The following is extracts regarding the status (etc) of the Prophet (SAW) from the book entitled 'zikr o ta'atey shaney Rasool, roohi fada (SAW)' - 'The remembrance, obedience and glorification of the Messenger of Allah, may my soul be sacrificed for him (SAW)' by Hazrat Abu Anees Muhammad Barkat Ali (QSA). (Any mistakes are from myself in its translation etc.)
‘Hazrat Ibn Abdullah Ansari (RA) narrates that he asked the Prophet (SAW), “what was created first?”
Rasoolallah (SAW) replied: “the first thing that Allah created was my noor, with his own noor, before anything else. The noor was floating about and travelling wherever Allah wished. Then Allah wanted to create everything, so he split the noor in to four parts. With the first He created the Pen, with the second he created the tablet of destiny, with the third he created the Arsh, and He split fourth in to another four.
With the first of that He created the angels that would carry His throne, with the second He created His throne, with the third He created the rest of His angels, and He split the fourth in to another four.
With the first He created the Heavens, with the second the planets, with the third he created paradise and hell, and he split the fourth in to another four.
With the first of that he created the noor of the mu’min’s eyes, with the second he created the noor of the mu’min’s hearts and with the third he created love…”
(This Hadeeth has been narrated by Hazrat Abdul Razzaq (RA), in his book Fatawa-e-Hadithia, page 289.)
It is clear from the above Hadeeth that the Prophet’s (SAW) noor is manifest in all of creation. The Universe was dark before it was illuminated by the noor of Rasoolallah (SAW). The noor of Rasoolallah is manifest even in the sun. The sun never sets; it is always shining somewhere. And the people whose eyes have been blessed by Allah the almight can see the noor of Rasoolallah (SAW) present in the core of the sun. All the miracles of nature are under the command of the noor of Rasoolallah (SAW).’
‘Hazrat Abu Hurairah (RA) relates that Rasoolallah (SAW) once asked Jibra’il (AS):
“Oh Jibra’il, how old are you?”
He replied: “I do not know. But I know this much, that there was a star in the fourth heaven that used to shine after every 70, 000 years and I have seen that star 72, 000 times.”
On hearing this Rasoolallah (SAW) said: “By the honour of Allah the almighty, I am that star!”
70 000 x 72 000 = 5, 040, 000, 000 (five billion, forty million) years. That star that shone for billions of years before creation – is it not shining now?
Imam Qastalani (RA) writes that when Allah the almighty created Hazrat Adam (AS), Allah put in his heart: “oh Allah, why is one of my names Abu Muhammad?”
Allah (SWT) told him to raise his head. When he looked up, he saw a noor and he asked: “Oh Allah what is this noor?”
Allah the almighty replied: “This is the noor of a Prophet from among your descendents. His name in the heavens is Ahmad (SAW) and on the earth Muhammad (SAW). If it was not for him I would not have created you, nor would have I created the heavens or the earth.”
Whoever learned to live, learned to live because of Him (SAW). Whoever got something or received something, received it because of Him (SAW).
There is no blessing in any gathering that does not have his name mentioned in it. The remembrance of Rasoolallah (SAW) is the sole reason for the beauty of this world. The excitement and the exhilaration we feel in this world is because of Him (SAW).
If someone insulted Allah the almighty, Allah may choose ignore the person’s indiscretion. But if someone insulted the Habib of Allah (SAW) He will never ignore this.
When the people of Salih (AS) hamstrung the camel of Hazrat Saleh (AS), Allah the almighty did not tolerate this and destroyed them. The people of Salih (AS) hamstrung the camel of Salih (AS) and Allah destroyed them all. But the people had been denying the existence of Allah the almighty for a long time before they hamstrung the camel.
The punishment came because they insulted the Prophet of Allah – by killing his camel. Allah the almighty did not tolerate this. Then consider this – what about insulting the Habib of Allah (SAW)?
To say again and again, by calling out their names that the Prophets can’t do anything and don’t know anything is inexcusable and disrespectful.
This is like standing in the presence of the King and saying that the King’s minister is nothing, has no authority and can do nothing – declaring that all the control is the King’s hand. To say this in the presence of the whole court of the King is something the King will not tolerate.
