Five Inspirational Muslim Stories of 2018

The year 2018 was full of memorable moments for Muslims. While some moments were sad, Other moments inspired change in the Muslim community. We have compiled a list of stories that inspired the Muslim Ummah in 2018.

Ali Banat passed away from cancer, after years helping the needy.

Ali Banat, a 32 year Muslim from Sydney, was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer three years ago and passed away in Ramadan 2018. Upon diagnosis, he was given seven months to live but instead, he was blessed to live for another three years. He spent those three years getting rid of his lavish possessions in order to give it all back to the needy of Africa. He setup his own charity organisation to build orphanages, mosques and schools in Africa. The lesson we can draw from his inspirational story is that he used his “gift” to devote the remaining time he has left to serve his religion. May Allah grant him Jannah.

 

More than £150,000 raised for Syrian schoolboy.

A Syrian schoolboy was the victim of a brutal assault at his school in Huddersfield. Shortly after the video went viral, a crowdfunding page was launched by a Muslim who wanted to “put a smile on their faces”. So with the help of the Muslim community around the world, they raised an astounding £150,000.

Mohamed Salah never forgetting his Muslim roots.

2018 was a big year for this sports star. Mohamed Salah did the unthinkable by breaking the premier league record for goals in a thirty-eight-game season, and he also won the Golden Boot for the most goals in the Premier League. But that’s not what was so inspiring about his story. What is so inspiring about Mohamed Salah is that he has reached such international success and fame and still continues to practice his religion openly and proudly. We have seen Muslim celebrities in the past reach momentous success but unfortunately, they have seemed to drop their Muslim identity. But not with Mohamed Salah, he continues to be himself which is a devout Muslim.

Palestinian medic died trying to save Palestinian lives.

Although this story is tragic, all Muslims can draw inspiration from Razan al-Najjar. This Muslim Palestinian medical worker was the front lines of the protests on the border at the end of March aiding those who have been wounded by the IDF. She understood that she needed to put her life on the line in order to help her Palestinian brothers and sister protesting for something much greater than themselves. May Allah grant her Jannah.

Khabib stands in the face of Islamophobia in the UFC.

The fight between Khabib and Mcgregor was no doubt the biggest event this year. There was so much hype for this fight to be the biggest of all time in UFC history. However, during the hype and marketing, some boundaries were crossed by Connor’s side.  Mcgregor had made some racist and Islamophobic slurs but despite all that, Khabib remained calm and respectable. Even when Mcgregor offered Khabib alcohol at one of the press conferences, he refused to partake in any drinking. But It was Khabib’s fight outside the octagon that mattered. He knew how to represent Islam in an environment as volatile as the UFC and that is why this story is inspirational for Muslim in 2018.

The birth of Jesus

This is the Islamic account of the Birth of Jesus, also known as the Nativity story

The miracle of childbirth is in and of itself a miracle that leaves humanity in awe every single day a child is born to a new mother and father. So it is no wonder that the birth of Jesus, who was born without a father, is a miracle that has encapsulated the hearts and minds of billions of people around the world, whether they be Muslim or Christian.

Jesus is considered one of the five greatest Prophets of Islam and is mentioned precisely 25 times in the Quran. The Islamic depiction of Jesus’ birth occurs primarily in Chapter 3 ‘Al-Imran’ and Chapter 19 ‘Maryam’ of the Quran.

When we look at the Islamic doctrine depicting the birth of Jesus or ‘Isa, we realise that it is very similar to the Christian scriptures.

The story begins when Mary is approached by the Angel Gabriel within her sacred quarters in Bayt Al-Maqdis, Jerusalem. Naturally being a woman who had lived a life of solitude and worship, she was left quite frightened and startled by this encounter.

“And she took, in seclusion from them, a screen. Then We sent to her Our Angel, and he represented himself to her as a well-proportioned man. She said, “Indeed, I seek refuge in the Most Merciful from you, [so leave me], if you should be fearing of God .”

Quran 19:17-18

In a bid to comfort her, the Angel went on to reveal to her that he was in fact an Angel sent from God and that she had a high status with her Lord.

“And [mention] when the angels said, “O Mary, indeed God has chosen you and purified you and chosen you above the women of the worlds.”

Quran 3:42

“Don’t be afraid, Mary,” the angel told her, “for you have found favor with God!”

