Lecture by Shaykh Yasir Qadhi | Transcribed by Zara T.
This is Part 1 of the Seerah series, click to read Part 2.
[The following is the video and transcript of Shaykh Yasir Qadhi’s Lectures on Seerah. The transcript includes slight modifications for the sake of readability and clarity].
Today inshā’Allāh ta‘āla we will embark on a new series of lectures, a series of lectures concentrating on the life and times of the single greatest human being who has ever lived, ever walked, on the face of this earth. And in today’s lecture I wanted to begin by talking about some of the broad characteristics of our Prophet . Some of the what, in Arabic, is called shamaa-il…some of the unique and specific characteristics that Allāh has given to our Prophet .
Before we embark on the journey of seerah and why we study seerah, and what is seerah, that will be inshā’Allāh next week, and then we begin with the birth and the pre-Islamic Arabia, all of this will come. Before we even begin a little bit, a tantalizing tidbit if you like, of the characteristics, of the unique specialties that our Prophet was blessed with. Because when we begin these series by talking about his specialties, even though all of us are motivated to study his seerah, when we study his specialties, we will be even more motivated and we’ll be even more eager to learn about the life and times, the lessons and morals, the incidents that occurred in the life of our Prophet Muhammad .
And so where then do we begin when it comes to describing the one whom Allāh has chosen above the entire creation? How can we do justice to him when Allāh ‘azza wa jall Himself says “Wa rafa’na laka dhikrak”. Allāh says: We have raised up your mentioning and remembrance. Allāh has raised up his mentioning and remembrance and Ibn Abbas and other scholars of the ṣaḥābah, they said, Allāh has raised up his remembrance such that whenever Allāh is mentioned, the Prophet is mentioned right after that. And how true this is, whenever Allāh is mentioned, the Prophet is almost always mentioned right after that. Even in our shahādah, “La ilāha illa Allāh Muhammadur Rasul Allāh”, in the athan, in the ṣalāh that we pray, in the Qurʾān itself, there is hardly a khutbah that we give except that we praise Allāh and we send salat and salaam upon the Prophet Muhammad . When Allāh Himself has called our Prophet a rahmat al lil ‘alameen-you are the mercy to the entire world. You are the embodiment of rahmah. Allāh has sent you and through you, you will be given rahmah, and you are rahmah, and you are the channel of Allāh’s rahmah.
So he is rahmah…the Prophet is rahmah, and his sending is rahmah, and his message is rahmah, and his teachings is rahmah and believing and acting upon what he has come with is a rahmah. He is everything associated with mercy. That is rahmatal lil ‘alameen. So how then can we begin to do justice to the Prophet when Allāh has praised him so highly?
However, even if we cannot mention all of those blessings and characteristics, then at least let us mention some so that they can be an indication for that which cannot be mentioned because of time and restrictions. And we begin by mentioning some of the names that Allāh ‘azza wa jall gave our Prophet Muhammad , for our Prophet had many names. Many of the names of our Prophet were given to him by later people…the sahabah, tabioon, and the early scholars. And one of the famous scholars of the seerah has derived over 250 names of the Prophet and if we were to give a class on this, we’d spend 3-4 weeks just talking about that list. But I wanted to mention some of the names that Allāh has given him. Because, you see, names come from Allāh and names come from the people. And obviously, the ones that come from the people, we can benefit from them. But the ones that Allāh has given our Prophet , those are the primary names that have the deepest meaning.