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Prophet Muhammad’s Love for All Beings

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Topic: Prophet Muhammad’s Love for All Beings
Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Subject: Prophet Muhammad’s Love for All Beings
Date Posted: 22 August 2009 at 10:43pm

 Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, was described by God in The Qur'an as a Mercy for all Mankind

His heart was filled with intense love for all human beings irrespective of caste, creed, or color.

He advised his Companions to regard all people as their brothers and sisters. "You are all Adam’s offspring and Adam was born of clay"...

This first article is titled (The Prophet's Love for Mankind):

His mission was to bring people abreast of the reality that all men and women, although inhabiting different regions of the world, and seemingly different from one another as regards their color, language, dress, culture, etc., were each other’s blood brothers. Hence a proper relationship will be established between all human beings only if they regard one another as sisters and brothers. Only then will proper feelings of love and respect prevail throughout the world.

According to a hadith, the Prophet once said, “A true believer is one with whom others feel secure. One who returns love for hatred.”

The Prophet made it clear that one who would only return love for love was on a lower ethical plane. We should never think that we should treat people well only if they treat us well. We should, rather, be accustomed to being good to those who are not good to us and to not wronging those who harm us. ........

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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 23 August 2009 at 1:38pm
Jazakh Allah Khair Brother Tarek....a beautiful article on an exceptional man...an embodiment of mercy and love...May Allah's blessings and peace be on him...Thank you so much for posting it...Subhan Allah....who can compare to him...
 
Compassion and Mercy of the Prophet Muhammad(PBUH)

As for compassion, tenderness and mercy to all creation, Allah said about him: "Grievous to him is what you suffer, anxious for you, compassionate is he, merciful to the believers." (10:128) Allah says: "We only sent you as a mercy to all the worlds." (21:107)

Part of his excellence is that Allah gave him two of His names, saying: "merciful, compassionate to the believers."

Ibn Shihab said, "The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, went on a raid [and he mentioned Hunayn]. The Messenger of Allah gave Safwan ibn Umayya a hundred camels, then a hundred, then a hundred." Ibn Shihab said, "Sa'id ibn al-Musayyab related that Safwan said, 'By Allah, he gave me what he gave me. He was the most hated of people to me and he continued to give to me until he was the most beloved of people to me.'

It is related that a bedouin came asking for something from him. He gave the man something and said, "Have I been good to you?" The bedouin said, "No, you have not and you have not done well." The Muslims became angry and went for him. The Prophet indicated that they should hold off. Then the Prophet got up and went into his house. Then the Prophet sent for him and added something to his gift and said, "Have I been good to you?" The bedouin replied, "Yes, may Allah repay you well in family and tribe." The Prophet said, "You said what you said and that angered my Companions. If you like, say what you said in my presence in their presence so as to remove what they harbour in their breasts against you." He said, "Yes." He came back later and the Prophet said, "This bedouin said what he said and then we gave him more. He claims that he is content. Isn't that so?" He said, "Yes, may Allah repay you well in your family and tribe." The Prophet said, "The example of this man and me is like a man who has a she-camel who bolts from him. People chase it and they only make it shy away more. The owner calls to them to stay clear of him and his she-camel, saying, 'I am more compassionate and better to it than you.' He goes in front of it and takes some clods of dirt and drives it back until it comes and kneels. He saddles and mounts it. If I had given you your heads when the man said what he said, you would have killed him and he would have entered the Fire."(Al-Bazzar from Abu Hurayra)

It is related that the Prophet said, "None of you should come to me with anything about any of my Companions for I do not want to go out to you except with a clear heart.” (Abu Dawud and at-Tirmidhi from Ibn Mas'ud)

Part of his compassion towards his community was that he made things easy for them. He disliked doing certain things out of the fear that they would become obligatory for them. He said, "If I had not been compassionate to my community, I would have commanded them to use the siwak every time they did wudu'.” (Muslim and al-Bukhari.)

There is also the tradition about the night prayer and the one forbidding them to fast continuously and the one about his dislike of entering the Ka'ba lest it became incumbent on his community and his desire that his Lord should make his curse against them a mercy to them. When he heard a child weeping, he would shorten the prayer.

An instance of his compassion was that he called on his Lord and made a compact with Him saying, "If ever I curse a man or make an invocation against him, make it zakat for him and mercy, prayer, purification and an act of drawing-near by which he will draw near to you on the Day of Rising.” (Muslim and al-Bukhari and Abu Hurayra)

When his people rejected him, Jibril came to him and said, "Allah has heard what your people say to you and how they reject you. He has ordered the angels of the mountains to obey whatever you tell them to do." The angel of the mountains called him, greeted him and said, "Send me to do what you wish. If you wish, I will crush them between the two mountains of Makka." The Prophet said, "Rather, I hope that Allah will bring forth from their loins those who will worship Allah alone and not associate anything with Him.” (Muslim and al-Bukhari and the Six Books)

Ibn al-Munkadir related that Jibril told the Prophet, "Allah has ordered heaven, earth and mountains to obey you." He said, "Reprieve my community. Perhaps Allah will turn to them." (Mursal hadith)

'A'isha said, "The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, was never given a choice between two things but that he chose the easier of the two."

Ibn Mas'ud said, "The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, was careful when he admonished us, fearing he would tire us." (Muslim and al-Bukhari)

'A'isha was riding an unruly camel which was recalcitrant and started to hit it repeatedly, The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "You must have compassion." (Al-Bayhaqi)

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 23 August 2009 at 9:59pm
The source of Prophet Muhammad's love for all beings was his love for Allah
 
He spent many years searching for the Truth, and at the age of 40 he received God's revelations
 
He, peace be upon him, went through many hardships as his people rejected his invitation, but he was patient, and Allah commanded him to be patient, and in The Qur'an God revealed to him how much He loves him:

So wait patiently for the Decision of your Lord, for verily, you are under Our Eyes. (52:48)

That was the source of love which filled the prophet's heart, and which he spread among his people, his companions and all creatures that surrounded him
 
Salla-Allahu Alayhy-wa-Sallam
 
May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him
 
 


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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 24 August 2009 at 9:51pm
The Prophet's love for his companions and followers was reflected in his extreme patience and care for their feelings
 
One day, he found a boy called Umair who was happy taking care of a bird he had called Al-Nughair, so each time he went past him, the prophet asked him: How is Al-Nughair? And Umair would happily respond saying he was fine
 
One day, the prophet saw Umair crying and asked him how is Al-Nughiar, so the boy said, Al-Nughair died, O prophet of Allah. With that, Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, stopped to console the boy and to try to cheer him up.
 
That was how our prophet was, kind, caring and merciful.
 
This is how someone describes why we love the prophet, peace be upon him:
 
Our Love For Prophet Muhammad
 

I admit. I'm at a loss. Is it really possible to specify just one reason why I love the Prophet Muhammad?

 
Sitting down to write these words, thoughts crowd my mind. I love the Prophet because… he taught us about Islam, he was such a good human being, the many actions he did or words he said that continue to touch my heart, no matter how often I read about or reflect on them, and on, and on, and on.

 

Finally, one thought manages to stand out, not because it was the loudest, but because it was the softest. I love the Prophet Muhammad because of his gentle, loving nature. Despite his position as a prophet and leader of the Muslims, he had time to sit and console a young boy whose pet bird died. He had time to joke with and love his wives. He had time to mourn the deaths of several of his children.

 

As a spiritual leader whose main mission in life was to help others make choices for the Afterlife, and as a prophet who was in continuous connection with his Creator and the Angel Gabriel, he (peace and blessings be upon him) never lost his humanity.

 

 

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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 25 August 2009 at 1:16pm
Jazakh Allah Khair Brother Tarek...beautiful submissions...

The more I speak or write about him, the more I realize I am saying so little. He is worth much more…Indeed....

"Great was the sorrow in the City of Light, as Medina is now called. The Companions rebuked each other for weeping, but wept themselves. “Not for him do I weep,” said Umm Ayman, when questioned about her tears. “Know I not that he hath gone to that which is better for him than this world? But I weep for the tidings of Heaven which have been cut off from us.” It was indeed as if a great door had been closed. Yet they remembered that he had said: “What have I to do with this world? I and this world are as a rider and a tree beneath which he taketh shelter. Then he goeth on his way, and leaveth it behind him.” He had said this that they, each one of them, might say it of themselves; and if the door had now closed, it would be open for the faithful at death. They still had in their ears the sound of his saying: “I go before you, and I am your witness. Your tryst with me is at the Pool.” Having delievered this message in this world, he had gone to fulfil it in the Hereafter, where he would continue to be, for them and for others, but withouth the limitations of life on earth, the Key of Mercy, the Key of Paradise, the Spirit of Truth, and the Happiness of God."

 

The passage above is taken from Martin Lings’ Muhammad, and refers to the aftermath of the death of the Prophet, peace be upon him.


I love this poem by Daniel Abdal -Hayy Moore....so much can be said about him and yet words fail us ....words dont do him justice....

 

Man Among Us

by Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore

Muhammad whose genealogical tree went right straight back to Adam,
who said he was a prophet when Adam was between water and clay –

how can we properly praise him, surrounded as we are by madmen
who think they are sane and saviors, but who shrink from the light of day?

Muhammad, who at six was an orphan, and whose darkness was removed by angels,
who entered the valleys and date palms burst into fruit above him –
how can we possibly taste that quality of his wisdom
when oceans of plastic silence fill our ears with their deafening din?

Muhammad, who grew to be trustworthy, even his enemies trusted him,
who waited for three days on a corner to pay back a debt he owed someone –
how can such honor be followed, in a world so ethically stifled,
when the very foundations of trust have been laughed into mud and ruin?

Muhammad who stood on the mountaintop and saw the sky fill with angels
but distrusted such visions as raving and was afraid his mind had snapped –
how can we see such stillness in the pool of his heart so thunderstruck
when our own streets are hallucinations like savage animals trapped?

Muhammad who let the Truth lead him, and his moon-like light filled the tents
of the people whose hearts were empty but open as sky,
how can our people be touched by the stature of such a being
when most of them are full of sickness and most of them want to die?

Muhammad whose talk was like mountain streams clearly crossing rocks
and splashing into pools of clarity where we could finally see our light –
how can this thick time know him? The doorways are filled with ghosts,
the dumb are leading the eloquent, the leaders are fearful of insight!

Muhammad who went through the heavens on the back of the lightningbolt mule
and whose gaze was steady and true face to face with the Face of the One –
how can mechanical thinking or the heart like a clock face in ice
begin to glimpse this other world with its other moon and sun?

Muhammad who led the armies with nothing but banners and trust
against mercantile idol-subscribers with the weapons and wealth of kings –
how can simplicity make sense to us, so overpowered by the magic
of High Technology’s sorcery which clots up our senses with “things?”

Muhammad whose victory just humbled him more than he was before
so that thousands finally accepted the worship of Allah alone –
is it the same situation now as then for us, hard-hearted people asleep
who’d rather sit in a stupor and worship bits of wood or stone?

Muhammad whose Gate-Opening crashed the iceberg rock right open
to let us enter a world where actual events shed light,
how to sit or go through a doorway, drink water or lie down to sleep,
how to face absolute Oneness without losing balance from fright.

Muhammad, peace of Allah be upon you, Prophet and Messenger of Light,
the figure you made among people put love in their hearts for the Truth –
how can the graveyard society we live in possibly hear your heartbeat
when their drunken hearts drink darkness sold at the tyrant’s corner booth?

O Prophet, O man among us, O light that goes ahead,
who gave out the last coin left to you when you lay on your first deathbed –
how can such stark reality reach into us when the air is so filled with lead
and such mention of life only bores the snoring multitudes of the dead?

O Light of the human touch in everything, Praiser and Praiseworthy in one,
we are naked before Allah at last, and we need your enlightening sun!




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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 26 August 2009 at 11:14am

Why did the Companions Love the Prophet so Much?

A non-Muslim at the time of the prophet witnessed how much the companions loved him, and went back to his people describing what he saw, and said he has never seen any people love a person like the Companions loved Muhammad, peace be upon him

Why was that?

The prophet, peace be upon him, loved them so much, and cared for every single one of them like his own son or his own brother, and they reciprocated that love. He was to them more precious than their own sons, as narrated in this hadith:

Aishah reported that a man came to the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) and said: "O Messenger of Allah! Indeed, I love you more than I love myself, and I love you more than I love my family, and I love you more than I love my children. When I am at home and I think of you, I am unable to contain myself until I can come to you and look at you. When I think about my death and your death, I know that when you enter Paradise, you will be raised to where the Prophets are. But, if I enter Paradise, I am afraid: will I be able to see you?"

The prophet then received the answer from angel Gabriel, and said: A person (in Paradise) will be with those whom he loves

 



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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 26 August 2009 at 1:54pm
"Indeed, he loves Allah & His Messenger…"

Dr. `Abd al-Wahhâb al-Turayrî

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There was a man named `Abd Allah who loved Allah and His Messenger so much that the Prophet (peace be upon him) had to declare about him: "Indeed, he loves Allah and His Messenger." [Sahîh al-Bukhârî (6282)]


This man named `Abd Allah so loved the Prophet (peace be upon him) that he used to delight in presenting the Prophet with any delicacy that came to Medina, so when any merchant caravan arrived with something like butter or honey, he would take it for him as a gift. Later, when the seller demanded payment, `Abd Allah would bring the seller to the Prophet and say: "Give this man its price."

The Prophet (peace be upon him) would then say: "Didn't you give it to me as a gift?"

`Abd Allah would say: "Yes, O Messenger of Allah; however I cannot afford to pay."

The two of them would laugh together and then the Prophet (peace be upon him) would have the merchant paid.

This was the type of close and jovial relationship that `Abd Allah and the Prophet had with each other.

It remains to be said that `Abdullah was an alcoholic. He would often become so drunk that he had to be brought staggering through the streets before the Prophet (peace be upon him) to be sentenced for public drunkenness, and each time, the Prophet would rule to have the prescribed punishment carried out. This was a common occurrence.

After `Abd Allah had departed from one of these all too frequent sentencings, one of the Companion's declared about `Abd Allah: "O Allah curse him! How often he is summoned for this!"

The Prophet (peace be upon him): rebuked that Companion, saying: "Do not curse him, for I swear by Allah, if you only knew just how very much indeed he loves Allah and His Messenger." [Sahîh al-Bukhârî (6282)] He then added: "Do not help Satan against your brother."

We can learn a lot from the Prophet's attitude.

We should reflect first upon the close and affectionate relationship this Companion enjoyed with the Prophet (peace be upon him), in spite of this Companion's shameful fault. Though the Prophet (peace be upon him) was who he was, it did not prevent him from relating to `Abd Allah in a familiar manner, of being his friend, and joking with him.

This shows us that in the society envisioned by the Prophet (peace be upon him) people were not segregated into the pious and the sinners, with social interactions debarred between the two groups. Rather, it was a unified, inclusive society, where each person could be at a different level of piety. Some were at the forefront of righteousness, some were moderately pious, while others were prone to fall into sin. However, no one lived aloof from society, nor was anyone shunned. Everyone remained part of society.

This inclusiveness meant that when some members of society fell into error, the effects of their mistakes were limited and short-lived. No one was marginalized, so there was no chance sinfulness to grow on society's "fringes". When anyone made a mistake, there was no end of brotherly support from others in society who were more than willing to lend a helping hand and get that person back on track.

Another lesson the Prophet's conduct shows us is the importance of maintaining a positive outlook. In spite of the fact that `Abd Allah was frequently being summoned before the Prophet (peace be upon him) for public drunkenness, the Prophet drew everyone's attention to one of Abd Allah's positive qualities – that he loved Allah and His Messenger. Yet, when we think about this particular quality, we find that it was not something unique for `Abd Allah, but a quality that all believers have in common. Nevertheless, the Prophet (peace be upon him) chose to praise `Abd Allah for this reason. In doing so, the Prophet could cultivate, encourage, and strengthen this quality in everyone. He also reminded them that if someone slips up, that person's faith and love of Allah is still intact.

We can imagine how `Abd Allah must have felt when he learned that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said this about him. He must certainly felt it as an immense honor to have Allah's Messenger declare this about him. It served to help him overcome his bad habit and gave him hope, by confirming that his essential being was not permanently marred by the mistakes.

It was the Prophet's way to point out the good qualities of those who sinned and fell into error. We sometimes forget this, and treat past sins as impenetrable barriers to future good. A person who commits a shameful deed is never allowed to live it down, but is instead often remembered only for that sin. We need to realize that this helps Satan to avail upon the sinner and get that person to sin again. The Prophet's approach, by contrast, inspires virtue. When reminded of `Abd Allah's frequent drunkenness, he boasted of that man's possessing the greatest virtue of loving Allah and His Messenger.

Finally, `Abd Allah had done something that was clearly wrong. There can be no doubt that `Abd Allah committed a sin. Imbibing intoxicants is a major sin, and the Prophet (peace be upon him) had often cursed wine. Nevertheless, after the Prophet had the prescribed sentence carried out upon `Abd Allah for his public drunkenness, he did not seek anything further against him. He saw any further reprimand to be helping Satan against the man. Rather, he turned everyone's attention to his merits that compensate for his shortcomings.

This should give us pause, when we consider how harshly we sometimes behave in our disagreements with others whose transgressions are far less serious or certain than `Abd Allah's were. Sometimes, it is merely our opinion that someone has done something wrong and the matter is really open to other points of view, but we still have no hesitations about railing against our opponents with everything in our verbal arsenal. How far this is from the example set by the Prophet (peace be upon him), who when faced with a person committing an obvious sin, still found it better to speak good about that person. He still kept up his good relationship with that person, despite his shortcomings.

The Prophet's conduct with `Abd Allah is an excellent example for us, full of valuable lessons regarding not only how we should treat one another, but how society can foster social bonds that are strong, wholesome, and nurturing, bonds which can serve to dissuade people from falling into sin.


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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 26 August 2009 at 9:59pm

The Prophet's Love and Care for His Companions

During the early years in Makkah, most members of the small community of Muslims were oppressed, especially the poor and those who had no tribe or family members to protect them.

Some of them were tortured, like Bilal and Suhaib, to make them leave their religion, but they were patient and their strong faith made them resist all those pressures and injustices.

As time went past, the pressure of the disbelievers in Makkah grew stronger, and though the prophet, peace be upon him, asked his followers to be patient, he was very sad for what they were going through. He needed them with him, but at the same time he was concerned for their safety, so one day he asked some of them to leave Makkah and emigrate to Al-Habasha (Ethiopia).

He loved them very much and he wanted them to escape from the torture and the daily humiliations they were going through in Makkah. Around 80 of his companions finally emigrated, and spent a number of years in Al-Habasha, and so years later they returned to rejoin the prophet in Madinah when conditions had improved

Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, loved them not for himself but for their own sake, .... and they loved him immensely in return

May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him



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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 27 August 2009 at 11:43am
 

Love for Prophet Muhammad: A Profound Inspiring Love

Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) had a profound love for humanity. Throughout centuries, Muslims have had a deep, passionate love for him.

The love harbored in the hearts of Muslims remains a source of inspiration, a factor of unity, and a leveler of differences among them. Indeed, this love is based on the love of Almighty Allah and on the supreme message of Islam.

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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 27 August 2009 at 12:51pm

May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him

'Amr Ibn Al-'Aas said, "There wasn't anyone more beloved to me than the messenger of Allah - salah allahu 'alayhi wa salam - and more glorious in my eyes than he. I wouldn't allow my eyes to stare at him so that to honor him, and if you were to ask me to describe him, I couldn't..."

[Muslim]



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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 27 August 2009 at 10:04pm

The Prophet's Sublime Manners and Deep Compassion

 

Indeed, the Prophet's heart was filled with intense love for all humans, irrespective of race, creed, and color. He advised his Companions to regard all people as their brothers and sisters:

 

"You are all Adam's offspring, and Adam was born of clay." (Abu Dawud)

 

On another occasion, a funeral procession passed by. On seeing this, the Prophet stood up. One of his Companions remarked that the funeral was a Jew's. Upon that, the Prophet replied, "Was he not a human being?" (Al-Bukhari).  

 

Furthermore, he commanded his Companions to refrain from disrupting ants' busy activities and to stay away from anthills. Indeed, this noble Prophet was sent as a mercy for all creatures. Almighty Allah says,

 

(And We have not sent you but as a mercy to the worlds.) (Al-Anbiyaa' 21:107)   ....

 

Another sign of his sublime manners and deep compassion is the kind way in which he used to treat orphans. He used to command people to sponsor them and treat them with excellence. Announcing the consequent virtues of that, he said, "I and the person who looks after an orphan and provides for him or her will be in Paradise like these" (Al-Bukhari). He then put his index and middle fingers together. ........

 

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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 28 August 2009 at 1:58pm

May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him

Love for the poor

The Prophet (s.a.a.w.) enjoined upon Muslims to treat the poor kindly and to help them with alms, Zakat, and in other ways. He said: "He is not a perfect Muslim who eats his fill and lets his neighbor go hungry."

He asked, "Do you love your Creator? Then love your fellow beings first."

Monopoly is unlawful in Islam and he preached that "It is difficult for a man laden with riches to climb the steep path that leads to bliss."

He did not prohibit or discourage the acquisition of wealth but insisted that it be lawfully acquired by honest means and that a portion of it would go to the poor. He advised his followers

"To give the laborer his wages before his perspiration dried up."

He did not encourage beggary either and stated that

"Allah is gracious to him who earns his living by his own labour, and that if a man begs to increase his property, Allah will diminish it and whoever has food for the day, it is prohibited for him to beg."

To his wife he said, "O A'isha, love the poor and let them come to you and Allah will draw you near to Himself."  [Sahih Bukhari]

One or two instances of the Prophet's (s.a.a.w.) concern for the poor may be given here. A Madinan, Ibad Bin Sharjil, was once starving. He entered an orchard and picked some fruit. The owner of the orchard gave him a sound beating and stripped off his clothes. The poor man appealed to the Prophet (s.a.a.w.) who remonstrated the owner thus:

"This man was ignorant, you should have dispelled his ignorance; he was hungry, you should have fed him."

His clothes were restored to the Madinan and, in addition, some grain was given to him [Abu Dawood]

A debtor, Jabir Bin Abdullah, was being harassed by his creditor as he could not clear his debt owing to the failure of his date crop. The Prophet (s.a.a.w.) went with Jabir to the house of the creditor and pleaded with him to give Jabir some more time but the creditor was not prepared to oblige. The Prophet (s.a.a.w.) then went to the oasis and having seen for himself that the crop was really poor, he again approached the creditor with no better result. He then rested for some time and approached the creditor for a third time but the latter was adamant. The Prophet (s.a.a.w.) went again to the orchard and asked Jabir to pluck the dates. As Allah would have it, the collection not only sufficed to clear the dues but left something to spare. [Sahih Bukhari]

His love for the poor was so deep that he used to pray: "O Allah, keep me poor in my life and at my death and raise me at resurrection among those who are poor." [Nasai]



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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 29 August 2009 at 3:37pm

May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him

Kindness to Animals
 
The Prophet (pbuh) not only preached to the people to show kindness to each other but also to all living souls. He forbade the practice of cutting tails and manes of horses, of branding animals at any soft spot, and of keeping horses saddled unnecessarily. [Sahih Muslim] If he saw any animal over-loaded or Milad he would pull up the owner and say,
"Fear Allah in your treatment of animals." [Abu Dawood]
A companion came to him with the young ones of a bird in his sheet and said that the mother bird had hovered over them all along. He was directed to replace her offspring in the same bush (Mishkat, Abu Dawood)

During a journey, somebody picked up some birds eggs. The bird's painful note and fluttering attracted the attention of the Prophet (pbuh), who asked the man to replace the eggs. [Sahih Bukhari]

As his army marched towards Makkah to conquer it, they passed a female dog with puppies. The Prophet (pbuh) not only gave orders that they should not be disturbed, but posted a man to see that this was done.

He stated, "Verily, there is heavenly reward for every act of kindness done to a living animal."

Muhammad (pbuh) also used to command mercy for all animals such that they are fed well, watered well, not forced to carry too heavy a burden, and not tortured or maimed for one's enjoyment.
 

AbuHurayrah said:

"The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, 'While a man was walking on a road he became very thirsty. He found a well, went into it, drank, and came out. [Upon exiting he met] a dog panting and eating the dirt out of thirst. The man said: 'This dog has become stricken with the same degree of thirst which had stricken me.' He went down into the well and filled his shoe and then held it in his mouth until he climbed out and gave the dog water to drink. Allah thanked him (for his good deed) and forgave him.' They said, 'O Messenger of Allah, are we rewarded for taking care of beasts?' He said, 'There is a reward [for you] in every creature with a moist liver.'"(Narrated by Al-Bukhari, Muslim, and Malik)
 

AbuHurayrah said:

"Allah's Messenger (pbuh) said: 'A woman was punished because of a cat. She neither provided it with food nor drink, nor set it free so that it might eat the insects of the earth.' " (Narrated by Muslim and Al-Bukhari).
 

Sahl ibn Amr said:

"The Messenger of Allah passed by a camel who's stomach quite touched it's back (from lack of food). Upon seeing this he said: 'Fear God in these unspeaking animals! Ride them [while they are] in good health, and eat them [while they are] in good health' " (Narrated by Abu-Dawood)

 

 



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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 30 August 2009 at 11:39am
 

Muhammad.. Amiable Par Excellence

Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) was always cheerful, genial, and pleasant-tempered. He was never rude or rough.

He only spoke things that brought rewards from Allah Almighty. When he spoke, the listeners would listen to his words with attention. They did not feel any inclination to engage him in heated arguments. The Prophet would always show patience with a stranger’s roughness of manners or harshness at talk. He used to say,

"When you see a person seeking an object earnestly, assist him to get his need." (Al-Baihaqi)

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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 30 August 2009 at 2:23pm
May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him
 
Generosity, Clemency and Conduct
 
Abdullah ibn Amr narrated:
"Allah's Messenger (s.a.a.w.) neither spoke in an insulting manner nor did he ever speak evil intentionally. He used to say, 'The most beloved to me among you is the one who has the best character and manners.'" (Narrated by Al-Bukhari) 

AbuHurayrah narrated that the Prophet (s.a.a.w.) said:
"The most Perfect believer in respect of faith is he who is best of them in manners." (Narrated by Abu-Dawood)

Qatadah ibn Malik narrated that Zayd ibn Ilaqah related on the authority of his uncle, Qatadah ibn Malik, that the Prophet (s.a.a.w.) would supplicate:
"O Allah, I seek Your protection against undesirable manners, acts, and desires." (Transmitted by Al-Tirmithi.)

