| Azlan Othman |
AS THE nation prepares to mark the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) in eight days with a mass gathering and Maulud processions throughout the four districts, Imams yesterday urged the Ummah to intensify praising the Prophet and to adhere to the teachings of the Prophet.
In a Friday sermon, the Imams said, as creatures of Allah the Almighty, we will only be able to achieve absolute happiness if we adhere to the road to happiness mapped out by Allah the Almighty through Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). One of the many ways to gain happiness here in this world and the hereafter is to intensify the selawat (praise) to the Prophet.
Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was sent by Allah as a blessing to the whole universe. Hence, our love for the Prophet is very much sought for. The love for the Prophet extends to not only Muslims who are mukallaf (religiously responsible) but also to all children in Islam. Therefore, it is important to teach and educate children to love the Prophet from a very tender age. Once the love for the Prophet is internalised and flourishing within the hearts of Muslims, then obedience and loyalty to his teachings and orders will naturally fall in place. However, the question that arises now is, do we really and truly love Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and have we followed his teachings? Consequently, it is timely and most important for us to ceaselessly invoke blessings and greetings on the Prophet and incorporate it in our daily Zikir (prayers). This is because reciting the selawat is one of the proofs or signs of our love for the Prophet. We must therefore amplify our efforts to recite the selawat, particularly with the awareness that sending selawat to Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is intertwined with aspects of faith and Islam.
Some of the numerous benefits we gain by reciting the selawat are receiving Allah the Almighty’s mercy; receive blessings and to have sins forgiven and removed, have our rank raised; blessed with intercession by the Prophet on judgement day; avert losses, remorse and to be among the company of the righteous people; gather rewards similar to the act of freeing slaves; and attain peace and tranquillity. When someone recites the selawat 100 times, Allah the Almighty injects serenity and illuminates the person’s heart.
In addition, for those who cannot afford to give charity, selawat is a replacement for it and makes it possible for one’s prayers to be accepted by Allah the Almighty, unshackle oneself from the yoke of restlessness and anxiety on judgement day. When we neglect in invoking Allah the Almighty blessings upon the Prophet, then despair and turmoil will await us on the day of resurrection. Thus in view of the abundant rewards amassed for those who recite the selawat, it would be sheer folly and a huge loss on our part if we do not step up our selawat and make it our Zikir and daily routine. Apart from that, whenever we hear the Prophet’s name being mentioned, we should also supplicate for him.