Book Talk: Muhammad As If You Can See Him (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam)

Book Talk: Muhammad As If You Can See Him (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam)

The Prophet didn’t withhold his cheerfulness from anyone.

The humanness of the Prophet ﷺ was an elevating, radiant humanness.

Read Prophetic description (shama’il) before his biography (sira).

If we understand the Prophetic description (shamail), we can understand his life events (sira).

The Prophet: you don’t know him. If you knew him, you would love him–and your hearts would be full of this love.

The Prophet (peace be upon him): it is enough to realize that he is the Beloved of Allah.

Be beautiful people: live the Beauty of the Prophet ﷺ

Habib Ali al-Jifri

Looking for a concise reading on the shamail of the Beloved of Allah, Sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam? Then this book by Dr. Aid Al Qarni might be just what you are looking for.

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In spirit of sister Naima Roberts’ following Facebook status, I have decided to re-post this piece of writing here at LP&G which was previously produced as a guest post for Dynamic Muslim Bloggers.

My prophet (sallAllahu alaihi wasallam) was born this month, alhamdulillah. A mercy, blessing and guide for mankind. Instead of debating the Mawlid, I ask myself: am I upholding his blessed Sunnah, am I doing justice to his legacy, am I seeking to know and love him as I should, every day of the year? May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him. ❤

– Naima Robert

There’s a big difference between talking about love and experiencing love.

I don’t want to hear talk of love of the Prophet ﷺ. I want to see lovers walking and living that love.

– Shaykh Ahmad Saad

I came across this wonderful reading when we had to read a book on the Seerah of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (sal Allahu alahi wa sallam) for our book club meeting. I had initially decided to read the biography written by Martin Lings but due to time constraints I decided to go ahead in search of a comprehensive but succinct description on the life of our Prophet.

I couldn’t be happier for happening to stumble upon this specific one. The book is entitled “Muhammad As If You Can See Him” and written by the well known Dr. Aid Al-Qarni. He is also author of the ever so popular and one of my favourite books ever- “Don’t Be Sad”.

The book consists of only about 171 pages, which forms the main content of the book.

Dr. Al-Qarni uses simple, but beautiful and powerful ways to describe the various qualities of the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) in this work. He starts by briefly going over the story of Prophet hood. After that, each section of the book pertains to describing one quality (among many) of the Prophet. The various qualities include his patience, his truthfulness, his generosity, his Zuhd, bravery, humbleness, mercy, laughter, and so on. For someone who wants to know how the Prophet was in a certain aspect, they can look it up in the contents and go straight to that particular section, making the organisation of the book very user-friendly and also very helpful for any second or third reads in the same manner.

This book is now one of my favourite books I have ever read. I wished it could go on more, to learn more new things about the Prophet that I had never known before, and work on increasing my love for him. For, whatever Rasul Allah (Sallalahu alaihi wasallam) has done for us, we can never repay him. Except by loving and emulating him in all aspects of our lives. Even that would be less, for it would only contribute to our own well-being and in our relationship with Allah subhanahu wa taala.

I loved it because it truly made me know my Prophet “as if I can see him”. You can feel the Dr.’s love of the Prophet himself which aids the reader in loving the Prophet as well (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam).

I learned so many new things about the beautiful and perfect character of the Prophet. Reading each quality makes one feel so intimate to the Prophet, and long to be with him more than ever. Although each and every quality is to be loved and learned from, one of the qualities which stunned me to an amazing manner was his generosity. Perhaps it impacted me so immensely because it is something deficient in myself which I need to work on.

The entire book seems like a mirror to check myself with. To emulate the Prophet, his tremendous character and perfect example with.

This book will give a wonderful insight into the life of the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) for all the Muslims. After reading this, one’s desire to learn more about him increases to a degree higher than ever before.

I wish to share so much more about my thoughts on the book, but there is only so much I can write here in one post. Reading the book itself alone can truly make one feel the beauty of its contents.

May Allah subhanahu wa taala bless us with the Sunnah in all its inward and outward dimensions, and may He increase the love for the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) in our hearts more than all of mankind. Ameen.

Book Talk: When Wings Expand

when wings expand bookAmong the books I read last year was When Wings Expand by Mehded Maryam Sinclair.

When Wings Expand is written in a ‘diary entry style’ (epistolary) which makes it very reader friendly. Here is the book blurb:

Winner of the Unpublished Muslim Writer’s Award 2011.

She wrapped her arms around me and said, “Nur! I know. I don’t want to go. But all I can do is keep trusting in Allah. Nur, I will always be with you! My love and advice will always be with you to guide you in the right direction.” She patted my heart. “They are forever sealed inside this little place.”

Writing on the pages of her journal, Nur, a teenage girl in Canada, charts the onset and advance of her mother’s cancer. Nur watches her mother’s body begin to shrink and her mood begin to darken. And when family and friends begin to encroach, Nur must face the prospect of her mother’s looming death.

Nur bears the crushing loss and finds her adolescent life more demanding and complex. But with the legacy of her mother’s love, her family’s support, and the guidance of her faith, she manages to overcome the searing pain and use her newfound strength to bring joy to the lives of others, showing them that after death wings can expand.

It is quite an amazing book. Definitely kept me hooked from the beginning and I would look forward to reading it everyday!

It is full of beautiful lessons- something that readers of all ages and people of all backgrounds can benefit from. It sort of brings you back home, on what it means to be a true Muslim. What being a servant of Allah Almighty is all about.

The author’s writing and storytelling makes all of it feel so real. If you’re feeling lost and are looking for a renovation in your perspective on life- give this book a read.

Something I couldn’t help thinking while reading this book… Allah subhanahu wa taala has truly blessed the author to be able to write something so aesthetically beautiful and to convey the essence of Islam in this manner.

I hope Sister Maryam writes more books, especially for the older age group. I can only imagine the kind of wonderful content she may come up with for that demographic. Even with a book like When Wings Expand, which may be seen primarily as centered for children and perhaps teens- she did a wonderful job nonetheless as it has come to be a piece all ages can benefit from.

MashaaAllah TabarakAllah La hawla wa la quwwata illah billah.

One of my favourite quotes from the book that I’d like to share:

May Allah always make you straight and true in all that you do. I have great faith that Allah is guiding you for some special purpose, my dear, and that everything that happens in your life, including something so dire as your mother dying, will be for your benefit. You must never forget that in the days ahead, when the wretched devil will want you to forget and will whisper to you to rebel and complain against what Allah has destined for you. He can convince us of all kinds of things and when we listen to him we can become angry and resentful and full of self-pity, all of which dissolves our gratitude. So may your Guardian Lord Allah guide your every step and protect you from the wiles of the devil.

Have you read this book? Feel free to share your thoughts below! 🙂