Considering the Sirah’s influence on the Sunnah

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Considering the Sirah’s influence on the Sunnah

Beginning of the Beneficiary

The occasion being honored in this month of Rabi’ul-Awwal is the birth anniversary of the world’s greatest humanitarian. Whom Allah describes in the Qur’an as…

  • – Ar-rasul an-nabiy al-ummi [Qur’an 7:157] The Prophet and the Messenger were not educated in the conventional educational institutions.
  • – Prophet and Last/Seal of Messengers (Khatam a nabiyyin; Quran 33:40)
  • – Caring and merciful (Raufun Raheem) (Qur’an 9:128)
  • – Sirajan Munira, lit up light of guidance (Qur’an 33:46)
  • Rahmatan lil-‘aalimeen/Mercy to every existence (Q 21:107)
  • – Ideal example (Uswatun Hasanah) (Qur’an 33:21)
  • – Exalted in character, Khuluqun ‘azeem (Qur’an 68:4)

Mawlid-an-Nabi is a grateful remembrance of the birth and subsequent life of the greatest creation; it commemorates the moment when the Divine decided to send the best creation as the last divinely appointed leader to the human race in order to change the course of history and reshape the world. It is true that the birth of the greatest humanitarian is a historical moment deserving of our shared joy.

‘Abbs ibn ‘Abd al-Muttalib, the Prophet’s uncle and close friend (who was two years older than the Prophet) said:

The earth was shining when you were born, and the horizon was illuminated by your light.
We move down the routes of proper direction and in the light of that light.

According to Mullah Ali al-Sharh Qari’s al-Shifa (1:364), Abu Bakr al-Shafi’i and Tabarani narrated this. Ibn ‘Abd al-Barr and Ibn al-Qayyim separately acknowledged these sources in “al-Isti’ab” and “Huda Nabiyy Allah.”

We should be aware that every second of the Prophet’s life, whether it be in private or in public, at a mosque or on the street, with family or complete strangers, is a beacon of light.

Outstanding Character

It is hard for anyone to feel anything other than reverence for that tremendous Prophet, one of the great messengers of the Supreme, after studying the life and character of the great Prophet of Arabia, knowing how he taught and how he lived. [Dr. Annie Besant: The Life and teachings of Muhammad]

Unquestionably, the Prophet was a role model for greatness, a manifestation of kindness, and a manifestation of love. In an homage to the Prophetic character, his nephew and close friend Ali bin Abi Tlib said: “Prophet Muhammad is the Seal of Prophets, the most charitable and the boldest of all. He had the most trustworthy speech. He was the most sensitive to other people’s confidence and paid them their full debt with great care. When you run into him out of the blue, you admire and adore him since he was the most accommodating and surrendering companion. He would be liked by someone who knew him. “I have never seen such a person,” the one who described him would remark, according to Ibn Hisham and Jami’ At-Tirmidhi.

Muhammad’s willingness to endure persecution for his beliefs, the men who followed him and looked up to him as a leader, and the greatness of his ultimate achievement, all argue his fundamental integrity, according to British historian Professor W. Montgomery Watt, whose book “Mohammad at Makkah” states: “To suppose Muhammad as imposter raises more problems than it solves. Moreover, none of the great figures of history is so poorly appreciated in the West as M.”

As we ponder the prophet’s all-encompassing character and marvel at the exceptional quality of his character, we become aware of the general applicability of his example.

Viewed through the lens of human fervor and affection

He is the most important and supreme.

Receiver of the Quran, practitioner of the Furqaan/the standard,

He is Taha and Yaseen [‘Allama Iqbal]

by recognizing the Honorable

We remember the Prophet not only to honor him but also to honor ourselves in his memory. Poet Hassan bin Thabit, a Prophet-era companion, said:

I was unable to praise Muhammad with my words, but rather, the name of Muhammad elevated my remarks to praiseworthiness.

Imam Abu Hanifah expressed a similar viewpoint when he stated:

Yaseen, oh! I make a vow to Allah! Nobody in the entire universe is like you!

By the One (Allah) who gave you prophetic abilities, I swear to this.

I keep you in my thoughts even when I’m silent.

I speak in your honor when I do so.

As a result, according to Imam Busayri in his Burdah…

The Prophet calls us to submit to the Creator when he invites.

By pledging allegiance to the most virtuous Messenger,

We are now the most respected community there is.

Our awareness of him at its depth recognizes him as a remarkable human.

He is actually the best creation there is.

Where are the Supporters of the Greatest Beneficiary going?

More than a billion people worldwide claim to be followers of this Prophet Muhammad and to find their emotional and spiritual well-being in Islam. Islam serves as our moral compass, our source of guidance, and our wellspring of tranquility and knowledge. Islam provides moral instruction that brings peace and compassion into our life.

It can be difficult to comprehend the current state of Islam due to many factors. Horror incidents related to the contemporary Muslim scenario are foremost. Rarely a week goes by without a group of “extreme Muslims” being mentioned in the media, usually as a result of shocking acts of violence. As a result, Islam has come to be closely associated in the minds of many people with what may be regarded as negativity, including intolerance, persecution, and bloodshed.

The fact that Muslims are killing more people in the name of Islam, as well as the reality that Muslims are killing Muslims, is extremely concerning. It is clear that some people who profess to be Muslims have lost a solid understanding of Islamic teachings and are replacing the majestic message of Islam with hate speech, rage-inducing language, and horrible acts of disgusting murder.

Bringing the Religion of Peace into Agreement

This reality incites strong emotions of worry and agony in every Muslim who values their faith. How can we combine Islam as the Religion of Peace conveyed by the Messenger of Mercy with Islam as a religion for all of us, and especially the young Muslim? … the widespread, hostile public stereotypes that exist today about Islam and Muslims. As-Salaam/Source Peace is our Lord, as-Salamu’alaykum is our greeting, as-Salamu’alaykum is the planned eternal habitation, and Dar-us-Salaam is the house of peace. As-Salaam/Source Peace is our religion. Unfortunately, though, such is not the perception many people have of Muhammad’s religious tradition (pbuh).

