Difference between our messenger and God’s messenger

Habib Jifri says:

There is a huge difference between defending the messenger of ALLAH and defending MY messenger. We often hear people saying my messenger, my prophet, my book, my religion, etc… which points to selfishness and ego. It is like to be angry for My tribe, my group, my party, my car or my children. To be angry for the sake of Allah’s Messenger is much greater than all of these.  The first thing to be noted is this fusion of selfishness. Why do we go so deep to search inside our mind? Because it effects our actions and dealings. Whenever we anger for the messenger of God, it should be connected to the will of God. If we anger for our own messenger we would anger as per our own will, destroying and hurting. Wishing sky to fall upon the wrong doer, and also upon the whole country and all other fellow citizens!!

This is because of the confusion between our messenger and Allah’s messenger. We need to deal with issue as it is connected to the messenger of Allah and not to messenger of ours. He is not our messenger but Almighty Allah’s Messenger sent to us. It is a big difference.

 

Published in: on September 26, 2012 at 10:22 am  Leave a Comment  
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Dr. Ali Gomaa in Washington post and CNN

CNN

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Prophet Muhammad is ‘the mercy to all worlds’ to Muslims: Egypt’s mufti

It goes without saying that violence of any sort, whether inspired by religious sentiment or secular interests, must be condemned unequivocally and in the strongest terms possible. This is in keeping with the best of Muslim tradition, which abhors sectarian rife, inter-ethnic conflict, and interreligious violence. This lesson is best contained in the example of the Prophet Mohammed himself, who was repeatedly subjected to the worst treatment by his enemies, only to consistently disregard these insults and instead take the path of forgiveness, mercy and compassion. This is why he is known to Muslims as “the Mercy to all worlds.” Indeed, this example is most succinctly summarized in the Quran itself, which instructs believers as follows: “The good deed and the evil deed are not alike. Repel the evil deed with one which is better.”

The world is sorely in need of such lessons, which represent the authentic teachings of the Quran and the Prophet of Islam. It is important to separate these noble messages from those that are bandied about by those who have no competencies in religious interpretation, Quranic hermeneutics or the history of Islamic thought. Unfortunately, the current state of the Muslim world is such that institutions and structures of legitimate authority have been weakened to such an extent that inflammatory rhetoric has taken the place of thoughtful analysis as a motivator of action and a guide for religious sentiment.

We are today in desperate need of serious religious leaders who engage the reality of the modern world – complete with its challenges and difficulties – in order to create an environment in which people can coexist. This must be a joint effort from members of all faith groups and cultures.

A necessary part of any such effort must be a sincere desire to understand what is behind the Muslims’ reverence for the Prophet. For more than a billion Muslims around the world, the Prophet Mohammed is their ultimate example. He is their reference point and, as the Quran explains: “dearer to them than their own selves.”

Prophets are the means, in the Islamic worldview, through which people have been taught about God. This is no less true for the succession of Prophets that preceded Islam – including Abraham, Moses and Jesus – than it is for the Prophet Mohammed himself. They are revered teachers who taught us the very nature of reality, the purpose of our existence, and how to connect with God Himself.

As a result, Muslims strive to emulate the example of the Prophet in every aspect of their lives. They seek to inculcate the values in a deep and profound manner. These include, among other things, the ability to confront evil provocations with patience, tolerance and mercy. These are, for Muslims, spiritual values of the utmost importance, and they are best exemplified in the life of the Prophet Mohammed himself.

A famous story from his life is known to Muslims around the world. One of his enemies was a woman who lived above a street he used to pass daily, and would litter the streets with garbage as he walked past. One morning, when the Prophet was walking by, he noticed no such provocation. His response to this sudden reprieve was to ask after the woman’s health, concerned that she had strayed from her daily routine, as painful as it might have been for himself. The stories of the Prophet’s praying for his enemies, and exhibiting enormous steadfastness in the face of insults and provocations, are legion in Islamic literature.

This should be the Muslim ideal, there is no doubt. Unfortunately, it is not possible that everyone can live up to the ideal. What is clear is that people’s attachment to the personage of the Prophet is undiminished, even when they are unable for their own reasons to live up to the lessons he has taught. Insults against the Prophet are taken as more serious than insults against one’s own parents and family, indeed than one’s own self. The Prophet is a sacred figure, who taught Muslims how to live in this world, and whose appearance in the world was a gift from the divine.

As such, inflammatory materials that are clearly designed to offend the deeply-held sensibilities of over a billion people around the world only contribute to the escalation of tensions with no observable benefit.

