“We see nowadays, that it has become fashionable to claim to love the Prophet, sallallahu alayhe wa sallam, and to sing elaborate praises to him and make exaggerated claims of all that we could do for him. Sadly, these claims stand void when it comes to practicing what we say. Allah ( s.w.t) says in the Quran:
“O you who believe! Why do you say that which you do not do? Most hateful it is with Allah that you say that which you do not do.” (Surah As-Saff 61:2-3)
A paradox of ours is that we can spend thousands of rupees on a gathering the Prophet (s.a.w) never held, but we cannot feed seventy needy people or build one school for the poor. We can take out time to listen to people singing elaborate praises to the Prophet ( s.a.w), but we cannot take out time to learn the Sunnah way of Salah (Prayer). We can illuminate our homes and streets with lights commemorating the birth of the Prophet (s.a.w), but we cannot illuminate our lives with the two things he brought—the Quran and the Sunnah.
We sing excessive praises to the Prophet (s.a.w), but we forget that he taught us:
Narrated ‘Umar: I heard the Prophet saying, “Do not exaggerate in praising me as the Christians praised the son of Mary, for I am only a slave. So, call me the slave of Allah and His Apostle. ” [Bukhari :: Book 4 :: Volume 55 :: Hadith 654]
We claim to sacrifice our lives for him, but we cannot sacrifice one un-islamic festival that has become a part of our weddings and which goes against the teachings he brought.
What kind of love is this?
(Written by Naureen.)