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The Real Life Legend

Bismillah.

“Greatness today is usually overrated”, I said to myself with my eyes full of tears. They were tears of shame, due to our lowering the standards of greatness. And they were tears of love, for those who were actually great.

Many of you would know about Umar (RA) and his life and death. And many of you wouldn’t know anything about him. Whichever category you lie in, rest assured the following story will move you, coming first hand from someone who met him and knew him.

`Amr bin Maimun narrated:
I saw `Umar bin Al-Khattab a few days before he was stabbed in Medina. He was standing with Hudhaifa bin Al-Yaman and `Uthman bin Hunaif to whom he said, “What have you done? Do you think that you have imposed more taxation on the land (of As-Swad i.e. ‘Iraq) than it can bear?” They replied, “We have imposed on it what it can bear because of its great yield.” `Umar again said, “Check whether you have imposed on the land what it can not bear.” They said, “No, (we haven’t).” `Umar added, “If Allah should keep me alive I will let the widows of Iraq need no men to support them after me.” But only four days had elapsed when he was stabbed (to death).

A man so bent on taking care of everyone, one of the biggest proponents of social welfare, the one who considered the underprivileged and weak class of society his responsibility, who would consider killing such a man but an enemy of humanity? Because indeed, his death was not a loss merely to the followers of a certain faith but to more than half the world that was under his rule.

But how was he stabbed? `Amr continues the story, describing the scene where Muslims were gathered together for their prayer, standing in neat rows.

The day he was stabbed, I was standing and there was nobody between me and him (i.e. `Umar) except `Abdullah bin `Abbas. Whenever `Umar passed between the two rows, he would say, “Stand in straight lines.” When he saw no defect (in the rows), he would go forward and start the prayer with Takbir. He would recite Surat Yusuf or An-Nahl or the like in the first rak`a so that the people may have the time to Join the prayer.

This is the beauty of the Muslim congregational prayer. It is an icon of unity, discipline, strength, kinship and commitment. It teaches how to be an accountable leader and how to be a good follower. So on this particular day, as was the routine, Umar (RA) came forward to lead the prayer after making sure that all was in order.

`Amr says: As soon as he said Takbir, I heard him saying, “The dog has killed or eaten me,” at the time he (i.e. the murderer) stabbed him. A non-Arab infidel proceeded on carrying a double-edged knife and stabbing all the persons he passed by on the right and left (till) he stabbed thirteen persons out of whom seven died. When one of the Muslims saw that, he threw a cloak on him. Realizing that he had been captured, the non-Arab infidel killed himself, `Umar held the hand of `Abdur-Rahman bin `Auf and let him lead the prayer. Those who were standing by the side of `Umar saw what I saw, but the people who were in the other parts of the Mosque did not see anything, but they lost the voice of `Umar and they were saying, “Subhan Allah! Subhan Allah! (i.e. Glorified be Allah).” `Abdur-Rahman bin `Auf led the people a short prayer…

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The great leader and ruler of more than half the world was stabbed, along with thirteen other people, and yet, the congregational prayer continued. Not a moment of chaos or confusion was observed. The height of their commitment to Allah, the One true God, can be easily perceived in this situation. Their training was so immaculate that no outcries were heard and the one commanded to lead in place of the leader led calmly.

Ask yourself, if your leader is stabbed in a public place, what would happen? What is generally observed in such a situation? A commotion that would scare the weak hearted to death. Some people would run away. Some would scream. Some would try to help the victims. Some would start discussing who is responsible for this crime. Opinions, arguments and cries would be heard all over the place.

The question is what kept those people around Umar (RA) calm? And the answer is pretty simple, they established the congregational prayer regularly. Therefore discipline and calmness was their habit. Unfortunately, today if you go to a masjid at the time of prayer, you’d see half a row of people praying together only. It is a sight that stabs our hearts everytime we see it. Nothing can unite us more or strengthen our bonds more than praying together in the masjid at the prescribed times. The benefits of the congregational prayer alone deserve a separate post.

After the prayer finished, Umar (RA) talked to his companions without any display of pain or self pity, asking them who had stabbed him. He was carried to his home and the people of the city felt as if they had never suffered a bigger calamity before. He was made to drink some infusion of dates and milk, but it came out of his stomach. Imagine the pain he would be going through and imagine the sadness of the people for their beloved leader.

