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.

Six Miracles of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ

Six Miracles of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ

The Prophets and Messengers that came before us, were sent to guide humanity to the true religion of Allah. They all had the same job which is to teach people how to worship Allah and lead a righteous life. They taught this through exemplifying true sincerity and honesty in every action they did so much so that even their enemies considered them as honest and trustworthy people. These traits that Allah has instilled in them are very important as they serve as a backbone to their claims about the unseen. Allah also attributed miracles to them to remove any doubts that these men were not sent by Allah. Many of these miracles were explicitly mentioned in the Quran which means that as Muslims we must confirm that these events did in fact take place.

The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ was no exception, he performed miracles that cannot be possible for any other human being to perform without the help of Allah. He was given many miracles throughout his life. This article we will explore six miracles of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ  that you may not have known:

  1. Prophet Muhammad’s Miracle of the moon splitting

When the unbelievers challenged the Prophet to perform a miracle. He pointed towards the moon and by the will of Allah, it split into two.

‘That the Meccan people requested Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) to show them a miracle, and so he showed them the splitting of the moon.’

[Sahih al-Bukhari]

After some time of staying in that state, it eventually converged back to its original state. Although the disbelievers saw this event take place right in front of them as clear as crystal they still disbelieved calling the Prophet a magician.

  1. Prophet Muhammad’s miracle of Isra and Miraj

This miracle refers to the night journey Muhammad made with the angel Gabriel. He

Went from Mecca to Jerusalem. From there he ascended up to the heavens to hold a

Communion with Allah. By the time he returned to Mecca it was still night time.

  1. Prophet Muhammad’s miracle of the tree that cried

The Prophet ﷺ would rest against a dried trunk and would deliver his sermons from

There. When the Prophet’s companions finally built him a pulpit to give the Friday

Sermon from, he heard a sound that resembled the crying of a baby camel. He went

Down from the pulpit and made his way to the tree to embrace it.

‘The Prophet (ﷺ) used to stand by a stem of a date-palm tree (while delivering a sermon). When the pulpit was placed for him we heard that stem crying like a pregnant she-camel till the Prophet (ﷺ) got down from the pulpit and placed his hand over it.’

Sahih al-Bukhari

  1. Prophet Muhammad’s miracle of water that flowed from his hands

On the day of Al-Hudaibiya (Treaty), the people became very thirsty. After completing the ablution, the people had rushed towards the Prophet ﷺ. He asked what was the matter with them. The replied that they had no water for ablution or drinking except a small pot of water which clearly wasn’t enough for them. So he then placed his hand into the pot and water started to flow from his fingers like a spring. Everyone drank and performed ablution that day.

“The people became very thirsty on the day of Al-Hudaibiya (Treaty). A small pot containing some water was in front of the Prophet (ﷺ) and when he had finished the ablution, the people rushed towards him. He asked, ‘What is wrong with you?’ They replied, ‘We have no water either for performing ablution or for drinking except what is present in front of you.’ So he placed his hand in that pot and the water started flowing among his fingers like springs. We all drank and performed ablution (from it).” I asked Jabir, “How many were you?” he replied, “Even if we had been one-hundred-thousand, it would have been sufficient for us, but we were fifteen-hundred.”

[Sahih al-Bukhari]

  1. Prophet Muhammad’s miracle of the wedding dinner

When the Prophet ﷺ consummated his marriage to Zaynab bint Jahsh (may Allah be pleased with her) Anas bin Malik’s mother Umm Sulaim made them ‘Hais’ (a mixture of pure Madinah dates) only enough for the Prophet ﷺ and his wife. When the prophet ﷺ received the dish from Anas bin Malik, He told him to invite so many companions that the narration mentioned about 300 companions were invited that day. He fed all of his guests until they were full. Once they were done the Prophet ﷺ told Anas bin Malik to take the dish away. As he took the dish away he couldn’t tell whether the dish was the same when he delivered it or increased in its capacity.