Luke 1:30

Angel Gabriel then goes on to give Maryam the glad tidings of a newborn child.

He said, “I am only the messenger of your Lord to give you [news of] a pure boy.”

Quran 19:19

[And mention] when the angels said, “O Mary, indeed God gives you good tidings of a word from Him, whose name will be the Messiah, Jesus, the son of Mary – distinguished in this world and the Hereafter and among those brought near [to God ].

Quran 3:45

You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus.

Luke 1:31

This news, of course, came as a complete shock to Maryam who was a pure virgin and had never been approached by a man. She immediately exclaims in shock, “My Lord, how will I have a child when no man has touched me?”.

She said, “How can I have a boy while no man has touched me and I have not been unchaste?”

Quran 19:20

She said, “My Lord, how will I have a child when no man has touched me?”

Quran 3:47

“How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”

Luke 1:34

Angel Gabriel then responds to Maryam’s question with a very succinct yet powerful statement; God merely says “Be” and the matter will be.

[The angel] said, “Such is God ; He creates what He wills. When He decrees a matter, He only says to it, ‘Be,’ and it is.

Quran 3:47

He said, “Thus [it will be]; your Lord says, ‘It is easy for Me, and We will make him a sign to the people and a mercy from Us. And it is a matter [already] decreed.’ “

Quran 19:21

Gabriel then proceeds to blow a breath into the sleeve of Maryam which causes her to become pregnant instantaneously. According to Ibn Kathir, one of the great Quranic commentators, this pregnancy was to last 9 months long as per ordinary.

And [the example of] Mary, the daughter of ‘Imran, who guarded her chastity, so We blew into [her garment] through Our angel, and she believed in the words of her Lord and His scriptures and was of the devoutly obedient.

Quran 66:12

As symptoms of her pregnancy soon came to fruition, suspicions by those around her soon began to develop. A famous incident also found in the commentary of Ibn Kathir describes her encounter with Yusuf Al-Najjar or Joseph the Carpenter.

He asks Maryam, “I am going to ask you a question, do not be quick in replying. Could there be a plant or tree without a seed or a son without a father?” She replied, “Yes! The first plant and tree which God created was without a seed. The answer to the second question is that God created Adam, not only without father, but without father and mother.” Yusuf the carpenter understood that this birth would be similar to Adam’s birth and a divine miracle.”

It is at this point, that Maryam realises the potential emotional and physical toll such suspicions will weigh upon her pregnancy so she decides to move to Bethlehem some four to six miles from Jerusalem.

“So she conceived him, and she withdrew with him to a remote place.”

Quran 19:22

Following her retreat to Bethlehem, Maryam continues on to bear Jesus in hardship and difficulty. This is until her labor pains drive her to the trunk of a palm tree, whereby she falls to its base and cries out in agony.

It is in this moment of immense pain that a voice calls out from beneath her informing her that she should not be sad for her Lord has brought forth a stream from underneath her. The voice also calls upon her to gently shake the palm tree to which ripened dates will fall. Whether or not this voice is that of Gabriel or Jesus is a point of contention amongst the scholars. Nevertheless this is perhaps one of the first miracles to take place at the moment of Jesus’ birth.

It is also reported that when Jesus is born he did not cry or scream as babies usually do. This is recorded in Sahih Muslim whereby the Prophet ﷺ states:

“No child is given birth to, but the devil pricks it so that it weeps due to the pricking of the devil, except Maryam and her son.”

After having delivered the baby and rested a short while, Maryam is then commanded to an oath of silence in the face of anyone who asks her concerning this matter. As she makes her way home carrying her child, the townspeople are immediately taken by surprise. They quickly subject her to suspicion and questioning, shocked at the uncanny scene they see before them.

Having vowed an oath of silence, she remains quiet and rather signals towards the child. Astounded and baffled by her response, the people exclaim “How can we speak to a child in the cradle?”.

It is at this moment that Jesus leaves the townspeople lost for words, as he miraculously speaks from the cradle in defence of his mother.

He informs the people that he is a servant of God who has received the Gospel and was made a Prophet. He enlightens them of his noble rank and the blessings that God had bestowed upon him. And of course he spoke of his obligation towards worshipping God alone without any partners.

[Jesus] said, “Indeed, I am the servant of God . He has given me the Scripture and made me a prophet.

