[O Muhammad] it may be that you will exhaust yourself to
death, following after them, with grief that they do not
believe in this Message."
Sura Al-Kahf 18:6]
& PASSION OF THE PROPHET IN CONVEYING THE MESSAGE
- The communication of
the Divine Message was the most essential characteristic
of Allah’s Messenger, peace and blessings be upon him.
We are troubled whenever we are hungry or thirsty, or
when we have difficulty in breathing; but this unselfish Preacher
was troubled if a day passed when he could not find someone
to whom he could convey the Divine Message.
- He was so concerned about
the guidance of people, and so physically pained by unbelief,
that Allah advised him in this verse to be careful of
- The Prophet (peace be
upon him) is here consoled, and told that he was not to
exhaust himself to death in conveying Allah's Message:
he was nobly doing his duty, and, as after-events showed,
the seed of Truth was already growing, although this was
not visible at the time.
PROPHET'S STRUGGLE IN MAKKA
& HIS LOVE FOR HIS UNCLE
- There was nobody left
in Makka whom Allah's Messenger had not invited in public
or in private to Allah's path. He had called some, like
Abu Jahl who was extremely stubborn, at least fifty times.
One of those whom he particularly desired should believe
was his beloved uncle Abu Talib, who protected him against
the cruelties of the Makkan polytheists. In the eleventh
year of his Prophethood, when Abu Talib was on his death-bed,
Allah's Messenger again invited him to belief, but the
Makkan chiefs surrounded him so as to prevent his embracing
- The Prophet was so grieved
at Abu Talib’s unbelief that he said: "I will ask
forgiveness from God for you as long as I am not forbidden
- A verse was revealed
some time later, forbidding him to do this: "It is
not fitting for the Prophet and those who believe that
they should invoke (God) for the forgiveness of the polytheists,
even though they be near of kin (to them) after it has
become clear to them that they are companions of the Fire."
- Abu Bakr, the closest
Companion of the Prophet (peace be upon him) knew how
much Allah's Messenger had desired his uncle’s belief.
He took his aged father to the Prophet, upon his conversion
on the day of the conquest of Makka, and doing so, sobbed
bitterly. When Abu Bakr was asked why he was weeping,
he explained: "O Allah's Messenger, I desired very
much that my father should believe, and now he has believed.
But I desired the belief of Abu Talib even more than that
because YOU desired it. However, God did not grant him
belief. That is why I am weeping."
LESSONS & OUR CONDITION
- This captivating verse
makes us really think about our own state of Dawa
(effort to convey Allah's message). It makes us realize
how little we are concerned about the state of Iman
(Faith) of our own close relatives even, unlike the
Prophet's passion and love for his uncle's salvation.
- It's surprising that
we see so many Muslims and non-Muslims in this society,
go through great difficulties in their lives, such as
stress, suicides, violence, teenage pregnancies, drug
addiction....etc., yet our hearts remain unmoved, our
actions unchanged, and our Dawa efforts remain stagnant
[Compiled from "Prophet
Muhammad- The Infinite Light", by Shk. Fethullah
Gulen. Also available at www.fethullahgulen.org]
Before the Hour- What have we prepared for it?
Abu Hurayra, may Allah
be pleased with him, reported: The Prophet Muhammad
(peace and blessings be upon him) said, 'There
are five things which nobody knows except Allah.' Then
knowledge of the Hour is with Allah - and it is He Who sends
down rain, and it is He Who knows what is in the wombs -
and no self knows what it will earn tomorrow, and no self
knows in what land it will die. Truly Allah is All
- Knowing, Aware."