Islam is a comprehensive way of life, with a revelation that has been preserved in its entirety and a Prophet who lived in the heyday of history and whose life-example as uswatun hasanah (exemplar) is a holistic model of excellence. This understanding is essential if we are to fully comprehend Islam and realize that it is more than just dogma or ideology, far more than the routine of robotic rituals.

Recognizing the Srah

The word “sarah” is derived from the Arabic word “sara,” which meaning to travel or be on a journey. A person’s sra, or biography, details their birth, significant life events, mannerisms and personal traits, as well as their legacy and eventual death. The Prophet Muhammad’s life and legacy are referred to as srat raslillah or al-sra al-nabawiyyah.

An examination of the Prophet’s illustrious life reveals great hardship, steadfast commitment to moral principles, unshakeable faith, and excellent behavior. He stood up for the underdogs and the poor since the early Makkan era. In Madinah, a young shepherd who had grown to become known for being as-sdiq (honest) and al-amn (reliable) had to perform tasks as the head of state, the military commander, and the supreme court judge. He did all of this with distinction and prophetic perfection.

In his book Muhammad: The Prophet of Islam, Hindu professor S. Ramakrishna Rao states: “The personality of Muhammad is very difficult to acquire the complete truth of it. I only get a brief glimpse of him. What dramatic sequence of beautiful scenes? Muhammad is the Prophet, the General, the King, the Warrior, the Businessman, the Preacher, the Philosopher, the Statesman, the Orator, the Reformer, the Refuge for Orphans, the Protector of Slaves, the Emancipator of Women, the Judge, and the Saint. In all these magnificent roles and in all these fields of human endeavor, he is equal.

The Prophetic Example is the Sunnah.

Ibn Manr defines “sunnah” as tariq ah al-Mahmudah al-Mustaqimah, the commendable upright way of behavior, implying model conduct and exemplary demeanor, emanating from the Prophet’s deeply ingrained piety, noble humanity, and high morals, in his classic 20-volume work Lisan-ul-Arab (the most frequently cited and best known dictionary of the Arabic language). The Prophet’s example must be all-encompassing if he is to serve as a thorough mentor to all people till the end of time. His example must be applicable to everyone if his aim is worldwide.

Islam is a full method of life (deenun shamilun) that was completed by the Last Messenger (khatam an-Nabiyyin), who gave humanity a revelation that has been preserved over time (hudal lin naas). Prophet Muhammad set an example that complemented divine revelation as it is presented in the Qur’an by acting correctly and in conformity with the Almighty’s intention. He took on the persona of the Qur’an, since it was the Qur’an alone that could vouch for his prophethood. His deeds and words served as both a guide for ethical behavior and a secondary source of Islamic law.

قُلْ إِن كُنتُمْ تُحِبُّونَ اللّهَ فَاتَّبِعُونِي يُحْبِبْكُمُ اللّهُ وَيَغْفِرْ لَكُمْ ذُنُوبَكُمْ وَاللّهُ غَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ

Say: “Follow the Prophet; He will love you and pardon your sins. If you desire Divine love. Undoubtedly, Allah is the Most Forgiving, the Most Merciful.

The Sunnah is comprehensive, dealing with life’s experiences and reflecting on the metaphysical aspects of existence. It is characterized by prophetic words and deeds, approvals and disapprovals, outward manifestation and interior attitude, religious action and moral precepts. The Prophetic style of life that is prescribed as the standard for the believers is referred to as the sunnah.

Making the Sunnah real

Sunnah is revealed through simplicity, not complexity.

 

The Islamic religion is one of comfort and good news, not one of hardship and retribution.

 

إِنَّ هَذَا الدِّينَ يُسْرٌ وَلَنْ يُشَادَّ الدِّينَ أَحَدٌ إِلَّا غَلَبَهُ فَسَدِّدُوا وَقَارِبُوا وَأَبْشِرُوا وَيَسِّرُوا صحيح البخاري

 

Although this method of life is simple (to comprehend and apply), if someone is harsh or severe toward it, it will overwhelm him. Reach out, look for ways to be approachable, share good news, and simplify things.

 

يسروا ولا تعسروا، وبشروا ولا تنفروا

 

“Make things easy, not tough. Be positive by spreading joyful tiding rather than by harshness that drives people away,” the Prophet (pbuh) remarked.

 

Sunnah reflected by compassion rather than savagery

Messages / hudan wa rahmah (direction and mercy), Messenger / rahmatan lil ‘aalimin (Mercy unto the worlds), and Revealer / Ar-Rahman (Most Compassionate Creator) are overwhelming manifestations of Mercy.

 

The Prophet was the one who instructed us to have mercy on creation.

 

ارْحَمُوا مَنْ فِي الأَرْضِ يَرْحَمْكُمْ مَنْ فِي السَّمَاء.

 

You shall receive mercy from the Creator.

 

In his Musaddas, Moulana Altaf Husayn Hali discussed the Prophet.

 

Beginning of the Beneficiary

 

The occasion being honored in this month of Rabi’ul-Awwal is the birth anniversary of the world’s greatest humanitarian. Whom Allah describes in the Qur’an as…

 

– Ar-rasul an-nabiy al-ummi [Qur’an 7:157] The Prophet and the Messenger were not educated in the conventional educational institutions.

– Prophet and Last/Seal of Messengers (Khatam a nabiyyin; Quran 33:40)

– Caring and merciful (Raufun Raheem) (Qur’an 9:128)

– Sirajan Munira, lit up light of guidance (Qur’an 33:46)

Rahmatan lil-‘aalimeen, or “Mercy to all existence,” is stated in Qur’an verse 21:107.

– Uswatun hasanah, a perfect example (Qur’an 33:21)

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– Exalted in character, Khuluqun ‘azeem (Qur’an 68:4)

 

Mawlid-an-Nabi is a grateful remembrance of the birth and subsequent life of the greatest creation; it commemorates the moment when the Divine decided to send the best creation as the last divinely appointed leader to the human race in order to change the course of history and reshape the world. It is true that the birth of the greatest humanitarian is a historical moment deserving of our shared joy.

