In The Name of Allah, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful
As many Muslims are aware, the Prophet Muhammad(SAW) is considered to be the 'perfect' man, that is to say that the is as perfect as man can be. It's for this reason that many Muslims look towards him for guidance.
There are countless books that mentions his name, including the Holy Qur;an itself and there is no doubt that His Lord loves him tremendously without question. To me, personally he is a role model on how a proper Muslim must conduct himself or herself in every single way. Before I accepted Islam, my life was in complete shambles and disarrayed, there was no role model to give me the proper guidance that I was searching for. Throughout the course of my life, stupid and dumb decisions were made. When a person sincerely starts researching the life of RasulAllah(SAW) you would know why Allah loves him tremendously and therefore why he is held in a very high status with his Lord.
Prophet Muhammad (SAW) was a decent, kind, moral human being that was sent as a mercy to mankind. Trust and believe he definitely loved his Lord as well. He was a teacher of the Qur'an, a loving husband, decent loyal companion to his sahabas (May Allah be pleased with them all) a statesman and a Commander in chief of the Ummah's army that fought in may battles that have carried the banner of Islam. He was a strong and devoted servant and messenger on behalf of his Lord. There are many publications that write negative reviews about him. However they don't know him in the same manner that Muslims from around the world do. When I dedicated myself back into Islam the journey to my soul began on a serious quest to find truth and bring solace back into my heart. The more that I research about him, the more one realizes why Allah says in the Qur'an:
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." Qur'an 3:31
The Prophet Muhammad (SAW) was an excellent example of how to properly worship Allah(SWT) in the most correct and proper manner that were prescribed to us by Him. While the world is now being lost in decadence of immorality and lack of spirituality, now more than ever mankind needs to return back to the Qur'an and the authentic Sunnah of our RasulAllah (SAW) and therefore follow his examples on how to worship Allah(SWT). Every single Prophet and Messengers of Allah (Peace and blessings of Allah be upon them all) was sent with one single purpose= to worship The one true God without any partners or associates. Allah (SWT) is High above those that associates partners with Him, He and He alone governs the affairs over His subjects in every single way. No one else helps Him and therefore when He rules over the Day of Judgment, He alone will dispense judgment over us. So therefore my fellow believers lets return back to the Qur'an and the Sunnah of His Prophet (Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) and follow that beautiful example and show the world what the true beauty and essence of Islam is really all about. All throughout the Glorious Qur'an, Allah (SWT) speaks about pass civilizations that have been destroyed due to their wickedness in sin and evil deeds. Yet man is heedless of the signs and continues their downward path in wickedness. Forgetting about Allah (SWT) until death meets up with him. From that point it’s too late for the repentance. As Allah (SWT) states in the Quran "Every Soul shall have a taste of Death" 3:185. Why is Man so heedless of Allah's (SWT) signs? Man is caught up with this dunya and therefore will not reflect on the signs of Allah. He gave us intellect and wisdom, yet we as a people don't used them or ponder over His verses. That's the current state of our generation. As Allah (SWT) made a reference in the Quran that He has brought a nation out of mankind that would be the best in practicing good deeds and forbidding the evil. Now more than ever my fellow Muslims, as believers we need to step our game up and show the world what we are made of.
------Khalid M. Shabazz
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There are many of us who identify as Muslim simply because we were born into the faith. There are also many who identify as Muslim because they consciously decided to accept the idea that there is no deity but Allah and Muhammad(SAW) is His messenger. Being able to say you accept and agree with the Shahada is definitely the first step in becoming Muslim but BEING a Muslim involves a lot more than that. The term “practicing Muslim” is often thrown around to indicate someone who not only claims to be a Muslim but also actively practices the tenets of the faith. I honestly do not like this term because the label “Muslim” on its own should mean that you are actively engaging in the tenets of Islam. Being a Muslim is not just about abstaining from pork, attending Jummah salah or praying all the rakat of taraweeh during the nights of Ramadan. As Muslims, we should always strive to be the best we can be for our creator. The word “Islam” means submission but also stems from peace, so in essence, Islam means the attainment of peace through submission. If Islam means peace through submission then a Muslim is one who attains peace through their submission to the will of Allah. Allah(SWT) says to us “I have created the jinn and humankind only for My worship.” (Qur'an 51:56). We worship Him through our ultimate submission to his commands. We submit to Him, our creator, by doing what He and His Messenger(SAW) have told us to do and staying away from what they have told us to stay away from. The point that I am getting at is that before we can proudly say “I am Muslim”, we should ask ourselves, “Am I honestly trying my best to submit to the will of Allah?”, “Am I staying away from all that is forbidden and adhering to all that is obligatory?”. If you can honestly say yes to these questions, without any hesitation or buts, then yes, you are truly BEING Muslim.
This is not say that being Muslim means you're perfect, that you don't struggle. Instead, what I mean is that if we are really trying to Muslim in every meaning of the world, we are always seeking to submit ourselves to the will of Allah. Yes, you might have hard time remembering to pray your salah, yes you might be struggling with refraining from the haram but are you sincerely trying? If so, then you are submitting yourself to the will of Allah, you are being Muslim.
As humans in this dunya we are inundated by many distractions, misguidance, and falsehoods therefore making life much more confusing and difficult. What are we thinking, saying, observing, and experiencing in our lives? Are we truly living by Islamic ideals? This is where we can choose to actively “Strive For Clarity.”