City of Knowledge (part 4)

Rasul Allah (swm)’s life was the practical way of the Holy Quran. To follow him (swm) is to follow the commandments of Allah (swt), in the best way that pleases our Creator (swt). And earning Allah taala’s pleasure through our deeds is the only thing which can be called “GOOD”. A believer will desire to do good deeds because they are GOOD for humanity, which is why our Holy Prophet swm is known as a Mercy for all Mankind. Alhamdulillah. Every society puts up heroes whom common people adore. They can be war heroes, poets or revolutionaries. Whether they did good or bad depends on what values they protected or promoted. In a world where values shift with generational change, a hero can turn into a monster, or a freedom fighter into a terrorist, or vice versa. Allah swt did not leave humanity to wonder around searching for everlasting values. He swt revealed them in the Holy Qur’an and sent His (swt) Messenger (swm) to show all of humanity HIS (swt) path. Whenever any believer acts on his (swm) sunnah, an act of good deed is performed for all of mankind.

Allahumma salli ala syedena Muahmmad sallillahu alaihi wa sallam, wa ala alihi wa sahbihi wa ajmaeen. Ameen.

Continued from part 3,

“Why Should we Study the SEERAH?”

3. To follow the way of the Rasul Allah [sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam] Ibn Hazm said that whoever seeks the hereafter, the wisdom of this life, the height of morality and character, let him follow Rasul Allah [sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam]. The Prophet was the perfect example of best character. We must first study his life to follow his beautiful example. If we study the seerah, this will help us build love for rasul Allah. and if we truly love him, then we should follow him in what he did and all he taught us. Allah SWT says: Say (O Muhammad): “If ye do love Allah, Follow me: Allah will love you and forgive you your sins: For Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” [3:31]

Rasul Allah [sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam] was a political leader, a military leader, an imam, a husband, a father, a neighbour, a teacher….his life provides an example for all aspects of our lives, whatever place we are in, in whatever times.

4. To help understand the Quran Some ayahs deal with events that happened during lifetime of prophet Rasul Allah [sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam], revealed either before, during or after a particular ocassion. The seerah gives explaination, so understanding and knowing about seerah will help us to understand these verses. Example of surah al Ahzab, surah ali Imran, the ayahs dealing with the battles etc.

5. His life illustrates the methodological steps of the Islamic Movement We see the steps in Rasul Allah [sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam]’s life, the steps in the establishment of Islam and of the Islamic state. The stages in dawah. It is important for us to study this, as it was divinely directed, so it is the best guidance for us, on how to practice and establish islam. These events were all planned by Allah SWT The Quran and Sunnah are verbal teachings. How to apply these teachings? We must look at the application of these teachings into action, and we find all of this in life of Rasul Allah [sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam] and companions.

6. Studying seerah is ibadah Studying seerah is not just for mere amusement. It is ibadah, Insha Allah we will get ajar for it. If we attend a halaqa of seerah, it is a gathering of dhikr. It is a gathering of angels. We are surrounded by mercy and tranquility. What better gathering is there than this?

7. Studying seerah is essential for helping us develop an Islamic identity and character Who are our role models? Who are our children’s role models? Living here in the West, we are bombarded daily with values, culture and ideas that are against the teachings of our deen. If this is not confronted, it works to shape and form our identity and character. Muslims today are faced by a serious identity crisis. Think of this: do our youth relate more with the life of with a pop star or with a companion? Do they know more about the players on their favourite hockey team or about the companions? Can our youth name all the anbiya? Someone said, to destroy a people, you must first destroy their roots. We must know what is our history, we must know what is the seerah to know our roots. And if we ourselves do not know it, we will not be able to pass this on to the next generation How to develop strong Muslim identity: Have a deep study of Islamic history – this includes learning about the lives of Prophets of Allah, lthe life of Rasul Allah [sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam], life of khulafa ar rashideen, life of companions, and then the general history of islam. History is our embilical cord, our lifeline. We are not severed from our roots, we are part of as glorious empire, we are an extension of a beautiful ummah.

2. Be part of the worldwide ummah. Our local identity does not override our Islamic identity. There is no nation-state concept in Islam. We are all part of worlwide ummah. Doesnt matter whether we are British or Pakistani or Syrian or whatever. We must know the situation of our brothers and sisters all over the world. What is happening in every corner of the Muslim world should concern us as if it is happening within our own house. We cannot be part of the ummah if we donot even care for the ummah.

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