Qasidah Burdah | Poem of the Mantle | Most Recited Poem Ever

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early 7th century, Medina,
Prophet’s Mosque

It was the dawn prayer congregation at the Mosque of the Prophet in Medina where a poet by the name Ka’b joined that morning. Ka’b ibn Zuhayr was considered one of the most outstanding poet of his time and continued his poetic talent after his father, who was also one of the chief poet of his generation.

After much soul searching Ka’b has decided to take hand with Prophet Muhammad and submit to Divine submission (Islam). This is a man who earlier vociferously rejected the Messenger and the new message of unity and wrote satirical verses against the Prophet. In recent past he was a relentless and vocal offender of the Prophet.

Upon ending prayer Ka’b approached the Prophet and as he made his identity known Prophet Muhammad forgave him instantly. At that point Ka’b recited an ode that he had composed earlier to praise the qualities of Muhammad, the Messenger. It was in the traditional Bedouin style, splendid in diction and highly melodious, with many vivid descriptions of nature; but the gist of it was to ask forgiveness. When he finished, the Prophet drew off his famous stripped Yemeni cloak or mantle and threw it over the shoulders of the poet in recognition of his beautiful eloquence.

It’s not surprising that Prophet Muhammad appreciated beauty in the eloquence of poetic expression. One of the famous saying of his is, “Divine is Beautiful and Loves what is Beautiful.” Prophet Muhammad’s elevated maqams (stations) include the maqam of ceaseless witnessing and affirming of the Jamal (Beauty) of God in all manifestations. May profound divine peace and blessings be upon his perfumed soul.

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About 650 years later Prophet Muhammad will bless another poet in the same manner by wrapping his mantle over the poet for his sincere and beautiful words; but this time it will happen in a magnificent dream and the baraka (blessing) of the Prophet will make the very poem the single most celebrated and known poem in any language in human history.

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12th century, Maghrib, Misr (Egypt)

Poet Busiri’s name is well known not only in his own land but well beyond the continent for his elegance and unparalleled poetic talents. Due to his merit, in earlier part of his life he became a very successful poet patronized by royal courts and secretary of states of the land. Now coming towards more mature age his life took an unexpected turn. By a sudden stoke half of his body became completely paralyzed and the conditions only worsened by every day. Through his serious physical affliction coupled with a deeper spiritual aspiration Busiri turned inward whole-heartedly.

Invoking the help of Prophet Muhammad and his intercession, he fervently prayed to God the Almighty, with tears, repentance and sincerity of purpose, to grant him a speedy relief from the paralysis. With inspiration and love for the Prophet the poetic instinct of Busiri composed a tribute to the Prophet as a hymn (qasidah). He continued reciting the poem with ardent zeal again and again till he fell asleep. In his sleep state Busiri had the most amazing dream unlike any he had ever before.

In that magnificently lucid dream Prophet Muhammad appeared to him and asked Busiri to read the ode the poet wrote for him. When he said, “O Messenger! I wrote many eulogies for you; which one do you wish?” the Prophet indicated the last by reciting the first verse. While Busiri recited the ode, the Prophet listened with pleasure, swaying from side to side. Then as a sign of his approval and reward, the Prophet wrapped his famous mantle around the poet.

The dream came to an end.

Busiri woke up with profound joy. While pleasurably trying to gather the dream together, he realized that his paralysis had vanished, and he was astounded with happiness. Read from the account of the poet himself: “I was suddenly paralyzed down one side of my body by a stroke. I decided to compose this ode, the Burdah. I hoped that it would be a means unto Allah, by which He would cure me. So I recited it again and again, weeping, praying, and petitioning God. I fell asleep, and in a dream, I saw the Blessed Prophet. He moved his noble hand across my face, and placed his cloak upon me. When I awoke, I found that I had recovered my health.”

The historical record of the incident continues and as Busiri woke up from the dream near the dawn, the time of morning prayer were approaching. He took ablution (muslim way of baptism before prayer) and started towards the mosque where he saw a sufi dervish. With much surprise to Busiri the dervish wanted to receive the ode he recited in the presence of the Prophet the night before.

Reciting the first line exactly, the dervish informed that he also witnessed it in a dream recited before the Prophet, who continued moving to and fro like a tender plant, as a mark of his approbation, and then invested the reciter with a ‘Mantle’. Hearing the exact description of the dream Busiri gave him the poem. The report of this incident spread out and soon enough the poem would famously be called “Qasidah al-Burdah” or “The Poem of the Mantle”.
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Full name of Imam Busiri was Abu Abdallah Sharafuddin Muhammad ibn Sa’id ul-Busiri (1211–1296). He was born and lived in Egypt. He himself was a sufi shaykh in the lineage of Shadhiliyya school of sufism. He was a disciple of Imam Abul ‘Abbas al-Mursi who was a Khalifa of Imam Abul Hasan ash-Shadhdhuli, the epitome founder of Shadhdhuli sufi order. Busiri and Ibn Atallah as-Iskandari were contemporary and both were student of Abul ‘Abbas. May God be pleased with them all.

