UNDERSTANDING CRITERIA FOR EXPRESSION OF LOVE FOR NABI ALAIYHIS SALAATU WAS SALAAM
“Say (O my beloved Nabi Salaalahu Alayhi WA Salam), IF you love ALLAH, follow me (my Sunnat), THEN ALLAH will love you and forgive your sins.” Surah Aale Imraan
In the above verse of the Kalam-e-paak ALLAH shows us the criteria for the love of ALLAH. ALLAH says that if you love HIM then you must follow the way of life and Sunnat of Nabi Alayhis Salam. In other words if you do not follow the Sunnat then you do not love ALLAH nor can you attain love for HIM unless you start following the Sunnat. Following the Sunnat in reality is obedience to Nabi Alayhi Salam. Further, ALLAH tells us that only if you follow the Sunnat will you attain HIS love and forgiveness. Minus the Sunnat the chances of attaining ALLAHS love and forgiveness decreases.
Let us look at this more in-depth. What are some of the Sunnats of Nabi Alayhi Salam?
• His character
• Masnoon daily Duas
• Reciting Surah Waaqiya after maghrib
• Tahajud, duha and ishraaq Salah
• Miswaak
• Method of entering the home
• Etc…. the list goes on
When we bring alive a Sunnat, we are showing obedience to our Master Salallahu alayhi wa Salam and thus expressing love for Him. We are celebrating his life (so to speak) every time we practice a Sunnat. Today we make bold claims of love, celebrate his birthday, have functions in his honour, but is this expression of love what is being commanded or is practicing his Sunnat such an expression? The Sunnat is to recite Quraan alone and preferably in solitude…today we recite Quraan at functions with others and in other peoples’ homes. Nafl Ibaadat is to be done alone but we choose to do it in gatherings claiming His love, when he has shown us that he did it in solitude. Is this obedience to his Sunnat? He chose to eat on the floor but we express love for Him in gatherings singing durood and then eat on tables immediately after. Is this obedience to his Sunnat? We sing his praises at functions a few times a year, but neglect Tahajud and ishraaq daily. Is this love?
The practise of meelad-e-Nabi has become increasingly popular. Why can a person not make darood and salaam and recite yaseen alone in one’s home on any day of the year in a manner that one chooses? Why must it be done at functions and gatherings? Nabi Alayhi Salam celebrated (for a better word) his day of birth by fasting every Monday. He never celebrated his date of birth in any way, but we choose to celebrate his birth date (which is not 100% for certain) but choose not to celebrate his birth day (which is Monday) by fasting in the manner he did. Is this how we express our love for him…..? By doing what he didn’t do and abstaining from what he did!
True love for ALLAH lies in obedience to the sharia and following the sharia is true love for Nabi Alayhi Salam. This is not an article on the ruling of functions and mouloods but rather it is an article that is aimed at getting us to do soul searching on whether functions in honour of Nabi Alayhi Salam is the way to express our love for him or is it following his Sunnat. We scream and shout at the top of our voices our love for our Master while the janazaas of his Sunnat and way of life leave our homes daily. Instead of functions let us make an effort and a commitment to bring alive one Sunnat per week or per month alive in our homes.
Should we express our love for our Master in the manner done by the Sahaba and the era of the khairul quroon or should we express it in a manner introduced 6 centuries after them?
True love is in obedience to Sunnat and all other claims are hollow and false.
This is the Haq in this matter whether we choose to accept it or not.
And ALLAH knows best.
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