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Sunday, May 09, 2004  

The Messenger was saying, in effect: “If you love someone, you are with that person.” The Prophet's (may blessings and peace be upon him) Exemplary Behavior Our noble Master bore with patience all the pain and hurt inflicted on him, never speaking an unpleasant word to those who caused such pain and hurt. Patient and forbearing, he was ever ready to pardon. When the unbelievers knocked out his tooth at the battle of Uhud, some of his Companions urged him to curse them, but our Master said: “I was sent as a mercy to all worlds. I was not sent to curse.” The he added: “Among these poor wretches who are fighting me today, I see many who will come to believe in me. Their offspring will spread God’s religion to east and west. They will be warriors in the cause of Allah.” That is indeed what came to pass. Our Master even pardoned a woman who sought to poison him. He was very generous and never turned beggars away empty-handed. If necessary, he would borrow in order to provide. He was courageous, riding into battle upon a mule. When his Companions retreated at the battle of Hunayn, he charged the enemy all by himself. As the Exalted One says in His Holy Qur’an: Those who delivered the messages of Allah and feared Him, and feared none but Allah; Allah is Sufficient as a Reckoner. (33:39) Like our blessed Messenger Muhammad, none of the Prophets ever feared anything but God. The Beloved was clearly not afraid of any other creature. He suited his behavior to great and to small. He was kind to little children, and showed more affection to the poor than the rich. He was tender and compassionate to the weak and to strangers. His kindness and compassion extended to all God’s creatures. He was humble. His seat was a mat of straw, his mount a donkey. He used to bring food home himself. He would sometimes perform his prayers on the bare earth. Our Master used to visit poor people and non-Muslims when they were sick, asking about their condition and how they were feeling. If slaves and poor folk invited him, he would call at their homes. He used to say: “Be compassionate toward every creature, so that Allah may have mercy on you too.” He used to serve in the house, helping the members of his family. He would knead the dough. He sometimes swept the house. He sewed his own garments, milked the goats, mended his torn clothes. He attended to his own affairs. He used to eat together with his servant, whom he helped with some of his tasks. There was none so just, so trustworthy and truthful, as our Master the Most Noble Messenger. Before the command had come to reveal his Prophetic Mission, the polytheists used to call him Muhammad the trustworthy. In short, in moral character he was at the pinnacle of creation. May Allah grant that we all obtain his intercession! We should love him more than ourselves. Let us spare no effort in modeling our character on that of the noble Messenger of Allah. Love and affection demand total sacrifice for the loved one’s sake. -Sheikh Muzaffer Ozak al-Jerrahi, Irshad (Wisdom of a Sufi Master)

posted by Abubak'r | 5/09/2004 11:09:00 AM |
As for him who fears to stand before his Lord and restrains the ego its desires, the Garden is shelter.
(The Snatchers:40)
Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, "The Fire is surrounded by all kinds of desires and passions, while Paradise is surrounded by all kinds of disliked, undesirable things."
Whoever does good at night is rewarded during the day and whoever does good during the day is rewarded at night. Whoever is sincere in abandoning a desire is saved from catering to it. God is too noble to punish a heart that has abandoned a desire for His sake.
(Abu Sulayman ad-Darani)
Beware of your ego, and trust not its mischief;
The ego is worse than seventy devils.
(Arabic Poem)
Abu Bakar Balkhi
Md Mubaraq
Md Firdaus

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