 

‘Abbs ibn ‘Abd al-Muttalib, the Prophet’s uncle and close friend (who was two years older than the Prophet) said:

 

وأنت لما ولدت أشرقت الارض ونارت بنورك الافق

 

فنحن في ذلك الضياء وفى النور وسبل الرشاد نخترق

 

The earth was shining when you were born, and the horizon was illuminated by your light.

We move down the routes of proper direction and in the light of that light.

 

According to Mullah Ali al-Sharh Qari’s al-Shifa (1:364), Abu Bakr al-Shafi’i and Tabarani narrated this. Ibn ‘Abd al-Barr and Ibn al-Qayyim separately acknowledged these sources in “al-Isti’ab” and “Huda Nabiyy Allah.”

 

We should be aware that every second of the Prophet’s life, whether it be in private or in public, at a mosque or on the street, with family or complete strangers, is a beacon of light.

 

Outstanding Character

 

It is hard for anyone to feel anything other than reverence for that tremendous Prophet, one of the great messengers of the Supreme, after studying the life and character of the great Prophet of Arabia, knowing how he taught and how he lived. [Dr. Annie Besant: The Life and teachings of Muhammad]

 

Unquestionably, the Prophet was a role model for greatness, a manifestation of kindness, and a manifestation of love. In a homage to the Prophetic character, his nephew and close friend Ali bin Abi Tlib said: “Prophet Muhammad is the Seal of Prophets, the most charitable and the boldest of all. He had the most trustworthy speech. He was the most sensitive to other people’s confidence and paid them their full debt with great care. When you run into him out of the blue, you admire and adore him since he was the most accommodating and surrendering companion. He would be liked by someone who knew him. “I have never seen such a person,” the one who described him would remark, according to Ibn Hisham and Jami’ At-Tirmidhi.

 

Muhammad’s willingness to endure persecution for his beliefs, the men who followed him and looked up to him as a leader, and the greatness of his ultimate achievement, all argue his fundamental integrity, according to British historian Professor W. Montgomery Watt, whose book “Mohammad at Makkah” states: “To suppose Muhammad as imposter raises more problems than it solves. Moreover, none of the great figures of history is so poorly appreciated in the West as M.”

 

As we ponder the prophet’s all-encompassing character and marvel at the exceptional quality of his character, we become aware of the general applicability of his example.

 

 

 

Viewed through the lens of human fervor and affection

He is the most important and supreme;

Receiver of the Quran, practitioner of the Furqaan/the standard,

He is Taha and Yaseen [‘Allama Iqbal]

 

 

by recognizing the Honorable

 

We remember the Prophet not only to honor him but also to honor ourselves in his memory. Poet Hassan bin Thabit, a Prophet-era companion, said:

 

 

 

I was unable to praise Muhammad with my words, but rather, the name of Muhammad elevated my remarks to praiseworthiness.

 

Imam Abu Hanifah expressed a similar viewpoint when he stated:

 

و الله يا ياسين مثلك لم يكن في العالمين وحق نباك

 

Yaseen, oh! I make a vow to Allah! Nobody in the entire universe is like you!

By the One (Allah) who gave you prophetic abilities, I swear to this.

 

فإذا سكت ففيك صمتي كله و إذا نطقت فمادحا علياك

 

I keep you in my thoughts even when I’m silent.

I speak in your honor when I do so.

 

As a result, according to Imam Busayri in his Burdah…

 

لما دعى الله داعينا لطاعته بأكرم الرسل كنا أكرم الأمم

 

فمبلغ العلم فيه أنه بشر و أنه خير خلق الله كلهم

 

The Prophet calls us to submit to the Creator when he invites;

By pledging allegiance to the most virtuous Messenger,

We are now the most respected community there is.

Our awareness of him at its depth recognizes him as a remarkable human;

He is actually the best creation there is.

 

Where are the Supporters of the Greatest Beneficiary going?

 

More than a billion people worldwide claim to be followers of this Prophet Muhammad and to find their emotional and spiritual well-being in Islam. Islam serves as our moral compass, our source of guidance, and our wellspring of tranquility and knowledge. Islam provides moral instruction that brings peace and compassion into our life.

 

It can be difficult to comprehend the current state of Islam due to many factors. Horror incidents related to the contemporary Muslim scenario are foremost. Rarely a week goes by without a group of “extreme Muslims” being mentioned in the media, usually as a result of shocking acts of violence. As a result, Islam has come to be closely associated in the minds of many people with what may be regarded as negativity, including intolerance, persecution, and bloodshed.

 

The fact that Muslims are killing more people in the name of Islam, as well as the reality that Muslims are killing Muslims, is extremely concerning. It is clear that some people who profess to be Muslims have lost a solid understanding of Islamic teachings and are replacing the majestic message of Islam with hate speech, rage-inducing language, and horrible acts of disgusting murder.

 

Bringing the Religion of Peace into Agreement

 

This reality incites strong emotions of worry and agony in every Muslim who values their faith. How can we combine Islam as the Religion of Peace conveyed by the Messenger of Mercy with Islam as a religion for all of us, and especially the young Muslim? … the widespread, hostile public stereotypes that exist today about Islam and Muslims. As-Salaam/Source Peace is our Lord, as-Salamu’alaykum is our greeting, as-Salamu’alaykum is the planned eternal habitation, and Dar-us-Salaam is the house of peace. As-Salaam/Source Peace is our religion. Unfortunately, though, such is not the perception many people have of Muhammad’s religious tradition (pbuh).

 

Islam is a comprehensive way of life, with a revelation that has been preserved in its entirety and a Prophet who lived in the heyday of history and whose life-example as uswatun hasanah (exemplar) is a holistic model of excellence. This understanding is essential if we are to fully comprehend Islam and realize that it is more than just dogma or ideology, far more than the routine of robotic rituals.

