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The Fragrance

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Fragrance from the Prophet

Sallalla hu alayhi Wa ale hi Wasallam

Blessings and Peace be upon him and his family

Fragrance from the Prophet (saw)

That night I closed my eyes,

in pain and suffering,

I was aware of my despair.

Distant dreams and lonely nights,

Buried my soul long ago so deep

So it couldn’t speak.

Long into the night I woke up,

saw the Sun was rising and the moon

began shining,

a distant person was appearing.

Someone had come, never did I smell such a scent,

the beauty of this fragrance took the pain from within,

Like a cure had come.

Never did I deserve to see his glimpse, never was I able to see his enlightened face, just didn’t have such a fate,

Out of sight but there,

My soul was touched, I knew Mustafa was there.

The Prophet’s fragrance was sent from the Giver and the Bestower,

his scent revives the faith, guides the believers, comforts the grievers

and wakes up those sleepers.

The Fragrance has travelled, through the ages it has come

From the dark night in the Hira,

passing with the warm air around Baitullah in Makkah

through the night of exile into Medina.

what a fragrance this was, scenting the cool breeze,

bringing glad tidings to the Ansar.

The Fragrance filled the nights with prayer and blessings,

Words of the Quran were brought with the scent of wisdom

Companions wore it in their hearts and souls,

The air of Badr filled it as the enemies ran, and in Uhud the believers

felt it as they fell and rose again.

The Fragrance from The Prophet never went into the blessed grave in Medina,

It can be found when the believers open the Quran with faith, it comes into their homes when they remember the Bestower,

when the blessings are sent onto him, it fills their souls.

The Prophet (saw) is ours, he remains with the Quran and still brings Islam,

his fragrance cannot be seen, but it can be felt,

It cannot be contained but it can be kissed and touched

I was awake that night, I have never been more

awake since, because I now have faith

That fragrance became my faith, believe me

Because I Have it.

                                                                                                            Zulfiqar Raja.

To love the Prophet (saw)

‘The Prophet is closer to the believers than their selves, and his wives are their Mothers’. (33,6)

To believe in the Prophethood of Sayyedina Muhammad (salla lahu alayhi wa' ale hi wasallam) is to establish our faith and to love the Prophet (saw) is to elevate our faith.

The beloved Prophet (saw) said in an authentic hadith;

‘None of you has faith unless I am dearer to him than his father, his son and all of mankind’. (Bukhari)

This love for our Prophet (saw) is the essence of our faith, a blessing that has been given by Allah (swt). The Creator of all Mankind need not do anything as the creation does. Allah (swt) is above all requirements and duties, however in Surah Azhab the revelation came ; Allah and his angels shower blessings on the Prophet’. This ayat - verse shows all of us the exalted status of the final prophet (saw), who is the Seal of the Prophethood and the one who has sole right to intercede on the final hour.

Blessed is the Prophet who had the words of Allah (swt) revealed into his heart, the one that was chosen to recite the reminder and be the Leader of all Mankind. On the night of the Isra and Miraaj, Sayyedina Muhammad (salla lahu alayhi wa' ale hi wasallam) led all the Prophets in prayer in Masjid Al Aqsa in Jerusalem. This was a sign from Allah (swt) that the Messenger is the Imam ul Ambiya - Leader of the Prophets.

Prophet Musa (as) once heard about an Ummah - Nation, who would receive the blessing of the final testament ‘Al Qur’an’ and would be the first to be admitted into Jannah - Paradise. Prophet Musa (as) requested that Allah (swt) allow him to lead this blessed Ummah but Allah (swt) said that this Ummah will be led by Prophet Muhammad (sallalla hu alayhi wa' ale hi Wasallam). On hearing this Prophet Musa (as) requested that he be part of this Ummah and be led by the Light of Mankind. Just imagine that a blessed Prophet such as Musa (alayhi Salaam) was requesting to be part of the Ummah of Sayyedina Muhammad (salla lahu alayhi wa'ale hi wasallam). Another reported Hadith - tradition is that all the souls of the Prophets(as) prayed to Allah (swt) asking to be the one that precedes the Khatum'ul Ambiya - Rasulullah (saw), and it was the prayer of Prophet Eesa - Jesus (as) that was granted. Even before the father of Mankind Prophet Aadam (as) was created, the Arsh - Throne of Allah (swt) had on it inscribed La illah illalla Muhammad ur Rasullalah’. The Kalima was seen by Prophet Aadam (as) after his soul was blown into him.

We are so fortunate that we are the Ummah of the beloved, the most exalted, the most beautiful of all creation. The heavens were raised so that Prophet Muhammad (salla lahu alayhi wa'ale hi wasallam) could bring his Ummah to them and Allah (swt) brought the Nur of Islam through his words, teachings, morals and conduct. We heard the words of Allah (swt) from the unlettered Prophet, we learnt about our deen from his life and teachings and strengthened our faith through his courage and patience. The beauty of Islam was brought through his mercy and kindness and he loved all of mankind.