Originally titled as al-Kawākib ad-Durrīya fī Madh Khayr al-Barīya (“Celestial Lights in Praise of the Best of Creation”), the ode of praise for Prophet Muhammad is more famously known throughout the world as Qasidah al-Burdah (also written as Qasida Burda) or “Poem of the Mantle” because of the blessed dream of the Prophet and his mantle incident associated with the poem. In sufi tradition the symbology of giving someone or blessing someone with personal cloak / mantle is very deep. Often time its associated with highest transmission of wisdom, permission, appraisal and approval.

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the single most popular poem in any language

“Historians look at the Burdah, we very soon realize that what we are dealing with is very probably the most influential and the most popular single poem in the history of any language. there simply is no other text from ancient or recent times that has been done in so many languages, not just for some rarefied literary elite but for the people…” – Timothy J. Winter (Abdal Hakim Murad), Cambridge University, UK

Qasida Burdah as a poem has had a unique history. Even in the poet’s lifetime it was already regarded as sacred. Over 90 commentaries have been written on this poem by many of the foremost scholars and imams of Islam, including Ibn Hajar, Mulla Ali al-Qari, Ibn Allan, Bajuri, and others. It has been translated into Persian, Urdu, Turkish, Berber, Punjabi, English, French, German, Sindhi, Dutch and other languages. It is recited across the world in sacred ceremonies, mosques, on blessed days even in social gatherings such as marriage etc. The poem is memorized and recited in congregations, and its verses decorate the walls of public buildings and mosques.

From coasts of Senegal to the Philippines, from Russia to South Africa, everywhere Qasida Burdah is recited as a token of love for the Prophet and to ask for blessings. In some circles it is a major and regular practice to recite the Burdah. In Indonesia for example, its a normal routine for the students of religious training to read Burdah on the Friday morning after sunrise or Saturday afternoon. Some having it thrice a week while others may have it the whole week in the early morning. In Java, Burdah is one of their Spiritual Culture.

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composition of the Burdah

The Burda is divided into 10 chapters and 160 verses. Each verse ends with the Arabic letter mīm, a style called mīmīya. The 10 chapters of the Burda comprise of Love Yearning for the Prophet, Warnings about the Caprices of the Self, the Praise of the Prophet, his Birth, his Miracles, the Exalted Stature and Miraculous Merits of the Qur’ān, the Ascension of the Prophet, the Chivalrous Struggle of God’s Messenger, Seeking Intercession through the Prophet and Intimate Discourse and the Petition of One’s State.

In its ten chapters, the Burda, in essence a madih (loving praise of the Prophet Muhammad) and mawlid (Prophet’s lifestory), expresses the core values, meanings, and sentiments of Islam. Most commonly performed as inshad (musical recitation), especially on the occasion of the Prophet’s birth (12 Rabia al-Awwal), in Sufi rituals, or other devotions, the Burda became the most widely-recited poem in the Muslim world.

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miraculous power of the Burdah

The Qasida Burda is revered to both orthodox traditional muslims as well as mystical path oriented sufis. Up to the present time its verses are used as amulets. The Burda is credited with extraordinary spiritual therapeutic and protective power (baraka) stemming from its author’s personal relation to the Prophet (recitation, and miraculous cure), and is believed capable of reproducing such a relation for others who recite it. To some sufi account it is narrated that if one recite the Burdah with pure intention and love for 10 days, one will meet the prophet in one’s dream by God’s permission. Many have their share of experiences of miracles after reading the Burdah or attending a gathering where Burdah is recited.

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the start and the end of the journey is Love

Qasidah Burdah, the ode was originally composed and recited out of deep love for the Prophet – the same tradition continues by those who preserve it. In spiritual tradition, the teacher of the time is the axis of attraction and Prophet Muhammad is the Last Messenger (till the end time before the arrival of second coming of Christ) and Seal of the sacred brotherhood of all messengers of God. He is the pinnacle and pole (Qutub) of all poles. On the rank of the Prophet Muhammad, Rumi wrote: ‘Now, you should know that Muhammad is the leader and guide. As long as you don’t come to Muhammad first, you won’t reach us (saints and friends of God). Jesus is the comrade of Moses and Jonah is the comrade of Joseph, but Muhammad sits alone, ‘distinct’. Love is the ocean of deep spiritual meaning, and everyone in the ocean is like a fish. And Muhammad is the pearl in the ocean. Look! I keep revealing this!’

In Islamic path, the love for the Prophet is a pivotal station which every seeker of truth strive to arrive. Quran speaks of it (3:31): “Say (O Muhammad), if you do love God, follow me, God will love you (in return) and forgive.” A saying of the Prophet in paraphrase: None of you will enter the mystery of iman (conviction to reality) until I am more beloved to him than his own family, wealth and all the people.

Love is the path and road of our Prophet.
– Rumi

Loving the Prophet is a pathway to open the heart and a signpost towards the divine love. All praise and sending blessing to the Prophet is motivated out of only one cause, which is to be able to generate that pure love in the heart which purifies the being and elevate its human status.

“He (God) loves them and they love Him”
– The Quran 5:54

He who loves Me, knows Me,
and He who knows Me, finds Me.
– traditional sufi saying

There are many virtues and miracles of reading the Burdah but the ultimate aim for one who recites it out of love is to provide the heart with a compass to find the pure love (mahabba) with beloved Prophet Muhammad,who is the Seal and bearer of message of unity.

