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Lesson Twenty Indirect Obedience (Part 11)
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Lesson Twenty
Obedience To The Proprophet, Muhammad (S.A.W) Continued



To obey the Prophet is just a logical thing to do. Prophet Muhammad(S.A.W) is the seal of prophets, so there is no one else to wait for. Even Prophet Isa (A.S) when he returns, he will not be teaching anything new other than what Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) has already done. The Prophet, Muhammad (S.A.W) is dead now, but he left behind a legacy. To obey and emulate the prophet’s sayings and actions is to obey the prophet and ultimately to obey Allah (S.W.A). To do otherwise is to deny Allah (S.W.A). Why, Muslims know about Allah (S.W.A) through the description of Himself in the Holy Qur’an. This Qur’an is a complete word of God that reached humanity through Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) by inspiration. Allah (S.W.A) speaks:

“Your companion (the prophet) is neither astray nor being misled, (53:2)”

“Nor does he say (anything) of (his own) desire (53:3)”

“It is not less than inspiration sent down to him (53:4)”


 Many instructions in the Qur’an are general. These general rules were explained through the prophet’s sayings and character. The wisdom behind the prophet’s explanations of the Holly Qur’an, and the advice he gave, were inspired wisdom of Allah (S.W.A). Allah (S.W.A) therefore encourages us to obey and follow the way of life of our prophet completely as we have seen in the verse (33:21). There can’t be any excuse for us not to follow the Qur’an and the prophet’s example. The prophet obeyed his Lord by following the Qur’an. One hadith says that  the prophet was a walking Qur’an, so it is completely safe to imitate him.

In his last sermon to the believers, Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) left us a shield from any temptations and from going astray . He said that in his absence he left us two things – the Holy Qur’an and his practices and sayings (sunnah). Should we hold onto these two, we will never lose our grip onto Islam. Therefore knowledge of Qur’an and the Prophet’s sunnah are two essentials a Muslim cannot afford to do without. We must not sit and wait for our parents to take us to religious schools. Let us Just get a Qur’an and a hadith book and learn a thing or two for our lives. Let us make a balance between our games and our individual private learning and the learning of Qur’an and the hadith. We must not neglect the most essential learning to our lives, so crucial that without it, we may end up forsaken souls. Allah (S.W.A) speaks:

“ Then on that day, not a soul will be wronged in the least, and you shall but be paid the meeds of your past deeds (36:54)”

Learn one thing from the Qur’an and the hadith. In fact, practice a little by little of what you already know. Our problem in the ummah today is not lack of knowledge – it is lack of practice of what we already know. We have to be true in word and in deed if we are to become true believers. Let us start today. Pick a lesson from the Qur’an and hadith and push yourself to live by it. For example, you learned that the prophet warned us vehemently against anger. So get in the mood and start restraining anger, after all Allah (S.W.A) promises great rewards for those who forgive even if they are angry.
He speaks:


“Whatever you are given (here) is a convenience of this life: but that which is with Allah (S.W.A) is better and more lasting: (It is) for those who believe and put their trust in their Lord. (42:36)”

“Those who avoid the greater crimes and shameful deeds, and, when they are angry even then forgive; (42:37)”

Another day you may want to practice, for example, being obedient and wholly respectful to your parents. Then you push yourself to do just that. Only remember,  this is not going to be easy. To try to live by the Qur’an and hadith lessons, one needs a strong will power – discipline, and a self push. Do not wait until your will power gets stronger. Will power gets stronger for every weakness one over comes. We have no choice, but to do what is right if we want to save our souls. Remember, the best of us is one who knows the Qur’an best. This does not mean how much one has crammed into the head; it means how much of the qur’anic teachings one is practicing. Come on, the clock is ticking. We do not want to wake up on the Day of Judgment and we find ourselves among the rejected and despised- the forsaken ones. Let us learn Qur’an and hadith and put them into practice when we still can. It really will matter a lot  when our lease on this life expires.

      Allah (S.W.A) speaks:

“It is not your wealth nor your sons, that will bring you nearer to us; but only those who believe and work deeds of righteousness – these are the ones for whom there is a multiplied reward for their deeds while secure they (reside) in the dwellings on high. (34:37”

Allah (S.W.A) knows that we would rather be preoccupied by the daily needs of our worldly lives than bothering with the hereafter. We ought to set our goals higher. He speaks:

“Nay! (Behold) you prefer the life of this world (87:16)”

“But the hereafter is better and more enduring (87:17)”

Hay, what do you think of hitting two birds with one stone? Great, not so? We, too, can use our daily work to earn the hereafter. How is this done is by reminding ourselves, at all times, that we are Allah (S.W.A)’s servants. As longer as we engage in honest work, we can continue to enjoy our hardwork’s earnings and dispense it in any way we desire provided we do it  for Allah  (S.W.A)’s sake. When we keep remembering that we are Allah (S.W.A)’s servants, our behavior will be automatically altered to suit that of one working for Allah (S.W.A). Do not just shrug it off; try it; it works. Allah (S.W.A) advises:

 

" But seek, with the (talents, wealth etc.) which Allah has bestowed on you, the home of the Hereafter, nor forget  your portion in this World: but do you good, as Allah has been good to you, and seek not  (occasions for) mischief in the land: For Allah loves not those who do mischief (28:77)".

 

Obey the Prophet, Muhammad (S.A.W) and obey Allah (S.W.A) and you will discover the true meaning of life.           

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