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The status of Rasulullah (SAW)

 

The position of Rasulullah ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) is likened to the sun in the sky. Amongst the celestial bodies the sun is superior. Rasulullah ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) is also most superior amongst all human beings.

Madinah Munawwarah is superior to Jannat. Why? Rasulullah ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) rests in Madinah Munawwarah whereas Jannat is void of Rasulullah ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him). (Poem)

Following the lifestyle of Rasulullah ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him)

In the Quraan Sharif Allah subḥānahu wa ta’āla (glorified and exalted be He) states,

There is definitely an excellent example in Allah’s Rasool ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) for the one who fears and the last day, and who remembers Allah subḥānahu wa ta’āla (glorified and exalted be He) abundantly. (Surah Ahzaab verse 21)

From the above verse we learn that a person that is concerned of his A’khirat will definitely follow the way of life and teachings of Rasulullah ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him). In following the Sunnat of Rasulullah ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) lays the solution to our problems and our salvation. The Sahaaba (companions of Rasulullah ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him)) did not possess material wealth, nor did they possess any arms and ammunition, yet they were always successful and victorious over their enemies. What was it that allowed them to be successful? It was the Sunnats of Rasulullah ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) that Sahaaba had firmly held onto and adhered to at every moment of their lives.

Protection lies in following the blessed Sunnah

In previous times, we used to purchase rice in sacks which included straws of grass and stones. We were paying for the stones and grass at the price of rice. The stones and straws of grass had become valuable, due to being in the companionship of the rice. When the rice was stored away, the stones were also taken care of with the rice. However, the womenfolk finally decided to clean the rice thus they separated the stones and grass from the rice and threw them out. Now the stones lost their value. People will now kick the stones and trample upon them as they are now lying on the roadside. In a similar manner, we were respected and honoured as long as we followed Rasulullah ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him). Since we discarded the Sunnah and lifestyle of Rasulullah ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him), we are being kicked from pillar to post. We are humiliated and disgraced throughout the world. We should once again embrace the beautiful lifestyle of our beloved leader and master Rasulullah ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him).

Maulana Jalalud Deen r explains the above point by means of another example. He writes that the thorn had complained to Allah subḥānahu wa ta’āla (glorified and exalted be He). The thorn was told to remain under the petals of the rose and it would be protected. When the rose is sold, the thorn will be sold with the rose as well, and the person that purchases the roses will pay for it as well. If it is separated from the rose, it will be thrown on the ground and trampled upon. We are, so to say, the thorns and because of Rasulullah ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him), we are protected.

The greatest benefactor

The greatest to this Ummat is none other than Rasulullah ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him). If a person has favoured us in the world, we will be grateful and return the favour to the best of our ability. The manner of showing appreciation to Rasulullah ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) is by reciting Durood excessively upon Rasulullah ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him). How often do we recite Durood?

Shah Abdul Ghani Pulpuri r mentions, “If a person is able to cry whilst making Dua, it is a sign of acceptance of his Dua.” However many people are unable to cry. For such people, Durood Sharif will solve the problem. Durood Sharif is that action that will pull our other actions, and enter it into the register of accepted deeds. Allama Shami r has written, “Sending salutations upon Rasulullah ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) is an action that is accepted with certainty.” Durood Sharif is likened to the little truck that pulls the aeroplane onto the runway.

How did Allah  elevate the status of Rasulullah ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him)?

Allah subḥānahu wa ta’āla (glorified and exalted be He) states in the Quraan Sharif, “And We have elevated your mention.” The name of Rasulullah ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) will be taken with the name of Allah  in acts of worship such as the Azaan, Iqaamah, recitation of Kalimah, etc.

In another verse of the Quraan Allah  states, “Say O Muhammad ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him), If you love Allah subḥānahu wa ta’āla (glorified and exalted be He) then follow me Muhammad ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him), Allah will then love you and forgive your sins” (Surah Aal-e-Imraan verse 31)

By inculcating the love of Rasulullah ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him), a person becomes the beloved of Allah subḥānahu wa ta’āla (glorified and exalted be He). If a person has contact with some high ranking official or minister in this world then he will get his work done without any hassle. If a person becomes the beloved of Allah subḥānahu wa ta’āla (glorified and exalted be He), it is as though he has a special contact with Allah subḥānahu wa ta’āla (glorified and exalted be He). If this person has a need to be fulfilled, then he will contact Allah subḥānahu wa ta’āla (glorified and exalted be He) and his needs will be fulfilled.

We should strengthen our relationship with Rasulullah ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) and the month of Rabi-Ul-Awwal is the best time to commence our efforts. May Allah subḥānahu wa ta’āla (glorified and exalted be He) grant us the Taufeeq.

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