Grab the cloak of Muhammad, the Messenger,
and hear the call to prayer of Love
every moment from the soul of Bilal.
– Rumi

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Qasidah al-Burdah: Online resources

. Audio of the Burdah Shareef
. Qasida Burda by Fez Singers

. A video introducing Qasida al-Burdah of Imam Busiri
A documentary on Shaykh Hamza Yusuf’s production of Imam al-Busiri’s “The Burda” or “The Poem of the Cloak”, an incredibly powerful poem that is famous across the world. Includes commentary by Shaykh Hamza, Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad, and Daniel Abdal Hayy Moore.

[>] Youtube videos with translation: Urdu Qawwali styled, Qasida Burdah Nasheed, al-Burda a beautiful recitation

. Qasidat al-Burdah: An Analogy of Arabic and Urdu Poems by Syed Mohiuddin Qadri
. Full english translation and original arabic text

[>] Audio Samples of the Burdah recitation:
1. Imam Jilani
2. Qasida by Junaid Jamshed
3. Qasida Burdah by Fez Singers
4. Jalwa e Jana by Junaid Jamshed
5. Tunisian Burdah, Indonesian Burdah, Morrocan Burdah
6. More Audios of Qasida Burdah

# Reference:
1. Muhammad: His Life based on the Earliest Sources by Martin Lings
2. Qasidat al-Burdah: An Analogy of Arabic and Urdu Poems by Syed Mohiuddin Qadri
3. Qasida al-Burdah @ wikipedia

.. (picture) the chest that preserves the cloak of the Prophet, chamber of sacred relics, Topkapi Museum, Turkey

# Further: . Complete Burdah in Arabic Script (pdf) . Translation of the Burdah and other resources
. Recitations of Qasida Burdah
. Qasida Burda Hadra @ Osmanli Naksibendi Dergah
. Qasida al-Burdah explanations
. Burdah Night @ Zaytuna
. Qasida Burdah in Arabic

# Related:
. Prophet Muhammad and Poetry appreciation
. Habib Allah: The Mystery of beloved one of Allah
. dreaming the Prophet

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Eid El Fitr 2015 Thinking About Muslim Ummah

Alhamdulillah! We are now in the last few days of Ramadan. It is time for the most important thing in the life of a Mumin. He needs to take stock of what he has learned from this blessed month. A whole month of siyam, ibadah, recitation, sadaqa and zakah must have surely brought some sort of improvement in our selves.

Muslims Ummah is but one body, if one part gets hurt the whole body feels the pain. At the end of Ramadan we will once again come face to face with that old debate regarding the moon of Shawal. The underlying question is really this, are we one borderless Ummah or are we a fragmented Ummah broken into pieces of nation states as designed by the western colonial powers? Are the Muslim states sovereign states or is sovereignty only with the Rabbil Alamin? Are western or eastern philosophers and nobel laureates our leaders or is the beloved nabi kareem swm the final leader of all mankind?

Winning a debate or scientifically proving the necessity of one moon for Shawal will not really unite the whole Ummah into one body. The split in the Ummah will continue to exist and perhaps even widen in the near to mid run. The reason for this is not the lack of rational thinking. The real reason is the lack of a central political leadership for the Muslim Ummah.

Our Shii brothers and sisters can claim to be different as they have a central state in Iran. Also, the Agha Khan Ismaili followers can be considered to have their central authority in the Agha like the Iranian Twelver shiis. It is largely the Sunni Muslim world which suffers most from in-fighting, disunity and chaos.

The rise of the ISIL has struck a bloody wedge right through the heart of the Ummah. It seems more than just coincidence that since 2001 the Muslim Ummah is being fed with one type of anti-biotic or another. First it was Al-Qaeda which seemed to have fallen from the sky all on a sudden to take the Ummah by storm. When that ended in 2011, the Ummah was made to prepare for ISIL. Both these bogey networks seemed to have been trained in the same studio and possibly by the same Director and Producer, only the actors are changing from time to time. Most importantly, the story writer for both A and ISIL seems to be the same person.

The damage created by these groups will not be easy to erase just as yet. The mentioning of Caliphate unfortunately gets first connected to the Caliphate of Al-Baghdadi Al-Rolexi as he is fondly called. The question one must answer now, is this ISIL the kind of Islamic Caliphate you all had been dreaming about? Is this the real picture of Islam and the Islamic State? After all that you have witnessed do you still desire for an Islamic State?

What we need to understand for ourselves is our responsibility. We know we have to answer for our deeds, we need to know what we have prepared for ourselves for that final day. Our Ibadah, our siyam and sadaqah are not without an ulterior purpose. These acts of worship are not exercises in vain. We have trained our hearts for something great. We need to know what that is. Nobody can tellus what our hearts have accepted with sincerity. Only we know what is hidden in our selves.

Dear reader, I wish you Eid Mubarak. I raise my hands in dua for all the Muslimeen and Muslimaat, for all the Mujahideen, for all the shahideen, for all the siddikeen, for all the daeen, for all those Mumineen who are treading on the path of Rabbil Alamin. I also beg the Almighty to help me choose that path which the saleheen have chosen. I beg for Noor, I beg for Noor inside my heart, I beg for Noor in my whole being. I beg the RabbilAlamin to send down blessings of Mercy and Rahmah on all the Muslimeen and Muslimat. I send durood and salawat upon the lader of all mankind, the Imam al Mursalin, the Ashraf al Ambiya, the Rahmat Al Alamin, beloved Nabi Sallillahu alihi wa aalihi wa sallam, and upon his noble and pure Ahlul Bayt and upon all the righteous shababe Kiram RadiAllahu anhum Ajmain.
Wa TaqabAllah Minna wa Minkum.

