Volume 17 Issue 452- Safar 7, 1439 AH October 27, 2017

Volume 17 Issue 453- Safar 21, 1439 AH November 10, 2017
  Abu Qatadah reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, passed by a funeral and he said, “One is relieved and one is relieved from.” They said, “O Messenger of Allah, what is one relieved and one relieved from?” The Prophet said, “The believing servant is relieved from the hardships and harms of the world to the mercy of Allah. The wicked are those from whom are relieved the servants, lands, trees, and creatures.” Source: Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī 6147, Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 950
  ::Prophet Muhammad PBUH as a Leader

By : Javairia Nawaz
Islam is the widest spreading Religion today. It was Prophet Muhammad’s unique communication and leadership style that led to the spread of Islam, not only within Arabia but also outside to the north, south, east, west and southwest of Arabia. He was a dynamic, wise and just leader.
Early Days of Islam:
When he had his first revelation, he was shaken with fear. In this condition true to his humility, he preached initially only to his close family and friends. He was fully conscious that his message would actually turn his culture upturned. In the early days of his sacred mission, to spare his supporters harassment, he approved for them to migrate to Abyssinia for their security protection. That was topmost in his mind, a true leader. This migration was a big step. The king of Abyssinia warm welcomed them and they lived there in peace.
After migration to Madinah:
The holy Prophet migrated to Madina, when the people of Madina recognized Him asked Him to come and live with them. The first and leading outcome of the migration was the establishment of the new Islamic state headed by the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) with its surfacing, Muslims adopted a military policy and the opportunity offered it. He made agreements with the jews and Christians living in Madina, that they will defend the state together. The key objective underpinning the Islamic military policy was first to grant people a chance to be familiar with the Divine Message. The manner was to call them quietly and realistically. But many barriers were placed between mankind and the Divine Message. The adoption of the military policy by the Muslims wanted to demolish this obstruction and leave a man free to choose for himself. It was a strategy, not only realized by the leadership, but even by the smallest member of the Muslim community. The Jews of Medina were so impressed by his impartiality and intelligence of justice that they used to bring their cases to him, and he resolute them according to Jewish law. –
Battle of Badr and Uhad:
Battle of Badr and Uhad were first and second battles respectively fought by Muslims under the leadership of Holy Prophet (PBUH).In the second year of Hijrah, during the month of Ramadan, the Muslims learnt that a caravan of the Quraish was en route to Mecca, led by Abu-Sufyan. The Holy Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) lost no time in sending off a small army of 300 Muslims with little equipment. They had only 70 camels making every two, three or four people to take turns to ride on each.News of the Prophet’s journey leaked out and Abu-Sufyan was heading for the caravan to another route. In addition, he also asked for help and the Quraish responded by sending an army three times greater than the total number of the Muslims.
The matter, for the Muslims, turned to be a head to head quarrel with the Quraish. They had either to tackle the Quraish or retreat back. There were three times more non Muslims then Muslims, but it was due to strategies of the Holy Prophet they won the battle with very less harm. He asked to take the upper positions. The Muslims first occupied the water wells. These were some factors why they won the battle. After the win when nearly 70 non believers were brought as captives, the Holy Prophet ordered to treat them with care. They were given terms to be freed. One was to pay the ransom and the other was to teach 10 kids. When the results of a battle of uhad took place then the Prophet of Allah (PBUH) began to ask his companions about their advices like a good leader. And in the end they all agreed to fight the battle outside Madina. This was a good example of democracy.
With one thousand fighters, the Prophet marched to Uhud outside Madinah to meet the attacking force The Prophet of Allah (PBUH) set the Muslims in battle-ranks, positioning fifty archers of the Ansar over the hill pass in order to discourage the enemy from ambushing the Muslims from behind. He put one of them as their leader and advised them not to leave their position at any cost. Seeing the consequences they left that places, denying their leaders were telling. Due to this they suffered a loss.
Principles of Islamic leadership:
Leadership in Islamic Definition, lead to achieving the objective and complete to be ahead of others to seek the pleasure of Allah and success in hereafter. Definition of a Leader attains set objectives a Leader is one who: Organizes bodily resources, gives guidance and influences actions with behaviors. In Islam, a leader must have the Taqwah with excellent conduct and character. This is to be done through a constant struggle by developing Close relation with Allah (SWT) Love of the Prophet (PBUH), Sahabah and Ulamah .And concern and fear of the accountability in the Akhirah. He should have knowledge and practice of Islam, administrative knowledge, and wisdom of management. He should be honest, trustworthy and wisdom. Decision making ability after appropriate consultation is very important for a leader.

