Alhamdulillah, today’s is the concluding part on the Series ‘Images from Seerah’s Album’.
DECORATE THE HEART
Image his pattern
I have shown you twelve pictures from five different parts of my album. They are now with you. It is my desire that you decorate them in the frame of your heart and keep them there forever.
I wish your ears could remain attentive to their message, your eyes fixed on them, your heart fond of them. Keeping them before yousrelf as a criterion, have a look at your own life, your character, values, morals and deeds. That is why it has been said:
‘You have indeed in the Messenger of Allah a beautiful pattern of conduct.’ (Surah Al Ahzaab 33:21)
All the beauty and elegance has been exhibited through the life of Muhammad (may Allah’s peace and blessings be on him). Whoever is in search of beauty, he should begin by taking up the begging bowl of longing and love and follow the pattern (uswa).
This hymn to beauty is not being sung with a view to be heard and applauded, or that it should be recited and reproduced, or that it should move its audiences to tears. No, it is not being sung to that end. It must have a lasting imprint on our lives and deeds. We should imbibe the beauty and spirit of these images and mould ourselves according to them and should take on their hue and color. Our life should reflect the same objectives, the same passion, and the same manners that are reflected in these images.
Now you might ask about the method by which we can develop in ourselves a yearning desire, a rock-hard determination, unflinching courage and immense capability needed to follow and emulate the grand model. Can our life in some degree reflect the same beauty?
The answer to your question has already been given in the same verse of the Qur’an in the first part of which this ‘uswa’ has been praised. When you read the complete verse you learn about the provisions needed to complete this journey successfully. It has been stated that in the example of the Prophet (sal-lal-laahu-alaihi-wa-sallam) is the Best Guidance for anyone whose hope lies in God and the Final Day and who remembers his Lord Allah constantly. Hope in Allah and the Final Day and frequently remembering Allah are the two things that can make your journey light.
The words “believe in Allah and the Day of Judgment” do not occur in this verse; rather, the word ‘yarjoo’ has been used. That means the faith that is needed is not a verbal declaration rather a faith that can help us concentrate all our hopes, wishes, desires and efforts on Allah and the Day of Judgment
You may read and listen to the biography of the Prophet (sal-lal-laahu-alaihi-wa-sallam) again and again, you cannot inculcate in yourself the needed initiative and grit unless you take to remembering Allah often and fix your gaze at your Lord and the Final Day.
There are many ways to remember Allah: to testify your faith in Him, to glorify Him, to sing His praises, to express your gratitude, to declare His Greatness, to accept His Unity, to stand long before Him, to expend in His way, to bear hunger and thirst for Him, to go round His house again and again. One very important way of remembering Allah is to call people to His worship, to deliver his message to them, to propagate His Deen, to strive hard and offer sacrifices in His way.
Prophet Moses was sent to the Pharaoh’s court. He was given the duty to stand before that Godless tyrant and invite him to the worship of Allah and to liberate the people of Israel from his bondage. Moses expressed his weakness, lack of resources, the stammer in his tongue and his other shortcomings, and implored that his heart be opened, his work be made easy for him, his tongue fluent, so that people should understand him. He asked for this ‘so that we glorify You often and remember You again and again.’
The remembrance that he sought was not to sit in a corner and glorify Allah (on beads); rather he was going to appear in the court of a tyrant king and calling him to his Lord Allah. For these two things Moses uses the words ‘tasbeeh’ and ‘zikr’. In the same way Allah, the High, addresses him: “Beware, lest you should be negligent toward My remembrance.” Here also the word ‘zikr’ has clearly been used in the meaning of ‘calling people to the Lord”. At another place Allah Ta’aala attaches ‘zikr’ with the best of His tidings and says, “Remember Me, and I will remember you.” This verse has been beautifully embedded between two verses in the Qur’an. The first verse is where the order for changing the ‘direction’ (Qiblah) has been given. It was a sign that a new ‘Ummah’ was being raised in the world to carry the banner of Islam.
There it is said: “We have sent among you, of yourselves, a Messenger, to recite Our signs to you and to purify you and to teach you the Book and the Wisdom and to teach you what you knew not.” Then comes the second verse. It reads: “Seek you help in patience and prayer; surely God is with the patient. And say not of those slain in God’s way, They are dead’; rather they are living but you are not aware” After this it is said: “Surely We will try you with something of fear and hunger, and diminution of goods and lives and fruits; yet give you good tidings unto the patient.” Between these two statements this verse has been placed: “So remember Me, and I will remember you; and be thankful to Me; and be not ungrateful to Me.” Because I have opened to you the path of guidance; I have blessed you with an opportunity to tread this path. This is My favor to you. You should not ignore it lest you be ungrateful. And remember Me and prepare yourself for the hardships of My way and bear them with patience.
Let us consider this from another angle. The first revelation in the cave, Hira, brings the message ‘Read!’ The second revelation brings the order ‘Stand up and warn”. So before any commands about prayers, fasting, zakat, and hajj or any other commands in Islam, the first order is ‘Read!’ so that you become acquainted with Allah’s message and the second command is to ‘Stand up’ and ‘call people to the way of their Lord and warn them. This means that the duty of “da’wah” is such as should never be avoided. The most prominent thing in the ‘uswa’ of the Prophet is that he stood up and started warning his people and calling them to Allah and striving to establish the Greatness of Allah.
These images from the Prophet’s life call upon you to invite the people of your township, your neighborhood, your college, school and university, your factories, your household and your extended family, to Allah and deliver them the message from your Lord. You have been given this responsibility. One of them can stand up on the “Final Day and file a case against you bewailing that this is the man who knew Allah’s message, was claimant of spreading it and establishing its supremacy. The Truth was quite evident on him, yet he did not invite us to it.
Learn to feel intensely of the responsibility of da’wah and accountability before Allah. Devote all your time and energy towards this goal. Work with love and dedication. Love your God and love His message. Be kind and considerate to your companions, and everyone around you. If you behave that way, there is no reason that the message you hold dear should remain confined or fail to reach every nook and corner of the world.
May Allah have mercy on us and fill our hearts with a longing to follow the footsteps of His beloved Prophet Muhammad (may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him). Ameen.
O Allah! Have mercy on Muhammad and the on the family of Muhammad just like You had mercy on Ibrahim and on the family of Ibrahim.
O, Allah! Bless Muhammad just like you blessed Ibrahim and the family of Ibrahim. You are worthy of all praise, Majestic and Glorious.
Sal-lal-laahu-‘Ala Muhammad, Sal-lal-laahu-‘Alaihi Wasallam!
Courtesy: Series taken from IslamicStudies