 

Recognizing the Srah

 

The word “sarah” is derived from the Arabic word “sara,” which meaning to travel or be on a journey. A person’s sra, or biography, details their birth, significant life events, mannerisms and personal traits, as well as their legacy and eventual death. The Prophet Muhammad’s life and legacy are referred to as srat raslillah or al-sra al-nabawiyyah.

 

An examination of the Prophet’s illustrious life reveals great hardship, steadfast commitment to moral principles, unshakeable faith, and excellent behavior. He stood up for the underdogs and the poor since the early Makkan era. In Madinah, a young shepherd who had grown to become known for being as-sdiq (honest) and al-amn (reliable) had to perform tasks as the head of state, the military commander, and the supreme court judge. He did all of this with distinction and prophetic perfection.

 

In his book Muhammad: The Prophet of Islam, Hindu professor S. Ramakrishna Rao states: “The personality of Muhammad is very difficult to acquire the complete truth of it. I only get a brief glimpse of him. What dramatic sequence of beautiful scenes? Muhammad is the Prophet, the General, the King, the Warrior, the Businessman, the Preacher, the Philosopher, the Statesman, the Orator, the Reformer, the Refuge for Orphans, the Protector of Slaves, the Emancipator of Women, the Judge, and the Saint. In all these magnificent roles and in all these fields of human endeavor, he is equal.

 

The Prophetic Example is the Sunnah.

 

Ibn Manr defines “sunnah” as tariq ah al-Mahmudah al-Mustaqimah, the commendable upright way of behavior, implying model conduct and exemplary demeanor, emanating from the Prophet’s deeply ingrained piety, noble humanity, and high morals, in his classic 20-volume work Lisan-ul-Arab (the most frequently cited and best known dictionary of the Arabic language). The Prophet’s example must be all-encompassing if he is to serve as a thorough mentor to all people till the end of time. His example must be applicable to everyone if his aim is worldwide.

 

Islam is a full method of life (deenun shamilun) that was completed by the Last Messenger (khatam an-Nabiyyin), who gave humanity a revelation that has been preserved over time (hudal lin naas). Prophet Muhammad set an example that complemented divine revelation as it is presented in the Qur’an by acting correctly and in conformity with the Almighty’s intention. He took on the persona of the Qur’an, since it was the Qur’an alone that could vouch for his prophethood. His deeds and words served as both a guide for ethical behavior and a secondary source of Islamic law.

 

قُلْ إِن كُنتُمْ تُحِبُّونَ اللّهَ فَاتَّبِعُونِي يُحْبِبْكُمُ اللّهُ وَيَغْفِرْ لَكُمْ ذُنُوبَكُمْ وَاللّهُ غَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ

 

Say: “Follow the Prophet; He will love you and pardon your sins. If you desire Divine love. Undoubtedly, Allah is the Most Forgiving, the Most Merciful.

 

The Sunnah is comprehensive, dealing with life’s experiences and reflecting on the metaphysical aspects of existence. It is characterized by prophetic words and deeds, approvals and disapprovals, outward manifestation and interior attitude, religious action and moral precepts. The Prophetic style of life that is prescribed as the standard for the believers is referred to as the sunnah.

 

Making the Sunnah real

 

Sunnah is revealed through simplicity, not complexity.

 

The Islamic religion is one of comfort and good news, not one of hardship and retribution.

 

إِنَّ هَذَا الدِّينَ يُسْرٌ وَلَنْ يُشَادَّ الدِّينَ أَحَدٌ إِلَّا غَلَبَهُ فَسَدِّدُوا وَقَارِبُوا وَأَبْشِرُوا وَيَسِّرُوا صحيح البخاري

 

Although this method of life is simple (to comprehend and apply), if someone is harsh or severe toward it, it will overwhelm him. Reach out, look for ways to be approachable, share good news, and simplify things.

 

يسروا ولا تعسروا، وبشروا ولا تنفروا

 

“Make things easy, not tough. Be positive by spreading joyful tiding rather than by harshness that drives people away,” the Prophet (pbuh) remarked.

 

Sunnah reflected by compassion rather than savagery

Messages / hudan wa rahmah (direction and mercy), Messenger / rahmatan lil ‘aalimin (Mercy unto the worlds), and Revealer / Ar-Rahman (Most Compassionate Creator) are overwhelming manifestations of Mercy.

 

The Prophet was the one who instructed us to have mercy on creation.

 

ارْحَمُوا مَنْ فِي الأَرْضِ يَرْحَمْكُمْ مَنْ فِي السَّمَاء.

 

You shall receive mercy from the Creator.

 

In his Musaddas, Moulana Altaf Husayn Hali discussed the Prophet.

 

Arrival of the Beneficiary

 

The occasion being honored in this month of Rabi’ul-Awwal is the birth anniversary of the world’s greatest humanitarian. Whom Allah describes in the Qur’an as…

 

– Ar-rasul an-nabiy al-ummi [Qur’an 7:157] The Prophet and the Messenger were not educated in the conventional educational institutions.

– Prophet and Last/Seal of Messengers (Khatam a nabiyyin; Quran 33:40)

– Caring and merciful (Raufun Raheem) (Qur’an 9:128)

– Sirajan Munira, lit up light of guidance (Qur’an 33:46)

Rahmatan lil-‘aalimeen, or “Mercy to all existence,” is stated in Qur’an verse 21:107.

– Uswatun hasanah, a perfect example (Qur’an 33:21)

– Exalted in character, Khuluqun ‘azeem (Qur’an 68:4)

 

Mawlid-an-Nabi is a grateful remembrance of the birth and subsequent life of the greatest creation; it commemorates the moment when the Divine decided to send the best creation as the last divinely appointed leader to the human race in order to change the course of history and reshape the world. It is true that the birth of the greatest humanitarian is a historical moment deserving of our shared joy.

