"Indeed in the Messenger of Allaah (Muhammad [peace and blessings be upon him], you have a good example to follow for him who hopes in (the meeting with) Allaah and the last day and remember Allaah much. " (Q33: 21)
Praise be to Allaah, the Creator and Sustainer of the universe. May the peace and blessings of Allaah be upon our noble Prophet, his Companion and those who follow their path till the Day of resurrection. Ayyuhal ikhwah, as-salaamu alaykum wa rahmatullah, wa barakaatuh. Today we shall reflect upon the above verse of the Qur'aan with regard to the person of the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and how we should emulate him. Allaah sent Muhammad (peace be upon him) as a mercy to mankind. He says:
"And We have sent you (O Muhammad) not but as a mercy for the `Al-ameen (Mankind, Jinns, and all that exists)." (Q21 : 107)
We can only get this mercy of Allaah by making His Messenger (peace be upon him) a model for our lives.
Do we know who a model is? A model is a person who sets a pattern, a way (sunnah) for another person to follow. He is, as Allaah says: "a good example to follow: This is what Prophet Muhammad (peace be on him) is to all believers, either during his time a at present, and even in the future, until the end of time. The Messenger (peace be on him) is a model for all Muslims. He is the model to be followed by all those who believe in the Last Day, and who remember Allaah much and have hope in the meeting with Allaah in the hereafter. First, we should think within ourselves, Am I one of these people? Then, we should ask ourselves: Do I really take the Messenger as my role model? For instance, he said: "Pray as you have seen me praying." (Bukhari)
Is your Salaah in any way like that of the Messenger (peace be on him)? When you sleep, eat, talk, dress and do business pus other things, do you do it in line with the Sunnah of AIlaahs Messenger(peace be on upon)? Ayyuhal Ikhwah, once you have accepted Muhammad the, Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) as your model, then you must prefer his decision to your own in any and every matter! You should never imagine having an opinion that is better than his own. Allaah says:
"O you who Believe! Do not put (yourselves) forward before AIlah and His Messenger, and fear Allah. Verily! Allah is All-Hearing, All-Knowing. O you who believe! Raise not your voices above the voice of the Prophet. (Q49: 1-2)
Ayyuhal ikhwah, another thing you must do With you perfect model is that you must love him above everybody and everything. He must be dearer to you than anyone including yourself or anything, even your wealth! Why? Because he was the one that made you to know the purpose of creation and life. He said:
"None of you [truly] believes until I become more beloved to him than his son, his father and the whole mankind. (Bukhari)
How do you show this love? By eulogizing him? Good, but this isnt enough. By celebrating his birthday? No! That shows you do not love his ways since celebrating his birthday isnolfrom his Sunnah.The best way is to follow and promote his Sunnah Allaah says:
"Say (0 Muhammad): If you [really] love Allaah then follow me, Allaah will love you and forgive you your sins. And Allaah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful." (Q30: 31)
Ayyuhal ikhwah, since you are a Muslim, then you must choose Muhammad as your model and you must follow him. It is compulsory for you, if you do not, then Allaah Will punish you. For Allaah says:
"And let those who opp0se the Messengers (Muhammad) commandment (i.e. his Sunnah legal ways, orders, acts of worship, statements, etc) beware lest some Fitnah (disbelief, trials, afflictions, etc.) befall them or a painful torment be inflicted on them" (Q24:63)
Is this what you want?
This article was culled from the publications of Deen Communication Limited