Some words of wisdom from the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)

Follwoing are some of the words of wisdom from our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

 

“A Muslim who plants a tree or sows a field, from which man, birds and animals can eat, is committing an act of charity.” (Muslim) ·

 

“There is a polish for everything that takes away rust; and the polish for the heart is the remembrance of Allah.” (Bukhari) ·

 

“What actions are most excellent? To gladden the heart of human beings, to feed the hungry, to help the afflicted, to lighten the sorrow of the sorrowful, and to remove the sufferings of the injured.” (Bukhari) ·

 

“The most excellent Jihad is that for the conquest of self.” (Bukhari) ·

 

“If you put your whole trust in Allah, as you ought, He most certainly will satisfy your needs, as He satisfies those of the birds. They come out hungry in the morning, but return full to their nests.” (Tirmidhi) ·

 

“When Allah created His creatures He wrote above His throne: ‘Verily, My Compassion overcomes My wrath.” (Bukhari & Muslim) ·

 

“Kindness is a mark of faith, and whoever is not kind has no faith.” (Muslim) ·

 

“When you see a person who has been given more than you in money and beauty, look to those, who have been given less.” (Muslim) ·

 

“If you do not feel ashamed of anything, then you can do whatever you like.” (Abu-Masud: Bukhari) ·

 

“O Lord, grant me your love, grant me that I love those who love you; grant me that I might do the deeds that win Your love. Make Your love dearer to me than the love of myself, my family and wealth.” (Tirmidhi) ·

 

“It is better to sit alone than in the company of the bad; and it is better still to sit with the good than alone. It is better to speak to a seeker of knowledge than to remain silent; but silence is better than idle words.” (Bukhari) ·

 

“Verily, a man teaching his child manners is better than giving one bushel of grain in alms.” (Muslim) ·

 

“Whoever is kind, Allah will be kind to him; therefore be kind to man on the earth. He Who is in heaven will show mercy on you.”(Abu Daud: Tirmidhi) ·

 

“It is difficult for a man laden with riches to climb the steep path, that leads to bliss.” (Muslim) ·

 

“Once a man, who was passing through a road, found a branch of a tree with thorns obstructing it. The man removed the thorns from the way. Allah thanked him and forgave his sins.” (Bukhari)

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Effective controlling of the SELF

Allah swt revealed the first ayah, Iqra Bismi, “Read in the Name of Thy Lord”, which made the usage of man’s intellect compulsory for mankind. The message from Allah swt had always remained constant since the begining of creation. All the prophets, righteous callers to the truth, fighters in the causeof justice, spoke of only one thing, to believe that they were indeed created by One Creator and that they were all to be made accountable in God’s court. All the messengers were one in purpose. They did not (or could not have) brought a different thought to the idea of a Creator of the Universe. Their mission could not have been different either as they all strived to bring mankind into the path of goodness, to believe in the day of judgement, and to obey the universal permanent value system given by the Creator.

The Holy Quran came down to the Prophet Muhammad (swm) on the night of revelation in the month of Ramadhan. However, after the first revelation there was a gap where revelations ceased. This gap could have been a way to train the last prophet (swm) that it was up to Allah swt to reveal the Quran. After the gap (fitrah) revelations came to the last prophet (swm) on a regular basis. The Holy Quran was not sent down from the heavens in one fine download. It came in stages over a period of 23 years. This is because the last heavenly book of God was meant to be a practical book which would have solutions to lifes’ various viewpoints without being locked in time and space. This was not a book of stories. The Holy Quran was the final guidance for all of mankind.

The message of the Holy Quran is simultaneously simple and profound. The language used in the book has a unique style and rhythm to it. The classical language of the book has remained the most standard for the most eloquent form of Arabic. Allah swt trained the Holy Prophet swm in the practical methodology of training himself (swm) on the Quranic way. The Holy Prophet (swm) in turn used his knowledge to train his companions (ra) as well. The Quranic training was obviously taken from the Holy Quran itself.

The first revelation after the fitrah was a command for the holy prophet (swm) to arise and warn mankind about God, the Day of Judgement, and the consequences of not submitting to the truth. Surah al Muzammil TMQ of first 5 ayas are amongst the most authoritative commands where the prophet (swm) is commanded to place all his energies and efforts in the way of the Holy Quran, for its supremacy and for its finality.

