This topic was delivered by Shaykh Walead Mosaad in Dewsbury on 25th February 2012.
In the Name of Allah, Most Merciful and Compassionate
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.
Remembrance of RasulAllah, peace be upon him, is constant. We can’t give him his due for what has come and what is hidden. Without him, we wouldn’t know. We can’t fathom that but in essence as asked by Allah in Qur’an, we emulate and follow him. Half our iman (faith) is following and believing in him, peace and blessings be upon him.
Worship is that your ambitions, desires and aspirations turn to Allah. You negate and the affirm – Ash-hadu La ila ha il Allah
Allah (Exalted is He) didn’t show us how to worship except by illustrating it. You also bear witness that Muhammad is a Slave, Prophet and Messenger of Allah. This is beyond just belief.
Ash-hadu is a renewal of your faith. It’s a mudhara verb. He still is and will always be the message of Allah. His Risalah is continuous. Our embodiment of that risalah is continuous. It’s one thing practising deen for yourself, it’s a whole new thing for generations to come.
All means are there so that the Muhammadan light is established within us. Our dhikr can’t stop with our tongues. Are we living the meanings that Muhammad, peace be upon him, was living? Are you living what the Sahaba, may Allah be pleased with them, lived? Are we living that tawba?
If you see with the eye, smell with the nose, hear with ears, touch with hands and taste with mouth, you’re not feeling anything. That is a third of ilm, and even then that’s generous. Real ilm is that which is revealed by God. Your senses can deceive you. The wahi from Allah counts. How do we go about living these meanings?
Imam Ahmad Zarruq: “Stand where they stood, then start moving.
We have inherited much from our predecessors.
Every prayer for the Sahaba was different, they were being raised. They had the best Murabbi. He gave tarbiyah just by looking at his blessed countenance. They’ve inherited a small portion from Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him. It’s due to the virtue of their sidq and turning to Allah (Exalted is He), and the only way to Allah (Exalted is He) is through Muhammad, peace be upon him.
All doors are closed except the door of Muhammad, peace be upon him.
You should embody the Seerah.
‘A’isha reported that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, used to pray at night until his feet became cracked. “I said to him, ‘Why do you do this. Messenger of Allah, when Allah has forgiven you all your past and future wrong actions?’ He said, ‘Do I not want to be a grateful slave?’ – [Agreed upon. This is the variant of al-Bukhari]
Would we know shukr (gratitude) without him, peace be upon him?
You can’t really praise Allah and give Him His due.
Realising you can’t understand is understanding. – Abu Bakr (May Allah be well-pleased with him)
Once Allah (Exalted is He) puts you reliant on yourself, you’ll find nothing more difficult.
My Lord is the one who nurtured me and gave me the best form of adab. – Prophetic Tradition
Look at his character in Ta’if. A few short months later, he was granted the Isra ‘al Mi’raj.
He was the one who when his companions needed water, water would run through his fingers and their thirst would be extinguished. He was the one who would tie stones to his stomach. Endless peace and blessings be upon him.
These meanings are meanings to do with the heart, the state of the heart than anything else. Muhammad, peace be upon him, came for the rectification of hearts not physical bodies. When you are put in the ground, the only thing that will remain is the meaning of who you are and that meaning is embodied in the heart. Allah knows what is best for our hearts. Who would remember if the physical body was perfect? The dunya is just a passing-through phase, not where we settle.
The heart which is alive, is alive through the dhikr of Allah. When it is dead, you are not bothered with your obedience. A healthy heart feels remorse and longs to rectify when it makes a mistake.
Any mistakes, errors or misinterpretations of words are from me. Please correct me when you spot any mistakes