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Tuesday 30/03/2010

Believing in him: We must truly and sincerely believe in the Prophet,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ), and all his teachings, and to let this belief reflect on all that one says and does. Allah The Almighty Says (what means):

{So believe in Allah and His Messenger and the Quran which We have sent down. And Allah is acquainted with what you do.} [Quran 64:8]

{So believe in Allah and His Messenger, the unlettered prophet, who believes in Allah and His words, and follow him that you may be guided.} [Quran 7:158]

 
{O you who have believed, fear Allah and believe in His Messenger; He will [then] give you a double portion of His mercy and make for you a light by which you will walk and forgive you; and Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.} [Quran 57:28]
 
{And whoever has not believed in Allah and His Messenger - then indeed, We have prepared for the disbelievers a Blaze.} [Quran 48:13] 
 
The Prophet,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ), said: “I have been ordered to fight people until they testify that there is none truly worthy of worship but Allah and believe in me and in that with which I have been sent.” [Muslim]
 
Believing in him,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ), implies that we believe that he really is a prophet who was sent by Allah The Almighty as a messenger to humans and jinn. It also signifies that we believe in all the teachings he brought and informed us of. This belief must be coupled with pronounced testimony that he is the Messenger of Allah The Almighty. Then, both have to be accompanied by complying words and deeds so that one's belief in him,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ), would become complete.
 
Obeying him: we mustbeware of disobeying the Prophet,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ). Just as it is obligatory to believe in him and his teachings, a person must obey him; the obligation of obeying him is part of his teachings. Allah The Almighty Says (what means):
 
{O you who have believed, obey Allah and His Messenger and do not turn from him while you hear [his order].} [Quran 8:20]
{And whatever the Messenger has given you - take; and whatever he has forbidden you - refrain from.} [Quran 59:7]
{Say, “Obey Allah and obey the Messenger; but if you turn away - then upon him is only that [duty] with which he has been charged, and upon you is that with which you have been charged. And if you obey him, you will be [rightly] guided.}[Quran 24:54]
{So let those beware who dissent from the Prophet's order, lest Fitnah [a trial] strike them or a painful punishment.}[Quran 24:63]
{And whoever obeys Allah and His Messenger has certainly attained a great attainment.} [Quran 33:71]
{And whoever disobeys Allah and His Messenger has certainly strayed into clear error.} [Quran 33:36]
{And whoever obeys Allah and His Messenger will be admitted by Him to gardens [in Paradise] under which rivers flow, abiding eternally therein; and that is the great attainment. And whoever disobeys Allah and His Messenger and transgresses His limits - He will put him into the Fire to abide eternally therein, and he will have a humiliating punishment.} [Quran 4:13-14]
 
It was narrated on the authority of Abu Hurayrah, may Allah be pleased with him, that the Prophet,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ), said:“Whoever obeys me, obeys Allah; whoever disobeys me, disobeys Allah.” [Al-Bukhari]
 
It was also narrated on the authority of Abu Hurayrah, may Allah be pleased with him, that the Prophet,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ), said: “Everyone will enter Paradise except those who refuse to.” People asked, “Who would refuse to, O Messenger of Allah?” He replied:“Whoever obeys me will enter Paradise, and whoever disobeys me will be refusing to.”  [Al-Bukhari]
 
It was narrated on the authority of Ibn ‘Umar, may Allah be pleased with him and his father, that the Prophet,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ), said: “I have been sent extremely close to the coming of the Hour with the sword so that Allah The Almighty would be worshipped Alone with no partner, and my sustenance is made under the head of my spear. Humiliation and disgrace will be placed on the person who disobeys me, and whoever imitates a people is [considered] one of them.”[Ahmad and Al-Bukhari, Shaykh Ibn Baaz - Hasan]
 
Following his footsteps: We must closely follow the Prophet,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ), and take him as a role model in all affairs, following his guidance and submitting to his judgement. Allah The Almighty Says (what means):
 
{Say, [O Muhammad], “If you should love Allah, then, follow me, [so] Allah will love you and forgive you your sins. And Allah is Forgiving and Merciful."}[Quran 3:31]
{There has certainly been for you in the Messenger of Allah an excellent pattern for anyone whose hope is in Allah and the Last Day and [who] remembers Allah often.}[Quran 33:21]
{And follow him that you may be guided.} [Quran 7:158]
 
Thus, it is obligatory for Muslims to follow the guidance of the Prophet,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ), abide by his Sunnah and beware of disobeying him. The Prophet,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ), said: “Whoever deviates from my Sunnah will not belong to me.” [Al-Bukhari]

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