Islamic Economics for Boosting Individual Income

Economic challenge is the second biggest priority for individual Muslims. First is ofcourse security of life and property. Where I live there are millions of Muslims living in very terrible conditions. Terrible in the sense they have hardly any access to a descent living compared to others in their society. Money is always lacking in these poor areas. Families cant afford to send all their children to school, usually its the girls who get less priority when it comes to schooling, especially in higher grades. Economic system in Asian countries is unfairly managed to give few urban elites the biggest chunk of the pie while the large majority is forced to live miserably. This is a challenge facing the Ummah which is unfortunately not being recognized as such by the Ulama.

The Ulama tells us that it is better to remain poor than to be rich because the poor are closer to G-d, and that is because they are not as sinful as the rich. Somehow the silent message is that being poor is good, being rich is bad, so don’t wish to be rich, instead wish to remain poor. That sounds like a conspiracy theory to me. The wealthy business owners would obviously benefit most from this un-holy alliance where the religious head preaches such nonsense to the workers.

Islam is not like this. People may become poor due to economic hardships caused by scarcity of resources, war and weather. Economic system of Islam does not permit for the exploitation of workers by the wealthy land owners or business owners. The duty of the Islamic government is basically to ensure that wealth is distributed fairly amongst the citizens. Taxation is a tool by which the socio-economic balance is held in place. Zakat and Fitrah are tools which bring social harmony between the rich and the poor. In all this, the basic needs of a society are guaranteed to each and every single individual. The question should not be ìs that possible?`because the real question ought to be `how can we make it possible?`. That is why we want experts in the Islamic Economic System to guide the policy makers.

Above is for a collective struggle to bring back the Islamic Economic System of the Khulafa-e-Rashidin. At the moment, what do we do? Do we crush our desires for a better material life for the sake of protecting our spirituality? No, that´s not how I understood my role as a Muslim. I see the necessity of every individual Muslim to work harder to improve his economic situation. He should provide for his family, invest in educating his children, build a home, encourage the religious duty of giving Zakat, and he should also organize capital for investment in business enterprises with long term goals.

A financially wealthy Muslim can do a lot for Islamic Dawah. His wealth when channeled in the right direction could go a long way in advancing the cause of Khair in Duniya and Akhirah. The question for individuals should not be whether he is allowed to increase his wealth, but the real question should be how he should increase his wealth remaining within the boundaries of Islam.

Appended below is a nice article written by a well known Islamic writer Khalid Baig. I am sure you will enjoy and benefit from his thoughts.

Seeking Halal Earning

By Khalid Baig

According to Abdullah ibn Masud, Radi-Allahu unhu, The Prophet Muhammad, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam, said: ‘Seeking halal earning is a duty after the duty.’ In other words working to earn a halal living is itself a religious obligation second in importance after the primary religious obligations like prayers, fasting and hajj.

This brief hadith contains three very important messages. First, it points to the Islamic way out of the apparent dichotomy between the material and the spiritual worlds. We often see them working in opposite directions. Indulgence in the material world does lead one away from the spiritual world. Spiritual uplifting seems to accompany a tendency to distance oneself from the material pleasures. There is a conflict, but is there a contradiction also? Is it possible to resolve the conflict in a way that one can take care of both? Or are they mutually exclusive? This has been a central question for all religions and many in the past suggested the second answer, making hermits as the ideal for the humanity. Unfortunately not much humanity is left when one moves too far in this direction. One can read today the horror stories of Christian and Hindu monks, among others, who tried to seek spiritual purification this way.

As a reaction, others took the other course, making material pleasures the goal of this life. The western civilization today is the prime example of that. Its toll on human spirit and morality is well known and is a constant reminder that something is wrong here as well.

In between the two extremes Islam points out the Straight Path. Man is both a material and a spiritual being. The solution does not lie in denying the material needs and desires but in denying their claim to primacy. They are part of being but not the reason or goal of being. As long as they are kept in place, they are an important part of our life. The problem is not money but the love of it. Wealth itself is not bad. In fact Qur’an refers to it as ‘ … your wealth which Allah has made for you a means of support.’ [Al-Nisa, 4:5]. And another hadith praises the merits of ‘the halal wealth of a pious person.’ The effort to earn a living is not only not against spirituality, it is a religious obligation!

But this earning must be through halal means. This is the second message of this hadith. Our obligation is not just to make money but to make halal money. This is a broad statement that is the basis for Islamization of a society’s economic life. Not every business idea or possible business enterprise is good for the society. And the decision regarding right and wrong here cannot be left to the so-called market forces. Right and wrong in the economic life, as in all life, must be determined by a higher source. Shariah guides us as to the halal and haram business enterprises and practices, and at both individual and collective levels we must follow that guidance.