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‘Abbs ibn ‘Abd al-Muttalib, the Prophet’s uncle and close friend (who was two years older than the Prophet) said:

 

وأنت لما ولدت أشرقت الارض ونارت بنورك الافق

 

فنحن في ذلك الضياء وفى النور وسبل الرشاد نخترق

 

The earth was shining when you were born, and the horizon was illuminated by your light.

We move down the routes of proper direction and in the light of that light.

 

According to Mullah Ali al-Sharh Qari’s al-Shifa (1:364), Abu Bakr al-Shafi’i and Tabarani narrated this. Ibn ‘Abd al-Barr and Ibn al-Qayyim separately acknowledged these sources in “al-Isti’ab” and “Huda Nabiyy Allah.”

 

We should be aware that every second of the Prophet’s life, whether it be in private or in public, at a mosque or on the street, with family or complete strangers, is a beacon of light.

 

Outstanding Character

 

It is hard for anyone to feel anything other than reverence for that tremendous Prophet, one of the great messengers of the Supreme, after studying the life and character of the great Prophet of Arabia, knowing how he taught and how he lived. [Dr. Annie Besant: The Life and teachings of Muhammad]

 

Unquestionably, the Prophet was a role model for greatness, a manifestation of kindness, and a manifestation of love. In a homage to the Prophetic character, his nephew and close friend Ali bin Abi Tlib said: “Prophet Muhammad is the Seal of Prophets, the most charitable and the boldest of all. He had the most trustworthy speech. He was the most sensitive to other people’s confidence and paid them their full debt with great care. When you run into him out of the blue, you admire and adore him since he was the most accommodating and surrendering companion. He would be liked by someone who knew him. “I have never seen such a person,” the one who described him would remark, according to Ibn Hisham and Jami’ At-Tirmidhi.

 

Muhammad’s willingness to endure persecution for his beliefs, the men who followed him and looked up to him as a leader, and the greatness of his ultimate achievement, all argue his fundamental integrity, according to British historian Professor W. Montgomery Watt, whose book “Mohammad at Makkah” states: “To suppose Muhammad as imposter raises more problems than it solves. Moreover, none of the great figures of history is so poorly appreciated in the West as M.”

 

As we ponder the prophet’s all-encompassing character and marvel at the exceptional quality of his character, we become aware of the general applicability of his example.

 

 

 

Viewed through the lens of human fervor and affection

He is the most important and supreme;

Receiver of the Quran, practitioner of the Furqaan/the standard,

He is Taha and Yaseen [‘Allama Iqbal]

 

 

by recognizing the Honorable

 

We remember the Prophet not only to honor him but also to honor ourselves in his memory. Poet Hassan bin Thabit, a Prophet-era companion, said:

 

 

 

I was unable to praise Muhammad with my words, but rather, the name of Muhammad elevated my remarks to praiseworthiness.

 

Imam Abu Hanifah expressed a similar viewpoint when he stated:

 

و الله يا ياسين مثلك لم يكن في العالمين وحق نباك

 

Yaseen, oh! I make a vow to Allah! Nobody in the entire universe is like you!

By the One (Allah) who gave you prophetic abilities, I swear to this.

 

فإذا سكت ففيك صمتي كله و إذا نطقت فمادحا علياك

 

I keep you in my thoughts even when I’m silent.

I speak in your honor when I do so.

 

As a result, according to Imam Busayri in his Burdah…

 

لما دعى الله داعينا لطاعته بأكرم الرسل كنا أكرم الأمم

 

فمبلغ العلم فيه أنه بشر و أنه خير خلق الله كلهم

 

The Prophet calls us to submit to the Creator when he invites;

By pledging allegiance to the most virtuous Messenger,

We are now the most respected community there is.

Our awareness of him at its depth recognizes him as a remarkable human;

He is actually the best creation there is.

 

Where are the Supporters of the Greatest Beneficiary going?

 

More than a billion people worldwide claim to be followers of this Prophet Muhammad and to find their emotional and spiritual well-being in Islam. Islam serves as our moral compass, our source of guidance, and our wellspring of tranquility and knowledge. Islam provides moral instruction that brings peace and compassion into our life.

 

It can be difficult to comprehend the current state of Islam due to many factors. Horror incidents related to the contemporary Muslim scenario are foremost. Rarely a week goes by without a group of “extreme Muslims” being mentioned in the media, usually as a result of shocking acts of violence. As a result, Islam has come to be closely associated in the minds of many people with what may be regarded as negativity, including intolerance, persecution, and bloodshed.

 

The fact that Muslims are killing more people in the name of Islam, as well as the reality that Muslims are killing Muslims, is extremely concerning. It is clear that some people who profess to be Muslims have lost a solid understanding of Islamic teachings and are replacing the majestic message of Islam with hate speech, rage-inducing language, and horrible acts of disgusting murder.

 

Bringing the Religion of Peace into Agreement

 

This reality incites strong emotions of worry and agony in every Muslim who values their faith. How can we combine Islam as the Religion of Peace conveyed by the Messenger of Mercy with Islam as a religion for all of us, and especially the young Muslim? … the widespread, hostile public stereotypes that exist today about Islam and Muslims. As-Salaam/Source Peace is our Lord, as-Salamu’alaykum is our greeting, as-Salamu’alaykum is the planned eternal habitation, and Dar-us-Salaam is the house of peace. As-Salaam/Source Peace is our religion. Unfortunately, though, such is not the perception many people have of Muhammad’s religious tradition (pbuh).

 

Islam is a comprehensive way of life, with a revelation that has been preserved in its entirety and a Prophet who lived in the heyday of history and whose life-example as uswatun hasanah (exemplar) is a holistic model of excellence. This understanding is essential if we are to fully comprehend Islam and realize that it is more than just dogma or ideology, far more than the routine of robotic rituals.

 

Recognizing the Srah

 

The word “sarah” is derived from the Arabic word “sara,” which meaning to travel or be on a journey. A person’s sra, or biography, details their birth, significant life events, mannerisms and personal traits, as well as their legacy and eventual death. The Prophet Muhammad’s life and legacy are referred to as srat raslillah or al-sra al-nabawiyyah.

