Who is Prophet Muhammad ﷺ

Below are some short remembrances about the Beloved Prophet ﷺ which were originally written as tweets for the recent Twitter trend ‘#WhoIsMuhammad ﷺ’.

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Prophet Muhammad : The Forgiver: When the people wronged him, he returned it with patience, kindness and a generosity like no other.

Prophet Muhammad : The Cheerful: He would jest and joke with his friends, though never in a hurtful manner. He had a smiling countenance 🙂

Prophet Muhammad : The Helper: He would settle injustices or problems others faced with a profound level of peace, wisdom and fair justice.

Prophet Muhammad : The Friend: He would sit amongst his Companions, share his food & wealth with them, and help them when they were in need.

Prophet Muhammad : The Grandfather: He would seat his young grandsons on his lap whilst delivering a sermon to the Muslims from his pulpit.

Prophet Muhammad : The Father: He would stand up when his daughter Fatima entered the room, give her his seat and kiss her forehead.

Prophet Muhammad : The Advocate of Women’s Rights: He ended the burial of newborn girls in Arabia, and established women’s rights to education.

Prophet Muhammad : The Physician: Prophetic medicine is so vast that it constitutes an entire field of medicine beyond modern science.

Prophet Muhammad : The Conqueror: When he conquered Makkah, all those who had harmed him & his family feared his revenge. He forgave them all.

Prophet Muhammad : The Neighbour: When his elderly neighbour, who’d place thorns on his path everyday, fell critically ill, he took care of her.

Prophet Muhammad : The Lover of Cats: His cat once fell asleep on the robe he wanted to wear. He cut off the sleeve to avoid waking the cat.

Prophet Muhammad : The Advocate of Animal Rights: He forbade animal cruelty, even so camels wouldn’t be overburdened beyond their strength.

His last words were advice for his Ummah. He loved us even before we were born, and we love him without yet seeing him. (Prophet Muhammad )

He commanded justice in every circumstance, for every person. (Prophet Muhammad )

He rejected offers of wealth, power and elite status, and instead preferred humble lodgings and a bed of date-palm fibres. (Prophet Muhammad ﷺ)

He showed respect and generosity to the poor, honour to leaders and the elite, and goodness towards all. (Prophet Muhammad ﷺ)

He ﷺ never insulted nor mocked another person. (Prophet Muhammad ﷺ)

He was generally cheerful. If anything displeased him, he would simply turn away from it or advise gently in regards to it. (Prophet Muhammad ﷺ)

He disapproved of harshness and he himself was always gentle, compassionate and calm. (Prophet Muhammad )

He never complained or showed disgust. He was forbearing, kind and appreciative and always considerate of others’ feelings. (Prophet Muhammad )

He never refused anyone who asked of him, nor did he ever say “No” to them or turn them away empty-handed. (Prophet Muhammad )

If a child began to cry during prayer, he would shorten it out of concern for the mother and her distress. (Prophet Muhammad )

When shaking a person’s hand or embracing them, he would allow them to withdraw first – out of respect. (Prophet Muhammad )

He said, “I have not been sent to curse people but as a Mercy to all mankind.” (Prophet Muhammad )

He never took revenge for himself, instead preferring Mercy, tolerance and patience. (Prophet Muhammad )

He was so trustworthy, those plotting to kill him were the same people who entrusted their wealth to him for safekeeping! (Prophet Muhammad )

Even his enemies were enthralled by his beauty, conduct, honesty and wisdom. His manners and nobility knew no bounds. (Prophet Muhammad )

His generosity was unmatched. The Bedouins would seek his wealth and return saying, “Muhammad is the Generous one!” (Prophet Muhammad )

He was known for his honesty. The Arabs had nicknamed him ‘Al Amin (The Trustworthy)’ even before he announced Prophethood. (Prophet Muhammad )

He loved the poor and kept the grief-stricken close to him. His Mercy extended to all, even those who swore to kill him. (Prophet Muhammad )

