by Shaykh Mawlānā Muhammad Saleem Dhorat hafizahullāh
Without doubt the Ummah of the final Prophet sallallāhu ‘alayhi wasallam has been blessed like no other. To be a part of the Ummah of the greatest of Allāh ta‘ālā’s creation, the most special and beloved to Allāh ta‘ālā, is a status beyond any. However, it is pitiful that despite being blessed with this great fortune, the Ummah today has forgotten its roots. It knows too little of the life of the Greatest of Mankind to be able to appreciate and follow His example.
The Sahābah radhiyallāhu ‘anhum, and thereafter the pious predecessors, valued this connection, and their lives were remarkable living examples of how valuable this connection is. Their statements, poetic expressions and detailed narratives of not only incidents from the life of Rasūlullāh sallallāhu ‘alayhi wasallam but also his features and habits have left a treasure for this Ummah to benefit from. Many dedicated their lives to this, and to this day the ‘Ulamā and pious individuals of this Ummah continue to strive to revive the sīrah and sunnah of Rasūlullāh sallallāhu ‘alayhi wasallam.
Mujāhadah doesn’t mean to sleep on the floor when there is a bed to sleep on, nor does it mean to use cold water when warm water is available; mujāhadah is to compel the nafs to obey the commands of Allāh ta‘ālā when it does not want to comply.
Shaykh Mawlānā Muhammad Saleem Dhorat hafizahullāh