Rise to prayer that Allah may have mercy on us all !
Posted January 15, 2015on:
Praise is to Allah. We bear witness that there is only one God who has no partners beside Him, and we bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and messenger.
Praise is to Allah who blessed us with the guidance of His prophets and messengers. Praise is to Allah whose Mercy encompasses everything. Praise is to Allah who knows our needs and answers our calls and brings peace to our hearts.
Praise is to Allah who breathed into us of His Spirit and placed the light of His guidance in our inmost being. Whomever Allah guides, no one can misguide, and whomever Allah misguides, no one can guide. We put our trust in Allah and seek His forgiveness, aid, and support.
A man once came to the Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h) and asked him about the hereafter. The Prophet asked him, “And what have you prepared for that time?” The man replied, “Nothing, except that I love Allah and I love you.” The Prophet (p.b.u.h) answered him, “You are with the ones you love.”
Dear friends the guidance of Islam is the guidance of love. The innate, natural and ancient religion that is Islam is the religion of love. The Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h) came to guide us to love and to make clear the love that is at the core of all religions. Our purpose as human beings is to consciously manifest Allah’s love in our lives. This is the most significant meaning that can bring purpose to us and transform our lives. When we reflect upon the history of the Prophet (p.b.u.h) and the spread of his message we will realize that Islam could not have taken root in the world without the love that filled the heart of the Prophet and was clearly manifest in his way of relating and interacting with people that brought out their own deep and profound love for him. Without this mutual and abiding love, none of us would be here today. Without this love Islam would not have been possible.
Today, it seems that we too often hear and read much that is harsh and heartless about Islam and not enough that is loving and beautiful. There seems to be too many messages of prejudice, literalism, legalism, violence, and oppression. The superficiality, ugliness and darkness that are too prevalent in today’s Islamic discourse are nothing like what the Prophet brought us.
I would like to share with you part of the first sermon ever given by the Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h) in Medina. This is what he had to say to his companions,
Love that which Allah loves! Love Allah with all your hearts! Grow not weary of hearing the Word of Allah. Do not stop remembering Him. Do not let your hearts grow hard toward Him. For verily, Allah has preferred His Book above all of Creation
Indeed, Allah has endowed it with guidance to the best of deeds, and made it an example for the elect of His servants, and filled it with righteous discourse, and has made clear in it what is lawful and unlawful for you.
So, serve Allah alone, and associate with Him no other. Be ever conscious of Him. Be truthful to Allah in what you utter from your mouths. Let the Spirit of Allah be the source of love between you. Amen