“The Messenger of Allah got married and consummated the marriage with his wife.” He said: “My mother Umm Sulaim made some Hais, and I brought it to the Messenger of Allah and said: ‘My mother sends you greetings of Salam, and says to you: ‘This is a little from us.” He said: ‘Put it down.’ Then he said: ‘Go and call so-and-so, and so-and-so, and whoever you meet,’ and he named some men. So I called those whom he named and those whom I met.” I said to Anas: “How many were they?” He said: “About three hundred. Then the Messenger of Allah said: ‘Let them sit around the dish of food in groups of ten, one after the other, and let each person eat from what is closest to him.’ They ate until they were full, then one group went out and another group came in. He said to me: ‘O Anas, clear it away.’ So I cleared it away, and I do not know whether there was more when I cleared it away, or when I put it down.”

[ Sunan an-Nasa’i]

  1. Prophet Muhammad’s Quran is the biggest miracle

Although the miracles listed above are extraordinary, none stack up to the greatest miracle of the Prophet ﷺ, The Holy Quran. No Muslim can disagree that the final revelation from the final Messenger ﷺ  is the undisputed greatest of his miracles. The miracle of the Holy Quran can be proven from multiple perspectives from its historical precision, its linguistic perfection to the many prophecies it accurately foretold. It is a book that was revealed to mankind through the Prophet ﷺ that will remain unchanged until the end of time.

Above all, the Quran presents a challenge to mankind to produce the likeness of it. A challenge that has lasted over 14 centuries uncontested. That is why the Holy Quran is the greatest miracle of the Prophet ﷺ.

Say, “If mankind and the jinn gathered in order to produce the like of this Qur’an, they could not produce the like of it, even if they were to each other assistants.”

Quran 17:88

Everything you should know about the birth of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ

Everything you should know about the birth of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ  

How familiar are you with the birthday of the noble Prophet of Allah, Muhammad ﷺ? Here are some facts that you should know about this tremendous day in the history of Islam.

The Prophet ﷺ was born on a Monday

When the Messenger of Allah ﷺ was asked about fasting on Mondays. He replied, “That is the day on which I was born and the day on which I received Revelation.”

Sahih Muslim

He was born in the year of the elephant (Approx 570CE)

This year was named after the event whereby Allah protected the Kabaah from an invading Abyssinian army. This incident is related in the Chapter of the Elephant (Quran Ch. 105).

Al-Muttalib bin ‘Abdullah bin Qais bin Makhramah narrates from his father, who narrates from his grandfather, that he said:

“I and the Messenger of Allah ﷺ, were born in the Year of the Elephant”

Tirmidhi (Sahih)

He was born in Rabi Al-Awal

Many of the scholars agree that the Prophet ﷺ was born in Rabi Al-Awal, the third month of the Islamic Calendar, the exact date of his birth is debated among scholars

He was born in Makkah

The Prophet ﷺ was born in Makkah in close proximity to the Kaabah. The place of his birth is now a library today.

Many miracles happened at his birth

A 1000 year old fire, which was being worshipped, was extinguished in Persia.

(Al Raheeq Al Maktum)

The lake of Sawah, which was also worshiped, dried up at the Prophet’s birth.

(Hani al-Makhzumi)

His mother, Aminah, mentioned that she did not suffer any of the usual pains of pregnancy as with other women.

(Ibn Ishaq)

Prior to his birth, she also dreamt that she gave birth to a tremendous light that extended to the Palaces of Busra in Syria.

(Ibn Ishaq)

On the night he was born it was reported that an immense light immersed from her that lit up the entire house.

(Ibn Hajar Fath Al-Bari)

May Allah send His peace and blessings upon the noble Prophet, Muhammad ﷺ and allow his light to shine across the globe.

What to wear for Eid – #ReviveRamadan

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What to wear for Eid.

As we farewell Ramadan and get ready for Eid, it is essential to keep following the Sunnah during the Eid Festivities.

We have all made resolutions and we all want to stay steadfast after the holy month of Ramadan so what better way to implement that change during Eid. So As you’re picking out your clothes to go attend Eid Prayer, remember our Prophet ’s advice and try to emulate him during this blessed day.

Wear a nice white Abaya, as the Prophet has taught us that white is a pure colour.

He (ﷺ) said,

‘Wear white clothes because they are the purest and they are closest to modesty and shroud the dead in it.”

(An-Nasai)

Women as well should pick their clothes carefully making sure that their private parts are covered and are encouraged to attend the Eid prayer.