And He has made me blessed wherever I am and has enjoined upon me prayer and zakah as long as I remain alive

And [made me] dutiful to my mother, and He has not made me a wretched tyrant.

And peace is on me the day I was born and the day I will die and the day I am raised alive.”

Quran 19:30-33

[Jesus said], “And indeed, God is my Lord and your Lord, so worship Him. That is a straight path.”

Quran 19:36

It is at this point, where we raise one of the greatest points of contention we hold with Christian doctrine and that is the miraculous birth of Jesus without a father did not in any way amount to Jesus being the literal son of God. For most definitely God is not in need of a son nor is it befitting for Him to take a son.

It is not [befitting] for God to take a son; exalted is He! When He decrees an affair, He only says to it, “Be,” and it is.

Quran 19:35

They say, ” God has taken a son.” Exalted is He! Rather, to Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and the earth. All are devoutly obedient to Him,

Originator of the heavens and the earth. When He decrees a matter, He only says to it, “Be,” and it is.

Quran 2:116-117

And they say, “The Most Merciful has taken [for Himself] a son.” You have done an atrocious thing. The heavens almost rupture therefrom and the earth splits open and the mountains collapse in devastation that they attribute to the Most Merciful a son. And it is not appropriate for the Most Merciful that He should take a son.

Quran 19:88-92

What’s interesting to note, is that God couples the birth of Jesus in the Quran alongside the birth of Yahya (John), the son of Zachariah, who was born to elderly parents. This coupling is found in both Surah Al’ Imran and Surah Maryam. Many Quranic commentators state that the pairing of such accounts is used to highlight the powerful ability of God to create life in all situations, regardless of the circumstances.

This contrast is also hinted in the Bible, whereby Maryam asks Gabriel as to how she may have a son and Gabriel responds by saying:

“And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren. For with God nothing shall be impossible.”

Luke 1:36-37

More importantly, if God could give life to Adam who was void of a father and a mother, surely it would have been far more simpler to create Jesus who solely lacked a father. As God mentions in the Quran.

Indeed, the example of Jesus to God is like that of Adam. He created Him from dust; then He said to him, “Be,” and he was.

Quran 3:59

And thus the story of the birth of the noble Prophet of God concludes, while his legacy of monotheism, justice and peace remains. He stands as one of the greatest figures in human history and billions of Muslims around the world patiently await his momentous return to restore justice to this Earth. Peace be upon him the day he was born, peace be upon him the day he will die and peace be upon him the day he will be resurrected.

Australia Muslim High Achievers

Muslim Students are amongst the highest achievers in Sydney

The HSC ATAR results are out and friends and families are celebrating all over Australia. Local Muslim communities are also sharing some of that joy. Sydney Muslim schools and their respective students have broken barriers, scoring some of the highest achievements in the state.

This year saw the remarkable Noor Ibrahim scoring 99.95 which is the highest achievable mark possible in NSW and also she ranked first in the entire state for PDHPE, scoring a result of  98. Along with her classmate Fahaad Ahmed who graduated with an ATAR of 99.85, have both scored undergraduate entry offers to study Medicine at University of Sydney – a university that preserves such exclusive spaces for the most elite around Australia. They aren’t the only Muslim students to have achieved exceptional results this year.

Another Muslim high achiever, Azmain Talukder from Western Australia, has also achieved 99.95 a perfect score on his Year 12 exams. Al Faisal College, who ranked 26th in NSW with a state-ranker, Irna Khan, in General Maths. With only 55 students on their honour roll and only six years of HSC admissions, Al Noori is now ranked 42nd in the state. Malek Fahd Islamic School managed to maintain a top 100 ranking.

Do Muslims Celebrate Christmas?

Do Muslims Celebrate Christmas?

It’s the holiday season and you may be wondering do muslims celebrate Christmas? A time of year to take a break from all of our hard work and spend some much needed time with family and friends. It’s no coincidence that this holiday period happens around Christmas, as traditionally it was a time to celebrate the birth of Jesus.

More recently Christmas has been adopted by most of us to be a cultural holiday of gift giving and close gatherings whilst spending time with loved ones. We accept the social etiquettes such as wishing Merry Christmas, attending Christmas gatherings and even to some extent, decorating our homes and workplaces with a Christmas tree.

