Friday, 6 January 2012
Source of Inspiration
Sa’haba was the companions of Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam).
I Seek refuge in Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD), from the Shaitan.
Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD)’s name I begin, the Most Beneficent, the Most
Narrated Abu Said (Radiyallaahu anhu): Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) said, “Do not abuse my companions (Radiyallaahu anhuma).) For if any one of you, spent gold equal to Uhud (in Allah’s Cause) it would not be equal to a Mud or even a half Mud spent by one of them.”
Companions of the Prophet – Sahih Bukhari: Volume 5, Book 57, Number 22
The Sa’haba was the companions of Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam).
They are described in glowing terms by the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) as the following hadith from Sahih Muslim [Book 30, Number 6159] shows:
Narrated Aisha (Radiyallaahu anha):
A person asked Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) as to who amongst the people were the best.
He said: Of the generation to which I belong, then of the second generation (generation adjacent to my generation), then of the third generation (generation adjacent to the second generation).
Below is a partial list of some of the companions of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam).
Their lives remain a source of inspiration for the later generations of Muslims, including today's.
May Allah be pleased with all of them?
Osama (Radiyallaahu anhu) Says: One day I was with Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD)’messenger, upon him be peace and blessings, on the roof of a tall building in Madina.
Looking around, God’s Messenger said: Now I see seditious events and internal conflicts pouring down like drops of rain, among your houses.
‘Umar was very afraid of the appearance of disorder and sedition in the Muslim community.
One day during his caliphate, he asked Hudhayfa about them. Hudhayfa responded:
‘They have nothing to do with you, O ‘Umar. There is a gate between you and them’. ‘Umar asked again:
‘Will this gate be opened or broken down?’ Hudhayfa answered: ‘It will be broken down’.
This answer shook ‘Umar, who reacted: ‘Then, this gate will never be closed again!’
‘Umar was the gate between the Muslim community and sedition.
After he was stabbed by a treacherous Persian slave, Muslim unity received a fatal blow,
And the following centuries, till today, have unfortunately witnessed discord and sedition in Muslim lands. [Bukhari and Muslim]
The Messenger foretold the spread of Islam in the world
Bukhari and Abu Dawud quote Habib ibn Arat, who said:
Once, during the days of trouble and torture in Makkah, I went to Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD)’s Messenger,
Who was sitting in the shade of the Ka’ba?
I was still a slave in the hands of Makkan’s then. They inflicted on me severe tortures. Unable to endure those tortures any more,
I requested Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD)’s Messenger to pray to Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) for help and salvation.
But he turned towards me and said:
By Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD), previous communities had to endure more pitiless tortures.
Some of them were made to lie in ditches and cut in two with saws but this did not make them forsake their faith.
They were skinned alive but they never became weak against the enemy.
Surely Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) will perfect this religion, but you display undue haste.
A day will come when a woman will travel alone by herself from Sana’a to Hadramut fearing nothing but wild beasts.
However, you show impatience.
Habib concluded: ‘By Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD), what Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD)’s Messenger predicted that day, has all come true. I have personally witnessed it all.’
Abdullah bin `Amr bin `Aas (radiyallaahu ‘anhu), he related that a woman came to the Messenger of Allah with her daughter.
On the daughter’s wrist were two heavy gold bracelets.
The Messenger asked her, “Do you pay Zakat on this?” She replied, “No.
” The Messenger said: “Would it please you that Allah will encircle you with two bracelets of fire?”
The reporter commented that she took them off and threw them down in front of the Messenger, and said: “They are for Allah and his Messenger.” [Ahmed].;
Think about this for a second–fiqh of Zakat aside. Imagine, if you will, yourself in this place. The Messenger of Allah comes to you, and says, “You need to pay Zakat on those two gold bracelets.”
What would you do? Probably hum and haw, then get them weighed, calculate the value, and leave your Zakat with the masjid to distribute.
But what did this Sahabi (in similar narrations, Asma (Radiyallaahu anha) the daughter of Abu Bakr (Radiyallaahu anhu) do?
She gave the ENTIRE bracelets, both of them, as charity! Not just paid Zakat–2.5% of the value–she actually donated the whole thing feasabilillah!
And this is what makes companions so special! (And better people than us!) We do the bare minimum, enough to just scrape by; but they go for the MAXIMUM reward.
And that’s the lesson of this hadith–and what a valuable lesson it is!
Another instance that comes to my mind is when Abu Bakr (Radiyallaahu anhu) anhu gave all of his wealth for the sake of Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) and the Prophet sallallaahu alayhi WA sallam asked him what he left for his family and he replied: Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) and His Messenger.
The companions also loved the Qur’an and the Sunnah.
So if we are told something is Sunnah, we should not brush it off and say
“Oh, it’s only Sunnah”, but we should try to implement it immediately just as the Companions did.
Lets not stop and think when it comes to doing more Ibadah, otherwise we will let the weakness of our nafs and the whispers of Shaitan get to us and make excuses….Lets just stand up purely for the Sake of Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD)
Some suggestions for deeds we can do;
Visit someone for the sake of Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) (Take a gift or food)
Say Salaam to anyone you see on the street
Invite all the family for dinner (for those you have not been in contact with).
Do your bit.
Read about Ihsan. Learn about it. Ask yourself frequently: “What would it mean to do ihsan in this thing I’m doing right now?”
Aim for the gold medal. Don’t be satisfied with memorizing only half of Juz Amma.
Memorize the entire Qur’an! (Step by step, of course.) Or if you’ve studied one area of fiqh (like the fiqh of Salah),
Learn what the different scholarly opinions are (like study fiqh from a different madhab).
Give a Little Extra. If someone asks you for help–with some project, essay, exam, task, chore around the house (parents?),
Don’t just do the bit they ask! Throw in a little extra, do a little extra. As Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) says, “Is there any reward for ihsan other than ihsan?” [55:60].
Let’s ask Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) to help us learn the lessons from these great companions and to help us implement them in our lives (Ameen)!
InshaAllah: Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) makes the path of ease, easy; so pick something up.
Start praying one Sunnah you didn’t pray; or learn a new dhikr (such as the one for mornings or evenings).
It may be tough in the beginning, but it pays off in the long-term.
Pray and do Dhikr in good times and tense times, and hold tight to the rope of Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) at all times.
Try to give up some dunya and replace with Dhikr and Salat, InshaAllah it will help.
Alhamdullilah! Sabr is the secret door to Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD)’s presence.
It is the code that tells Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) that we truly submit to His will, whatever it may be.
May Allah Subhanawataala grant us what is best in this world and the next!
Action speaks louder then words my friend’s practice Islam the way of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) did.
May Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) help us to do that which He loves and which pleases Him?
May Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) make our efforts sincere and keep us all on the straight path...........
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