We Must Follow the Prophet (ﷺ)
Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) addressing His prophet Muhammad (ﷺ), in surat Al-Emran, (verse 31), what can be translated as, "Say: "If you do love Allah, follow me, Allah will love you, and forgive your sins. For Allah is oft forgiving most merciful." "
And also, Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) addressing His believing servants, in surat Al-Ahzab, (verse21), what can be translated as, "You have indeed in the Apostle of Allah a beautiful pattern (of conduct) for any one whose hope is in Allah and the final day, and who engaged much in the praise of Allah."
Thus, the two aforementioned verses address two vital issues:
First, the way to love Allah is reached through adherence to the prophet Muhammad (ﷺ), which is fulfilled through the obedience and imitation of the prophet.
Second, the imitation of the prophet (ﷺ) is not achieved without anticipating Allah’s satisfaction and the final day, and without continually giving praise to Allah, and here are the details.
The anticipating of Allah’s satisfaction: A believer hopes not to satisfy except Allah and endeavors not but for His sake, and relives not but upon him. All that because Allah is the creator of all things, and every thing is in his hand. Let’s listen to what a believers has to say when his heart is attached to Allah alone, regarding this, Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) says in surat Ash-Shu’ara’, (verse 79-82), what can be translated as, "Who gives me food and drink, and when I am ill, it is he who cures me; who will cause me to die, and then to live again, and who, I hope, will forgive me my faults on the Final Day."
In addition, Muslims believes that Allah is the only sources of all substance. Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) said in surat Az-Zariat, (verse 58), what can be translated as, "For Allah is he who gives (all) substance, Lord of power, steadfast (for ever)."
Muslim also believes, what Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) says in surat Fatr, (verse 41), what can be translated as, "Verily! Allah grasps the heavens and the earth lest they move away from their places, and if they were to move away from their places, there is not one that could grasp them after Him…"
Muslims also, surely believe, that life and death are controlled by Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) alone. This is from what Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) says in surat Az-Zummar, (verse 42), what can be translated as, "It is Allah that takes the soul (of man) at death."
This is the most fundamental thing in aqeedah of the Muslims, is the fact that Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) is the supreme commander and all things apart from Allah are merely causes created by Him.
Although the Muslim takes all precaution ordered by Allah, he does not rely on it, but upon Allah alone. Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) says in surat Al-Ma’edah, (verse 23), what can be translated as, "But on Allah put your trust if you are truly believers." Allah also said in surat At-Talaq, (verse 3), what can be translated as, "And if any one puts his trust in Allah, sufficient is (Allah) for him."
Thus, by understanding this reality of the aqeedah of the Muslim, we then understand the secret of the security and the steadfastness that the Muslims enjoyed in facing various hardships and horrors in their lives. Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) says in surat Al-Ahzab, (verse 22), what can be translated as, "When the believers saw the confederate forces. They said: "this is what Allah and his apostle had promised us, and Allah and his apostle told us what was true. "And it only increased their faith and their zeal in abidance."
In another occasion, Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) says in surat Al-Emran, (verse 173 & 174), what can be translated as, "Men said to them: "A great army is gathering against you." And frightened them. But it only increased their faith, they said: "For us Allah sufficeth, find he is the best disposer of affairs. "And they returned with Grace and bounty from Allah. No harm ever touched them. For they followed the good pleasure of Allah: and Allah is the Lord of bounties unbounded."
On the other hand, once a Muslim’s belief weakens, relying and depending upon anything apart from Allah, then Allah will interest him to what he relied on and he will be given the taste of defeat and distraction. This is the pattern of Allah in His creation which did not cease in the past nor shall it cease from functioning in the present or the future. Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) says in surat Al-Ahzab, (verse 62), what can be translated as, "That was the Sunnah (pattern-way) of Allah in the case of those who passed away of old, and you will not find any change in the Sunnah of Allah."
Defeat had been the fruit of depending on other than Allah. In a generation which is the best generation among which the prophet (ﷺ) existed, when the Muslim armies where in great number and came to the battle of Hunan, some of the soldiers out of their big number thought they will never be defeated by the few. This features the non-reliance upon Allah while relying upon abundance for victory. The results: total defeat, and the verses of the Qur’an came to clarify this lesson that must not be forgotten by Muslims… Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) says in surat At-Tawbah, (verse25), what can be translated as, "And on the day of Hunain: Behold! Your great numbers Elated you, but they availed you naught: the land, for all that it is wide, did constrain you, and you turned back in retreat."
Today, in various parts of the world, Muslims have sustained many defeats in the various domains as a result of depending on other than Allah.
Resent years witnessed the declining of the Muslim ummah because of depending upon its enemies in encountering other enemies. Years in the laps of the east, or those of the west, but all that went in vain. Even worse, the consequence was more defeat and more loss.
As for the prevailing poverty issue throughout the Islamic world, the Muslims relied upon a set of conventional and imported systems some from the east and others west, which lead to the worsening, and deterioration of the status of the Muslims. All this goes on, while we are reciting and listening to the Qur’an, when Allah says in surat Al-Araf, (verse 96), what can be translated as, "If the people the towns had but believed and feared Allah, we should indeed have opened out to them (all kinds of) blessings from heaven and earth; but they rejected (the truth), and we brought them to look for their misdeeds."
To resolve the issue of ignorance, they imported educational curricula were adopted which were based upon atheism and the defiance of the creator. They also important non-Islamic educational systems, that resulted in increasing the ignorance and illiteracy among the Muslims.
To resolve the issue of division, they imported different types of nationalism and patriotism, which also resulted in more division, to the point of Muslims fighting each other.
Nowadays, many problems exist in our Muslim Ummah, all which resulted from not depending only on Allah and not following his Book and His Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ). We should always remember that nothing would improve and benefit this Ummah today, except what benefited it in the past.