Why should we learn the Seerah?

الحمد لله رب العالمين والصلوة والسلام على نبينا محمد وعلى اله واصحابه اجمعينWhy should we learn Seerah

Allah says in the Noble Quran (33:21):

(The meaning of which can be translated as):

Indeed In the Messenger of Allâh (Muhammad Sal-Allahu ''alayhe Wa Sallam) You have a good example to follow for Him who hopes In (the Meeting with) Allâh and the Last Day and remembers Allâh much.

The reasons why we need to teach & learn the life of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (Sal-Allahu ‘alayhe Wa Sallam):

  • To increase our love for him (Sal-Allahu ''alayhe Wa Sallam)
  • This knowledge is the life of the greatest human being that has ever walked on this earth and will remain the greatest until this world is destroyed.
  • To seek his guidance in all our walks of life. A polytheist while attempting to mock at our religion, unintentionally gave his witness on the completeness of Islam’s guidance.

Salman (Radhi Allahu Anhu) reported that it was said to him:

Your Apostle (Sal-Allahu ''alayhe Wa Sallam) teaches you about everything, even about excrement.

He replied:

Yes, he has forbidden us to face the Qibla at the time of excretion or urination, or cleansing with right hand or with less than three pebbles, or with dung or bone.

Saheeh Muslim :Book 2, #504

A unique aspect of the life of Prophet Muhammad (Sal-Allahu ‘alayhe Wa Sallam) was that he possessed two opposite qualities that cannot co-exist in the same person.

  • He was a very brave and courageous soldier on the battlefield and yet his skin was softer than silk
    • During intense fighting during the battle of Hunain, the Prophet (Sal-Allahu ‘alayhe Wa Sallam) was deserted (with a handful of his companions) to face the enemies. He seemed unmoved and stood courageously fighting the enemies and proclaiming:
      I am the Prophet and (its) no lie, I am the son of ‘Abd al-Muttalib.
    • Anas bin Malik (Radhi Allahu Anhu) reports:
      I never touched brocade or silk and found it as soft as the body of Allah''s Messenger (Sal-Allahu ‘alayhe Wa Sallam)

      Shamaail at-Tirmidhi

  • He was a very friendly and welcoming by nature so much that a stranger could not differentiate between him and his companions at first glance and yet and at the same time he commanded great respect and enjoyed  a very high status amongst his companions
      • During the hijrah, on the outskirts of Madeenah people were excited to receive their noble guests. Abu Bakr stood up, receiving the people, while Allah''s Messenger sat down and kept silent. Some of the Ansar who came and had not seen Allah''s Messenger before began greeting Abu Bakr, but when the sunshine fell on Allah''s Messenger and Abu Bakr came forward and shaded him with his sheet, only then the people came to know Allah''s Messenger.
      • Narrated Abu Huraira (Radhi Allahu Anhu):
        The Prophet offered one of the evening prayers and he finished it after offering two Rakat only. He then stood near a piece of wood in front of the Mosque and put his hand over it. Abu Bakr (Radhi Allahu Anhu) and ''Umar (Radhi Allahu Anhu) were amongst those who were present, but they dared not talk to him about that (because of excessive respect for him), and those who were in a hurry went out. They said,Has the prayer been reduced?" A man who was called DhulYadain (Radhi Allahu Anhu)  by the Prophet said (to the Prophet), "Has the prayer been reduced or have you forgotten?" He said, "Neither have I forgotten, nor has the prayer been reduced." The man said, "Certainly you have forgotten." So the Prophet offered two more Rakat and performed Taslim and then said Takbir and performed a prostration of Sahu like his ordinary prostration or a bit longer and then raised his head and said Takbir and then put his head down and performed a prostration like his ordinary prostration or a bit longer, and then raised his head and said Takbir.
    Saheeh Bukhari :Volume 2, Book 22, # 321

Hence our Prophet (Sal-Allahu ‘alayhe Wa Sallam) stands out as an example in all our walks of life. We can look up to his life for guidance for each and every small or big affair of ours. He is our role model as a teacher, a father, a husband, a friend, a companion, a trader, a grand-parent, a guide, etc., and the list is endless.

With Allah’s permission, he was affected by Sihr(magic) too, to the effect of forgetting worldly actions. Once after a long travel, he asked Bilal (Radhi Allahu Anhu) to wake him up for Fajr prayer, and it was decreed by Allah that all of them (including Bilal) should left to sleep until the sun shone brightly upon them. So the weaknesses that every human beings face, wasn’t unknown to him either.  Allah made our prophet an excellent guide even in cases where we make mistakes due to our human nature.

To summarize, we conclude that it is the need of the hour to learn and teach the life of our Prophet (Sal-Allahu ‘alayhe Wa Sallam), since his character, his life, his teachings and his personality is unique and unparalleled. Allah has made him our role model in all our affairs of life. Today we witness even non-Muslims, get worldly benefits when they adopt his methodology and lifestyle. All the above that we have stated as aspects of our prophet have neither co-existed in any famous personality that the world praises, nor can be found till the end of time.

وصلى الله على نبينا محمد وعلى اله واصحابه اجمعين و الحمد لله رب العالمين

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