“Allah’s Messenger ﷺ would order the virgins, the mature women, the secluded and the menstruating to go out for the two Eid. As for the menstruating women, they were to stay away from the Musalla and participate in the Muslims supplications.”

One of them said:

‘O Messenger of Allah! What if she does not have a Jilbab? He said: ‘Then let her sis lend her a Jilbab.'”

(At-Tirmidhi)

Also, one should dress nicely but not extravagantly this Eid for it was narrated from Salim that:

His father said: “Umar bin Al-Khattab, may Allah be pleased with him, found a “Hullah of Istabraq” (Adorned garment) in the market. He took it and brought it to the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) and said: ‘O Messenger of Allah (ﷺ), why don’t you buy this and adorn yourself with it for the two ‘Eids and when (meeting) the delegations?’ The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: ‘This is the clothing of one who has no share in the Hereafter,’ or: ‘This is worn by one who has no share in the Hereafter.’ Then as much time passed as Allah (SWT) willed, then the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) sent to Umar a garment made of Dibaj. He brought it to the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) and said: ‘O Messenger of Allah, you said that this is the clothing of one who has no share in the Hereafter, then you sent this to me?’ The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: ‘Sell it and use the money for whatever you need.'”

(Sahih)

So let us all enjoin the Eid Prayer this Eid Al-Fitr and revive the Sunnah of the Prophet ﷺ and #Revive Ramadan!

What is Fitrah/ Zakat Al Fitr?

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What is Fitra/ Zakat Al Fitr

Fitra or Zakat Al Fitr is an obligatory charity that is distributed at the end of the Fast of Ramadan.

It is obligatory for every Muslim, to be paid on their own behalf and on behalf of their dependents (Wife, children, etc), if they have the means to do so.  

“The Prophet enjoined the Zakah of Ramadan on everyone, young and old, free and slave, male and female, a Sa’a of dates or a Sa’a of barley.”

(Sahih)

A Sa’a is a means of calculation at the time of the Prophet and one Sa’a is equivalent to 3.28 litres, or approximately 2.73 kgs of rice, 2.8kg of wheat, 2.7kg of dates, or 2.4kgs of barley.

Today you can pay cash the equivalent value of one Sa’a, which is around $12 AUD.  If one who gives Fitrah is relatively wealthy, it would also be better for him or her to pay more than the amount of a sa’a…

Fitrah becomes obligatory on every Muslim from sunset on the last day of fasting until the beginning of the Eid prayer (shortly after sunrise the following day).

However, this zakat can be paid prior to the above mentioned period, as many of the companions of the Prophet used to pay Fitrah a couple of days before Eid.

In today’s context, it would be better to pay it even earlier (as long as it is paid within Ramadan) to allow it to reach the needy in far places by Eid.

The Prophet made Fitrah compulsory so that those who fasted may be purified of their idle deeds and shameful talk (committed during Ramadan) and so that the poor may be fed.

Whoever gives it before Eid prayer will have it accepted as Zakat, while he who gives it after the prayer has only given a general Sadaqah.”

[Abu Dawood]

May Allah accept our fast and purify us from all our sins during and after this Holy Month of Ramadan and May, we all be able to pay our Fitrah on time at the end of Ramadan!

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How the Prophet ﷺ made a first impression

How the Prophet ﷺ made a first impression

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

When Muslims today seek to emulate the practice and example of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, it’s for a very simple reason: he was a brilliant guide.

Despite the 1400 year gulf between our community today and the time in which he lived ﷺ, our attempts at resolving issues typically pale in comparison to the legacy he left behind.

The recent phenomenon of people attempting to discredit the reputation of the Prophet ﷺ has been met with a number of different solutions. From violent riots to claims of supporting ‘free speech’, to simply ignoring the issue, we’ve tried it all.

And yet, the Prophet ﷺ had quite a simple answer. He made a good first impression.

The reality is, this issue was extremely common at the time of the Prophet ﷺ. When still living in the city of Makkah, the Islamophobes of his time knew that if people ever got the chance to speak to him without first thinking he was a lunatic, he would likely convince them to join the religion of Islam.And so they tried to be proactive. They would lie to those who entered the city and claim the Prophet ﷺ was a sorcerer and a magician, and that they should block their ears if they saw him.