Anas ibn Malik narrated:
"I was walking with the messenger of Allah (s.a.a.w.) and he was wearing a mantle of Najran with a thick border. A Bedouin met him and pulled the mantle so violently that I saw this violent pulling had left marks from its border on the skin of the neck of the Messenger of Allah (s.a.a.w.). And he (the Bedouin) said: Muhammad!, command that I should be given out of the wealth of Allah which is at your disposal. The Messenger of Allah (s.a.a.w.) turned to him and smiled, and then he ordered for him a provision." 

He also narrated:
"Eighty men from the men of Makkah descended upon the Messenger of Allah (s.a.a.w.) from the mountain of Al-Taneem, in [full] armor, with the intent of engaging in battle. He (Muhammad, s.a.a.w.) captured them peaceably and then did not kill them" (Narrated by Muslim) 

A pagan by the name of Zaid ibn Sa'ana came to the Messenger of Allah (s.a.a.w.) in order to collect a debt. When he drew near Muhammad (s.a.a.w.) he wrenched him by his clothes violently, exposing his shoulder, and spoke rudely at him. Finally, he said: "You sons of AbdulMuttalib are all a procrastinating lot." Immediately, Umar ibn Al-Khattab leapt at him chastising and rebuking him harshly, all the while the Messenger of Allah (s.a.a.w.) looked on smiling. Then the Prophet (s.a.a.w.) said to Umar: "He and I were in need of other than this O Umar; You should have commanded me to excel in my repayment, and have commanded him to excel in his request for repayment." He (Muhammad, s.a.a.w.) said: "There [still] remains in his term three [days]" He (Muhammad, s.a.a.w.) then commanded Umar to see to his recompensation and to increase him twenty 'saa' (weights) as compensation for the terrorization he had endured (from Umar). This man later became a Muslim" (Narrated by Al-Bayhaqi, ibn Habban, and Al-Tabarani) 

Anas ibn Malik said:
"Allah's Messenger (s.a.a.w.) had the best disposition amongst people. He sent me (when I was a child) on an errand one day, and I said: By Allah, I would not go. I had, however, this idea in my mind that I would do as Allah's Apostle (s.a.a.w.) had commanded me to do. I went out until I happened to come across children who had been playing in the street. In the meanwhile, Allah's Messenger (s.a.a.w.) came there and he caught me by the back of my neck from behind me. As I looked towards him I found him smiling and he said: Unays, did you go where I told you to go? I said: Allah's Messenger, yes, I am going. Anas further said: I served him for nine years but I know not that he ever chastised me about a thing which I had done why I did that, or about a thing I had left as to why I had not done that." (Narrated by Muslim)

In another narration, he said:
"I served the Prophet (s.a.a.w.) at Madinah for ten years. I was a boy. Every work that I did was not according to the desire of my master, but he never said to me: Fie!, nor did he say to me: Why did you do this? or Why did you not do this?" (Narrated by Abu-Dawood)

Ibne Malik also said:
"No one was more beloved to us than the Messenger of Allah (s.a.a.w.), [however], if we saw him we would not stand up for him for we knew how much he disliked [for us to do so]. And on one occasion someone called to him saying: 'O best of mankind ...' He replied: 'That is Abraham, peace be upon him' " (Narrated by Muslim)

Adi ibn Hatim al-Ta'ee came to the Prophet Muhammad (s.a.a.w.) to ask about Islam, so Muhammad (s.a.a.w.) invited him to his home. When they sat down, a small girl brought a pillow to the Messenger of Allah (s.a.a.w.), however, he placed it between him and Adi and sat on the ground. Adi later said: "[When I saw that] I knew that he was not a king"

It was also narrated that Muhammad (s.a.a.w.) once said:

"I am but a servant, I eat as the servant eats, and I sit as the servant sits"

Muhammad (s.a.a.w.) would tie his own camel, feed his own animal, eat with the servants, knead dough with them, and carry his own groceries from the market.



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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 31 August 2009 at 11:30am

The Prophet's Love for Mankind

According to a tradition recorded in the Sahih of Imam Muslim, when the Prophet’s opponents greatly increased their persecution, his Companions asked him to curse them. At this the Prophet replied, “I have not been sent to lay a curse upon men but to be a blessing to them.” His opponents continued to treat him and his Companions unjustly and cruelly, but he always prayed for them.

Once he was so badly stoned by his enemies that the blood began to spurt from all over his body. This happened when he went to Ta’if, where the Hijaz aristocracy used to while away their summer days. When he attempted to call them to Islam, instead of listening to his words of wisdom, they set the street urchins upon him, who kept chasing him till nightfall. Even at that point, when he was utterly exhausted and bleeding from head to foot, all he said was, “O my Lord, guide my people along the true path, as they are ignorant of the truth.”

His heart was filled with intense love for all human kind irrespective of caste, creed, or color. Once he advised his Companions to regard all people as their brothers and sisters. He added, “You are all Adam’s offspring and Adam was born of clay.” ........

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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 31 August 2009 at 2:48pm


It is related by Muaadh ibn Jabal radhiyAllaahu anhu that the Apostle of Allaah salAllaahu alaihi wa aalihi wa sallam sent him to Yemen as the governor. The Apostle salAllaahu alaihi wa aalihi wa sallam went with him giving him instructions and advice. At that time, Muaadh was riding on his mount while the Prophet(pbuh) was walking on foot beside him. The last thing the Prophet(pbuh) said after the necessary instructions was:

"We may not meet again after this year.It is possible that you may visit this mosque and my grave."

 On hearing it, Muaadh began to cry. Turning his face away from him and in the direction of Medinah, the Prophet remarked,


"Much closer and dearer to me are the bondmen who fear Allaah, whoever they are and wherever they may be."




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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 31 August 2009 at 9:42pm

Outstanding Forgiveness of the Prophet

Another great quality of Muhammad was that he never took revenge on anyone for personal reasons and always forgave even his firm enemies.

His wife `A'ishah reported that Allah's Messenger was not unseemly or obscene in his speech, nor was he loud-voiced in the streets, nor did he return evil for evil, but he would forgive and pardon.

The people of the Quraysh rebuked him, taunted and mocked at him, beat him and abused him. They tried to kill him and when he escaped to Madinah, they waged many wars against him. Yet when he entered Makkah victorious with an army of 10000, he did not take revenge on anyone. He forgave all. Even his deadliest enemy, Abu Sufyan, who had fought so many battles against him, was forgiven, as was anyone who stayed in his house. .....

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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 01 September 2009 at 2:07pm
May the peace and blessings of Allah swt be on him
 
Skeptics may argue that it is easy to be merciful and forgiving when one is in a position of weakness. But in a position of power or when the opportunity presents itself, humans are known for abusing their authority and punishing their enemies brutally.

Here, too, the Prophet demonstrated exemplary behavior. The most well-known example of this is during the peaceful takeover of Mecca by the Muslims. At a time when he could have easily destroyed his worst enemies, Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, showed remarkable restraint. This is even more significant given the culture of vicious tribal rivalry and guilt by association practiced at the time.

Among those the Prophet forgave were Abu Sufyan, a Quraysh leader who was among those who led the opposition to Islam; Ikrimah ibn Abu Jahl, an enemy whose father was one of the Prophet’s most vehement opponents; Hind, the wife of Abu Sufyan, who ripped open the corpse of the Prophet’s beloved uncle Hamza after the Battle of Uhud and ripped out his heart and liver; Wahshi, the man commissioned by Hind to murder Hamza; Utbah, the son of another of the Prophet’s greatest foes, Abu Lahab, who had divorced the Prophet’s daughter Ruqayyah under pressure from his father. None of these individuals were harmed or punished for their crimes.

The Prophet also made sure that none of the Muslims with him at the time of the takeover acted on their understandable feelings of vengeance for those who had tortured them and driven them out of their homes. For example, the Prophet gave Sa’d ibn Ubadah the standard he was initially carrying, after which Sa’d announced as the Muslims marched by Abu Sufyan that this would be the day of the Quraysh’s abasement and a day of slaughter. When the Prophet heard about this, he asked that Sa’d give the standard to his son, known for his comparatively milder temperament, for fear that Sa’d would commit violence against the Quraysh. Sa’d complied.

In terms of the rest of the Makkan population, they were granted forgiveness. It was truly a bloodless revolution based on mercy for the enemy.

Many Muslims have forgotten these lessons today.Contrast this attitude with that of some ignorant Muslims today who curse others to Hell and pray for their destruction. We don't know who is going where in the Next Life. We don't even know about ourselves. So let's keep making Dua that we stay on the right path and God guides others to it as well. We must not play God by assuming we know where others will end up.

When God tells us in the Quran about the behavior which leads to good reward and the character which takes people to the Hellfire, He is saying this so that people adopt the right behavior and avoid Hellfire by abandoning what He forbade for our own good. However, those verses are not meant to be a litmus test for us to determine where others will end up. That knowledge is only with God, the Lord of the universe.

Our Prophet was a mercy to all human beings, regardless of their religious, racial, cultural or ethnic background. We, as his followers, must live and spread this message today at a time when hatefulness and ugliness towards each other has become the norm.



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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 01 September 2009 at 10:33pm

Prophet Muhammad's Humbleness and Simplicity

Among his numerous good attributes humbleness and simplicity acquired a high and distinguished position.

Despite his position as leader, Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) never behaved as if he was greater or better than other people. He never made people feel small, unwanted or embarrassed. He urged his followers to live kindly and humbly. He released slaves whenever he could and gave charity, especially to very poor people, and orphans, without waiting for any reward.

Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) himself was never greedy. He ate very little and only ate simple food. He preferred never to fill his stomach. Sometimes, for days on end, he would eat nothing but raw food.
He used to bind stones onto his belly to appease his hunger and considered milk as sufficient if he did not have any other food.

Simple living and contentment were the key teachings of the Prophet's life:

"Look at those who stand at a lower level than you but don't look at those who stand at a higher level than you, for this would make the favors (conferred upon you by Allah) insignificant (in your eyes)." (Muslim)

He slept on a very simple mattress on the floor and had almost nothing in the way of home comforts or decorations .........

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 02 September 2009 at 10:18pm

The Prophet With Non-Muslims

In the Qur’an, Allah commands believers to

[Be upholders of justice, bearing witness for Allah alone, even against yourselves or your parents and relatives. Whether they are rich or poor, Allah is well able to look after them. Do not follow your own desires and deviate from the truth. ] (An-Nisaa’ 4:135)

With the rules he imposed on Muslims, his just and tolerant attitude towards those of other religions, languages, races, and tribes, and his way of not discriminating between rich and poor, but treating everybody equally, Allah’s Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) is a great example to all of mankind. ......

This noble attitude of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), being in total harmony with the morality of the Qur’an, should be taken as an example of how members of different religions today should be treated.

The Prophet’s justice brought about understanding between people of different races. In many of his addresses, even in his final sermon, the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) stated that superiority lay not in race, but in godliness, as Allah states in the verse

[Mankind! We created you from a male and female, and made you into peoples and tribes so that you might come to know each other. The noblest among you in Allah’s sight is that one of you who best performs his duty. Allah is All-Knowing, All-Aware.] (Al-Hujurat 49:13)

Two hadiths report that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said,

“You are sons of Adam, and Adam came from dust. Let the people cease to boast about their ancestors.” (Abu Dawud) 

“These genealogies of yours are not a reason to revile anyone. You are all children of Adam. No one has any superiority over another except in religion and taqwa (godliness).” (Ahmad) 

During his final sermon, the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) called on Muslims in the following terms:

“There is no superiority for an Arab over a non-Arab and for a non-Arab over an Arab; or for white over the black or for the black over the white except in piety. Verily the noblest among you is he who is the most pious.”

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 03 September 2009 at 10:42pm
One of the sad events in the life of Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, was his trip to Al-Ta'if before his emigration from Makkah
 
After his wife Khadijah died, and his uncle Abu-Talib died in the same year, the prophet was left with little support from the influencial people in Makkah. The vast majority of people there had disbelieved in his message, and were now starting to cause him more harm
 
So he decided one day to go to Al-Ta'if to invite the people there to Islam, maybe God would guide them to the Truth. When he arrived, he was faced with even more hostility and rejection, to the point that young children started throwing stones at him, and his feet were injured and bled.
 
On his way back to Makkah, he stopped for a rest, and angel Gabriel came to him, and offered to destroy the whole city of Ta'if, if the prophet wanted.
 
What was his answer?
 
He prayed for the people of Al-Ta'if and said that maybe one day there will be believers among their descendents. He did not seek personal revenge, but was hoping for their well-being
 
This by the way is what the modern Ta'if looks like:
 
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The prayer Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, made on his way back was the following:
 
"Oh, my Allah! To Thee I complain of the feebleness of my strength, of my lack of resources and of my being unimportant in the eyes of people.
 
Oh, Most Merciful of all those capable of showing mercy! Thou art the Lord of the weak, and Thou art my own Lord.
 
To whom art Thou to entrust me; to an unsympathetic folk who would sullenly frown at me, or to an alien to whom Thou hast given control over my affairs?
 
Not in the least do I care for anything except that I may have Thy protection for myself.
 
I seek shelter in Your light - The light that illuminates the Heavens and dispels all sorts of darkness, and which controls all affairs in this work as well as in the Hereafter.
 
May it never be that I should incur Thy wrath, or that Thou should be displeased with me. I must remove the cause of Thy displeasure until Thou art pleased.
 
There is no strength nor power but through Thee."
 
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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 04 September 2009 at 1:38pm
May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him
 
Steadfastness was also his mien when he lost his own children who were a part of himself. Before the start of his Prophetic mission he lost two boys: al-Qasim and 'Abdullah, who were nicknamed at-Tahir and at-Tayyib. After the mission began, he lost three of his daughters, Zaynab, Ruqayya and Umm Kulthum, after they had married. Then after yearning a long time for another child, Allah gave him Ibrahim. He rejoiced greatly in him and found in him a replacement for those he had lost - and hoped that Allah would let him live to be a joy to him in is old age. However Ibrahim had not even reached the age of sixteen or eighteen months when he died.
 
As he was dying, the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, was informed and he leant on 'Abdu'r-Rahman ibn 'Awf for support owning to the intensity of his grief. He went to see Ibrahim in his mother's lap, gasping for breath, and he placed him in his own lap and said, "Ibrahim, we cannot avail you against Allah at all. " Then he was silent and wept.

When he was certain that Ibrahim wad dead, the tears flowed from his eyes and he said, "Ibrahim, if it had not been that it is a true command and a true promise that the last of us will meet the first of us, we would have been more greived for you than this." 'Abdu'r-Rahman ibn 'awf said to him when he noticed him weeping. "and you as well, Messenger of Allah?'"

He said, "son of Awf, it is mercy." Then the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "The eye weeps and the heart grieves, but we only say what is pleasing to our Lord. We are grieved to part from you, O Ibrahim."

The Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, was content with Allah's decree, patient in what He willed so that he said to the mountain to which he entrusted his beloved son: "O mountain, if you had experienced the like of what I have, you would have crumbled, but we belong to Allah and we return to Him."

When the Muslims saw the grief of the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, they tried to comfort him and he told them: "I have not forbidden grief. I have forbidden raising the voice in wailing. What you see in me is the effect of love and mercy in the heart. If someone does not show mercy, others will not show mercy to him. Allah shows mercy to those of His slaves who are merciful."



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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 05 September 2009 at 10:52pm

The Prophet's Love for his Brothers of Later Generations

In a hadith, Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, said:

“Surely, I wished to reunite with my brothers.”

Whereupon his addressees said:
“Are we not your brothers?”

He answered:
“You are my companions and brothers. After me, there will also come a community who believes in me though they did not see me.”



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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 06 September 2009 at 1:28pm
May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him

A Human Being Before a Prophet

Apart from seeing Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) as the Messenger of God gifted with divine revelation, one can remarkably see him as an ideal example of a perfect human character.

 

Prophet Muhammad is a person who strove hard for the well-being of his community and of humanity at large. His farsightedness and  ability to correctly read events of his time and to anticipate results helped him, along with divine wisdom from God, to address people's emotions and to win their hearts before their minds. His human touch was inescapable, and his personal appeal and gentle approach won the hearts of enemies before those of friends.

In short, he always found his way to his target audience. His cousin and Companion Ali is reported to have asserted this distinctive aspect of the Prophet's character:


The Prophet (peace be upon him) used to win the hearts of his Companions with his kind approach. He was never harsh or hardhearted. In his meetings, he used to treat all equally; listening to them all and giving all equal chance to participate in the ongoing discussions. He was a very patient negotiator, and he never withdrew himself from the discussion unless the negotiators themselves leave first. Whenever someone asked him for something, he was keen to fulfil his wish. If not, then he will please his heart with kind words. Among people, he was known by good manners and to them all he was like an affectionate father.


 

Missed by Friends When Absent

 

A man like Muhammad was the solace to his friends' souls. They would miss him very much if he went to mind personal matters, even if for a short while. This is the feeling you might have when your soul mate is absent; you always wait in anticipation for him or her to come back. That was the case with the Companions and Prophet Muhammad.

 


Abu Mohammad Al-Hussein Al-Baghawi in his Ma`alim At-Tanzeel (Landmarks of Revelation) mentions that Thawban, one of the Companions who showed this real love, once came to the Prophet with sadness portrayed on his face. Upon seeing him, Muhammad inquired about this noticeable sadness and very pale face.

This reflects how close the Prophet was to his friends and Companions. He would even ask about these things that we may consider trivial or unnecessary. Thawban replied,

O Messenger of God, I do not suffer from any disease. When our daily meetings come to an end, I miss you a lot until we meet the next day. Now, I remember the Last Day where you will be granted a very special status along with the other prophets and messengers. If God destined me to enter Paradise, then we will not meet due to different degrees, as surely my degree in Paradise will be lower than yours. If God destined me to enter the Hellfire, then we will not meet.

Hearing this, the Prophet remained silent for a while to receive the following revelation shortly afterwards:

 

[And whoever obeys God and the Messenger, these are with those upon whom God has bestowed favors from among the Prophets and the truthful and the martyrs and the good, and a goodly company they are.] (An-Nisaa' 4:69)

 

"Isn't he [the dead Jew] a soul created by God?"      - Prophet Muhammad
Situations like the above should not pass unnoticed. The human touch of the Prophet and the way he approached his Companions and people in general did wonders. It ended up with people declaring that Muhammad is dearer to them than their wives, sons, daughters, parents, and selves.

 

These and many other countless events from the Prophet's biography demonstrate that Muhammad was a highly respectable, reputable, beloved, and kind character.

 
Even before being divinely ordered by God to carry the divine message, he was called by his own tribesmen "As-Sadiq Al-Amin" (Arabic for "the truthful and the trustworthy").

 

People of Other Faiths

 

"This day is the day of mercy. This is a day when honor cannot be transgressed. This is an honorable day for Quraish." 
 -Prophet Muhammad
Muhammad's good manners were not confined to his close friends and Companions. His manners exceeded them to encompass different nationalities and creeds. He taught his Companions how to respect others regardless of their faith, race, color, or creed.

One day, he was sitting among his Companions. A funeral of a Jew from the people of Madinah was passing by, and upon seeing it, the Prophet stood up. His astonished Companions said, "O Prophet of God! He is a Jew." The Prophet taught them how to be respectful Muslims considerate to others' feelings by saying, "Isn't he the dead Jew a soul created by God?"

 

How far do we go in our hasty judgments on others? How many quick decisions do we make unknowingly and unwisely about our fellow humans? Don't we learn from the above example the respect Muhammad extended to a dead soul? He never derided or cursed a human being or even an animal. He was a caring and lovable character. Violence and harshness are never found in his dictionary.

 

Dealing With His Enemies

 

Many are the false, horrible stories one can hear and read about  Prophet  Muhammad being bloodthirsty and war-loving. Had those who study his character attempted to be objective in their studies, they would have realized that he was really a war-hating and merciful commander. He addressed his Companions on the night of the Battle of Badr saying, "Don't ever wish to meet the enemy, but if you are forced to , then be patient" (Al-Bukhari). "If you are forced to do that" means that confrontation was an option he did not prefer.

 

Muhammad was someone who declared general amnesty before Amnesty International came to existence in today's world.
He was never offensive in his wars and military campaigns. His enemies ask for confrontation, and he enters wars for solely defending his beliefs and his community. He won the hearts of his enemies on the day he victoriously entered Makkah, without wasting a single soul.

One of the Companions, Sa`d ibn `Ubadah, once felt conceited on that day and raised his voice saying, "Today is the day of fierce war, a day in which inviolable rules will become violable, and a day to let Quraish taste humiliation." Upon hearing him, the victorious leader declared, "No, Sa`d! This day is the day of mercy. This is a day when honor cannot be transgressed. This is an honorable day for Quraish."

 

He never denied his enemies their dignity or honor. He never stripped them of their human characteristics.

He was someone who declared general amnesty before Amnesty International came to existence in today's world. He declared it before all and in broad daylight saying, "Go, you are free " These very people are those who drove the Prophet and all followers of Islam in Makkah out of their homeland (Makkah). They are the ones who relentlessly and fiercely oppressed him and his followers for more than 21 years.

 

Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) has been and will always be a human being from whom Muslims learn how to love and deal with one another, and form healthy relationships in today's global village. He left his personal impact on people as a human being before God entrusted him with His message.

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 06 September 2009 at 10:43pm

Yes, Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, was a human being.

His love for his companions had no limit, and they loved him in return, especially the (Ansar), the Muslims of Madinah, who out of their love for him and for the Muslims of Makkah, gave them all the support they could in an amazing act of love and altruism (ethaar)
 
He was very humble and down to earth, and that is one of the reasons why his followers loved him so much. He was one of them, and he never made them feel that he was superior, in fact he commanded his followers not to praise him like the Christians praised Jesus, the son of Maryam, and he reminded them that he was the son of a woman from Makkah
 
When he eventually returned to Makkah after 21 years of persecution by the people of Makkah, he did not enter the city as a victorious king, but entered Makkah with his head bowing to His Lord as a humble servant of God, and he forgave the people of Makkah who had wronged him, attacked him, and fought against him saying, "Go, you are all free"
 
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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 08 September 2009 at 11:46am
 
May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him
 
'A'ishah (ra) narrated:


"Once, when I saw the Prophet in a very good mood, I said to him: "O Messenger of Allah! Supplicate to Allah for me!"

So, he said: "O Allah! Forgive 'A'ishah her past and future sins, what she has hidden, as well as what she has made apparent."

So, I began smiling, to the point that my head fell into my lap out of joy.

The Messenger of Allah (pbuh)said to me: "Does my supplication make you happy?"

I replied: "And how can your supplication not make me happy?"

He then said: "By Allah, it is the supplication that I make for my Ummah in every prayer.""

 

[Reported in 'Sahih Mawarid adh-Dhaman' (# 1875), Silsilah as-Sahihah' (# 2254)]



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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 08 September 2009 at 12:59pm

The Prophet’s Contribution to Human Thought

It was he [the Prophet Muhammad] who turned the course of human thought from superstition-mongering, love for the unnatural and the inexplicable, and monasticism towards a rational approach, love for reality, and a pious and balanced worldly life.

It was he who, in a world which regarded only supernatural happenings as miracles and demanded them for the verification of the truth of a religious mission, inspired the urge for rational proof and the faith in them as the criterion of truth.

It was he who, in place of baseless speculation, led human beings to the path of rational understanding and sound reasoning on the basis of observation, experiment, and research.

It was he who clearly defined the limits and functions of sense perception, reason, and intuition.

It was he who brought about a rapprochement between spiritual and material values.

It was he who harmonized faith with knowledge and action. It was he who created the scientific spirit with the power of religion and who evolved true religiosity on the basis of the scientific spirit. ......

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 09 September 2009 at 1:21am

The Prophet's Love for His Sons and Daughters

Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, had four daughters from his wife Khadijah (Zaynab, Ruqayyah, Umm Kulthum & Fatimah). Three of them died in his lifetime, and only Fatimah lived till he passed away (she died six months after him).

He also had three sons (Al-Qassim, Abdullah and Ibrahim) who died in their childhood.

His love for Lady Fatimah was very strong, and every time she came to see him, he would stand up and welcome her.

Lady Fatimah is described to be one of the great women in Islam. She played an important role in her father's mission, thus is recognized as the perfect role model for women. ....

In many reports, she was barely five when Prophet Muhammad received his first revelation at Mount Hira'. As a child, she had witnessed gross calamities inflicted upon her parents and even at times she fell victim to the taunts of the Quraish.

Unlike some children today who have to deal with playground bullying or peer pressure, Lady Fatima endured physical, mental and spiritual pain as she watched her father being humiliated by the pagan Arabs as they labeled him as being "mentally insane."

One story even relays a scene at the Kabah where  one of the Prophet's opponents discarded rubbish on Prophet Muhammad's head while he was prostrating to God.

With a teary eye and a wrenched heart, the young Fatimah cleaned her father as he pacified his favorite daughter by telling her that he could endure personal insults, as long as they were not directed towards Islam .....

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The Prophet's love and care for his daughter were very special, and as a father he was an ideal caring and loving father, peace be upon him

 



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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 09 September 2009 at 3:44pm
Jazakh Allah Khair...
 
May the Blessings and Peace Be Upon Him
 
Al-Tirmidhi narrates in his Shama'il with an authentic chain that a Bedouin by the name of Zahir Al-Aslami was one day being sold in the marketplace. The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alayhi wa salam) crept up behind him and wrapped his arms around Zahir, raising his voice and yelling "Who will purchase this slave?"
 
Zahir looked back at the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) and said "You will find me not worth much, Oh Messenger of Allah."
 
