Truly in the Footsteps of RasulAllah (ﷺ)

By Sameen Fahmi
“Indeed, We have sent you as a witness and a bringer of good tidings and a warner. That you [people] may believe in Allah and His Messenger and honor him and respect him [i.e., the Prophet (ﷺ)] and exalt Him [i.e., Allah] morning and afternoon.” (Quran, Surah Al Fath: 8-9)

 Muhammad” is from the Arabic root hamd, and means ‘the one who is very praiseworthy’, and praised very much. 

Allah(swt) Himself praises our beloved Prophet Muhammad(ﷺ), and sends His blessings upon him(ﷺ).

“Indeed, Allah confers blessing upon the Prophet(ﷺ), and His angels [ask Him to do so]. O you who have believed, ask [Allah to confer] blessing upon him and ask [Allah to grant him] peace.” (Quran, 33:56)

It is our honor and pleasure to praise, revere, and send salutations upon the Prophet(ﷺ), but we do it just as he himself taught us and approved. We follow in his(ﷺ) footsteps, just like how the first, and the best three generations of Muslims did. We do so every day of our lives, and day of the year alike.

SubhanAllah, Allah(swt) is perfect, and His Deen is perfect and perfectly complete.

“This day I have perfected for you your religion and completed My favor upon you and have approved for you Islām as religion.”(Quran, 5:3)

There is no room to add anything to religion, nor the permission to omit anything. And just like that, the status of the Prophet(ﷺ), given to him(ﷺ) by Allah(swt) Himself,  is already the highest possible rank any creation could be given, and there is no room to elevate that further either; as above that rank is only the Creator Himself, and there is no allowance for anybody or anything to even come close to Him and His attributes.

We worship and ask ONLY Allah(swt), and we walk in the footsteps of RasulAllah(ﷺ) to do just that.

“He who obeys the Messenger(ﷺ) has obeyed Allah..” (Quran, 4:80)

“And whatever the Messenger(ﷺ) has given you – take; and what he has forbidden you – refrain from. And fear Allah; indeed, Allah is severe in penalty. (Quran, 59:7)

“But they who believe and do righteous deeds – those are the companions of Paradise; they will abide therein eternally.” (Quran, 2:82)

The definition of a good deed is that it is one which has ‘Ikhlaas- purity in intention for Allah’ and ‘Itteba-e-Sunnah- following the way of the Prophet(ﷺ).

Anas ibn Malik reported: The Prophet(ﷺ) said, “Whoever has three traits within himself will find the sweetness of faith: one who loves Allah and His Messenger more than anything else, one who loves a servant only for the sake of Allah, and one who hates to turn back to unbelief after Allah has saved him, just as he hates to be thrown into the fire.” (Muttafaqun Alayh)

Alhamdullilah, Islam is a Deen(a complete way of life) based upon proof, it is that which makes complete sense to the intellectual mind; it is also ‘Deen-fitrah’- the true and natural Deen that hits the heart and our innate nature. Therefore, before we implement a way of worship, we must first verify its authenticity in the original and trustworthy sources. If the Prophet(ﷺ) did it, and the best and closest of His followers- the Sahabah, Tabieen, and Taba-tabieen did it- then we should do it too; otherwise, we must refrain from any such act, and ask Allah(swt) for forgiveness and return to the one and only true Deen- which is preserved as is, in the Quran and Sahih Sunnah.

Let’s go back and renew the fundamentals and the very foundation of our faith- pure Tauheed, as Allah has taught us through His Messenger(ﷺ).

Tauheed as divided in its three core concepts- ‘Tauheed-ul-Khaliq’, ‘Tauheed-ul-Ibadah’ and ‘Tauheed-ul-Asma wa Sifat’ makes it clear that we ask, and thus worship no one but Allah, the Only Creator, who shares none of His unique attributes and powers with anyone, including the ability of being the Only One Who can give and accept. Al Fatihah, the very 1st chapter of the Quran, also lays out this belief clearly- ‘..wa iyyaka na’budu, wa iyyaka nastaeen’- ‘It is You we worship and You we ask for help’.