At times that guidance may conflict with the prevailing practices. For example riba (interest), gambling, pornography, and liquor are haram, and no matter how attractive the financial rewards of engaging in those enterprises may seem to be, a Muslim must refrain from them. This is the economic struggle of a believer, and it is obvious why it should be carried out as a religious obligation. At the individual level the obligation is to engage is halal professions and businesses. At the collective level the obligation is to establish a system that facilitates such individual efforts and discourages their opposite.

Sometimes we lose the balance between obligations at the two levels. Obviously our ultimate responsibility is at the individual level; in the hereafter we will be asked about what we did in our personal lives. At the same time, in the era of multi-national companies, CNN, IMF, World bank, and GATT, it is obvious that individual efforts alone cannot steer the economic life of a society in the direction of halal. Why avoiding interest has become so difficult today? Not because of its inherent merits as a healthy financial instrument but because it is entrenched in the system. Can we build an Islamic life style when the CNN is advertising a western life style in the most enticing ways 24 hours a day in our homes? Can we resolve the issues of halal and haram in taxation in Muslim countries when the national budgets and tax decisions are dictated to these countries by the IMF and the World Bank? (Jurists say that taxes may be permissible if they are necessary, reasonable, fair, within the ability of the payers, and if the means of collection are not harsh. Otherwise they are unjust and haram). Obviously the struggle to avoid haram individually must, of necessity, include the struggle to change the system that forces haram.

Third, all this effort for halal earning should not eclipse our primary religious obligations. Indulgence even in a purely halal enterprise should not make us miss our Salat, or hajj, for example.

This point is more important than we may realize at first. In this century, some Islamic movements made the error of suggesting that the primary acts of worship. like Salat were not meant for their own sake, but were there to prepare us for the real challenge of establishing an Islamic state. It was stated to persuade the audiences to join such movements but the speakers had gone carried away and in effect it would result in an inversion of the relationship between the two. The result is that those drawn to collective struggles, in political or economic arenas, sometimes may ignore their primary religious responsibilities, in favor of the ‘bigger’ struggle. This hadith may help us set our priorities right: The economic endeavor is a duty after the primary duties. And let us remember: In economics, as well as in religion, getting the priorities right is part of being right.

My Love My Honor Prophet Muhammad SWM

Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim. Allahumma Salli Ala Muhammad wa Aale Muhammad Sallillahu alihi wa aalihi wa sallam.

The Magnicificent AL-QURAAN AL KAREEM is the last and final gospel of ALLAH SWT. In this heavenly Kitaab, ALLAH SWT has confirmed the position of HIS last Messenger sallillahu alihi wa sallam. Nabi Muhammad SWM is the final leader of all mankind, he is the leader of the caravan of the entire civilization, he is the last Ambassador of God on earth, all other kings and emperors should submit to the great ruler and Messenger Muhammad SWM.

Prophets are ranked above kings, governors and emperors. Nabi Musa AS was in higher status than Firaoun, Nabi Isa AS was of higher ranking than Pilate or the Jewish high priest Khephias. All Nabis should be considered on equal plane where that plane itself is positioned in a higher degree than those of all other leaders. For Nabis were the messengers and prophets of God with special powers and privileges not available with any other human being. We will not get into the evidences for the reality of prophets in this post, we will assume that prophets and messengers make up for the most significant aspect of our history.

Last Messenger SWM was chosen by the Creator to be the Mercy for ALL Mankind. This is an important message. How is the Prophet of Islam a mercy for the disbelieving pagans and idol worshippers? Is´nt it true that Muslims like to behead disbelievers as we see ISIS and other militants perform such feats in Iraq and Syria? Does´nt Islamic history prove that Muslims engage in Jihad against the disbelievers, so how can Islam and its prophet SWM be a mercy??

Pagans and idol worshippers did not submit to the authority of Nabi swm until they were over powered militarily in the conquest of Makkah. It would have been keeping with the custom for the victors in the 7th century to sack the conquered city. Old scores could be easily settled. Nabi Kareem swm changed the old tradition. He swm gave the Makkans general amnesty after having won it by his swm sword. Makkans saw the beauty of Islam and the truth in the Mercy of Nabi KAreem swm. En masse, the Makkans began to submit to Islam by submitting to the authority of Nabi Kareem swm. Religious persecution, freedom of belief and freedom to practice ones´ faith is the right of Bani Adam (mankind) and the natural thing to do for a leader is to ensure that right continues. In the end mass people will gaze at the beauty of mercy, forgiveness and compassion in the hearts of those who wish to propagate the faith.

ISIS has killed mostly Muslims for holding alternative viewpoints. This is indeed very sad. This is not the kind of Caliphate Muslims have in mind. Muslims want to see the Caliphate of love and mercy, of equality, justice and freedom, not of the mindless sectarianism that ISIS has unleashed.

the ideal caliphate was the Khulafae Rashideen who were the first to believe in Nabi Kareeem Swm. First four Caliphs spread the message of Islam from the farthest corner in western Africa to the southern coasts to Sind, from the gulf of Aden to the mountains of Central Asia. They could do this by crushing the walls of imperialism on one hand and by advancing the cause of truth, justice and love on the other. Respect for cultures and appreciation for local customs followed the Mujahideen legions like a shadow.