And yet, the people did still end up meeting the Prophet ﷺ. And it was simply the effect of meeting him that convinced many people to join the budding religion.

In the case of Husayn ibn Salaam, the chief Rabbi of Madinah, it was not a lengthy theological discussion, or a fully fleshed out social policy, that convinced him of the merits of the Messenger and his message.

Simply on seeing the face of the Prophet ﷺ, Ibn Salam said: “this face is not the face of a liar.”

By having his honesty and character so evident upon him, the Prophet was able to undermine even the most spurious accusations made against him. And in this, we have a clear solution to the troubles we currently face.

Instead of worrying so much about challenging the false accusations against our Prophet ﷺ, make sure you simply represent him well. Give a good first impression to those who want to meet him for the first time, ﷺ.

Read more in

Reclaiming the Narrative About Our Prophet ﷺ

by Mohammad Elshinawy

The Prophetic Cure to Loneliness and Depression

Six Sunnah’s that combat loneliness and depression.

“Social media is making people depressed”, well at least that’s what leading researchers are telling us.

And despite the fact that we’re constantly surrounded by thousands of online Facebook friends, people are feeling lonelier than ever before. The very networks that were designed to bring us together are starting to make us drift apart in real life.

It’s about time we confront such mental health issues and what better place to look for solutions than in the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ.

Here are six Sunnahs to combat loneliness and depression.

Attend the Congregational Prayer

As Muslims, we are encouraged to get out of the house and come to the Masjid as often as possible, with the very least being once a week. Apart from the immense spiritual rewards we receive for attending, such congregations no doubt enhance social cohesion and uplift one’s sense of belonging to society.

 Ibn `Umar (May Allah be pleased with them) reported: The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said,

“Salat in congregation is twenty-seven times more meritorious than a Salat performed individually.”

(Bukhari and Muslim).

Give Salaam to one another

If praying side by side wasn’t enough, the Prophet ﷺ would also constantly advise us to give greetings of peace to one another, whether it’s to those we know or those we don’t. He would also encourage us to greet one another with a smile on our faces, for it is recorded as a charity.

‘Abdullah Ibn ‘Umar narrated that a man asked the Messenger of Allah ﷺ  “What is the best thing in Islam?”

He said, “Feeding others and giving the greeting of salaam to those whom you know and those whom you do not know.”

(Bukhari and Muslim).

Ask about people’s well being

After greeting one another, the next thing to do is to ask how people are going. This is a major neglected Sunnah that really makes sure people feel significant in society and deeply valued.

In one renowned incident, the Prophet ﷺ asked about the well being of the humble mosque caretaker, only to find out she had passed away without anyone telling him. At this news, he became very upset. “Why didn’t anyone tell me?” he demanded, before personally going to prayer over her grave.

Abu Hurayrah also reported that a black man or a black woman used to take care of the mosque, then he or she died. The Prophet ﷺ asked after him (or her) and was told that he had died.

He said: “Why did you not inform me? Show me his grave (or her grave).” Then he went to the grave and offered the funeral prayer over it.”

Bukhari and Muslim

Make people feel loved

The Prophet encouraged those who love one another to express their love, whether it is by simply telling your brother that you love him for the sake of God, saying a kind word or even giving gifts.

The quality of making people feel special was in fact so embedded in the personality of the Prophet, that many of the companions mistakenly believed that they were, in fact, the closest and most beloved of all the companions to him.

Visit one another

The Prophet ﷺ encouraged us to visit one another and to accordingly treat our guests well. In fact, he informed us that Allah explicitly loved a servant of His for the mere act of him visiting his brother for the sake of God without expecting any favours.

Stick around in the hard times

The importance of visiting one another is emphasised even more when our friends are sick or going through difficulty. No doubt in such circumstances, one is more prone to feelings of depression and grief and the Prophet knew ﷺ the importance of company.

The Prophet ﷺ  informed us that were we to visit our brothers or sisters at times of sickness, we shall find Allah with them. And were we to simply console our brothers at the time of calamity or at the loss of a loved one, Allah will clothe us with an honorable garment on the Day of Resurrection.


No doubt, mental health is a serious issue and there are many treatments available, but for those struggling with depression, loneliness and feelings of social exclusion, we pray that these short tips will not only help you but those around you alleviate such feelings and ensure that everyone around us feels valued and appreciated.

