The best of all creation

A post I recently received from my teacher. I hope it benefits you as it has me… 

Bismillah-ir Rahman-ir Raheem

Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) said in Surah Qalam (4) speaking about Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasalam):  “Verily, you have exalted the best of characters.”

Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) here uses the word “Adheem” (Greatest) speaking about the character of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasalam).

In choosing the word “Adheem” it shows that everything about Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasalam) was great, and after the witnessing of this by Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) there is no need for any other witness, as Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) says at the end of Surah Fatih (28): “He is the One who sent the Messenger with guidance and the religion of absolute truth and made it over all religion, and Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) is sufficient as a Witness.”

And yet Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) showed us that this greatness of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasalam) was witnessed by his enemies and companions alike, and no one in history has had such witnesses!

The witnesses were men, women, children, leaders, companions, and his wives; all these witnesses mentioned nothing other than the greatness of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasalam). Even from among his enemies, no one attacked his character (sallallahu alayhi wasalam).

Imagine this: during Hajj al-Widah, over one-hundred thousand people gathered in front of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasalam) from the sahaba, including children, slaves, men, women, and those inside his household and those outside his household did not speak about anything regarding Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasalam)  other than the greatness of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasalam).  No one in history has had every aspect of their lives recorded in such detail, as we have the recorded details of  Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasalam).  We know how Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasalam) washed, his clothing, and every imaginably possible act.  All of this attempts to exemplify his greatness (sallallahu alayhi wasalam)!

Hafiz Shamsuddin Sakhawi (Rahmatullah alaih), the 9th century Imam, wrote a book speaking about history and its importance, and blaming those who do not study history.  Imam Sakhawi (Rahmatullah alaih) mentioned that if we were only to write the names of the books that were written regarding Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasalam), it would fill twenty volumes!  And this was over 500 years ago, and does not include the books that were destroyed during the Mongol invasion.

By studying the seerah of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasalam), we are seeking guidance and the Nur.  In Surah Maidah (15) Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) says that he sent us a “Nur from Him and a Clear Book.”

Syeda Aisha (radiallah anha) mentioned that Rasulullah’s (sallallahu alayhi wasalam) character was the Quran.  From this we can take a few lessons.  Firstly, this statement is coming from the wife of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasalam), and although we may be able to act a certain way in front of others, our true selves come out in our homes, which shows the weight of this statement coming from the wife of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasalam).  Secondly, this statement is coming from someone endowed with knowledge, as Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasalam) said about Aisha (radiallah anha), “take deen from Aisha.”  A third, and most important point to highlight is that Syeda Aisha (radiallah anha) did not use the word “like” or “implement” when it came to describe the character of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasalam)  in relation to the Quran, but rather she used the word “was”!  This shows us that although we may try hard, we will never reach to the level of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasalam) as our characters can only attempt to be the Quran.

This description of Rasulullah’s (sallallahu alayhi wasalam) character by Aisha (radiallah anha) helps us to understand what Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) said in the Quran, when He mentioned in Surah Isra (9): “Verily, this Quran guides to the straight path and glad tides the mu’mins who are engaged in virtuous actions of a great reward.”  And then relating to Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasalam) in Surah Ash-Shura (52): “Verily, you guide to the straight path.”  All of what Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) has mentioned here is regarding the greatness of the character of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasalam) in equating it to the Quran.

As such, for all those whom we love, we wish to share three main points from this discussion:

No one can ever reach the level of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasalam), but we can strive to follow him (sallallahu alayhi wasalam), as that is what Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) wants us to do.

Second, the importance of having the best of characters, as Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasalam)  said in a hadith, the closest to him are those with the best of characters.  Also, in a hadith narrated by Imam Ahmad (rehmatullah alaih), Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasalam)  said that the perfect iman of a mumin is such that he has a great character, is humble, and he loves people and people love him; and there is no khair in someone who does not love people and people do not love him.

Lastly, to try and learn about Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasalam) and his blessed seerah, as Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) said in Surah Al Ahzab:  There is a great example in following Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasalam).

There is a great deal of shame that is shared across the ummah for not having a single institution, department or faculty dedicated to the study of the seerah of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasalam).  Imam Sakhawi (rehmatullah alaih) mentioned the twenty volumes just listing the names of books about Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasalam), and we do not even speak about seerah now!

If we want khair we must learn the seerah, as Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasalam) is the path and the guide!

Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) mentioned in Surah Ali Imran (30-31):  “Follow me and Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) will love you,” as if Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) is saying if you do not follow Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasalam), He will not love you.

As has been mentioned, Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasalam) is the path and the guide.  If you were to compare this to a room with many doors, the only door that would be open is the door of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasalam), and they only way to enter the room is following the path of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasalam) to that very door.

In ending, we should remember Imam Ahmad (rehmatullah alaih) and his struggle against Ma’mun with regards to whether the Quran was created, as Imam Ahmad (rehmatullah alaih) risked everything, including his life, to uphold that the Quran was not created, but rather the word of Allah (subhana wa ta’ala).

May Allah bless you with every khair and gather us with Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasalam).

Allahumma salli alaa Syedina Muhammad wa alaa Ahli Syedina Muhammad.

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