Nabi Kareem SWM is a Mercy for those who will accept him as their leader and guide for this duniya and the akhirah. Those who wish to continue to be his opponent will miss the chance to get close to G-D´s love, forgiveness and mercy. ALLAH SWT loves to forgive, He swt wants us to repent, He SWT wants us to enjoy the rewards of Jannah, and HE swt provided us with the path to achieve all these. The path is the love of the Messenger SWM, to follow him swm and to obey his swm commands as if they were the commands of Rabbil Alamin SWT. Obey His Rasool swm and ALLAH SWT wil forgive you your sins and love you and make you enter Jannah. Its that simple. It all revolves around the love for the Messenger SWM.

Want to know little bit more the last noble Messenger SWM? below is a collection f his sayings (from authentic sources). Read them, memorize them, follow them, ask others to learn them also. For those with kids, this is your golden opportunity to spread the Deen and act like a noble companion, teach at least 40 hadith to yourself and to your family. Let your children memorize them, repeat them back to you, and then try to follow them. Little good work done regularly is better than a big plan which is irregular or never gets done. So, don’t wait , start today, start with some charitable work if that is the easiest way to begin. It will insha Allah build the concept of Mercy, forgiveness, love and kindness in little hearts. Now, let study the 40 Hadith…

Character

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “One who covers up the failings of someone in this world will have his shortcomings covered up by God on the Day of Judgment.” – Riyadh us-Saleheen, 240

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “By his good character, a believer will attain the degree of one who prays during the night and fasts during the day.” – Abu Dawood, Hadith 2233

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Being rich does not mean having a great amount of property, but [it] is being content [with what one has].” – Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 4, Hadith 453

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “(God) has revealed to me that you should adopt humility so that no one oppresses another.” – Riyadh-us-Salaheen, Hadith 1589

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “No one has swallowed anything more excellent in the sight of God…than the anger he restrains, seeking to please God most high.” Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 1324

A person once asked the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him): “What is faith?” The Prophet replied: “When a good deed becomes a source of pleasure for you and an evil deed becomes a source of disgust, then you are a believer.” He was then asked: “What is a sin?” The Prophet said: “When something pricks your conscience, give it up.” Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 8

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Envy is not permitted except in two cases: (Envy) of a person who God has given wealth and he spends it in the right way, and (envy of) a person who God has given wisdom and he gives his decisions accordingly and teaches it to others.” – Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 2, Hadith 490

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Wealth consists of various kinds of treasures, and those treasures (all) have keys. Blessed is the man whom God has made a key for good and a lock for evil.” Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 1366

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Whoever suffers an injury and forgives (the person responsible), God will raise his status to a higher degree and remove one of his sins.” Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 998

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Shall I tell you who are the best among you?…The best of you are those who when seen are a means of God Being brought to mind.” AL-Tirmidhi, Hadith 1302

Narrated Masruq: “I asked (the Prophet Muhammad’s wife) Aisha which (good) deed was most loved by the Prophet. She said: ‘A deed done continuously.'” Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 2, Hadith 232

Charity

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Charity does not diminish wealth.” – Riyadh-us-Saleheen, Volume 1, Hadith 556

Equality

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “God does not judge you according to your bodies and appearances, but He looks into your hearts and observes your deeds.”

Family

A man once told the Prophet that he had many children but did not kiss any of them. The Prophet (pbuh) replied: “Verily, God will only show mercy to those of His servants who do good to others.” Imam Bukhari’s Book of Muslim Morals and Manners

“Thy Lord hath decreed that ye worhsip none save Him, and show kindness to your parents. If one or both of them attain old age with thee, say not “Fie” unto them or repulse them, but speak unto them a gracious word.” Holy Quran, Surah 17, Verses 23-24

Forgiveness

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Whoever suffers an injury and forgives (the person responsible), God will raise his status to a higher degree and remove one of his sins.” Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 998

Honesty

The Prophet (peace be upon him) quoted a person who will face severe punishment on Judgment day as saying: “I enjoined others to do good, but did not do it myself, and I forbade them to do evil, but did it myself.” – Riyadh-us-Saleheen, Hadith 198

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said, “If you guarantee me six things on your part I shall guarantee you Paradise : Speak the truth when you talk, keep a promise when you make it, when you are trusted with something fulfill your trust, avoid sexual immorality, lower your gaze (in modesty), and restrain your hands from injustice.” – Al Tirmidhi, Hadith 1260

Justice

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Help your brother, whether he is an oppressor or he is oppressed.” People asked, “…It is right to help him if he is oppressed, but how should we help him if he is an oppressor?” The Prophet said, “By preventing him from oppressing others.” Sahih Al-Bukhari, 3:624

The Prophet also stated that God said: “O My servants, I have forbidden oppression for Myself and have made it forbidden amongst you, so do not oppress one another.” – Hadith Qudsi, 17

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “To administer justice between two people is charity.” – Fiqh-us-Sunnah, 3:98

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “The just and fair will be seated on chairs of light before God. Such people are those who decide with justice and deal justly in matters relating to their families and other affairs entrusted to them.” – Riyadh-us-Saleheen, Hadith 650

“God does not burden a soul beyond what it can bear. Each will enjoy the good it earns, as indeed each will suffer for the wrong.” – The Holy Quran, Chapter 2, Verse 286