  ::The Month of the Holy Prophet’s (PBUH) birth

By Nourah Abdul Aziz Al-Khereiji
SINCE the first day of the month of Rabiul Awwal — the third month of the Hijrah calendar — in which the anniversary of the birth of the Holy Prophet, peace be upon him, falls, I have felt a joy filling my heart, lighting up vision and enveloping the universe. We exchange greetings to celebrate the month chosen by Most Merciful God for the birth of Prophet Muhammad, pbuh, the light of mankind, master of the pious, guide to the right path and the springtime of our hearts. All our noble sentiments are attached to this honored month which is first among all months. Every year we welcome the month like lovers who have been waiting the whole year for a reunion. The month brings us to the anniversary of the birth of the Holy Prophet, pbuh, the model for mankind and the seal of the messengers. We always say that though the study of his life and works are required at all times, they are particularly significant on his birth anniversary. While all countries celebrate their national days every year, the month and day on which the leader of mankind and best of God’s creations was born is entitled to be commemorated in a fitting manner. It should be done by mutually reminding ourselves of his deeds and being familiar with his qualities so that our love for him becomes deep-seated in our hearts. We should renew our allegiance to him, discuss his teachings and make sure that we follow in his footsteps. In the words of the Holy Qur’an,
“All that We relate to you of the stories of the apostles — with it We make firm your heart, in them there comes to you the truth, as well as an exhortation and a message of remembrance to those who believe.” (Chapter: Hud, Verse: 120).
By following the Holy Prophet, pbuh,
we will achieve God’s love and mercy.
God says in His Book: “(Muhammad) says: If you love God follow me, God will love you and forgive your sins, because God is Oft-forgiving and Most Merciful.”
(Chapter: Al Imran, Verse: 31).
Following the footsteps of the Holy Prophet, pbuh, and implicit obedience to him carries us to a point of perfection in which our love for him exceeds our love of self or our love of anyone else. He said: “None of you believe until you love me more than your wealth, your sons, yourself or any other people or things.” Then only will we be able to love for the sake of God, hate for the sake of God and sacrifice to win the love of God.
Every virtuous deed we do is with the hope of getting reward from God. By performing acts that bring us closer to God, we reach a stage where we can be in the company of the Prophet, pbuh, in Paradise and view God’s face which is the ultimate bliss. And that is the goal we yearn for. Of the Prophet, the best of all mankind, God described in the Holy Qur’an: “You have an exalted standard of character.” (Chapter: Pen, Verse: 4). It is also stated in the Holy Qur’an that he is the Messenger of God and the Seal of the Prophets: “Muhammad is not the father of any one of your men, but he is the Apostle of God, and the Seal of the Prophets. And God has full knowledge of all things.” (Chapter: Confederates, Verse: 40). The recital of the prayers to send blessings on the Prophet, pbuh, is an act of boundless reward. Most Merciful God has been gracious enough to lead us out of darkness into light.
O God, send your blessings and salutations to our master, Muhammad, his family, his companions and all those who will follow him until the Day of Judgment.
Though there is disagreement on the date on which the Prophet, pbuh, was born, there is no dispute over the fact that he was born on Monday. Therefore, Monday has a special significance.
We Muslims must thank Merciful God for guiding us to the true religion and including us in the community of Muhammad, pbuh. It is our duty to translate our thanks to God in virtuous deeds, and express our joy over God’s special mercy in sending the Prophet, pbuh, to us. Almighty God said in the Holy Qur’an “We sent you not but as a mercy for all creatures.” (Chapter: The Prophets, Verse: 107). Though we should always practice virtuous deeds to enable us to achieve closeness to God, it is most important to do so on special occasions. Does mankind know a more appropriate day than the day of his birth?
On this day we should practice more of his Sunnah such as fasting, caring for our kin, feeding the poor, making our spouses and children happy, organizing gatherings to discuss his life and exemplary qualities, seeking forgiveness from those we have wronged and, above all, increase glorification of God.
O Allah, send blessings and salutations upon our master, Muhammad, and his family and reward us in both this life and the life after death. O God, send blessings and salutations upon our lord, Muhammad, and illuminate our hearts and ennoble our minds both in this life and in the life after death.