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In Remembrance of the Beloved (salallahu `alayhi wa sallam)

April 12, 2006

kr’s note: technically, its the 13th of Rabi` al-Awwal as I write this… but who’s counting.

Wa ahsanu minka lam tara
qattu ‘ayniy


Wa ajmalu minka lam talid ‘l-nisaau
Khuliqta mubarra’an min
kulli ‘aybin

Ka-annaka qad khuliqta
kamaa tashaau

I have never seen anyone
better than you

Nor did any woman give
birth to anyone more beautiful than you

You were created free
from all faults

As if you were created
just as you desired

–Hassan b. Thabit (may God be pleased with him)

On a blessed Monday morning, in the middle of a town in a sand-blasted and desolate valley of the Hijaz desert, fourteen hundred and eighty years ago, a woman gave birth to a beautiful little boy. This child, the flower of Aminah’s eye, would be the manifestation of God’s greatest mercy to humanity. The entire cosmos reverberated with joy at his birth: every rock, tree, and animal glorified the Lord of the Worlds, and God and His Angels themselves sent salutations and blessings upon the babe. It is said that Abu Lahab, he whose enmity was so severe that his punishment is mentioned in a chapter of the Qur’an named after him, receives respite from the torment of hell for a brief period each day (or year, according to some narrations). It is further said that when the birth of his nephew was given to him by a messenger-slave, he, in his joy, set the slave free… because of this, he is awarded a brief reprieve from his eternal fate.

The second and equally important element of faith is sincere and sound love for the Messenger of Allah (salallahu `alayhi wa sallam). This is perhaps why he said, “None of you will truly believe until I am dearer to him than his own self.” In a time when the love for the Prophet has left the hearts of his nation, I would offer that there is benefit in using this blessed month and these blessed days to once again remind ourselves of who he is, what he has done for us, and what we owe him. One of the poets writes:

Da` Isa maytan fa-ahya lahu
Wa anta ahyayta ajyaalan min al-`adami

`Isa called out to the dead and brought them back to life
And (yet) you gave life to generations from (their) nonexistence

And this is his most basic yet powerful gift to us: he was the means by which all of us came into this religion and thus have a chance for salvation. And on that Day when everyone will be concerned only about themselves, he will be the only one that will be concerned about his entire nation, pleading and interceding with Allah for the forgiveness of us all. Should not such a man who has rendered such a service be loved to an almost fanatical state?

It is perhaps symbolic that the name of the month of his birth, Rabi` al-Awwal, means “the first spring”, the season when the entire earth is coming back to life after its death. Our hearts too need to be reawakened; I would suggest that the most powerful way to do this is to let love for him once again flow through our hearts, minds, and bodies. As Imam al-Busiri writes:

I commanded you to do good but I do not command myself to do the same.
And I was not steadfast so then of what use is my saying to you: “Be steadfast!” (on deen).
And I made no provisions before death of voluntary (nafl) worship.
And I did not perform salaat except the obligatory (prayers) nor did I fast (except what was obligatory).

implying that perhaps the surest way for redemption is through this love.

Let the love of the Prophet be the means through which we allow our hearts to undergo their own springtimes and return back to life.

1. Please take this moment to send prayer upon the Prophet, and let us try to increase our prayer upon him even more during this month.

2. Once again, I’d like to read about everyone’s favorite hadith or story from the Prophet’s life. I’ll share mine later tonight.

My favorite story (at the moment):

On the Day of Judgment, after all the account has been taken, those who are to enter the Garden will be standing in rows before its gates. Allah will tell the Prophet, “Today I will honor you with my greatest honor by making you the first person to enter Jannah.” The Prophet will reply:

I will not enter Jannah until every last single member of my nation enters first.

Allahumma salli `ala sayyidina Muhammadin wa `ala alihi wa sahbihi wa sallim.

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23 Comments
  1. Anonymous permalink

    first to comment!!

    yaaaaaaaay!

