Posted by: Dawud Israel | March 7, 2010

The Breadth of ‘Sirajum Muneera’

Bismillah, alhamdulillah, wa salat wa salam ala Rasulullah

Breath in (yes, it’s a play on words with the title of this post, not a typo!) and out and imagine the sound of your breathing as if it were the breath of the Noble Prophet salallahu alayhi wasalam. How did that feel? The world is a truly beautiful and remarkable place, but when you breathed in and out like that, imagining the breath of the Prophet Muhammad salallahu alayhi wasalam to be similar, you probably felt your world shift a little. How different your world would be if the Prophet salallahu alayhi wasalam were among us!

How drastically does your conception of the world, of reality, of your very experience change when you realize, the Prophet salallahu alayhi wasalam walked this Earth and the Sahabas after him, to the Muslims up until today. The world takes on a wholly new meaning, when you are conscious of the fact Muhammad salallahu alayhi wasalam walked this Earth. Jibril alayhi salam showed Muhammad salallahu alayhi wasalam his true form, with his countless wings filling the horizon…it has been 1,400 years since the time of the Prophet salallahu alayhi wasalam and history has documented how drastically the Nubuwah of Muhammad salallahu alayhi wasalam has shaped the world and yet we still won’t know the extent of his (salallahu alayhi wasalam’s) true form until we see him on Yawmul Qiyamah as an Intercessor for humanity before Allah.

In our society we view the world as largely utilitarian; having imbibed the Western views of the world every structure has some function. Nature is there for our taking. But consider Nabi salallahu alayhi wasalam’s mere presence and how the palm tree would miss the Prophet salallahu alayhi wasalam when he stopped making khutbah near it, or now the rocks and stones made sujud to him when he visited Syria as a young boy or how the mountain of Uhud trembled out of love, (hadith: Qatadah reported from Anas ibn Malik (may Allah be pleased with him) who said: Allah’s Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Uhud is a mountain which loves us and which we love.”) The whole landscape of the world is transformed in its meaning when you consider the stature of Nabi salalallahu alayhi wasalam, the best of creation. The meaning is one of connectedness, a sense of home, a sense of community with all of creation and history, and there is a majesty in this, especially in how the natural world, the awliya, the Prophets, and the angels congregate around the Prophet salallahu alayhi wasalam and find their truest, fullest and purest expression (of what they are) in the life of Muhammad salallahu alayhi wasalam. It is in Nabi Muhammad salallahu alayhi wasalam’s life do we find our part in the story of the universe. And it is only then do we really feel some ease. This is why tawakkul (trust in Allah) comes easy to the believers.

“And as one who invites unto Allah by His permission, and as a lamp that gives light (SirajumMunira).” (Holy Qur’an, 33:46)

It is best put in the words of the Quran, that Nabi salallahu alayhi wasalam is Sirajum Muneera, one who has illuminated the way. Light is not simply a metaphor for guidance but also a reality. Nabi salallahu alayhi wasalam is also described as Rahmatil lil-alameen, as a Mercy to the Worlds, where his guidance, and blessedness extends to both the macro and micro-level and to areas we cannot even consider. The world is awash in the light of Rasulullah salallahu alayhi wasalam, when you truly appreciate he walked this Earth does existence and life make sense. Light not only illuminates but shows the contours and the distinctions of everything. In this way, he salallahu alayhi wasalam illuminates everything like a lamp in the sky, and it is by understanding Muhammad salallahu alayhi wasalam that we can come to fully appreciate and understanding the meaning of the world around us, where in human terms, God’s Majestic intentions are made known to the world.

The hadith mention, if it were not for Muhammad Habibullah, the beloved of Allah, salallahu alayhi wasalam, Allah would not have created the world. This is how heavy his role is! This is the context and understanding you should look at the world through. A mercy indeed he is, if his mere existence is the reason for the world’s existence! Look around. How does the world appear to you now?

There is another hadith where the Prophet salallahu alayhi wasalam is asked, “What was the first thing Allah created?” to which the reply is “Nur Nabiyika- the Light of your Prophet (salallahu alayhi salam).” It is out of this light that Allah made His creation, and brought forth our existence. If you understand this now, you see even more how essential Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasalam is in the fullest meaning of the word, ‘essential’. Our Noble Nabi salallahu alayhi wasalam is intimately tied to and connected with our existence. It is perhaps for this reason the hadith “utitu jawamil kalim,” that, “I was given comprehensive speech” and in his words we find a broadness of meaning and many different interpretations all equally true and profound, always creating an increased sense of profondity and amazement at the initial hadith. This comprehensive speech is mentioned by Imam Ghazali:

It is by experiencing, in other words, the truth of such Prophetic teachings as, ‘Whoever acts on the basis of what they know, Allah will grant them knowledge of what they do not know,’ or ‘Whoever assists an evil-doer (zalim), Allah will eventually turn the latter against them,’ that one comes to realize the truth of the Prophet’s message.

And it is this comprehensive speech, which encompasses truth in all its forms in this world, that is no surprise because his light is connected with the light of existence; if from his light existence was brought about, than who else among humanity could have words better to explain it?

How fitting is it that the Sunnah is called in the Quran as Hikmah, the Wisdom? How much more fitting is it to understand the Sunnah and all that it prescribes for us is not something for temporary moments, but that the Sunnah comes from the perspective of the light of wujud (existence) and therefore, can never be mistaken. The Sunnah has all of existence in mind, meaning all of space and all of time, so it transcends the ‘aql (mind) and in this sense you can understand why it is paired with the Quran, the Book of Allah. Why then is it amazing or remarkable to hear of how adherence to the Allah’s Quran and the blessed Sunnah is a reason for miracles?

Ah, but if this is what I have mentioned of the light of Muhammad (salallahu alayhi wasalam) than understand how much greater is the light of Allah, who is the “Nur as-samawati wa’l ardh- the light of the heavens and Earth!” Intellect fails me here.

Try this exercise: Stare out your window for a good period of time and bring what I have discussed here to mind. Take a good amount of time doing his and bring to mind what it would have felt like to have Nabi salallahu alayhi wasalam’s present. It will affect not only the landscape of the world, and how you see it, but in perceiving that change it will shift your social and personal landscape, how you interact with others and how you interact with yourself. Everything is put into its place, everything is given due propriety and you know how to be a true and full human being. Tranquility and peace is the end result.

Subhana kallahumma wa bihmadika ash-haduana la illaha illa ant astaghfiruka wa atubu ilayk, ameen.


  1. […] The Breadth of ‘Sirajum Muneera’ « MUSLIMOLOGY […]

  2. Jazakum Allah khair. It is in fact statistically probable that each breath we take contains molecules of air which passed the blessed lips of the Beloved of Allah (alaihis-salat was-salam.) So let us all make each breathe count.

    • How awesome is that! Subhana Allah!

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