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Prophet Muhammad صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم becomes orphan at age of six.

The Quran, God’s final message to humanity on the reality of existence, purpose of creation and on how to live and interact with each other, is replete with references to orphans including exhortation to the believers to be merciful and benevolent to orphans, these poor individuals who sadly are without a mother or father. Such people are often at the very lowest rung of the ladder in society, because a person who has parents or at least one parent has someone who is a supporter, who emotionally, physically, financially supports them.

Here are two Quranic verses regarding orphans.

 

“And remember We took a covenant from the Children of Israel (to this effect): Worship none but Allah.treat with kindness your parents and kindred, and orphans and those in need; speak fair to the people; be steadfast in prayer; and practise regular charity.Then did ye turn back, except a few among you, and ye backslide (even now). “ (Surah Al-Baqara, 83)

 

Serve Allah, and join not any partners with Him; and do good- to parents, kinsfolk, orphans, those in need, neighbours who are near, neighbours who are strangers, the companion by your side, the wayfarer (ye meet), and what your right hands possess: For Allah loveth not the arrogant, the vainglorious;- (Surah An-Nisa’, 36)

 

It is clear from this that God Himself has bestowed a very high status on orphans in the priority that they should be accorded in receiving help from the believers and from society.

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Deprived, weak, unfortunate individuals.

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Among the multiple verses which deal with the orphans is one particular verse from the celebrated and oft-recited surah of the holy Quran, Surah Duha.

 

Did He not find thee an orphan and give thee shelter (and care)? (Surah Ad-Duha, 6)

Allah is addressing the holy prophet صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم and reminding him that despite the difficulties he faced that God had found him as an orphan and yet provided for him.

It is said that the best of creation, the final prophet, the trustworthy one (Sadiqul Ameen) became an orphan at the tender age of six. He it is said had never seen his father, Abdullah, and the little he did see of his mother, Amina, was only for the first six years of his life.

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Children often cry.

But let us imagine that day when the holy prophet’s صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم mother passed away.

How much did he cry?

How many tears did this poor orphan at the age of six cry?

We, and that is most of us, saw our parents and grew up with them or at least saw them whilst growing up. However it was not so for the holy prophet صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم.

The day that the prophet’s صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم mother died, what memories did he have of her? What memories did he صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم of her whilst he grew up and later on in life? How was he affected emotionally and psychologically? Did memories of his mother’s death go through his mind when later on in life his son, Ibrahim, is said to have died at the tender age of 16 months?

Did the prophet صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم have memories of playing with his mother? Of how she fed him, looked after him, cleaned him?

Let us try to think of how the beloved of Allah, the holy prophet صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم was affected.

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A place said to be the grave of the mother of the holy prophet صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم, Aminah bint Wahab.

Muslims are encouraged to make regular ‘salam’ (prayers) upon the holy prophet صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم

Indeed, Allah  and his angels confers blessing upon the Prophet, O you who believe, ask blessings upon him and ask for peace on him. (Surah Al-Ahzab, 56)

So Muslims should be prolific in their ‘salaam’ (durood in certain languages) upon the prophet and it should be in the hundreds each day.

When reciting salaam on the prophet oh Muslims, remember this very critical period in the life of the holy prophet صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم.

Imagine what it must have been like for the young Muhammad ibn Abdullah (name of the prophet صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم). What was his emotional state? Fatherless and on that day now motherless?

Did he not miss his mother who he would not see again?

How many tears did he shed?

What fears did he have for his future?

Oh Muslims who have been commanded by Allah to love his beloved, the best of creation, prophet Muhammad صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم, I urge you to remember this moment every day for the rest of your life. Allah recommended you to send prayers upon the prophet, thus remember his life, remember his sacrifices, have respect for him.

All praise be to Allah and peace be upon his final messenger, Muhammad صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم and his noble wives, family, companions, his ummah (nation) and all the prophets and their ummat (nations).

