Title: Muhammad: As if you can see him
Author: A’id al Qarni
Category: Islamic, Non-fiction, Seerah
Publisher: IIPH (2008)
This book has been on my shelf for a while, and it has been on my to be read pile for 3 months and now after finishing it in two days, I can only wonder why I did not read it sooner. Alhamdulillah! I got a chance to read it in my life time.
The author is one of my favourites. I loved his “Don’t be sad” and “You can be the happiest woman in the world“. And after reading this book, I can say A’id Al Qarni has a gift. MashaAllah!
Shaykh A’id has memorized the Noble Qur’an as well as thr book Buloogh al-Muram. The Shaykh has committed to memory approximately 5000 hadith narrations and amazingly more than 10, 000 verses of poetry.
The book is obviously about the Prophet Muhammad (SAW). A man who is categorically the best human being ever to live. A’id Al Qarni said the truth, my mind was captured and it was like I could see him.
لَقَدْ كَانَ لَكُمْ فِي رَسُولِ اللَّهِ أُسْوَةٌ حَسَنَةٌ لِمَنْ كَانَ يَرْجُو اللَّهَ وَالْيَوْمَ الْآخِرَ وَذَكَرَ اللَّهَ كَثِيرًا
There has certainly been for you in the Messenger of Allah an excellent pattern for anyone whose hope is in Allah and the Last Day and [who] remembers Allah often.
[Surat Al-Ahzab 21]
Prophet Muhammad (SAW) was a man of not just outstanding character, he had the best of all characters. He was generous, kind, patient, grateful, loved, brave, strong, wise, trustworthy, pure and humble. He was a mercy, a Warner, a bearer of glad tidings, an amazing teacher and a loving husband and father. And….he was human.
His focus (SAW) was not this world (the Dunya) or its “treasures”, his focus was the long lasting and better hereafter. He did not hoard money, cattle or land. He did not fear poverty. He knew loss and hardship but he never lost faith. He encouraged his companions and all the people he came across. He inspired them. And how they loved him. Such a mercy he was.
An Arab poet once noted that the Prophet (SAW) would have altogether forsaken the word ‘no’ had it not been for the Tashahud (the testimony of faith). What the poet meant was no one ever asked for something – money, food, clothing or the likes and He (SAW) never said no.
A’id Al Qarni was able to also beautifully depict the love between Allah and His Messenger, and between the Messenger (SAW) and his companions – they loved and obeyed him. They trusted him and believed in him.
If the Messenger (SAW) was giving a sermon from the pulpit and he said, “Sit down and listen”, the companions stopped wherever they were (even if they were walking) and sat down.
Al Qarni’s writing style is so fluid and easy to read. He knows exactly who he is writing about and he writes from a place of love. His word flows like poetry, strikes a chord, tugs at your heart (and soul) and turns you to mush. SubhanAllah!
O, Allah! Send prayers and salutations upon Your Prophet (SAW) for as long as tongues utter his name, for as long as he is spoken about and remembered by both jinns and men, for as long as the sun rises in the morning and sets in the evening and until the Last Day. Amin.
First, it is not a book you borrow but one you own. I will recommend this book to everyone, Muslim or Christian. To anyone who feels lost or who needs a role model. Every home should have a copy and everyone should read it at least once in their life.
Until next time,