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

Reclaim Yourself with “Reclaim Your Heart”

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Young Sisters of MUNA, Detroit Chapter, is collectively reading “Reclaim Your Heart” by Yasmin Mogahed. Motivational speaker and freelance writer, Mogahed, has changed the way people look inside themselves by analyzing what matters most to people: the world.

By dissecting the causes of failure, hopelessness, and unhappiness, she teaches readers to connect with others, and to reach for the ultimate goal of seeking the Hereafter, and Paradise.

The celebrated author uses visual grabbers to hook the reader with short chapters in parables of love, anguish and happiness. Mogahed takes the reader on a visual map of life (and the goods of this world) and literally shows us true love is only for Allah.

“Reclaim Your Heart” ends with a sweet ending, a collection of Mogahed’s poems, which delve further into spirituality.

Read it for yourself, and join the discussion with Young Sisters Sundays at Masjid Al-Falah, upstairs on the women’s section.

Spread the Love

Islam teaches us to be loving to others, regardless if they chose to be evil to us. This teaching also extends having a regulated affection and hatred toward people – finding a middle ground – which arms us for the changing circumstances of this world.

An expert from “Don’t Be Sad” by Aaidh ibn Abdullah al-Qarni:

“Lend your attention to each matter in proportion to its importance. In any given situation do not exaggerate mountains from mole hills; rather, keep in mind your objectivity and fairness. Do not follow false suspicion or the deceitful illusion of the mirage, but be balanced. Listen to the balance of love and hate as explained by the Prophet (Blessings and Peace be upon him):

“Love the one who is beloved to you in due moderation, for perhaps the day will come when you will abhor him. And hate the one whom you detest in due moderation, for perhaps the day will arrive when you will come to love him.”

Perhaps Allah will make friendship between you and those whom you hold as enemies. And Allah has power [over all things], and Allah is Of-Forgiving, Most Merciful.  (Qur’an 60: 7)”

Click below for the PDF version of the book.

“Don’t Be Sad”