(Quran: Sura Luqman - 31:34).
related by Muslim)
According to Hadith collections,
most of the minor signs of the ultimate end of time are
prevalent. Those Muslims who are not in complete heedlessness
know about and recognize these signs in themselves and in
the farthest horizons.
these signs are:
=> the poor and the
destitute build tall buildings in which people glorify themselves;
=> that the slave
girl gives birth to her mistress, one meaning of which is
that a mother who is enslaved by her work situation has
children who grow up to be uncontrollable and who dominate
and tyrannize the family situation;
=> that women greatly
=> that there are
many women who never give birth to children;
=> that family ties
are neglected or abandoned;
=> that there is an
abundance of food, much of which has no blessing;
=> that when a person
is offered food it is refused;
=> that time is short;
=> that there are
many people who are hard hearted and mean;
=> that there are
many people who bare false witness;
=> that the truthful
are disbelieved and the liars are believed;
=> that the strong
devour the weak;
=> that few are wise
and many are ignorant;
=> that the leader
of the people is the worst of them;
=> that people fear
a tyrant so much that they dare not even tell him that he
is a tyrant;
=> that there is much
fighting and killing of people;
=> that the ones who
do the killing do not know who is being killed, and the
ones who are killed do not know why they have been killed;
[Written and Contributed
by Br. Muttakin Reza, T.L. Kennedy High
Bits from Islamic Literature
of the Individual"
person is the key to your Movement and your 'heart' is the
key to your person. Make your heart belong to Allah alone;
let Him alone be the prize you seek. And let His love be
uppermost in your heart. Once it is so, every duty will
turn into pleasure, to pray will be a delight, to indulge
in politics for the sake of Allah will be a blessing. To
nourish the seed of Iman and the love of Allah
in your heart, you have three means at your disposal! First
is the Quran; second is Brotherhood; third is Dawa. We
need persons who will make every endeavour and offer every
sacrifice to change the entire world around them through
a social Movement, in the light shown by the Quran and the
Prophet who brought the Quran to us."
- Ustadh Khurram
[Taken from "Journey
Through Islam", pg 74]
[Contributed by Br.
Morshed Abul Ala, University of Toronto, Toronto]
on Tazkiya and Self-Development
is one of the prerequisites of Tazkiya (Self-development):
does not subscribe to the type of asceticism where we
purify our hearts and yet remain immersed in political,
economic or social corruption. Tazkiya must encompass
our entire life - the privacy of our thoughts as well
as their social manifestations in our daily life. Everything
must be in conformity with Allah's will.
will of God also requires you to seek and maintain a delicate
balance between the various obligations that demand your
attention; between your obligations to Allah, your obligations
towards others and your obligations towards yourself.
The Prophet advised us against extremism of any kind.
It is reported that he said to Abdullah ibn Amr:
I heard right that you fast everyday and stand in prayer
all night?' Abdullah replied, `Yes, O Messenger of God.'
The Prophet said, `Do not do that. Fast, as well as eat
and drink. Stand in prayer, as well as sleep. For your
body has a right upon you, your eyes have a right upon
you, your wife has a right upon you, and your guest has
a right upon you.' (Bukhari, Muslim.)
you approach tazkiya as an all-embracing process, you
will find that your life is compartmentalized, certain
parts impeding the development of others. This can only
result in a life of disharmony and unhappiness. Approached
as a comprehensive and all-embracing process, however,
you will find that each part of your life will complement
some other part. This should, God willing, make your struggle
on the path to God and Janna, easier and full of grace.
you struggle to make headway on the path to God, always
remember that you have an excellent example before you.
This is the example of the Prophet Muhammad, may God bless
him and grant him peace. Often we would like to emulate
our sports heroes, our parents, our teachers, our friends
or others who attract our attention. For your spiritual
development, however, the most beautiful example is that
of the Prophet. Allah says in the Quran:
have, indeed, in the Messenger of God an excellent exemplar,
whoever places his hopes in God and the Final Days and
who remembers Allah much. [al-Ahzab 33: 21]
To be continued
in the next issue....
[Taken from "In
the Early Hours" by Ustadh Khurram
Murad (Rahimahullah), edited by Riza Mohammed.]