Muslims should either ignore such provocations, or respond non-violently, as per the limits laid down by their religion. Such limits have been obviously transgressed in recent days, and the broader Muslim religious establishment as well as the Coptic Church in Egypt all joined in calling for calm and not allowing this to further escalate.

Published in: on September 23, 2012 at 4:35 am  Leave a Comment  
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Syrian scholar dismantles religious extremism

This post is to share with you an extract from a recent Friday sermon by veteran traditional scholar Muhammad Sa’eed Ramadhan Al Bouti at the historic Great Mosque of Damascus also known as the Umayyad Mosque. (جامع بنى امية الكبير )

Here is the video with English subtitles.

Translation:

“I Remind you, O servants of Allah ,  The Constitution of Islam is the book of God Almighty which was revealed to the Final Messenger , and our model in the implementation of this Constitution,  is the beloved prophet Muhammad (PBUH)   The practical application of the Constitution in the daily life is called Sharia. Consider these multiple sources.

The constitution of Islam, the Koran, which I never saw in it but warnings against fanaticism, extremism and criminal terrorism. It raised the prophet in the light of mercy and forgiveness.  The Book of Allah Almighty told His Messenger: (It is by God’s grace that you were gentle with them — for if you had been harsh and hard-hearted, they would surely have deserted you – so bear with them, pray for forgiveness for them and take counsel with them in the conduct of affairs.[Al-Imran: 159].

This direction to His Messenger is not specific to Muslims, but to all he has been sent to. Is it not the Book of Allah Almighty that laid down the scales of justice free from racial, prejudicial, or religious partialities?(Let not the hatred of others turns you away from justice; Deal justly; that is closer to piety) [Maa-ida: 8]

The book of God Almighty did defend a Jewish person with ten verses when he was accused of a theft charge  while he was innocent and the thief was a Muslim?! Those verses started with the following: [We have sent the Book down to you  with the truth so that you may judge  among mankind by means of what God has shown you. And do not be an advocate for the treacherous. Al Nisaa: 105].

This is the Constitution speaking.  If anyone fights against extremism and terrorism,  you cannot find in the whole world  and in the history of all times,  such as the Book of Allah Almighty fights against extremism and terrorism. And Muhammad the Lord raised him  in the light of mercy and forgiveness. Examine his life career from beginning to end,  You can find only just opposite to what the Book of Almighty is being accused. Didn’t  that polytheist Bedouin challenged the Messenger seizing the opportunity in the valley of full of trees on returning from a battle. Kicking foot, he wakes him up and says:  Who would save you from me, O Muhammad?  The prophet Replied quietly: “Allah”. The sword fell from the hands of the Bedouin and he sat scared and shaken. What did the Messenger ? Pardoned and calmed him down, the Bedouin returned to his people and said: “I have come to you from the best of mankind.” Muhammad is the Messenger of God,  who was brought up by the Almighty  in the light of mercy, forgiveness, moderation.

He is the one who treated all people as they are shown in public. , He did not penetrate into their private affairs; He did not keep secret eye on any one to turn a blind eye to their outward appearances.  There were many hypocrites in the city, how did the Messenger (PBUH) deal with them?   How did he treat the man who said on an occasion which I do not want to talk about its details:  “We and the robes of Quraish are like the saying:  Make your dog fat, it will eat you” By God If we return to al-Madina, the noble will surely expel the humble.” His son, a true Muslim, Abdullah ibn Ubay Bin Salool said: O Messenger of Allah I have heard that you want to eliminate my father because of his statements, if so, command me please I will come to you with his head.  Smiled the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) and said,

‘No, we deal with him friendly on what happened between us “ When he died, and his son Abdullah sent to the Messenger,  begging for the shirt worn by the prophet (PBUH) to be shrouded by his father which he hoped  It will make things easier for him in the hereafter. The Messenger of Allah did send it.

Moreover when he was brought for funeral prayer, the Prophet (PBUH) stood to pray  while his companion Omar (R) whispered in his ear:  ‘O Messenger of Allah do you pray for a person who said so and so and did so and so’. The Messenger did not pay any attention to it, when Omar (RA) continued the prophet (PBUH) turned to him and said: Leave me Umar, Allah gave me choices. And I chose this (to pray for him,) The Messenger (PBUH) prayed for bin Ubayy ibn Salool.

This is our example after the Constitution, which I told you about, do you see in his whole life a smell of extremism or of terrorism, O servants of Allah?!Next Come and look at the biographies of the companions who lived in the shade of Islamic law that stems from Quran and Sunnah, How did they live their life? After the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) many groups emerged straying away from the way of the book of Allah Almighty, Juhamiyya, Murjia, Muathazila and others, listen well, O slaves of Allah and contemplate.  Do you find the companions call them unbelievers?! Do you find accusation of infidelity which blows these days here and there against those who went astray from Ahl Sunna Wal Jamaa?