‘We sent you as a mercy to all the Worlds’. (21,107)

The love that we should have is a declaration of true Emaan, a condition of Islam and the evidence of knowledge and guidance. In our faith there are many stages and destinations to reach, as faith grows in our hearts and lives. When do we love the beloved Prophet (saw) and how does that love increase so that he becomes dearer to us than our parents, children, wealth and all of Mankind. The Prophet (saw) should even be more dearer to us than ourselves. This is the height of Faith, and then we can feel what the honoured Companions of the Prophet (saw) felt. We need to work for this because this love is enough to take us to Paradise, inshallah.

We need to read about the Prophet (saw), find out about his birth and  youth that was spent in such innocence and high character that he was named ’Al Amin’ the Truthful by the people of Makka. Learn about the Night of Revelation in Mount Hira when Angel Gabriel (as) brought the first verse of the Qur'an and the glad tidings of his Prophet hood. Study the beloved Prophet's (saw) struggle and his striving for the Message of Islam. Then came the historical Hijrah - Emigration and the first Islamic state in Medina.

The Seerah - Life of Prophet Muhammad (salla lahu alayhi wa'ale hi wasallam) is wisdom and a blessing and needs to be studied with the Quran and Sunnah. The Sunnah of our beloved Prophet (saw) includes his Seerah, his words, his teachings, his morals, conduct, mannerisms, etiquette, appearance and all that he approved of and also dis-approved of. The Prophet (saw) is the Qur’an as his blessed wife Hasrat Aisha Saddique (ra) narrated that the Prophet (saw) was the walking and talking Quran. By knowing our Prophet (saw) we will begin to admire him, honour him and love him. We will walk with him as he spread Islam, shed tears as he was rejected and faced torment and also rejoice when he was victorious. I have spent much time just wishing I could have been with the Prophet (saw) as he struggled to spread Islam receiving torment and abuse. I so wish to have heard the beloved Messenger (saw) reciting the Quran in the late hours of the night and just seen him smile. If only I could have embraced the Prophet (saw) and just seen the beauty that would lighten up everything around.

Ya Allah, I pray that on Judgement Day I receive that gift of meeting Sayyedina Muhammad (salla lahu alayhi wa'ale hi wasallam) and embracing him.

We love the Prophet (saw) because he loved us, he wants to take us to Jannah with him, he has cried for every single person of his Ummah and has prayed for all the Non-believers. That Final Hour when Allah (swt) will pass his Judgement when no-one can assist or save another, only he has been granted to be the Waseelah - intercedor for the Ummah. All the Prophets (as) will be from his nation along with all the creation on that day, praying in front of Rabb-al- Alamin - The Lord of all Mankind and Jinn.

The expression of love for Sayyedina Muhammad (salla lahu alayhi wa'ale hi wasallam) has been a great part of all Islamic poetry dating back to the time of our beloved Prophet (saw). Then there were renowned poets like Abu Bakr Siddique (ra) and Hassan Ibn Thabit (ra), who wrote beautiful words to express this love and dedication.

There are many writers of this poetry today, who are called Naat Khwan’. A beautiful piece I heard from an Urdu writer expressed the desire to have been in existence at the time of our Prophet (saw). The power of this ‘Naat’ lay in how the poet expressed his wish just to have existed in any form but been close to the blessings of our leader and the light of mankind (saw). He expressed the wish to have been a child who had been held in the blessed hands of the Prophet (saw), then he expressed just to have been a plant who had been rooted into the ground by the Prophet (saw), to have been the dust on the pathway that had kissed the steps of Mustafa Muhammad (salla lahu alayhi wa'ale hi wasallam) and have been the breeze that touched the blessed hair of the beloved Messenger (saw). I do not know the name of this poet but sincerely wish that Allah(swt) bless him for these words and emotions.

The beauty of our beliefs are always intact with the message of the Qur’an and Sunnah, which is to never lose sight of Tawheed (the oneness of Allah (swt)). Therefore our beloved Prophet (saw) also warned us against the excessive praising of him, as mentioned in a hadith where we were warned not to follow the path of the Christians who loved and praised their Prophet Isa(as) - Jesus Christ, to such an extent that they took him as being the Divine. They lost sight of the true message, became mis-guided and went astray. The strength of our faith can be expressed in how much we love and dedicate our thoughts, feelings and lives to Imam ul Ambiya - Muhammad Mustafa (salla lahu alayhi wa'ale hi wasallam) without entering the path of deviance and error. Inshallah

To talk and discuss our beloved Prophet (saw) is a blessing from Allah (swt) who has given us the taufeeq - guidance to think and dedicate ourselves.

In the words of the Islamic scholar from Oklahoma, USA, Imam Suhaib Webb after his highly successful ‘Seerah‘ tour in the UK expressed this honour by saying Praise be to Allah (swt) who allowed me to be involved in something in which even the Prophet ‘s (saw) name is mentioned, what a blessing it is that Allah (swt) has blessed us to be the followers of the Prophet (saw). We wish we could be the broom that sweeps the feet of Prophet (saw), we love the Prophet (saw).

The Prophet (saw) said, "I have been given the keys of eloquent speech and given victory with awe (cast into the hearts of the enemy), and while I was sleeping last night, the keys of the treasures of the earth were brought to me till they were put in my hand." Abu Huraira added: Allah's Apostle left (this world) and now you people are carrying those treasures from place to place. (Bukhari)

  1. The love of Hasrat Owais Qarni (Ra)