…A young man came saying, “O chief of the believers! Receive the glad tidings from Allah to you due to your company with Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) and your superiority in Islam which you know. Then you became the ruler (i.e. Caliph) and you ruled with justice and finally you have been martyred.” `Umar said, “I wish that all these privileges will counterbalance (my shortcomings) so that I will neither lose nor gain anything.”

No doubt he was just and fair, he had ruled to the best of his ability and yielded amazing results. But you don’t even see a speck of arrogance, nor even contentment upon the quality of his work. Rather you see him being afraid of accountability. Only hoping to be forgiven. Sadly, those who rule without justice and responsibility, demonstrate pride and satisfaction over don’t know what.

When the young man turned back to leave, his clothes seemed to be touching the ground. `Umar said, “Call the young man back to me.” (When he came back) `Umar said, “O son of my brother! Lift your clothes, for this will keep your clothes clean and save you from the Punishment of your Lord.”

He is wounded badly and near his death but he doesn’t fail to notice what’s not right around him and strives to correct it in the best manner possible, with sincerity and honesty. Because he felt it was his responsibility to save the young man from clear error.

We stop doing our own personal work when we feel unwell or sad, let alone calling others to good and stopping them from evil. We think too much about ourselves in contrast to this just man who thought of everyone else even in his own suffering. He continued to instruct his companions with an exemplary presence of mind, making sure he missed out no important detail and left no one under his rule ignored and speaking only that which was good and beneficial. The question that bugs is how could he use his mind and that too so well and talk so calmly in such a state? Again, the answer is simple. Because he had done it all his life. Whatever you did your whole life, you’ll end up doing that near your death. It’s like a default position. And default does not require too much effort. The one who spent his life talking good and used his mind well, will be able to talk good and use his mind easily in old age, in a calamity and near his death. And the converse holds true as well.

Though the story does not end here and its beauty does not diminish till the end, but I must stop as my post is getting long. :)

May Allah make us true followers of Islam and people of justice. And raise us on the Day of Judgement with the Prophets, martyrs, truthful and righteous people.

Read the whole story here and extract the amazing gems from it yourself: click for complete narration.

Poem on the legendary heroes of Islam:
https://lightenitup.wordpress.com/2013/06/05/gone-with-the-wind/

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What’s Missing?

Bismillah.

Do you know that every single thing around you, whether animate or inanimate, has the ability to feel? The difference is that humans can express it whereas the expressions of other than humans are not discernible to us. However, once a tree trunk showed its feelings and its love in front of everyone’s eyes. Yes, it was a miracle of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ and yes, the tree trunk revealed its adoration for the one whom everything in nature and in tune with nature is in love with. <3

This is one of the cutest stories ever!

Sahih Bukhari, 3584:

Narrated Jabir bin `Abdullah:
The Prophet (ﷺ) used to stand by a tree or a date-palm on Friday. Then an Ansari woman or man said. “O Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ)! Shall we make a pulpit for you?” He replied, “If you wish.” So they made a pulpit for him and when it was Friday, he proceeded towards the pulpit (for delivering the sermon). The date-palm cried like a child! The Prophet (ﷺ) descended (the pulpit) and embraced it while it continued moaning like a child being quietened. The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “It was crying for (missing) what it used to hear of religious knowledge given near to it.”

Imagine what kind of man was he for whom the date-palm cried like a child? Indeed, a mercy for all mankind! Imagine the beauty of his words, imagine the wonderful and honest message that he delivered for which even non-humans hankered after. What kind of religious knowledge did he bring which was worth crying for? Have you ever wondered?

And if you have the basic know-how of that knowledge, then have you ever considered sharing it ahead with those who don’t have it? Why should they remain in the dark? Let them know what Prophet Muhammad ﷺ talked about, let them know what Islam truly is!

What a beautiful message and what a beautiful man who brought it! Because if the message is good and the messenger delivers it to you in an ugly manner or if the messenger is very polite but the message is unpleasant, would you value it the way it should be valued? Of course not. So let’s hug those around us who are crying, depressed, struggling, stressed and tell them it’s because they have something missing in their life. Tell them about the knowledge and message that came to make lives beautiful and to dispel away grief. Because they don’t know what’s missing!

