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Hadhrat Muhammad (sa)

Year of Sorrow:

  • I wanted to share how our Prophet Muhammad (saw) was truly the greatest of all mankind. The way he had belief in Allah is an example for all of us. He is the best example for all of us. His way of responding to trials is how we should respond. The one treasure you can never lose is Allah. As long as you have Allah, you will be content. Let us relate back to the Prophet Muhammad (saw). The Year of Sorrow. The year in which Holy Prophet(saw) went through many sorrowful events. –
    The Quraish were full of anger seeing the Muslims flourish. They wanted to boycott the Muslims. This was the first sadness. Muslims were completely boycotted. They hatched a scheme against the Muslims and their aim was to destroy the Muslims completely. They would not marry with the Muslims either nor share or sell anything to them. They would not have contact with them nor allow food or drink to reach them. Abu Talib had no alternative but to take his people to the mountain trail called Shi’bi Abi Talib which was his property. The Holy Prophet(saw), his family members, and certain other people who were non Muslims to a small lonely place. Divorces also occurred. There was complete sadness. One day the Prophet(saw) told his uncle Abu Talib that Allah has told me that the agreement of the Quraish has been eaten by insects and no writing has been left except the name of Allah”. This ended up being fulfilled and the boycott was revoked.
  • Now comes the Year of Sorrow and Grief. In the 10th year of Prophethood, the Holy Prophet(saw) experienced many sorrowful events. The boycott caused a lot of sadness and affected the health of Hadhrat Khadijah (ra) and the Prophets uncle Abu Talib. Both passed away this year and they were two of the most loving towards the Prophet(saw). At the most critical time, Abu Talib protected the Prophet(saw). This caused a lot of sadness to the Prophet(saw) but he did not stop there. He continued to preach the faith, and went to Taif. This city was forty miles east of Mecca. All refused to accept Islam and began to insult him. It did not stop there. They asked the children and slaves to force him to leave the town and they pelted him with stones. Our Beloved Prophets feet were full of blood and his shoes were fully drenched. Now what did our Prophet (saw) do in response?
  • He prayed:

    اللهم إليك أشكو ضعف قوتي وقلة حيلتي وهواني على الناس
    ياأرحم الراحمين أنت أرحم الراحمين
    أنت رب المستضعفين وأنت ربي
    إلى من تكلني إلى عدو يتجهمني أم إلى صديق مكلته إمري
    إن لم يكن بك غضب علي فلا أبالي ولكن عافيتك هي أوسع لي
    أعوذ بنور وجهك الذي أضاءت له السموات و الأرض
    وأشرقت له الظلمات وصلح عليه أمر الدنيا والأخره
    أن ينزل بي غضبك أو يحل علي سخطك
    لك العتبى حتى ترضى ولاحول ولاقوة إلابك

  • “To You, my Lord, I complain of my weakness, lack of support and the humiliation I am made to receive. Most Compassionate and Merciful! You are the Lord of the weak, and you are my Lord. To whom do You leave me? To a distant person who receives me with hostility? Or to an enemy You have given power over me? As long as you are not displeased with me, I do not care what I face. I would, however, be much happier with Your mercy. I seek refuge in the light of Your face by which all darkness is dispelled and both this life and the life to come are put in their right course against incurring your wrath or being the subject of your anger. To You I submit, until I earn Your pleasure. Everything is powerless without your support.”
  • During the return of his journey, the Angel of the mountains came to him(saw) and said, “God has sent me to you, that if you so command, I may bring the two mountains of this valley together upon these people, and destroy them.” But the Holy Prophet(saw) said, “Nay! Nay! I trust that Allāh the Exalted shall give birth to such people from among them who shall worship the one true God.”

    May Allah Enable us to follow his beautiful example ameen.

Story of Hadhrat Ukasha (ra) :

I wanted to re share a beautiful story mentioned by our beloved Khalifa today in his sermon. The story was of Hadhrat Ukasha (ra) who was one of the greatest lovers of the Holy Prophet(saw) and is a well known companion.