Though we do not believe in the religious undertones of Christmas, should we, as Muslims, participate in Christmas although it is a national holiday and celebrate this holiday? And what are the implications of our actions?

Here are five reasons why we Muslims do not celebrate Christmas.

Christmas goes against the Islamic belief in God.

Christmas is a holiday celebrating the birth of the son of God. This goes against our fundamental belief of monotheism, in the Oneness of Allah, in lordship and worship. Allah says in the Qur’an:

Say (O Prophet), “He is Allah, One (and Indivisible); Allah, the Sustainer (needed by all). He has never had offspring, nor was He born. And there is none comparable to Him.”

[Al-Qur’an 112:1-4]

Jesus is a great prophet of God but not divine.

As Muslims, we believe Jesus is a great prophet of God, but not God or the son of God with a miraculous birth. Allah mentions in the Qur’an that Jesus said:

Those who say, “Allah is the Messiah, son of Mary,” have certainly fallen into disbelief. The Messiah (himself) said, “O Children of Israel! Worship Allah, my Lord and your Lord.” Whoever associates others with Allah (in worship) will surely be forbidden Paradise by Allah. Their home will be the Fire. And the wrongdoers will have no helpers.

[Al-Qur’an 5:72]

Christmas season traditions has its roots in pagan festivities.

Saturnalia was a festival celebrated by the Romans to commemorate Saturn, the god of harvest. This festival took place during the winter solstice and was celebrated with lots of immorality and indulgence. The church adopted Christmas within the same period of the year to ease the pagans into becoming Christians.

Association by imitation.

Prophet Muhammad, may the peace and blessings of God be upon him, said:

“Whoever imitates a people is one of them.”
[Abu Dawood, graded Hasan Saheeh by Al-Albaani]

Reward for remaining steadfast.

And finally, by overcoming social pressures to partake in such celebrations, you will be rewarded. Here are some words of motivation:

Surely those who say, “Our Lord is Allah,” and then remain steadfast, the angels descend upon them (saying), “Do not fear, nor grieve. Rather, rejoice in the good news of Paradise, which you have been promised.
[Al-Qur’an 41:30]

So what are the alternatives?

What festivals do muslims celebrate instead of Christmas Day?

Islam has given us two festivals a year in which muslim families are to celebrate, Eid al-Adha (Festival of Sacrifice) and Eid al-Fitr (Festival of Breaking Fast). These festivals are uniquely Islamic and have great significance and meaning behind them; Eid al-Adha being the commemoration of prophet Ibrahim willing to sacrifice his son Ismail, peace be upon them both, and Eid al-Fitr, celebrating the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.

Narrated Anas ibn Malik: When the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) came to Medina, the people had two days on which they engaged in games. He asked:

What are these two days (what is the significance)?

They said: We used to engage ourselves on them in the pre-Islamic period. The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said:

Allah has substituted for them something better than them, the day of sacrifice and the day of the breaking of the fast.

(Sunan Abi Dawud 1134 – Sahih Al-Albaani)

Six Sunnahs you can do in the rain

Six Sunnahs to do when it rains

Ever wondered what are the Sunnah actions to do when it rains? Here’s a quick list to get you started of what to do during all the different stages of rainfall.

 

Ask Allah to make it beneficial

 

The first thing to do when it starts raining is to say

“اللّهُمَّ صَيِّـباً نَافِعاً”,

which means

“May Allah grant us beneficial rain”.

Sunan An-Nisai

 

Perhaps your sincere supplication will ward off any potential harm of the coming rain and instead bring about a great benefit.

 

 

Stand under the rain

 

Try to catch a few raindrops onto your clothing in hopes of receiving some of the blessings of the rain.

Anas Bin Malik reported

“Whilst we were with the Messenger of Allah ﷺ rain fell upon us. The Messenger then exposed part of his garment so that rain fell on his body. When we asked him why he did so, he replied “Because it has just come from the Exalted Lord”.

Sahih Muslim

 

Call upon Allah

 

One of the most likely times of having your supplications accepted, is when it rains, so don’t miss out on this opportunity.

The Prophet ﷺ said

“Two will not be rejected. The Duaa after the Adhan and the Duaa under the rain”.

Al-Hakim (Sahih)

 

Ask Allah for protection

 

During intense rain, it is recommended to make the supplication

“اللّهُمَّ حَوالَيْنا وَلا عَلَيْنا”,

which means,

“Oh Allah around us and not upon us.”

