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Tuesday, May 10, 2005  

Introduction from Men Around the Messenger A model which can serve as a standard for every class of people acting under different circumstances and states of human emotions will be found in the life of Muhammad (s.a.w.). If you are rich, there is the example of the tradesman of Makkah and the master of Bahrain’s treasures: if you are poor, you can follow the internee of Shu’ayb Abi Talib and the emigree of Madinah; if you are a king, watch the actions of the ruler of Arabia; if you are a vassal, look at the man enduring hardships imposed by the Quraysh of Makkah; if you are a conqueror, look at the victor of Badr and Hunayn; if you have suffered a defeat, take a lesson from the one discomfited at Uhud; if you are a teacher, learn from the holy mentor of the school of Suffah; if you are a student, look at the learner who sat before Gabriel(a.s.); if you are a sermoner, direct your sight to the discourser delivering sermons in the mosque at Madinah; if you are charged to preach the gospel of truth and mercy to your persecutors, observe the helpless preacher explaining the message of God to the pagans of Makkah; if you have brought your enemy to his knees, look at the conqueror of Makkah; if you want to administer your land and properties, discover how the lands and groves of Bani al’Nadir, Khaybar and Fadak were managed; if you are an orphan, do not forget the child of Aminah and Abdullah left to the tender mercy of Halimah; if you are young, see the character of Makkah’s shepherd; if you have a travelling businessman, cast a glance at the leader caravan on the way to Basra; if you are a judge or arbiter, look at the umpire entering the holy sanctuary before the peep of dawn and installing Hajrul Aswad in the Ka’bah, or the justice of peace in whose eyes the poor and the rich were alike; if you are a husband, study the behavior of the husband of Khadijah and Aishah; if you are a father, go through the biography of Fatimah’s father and grandfather of Hasan and Husayn. In short, whoever and whatever you may be, you will find a shining example in the life of the holy Prophet (s.a.w.) to illuminate your behavior. He is the only beacon of light and guidance for every seeker after truth. If you have the life of the Prophet of Islam before you, you can find the examples of all the prophets, Noah, and Abraham, Job, Jonah, Moses and Jesus. If the life and character of each prophet of God were deemed to be a shop selling the wares of one commodity, that of Muhammad (s.a.w.) would verily be a variety store where goods of every description can be had to suit the tastes and needs of all. Khalid Muhammad Khalid Men Around the Messenger



posted by SuFiSTiC | 5/10/2005 12:56:00 PM |
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."
(Bukhari)
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)
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I seek God's forgiveness, and do not claim that my intention in producing this Blog is confined to good religious purposes; how may I do so when I am aware of the hidden desires, egotistic passions, and worldly wishes that I harbour? I do not claim innocence for myself; the ego is indeed an inciter to evil, save when my Lord shows mercy; my Lord is indeed Forgiving, Merciful. O God! I seek Your protection against my committing idolatry [shirk] knowingly, and Your forgiveness for that of which I am not aware! I ask God to make me and all other believers benefit from this Blog and to render my production of it purely for the sake of His Noble Countenance.

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