During the last sermon, the Holy Prophet(saw) called all of his companions and asked what they thought of him as a messenger and all praised him. This was an emotional time as the Prophet(saw) was speaking and saying that they might not see him again as he was nearing his passing and Allah had informed him about it. He then made an open announcement asking that if he has ever cheated anyone, or ever done wrong to anyone, or ever beaten anyone, or whether he had any dues with anyone they should speak up, and asked many times and said it by oath as well.

No companion said anything except Hadhrat Ukasha and he stated that once the Holy Prophet(saw) hit him with a stick and he is not sure if it was intentional or not, but that he wanted justice for it. All the sahaba were confused and stunned. They became extremely angry at Hadhrat Ukasha(ra). They even wanted to punish him, but the Prophet(saw) said that no one should interfere. Hadhrat Muhammad (saw) ordered Hadhrat Bilal to bring the same stick /rope with which he accidentally hit Hadhrat Ukasha(ra) unknowingly. –
Hadhrat Bilal explained the incident to Hadhrat Fatima(ra) who said let him hit Imam Hassan and Hussain instead. All started crying and said we would rather accept the beating rather than the Prophet(saw) who was ill. Holy Prophet(saw) then took the weapon and gave it to Ukasha. Ukasha said that he was without a jubba when he got beat, and then the Prophet(saw) removed his Jubba. That very situation Hadhrat Ukasha(ra) rushed and hugged the Prophet Muhammad (saw) and kissed the Prophet and cried a lot. Holy Prophet(saw) then explained that if one wants to see how my sahaba would be in heaven, look at Ukasha. This was the love sahaba had as Ukasha(ra) said he did not think he would ever get such an opportunity in his life.

The Blessed Appearance of Hadhrat Muhammad (sa) :

Hadhrat Muhammad (saw) was the most beautiful man to ever live. Both in his physical appearance and also in his spiritual traits and character. He (sa) was of moderate height and had a beautiful complexion. He was not excessively white shaded, such as appeared displeasing to the eye, nor was he of a dark brown complexion. Instead, he was slightly fairer than dark brown. His hair on his head were not completely straight, rather slightly curled. His beard was thick and beautiful. He possessed a well balanced body and his skin was delicate and soft. His body and sweat discharged a delightful fragrance. He had a broad chest. He had a broad forehead and a beautiful nose and sparkling black eyes adorned with long eyelashes. His style of conversation was soft and gentle, such as if the listener desired he could count his words. In a state of anger, his face would turn red and in times of happiness it would gleam brilliantly.

It is related from Jaabir (Radiallahu anhu) that he said:
“I once saw Rasulullah (Sallallahu alaihe wasallam) on the night of a full moon. On that night he wore red clothing. At times I looked at the full moon and at times at Rasulullah (Sallallahu alaihe wasallam). Ultimately I came to the conclusion that Rasulullah (Sallallahu alaihe wasallam) was more handsome, beautiful and more radiant than the full moon.”

Love for Children in Islam:

  • Someone asked a question about the view of Islam on child abuse. Islam is that religion which has perfected human morals and every aspect of life. Islam is that religion which teaches one to love children and raise them with love rather than hate and abuse. The Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) is our example and he loved children a lot. Whenever he would pass by children he would make sure to say Salam to them. He would make jokes with them and also entertain them. In fact, children also loved him a lot and would run towards him. The Holy Prophet(saw) was sent as a mercy for all of mankind, including the children. We see the love of the Prophet(saw) starting from him abolishing the custom of killing baby girls and showing the world that the rank of those who get daughters equates to paradise, if they are raised right. The Prophet(saw) taught us to respect our children and cultivate in them the best of manners.

    The Holy Prophet(saw) taught that all children should get inheritance and that all deserve the right to education. Islam has also taught us that parents should regularly pray for their children. He(saw) taught that we must treat all children fairly. “Once a Companion by the name of Bashir approached the Holy Prophet along with his son Nu’maan and said, ‘Will you please be my witness that I have given one of my servants as a gift to this son of mine’. The Holy Prophet inquired, ‘What about your other sons? Have you given a similar gift to each one of them?’ Bashir replied, ‘No.’ The Holy Prophet then remarked, ‘I cannot be a witness to such an unjust act.’

