This Valen­tine’s Day, Re­new your vows of love

The Miracle - - Youth -

Our Prophet (S) is too great, and his im­age and rep­u­ta­tion even are too great, to be at all af­fected by the few years back con­tro­versy over the car­toons. It is heart­en­ing to see that love for him (S) is alive and well, that there are some things Mus­lims just won’t stand for... be­cause un­for­tu­nately lately we’ve put up with a lot of op­pres­sion ion and in­jus­tice, with­out do­ing any­thing about it. So we should be glad that hope­fully this has wo­ken some of us up, re-awak­ened our feel­ings for the Prophet (SAW). But true love is not some­thing shown only on oc­ca­sions like this. The re­ac­tion of some Mus­lims re­minds one of a teenager who punches out some bully at school for in­sult­ing his mom, but who him­self, on a daily ba­sis, dis­obeys and dis­re­spects his Mom. How many peo­ple who are up­set to­day about the car­toons don’t ac­tu­ally even pray Fajr on time? How many who are an­gry about the car­toons con­tinue to do things they know are against what the Prophet(S) wanted for them - ?con­tinue to en­ter­tain re­la­tion­ships with the op­po­site sex, talk about who’s hot and who’s not... act noth­ing like his fol­low­ers, most of the time.

And yet, we claim to love him(S).

It’s al­most Valen­tine’s Day so let me ask: would any wife ap­pre­ci­ate be­ing given a huge bou­quet on Valen­tine’s Day and be­ing ig­nored the rest of the year? Would any hus­band ap­pre­ci­ate be­ing given a box of choco­lates on Valen­tine’s Day, and ig­nored the rest of the year? For that mat­ter, would any mother ap­pre­ci­ate be­ing given a card and gift, even a di­a­mond ring, on Mother’s Day, and for­got­ten the rest of the year? In a mar­riage, you are ex­pected to be true to the per­son you marry, in good time and bad times, when it’s easy...and when it’s hard - and not just on Valen­tine’s Day. After all, you’ve heard many times, the bride and groom be­ing asked: “Do you take this per­son to be your wed­ded [hus­band/wife] to live to­gether in mar­riage? Do you prom­ise to love, com­fort, honor and keep [him/her] For bet­ter or worse, for richer or poorer, in sick­ness and in health. And for­sak­ing all oth­ers,be faith­ful only to him/her till death do you part?” To which they an­swer: “I do.” (This is a Medieval Euro­pean tra­di­tion - to ut­ter th­ese vows). Th­ese vows are beau­ti­ful, if only peo­ple in the west ac­tu­ally kept to them. But we find, even in re­la­tion­ships be­tween men and women, there is not much loy­alty any­more...even though ev­ery­one is ob­sessed with the re­la­tion­ship be­tween men and women, they still haven’t fig­ured out that love is not in di­a­mond rings and heartshaped bal­loons. Love is in the small things, the daily things, the ev­ery­day. True love is in ev­ery ac­tion, not just the great, but the tiny too, mo­ment after mo­ment, sac­ri­fice after sac­ri­fice. At first it is hard, then once love ac­tu­ally enters the heart, what­ever was hard be­comes easy And at that point, the Beloved per­me­ates ev­ery cor­ner of one’s life, ev­ery cell sings his name.... That is love. Let us turn to an even more im­por­tant re­la­tion­ship, the one you should have with the Beloved Prophet (S), the topic of all this con­tro­versy. Shouldn’t your re­la­tion­ship with the Prophet (S) be even more valu­able to you than any other? Well, the early Sa­habas took vows to the Prophet (S) to de­clare their loy­alty. The Pledge, the Oath, (Bay’a) that 12 early Mus­lims took de­clared their al­le­giance to the Prophet (S): We shall not as­so­ci­ate any­one with Al­lah (The One God): whether in wor­ship, His at­tributes, His power or His author­ity. We shall not in­dulge in adul­tery, for­ni­ca­tion, and prac­tice or prop­a­gate any other in­de­cency. We shall not steal or rob any­one We shall not prac­tice the cus­tom of killing chil­dren. We shall not falsely ac­cuse or back­bite any­one. We shall not dis­obey you in good deeds and just cause. We shall al­ways fol­low you,

be it hard or easy, to our lik­ing or not, and we shall act ac­cord­ing to your com­mands. We shall fol­low and obey your de­ci­sions even if it be against our­selves and in fa­vor of oth­ers. We shall not par­tic­i­pate in op­pos­ing the de­serv­ing per­sons of author­ity or po­si­tions. We shall sup­port the truth and jus­tice and stand firm un­der all cir­cum­stances. In mat­ters of Al­lah’s re­li­gion,we shall not be afraid for our name, dis­re­pute, dis­grace, or blame. One of the Com­pan­ions who got to be part of that pledge said: “I wit­nessed the night of Al-’Aqaba (pledge) with Al­lah’s Apos­tle when we pledged for Is­lam, and I would not ex­change it for the Bat­tle of Badr although the Bat­tle of Badr is more pop­u­lar amongst the peo­ple than it (i.e. Al-’Aqaba pledge).”The Bat­tle of Badr is cer­tainly the most fa­mous bat­tle fought by the early Mus­lims, and was one the Mus­lims had a great vic­tory in; even though they were far out­num­bered, Al­lah sent An­gels to help the Mus­lims...but here this Com­pan­ion (R) is say­ing how dear the pledge was...and what a great honor it was to take it....We too can take that pledge, in our hearts....

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