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A Miracle!

Bismillah.

Did you know that the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ had some miracles that the people witnessed? Here’s an interesting story for you:

Sahih Bukhari, 3576:

Narrated Salim bin Abi Aj-Jad:
Jabir bin `Abdullah said, “The people became very thirsty on the day of Al-Hudaibiya (Treaty). A small pot containing some water was in front of the Prophet (ﷺ) and when he had finished the ablution, the people rushed towards him. He asked, ‘What is wrong with you?’ They replied, ‘We have no water either for performing ablution or for drinking except what is present in front of you.’ So he placed his hand in that pot and the water started flowing among his fingers like springs. We all drank and performed ablution (from it).” I asked Jabir, “How many were you?” he replied, “Even if we had been one-hundred-thousand, it would have been sufficient for us, but we were fifteen-hundred.”

You would say, wow this is so amazing! The Companions of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ saw this kind of thing with their own eyes, no wonder they believed in him. Well, you shouldn’t forget that there were many unfortunate ones even at that time who did not believe in the Prophet ﷺ. Allah guides whoever He wills, and we should always ask Him for His guidance and the ability to accept truth when we see it.

Because today we might not have the Prophet ﷺ amongst us with his miracles but we still have his words and we still have the biggest miracle that was revealed upon him. How much amazed are we by that? How much do we believe in it and how much do we accept it? That is the real question!

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There are many signs and miracles around us, if only we pay heed. 

As for the Companions being fortunate of being around the Prophet ﷺ and witnessing such miracles, know that the Prophet ﷺ valued you and loved you, O reader!

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:
The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) went to the (Baqi’) cemetery and said, “May you be secured from punishment, O dwellers of abode of the believers! We, if Allah wills, will follow you. I wish we see my brothers.” The Companions said, “O Messenger of Allah! Are not we your brothers?” He (ﷺ) said, “You are my Companions, but my brothers are those who have not come into the world yet.” They said; “O Messenger of Allah! How will you recognize those of your Ummah who are not born yet?” He (ﷺ) said, “Say, if a man has white-footed horses with white foreheads among horses which are pure black, will he not recognize his own horses?” They said; “Certainly, O Messenger of Allah!” He (ﷺ) said, “They (my followers) will come with bright faces and white limbs because of Wudu’; and I will arrive at the Haud (Al-Kauthar) ahead of them.” [Muslim]

May Allah make us true believers who follow in the footsteps of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ and meet him happily on the Day of Judgement inshaAllah.

Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said, “Glad tidings to the one who believed in me and saw me, and sevenfold glad tidings to the one who believed in me but did not see me.” [Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in al-Silsilah al-Saheehah (1241)]

 

The Beloved Man

Bismillah.

The best of people that ever lived on this planet were prophets. They were chosen people by Allah who were sincere, truthful and had exemplary characters. We are supposed to follow the way of the prophets and spread the message of peace and submission to one God that they brought.

The last and final prophet who was sent on this earth for the guidance of mankind was Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. He was given the religion and way of life that is perfect, complete and unchangeable till the end of times and so there’s no need of another prophet now. However, we the followers of that Prophet ﷺ are supposed to take his mission forward and spread that message of truth and guidance to all mankind.

Today there are more than 1.6 billion Muslims in the world who all revere and love the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ to bits even though they never met or saw him. But everyone has this yearning of knowing what he looked like and of meeting him eventually (inshaAllah).

Fortunately, we find many narrations where the Companions of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ describe his appearance. Following are some excerpts from a few of them just to give you a flavour:

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Sahih Bukhari, 3549:

…Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) was the handsomest of all the people, and had the best appearance. He was neither very tall nor short.

Sahih Bukhari, 3548:

… (He ﷺ was) neither absolutely white nor deep brown. His hair was neither curly nor lank…

Sahih Bukhari, 3546:

…(When he was old) “He had a few white hairs between the lower lip and the chin.”

Sahih Bukhari, 3551:

…The Prophet ﷺ was of moderate height having broad shoulders (long) hair reaching his ear-lobes…

Sahih Bukhari, 3552:

Al-Bara’ was asked, “Was the face of the Prophet (as bright) as a sword?” He said, “No, but (as bright) as a moon.”