Even the first pillar of Islam- the Shahadah, the very declaration of faith, entails that ‘we testify that there is no god but Allah(swt), and Muhammad(ﷺ) is His slave and messenger’, who was no other than His devout worshiper, who himself was dependent upon Allah’s mercy.

Today we must remind ourselves of the awakening words of Abu Bakr(RA) at the death of our dear Prophet(ﷺ), which shook the Believers back to the true reality of Tauheed. He said, “To proceed; whoever among you worshiped Muhammad, then Muhammad is dead, but whoever worshiped Allah, Allah is alive and will never die. Allah said, ‘Muhammad is no more than a Messenger and indeed (many) Messengers have passed away before him. If he dies or is killed, will you then turn back on your heels And he who turns back on his heels, not the least harm will he do to Allah; and Allah will reward the grateful’.” (Tafsir Ibn Kathir- Quran 3:144)

 

The sunnah of our beloved Prophet(ﷺ) is staunch Tauheed- he TAUGHT us how to be firm upon it, only to ask Allah and love Him and strive to please Him more than anyone or anything else; and how to only live the Quran-which was his way-the Sunnah. And whatever he did not show us from Deen, is not Islam.

 

In the following dua of Abdullah ibn Mas’oud(RA), as approved and adored by the Prophet(ﷺ), we ask Allah(SWT) to grant us the best of company- that of the Prophet(ﷺ), in Paradise, forever.

“اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ إِيمَانًا لَا يَرْتَدُ وَ نَعِيمًا لَا يَنْفَدُ وَ مُرَافَقَةَ مُحَمَّدٍ فِي أَعْلَى جَنَّةِ الْخُلْدِ”

(Allāhumma innī as’aluka emānan la yartadu wa na’īman la yanfadu wa murāfaqatah Muhammadin fī a’lā Jannat al-Khuld)

“O Allah, I ask you for firm faith that does not revert, and bliss that never ends, and then companionship of Muhammad at the highest (level) of eternal Paradise.” (Silsilah as Saheehah)

The Prophet(ﷺ) mentioned ways that we can be near to him by doing certain deeds in many ahadeeth. Some of those actions are: having good character, increasing in our prostrations, raising two girls to maturity(in Islam), helping the orphans, and staying upon his Sunnah.

“…Whoever revives my Sunnah has loved me, and whoever loves me will be with me in Paradise.” (Sunan al-Tirmidhī 2678)

Let’s do more of what is truly righteous and loved by Allah(swt)- let’s make a habit of loving and sending durood upon the Prophet(ﷺ) regularly and throughout the year; let’s revive his(ﷺ) everyday sunnahs and make them our own daily lifestyle. Let’s adopt his(ﷺ) akhlaaq to be truly the best of creation. 

“Umm Salamah reported: By the One who took the Prophet’s soul, peace and blessings be upon him…The most beloved deeds to him were righteous deeds that a servant performs regularly, even if they are easy.” (Sunan Ibn Mājah 4237. Grade: Sahih)

Which Sunnahs are you going to adopt to attain the company of RasulAllah in Jannah in sha Allah?

The Ill Within Our Hearts

 

وَإِنَّ فِي الْجَسَدِ مُضْغَةً إِذَا صَلَحَتْ صَلَحَ الْجَسَدُ كُلُّهُ، وَإِذَا فَسَدَتْ فَسَدَ الْجَسَدُ كُلُّهُ‏.‏ أَلاَ وَهِيَ الْقَلْبُ ‏

In a portion of a hadith, the Prophet (ﷺ) said that, “There is a piece of flesh in the body if it becomes good (reformed) the whole body becomes good but if it gets spoilt the whole body gets spoilt and that is the heart.” [Sahih al-Bukhari 52]

If we reflect upon this hadith, it tells us that the heart is one of, if not the most invaluable organs within our body. Any negative change to it can harm the entire body, and its correct reformation has the power to restore the entire body. This also means that we are required to take care of it and not let it get spoiled; but if in any case it does, then we must try our level best to mend it. 

