Back again with the Islamic bookclub! I’ll post a summary of each chapter of an Islamic book I’m reading, so you get the rundown without ever picking it up!
This is all about the Prophet…
Being Muslim: A Practical Guide by Asad Tarsin
In Islam, the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ is seen as both a role model and a lawgiver.
Because the Prophet ﷺ is seen as a complete human, he is looked at to see how to behave in certain situations.
There are many ways Muslims follow the example of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ:
“His Way has guided Muslims for centuries, for he not only brought divine guidance, but personified it, standing eternally as a model of human perfection for any to follow [pg. 121].”
In the Quran, you notice how often God ﷺ directly talks to Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, guiding his actions and thoughts. God ﷺ sent Prophet Muhammad ﷺ the revelation, on many forms and levels. This helped the Prophet ﷺ gain knowledge of what God allows and doesn’t.
Since God ﷺ gave the Prophet ﷺ His protection over him, “which makes him incapable of making mistakes in conveying, obeying, and perfectly embodying God’s message [pg. 122]” scholars, companions of the Prophet ﷺ have worked hard on verifying and protecting his words and actions in history. These accounts are known as narration (hadith). They give us detail about his life, in public and in private.
“In them he warns his followers directly about the pitfalls into which previous religious communities had fallen, those who altered their religion and freely changed its fundamentals. To prevent this, Prophet Muhammad ﷺ forbade his followers to change the religion through the introduction of what is called innovations (bid’ah) [pg. 122].”
Condemnable bid’ah is bringing in a teaching or practice into the religion with no prior basis or foundation. “For example, it would be condemnable bid’ah to attempt to reduce to number of salah, since this is a fundamental component of the religion. It would be permissible bid’ah, on the other hand, for someone to write his own du’a and bid’ah, since their forms are not essential foundations of the religion, and the acts of du’a and invoking God have a basis in shariah [pg.122-123].”
Loving the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ will affect your destination in the afterlife (akhirah).
“A man once came to the Prophet ﷺ and asked him when the Day of Judgement will come. Since he was asking such a momentous event–when we placed before the Almighty and held to account–the Prophet replied, ‘What have you done in preparation for it?‘ The Prophet ﷺ wanted to teach that one should not be concerned about when the Last Day would be, but rather about how to prepare for the momentous meeting with the Almighty Himself.
There is a quote from the Prophet ﷺ that says, “You will be with the one you love,” which means we should be careful with our adorations.
Throughout the years, people have been using poetry and songs to express their love for Prophet Muhammad ﷺ.
Sending blessings onto the Prophet are essential in a Muslim’s life. The ability to do this is a gift to us from God ﷺ. Sending blessings connects us to divine grace and has been treasured for centuries.
“The companions (sahabah) of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ asked him about the manner in which they should send blessings (salawat) upon him. In response, he taught them the Abrahamic Prayer, which we recite in salah:
O God: Send blessings upon Muhammad, and the family of Muhammad, as you have sent blessings upon Abraham (Ibrahim), and the family of Abraham. O God: Bless Muhammad, and the family of Muhammad, and you blessed Abraham, and the family of Abraham. In all the worlds, surely, You are the Praised, the All-Glorious [pg. 129-130].”
You can also perform dhikr:
“Allahumma salli was sallim ‘ala sayyidina Muhammad wa ‘ala alih!”
“(God: Bless and send peace upon our Master, Muhammad and his family!)”
There are many benefits to sending salawat:
Read More Being Muslim Chapters!
Buy the book here!