Friday, August 21, 2009

Seerah

Asalaamualaikum and Ramadan Mubarak,
I pray that everyone's prayers and fasts are accepted insh'Allah and that you are given more than you ask for! Let's not take this month for granted and all the blessings that are given to us...I could delve deep into this topic, but I will spare anyone reading :)

We must maintain and increase in our Dhikr, Salah, Qur'an reading, etc. They are all intertwined and they all are a remembrance of our beloved Creator, swt.

One thing many people forget to remember, is the importance of reading the seerah of the Nabi, saaws. It is the biography (life story) of the Prophet Muhammad, (peace and blessings of Allah be upon Him and His family and companions).

I know some people who guffaw at the thought of reading the book, because they read it before. Now, the problem is, that most of us don't remember everything we read in a book, no matter how long ago or how recently it was read.

I remember listening to a lecture by Hamza Yusuf on the importance of reading it atleast once a year. It's such an important point! Truly, the Seerah helps us maintain our love for our Creator and for the Beloved Prophet and His family (saawas), companions (ra) and ummah--let alone all of Humanity.

Whether we are just learning basic fundamentals about Islam or have been raised w/ knowledge of it, we do not know as much as we should. The book helps us to gain humility and to really get to know the beloved Prophet better (pbuh).

A point I always hear being made by many scholars, which is the simplest to understand, is if we love someone, we learn as much as we can about that person. Nowadays, we know so much about celebrities, historic figures, someone we know/ have feelings for, etc. We know about their lives, their likes, dislikes, favorite foods, the way they dress, relationships, etc.--how come we don' t do the same towards the beloved Prophet(saawas)?

Reflect on that if you haven't already and I hope that we all read the Seerah this month, insh'Allah. The life and character of the beloved Prophet pbuh is the essence of our faith, the core of the Qur'an and the example of how we should be as individuals, both outwardly and inwardly.

While reading the Seerah the first time, I remember strangers coming up to me and pointing out the book and mentioning what a great book it is. Most of the people that read it were non-muslims...that should really hit ya...

May this month emit the light of our beloved Creator and may we live in the reflection of the Prophet, pbuh! Ameen!

Asalaamualaikum,
Maryam

3 comments:

TremblingHand said...

I love The Sealed Nectar as a seerah book. The Companions of the Prophet series is fantastic when it comes to stories of the sahabah.

http://www.amazon.com/Ar-Raheeq-Al-Makhtum-Sealed-Nectar-Biography/dp/1591440718

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=companions+of+the+prophet&x=0&y=0

Samra Saleh said...

Assalam Walaikum ukti! I have read some of your blogs before and I love the poems that you post up. But I do love the way you show your self as a Muslim, Masha'Allah and yes Ramadan Kareem! :) May Allah SWT grant you the best of wishes this month of Ramadan. I wanted to ask, if you have any good websites with this full story or any stores of where I can find the book of our beloved Prophet (SAWS) because I would love to read more than I already know. Your right about just reading it once and than forgetting it. Shukran and May Allah SWT grant your blessings :) Ma'salama - Samra

Maryam Noori said...

Wa alaikum asalaam Samra!
Thank you for your kind words and your du'a. Ameen and same to you. :)
The comment post above yours has a link for 'The Sealed Nectar' which is a great book. There is a link provided for Amazon. I love the book "Muhammad" by Martin Lings (the photo of the book I have for this post, is the book I am referring to). It also comes in a Turquoise cover. You can find this book even at Border's or Barnes & Noble. A great site that I use to order my books, is "Islamic Bookstore". They are awesome, I use them more than Amazon. Here's a link of the book on there (it includes a preview and sample of pages) http://islamicbookstore.com/b3800.html

Thanks for reading and posting! I appreciate any and all feedback and I hope to hear from you more often insh'Allah!

May you live in the reflection of the beloved Nabi, saaws and obtain the noble characteristics of the Mothers of the Believers! Ameen Ya Rabb!

.Maryam.