The Prophet (sal Allahu alayhi wa salam) corrected his self perception by saying "But you are, in the sight of Allah, expensive."


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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 10 September 2009 at 1:18am

The Prophet's Love for his Daughter Zainab

The Prophet's love for all people was a very strong love. He wanted guidance for them for their well-being in this life and in the Hereafter. He loved his companions and loved his family, especially his daughters.

His elder daughter was Lady Zainab, the daughter of Khadijah. This is part of her story:

Torn Between Two Loves

Zainab was the eldest daughter of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

Eldest, and by default, a role-model, Zainab's story of loving, losing and loving again was probably the most painful yet most endearing of the four sisters.

As a young Arab woman, she was married to a wealthy man from Shams, a tribe of Quraish.

However, as Islam came to Makkah, little did the family realize that Zainab's marriage had to be terminated, having to choose her beloved father over her husband.

Her tale is an emotional one, embalmed in tears — both sad and happy.

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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 10 September 2009 at 4:05pm
May the peace and blessings be on Him
 
The Prophet's[pbuh] Humility
 
Charles de Secondat, baron de Montesquieu a French political philosopher and social critic, said, "To become truly great, one has to stand with people, not above them." This reminded me of the building of the first mosque in Madinah: The Prophet[s] had recently completed a tiring and stressful journey, but when he saw his people enthusiastically laying bricks for the mosque, he insisted he would join them; thus laying the foundations of a society in which nobody's status was too high and no work was too menial.

Through his actions that day, he taught his people enduring lessons on equality, companionship, and respect:
[Verily the most honoured of you in the sight of God is the one who is the most righteous of you]
(Al-Hujurat 49:13).

Sharing Chores and Errands

The Prophet[s] ate with his people — he shared the same bread and drank from the same flask — and when his people went hungry, he starved too.

He lived with his Companions as one of them and their problems were his own: He laughed with them when they were happy, and he cried with them when they were sad. On the battlefield, he was always with his soldiers, and at home he helped his wives with their chores.

 
The Prophet[s] was once travelling with a group of people and it was time to rest and cook food. As work was divided and everybody was assigned a task, the Prophet insisted he would contribute too and began to collect firewood.

His Companions argued that there was no need for the Prophet[s] to work; after all, he was the Prophet of God, how could they let him collect firewood! But he remained adamant saying that since he was part of the travelling party, he too would participate in the work to be done, for he hated to be privileged (Al-Mubarakpuri, 1979).

 

For most of his followers, the high status of the Prophet[s] is unquestionable. While he lived, he was considered even by his detractors to be a man of truth and honesty. The genuineness of the message he bought was authenticated by the millions who accepted the new faith he preached with such great passion, willing to sacrifice all they had for their religion and for the man who led them to it.

He was their leader not just in all spheres of life in this world but in the life of the hereafter too — a man of religion, a general, a father, an elder brother, a husband, a friend, and also a Prophet of God.
 

He could have used this passion that his followers had for him in whatever manner he pleased. He could have had luxury and deserved it too. Yet he slept on a crude straw mat that left his back marked, he prayed on the bare earth which left his forehead stained, and he wore clothes that had torn many times over and that he himself had mended (Al-Bukhari).



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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 11 September 2009 at 1:36am

Prophet Muhammad: The Loving Grandfather

The Prophet's immense love for his daughters lead to his immense love for his grandchildren. His two grandsons, Al-Hassan and Al-Hussein, were very dear to his heart. He would joke with them, bend down for them to write on his back, and spend a lot of time with them.

One day, in a Friday sermon, the Prophet was giving a speech from his pulpit and his two drnadsons enetered the mosque.

What did the prophet, peace be upon him, do?

He stopped his speech, went down and brought them up with him on the pulpit and continued his sermon.

The following quote is from an IOL article:

He also loved his granddaughter Umamah. He often went out with her on his shoulders, and even placed her on his shoulders while praying. When he prostrated, he put her down; when he had finished praying, he placed her on his back again. ....

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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 11 September 2009 at 4:25pm

May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him

The Generosity of the Prophet(pbuh)
 
The Prophet (pbuh) was the most generous person in giving away what he owned, and he would never look at something as being either too big or too insignificant to give up for the sake of Allah.
 
Nobody would ask him for anything except that he gave it to them, regardless of how big or small it was. 
 
He gave things away in a way that made it seem that he never feared poverty, and generosity and charity were the most beloved things to him.
 
His happiness and joy in giving something away was more than that felt by those who would accept his gifts. He was the most generous person, and his generosity was like the blowing wind.
 
If a person in need would approach him, he would always prefer that person to himself. This was sometimes in the form of food, and was sometimes in the form of clothing.
 
He would have variety in terms of how he would give things away:

Sometimes, he would give it as a small gift, sometimes as charity, and sometimes as a large gift.

He would sometimes buy something from someone then give him back the product itself that he had just paid for, such as what he did with the camel he bought from Jabir.

Sometimes, he would take a loan and then pay back more than he borrowed, or would give back something better or more plentiful than he borrowed.

Sometimes, he would buy something and pay more than its value for it.

He would accept a gift and then repay it with a gift many times more valuable.

This was all done out of his generosity and desire to practice as many types of charity and good as possible.
 
His charity was in what he possessed, his personality, and his words. He would give whatever he had and command others to give charity and encourage them in this and call to it through his actions and words.
 
If he saw a stingy person, his mere personality would force that person into being generous and charitable. Whoever interacted with him and accompanied him and observed his lifestyle had no choice but to also be generous and freely giving.
 
His lifestyle was one of kindness, charity, and goodness. This is why he was the most relaxed of people and the purest and softest of them in heart...
 
['Zad al-Ma'ad'-Ibn al Qayyim(ra)]


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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 12 September 2009 at 1:24am
Yes, the prophet peace be upon him, was very generous, and in Ramadan his generosity was multiplied
 
When the Prophet's people refused to believe him and treated him rudely, Angel Jibreel (Gabriel) visited him with a message from Almighty Allah. He said, "Indeed, Almighty Allah has heard the sayings of your people and [seen] how they responded to you, and He — exalted be He — has commanded the angel of the mountains to obey any order from you against them."  

 

The angel of the mountains called Prophet Muhammad and said, "Ask for whatever you want; I would, if you wish, crush them with the akhshabain [surrounding mountains]." Prophet Muhammad said, "No, I hope that Allah will bring out of their offspring people who worship Allah alone with no associates" (Muslim).

 

Even at that point, when he was utterly exhausted and wounded head to toe, all he said was "O my Lord, guide my people along the true path, as they are ignorant of the truth."

 

Another sign of his sublime manners and deep compassion is the kind way in which he used to treat orphans. He used to command people to sponsor them and treat them with excellence. Announcing the consequent virtues of that, he said, "I and the person who looks after an orphan and provides for him or her will be in Paradise like these" (Al-Bukhari). He then put his index and middle fingers together.

 

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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 13 September 2009 at 12:36am
May the peace and blessings be on Him
 
The Prophet's(pbuh) Love For Children

When Al-'Aqra` Ibn Habiss saw Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) kissing and hugging his grandson Al-Hassan Ibn `Ali (ra), he said:

"I have 10 children; I never kissed any of them". Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) looked at him and said: "Whoever is not merciful to others, will not be treated mercifully,"

 (‎Al-Bukhari, Muslim, Abu Dawud and At-Tirmidh, Al Muntaqa Min Al-Tar'ghib # ‎‎1326)  ‎
  

On another occasion, some Bedouins went to Madinah to see Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and asked: "Do you kiss your children?" When the answer came in the affirmative, they said "By God, we don't kiss (our children)".

Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) then told them: ‎"I can not put mercy in your hearts after Allah has taken it away from you."
 
 (Al-Lu' Lu' Wal Marjan, #1496)

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 13 September 2009 at 1:21am

Prophet Muhammad's Love for his Servants

Zayd ibn Harithah was the servant of Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, originally a slave from a lost caravan from distant lands offered to him by his wife, Lady Khadijah, to serve him. The prophet loved Zayd so much to the point that he treated him as his adopted son.

The strange thing in this matter is that the family of Zayd after searching for him for many years came to know that he was in Makkah, so they traveled looking for him. When they found him, they offered to pay any sum for his freedom, and Prophet Muhammad said he wanted no money. He suggested that if Zayd wanted to return to his family and tribe, he was free to do so. When given the option, Zayd, who was so attached to the prophet for his excellent manners and treatment declined the offer and prefered to remain in Makkah with the Prophet.

That was how much the prophet cared for others, even if they were poor or or lower social status. His kindness and care were simply unique, peace be upon him



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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 13 September 2009 at 11:36pm
May the peace and blessings be upon Him
 
 
The Prophet's (pbuh)Mercy for Women

Prophet Muhammad (saw) was also very kind and affectionate towards women. Women were treated quite badly in those times. The Noble Prophet (saw) gave them honor and dignity at par with men in the community. Umar (ra) reported, "We did not have much regard for women, while we were at Makkah, but they were better treated in Madinah. Allah's Messenger (saw) established women's rights through his sayings and commandments, which improved their position and status."

Men enjoyed the privilege of the company of Allah's Messenger most of the time while women did not get any time to listen to him or inquire about their problems. Therefore, women requested him to allocate one day for them for this purpose. The Prophet (saw) accepted their request and fixed a day for them. As women are usually of a tender and weak nature, he took special care of them and always treated them with kindness. As a result, women felt free to inquire about their problems without any fear or hesitation.

Once on a journey with the Noble Prophet (saw), Anjasha, an Abyssinian slave was walking ahead of the camels and was singing. Some of the wives of the Noble Prophet (saw) happened to be with him on that journey. While Anjasha was singing, the carriers began moving fast. At that, Prophet Muhammad (saw) said, "Anjasha, take care lest the fragile crystals (women) may break."

Asma bint Amees (ra) was one of those who had immigrated to Abyssinia in the early period of Islam. When during the expedition of Khaybar, while the Muslims were on their way back to Madinah, she also came with them. One day she came to see Hafsah when Umar (ra) was also there. On that occasion, Umar (ra) casually remarked that as they had immigrated before them they had greater claim to Allah's Messenger than others. Asma became angry and said, "Never!you people lived with Allah's Messenger who fed the hungry while we were away from home, living among strangers in Abyssinia who often maltreated us and we were in constant fear of our lives."

While this talk was going on, Allah's Messenger (saw) came and Asma said, "O Allah's Messenger, Umar (ra) has said this." Prophet Muhammad (saw) asked, "What did you reply?" She told the whole story, whereupon the Noble Prophet (saw) said, "Umar (ra) has no more right over me than you have. Umar (ra) and his companions immigrated only once, whereas you people immigrated twice."

When the report of this incident spread in Madinah, Abyssinian immigrants came running to Asma (ra) and listened to Allah's Messenger's words again and again. According to Asma's account, there was nothing more pleasing in the world to the ears of the Abyssinian immigrants than the words of the Prophet (saw).

Once many women relatives of Prophet Muhammad (saw) were sitting around him and talking loudly. When Umar (ra) came they all left, at which the Prophet laughed. Umar (ra) said, "O Allah's Messenger, may Allah keep you smiling. Why did you laugh?" The Prophet (saw) remarked that he was amazed at the behavior of those women, who, on hearing Umar (ra)'s voice, had all hidden themselves from him. Umar (ra), addressing them, said, "You fear me but do not fear Allah's Messenger." They all said, "You are a hot-tempered person in comparison to Allah's Messenger."

Once the Noble Prophet (saw) was sleeping with his face covered in the apartment of A'ishah (ra). It was the day of Eid and young girls were singing. Abu Bakr (ra) entered the house and asked the girls to stop. The Prophet (saw) said, "Let them sing, it is the day of Eid for them."

As a result of Prophet Muhammad's exemplary temperament and kind treatment, women used to ask him questions and the companions were often surprised at their boldness, but he never showed any kind of aversion or displeasure towards them. It is reported by many companions, including Abu Saeed, A'ishah, Anas, Ibn Abbas and Jabir (ra), that Allah's Messenger (saw) said, "Whoever has two or three daughters or sisters and treats them well, will go to Paradise."

 

 




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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 14 September 2009 at 1:42am
The Kindness of Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him
 
Part of a talk by Sheikh Hamza Yusuf on the kindness of our beloved prophet, peace be upon him
 
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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 14 September 2009 at 4:43pm
May the Peace and Blessings be upon Him
 
 
Prophet Muhammed (SAW) : A Pioneer of the Environment

By  Francesca De Chatel
Anthropologist of Islamic Culture, The Netherlands

“There is none amongst the believers who plants a tree, or sows a seed, and then a bird, or a person, or an animal eats thereof, but it is regarded as having given a charitable gift (for which there is great recompense).” (Al-Bukhari, III:513)

The idea of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) as a pioneer of environmentalism will initially strike many as strange: indeed, the term “environment” and related concepts like “ecology”, “environmental awareness” and “sustainability”, are modern-day inventions, terms that were formulated in the face of the growing concerns about the contemporary state of the natural world around us.

And yet a closer reading of the hadith, the body of work that recounts significant events in the Prophet’s life, reveals that he was a staunch advocate of environmental protection. One could say he was an “environmentalist avant la lettre”, a pioneer in the domain of conservation, sustainable development and resource management, and one who constantly sought to maintain a harmonious balance between man and nature. From all accounts of his life and deeds, we read that the Prophet had a profound respect for fauna and flora, as well as an almost visceral connection to the four elements, earth, water, fire and air.

He was a strong proponent of the sustainable use and cultivation of land and water, proper treatment of animals, plants and birds, and the equal rights of users. In this context the modernity of the Prophet’s view of the environment and the concepts he introduced to his followers is particularly striking; certain passages of the hadith could easily be mistaken for discussions about contemporary environmental issues.

 

Three Principles

The Prophet’s environmental philosophy is first of all holistic: it assumes a fundamental link and interdependency between all natural elements and bases its teachings on the premise that if man abuses or exhausts one element, the natural world as a whole will suffer direct consequences. This belief is nowhere formulated in one concise phrase; it is rather an underlying principle that forms the foundation of all the Prophet’s actions and words, a life philosophy that defined him as a person.

The three most important principles of the Prophet’s philosophy of nature are based on the Quranic teachings and the concepts of tawhid (unity), khalifa (stewardship) and amana (trust).

Tawhid, the oneness of God, is a cornerstone of the Islamic faith. It recognizes the fact that there is one absolute Creator and that man is responsible to Him for all his actions:

“To God belongs all that is in the heavens and in the earth, for God encompasses everything.” (Surah Al Nisa’ 4:126)

The Prophet acknowledges that God’s knowledge and power covers everything. Therefore abusing one of his creations, whether it is a living being or a natural resource, is a sin. The Prophet considered all of God’s creations to be equal before God and he believed animals, but also land, forests and watercourses should have rights.

The concepts of khalifa, stewardship, and amana, trust, emerge from the principle of tawhid. The Quran explains that mankind holds a privileged position among God’s creations on earth: he is chosen as khalifa, “vice-regent” and carries the responsibility of caring for God’s earthly creations. Each individual is given this task and privilege in the form of God’s trust. But the Quran repeatedly warns believers against arrogance: they are no better than other creatures.

“No creature is there on earth nor a bird flying with its wings but they are nations like you;” (Surah Al Anam 6:38)
“Surely the creation of the heavens and the earth is greater than the creation of man; but most people know not.”  (Surah Ghafir 40:57)

The Prophet believed that the universe and the creations in it – animals, plants, water, land – were not created for mankind. Man is allowed to use the resources but he can never own them. Thus while Islam allows land ownership, it has limitations: an owner can, for example, only own land if he uses it; once he ceases to use it, he has to part with his possession.

The Prophet recognized man’s responsibility to God but always maintained humility. Thus he said: “When doomsday comes, if someone has a palm shoot in his hand, he should plant it,” suggesting that even when all hope is lost for mankind, one should sustain nature’s growth. He believed that nature remains a good in itself, even if man does not benefit from it.

Similarly, the Prophet incited believers to share the earth’s resources. He said: “Muslims share alike in three things – water, herbage and fire,” and he considered it a sin to withhold water from the thirsty.

“No one can refuse surplus water without sinning against Allah and against man.” (Mishkat al Masabih)

The Prophet’s attitude towards sustainable use of land, conservation of water and the treatment of animals is a further illustration of the humility of his environmental philosophy.

 

Sustainable Use of Land 

“The earth has been created for me as a mosque and as a means of purification.” (Al-Bukhari I:331)

With these words the Prophet emphasizes the sacred nature of earth or soil, not only as a pure entity but also as a purifying agent. This reverence towards soil is also demonstrated in the ritual of tayammum, or “dry wudu” which permits the use of dust in the performance of ritual purification before prayer when water is not available.

The Prophet saw earth as subservient to man, but recognised that it should not be overexploited or abused, and that it had rights, like the trees and wildlife living on it. In order to protect land, forests and wildlife, the Prophet created inviolable zones known as hima and haram, in which resources were to be left untouched. Both are still in use today: haram areas are often drawn up around wells and water sources to protect the groundwater table from over-pumping. Hima applies particularly to wildlife and forestry and usually designates an area of land where grazing and woodcutting are restricted, or where certain animal species are protected.

The Prophet not only encouraged the sustainable use of fertile lands, he also told his followers of the benefits of making unused land productive: planting a tree, sowing a seed and irrigating dry land were all regarded as charitable deeds. “Whoever brings dead land to life, that is, cultivates wasteland, for him is a reward therein.”  Thus any person who irrigates a plot of “dead”, or desert land becomes its rightful owner.

 

Conservation of Water

In the harsh desert environment where the Prophet lived, water was synonymous to life. Water was a gift from God, the source of all life on earth as is testified in the Quran:

“We made from water every living thing” (Surah Al Anbiya 21:30)

The Quran constantly reminds believers that they are but the guardians of God’s creation on earth and that they should never take this creation for granted:

“Consider the water which you drink. Was it you that brought it down from the rain cloud or We? If We had pleased, We could make it bitter” (Surah Al Waqi’ah 56:68-70)

Saving water and safeguarding its purity were two important issues for the Prophet: we have seen that his concern about the sustainable use of water led to the creation of haram zones in the vicinity of water sources. The Prophet Muhammad (SAW) advocated thriftiness: even if water was abundant; he warned that wudu’ should not be performed more than three times in a row before each prayer; the Prophet himself (peace and blessings be upon him) washed each part only two or three times without ever going beyond three, even if water supplies were abundant. The theologian Al-Bukhari added:

“The men of science disapprove of exaggeration and also of exceeding the number of ablutions of the Prophet.”

The Prophet also warned against water pollution by forbidding urination in stagnant water.

 

The Treatment of Animals

“If anyone wrongfully kills even a sparrow, let alone anything greater, he will face God’s interrogation.” (Mishkat al Masabih)

These words reflect the great reverence, respect and love that the Prophet always showed towards animals. He believed that as part of God’s creation, animals should be treated with dignity, and the hadith contains a large collection of traditions, admonitions and stories about his relationship to animals. It shows that he had particular consideration for horses and camels: to him they were valiant companions during journey and battle, and he found great solace and wisdom in their presence as the following tradition reveals: “In the forehead of horses are tied up welfare and bliss until the Day of Resurrection.”

Even in the slaughter of animals, the Prophet showed great gentleness and sensitivity. While he did not practice vegetarianism, the hadiths clearly show that the Prophet was extremely sensitive to the suffering of animals, almost as though he shared their pain viscerally. Thus he recommends using sharp knives and a good method so that the animal can die a quick death with as little pain as possible. He also warned against slaughtering an animal in the presence of other animals, or letting the animal witness the sharpening of blades: to him that was equal to “slaughtering the animal twice” and he emphatically condemned such practices as “abominable”.

 

Conclusion

It is impossible to do justice to the full scope and significance of Prophet Muhammad’s (SAW) environmental philosophy in this short article. His holistic view of nature and his understanding of man’s place within the natural world pioneered environmental awareness within the Muslim community.

Sadly, the harmony that the Prophet advocated between man and his environment has today all too often been lost. As we face the effects of pollution and overexploitation, desertification and water scarcity in some parts of the world and floods and violent storms elsewhere, it is perhaps time for the world community as a whole, Muslims, Christians and Jews, Hindus and Buddhists, atheists and agnostics, to take a leaf out of the Prophet’s book and address the current environmental crisis seriously and wisely.

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 15 September 2009 at 1:32am
His Care and Love for the Upbringing of Daughters
 
In an age and society where having a daughter was not encouraged, Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, said:
 
"Whoever takes care of two girls until they reach adulthood - he and I will come (together) on the Day of Resurrection - and he interlaced his fingers (meaning in Paradise)." (Reported by Muslim)

So can there be any greater honor given to daughter and for those who wish to have them and bring them up properly? And he said in another Hadith:

"Whoever has three daughters or sisters, or two daughters or two sisters, and lives along with them in a good manner, and has patience with them, and fears Allah with regard to them will enter Paradise." (Reported by Abu Dawud, Al-Tirmidhee and others)

And in another Hadith: "They will be a shield for him from the Fire." (Reported by Ahmad and Ibn Maajah)

And along with the Messenger’s(saw) honoring the daughters with his words, we find that he also gave us a living example in his own actions and behavior ....

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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 15 September 2009 at 4:47pm
May the Blessings and Peace of Allah be upon him
 
The Prophet(pbuh) and his Companions
 
Rabi’ah al-Aslami(ra) narrated:
 
“I used to serve the Messenger of Allah(pbuh). So, he gave me a piece of land, and gave Abu Bakr (ra)a piece of land. Then, the worldly life came and and we argued over a bunch of palm trees, and Abu Bakr(ra) said: “It is in my piece of land!” and I said: “It is in my piece of land!” Then, there was an exchange of words between Abu Bakr(ra) and myself. So, Abu Bakr(ra) said something to me that I disliked, and he regretted that.

So, he said to me: “O Rabi’ah!(ra) Say back to me what I said to you so that we would be equal.”

I said: “I will not do so!”

Abu Bakr(ra) said: “Say it, or I will call the Messenger of Allah on you!”

I said: “I will not do so.”

So, Abu Bakr – may Allaah be pleased with him – went to the Prophet(pbuh) and I followed him, so the people from (the tribe of) Aslam came and said: “May Allah have mercy on Abu Bakr! Why would he call the Messenger of Allah on you when he has said to you what he has said?”

So, I said: “Do you know who that is? That is Abu Bakr as-Siddiq! He is the one who was in the Cave with the Prophet, and he is the elder of the Muslims! So, you had better not cause him to turn around and see you helping me against him, making him angry, causing the Messenger of Allah to come and become angry because of Abu Bakr’s anger, thereby causing Allah to become angry for both of their anger, thereby causing me to be destroyed!”

So, they said: “So, what do you want us to do?”

I said: “Go back to where you came from.”

So, Abu Bakr(ra) went to the Messenger of Allah(pbuh) and I followed him by myself and continued until he got to the Prophet and informed him of our conversation as it happened.

So, he (the Prophet) raised his head to me and said: “O Rabi’ah! What is going on between you and as-Siddiq?”

So, I said: “O Messenger of Allah, this happened and that happened, and he said something to me that I disliked, and he told me to say the same thing back to him so that we would be equal.”

So, the Messenger of Allah(pbuh) said: “Do not return his comment to him. Rather, say ‘May Allah forgive you, O Abu Bakr! May Allah forgive you O Abu Bakr!’ “

So, Abu Bakr – may Allah have Mercy on him – turned his face and began to cry.”

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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 16 September 2009 at 5:22pm
May the Blessings and Peace of Allah be upon him
 
The essence of this philosophy is expressed in one of the Prophet’s(pbuh) sayings:
 
"Nine things the Lord has commanded me: Fear of Allah in private and in public; justness, whether in anger or in calmness; moderation in both poverty and affluence; that I should join hands with those who break away from me; and give to those who deprive me; and forgive those who wrong me; and that my silence should be meditation; and my words be remembrance of Allah; and my vision be keen observation."


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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 17 September 2009 at 2:02am

One of the reasons the companions loved the prophet so much was that he was a down-to-earth person. He never acted as a king or a ruler, but he, peace be upon him, always dealt with people as a normal person. He did not like that people stood up to greet him, nor did he want them to deal with him in an artificial way.

His simplicity and informality were among his main traits, and this earned him the love and respect of others:

Simplicity

Muhammad was a very simple person all his life. He was very unceremonious and informal in his habits. Even when he was the ruler of a state, he ate whatever he was given, wore coarse cloth, and sat on the floor, bare ground or a mat without any hesitation, alone or in the company of others. He ate bread made from coarse flour and even spent days living only on dates. He wore simple clothes and did not like display or show. He liked simplicity and informality in everything.

Worldly things meant little to the Prophet. Ibn Mas`ud said that Allah's Messenger slept on a reed mat and got up with the mark of it on his body. He said, "O Allah's Messenger! I wish you would order us to spread something out for you and make something." The Prophet replied, "What have I to do with the world? I am like a rider who rests for a while under the shade of a tree, then goes off and leaves it." .........

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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 17 September 2009 at 11:53pm
May the Blessings and Peace of Allah be upon him
 
The Prophet Muhammad’s(pbuh) Message of Peace
 
A major part of the Prophet’s mission was to bring peace to the world. One of the ways in which he strove towards this end was to attempt to convince people that all men and women, albeit inhabiting very different regions of the world, and different from one another in color, culture and language, et cetera, were in fact blood brothers and sisters. His message was crucial, for a proper relationship of love and respect can be established only if that is how human beings regard one another. To inculcate such feelings, the Prophet would preach to his followers, "You are all Adam’s offspring and Adam was made of clay." And in his prayers to his Creator, he said, "O Lord, all Your servants are brothers."

The Prophet would exhort his followers to live in peace with their fellow men, saying, “A true believer is one with whom others feel secure,” one who returns love for hatred. He used to teach the believers that anyone who would return love only when love was given belonged on a lower ethical plane. The true believer never reasons that only if people treat him well that he will treat them well in return. He is accustomed rather to doing good to those who mistreat him, and to refrain from harming those who do him injury. The Prophet himself set the example. All his recorded words and actions reveal him as a man of great gentleness, kindness, humility, good humor and excellent common sense, with a great love for all people and even for animals.