Sahih Bukhari, 3553:

Narrated Abu Juhaifa: … (After the prayer), the people got up and held the hands of the Prophet and passed them on their faces. I also took his hand and kept it on my face and noticed that it was colder than ice, and its smell was nicer than musk.

This was a glimpse of our beloved Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. Notice how people observed everything about him. We do not compare in any way to the Prophet of Allah ﷺ but if we are the carriers of the same message and are taking his mission forward and are Muslims, then people notice us too. They notice us very deeply and then they talk about it. Some people in their ignorance might consider our bad habits to be part of this religion. We Muslims represent Islam. We ought to be careful in how we look, dress and deal with others. We can’t have the “I don’t care” attitude. Because we should care. We want others to know how Islam shapes its followers beautifully in well-balanced individuals. We want them to come closer to this perfect way of life.

Let’s look good, talk good and smell good. :)

Deflect; No Side Effect

Bismillah.

A healthy living includes not only physical health but also mental, emotional and spiritual health. All these aspects of a balanced life are interconnected and influence each other. Today, health experts say that holding grudges or unexpressed anger may cause cancer or cardiovascular diseases. At any rate, it makes one’s life uncomfortable and causes anxiety and depression.

People, in general, are not always bad. Often they do want to forgive but they don’t know how to do it. They want to be guided to baby steps and different examples from everyday life situations so they know how to deal with it. Knowing this human weakness of ours, Allah gave us a huge gift and role model in the shape of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. He was a human being dealing with the routine struggles of life and more, and yet the way he reacted and dealt with them is exceptional.

If you wish to be a happy and optimistic person who knows how to extract positives from every negative, then read the following:

Sahih Bukhari, 3533:

Narrated Abu Huraira:
Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said, “Doesn’t it astonish you how Allah protects me from the Quraish’s abusing and cursing? They abuse Mudhammam and curse Mudhammam while I am Muhammad (and not Mudhammam).

Meanings of Arabic words: [Mudhammam: disgraced, Muhammad: praised]

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The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ was opposed, mocked at and tortured by his enemies when he was spreading the message of truth. He was innocent, he was trying to guide them to what was beneficial yet they twisted the truth and made it sound to whoever they could that actually he ﷺ was trying to spread discord and hate amongst people. They accused him of evil intentions. Imagine, how tough it would be for him when he wanted nothing but good even for his enemies.

In their hate, these people didn’t even like to take his name, Muhammad. It means “the one praised” and indeed his whole character is praiseworthy. But they called him Mudhammam, “the one who is disgraced”. Instead of becoming angry, shouting at them, or calling names at them, He ﷺ simply said, they are mocking and opposing Mudhammam, not me because I am Muhammad. It’s someone else they’re talking about.

So simple and brilliant! If people accuse you of something you did not do or call you bad names and you have a clear conscience, then say to yourself, it’s not me they are talking about but someone else because I’m innocent.

And then move on with a smile! Because it was not about you in the first place. :)

 

 

 

 

 

The Man – Muhammad (ﷺ)

Assalamu’alaikum,
Bismillah.

So a team from some non-Muslim country made a blasphemous film on Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) and here we are in Pakistan, burning tires, shouting and screaming on the top of our voices, protesting, calling bad names to those non-Muslims, boycotting all kinds of cyber media, crying great big tears for the love of the Prophet (ﷺ), shutting down our cellular networks, having a whole national holiday with loss of crores to our nation etc.

Okay! So it’s good, in fact it’s a must, to feel bad about this business. Yes, because we are supposed to love Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) even more than our own selves. So feel hurt.

But feeling hurt and burning stuff of our own fellow Muslims? Let our own nation suffer loss? Leave our own work and spend time in protests which have no evidence in Islam?

It’s like saying, (quoting someone): “I’m so angry at you, I’m going to tear my own shirt”. Isn’t this ridiculous? Or how much more thick can you get?

When you love a person, how do you show that love?

You try your best to know everything about him, the way he talks, walks, eats, sleeps, deals with others, thinks, spends his life, who his friends are (you even start loving them), what his point of views are, what are his likes and dislikes. And then what? You try to copy him, don’t you? Have you seen those young teens crazy over their superstars? They make their hairstyles like them, dress like them, even try to copy their expressions. Don’t they?

