with Allah (SWT) to start the judgment, all the Prophet (as) will lead them to Muhammad (as).