In an era when mankind was steeped in a web of ignorance unparalleled in human history;
When the most inhumane acts had become the norm of the day; When daughters were buried alive and widowed mothers made the property of their sons;
Then Allah Ta’ala favoured mankind by sending upon them the greatest benefactor to humanity; The choicest and most honoured slave of Allah; The Master of both Humankind and Jinnaat; The greatest personality to ever grace the surface of the earth;
The beloved of Allah, Sayyidina Muhammad (Sallallaaahu Alayhi Wasallam).
He said: ‘Ebrahim (AS) was the ‘Khalil’ (friend) of Allah… Moosa (AS) was the Nail’ (one who was spoken to) of Allah… Adam (AS) was the ‘Safi’ (chosen) of Allah…’
Now listen: ‘I am the Habeeb (beloved) of Allah which I say without pride.
I will be the first to intercede and my intercession will be accepted on the Day of Qiyamah. I say this without pride. I will raise the flag of Allah’s praise on the Day of Qiyamah. I say this without pride.
I will be the first to knock on the door of Jannah. It will be opened for me and I will enter therein accompanied by the poor ones of my Ummah. I say this without pride.
I will be the most honoured of all Allah’s creation on the Day of Qiyamah which I say without pride.’ (Tirmizi)
THE BIRTH OF RASULULLAH (Sallallaaahu Alayhi Wasallam)
The birth of our beloved master occurred in this month and was miraculous indeed. During the delivery of Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) a resplendent light appeared which brightened the East and West and what was between them. An earthquake shook the palace of the Zorastrian emperor of Persia, bringing down structures and decorations. The religious fire which burned continuously for thousands of years in the temple of Persia was suddenly extinguished. The world was on the threshold of an unprecedented revolution which would first transform the Arabs from being the most downtrodden nation to becoming stars of guidance.
HIS BEAUTIFUL APPEARANCE
Hazrat Ayesha (RA) aptly summarised his resplendent beauty in the following words (referring to the incident mentioned in the Qur’an concerning Yusuf (AS), when the women cut their hands instead of the fruit upon beholding the beauty of Yusuf(AS),: “If the friends of Zuleikha had seen the blessed face of Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam), they would have cut their hearts open instead of their hands…” How heart rending the words of Hassan bin Thabit are in describing Nabi (SAW): ‘More beautiful than you has my eyes never observed. More handsome than you no mother has ever conceived. You have been created free of all blemishes, created as though you have been created as you intended”.
The final word on this matter is concisely put forward by Allamah Qurtubi (RA) who writes that the complete beauty of Rasulullah (SAW) was not manifested unto mankind, because they do not possess the capability to bear this.
EXCELLENCE OF DUROOD
Ibn Masood (RA) has narrated that Rasulullah (SAW) said: Verily the most close person to me on the day of Qiyamah is one who sent the most Durood upon me. (Tirmizi)
Like this a multitude of narrations exist expounding the virtues of this great act. When his favours are so many upon us then how great an injustice it will be should we fail to excessively send Durood upon him. Nabi (SAW) in fact said: The one who fails to send Durood upon me when I am mentioned in his presence is a miserly person indeed. (Mishkaat)
LOVE FOR RASULULLAH (Sallallaaahu Alayhi Wasallam)
Rasulullah (SAW)’s favours upon his Ummat are countless and unlimited, so much so that even if we spend our whole lives in thanking Rasulullah (SAW) we will not be able to fulfil even one right as is its due. Every Ummat accepts and acknowledges this. Our Nabi (SAW) said: You do not have (complete) Imaan until I am not more beloved to you than your father, children and the rest of mankind. (Mishkaat).
The proof of our love for Nabi (SAW) will lie in the extent to which we emulate every aspect of his life. He is the agency between us and Allah. We can never gain the nearness of Allah until we don’t commit ourselves to the complete obedience of every teaching of Nabi (SAW).
EMULATE HIS OBJECTIVES
A measure of our love for him can be gained directly from him. Nabi (SAW) said: He who revives my Sunnah (makes effort to bring my Sunnah alive in mankind) certainly loves me and he who loves me will be with me in Jannah. (Targhib) The extent to which we strive for bringing his Deen alive serves as a gradient of our love for him One always works for the establishment and protection of what one loves.
The whole life of Nabi (SAW) was directed towards the establishment of Deen and the saving of mankind from Hellfire. Towards this cause he underwent untold suffering and pain. What greater emulation can there be besides devoting our lives towards the fulfillment of the mission of our Nabi (SAW)
Hassan Basri (RA) narrates that Nabi (SAW) said: He who enjoins good and forbids evil is the vicegerent of Allah and his Rasool (SAW) and the Quran (Tambeehul Gaafileen). What greater accolade can we aspire for than the vicegerency of Allah and his Rasool (SAW)? Surely those are the chosen ones. Let us all jointly work for the greatest goal possible – the Mission of our Beloved Nabi (SAW).