And, above all, when you love someone; you try to please them. You do the things that he loves. You stay away from things that he does not like. Isn’t that true? If you disagree, comment below.

That’s what numerous love stories tell us about lovers’ behavior. Or trying grabbing a psychology book.

Anyway, what are WE doing to prove our love for Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ)?

REALITY CHECK

He said whoever abandons the prayer has disbelieved. Do you pray regularly 5 times a day?

He used to stand for night prayers and cry in front of Allah. Did you EVER?

Prayer was the coolness of his eyes. Is it yours?

When the adhaan was called, he used to leave everything and rush towards the masjid. Do you?

He did istighfaar (asked for forgiveness) more than hundred times a day. Do you?

He loved the miswak, so much so that it was one of his last acts before his death. Do you use it often?

He treated every man in such a manner that he would think that the Prophet loves him the most. Do you treat people like that?

He said the distinctive quality of Islam is modesty. Do you have that in you?

He (ﷺ) was neither one who spoke indecently nor one who cursed and nor one who abused. Are you devoid of these 3 qualities too?

He said, say salam to those you know and those you don’t. Do you say it to both?

He said, everyone of you should see whom you are befriending. Do you check who you’re befriending?

Do you know what food he loved? Do you know what were his sleeping habits? Do you follow them too?

Do you recite the morning and evening duas regularly?

Do you know all the Friday sunnahs? Do you know how important Friday is? Or do you spend it like any other day?

Do you talk the way he talked? *Check here how he talked*

Do you walk the way he walked? *Check here how he walked*

Do you lower your gaze and keep a check on yourself in the presence of non-mehrams?

Do you praise your wives?

Do you love your daughters?

Are you kind and affectionate to the poor? (To everyone, for that matter).

Do you know the things that made his face go red with anger?

Do you know the things that made his face shine with happiness?

Do you never taunt, backbite, slander, make fun of others? Do you NOT?

Do you worry about the mission he left behind? Do you even know what it is? Do you know he assigned a job expressly to you before he died? Did you ever work on that mission? *Share what it is, in the comment section below*

All these above questions do not cover even half of his life. If you do not know the answers of these questions then,

O you who claim to love him (ﷺ), drown in shame! Let alone protesting and and all that useless stuff. Your false avowal makes one sick.

You still have time, wake up even NOW! Change your ways and prove your love for him. Don’t go back to your old ways. Can’t you do this much for him? Let’s show’em that we all are true followers of that wonderful man!

Give it your best and keep giving it. And then, be at peace. For the religion of our beloved (ﷺ) can never be brought down. Because Allah lives, and will never die!

Here’s a beautiful poem written by a reverted Muslimah Camila Badar,

If Prophet Muhammad visited you
Just for a day or two,
If he came unexpectedly,
I wonder what you’d do.
Oh, I know you’d give your nicest room,
To such an honored guest,
And all the food you’d serve to him,
Would be the very best,
And you would keep assuring him,
You’re glad to have him there,
That serving him in your own home,
Is joy beyond compare.

BUT …when you saw him coming,
Would you meet him at the door,
With arms outstretched in welcome,
To your heavenly visitor?
Or..would you have to change your clothes
Before you let him in?
Or hide some magazines and put,
The Quran where they had been?
Would you still watch dirty movies,
On your T.V. set?
Or would you switch it off,
Before he gets upset?
Would you turn off the radio,
And hope he hadn’t heard?
And wish you hadn’t uttered the last loud hasty word?

Would you hide your worldly music,
And instead take Hadith books out?
Could you let him walk right in,
Or would you rush about?
And, I wonder…if the Prophet spent,
A day or two with you,
Would you go right on doing the things,
You always do?
Would you go right on saying the things
You always say?
Would life for you continue,
As it does from day to day?

Would your family conversation,
Keep up its usual pace,
And Would you find it hard each meal,
To say a table grace?
Would you keep up each and every prayer?
Without putting on a frown?
And would you always jump up early,
For prayer at dawn?
Would you sing the songs you always sing,
And read the books you read?
And let him know the things on which,
Your mind and spirit feed?
Would you take Prophet with you,
Everywhere you plan to go?
Or, would you maybe change your plans,
Just for a day or so?
Would you be glad to have him meet,
Your very closest friends?
Or, would you hope they stay away,
Until his visit ends?
Would you be glad to have him stay,
Forever on and on?
Or would you sigh with great relief,
When he at last was gone?
It might be interesting to know,
The things that you would do.
If Prophet Muhammad, in person, came,
to spend some time with you.