6 Times the Prophet rose above Insult

How the Prophet ﷺ responded to insults.

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

One of the most common attempts to undermine the character, and therefore the message, of the Prophet ﷺ, is the claim that he overcame his foes with terror, only to rule them with cruelty.

The most powerful remedy we have to such claims is the countless examples of the Prophet ﷺ not only looking past the insults and attacks that came his way, but time and time again responding with something even better, as a living example of the Qur’anic verse:

“Repel that which is evil with that which is better”

(Qur’an 41:34)

Here are 6 examples of this beautiful character that billions have emulated throughout history.

The insults of Arwa bint Harb, the wife of Abu Lahab

Arwâ b. Harb (also known as Um Jameel, the wife of Abu Lahab) would follow the Prophet ﷺ around to hurt and humiliate him and used to taunt him, “Mudhammam (the dispraised) we have denied, and his religion we have loathed, and his command we have defied (مذمم أبينا، ودينه قلينا، وأمره عصينا)!”

Instead of responding to her, he ﷺ would simply find solace in saying to his Companions, “Don’t you see how Allah diverts from me the curses and insults of Quraysh? They insult Mudhammam, and they curse Mudhammam, while I am Muhammad (the Praised One)!” He quickly calmed the situation and found optimism at a time where it seemed impossible to detect a silver lining.

We, too, should see that the cartoons and drawings that people claim to be his likeness are in fact far removed from our beloved Prophet ﷺ.

Seeking Allah’s guidance, not wrath, for the people of Daws

When Tufayl b. Amr ad-Dawsi (ra) first visited Mecca he was fearful of being bewitched by the Prophet ﷺ and even placed cotton in his ears while circling the Ka‘ba. Nevertheless, he embraced Islam shortly thereafter.

When he carried this message back to his people, however, they shunned him and adamantly refused. Abu Hurayra (ra) reports that Tufayl b. ‘Amr (ra) then traveled back to the Prophet ﷺ and said,

“O Messenger of Allah, Daws has defied [your call] so invoke Allah against them. He ﷺ said, “O Allah, guide Daws and bring them forth [as Muslims].”

Nearly a decade later, Tufayl b. ‘Amr (ra) migrated with eighty families—now Muslims—to Madinah.

Protecting the trusts of all his persecutors

When the Messenger of Allah ﷺ migrated from Mecca, he had many of his persecutors’ belongings with him for safekeeping. His integrity was never compromised, even though these individuals had expelled his Companions and subjected them to persecution.

‘Â’isha (ra) said, “He ﷺ instructed ‘Ali (ra) to stay behind in Mecca, in order to return all the trusts the Messenger of Allah ﷺ had for people. There was nobody in Mecca (even his enemies!) who had valuables that he feared for except that he kept them with the Messenger of Allah ﷺ, due to the honesty and trustworthiness that was known [to all] about him.

Thus, ‘Ali (ra) stayed back for three days and three nights to deliver everything entrusted by the people to the Messenger of Allah ﷺ back to them, and then caught up with him ﷺ after completing that task.”

Teaching and practising the highest standards

Despite the Quran affirming that the insults of Quraysh tightened his chest with pain, he ﷺ never stooped to reciprocating in kind. In fact, he inevitably took the higher road of not responding at all, hopeful that this would one day penetrate their harsh hearts, following Allah’s injunction to: “Repel [evil] by that [deed] which is better; and thereupon the one whom between you and him is enmity [will become] as though he was a devoted friend” [Fussilat (41): 34].

On one occasion, the Prophet ﷺ silently smiled when Abu Bakr (ra), his most noble Companion, refrained from responding to a person who was insulting him. But when Abu Bakr (ra) eventually spoke up, the Prophet ﷺ became angry and left.

He ﷺ later explained, “An angel was with you, responding on your behalf. But when you said back to him some of what he said, a devil arrived, and it is not for me to sit with devils.” The Prophet ﷺ taught thereby that when a person stoops to the level of those who insult them they allow the devil to steer their course.

“Today is the day of mercy, no blame is upon you.”

