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The Sīrah - A Beacon Light for All By Shaykh-ul-Hadīth, Hadrat Mawlānā Muhammad Saleem Dhorat hafizahullāh The noble and graceful character of Rasūlullāh sallallāhu ‘alayhi wasallam is in total conformity to all the natural needs of man. His perfect human nature, sublimity of character, long suffering and forgiveness, magnanimity and grace, valour, benevolence, trust in Allāh ta‘ālā, modesty, honesty, humility, purity of heart, self-denial and forbearance, devotion and piety, fear of Allāh ta‘ālā, mercy, compassion and generosity, in all he is a perfect and beautiful example and a complete code of life for everyone. For rulers and heads of states, the life of the chief and king of the Arabs holds a perfect example. For the poverty stricken, the life of the one in whose house the fire was not lit for two months holds an example. For the liberators, the life of the liberator of Makkah holds a beautiful example, who forgave even his bitterest enemies. For those who have turned their backs on this world, the life of the lone worshipper in the solitude of the cave of Hirā is an example. For the labourers, the one who laboured strenuously in the digging of the trench is an example. The orphans can find solace if they look at the orphan of Āminah. The businessmen may inculcate honesty and piety within them, by looking at the life of the one who handled business in Syria. For the imām and judges, the great imām and judge of Al-Masjid An-Nabawī, who pronounced justice, without distinguishing between strong and weak is a worthwhile lesson. In a nutshell, there remains no facet of life which has not been covered by the noble life of Rasūlullāh sallallāhu ‘alayhi wasallam and in which there is not a beautiful example to follow. We must all study this great life which is a beacon light for every human, and imitate this greatest personality in every mode of our lives. May Allāh ta‘ālā enlighten our hearts with the love of His Rasūl sallallāhu ‘alayhi wasallam. Āmīn. (Extracted from ‘The Perfect Example’ published by the Islāmic Da‘wah Academy)
Ibn Majah, ad-Daraqutnee and others. It was also related by Malik in al-Muwatta This Hadith of our Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلّم tells us we should not be the cause of any harm and nor should it be reciprocated. It is not just physically harming people but includes every form of harm. Wasiyyah (will) – if a person has some money and he wants to give it to someone who is no related to him. He is allowed but he must not exceed the limits (one third). If he exceeds the limits, he will cause harm to the immediate inheritors. Marriage and relationship between husband and wife. As stated in Surah Al-Baqarah Ayah 231 – someone divorces his wife and then he reconciles with her, but his intention in reconciliation is so that he can cause her harm. · Traveling or being away from the family for a long time and without a good reason – this can cause harm to the wife and family. Breastfeeding – in the case of divorce, the husband tries to take the baby away from the mother and not allow her to feed him. This is prohibited. [See Surah Al-Baqarah : Ayah 233] Selling and trading – when someone is in great need of something, the seller (who knows this) sells him at a very high price – this is not allowed. Someone who wants to buy is not good at bargaining, and because of this the seller sells at a very high price, more than it is worth. Burning rubbish on your property on a windy day. This will cause harm to your neighbours. It may cause harm to the environment and the people in the neighbouring countries. This kind of harm should be brought to an end. Building a high building, as mentioned above. Building a high building where it will obstruct air, sunlight, and moonlight, is not allowed because it will cause harm. Digging a well that will cause damage to the well of one’s neighbour. If one needs to dig a well, he should position it a little further away from his neighbour’s. Behaving on one’s property in a way that will harm his neighbours. Causing bad smell to spread from one’s property to his neighbours.