This begs the question: How do we know that our hearts need mending in the first place? 

A good way of testing the state of our hearts is looking at our thoughts, behaviour in different situations, and our ongoing habits, as they are a reflection of what’s inside us. Listed below are some good indicators that we are in need of reformation:

  • Having ill feelings towards others

There are times that we may feel jealous of others in their happiness and success, or we may find joy in their failure. Or we may find ourselves suspicious of others where we unduly question their actions and also their intentions. If these thoughts and feelings become persistent, we may end up finding ourselves talking about others in their absence. If backbiting is a constant in our lifestyle then it’s a sign that our hearts need a lot of attention as it is a major sin.

  • Consistent negative thoughts about ourselves

There might be days where we don’t feel our absolute best, so we end up looking down upon ourselves whether it is our looks or our achievements. If we’re in a consistent state of doubting ourselves to the point where there’s a pattern of self-sabotaging behaviour-  such as negative self-talk (to ourselves or others), giving up, constant sulking, etc, then we must realize that there is a problem that needs resolve.

  • Ingratitude about our present

We’ve been blessed with a lot in our lives, but as humans we have a tendency to lose sight and also forget. Living through a time where haste has become so common and is the most accepted way of living, it is so normal to get pulled into a fast-paced dimension where our own habits and actions become completely mindless. The worst part of it all is that it is led by greed; perhaps by our need to be better than others, and followed by thanklessness and depression.

  • Uncertainty about the future

While knowledge of the unseen is only with Allah (), we are required to have a positive supposition of Him and keep a firm belief in what He has decreed for us. Unfortunately, many of us not only lack knowledge and proper understanding of what Qadr (decree) is, but also yaqeen (certainty) in it.

فِي قُلُوبِهِم مَّرَضٌ فَزَادَهُمُ اللَّهُ مَرَضًا ۖ وَلَهُمْ عَذَابٌ أَلِيمٌ بِمَا كَانُوا يَكْذِبُونَ

“In their hearts is disease, so Allah has increased their disease; and for them is a painful punishment because they [habitually] used to lie.” [2:10]

Allah () tells us in the Qur’an that hypocrites are the ones who carry diseases in their hearts, and their diseases are increased because they constantly lie. Oftentimes, our greatest problems stem, not from lying to others but lying to ourselves because we fear our own faults. If only we realize that we have been blessed with this lifetime to work towards improving ourselves to gain a spot for ourselves in the eternal bliss, our Jannah, then we would learn to be more truthful and would be able to reset our priorities. 

Writer: Asma Khan

Attaining Qalb-e-Saleem

“The Day when there will not benefit [anyone] wealth or children. But only one who comes to Allah with a sound heart. And Paradise will be brought near [that Day] to the righteous.” (Surah Ash-Shu’ara, 88-90)

Who doesn’t wish for Paradise…a life full of bliss that never ends? But to enter, one must have Qalb-e-Saleem, or a sound heart; yet, sometimes we all need reasons to forgive someone, and to truly clean our hearts.

Alhamdulillah for the guidance always present in the Quran and Sunnah, we can find those reasons whenever we feel the need. Here are some beautiful reminders to motivate ourselves for those times of need! 

1)Anas ibn Malik reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said to me:

يَا بُنَيَّ إِنْ قَدَرْتَ أَنْ تُصْبِحَ وَتُمْسِيَ لَيْسَ فِي قَلْبِكَ غِشٌّ لِأَحَدٍ فَافْعَلْ

Young man, if you are able every morning and evening to remove any rancor from your heart towards anyone, do so.

Then, the Prophet said to me:

يَا بُنَيَّ وَذَلِكَ مِنْ سُنَّتِي وَمَنْ أَحْيَا سُنَّتِي فَقَدْ أَحَبَّنِي وَمَنْ أَحَبَّنِي كَانَ مَعِي فِي الْجَنَّة

Young man, that is my Sunnah. Whoever revives my Sunnah has loved me, and whoever loves me will be with me in Paradise.