The Muslims ride into Mecca after the conquest, led by the Prophet ﷺ, who kept his head lowered out of humility for Allah to the point that his beard almost touched his saddle. It reached him ﷺ that some were saying, “O Abu Sufyân, today is the day of [your people’s] slaughter. Today, the Ka‘ba is not a sanctuary.”

In response, he ﷺ announced, “Rather, this is the day in which Allah will glorify the Ka‘ba, and the day when the Ka‘ba will be garbed.” In another narration: “Today is the day of mercy. Today Allah will honor Quraysh.” After securing the city, everyone gathered before the Prophet ﷺ at the Ka‘ba, and he asked them tenderly, “O gathering of Quraysh, what do you think I will do to you?” They said, “Only good, [O] noble brother, son of a noble brother.”

Ending the moment of suspense, he ﷺ declared, “

I will only say to you what Joseph said to his brothers, ‘No blame will there be upon you today’

[Yoosuf (12): 92].

Go, for you are unbound.” The Prophet ﷺ rose above it all, immortalizing himself with this grace in one of the most remarkable events in human history.

Responding to physical attacks with a smile

Anas (ra) said, “I was walking with the Messenger of Allah ﷺ, and he was wearing a Najrâni cloak with a rough collar. A Bedouin man caught up with him, then violently pulled him by his cloak, causing the cloak to tear, and leaving its collar [hanging] on the neck of Allah’s Messenger ﷺ.

I looked at the Messenger of Allah ﷺ’s neck, and the cloak’s collar had left marks from how roughly he had snatched [it]. Then, he said, ‘O Muhammad, order [them] that I be given from the wealth of Allah that you have!’ The Messenger of Allah ﷺ turned to him, smiled, and then ordered that he be given something.”

 

May Allah give us all the patience of the Prophet ﷺ!

Read more in How the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ Rose above Enmity and Insult by Mohamed Elshinaway  

 

5 Names of the Prophet ﷺ

Five names of the Prophet everyone should know.

From the authentic narration of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, we learn that he has many names.

The Prophet ﷺ said:

I have many names: I am Muhammad, I am Ahmad, I am al-Mahi through whom Allah obliterates unbelief, and I am Hashir (the gatherer) at whose feet people will be gathered, and I am ‘Aqib (after whom there would be none), and Allah has named him as compassionate and merciful.”

Sahih Muslim

Muhammad

“The praised one

This name refers to the Prophet is a man whom people would praise immensely for his beautiful qualities and characteristics. He is also praised by the Creator, Allah Almighty and His Angels, hence he is clearly by all means, “the praised one”. Allah Almighty also commands the believers to send praise the Prophet directly to the Quran.

 Ahmad

“The one who gives praise”

This name refers to the fact the Prophet ﷺ  would praise his Lord abundantly and show immense gratitude. The Prophet himself was also the most grateful and thankful of slaves

Al-Mahi

“The Eraser”

This name refers to the status of the Prophet as the one through whom Allah obliterates ignorance and disbelief.

(Muslim)

Al-Hashir

“The Gatherer”

This refers to the Prophet’s status of being the gatherer on the day of Resurrection. All the People will be gathered behind the Prophet ﷺ.

(Muslim)

Al- ‘Aqib

“The Final”

This refers to the Prophet Muhammad being the last of the Prophets after whom there would be no other prophets.  

(Muslim)

May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon our Beloved Prophet; Indeed a Mercy to all Mankind.

The Seven most beloved places to the Prophet ﷺ

Seven of the most beloved places to the Prophet ﷺ

There are seven physical places that Prophet ﷺ loved and spoke about on several occasions. As Muslims, we should all make sure we stay connected to these places in the hope to grow our love to our Prophet ﷺ and become closer to him.

Makkah

The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ  was born in Makkah and his prophethood journey began from there. He taught us to make Makkah our Qibla (Direction for Prayer) and a single prayer performed in Al-Masjid Al-Haram is equivalent to a hundred thousand performed in any other mosque.

Sahih-Ibn Mujah

It is a sanctuary where shedding blood (i.e killing) is prohibited.

Saheeh-At-Tirmidhi

The Prophet ﷺ  openly announced his love of Makkah and its significance in the sight of Allah when he ﷺ said, addressing it: “I swear by Allah! You are the best of the lands of Allah and you are the most beloved land to Allah.”

