This is a dialogue with myself……….with ourselves….
A dialogue which prompts us to look back (to Sahaaba e Kiraam RA), to look inward (onto us, in present day), and to look forward (for our future generations)….
Let’s start it by a little dialogue from A A Milne:
Piglet: “How do you spell ‘love’?”
Pooch: “You don’t spell love…you feel it.”
I’d go on to say, we do not only feel it. In case of Rasullullah (ﷺ), we express it, convey it, display it, defend it and actually live it….
We are we, due to the love of Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ)….
Our eemaan has a basic element: Love of Holy Prophet (ﷺ)….
Even one prayer of ours is not complete without Al-Taha’yaat and Darood e Paak ﷺ – in which we send blessings and prayers for the Prophet (ﷺ) and whatever, whoever is attached to his legacy….
I know and understand that things cannot be put to words…..yet it is a little effort to keep myself on the ‘right’ side of it – so that I’d be a little less ashamed of my role today (when Allah will ask of my relation to my Prophet ﷺ)… I’d be able to say that “i could not do my best……i was weak, lazy…..but my intents were not bad…..those might not be good, but were not bad…….i tried to clear my tail by posting a blog-post……”
I know this is not enough…. I know, this is not even an answer, what to talk of a justification….. I know, this is nothing actually… Yet I presume that my Allah will accept my intent Insha ALLAH, and won’t let me be embarrassed in front of Holy Prophet ﷺ, who cared for me and millions of my kalma-go brothers and sisters hundreds of years back, went through tough times black and blue – just for the reason that would not burn in hell…… I can’t even think of facing Prophet ﷺ on the day of judgment with my eyes open, and up……….so much is the multitude of shame…..
We, Muslims of today (and here I am sure about my own self), could not upkeep his (ﷺ)’s words, sunnah and message in a manner that was required and worth it….. We could not defend his name, legacy and persona……. We simply could not do what all what expected out out of us to do……
Allah Help us out.
Allah, Have mercy in us and Help us to help ourselves.
Love of Allah and Prophet is part of our eemaan…. Following is cited in this regard…
- “If your fathers, your sons, your brothers, your wives, your relatives, wealth which you have obtained, commerce wherein you fear decline, and dwellings (household) with which you are pleased are more beloved to you than Allah and His Messenger and jihad in His cause, then wait until Allah executes His command. And Allah does not guide the defiantly disobedient people… [Al-Tawbah 9:24]
- “By Him in Whose Hands my life is, none of you will have faith till he loves me more than his father and his children.” [Bukhari 1:13]
- “Whoever possesses the following three qualities will have the sweetness (delight) of faith: the one to whom Allah and His Apostle becomes dearer than anything else, who loves a person and he loves him only for Allah’s sake, who hates to revert to Atheism (disbelief) as he hates to be thrown into the fire. [Bukhari Vol 1, Book 2, Hadees 15]
- We were with the Prophet and he was holding the hand of ‘Umar bin Al-Khattab. ‘Umar said to Him, “O Allah’s Apostle! You are dearer to me than everything except my own self.” The Prophet said, “No, by Him in Whose Hand my soul is, (you will not have complete faith) till I am dearer to you than your own self.” Then ‘Umar said to him, “However, now, by Allah, you are dearer to me than my own self.” The Prophet said, “Now, O ‘Umar, (now you are a believer).” [Bukhari Vol 8, Book 78, Hadees 628]
Sahaaba RA loved Prophet ﷺ, and lived that love…. Their level of sanctity, respect and honour towards the Prophet ﷺ is unprecedented, extraordinary and priceless. Just look at this narration…
Ali ibn Abi Talib RA was asked: “How was your love for the Messenger of Allah [ﷺ]?”
He replied: “He was, by Allah, dearer to us then our wealth, our children, our fathers, our mothers, and from cold water at (the time of) extreme thirst”.
Imam Malik’s color used to change whenever there was a mention of the Prophet ﷺ. He used to lower his head, until his companions felt for that; he was told about this one day, so he said: “Had you seen what I have seen, you would not have questioned what you have seen of me. I used to see Muhammad ibn Al-Munkadir, and he was the master of the Reciters [of the Quran], we never asked him about a tradition except that he would start crying and weeping, until we felt sorry for him (out of love and respect)”
+ Let’s look at the worries of Sahaaba RA…
An Ansari man came to Prophet ﷺ while feeling sad. The Prophet asked him, “Why do I see you sad”. He said, “O Allah’s Prophet! I was contemplating about something.” The Prophet said, “What is it?”. The Ansari said, “We come to you day and night, looking at your face and sitting by you. Tomorrow, you will be raised with the Prophets, and we will not be able to see you.” The Prophet did not say anything, but later Jibril came down to him with this Ayah and the Prophet sent the good news to the Ansari man.”
ذلِكَ الْفَضْلُ مِنَ اللَّهِ
(One is with those whom he loves.)
Anas commented, “Muslims were never happier than with this Hadees.”