 

An examination of the Prophet’s illustrious life reveals great hardship, steadfast commitment to moral principles, unshakeable faith, and excellent behavior. He stood up for the underdogs and the poor since the early Makkan era. In Madinah, a young shepherd who had grown to become known for being as-sdiq (honest) and al-amn (reliable) had to perform tasks as the head of state, the military commander, and the supreme court judge. He did all of this with distinction and prophetic perfection.

 

In his book Muhammad: The Prophet of Islam, Hindu professor S. Ramakrishna Rao states: “The personality of Muhammad is very difficult to acquire the complete truth of it. I only get a brief glimpse of him. What dramatic sequence of beautiful scenes? Muhammad is the Prophet, the General, the King, the Warrior, the Businessman, the Preacher, the Philosopher, the Statesman, the Orator, the Reformer, the Refuge for Orphans, the Protector of Slaves, the Emancipator of Women, the Judge, and the Saint. In all these magnificent roles and in all these fields of human endeavor, he is equal.

 

The Prophetic Example is the Sunnah.

 

Ibn Manr defines “sunnah” as tariq ah al-Mahmudah al-Mustaqimah, the commendable upright way of behavior, implying model conduct and exemplary demeanor, emanating from the Prophet’s deeply ingrained piety, noble humanity, and high morals, in his classic 20-volume work Lisan-ul-Arab (the most frequently cited and best known dictionary of the Arabic language). The Prophet’s example must be all-encompassing if he is to serve as a thorough mentor to all people till the end of time. His example must be applicable to everyone if his aim is worldwide.

 

Islam is a full method of life (deenun shamilun) that was completed by the Last Messenger (khatam an-Nabiyyin), who gave humanity a revelation that has been preserved over time (hudal lin naas). Prophet Muhammad set an example that complemented divine revelation as it is presented in the Qur’an by acting correctly and in conformity with the Almighty’s intention. He took on the persona of the Qur’an, since it was the Qur’an alone that could vouch for his prophethood. His deeds and words served as both a guide for ethical behavior and a secondary source of Islamic law.

 

قُلْ إِن كُنتُمْ تُحِبُّونَ اللّهَ فَاتَّبِعُونِي يُحْبِبْكُمُ اللّهُ وَيَغْفِرْ لَكُمْ ذُنُوبَكُمْ وَاللّهُ غَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ

 

Say: “Follow the Prophet; He will love you and pardon your sins. If you desire Divine love. Undoubtedly, Allah is the Most Forgiving, the Most Merciful.

 

The Sunnah is comprehensive, dealing with life’s experiences and reflecting on the metaphysical aspects of existence. It is characterized by prophetic words and deeds, approvals and disapprovals, outward manifestation and interior attitude, religious action and moral precepts. The Prophetic style of life that is prescribed as the standard for the believers is referred to as the sunnah.

 

Making the Sunnah real

 

Sunnah is revealed through simplicity, not complexity.

 

The Islamic religion is one of comfort and good news, not one of hardship and retribution.

 

إِنَّ هَذَا الدِّينَ يُسْرٌ وَلَنْ يُشَادَّ الدِّينَ أَحَدٌ إِلَّا غَلَبَهُ فَسَدِّدُوا وَقَارِبُوا وَأَبْشِرُوا وَيَسِّرُوا صحيح البخاري

 

Although this method of life is simple (to comprehend and apply), if someone is harsh or severe toward it, it will overwhelm him. Reach out, look for ways to be approachable, share good news, and simplify things.

 

يسروا ولا تعسروا، وبشروا ولا تنفروا

 

“Make things easy, not tough. Be positive by spreading joyful tiding rather than by harshness that drives people away,” the Prophet (pbuh) remarked.

 

Sunnah reflected by compassion rather than savagery

Messages / hudan wa rahmah (direction and mercy), Messenger / rahmatan lil ‘aalimin (Mercy unto the worlds), and Revealer / Ar-Rahman (Most Compassionate Creator) are overwhelming manifestations of Mercy.

 

The Prophet was the one who instructed us to have mercy on creation.

 

ارْحَمُوا مَنْ فِي الأَرْضِ يَرْحَمْكُمْ مَنْ فِي السَّمَاء.

 

You shall receive mercy from the Creator.

 

In his Musaddas, Moulana Altaf Husayn Hali discussed the Prophet.

 

Among Prophets, the Prophet was known as “the merciful one,”

who fulfilled the hopes of the downtrodden,

aided people who were struggling,

exhibited empathy for the underprivileged despite his own challenges;

protector of the weak, aider of the poor

Protector of orphans and haven for slaves.

 

We adhere to the religion of peace (Islam), we worship the Lord of Compassion (Ar-Rahman), and we follow the Messenger of Mercy (Rahmatan lil ‘alameen). The sunnah of compassion should be the most obvious sunnah.

 

Hatred is reflected in the Sunnah by mahabbahnot.

 

أَحِبَّ لِلنَّاسِ مَا تُحِبُّ لِنَفْسِكَ تَكُنْ مُسْلِمًا رواه الترمذي وابن ماجة

 

“Love for humanity what you love for yourself, then you will genuinely be Muslim,” the Prophet (pbuh) advised a companion [Ibn Majah, Tirmidhi].

 

Without a question, the Prophet was a manifestation of compassion and mercy. We claim to love the Sunnah, but where is the love-centered Sunnah? Rumi advises

 

Pêshaaye Mardi Ze-Haq Amukhtêm

Ahmadêm Pahlawâné ‘ishqo

 

We received the designation of being true humans from God.

We are Muhammad [Rumi() ]’s comrades and the heroes of love.

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Balance between religious obligation and excessive religiosity is expressed in the Sunnah (for instance, the three companions who promised to engage in obsessive ritual and abstain, to which the Prophet replied).

