A Trip Back in Time & Never Forgotten [Review]

I love him, even more than myself…

“While the Muslims were performing the dawn prayer led by Abu Bakr raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him), they were surprised to see the Messenger of Allaah ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him)raising the curtain of ‘Aishah’s room. He looked at them while they were praying aligned properly and smiled cheerfully. Seeing him, Abu Bakr withdrew to join the lines and give way to him to lead the prayer. For he thought that the Prophet wanted to go out and pray. The Messenger of Allaah ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him)made them a gesture to continue their prayer, went into the room and drew down the curtain. The Messenger of ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him)did not live for the next prayer time.”

Tears rolled down helplessly Habiba’s cheeks as she listened to it. She felt deep pain inside, how she wished, to live during the time of the Prophetṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him). She could feel her heart throbbing in grief and the feeling of intense guilt of never being able to give Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) the due right of love in all these years of her life! She realized, she failed to appreciate the struggles and trials, He ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him)and his companions went through to bring the message to us, and so evidently now she understands that it was because she never stepped up to know about him and his fascinating character, she felt so ashamed.

Recently, I am Alima, launched an event ‘A Trip back In Time – Knowing the Messenger ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) at Chittagong. MashaAllah, Habiba, one of our attendees had her trip back in time during this session, to 1400 years ago into the golden brown deserts of Arabia, a journey into the trials and tribulations of the greatest man that ever lived on the face of this earth, striving so hard for absolutely no tangible achievement but to deliver the Message of the Lord of the Worlds! This is how she correlates a few trials of Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) to her personal trials –

I knew I had to lower my gaze, but….

The Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) was tried by the People of the Quraysh with the most beautiful women available in Arabia in order to persuade him to stop preaching Islaam. But He ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) knew the magnitude of the purpose of his life, and did not allow these lowly things to defer him in the least. He knew, he was the slave of Al Wadood, The Most Loving.
Hey! You’re going to put on that ugly looking thing on your head to the party ?!

Family and friends are indeed the biggest blessings of life, but more often than we can realize, we happen to turn these blessings into trials. Our Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) knew that with every blessing, there came responsibility, and did not allow these blessings to prevent himself from seeking the Pleasure of Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) at any instance.

You expect I should forgive her, after all of the evil she spread about me? I’m never going forgive her!

But our Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) did, and so should we! At the end of the Battle of Uhud, Hend, a bitter enemy of Prophet’s Uncle, Hamza raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him), mutilated and chew the liver of Prophet’s Uncle which caught the eyes of Prophetṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) . Can you imagine the poignancy of Prophet‘s pain at that time? Later when she came to Islam, he ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) accepted her. He ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) knew how to control his emotions and hence he emerged successful. The Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) was humiliated by the Quraysh, including his own family members, as a madman, a soothsayer, a magician and poet; how much pain and suffering has he gone through to spread the Message! He knew the magnanimity of the purpose of creation and so he did not allow these issues to stop him to succeed at any level. So, should it even stop you?

I can’t imagine a family as tough as mine; they never understand the value of hijaab! How frustrating!

When Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) went to spread the message of Islam to Taif, the people rejected him, the leaders humiliated him, the children were made to throw stones at him, so much so that his feet bled and clotted with his footwear! ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) was in love with Allah SWT and His Message and hence no rejection did ever make him lose hope and frustrate in the least, as he was in the companionship of Al ‘Alaa.

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A week later, an unforgettable thing happened. And this time, it made us smile, laugh, scream, cry, jump in thrill and so much more, all at the same time, alhamdulillaah!

It was a short supersonic glimpse at the character of the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) in our event ‘Never Forgotten – Loving the Messenger ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) here at Chittagong. An enlivening session into the unmatchable character of Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) leaving us at absolute awe, may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him.

Sister Rukhsar shares after attending the sessions her experience on her favourite characteristic of Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him)

Muhammad was an amazing man. His character was such that it seems quite impossible in our times to achieve. His most inspiring character to me was when he said ‘NO’ to all those women.

Now, who doesn’t like being sought after? Who doesn’t like being admired? No matter how many times we say ‘I don’t’, we all know deep down in our hearts that everyone loves attention and admiration.

We aren’t even offered the best of men, yet our power to remain steadfast is sp weak. On the other hand, Muhammad [Saw] was offered some of the prettiest women alive. Really, how many men of our time or of his time would be able to resist that? Power, money, many can resist. But one of the most beautiful women to become your beloved? Though it seems quite impossible for us to achieve this, Muhammad ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) did have ‘that’ strength to say ‘NO’!

Lust is one thing most people cannot overcome. And thus it leads them to a path where Allah has forbidden us to go. Yet, our will power is so weak that we tend to fall in the slightest attraction of lust. Whereas Muhammad ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) overcame such a great attraction and pull made by lust.

Truly, this is simply ONE thing that amazes me about him and this is what helps me to give him the title ‘unparallel’ in my mind!

Allahumma Salli wa Sallim ‘alaa Nabiyan Muhammad.



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3 Responses

  1. Faria June 23, 2012 / 7:06 pm

    This article has been originally compiled by our Events reporter of Bangladesh, Sr. Humaira Habiba. 

    Jazaakillaahu khayran Humaira for this awesome review! :)

    • Humaira Habiba June 24, 2012 / 10:16 am

      BarakAllaahu feeki Faria!

  2. Sa'diayh Sultaana June 24, 2012 / 10:09 am

    one word: Super-Inspirational!!

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