Sunday, 26 June 2016

The Man Who Wanted to Go to Madinah

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

The following is adapted from Signs on the Horizons by Shaykh Michael Sugich.

“When I first arrived in Makkah, I kept company with a friend from America who was living with his wife close to the Holy Mosque and studying Arabic at Umm Al-Qurra University.  One day, during Ramadhan, he mentioned that he had given money to a poor man to visit the mosque and tomb of the Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) in al-Madinah al-Munawwarah.

When he said this, I thought, ‘What a wonderful thing to do – to send someone to Madinah.  I wish I could do that.’  For some reason I cannot explain, I developed an overpowering desire to send someone to visit the Prophet (s.a.w.).  I did not mention this to anyone but loved the idea of doing it and kept thinking about it.  A few days later, I made the lesser pilgrimage, ‘umrah, after the night prayer with a friend from England.  When we finished our rituals, we were relaxing in a circle in the mathaf between the Yemeni corner and the Black Stone.

While we were sitting, a man approached our circle.  He sat down across the circle from me between two of our companions.  Clearly, he was looking for a handout.  He asked the group something.  I was not paying much attention and, in fact, found his intrusion annoying.  I looked across without much interest and asked what he wanted and my friends told me he wanted alms, swadaqah.  As I had my money rolled up in my ihram and difficult to get to, I made no move to give him anything.  All the others reached for their purses or wallets.  It was Ramadhan after all, and a blessed time for giving.  But the man stopped them and called across to me.  Pointing to me, he said, ‘No, him!’  I looked up, nonplussed.  ‘You!’ he said.  I felt embarrassed because I had no intention of giving anything to this fellow.  Then he looked me straight in the eye and said, nodding with a meaningful grin, ‘I want to go to Madinah!’  With a jolt of recognition, I unrolled my ihram and pulled out the bus fare to al-Madinah.  He took it, refused anything from the others and disappeared.

As Shaykh ibn Atha’illah as-Sakandari (q.s.) said, “No deed is more fruitful for the heart than the one you are not aware of and which is deemed paltry by you.”


Sunday, 19 June 2016

The Prophet's (s.a.w.) Elevated Status

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

The following is the text of lecture given by Mawlana Waffie Mohammed.

There is no doubt of the fact that Allah (s.w.t.) Gave the Prophet (s.a.w.) an elevated status in the entire universe, both among human beings and with the other creatures.  Long before the universe was Created, Allah (s.w.t.) had already recorded the status of the Messenger and the Path he was to follow. Imam al-Ghazali (r.a.), in his book, Ihya’ ‘Ulum ad-Din, wrote that Allah (s.w.t.) recited Surah YaSin and Surah Thaha, fifty thousand years before He Created the universe.  If we should look at the meanings of these chapters, we would see that Allah (s.w.t.) Speaks about the mission of Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) in the very beginning of both these chapters.  For example, in Surah YaSin, He Revealed the following:


In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
Ya Sin.  By the Qur’an, full of Wisdom ― Thou art indeed one of the messengers.  On a Straight Way. (Surah YaSin:1-4)

The beginning of Surah Thaha is as follows:


In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
Tha Ha.  We have not Sent down the Qur'an to thee to be (an occasion) for thy distress, but only as an admonition to those who fear (Allah) ― (Surah ThaHa1-3)

Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) was Established by the Lord as the leader of all the Messengers and the Seal of the Prophets even before they were sent to their respective peoples. Allah says:


Behold!  Allah Took the covenant of the prophets, Saying, “I give you a Book and Wisdom; then comes to you a Messenger, confirming what is with you; do ye believe him and render him help.”  Allah Said, “Do ye agree, and take this My Covenant as Binding on you?”  They said, “We agree.”  He Said, “Then bear witness and I am with you among the witnesses.” (Surah Ali ‘Imran:81)

According to this Revelation, all the Messengers agreed to Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) being their leader in this world and in the next, help him in the mission for which he was to be Sent, and inform their people of his coming.  All the Messengers knew that the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.) was to be the best example for mankind, the bringer of the complete code of life, the universal model for all times, the one that was to unite mankind into one brotherhood, the one that was to invite to Allah (s.w.t.) by His Leave, the one whose mission will be to light up to path to Allah (s.w.t.), the one who was able to give the glad tidings and warnings on the basis of firsthand experience, the one who is the mercy to the worlds, the chief intercessor on the Day of Judgment, and the one Designated to distribute from al-Kawtsar in the hereafter.