  2. jazakAllah khair, that was a much-needed reminder for all of us to put extra effort into cleansing our hearts and increasing our love for Allah (swt), the Prophet (saw) and our faith. will share a favorite story/hadith later insha’Allah

  3. your posts are like khutbahs.speaking of khutbahs, you ready for dearborn :)my cuzin from uic will be coming up too, so i wont be at the myna conf, only on friday…

  4. My wife reminded me of this story the other day. I think it illustrates so many beautiful qualities about the Prophet (s) including his incomparable humility, his tremendous patience in the face of adversity, how all of the ummah’s sacrifices combined can’t compare to the ones he made for our deen:
    Hadhrat Abu TaIha radiyal/ahu anhu narrates:
    “We went to Allah’s Messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and told him that we had gone without food for many days. Each one of us uncovered our bellies and showed him a stone tied to our stomachs. Upon seeing this, the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam lifted the piece of cloth from his stomach and we found that he had two stones tied to it (to lessen the effects of starvation).” at-Tirmidhi, Jami`, 2.60

  5. 1.Makes me feel there is hope for me yet:Narrated ‘Abdullâh bin ‘Abbâs : Allah’s Messenger said that Allah the Glorious said, “Verily, Allah has ordered that the good and the bad deeds be written down. Then He explained it clearly how (to write):He who intends to do a good deed and he does not do it, then Allah records it for him as a full good deed, but if he carries out his intention, the Glorious and the Great Allah writes it down for him with Him as from ten to seven hundred times, and even many times more. But if he intends to do an evil act and has not done it, then Allah writes it down with Him as a full good deed, but if he intends it and has done it, Allah writes it down as one bad deed. (Al-Bukhâri and Muslim)2.Something to live up to:There is nothing heavier in the scales than good character. (Ahmad ibn Hanbal)3.Something I am still thinking about… if anyone can explain this to me please?Abu Hurairah, may Allah be pleased with him, reported:The Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) said: Wealth does not lie in the abundance of (worldly) goods but real wealth is the wealth of the soul (in one’s heart). (Sahih Muslim){Some translations state ‘fulfillment’ instead of ‘richness’}

  6. Anonymous permalink

    yessir yessirx3 Saifa

  7. Anonymous permalink

    Subhan Allah, everytime I read that poem by Hassaan ibn Thabit (R) I almost get tears in my eyes.  By far, its the best poem I’ve ever read.
    Kenakelayan, bro perhaps you should contact an Aalim for your question.  Posting up an Islamic question here so every other random person can share their personal interpretations is pretty detrimental to your knowledge.  As Muhammad ibn Sireen (may Allah have mercy on him) said:
    “Inna hazaal Islaama deenun, fat-taquu ‘amman ta-khuzuuna deenakum” (Verily, Islam is a “deen” [comprehensive way of life], so beware of whom you take your “deen” from.)
    Just so you know, my above comments were a positive suggestion not a negative criticism.

  8. Anonymous permalink

    Beautiful

  9. Anonymous permalink

    ditto falooda’s comment
    sorry once again.. i didnt give eprops before.. everytime i get to your page and the comment section my dad tells me to get off the comp lol.. but hmm my favourite story can be found on MuslimPearl’s page
    when the Prophet saws is returning from taif…

  10. 🙂 Thanks Bro Abrar. I was hoping if someone had heard something about this hadith from their teacher etc. But yes, you are right.

  11. sighh. springsa almosta hera.
    whoaa that description of abu lahab’s fate is goosebumpin. alhumdulillah for the messenger salalahu alahi wasalam. asalamu ‘alaikum waramatullah.

  12. One of my favorite hadith: “Be in the world as though you were a stranger or a wayfarer.”

  13. Jazak`Allahu khayran for the reminders, brother.
    Assalamu`alaykum*

  14. i wish…i could give you infinite e-props for this…i really do

  15. Sayyiditina Aa’ishah (Radiallahu Anha), narrated two verses (couplets) “that if the friends of Zulaikha could see the blessed face of Rasulullah (Sallallahu alaihe wasallam), they would have cut their hearts instead of their hands” –Shamaa-il Tirmidhi’

  16. Nice poem. I can’t choose from the stories I remember. There’s so many that I like.Salams.

  17. Anonymous permalink

    Solid – short and sweet.
    You shoulda come to our night class – it was rocking. Its not like youre in school you bum. Not to mention the after party every thursday with the Mufti – hot

  18. Anonymous permalink

    Since muslimpearl has banned herself from commenting on anyone’s site anymore, she told me to put up her favorite hadith. And this is how it goes: Once the prophet s.a.w was coming back with the sahabas from a visit to jannat-ul- baqi. He said, “I heart desires to see my brothers.” The sahabas replied, “We are like your brothers, are we not?” He replied “No. No you are my friends. My brothers are those who brought iman on me without having seen me.” And another one: Once the propeht s.a.w was returning from Taiif after giving dawah to them, and had to run from them in order to save his life, with blood flowing from his mubarak body and clogging his shoes. He was stoned for three miles, and not once did he raise his hands and say a curse upon them. He was in such a woeful plight that after reaching safety, he fainted. And how Utbah saw him and being the tyrant he was, even his eyes welled with tears when he saw the prophet s.a.w’s state. And when the prophet s.a.w regained consciousness, he raised his hands to Allah and asked Allah not to punish these people, that they didn’t know, and to forgive them. And he said, “Oh My Allah! To thee I complain of the feebleness of my strength, of my lack of resources and my being unimportant in the eyes of people…” He blamed himself even though it was not his fault. The heavens were moves by this prayer and the mountains were at his command to crush the people within the city, yet he did not have them punished. Instead he said, “Even if these people do not accept islam, I do hope from Allah that there will persons from amongst their progeny who would worship Allah and serve His cause.”
     