Despite his position as leader, the Prophet never believed himself to be greater or better than other people. He never made others feel small, unwanted or embarrassed. He urged his followers to behave kindly and humbly, releasing slaves whenever possible, and giving in charity — especially to very poor people, orphans and prisoners — without any thought of reward.

He told the people that "every religion has some special characteristic, that of Islam being modesty." In the absence of such a virtue, no community can have lasting peace. The Prophet’s own modesty, coupled with great strength of character, is depicted in a well-known story of an old Makkan woman who hated the Prophet. Every morning when the Prophet passed by her house, she would empty a basket of rubbish on his head from the upper story of her house. He never once remonstrated with her about this. One day, when the Prophet passed through this area, no rubbish fell on his head. Thinking that the old woman must be ill, he went upstairs to inquire how she was, and found her ill in bed. When she discovered that the Prophet had come to see her, she began to weep, "I ill-treated you, and now you come to inquire after my health!" Ultimately, she became one of his followers. What strength of character, what patience and tolerance the Prophet evinced in refusing to be provoked, preferring rather to show kindness and magnanimity to one who had wished him ill.

His was a high moral character, so that even if badly treated by others, he went on returning good for evil. People harmed him, yet he would pray for them. He would remain patient in the face of oppression and, regardless of the provocation, he would refrain from becoming incensed. In setting this example, his aim was to fashion souls that were God-oriented, that found Allah so great that everything else paled into insignificance. He wanted everyone to have such boundless peace of mind that nothing could disturb him. Such balanced individuals would never then become prey to worldliness. Totally free from negative reaction, they would then be able to turn everything in this world, whether material or spiritual, into food for more profound thought, rather than into pretexts for rash and vengeful action.

The essence of this philosophy is expressed in one of the Prophet’s sayings: "Nine things the Lord has commanded me: Fear of Allah in private and in public; justness, whether in anger or in calmness; moderation in both poverty and affluence; that I should join hands with those who break away from me; and give to those who deprive me; and forgive those who wrong me; and that my silence should be meditation; and my words be remembrance of Allah; and my vision be keen observation."

Throughout the first thirteen years of his Mission, Prophet Muhammad preached in Makkah, but it was in the face of bitter opposition from the Makkans. When it became impossible for him to stay there, he left for Madinah. Wars were waged against him, but he showed his antagonists that the power of peace was far greater than that of war. The peace treaty of al-Hudaybiyyah is a clear example of this, when the Prophet agreed to every demand his antagonists made on the sole assurance that peace would subsequently prevail.

His life’s experience ranged from penury to prosperity, from defeat to success, yet whatever the degree of well-being or hardship, he steadfastly trod the path of moderation. At all times and right till the end, he remained a patient and grateful servant of the Almighty, bringing his message of peace and tolerance to mankind.

 


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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 18 September 2009 at 1:40am

Prophet Muhammad The Teacher of Kindness, Love and Mercy to Humanity

What were his last teachings before he died?

Who did he command people to take care of?

The answer is: the weak and vulnerable in society

In the Farewell Sermon at Hajj, a few months before he died, Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, said to the people:

"Do treat your women well and be kind to them for they are your partners and committed helpers"

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On many occasions, the prophet peace be upon him commanded people to be kind to the orphans

He always tought his followers to be kind to their parents, and kind to the elderly

His concern was always for those who had no support, and he was especially kind and generous with the poor

May the Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him



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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 18 September 2009 at 6:06pm

May the Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him

Mercy for All

Prophet Muhammad (Salla Allahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) treated everybody, friend or foe, with kindness and taught his companions to do likewise. It is reported by Abu Basra Ghifari that when he was a non-believer he came to Madinah and stayed as a guest of the Messenger of Allah. He drank milk from all his goats at night but the Prophet did not say a word. That night he and all his family slept hungry! The problem of hypocrites in Madinah was a great test for the Prophet and his companions, but he always treated them kindly and with great consideration. Abdullah Ibn Ubayy and his followers embraced Islam, but at heart they were unbelievers and never really accepted Islam.

Their behavior at the time of the Battle of Uhud and on many other occasions was damaging to the cause of Islam, but Prophet Muhammad (Salla Allahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) always treated them with kindness. When Abdulllah Ibn Ubayy died, Prophet Muhammad (Salla Allahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) gave his cloak for his shroud! Some Jews at that time were hostile to Prophet Muhammad (Salla Allahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) and his mission, but he was always kind to them. Once he went to the house of a Jew to visit his sick son. He invited the boy to Islam but the boy looked towards his father for his permission. His father gave permission and the boy embraced Islam. Once when the funeral of a Jew was passing, the Prophet stood up as a mark of respect for the dead. Once a Jew complained to him that a Muslim had slapped him. He called that Muslim at once and reprimanded him. In fact, he treated all people with kindness under all circumstances and never showed any ill-will towards anyone or ill-treated anyone. Makhul (Radhia Allahu Anhu) reported Allah’s Messenger as saying, “The believers are gentle and kind like a pliant camel which, when guided lets itself be guided and when made to sit, even on stones, does so.” Mu’adh (Radhia Allahu Anhu) said, “The last injunction Allah’s Messenger gave him when he put his foot in the stirrup was. “Treat people well, O Mu’adh.”



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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 19 September 2009 at 1:38am

The Prophet's Modesty

Muhammad was a perfect model of modesty and humbleness. He never spoke loudly or in an unseemly manner. In the market, he always passed by the people quietly with a smile. Whenever he heard anything undesirable in an assembly, he did not say anything out of respect for the people, but the color of his face showed his feelings and the Companions became cautious. `A'ishah said that she never saw Allah's Messenger laughing so immoderately that she could see his molar teeth, for he only used to smile. ....

The Prophet lived a simple and modest life, both in Makkah as a trader and the Messenger of Allah, and in Madinah as the head of the state and Messenger of Allah. The change in his social status from that of a trader in Makkah to the head of the state in Madinah did not bring any change in his modest living. `Umar reported the Prophet as saying, "Do not exalt me as the Christians have exalted Jesus son of Mary. I am just His servant, so call me Allah's Servant and Messenger." ........

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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 20 September 2009 at 12:40am
May the Blessings and Peace of Allah be upon him
 
`Abd Allah b. al-Hârith said: "I have never seen anyone more in the habit of smiling than Allah's Messenger." [Sunan al-Tirmidhî (3574)]
 
Even on the day he died, while lying in his sickbed, he did not neglect to smile. While Abû Bakr was getting the people lined up for prayer, the Prophet managed to stand up and move aside the curtain of his room. His face was like a page from a Qur'an manuscript. Yet he smiled at them, a bright full smile. [Sahîh al-Bukhârî (639) and Sahîh Muslim (636)]
 
The prophet (peace be upon him) saw a smile as a gift of joy an emotional gift, not a material one a gift whose substance is received by the heart.
Smiling is not only prescribed upon meeting someone. His advice to smile applies to every occasion where a smile can bring cheer, lighten the mood, or reduce the stress that people are feeling.
 
Jarîr b. `Abd Allah said: "Since the time I accepted Islam, the Prophet (peace be upon him) never once failed to notice me. Whenever he saw me, he would smile at me." [Sahîh al-Bukhârî (2809 & 5625) and Sahîh Muslim (4523)]
 
It was the Prophet's habit to smile. He even smiled at Fadâlah b. `Umayr and on that occasion Fadâlah had come with the intention to kill the Prophet (peace be upon him)!
 


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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 20 September 2009 at 8:10pm
May the Blessings and Peace of Allah be upon him
 
The Holy Prophet’s(pbuh) Sense of Humor
 
 
It is well known that the Prophet Muhammad (may Peace and Blessings be upon him) was indeed the perfect man. He was a devoted seeker of Truth, a warner and exhorter, a person of good cheer and pleasantness, a brilliant leader, a courageous and yet reluctant warrior, a statesman par excellence and the teacher of teachers. He was a compassionate ruler and spiritual leader, but many do not know that the Holy Prophet Muhammad (may Peace and Blessings be upon him) had an extraordinary sense of humor!

Indeed, the Holy Prophet (may Peace and Blessings be upon him) would laugh and joke often. He enjoyed playing with children, especially his grandsons Hasan and Husayn (RA). The Prophet allowed his grandson to climb atop his back while he was in prostration as reported by al-Hafid Abu-Na’im (RA) on the Authority of Abu Bakr (RA) saying,

“The Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.) was leading us in prayer. Hasan, who was still a child, would come to him while he was in prostration, and sit on his back or sometimes on his neck. The Prophet (s.a.w.) would lift him tenderly. When the prayer was finished, they (the Muslims) asked him: ‘O Messenger of Allah! You are doing to this boy what you do not do to another person?’ ‘He is my basil,’ he replied.”"

The Prophet’s playfulness was also coupled with a beautiful sense of humor. He smiled often and would make jokes with members of his community. For example,

“Once, an old woman came up to him and asked for paradise. He said, “Old women do not enter the paradise.” The woman started crying. As she started leaving the room, the Prophet, showing his subtle sense of humor, stopped her and said, “Old women will become young before entering the heaven.” (Al Tirmidhi)

Another recording of the Prophet’s life describes him laughing and joking with another man. The hadith says,

“A man broke his fast (intentionally) during Ramadan. The Messenger of Allah (saws) commanded him to emancipate a slave or fast for two months, or feed sixty poor men. He said, “I cannot provide.” The Apostle said, “Sit down.” Thereafter, a huge basket of dates was brought to the Messenger of Allah. He said, “Take this and give it as charity.” He said, “O Messenger of Allah, there is no one poorer than I.” The Messenger of Allah thereupon laughed so that his canine teeth became visible and said, “Eat it yourself.”

The Prophet brought an uplifting spirit that penetrated the hearts of people. There is a story mentioned about the Prophet and a common merchant that tells us just a little about the spirit he carried,

“One of his companions was Zahir, who used to trade in metal objects. Once the Prophet was passing by the bazaar, he saw Zahir and playfully grabbed him from behind and said, “Will anyone buy this slave?” Zahir laughed and said, “O Messenger of Allah, whoever buys this slave will be in loss.” The Prophet smiled and said, “In Allah’s eyes, your value is high.”

On another occasion a man approached the Prophet (may Peace and Blessings be upon him) and asked him for a camel. The Prophet said, “I would give you a camel’s child”. The man said, “O Messenger of Allah. What will I do with a camel’s child?” The Prophet smiled and said, “Is there any camel who is not the progeny of a camel?”

In summary, the Holy Prophet, the perfect man (may Peace and Blessings be upon him) was an image of admiration. He was clear and resolute in matters of importance and obtained the highest character as the Qur’an tells us,

“Verily you are of a high and nobel character.” (68:004)

But he also was a dear friend and beloved companion. His sense of humor brought warmth and love to those who were around him. He never passed someone without a smile and his high achievement of good manners have become the example and traditions of Muslims the world over. This is the Prophet Muhammad (may Peace and Blessings be upon him) and his tradition of good humor.



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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 21 September 2009 at 4:28pm

Recognizing People's Qualities

The Prophet & His Companions

Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) valued all his Companions, recognizing them as peopleof honesty, integrity, and good judgment. Had they been otherwise, they would not have defied the world around them by accepting Islam.

They were the ones who stood by his side, supporting him in all situations. Those who joined his call in its early days earned an even higher position of distinction. The Prophet was very loyal to all his Companions, but those who were quick to respond to his call claimed a greater share of his love ......

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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 21 September 2009 at 5:23pm
May the Blessings and Peace of Allah be upon him
 
The Prophet's(pbuh) lessons in Selflessness (Al 'eethar)
 
Al-’eethar (selflessness: giving preference to others over yourself and considering their happiness and welfare before your own). It is amazing that some Islamic ethics have vanished and become unknown although Islam calls for them and the Messenger (PBUH) propagated such ethics, applied them and practiced them himself.
 
It is also amazing that there is no exact equivalent for the word “al-’eethar” in any other language like English or French. This is not the case of the word “al-’eethar” only, but also of many other Islamic ethics. The word “Al-haya”, for example, is translated as shyness in English, which does not entirely satisfy the broad sense of the word in Arabic as we have already seen in the lecture of Al-Haia’a. The same can be said about the word “Al-tawadu”, which is translated as humbleness in English; the translation of this word means humility only rather than Al-tawadu with its broad sense. This also applies to the word “al-’eethar”.
 
Al-’eethar means giving preference to others over yourself and considering their happiness and welfare before your own. That is to say, to relinquish some of the pleasures of life to others; they enjoy them and you lose them. When we say that a person has given preference to another one over himself, it means that he preferred this person to himself for the sake of the reward of the hereafter.

Examples from the life of the Prophet(pbuh)

In a severe winter's night in Al-Madinah, a woman of the Ansar (The Muslims of Madinah who sponsored and defended the Call to Islam) brought a woven velvet cloak to the Prophet (PBUH). The Prophet (PBUH) took it, as he was in need of it to protect himself from the severe cold. Then, the Prophet (PBUH) came out wearing it for the first time, just as you would buy a new suit and wear it for the first time. One of the Companions from the Ansar looked at him and said, “How nice it is! O Messenger of Allah, give it to me”. What would your reaction be if you were in the place of the Prophet? The Prophet (PBUH) said, “Yes” and gave it to him on the spot. Peace be upon you, O Messenger of Allah. Do you realize the meaning of al-’eethar now? The Companions became angry with the Ansari and told him, “the Prophet is in need of it!” The man replied, “I am in need of it more than he is. I want to make it my shroud when I die”.

Here is another example of Al-’eethar:

Twenty three years after the mission of the Prophet (PBUH) had started, Makkah and Khaibar were opened (to Islam) and booty was gained. During this period of the mission, the Prophet and the Companions were suffering hardships and poverty to the extent that the Prophet (PBUH) used to fasten two stones against his stomach out of hunger. After Allah had granted Muslims victory, the Prophet's share of booty was a number of sheep enough to cover the space between two mountains. Imagine! Such a huge number of sheep became the possession of a poor man who had experienced poverty for such a long time. However, the Prophet (PBUH) sought the reward of the hereafter. An Arabian came to the Prophet and looked at the booty. The Prophet asked him, “Do you like it?” The Arabian answered, “Yes.” The Prophet said, “It is yours.” The Arabian wondered, “O Muhammad! Are you serious? The Prophet said, “Yes, take it if you wish”. Do you imagine to what extent one can prefer others to himself? The Arabian ran to the sheep and looking all around him took them all. Then he returned to his people, saying, “Embrace Islam. I have just been with the best man that ever has been. Muhammad gives with the generosity of a person who has no fear of poverty”. The narrator said that the Prophet never retained anything he owned from anyone who asked for it.


A man came to the Prophet (PBUH) and told him that he had nothing to eat. The Prophet sent a messenger to ask his wives if they had food. However, when they were asked, each replied, “No, by Allah I have nothing except water.” The Prophet stood and called his Companions, “Who will entertain this man as a guest?” An Ansari said, “I will, O Messenger of Allah.” Afterwards, the man took the guest and went quickly to his wife and asked her, “Do you have food?” She replied, “We have nothing except the food of my children” - that is to say, the remaining food that could only suffice their children. Then, he told her, “Make your children forget the food, put them to sleep if they ask for supper, and turn the lamp off when the guest comes so that he would think that we are eating and would eat like us.”

Do you see al-’eethar? Nowadays, we see two or three young persons traveling together, each hiding his food in his pocket. They do not eat together as the companions used to, and as the Prophet told us to.

When the guest came, she made her children sleep and turned the lamp off. Then, both of them pretended to be eating while the guest ate until he became full. When they went to pray the dawn prayer, the Prophet (PBUH) said to them, “Tonight Allah wondered at your action”- that is to say, Allah has been pleased with what you have done to your guest this night. Then, Allah revealed what can be translated as “and give them (emigrants) preference over themselves even though they were in need of that” (TMQ 59:9). It means that they prefer others even though they were in toiling, hunger, poverty or need.

They gave preference to their guest although they had nothing. We miss this ethic; we do not hear of it anymore nowadays. Have you ever considered giving preference to anyone over yourself by giving him your new suit for example? Our motto should be the following hadith; the Prophet (PBUH) said, “None of you will have faith till he wishes for his brother what he likes for himself.”This is the motto of al-’eethar. That is to say your faith will be complete only when you wish for your brother what you wish for yourself.

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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 22 September 2009 at 5:35pm
May the Blessings and Peace of Allah be upon him
 
The Prophet Muhammad's(pbuh) love of knowledge
 
One of the distinctive features of Islam is its great emphasis on learning and seeking knowledge. Noble Qur'an and the Islamic Tradition (Sunnah) invite Muslims to seek and acquire knowledge and wisdom and to hold men of knowledge in high esteem. Prophet Muhammad (saw) ordered Muslims to be active in their search for learning, crossing oceans and continents if necessary. "Seek knowledge even in China" he said. The first few verses of Noble Qur'an that were revealed to our Prophet Muhammad (saw) mention the importance of reading, pen, and teaching for human beings. Hence, it is a beautiful prayer for every Muslim to ask always: "O my Lord! Increase me in knowledge." (Noble Qur'an, 20:114)

The only limit set to the acquisition of knowledge in Islam is that Muslims should seek useful knowledge. Our great Prophet Muhammad (saw) is reported as having said: "My Lord, save me from the useless knowledge." Any knowledge helping man in performing his God assigned role in this world is useful, other than that is considered useless knowledge.

The mosque of Medinah (Masjid-E-Nabawi) was not only a place of worship. The believers assembled here to learn. When Prophet Muhammad (saw) was present they heard his words of wisdom, his elucidation on the verses of Noble Qur'an and benefited from his counsel.
 
And when he was not present, other faithful companions taught what they had heard from Prophet Muhammad (saw).

Once our Prophet Muhammad (saw) entered the Mosque before the prayer time. He found two groups in the Mosque. One group was busy with its own act of worship; some were reading Noble Qur'an while the others were supplicating. The other group was in a corner busy learning. They learnt how to read and write and discussed the teachings of Islam and their application to their daily lives. Looking at both, Prophet Muhammad (saw) said:

"They are both engaged in useful pursuits. But I am a teacher. I shall join the group assembled to learn."
 
 So he (saw) sat with the group of students.

Prophet Muhammad (saw) said: The virtue of knowledge is more beloved with Allah (SWT) than the virtue of worship.

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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 23 September 2009 at 11:42pm
May the Blessings and Peace of Allah be upon him
 
The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)as a leader
 
Prophet Muhammad’s unique communication and leadership style led to the spread of Islam, not only within Arabia but also outside to the north, south, east, west and southwest of Arabia .  As a leader during wartime or as a leader during peacetime,Prophet Muhammad accomplished his goals in delivering the message of Islam
 
Prophet Muhammad communicative values of liberty, justice, modesty, and politeness were matched with practical deeds. The people saw this action of his and identified with.  Prophet Muhammad' skills as manifested in his speeches demonstrated to the eyes of all humankind that he was indeed a great leader worthy of note. His skillful use of rhetoric demonstrated his commitment for meaningful competent communication for humankind in general. His speeches demonstrated that he sought to see all humankind from the lens of kindness, modesty, moderation, justice, liberty, gentility, generosity and love.

Regardless of religion and political affiliation, Prophet Muhammad use Islam as a channel to preach kindness. . By indicating to his wife Aisha that she should love the poor, it was an indirect way to teach all humankind to share love and kindness regardless of a person’s economic background. This same implication in the speeches of the Prophet can be discerned in his notion of modesty.

The world today is far from modest. Political factions and all sorts of social and economic discrimination have segmented the human race. People now think more in terms of class. Modesty is exclusive to ‘members of the club’. If you do not belong you can neither be heard nor seen. Prophet Muhammad speeches on the need for modest behavior and his exemplary behavior have a significant meaning to our lives. When he said that every religion must have some kind of meaningful character, he laid emphasis on the fact that Islam was a modest religion.    
 
 On the other hand, he was calling on all Islamic believers to question their conscience whether by following the belief system of Islam, they were practicing its basic tenets of modesty. He who is not has to examine his conscience and choose the rightful path and not be a hypocrite. This is how significant Mohammad’s message is to the world of today. This is what he intended to achieve in his message. Since modesty is akin to moderation, the Prophet’s communication themes also laid emphasis on it. 
 
 His speech about abstaining from extremism in the practice of Islam has a greater significance to our world of today. His intended his message about religious extremism to be upheld through out the lifespan of humankind. He was so emphatic about this issue because he believed that by practicing extreme Islamic rituals or ideals, the person or persons doing so would be following something else than Islam and that kind of attitude could send a different signal to his enemies. And the only way to show to potential followers of Islam that by practicing extreme Islam, they were not true followers of Allah, he said: “ Those people who went to extremes( in practicing their religion) were destroyed.” ( This therefore, shows in no ambiguous terms that Prophet Muhammad condones extreme religious practices. )

The findings on the Prophet's values of moderation revealed that he placed a lot of weight on mannerism. Humankind has to match words with deeds. Believers were not to say one thing and do the other. When told by some of his followers that they will abstain from women and devote their entire energy to prayer, he responded by stating that he was married. This was like an indirect way to inform the speaker that there was no room for pretense. By choosing to abstain you open yourself to irresistible temptation. Getting married would therefore serve as the means to shun sin and other forms of temptation. This is certainly the landmark of difference between Muhammad and other spiritual and secular leaders of his time and today. To begin with, some other spiritual leaders remained unmarried and by deciding to do so created a pattern for their followers to follow suit. But experience has shown that most of these followers could not faithfully follow their religion without falling into the temptation of bodily pleasures. This could have been unwelcome by Muhammad. He foresaw this kind of contradiction and so taught by examples. It was like doing justice to natures calling. The Prophet was in essence advocating justice between sexes.

Muhammad suggested Justice for all humankind. Without justice to the weak, the poor, and the women, there could not be peace in the entire world. “….Whether it be against rich or poor…follow not the lust of your hearts, lest you swerve from doing justice.” (Qur’an, 4:135) This powerful statement has become apocalyptic. Humankind today have all prone to worshipping themselves and yielding to mundane pleasures of money and women and as such have resorted to indulging in all forms of corruption at the detriment of justice. The poor and the weak remain poorer and weaker while the powerful -those with influence and affluence have hijacked the world and set wrongful precedence of monetary and political gains. Allah tolerates only justice in his kingdom. He intended this message for all and not only to Arabs.

General human condition, the world over was the main preoccupation in the speeches of Prophet Muhammad. When he spoke lengthily about truthfulness, he was indirectly sending the strong message of truth as the pillar of strong faith in any religious person. The society that we live today is constantly turning its back on truth and replacing it with untruth or multiple truths to justify falsehoods. Humankind has sort of fashion a way to go around truth and honesty by resorting legitimizing falsehood intended to achieve political, social, economic, cultural and spiritual gains. The Prophet’s message about truth serves as a waking call to our consciences about hell and Paradise .

The Prophet’s message of Islam was intended for the Arabs during the seventh century and to all humankind at all times thereafter. He took advantage of the peace treaty between himself and the Quraish tribe, his main enemy, and sent ambassadors to the world leaders of his time. He informed them about the message of Islam. Most of these leaders responded positively. He used Islam as an example to convince and influence other leaders of his time.

The Prophet Muhammad was supremely successful on both the religious and secular level. As a private person, he was a husband, father, friend and businessman; as a public figure, he was a leader, legislator, judge, statesman and general; as a Messenger of God, he was a law-giver, preacher, theologian, saint and mystic.  Such a combination is unique in history. 

 
There are sayings from the Prophet related to every activity that a person might encounter during the day or during the night. Islam is a way of life. By exemplifying these qualities that he preached to his people, the Prophet was in essence warning against all other rulers who were saying what they do not practice. He also laid the foundation stone for responsible leadership. A leader was not to be protected by the army and fierce dogs but by the loyalty given by his people. By shaking hands and taking children under his arms, the Prophet made himself human and approachable. This was a lesson that he wanted to teach to all other leaders in the world. 

The farewell speech of the Prophet Muhammad was directed to all humankind at all times and for all generations. He laid down the foundation of morality, justice, equality, brotherhood, and accountability. He abolished economic exploitation and human enslavement. In his speeches on liberty, he preached against the institution of slavery. When he witnessed the slave beating episode as reported in Bukhari, The Prophet demonstrated one of the rare instance of humane leadership by letting Abu Mas’ud Ansari, the accused in this instance that only Allah has ‘power and control over human beings’. This served as a powerful lesson to him awakening his conscience to the realization that indeed, he was doing something very wrong. The fact that he let go of the slave by referring to Muhammad that he let the slave go because of his intervention is to show the power of communicative skills of the Prophet. He did not speak harshly or threateningly, rather he used speech in such a subtle way as to prick the conscience of people. This is what most leaders do not do today. His life serves as the panacea for future leaders who want to rule spiritually or secularly.People all over the world are recognizing the power behind his messages and are slowly becoming aware of themselves. He demonstrated how political leadership can be fruitful.

In his political leadership communication, the Prophet’s demonstration of extreme self-control made his followers to love him and his enemies either to give up and join his religion or to fear him and stay away. There was no human being who had his life more scrutinized and documented than the Prophet Muhammad.  His behavior toward his companions was perfect and towards his foes was fair. In essence, he was kind of educating them about governance.

In his educational communication, the Prophet used different approaches in dealing with different circumstances. Education and training are not merely the matter of correcting mistakes; they also involve teaching and showing the basic principles of the rules and the regulations and using various methods to establish these concepts firmly in peoples minds and hearts, by example, by exhorting them, by telling stories or by discussing incidents.
 
Even before his Prophet hood, he was known by “the trusted and the honest one”.    By talking of values that are necessary to influence and inspire others, he provided a basis for understanding how he was able to accomplish so much during his brief Prophet-hood.  Hundreds of books have been written for that purpose in most languages of the world.  The Prophet taught exactly what the ancient Prophets had been teaching. The high and noble aim of preaching such a universal religion is to unite the nations of the world, establish peace, and eradicate all causes of conflict. Today the world is out of joint. People all over the world are searching for peace. The light of scientific knowledge is spreading. But it has signally failed to dispel clouds of hatred and hostility which spread darkness. Every now and then, plans for world peace are put forward. But they prove all to be superficial. The most effective panacea for world peace was proclaimed by the Prophet Muhammad.  He forcefully exhorted the people that they should cherish reverence for the Prophets of all nations, and live up to their revealed teachings. This style of speech communication was tried with unparalleled success in Arabia , where the warring tribes were cemented into brotherhood. Belief in the unity of God alone can bring about unity among nations.  As this teaching is universal in character, the Prophet who gave it to the world, was rightly entitled "mercy for all people” (Bukhari).   
 