– Faatih

 

Article in Arabic / المدونة باللغة العربية

Article in Urdu / اردو میں مضامین

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Durood upon the prophet 5

In the name of Allah the most beneficient, the most merciful

Today I have been thinking about the holy prophet صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم. Today I have been thinking about how he used to be a shepherd when he was a young boy.

He used to tend towards the sheep and this required many qualities.

Vigilance

A shepherd has to be vigilant and be aware of any possible impending danger to his flock.

Defending the weak

This required protecting the sheep from stronger predatory animals which sought to devour them.

Care and compassion

Tending towards the sheep if they had pain or were pregnant or were about to deliver a baby lamb.

Endurance & Forebearance

The prophet صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم would have had to have been patient, enduring the weather including the possibly at times hot Arabian sun beating down upon his noble face. The weather, the being secluded from other people and thus social interaction that is the isolation, the being away from food (as he would have no access to food besides that which he had brought himself) and many other factors cultivated his ability to be patient and endure. This becomes particularly relevant when we remember that for around 3 years of his adult life during his prophethood he and his followers were ostracized by his tribe, boycotted under a formal agreement amongst his tribe, the Quraish, that his clan would be ostracized.

Dealing with solitude

When one is alone, one often does not have to respond to the practical requests, orders or conversation of others. Naturally it often causes someone to think of things beyond the mundane and everyday, perhaps to engage in introspection, perhaps to contemplate. Later on in his life, the prophet صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم would go on retreats including in a cave in the mountain of Hira in his search and struggle for the truth.

 

How wonderful it would have been to have been with the holy prophet صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم during those times when he was alone tending to sheep.

How wonderful it would have been to have been able to speak to him, to engage in conversation with him.

How wonderful it would have been to have been able to help him with any need or request of his.

May Allah bless this noble and kind man.

Here are some pictures of people caring for their sheep.

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Oh Allah please send peace and prayers upon our noble prophet.

 

All praise be to Allah the lord of the worlds and the master of existence. Peace and prayers be upon our noble prophet and upon his noble family and companions and his ummah (Islamic nation) and his brothers, the Anbiya (the prophets) and upon their followers. Peace be upon them all and may Allah make us all love our holy prophet and make us others love him. The one who does not love the prophet is not part of the ultimate love, the greatest love, the love of the Creator of the universe for the best of the creation, the beloved of Allah, Muhammad ibn Abdullah.

Peace be upon our noble prophet, the kind, soft, warm-hearted man inclined to mercy and forgiveness, the one who did not look at people’s forms and appearances, the one for whom the internal character of a person was much more important.

Peace be upon him and let us make durood for him day and night, every hour of the day and make others too love him and send peace and prayers upon him.

Ameen, thumma Ameen.

 

  • Faatih

Durood upon the prophet 4

In the name of Allah the most beneficient, the most merciful

All praise be to Allah and peace and prayers be upon his noble messenger صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم.

Today I ask Allah to send peace and prayers upon his noble messenger, Muhammad and upon his noble family, wives and companions and upon his brothers the Anbiya (the prophets) and their followers, and the Islamic ummah.

Today I am thinking about the clean air during the time of the prophet صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم. I live in London and in parts of the city, the air is unclean, not noticeable to most but I can feel it especially when I contrast it with parts of London further away from the centre where I can feel the cleaner air.

The prophet صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم lived in a time and a society where man was more in tune with nature and his environment. The air was cleaner and the prophet صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم himself went to retreat himself in the Jabal Nur (mountain of light) which contains within it the cave of Hira.

Jabal Nur, the moutain where the prophet صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم. received the first revelation.

Jabal Nur, the moutain where the prophet صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم. received the first revelation.

 

On the Jabal Nur overlooking Mecca.

On the Jabal Nur overlooking Mecca.

 

Being away from the town, up in the higher altitude with the cleaner air, the tranquility, the being away from the hustle and bustle of Mecca, a trading town must have been quite calming.

