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- Published on 07 January 2015
- Abu Haneefa
When Surah an-Nasr was revealed the Companions rejoiced with the glad tidings of help and victory from Allah. The chapter depicts a most pleasing scene of people embracing the religion of Islam in large crowds, fulfilling the prophecy of the Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam), that Islam would spread across the Arabian Peninsula. Abu Bakr alone, wept uncontrollably. He declared, "May my mother and father be sacrificed for you, O Messenger of Allah!". For he alone understood that this chapter was not only foretelling the near victory that the Muslims would soon enjoy, but it was in fact foretelling the passing away of the Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam). Ibn Abbas later explained this chapter in the gatherings of the senior companions who witnessed Badr by saying, "This was a sign for the Prophet to know his time of death." 1
The Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam) stands alone as the greatest of the Messengers and the most beloved to Allah of His creation. No being, whether human, jinn or indeed angel has drawn closer to Allah's presence in this life than the Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam). During the miraculous night journey, even the leader of the angels, Jibril, could not accompany the Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam) as he ventured forward to speak to Allah directly, with no barrier between him and His Lord except the veil of light. It is sufficient for us to understand the status of the Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam) when we look at the great terms of endearment and respect by which Allah himself addresses the Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam) in the Qur'an. With this in mind, it becomes clear that Allah did not send the most beloved of His creation to this world for any other reason than to establish His religion and make His Word the highest. When this mission was complete the Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam) was to return to His Lord.
The Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam) said:
"If one of you is afflicted with a calamity, then let him remember his calamity by me (his death); for indeed, it is the greatest of calamities."
To this day the Muslim ummah suffers from the trauma of the death of the Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam). But even through his death, the Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam) sought to console the ummah and alleviate the anguish of their own calamities by comparing it to the greatest of calamities, namely his death (sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam). As-Sindi states, "Remembering a greater disaster wipes out the effect of a smaller one, and if one was able to tolerate and shoulder the greater disaster then it becomes easier for him to withstand the smaller one."
The Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam) stated:
"The stars safeguard the skies, and when the stars disappear, then the skies will get what they were promised (i.e. the day of Resurrection), and I safeguard my companions, so when I go then my companions will get what they were promised (i.e. trials and tribulations), and my companions safeguard the Muslim nation, so when they go then my nation will get what they were promised."
- Published on 28 October 2010
This sermon was delivered on the ninth day of Dhul-Hijjah 10H in the 'Uranah Valley of Mount Arafat.
"O People, lend me an attentive ear, for I don't know whether, after this year, I shall ever be amongst you again. Therefore listen to what I am saying to you carefully and take these words to those who could not be present here today.
O People, just as you regard this month, this day, this city as sacred, so regard the life and property of every Muslim as a sacred trust. Return the goods entrusted to you to their rightful owners. Hurt no one so that no one may hurt you. Remember that you will indeed meet your Lord, and that He will indeed reckon your deeds. Allah has forbidden you to take usury (interest), therefore all interest obligation shall henceforth be waived ...
Beware of Satan, for your safety of your religion. He has lost all hope that he will ever be able to lead you astray in big things, so beware of following him in small things.
O People, it is true that you have certain rights with regard to your women, but they also have right over you. If they abide by your right then to them belongs the right to be fed and clothed in kindness. Do treat your women well and be kind to them for they are your partners and committed helpers. And it is your right that they do not make friends with any one of whom you do not approve, as well as never to commit adultery.
O People, listen to me in earnest, worship Allah, say your five daily prayers (salah), fast during the month of Ramadhan, and give your wealth in Zakat. Perform Hajj if you can afford to. You know that every Muslim is the brother of another Muslim. You are all equal. Nobody has superiority over other except by piety and good action.
Remember, one day you will appear before Allah and answer for your deeds. So beware, do not astray from the path of righteousness after I am gone.
O People, no prophet or apostle will come after me and no new faith will be born. Reason well, therefore, O People, and understand my words which I convey to you. I leave behind me two things, the Qur'an and my example, the Sunnah and if you follow these you will never go astray.
All those who listen to me shall pass on my words to others and those to others again; and may the last ones understand my words better than those who listen to me directly. Be my witness oh Allah that I have conveyed Your message to Your people."
- Published on 19 November 2011
The Messenger of Allah possesses many manifest miracles and signs demonstrating [his veracity], reaching thousands and they are well known.
From amongst them was the Qur'an, the manifest and clear miracle and brilliant proof, falsehood cannot approach it from before it or behind it. It is a revelation from One Who is All-Wise and Praiseworthy. It incapacitated the most eloquent of people in the most eloquent of times to produce a single chapter than would be comparable to it, even if the whole of creation were to gather for that purpose. Allah, the Exalted, says:
"Say: if the whole of mankind and the jinn gathered in order to produce the like of this Qur'an, they could not produce the like of it, even if they assisted each other." [Al-Qur'an 17:88]
- Published on 28 October 2010
- Invitation to Islam Newsletter
"We have sent you but as a mercy to the worlds." [Al-Qur'an 21:107]
The year is 570CE, five years after the death of the Roman Emperor Justinian. An army of men, horses and elephants ruthlessly march towards the city of Makkah, intending to wipe it out of existence. This is the army of the Abysinnian warlord Abraha, who after conquering Yemen is now advancing towards the sacred city of Makkah. One of the notables of Makkah, 'Abdul-Muttalib, has ordered all the women and children to go up into the mountains and take refuge there whilst the men go and fight. However, the men of Makkah are of no match to the deadly Abysinnian lancers who soon crush their resistance on the borders of the city.
- Published on 19 November 2011
- Safi ur-Rahman Mubarakpuri
The Prophet sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam combined both perfection of creation and perfection of manners.
Men's dignity, devotion and estimation of the Messenger of Allah sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam were unique and matchless. No other man in the whole world has been so honoured and beloved. Those who knew him well, were fascinated and enchanted by him. They were ready to sacrifice their lives for the sake of saving a nail of his, from hurt or injury.
Beauty of Creation
Describing the Messenger of Allah sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam who passed by her tent on his journey of migration, 'Umm Ma'bad al-Khuza'iyah radiallahu 'anha said to her husband:
"He was innocently bright and had broad countenance. His manners were fine. Neither was his belly bulging out nor was his head deprived of hair. He had black attractive eyes finely arched by continuous eyebrows. His hair glossy and black, inclined to curl, he wore long. His voice was extremely commanding. His head was large, well formed and set on a slender neck. His expression was pensive and contemplative, serene and sublime.
The stranger was fascinated from the distance, but no sooner he became intimate with him, than this fascination was changed into attachment and respect.
His expression was very sweet and distinct. His speech was well set and free from the use of superfluous words, as if it were rosary of beads.