And here’s his love: LOVE, at its best

Wassalam,
Hajrah. :)

P.S. One of my favorite series: Pen Portrait of Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) 

The film is offensive because it misrepresents Islam. Senseless violence and murder is offensive for the same reason. ~ Nouman Ali Khan

LOVE, at its best <3

Assalamu’alaikum,
Bismillah.

Whattey title, hm? Brings a nice fluttery feeling in your heart when you read the word. But then actually feeling it… Sigh! Its beyond words. So beautiful.

There is a certain kind of love which, when you go through, is at once wonderful and unique. Like no other love. And love of any kind is felt only when you know that person and it increases manifold if that person has been kind to you and has done a lot for you. Right?

I fell in love all over again with one such person, so much so, that I wanted to share it. :)

Unfortunately, people say that they don’t feel much love for that person, whom I consider so lovable. I think the reason might be because they do not even know what he was like, what was his character, what were his words. You just want to hang on to your loved one’s words, don’t you? And repeat them over and over again with a smile on your lips. And if those words are for you… Boy! You’re in the seventh heaven of delight. But what if you don’t even know what his words were? Wouldn’t that be a pity? :(

Yes, I love him with all my heart because he taught me how to live, he taught me how to walk, how to talk, how to eat, how to sleep, how to keep relations with my parents, my relatives, my friends, my enemies. He taught me how to think, he taught me how to be content, how to pray, how to deal with sadness, how to deal with illness. He taught me how to feel, how to smile, how to cry, how to deal with private stuff. Why did he do all that? Because he loved me. He loved me more than my own biological parents. He loved me so much that he wanted me to be saved from the biggest failure. He wanted to save me from being thrown into the Big Fire. The Fire that my very close ones don’t even care about. But he did. The Fire that will burn forever and will only increase, never decrease. The Fire that will be pitch dark and scary and there will be much pain and loneliness and yelling in it. He wanted to save me from that. He gave me tips that would save me from that biggest disaster. He prayed for me. He cried for me.

Should I still not feel his love? Do you not feel his love? Yes, I am talking about my beloved Prophet Muhammad 

You are supposed to love him. If you do not, then get anxious. Your faith is in danger. You cannot be a Muslim until you love him more than anything. Get to know him. There is no way you can’t love him once you know what he did for you!

Read his ahadith, read Sahih Bukhari and you’ll hang onto each word. He taught you every single thing that you would ever need to know in your life about yourself, about others, about life itself.

Don’t you yearn to see his face shining like the sun and moon? :)

He’s not a thing of the past, only sincere for His Companions at that time. He loved you, the very person reading this.

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) recited the verse about Ibraaheem (peace be upon him), “O my Lord! They have indeed led astray many among mankind. But whoso follows me, he verily, is of me” [Ibraaheem 14:36], and the verse in which ‘Eesa said, “If You punish them, they are Your slaves, and if You forgive them, verily, You, only You, are the All‑Mighty, the All‑Wise” [al-Maa’idah 5:118]. Then he raised his hands and said: “O Allaah, my ummah, my ummah.” Allaah, may He be glorified and exalted, said: “O Jibreel, go to Muhammad, although your Lord knows best, and ask him why he is weeping.” So Jibreel (peace be upon him) went to him and asked him, and the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) told him what he said, although He knows best. Allaah said: “O Jibreel, go to Muhammad and say: “I will make you pleased concerning your ummah and not displeased.”

One sign of his compassion and love towards his ummah was that he prayed for more blessing and goodness especially for those who believed in him and followed him without seeing him.

It was narrated from Anas ibn Maalik (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:
“Glad tidings to the one who believed in me and saw me, and sevenfold glad tidings to the one who believed in me but did not see me.”

