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Ways to be Near the Prophet

May 7, 2009

Bismillah

He came during a time of darkness and spread, by the will of Allah, light upon the land.

Fast forward 1,429 years later, and here we are with hardly any knowledge of him sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam. We have lost our chance to be with the Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam in this dunya, so let us not loose our chance in the hereafter.

In many ahadeeth, the Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam mentions ways that we can be near to him by doing certain deeds.

How can we achieve nearness to him alayhi salaatu wa salaam?

1- Sending salawaat on him sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam.

Ibn Mas`ud (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam said: “The people who will be nearest to me on the Day of Resurrection will be those who supplicate Allah more often for me.” (At-Tirmidhi).

Imam Nawawi states:Nearest to me'” signifies “those who are most entitled to my intercession”. Thus, this Hadeeth has also an inducement for very frequent recitation of Salat on the Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam.

The best day to send salawaat are on Friday, the Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam said:Among the best of your days is Friday; so supplicate Allah more often for me in it , for your supplications will be displayed to me.” He was asked: “O Messenger of Allah! How will our blessings be displayed to you when your decayed body will have mixed with the earth?” He sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam replied, “Allah has prohibited the earth from consuming the bodies of the Prophets.” (Abu Dawood)

How do you send salawaat? The Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam taught us this also: Say: `Allahumma salli `ala Muhammadin, wa `ala `ali Muhammadin, kama sallaita `ala `ali Ibrahima, innaka Hamidum Majid. Allahumma barik `ala Muhammadin, wa `ala `ali Muhammadin, kama barakta `ala `ali Ibrahima, innaka Hamidum Majid [O Allah, exalt the mention of Muhammad and the family of Muhammad as you exalted the family of Ibrahim. You are Praised and Glorious. O Allah, bless Muhammad and the family of Muhammad as You blessed the family of Ibrahim. You are Praised and Glorious.”’ (Bukhari and Muslim)

2- Helping the orphans

Sahl bin Sa`d (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam said, “I will be like this in Jannah with the person who takes care of an orphan”. Messenger of Allah sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam raised his forefinger and middle finger by way of  illustration. (Al-Bukhari)

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam  said, “He who takes care of an orphan, whether he is his relative or a stranger, will be in Jannah with me like these two”. The narrator, Malik bin Anas raised his forefinger and middle finger for illustration. (Muslim)

3-Supporting two girls until maturity

Anas (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam said, “Whoever supports two girls till they attain maturity, he and I will come on the Day of Resurrection like this”. Messenger of Allah sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam joined his fingers illustrating this. (Muslim)

4- Increasing your prostrations

Rabi`ah bin Ka`b Al-Aslami (May Allah be pleased with him, a servant of the Messenger of Allah and also one of the people of As-Suffah) said: I used to spend my night in the company of Messenger of Allah sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam and used to put up water for his ablutions. One day he said to me, “Ask something of me.” I said: “I request for your companionship in Jannah”. He inquired, “Is there anything else?” I said, “That is all.” He said, “Then help me in your request by multiplying your prostrations”. (Muslim)
Imam Nawawi states: This Hadeeth evidently shows the importance of good actions and faithful following of the practice of the Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam. Leave others alone, in the absence of these two, even such people will not be close to the Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam who used to be all the time with him. It is not difficult to visualize the fate of those who neither perform good deeds nor follow in the footsteps of the Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam.

5- Staying upon his sunnah

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam went to the (Baqi`) cemetery and said, “May you be secured from punishment, O dwellers of abode of the believers! We, if Allah wills, will follow you. I wish we see my brothers.” The Companions said, “O Messenger of Allah! Are not we your brothers?” He sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam said, “You are my Companions, but my brothers are those who have not come into the world yet.” They said; “O Messenger of Allah! How will you recognize those of your Ummah who are not born yet?” He sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam said, “Say, if a man has white-footed horses with white foreheads among horses which are pure black, will he not recognize his own horses?” They said; “Certainly, O Messenger of Allah!” He sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam said, “They (my followers) will come with bright faces and white limbs because of Wudu’; and I will arrive at the Haud (Al-Kauthar) ahead of them.” (Muslim)

6-Having good character

The Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam “Those who are most beloved to me, and the closest to me in the Hereafter, are those who have the best akhlaaq (character) amongst you.” These are the people that will have the, “closest seats to me.” (Hasan according to Shaykh Albaani)

7- Loving him alayhi wa salaatu wa salaam

Rasul Allah sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam stated, “A man will be with whom he loves.” (Bukhari and Muslim)

‘Abdullah bin Mas’ud (May Allah be pleased with him) narrated: A man came to Allah’s Apostle and said, “O Allah’s Apostle! What do you say about a man wh0 loves some people but cannot catch up with their good deeds?” Allah’s Apostle said, “Everyone will be witthose whom he loves.” (Bukhari)

SubhanAllah, if there’s one hadeeth that gives us hope, it should be this one.

Anas (May Allah be pleased with him) mentions in relation to this hadeeth; “There was nothing which made us (the Sahaba) happier in this world than to hear this (because of their love for the Messenger of Allah sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam).” (Muslim)

May Allah ta’ala allow us to be close to His Prophet in the aakhirah and in his company in Firdaws. Ameen.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. A.A. permalink
    May 8, 2009 5:07 am

    Assalaamoalaikum Sister,

    Jazaki Allahu khairan for these ahadith that draw us back to our beloved Prohpet (S). May Allah grant us all the tawfiq to do deeds that help us earn his company in the heereafter. ameen.

  2. Halimah permalink
    May 8, 2009 11:47 am

    Assalaamu ‘alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu dear sister Amatullah.
    Jazaaki Allahu khairan.
    Allahumma salli ‘alaa Muhammad wa’alaa ‘ali Muhammad kama sallaita a’laa Ibrahim wa’alaa ‘ali Ibrahim, innaka Hamidun Majid, wabaarik ‘alaa Muhammad wa’ala ‘ali Muhammad kama baarakta ‘alaa Ibrahim wa’ala ‘ali Ibrahim, innaka Hamidun Majid.
    May Allah grants your du’a and A.A’s du’a, Ameen.

  3. Bilal permalink
    May 8, 2009 11:48 am

    Jazakallah Khair.

  4. May 9, 2009 5:06 am

    JazakAllah for such a great post..

    Keep up all the good work.

    Wasallam.

  5. May 10, 2009 2:02 am

    wa alaykum salam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

    wa iyyakum jamee’an. Ameen to the duaas.

  6. May 10, 2009 10:07 am

    JazakAllahkhair for this wonderful write-up.

    btw, the new template looks beautiful and refreshing.

  7. May 10, 2009 7:58 pm

    wa iyyaki SL🙂 Alhamdulillah I like the new look too…I have to make it nice and summery🙂 I might change it a few more times, I like experimenting.

  8. May 10, 2009 8:54 pm

    Mashallah!
    Shukran…it is indeed beautiful 2 be reminded of thses things.

  9. shabbir permalink
    June 28, 2009 8:27 pm

    Assalamualaikum.
    Very Kind of you to post the Hadith.
    From time to time, we need brothers who awaken us from our slumber to remember the true aim of this life.
    May Allah SWT help us all,
    JazakAllah kheir,
    shabbir

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