I think everyone should have a time when they can simply isolate themselves and have time to themselves preferably in a pleasant, quite, clean location. Solitude is one of the most beautiful things one can experience at times including the calming effect it has on the soul. The suspension, albeit temporarily, of the helter-skelter, toing and froing of daily life, and just cleansing your mind of constant internal chatter, stress.

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I would like all of my readers, be they Muslim or non-Muslim to have at least a couple of minutes every day of their day (as it’s normal for most at night before they go to sleep) where they can rest, mentally relax, de-stress, put aside their daily concerns, chores, tasks to do instructed by their manager and so forth.

Take time out, relax, de-stress, and just empty your mind of worries, cleanse it.

May you all have a wonderful day.

All praise be to Allah and peace be upon his messenger and family and companions and his brothers the prophets and their followers.

  • Faatih

Durood upon the prophet 3

In the name of Allah the most beneficient, the most merciful

All praise be to Allah and peace and prayers be upon his noble messenger صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم. This is the third in what will insha’Allah (God willing) be an almost daily practice of asking Allah to send peace and prayers upon the noble messenger, Muhammad صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم.

Today I ask Allah to send peace and prayers upon his noble messenger, Muhammad and upon his noble family, wives and companions and upon his brothers the Anbiya (the prophets) and their followers, and the Islamic ummah.

 

What is “durood”?

Durood is the Islamic practice of asking Allah to send peace and prayers upon the holy prophet صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم.

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Durood upon the prophet 2

In the name of Allah the most beneficient, the most merciful

All praise be to Allah and peace and prayers be upon his noble messenger صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم. This is the second in what will insha’Allah (God willing) be an almost daily practice of asking Allah to send peace and prayers upon the noble messenger, Muhammad صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم.

The first was yesterday, to read click on this link.

Today I ask Allah to send peace and prayers upon his noble messenger, Muhammad and upon his noble family, wives and companions and upon his brothers the Anbiya (the prophets) and their followers, and the Islamic ummah.

May Allah bring peace to the war-torn land of Syria where I myself once studied.

May Allah bring peace to the blood-ridden land of Syria where the holy prophet himself صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم was said

The monastery of the monk Bahira who is said to have spoken to the prophet Muhammad صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم when went there as a young boy.

The monastery of the monk Bahira who is said to have spoken to the prophet Muhammad صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم when went there as a young boy.

 

The prophet صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم was said to have gone there as a young boy with his uncle Abu Talib. We should strive to think about this day. How was the weather that day in the hot desert land of southern Syria? How was the young Muhammad صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم faring that day with the grown man, the orphan boy with no father and no mother? Let us imagine being with the prophet صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم on that day. There are many things we do not know e.g. what they ate, what they wore and other things, but we can imagine how the beloved of Allah, the holy prophet صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم was travelling far, far away from his home.

This land which he صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم once visited is now a land of much suffering. Let us pray for peace there and not just there but in all lands where there is such war be it in the middle east, Africa, Europe, Latin America. Let us pray for peace for all. Whether it be for victims of war, or the victims of crime in big urban cities, the victims of domestic abuse such as the wife being abused and beaten by a violent husband. Let us pray, and let us ask Allah to send peace through out the world.

 

Oh Allah please send peace and prayers upon our noble prophet.

 

All praise be to Allah the lord of the worlds and the master of existence. Peace and prayers be upon our noble prophet and upon his noble family and companions and his ummah (Islamic nation) and his brothers, the Anbiya (the prophets) and upon their followers. Peace be upon them all and may Allah make us all love our holy prophet and make us others love him. The one who does not love the prophet is not part of the ultimate love, the greatest love, the love of the Creator of the universe for the best of the creation, the beloved of Allah, Muhammad ibn Abdullah.

Peace be upon our noble prophet, the kind, soft, warm-hearted man inclined to mercy and forgiveness, the one who did not look at people’s forms and appearances, the one for whom the internal character of a person was much more important.

Peace be upon him and let us make durood for him day and night, every hour of the day and make others too love him and send peace and prayers upon him.

Ameen, thumma Ameen.

  • Faatih

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