He lead a simple life of basic provisions, delighting his heart in prayer and the pleasure of Allah. (Prophet Muhammad )

His speech was pleasant, never harsh, yet concise and to the point. It was beautiful & elegant “like pearls on a necklace”. Prophet Muhammad

Those who saw him from afar were struck by awe of his Beauty; those who neared him loved him more than existence itself. (Prophet Muhammad )

He was always concerned for those around him. (Prophet Muhammad )

“You are the sun, you are the full moon. You are the quintessence of existence, you are the lamp within every breast!” (Prophet Muhammad )

He  spent much time in silent reflection but always made time for his Companions, greeting them with a smile and good cheer. (Prophet Muhammad )

No one was insignificant in his eyes. If someone was absent from his gathering, he’d notice & enquire about their well-being. (Prophet Muhammad )

He ﷺ was the most hospitable host to his guests. He would greet them at the door and see them at the door when they’d leave. (Prophet Muhammad )

He ﷺ accepted every gift out of courtesy. (Prophet Muhammad )

Prophet Muhammad : He is not made praiseworthy by words, but rather words are made praiseworthy by him! He is the Perfect Man .

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Excited about making a new migration to Allahﷻ and His messengerﷺ.

Aisha (RadiAllahu Anha) tells of the time when her father Abu Bakr (RadiAllahu Anhu) was sick on his deathbed. She expressed the excitement that her father felt at being reunited with his only friend, the Blessed Prophet ﷺ.

“One day when my father was on his deathbed, he asked: “What day is it today?”
“Monday”, we told him.

“If I die tonight do not let me wait until tomorrow (to be buried). Because for me, the dearest of days and nights is that which is closest to the Messenger of Allah ﷺ (that is the moment when I will be reunited with him as soon as possible)’ (Ahmad, I, 8).

After the Prophet ﷺ passed away, Abu Bakr (RadiAllahu Anhu) ever felt like a stranger in the world. Now that he was about to die he felt excited about making a new migration to Allahﷻ and His messengerﷺ.

An inclination to love.

The unique and final goal of life is a love through which our souls can find peaceful settlement is Allah the Almighty, who breathed from His soul into ours. Every kind of ephemeral love that is directed to a mistaken object wanders in blind alleys. If our love does not reach Allah, it ends in nothing but exhaustion for the soul.

Our nature and welfare require us to make the love of Allah the center of our lives. Therefore all other transitory loves should build a ladder for us toward divine love. This is a primordial goal of the creation of humanity.

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The shortest way to reach divine love is through the love of the Prophet ﷺ􏰂, the beloved Messenger of Allah. This goal can be achieved by following him in every aspect of life. Our response to him is required by a basic principle of love: a lover must love everything that the beloved loves. Such staunch commitment to Allah’s preferences is the bedrock of loving Allah.

Love of the Prophet ﷺ􏰂 reveals itself through peacefulness in worship, courtesy in personal relations, politeness in morality, ten- derness of heart, radiance of face, spirituality in conversation, and depth of perspective. The only fountain from which all these beauties may be drawn is Prophet Muhammadﷺ.

Indeed, our hearts can fully benefit from the heart of the Prophet 􏰂ﷺ only when we become moths turning around his light. Mawlânâ Jalaluddin Rumi (Alaihi Rahma) gives us several examples of how divine love disseminates into the universe. These examples allow us to measure our love of the Prophetﷺ:

Innumerable moths jump into fire for the sake of love. They flutter in flame and burn, saying in the language of their state, “You become like me!” ….

The candle flames and weeps. It submits itself to the fire and suffers gravely. It gives out light while dissolving in tears. The candle says: “It is useless to spend gold and silver wildly in order to bring yourself profit. If you want spiritual profit, burn and melt like me!”

