The book of exegesis of Qur’an, you can see highlighted here and there lay open at the table, brings to light chapter al-Hujrat.
I started studying this surah recently. Yes, I could say that this surah came in my life in days when the hashtag #Iloveprophetmuhammadchallenge went viral; the times when the DPs and status messages ran green. (Peace Be Upon Him)
‘Back to surah Hujrat’
In these verses, Allaah the Exalted teaches His faithful servants the good manners they should observe with the Messenger (PBUH), which are respect, honor and esteem.
With regards to the second verse particularly; that says, ‘Raise not your voices above the voice of the Prophet’ It was stated that this Ayah was revealed about Abu Bakr and `Umar.
It is found in Al-Bukhari that the two righteous ones, Abu Bakr and `Umar, almost earned destruction when they raised their voices before the Prophet who was receiving the delegation of Bani Tamim. One of them recommended one man the member of the Banu Mujashi` while the other recommended another man. Abu Bakr said to `Umar, `You only wanted to contradict me,’ while `Umar said, `I did not intend to contradict you.’ Their voices then became loud, thereupon Allah the Exalted sent down this Ayah,
O you who believe! Raise not your voices above the voice of the Prophet, nor speak aloud to him in talk as you speak aloud to one another, lest your deeds should be thwarted while you perceive not.[AL-QUR’AN; 49:02]
Abdullah bin Az-Zubayr said, “After that, `Umar’s voice was so low that the Messenger of Allah had to ask him to repeat what he said so that he could understand what he was saying to him.”
This was when the Prophet (PBUH) was between them.
How does it hold true now? Ever wondered?
Well, I was just thinking about the very first verse, the previous one.
O you who believe! Make not (a decision) in advance before Allah and His Messenger, and have Taqwa of Allah. Verily, Allah is Hearing, Knowing.[AL-QUR’AN; 49:01]
Make not any decision in advance before Allah and His Messenger means to follow his lead in all matters. ‘No Matter What’. It means to not say anything that contradicts the Qur’an and Sunnah. It means to not do anything that he has prohibited.
Do you know how do we raise our voices above the voice of the Prophet, when he is no more between us in this world?
When we say, ‘my life my rules’
When we say, ‘do what your heart feels like’
It is when our favorite sound is our own voice; and, the noise of that voice drown out everything else.
And, then, we not only follow our whims and desires but justify them too, in spite of the explicit guidance lay open in front of us.
Let’s introspect ourselves
Let’s give the respect he (PBUH) deserves by obeying him more and more, in every sphere of our lives.
Do you know what else lay open at the table?The juz you can see on the stand is open at chapter al-Munafiqoon (the hypocrites) at verse 8. It says…
…But the honor belongs to Allah, and to His Messenger, and to the believers, but the hypocrites know not.[AL-QUR’AN; 63:08]
The honor belongs to my beloved Prophet (PBUH) no matter what the nasty souls do.
The Might of Pen