(Source: Sunan al-Tirmidhī 2678)

2)Abu Huraira reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said:

وَالَّذِي نَفْسِي بِيَدِهِ لا تَدْخُلُوا الْجَنَّةَ حَتَّى تُسْلِمُوا وَلا تُسْلِمُوا حَتَّى تَحَابُّوا وَأَفْشُوا السَّلامَ تَحَابُّوا وَإِيَّاكُمْ وَالْبُغْضَةَ فَإِنَّهَا هِيَ الْحَالِقَةُ لا أَقُولُ لَكُمْ تَحْلِقُ الشَّعْرَ وَلَكِنْ تَحْلِقُ الدِّينَ

By the one in whose hand is my soul, you will not enter Paradise until you submit to Allah and you will not submit until you love one another. Spread peace and you will love one another. Beware of hatred, for it is the razor. I do not say that it shaves hair, but rather it shaves away the religion.

(Source: al-Adab al-Mufrad 260)

3)Abdullah ibn Amr reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said:

لَا يَدْخُلُ الْجَنَّةَ إِنْسَانٌ فِي قَلْبِهِ مِثْقَالُ حَبَّةٍ مِنْ خَرْدَلٍ مِنْ كِبْرٍ

No human being will enter Paradise if there is as much as the weight of a seed of arrogance in his heart.

(To not forgive is to have arrogance)

(Source: Musnad Aḥmad 6526)

4)The gates of Paradise are opened on Monday and Thursday. Allah forgives every servant who does not associate anything with him, except a man with enmity between himself and his brother. It will be said: Delay these two until they reconcile, delay these two until they reconcile.

(Source: Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 2565)

(But what if we die before that?…)

May Allah(SWT) bless us all with a heart that is peaceful, safe and sound from anything that He dislikes, and that is firm upon His Deen and obedience. Aameen.

 

Author: Sameen Fahmi

How to Deal with Toxic People Around Us

  1. Live for Allah: Be patient & seek Allah’s reward.

“O you who have believed, seek help through patience and prayer. Indeed, Allah is with the patient.” (Quran 2:153)

 

2. Remain silent- if there is nothing beneficial to say. 

“Let him who believes in Allah and the Last Day speak good, or keep silent..”. [Al-Bukhari] [Muslim]

 

3. Take care of yourself first, and seek tranquility through the Truth- Quran, Dua & Dhikr. Know that Allah is with you if you are upon the truth; He is Always Watching, All-Knowing.

“Those who have believed and whose hearts are assured by the remembrance of Allah. Unquestionably, by the remembrance of Allah hearts are assured.” (Quran 13:28)

4. Forgive and ignore if you can, and seek refuge in Allah. Limit or avoid unnecessary contact.

Take what is given freely (show forgiveness/be tolerant), enjoin what is good, and turn away from the ignorant. And if an evil suggestion comes to you from Satan, then seek refuge in Allah. Indeed, He is Hearing and Knowing. (Quran, 7:199-200)

 

5. Do not quarrel.

And obey Allah and His Messenger, and do not dispute and [thus] lose courage and [then] your strength would depart; and be patient. Indeed, Allah is with the patient. (Quran, 8:46)

 

6. Return evil with good (while using good judgement & wisdom).

“And not equal are the good deeds and the bad. Repel [evil] by that [deed] which is better; and thereupon, the one whom between you and him is enmity [will become] as though he was a devoted friend.”(Quran 41:34)

 

7. Do not hate: it only brings more toxicity into your life. 

 

Anas ibn Malik reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said to me,”Young man, if you are able every morning and evening to remove any rancor from your heart towards anyone, do so. Young man, that is my Sunnah. Whoever revives my Sunnah has loved me, and whoever loves me will be with me in Paradise.” (Sunan al-Tirmidhī 2678)

Author: Sameen Fahmi

Reality of the Month of Safar

Safar is the second month of the Islamic lunar calendar, associated with many misconceptions regarding bad luck, omens and superstitious beliefs, and their self made solutions.