    and i would like to say.. Subhan’Allah! i dont know how to pick a favourite anymore.. our Prophet saws was truly the best of men

  19. Poem by Ibn Hajar Rahmatullah ‘AlaiBy the gate of your generosity stands a sinner, who is mad with love,O best of mankind in radiance of face and countenance!Through you he seeks a means [tawassala], hoping for Allah’s forgiveness of slips;from fear of Him, his eyelid is wet with pouring tears.Although his genealogy attributes him to a stone [hajar],how often tears have flowed, sweet, pure and fresh!Praise of you does not do you justice, but perhaps,In eternity, its verses will be transformed into mansions.My praise of you shall continue for as long as I live,For I see nothing that could ever deflect me from your praise.http://www.amalpress.com/presentations/files/Salawat.swf (Slide Show about Salutations upon the Prophet (S) by Sidi Aftab Malik)And…(9) Hadith Number 9It is related from Jaabir radiAllahu ‘anhu that he said: “I once saw Rasulullah Sallallahu ‘Alayhi waSallam on the night of a full moon. On that night he wore red clothing. At times I looked at the full moon, and at times at Rasulullah Sallallahu ‘Alayhi waSallam. Ultimately I came to the conclusion that Rasulullah Sallallahu ‘Alayhi waSallam was more handsome, beautiful and radiant than the full moon”Shama’il at-Tirmidhi, On The Noble Characteristics of the Prophet (alaihi salaatu wa Salaam)

  20. Anonymous permalink

    favorite hadith: the moaning tree….nuff said….im sad.

  21. Assalamu Alaikum,Great post and amazing responses. Every week something new becomes my favorite (what else can you expect from such an amazing person?) but here’s one that always brings tears to my eyes: When Aisha (radiallahu anha) asked the prophet why he prays all night when he is already guaranteed jannah, he says “Should I not be a thankful servant?”Straying from the topic slightly, my favorite story about Abu Bakr (radiallahu anhu):The Prophet (peace be upon him) was collecting donations (I think for a military campaign). Umar (radiallahu anhu) comes with his donation and the Prophet (pbuh) asks him, “What have you left for your family” and he says that he has donated half his wealth and left half for them. Then Abu Bakr (radiallahu anhu) comes with his contribution and is asked by the Prophet (pbuh) “What have you left for your family?” and he says “I have left for them Allah and his Rasul.” He gave everything.

  22. I dont really have a favorite but the one i read recently was about thawbaan (may Allah be pleased with him). He was worried whether or not he would be able to see his beloved (rasul) in the next world as he used to see him in the dunya. Then the ayah in surah nisaa came down: 4:69 All who obey Allah and the apostle are in the company of those on whom is the Grace of Allah,- of the prophets, the siddiqeen, the martyrs, and the Righteous (who do good): Ah! what a beautiful fellowship!Subhan Allah, how much happiness they must have felt then! May Allah make us amongst them. Ameen

  23. so I guess I’m a little late… but I couldn’t decide my favorite.  Here’s one that I really like, paraphrased.  It’s a childhood favorite.  (btw, please correct me if I have anything wrong)
    It’s the story of the Prophet (S) when he used to walk by/through a road and a lady would go to her rooftop and throw garbabe on him, every single day.  The Prophet (S) endured this every day and then one day she didn’t throw garbage on him and after he passed through he realized this and went back to see her.  Then he asked her how come she didn’t this time and if everything was alright with her.  She was simply amazed at how extraordinary a person could be, that here she was throwing (disgusting) garbage on him each and every day and the one time that she didn’t, he (S) is coming back and asking if she’s ok and why she didn’t do it.  SubhanAllah if that’s not great then I don’t know what is.  And this lady thought the same thing as well and accepted Islam, alhumdulilah. 
    Nice post, I like these type of posts where people contribute to them.  Well done, no wonder your xanga is viewed all over the world and people have accepted Islam because of it, alhumdulilah. 

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