The Prophet 􏰂ﷺ whom we love dearly wept again and again, repeating “My community, my community!” His love and compas- sion for his community were incomparably stronger than those of a loving and affectionate mother for her children. He was anxious about what his community would be facing on the Day of Judgment, and he suffered much to save his people. He said, “In the way of Allah I was subjected to much suffering that no one had faced before.” (Tirmidhi, Qiyamah 34/2472).

The Prophet 􏰂ﷺ said to the Companions: “Be careful! I am a protection for you on earth while I am alive, and I will continue in my grave. I will keep praying for you to Allah the Almighty, saying ‘My community, my community!’ until the last trump of doom.” (Ali al-Muttaqi, al-Kanz al-Ummah, vol. 14, p. 414).

For the sake of our eternal life, we should truly love the Prophet 􏰂ﷺ more than we love ourselves, since he told us, “A believer will be together with the one he loves.” (Bukhari, Adab 96). All Muslims should show loyalty to the Prophet’s community because of his love for it.. That loyalty is an indicator of how much we love him.

-An Excerpt from the book “Such a mercy he is”

The Prophet of Allah’s ﷺ Beauty of Countenance

The Blessed Prophet ﷺ is a marvel without compare, a beauty of appearance matched by a wonderfully led life. Beyond reach it would be to eloquently describe the Prophet’s ﷺ flawless appearance and existence. As stated by Imam Qurtubi:

“The beauty of the appearance of the Messenger of Allah ﷺ did not fully transpire. Were the entirety of his beauties to be shown candidly, with all their reality, the Companions would not have had to power to gaze at him.” (1)

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Indeed, even among those constantly by the side of the Blessed Prophet ﷺ, there were not many Companions who could stare at his beautiful appearance to their hearts content, held back by their sense of adab. It has even been narrated that all the Companions would habitually lower their gaze while conversing, apart from Hazrat Abu Bakr and Hazrat Omar, supposedly the only two to have ever made eye contact with the Prophet ﷺ; with glowing smiles they would stare at the Noble Messenger , who would amiably reciprocate. (Tirmdhi, Manaqib, 16/3668)

This is amply described, in his elderly years, by Amr ibn As ( رضي الله عنه‎), who made his mark in history as the Conqueror of Egypt:

“Though I spent a lot of time next to the Messenger of Allah ﷺ, the shyness I was overcome with in his presence and the immense feeling of reverence deep inside always prevented me from lifting my head and staring at his sacred and beautiful face to my heart’s pleasure. If they were to ask me, right now, to describe the appearance of the Messenger of Allah, believe me, I could not.” (Muslim, Iman, 192)(2)

Intimating dependability and trust to those around, the Prophet’s ﷺ face was the cleanest and most handsome of all. Upon hearing of his arrival in Medina, the curious Abdullah ibn Salam, then a Jewish scholar, visited the Prophet ﷺ, and after a fleeting look at his countenance, remarked:

“Such a face can never lie”, and immediately became a Muslim there and then. (Tirmidhi, Qiyamah, 42/2485; Ahmad, V, 451)

Endowed with an immense degree of beauty, awe inspiring majesty and a dazzling elegance, he really needed neither an extra proof, nor a miracle to prove the truth of him being the Prophet of Allah.

Whenever the Blessed Prophet ﷺ was displeasured, and likewise whenever he was pleased, one could immediately see it in his expression.

His ﷺ pure body had embodied an intense vigor, a strong sense of haya and a rigorous determination. As for the depth of the sensitivity of his heart, it is impossible to articulate.

A lovely light radiated from his ﷺ face; there was a graceful flow in his speech, elegance in his every move, an extraordi- nary power of expression, and a supreme eloquence in every word that spilled from his tongue.


(1) AliYardım,Peygamberimiz’inŞemâil,İstanbul,1998,p.49.

