Humility

Written by: Shaykh Faid Mohammed Said

"Whoever builds a Masjid, desiring Allah SWT pleasure, Allah SWT builds for him the like of it in Paradise"
(Hadith Al-Bukhari)

Humility

"Allah guides to His Light whom He wills."  (Surah Nur)

Bismillah-ir Rahman-ir Raheem

Allah (subhana wa ta'ala) when He speaks about Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasalam) He speaks about his character and how Great it is.

Think about Allah (subhana wa ta'ala) when HE says it is great!

He knows that whatever we do we cannot get to that level, but Allah (subhana wa ta'ala) said He made Him the greatest example (Surah Ahzab).

From the character of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasalam), we see his humility, tawaba, which literally means something very high that needs strength to come down, as if a tall person has to fit through a small door.

In a Hadith, narrated by Abbas ibn Rabiah (radiallah anhu), Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasalam) said whoever is humble towards Allah (subhana wa ta'ala), Allah (subhana wa ta'ala) will raise; the humble one is that who believes he is the lowest, and in the eyes of others he is actually the greatest.  If a person is arrogant, Allah (subhana wa ta'ala) will lower him no matter where he is, and people will see him lowly as well.  (Musnad Shihab)

Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasalam) was given the choice of either being a King and Prophet or Slave and Prophet, and Syedi (sallallahu alayhi wasalam) chose the later.  Despite having the choice, Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasalam) did not take it!

It was Rasulullah’s (sallallahu alayhi wasalam) honor to be the slave of Allah (subhana wa ta'ala)!  In his dua, Syedi (sallallahu alayhi wasalam) used to say:  “I am your slave, son of your slave and Your Qada and Hukm will happen to me without my choice!”  Just compare this to our lives; as many of us strive for status and fame, Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasalam), when given the choice, chooses slavehood.  His humility is beyond our imagination!

In a Hadith narrated by Abu Hurrairah (radiallah anhu), Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasalam) wanted to buy trousers, and the owner of the shop wanted to kiss the blessed hands of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasalam), but Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasalam) said this is for kings!  Abu Hurrairah (Radiallah anhu) wanted to carry the things of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasalam) but Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasalam) said people should carry their own things. 

In the house of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasalam), he used to repair his own shoes, clothes and used to help others with their chores.

In a journey with the Sahaba, they had a sheep which they intended to cut clean and cook, and Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasalam) said he would gather the wood, the hardest job of all!  The Sahaba said to Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasalam) that they would collect the wood, but Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasalam) wanted to show that he is similar to them, as a human, even though he is very different!

Brothers and sisters, if you cannot be like the saliheen, at least try to look like them, as even in their emulation there is success.

Our Beloved Father (rehmatullah alaih) said:

 “If you want to emulate something, be like the stars, even though they remain high, they can even be seen in the water.  Do not be like the smoke, it rises, but it is empty nothingness.”

This is the opening of the saliheen!

May Allah (subhana wa ta'ala) Guide us and Keep us in the Nur and Hidayah of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasalam).

The real struggle is to know you are nothing:  at the start you are nothing but fluid, and at the end a rotten body in the ground.  No matter how big you become, you will never conquer the size of a mountain; no matter how strong you are, you can never outstand the ground.

Allah (subhana wa ta'ala) said he created humans in absolute weakness. A single virus can change the entire life of someone!

Hence, humility is not trying to be something, but rather it is understanding yourself!

May Allah (subhana wa ta'ala) Guide us by the Nur, through the Nur and to the Nur.


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