 [Saheeh-At-Tirmidhi and Ahmad]

Al-Madinah Al-Munawwara

Our Beloved Messenger’s ﷺ loved Madinah so much that he made a prayer for it,

“O Allah! Make us love Madinah as much as we love Makkah or even more.”

Bukhari

It was narrated that When the Prophet ﷺ would return from a trip and see the walls of Al-Madinah, he would speed up his riding camel, and if he was upon a beast, he would agitate it, out of his love for Al-Madinah.

(At-Tirmidhi)

Al-Quds (Jerusalem)

Jerusalem (Al-Quds) is considered a sacred site in Islamic tradition, along with Mecca and Medina.

Part of Jerusalem’s significance and holiness to Muslims derives from its strong association with Abraham, David, Solomon, and Jesus. They are all regarded as Prophets of Islam and their stories are mentioned in the Qur’an. Due to such significance, it was the first Qibla (direction of prayer) for Muslims before it was changed to Makkah.

The Prophet ﷺ took a miraculous night journey to Al-Quds (Jerusalem).

“Exalted is He who took His Servant by night from al-Masjid al-Haram to al-Masjid al- Aqsa, whose surroundings We have blessed, to show him of Our signs. Indeed, He is the Hearing, the Seeing” (17:1)

The Prophet ﷺ led all the Prophets in prayer in Masjid Al-Aqsa (Jerusalem)

(Muslim)

Masjid Quba’ (Quba’ Mosque)

Quba is the place on the outskirts of Madinah where the Prophet ﷺarrived and first stayed after emigrating from Makkah. A masjid was established there by the Prophetﷺ, and it was the first mosque to be built in Islam.

A verse in the Quran shows the greatness of this mosque:  “…A mosque founded on righteousness from the first day is more worthy for you to stand in.” (Quran 9:108)

The Prophet ﷺ said: “The Salat in Masjid Quba is like Umrah.”

(At-Tirmidhi)

Mount Uhud

Mount Uhud is the largest mountain in Madinah. It is located in the north of Madeenah with a length of seven kilometers. It is at a distance of five kilometers from the mosque of the Prophet ﷺ.

The famous historic Battle of Uhud took place near this mountain. During this battle, the polytheists were victorious due to the mistake that was committed by the Muslim archers, who disobeyed the orders of the Prophetﷺ. The Prophet ﷺ ordered the archers to stay on the mountain to protect the backs of the fighters, but they descended when they thought that the battle was over. The fighters were therefore exposed from behind, and the polytheists killed many Muslims.

The Prophet ﷺ however made sure that the Muslims stay connected to the mountain despite this tragic event and he said: “This mountain loves us and we love it. O Allah! Indeed Ibrahim made Makkah sacred, and I make sacred whatever is between its (i.e. Al-Madinah) two lava tracts.”

(At-Tirmidhi)

Al-Baqi’ (Burial Grounds in Madinah)

The Burial grounds of most of the Prophet’s companions, uncles, and aunties. Also, the Prophet’s son Ibrahim was buried there as well as his daughters, Zaynab, Ruqayyah, Umm Kulthum and Fatima.

There are an estimated 10,000 companions of the Prophet buried in Al-Baqi’.

It is called Jannatul Baqi’ because it’s like a piece of Paradise on earth since the Prophet ﷺ used to make dua’ for the people buried there.   

The Messenger of Allah ﷺ used to go to the Baqi’ (graveyard in Al-Madinah) at the last part of night and say, “May you be safe, O abode of the believing people. What you have been promised has come to you. You are tarried till tomorrow and certainly we shall follow you if Allah wills. O Allah, forgive the inmates of the Baqi’-al-Gharqad.”

(Muslim)

Al-Rawda Al-Sharifa

Located inside the Prophet’s ﷺ mosque between the house of Aisha and the Prophet’s pulpit.

The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “Between my house and my pulpit there is a garden of the gardens of Paradise, and my pulpit is on my fountain tank (i.e. Al-Kauthar).”

(Bukhari)

Visitors of the Prophet’s Mosque are always keen to offer nafl (non-obligatory) prayers in Rawdah.  
Make sure to build a connection with these places in order to develop a greater love for our beloved Prophet ﷺ.