(2) Also see, Ahmad ibn Hanbal, al-Musnad, Istanbul 1992, IV, 199.
-An Excerpt from “The Exemplar Beyond Compare Muhammad Mustafa ﷺ

Believers…Remember Allah plentifully

Understood from the retreat and seclusion of the Blessed Prophetﷺ at the Cave of Hira and many an itikaf he regularly performed during the later years of his life, is the fact that no matter how great a deed one may perform, spiritual perfection will forever remain out of reach short of retreating to seclusion to call the self into account and contemplate the flow of Divine Power vibrant throughout the universe. This is a minimum requirement for all Muslims. As for those set to become guides for the rest, they need to spare even more time for contemplation and reflecting on the self.

From the first verse to the very last, the Sacred Quran trains one in the art of contemplation, instilling servanthood to the Lord at the center of all thought. Only then does faith become an intrinsic identity, prompting one to seek the pleasure of the Almighty at all times and places. And with the manifestations, through wisdom, of the flow of Divine Splendor and Power in the heart, the servant gradually gains greater proximity to the Lord, attaining the ultimate aim.

Among the most vital aspects for a Believer is muhabbetullah, the love of Allahﷻ. After faith, the most important catalyst for gaining Divine Love is through constant contemplation of His blessings and grace, deliberating over His Majesty and Power and then incessantly remembering and invoking Him with the heart and tongue; (“Believers…Remember Allah plentifully” (al-Ahzâb, 41)). To realize these states in the truest sense of the word can be achieved only through protecting the heart from the pomp and concern of the world by retreating to seclusion.

Muhabbetullah: Pleading the Almighty for His Love in his prayers, the Blessed Prophetﷺ would pray:

“Allah! I ask you for Your Love, the love of those whom You love and the deeds that will lead to Your Love! Allah! Make Your Love dearer to me than myself, my family, my possessions and even cold water!” (Tirmidhi, Daawat, 72)

One thing needs to be brought to attention here, that is to say, what is intended by KHALWAT or retreating to seclusion here is not fleeing all together from the community and taking up permanent residence in caves, mountains or remote dwellings. Such a move would run counter to the practice of the Blessed Prophetﷺ and his Companions.

One only needs to be reminded of the words of the Prophetﷺ himself:

“A Muslim who lives in the community and endures the torment that comes with it is of greater virtue that he who stays remote from them and their distress.” (Tirmidhi, Qiyamat, 55)

Many activities of the Noble Prophet ﷺ, from shepherding to taking active part in the Fijar Battles and the Hilf’ul-Fudul guild, his business endeavors, and his assistance in the rebuilding of the Kaabah, testify to his lively presence in society even before his advent as prophet. A part of all the virtuous activities of his society, the Blessed Prophet ﷺ equally made sure to stay away from their vices, never crossing paths with them.

The essence of retreating into seclusion is to improve one’s condition. To become cured, medicine must be taken on time at the right amount. Taken excessively, it is sure to procure harm instead of remedy. (Bûtî, p. 79-82.)

-An Excerpt from chapter one of “THE PROPHET MUHAMMAD MUSTAFA THE ELECT ﷺ”

Follow me – ‘fa-ttabi’ūnī’ – and Allah Almighty will love you…..

It is not only a claim, to say ‘I love Allah.’ It is not finished. You must also ask if Allah loves you or not, and what is the sign? Allah Almighty is saying; Say, O my Beloved Servant, Most Distinguished Prophetﷺ, tell them if you are true in (your claim) that you love Allah, then follow me – ‘fa-ttabi’ūnī’ – and Allah Almighty will love you. (3:31)

If anyone leaves out Sayyidina Muḥammadﷺ Habib-ullah, and takes a way according to his mind, his desires, no love from Allah to him. That is the condition. You must follow the Beloved of Allahﷺ, and Allah has promised, then He will love you. That is a mirror to you, look and see; don’t be in doubt if Allah loves you or not – look in the mirror and you will know. Even the Sahaba (may Allah be pleased with them) were so careful to step where the Prophetﷺ stepped! How should other actions be for them? Every action, every movement that is opposite to Prophet’sﷺ actions is thrown away. ‘Man ḥamala ’alaynā as-silāḥ fa-laysa minnā.’ (He who carries a weapon against us is not one of us.) That is a ḥadīth from the Prophetﷺ. Shooting is not only by bullets and arrows; anything that you are pulling against the Prophet’sﷺ advice means you are fighting against him.

