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How do We Honour Him?

"Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah"

As-salamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullah. Praise and Glory be to Allah Most High and peace and blessings upon the Chosen One, Muhammad al-Mustafa, sallalahu alaihi wa sallam, whom God sent as a Mercy to the Worlds. 

In recent months Muslims all over the world have been concerned to ‘defend the honour of the Prophet’ (God’s peace and blessings be upon him).  Their passions aroused by the juvenile acts of a few insignificant people, some in our community have reacted with temper tantrums, and instead of living up to the teachings of our beloved they have fallen far below the behaviour expected of the community of Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him). Those who are loved by the Creator do not need creatures to defend them. If we lack honour ourselves, we cannot claim to be defenders of the honour of others. The Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) was the best of all Creation and the most honoured of God’s Messengers. We are honoured by being in his community and living up to his standards; he is the defender of our honour-for what is it about us, in this day and age, that makes us so special?

 

 

We know him as RahmatulilAalameen (a mercy to all the worlds of being)-but what mercy do we show to others around us? To our children? To our neighbours? To our fellow human beings-Muslims and non-Muslims? Recently I heard a descendant of the Prophet (peace be upon him) say that the best way to obtain a connection to the Prophet is through his manners. The character of the Prophet manifested in real life situations like those we have to deal with ourselves everyday: the challenges of life, death, hunger, loss, joy, tribulation, trial, enmity, friendship, mockery and praise. In all of these situations the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) has something to teach us. But what are we learning from his example? And what, moreover, are we teaching our children through ours?

Wa ma tawfeeqi illa billah

 Wa salaam

Munawar Karim

 

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