 The Prophet laid the foundation and the guidelines for establishing peace and justice among the nations. If any teachings can put an end to conflicts and strengthen the bonds of human brotherhood in these times of crisis, it is the Prophet's teachings.
 
The Prophet Muhammad’s life and teaching center on the values he espoused in his public communication.  His teachings focus on values identified by Burns (1978) who defines a transformational leader and in addition focus on extraordinary values which are gleaned from a textual analysis of his public communication.  Bass (1985) explained that transformational leaders “inspire followers to transcend their own self-interests for the good of the group or organization” and that “followers become motivated to expend great effort than would normally be expected” (p. 18) when they are adequately inspired.  Muhammad did inspire, and continues today to inspire followers to follow his teachings and public communication and his directives.
 
Muhammad demonstrated character values of gentleness, good character, humility, kindness, modesty, moderation, politeness, and truthfulness.  He suggested community values of charity, forgiveness, hospitality, and mercy.  The values he suggested are an excellent complement to the transformational leadership values of liberty, justice, equality, and collective well-being. Muhammad’s interactions with all people, both in spiritual and secular dealings, impressed upon them the importance of his character and values.  Because of his strong values, he was believable and trustworthy, encouraging all to follow the will of Allah.
 
The Prophet was successful in his leadership because he suggested and lived the values important to leadership.  His public communication was successful because he provided a living example of his suggestions within his own interactions with family, believers, and non-believers.  His daily interactions as husband, father, friend, businessman, public figure, and messenger of God all reinforced his leadership ability and values orientation.  The importance of Muhammad’s public communication through history is unquestioned (Hart, 1992).
 
The life of the Prophet Muhammad was like an open book, especially when he started to deliver the message of Islam. Prophet Muhammad practiced what he preached. The Prophet’s wife Aisha was asked about his moral character.  She responded that his morals were based on the Qur’an.  It is clear that his extraordinary values, which allowed him to accomplish so much, too were based on the teachings of the Qur’an and the words and will of God.Prophet Muhammad was a farsighted visionary leader.  The Hudaybia treaty showed the Prophet’s wisdom in accepting some terms in the treaty that a companion of the Prophet like Omar ibn al Khatab refused. It was proven later on that these terms that the Prophet accepted and Omar refused were for the benefit of Islam. Prophet Muhammad intended for his message of Islam to be global. As soon as he signed the Hudaybia with Quraish, he sent ambassadors to invite kings and states around the Arabia to Islam. The Prophet said “each Prophet used to be sent to his people in particular, while I was sent to all humankind, and Allah, glory to him, the exalted said in the noble Qur’an: “say: humankind! Lo! I am the messenger of Allah to you all, (the messenger) of Him to whom belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth” (Qur’an, 7:158).
 
Prophet Muhammad possessed not only transformational leadership values but that he also possessed extraordinary values which made him a unique leader in the history of humankind.  The transformational leadership values Prophet Muhammad exemplified are liberty, justice, equality, and collective well being.  His public communication also demonstrated the values he espoused.  He preached of family values that include affection and kindness for children, children honoring their parents, the importance of educating the children, financial security for wives after the husband’s death, husbands treating their wives with kindness and gentleness, respecting even foster parents, brothers, and sisters, and the importance of loving and honoring relatives.  The Prophet Muhammad’s speeches focused also on character values that include gentleness, humility, kindness, moderation, modesty, politeness, and truthfulness.  His public communication included the admonition of community values that included charity, forgiveness, hospitality, and mercy.


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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 24 September 2009 at 6:47pm
May the Blessings and Peace of Allah be upon him
 

Whenever his followers reaped their first harvest, they brought their fresh fruits to the Prophet  peace be upon him as a token of gift. Then he would distribute them among those who sat around him. One morning, a poor man brought a single fruit from his small farm and gave it to the Prophet (pbuh).

He accepted the gift, tasted it and then went on eating it alone while the companions watched. One of those present meekly said:
 
 O Prophet of Allah, you have over looked the right of those who watch while you eat?

The Prophet (pbuh) smiled and waited till the man who had brought the fruit had gone.
 
He then said:

"I tasted the fruit and it was not yet ripe. Had I allowed you to have some of it, someone would have definitely shown his distaste, thus disappointing the poor man who had brought the gift."


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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 25 September 2009 at 5:17pm
May the Blessings and Peace of Allah be upon him
 
He regarded the neighbours as brothers and sisters because of their closeness and living in the same vicinity. He once smelt the aroma of the soup cooked by his wife. He told her to give some of it to the neighbours who also smelt it. He said it was not right for a Muslim to sleep with a full stomach after having had a good meal but let his neighbour starve. He laid the foundation for a friendly relation and cooperation among neighbours exemplifying that living as a neighbour one has one’s right and responsibility.

In regard to the rights of a neighbour, the Prophet(pbuh) said:

"Help him if he asks your help; give him relief if he seeks your relief; show him concern if he is distressed and when he is ill; attend his funeral if he dies; congratulate him If he meets any good; sympathize with him if any calamity befalls him; do not block his air by raising your building without his permission and do not harass him."


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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 26 September 2009 at 1:41pm

Sublime Manners, Deep Compassion

 

Indeed, the Prophet's heart was filled with intense love for all humans, irrespective of race, creed, and color. He advised his Companions to regard all people as their brothers and sisters:

 

"You are all Adam's offspring, and Adam was born of clay." (Abu Dawud)

 
Another sign of his sublime manners and deep compassion is the kind way in which he used to treat orphans. He used to command people to sponsor them and treat them with excellence. Announcing the consequent virtues of that, he said,
 
"I and the person who looks after an orphan and provides for him or her will be in Paradise like these" (Al-Bukhari).
 
He then put his index and middle fingers together. .......
 
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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 26 September 2009 at 6:33pm
May the Blessings and Peace of Allah be upon him
 
The Prophet: An Ideal Father & Grandfather
 
Prophet Muhammad was an extraordinary husband, a perfect father, and a unique grandfather. He was unique in every way. He treated his children and grandchildren with great compassion, and never neglected to direct them to the straight path and to good deeds. He loved them and treated them tenderly, but did not allow them to neglect matters related to the afterlife. He showed them how to lead a humane life, and never allowed them to neglect their religious duties or to become spoiled. His ultimate goal was to prepare them for the hereafter. His perfect balance in such matters is another dimension of his divinely inspired intellect.

Anas ibn Malik, the Messenger's servant for 10 continuous years, says, "I have never seen a man who was more compassionate to his family members than Muhammad." (Muslim) If this admission were made just by us, it could be dismissed as unimportant. However, millions of people, so benign and compassionate that they would not even offend an ant, declare that he embraced everything with compassion. He was a human like us, but God inspired in him such an intimate affection for every living thing that he could establish a connection with all of them. As a result, he was full of extraordinary affection toward his family members and others.

All of the Prophet's sons died. Ibrahim, his last son, died in infancy. The Prophet often visited his son before the latter's death, although the  Prophet was very busy. Ibrahim was looked after by a nurse. The Prophet would kiss and play with him before returning home. (Muslim) When Ibrahim took his last breaths, the eyes of the Prophet started shedding tears. `Abdur-Rahman ibn `Awf said, "O Allah's Messenger, even you (weep)!" The Prophet said, "O Ibn `Auf, this is mercy." Then he wept more and said, "The eyes shed tears and the heart grieves, and we will not say except what pleases our Lord, O Ibrahim ! Indeed we are grieved by your separation." (Al-Bukhari)

The Messenger was completely balanced in the way he brought up his children. He loved his children and grandchildren very much, and instilled love in them. However, he never let his love for them be abused. None of them deliberately dared to do anything wrong. If they made an unintentional mistake, the Messenger's protection prevented them from going even slightly astray. He did this by wrapping them in love and an aura of dignity. For example, once Hasan or Husain wanted to eat a date that had been given to be distributed among the poor as alms. The Messenger immediately took it from his hand, and said, "Anything given as alms is forbidden to us." (Ibn Hanbal, Muslim) In teaching them while they were young to be sensitive to forbidden acts, he established an important principle of education.

Whenever he returned to Madinah, he would carry children on his mount. On such occasions, the Messenger embraced not only his grandchildren but also those in his house and those nearby. He conquered their hearts through his compassion. He loved all children.

He loved his granddaughter Umamah. He often went out with her on his shoulders, and even placed her on his shoulders while praying. When he prostrated, he put her down; when he had finished praying, he placed her on his back again. (Muslim) He showed this degree of love to Umamah to teach his male followers how to treat girls. This was a vital necessity; only a decade earlier, it had been the social norm to bury infant or young girls alive. Such public paternal affection for a granddaughter had never been seen before in Arabia. 

The Messenger proclaimed that Islam allows no discrimination between son and daughter. How could there be? One is Muhammad, the other is Khadijah; one is Adam, the other is Eve; one is 'Ali, the other is Fatima. For every great man there is a great woman.

As soon as Fatimah, the daughter of the Messenger, entered the room where the Messenger was, he would stand, take her hands, and make her sit where he was sitting. He would ask about her health and family, show his paternal love for her, and compliment her.

Fatimah, knowing how fond he was of her, loved him more than her own self. Her great mission was to be the seed for godly people. She always watched her father and how he called people to Islam. She wept and groaned when the Messenger told her that he would die soon, and rejoiced when he told her that she would be the first family member to follow him. (Al-Bukhari and Muslim) Her father loved her, and she loved her father.

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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 27 September 2009 at 5:56pm
May the Blessings and Peace of Allah be upon him
 
The Status of the Messenger sallAllaahu Alayhi wa sallaam
 
When the Messenger, sallAllaahu Alayhi wa salaam, perfected the feeling of great need for Allah, the Almighty, He swt made him necessary for all creatures in this world and in the Hereafter. Their need for him, sallAllaahu Alayhi wa sallaam, in this world is stronger than their need for food, drink and air with which they live. Their need for him in the Hereafter means they would seek his intercession with Allah in order to free them from the suffering of that critical day. All of them would be unable to intercede, but he would intercede for them, and he is the one who would ask the door of Paradise to be opened for them.
 
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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 28 September 2009 at 5:14pm

A Human Being Before a Prophet

Prophet Muhammad is a person who strove hard for the well-being of his community and of humanity at large.

His farsightedness and  ability to correctly read events of his time and to anticipate results helped him, along with divine wisdom from God, to address people's emotions and to win their hearts before their minds. His human touch was inescapable, and his personal appeal and gentle approach won the hearts of enemies before those of friends. ......

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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 28 September 2009 at 6:08pm
May the Blessings and Peace of Allah be upon him
 
`Ali ibn Abi Talib (may Allah be pleased with him) said,
 
"Anyone who suddenly saw Prophet Muhammad would stand in respect of him, and anyone who got to know him through spending time with him came to love him. Those who described him said that they had never seen anyone like him."
 
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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 29 September 2009 at 6:16pm
May the Blessings and Peace of Allah be upon him

Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and Justice

Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was able to establish a model society based in Madinah, on the firm foundation of universally-recognized moral principles. Among these principles, equality and justice were given supreme importance; and this is evident in the life and practice of the Prophet.

The Constitution of Madinah which the Prophet drew up with the multi-religious community of Madinah, soon after his arrival there, remains a shining model for communities that strive for social justice to this day.

This document guaranteed the freedom of worship to all religious communities. And the spirit evidenced there shone into the hearts of all the followers of the Prophet.  That is the spirit of equity, tolerance and understanding.

This was quite in keeping with the verse in the Noble Quran that say that He has made people into nations and tribes so that they can know and deal with each other in an equal temper of kindness and generosity:

[O humankind! We created you from a single pair of a male and female, and made you into nations and tribes, that you may know and deal with each other in kindness (not that you may despise each other). Verily the most honored of you in the sight of God (is he who is) the most righteous of you, and God is Knower, Aware.] (Al-Hujurat 49:13)

The above verse emphasizes the point that in Islam there is no place for intolerance, prejudice and bigotry, based on color, race, nationality or any of such considerations. This all-encompassing tolerance of Islam applied to all aspects of the Prophet's life, and to the diverse aspects of the life and affairs of his followers.

The Prophet came to Madinah after a period of thirteen years of preaching Islam to the Quraish. Here he found many who were ready to receive him and help him in his mission. At that time, the city of Madinah and its surrounding area were home to many Jewish and Arabian tribes. There were also people of various racial and national origins including Romans, Persians and Ethiopians.

Taking into consideration the hopes and aspirations of this community of multi-ethnic, multi-religious background, Prophet Muhammad drew up the basic principles of a pluralistic constitution. The new constitution helped the strengthening of the unity and brotherhood between the emigrants from Makkah and their helpers in Madinah. And  more, it established the rights and equality of every citizen, irrespective of their religious orientation, before the law, as well as freedom of religion, trade, and speech. 

The Constitution of Madinah was a magnificent historical document, authored and dictated by Prophet Muhammad. This document secured and promoted cooperation and fraternity among all people of any creed, color, ethnicity, and lineage. And it setdown the criterion of righteousness as the basis of distinction.   

The Prophet used to visit the sick people among the Muslims, as well as non-Muslims; and when on one occasion the funeral procession of a Jew passed before him, he stood up as a sign of respect for the deceased. He was asked "Why did you stand up for a Jewish funeral?"  He replied: "Is it not a human soul?"

In this age of double standards and deceitful treaties that tarnish interpersonal and international relations, the following statement of the Prophet may sound other-worldly to the "civilized world":

"Let it be known, if any one (Muslim) commits injustice, insults, aggravates, mistreats, or abuses a person of the People of the Book (protected, by the state or an agreement), he will have to answer me (for his immoral action) on the Day of Judgment."  (Abu-Dawud)

In other words, the Prophet insisted that the lack of tolerance towards the non-Muslims, under Islamic rule, is a grave offense.

The Prophet started preaching Islam in Makkah as one man in the midst of all those polytheists. How could Arabia become almost completely Muslim, if his policy had been one of blind intolerance? He was not a king or a ruler; but eventually the people accepted him as the unquestioned Ruler of Arabia; and every letter of the Book of God he gave them, became law.

The Prophet's approach to the Jews, the Christians, and the Zoroastrians was one of kindness and consideration. The Charter which the Prophet granted to the Christian monks of Sinai is still extant. It is a testimony of his respect for them. The Prophet was never aggressive to any particular man or class of men; he never made war on any people on the ground of belief, but only on the ground of conduct.

Rules of conduct as to how a Muslim should treat his or her spouse, parents, neighbors, friends, and enemies, that are clearly laid out in the Noble Quran, are exemplified in the life and actions of the Prophet Muhammad. Even in the matter of inviting people to the Islamic faith, the Prophet was always wise, sensitive, humble and considerate. The principle that guided him in this matter was particularly what the Quran teaches in this verse:

[Invite (all) to the way of your Lord with wisdom and beautiful preaching; and discuss with them in ways that are best and most gracious.] (An-Nahl 16:25)

The Prophet's acceptance of the Jews and Christians (People of the Book) as authentic religious communities was in accordance with this command of Allah the Almighty in the Noble Quran:

[And dispute not with the People of the Book, except with means better (than mere disputation), unless it be with those of them who inflict wrong and injury.] (Al-`Ankabut 29:46)

The Prophet was careful in taking all measures to avoid dispute, anger, or other negative feelings between him and others. In fact the essence of the Quranic view was: "Here is a Prophet living in your midst exemplifying the truth of all the earlier scriptures. This book and this Prophet came to confirm the truth of all the revelations before them or the truth of all revealed religions."

The Prophet taught that the term kafir (non-believer) was not to be applied to anyone who said "salam" (peace) to the Muslims. From the point of view of the Quran, the kafirun (non-believers) are the conscious rejecters of truth in any race or community.

[O you who believe! stand out firmly for Allah, as witnesses to fair dealing, and let not the hatred of others to you make you swerve to wrong and depart from justice. Be just: that is next to piety: and fear Allah. For Allah is well-acquainted with all that you do.] (Al-Ma'idah 5:8)

Islam is strongly opposed to all forms of injustice. And the Prophet took all measures to ensure that justice prevailed in every dealing he had undertaken with  people.

Indeed, Islam teaches that the Quran was not just revealed for Muslims, but for all people, including Jews and Christians. Prophet Muhammad was in the line of previous prophets of God, including Prophets Abraham, Moses, and Jesus (peace be upon them all).

And the essence of justice is the recognition that all humans are equal. Once we accept the principle of human equality, then we need to reject all racism, jingoism, and ethnocentrism. This is something some people find difficult to accept; but that is the one remedy leading us towards justice and peace.

The Prophet has taught:

"He is not a believer who eats his fill when his neighbor beside him is hungry"; and: "He does not believe whose neighbors are not safe from his injurious conduct."

That is to say, the essence of lasting peace is the recognition of the brotherhood of all humans irrespective of color, language, nationality, and so on.

In this age of "apartheid" and "racial profiling", Prophet Muhammad's teaching of human brotherhood and justice based on human equality, shows the way like a brilliant star.

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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 30 September 2009 at 4:00pm
May the Blessings and Peace of Allah be upon him
 
According to Anas ibn Malik, the Prophet PBUH said to him,

'O my son, if you can act in such a way that you spend your mornings and evenings without wishing anyone ill, then that is how you should always act.'
 
Then he added, 
 
'O my son, this is my way. And anyone who loves my ways, love me. And anyone who loves me will live with me in Paradise.'
HADITH OFSAHIH MUSLIM


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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 01 October 2009 at 4:29pm
May the Blessings and Peace of Allah be upon him
 
The Prophet (pbuh) and You
 
A quick glimpse at our state could easily lead to despair and hopelessness. In fact, many of us are beleaguered at the dark waves of sadness and plight that have swept the Muslim nation away from its high goals and lofty morals. The Prophetic era seems light years away, and many of us are only left to imagine how things must have been. Don't despair! For indeed, at this very moment there exists between you and Allah's beloved (sa) a relationship that can only be called special.

"The Prophet is closer to the believers than their selves "

"Whoever sends blessing upon me, Allah will send ten blessing upon him."

Allah (swt) says:

"Indeed, Allah favored the believers when He sent a Messenger from amongst themselves."

"Don't be sad nor fear."

It is easy, especially during these days, to become depressed and saddened by the condition of Muslims the world over. However, let us take sometime and reflect upon what it means to be a follower of the Prophet (sa). In the Qur'an Allah (swt) calls upon the Prophet (sa) in many different places:

"O Prophet."

"O Messenger"

“O you wrapped in your mantle."

"O covered one."

However, if you look carefully you'll never find:

"O Muhammad (sa)."

But, if you look at the case of the other Messengers and Prophets of Allah you'll find something remarkable:

"And We said, 'O Adam.

"Oh Dawood."

One may ask, why has Allah (swt) addressed the other Prophets and Messengers directly but not the Prophet (sa)? The great Mufasir Muhamad Al-Ameen Shinqiti (ra) stated that Allah (swt) did this to illustrate the status of the Prophet (sa) . Now imagine how lucky you are to be from the followers of the Prophet (sa)! What does it mean to be from His (sa) nation? And how lucky you are to say: "And I bear witness that Muhammad (sa) is the Messenger and Slave of Allah."

Glad tidings! Glad tidings! Glad tidings!

Sometimes we feel far from the Prophetic age and this is a great cause for sadness. It is disheartening to see many Muslims giving up, turning tail and drowning in depression and pessimism. However, our relation with the Prophet (sa) is alive and well. In fact, we, in many ways, are lucky for our relation with the Prophet (sa) can only be called special .

The Prophet (sa) said: "Glad tidings for the one who saw me (sa) and believed in me. And glad tidings to the one who didn't see me, yet believed in me." However, in other narrations of the same hadith we find that our beloved (sa) said: "Glad tidings for the one who saw me (sa) and believed in me. And glad tidings to the one who didn't see me, yet believed in me. And glad tidings to the one who didn't see me, yet believed in me. And glad tidings to the one who didn't see me, yet believed in me."

It is well known amongst the scholars that the word, "Tuba" glad tidings means Paradise. In addition, it is well known that the Prophet (sa) would repeat things in order to show their importance.

I wish I could see our brothers

Abu Hurayra reported that the Messenger of Allah (sa) came to a graveyard and said, 'Peace be upon you, abode of a believing people. Allah willing, we will join you. I wish that we could see our brothers.' They said, 'Are we not your brothers, Messenger of Allah?' He said, 'You are my Companions. My brothers are those who have not yet come.' They said, 'How can you know someone of your community who has not yet come, Messenger of Allah?' He said, 'Do you not think that if a man had horses with white blazes which were among dark black horses, that he would recognize his horses?' They said, 'Yes indeed. Messenger of Allah.' He said, 'They will come with white blazes from wudu' and I will precede them to the Basin.'"

When you read this hadith you should experience a great sense of happiness and humility. The Prophet (sa) mentioned you to his companions and referred to you as his brothers. Take a few moments, make wudu, and ponder on its implications.

You'll be with those you love

Sometimes I close my eyes and ask myself: "What it would be like to look at the face of the Prophet (sa), to walk with him (sa), to talk with him (sa) and to face his eyes, indeed pearls, and witness the intense glow of his countenance as it penetrates the deep dark caverns of my sin infested soul; illuminating it, bringing it warmth and comfort? Can you imagine the Prophet's radiant face? Can you imagine the pleasure in seeing it? Can you imagine the glow from it?

Jabir bin Samurah (ra) said, "I saw him one night during a full moon. I looked at him. He was dressed in a red garment. I compared him with the moon and found that - for me - he was brighter than the moon."

Ar-Rabi' bint Muawwidh (ra) said: "Had you seen him, you would have felt that the sun was shining."

Longing to be with the Prophet (sa) is from one of the greatest signs of http://learn.alhidayahcentre.org/mod/wiki/view.php?wid=1&userid=0&groupid=0&page=Our Faith - our faith .

Once a companion came to the Prophet (sa) and stated that when he left the lessons of the Prophet (sa) and sat in his home he would began to cry. The Prophet (sa) inquired for what reason? The Companion (ra) said, "I realize that I'm with you now. But when I die and if I enter the Paradise, then I will not be with you because of your lofty status. Thus, I will be away from you and am overtaken by tears at the thought." The Prophet (sa) turned to him and said, "A person will be with those he loved."
 
 Bilal (ra) upon his death bed was overcome by tears. When asked if he was crying out of grief he stated, "Tomorrow! Tomorrow I shall meet Muhammad (sa) and his companions."
 
 Our mother Aisha (ra) states: "When Abu Bakr was informed that he would be migrating with the Prophet (sa) to Medina he began to cry." She adds, "It was the first time I'd ever seen someone cry out of happiness."
 
 Once a man came to the Prophet (sa) and asked him about a person who loves others, but for some reason could never see them. The Prophet (sa) responded, "A person will be with whom he loves."

Thus, although we are far away from the Prophet's (sa) time. We are still close to him (sa) by our love. Indeed, our love for him (sa) burns in the depths of our hearts creating a great anxiousness to see Him.

Excercising Your Relationship With The Prophet (Sa)

1. Loving the Prophet:

Know, may Allah bless you, that your sincere love for the Prophet (sa) will be a means of being with him (sa) at his fount and drinking from his (sa) noble hands. "A person will be with whom he loves." Anas bin Malik (ra) commented on this hadith by saying: "After Islam there is nothing I hold dearer then this. For I love the Prophet (sa)! I love Abu Bakr and Umar! And a person will be with who he loves!"

2. Learn his (sa) deen:

We should, from this day forward, try our best to learn and practice a new Sunnah every month. As families we can make competitions between ourselves; seeing who acted on the Sunnah the most each month. As Imam Ahmed said, "For every Sunnah practiced an innovation is destroyed."

3. Sending Salwaat:

We should send praises upon the Prophet and ask Allah's prayers for him. This is one of the keys to opening this special relationship. Every time you send salwaat upon the Prophet the following happen:

-Your salams are presented to Him (sa) and he responds to you

-Allah will send ten blessings upon you

-Allah will remove ten of your sins

-Allah will raise your station ten fold

Thus, by sending salawat upon the Prophet (sa), you enact that special relationship. Send salwat upon him now and ponder its implications.

3. Latching on to his (sa) Sirah:

Start a sirah circle in one's home, local MSA, or Masjid. It is said that one talks about what the heart covets. Thus, studying the life of the Prophet (sa) is a sign of one's true love for him. One of the best books available is Muhammad Man and Messenger by Adil Salahi.

4. Reflect on his (sa) countenance:

We should reflect on the face of the Prophet (sa). If he were to see the division amongst us that is tearing us apart, would he smile? Let us practice mercy on issues where differences are valid and avoid harsh words and work on what we agree according to our sacred law.

5. Tauba:

Repent to Allah and renew our commitment to His (swt) faith and our following of the Prophet (sa).

6. Reflect:

We should use these days to strengthen our will; removing depression and anxiety that we have for the Ummah. We should reflect on our lofty status and look towards working at improving our condition on all levels.

I ask Allah to bless all of you and join us with the Prophet (sa) at his fount.

