An outward appearance alone will not be a substitute for following his (swm) sunnah. His (swm) companions followed his (swm) sunnah by acting on what he (swm) approved of, and by avoiding whatever he (swm) disliked. Obedeience to him (swm) is by the actions of a believer.
Studying Hadith leads to understanding Fiqh (jurisprudence), necessary for legalistic and Halal vs Haram issues. SEERAH study will provide a comprehensive understanding of his (swm) life and his (swm) sunnah, necessary for understanding Islam as a way of life.
Below are some additional points about why we should study his (swm) seerah:
1. Studying the life of Prophet Muhammad [sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam] is like studying history of Islam
Incidents and situations from the Prophet’s life are real life lessons to help us. Seerah is more than studying biography of a person, it is biography of our most beloved’s life and the history of our religion.
Muhammad ibn Saad ibn Abee Waqqas said our father would teach us the battles of Rasul Allah [sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam] and tell us these are the traditions of your fathers so study them. Ali bin Hussain ibn Ali ibn Talib said we were taught the seerah of the Prophet like we were taught Quran. This shows how important it was to them, studied as seriously as the Quran. If we want to study life of the anbiya we go to Quran. But to study life of Rasul Allah [sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam], since there are only bits and pieces of it mentioned in Quran, in order to fully study, must go to Seerah
2. To develop the proper love of Rasul Allah [sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam] in our hearts
Loving him is ibadah, part of obeying Allah SWT and it is part of our deen.
From a hadith we learn that, you do not attain true faith until you love Rasul Allah [sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam] more than your parents and children and whole world. Our ummah loves Rasul Allah [sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam], if we ask Muslims they will say yes they love him. But true love is only deep and sincere when you really know the person. If you dont really know them, your love is only shallow. The more we know Rasul Allah [sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam], the more we will love him and the purer and deeper our love will be Insha Allah.
Amr ibn al Aws used to be an enemy of Islam. Afterwards he became Muslim and when he was passing away he was weeping and his son reminded him that Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam said Amr was a mu’min, a true believer. Amr radi Allahu anhu explained of his tears, I have had three stages in my life: first was when the most dispised person in the world was Muhammad sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam and my desire was to get my hands on him to kill him. Then Allah put the love of Islam in my heart and I went to Rasul Allah [sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam] to take shahada, and when Prophet extended his hand forward to take his pledge, Amr pulled his hand away. He said I want to make a condition that you pardon me for what I have done in my past. The Prohet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam smiled and said Ya Amr dont you know Islam erases everything before it, and Hijrah erases and Hajj. So then Amr became muslim. In this stage, Muhammad who was before the worst enemy to me now became the most beloved in whole world to me. I loved him so much and respected so much that I never could get a full glimspe of his face because I would always lower my gaze in shyness and if you asked me to describe him to you I couldnt.
This shows that when Amr radi Allahu anhu became close to Rasul Allah [sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam] and got to know him, the Prophet automatically became the most beloved of beloveds to him
Suhail ibn Amr was a negociator from Quraysh who came to see Rasul Allah [sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam] in Madina. He saw how the companions treated Rasul Allah [sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam] and when he returned back he told the Quraysh, I visited the Persian empire, the Negus in Abysina, the Roman empire, but I have never in my life seen a leader so loved and followed and respected by his followers. Not in the whole world. I saw amazing things. Muhammad would make wudu and companions would rush to catch the water dripping from his body. He told them, do what you want but these are people who would never give up their leader, they would give their own lives and sacrifice everything but would never give up him. Suhail’s statement is evidence of the depth of love the companions had for Rasul Allah [sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam]. We cannot claim to love him like this is we are ignorant of his life. We must study and understand to grow in love
No other person in history has had so many people named after him. His name is most frequently mentioned name around the world, at every time there is adhan being given. So at every part of the day a muezzin is calling adhan and bearing witness to his Prophethood. Everytime we hear his name we praise him and say, sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam. Just like his name means, the praised one
Allah SWT says in the Quran:
Say: If it be that your fathers, your sons, your brothers, your mates, or your kindred; the wealth that ye have gained; the commerce in which ye fear a decline: or the dwellings in which ye delight – are dearer to you than Allah, or His Messenger, or the striving in His cause;- then wait until Allah brings about His decision: and Allah guides not the rebellious. [9:24]
Allah, His messenger and Islam should be the most dear and beloved and precious things to us in whole world
(end of part 3. Pls watch this space for final part 4 soon, ia)