As Allah (s.w.t.) Mentions in the verse quoted above, every Messenger left with their people the knowledge that he who is the beloved of the Lord, will be coming.

Moses (a.s.) passed the message to his followers:

Deuteronomy 15:15-18
15 “No, the Lord thy God will raise up for thee a prophet like myself, of thy own race, a brother of thy own; it is to him thou must listen.  16 Was it not thy own plea, that day when all were publicly assembled at mount Horeb, that thou mightest hear the Voice of the Lord thy God no longer, have sight of that raging fire no longer, lest it should be thy death?  17 And the Lord told me, ‘All that they have said is well said.  18 I will Raise up for them a prophet like thyself, one of their own race, Entrusting My Own Message to his lips, so that he may instruct them at My Bidding.’”

It is an established fact that there was no Israelite prophet after Moses (a.s.) who gave to them what Moses (a.s.) gave; the Law.  Perhaps, this was a reason why Jesus (a.s.) said, “I came to uphold the Law.”  That was the Laws given by Moses (a.s.) from the Revelations that came from the Lord.  This fact is in the Bible:

Deuteronomy 34:10
10 And there rose not a prophet, in Israel, like unto Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face.

Jesus (a.s.) told his followers:

John 16:12-15
12 “I have still much to say to you, but it is beyond your reach as yet.  13 It will be for him, the truth-giving Spirit, when he comes, to guide you into all truth.  He will not utter a message of his own; he will utter the message that has been Given to him; and he will make plain to you what is still to come.  14 And he will bring honour to me, because it is from me that he will derive what he makes plain to you.  15 I say that he will derive from me what he makes plain to you, because all that Belongs to the Father belongs to me.

Unlike the predictions of the other Messengers, Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) in his Farewell Sermon asked from his unbelievably large congregation, “Have I delivered the Message?”

They replied, in one voice, “Yea, we bear witness that you have.”

It was normal for the trees, plants, stones and even some animals to greet the Prophet (s.a.w.) whenever he used to pass by them.  ‘Ali ibn Abi Thalib (k.w.) reported, “I was with Rasulullah (s.a.w.) in Makkah, and we came out from the city from one side; as we walked every mountain or tree that we passed said to the Prophet (s.a.w.), ‘Greetings on you O Messenger of Allah.’”  This was recorded by Imam at-Tirmidzi (r.a.).

ibn Umar’ (r.a.) reported that the Prophet (s.a.w.) would give his sermon while standing beside a date palm trunk.  When he had the pulpit made, he used it instead.  The trunk began weeping, and so the Prophet (s.a.w.) went to it and rubbed his hand over it to stop it from crying.  This is found in Swahih al-Bukhari.  According to Imam Ahmad (r.a.), the trunk bellowed until it cracked and split.

A camel complained to the Prophet (s.a.w.) about the ill-treatment that it was getting from its master.  This was recorded by both Imam Ahmad (r.a.), Imam Abu Dawud (r.a.).

The faithful followers of the Beloved Messenger (s.a.w.) also recognised his greatness as a person with special blessings coming from him.  Abu Juhayfah (r.a.) narrated that once, Rasulullah (s.a.w.) went to al-Batha at noon, performed the ablution and offered two raka’at zhuhr prayer and two raka’at ‘aswr prayer, while a spear head stick was planted before him.  Passersby were passing in front of it. (After the prayer), the people got up and held the hands of the Prophet (s.a.w.) and passed them on their faces.  Abu Juhayfah (r.a.) also took his hand and kept them to his face.  He said, “I noticed that it was cooler than ice, and the smell was nicer than musk.”

As recorded in Swahih al-Bukhari, Anas (r.a.) reported. “I never touched silk or neither dibaj softer than the palm of the Prophet, (s.a.w.) nor have I smelt perfume nicer that the sweat of the Prophet (s.a.w.).”  Dibaj is a type of thick silk.


In another incident, after the Friday prayer was over, the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.) entered the city of Yathrib from the southern end and the city was thenceforth renamed Madinat an-Nabi, meaning the “City of the Prophet”, shortened to Madinah.