 

واللَّهِ إِنِّي لَأَخْشَاكُمْ لِلَّهِ وَأَتْقَاكُمْ لَهُ لَكِنِّي أَصُومُ وَأُفْطِرُ وَأُصَلِّي وَأَرْقُدُ وَأَتَزَوَّجُ النِّسَاءَ

 

فَمَنْ رَغِبَ عَنْ سُنَّتِي فَلَيْسَ مِنِّي البخاري

 

By Allah, I am more aware of Allah than you are, and I am most loyal and faithful to Him. Nevertheless, I still alternate between fasting and not fasting, praying at night and sleeping at night (meaning he does not pray all night), and I married (having relations). Anyone who does not want to follow my sunnah is not a follower of mine.

 

Sunnah of not passing judgment

 

“Did you tear up his heart to determine if he was honest in his declaration?” the Prophet chastised a Muslim who murdered a non-Muslim soldier on the battlefield after he announced the shahaadah.

 

“The Prophet (pbuh) gave us guidance;

 

طوبى لمن شغله عيبه عن عيوب الناس أخرجه البزار بإسناد حسن

 

“Good news to the one who worries more about his own mistakes than about the faults of others.” Who are we to judge? Divine judgment itself is more introspective than it seems.

 

إنَّ الله َ لاَ يَنْظُرُ إِلَى أَجْسَامِكُمْ وَلا إلَي صُوَرِكُمْ ، وَلكِنْ يَنْظُرُ إلَـى قُلوُبِكُمْ وأَعْمالِكُمْ رَوَاهُ مسلمٌ

 

Allah does not evaluate you based on your physical attributes or outward look; He instead considers the honesty of your hearts and the righteousness of your deeds.

 

Kindness reflects the Sunnah.

 

إنَّ الله رفِيقٌ يُحِبُّ الرِّفقَ وُيعطِي عَلَى الرِّفقِ ما لا يُعطِي على العُنف،

 

لَا يَكُونُ الرِّفْقُ فِي شَيْءٍ إِلَّا زَانَهُ، وَلَا يُنْزَعُ مِنْ شَيْءٍ إِلَّا شَانَهُ

 

Allah, who is undoubtedly compassionate and adores kindness, has given kindness what He has not given to violence. Nothing is found in anything unless it makes it more beautiful, and nothing is taken away from anything unless it makes it less kind. (Muslim: Sahih)

 

Therefore, we dare not replace the majestic message of “Mercy unto the worlds” with a discourse and rhetoric based on hate.

 

Contravening the Sunnah

 

We cannot be abusive, oppressive, or curse while upholding the Sunnah.

 

“The Believer is never one who teases,” the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) once observed.

 

ليس المؤمن بالطعان و لاباللعان و لا الفاحش و لا البذىء مسند أحمد بن حنبل

 

Nobody who curses is offensive or obscene.

 

We cannot uphold the Sunnah while harboring enmity and engaging in the behavior of backbiting others.

 

وَلاَ تَحَسَّسُوا وَلاَ تَجَسَّسُوا وَلاَ تَنَافَسُوا وَلاَ تَحَاسَدُوا وَلاَ تَبَاغَضُوا وَلاَ تَدَابَرُوا وَكُونُوا عِبَادَ اللَّهِ إِخْوَانًا

 

Be brothers to one another as Allah’s slaves instead of undermining, spying on, or probing (into others’ affairs), being envious, or even hating or betraying one another. [Muslim; Bukhari]

 

We can not be following the Sunnah while we neglect the condition of the impoverished, oppressed and hungry

 

لَيْسَ الْمُؤْمِنُ بِالَّذِي يَشْبَعُ وَجَارُهُ جَائِعٌ إِلَى جَنْبِهِ

 

Whoever eats to his heart’s content while his neighbor goes without [Bayhaqi] is not a believer.

We can not be following the Sunnah if we detest other Muslims and are killing Muslims. The Prophet cautioned us of the impermissibility for a Muslim to gaze at another with a displeasing look; that insulting a Muslim is transgression and fighting him is infidelity.

 

المسلم مَن سَلِمَ الْمُسلمون مِن لِسَانِهِ و يَدِه

 

A Muslim is someone from whom other Muslims can be secure in their words and deeds [Bukhari].

If we don’t love one another, we can’t be Sunnis.

 

لَا تَدْخُلُونَ الْجَنَّةَ حَتَّى تُؤْمِنُوا وَلَا تُؤْمِنُوا حَتَّى تَحَابُّوا سنن أبي داود

 

Without faith, you cannot enter paradise, and without love for one another, faith cannot exist in its truest form.

 

The Prophet’s first act in Madinah, establishing the groundwork for Islamic civilization, was to construct a mosque and forge a brotherhood that would serve as the pillars of a prosperous, healthy, and peaceful Muslim society.

 

While we frequently create organizations and institutions based on mistrust and division, His Sunnah constructed a foundation of harmony and fraternity. In order to encourage religious tolerance, he ensured the church’s presence and preservation at St. Catherine’s Monastery in Sinai, but he also ordered the burning of the Dirr Mosque in Madinah during his lifetime because he believed it would serve as a focal point for conflict.

 

Huge Acceptance

 

The Prophetic Sunnah teaches us about our duty to the human race.

 

الْمُؤْمِنُ مَن أمِنَهُ النَّاسُ عَلَى دِمَائِهِم و أموَالِهِم

 

A mu’min or true believer is someone who humanity as a whole can trust to keep their lives, their honor, and their possessions secure. [Tirmidhi]

 

المؤمن يألف و يؤلف ولا خبر فيمن لا يألف و يؤلف و خير الناس انفعهم للناس

 

There is no goodness in one who neither extends nor receives love, and the best of persons are those who are most helpful to humanity.

