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NABI MUHAMMAD (Sallallahu Alayhi Wa-Sallam)
THE PERFECT HUMAN BEING!
HAZRAT MUFTI ZUBAIR BAYAT SAHEB (DB)
What cannot be said about Nabi and what has not yet been said! After the praises of Allah , none has been raised more eloquently and profusely in the universe as He was. The pens and throats of mankind will dry out, yet His praises will not be completed. Actually, when anyone praises Him, it is in fact his own words that really become worthy of praise for He is not in need of the praises of the creation after the Almighty Creator Himself has showered praises upon Him in the Holy Qur’aan. A poet exclaimed most beautifully in Arabic: “I have not praised Muhammad by my words, but my words have become worthy of praise because of the mention of Muhammad in my words: “To touch on his Seerah leaves one bewildered!” Which aspect of his life should be highlighted or touched upon? There is no aspect of His life that does not provide amazing lessons, guidance and inspiration. There is however one aspect that must be continuously promoted and discussed. The fact that He was a perfect insaan – a complete human being! This is also one of His greatest Sunnahs.
THE PERFECT INSAAN
Being a perfect, complete human being is among the most outstanding and salient characteristics of His life. His life as a perfect human being reflected complete balance and equilibrium in every facet of His life. Such balance He showed, beyond which no balance is conceivable. The multiple rights and obligations upon Him in respect of His duty to Allah (SWT), His duty as being the final Messenger, His duty as a leader, teacher, mentor, elder, father, grandfather, husband, etc was balanced in such a perfect manner that each was given their due and right in a complete manner without any excesses. This is among the most important principles and guidelines of His Seerah. Unfortunately it is also among the most neglected aspects of His Seerah in the practical life of the Ummah.
NEGLECT OF THIS SUNNAH
All over, the gross neglect of this beautiful guiding principle of His life is witnessed. The balancing of the rights of Allah (SWT),and the creation of Allah (SWT) is hardly maintained. In most instances, either the rights of Allah (SWT), are completely overlooked in the process of fulfilling the rights of the people or vice-versa. It is observed that some people spend long hours in Nafl Ibadah but completely neglect or even abuse their families. On the other hand, there are others who spend every ounce of energy in earning and providing for the family, neglecting to read a single salaah in the process. There are some who will do their utmost to please the wife, but completely disregard their parents. On the other hand, there are those who are willing to do all for parents but disregard the wife altogether. Countless similar instances can be cited. Whereas in all instances, Allah (SWT), orders the fulfilment of the rights of all, Nabi (SAW), demonstrated this practically in the most superb manner throughout His life. It is only when this balance is achieved and maintained, that a person can be called an Insaan.
LEARNING TO BECOME INSAAN
Hakeemul Ummat, Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (RA) used to often remark that it is easy to become a Sufi, Wali, Aalim, Qari, etc, but it is most difficult to become an Insaan! He also used to say that if you wish to become a Wali, etc, you may go anywhere you wish but if you wish to become an Insan then you should come to him. It is well-known about Hazrat Thanvi (RA) that he was very firm and stern with regard to the balanced fulfilment of rights of one and all. If anyone wished to come and spend time in his Khanqah (spiritual retreat) in Thanabhawan, certain conditions had to be fulfilled otherwise permission was not granted to the applicant. Among the conditions was to ensure that all the needs of the wife and children and other dependents were adequately provided for and measures were put in place for their safety and general well being. Then only would permission be granted to spend time in the khanqah. During the stay at the khanqah, people would be observed carefully and if any imbalances were perceived, they would immediately be corrected until a person who diligently spent time there and observed the guidance and teachings offered by Hazrat (RA) in his gatherings, would leave there as an Insaan.
THE BENEFITS OF BECOMING AN INSAAN
Once a person inculcates this overarching principle of the Sunnah, a beautiful prioritising and balancing of rights sets into the life of this person. The rights of Allah (SWT) and the rights of the creation are fulfilled in complete harmony. A person then becomes a ‘natural’ human being! In the Musjid, at home, at work, in the public, everywhere a person fulfils his role with complete balance and equilibrium. Such a person – a true Insaan – becomes a source of benefit and comfort for all around him. No harm or inconvenience is experienced from such a person. He is in harmony with his Creator, himself, his family, his community and his environment. This is what all must aspire to become – a complete insaan – in the mould of the most perfect of all insaan, Nabi Muhammad (SAW) ! This is indeed among the greatest of Sunnahs that must be practiced and promoted as well. May Allah (SWT) grant one and all the taufeeq to do so.