بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيم

BEST OF THE BEST CHARACTERS

BEST OF THE BEST CHARACTERS

Sheikh Saalih Aale Taalib           Part (II)

 

Hadhrat ‘Abdullah ibne Mas’ood narrates that the Messenger of Allah once told him to read. Hadhrat ‘Abdullah ibne Mas’ood said the Prophet said to me: “I like listening to the Quraan from others.”

So Hadhrat ‘Abdullah ibne Mas’ood embarked on reciting Surah Nisaa until he reached the Aayah 41, that is:

فَكَيْفَ إِذَا جِئْنَا مِن كُلِّ أُمَّةٍ بِشَهِيدٍ وَجِئْنَا بِكَ عَلَىٰ هَٰؤُلَاءِ شَهِيدًا

”Then, how (awful a spectacle) would it be when We shall bring a witness from every community, and shall bring you over them as a witness.”

Hereupon the Prophet (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam) said to Hadhrat ‘Abdullah ibne Mas’ood : “Stop here.”

Hadhrat ‘Abdullah ibne Mas’ood said: “When I turned my eyes up to the Prophet, I found tears falling down his face.” (Bukhari and Muslim)

This is our beloved Prophet (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam) and such a few aspects of his character.

Words fail to express the nobility of the Prophet (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam)’s character. It is the duty of Muslims to adhere to the teachings of the Prophet (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam) and follow his guidance. Indeed the world does not know anyone like the Prophet (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam). Indeed we inherited from the Prophet (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam) the heritage that we have to take pride in and introduce to all civilizations. Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aalaa) says:

لَقَدْ كَانَ لَكُمْ فِي رَسُولِ اللَّهِ أُسْوَةٌ حَسَنَةٌ لِمَنْ كَانَ يَرْجُو اللَّهَ وَالْيَوْمَ الْآخِرَ وَذَكَرَ اللَّهَ كَثِيرًا [الأحزاب: 21]

“There is indeed a good model for you in the Messenger of Allah – for the one who has hope in Allah and the Last Day, and remembers Allah profusely.” (Al-Ahzaab 33:21)

Prophet Muhammad (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam) has a great position is Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aalaa)’s sight. So Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aalaa) made him the best human. Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aalaa) selected Hadhrat Muhammad (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam) from amongst all humans for His mission. Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aalaa) received Hadhrat Muhammad (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam) in the heavens when he ascended. In this regard, you can read Quraan:

وَالنَّجْمِ إِذَا هَوَى [1] مَا ضَلَّ صَاحِبُكُمْ وَمَا غَوَى [2] وَمَا يَنْطِقُ عَنِ الْهَوَى [3]إِنْ هُوَ إِلَّا وَحْيٌ يُوحَى [4] عَلَّمَهُ شَدِيدُ الْقُوَى [النجم: 1-5]

“By the star when it goes down to set, your fellow (the Holy Prophet) has neither missed the way, nor did he deviate. He does not speak out of (his own) desire. It is but revelation revealed (to him). It is taught to him by one (angel) of strong faculties,” (An-Najm 53:1-5)

In Masjid Aqsaa (Baitul Maqdas), Prophet Muhammad (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam) led all other Prophets of Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aalaa) in Salaah. Then he ascended to the heavens until he reached the lote tree, a place very near to Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aalaa)’s Throne. Above the heavens Prophet Muhammad (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam) met Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aalaa) and begged Him to reduce the number of the Fardh Salaah (Obligatory Prayers) and Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aalaa) responded to his request. In this situation, Prophet Muhammad (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam) said to Hadhrat Moosaa (Prophet Moses):
“Oh Moosaa! I kept asking Allah to reduce the number of the obligatory daily prayers until I felt ashamed of Him.”

Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aalaa) cleansed Prophet Muhammad (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam)’s heart from all that is evil, forgave his sins, and exalted his mention. Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aalaa) says:

وَالضُّحَى [1]وَاللَّيْلِ إِذَا سَجَى[2]مَا وَدَّعَكَ رَبُّكَ وَمَا قَلَى[3]وَلَلْآخِرَةُ خَيْرٌ لَكَ مِنَ الْأُولَى [الضحى: 1-4]

”I swear by the forenoon, and by the night when it becomes peaceful, your Lord (O Prophet!) has neither forsaken you, nor has become displeased. Surely the Aakhirah (Hereafter) is much better for you than the present life.” (Adh-Dhuhaa 93:1-4)

Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aalaa) associated His name with Muhammad (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam)’s name in Azaan (the call to Salaah) and in the article of faith. Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aalaa) says in His Book repeatedly: “Believe in Allah and His messenger.”

