After having finished al-Qawl al-Badī’, I now begin the Dars of Mishkāt Sharīf, starting with Kitāb-ul Muʿjizāt [the chapter consisting of miracles performed by the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم]. This book is taught in the Dars-e-Nizāmi syllabus in all the Madāris, and until this book is studied, one does not progress onto the final year to study the Ṣaḥīḥ of Imām Bukhārī رحمه الله. In it, the author has cited the reference of the book in which he has taken the Ḥadīth from and has structured it well.


All the books of Ḥadīth are great in rank. Remember this, such a Dars in which the life of our beloved Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم is being discussed, will be full of blessings – so be steadfast in attending such Durūs [gatherings]; one should not leave it without any excuse. I do not say it is Farḍ or Wājib, no scholar has placed this status regarding such an act. However, keeping steadfast in such a Dars by both listening and implementing is no doubt beneficial.


No one is safe from death, we all must die. Whether one is old or young, death is inevitable. One will surely face it. Just like the introduction of a book is its preface, the introduction of a day is its sunrise; in the same manner, the Muqaddamah [introduction] of death is illness. One should not be despondent of illnesses, as no doubt it is from the Sunnah of the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم.


Allāh caused the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم to be ill prior to him passing away. If He سبحانه و تعالىٰ had wished, he could have caused the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم to die without any illness. One Ṣaḥābi رضي الله عنه states that a couple of days before the passing away of the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم, he had a severe headache during which he asked a Ṣaḥābi for a cloth to be tied to his head with all his might. On another occasion, a Ṣaḥābi رضي الله عنه was sitting next to the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم and his body touched the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم – immediately he moved it away due to the immense temperature the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم was experiencing.


There is great Ḥikmah [wisdom] in this, and for the intelligent person, he will perceive this as the fulfilment of a Sunnah of our beloved Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم. Illnesses have many positive aspects if we look at them closely; it allows us to gain proximity to Allāh سبحانه و تعالىٰ, to refrain from sins and to repent for any sins committed in good health.


Though physical illnesses have many cures; the cure for spiritual illnesses can be found in the love of the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم. Regardless of how ill, weak and dependent on others one may be, the Durūd recited on the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم will give him spiritual strength. It displays the love for the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم – it is truly the king of medicines. Therefore, one should be constant in the recitation of Durūd, even if it be just reciting صلى الله عليه و سلم.


I went once to an elderly scholar when I was younger, he was bedridden for many years and was not able to move, his family would serve him. He would often be referred to as a Walī [friend of Allah] because of his punctuality with his ‘Ibādāt [acts of worships], his lips would always be found moving doing Dhikr (remembrance of Allah) and reciting Durūd. Once I went to visit him and whispered in his ear asking him regarding his health, he responded most joyously, “I am well Alḥamdulillāh! Where are you from? What is your name?” His face was shining with happiness; I questioned myself as to how one is capable of being happy and cheerful despite being in such a bedridden state.


Brothers! The love of the Prophet  صلى الله عليه و سلمis a love which is beneficial for yourself. Shah ‘Abdul Haq Muḥadith Dehlawi رحمه الله writes – and this has also been written by many other scholars; “Whomsoever loves the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم and expresses this love with the words of Durūd, then his Iṣlāḥ [reformation] will happen in a divine manner.”


For this reason, year after year, we have been holding this gathering of Ḥadīth, so that we become steadfast in this respect.


I was telling the students in the lesson this morning, that listen to these Durūs attentively because through it you will receive a Sanad [a chain of narration], and all those in the gathering are participants in receiving this Sanad also. May Allāh سبحانه و تعالىٰ allow us to remain steadfast. Āmīn.


And we end by praising Allah, the Lord of the worlds.

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