It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) went out to the graveyard and said:
“Peace be upon the abode of believing people, and if Allaah wills we will join you soon. Would that I could see our brothers.” They said: Are we not your brothers, O Messenger of Allaah? He said: “You are my companions. Our brothers are those who have not come yet. I will reach the Cistern before them.” They said: O Messenger of Allaah, how will you recognize those of your ummah who came after you? He said: “Do you not see that if a man has a horse that has a white blaze and white feet among horses that are all black, will he not recognize his horse?” They said: Of course. He said: “They will come to me with bright faces and limbs (like the white markings of a horse) because of the traces of wudoo’, and I will reach the Cistern before them.”

The scholars have said that the wrath of Allaah and the Fire of Hell are the things that we fear the most, and we cannot be saved from them except at the hands of the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). The pleasure of Allaah and the garden of Paradise are the things that we want the most, but we cannot attain them except at the hands of the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him).

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) referred to the former when he said: “The likeness of me and you is that of a man who lit a fire and grasshoppers and moths started falling into it, and he tried to push them away. I am seizing your waistbands and trying to pull you away from the Fire but you are trying to get away from me.”

See how much he loved us? But do you want to know what’s the cream of his love for us? He was given a free dua (prayer) that would be accepted. And he saved that for us! He will use that on the Day when we will be all alone and empty-handed and in need of someone’s help desperately. And at that time he will make dua for us. Isn’t that love, at its best? Imagine yourself getting the opportunity of a dua that would necessarily be accepted, would you ever save it for people who would disobey you (because intercession will be needed most by the disobedient ones) and you never even saw them? Never!!

Abu Hurairah r.a narrates from Rasool-Allah s.a.w, “Every Prophet had a special duaa which is accepted in the court of Allah. All Prophets were in quick in their duaas. On the day of Judgment, for the intercession of my Ummah, I have saved my duaa. My duaa will reach to every person in my ummah, who did not make any partners with Allah.” (Muslim)

Read the full account of his saved dua for us on the Day of Judgement and how it will happen,

It was narrated that Anas ibn Maalik said: Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) told us: “When the Day of Resurrection comes, the people will surge with each other like waves. They will come to Adam and say, ‘Intercede for us with your Lord.’ He will say, ‘I am not fit for that. Go to Ibraaheem for he is the Close Friend of the Most Merciful.’ So they will go to Ibraaheem, but he will say, ‘I am not fit for that. Go to Moosa for he is the one to whom Allaah spoke directly.’ So they will go to Moosa but he will say, ‘I am not fit for that. Go to ‘Eesa for he is a soul created by Allaah and His Word.’ So they will go to ‘Eesa but he will say, ‘I am not fit for that. Go to Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him).’ So they will come to me and I will say, I am fit for that.’ Then I will ask my Lord for permission and He will give me permission, and He will inspire me with words of praise with which I will praise Him, words that I do not know now. So I will praise Him with those words of praise and I will fall down prostrate before Him. He will say, ‘O Muhammad, raise your head. Speak and intercession will be granted to you, ask and you will be given, intercede and your intercession will be accepted.’ I will say, ‘O Lord, my ummah, my ummah!’ He will say, ‘Go and bring forth everyone in whose heart there is faith the weight of a barley-grain.’ So I will go and do that. Then I will come back and praise Him with those words of praise and I will fall down prostrate before Him. He will say, ‘O Muhammad, raise your head. Speak and intercession will be granted to you, ask and you will be given, intercede and your intercession will be accepted.’ I will say, ‘O Lord, my ummah, my ummah!’ He will say, ‘Go and bring forth everyone in whose heart there is faith the weight of a small ant or a mustard-seed.’ So I will go and do that. Then I will come back and praise Him with those words of praise and I will fall down prostrate before Him. He will say, ‘O Muhammad, raise your head. Speak and intercession will be granted to you, ask and you will be given, intercede and your intercession will be accepted.’ I will say, ‘O Lord, my ummah, my ummah!’ He will say, ‘Go and bring forth from the Fire everyone in whose heart there is faith the weight of the lightest, lightest grain of mustard-seed.’ So I will go and bring them forth.”

Remember that intercession will be only for those who do not associate partners with Allah and believe in Prophet Muhammad 

Love him now, as much as you can! He did so much for you. And send peace and blessings on him.

Wassalam,
Hajrah.

P.S. To know the full details of intercession, read here.

P.P.S. For convenience I did not insert the references into the post, you can check them here, here and here.

P.P.P.S. Read Pen Portrait of Prophet Muhammad s.a.w.

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