Kindness

A man once told the Prophet that he had many children but did not kiss any of them. The Prophet (pbuh) replied: “Verily, God will only show mercy to those of His servants who do good to others.” Imam Bukhari’s Book of Muslim Morals and Manners

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “If one of you loves his brother, he should tell him that he loves him.” – Imam Bukhari’s Book of Muslim Morals and Manners

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Be kind, for whenever kindness becomes part of something, it beautifies it. Whenever it is taken from something, it leaves it tarnished.” He also said: “Make things simple and do not complicate them. Calm people and do not drive them away.” – Imam Bukhari’s Book of Muslim Morals and Manners

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) would hear the crying of a child in the company of his mother during payer, and he would then recite only a short portion of the Quran (to end the prayer and let the mother comfort her child).” – Sahih Muslim, Hadith 220

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “God did not send me to be harsh, or cause harm, but He sent me to teach and make things easy.” – Sahih Muslim, Hadith 707

Life & Human Nature

“God does not burden a soul beyond what it can bear. Each will enjoy the good it earns, as indeed each will suffer for the wrong.” – The Holy Quran, Chapter 2, Verse 286

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “There is no disease that God has created, except that He has also created its treatment.” – Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume, Hadith 582

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “If anyone would like to receive an answer from God in times of difficulty, he should make many supplications when times are easy.”

A person once asked the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him): “What is faith?” The Prophet replied: “When a good deed becomes a source of pleasure for you and an evil deed becomes a source of disgust, then you are a believer.” He was then asked: “What is a sin?” The Prophet said: “When something pricks your conscience, give it up.” Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 8

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Wealth consists of various kinds of treasures, and those treasures (all) have keys. Blessed is the man whom God has made a key for good and a lock for evil.” Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 1366

Manners

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “One who covers up the failings of someone in this world will have his shortcomings covered up by God on the Day of Judgment.” – Riyadh us-Saleheen, 240

Mercy

A man once told the Prophet that he had many children but did not kiss any of them. The Prophet (pbuh) replied: “Verily, God will only show mercy to those of His servants who do good to others.” Imam Bukhari’s Book of Muslim Morals and Manners

Moderation

The Prophet Muhammed (peace be upon him) said, “Religion is very easy and whoever overburdens himself in his religion will not be able to continue in that way. So you should not be extremists, but try to be near to perfection and receive the good tidings that you will be rewarded; and gain strength by worshipping in the mornings, the nights.” – Sahih Al Bukhari – Volumn I, Hadith 8

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “God did not send me to be harsh, or cause harm, but He sent me to teach and make things easy.” – Sahih Muslim, Hadith 707

Time

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “A time will come when the murderer will not know why he has committed the murder, and the victim will not know why he has been killed.” – Sahih Muslim, Hadith 1356

War

“During [a military expedition], a woman was found killed, so [the Prophet Muhammad] forbade the killing of women and children.” Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 4, Hadith 258

Witnessing

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Should I not tell you of the best witness? He is the one who produces his evidence before he is asked for it.” – Sahih Muslim, Hadith 799

Women

The Prophet (pbuh) said: “The most perfect in faith amongst believers is he who is best in manner and kindest to his wife.”

The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said: “The best thing in this world is a virtuous woman (wife).” – Riyadh us-Salaheen, 1:280

The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said: “Whoever has three daughters, cares and provides for them, and shows them mercy, will enter Paradise .” Imam Bukhari’s Book of Muslim Morals and Manners

A man once told the Prophet that he had many children but did not kiss any of them. The Prophet (pbuh) replied: “Verily, God will only show mercy to those of His servants who do good to others.” Imam Bukhari’s Book of Muslim Morals and Manners

As he carried his grandson on his shoulders, the Prophet was heard to say: “O God! I love him, so You love him too.” Imam Bukhari’s Book of Muslim Morals and Manners.

Why do they convert to Islam

My mother comes from a Hindu Brahmin family. She changed her religion when she married my father. Why did it not happen the other way round? Although dad died 18 years ago mother did not switch back to Brahminism. I could think of few friends who had converted to Islam in the US and the UK. I find it quite strange that at a time when Muslims are on the receiving end in just about every corner of the world, citizens of the most advanced nations on this planet are getting attracted to switch over to Islam. What is the secret behind this attraction? How would I view Islam if I were a non Muslim?

If I were a non Muslim, my first impression of Muslims would be a critical assessment and here is why. A lot of Muslim immigrants find shelter in the west away from the murderous dictators back in their police states. Unfortunately, immigrant Muslims look at the land of refuge with hate. Contradictions in personality are difficult to hide, no matter how hard one tries to fake it, it simply shows up in minor details in body language, behaviors and overall attitude towards others. For instance, Jews like Muslims also harbor some attitude towards their host communities. Migrant jews may be credited for this phenomenon which does not earn much praise. Here is small comparison between these two communities from the eyes of a non Muslim non Jew observer:

Jewish community is probably more rigid in segregation than Muslims. For instance, the idea of sticking close to ones own religious community is more serious amongst Jews than in Muslims. Isolating children from the greater society also is stronger in Jewsih residential areas, with special emphasis on their particular community style education. Add to that the ideological training given to kids to dominate society by the accumulation of wealth, education and power, as a regular curriculum. It should be no surprise that the most influential persons in the west are of jewish origin. Their most preferred trade is ofcourse interest based banking. Jews over thousands of years mastered the art of interest-usury game more than any other community in the world. Its the signature profession of the jewish community.