    The way some parents beat their children is totally against Islam. For prayers, we can be a little more strict, but the way the non Ahmadis generally beat their children is one of the worst sins.
  • Sexual abuse towards children is not allowed in Islam and treating children with love is a must for all Muslims.

    One a Bedouin saw the Holy Prophet (saw) hugging children to which he said that I have several children but I have never kissed them. The Prophet(saw) said : “What can I do if God Almighty took away love from your heart.” Then the Prophet (saw) said that one who does not have mercy on the people, God does not have mercy on him” (Sunan Abi Dawud)

    Hadhrat Jabir Bin Samrah(rh) relates: “Once I offered prayer behind the Holy Prophet (saw). After the prayer the Prophet (saw) went to his family and I also went along with him. When he reached the house, many children were standing there to welcome him. The Holy Prophet(sa) stopped there and tickled the cheeks of each child with his hand. Although I had accompanied the Holy Prophet(sa), he tickled my cheek also. When he touched my cheek, I felt such a pleasant smell in his hand as if he had just taken it out of a perfume bottle” (Sahih Muslim)
  • Hadhrat Abu Qatadah(rh) relates: “Once I came to the mosque to offer Zuhr or Asr prayer. We were waiting for the Prophet Muhammad (saw). Hadhrat Bilal (ra), after calling the adhan, told the Prophet (saw) that it was time to lead the prayer. However, it was delayed and we were waiting for him to come. The Holy Prophet(saw) came and he was carrying on his children Ummah, the daughter of Hadhrat Zainab and Abul As. The Holy Prophet(saw) entered the mosque while he was carrying Umamah on his shoulders and stood at his prayer mat to lead the prayer. We stood behind him. The Prophet(saw) said takbir in this condition and we also said takbir. The Prophet (saw) did Qiyam while carrying Umamah and when he bowed for ruku, he removed Umamah from his shoulders and made her sit on the floor. After performing Ruku and Sadah, when he was going to stand for the qiyamh, he again picked Umamah and made her sit on his shoulders. The Prophet(saw) completed the prayer in this way. He used to remove Umamah from his shoulders before doing ruku and sajdah and then before standing for the Qiyam he would pick up Umamah and make her sit on his shoulders” (Sunan Abu Dawud)

    Hadhrat Anas(ra) relates that the Prophet (saw) was very frank with children. Sometimes he called my younger brother lovingly: “Abu Umair, what happened to your Mamolah (A small bird with long wing feathers and a long tail that wags up and down)” Umair had a pet wagtail with whom he used to play till it died” (Sahih Bukhari)
  • Hadhrat Ahmad(as) stated:
    “I believe that beating children in a manner that the ill behaved child-beater pretends to be Allah’s partner in guiding and training children is a type of polytheism”

    When a hot-tempered person is provoked and punishes a child, he takes on the role of an enemy in the stress of his anger and imposes punishment far in excess of the wrong which has been done. An individual with self-respect and control over himself, who is also forbearing and dignified, has the right to correct a child to a certain extent as the occasion demands or seek to guide the child. But a wrathful and hot-headed person who is easily provoked is not fit to be a guardian of children. I wish that, instead of punishing children, parents would have recourse to prayer, and should make it a habit to supplicate earnestly for their children; for the supplications of parents on behalf of their children meet with special acceptance. [Malfuzat, vol. 2, p. 4]

    True guidance and training belongs to God Almighty. To pursue a matter persistently and to insist upon it unduly and to rebuke children upon every matter indicates that such a person imagines himself to be the source of guidance and believes that he will bring the children to order by pursuing his own method. This kind of attitude savours of a hidden assumption of association with the Divine and should be avoided by the members of our community. I pray for my children and require them to follow a broad set of rules of behaviour and no more. Beyond this I put my full trust in Allah Almighty in the confidence that the seed of good fortune inherent in each of them will flower at its proper time. [Malfuzat, vol. 2, p. 5]
  • Our beautiful khulafa are also a great example. We see that they all have shown such love for children which not even parents have at times shown. They have treated all children as if they were their own, and we are extremely blessed for this.