Historically, the Arabs used to hold the three months before Safar as sacred, and avoided war or crime in them. But as soon as Safar began, now the prohibitions having been lifted, many would leave their houses with the intent of long-awaited crime, robbery and war. This always brought a lot of suffering, deaths and unrest, and hence the people started associating bad omens and ill fate with this month; instead of connecting these evil happenings with those who did wrong.

 

“The son of Adam hurts me for he abuses Time though I am Time: in My Hands are all things, and I cause the revolution of day and night.” (Bukhari) 

The above Hadith Qudsi makes it very clear that the day and night is from Allah (swt) and considering any time, day, month or year to be unlucky is a great misconception and a sin.

Man tends to blame outside sources such as a number or time for his misfortune, but Allah (swt) has explicitly stated that every man’s omen and bad luck is only due to his own misdeeds and wrong doings.

“What comes to you of good is from Allah, but what comes to you of evil, [O man], is from yourself” (4:79)

“And [for] every person We have imposed his fate upon his neck, and We will produce for him on the Day of Resurrection a record which he will encounter spread open.”(17:13)

“A person who derived bad luck from something and refrained from doing what he was intending to do, he has committed shirk. The companions asked him what would be its expiation, the Prophet replied, “He should say, ‘O Allah there is no portent other than Your portent, no goodness other than Your goodness, and none worthy of worship other than You’.”(Musnad Ahmed)

A Muslim’s faith requires him to completely trust Allah (swt) and His control over everything that exists and upon its fate. Making what’s halal haram upon oneself due to the superstition that something can harm us is misguidance and associating partners with Allah’s exclusive powers. All good or bad portents derived are nothing but creations of Allah (swt) who have no control over other creations.

Hence, it is crucial that we cleanse our minds and hearts of any such misbeliefs that contradict our true faith, especially as the month of Safar begins.

The Prophet’s ﷺ Final Sermon

Delivered by Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) on Friday, the 9th of Dhul-Hijjah, 10 AH (~6th March 632AD) in the Uranah valley of Mount Arafat, during Hajj.

 

  • O People! Lend me an attentive ear, for I know not whether after this year I shall ever be amongst you again. Therefore, listen carefully to what I am saying 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 obligations shall henceforth be waived. Your capital is yours to keep. You will neither inflict nor suffer any inequity. Allah has judged that there shall be no interest and that all the interest due to Abbas ibn Abd al-Muttalib (Prophet’s uncle) be waived.

 

  • Every right arising out of homicide in pre-Islamic days is henceforth waived and the first such right that I waive is that arising from the murder of Rabiah ibn al-Harithiah.

 

  • O Men! The unbelievers indulge in tampering with the calendar in order to make permissible that which Allah forbade, and to prohibit which Allah has made permissible. With Allah the months are twelve in number. Four of them are holy, three of these are successive and one occurs singly between the months of Jumada and Shaban.

 

  • Beware of Satan, for the safety of your religion. He has lost all hope of that he will 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 rights over you. Remember that you have taken them as your wives only under Allah’s trust and with His permission. 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 anyone of whom you do not approve, as well as never to be unchaste.

 

  • O People! Listen to me in earnest, worship Allah, say your five daily prayers, fast during month of Ramadan, and give your wealth in Zakat (obligatory charity). Perform Hajj if you can afford to.

 

  • All mankind is from Adam and Eve, an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab; also a white has no superiority over black nor a black has any superiority over white except by piety and good action. Learn that every Muslim is a brother to every Muslim and that the Muslims constitute one brotherhood. Nothing shall be legitimate to a Muslim which belongs to a fellow Muslim unless it was given freely and willingly.

 

  • Do not therefore do injustice to yourselves. Remember one day you will meet Allah and answer 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 words which I convey to you. I leave behind me two things, the Quran and my Sunnah (i.e., sayings, deeds, and approvals) 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 O Allah, that I have conveyed your message to your people.
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