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Constructing Identity: Loud Whispers, Lasting Echoes

Muhammad (pbuh) July 20, 2015

Connecting with the memory of Muhammad (as) in these blessed last days of Ramadan … a memory which stretches back over a 1000 years to a tiny cave and a beautiful human being who was touched by an angel on the eve of Revelation … our path begins with Love’s embrace – the clasp of Jibra’eel (as) and the arms of Khadija (ra). Our retreat for intense devotion and reflection during these nights of the fast are a celebration and commemoration of that moment – an eternal moment – when Allah reached out to us through His Chosen servant. The Qur’an offers an intimate way of knowing Muhammad (as) for his lovers – the people of hope and dhikr –

“Indeed in the Messenger of Allah you have a beautiful example for him whose hope is in Allah and the Last Day and remembers Allah much.”(33:21)

“And most surely, you have an exalted moral character.”(68:4)

“He is concerned over you and to the believers is gentle and merciful.” (9:128)

“And We have not sent you except as a mercy to the worlds.” (21:107)

We must give ourselves over to Muhammad (saw) – in this is our covenant with Allah –

“Surely, those who give their pledge to you, pledge allegiance to Allah. The hand of Allah is over their hands.” (48:10)

In his (saw) way is everlasting Life –

“Oh you who believe! Answer the call of Allah and the Messenger when he calls you to that which gives you life, and know that Allah comes between a person and his own heart, and that to Him you shall be gathered. (8:24)

In gratitude for his life, the best salawaat (salutation) we could ever sing and inscribe on our hearts is Allah’s own –

“Indeed, Allah and His angels shower blessings on the Prophet. Oh you who believe! Ask blessings on him and salute him with a worthy salutation. (33:56)

As these nights draw to a close, as exhaustion may be weighing us down and as Eid beckons – remember when we wrap ourselves in our spiritual garments, stay awake to worship, when we stand in adoration and recite the Qur’an slowly & melodiously, we are following his (saw) sunnah as inspired by Allah –

“Oh you wrapped in garments
Keep vigil the night long, save a little –
Half of it – or a little less,
Or add to it, and recite the Qur’an with measured recitation.”

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