Tuesday, February 10, 2015

 Found an old email from Ustaza Nagheba (May Allah bless her and her family abundantly, and give them openings and blessings upon blessings)

 Asalam Alaikum all,
 Tomorrow night signifies the beginning of Rabi' al- Awwal the month in which the blessed prophet Muhammad was born (may Allah shower His mercy and grace upon him). On the 12th of this blessed month a great light was born to the worlds, he was to carry a great gift to mankind, Jin-Kind and even realms beyond, he was the bearer of a final, unchangeable message, a message that not only offered a way of life to humanity but offered each soul internal peace, tranquillity and proximaty to the Divine.
 Allah Exalted be He tells us in the Qu'ran; 'And we did not send you except as a mercy to the worlds' These words help us understand the magnitude of the blessing of our blessed prophet's birth, through his arrival a mercy so great, so powerful penetrated not just our world but all worlds in existence. The angels recognized the great blessing of this nobel messenger Muhammad when he was raised beyond the heavens and sent salams (peace) from Allah himself (asalam alaikum aya-han Nabi- peace be upon you Oh messenger) he shared that peace with all of Gods righteous servants (as-salam alaina wa ala ibad Allah as-salahin- Peace be upon me and upon the righteous servants of God) rejoicing over the portion of Gods peace that they had recieved through the generosity of this great prophet the angels called out to all in the heavens that ....'There is no God but Allah and Muhammad is his messenger', proclaiming their belief in the messengership of this blessed being. The Jinn took his message back to their tribes uniting many factions from amongst them, the existence of the final and most perfect of messengers really was a mercy sent to all worlds. Animals and the inanimate recognised his messengership. The trunk of a tree that cried out in pain when the messenger began to deliver the Friday sermon upon a pulpit instead of standing next to the tree; the Ghazal that proclaimed his messengership when the prophet freed him from the snare of a hunter, the camel that bowed down to him honering him for his kindness and the rocks that sent him salams are but a few of the stories narrated in the books of sira that inspire us to love he who was chosen to be the most perfect of mankind. The Qu'ran tells us; 'If you love Allah then follow me (Muhammad) and Allah will love you' This verse gives us a clear methodology in how to gain His love. Love of the Divine is reserved soley for those who tread the path of his beloved Muhammad. His path is the sirat al-musaqim (the straight path) that we ask for in our five daily prayers, a path that can only be known through studying his life and how he engaged with the world around him, how he ate, slept, spoke, treated neighbours, family, friends and enemies, his life can only be known through attaching oneself with the study of sira (his biography) and shamail (his physical traits and attributes). Once his path is known to you know that knowledge is not enough to attain the love of God that you long. The path must be walked upon, embodied and become part of you, know that this path can only be Trodden through love...loving him, he (peace be upon him) who is loved by the Divine. Loving him allows his sunnah to be part of your very being, his way becomes more than historical truths it becomes a reality that illuminates your everyday life and awakens your heart.

 May Allah allow this month to be a month in which we discover the greatness of our nobel messenger, a month in which we learn to walk to the Divine through the door of Muhammad peace and blessings be upon him Ukhtukum nagheba

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Above are the intention for studying from Imam Abdullah Al-Haddad (RahimuLlah) translated as: All praise to Allah, Lord of the Worlds. And salutations and greetings upon our master Muhammad and upon his family and companions. I intend to study and teach, take and give a reminder, take and give benefit, take and give advantage, to encourage the holding fast to the book of Allah and the way of his messenger, and calling to guidance and directing towards good hoping for the countenance of Allah and His pleasure, proximity and reward, transcendent is He. (Our thanks to www.deenport.com)


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