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    Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem

    Love for the Prophet (saw) is to follow His Path

    Loving the Prophet (saw) would mean to follow His path (Islam). Often the Muslims would restrict the Sunnah of our beloved Messenger (saw) to their personal development such as voluntary fasting (Mondays & Thursdays), offering recommended prayers such as Tahajjud, mentioning certain Tasbih after Salah, eating with the right hand etc. They would even prioritise these over other aspects of Islam such as the work towards the practical implementation of Islam in a society, enjoining the good and forbidding of the evil.

    Although all this is from the Sunnah and it is highly beneficial that we follow these teachings with great care and importance, however, when Allah (swt) orders us to follow the Messenger (saw) He is ordering us to follow the path of Muhammad (saw) and not just follow a handful of teachings while the life and the struggle of Muhammad (saw) which was to make “Islam superior over all religions” (TMQ, 9:33) remains recorded in the Books of Seerah which is then studied as a subject of History.

    Allah Almighty says:
    Say, [O Muhammad], "If you should love Allah, then follow me, [so] Allah will love you and forgive you your sins. And Allah is Forgiving and Merciful."
    (TMQ, 3:31)

    (This was revealed because some people claimed they loved the Messenger and Allah decided to test them)

    It would be a serious failure on our behalf if we (the Muslims) assume that increasing the recommended actions such as those mentioned above while we are neglectful of the wider responsibilities towards the welfare of the Ummah and Islam would somehow amount to “love for the Messenger (saw)”.

    Imam Ibn Qayyim (RH) said: "The Shaitan has misled most people by beautifying for them the performance of certain voluntary acts of worship such as voluntary prayers and voluntary fasting while neglecting other obligatory acts of worship such as enjoining the good and eradicating the evil, to the extent that they do not even make the intention of performing them....For the essence of our religion is to perform what Allah (swt) ordered us to do.

    The Prophet (saw) said: “Would any of you think, reclining on his couch, that Allah would only describe what is forbidden in the Quran? I tell you, by Allah, that I have warned and commanded and prohibited things that are as important as what is in the Quran, if not more so.” (Abu Dawud).

    As for Sunnah, it linguistically, means a path or a way. As a juristic term “Sunnah” has different meanings to various disciplines of the Islamic culture.

    To the Ulema of Hadith: Sunnah refers to all that is narrated from the Prophet (saw), his acts, his sayings, whatever he has tacitly approved, and all the reports that describe his physical attributes and character.

    To the Ulema of Fiqh (Jurisprudence): Sunnah refers to the category of Mandub or Nafilah. In this sense, Sunnah is used synonymously with Mandub. As an example, praying extra prayers or fasting extra days other than in Ramadan is Mandub or Nafilah.

    To the Ulema of Usul al-Fiqh: Sunnah refers to another source of Shari‟ah along with the Qur‟an. Thus, in the usage of Usul al-Fiqh, one might say that fasting days other than in Ramadan is from Sunnah, denoting that the Sunnah has validated this ruling.

    “O you who believe! Answer Allah (by obeying Him) and (His) Messenger when he calls you to that which will give you life . . .” [al-Anfaal 8:24]

    20/02/2015

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    Salam brother Abdul Basit
    GAK for this very good article, there are so many Muslims misguided by what Islam stands for, and think performing ibadat is the ultimate
    goal. In fact the Islamic creed is a political creed from which emanates a comprehensive system for our life. The most important step is to
    make Muslims understand this fact. The west succeeded to conquer the Muslims when they managed to separate the Muslims from their creed.

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