Imam Suhaib D. Webb


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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 02 October 2009 at 6:01pm
May the Blessings and Peace of Allah be upon him
 

Prophet Muhammad's(pbuh) Gentleness

Aisha(ra) stated that, ‘The Prophet (pbuh) never used foul language and never entertained people with obscene jokes. He was well behaved when he entered the market places. His habit was not to repel evil with mutual evil. He was forgiving and could grant pardon.' (Tirmidhi)

Husain(ra)  the grandson of the Prophet(pbuh) asked his father, Ali(ra) , about the Prophet's(pbuh) conduct. Ali(ra) replied, 'He was always cheerful, gentle and mild. There was no rigidity or coarseness in his conduct. He was neither a faultfinder nor a boisterous person and he steered away from any kind of futile engagement.' (Tabarani)

The Prophet(pbuh) encouraged the achievers and never deprived anybody of hope. He refrained from boasting, hoarding wealth and involvement in matters that did not concern him as well as from using sharp rebukes and exposing people with the intention to disgrace and defame. (Tirmidhi)

While speaking, he addressed matters constructively with the objective of good for all. His audience remained motionless as they gave him their undivided attention. Birds could find a safe place to sit on their heads during these sessions (being so preoccupied in his comments). None of his listeners would interrupt while he spoke. They waited until he completed his discussion and the person who then requested to participate was allowed to address the group first, followed by the second and the third and so on. Participants were treated with respect - each was allowed to finish his statement without objection or interference - and everybody would listen to him attentively. Sometimes visitors to Madina were harsh as they questioned him about Islam, but he was always polite and tolerant towards them. When a person spoke in his company, he would not object unless the person spoke incorrectly, and then he would either stop the speaker or stand up and leave the conversation. (Tirmidhi)

The Prophet(pbuh) had a good sense of humour and showed excitement for things that interested his Companions. With regards to the needy, he encouraged those less needy to support them. He objected to being praised excessively and tolerated it only as a way of being shown thanks for his kindness. (Tirmidhi)

Prophet Muhammad(pbuh) smiled so spontaneously that each one of the Companions, as they gathered around him during their visits to his house, thought himself to be the favorite Companion. Jareer Ibn Abdullah(ra) said, 'I have not seen the Prophet (pbuh), since I embraced Islam, without a smile on his face. I saw him smiling when he could not see me and he was smiling in my presence.' ( http://www.albukhari.com/ - Bukhari )

Abdullaah Ibn Haarith(ra) said, 'I never came across a person who smiled as much as the Prophet(pbuh). The Prophet  regarded smiling with a brother as an act of charity. (Tirmidhi)

Anas Ibn Maalik(ra) , who served the Prophet(pbuh)  for ten years in his house said, "He would listen carefully and attentively to questions or requests. He shifted his focus only after the person in need directed it away or the person left his presence. He held on to the hand that greeted him and waited for the other person to withdraw first. He shook the hand of anybody who extended it." (Abu Nu'aim)

Aisha(ra) related that at receiving news of the wickedness of an individual, the Prophet would ask, 'Why do people transmit such tales?' without accusing the messenger himself. (Tirmidhi)

Aisha(ra)  said that the Prophet(pbuh) welcomed gifts offered to him. He rewarded this beautiful gesture by offering a gift in return. ( http://www.albukhari.com/ - Bukhari )



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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 03 October 2009 at 5:17pm
May the Blessings and Peace of Allah be upon him
 
 
When a Muslim hears Muhammad’s name mentioned they ask God to send blessings upon him.  Prophet Muhammad was a man, a human being just like any other man, but it is his love for humanity that sets him apart.  Muslims love Prophet Muhammad, but it is his love for us, that makes him a man like no other.  He longed for Paradise not only for himself but also for all of us.  He wept tears not for himself but for his Ummah, and for humanity.  He was often heard to cry “O God, my Ummah, my Ummah”.

Muslims also believe in the same Prophets mentioned in Jewish and Christian traditions, including Noah, Moses, Abraham and Jesus, and they believe that all prophets came with the same message – to worship God alone, without partners, sons or daughters.  There is a difference, however, between all other prophets and Prophet Muhammad.  Before Muhammad, prophets were sent to particular people in particular places and periods.  Muhammad however, is the final Prophet and his message is for all of humankind.

God tells us in Quran that He did not send Prophet Muhammad except as a mercy for humankind. 

 And we have sent you O Muhammad, not but as a mercy for humankind and all that exists.”  (Quran 21:107)
 
God did not say Muhammad  was sent to the people of Arabia, or to men, or to the people of the 7th century.  He made it clear that Prophet Muhammad was a prophet like no other, one whose message would spread far and wide and be applicable in all places for all times.  Muslims love him, respect him and follow him.  They hold him in such regard that for many it is emotionally painful to see or hear their beloved mentor ridiculed or disrespected. 

Throughout history and around the world non-Muslims have shown great respect and honour to Prophet Muhammad and he is considered influential in both religious and secular matters.  Mahatma Ghandi described him as scrupulous about pledges, intense in his devotion to his friends and followers, intrepid, fearless, and with absolute trust in God and in his own mission.  Prophet Muhammad taught Islam as a way of life, founded an empire, laid down a moral code and instituted a code of law focusing on respect, tolerance and justice...

What is it about Prophet Muhammad that inspires such devotion?  Is it his gentle and loving nature, his kindness and generosity or is it his ability to empathise with all of humanity?  Muhammad was a selfless man who devoted the last 23 years of his life to teaching his companions and followers how to worship God and how to respect humanity.  Prophet Muhammad was acutely aware of just how much responsibility had been thrust upon him by God.  He was careful to teach the message just as God had prescribed and warned his followers not to adulate him the way Jesus, son of Mary was praised...

Muslims do not worship Prophet Muhammad; they understand that he is only a man.  However, he is a man worthy of our utmost respect and love.  Prophet Muhammad, may God praise him, loved humanity so much that he would weep out of fear for them.  He loved his Ummah with such deep and profound devotion that God remarked on the depth of his love for us in Quran.

“Verily, there has come unto you a Messenger (Muhammad) from amongst yourselves.  It grieves him that you should receive any injury or difficulty.  He (Muhammad) is anxious over you (to be rightly guided, to repent to God, and beg Him to pardon and forgive your sins, in order that you may enter Paradise and be saved from the punishment of the Hell-fire), for the believers he is full of pity, kind, and merciful.” (Quran 9:128)

Prophet Muhammad taught us to love God and to obey Him.  He taught us to be kind to each other, to respect our elders, and care for our children.  He taught us that it was better to give than to receive and that each human life is worthy of respect and dignity.  He taught us to love for our brothers and sisters what we love for ourselves.  Prophet Muhammad taught us that families and communities are essential, and he pointed out that individual rights although important are not more important than a stable, moral society.  Prophet Muhammad taught us that men and women are equal in the sight of God and that no one person is better then another except in respect to his or her piety and devotion to God.

Who is Prophet Muhammad?  Quite simply he is the man who will stand before God on the day of Requital and beg God to have mercy on us.  He will intercede for us. Muslims love him because he is the slave and messenger of God, he is a mercy to humankind and his gentleness and devotion to humanity is unprecedented.



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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 04 October 2009 at 5:00pm
May the Blessings and Peace of Allah be upon him
 
Prophet Muhammad's (pbuh)Quest for Social peace
The Qur'an emphasizes peace and reconciliation as basic to all social and even international relations. As mentioned in the Qur'an, Paradise, which is the reward for the pious, is a place of serenity. One of the ninety-nine names of God is Salaam, which means peace.
 
In Islam, the right to life is an absolute value: He who kills a soul unless it be (in legal punishment) for murder or for causing disorder and corruption on the earth will be as if he had killed all humankind; and he who saves a life will be as if he had saved the lives of all humankind (Qur'an 5:32).

When the Messenger of God (peace be upon him) explained Islam's potential to contribute to safety and peace in society, he specified one goal in his time as the following: "A rider will travel from Sana'a (a city in Yemen) to Hadhramaut (a region in the southwest of the Arabian peninsula) fearing none but God, or a wolf as regards his sheep."

If we consider the troubles due to the extreme violence Muslims were exposed to both in the Medinan and Meccan periods, we can understand how meaningful was this message expressed by the Prophet. It does not include any desire for revenge against any person or any group; instead, it only expresses an ardent desire for a violence-free world for all.

The Prophet commanded us to maintain social solidarity and cooperation, to open our hearts to our fellows, and to help one another at all times. He said, "Do not cut relations between each other! Do not turn your backs on each other! Do not grow hatred between each other! O God's servants! Become brothers and sisters!"

Peace, reform, and virtuous deeds

The Arabic terms islah (reform) and sulh (peace) are from the same root. Islah means one's reach of peace and serenity while leaving conflicts and deviations; in other words, it refers to leaving confusion by settling a dispute between two people or two sides.

The Seerah of the Prophet (pbuh) teaches us that good deeds are actions that are beneficial for people and society, as well as actions that are taken to establish peace and serenity. This concept not only includes offering worship and spending in a good cause but also smiling, behaving warmly to others, establishing friendships, pleasing people by kind words, exchanging greetings, having warm conversation, and controlling bad feelings such as pride, arrogance, anger, envy, animosity, hypocrisy, rancor, and burning ambition. Thus, essentially, virtuous deeds are acts that purify humankind of aggression and bring them to peace.

In the Qur'an, it is recommended to cease disagreements by peace and not to commence further disputes, fights, confusion, and discord; in addition, people are asked to take a balanced approach and seek justice (Qur'an, 8:1; 49:9–10). It is forbidden to spoil peace and tranquility by corruption; there are penalties for those who do.It is possible to apply the verse, Peace is better (Qur'an, 4:128) which was specifically revealed to eradicate disagreements between couples, to all kinds of human relations. Islam recommends a united and mutually helpful society, and this vision does not only refer to the level of nation, but includes international relations, too. In this sense, from an Islamic perspective, international law should take the establishment of peace as a foundation. 




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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 05 October 2009 at 5:36pm
 
May the Blessings and Peace of Allah be upon him
 
 
The following account shows the indelible mark that God’s Messenger has imprinted on people of every age:

One of Ibn Sina’s(one of the most famous philosopher in Islamic history known in the west as Avicenna) student told Ibn Sina that his extraordinary understanding and intelligence would cause people to gather around him if he claimed prophethood. Ibn Sina said nothing.

When they were travelling together during winter, Ibn Sina woke up one morning at dawn, woke his student, and asked him to fetch some water because he was thirsty. The student procrastinated and made excuses. However much Ibn Sina persisted, the student would not leave his warm bed. At that moment, the cry of the muezzin (caller to prayer) called out from the minaret: “God is the greatest. I bear witness that Muhammad is the Messenger of God.”

Ibn Sina considered this a good opportunity to answer his student, so he said:

You, who averred that people would believe in me if I claimed to be a prophet, look now and see how the command I just gave you, who have been my student for years and have benefited from my lessons, has not had the effect of making you leave your warm bed to fetch me some water. But this muezzin strictly obeys the 400-year-old command of the Prophet. He got up from his warm bed, as he does every morning together with hundreds of thousands of others, climbed up to this great height, and bore witness to God’s Unity and His Prophet. Look and see how great the difference is!

The Prophet’s name has been pronounced five times a day together with that of God for 1,400 years all over the world.



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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 06 October 2009 at 4:38pm
May the Blessings and Peace of Allah be upon him
 
 
TREAT PRISONERS WITH KINDNESS
 
After a battle, the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) noticed that one of the prisoners of war did not have proper clothing. He looked for a shirt for the prisoner and found that the shirt of one of his companions was appropriate. The Prophet(pbuh) then took off his own shirt and gave it to his companion as a replacement.
 
Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 4, Hadith 252


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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 07 October 2009 at 4:30pm
May the Blessings and Peace of Allah be upon him
 
The Principle Of Inclusion
 
According to the Islamic teachings which have their source in the Qur’an and life examples of Prophet Muhammad, we are to respect and support all human life, however it presents itself and to value the potential of every individual. Centuries ago God’s Messenger showed us how to deal with this important social issue. People with disabilities are part of our society and have their rights to participate fully and equally in all kinds of activities.
 
Islam teaches us that everyone deserves love, care, and respect, and this fact does not change when a person is impaired. What really matters is his or her heart and conduct. We are enjoined to be accepting of all people regardless of their disability and include them amongst us and support them by addressing their needs. In one of the hadith, our Prophet said, “God the Merciful shows mercy to merciful people. Show mercy to those on earth so that God shows mercy on you” (Abu Dawud). It is the duty and responsibility of everyone to serve the needs of others, and Divine mercy and blessings will be showered on us.

Islamic history has a shining record of many examples of people who, while having some kind of disability, were included and had prominent status in society. Abdullah ibn umm Maktum, who was blind, was among the first to accept Islam. He was devoted to the Prophet and extremely eager to memorize the Qur’an. When the Prophet arrived in Medina, he appointed Abdullah to be one of the muezzins (calling the Muslims to prayer five times a day). On several occasions, the Prophet placed Abdullah in charge of Medina in his absence. This is a remarkable example of inclusion that shows how people with disabilities are looked upon and treated in Islam. What we learn from this outstanding act of our prophet is that we should not belittle disabled people or make superficial judgments because although people have certain disabilities they might be capable of doing great deeds, and it is also important to delegate leadership responsibilities to disabled people when they are capable of such duties.

The story of Julaybib, one of the contemporaries of the Prophet, is another vivid example of inclusion. In addition to being poor, Julaybib had an unpleasant physical appearance and nobody wished to let their daughter marry him. Upon the Prophet’s request, a noble family gave him their daughter in marriage. Later on, when Julaybib was martyred in a battle, the Prophet put his hand on his knee and said: “This one is of me and I am of him.” This humane gesture of the Prophet was a powerful demonstration of the principle of inclusion. It was a dramatic act of advocacy, in word and action, on the part of a community leader to educate his people about the importance of accepting others for what they are.

On another occasion, God’s Messenger met a woman who complained that she suffered from epileptic fits. She expressed concern that her body would become exposed during such episodes. Prophet Muhammad offered the woman two choices. He could either pray to God that she could have access to paradise if she patiently resigned herself to her condition, or he could ask God to heal her. She opted to continue to bear her condition with patience but also asked the Prophet to pray that her body might no longer become exposed to the view of strangers. This story brings out three important points. First, it illustrates the value of forbearance on the part of the person with the disability. More importantly, it affirms the right of individuals to draw attention to their special needs and to speak out for their rights as a matter of social justice. Finally, the story points to the important role of advocacy and the support which the wider community is expected to provide to the individual.

Also, during the high centuries of Islamic civilization a significant number of blind, deaf or physically disabled people played notable roles as philologists, transmitters of the law, teachers, poets, and social commentators, outstanding among whom were Abu’l Ala al-Ma’arri, Abu Uthman Amr bin Bahr (Al-Jahiz), Bashshar ibn Burd, Ibn-Sirin, Qatada ibn Di’ama al-Sadusi, Muwaffaq al-Din Muzaffar, and Thalab. Atta Ibn Abi Rabah, who was black, lame and partially paralyzed, was known as the greatest Mufti in Mecca.

Later, at the Ottoman court in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, deaf servants taught their sign language to courtiers and sultans when it became a recognized means of communication; this was during a period when Western Europeans were still debating whether deaf people were capable of learning anything or thinking as rational beings.



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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 08 October 2009 at 6:24pm
May the Blessings and Peace of Allah be upon him
 
Leading by Example
 
The prophet, peace be upon him, is reported to have said, “The best house is the one where orphans are cared for and treated most honorably and kindly.”
 
Once, a man came to the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) complaining about his harsh heart.
 
The Prophet addressed the man saying, “Do you want something that makes your heart lenient and your needs fulfilled? Be merciful to the orphans, touch their hair gently, and feed them from your own food. If you do these things, I guarantee that your heart will become soft, and your needs will be fulfilled.”
 
Being kind to orphans and caring for their well-being is a path which is guaranteed to increase a believer in faith, as a softer heart will be much closer to God.
Allah says in The Qur'an:
 
 “And serve Allah. Ascribe nothing as partner unto Him. (Show) kindness unto parents, and unto near kindred, and orphans, and the needy…” (4:36)
 
Prophet's(pbuh) Eid and the Orphan
 
It was Eid day, the day of celebration and a day of rejoicing. There was an air of festivity in the streets of Madinah. All the people, both young and old were dressed in their best clothes, especially for this special day of Eid.

As it was time for early morning Eid prayers everyone made their way to an open piece of land on the outskirts of the city. The Prophet Muhammad, upon him be peace, arrived and led the prayers. After they had finished they all greeted each other and everyone was walking back home. The children running and playing in excitement, smiling and laughing, without a care in the world.

As the Prophet walked back home, he suddenly became aware of a little boy (Zuhair Bin Saghir) sitting by himself on the side of the path. The little boy was crying and looked very sad. The Prophet of love and mercy bent down and patted him on the shoulders and asked 'why are you crying?' 'Please leave me alone' sobbed the little boy. The boy didn't even see who was talking to him, such was his overwhelming sadness.

The loving Prophet ran his fingers through the boy's hair and very gently and kindly asked him again why he was crying. This time the boy said, 'My father was martyred fighting, and now my mother has married again and my stepfather does not want me to live at home any more. Today is Eid and everyone is happy. All the children have new clothes and nice things to eat, but I don't have any clothes except what I am wearing. I have no food and I don't even have a place to live.'
 
The Prophet said to him, 'I know how you feel, I lost both my mother and father when I was a little boy.' The boy was surprised to hear that it was an orphan who was comforting him, and when he looked up to his great surprise it was the Prophet Muhammad, the most beloved person in the whole world - and he immediately jumped up to his feet out of love and respect.

The Prophet said to him 'If I were to become your new father and Ayesha you new mother, and Fatima your new sister, would that make you feel better?' 'Oh yes, that would be the best thing in the world!' The boy started smiling. The Prophet took him home and gave him new clothes and good food on this beautiful day of Eid. The boy indeed had a wonderful Eid that day.
 
Later on Zuhair Bin Saghir, who was a companion of Prophet said, “I was hungry and thirsty.The Messenger of God fed me. I was an orphan, but now, Prophet Muhammad is my father and Hazrat Aisha is my mother and I am no longer an orphan.”

Some one asked the Prophet Muhammad, what actions are most excellent? He replied, To gladden the heart of a human being, to feed the hungry, to help the afflicted, to lighten the sorrow of the sorrowful, and to remove the wrongs of the injured.
 


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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 09 October 2009 at 6:23pm
May the Blessings and Peace of Allah be upon him
 
Mutual Coexistence: A Salient Feature of Islam
 
Islamic history shows that Muslims and non-Muslims existed in peace in Madinah (first Islamic State) and in the successive states. Many treaties and pacts were signed between Muslims and non-Muslims. Two treaties are very important in the earlier history of Islam that show tolerance and respect to other religions.
 
In Madinah, the Constitution of Madinah was prepared under the leadership of the Prophet Muhammad in 622 AD, to meet the needs of people of different beliefs, and was put into practice as a written legal contract. Different communities belonged to different religions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) and races that had enmity towards one another for more than 100 years became parties to this pact and ultimately could actually live side by side.
 
According to the Constitution of Madinah, everyone was free to adhere to any belief or religion or to make any political or philosophical choice. People sharing the same views could come together and form a community. Everyone was free to exercise his own justice system. However, anyone who committed a crime would be protected by no-one. The parties to the contract would engage in co-operation with one another, provide support for each other, and would remain under the protection of the Prophet Muhammad. Conflicts between the parties would be brought before the Messenger of God. This contract was in force from 622 to 632 AD. Through this document, the tribal structures which had formerly been based on blood and kinship were abolished, and people of different cultural, ethnical and geographical backgrounds came together and formed a social unity. The Constitution of Madinah is an excellent example of peaceful coexistence among peoples of different religions
 
Similarly the prophet Muhammad (PBUH) gave full freedom to the Christians of Najran to offer prayers in their own way in the Mosque – Masjid-i- Nabawi in Madinah.
 
The noblest monument of enlightened tolerance is the charter which the prophet Muhammad granted to the monks of the monastery of St.Catherine , near mount Sinai and to all Christians .This remarkable document , which has been faithfully preserved by the annalists of Islam , displays a marvelous breadth of view and liberality of conception. By it, the Prophet secured to the Christians privileges and immunities which they did possess even under sovereigns of their own creed; and declared that any Muslim violating and abusing what was therein ordered, should be regarded as a violators of God’s testament, a transgressor of His Commandments, and a slighter of His faith. He undertook himself, and enjoined on his followers, to protect the Christians, to defend their churches, the residences of their priests, and to guard them from all injuries. They were not to be unfairly taxed, , no bishop was to be driven out of his bishopric, no Christians was to be forced to reject his religion; no monk was to be expelled from his monastery ; no pilgrim was to be detained from his pilgrimage . Nor were the Christians churches to be pulled down for the sake of building mosque or houses for the Muslims. Christians women married to Muslims were to enjoy their own religion , and not to subjected to compulsion or annoyance of any kind on that account .If Christians should stand in need of assistance for the repair of their churches or monasteries ,or any matter pertaining to their religion , the Muslims were to assist them. If the Muslims be engaged in hostilities with outside Christians, no Christians resident among Muslims be treated with contempt on account of his creed. Any Muslim so treating a Christian be accounted recalcitrant to the prophet.
 
After quoting such examples from the life of prophet Muhammad (PBUH), We can say , in the words of Munazir Ahsan Gilani :
 
We cannot even imagine that how one of the greatest benefactors of humanity dedicated his whole-being and energies for unifying fragmented and suffering humanity.

Muslim Spain furnishes one of the most excellent examples of peaceful co-existence of various cultures and religions. It sets example for contemporary Muslims how to live peacefully with non- Muslims. For seven centuries the Muslims held Spain, and the beneficence of their rule, in spite, of intestine quarrels and dynastic disputes, is testified to and acknowledged even by their opponents. On their arrival on the soil of Spain, the Saracens published an edict assuring to the subject races , without any difference of race, or creed , the most ample liberty . Suevi, Goth, Vandal, Romans , and Jews were placed on an equal footing with the Muslims .They guaranteed to both Christians and Jews , the full exercise of their religions, the free uses of their places of worship , and perfect security of person and property. The high culture attained by Spanish Arabs has been sometimes considered as due principally to frequent marriages between Muslims and Christians. This circumstance, undoubtedly, exercised a great influence on the development of the Spanish Muslims and the growth of that wonderful civilization to which modern Europe owes so much of its advance in the arts of peace.
 
The best testimony to the toleration of the early Muslim government is furnished by the Christian themselves . In the reign of Osman ( the third caliph of Islam ) , the Christians patriarch of Merv addressed the bishop of Fars , named Simeon, in the following terms: the Arabs who been given by god the kingdom do not attack the Christians faith; on the contrary they help us in our religion; they respect our god and our saints , and bestow gifts on our churches and monasteries.
 
Muslim attitude of tolerance and religious freedom is well attested by the statement of Eliyya, the Metropolitan of Nasiban ( 1008- 1049) quoted by a Christian Missionary hardly sympathetic to Islam. It runs as follows:
 
What we believe concerning the Muslims is that their obedience and love impresses us more than the obedience of all other religions and kingdoms that are opposed to us … Muslim regard it as a matter of religion and duty to protect us , to honor us , and to treat us well. And whosoever of them oppresses us, their Master, i.e. their prophet, will be his adversary on the day of resurrection.

W. Montgomery Watt acknowledges:
 
“On the whole there was more genuine toleration of non-Muslims under Islam than there was of non-Christians in Medieval Christians states”.
No Compulsion in Conversion
 
The Quran does not allow its followers to use force as an instrument for the spread of Islam and Islam is not a ‘religion of sword’ as it is often singled out by some Western scholars . The rapid expansion of Islam in its early period can not be associated with forceful conversion of Jews, Christians or others. No authentic events could be quoted to support forceful conversion. On the strength of categorical prohibition of coercion (ikrah) in any thing that pertains to faith or religion , all Muslim jurists (fuqaha) hold that forcible conversion in , under all circumstances , null and void, and that any attempt to at coercing a non-believer to accept the faith of Islam is a grievous sin ; a verdict which disposes of the widespread misconception that Islam has nothing else to place before the unbelievers except the alternative of conversion or the sword.
 
In Persia three hundred years after Muslim rule much of the country was still Zoroastrian, and the province of Minazandaran by the Caspian Sea did not embrace Islam until the tenth century. In most areas the Islamization was a gradual process. The history of Islam, like that of Judaism and Hinduism , according to Seyyed Hossein Nasr, is intertwined with a sacred epic , but that does not mean that Islam is any more or less the ‘religion of sword’ or the religion of peace than any other religion…. Furthermore , Islam has sought to limit war by legislating conditions pertaining to it and succeeded during the fourteen centuries of its history in reaching the goal of creating inner peace to a remarkable degree , while in the creation of outward peace it was certainly not less successful than any of the major traditional civilizations such as the Japanese , Chinese , Hindu , or Christian.
 
Islam gives free choice in case of religion by declaring: “There is no compulsion in matters of faith. Surely the right now became distinct from wrong” (2: 256).
 
The holy Quran recognizes diversity in matters of faith by saying:
“To every nation have we appointed rites and ceremonies which they follow , so let them not then dispute with thee on the matter but do thou invite (them) to thy Lord: for thou art assuredly on the Right Way”( 22: 67)

But in calling to the way of God , it was said to the prophet and to his followers :
“Admonish, for you are one to admonish, you are not one to compel them to believe” (88: 22-23).

This point is further elaborated in another verse:
“But if they turn away, We have not sent thee as a guard over them. Thy duty is but to convey (the Message)” (42: 48)
 
“You are not one to over awe them by force. So admonish with the Qur'an all such as may fear My Warning”(50: 45) .
 
Islam gives free choice in case of religion because :
Sword can win territories but not hearts
Force can bend heads but not minds.
 
Muslims were so careful in dealing with non-Muslims that Omar, the great second Caliph of Islam when conquered the city of Jerusalem, and entered in it , there was a time of prayer .At that time he was inside the church (of the Resurrection ).The patriarch, who was accompanying him, requested Caliph Omar to offer his prayer there ( inside the church), but he refused saying :
 
“if I do so, the Muslim may infringe upon your rights in a future age pretending to follow my example”.

And, instead of praying inside the church, he offered prayers on the steps outside.
 


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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 10 October 2009 at 6:38pm
May the Blessings and Peace of Allah be upon him
 
The Prophet Muhammad(pbuh) and His Companions
 
Abu Dharr, the leader of the tribe of Ghifar, and one who accepted Islam in its early days, narrates:

Once I was conversing with Bilal. Our conversation gave way to a dispute. Angry with him, the following insult burst from my mouth: ‘You cannot comprehend this, O son of a black woman!’

