The prophetic biography
Bilal was a black slave belonging to ‘Umayyah ibn Khalaf. He was tall, thin and slightly hump-backed. Thick grayish hair crowned his head. He moved about silently – speaking only in reply. He was born to two slave parents, making him a slave. He used to travel to ash-Sham for ‘Umayyah’s trading caravan, braving the bitter cold of winter and the extreme heat of summer. His only recompense was a handful of dates each day that he ate to strengthen his body. At his master’s house he would serve the guests while going hungry. He was overworked and mistreated as were ‘Umayyah’s other slaves. Continue reading
The Prophet sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam chose the station of al-‘ubudiyyah (slavery and servitude) over and above the station of kingship. Once – on the day of the conquest of Makkah – a man stood-up (out of reverence) for the Prophet sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, who, being shocked, said to him:
“Do not trouble yourself! Indeed I am not a king. Rather I am merely the son of a Qurayshi woman who eats dry meat.”
“O People, lend me an attentive ear, for I don’t know whether, after this year, I shall ever be amongst you again. Therefore listen to what I am saying to you carefully and take these words to those who could not be present here today.
O People, just as you regard this month, this day, this city as sacred, so regard the life and property of every Muslim as a sacred trust. Return the goods entrusted to you to their rightful owners. Hurt no one so that no one may hurt you. Remember that you will indeed meet your Lord, and that He will indeed reckon your deeds. Allah has forbidden you to take usury (interest), therefore all interest obligation shall henceforth be waived … Continue reading
When Surah an-Nasr was revealed the Companions rejoiced with the glad tidings of help and victory from Allah. The chapter depicts a most pleasing scene of people embracing the religion of Islam in large crowds, fulfilling the prophecy of the Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), that Islam would spread across the Arabian Peninsula. Abu Bakr alone, wept uncontrollably. He declared,“May my mother and father be sacrificed for you, O Messenger of Allah!”. For he alone understood that this chapter was not only foretelling the near victory that the Muslims would soon enjoy, but it was in fact foretelling the passing away of the Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam). Ibn Abbas later explained this chapter in the gatherings of the senior companions who witnessed Badr by saying, “This was a sign for the Prophet to know his time of death.” Continue reading
Question: Is it permissible for Muslims to celebrate in the Masjid with dhikr and readings from the Seerah (Biography) of Prophet (r) on the night of the 12th of Rabee’-ul-Awwal, especially on the Prophet’s birthday without making it a day of Eid? There is some differing between us as to whether it’s Bid’ah Hasanah (good innovation) or not. Continue reading
“We have sent you as a mercy for all the worlds.” (Quran 21:107)
The recipients of this quality were not limited to just the Muslim nation, but it also extended to non-Muslims, some of who spent all their effort trying to harm the Prophet and his mission. This mercy and forgiveness is clearly demonstrated in the fact that the Prophet, may the mercy and blessings of God be upon him, never took revenge on anyone for personal reasons and always forgave even his staunch enemies. Aisha said that the Prophet never took revenge on his own behalf on anyone. She also said that he never returned evil for evil, but he would forgive and pardon. This will, God willing, become clear after a deep analysis of the following accounts of his life.
Almighty Allah says (what can be translated as): “O you who have believed, do not raise your voices above the voice of the Prophet or be loud to him in speech like the loudness of some of you to others, lest your deeds become worthless while you perceive not. Indeed, those who lower their voices before the Messenger of Allah – they are the ones whose hearts Allah has tested for righteousness. For them is forgiveness and great reward. Indeed, those who call you, [O Muhammad], from behind the chambers – most of them do not use reason. And if they had been patient until you [could] come out to them, it would have been better for them. But Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.” (Surat al-Hujurat) Continue reading
A Bedouin came to the Messenger Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) and told him, “Give me from what Allah gave you; but not from the wealth of your mother or from the wealth of your father.” The Sahaabah (the Companions) were furious at the man and step forward to discipline him for what he said. The Messenger Allah commanded everyone to leave him. Continue reading
Ibn Abbas narrates that: the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) asked Umm Hani if there was anything to eat. Umm Hani (RA) said that there was only dry bread and she felt ashamed of offering it to him. He said: “No! Bring it.” He broke the bread into pieces, dipped them into water and added some salt. Then he asked her if there was any curry. She said there was nothing except vinegar. He sent for it and then, sprinkling it over the crumbs, ate them and thanked Allah.
Allah-o Akbar! How thankful our Prophet was to Allah even after getting such a type of food. We, nowadays throw away better food than this.
The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) was visiting a sick person who was very dear to him. He was visiting a Jewish boy who had been working for him as his personal servant. The boy used to bring him the water for his ablutions, get him his sandals, and run errands for him. On this day, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) was worried by the boy’s absence, so he went to his home to visit him in his illness and to know how he was. Continue reading