Monday, January 13, 2014

On the birthday of the Prophet salallah alaihi wasalam | Loving in peace


Just a minute ago, Shaykh Hamza Yusuf posted on his FB wall on the occasion of the birth of Rasulallah salallah alaihi wasalam:
"It is from the religion to honor him salallah alaihi wasalam, and part of the remembrance of Allah is to pray upon our Prophet, peace be upon him. So let the lovers love in peace. May you use this time to read sirah and reflect on the blessings of his salallah alaihi wasalam birth."

Indeed, it's a blessing to be able to love him (pbuh) in peace. What does that mean to me - to love in peace? As a servant of Allah who errs every so often, sometimes we feel that we are not worthy in the eyes of the Prophet (pbuh). But when we start to think about his boundless compassion for the ummah we would feel relieved and comforted. His last disposition was not that he regarded any of us negatively. It was never an exclusive club which he presided over. He made it clear that his people, are all inclusive.

But think about some of the "exclusive" groupings that we have among us. We consciously or unconsciously create boundaries. When we do that, there will be people who will end up feeling or being left out.

But it does not matter if anyone rejected you or branded you, for whatever reason. As far as he salallah alaihi wasalam is concerned, he brands us as his ummah. And it is he (pbuh) who is in the position to help us, at the end of the day. Knowing this fact alone enables us to love him in peace.

Knowing that our salam to him, no matter what, and no matter what condition we are in at the moment we send him a salam, it will reach him and he knows and He with capital h, will respond and reward tenfold.

Knowing this fact alone comforts the heart. This is actually a guarantee that his lovers CAN love him in peace. Never mind the noise out there, because each one of us has a direct channel to him (pbuh) and it is like the most peaceful love lane there is - and on this lane, love is guaranteed - love that will be and that were.
Allahumma salli ala Sayyidina Muhammad
habib al-Rahman
'ada dama yakun wama qodkan

"O Allah bestow your prayers upon our master Muhammad
the beloved of the Most Compassionate
to the number of things that will be and that were."

- 12 Rabi'ul Awal 1435 Hijri

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