(And raised high the esteem in which you are held)
“Those who hope to meet their Lord shall work righteousness, and never worship any other god beside his Lord." (Ch 18, v 110)
The above mentioned verse of Sura Kahf outlines the purpose and mission of a believer, “those who hope to meet their Lord shall work righteousness, and never worship any other god beside his Lord”. This verse is telling us that in order to prepare ourselves to meet Allah we must simple do good and stay away from evil. A simple formula that epitomizes our mission in this life, which is to return to and meet our Lord.
Prophet Muhammad (saw) is reported to have said “Allah is the embodiment of beauty and refinement.” The most beautiful and refined personality to have ever traverse the face of the earth is none other than Prophet Muhammad (saw), because his nafs and ruh were working hand in hand. Allah says about Prophet Muhammad (saw) in Sura Sharh, “Wa rafana laka zikrak”; “and raised high the esteem (in which) you are held”. (Ch 94, v 4)
The essence of the personality of Prophet Muhammad (saw) is the embodiment of admiration and honour, (everything that encompasses good traits). This is why people compose quaseedas, naats and poems about Prophet Muhammad (saw). Reason being his honour, personality and refinement will always be elevated and because of the unwavering love they hold for him. People never did this for the other messengers’, no matter how great they are.
With this in mind our Sheikh has composed the following poem entitled “The Noble Messenger”.
THE NOBLE MESSENGER
(peace be upon him)
Maulana Dr. Waffie Mohammed
Humility, sincerity and a clear understanding,
Were qualities of this simple man;
Whose mission was to keep reminding
Of obedience, to Allah's commands.
Although he had a humble beginning,
In poor Haleema's loving arm;
Her condition changed when she took him;
Then she led the caravan.
As an orphan he was always moving,
From one home to another;
Until he experienced Allah's Blessings,
When he married Khadijah.
He was extremely kind and loving,
Alike to friends and foe;
Generosity from him kept flowing;
He gave but not for show.
As a role model he kept showing
The way of success in life,
By appreciating Allah's blessings
And be willing to sacrifice.
He knew that health was a blessing,
Just like wealth and intellect.
That the material world was very tempting
Morality one should not neglect.
The principles of loving, sharing and caring,
Were always in his mind.
He never stopped what he was preaching
Of the brotherhood of mankind.
One day there'll be the gathering
Of all humanity
And then there'll be the judging
For a place in eternity.
He left with us a Book worth reading,
He was the best of models.
For anyone who may be seeking
A way to cross the hurdles.
O Prophet, on you be Allah's blessings
Up to eternity,
Because of you our hearts are getting
Peace and tranquillity.