 

Sunnah is a Nice

 

Yes, the Prophet’s sunnah is pleasing and appealing, and it is evident in his grin. Some of us who identify as the Prophet’s followers maintain a perpetually gloomy demeanor; the more’religious’ some people think of themselves, the less likely they are to smile. These carry their righteousness with such oppressive self-awareness that it robs them (and occasionally those around them) of their capacity to positively relate to others. Relationships are sometimes shattered simply because people don’t know how to be pleasant or to smile. Far it is definitely from the Sunnah of the Prophet. A companion Abdallah bin Harith stated, I have not seen anyone smiling more than the Prophet of Allah. The Prophet even advocated smiling to the point where he said;

 

تبسم على وجه أخيك صدقة

 

Being kind to others is smiling at them.

 

The grin is so fundamental to Islamic mannerism that the poet Farazdaq referred to the Prophet’s devout great-grandson, Imam Zianul Abideen, as…

 

فلا يُكَلَّمُ إلا حين يبتسمُ

 

When he speaks words emanate not from his mouth except with a smile.

 

This is the practice of our salaf / ancestors who imbibed prophetic traits.

 

O Prophet of Allah, why is it that so many of us who claim to be of you refuse to be like you. We sing for you and dress like you, but do not come near fulfilling the outpouring of love, caring and beauty that generated from you. Why is it that we see in you that which suits our cultural, organizational and chauvinistic objectives, yet ignore the substance of what is vital to your being.

 

The Prophetic Mission’s continued existence

 

In order to battle immorality, improper behavior, injustice, ignorance, and oppression, the Prophet’s noble mission to humanity included teaching principles that are universally applicable, surrender to the Supreme, and devotion to the Straight Path. He presented the divinely revealed Final Testament as a text that is applicable to everyone, bearing witness to his unwavering mission.

 

The sirah and sunnah (life example of the Prophet) should not only be stated, narrated and analyzed but be internalized and utilized as a principled model for righteous and wholesome living. To fully appreciate the significance of the Prophet’s life in this millennium we need to evolve our perception of the sirah from a mere historical narrative into a contemporary map of guidance. It should serve as a source of inspiration and a model for emulation.

 

As for those of us, who claim to follow the Sunnah, May Allah make us of those who are of benefit to the world, who are a source of alleviating hardships and facilitating ease; those who are just and compassionate, not harsh; neither deviant nor extreme.

 

It’s our time to build higher and fill the space with love and compassion in a way that would make the Prophet proud and in a way that would please the most compassionate Almighty….it is then that we give life to the seerah and manifest the love of the Sunnah.

 

According to poet and philosopher ‘Allama Muhammad Iqbal,

 

قوّت ِ عِشق سے ﮩر ﭙست كو با ﻼ كر دے

 

دﮩر ميں اسم ِ محمد سے اجا ﻼ كردے

 

Lighten every aspect of the globe with love,

Let the name of Muhammad shine throughout the age.

 

O Allah, protect us from falling into the category of people who see the Sunnah of Thy Beloved as being merely conveyed through pointless imitations and who only see Thy Prophet as a dispenser of directives and cautions.

 

The Sunnah as a Mirror of Beauty

 

Wise ones have said

 

من نفسه بغير جمال لا يرى في الكون شيء جميلا

 

The one who is bereft of beauty does not appreciate the beauty all around him

 

But those with conscience appreciate beauty. The source of beauty is beauty.

 

إِنَّ اللهَ جَمِيلٌ يُحِبُّ الْجَمَالَ رَوَاهُ مسلمٌ

 

Indeed, Allah is gorgeous and adores beauty.

 

Let the beauty of Islam emanate from us as the beauty of the Prophet’s personality and character did. Mufti Shah Abdul ‘Aziz Muhaddith ad-Dehlawi wrote thus of the Prophet in his Tafseer ‘Azizi…

 

يا صاحب الجمال و يا سيد البشر

 

من وجهك المنير لقد نوّر القمر

 

لا يمكن الثناء كما كان حقه

 

بعد أز ُخدا توﮰ بزرغ قصہ مختصر

 

O lovely possessed! O creator’s chief!

Your presence caused the moon to brighten;

It is impossible to properly praise you,

In essence, thou art the most important thing after God.

 

Shaykh Sa’di Shirazi provides confirmation.

 

بلغ العلى بكماله كشف الدجى بجماله

 

حسنت جميع خصاله صلوا عليه و آله

 

By virtue of his excellent character, the Prophet attained the highest state.

He dispelled the darkness with his beauty;

His accomplishments and character are all excellent.

Regards to him and your family.

 

Resolution of Mawlid-an-Nabi

 

Let’s daily maintain the prophetic spirit (not only on the specific day of his birth). Let us all agree that the Prophet Muhammad is our top leader, Allah is our loyalty, and Islam is who we are (pbuh). Every Muslim is my brother or sister, every person is a member of my family, and I am responsible for the entire cosmos. I no longer identify as a salafi, sufi, sunni, shi’a, modernist, or orthodox person. I consider myself to be a Muslim, a Muslim first, a Muslim last, and a Muslim somewhere in the between. I am defined by my commitment to Islam and how I live out my morality, not by the school of thought I choose to adhere to.

 

Taking Stock of the Best Legacy

 

By celebrating Mawlid-an-Nabi, we honor the legacy of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)

 

We acknowledge his honorable life as both history and biography, as well as a set of rules and principles, as well as an inspiration. He came as a mu’allim/teacher, as rahmatan lil’aalimeen / mercy unto the cosmos, hadi / moral guidance, and the khaatam an-nabiyyin / Final Messenger for all humanity a uswatun hasanah / a model for excellence for every dimension of human existence. All this, his great legacy, manifested via his exceptional sunnah.

 

The celebration of the Prophet Muhammad’s birth is just one of many ways we honor his moral character, give thanks for his selfless deeds, and reflect on his unparalleled influence while renewing our commitment to follow and live up to his admirable example.

 

In times like these, we should take use of the chance to raise our awareness of the majestic aspects of our religion and to advance the whole scope of the prophetic ministry. In order to make the Prophet pleased and to please the Most Compassionate Almighty, we must strive to replace the preponderance of misunderstanding, hatred, and violence with appreciation, love, and compassion. Maybe then we will properly represent Islam’s beauty, give the Qur’an its due, and show our respect for the Sunnah.

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