Student Essay Submission– The One Who Is Praised
Allah (سبحانه و تعالي) has created every human being differently from one another and has appointed them to follow his orders to enter back into the land from which they came out of, Jannah. But before the human eye can see a glimpse of the paradise of Allah, Allah has sent us down to Earth to test us. In other words, Allah is testing us to see if our love and faith for Allah and his beloved Prophet Sayyidina Muhammad (صلي الله عليه واله و سلم) is strong. This can be accomplished by following the five pillars of Islam and doing other acts of kindness and hard work that pleases Allah and his Rasool. As Allah says in the Holy Quran in Suratul Baqarah, Ayat 155:
“And we will surely test you with some fear and hunger and with Paucity of wealth and lives and crops and give glad tidings to those who patiently endure.”
According to this verse, Allah wants us to be patient with every hardship that we face in this life because Allah not only is watching what we do but is also testing our behavior and how we handle the difficult situations that lie ahead of us.
Our goal in this Duniya is to follow the sunnah and teachings of the Prophet (صلي الله عليه واله و سلم) in order to enter Jannah in the afterlife. But before we try to do that ,we must know how our beloved and best creation of Allah, the Prophet, came into this world to convey his message to all of mankind.
“We have not sent you O Prophet, but as a mercy to all the worlds.”
What this means is that the Prophet (صلي الله عليه واله و سلم) came to protect all mankind from the hell fire, by showing us the right path which Allah (سبحانه و تعالي) loves. But, SubhanAllah, Rasulullah (صلي الله عليه واله و سلم) wasn’t just sent as a messenger or a prophet. He was sent as a mercy, a mercy that completes us and makes us who we are today. It is by living in his example and adhering strictly to the Qur’an and his sunnah that we celebrate our love for him.
Furthermore, Allah (سبحانه و تعالي) sent our beloved Prophet (صلي الله عليه واله و سلم) to this world at the right time when many people needed guidance the most. When Abrahah decided to take down the Kabah, Allah (سبحانه و تعالي) saved his house by sending a destruction which eliminated him and his army in bits. During the same time period, the father of our beloved prophet Hazrath Abdullah (رضي الله عنه), was on a business trip to Syria and Palestine for trade. On his way back to Mecca, he decided to stop by his grandmother’s family in Yathrib. Eventually he fell ill, and after Hazrath Harith arrived at the house in which hazrath Abdullah was staying, he knew at once that he passed away due to the facial appearance that Hazrath Abdullah’s cousins greeted him with.
Now that Hazrath Abdullah passed away, Hazratha Aminah’s consciousness was directed at the birth of the Prophet (صلي الله عليه واله و سلم). During the date of the 12th of Rabi Ul Awwal, 571 C.E. our Prophet (صلي الله عليه واله و سلم) was born. Few weeks before the Prophet Muhammed (صلي الله عليه واله و سلم) was born as it is stated by Hazrath Ibn Hisham in his book Sirat, “The mother of the Messenger of Allah, used to say when she was pregnant with the Messenger of Allah, that it was said to her in a vision, “You are conceiving the master of this nation and when he is born say, I seek refuge for him with the one from the evil of every envious person and name him Muhammed.”” Hazrath Abu Bakr Sirajudeen (Martin Lings) also states in his book, Muhammed about the angel Jibrael’s (alaihis salam) message to Hazratha Aminah (رضي الله عنها) before the Prophet was born: “In the womb, you carry the leader of the people, and when he is born say, ‘I place him under the protection of the One, from the evil.’ Then name him Muhammad (صلي الله عليه واله و سلم) [“The Praised One”]”.
After the Prophet (صلي الله عليه واله و سلم) was born, the 12th Rabi Ul awwal, Hazrath Abdul Mutallib took his grandson into the Ka’bah and prayed for the valuable gift that Allah (سبحانه و تعالي) has given. He then instructed his son Hazrath Abbas who was then three years old to kiss his grandson the Prophet (صلي الله عليه واله و سلم). There was such respect and love shown by the Sahaba to Rasulullah (صلي الله عليه واله و سلم). We have to follow in this sunnah as well!
Muslims around the world should show respect and love towards the Prophet (صلي الله عليه واله و سلم). We do this by learning about him, following his sunnah, acting like him, believing what he told us to believe, holding onto the Qur’an, and loving him more than ourselves.
May Allah (سبحانه و تعالي) give us hidayat to love and follow the Prophet’s (صلي الله عليه واله و سلم) teachings for a better future not only in this duniya, but also in the next life.
Written by: Syed Abulhasan Quadri Mahdi