(an Arabic word for sincere
advice. In the words of the Holy Prophet- May the Blessings of Allah be upon
him and Peace - " A Deen [or religion] is sincere advice.")
That includes 124,000 Prophets and
Messengers of Allah (God) - may the Blessings of Allah be upon them and
Peace - and great Teachers from the Divine who came to show us the way of
returning to the Source. The essence of the message is basically the
same throughout the ages but the method has been improved by each emissary,
who we call a prophet and messenger of God.
It is the responsibility of every
man and woman to take stock of themselves. Do not blame your parents, or your
personality, or society, or your geographical location in this world, or your so-called
karma or anybody else, for what you are.
Wa ma tawfi'iq illa billah
From the Preface to
By F.A. Murshid Ali ElSenossi
F. A. Murshid Ali
began his journey in
this world in North Africa in the late 1940s. His family has a long history of
connection to the Sufi Path (Tasawwuf).
Within Sufism why is so much emphasis
placed on love of the Holy Prophet ?
The following talk given at the Almiraj Sufi & Islamic Study Centre will provide clarification.
Allah (swt) teaches us in the Quran about the greatness and importance of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw). Complete and total submission in Love to Rasul Allah (saw), is absolutely necessary to achieve success in the spiritual journey. Allah and His Angels continually send salutations upon the Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) and we also should excel in giving salutations of peace and blessings upon him.
Allah (swt) addresses the Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) in the text of the Quran, saying "Say to them : If you claim that you love Allah, then follow me. Then Allah will love you". In order to gain the love of Allah (swt), we must take the steps necessary to embody the love of our Prophet Muhammad (saw) to such an extent that it penetrates every atom of our being and colours our life, our thinking and our daily affairs. The Holy Prophet (saw) said "I have been sent to complete the etiquette (adab) and he also said Your religion is conduct. Part of religion is worship. You could compare worship (ibadah) to a tree and its fruit to conduct (muamalah). No one becomes a true believer until ones desires are in accordance with the wishes of the Holy Prophet. Here we need to examine ourselves thoroughly to see whether our desires and our actions are in accordance with the teaching of our Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw).
The problems and upheavals in the
modern world are unique. Every nation on the Earth is boiling over with difficulties.
There are no easy solutions to all of these problems, but the solution is in
the purity of the Islamic teaching and with Muslims who are awake and conscious of this
responsibility. The book of Allah (swt) contains everything that we need. The mystery and
enlightenment of the Quran are found within the Universal Man, the Holy Prophet (may peace
and blessings of Allah be upon him).
The perfect solution for humanity is found within the esoteric teaching and the Science of Prophethood within Islam. The teaching of Muhammad (saw) will once again come alive in all nations. Rasul Allah (saw) said Islam will enter every house. Not through television or other media, but through active teaching.
We must ask ourselves as Muslims - Do we really love the Prophet Muhammad more than our children, our businesses and our families? This is what is required from us if we truly desire success in this life and the life to come.
One of the Companions of the Prophet, Omar ibn al Khattab, said to him "Oh Rasul Allah, I love you more than anything except myself". Muhammad (saw) replied to him "Oh Omar, you cannot be a true believer until you love me more than yourself". Omar immediately replied "Oh Muhammad, then I love you more than anything, even my own self". At this, the Prophet laid his hands on Omars heart and said "Now; now you are a true believer".
Once you completely surrender to the love and teaching of Muhammad (saw), then you become a true believer, when this love permeates your very being, right down to your atoms - then - success is yours.
When we are physically ill, we go to the doctor. We follow his directions explicitly, to the minutest detail - even if it includes getting up in the night to take the prescribed medicine. When we are unwell, the regaining of our health becomes like a religion to us and we would go to the ends of the Earth if we had to.
However, when we open a book which contains the prescriptions of the Holy Prophet (saw) to cure our spiritual sickness, we are unable to hear or see. We say, InshaAllah later on perhaps, when Im older. We do not have a contract with Allah (swt) which states that we will live until we are 70 or 80 years old. We live our lives as if they will continue forever. In the time of the Prophet (saw), the Companions were concerned about their brothers if they went to sleep at night without writing their will and tucking it under their pillow. Their awareness of death was much higher than ours and they knew that they did not have a guarantee that they would wake up in the morning. Today, we dont write wills, we take out life insurance just in case. Death seems so far removed from us, we rarely give it any thought. Until it comes to us suddenly and we begin to say "Oh Allah, send me back, so that I may do some good deeds".(as mentioned in the Holy Quran). Allah says "Alas,it is only a word that they say".
We dont get a second chance, so the opportunity we are given in this life is very important. To be lucky enough to accept the message and then to become one of the Mahdi (rightly guided ones) who will guide others to Allah is an enormous gift and blessing from Allah (swt).
There are so many different interpretations of the coming of the Mahdi and Christ. With everything there is the inner and the outer. One is the universal concept and one concerns us as individuals. Whats important for us on an inner level is the Hadith which says that the Dajjal (Anitchrist) will enter every town except for Mecca and Medina. Mecca and Medina are analogous to the Heart and the Spirit. The word Dajjal in Arabic means to mislead or the one who misleads. In this case, the Antichrist is analogous to the Nafs (or lower self). There is no need to wait for the end of time for the Dajjal to come - take the opportunity to work on your own self, your inner dajjal now.
In the writings concerning the end of time, it is also said that Gog and Magog will come out and drink all the water, and destroy a great part of the Earth. The Gog and Magog are representative of the bad thoughts which eat up all the good things that we think about Allah (swt).
So, the Anitichrist is your ego self, bad thoughts are your Gog and Magog and your Heart is the Mahdi. If your heart becomes surrendered to the teaching of Rasul Allah (saw), the Mahdi within you comes alive and becomes the rightly guided one.
Allah (swt) said "Neither My Heavens or My Earth contain Me, but the Heart of My believing slave contains Me" . If our heart is on the right track and headed in the right direction, then it will guide us to our destiny - which is nearness to Allah (swt).
My dear brothers and sisters, please remember that Allah (swt) gives us a great blessing when He places in our hearts love of the Quran and the certainty that the Quran is the Word of God. Our salvation is in the Quran. We must also understand that in order to reach the doors of the Quran, we must follow in the footsteps of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw). We should set aside time in our daily lives not only for salutations upon the Prophet (saw), but to try and embody the life and etiquette of his message. He was the master of correct behaviour and a walking example of the Quran.
What the world needs today is proper conduct. The Prophet (saw) said that the time would come when an honest man would be very hard to find. In todays society, honesty has all but disappeared.
What we need is a return to the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (saw). This prescription contains everything that we need to heal the worlds difficulties and all of the diseases of the self that we see today.
To be modernised, you can follow any of the teachings of today, but to be civilised , you must follow the teaching of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw), the Perfect Master of Mankind - the One that Allah sent as a Mercy to the Worlds.
We ask Allah (swt) to grant us nearness to Him and to fill our hearts with the love of Rasul Allah (saw), the love of his teaching and the love of his example. We ask Allah to make us into one of those who will guide others to the teaching of Muhammad , the Prophet of Allah (saw).
There is no success except in the following of Rasul Allah. We ask Allah (swt) to take us by the hand and guide us to his Love, InshaAllah. May Allah forgive us and guide us to Him. Alhamdulillahi Rabbil Alameen.