Friday Speech Delivered by Imam H M S Hashmi

Saturday, October 6, 2012 - 18:51

Friday 5th October 2012

THE NAME OF THE HOLY PROPHET (PEACE BE UPON HIM) AND GOOD DEEDS

Last week I spoke about some of the virtues of the name of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him); in past times when people read the name of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) in their Holy Books, they kissed his name and Allah Almighty showered them with blessings because of this act of love for His Beloved. Hadhrat Abu Bakr (RA) kissed his thumb nails and placed them over his eyes while hearing the name of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) during adhaan to which the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) expressed happiness and said those who do this would not have any illness in their eye. Today I will add just one more story in relation to this and then talk about good deeds; Sultan Mahmood Ghaznavi (RA) once said to his special servant, O son of Ayaz, bring me some water. When Ayaz’s father heard these words he became upset because he thought the Sultan did not address his with his name, but with his father’s name instead. When he enquired why the sultan had addressed him this way, the sultan replied, ‘I am not angry with your son, I didn’t call him by his name because one of his names is Muhammad and I did not have wudhu at the time, so I did not want to call him by this name. From this we learn, that the pious people have such extreme love and respect for the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) that they only say his name in the state of purification/wudhu. We can’t imagine how blessed those people are who posses such extreme love in their hearts for the Beloved Prophet (peace be upon him). The Holy Qur’an repeatedly mentions ‘good deeds’, it is on the basis of good deeds that a person would be successful in this life and in the hereafter. It is mentioned in Muwahabal la-duniya and Madarijun Nubuwah that on the Day of Judgement a person’s deeds will be weighed and he will be one deed less in order to attain Jannah. That person will go to his father, his mother, brothers, sisters and relatives to ask for a single deed, all will reply we are ourselves in need of good deeds. Meanwhile he will see a person who only has one good deed and the rest bad deeds, he will say to him, take my good deed and go in Jannah. When he takes that good deed and presents this, Allah Almighty will ask (although Allah Almighty Knows everything) where he got it from. The man will say how another man gave him his good deed; Allah Almighty will show His Mercy and command him to get the man who gave his good deed and both go to Jannah. The moral of this is how sacrificing ourselves for others is Pleasing to Allah Almighty and how Merciful Allah Almighty is towards his servants. He only looks for small good deeds to grant us success in this life and the hereafter. May Allah Almighty increase our love for the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him), enable us to follow in his footsteps and to do good deeds. Ameen

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