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Verily, the Messenger of Allah (May the blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) has rights and obligations that when a Muslim observes, it would be beneficial to him and he would attain his intercession on the day of judgement as well as grant him the honour to drink from his fountain (al-Kawthar) in Paradise. These rights of the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) that we, as Muslims must observe include the following:

1.   Loving him more than ourselves, wives, children and wealth.

2.   Obeying him in all that he commanded us to do, including the worship of Allah and supplicating to Him Alone, truthfulness, honesty and general good moral conduct, among others outlined in the Qur’an and sound Sunnah.

3.   Warning against Shirk (Polytheism) which the Messenger (peace be upon him) warned us against and which is the association of partners with Allah in worship such as calling unto the dead and righteous and seeking help from them. The noble Prophet said: “Whoever dies and used to call upon or worship other than Allah, he will enter into the Hellfire.”

4.   We must believe in what was brought by the Qur’an and the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) from among the attributes of Allah such as He being above His Throne, validating the verse which states: “Glorify the Name of your Lord, The Most High” (Q.87:1), and the tradition of the Prophet (peace be upon him) in which he said: “Allah has written a book which is with Him above His throne.” Agreed upon. And that Allah is with His servants; He hears and sees them and knows all about their conditions in concurrence with His statement (regarding Musa and Harun): “He (Allah) said: “Fear not, verily, I am with you both, hearing and seeing.” (Q.20:46)

5.   From among the duties of the Muslims is to thank Allah for the very birth and advent of the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him), and they should hold onto his traditions and practices among which is the fasting of Mondays about which he was asked, and he said:“That is the day I was born, in it I was anointed a Prophet and in it revelation (i.e. of the Qur’an) first came down to me.” Muslim.

6.   Regarding celebrating his birthday, which the later generations innovated, it was not known to or practiced during neither the era of the Messenger of Allah nor the era of his companions and the rightly guided predecessors. And were the celebration of his noble birth a virtue, they would have definitely preceded us towards celebrating it, and the messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) would have guided us to it just as he did in the aforementioned Hadith about fasting on Mondays in which he was born, and with the knowledge that the Prophet (peace be upon him) died on a Monday too then celebration on that day will definitely not be the most proper thing to do than showing sorrow about his death.

7.   The monies being spent in the celebration of his birth, were it to be spent on explaining his virtues, character, morals and attributes, his history, humility, miracles, traditions and his call to monotheism with which he began his message and other very important and beneficial issues, were the Muslims to do these, Allah would have helped them the way He helped His Messenger (peace be upon him).

8.   The one who really loves the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) will be more concerned about following him and obeying his instructions, and working with the injunctions of his Qur’an and praying a lot for him )peace be upon him).

Help Your Prophet…… by Following His Instructions…..and working with his Sunnah (traditions).

 

Translated from an Arabic palmphlet written by Dr. Abdullah bin Ahmad al- Allaf

 

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