A man came to the Prophet and said to him, `O Messenger of Allah! You are more beloved to me than myself, my family and children. Sometimes, when I am at home, I remember you, and I cannot wait until I come and look at you.When I contemplate about my death and your death, I know that you will be with the Prophets when you enter Paradise. I fear that I might not see you when I enter Paradise.’ The Prophet did not answer him until the Ayah, (i.e. An-Nisa 4:69) was revealed to him.
The love of Sahaba’ sight had to struggle with their sense of respect. Eyes wanted to do the uninterrupted ziyarah (look), but the respect would come in its way. This is what the following Hadees says….
Ibn Shamasa Mahri (RA) narrates that they went to meet Hazrat Amr bin al-As (RA) when he was about to die. He (i.e. Hazrat Amr bin al-As (RA) wept for a long time and turned his face towards the wall (and said): “…And then no one was dearer to me than the Messenger of Allah [ﷺ] and none was more sublime in my eyes than he. Never could I, pluck courage to catch a full glimpse of his face due to the reverence I had for him. So if I am asked to describe his features, I cannot do that for I have not eyed him fully…..”
Nafi narrates that I saw that whenever Ibn `Umar (RA) used to go towards the grave (area) of the martyrs, he used to turn his camel away from it and when he was asked about it he replied : “I saw the camel of the messenger of Allah (ﷺ) pass through this (particular) area (or path way) and i fear that perhaps the feet of my camel would trample the mark where his ( ﷺ ) camel stepped.
Jabir bin Samura said: “I prayed along with Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) the first prayer. He then went to his family and I also went along with him when he met some children (on the way). He began to pat the cheeks of each one of them. He also patted my cheek and I experienced coolness or a fragrance of his hand as if it had been brought out from the scent bag of a perfumer.
Sahaaba RA loved to copy Prophet ﷺ in each and every respect…. They respected the hands which touched him….. Following hadees brings tears to eyes….
‘Abdu’r-Rahman ibn Razin said, “We passed by az-Zubda and were told, ‘There is Salama ibn al- Akwa’. I went to him and he greeted us. Then he brought out his hands and stated, ‘With these two hands I offered allegiance to the Messenger of Allah ﷺ.’ He held out his palm which was as huge as a camel’s foot, and we got up and kissed it.”
Usayd ibn Hudayr … said that while he was given to jesting and was talking to the people and making them laugh, the Prophet (ﷺ) poked him under the ribs with a stick. He said: Let me take retaliation. He said: Take retaliation. He said: You are wearing a shirt but I am not. The Prophet (ﷺ) then raised his shirt and the man embraced him and began to kiss his side. Then he said: This is what I wanted, Apostle of Allah!
When the verse, “O ye who believe! Raise not your voices above the voice of the Prophet, nor speak aloud to him in talk, as ye may speak aloud to one another, lest your deeds become vain and ye perceive not.” (Al-Hujurat 49:2) revealed, it made the following impact on Hazrat Umar (RA): “Thence forward when Umar talked to the Prophet, he would talk like one who whispered a secret and would even fail to make the Prophet hear him, in which case the Prophet would ask him (to repeat his words).”
Let’s look at the way Sahaaba RA addressed him….
Narated By AbuDharr: The Prophet (ﷺ) addressed me, saying: O AbuDharr! I replied: “At thy service and at thy pleasure, Apostle of Allah! may I be ransom for thee.”
And the love was two way…
Hazrat Ali RA said, “I have never heard the Prophet mentioning his father and mother for anybody other than Saad bin Malik (aka – Saad bin Abi Waqas) I heard him saying on the day of Uhud, “O Saad throw (arrows)! Let my father and mother be sacrificed for you!”
Abda bint Khalid ibn Ma’dan said, “Khalid never went to bed without remembering how he yearned for the Messenger of Allah and his Companions among the Muhajirun and Ansar, and he would name them. He said, ‘They are my root and branch, and my heart longs for them. I have yearned for them a long time. My Lord, hasten my being taken to You!'”
Umar ibn al-Khattab told al-Abbas, “Your becoming a Muslim is dearer to me than al-Khattab becoming a Muslim because it is dearer to the Messenger of Allah.”
When the Makkans drove Zayd ibn ad-Dathima out of the Haram to kill him, Abu Sufyan ibn Harb said to him, “I ask you by Allah, Zayd, don’t you wish that Muhammad were with us now to take your place so that we could cut off his head, and you were with your family?” Zayd said, “By Allah, I would not wish Muhammad to be now in a place where even a thorn could hurt him if that was the condition for my being with my family!” Abu Sufyan remarked, “I have not seen any people who love anyone the way the Companions of Muhammad love Muhammad – ﷺ.”
Anas bin Malik (RA) reported: After the death of Messenger of Allah (ﷺ), Abu Bakr said to ‘Umar (RA) : “Let us visit Umm Aiman (RA) as Messenger of Allah (saws) used to visit her”.
As we came to her, she wept. They (Abu Bakr and ‘Umar RA) said to her, “What makes you weep? Do you not know that what Allah has in store for His Messenger (ﷺ) is better than (this worldly life)?”
