O Prophet of Allah, where shall I
find the source of my adoration for you? I
have memorized hundreds of your sayings since my youth, taught your seerah
(example) to numerous students, grown a beard, used the miswaaq,
sang and proudly taught others odes (qasidahs)
in praise of you. But I did not find you
in these rituals nor did any of these make me any more like you; rather
they merely flung me into the fray of insignificant debates in the arena of so
many of the sunnahless Muslims who see
your sunnah only as an endless array
of harsh laws and practices or as some justification for their cultural
tendencies. O Allah, save me from
being of those who consider the sunnah of Thy beloved as being expressed only through aimless
imitations and who know Thy Prophet only as a conveyor of commands and warnings.
O Prophet of Allah, I did not truly
find you in the books of fatawa (religious
edicts), nor in grand seminars and conferences throughout the world, and
certainly not in the harsh arguments between groups proclaiming mutually
exclusive rights over you.
I found my source of adoration for
you in the love and respect that the Almighty has proclaimed for you; in the
honor that He bestowed upon you; in His confirmation of you as "the
ultimate exemplar"; "seal of Prophets" and "mercy
unto all existence". Allah has
elevated the very memory of you and has made His boundless love accessible
through obedience to you.
I catch but a dimension of you
through the instances of compassion you extended to others; how you played with
the poor orphaned boy when other children refused to play with him, how you
prolonged your prostration out of consideration that your change in posture may
inconvenience or hurt your beloved
grandson who had climbed on your back; how you commanded your army away from
the anthill in order not to disrupt the ants' activities; how you blessed with
Paradise the sinful woman for saving the life of a cat by making the water of
the well accessible with her shoes; how you intervened and prevented a man from
abusing his wife by teaching him that "the best of men are those who treat their
wives the best"; how you patched your clothes, mended your shoes and did your
daily household chores; how you wrestled with your nephew and raced with your
wife; how you joked with the kids and carried the baggage of the elderly; how
you hosted the Christians of Najran in
your mosque and stood up to honor the bier of a Jew.
O Prophet of Allah, why is it that so many of us who
claim to be of you refuse to be like you.
We sing for you and dress like you, but do not come near fulfilling the
expression of love, care and beauty that generated from yourself. Why is it that we see in you that which suits our cultural,
organizational and chauvinistic interests, yet ignore the essence of what is
essential to your being. Others who
are not of you proclaim the multi-dimensional and multi-faceted nature of your
personality of Muhammad is most difficult to get the whole truth of it.
Only a glimpse of him I can catch. What
dramatic succession of picturesque scenes?
There is Muhammad the Prophet; there is Muhammad the General; Muhammad
the King; Muhammad the Warrior; Muhammad the Businessman; Muhammad the Preacher;
Muhammad the Philosopher; Muhammad the Statesman; Muhammad the Orator; Muhammad
the Reformer; Muhammad the Refuge of Orphans; Muhammad the Protector of Slaves;
Muhammad the Emancipator of Women;
Muhammad the Judge; Muhammad the Saint.. In
all these magnificent roles and in all these departments of human activities he
is equally a hero." (Professor Ramakrishna Rao). O Prophet! Your life-example is
an integrated biography, history and law; it is above all a model of excellence.
O Prophet of Allah, you have
certainly been adored by many much more worthy than I.
Yet, neither the inability to capture my appreciation of you with the
eloquence of poets nor my weakness as
a believer debars me from qualifying as one who adores you; for in the
commemoration of your being do I find the dignity and honor of my existence.
Sadullah Khan is the
Director of Impower Development International www.impowerinternational.com
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