So what is our intention in learning the sunnah?

Sh. Faraz Rabbani has started an excellent podcast teaching from Fada’il al’A’mal by Imam Diya’ al-Maqdisi.  I’ve transcribed a most of the first short podcast that was posted on the 20th of April. 

A poster on a board I frequent announced today that she had recently left islam, due in part to the extras that muslims insisted needed to be followed outside the Qur’an.  SubhanAllah, how great is Allah (swt), that I put on my ipod over my lunch break and this very podcast plays?  In it, Sh. Faraz introduces the text and speaks about why we learn the sunnah.  Sh. Faraz speaks as follows:

 

Verily in the Messenger of Allah, the most beautiful of examples for whoever seeks Allah and the last day and makes much remembrance of Allah (33:21)

So what is our intention in learning the sunnah?  It is what Allah (swt) tells us in this verse “Verily in the Messenger of Allah the most beautiful of examples for whoever seeks Allah and the last day and makes much remembrance of Allah.”  So our goal in learning the prophetic guidance and learning our deen, what is it?  It is to seek Allah (swt), to become people of meaning.  We are seeking Allah.  We are seeking His absolute good pleasure.  We are seeking closeness to Allah (swt) in this life and the next.  We are seeking to be those beloved to Allah, of those who love Him, those who remember Him, those who are granted the contentment and serenity that only comes through being of those who remember Allah and live that remembrance.

Verily it is by the remembrance of Allah that hearts find rest (13:28).

And the way unto the love of Allah (swt) is by love of the Messenger (saws) and through living his radiant example.  Allah’s Messenger (saws) tells us that

 None of you believes until I am more beloved to them than their wealth, and their parents and their children and all people.

And Allah (swt) tells us about our condition of our love for Allah (swt) being true:

Say if you love Allah, then follow me, and Allah will love you (3:31).

This is an address to the Prophet (saws) to tell all humanity, say if you love Allah, if you love God, follow me, follow the messenger, and Allah will love you.

What do we seek in life?  We seek Allah, we seek to be beloved to Allah, to be pleasing to Allah and the way to that, the door to the Divine is the emissary of God, our beloved Messenger (saws). 

And so we should be very clear in our intention in this.  And we’re seeking knowledge that is of benefit, knowledge that we are bringing into our lives and that we strive to live in the most beautiful of ways with the sense of yearning for Allah (swt) and for our standing with our Lord.  So to be people who’s worship is characterized by excellence and beauty and who’s conduct in life is characterized by excellence and beauty, for that is that beautiful example, that excellent example that is the Messenger of Allah (saws).

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