Sahih Al Bukhari

 

Recite this Quran verse

 

When the Prophet ﷺ heard thunder he would leave talk and recite the verse:

يُسَبِّحُ الرَّعْدُ بِحَمْدِهِ وَالْمَلَائِكَةُ مِنْ خِيفَتِهِ

“And the thunder exalts [ Allah ] with praise of Him – and the angels [as well] from fear of Him.”

Quran 13:13

 

Thank Allah for the rain

 

Once the rain has come to a stop, say

“مُطِرْنا بِفَضْلِ اللهِ وَرَحْمَتِه”,

which means

“We have received rain from Allah’s bounty and mercy”.

 

The Prophet ﷺ said,

“Whoever states this is a believer in me and and a disbeliever in the stars”.

Bukhari and Muslim

These Uyghur activists are standing up to China

Uyghur Activists speak up about the Chinese internment camps

Muslims in the west of China are facing one of the worst examples of oppression and ethnic cleansing in the world today. East Turkestan, the home of the Muslim minority known as the Uyghurs, has seen the mass-internment of two million civilians who face physical and mental torture until they renounce their faith. The Chinese government calls these camps “re-education camps”.

These camps have multiplied exponentially in recent years with the appointment of a new Communist Party Secretary of Xinjiang, Chen Quanguo, whose previous appointment in Tibet was famous for its brutal security and surveillance policies. These tactics are now being implemented in East Turkestan.

Though East Turkestan is under Chinese control, Uyghurs tend to have a closer ethnic and cultural connection to other Turkic peoples in central Asia. This means that alongside religion, the re-education camps are aimed at wiping out the Uyghur language, dress and cultural practices entirely.

To achieve this, the Chinese government has created the world’s most extensive surveillance state. Facial recognition cameras, body scanners, mandatory apps, GPS tracking, and surveillance drones cover every inch of the region, and Chinese tech companies like Huawei use these government contracts to develop even more intrusive systems. A recent propaganda video released by the Chinese government shows the extent of this surveillance, with at least 5 cameras in a single classroom which was being touted for its simple teaching objectives.

Beyond simply assimilating the Uyghurs to become more like the Han Chinese majority, the Chinese government’s policies point to a larger agenda. East Turkestan is at the heart of China’s biggest global project, the Belt and Road initiative. This multi-billion dollar project spans the entire globe, and allows China to become an economic superpower in competition with the US. In order to achieve this though, they aim to completely dominate the region of East Turkestan, and wipe out the Uyghur people.

The Uyghur are a Turkic people who mainly live in their historic homeland of East Turkestan, known in China as the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. They are predominantly Muslim, and share close ethnic, cultural and linguistic ties with other Central Asian peoples.

East Turkestan is the homeland of the Uyghur people. It has historically been a strategic area in the spread of trade, knowledge and culture for it’s position on the Silk Road. Some of its cities date back to the 2nd Century BC.

In 1949, it was invaded by the People’s Republic of China, and has been under their control ever since. Tensions between the Uyghur people and the Han Chinese majority have always existed, but in recent decades the Chinese government has become increasingly heavy handed in their management of the region.

After the 2009 riots in the East Turkestan capital Urumqi, the Chinese government has adopted the language of the West’s War on Terror in it’s suppression of Uyghurs in the region. Mass surveillance, forced marriages, torture, cultural suppression and internment in concentration camps have become commonly used tools in the region, with a particularly large spike after the appointment of Chen Quanguo as Party Secretary of the region in 2016.

Whilst it is difficult to know what happens due to intense control of media and propoganda in China, reports from detainees who have escaped indicate that brainwashing techniques, such as denouncing religion and praising communism and the President of China XI Jinping, are commonly used, alongside torture and food deprivation.

The Multiple Paths to Islam

Spiritual Personalities in Islam

Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research is a research institute which aims to instil conviction and inspire contribution based on mainstream Islamic texts.

As Muslims, we often face the question of what the best way is to practice our religion, develop our relationship with Allah and the Messenger of Allah, and emulate the companions of the Prophet Muhammad. It can feel as though there are so many different spiritual aspects to Islam that it is impossible to find the “correct” one.

This question was posed to one of the greatest Muslim scholars, Imam Malik of Madinah, who was asked why he spends his time in circles of knowledge rather than the other aspects of faith, such as working directly in his Muslim society.