Jewish schools do not teach Christianity. They say that an imposter by the name of Saul of Tarsus made up the doctrines of Christianity by giving divine attributes to Jesus Christ, therefore they see no reason to learn a religion based on fake premises. It seems that Jews do not have respect (let alone acceptance) for Jesus Christ, Yahya, and the disciples and helpers of Christ.

On the other hand, I see that the Christian community looks at Islam and Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) somewhat detached from the continuity of the Abrahamic faith. I don’t understand why they do this or more importantly how they manage to get away with this. Revelation, Prophethood, Day of Judgement, Resurrection, Heaven, Hell, Forgiveness, Mercy, Love, Compassion, Struggle, Kingdom of G-d, they are all rooted in the Abrahamic monotheistic religion. Islam just happens to be the last in this line and Prophet Muhammad PBUH is the last of the long line of prophets.

From the family of Abraham comes the family of Ismael and Isac, from Isac comes Jacob and from Jacob (also known as Israil) comes the twelve tribes of Israil. Prophets Joseph, Moses, John, Jesus, and Mu
hammad (Peace Be Upon All of Them) are part of the same line of prophethood, revelation, and divine help. To reject the revelation given to Christ is same as rejecting the revelation given to Moses or Muhammad (PeaceBeUponThemAll). To reject the sacred Injeel (Bible) would be the same as rejecting the Holy Torah or the Majestic Quraan. To reject one is like rejecting all others as well, similarly, accepting one is like accepting all others as well.

However, established religious institutions don’t want to think like that. As a result of this, Judaism ends with Moses, Christianity ends with Jesus Christ, whereas Islam seems to say something completely different than the first two.

Muslims say that firstly Islam is not the name of a religion as understood in the west. Islam is a way of life which has in it spirituality, economics, politics, law, society, education, healthcare and all other branches of human life that together make us civilized. It wants its followers to make rational understanding of religion, G-d and Prophethood in such a way that human life gets directed to the natural path which satisfies both the heart and the mind so that life of human beings can be regulated in the material as well as the spiritual world. The result of this simplistic concept is that it appeals to the poor farmer in a rice field in Bangladesh just as it makes an impact on the Chairman of a corporation in USA. There is no complicated concept of one in three or three in one, divinity versus human form, or original sin versus redemption of man. Islam is all about simplicity. This is where it seems to differ most with all other world faiths.

In Islam, a Muslim does not need to please any priest to enter Jannah (heaven). One does not have to be a millionaire to be worthy to his family´s love. A medical doctor or a school teacher or a street cleaner, all are equal in honor and dignity. Muslims pray shoulder to shoulder with other Muslims regardless of their social and racial diversities five times a day, bowing and prostrating before G-D as a mark of their submission to the Most Powerful.

Anybody can become a Muslim. Rich, poor, white, black, tall, short, whatever the mix may be, it doesn’t matter in Islam because the best of man is the one who has the awareness of G-d in him. Muslims call it TAQWA. Man with TAQWA is the successful man. His reward will be decided by the Most Merciful. Such a man will place his hope for the permanent good life in the Hereafter over the temporary good life of this world. This simplicity based worldview is an anti-depressant for many people whose lives have become victims of a materialistic greed filled rat race in the world of corporate shareholder value creation mania. its the type of world that turns a spiritual being into a simple material being which exists only for the pursuit of happiness, forgetting such concepts as morality, ethics, righteousness, God-consciousness and spiritual piety. Islam´s concept of Taqwa provides a meaningful solution out of this dark side.

For someone who comes from Christian or Jewish background Islamic belief system should be no surprise. The Majestic Quraan is the word of G-d just like Torah and the Injeel (Bible). prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was a prophet, so were prophets Noah, Abraham, Isac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, David, John, and others, peace be upon them all. Its the same family tree having one simple mission, to guide mankind towards goodness.

For Hindus, Budhists and other faiths, Islam offers a way out of their complicated race driven in-human caste and class system. For those millions of Hindus who are considered low caste, untouchable, meant to perform only menial garbage cleaning jobs, Islam is their solution to live a life of honor for themselves and for their future generations. A Dalit untouchable Hindu will no longer continue to be a Dalit under Islam. His children will not be allowed to become victims of racial discrimination by the upper caste. Every human being was created by ALLAH SWT and to HIM we return, no human has the authority to degrade and dehumanize another human. This is a principle faith of Islam and it will not accept any compromise from Hinduism regarding this issue. Brahmins and Budhists also find this quality of Islam as truth from the Divine Creator. Submission to such doctrine is naturally easier than submission to racism.

The secret to Islam I think lies here. It is multi ethnic, multi racial, multi lingual and it appeals to rational thinking. It is simple in its creed, it has its original source safely secured in documentary evidence, and it has its spiritual and material appeals for just about every type of person. My friends who converted to Islam were impressed by its non racial doctrines the most. my mother was most likely convinced by its concepts of equality. For many others there might have been different reasons, which means there exists not one but many secrets in Islam which act as keys to our hearts.