We do not know – Even after a thorough study and analysis of the history – that the companions of the Messenger (PBUH) charged these groups with infidelity.  No, But we find forgiveness and tolerance Do you smell extremism or terrorism in the lives of the companions?  No. You cannot find it.  Consider biographies of their followers, look and examine, their approach has been aligned with

The constitution of Islam, the Quran, and the life of the beloved Messenger (PBUH), Look at the position of Imam Ahmad bin Hanbal – There are people who attribute the allegation to Imam Ahmad.  You know the story of ordeal that took place  on Imam Ahmad, when this ordeal took place in the age of Mutawakkil some of his disciples came and said to him: Sir, pray to God Against Ibn Abi Duat –  one of the Mu’tazilah who inflated the fire against Imam Imam Ahmad replied: What benefit you have in punishing your brother on the Day of Resurrection because of you? He raised his hands and prayed in favour of for Ibn Abi Daat, and all those who caused the plight that took place on him.

Servants of Allah: This is our Islam represented by its constitution and the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Do you find anything other than kindness, Just opposite to what Islam and Muslims are accused of?”

On the Month of Rajab

On the Month of Rajab It has been mentioned by Abu’ Nu’aim in ‘Hilya’ from Anas Ibn Malik (Allah be pleased with him) he said, that the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) used to make the following dua, when the month of Rajab came in: ‘Allahuma Barik lana fi Rajaba wa Sha’bana wa ballighna Ramadhan’ (O Allah Bless us in Rajab and Sha’ban and Bring us Ramadhan) It has bee mentioned by Abu’l Fath ibn Abi’l-Fawaris in his ‘Amali’ (dictations and tra … Read More


Welcome to the Spring of Soul

طلع البدر علينا من ثنيات الوداع  – وجب الشكر علينا ما دعا لله داع
أيها المبعوث فينا جئت بالأمر المطاع جئت شرفت المدينة مرحبا يا خير داع

With his charming touch famous singer Mr. Yusuf Islam renders these lines as below:
O’ the White Moon rose over us,
from the valley of Wada’
and we owe it to show gratefulness
where the call is to Allah.
O you who were raised amongst us
coming with a work to be obeyed
You have brought to this city nobleness
Welcome, best caller to God’s way

Title: Ta’ala al Badru Alayna ,Album: The Life of the Last Prophet ,Artist: Yusuf Islam

Since the outset of Rabeeu the Muslim world prepares to celebrate the birth of its beloved Messenger, The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Some ill-fated fellows have been deprived off the glory of this Season. But they are terribly few.  Compare the maps below to see the popularity and wide acceptance of the Celebration across the globe.

Click to see interactive map

It is noteworthy that many non-Islāmic countries like India and Philippines join with Islamic countries marking Meelad Day as Holiday. Other than some new central Asian republics of old USSR, the only visible exception on this map is kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Qatar where, as in other secular countries celebrations are in full swing but without Governmental promotion. You can easily follow it with a simple search on internet. What happened in KSA after the bloody and violent invasion of Najdians in Hejaz is well-known. For centuries, Hejaz was in the forefront of celebration and in particular, the special event was held at the Prophet’s Birth Place on Meelad Day- See Mawlid at The Birth Place

It is a time to listen to and to speak of the marvellous personality of the holy Prophet as well as to renew the commitment to follow His way of life. A time to come closer to His great self and to His Lord, the Almighty Allah. Youngsters get introduced and elders get reminded of the humanity’s obligation towards its Saviour. We need to set up personal relationship with him and to be close to him all the time.
May Allah bless us with his sweetest and glorified companionship! Aameen

Suicide and Bombing – Two Heinous Crimes in Islam

Today we read the sad story of explosions in Russia. This carnage has been already linked to the “terrorist groups related to the North Caucasus” which includes the troubled nation of Chechnya. Muslims are once again on defense. BBC today published another story on preventing extremism with photo of a prostrating Muslim! http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/8593862.stm

Here we need to reiterate our position. It has nothing to do with our great religion Islam which advocates but Peace. Suicide is a serious crime and bombing against innocent civilians is another much more condemnable one. None of these justifies  the other at all.

I feel it is quite timely to read again what Sayyid Habeeb Ali Jifri told to Washington Post in its interview. The Question was:

What is Jihad? Under what circumstances does Islam sanction the use of violence? What would you tell would be suicide bombers who would invoke Islam to justify their actions?

“….The Islamic tradition forbids suicide; it forbids any form of harm to innocent people. The Islamic tradition advocates the rule of law in the strongest terms…..”

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