Peace, happiness, mercy and all good that accompany them is the inherent need of every human being. The world today is thirsty for peace, for justice, for happiness, for harmony, for mercy and for hope and humanity. A major reason for the lack of peace and harmony in the world today is the detachment of man from the sources of peace and harmony.
ISLAM REPRESENTS PEACE
The root word of Islam is “silm”, which means peace. The personality who presented the radiant light of peace to the world when humanity was at its darkest, was noble Leader, Muhammad (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). No man had a greater task than him. In a short time, he succeeded remarkably by delivering humanity from the clutches of injustice, oppression, immorality and animalism to heights of greatness, virtue, nobility and piety.
UNIVERSAL LEGACY OF MERCY
The remarkable life of our great Leader (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) has been researched, discussed and written about more than any man in history. It is a living legacy that calls for attention to detail and for practice with purpose. Any human being that will adopt this simple, practical and beneficial lifestyle will most surely reap its benefit.
Anyone who practices on the prophetic model of mercy, trustworthiness, honesty, humility, compassion, kindness, generosity, love, hope and every other noble quality of the Sunnah will succeed. Today, the corporate world has embraced certain principles of Islam in its business practice and has witnessed the benefits. Financial models, social systems and even dietary plans that have incorporated the Sunnah way are enjoying the great benefits of the prophetic model. There is no doubt that the early Muslims were attracted to Islam through Muhammad (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). They lived with him, knew everything about him, loved him and gave up everything for him. Most importantly they mirrored his life and teachings in every aspect of their lives. The latter Muslims will only attain salvation and prosperity through adopting the very same legacy their forebearers did. The Sunnah is the universal benchmark for peace, justice, happiness and harmony for every nation till the end.
No Muslim will deny that Muhammad (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) is his beloved and the way of Muhammad is the best way to live. Sadly, apart from this basic belief and knowledge, there is not much more we know about him or really do to profess our love and allegiance for him. Whilst we claim to love him, our character and ways do not suggest that at all. We do not have much of an idea who he was, what he stood for and how he behaved in times of happiness and sorrow, and good times and bad times. To know him (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) is more important than knowing ourselves.
THE NEED TO BRING ALIVE THE SEERAH
In Rabi al-Awwal there is a proliferation of conferences, programmes, lectures, seminars and speeches on the Seerah. Yet year after year the essence of the Seerah seems to elude most Muslims. The Seerah presents the most profound and powerful solution to the woes of the whole of humanity. The challenge is for the Ummah to embrace this golden way without being apologetic or afraid. Individually and collectively, the Ummah is spiritually drained. Let us realise that spiritual elevation is proportionate to our emulation of the life of our noble leader (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). The greater the emulation, the greater the elevation and success. Let us at least resolve to learn about our beloved leader (sallallahu alayhi wasallam), to ponder and reflect over his noble life and to begin to live his Sunnah that he so anxiously implored us to do.
“Indeed in the Messenger of Allah (Muhammad salallahu alayhi wasalam) you have an excellent example to follow for him who hopes (to meet) Allah and the Last Day and remembers Allah abundantly.” [Surah Al-Ahzab 33:21]
Mufti Zubair Bayat