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His Dignified Manners with His Lord The Almighty

Auther : Shaykh Hishaam Muhammad Sa‘eed Barghash
4179 2011/05/29 2024/05/22
Article translated to : العربية Español

• The Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, had the perfect and ultimate moral standards in dealing with his Lord. He never did any inward or outward deed except according to the proper terms of glorifying and exalting Allah the Almighty. He had the greatest respect in dealing with his Lord, his heart never turned away from him and he never sought help from anyone other than him.

• The Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, never transgressed or exceeded with his eye or heart what his Lord had ordained for him. Allah the Almighty says, describing this noble quality when he ascended to the highest levels of heaven, what means: 

{the sight [of the Prophet] did not swerve, nor did it transgress [its limit]} [Quran 53:17]

This verse contains many amazing implications that attest to the noble qualities that befit the perfect human being who ever lived.

Allah the Almighty informs us here of the perfect sublime morality of the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, and negates what someone who is impolite or disrespectful before kings and prominent figures may do such as turning to the right and left and transgressing limits with his sight. Instead, the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, did not turn right or left with his sight, nor did he exceed what has been ordained for him to see even though there were many astounding signs and wonders around him on that night. Rather, he adhered to the level of a slave, which entailed firm obedience and submission to Allah the exalted, because he only did what he was commanded to do and did not seek beyond what he was given. [Ibn Al-Qayyim, Madaarij As-Saalikeen]

This is the best example of the perfect noble qualities of the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, with Allah Almighty; which no one else could have for it is the custom of the soul, if placed in a refined position, to aspire and yearn for what is beyond. [Ibn Al-Qayyim, Madaarij As-Saalikeen]

• The excellent qualities and bashfulness of the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, with his Lord reached such a level that would make him refrain from asking his Lord for something even though he needed it the most; such as what happened on the night of Al-Mi‘raaj (the ascent to heaven), when he went back to his Lord the Almighty to ask him to reduce the number of prayers that his Lord had enjoined upon his nation. When he repeated this action several times, he said to Moosa (Moses), may Allah exalt his mention, when he urged him to go back once again to his Lord: “I am too shy to ask my Lord again” [A part of the long hadeeth of al-Israa’ (the journey to Al-Quds (Jerusalem) narrated by al-Bukhari and Muslim]

In fact, what prevented him from asking his Lord was his sublime bashfulness and glorification of his Lord.

• Another example of his perfect noble attributes in dealing with his Lord is that he was a true worshipper and the most submissive to his Lord, whom he feared and remembered more than any other. Never did he let any time pass without remembering his Lord; praising, him, thanking him, asking his forgiveness and repenting to him the Almighty, despite the fact that he was the one whose past and future sins were forgiven.

• Such qualities and bashfulness made him establish prayers at night for so long that his feet became cracked, and he would prostrate before his Lord, glorifying, imploring, praising, submitting himself to his Lord until his chest would heave like the boiling of a cauldron because of weeping. When ‘A’ishah, may Allah be pleased with her, asked, “Oh Messenger of Allah! Are you doing this when Allah has forgiven your past and future sins?” he replied: 

“Oh ‘A’ishah! Should I not be a thankful slave?” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

The refined manners of the bashful and thankful Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, made him feel too shy to sleep without thanking his Lord the Almighty for his utmost favor and grace.

All these things are due to the sublime morality of the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, for such high moral standards entails that the servant has to strictly observe the terms of refined manners with his Lord, the Benefactor, the Bestower.

Allah the Almighty, the most truthful says describing him: 

{and indeed, you are of a great moral character} [Quran 68:4]

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