Following in the Footprints of Our Beloved Prophet (SAW)

Following in the Footprints of Our Beloved Prophet (SAW)

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Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,

Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) states in the Quran “Follow the Prophet, obey his orders and stay away from what he has forbidden”. We believe that Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) loves the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) more than everything in the entire universe. But, we as Humans, leave most Sunnahs of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) and can’t find time to fulfil them, whilst the Sahabahs (رضي الله عنهم) dug deep and took time to find Sunnahs of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) that they could follow.

Hazrat Qasim Nanotwi (رحمة الله عليه) once saw a dream that there was an announcement being made in regards to the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) coming to Madinah. In the dream, Hazrat Qasim Nanotwi (رحمة الله عليه) and his Father-in-law were going to welcome the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم). Eager to meet the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم), the Father-in-law sped towards the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) whilst Hazrat Qasim Nanotwi (رحمة الله عليه) walked slowly towards the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم). When they reached the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم), the Father-in-law got there first. The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) greeted him and sat him besides him. When Hazrat Qasim Nanotwi (رحمة الله عليه) reached, the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) greeted him and placed him in his lap. When the Father-in-law saw this, he asked the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) “O, Prophet, my love for you is so much that I ran towards you and you sat me next to you, whilst Hazrat came to you second and you placed him in your lap – why is this?” The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) replied “Hazrat came slowly because he followed my footprints meaning he followed my Sunnah”.

Also, it is narrated by Hazrat Umar (رضي الله عنه), once the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) grabbed me firmly from my shoulders and said “Live in this world as if you are a traveller”. Hazrat Umar (رضي الله عنه) also stated that “When it is dawn, don’t wait for dusk, and when it is dusk, don’t wait for dawn. When you are in good health, prepare for illness and always be prepared for death.” The meaning of this Hadith is that one must not get attached to the worldly life or have desire for the worldly life too much, and only live in this worldly life as a traveller in their temporary destination just as our Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) did.

May Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) give us the ability to follow the Sunnahs of our beloved Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) in our daily lives. Ameen.

Checked & Approved by Molana Mohamed Aadil Saleh (Bradford, UK)

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