The obedience to Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aalaa) is associated to the obedience to His Messenger Muhammad (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam). Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aalaa) says:

أَطِيعُوا اللَّهَ وَأَطِيعُوا الرَّسُولَ [النساء: 59]

“Obey Allah and obey the Messenger” “Obey Allah and His Messenger.” (An-Nisaa 4:59)

Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aalaa) also says:

مَنْ يُطِعِ الرَّسُولَ فَقَدْ أَطَاعَ اللَّهَ [النساء: 80]

“Whoever obeys the Messenger, indeed obeys Allah” (An-Nisaa 4:80)

Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aalaa) confers His peace and blessing upon Hadhrat Muhammad (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam) and the angels pray to Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aalaa) for same thing. Allah says:

إِنَّ اللَّهَ وَمَلَائِكَتَهُ يُصَلُّونَ عَلَى النَّبِيِّ [الأحزاب: 56]

“Surely, Allah and His angels send blessings to the Prophet.” (Al-Ahzaab 33:56)

Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aalaa) sent Prophet Muhammad (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam) as a witness over all humans, as He says:

يَا أَيُّهَا النَّبِيُّ إِنَّا أَرْسَلْنَاكَ شَاهِدًا وَمُبَشِّرًا وَنَذِيرًا[45]وَدَاعِيًا إِلَى اللَّهِ بِإِذْنِهِ وَسِرَاجًا مُنِيرًا [الأحزاب: 45-46]

“O Prophet! We have sent you as a witness and as a bearer of good news and a warner, and as the one who calls (people) towards Allah with His permission, and as a luminous lamp.” (Al-Ahzaab 33:45-46)

Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aalaa) spoke gently with Muhammad (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam). Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aalaa) says to him:

عَفَا اللَّهُ عَنْكَ لِمَ أَذِنْتَ لَهُمْ [التوبة: 43]

“O Prophet!) Allah has forgiven you; why did you permit them (to stay in Madinah)……” (At-Tawbah 9:43)

Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aalaa) promised to give Muhammad (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam) what he wants of good things until he is pleased. Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aalaa) says:

وَلَسَوْفَ يُعْطِيكَ رَبُّكَ فَتَرْضَى [الضحى: 5]

“And of course, your Lord will give you so much that you will be pleased.” (Adh-Dhuha 93:5)

And Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aalaa) says:

وَإِنَّ لَكَ لَأَجْرًا غَيْرَ مَمْنُونٍ [القلم: 3]

“And you will definitely have a reward that will never end.” (Al-Qalam 68:3)

Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aalaa) has promised to look after Muhammad (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam) and defend him. Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aalaa) says to Muhammad (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam):

إِنَّا كَفَيْنَاكَ الْمُسْتَهْزِئِينَ [الحجر: 95]

“Surely, We are sufficient for you against those who deride…” (Al-Hijr 15:95)

Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aalaa) also says to Muhammad (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam):

وَاللَّهُ يَعْصِمُكَ مِنَ النَّاسِ [المائدة: 67]

“Allah shall protect you from the people.” (Al-Maaidah 5:67)

And Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aalaa) also says:

وَاصْبِرْ لِحُكْمِ رَبِّكَ فَإِنَّكَ بِأَعْيُنِنَا [الطور: 48]

“And (O Prophet!) be patient about the decision of your Lord, because you are in front of Our Eyes.” (At-Toor 52:48)

The Prophet (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam)’s life kept the world secure against destruction and ruin. Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aalaa), the Almighty, forgave Prophet Muhammad (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam) his past and future sins. Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aalaa) guided Prophet Muhammad (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam) and supported him. Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aalaa) sent Prophet Muhammad (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam) as a mercy for the whole world. Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aalaa) says:

وَمَا أَرْسَلْنَاكَ إِلَّا رَحْمَةً لِلْعَالَمِينَ [الأنبياء: 107]

“And We have not sent you (O Muhammad!) but as mercy for all the worlds.” (Al-Anbiya 21:107)

A prophet like Muhammad (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam) can never be harmed by abuse or insults. The love of Muhammad (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam) wells up in the hearts of Muslims. Muhammad (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam)’s position in Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aalaa)’s sight is very great. This is the clear truth that can never be removed by mere false accusations.