As Islam expressly forbade all kinds of racial, tribal and colour discrimination, Bilal was both upset and greatly angered.

A while later a man came and told me that the Messenger of Allah (pbuh), summoned me. I went to him immediately. He said to me:

‘I have been informed that you addressed Bilal as the son of a black woman.’

I was deeply ashamed and could say nothing. Allah’s Messenger continued his reprimand: ‘This means you still retain the standards and judgements of the pre-Islamic days of ignorance. Islam has eradicated all those false standards or measures judging people by blood, fame, colour or wealth. It has established that the best and most honourable of men is he who is the most pious and upright in conduct. Is it right to defame a believer just because he is black?’

Abu Dharr felt profound remorse. He went straight to Bilal’s house and, putting his head on the threshold, said: ‘This head will not rise from here until the blessed feet of Bilal tread on the face of foolish, impolite Abu Dharr.’

Bilal responded: ‘That face deserves to be kissed, not trodden upon’, and forgave Abu Dharr.



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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 11 October 2009 at 6:39pm
May the Blessings and Peace of Allah be upon him
 
 
“As for the weeping of the Prophet (pbuh) it was in the same degree as his laughter. He wouldn’t sob loudly and raise his voice, just like his laughter wasn’t loud. However his eyes would fill up with tears, until they flowed out, and you would hear the sound like that of a whistling kettle coming from his chest. He would weep out of mercy for the dead, out of fear and compassion for his ummah, out of deep fear of Allah, upon listening to the Qur’an. And it was a weeping of longing, love and exaltation, accompanied by fear and khashyah...”
 
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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 12 October 2009 at 6:19pm
May the Blessings and Peace of Allah be upon him
 
10 Reasons to Fall for Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)
 
6. His Sincere Appreciation of the Feelings of Others

The way he honestly shared feelings with others has always stopped me. In particular, the way he dealt with the feeling of a child. That child used to have a pet bird. Whenever Prophet Muhammad passed by the child, he would ask him about his pet bird.

One day, the Prophet passed by the child and found him crying because of the death of his pet. Prophet Muhammad simply interrupted his journey to whatever errand he was going to, and sat with the child to offer his condolences. It was reported that he stayed with him for a long time to soothe him.

If he was not Prophet Muhammad, again I would fall for him for this incident. What a sweet-hearted man, who simply neglects his important errands or meetings to sit around a child who lost a pet. He didn't actually lose his mother, but he simply lost a bird. But Prophet Muhammad didn't see it to be a simple loss. He understood what this loss meant to the child and felt for his pain.

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 13 October 2009 at 1:35am

Kindness to a Non-Muslim Neighbor

Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) had a neighbor who used to harm him and insult him at every encounter.

Some days elapsed without the Prophet getting his share of this man’s abuse. Thinking that there must be some reason behind the man’s absence, he (peace and blessings be upon him) paid him a visit and found him sick.

The man wondered how the Prophet could meet his bad treatment with such great behavior.

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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 13 October 2009 at 6:47pm
May the Blessings and Peace of Allah be upon him
 
Less is More
 
After the conquest of Hunayn, Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) distributed the war booty in a manner that was not comprehended by a few young men of the Ansar (Arabic for: Muslims of Madinah). Some of them were sharp-tongued and showed some resentment. They were deprived of Hunayn's war booty although they had been the ones who were involved in its hardships, the first to respond to the command of the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him), steadfast till the defeat turned into victory. After all of what they did, they saw those who escaped at the beginning of the battle fill their hands with the booty while they were given nothing.

According to the Imam Ibn Ishaq, the great Muslim scholar of Hadith and historian, when the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) had given Quraish and Arab tribes those gifts and allotted nothing to the Ansar, a group of the Ansar felt so uneasy about it that many ill-advised statements against the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) were spread among them to an extent that one of them said, "By Allah, the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) was ill-spoken of by his folks!" And those statements went on spreading till Sa`d ibn `Ubadah met the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him).

Sa`d ibn `Ubadah said, "O Messenger of Allah, this group of the Ansar are furious at you about the distribution of the booty that you had won. You have allotted shares to your own kinsmen and forwarded lots of gifts to the Arab tribes. But this group has obtained nothing."

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) asked Sa`d, "Sa`d, what do you think of all that?"

Sa`d replied, "O Messenger of Allah. You know that I am but a member of this group."

"Call out on your people, and bring them forth to me in this shed," said the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him).

As soon as the Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) faced them, he thanked Allah and praised Him, then said to them inquiring, "I have been told that you are angry with me. Didn't I come to you when you were astray and Allah guided you? You were poor and Allah gave you wealth. Weren't you foes and Allah made you love one another?"

"Yes, Allah and His Messenger are better and more gracious," they said.

Then he said, "What prevents you from replying to the Messenger of Allah, O tribe of Ansar?"

They said, "What should be the reply, O Messenger of Allah, while to the Lord and to his Messenger belong all benevolence and grace."

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) again said,

But by Allah, you might have answered and answered truly, for I would have testified to its truth myself: "You came to us belied and rejected, and we accepted you; helpless, and we helped you; a fugitive, and we took you in; poor and we comforted you."

You Ansar, do you feel anxious for the things of this world, wherewith I have sought to incline these people unto the Faith in which you are already established?

Are you not satisfied, O group of Ansar, that the people go with ewes and camels while you go along with the Messenger of Allah to your dwellings?

By Him in Whose Hand is my life, had there been no migration, I would have been one of the Ansar.

If the people would go through a valley and passage, and the Ansar go through another valley and passage, I would go through the valley and passage of the Ansar.

Allah, have mercy on the Ansar, their children, and their children's children.

The audience wept until tears rolled down their beards as they said, "Yes, we are satisfied, O Prophet of Allah, with our lot and share."

I also weep when I read the Prophet's words, "Are you not satisfied, O group of Ansar, that the people go with ewes and camels while you go along with the Messenger of Allah to your dwellings?"

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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 15 October 2009 at 11:29pm
May the Blessings and Peace of Allah be upon him
 
The Prophet's Compassion for His Companions
 
Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) was a compassionate man, full of love and understanding. He took an interest in the physical and spiritual problems of his friends, relatives, and all those around him, and he took all appropriate measures to ensure their health, security, and happiness. He took them under his wing and always bore in mind their lot in the hereafter by encouraging them to remain godly. These features of the Prophet, which are examples for all of humanity, are referred to in the Qur'an:

[A Messenger has come to you from among yourselves. Your  suffering is distressing to him; he is deeply concerned for you; he is gentle and merciful to the believers.](At-Tawbah 9:128)

[And lower your wing (in kindness) unto those believers who follow you.(Ash-Shu`araa' 26:215)

Since the Companions of the Prophet took him as a model, they made the appropriate sacrifices as mentioned in the Qur'an, behaving with empathy and compassion toward one another. A verse speaks of the sacrifices the faithful made for the sake of one another:

[Those [the Ansar, Muslims of Madinah] who were already settled in the abode, and in belief, before they [the Muhajirun; immigrants from Makkah to Madinah] came, love those who migrated to them and do not find in their hearts any need for what they [the immigrants] have been given and prefer them to themselves, even if they themselves are needy. It is the people who are safeguarded from the avarice of their own selves who are successful.(Al-Hashr 59:9)

The faithful, who were taught by the Prophet and abided by the verses of the Qur'an, behaved thoughtfully even toward prisoners of war. The Qur'an tackles this point:

(They give food, despite their love for it, to the poor and orphans and captives (saying): "We feed you only out of desire for the Face of Allah. We do not want any repayment from you or any thanks. Truly We fear from our Lord a glowering, calamitous Day.(Al-Insan: 8-10)

The Prophet reminded his Companions to be merciful, and he was the greatest model for them in this regard:

"Those who show mercy will receive the mercy of the Most Merciful. Have mercy on those who are on earth, so that the One in heavens will have mercy on you." (At-Tirmidhi)

"Those who show no mercy will be shown no mercy" (Al-Bukhari)

"I swear by Whom my soul is in His Hand, you will not enter Paradise until you believe, and you will not believe until you love one another. Do you want me to guide you to something that if you practice, you will love one another? Spread greeting with peace [As-salam `alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh;Islam's salutation] among you." (Muslim)

Out of that affection and thoughtfulness he felt toward the faithful, the Prophet asked Allah to forgive their mistakes. Mind Allah's instructions to the Prophet on this subject in the following verses:

[And ask Allah to forgive them (Muslim women). Verily, Allah is Ever-Forgiving, Most Merciful.(Al-Mumtahana 60:12)

[Know then that there is no true god except Allah and ask forgiveness for your wrongdoing, and for the men and women who believe.(Muhammad 57:19)

[If they ask your permission to attend to their own affairs, give permission to any of them you please, and ask Allah's forgiveness for them. Allah is Ever-Forgiving, Most Merciful.] (An-Nur 24:62)

In another verse, Allah tells the Prophet to pray for the faithful:

[Pray for them. Your prayers bring relief to them. Allah is All-Hearing, All-Knowing.(At-Tawbah: 103)

As this verse reveals, the Prophet's prayers would bring the faithful peace and tranquility. It must not be forgotten that only Allah grants peace of mind and tranquility to the heart. Allah makes the prayers of His Messenger, whom He has appointed as guardian and protector of the faithful, a means whereby they come by comfort and ease. Our Lord's love and compassion and His protection and mercy for the faithful are most clearly represented in the morality of the Prophet.

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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 17 October 2009 at 12:24am
May the Blessings and Peace of Allah be upon him
 
The first words in Madinah
 
Abdullah bin Salam رضي الله عنه reported that the first thing that he heard from the Prophet صلي الله عليه و سلم when he entered Madinah was:

ايها النس: أفشوا السلام, و أطعموا الطعام, و صلوا الأرحام, و صلوا با لليل و الناس نيام, تدخلوا الجنة بسلام

“O people! Spread (the greeting of) peace, provide food (for the needy), be kind to your kin, and pray at night while people are asleep – you would then enter jannah in peace.”

[Recorded by Tirmidhi. Verified to be authentic by al-Albani (Sahih ut-Targhib wat-Tarhib no. 616).]



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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 17 October 2009 at 7:03pm
May the Blessings and Peace of Allah be upon him

The Prophet's Patience

The Prophet has taught us how to endure pain without complaining and how to persevere in the face of hardships.

Prophet Muhammad(pbuh) was a leading example of patience in the face of his ardent enemies. His patience never ceases to dazzle us till today.

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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 18 October 2009 at 6:48pm

May the Blessings and Peace of Allah be upon him

Anas ibn Malik relates that as he was walking with the Prophet (PBUH), who happened to have a thick-bordered Najrani burda (sheet) around his shoulders, a Bedouin came up to him and tugged at it.

'I saw that it had left a mark on his neck.
 
Then the Bedouin said, "O Muhammad, order some of the wealth of God which you have in your posession to be given to me."
 
 The Prophet (PBUH) looked at him and smiled, then he gave orders for something to be given to him.'

(HADITH IN SAHIH BUKHARI AND SAHIH MUSLIM)



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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 19 October 2009 at 1:22am

Prophet Muhammad's Generosity as a Behavioral Example

As a model person, Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) exhibited exemplary behavior with his words and practices to provide guidance to Muslims in their daily lives. The recordings of his companions allowed them to be transmitted onto the next generations.

There is almost no case for which we have no information on the Prophet’s stance. Examples of his behavior on how he articulated his emotions and thoughts, his relations with people and how people were influenced by these actions will enable us to both get to know him better and more effectively benefit from his guidance.

The presence of so many narratives describing the attitude of the Prophet on any given subject signifies that he acted with consideration of the circumstances. ........

Generosity is the raw material of those who are able to gain Allah's virtues. When made without ostentation, without hurting anyone, without reproach, from what is valuable to the owner, and without expectation of reward - then generosity is meaningful. Generosity is being able to give without someone's asking for it or deserving it.

The harsh conditions of desert life had developed an understanding of virtue unique to the Arabs who continued tribal life. Generosity was at the head of values aimed at social solidarity. So much so that generosity was one of the most important qualities sought in candidates for tribal leadership.

Islam put its own imprint on this subject and began work by regulating the position of people in the world and their perspective. A person who sees Allah as the real owner of property and goods will perceive that he is in this world as a trustee, he will not arbitrarily use property which is one of two important vehicles of trial (the other is indicated as children - Quran 64/15), and just as he will avoid waste, he also will not delay any spending on Allah's path. ........

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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 19 October 2009 at 11:38pm
May the Blessings and Peace of Allah be upon him

The Sublime Character of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh):
 
In the Qur'an the Prophet Muhammad is described as being of "sublime character." Here are two sayings of the Prophet which throw light on what this "sublime character" consists of:

Never debase your character by saying that if people treat you well, you will treat them well, and if they harm you, then you will do worse to them. Rather, become accustomed to being good to those who are good to you, and not wronging those who harm you.

Join hands with those who break away from you, forgive those who wrong you, and be good to those who harm you.

The sublime character described here was displayed in its noblest form by the Prophet himself. Such character is required of ordinary Muslims as an accessory, but with the Prophet it was a basic requisite.

There are two levels of character, an ordinary and a superior level. An ordinary character is based on the principle: do as you have been done by. Such a character might be termed a "knee-jerk character" for those possessed of such a character offer only reflex responses to treatment by others, breaking with those who break with them, wronging those who wrong them, and harming those who harm them.

But the higher level of character is based on the principle: do as you would be done by. Those possessed of such a character deal with both friend and foe in the same principled manner, irrespective of how they have been treated. They are reconciliatory, even joining with those who break with them. They are compassionate, even to those who seek to harm them. They are forbearing, even towards those who wrong them.

According to the French philosopher, Voltaire (1694-1778), "No one is a hero to his valet."The reason for this is that a valet has access to a person's private life, and in private life no one is perfect. Those close to a person usually do not hold him in such high esteem as those who are further off. That is why they cannot come to think of him as a hero. But this does not hold true for the Prophet Muhammad. History shows that the closer one came to him, the more one was impressed by his fine qualities.

Once some members of the tribe of Banu Qayn ibn Jasr attacked the camp of the Banu Ma"an, a branch of the Tay' tribe. In the midst of plundering they captured an eight-year-old boy called Zayd, whom they subsequently sold as a slave at the fair of Ukaz. It so happened that the latter came into the service of the Prophet, having been presented by his buyers to Khadijah shortly before her marriage to the Prophet. The boy's father and uncle soon learnt of his whereabouts, and came to Makkah to recover him and take him home with them. They met the Prophet, and said that they would give any compensation that he required, so long as he returned the child to them. The Prophet said that he did not want any compensation; if Zayd wanted to go with them, they could take him. He called Zayd, and asked him if he knew these people. Zayd said that he did: they were his father and uncle. "They want to take you with them.' "I won't leave you to go anywhere,' Zayd replied. His father and uncle were incensed on hearing this. "What, do you prefer slavery to freedom?' they asked. "Do you want to forsake your own folk, and live amongst others?' "I cannot prefer anyone to Muhammad.' Zayd replied, "not after seeing the qualities that he has.' They had no choice then but to go back home without him. Such was the charisma of the Prophet.

This incident, which occurred before the commencement of the Prophet's mission, reveals the tenderness that was inherent in his nature. The Qur'an has referred to this characteristic of his in the following words:

It was thanks to God's mercy that you were lenient to them. Had you been cruel and hard-hearted, they would surely have deserted you.

It was this magnanimity of the Prophet that gave him the power to capture people's hearts: the closer one came to him, the more one would be won over by his noble character.

The Prophet once said: "Honouring ties of relationship does not mean honouring your ties with those who honour their ties with you; it means honouring your ties with those who sever their ties with you.' The well-known case of ‚Â'ishah, wife of the Prophet and daughter of Abu Bakr, being accused of adultery, is an apt illustration of this principle.

This accusationbrought against Â'ishah when she was accidently left behind while returning from the expedition to Banu al-Mustaliq (a.h. 6), then rescued by a young companion of the Prophet by the name of Ãafwan ibn al-Mu attal"was absolutely slanderous. Indeed, the episode has become famous in Islamic history as the "case of the slander.' One of the persons responsible for fabricating it and then spreading it far and wide was a relative of Abu Bakr named Mistah. When Abu Bakr learnt that Mistah was one of those who had defamed his innocent daughter, he cut off the allowance that he used to grant Mistah as a needy relative. When Abu Bakr took this step, God revealed this verse of the Qur'an to His Prophet:

Let not the honourable and rich among you swear not to give to their kindred, the poor, and those who have migrated for the cause of God. Rather, let them pardon and forgive. Do you not wish God to forgive you? He is Forgiving, Merciful.

That is, a person who is in need should not be denied financial assistance because of his misconduct. Rather one should pardon him and continue to help him.

A man came up and insulted Abu Bakr one day when he was sitting with the Prophet. Abu Bakr listened but remained silent. The man continued to abuse him. Again Abu Bakr still held his peace. When the man kept on repeating his foul tirade, Abu Bakr could contain himself no longer, and answered back. On hearing this, the Prophet immediately got up and left. "Why have you left your place, Prophet of God?' Abu Bakr enquired. "As long as you remained silent, Abu Bakr,' the Prophet replied, "God's angel was answering for you. But as soon as you burst out, the angel left.' Thus the Prophet illustrated that God requites any wrong done to one, as long as one does not oneself retaliate. To one who seeks revenge God turns a deaf ear. Obviously retribution will be more complete if it is left to God.

The Prophet once borrowed some money from a Jewish scholar. After a few days the Jew came to demand payment of his debt. "At the moment, I have nothing to pay you with,' the Prophet told him. "I won't let you go until you have paid me back,' the Jew retorted. And so he stayed there, from morning until night, holding the Prophet captive. At this time the Prophet was the established ruler of Madinah: he had the power to take measures against the Jew. His companions, indeed, wanted to rebuke the man and chase him away. But the Prophet forbade them to take any action. "A Jew is holding you captive,' protested one of them. "True,' the Prophet replied, "but the Lord has forbidden us to wrong anyone." Night turned to morning. With the light of dawn, the Jew's eyes opened. He was profoundly moved on seeing the Prophet's tolerance, notwithstanding the latter's power to take action, and he thereupon embraced Islam. This Jew, a rich man, had detained the Prophet the day before on account of a few pence; but the Prophet's noble conduct had such an impact on him that now he was willing to give all his wealth to the Prophet, saying, "Spend it as you please.'

Abdullah ibn Abi al-Hasma' was once engaged in a transaction with the Prophet. It had not yet been completed when he had to go home on some urgent business. "Wait here,' he said to the Prophet. "We'll settle this affair when I come back.' When he reached home, he became so engrossed in certain tasks that he forgot his promise. He remembered it three days later and went back to that place where he found the Prophet still waiting. All he said to Abdullah ibn Abi al-Hasma' was: "You have given me a lot of trouble; I have been waiting here for three days.' Such conduct has a powerful magnetism, which even the most obdurate person cannot resist.

Once a group of Rabbis came to the Prophet. When they entered, instead of giving the normal "Assalamu alaykum' greeting (Peace be upon you), they said "Assamu alaykum', meaning "death to you.' Âishah heard this, and was not able to contain herself. "Death to you instead,' she said. "May God damn you.' The Prophet told Âishah not to answer back in this manner. "God is gentle,' he said, "and He likes gentleness in every matter.' In truth, there is no more effective method of winning a person's heart than by returning soft words for harsh. It is possible to withstand armed onslaught, but noble conduct is a force in itself that no one can resist. It is sure to prevail in all situations.

What a terrible thing it must have been for a man such as the Prophet when, as night was falling, he found the urchins of Ta'if chasing him out of town and pelting him with stones. Ta'if was the place where the Hijaz aristocracy used to while away their summer days and the Prophet had made the fifty-mile trip from Makkah to call them to Islam. But the lords of Ta'if did not listen to his well-meaning words; instead they set the street-urchins on him, and they kept on chasing him until night had cast a veil between them and God's Prophet. His body was covered in wounds. Bleeding from head to foot and utterly exhausted, he took refuge in a vineyard. This, even for the most ordinary of men, would have been a traumatic experience. The Prophet once told his wife, Â'ishah, that it had been the hardest night of his life. But even at this gravest of moments, the Prophet did not wish his enemies any harm. All he said was: "Lord, guide them, for they know not what they do.' Such was the noble character of the Prophet, and it was this nobility which finally subdued his opponents and brought the whole of Arabia within the Islamic fold. The force of his sublime spirit was enough to conquer all in its path. No prejudice, antagonism or contumacy could withstand the magical power of good that was embodied in his person.

While the Prophet was living in Madinah, where he had attained religious and political leadership, he sent some riders to Najd, the inhabitants of which were his sworn enemies. On the way, they came across the ruler of the city of Yamamah, Thamamah ibn Uthal. They took him captive and brought him to Madinah, where they tied him up against a pillar of the mosque. The Prophet came to enquire after him. "If you kill me, Thamamah said, "my people will avenge my blood; and if you release me, I will always be indebted to you. If it's money you want, then I am ready to give you as much as you desire. The Prophet did not kill Thamamah physically, but by his humane treatment he conquered the man's soul. After his release, Thamamah went to a nearby garden, had a bath, and then returned to the mosque. People wondered what he had come back for. But when he proclaimed his conversion to Islam by pronouncing the testimony of faith in a loud voice, people realized that, by releasing Thamamah, the Prophet had in effect taken him captive for all time. Thamamah then went on a pilgrimage to Makkah. When the people of Makkah heard of his conversion, they told him that he had lost his faith. "I have not lost my faith, Thamamah answered. "Rather I have adopted the faith of God and His Prophet.Thamamah, moreover, became a source of strength to Islam. Yamamah was one of the main places from which the people of Makkah used to collect grain. Thamamah told them that without the permission of the Prophet Muhammad, he would not provide them with a single grain. The case of Thamamah shows that noble conduct although it may appear to have no practical value is something which can win the world.

Adopting a high code of ethics mean practising what one preaches; treating the weak with the same courtesy and deference as one shows to the strong; setting the same standards for oneself as one sets for others; never budging from one's principles; maintaining a high moral bearing even when others stoop to the depths of degradation. From this point of view, the prophet of Islam stood at the highest pinnacle of human ethics, never abandoning the lofty standards that he preached. Expediency or dispute could not make him resort to unethical conduct. No evidence could be more substantial in this regard than that of his closest companions.

Said ibn Hisham belonged to the generation immediately following that of the Prophet Muhammad, on whom be peace. He once asked Âishah, the Prophet's widow, about her late husband's character. "He was a personification of the Qur'an', Âishah replied. That is to say, the Prophet moulded his own life in accordance with the ideal pattern of life which he presented to others in the form of the Qur'an. Anas ibn Malik served the Prophet for ten years. He says that the Prophet never even rebuked him. "When I did something, he never questioned my manner of doing it; and when I did not do something, he never questioned my failure to do it. He was the most good-natured of all men.According to Âishah, the Prophet never beat a servant, a woman or anyone else. To be sure, he fought for what was righteous. Yet, when he had to choose between two alternatives, he would take the easier course, provided it did not involve sin: no one was more careful to avoid sin than he. He never sought revenge on his own behalf of any wrong done to him personally.

It was this conduct on the part of the Prophet which made him respected even in the eyes of his enemies. His followers stood by him through all kinds of hardship and misfortune. He was as loved in times of oppression as in times of victory and supremacy. His immediate followers found him without blemish just as he appeared from afar. He provided mankind with an inimitable model of exemplary conduct. The principles on which the Prophet based his life were in the same mould as his sublime disposition. These principles never wavered. They formed a permanent part of his life. He applied them in equal measure to those who followed his path and to those who had harmed or aggrieved him.

Even in pre-Islamic times known as the Age of Ignorance the office of gate-keeper of the Kabah had been held in high esteem. From ancient times the task had been allotted to one particular family. In the time of the Prophet Muhammad a member of that family, Uthman ibn Talhah retained it in his custody.

Al-Bukhari, the greatest compiler of traditions of the Prophet, has related how the Prophet, before his emigration to Madinah, once desired to go inside the Kabah for worship. He asked Uthman for the keys, so that he could open the gate. Uthman refused and insulted the Prophet. Uthman,' the Prophet said, perhaps you will see that one day I will have these keys in my hands. I will have the power to dispose of them as I will.' "It will be a day of disgrace and woe for the Quraysh when the keys of the Kabah are handed over to one like you,' Uthman retorted.

Then the time came when the Prophet conquered Makkah and reigned supreme there. The first thing he did on entering the holy city was to go to the House of God. Seven times he circumambulated the Kabah. Then he summoned Uthman ibn Talhah. According to one account, Uthman had become a Muslim during the period in between the peace of Hudaybiyyah and the Conquest of Makkah. The Prophet took the keys from him, opened the gate of the Kabah, and went inside. He remained there for a while, demolishing the idols that remained standing within its walls.

Then he came outside, holding the keys in his hands. On his lips was this verse of the Qur'an:

God commands you to hand back your trusts to their rightful owners.

It was then that Ali ibn Abi Talib, the Prophet's cousin and son-in-law, stood up: "God bless you,' he said to the Prophet, "but we Banu Hashim have always been entrusted with the task of bearing water for pilgrims. Now is the time to take over the office of gatekeeper as well.' The Prophet did not reply to Ali, and asked where Uthman ibn Talhah was. When he came forward, the Prophet handed the keys over to him. "Uthman,' he said, "here are your keys. This is a day of righteousness and fulfilment of promises. They will remain in your family from generation to generation. It is only a wrongdoer who will take them away from you.'

This action of the Prophet illustrates that Muslims should be meticulous in fulfilling obligations and returning trusts. Even if they have been treated acrimoniously by those with whom they are dealing, they should still pay them their full due. However much it may hurt them, they should never deny people their rights.

When worldly people gain power, the first thing they do is punish their opponents, removing them from their posts and installing their own henchmen instead. All people who come to power think in terms of supporters or opponents. Promoting supporters and demoting opponents is an essential part of their policy. But when the Prophet of Islam gained power in Arabia, he did quite the opposite. He did not look at matters in terms of supporters and opponents; he considered only what was right and fair. He buried all grudges and dealt with everyone as justice and compassion would demand.