[1-14] O you who sleeps covered up, keep standing in Prayer at night but a little half the night, or lessen it a little, or add to it a little and recite the Qur’an calmly in a measured tone. Indeed, We are about to send down on you a weighty Word.In fact. the rising by night is most effective for controlling the self7 and most suitable for reciting the Qur’an well, for in the day time you have many an occupations.
 
 
The command is quite clear, wake up at night and recite the holy Quran while saying tahajud prayer, asking the Creator Allah swt for His Nusrah, Rahmah, Maghfirah, Hikmah and for strength to bear the responsibility that comes with attaining knowledge. The practical form of improving the “self” to take on progressively higher duties in life and in society is outlined in the surah. The Quran is to be read in a slow, rhythmic, measured tone, not hurriedly trying to finish up a surah to complete the routine number of ‘rukus’ in tahajud. The idea is to make the brain reach a higher level of concentration so that an individual can elevate his ‘self’ to a position of altitude. The ‘self’ which learns to scale heights will see the world differently than the one which looks downward only. Tahajud salah is such a powerful tool which can lift man up from his current position and into a lofty position where his spiritual self comes in contact with his material self.
 
The meanings of the words and ayas will open doors previously not imagined by the mind. The message of an aya can remain secretly locked up in a page until some thought comes and opens it like a dam bursting out with reserved water. The Holy Prophet (swm) knew how to interact withthe Lord of the Worlds. He (swm) made the Quran his life and guided his character as the Character of the Quran. Allah swt commanded to wake up and pray at night and recite the Quran slowly. This would “effective” as told by the CReator for controlling the “self”. The winning formula was right here with him. And so it remains for all generations to come.
 
The practical training method of the Holy Prophet (swm) lives with us today because the Holy Quran is with us. We know the first methods because it is mentioned in the Holy Quran. We must know that the Quran is not limited to any nation, time or space. The Quran learners today are faced with the exact same situation. They are to make the message of the Holy Quran their motive and purpose in life by following the example of the Holy Prophet (swm), wake up at night and study the Quran with deep concentration.

Birds in the Holy Quran

The other day I was reading the Holy Quran as I came across an Ayah in surah Al HAJJ, 22:31, it says, “……And he who associates with Allah – it is as though he had fallen from the sky and was snatched by the birds or the wind carried him down into a remote place”. Initially I did not think too deepply about it. But a hint registered in my mind which played with other ideas without taxing me in my routine (and boring) works.

After reading the above ayah, a picture of a bird was sketched in the back of my mind. A bird with very sharp eye sight, majestic wings, gliding, sliding, sweeping down and scaling up, its speed fluctuating freely. The bird never got tired, it had energy, vigor, spirit, freshness, liveliness, an endless desire to float. What a truly remarkable animal, hovering between the sky and the earth. 

I began to draw a story. One day, an eagle was flying high up in the sky. It was travelling over the mountains, seas, forests, villages and plain green fields. It saw the conditions of the earth below, how one place was different from another. It could see the wonderful colors of creation below. Whenever the bird felt hungry, it used its highly sophisticated radar vision system to pinpoint the location of a creature. The bird never targetted anything dead or something which belonged to another bird. It hunted its prey and remained sincere to its lofty ideals.

The poor little prey was always clueless. Its life was dictated by one simple principle, work, work, work. It could never look up in the sky to observe the movement of birds. It did not have any intention to look anywhere other than the ground either. There was only the threat of winter chill and supply shortage in its mind. Thats all that bothered the poor thing, food, storage and survival. When the bird swooped down on it there was nothing to do. It surrendered to the superior creature.

As I was taking my kids to school, I happened to ask an unusual question. Kids, do you want to be like a bird in the sky or like an insect on the ground? The answer was unanimous – BIRD. Who would want to be an insect, which is a prey to the bird. Besides, the bird can fly high, it has wings, it looks beautiful in any position. It stands for those qualities which man dreams for himself, freedom, liberty, courage, pride and honor. The Quranic ayah began to sink in me all the more, forcing me to link the comparisons in the ayah with our lives. Are we living like a proud bird or a shameful insect?