What does it mean to love the Prophet Muhammad – Part 1

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I was blessed to be able to attend the Al Kauthar weekend course ‘Al Mustafa – The Chosen One’ by Sheikh Yahya Ibrahim. As with all circles of knowledge, there were many gems, but what I really want to document, so that it will be a yardstick of sorts, is the ’10 signs you love the Prophet, sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam’. This is what I want to keep in mind always bi-ithnillah, and of course, pass on to my children. Here are the first 5.

1.) You WANT to follow his example, sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam.

Action point: Take the steps, however small, to know him. Only if we know who he is will we then truly want to be like him in every possible way. 

2.) Your desire for things is similar to what he, sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam, wished for. 

For example: He loved to smell good, and disliked people looking ‘wild’. In fact, whenever he travelled, he would always take along a comb, musk/perfume and a mirror. SubhanAllah!

Action point: This too, is related to getting to know who he, sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam, was. But also, it’s about taking action, implementing the little things he used to love and do. To truly understand that there’s no such thing as “just a small sunnah”. 

3.) You can control your anger. 

This point threw me initially, but Sheikh Yahya clarified by giving the example of Anas ibn Malik’s advice to his son: “When you’re angry, hold yourself. If you can’t you’re not upon the sunnah, and if you can hold yourself, you’ll be of those loved by the Prophet, sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam

Action point: Sheikh Yahya suggested that we take a serious look at our interactions with our children, with our spouses when annoyed/angry, what would Rasullulah think of our interactions with them? How we treat them? Do we control ourselves?

4.) You make mention of him, sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam, OFTEN. 

He’s present in your mind, in your heart, in times of sadness or happiness.

Action point: I want him,sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam, to become a living, breathing reality in my life, in my children’s life. This starts with my husband and myself taking the steps to mention Rasullalah to one another, to our children, to talk of him, sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam, how we might talk of any family member. 

5.) You wish to meet him, sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam, you yearn to be with him.

Action point: This can only truly come about when we realize how much he loved us. A hadith that always blows me away:

‘Abdullah ibn ‘Amr ibn al-’As relates that the Prophet once recited the saying of Allah ‘azza wa jall regarding [the dua of] Ibrahim, “My Lord! They have misguided many of mankind. If anyone follows me, he is with me; but if anyone disobeys me, You are Ever-Forgiving, Most Merciful,” as well as the saying of ‘Isa ‘alaihis salaam, “If You punish them, they are Your slaves. If you forgive them, You are the Almighty, the All-Wise.He then raised his hands and implored, “O Allah! My Ummah, my Ummah!” And he cried.

Allah ‘azza wa jall then said, “O Jibreel, go to Muhammad – and your Lord is most knowledgeable [regarding all this] – and ask him, ‘What causes you to weep?‘” So Jibreel ‘alaihis salaam came to him and asked him. The Messenger of Allah then informed him of what he had said – while He already was aware of that. Allah then said, “O Jibreel, go to Muhammad and tell him, ‘Indeed, We will please you regarding your Ummah, and We will not cause you to grieve.‘”

[Muslim]

subhanAllah, how much he, sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam, loved us. How much do we love him? 


 

Part 2 to follow soon inshaAllah :)

 

 

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