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Love the Prophet -p 20 February 2006

Posted by MOZAFFAR in MOZAFFAR, Spirituality.


One of my close family members died a few years ago.

And, since that time, I’ve felt this need to honor all of his friends. So many of his friends are themselves aging, and I have this need to serve them water, to bring them a pillow, or to sit on my knees and hear their stories.

And, since that time, I’ve eagerly listened to stories about his life. Anecdotes. Lessons. Words of wisdom. Dreams. Hopes. Sadnesses.

And, of course, there are some stories I’ve heard many times. And, it’s easy to forget that he is himself more than just a character in the story; it’s easy to overlook him and start looking at this story as thought it’s some form of ritual that we need to get through by going through the motions of telling the story. It’s like when I’m listening to the National Anthem; rather than listen to it, I just appreciate it, and like Pavlov’s dog, I enter this artificial formalistic mindset.

And, when I drive or walk through the neighborhood, I’ll see someone that — for that split second — looks just like him. And, for that split second, I so want that stranger to be him. I was driving, and saw in the car next to me a man who looked like he was wearing the same pair of eyeglasses, and had a similar hairstyle. And, that driver turned to my direction (perhaps to change lanes), and in that moment, I thought I was looking at my family member.

And, sometimes, when I’m strolling through his own neighborhoods, I’ll think of him walking through those neighborhoods. I’ll think of him looking at the buildings I’m looking at. I plan to visit the small town he grew up in, and I’m already picturing him as a young man in that town.

And, I so long to meet him again …on the other side. Too often, we misread the Prophet -peace be upon him.

Usually, we limit him to the simple role of a delivery person. Meaning, his job was to deliver the Qur’an, and for many of us, he has no other function.

For many of us, we have reduced the Prophet -p- to a mechanical, idealized human being. We picture him as this sterilized non-human human.

On the flipside, there are those individuals who claim to love the Prophet -p, and there are those groups which claim to work in his model, and they claim to show their love by celebrating him. But, when they interact with others (especially those who seem to disagree with them), they are the most self-righteous, vicious, arrogant and obnoxious of individuals.

Thus, when we treat him -p- as such, we deprive ourselves of him. And if we deprive ourselves of him, we deprive ourselves of so much in our relationship with his Creator, because the Prophet -p- is, at the very, very least, the model slave of God.

Make the Prophet -p, someone you love intensely.



1. talib - 20 February 2006

Hearing and reading about how the Prophet peace upon him treated his family makes him the most human for me and plays a huge role in my love for him. He was the model lover, of not only God, but of other humans as well. O were we to follow this as astutely as we try to follow his physical sunnah.

2. The Turk - 21 February 2006

Yes, that can be a struggle. The Prophet not as some idealized far off personailty, but as flesh and blood with the same hardships as you.

Its those 1400-1500 years that makes a distance. Its hard to make personal connection accross the centuries.

Our fathers and mothers didn;t meet him; nor did we. We have this book (al-Quran) and hadiths. That’s it. I have a more of a connection with my Dada who died when I was 3 and half. I have a couple of strong memories of him. One him teasing me and another him putting in so much sugar in his chai(tea) that my grandma scolded him.

This my view of prophet(saw) and probably a lot of muslims out there. He was a great man and messenger of Allah(swt). He did great things and died as men do.

Thats about it. When I was younger I had gotten an imppression from my nanial(maternal side of the family) that people pray to the prophet as well. nazubillah.

As I grew up I relaized this was wrong and stopped. There are certain people in my family who believe and pratice this. This highly forbidden. I have seen elsewhere too. The praying at so called Saints graves. Etc. Allah(swt) only knows what else.

However, I dunno what relationship can you have with the Prophet(saw) except as a figure of history and admiration. Without crossing over to something inapporiate. When I examined how this stuff happened. I asked my father and I quote him below.

To quote my father- and I mean no offense to other sects of islam here.

First comes Hazart Hussian(from Karbela) over the Mountain and he has a huge glow. Then comes Hazart Ali with slightly less glow and then comes the Prophet with even lesser glow. Finally someone comes with almost no glow at all. The people ask who is this. They say it is Allah(swt).

They purpose of my father’s story was Allah(swt) is the most important of all. People tend forget this focus on the Prophet or some saint etc. The Prophet is the guide on the path of Allah(swt).
The prophet is important as far as a guide or an example. But the path of Allah and Allah is the most supreme.

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