Description of the Prophet (S) - HYusuf [CDs]
Love (mahabba) for people arises from three characteristics: 1) their physical outward beauty,2) their inward beautiful character, and 3) the good or the sacrifice they do for us. To increase and maintain his love for the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings upon him, Sayyidina Hassan (the Prophets grandson) sought descriptions of all three of these aspects of the Prophet because he wanted something to hold on to. Adding his own commentary to these intimate descriptions, Shaykh Hamza with his usual eloquence, passionately relates what Sayyidina Hassan gathered about the Beloved of Allah, peace and blessings upon him. Shaykh Hamza says, If you knew what the Prophet did for you,you would fall in love with him and explains that mahabba grows like a seed. For those who desire to fall in love with the Beloved of Allah, this talk is for them. One of the calamities of religions is when the Messenger becomes exalted over the One who sent him. We do not believe the Prophet Muhammad is divine. We have been given the gift of understanding the Messenger in relation to the One who sent him. The Prophet Muhammad is central to teachings of Islam. You cannot exalt the Creator without exalting His Messenger, and you cannot exalt His Message without exalting His Messenger. We are commanded by God to magnify the Prophet peace and blessing upon him. Shaykh Hamza Yusuf eloquently explains why we must celebrate the Prophet every day of our lives. He also adds at the end an elucidating explanation of how Muslims should emulate the behavior the Prophet Muhammad had during trying times, reminding us that Prophet(s) taught, the believer is one from whose evil humanity is safe and that he was sent only as a mercy to everyone
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