He responded by explaining the idea of a spiritual personality, similar to the way we would understand our human personality.

“Certainly, Allah has divided good actions like he has divided His providence (rizq). It may be that prayer has been facilitated for a person, but fasting hasn’t. Another person may have a tendency for charity but not fasting… And I am happy with what Allah has facilitated for me (the pursuit of knowledge). I don’t think what I am focused on is lower than what you are focused on. Rather, I hope that we are both upon goodness and righteousness.”

This understanding makes space for the plethora of pursuits we are encouraged to undertake as Muslims, from worshipping Allah to cultivating good character, to practising societal and personal development.

Importantly, these are not replacements for the obligations of faith, such as praying 5 times a day or fasting the month of Ramadan, but rather they are supplementary pursuits that allow us to emulate the Holy Prophet and please Almighty Allah.

This approach gives us an insight into the Quranic understanding that

Everyone will act according to their nature, and your Lord knows best who is rightly guided.”

(Quran 17:84)

Read more in

Souls Assorted: An Islamic Theory of Spiritual Personality

by Zohair Abdul-Rahman

The World’s Worst Man-Made Humanitarian Disaster

The crisis in Yemen has been called “the world’s worst man-made humanitarian crisis” by the UN, and with good reason.

The Yemeni civil war is now in its third year, with the conflict in the region stemming back at least 7 years.

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Whilst is almost impossible to know the exact numbers of casualties in the conflict, estimates suggest that at least 6,800 civilians have been killed, 10,700 people wounded, 1.2 million people affected by a cholera outbreak, and 85,000 children starved to death.

The civil war began in 2015 when a Houthi militia took control of the Yemeni capital Sana’a. In response, a Saudi-led coalition began military operations to restore the previous government.

Both sides have been accused of targeting innocent civilians and blocking access to aid and supplies, which has resulted in what the UN has called “the worst famine in the world in 100 years”.

Access to food, water and medicine is the most critical need facing Yemenis. 

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May Allah give peace and safety to the people of Yemen

Incredible Quran recitation from Surah Al-Ahzaab

An epic Quran recitation from Surah Al-Ahzaab

This Quran recitation delivered by Sheikh Muhammad Al Harby will most definitely strike a chord. In this recording, the Sheikh recites verses 38-48 from Surah Al-Ahzaab.

مَا كَانَ عَلَى النَّبِىِّ مِنۡ حَرَجٍ فِيۡمَا فَرَضَ اللّٰهُ لهٗ ؕ سُنَّةَ اللّٰهِ فِى الَّذِيۡنَ خَلَوۡا مِنۡ قَبۡلُ ؕ وَكَانَ اَمۡرُ اللّٰهِ قَدَرًا مَّقۡدُوۡرَا  ۙ‏

There could be no hindrance to the Prophet regarding what Allah ordained for him. Such has been Allah’s Way (with the Prophets) who went before. Allah’s command is a decree firmly determined

اۨلَّذِيۡنَ يُبَـلِّـغُوۡنَ رِسٰلٰتِ اللّٰهِ وَيَخۡشَوۡنَهٗ وَلَا يَخۡشَوۡنَ اَحَدًا اِلَّا اللّٰهَ ؕ وَكَفٰى بِاللّٰهِ حَسِيۡبًا‏

(This is Allah’s Way) regarding those who deliver the Messages of Allah and who fear Him, and fear no one else than Allah. Allah is Sufficient as a Reckoner

مَا كَانَ مُحَمَّدٌ اَبَآ اَحَدٍ مِّنۡ رِّجَالِكُمۡ وَلٰـكِنۡ رَّسُوۡلَ اللّٰهِ وَخَاتَمَ النَّبِيّٖنَ ؕ وَكَانَ اللّٰهُ بِكُلِّ شَىۡءٍ عَلِيۡمًا‏

Muhammad is not the father of any of your men, but he is the Messenger of Allah and the seal of the Prophets. Allah has full knowledge of everything.

يٰۤـاَيُّهَا الَّذِيۡنَ اٰمَنُوا اذۡكُرُوۡا اللّٰهَ ذِكۡرًا كَثِيۡرًا ۙ‏

Believers, remember Allah much

وَّ سَبِّحُوۡهُ بُكۡرَةً وَّاَصِيۡلًا‏

and glorify Him morning and evening.

