|Habib Ali Zain al-Abideen al-Jufri|
Praise be to Allah for saving us from darkness and may God blessings be upon the Prophet, his family and companions. By virtues of the salawat, we pray Allah will grant us great bounties, that He would cleanse our hearts from impurities.
Be cognizant of the unique blessing granted to us, of being ummah of Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. In a hadith, the Prophet said: "I am part of a destiny created for you and you are a part of my destiny." Think about the meaning of his words; make your heart present and feel its meaning that the Prophet s.a.w is a blessing granted to us that he should occupy a lofty place in our hearts. If you ponder over the hadith that Prophet Muhammad was chosen to be our prophet, your heart will feel glad. The Prophet's companions truly understood the hadith and their complete understanding of the prophet's rank was reflected in their characters and actions. They purified their hearts and souls to be receptive of the Prophet's teachings. They understood the secret of his being.
Prophet Ibrahim a.s. once prayed that Allah would send a prophet from among the Arabs, and that he would purify their hearts and souls. Tazkiyah (purification) is more crucial compared to knowledge. They understood the principles of knowledge, that the fruit and place of knowledge is the heart. Only then one's knowledge would be of benefit. However, if the heart, as a receptacle for knowledge is rusty, the knowledge acquired by such a heart would be useless. The heart and knowledge are inter-dependent. Generally speaking, knowledge can be mastered by everyone. Anyone, the good and the bad, both believers and disbelievers could acquire knowledge. But knowledge which resides in a pure heart belongs to the faithful only. The prophet's companions had learned directly from Rasulullah s.a.w such that their hearts were filled with much love for him. They occupy their time with their love for the prophet. Heavenly rewards would be of no meaning if one is not able to see the face of the Prophet. Such intense was the love the companions had for the Prophet. There is a verse in the Qur'an where Allah said those who are obedient towards Allah and His Rasul would be gathered with the righteous, the pious and Prophet Muhammad himself.
Habib Ali al-Jufri asked the audience to consider the meaning of the second part of the aforementioned hadith, that we have been created as a destiny for the Prophet. It is evident that Prophet Muhammad is a great blessing for us. But what about us? Are we a blessing for him? The answer lies within you. Ask yourself, are you, in the morning and in the evening happy or angry? Do you give or do you take? Do you bring benefit to others? Do you interact with the non-believers in a rightful manner? Do you think you can make the Prophet happy with your actions? How well do you understand the meaning of that hadith? Does your understanding of the hadith make the Prophet pleased with you?
Prophet Muhammad s.a.w once complimented Saidina Jaafar, 'O Jaafar, your appearance, physique and characters are similar to mine." Habib Ali al-Jufri said, though we may not have a similar physical resemblance to the Prophet, we could still emulate his beautiful characters. Find it in yourself. Are you compassionate in your dealings? Prophet Muhammad brought glad tidings and mercy to the entire universe. He was dedicated in his deeds, he was forgiving. It is indeed a great blessing that we have been created as his ummah. But, do we live up to that hadith, that we are in turn, his good destiny?
May I be forgiven for any errors and omissions.