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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. :)

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A Defining Moment

Bismillah.

Islam is definitely the perfect and most reasonable way of life. It encourages everyone to lead a life that is pure, natural and well-balanced; be it in our food, our houses, our attire, our dealings with others, basically, everything that an individual is concerned with in his life. The man who was sent to teach this beautiful religion to all mankind was as much balanced and admirable himself. He taught by example to those around him how to lead a simple, happy and productive life.

Sahih Bukhari, 3394:

Narrated Abu Huraira:
Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said, “On the night of my Ascension to Heaven, I saw (the prophet) Moses who was a thin person with lank hair, looking like one of the men of the tribe of Shanua; and I saw Jesus who was of average height with red face as if he had just come out of a bathroom. And I resemble prophet Abraham more than any of his offspring does. Then I was given two cups, one containing milk and the other wine. Gabriel said, ‘Drink whichever you like.’ I took the milk and drank it. Gabriel said, ‘You have accepted what is natural, (True Religion i.e. Islam) and if you had taken the wine, your followers would have gone astray.‘ “

It was a defining moment for the whole Muslim community. A moment when the whole course of our existence, of our lives was being decided. Doubtlessly, he was the prophet and he wouldn’t have taken the wrong cup but think about this, it was a test for him. And his wisdom saved us all. If wine had become permissible, imagine what would have been the consequences? Such is a leader! He thinks far ahead and plans for generations to come.

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In case you’re wondering does it really matter, you should know that “nutritional psychiatry” is an emerging popular concept today. Your food affects your physical, mental and emotional health. You can browse some of the studies on the subject and be amazed what science has to say about it today. Take fast food, for example. The youth today lives on fast food. It usually comes from artificially produced plants or animals.

Bring a fat juicy burger to your mind, the one you see commonly in ads and consider the habits that it would generate in its devourer. It’s quick food, today you can see the restlessness in the people around you. We want quick results. A relationship almost broke, well just throw it away and get a new one. We have a deluge of information in this age, everything is stored on the internet yet we can’t stay on it long enough to learn and implement anything, we’d rather watch videos of a few seconds, keep sharing images with short texts and only go through the headings of an article. Also, the meat used in fast food comes from animals and birds that do not move around and do not eat fresh food, rather they are born, made fat and stay pretty much in the same spot till they’re slaughtered. Eating this food has made us lazy and obese. We’d rather talk, argue and debate than do something. As for the diseases that come with obesity, you all know about them.

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The list of habits that we’ve adopted by eating fast food is never ending. Plus the other kinds of food that we eat today and their consequences are uncountable as well. The long and short of it is that what kind of generations would we raise when we prefer soft drinks to milk and pure water? The future looks bleak from this end. We need to change this by a mass campaign to change the direction of the whole society. Our media is full of trashy food made to look appetizing, we need to come up with better marketing for the real pure and healthy food. We need to rewire the perspectives and cognition. Not just because science tells us this today, but because this is what Allah conveyed to us many centuries ago in His Book, because He is our Creator, He knows! All we need to do is to trust Him and accept what He tells us and we can live happily.

يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ كُلُوا مِمَّا فِي الْأَرْضِ حَلَالًا طَيِّبًا وَلَا تَتَّبِعُوا خُطُوَاتِ الشَّيْطَانِ ۚ إِنَّهُ لَكُمْ عَدُوٌّ مُّبِينٌ

O mankind, eat from whatever is on earth [that is] lawful and good and do not follow the footsteps of Satan. Indeed, he is to you a clear enemy. [2:168]

Don’t just eat halal (lawful) but also what is tayyab (good, pure and healthy). And don’t follow in the footsteps of Satan because step by step he will take you away from the good food and eventually towards destruction.

P.S. Together we can make a difference bit by bit inshaAllah, the first step being eating lawful and good ourselves and being a role model. :)

 

First, Second or Third?

Assalamu’alaikum,
Bismillah.

Here’s a confession: Sahih Bukhari is one of the awesomest books ever. :D

I just want to sit and ponder deeply over each hadith and write extensively about it, but well there is not that much time. So, here’s only one for today. It’s simply lovely.

Sahih Bukhari, Vol. 1, The Book of Knowledge, Hadith no. 66:

Narrated Abu Waqid Al-Laith r.a:

While Allah’s Messenger s.a.w was sitting in the mosque with some people, three men came. Two of them came in front of Allah’s Messenger s.a.w and the third one went away. The two persons kept on standing before Allah’s Messenger s.a.w for a while and then one of them found a place in the circle and sat there while the other sat behind them (the gathering), and the third one went away. When Allah’s Messenger s.a.w finished his preaching, he said, “Shall I tell you about these three persons? One of them betook himself to Allah, so Allah took him into His Grace and Mercy and accommodated him, the second felt shy from Allah, so Allah sheltered him in His Mercy (and did not punish him), while the third turned his face from Allah and went away, so Allah turned His face from him likewise.”

There’s just one point to focus on, what category would you like to be in?

Would you rather be thirsty and compassionate for the knowledge of religion and run after it and thus be engulfed in Allah’s Mercy and Barakaat?

OR

Would you rather be the shy one and sit at the back and gain something from His Mercy so that you’re saved from the punishment but still not the big share?

OR

Would you rather be the one who turns away from the knowledge of the religion and thus Allah’s face be turned from you too?

Take your pick!

Read the same hadith with another angle, here: Backbenchers.

 

Wassalam,
Hajrah. :)

It’s Easy, ‘Kay?

Salam,
Bismillah.

Now here is this awesome hadith that I fell in love with, the moment I read it. :D

Here goes:

Sahih Bukhari, Vol. 1, The Book of Belief, Hadith no. 39:

Narrated Abu Huraira r.a: The Prophet s.a.w said, “Religion is very easy and whoever overburdens himself in his religion will not be able to continue in that way. So you should not be extremists, but try to be near perfection and receive the good tidings that you will be rewarded; and gain strength by offering the Salat (prayers) in the mornings, afternoons and during the last hours of the nights.”

It does not mean that leave your obligations since religion (i.e. Islam) is easy. Obligations are already so limited that a person is not burdened by them. It means here that for example, someone starts offering nafal (extra) as fardh (obligation).

So try to be perfect (right) in obligations (no compromise on them) and being right is being moderate. And if you cannot do that (i.e. be perfect) then at least stay near to being right (i.e. being moderate). Avoid too much or too less of anything. Neither do something beyond limits nor leave the obligations.  Both are wrong.

And give glad tidings and stay happy. The frowning, serious, scolding, over-disciplined religious person’s figure kind of flops with this. Stay happy! The believer’s grief is in his heart and his face is fresh and happy. :)

And take help from the worship of Allah in the mornings, afternoons or nights or take some walk (physical exercise) in these times. And prayer at these times is walk for the men since they have to go to the masjid. Last hours of the night means tahajjud but if you stay awake the whole night for worship that is wrong.

So, basically don’t you think Muslims and non-Muslims alike run away from “Islamic” people because they’re too hard?
Snap out if it, really, and let them come towards religion. Stay happy and make it easy for yourselves and others too. :)

Read the same hadith in a more refined manner, here.

Wassalam,
Hajrah. :)

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