The Legacy of the Prophet


Author: Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali
Paperback: 256 Pages
Published: Oct. 2009

The spiritual and worldly life of a Muslim is focused on Allah. Success in both entails knowing Allah, loving Him, trusting him and worshiping him alone. It requires the Muslim to learn his religion, discipline his soul and refrain his conduct. The Muslim must have firm faith that everything that happens to him in this life is good for him, that his lord would never decree anything that would be detrimental and, as such, he is required to be patient and step fast in the face of adversity and great full at times of ease. In this treatise, the author, Ibn Rajab sets out to explain the advice the Prophet (sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam) imparted to Ibn 'Abbas, "Safe guard Allah and He will safe guard you. Safe Guard Allah and you will find Him in front of you. Know Allah in times of ease and He will know you in times of Hardship. When you ask, ask Allah. When you seek aid, Turn to Allah. The Pen has dried (after having written) all that would occur..." It would not be exaggeration to say that if a Muslim was to understand this Hadith and follow it closely, he would be well on his way to fulfilling the goals highlighted above. It is for this reason that Ibn Jawzi said, 'I pondered this Hadith and it struck me with awe; I was so astounded that I almost became light headed...the prevailing ignorance of this Hadith and the lack of understanding there off is truly distressing! 'Abdal Qadir Al-Jaylani said; 'Every believer should make this Hadith a mirror to his heart, his axiom, his shelter and his topic of conversation. He should act by it in all times of motion and stillness so that he can be saved in this world and the hereafter.'

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