― Mawlana Shaykh Nazim ‘Adil (ḥafidhahullah ta’ala)

Ya Rasul’Allahﷺ

Our religion is a religion of LOVE….

“Our religion is a religion of LOVE in the first place. Love of Allah Ta’ala, Love of Rasoolulllah, sallallahu Ta’ala alayhi wa aalihi wa sallam, love of doing good, love of people, love of parents, love of children, love of neighbors, etc..love, love, love. No love = No Deen, as simple as that. Being a good Muslim doesn’t depend on knowledge you amass -as much-, race, color, culture, “holy” clothing you wear, “holy” self-proclaimed titles, or political views. It depends on how YOU treat OTHER than you; The Creator and the creation. Also if you don’t love for other human beings (regardless of creed, political view and background) what you love for yourself, then there is an essential problem in your very Iman. The merchants of hate and violence, even when they portray themselves as the “official and exclusive” spokespeople of Islam or “Sunnah”, dish out poison, not Deen. Islam is not a Deen of hate but of Love, mercy and unconditional compassion. Rest assured; Allah Ta’ala is much more compassionate, forgiving & merciful than all the “experts” in or “scholars” of the Deen (religion) put together. Today we have clerics -instantly- and without any experience or track record, turned into politicians as well, and started issuing Fatwa’s of violence against their political enemies. Our religion was always about giving life, not death to others. It was never about “Fatwa”, but was and is always about “Taqwa”.

The Religion itself is much easier and simpler than the strict rituals of the “religious”. The “official” spokesmen of the Deen are plenty!! making you feel as if Malik (Hellfire gatekeeper) is their employee, and Ridwan (Jannah gatekeeper) is them in person. Those who call you to hate or violate, are callers of Satan and to him, not to Allah Ta’ala or Islam. The term “Ulama-u-Su’ ” or (Errant Scholars) is a term usually used to describe scholars keen to please powerful governments/regimes and give them what they’d like to hear on the account of principles of Haqq, but equally so includes scholars/ preachers keen to please the populous and masses, cater to them, mobilize and ride on the wave of their innocent Deeni emotions of he masses on account of principles of Haqq.

I call you to search for the truths and question truths offered to you, for no truth can contradict the Wahi (Qur’an and authentic Sunnah). I call you to Love; for love heals.

Treat yourself and others with knowledge, humility and love. But Love itself is also a form of Rizq (sustenance from heavens/provisions granted by Allah). Don’t you see the Prophet -Sallallahu Ta’ala alayhi wa aalihi wa sallam- saying about Sayyidatuna Khadija al-Kubra: “I was granted the Rizq of her love” . So seek love just like you seek other forms of Rizq. Learn how to, aspire to, dream of, and be with those who love. The enemy of Islam is: ignorance and the culture and cults of hate.

The Saved Sect (al-Firqah al-Najiyah) Hadith -which is less than Sahih in my view- does not in anyway give any one group/cult the exclusive keys to Jannah, The Qur’an & authentic Sunnah do. The Saved Sect (al-Firqah al-Najiyah) is not the one seeking to lock up all other sects in Hell fire, but the one struggling to save them and all others. Such claims of guaranteed exclusivity to the right of salvation is nothing new, see Surah Al-Ma’ida #18, and the answer to it is beautiful and simple in Surah Al-Nis’a #124.

A good Muslim is a good human being in the first place. In summary; The Beloved sent the beloved out of love to teach love with love for the sake of love. And love does not have limits, for true love collapses all limits, not establishes them. O’Allah; empty my heart from all distractions taking me away from You, forgive me and fill my heart with Your Love.”
-Sayyidi Shaykh Dr. Muhammad bin Yahya al-Husayni al-Ninowy الشيخ د. محمد النينوي (May 2014)

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