Thursday, 15 December 2016
The 'Ulama are Unanimous on the Obligation to Magnify the Prophet (s.a.w.)
بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Imam Abu al-’Abbas Ahmad ibn al-Khathib (r.a.), in his Wasilat al-Islam bi an-Nabi ‘Alayhi asw-Swalat wa as-Salam, “The Means to Islam through the Prophet (s.a.w.)”, wrote that the community of Muslim scholars is unanimous concerning the obligation to magnify and exalt the Prophet (s.a.w.), his family, and his companions. It was the practice of the pious predecessors and the a’immah of the past that whenever the Prophet (s.a.w.) was mentioned in their presence they were seized by reverence, humility, stillness, and dignity.
Imam Ja’far asw-Swadiq (q.s.) would turn pale whenever he heard the Prophet (s.a.w.) mentioned. Imam Malik (r.a.) would not mention a hadits except in a state of ritual purity. Imam ‘Abd ar-Rahman ibn al-Qasim (r.a.) would turn red and stammer whenever he heard the Prophet (s.a.w.) mentioned. As for Shaykh al-Asadi (q.s.), one of the early Sufis, he would weep until his eyes had no tears left in them. When a hadits was mentioned in their presence they would lower their voices. Imam Malik (r.a.) said, “His sacredness in death is as his inviolability in life.”