She said, “I weep not because I am ignorant of the fact that what is in store for Messenger of Allah (saws) (in the Hereafter) is better than this world, but I weep because the Revelation has ceased to come”.
This moved both of them to tears and they began to weep along with her.
Beloved Rasulullah ﷺ!
We are not even an iota of your beloved Sahaabaa RA.
We are not even close to their manifestation of love for you.
We are weak people…..infact bad….
Our concepts are distorted……our acts worse.
Our words do not match our thoughts……and our actions do not sync with our words…..
We are verbose in loving you, superfluous in quoting you, and lazy in following you….
Sahaaba RA did not interrupt you, nor asked silly questions from you…. We are otherwise…
Their voices were never louder than him (as per Allah’s orders)… Sahaaba RA wouldn’t speak anything in front of him, because of the respect and sanctity of him. They were too shy out of respect and love, or to speak anything lest it could be inappropriate, or unworthy. So much was their love for him, that it was one of their utmost desires to be with him to observe him, learn from him and express their love for him. In the words of Abu Hurairah RA, “Rasulullah ﷺ, when I see you I feel very happy and joyous and my eyes water.”…
We question things – even clear instructions….
Our eyes get wet when we read the lines about love of Sahaaba RA for Prophet ﷺ…. But our hearts do not move. We feel incapacitated with the venom of hate and fanaticism taught to us over the years. We have indeed forgotten the lessons…
In regard to two Sahee Ahaadees (quoted below), I beg for pardon of all of us….of those who are Muslims only by toufeeq by Rabb e Zul-jalaal….of those who say one thing and do another….of those who are silent when they were supposed to speak up, sat down when they were supposed to move, and weak in the time of tests…. Almighty Allah, Help us to be those people mentioned therein….. Bless us the counties of eemaan, amal, fehm and wisdom….
Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) as saying: The people most loved by me from amongst my Ummah would be those who would come after me but everyone amongst them would have the keenest desire to catch a glimpse of me even at the cost of his family and wealth.
It is reported from ‘Abdullah ibn Mas‘ood (may Allah be pleased with him), according to which the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “The last one to enter Paradise will be a man who will walk once, stumble once and be burned by the Fire once. When he gets past it, he will turn to it and say, ‘Blessed be the One Who has saved me from you. Allaah has given me something that He has not given to the first and the last.’ A tree will be raised up for him, and he will say, ‘O Lord, bring me closer to this tree so that I might shelter in its shade and drink of its water.’ Allaah, may He be glorified and exalted, will say: ‘O son of Adam, perhaps if I give you that, you will ask Me for something else.’ He will say, ‘No, O Lord,’ and he will promise that he will not ask Him for anything else, and his Lord will excuse him because he has seen something that he cannot help wanting. So he will be brought near to it and he will shelter in its shade and drink of its water. Then another tree will be raised up for him that is more beautiful than the first, and he will say: ‘O Lord, bring me closer to this tree so that I might drink of its water and shelter in its shade, and I will not ask You for anything else.’ He will say: ‘O son of Adam, did you not promise Me that you would not ask Me for anything else?’ He will say: ‘Perhaps if I bring you near to it, you will ask Me for something else.’ He will promise that he will not ask Him for anything else, and his Lord will excuse him because he has seen something that he cannot help wanting. So he will be brought near to it and he will shelter in its shade and drink of its water. Then another tree will be raised up for him at the gate of Paradise that is more beautiful than the first two, and he will say: ‘O Lord, bring me closer to this tree so that I might shelter in its shade and drink of its water, and I will not ask You for anything else.’ He will say: ‘O son of Adam, did you not promise Me that you would not ask Me for anything else?’ he will say, ‘No, O Lord, I will not ask You for anything else.’ His Lord will excuse him because he has seen something that he cannot help wanting. He will be brought close to it, and when he draws close to it, he will hear the voices of the people of Paradise and will say, ‘O Lord, admit me therein.’ He will say: ‘O son of Adam, what will make you stop asking? Will it please you if I give you the world and as much again?’ He will say: ‘O Lord, are You making fun of me when You are the Lord of the Worlds?’”
We beg forgiveness of Allah and are ashamed in front of Rasullulah ﷺ ……for not rising up when the fanatic, barbaric crowds said and did unworthy in the garb of Islam…..
While there was a need to say kalma-e-haq in front the jaabir Sultaans, we went on to discuss the pros, cons and even the analogy of kalma-e-haq….
We are still weak, to openly counter the pseudo arguments of so-called Jihaads around the world, so-called preachings, so-called Pan-Islamisms, so-called fataawa-centered-issues, so-called Islamic clergy and so-called religious acts….
We are weak to admit our weaknesses, for that biggest act of courage is to accept one’s own wrongdoings…
We are weak to call a spade, a spade…
We beg forgiveness of Allah, His blessings and toufeeq….. We seek pardon, barkat and rehmat…. We ask for good leaders and wise elders….
We ask for nigaah e karam….