Fragments from the universality of the Believer

Dear believers! In our daily life we always tend to value only the deeds we think are important and leave aside the secondary ones. This is not an indication of a person who equipped with wisdom and rounded up in Islam. Some deeds, which at first glance seem ordinary to us, to God, may have a significant weight. Let us take for example the character of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). He was a devoted man who considered not only the exceptional deeds to be important, but the ordinary ones as well. He cared not only about those individuals who were considered important in the society, but also those who were less famous and neglected by others. He showed compassion and care for animals and plants. In short, God describes him as a mercy for all the worlds by stating in the Quran,

“And We have not sent you, [O Muhammad], except as a mercy to the worlds.”[1]

In a hadith, the Prophet (pbuh), shows that a man was rewarded with paradise, simply because he gave to drink water to a thirsty dog ​​in the desert.[2] This statement of the blessed Prophet shows that some deeds may appear less important in our eyes, but they can convey a greater significance and may become the reason for one’s entry to Paradise.

The Prophet (pbuh) had time for everyone. He considered the complaint of a poor and a scorned person, worth equal or even more than the appeal of the authoritative ones. When talking about the features of the Prophet (pbuh), his companion, cAmr Ibn al- CĀṣ (d. H.62/682) stated, “Based on his facial expression and the way he spoke, the Messenger of Allah accepted the worst person of the society.[3] Also, from his facial expression and his speech, he gave me such an attention until I started to think that I was the best of the people…”[4] This statement was made by someone who before becoming a Muslim desired the destruction of the Prophet and the Muslims. The statement also indicates the diversity of the Prophet’s beautiful manners, demonstrating them to his companions.

The following hadith will elaborate even more on the true essence of our master Muhammad (pbuh).

عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ رضي الله عنه قَالَ : قِيلَ : يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ ! ادْعُ عَلَى الْمُشْرِكِينَ

 قَالَ : إِنِّي لَمْ أُبْعَثْ لَعَّانًا ، وَإِنَّمَا بُعِثْتُ رَحْمَةً. رواه مسلم

Abū Hurayrah reported: “When the Messenger of Allah was asked to curse the idolaters, he said, “I am not sent to curse people, but as a mercy.”[5] When the Muslims are informed about a certain manner or approach of the Prophet of God, they make it a part of their character. This is called, following the sunnah. Therefore, the above statement which reinforces Prophet’s mission, it obliges the Muslims to adopt that manner and become people of mercy.

Dear brothers and sisters! Having good morals and treating the others with great manners is an important trait of the believer. However, many people pay less heed to it. In regards to the good morals, Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is recorded to have said:

أكمل المؤمنين إيمانا أحسنهم خلقا

“Believers with the most perfected faith are the best possessors of morals”[6]

The following story explains the enormous positive impact we have on one-another when displaying the beautiful traits, often considered insignificant by many. In a hospital room two patients were hospitalized. One of them was submitted there because of his lung problems and the other one had to remain there on bed rest. After some time, they got to know each other better and talked about their health concerns. The room where they stayed had only one window. The patient with lung problems was recommended by the doctor to stand for one hour a day. He chose to stand by the window during that hour and describe what he saw beyond the window to the patient who was in bed rest. Among those he described were: happy children playing, beautiful lake with people sailing small boats, sun rays falling on the tree leaves and flowers, ect.

These words of reflection on the nature and environment encouraged the other patient to fight his illness and made him feel better. One day in the morning, the nurse brought some water for the patients, but found out that the person who was standing by the window had passed away. Upon hearing the news, the other patient was saddened and a couple days later, requested the nurse to move his bed close to the window. After being placed by the window, he struggled in raising his body and bringing his head near the window to see the attractions described daily by his diseased friend. All of a sudden, he was stunned to see that beyond the window there was nothing else but a wall. Immediately he called the nurse and asked: “Where did my friend get his charming inspiration, when in fact there is nothing but a wall behind this window?” The nurse replied, “Sir, the reality is that he could not even see the wall behind the window. He was a blind man. He did it all to encourage you.”

In conclusion, for a Muslim in order for to be a true follower of the Prophetic tradition, he/she must possess a well-rounded character, full of positive traits, which will make the person beneficial not only to him/herself, but to all the surroundings.

O God! Beautify our characters by following the example of our blessed Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). Amin!

(Friday sermon held at Greenway Masjid in 2010)

[1] Q. (21:107).

[2] Bukhari: Sahih al-Bukhari, Kitab al-Musakah, Vol. 10, Hadith 2208.

[3] This refers to his noble character, friendly expressions and welcoming words.

[4] Muhammad Bin Isa al-Tirmidhi: Shamail al-Nabiyy, Dar al-Garb al-Islami, Beyrut, Edit.1, 2000, pg. 192.

[5] Muslim: Kitab al-Birr wa al-Silati wa al-Adab, Vol. 2, Hadith 2599, pg. 1204.

[6] Abu DawSud al-Sijistani:Sunen Abi Dawud, Dar al-Risalah al-Alamiyyah, Damascus, 2009, vol. 7, Hadith 4682, pg, 70.

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