It is true that in the presence of the King, nobody has any authority. But in spite of this, asserting that the minister cannot do anything is an insult to the King. It is the King who has given the authority to the minister. Hence, to deny the authority of the minister is to deny the authority of the King.
Likewise it is Allah who has given the authority to the Prophets (AS) and to deny this in His presence is not only an insult to the Prophets (AS) but also an insult to Allah the almighty.
And understand this as well! The love of Rasolallah (SAW) is higher in status than the obedience of Allah the almighty. You may be obedient to Allah but might not love Rasoolallah (SAW). But if you truly love Rasoolallah (SAW), then you will be obedient to Allah the almighty.
Obedience can be without love. For example a servant may be obedient to his master but that does not mean he loves his master. It is quite possible that the servant may obey his master but when he meets with other people he is disrespectful to his master. But a lover can never criticize his beloved.
If this is true for an ordinary lover and his beloved – then how can we even dare to criticize and question the best of creation, the one who has no faults, the embodiment of perfection (SAW)?
Whenever anyone was gripped with misfortune he escaped his calamity through remembrance of Rasoolallah (SAW).
Do you think that Allah the almighty can ignore the remembrance of His beloved?
Everlasting contentment and exhilaration in the love of Rasoolallah is drinking a glass full of His love. If this glass was for sale we would sell everything to get it. What are crowns and thrones – we would sell our souls to get this one drink of the love of Him (SAW).
Oh the King of Beauty (SAW)! Neither to listen, nor to say anything but simply waste away and remain engrossed in your love (SAW) is the best life in this world. Our sayings, if based on true love, in praise of Rasoolallah (SAW) are above shirk. Our condition is pitiable; we do not even have the words that can justify the magnificence and splendour of Rasoolallah (SAW). How can we, the worthless statues of clay, adequately praise the Habib of Allah the almighty?
Ya Rasoolallah (SAW)! If we sacrificed our wealth, our lives, our souls for you – even then we would not have fulfilled the rights of Your love. To sacrifice everything for You is what love truly is.
Without Him (SAW) what jannat is that? To wither away in the search for Rasolallah (SAW) is better than paradise. Without finding Him (SAW) there is no comfort what so ever. This sort of shirk we do everyday – and neither do we refrain from it and nor will we avoid it.
The author, Babaji Sarkar, says if according to some people, Allah the almighty will command me to be thrown in to the fire of Hell for the crime of loving Rasoolallah (SAW) – then this humble servant with his heart full of love for Him (SAW) will jump in to the fire of Hell with no fear whatsoever!
To be in the fire of Hell with His love (SAW) is a lot better than going to paradise without Him. And understand this as well – no fire can ever overcome the noor of Rasoolallah (SAW). The love of Rasoolallah (SAW) will cool the fire of Hell – and this is such a strong part of my iman that no reasoning and no amount of argument can ever change it.
What you think will get me thrown in the fire of hell – for me it is the key to paradise. It is possible that on the Day of Judgment, Allah the almighty may not forgive the one who prayed five times a day. But there is no doubt that the Aashiq-e-Rasool (lover of Rasoolallah (SAW)) will undeniably be forgiven.
Hell fire is haram for the lovers of Rasoolallah (SAW). The fire of hell can never burn the true lover of the beloved of Allah the almighty and neither will Rasoolallah (SAW) be able to bear seeing his lover in the fire of Hell.
You have everything but the love of Rasoolallah (SAW) – it is as if you have nothing.
O my Master (SAW), may my soul be sacrificed for you! This world is in existence because of your one smile. This world and all that is in it has been decorated just for You. You are the sole purpose for the whole of creation.
Ya Rasoolallah (SAW), your one look of affection is enough for my whole life. Ya Habiballah, we do not have the words to justify your magnificence. This is the reason why we are silent. Whenever somebody called out to You (SAW), You never turned him away.
Ya Rasoolallah (SAW) hear our call now as well! We desired but were unable to do. Our last wish is that we come walking on our heads and sacrifice our lives for You (SAW)!’
May Allah the almighty grant us the true, authentic and sincere love of Rasoolallah (SAW). Ya Hayyu Ya Qayyum, Ameen.