هُوَ الَّذِىۡ يُصَلِّىۡ عَلَيۡكُمۡ وَمَلٰٓـئِكَتُهٗ لِيُخۡرِجَكُمۡ مِّنَ الظُّلُمٰتِ اِلَى النُّوۡرِ ؕ وَكَانَ بِالۡمُؤۡمِنِيۡنَ رَحِيۡمًا‏

It is He Who lavishes His blessings on you and His angels invoke blessings on you that He may lead you out of darkness into light. He is Most Compassionate to the believers.

تَحِيَّتُهُمۡ يَوۡمَ يَلۡقَوۡنَهٗ سَلٰمٌ ۖۚ وَاَعَدَّ لَهُمۡ اَجۡرًا كَرِيۡمًا‏

On the Day they meet Him they will be greeted with: “Peace.” He has prepared for them a generous reward.

يٰۤـاَيُّهَا النَّبِىُّ اِنَّاۤ اَرۡسَلۡنٰكَ شَاهِدًا وَّمُبَشِّرًا وَّنَذِيۡرًا ۙ‏

O Prophet, We have sent you forth as a witness, a bearer of good tidings, and a warner

وَّدَاعِيًا اِلَى اللّٰهِ بِاِذۡنِهٖ وَسِرَاجًا مُّنِيۡرًا‏

as one who calls people to Allah by His leave, and as a bright, shining lamp.

وَبَشِّرِ الۡمُؤۡمِنِيۡنَ بِاَنَّ لَهُمۡ مِّنَ اللّٰهِ فَضۡلًا كَبِيۡرًا‏

Announce to the believers the good tidings that Allah has kept bounteous blessings in store for them.

وَلَا تُطِعِ الۡكٰفِرِيۡنَ وَالۡمُنٰفِقِيۡنَ وَدَعۡ اَذٰٮهُمۡ وَتَوَكَّلۡ عَلَى اللّٰهِ ؕ وَكَفٰى بِاللّٰهِ وَكِيۡلًا‏

Do not yield to the unbelievers and the hypocrites, and disregard the hurt that comes from them, and put your trust in Allah. Allah suffices as the Guardian to entrust one’s affairs to.

Loving the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ

This is why we should love the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ

In this short piece, Sheikh Ibrahim Abdullah delves into the importance of loving the Messenger of Allah, Muhammad ﷺ.

Loving the Messenger of Allah is, in fact, a reflection of one’s perfection of faith, as recorded in the authentic Hadith:

Anas (May Allah be pleased with him) narrates that the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said:

“None of you will have faith till he loves me more than his father, his children and all mankind.”

Sahih Al Bukhari

In a world where Muslims find themselves struggling to perform good deeds to the extent of the companions and the righteous predecessors, it is reassuring to know that by simply loving the Messenger of Allah, we can be guaranteed his closeness on the day of resurrection.

Anas also narrates that:

A man once asked the Prophet ﷺ about the Hour (i.e. Day of Judgment) saying, “When will the Hour be?”

The Prophet ﷺ replied, “What have you prepared for it?”

The man said, “Nothing, except that I love Allah and His Apostle.”

The Prophet ﷺ said, “You will be with those whom you love.”

We had never been so glad as we were on hearing that saying of the Prophet (i.e., “You will be with those whom you love.”) Therefore, I love the Prophet, Abu Bakr and `Umar, and I hope that I will be with them because of my love for them though my deeds are not similar to theirs.

Sahih Al Bukhari

One of the strongest indications of one’s love for the Messenger of Allah is found in one’s obedience to the Messenger. As Imam Shafii would say:

لَوْ كانَ حُبُّكَ صَادِقاً لأَطَعْتَهُ, إنَّ الْمُحِبَّ لِمَنْ يُحِبُّ مُطِيعُ

If your love is sincere, you would have obeyed Him.

For verily the lover for the one he loves, obeys him.

By following in the footsteps of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ you will not only be proving your love for the Messenger but you will also attain the love of Allah, as mentioned in the Quran.

Say, [O Muhammad], “If you should love Allah, then follow me, [so] Allah will love you and forgive you your sins. And Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.”

Quran 3:31

May Allah make us sincere in our love for the Prophet ﷺ and make us of those who follow his footsteps.