Seerah – Life of the Prophet (peace be upon him)

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Narrated By Anas : The Prophet (SAW) said “None of you will have faith till he loves me more than his father, his children and all mankind.”  (Bukhari)

If you ask any Muslim whether he or she loves the Prophet, their answer would most likely be “Yes! Of course I do!” Sadly, many of us pay lip service to our beloved Prophet, yet never take the time to learn about his noble character, his life and accomplishments, or study the many teachings that he left behind for us.

It’s even worse that we know all of the names, birthdays, ages, hobbies, etc of the guys from “One Direction”, but don’t even know the name of the mother, father, uncle, grandfather or wives of our noble Prophet!! What a shame!

Incidents and situations from the Prophet’s life are relevant for us today. Seerah is more than studying biography of a person, it is biography of our most beloved’s life and the history of our religion. Loving him is ibadah, part of obeying Allah SWT and it is part of our deen.

We claim to love Rasullallah [sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam], but true love is only deep and sincere when you really know the person. If you dont really know them, your love is only shallow. The more we know Rasul Allah [sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam], the more we will love him and the purer and deeper our love will be Insha Allah.

This week as we mark the day our beloved Prophet [sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam] was born, let’s take some time out to learn – or even refresh our memories – about who he was, what he did and why 1.6 billion Muslims across the world love him and send salutations on him till this day, and will continue to do so until the end of time, by the grace of Allah.

Where to Learn More:
Seerah (aka Biography of the Prophet Muhammad (S)) class sessions available online for free:
1) Qalam Institute (headed by Abdul Nasir Jangda)
-70 parts
click on the “Podcast” tab,
then click on “Seerah“.
Start at page 4, scroll to the bottom
and click on Episode 1, “Seerah – Life of the Prophet: Intro Part 1
direct link to the 4th page:
2) “Seerah of Prophet Muhammad” – Yasir Qadhi (on YouTube)
-73 parts
4. Seekers Guidance (headed by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani)
-FREE Online Courses
Course options about the Prophet (S):
(The first two classes listed below are really in-depth, which I highly recommend.)
Books:
1) Ar-Raheeq Al-Makhtum (The Sealed Nectar)
by: Sheikh Safi-ur-Rahman al-Mubarakpuri
2) In the Footsteps of the Prophet: Lessons from the Life of Muhammad
by: Tariq Ramadan
3) Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources
by: Martin Lings
4) Muhammad: A Biography of the Prophet
by: Karen Armstrong
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The College Experience – Part 2: Freshman Year Reflections

For many Muslims, the years of high school are the most difficult times to stay steadfast to one’s religion because it is the time when hormones kick in and people of the opposite gender mingle for about eight hours a day, Monday through Friday. And since humans are programmed to be attracted to ones of the opposite sex, it makes it very difficult to control one’s desire and follow the rules of Islam. Not only that, high school is also the sanctuary for gossip, lies and cheating, all of which are dangers of the tongue that we Muslims are told be keep calm and love allahaware of because they ruin friendships and lives. So I think its pretty fair to say that high school tests a major portion of one’s iman and starts the foundation of our youthful years.

When I started college in the fall of 2013, I noticed immediately the huge difference between college and high school: I suddenly found myself engrossed with an overabundance of freedom that was not there during high school. I live in an apartment at Toledo, OH. I was away from my parents watchful eyes and I did not have to answer to anyone for coming late or ask if I could go outside. It felt like being put out in the world for the first time, out in the wild. I felt like my religion was being tested the most during that time. I had to watch myself, who I hung out with and what I did in my free time. I found myself staying on campus a lot and I asked myself what I was doing while staying on campus. For most Muslims, we grow with my parents’ watchful eyes. So we watch what we do, what we eat, and who we talk to. However, we soon grow up and we get put into the world on our own. We find out who we are and what we stand for. Our character builds and so do our principals.

I finished my first semester of college and I understood what everyone meant when they said “The person you are in college will stay with you for the rest of your life”. College is definitely a place where one understood what he or she wants and the values he or she lives by. As a Muslim, I realized the significance behind a scarf, not just the physical aspects but the spiritual aspects also, behavior wise. My facial expressions when regarding men outside of my muharam and how I speak with others needed to be adjusted so that I do not act in a way that will displease Allah. College forced me to continue perfecting my faith and strive to become a better believer.

~Tazkia Al-Bari

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