( Compiled By Maulana Wahiduddin Khan)



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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 20 October 2009 at 11:00pm
May the Blessings and Peace of Allah be upon him and his companions
 
 
 
At one time this Message [of calling people to Islam and training people as Muslims] created a generation without any parallel in the history of Islam, even in the entire history of man, the generation of the Companions (ra) of the Prophet (saw). After this, no other generation of this caliber was ever again to be found. It is true that we do find some individuals of this caliber here and there in history, but never again did a great number of such people exist in one region as was the case during the first period of Islam (Qutb, 11).

What are the factors behind such unprecedented personalities? These companions were put under unbearable forms of torture, but they continued to resist and persist without any compromise. What are the major factors behind such unmatched persistence that the companions of the prophet (saw) were known for in history?

Some of these factors include: 1) their unshakable belief in Allah (swt), 2) their wholehearted love for the Prophet (saw), 3) their clear sense of responsibility, 4) their unwavering belief in the Akhirah, 5) the Quran being freshly revealed, and 6) the good tidings of success that they received from Allah (swt).
 
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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 21 October 2009 at 7:13pm
May the Blessings and Peace of Allah be upon him
 
 
Prophet Muhammad's (pbuh) Manners and Disposition 
 
The Prophet (pbuh) said:

"Allah has sent me as an apostle so that I may demonstrate perfection of character, refinement of manners and loftiness of deportment." [Muwatta; Musnad; Mishkat]

By nature he was gentle and kind-hearted, always inclined to be gracious and to overlook the faults of others. Politeness and courtesy, compassion and tenderness, simplicity and humility, sympathy and sincerity were some of the keynotes of his character. In the cause of right and justice he could be resolute and severe but more often than not, his severity was tempered with generosity. He had charming manners which won him the affection of his followers and secured their devotion. Though virtual king of Arabia and an apostle of Allah, he never assumed an air of superiority. Not that he had to conceal any such vein by practice and artifice -- with fear of Allah, sincere humility was ingrained in his heart. He used to say,

"I am a Prophet of Allah but I do not know what will be my end." [Sahih Bukhari]

In one of his sermons calculated to instil the fear of Allah and the day of reckoning in the hearts of men, he said,

"O people of Quraish be prepared for the hereafter, I cannot save you from the punishment of Allah; O Bani Abd Manaf, I cannot save you from Allah; O Abbas, son of Abdul Mutalib, I cannot protect you either; O Fatima, daughter of Muhammad, even you I cannot save." [Sahahin]

He used to pray, "O Allah! I am but a man. If I hurt any one in any manner, then forgive me and do not punish me." [Ahmed, Musnad]

He always received people with courtesy and showed respect to older people and stated: "To honor an old man is to show respect to Allah."

He would not deny courtesy even to wicked or ill intentioned people. It is stated that a person came to his house and asked permission for admission. The Prophet (pbuh) knew that he was not a good person but allowed him to be admitted. When he came in and while he remained in the house, he was shown full courtesy. When he left A'isha (ra) said, "You did not think well of this man, but you treated him so well." The Prophet (pbuh) replied, "He is a bad person in the sight of Allah who does not behave courteously and people shun his company because of his bad manners." [Sahih Bukhari]

He was always the first to greet another and would not withdraw his hand from a handshake till the other man withdrew his. If one wanted to say something in his ears, he would not turn away till one had finished. [Abu Dawud, Tirmidhi] He did not like people to get up for him and used to say, "Let him who likes people to stand up in his honour, he should seek a place in hell." [Abu Dawud]

He would himself, however, stand up when any dignitary came to him. He had stood up to receive the wet nurse who had reared him in infancy and had spread his own sheet for her. His foster brother was given similar treatment. He avoided sitting at a prominent place in a gathering, so much so that people coming in had difficulty in spotting him and had to ask which was the Prophet (pbuh). Quite frequently uncouth, Bedouins accosted him in their own gruff and impolite manner but he never took offence. [Abu Dawud]

He used to visit the poorest of ailing persons and exhorted all Muslims to do likewise. [Sahih Bukhari] He would sit with the humblest of persons saying that righteousness alone was the criterion of one's superiority over another. He invariably invited people be they slaves, servants or the poorest believers, to partake with him of his scanty meals. [Tirmidhi]

Whenever he visited a person he would first greet him and then take his permission to enter the house. He advised the people to follow this etiquette and not to get annoyed if anyone declined to give permission, for it was quite likely the person concerned was busy otherwise and did not mean any disrespect.

There was no type of household work too low or too undignified for him. A'isha (ra) has stated,

"He always joined in household work and would at times mend his clothes, repair his shoes and sweep the floor. He would milk, tether, and feed his animals and do the household shopping." [Qazi Iyaz: Shifa; Sahih Bukhari]

He would not hesitate to do the menial work of others, particularly of orphans and widows. [Nasi, Darmi] Once when there was no male member in the house of the companion Kabab Bin Arat who had gone to the battlefield, he used to go to his house daily and milk his cattle for the inhabitants [Ibn Saad ]



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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 22 October 2009 at 8:48pm
May the Blessings and Peace of Allah be upon him
 
 
‘He elevated the low, and he lowered the elevated that they might meet in that middle place known as brotherhood’
 
 
~Sheikh Hamza Yusuf


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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 23 October 2009 at 2:17pm
May the Blessings and Peace of Allah be upon him
 
The Prophet (pbuh) once came out to the Mosque and said:
 
“Let no one among you convey to me what is said about me (in terms of what will give rise to bad feelings in my heart). For indeed I love to come out to you with a pure and clean heart (without having negative feelings about any of you as a result of knowing what you said about me)”
 
(Ahmad, Abu Dawud, Al-Tirmidhi)


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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 24 October 2009 at 12:57pm

Sharing is Caring

The religion of Islam, as taught to us by Prophet Muhammad, urges kind and considerate treatment towards our neighbors. They deserve our respect and good treatment regardless of their religion, race, or color.

It is reported that the angel Gabriel insisted that Prophet Muhammad understand the importance of the good treatment of neighbors. Prophet Muhammad said that at one stage, he thought the angel Gabriel would bestow inheritance rights on neighbors; such was his insistence on their kind and fair treatment. (Al-Bukhari) ...

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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 24 October 2009 at 2:21pm
May the Blessings and Peace of Allah be upon him
 
Prophet Muhammad's(pbuh) Politeness
 
The Prophet, as a human being, was sometimes greatly hurt by people’s ignorance, but he would not utter a single word of disapproval. The Qur’an refers to this in these words:

0 you who believe! Enter not the Prophet’s houses -until permission is given to you -for a meal, (and then) not so early as to wait for its preparation: but when you are invited, enter; and when you have taken your meal, disperse, without stopping to gossip. Such behavior annoys the Prophet, but he would be ashamed to dismiss you, but Allah is not ashamed to tell you the truth. (Qur’an, 33:53)

There are many Ahadith of the Prophet which bear witness to his most courteous and polite conduct in social relationships: “Anas said that a woman whose mind was affected once came to the Prophet and said: “Allah’s Messenger! I want something from you.” He replied: “Mother of so-and-so, take me where you live so that I may accomplish what you want.” He then went along with her to her home and helped her with some jobs. (Muslim)

Ali bin abi Talib said that Allah’s Messenger owed some dinars to a Jewish doctor, and he demanded payment from the Prophet. When he told him that he had nothing to pay him with, the Jew replied: “I will not leave you, Muhammad, until you pay me.” Allah’s Messenger said: “I shall sit with you, then,” and did so. Allah’s Messenger offered the noon, afternoon, sunset and night prayers and the next day’s morning prayers. The companions were threatening the Jew. Allah’s Messenger being aware of what they were doing, stopped them. Then they said: “Messenger of Allah! Is the Jew keeping you in restraint?” to which he replied: “My Lord has prevented me from wronging one with whom a covenant has been made or anyone else.” Then, when the day advanced, the Jew said: “I testify that there is no God but Allah, and I testify that you are Allah’s Messenger. Then he said that half of his property would be devoted to Allah’s Way, and added: “I swear by Allah that my only purpose in treating you as I have done was that I might know the description of you given in the Torah. ‘Muhammad ibn Abdullah, whose birthplace is in Mekkah, whose place of emigration is in Taiba, and whose kingdom is in Syria; he is not harsh or rough or loud-voiced in the streets, and he is not characterized by coarseness of lewd speech’



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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 25 October 2009 at 3:51pm
May the Blessings and Peace of Allah be upon him
 
Prophet Muhammad,s (pbuh) lesson on Gratitude
 
Allah says: “And if you were to count the blessings of Allah, you will never be able to count them. God is Ever-Forgiving, Most Merciful” Qur’an (Surat An-Nahl, 14: 34)
 
Aisha (ra) said that the Prophet entered upon her one day and saw a small piece of bread on the floor, so he picked it up and wiped it, then told her:

“O Aisha, treat the blessings of Allah with respect, for when it departs from a household it may never come back to them” (Abi ad-Dunya)

The Prophet (pbuh) has also said: “The one who does not give thanks for a small blessing will not give thanks for a great blessing, and the one who does not give thanks to people will not give thanks to Allah” (Abi ad-Dunya)
 
The Prophet (pbuh) has admonished us, “Look at those people who have less than you and never look at those who have more grants than you, this will ensure that you will not depreciate Allah’s favors” (Muslim).
 
Umar (ra) said that when a calamity befell him, he would thank Allah for four things: that the calamity was not in his religion, that it was not bigger than it was, that he would be rewarded with Paradise if he was patient, and that it reminded him of his biggest calamity, which was losing the Prophet (pbuh).

So what should we do to ensure that we are thankful?

- Reflect on the blessings, big and small: Sulayman, a follower of the Prophet’s Companions, once said: “Remembering His blessings makes one love Allah.”

- Give Thanks for them. The Prophet (pbuh) taught us: “Allah is pleased with His servant if, when he eats something he thanks Allah for it, and when he drinks something he thanks Allah for it” (Muslim).

- Prostrate (fall into sajda) when you receive a blessing from Allah: The Beloved (pbuh) used to prostrate to Allah whenever he received something pleasant or was told good news to thank Allah for the grace he had received.

- Do good for others: The Prophet (pbuh) said, “People are dependents of Allah; the closest to Him are those who are most useful to His dependants” (Muslim).

- Finally, we must remember that the biggest blessing, and one we should constantly be grateful for, is our Islam, and say:

الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ الَّذِي هَدَانَا لِهَذَا وَمَا كُنَّا لِنَهْتَدِيَ لَوْلا أَنْ هَدَانَا اللَّهُ

“Alhamdulillah, Who has guided us to this, never could we have found guidance, were it not that Allah had guided us” (7:43)

 
 


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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 26 October 2009 at 4:51pm
May the Blessings and Peace of Allah be upon him
 
Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) ---Kindness
 
The Prophet Muhammad taught love, kindness and compassion to his people, and was seen to be the most loving, kind, and compassionate of all of them.There are many instances that show his kindness and gentleness, especially to the weak and the poor.
 
Once he said to his wife: “0 ‘A’ishah! Never turn away any needy man from your door empty-handed. 0 ‘A’ishah! Love the poor; bring them near to you and Allah will bring you near to Him on the Day of Resurrection”. He also went much further on to say: “Seek me among your weak ones, for you are given provision, or you are given help only by reason of the presence of your weak ones”. (Rahman, Encyclopaedia of Seerah, VOL. VIII, p. 151)
 
Allah Almighty is Kind, and the Prophet imitated Allah’s example in its perfection by showing kindness to his servants and all creatures without any regard for their beliefs, color or nationality. The Prophet said: “Allah is kind and likes kindness in all things” (Bukhari, 6601).

He never used any harsh words towards anyone. The worst expression he ever used in his conversation was: “What has come over him? May his forehead become darkened with mud”. His heart ached within him at the corrupt state of his fellow-beings. The Holy Qur’an testifies to it in these words: “0 Muhammad, you will, perhaps, consume yourself with grief because the people do not believe” (Qur’an 26:3). In Surah Kahf, we read: “Well, 0 Muhammad, it may be that you will kill yourself for their sake out of sorrow if they do not believe in this Message.” (Qur’an 18:6). And Surah Fatir says: “So let not your life be consumed in grief for their sake.” (Qur’an 35:8).

He took a great interest in the welfare of all people and had great compassion for people in trouble. The Prophet Muhammad imitated the attributes of Allah par excellence and translated them into practice in the highest form possible for man. Kindness is an attribute of Allah, which has no limits. It is extensive and encompasses all things and all beings without discrimination. Likewise was the kindness of the Prophet. He extended it to all beings, both animate and inanimate and benefited all without measure. The Qur’anic words for the Prophet’s kindness, ra’ufun rahirn (Qur’an 9:128) are very intensive and comprehensive in meaning and convey the true nature and extent of the Prophet’s kindness to people.

This means that the Prophet cautioned his followers against general maltreatment of anyone regardless of his status. By extending good treatment from friends to relatives and  to neighbors, Prophet Muhammad was intent in making all humans interdependent as he emphasized in the following words: “All creatures are Allah’s dependants, and those dearest to Allah are the ones who treat His dependants kindly” (Rahman, VOL VIII, p. 154). 


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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 27 October 2009 at 1:15am

Muhammad: A Man Of Charisma

Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was always cheerful, genial, and pleasant-tempered. He was never rude or rough. He only spoke things that brought rewards from Allah (God) Almighty.

When he spoke, the listeners would listen to his words with attention. They did not feel any inclination to engage him in heated arguments. The Prophet would always show patience with a stranger's roughness of manners or harsh talk. He used to say:

 

"When you see a person seeking an object earnestly, assist him to get his need." (Al-Baihaqi)

 

And no wonder God Almighty said of the Prophet:

 

{And verily, you (O Muhammad) are on an exalted standard of character.] (Al-Qalam 68:4)

 

A person's face not only reflects the feelings of the heart, but also signals his or her attitude to the world around him or her. Indeed, you may even say that the total personality of a person is mirrored in the face.

 

And to speak about Prophet Muhammd, his smiling face was a source of solace and comfort to all those who came to meet him. Not just his words and actions, but the very expressions on his face shed rays of peace and tranquility into the hearts of those who were distressed by the pressures of life, or tormented by the afflictions of the soul.

 

Abdullah ibn Harith reported: "I have never seen anyone more in the habit of smiling than Allah's Messenger." (At-Tirmidhi)

 

The Prophet's smiles had spread such an aura of indescribable joy among his Companions to the extent that they forgot all their anxieties and worries in his presence and became totally fascinated with the Prophet himself.

 

The reason was that the Prophet was a perfect personality who always exuded a charisma of charm and geniality. His way was one of harmony and compassion. He was polite and considerate to everyone, and always kept a smiling face. Once, he told his Companions, "Smiling at your brother is a charity." (At-Tirmidhi) ........

 

http://www.readingislam.com/servlet/Satellite?c=Article_C&cid=1256033960866&pagename=Zone-English-Discover_Islam%2FDIELayout&ref=body - http://www.readingislam.com/servlet/Satellite?c=Article_C&cid=1256033960866&pagename=Zone-English-Discover_Islam%2FDIELayout&ref=body

 



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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 27 October 2009 at 9:53pm
May the Blessings and Peace of Allah be upon him
 
"Even on the day he died, while lying in his sickbed, he did not neglect to smile. While Abû Bakr was getting the people lined up for prayer, the Prophet managed to stand up and move aside the curtain of his room. His face was like a page from a Qur'an manuscript. Yet he smiled at them, a bright laughing smile."
 
 [Sahîh al-Bukhârî (639) and Sahîh Muslim (636)]


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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 28 October 2009 at 2:33pm
 
May the Blessings and Peace of Allah be upon him
 
Prophet Muhammad(pbuh)---"Human Rights"
 
The Prophet(s) firmly established the rule of justice among his people by his own example and practice. When he was on his deathbed, just a few moments before he breathed his last breath, he had it publicly announced:


"Is there anyone among you whom I have stricken? Here is my back, let him strike me in return. Is there anyone whose character I have defamed or insulted? Let him now cast reproach upon me. Is there anyone from whom I have taken anything unjustly? Let him now come forward and be indemnified."

(Rahaman, Encyclopaedia of Seerah, Vol.III, London, 1994, P.164)
 
Such was his consciousness and understanding of the rights of other people, and of the need to dispense them with absolute fairness and justice that he did not forget it even at the time of his last breath. This is an ever-living reminder to the Muslims of the great importance of fairness and justice. It is an obligation of the Muslims first to Allah, who gave them a Code of Law concerning the determining of the rights of the people with full justice, and second to the Prophet(s), who, by his strict adherence to the rule of law, firmly established this principle among them and warned them never to relax its enforcement.

 


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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 29 October 2009 at 2:33pm
May the Blessings and Peace of Allah be upon him
 
 “The league of nations founded by the prophet of Islam put the principle of international unity and human brotherhood on such universal foundations as to show candle to other nations." He continues: "The fact is that no nation of the world can show a parallel to what Islam has done towards the realization of the idea of the League of Nations.”
-PROF. HURGRONJE
 
When the Muslims conquered Makkah, victorious after years of persecution, then war with the non-believing Quraysh, the Prophet went straight to the Kaba.
 
This was the height of the victory of Islam. He brought some other Muslims with him. He could have chosen only Muslims from the Quraysh, people of his own ethnic and tribal background. He also could have chosen only Arabs or only those of the old noble classes.
 
But two of the people who entered the Kaba with the Prophet were Bilal ibn Rabah and Zaid ibn Haritha. Bilal, an African and a former slave. Zaid was also not of high status from the tribal Quraysh point of view. Then entered a Qurayshi, Abdullah bin Omar, may Allah be pleased with all of them.
 
On this day of victory, success and happiness was for all Muslims, no matter who they were or where they come from.
 
 
It was the first religion that preached and practiced democracy; for, in the mosque, when the call for prayer is sounded and worshippers are gathered together, the democracy of Islam is embodied five times a day when the peasant and king kneel side by side and proclaim: 'God Alone is Great'... I have been struck over and over again by this indivisible unity of Islam that makes man instinctively a brother.”

-S. Naidu, IDEALS OF ISLAM,  Speeches & Writing
 


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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 30 October 2009 at 2:34pm
May the Blessings and Peace of Allah be upon him
 
No Compulsion In Religion
 
 
The Prophet Muhammad, upon him be peace and blessings, is unequalled in that he appeared as a sword of valor and eloquence against unbelief and savagery. He proclaimed the truth with the clearest voice and showed mankind the ways to true existence.”
-Fethullah Gulen
 
 
Beyond carrying the message to them nothing further was attempted. That is why all the words used in the Qur’an for the order, to convey God’s message fully, are synonymous with information and warning. (Qur’an 15:94, 16:44, 21:109, 7:79, 7:35, 17:101, 29:51, 34:28, 3:193, 61:7, 5:67, 14:5).           

Baihaqi relates that according to Mughira ibn Shuba, one day when the Prophet was explaining Islam to Abu Jahal, the latter said: “Muhammad, won’t you stop criticizing our Idols? What you want is that we testify to the fact that you have conveyed the message, so we do bear witness that you have conveyed it!”           

The Prophet repeatedly asked his companions to bear witness to the fact that he had fully conveyed God’s message to them. Imam Ahmad relates that; according to Thalaba bin Ibad Al-Abdari, once when the Prophet stood up to give a speech he said, after praising God:

O, people, I ask you on God’s oath to point out to me if I have fallen short, to any degree, in conveying God’s message to you.’ People stood up and said, ‘We testify that you have delivered God’s message to us. You have done full justice to the task as a well-wisher of your Ummah, and you have fulfilled your responsibility.”

"Like almost every major prophet before him, Muhammad fought shy of serving as the transmitter of God's word, sensing his own inadequacy. But the angel commanded "Read." So far as we know, Muhammad was unable to read or write, but he began to dictate those inspired words which would soon revolutionize a large segment of the earth: "There is one God.”
-James A. Michener, "ISLAM: THE MISUNDERSTOOD RELIGION
 


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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 31 October 2009 at 3:00pm
May the Blessings and Peace of Allah be upon him
 

Gentleness, caring and love

He kept striving to soothe the consciences of believers who were afraid of their own weaknesses and failings...
 
The Prophet hated to let his companions nurture a pointless feeling of guilt. He kept telling them that they must never stop conversing with the One, the Most Kind, the Most Merciful who welcomes everyone in His grace and benevolence and who loves the sincerity of hearts that regret and return to Him. This is the profound meaning of “at-tawbah” offered to every conscience: “sincerely returning to God” after a slip, a mistake, a sin. God loves that sincere return to Him and He forgives and purifies.

The faithful felt that he saw, respected, understood and loved them, and indeed, he did love them, he told them so, and he moreover advised them to remember to tell one another of their mutual love: “When someone loves their brother [or sister] let them tell them that they love them.” He once took young Mu`âdh ibn Jabal by the hand and whispered: “O Mu`âdh, by God, I love you. And I advise you, o Mu`âdh, never to forget to say, after each ritual prayer: ‘O God, help me remember You, thank You and perfect my worship of You.’”Thus the young man was offered, in one outburst, both love and spiritual teaching, and the teaching was all the more deeply assimilated as it was wrapped in that love.

http://www.tariqramadan.com/spip.php?article723 - http://www.tariqramadan.com/spip.php?article723

 



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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 01 November 2009 at 11:22am
May the Blessings and Peace of Allah be upon him
 
What we learn from Muhammad (saw), who somehow falls out of civil war of ideas among Muslims, and whose referential authority is lost in the clatter and chatter over orthodoxy, is that principles, wisdom and compassion are to all merge in the person of knowledge and guidance. If we recall the example of the Bedouin urinating in the Mosque, how Abu Bakr (r) attempted to handle the situation and how the Prophet (saw) managed the crisis and potential conflict, then we see that knowledge is much more than place, principles, and ideas. Rather, knowledge has a lot to do with enriching life for others by way of principles with wisdom and in a spirit of compassion (Muhammad was sent as compassion to the creation)...

(Source:Imam Suhaib Webb's blog)



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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 02 November 2009 at 1:23pm
May the Blessings and Peace of Allah be upon him
 
The Fruits of the Tree of Muslim Civilization
 
Indeed, if we examine what fruits the tree of Islamic civilization bore, we can make the following observations: The polytheist Arabs of the Arabian Peninsula had many despicable habits that were ingrained in their culture. For instance, they used to bury their daughters in order to be saved from the embarrassments these girls might bring on the family when they grew up. Usury, adultery, racism, oppression of the weak, the worshipping of idols, oppression of women and the elderly, rampant drinking, and tribal feuds were the norm of this era. In place of these habits, Prophet Muhammad established virtues, such as charity (to the needy and the relatives), strong family bonds, universal brotherhood of humankind, truthfulness, kindness to the elderly and especially to one’s parents, caring for orphans, the observation of freedom of choice in religion, respect for animal rights, among others.
 
His success in eliminating the vices of racism from his people’s consciences was noted by the famous British historian Arnold Toynbee:
 
“The extinction of race consciousness as between Muslims is one of the outstanding achievements of Islam, and in the temporary world there is, as it happens, a crying need for the propagation of this Islamic virtue.”
 
It is well known to behavioral scientists and social workers that a minor habit, such as cigarette smoking, in a small community can be removed permanently only by a powerful authority with great effort. But Prophet Muhammad was able to remove numerous ingrained habits from great nations that were intractable and fanatical in their beliefs with slight outward power and little effort over a short period of time. In their place he established exalted qualities, virtues common to most world religions, which mingled firmly with their souls. He achieved many extraordinary feats like this. Thus, the Arabian Peninsula of Prophet Muhammad’s time stands as a challenge to those who refuse to see the testimony of the blessed age of the Prophet. If we were to take a hundred philosophers, go there, and strive for a hundred years, would we be able to carry out in that time one hundredth of what he achieved in a year?
 
Thomas Carlyle was amazed as to “how one man single handedly, could weld warring tribes and wandering bedouins into a most powerful and civilized nation in less than two decades.” He further commented:
“The lies, which well-meaning zeal has heaped round this man (Muhammad), are disgraceful to ourselves only.”


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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 03 November 2009 at 12:35pm
May the Blessings and Peace of Allah be upon him
 
SOME OF PROPHET MUHAMMAD’S PRINCIPLES OF COMMUNICATION
 
Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was someone who understood the importance of communicating with people; he did not converse or embrace only believers. Rather he saw all people, irrespective of religion, language, race, sex, social status or role as possessing value and thus he established good communication with all of them. Prophet Muhammad brought the divine message into a form that people could perceive, hear and feel, about which they could read, talk and write; he set examples that could be brought to life and practiced. As a prophet, Muhammad's mission and goal was to establish a good dialogue with people and to communicate; to do this he not only used the various means of communication that belonged to his era, he also took into account the psychological peculiarities of the individual and society in order to present the message in the best and most effective way.
 
1. Prophet Muhammad Identified Himself as a Source of the Message.
2. Prophet Muhammad Paid Attention to the Characteristics of the Individual.
3 -Prophet Muhammad Took into Account the Characteristics of the Society.
4. -Prophet Muhammad Established Communication with People at Every Opportunity.
5. Prophet Muhammad Used Sympathy to Affect the Person Being Addressed.
6. Prophet Muhammad Brought Love for Mankind to the Fore.
7- Prophet Muhammad Addressed the Mind and Emotions.
8- Prophet Muhammad Gave Importance to People and the Things They Valued.
9- Prophet Muhammad Benefited from the People's Skills.
10- Prophet Muhammad Won People over by Giving Presents.
11- Prophet Muhammad Presented the Message Easily and Gradually.
12 -Prophet Muhammad Appointed the People around Him to Spread the Message.
13- Prophet Muhammad Demonstrated Patience and Tolerance to Negative Reactions.
14 -Prophet Muhammad Preferred Good Actions and Did Not Seek Revenge.
15- Prophet Muhammad Sometimes Used Warnings or Rebukes.
 
http://www.lastprophet.info/en/relationship-with-the-companions/some-of-prophet-muhammad-s-principles-of-communication.html - http://www.lastprophet.info/en/relationship-with-the-companions/some-of-prophet-muhammad-s-principles-of-communication.html
 


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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah



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