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Seerah Series | Part 1: Specialties of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) | Shaykh Yasir Qadhi

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And of the ahadith that the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) mentioned his names, he said, ‘An Jubair ibn Mut’im, [ra] in Sahih Muslim, the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said, “I have a number of names.” (so the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) is telling us he has a number of names). He said, Ana Muhammad, I am Muhammad, Wa ana Ahmad…and I am Ahmad, wa anal Mahee…and I am al Mahee (of his name is Al Mahee. And he explained: Al Mahee is the one for whom, Allāh erases kufr)…wa anal Haashirof his names is al Hashir…people will be resurrected (hashara yahshuru means to be resurrected) on my footsteps, or meaning, after me. Wa anal ‘Aaqib…of his names is ‘Aaqib. And he said al ‘Aaqib is the one who has no Prophet after me. “Wa ana nabiiyyur rahmah,” he said. I am the nabiyyur rahmah. That is one of my names. Nabbiyyur Rahmah. “Wa anna nabiyy ut tawbah.” And I am the nabi of repentance. “Wa anal muqaffah.” And he is the muqaffah. And the qaffah, we’re going to explain what this means, but the one who has come after all, or the one who comes consequently, the one who comes at the end of a long chain. That is al muqaffah. “Wa anna nabiyyul malaahim.” And I am the Prophet of mallaahim. We’re going to explain all of these names one by one.

So, the most common names of the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) and the two that the Qurʾān explicitly mentions, the Qurʾān mentions many adjectives, but it only mentions two nouns. The Qurʾān mentions many adjectives for the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him). From those adjectives, we can derive names. So nabbiyyur rahmah, we can derive it from the Qurʾān. Rahmatal lil ‘alameen. This is a description, an adjective. But in terms of proper nouns, or in terms of nouns, there are two names that are mentioned, and these names are Muhammad and Ahmad. The name Muhammad is mentioned four times in the Qurʾān. And the name Ahmad is mentioned a few times as well, if my memory serves me correctly, it is 2 or 3 times, the name Ahmad is mentioned, and every time it is mentioned, it is mentioned from the tongue of Jesus Christ. The only time Ahmad is mentioned is from the tongue of Jesus Christ. “Nabi mim ba’ad ismuhu Ahmad.” Isa ibn Maryam says that I am going to tell you of a Prophet coming after me, his name is Ahmad.

Both Muhammad and Ahmad come from Hamida. Yahmadu hamdan. And hamd means to praise, but not any type of praise. Hamd is, the first word of the Qurʾān, alḥamdulillāh, and hamd means to praise, not in return for some favor given to you (because that is shukr – somebody does something for you, you praise them back, that is shukr…That is a praise bi muqaabil. It’s something that you give and take…you give me some money, I say “thank you” or “you’re a generous man” this is not called hamd. This is shukr. Because you have given something back in return for something he’s given you). Hamd is higher than shukr.  Shukr is a transaction in a way, even though it is something that is good. Higher than shukr is hamd, and hamd is the highest form of praise. Hamd is the praise that is given because of the inherent characteristics in the object that you’re praising. Not because he’s done anything for you, you’re giving back to him. Because he deserves to be praised for who he is. Hamd is for an object of perfection, an object that is worthy of being praised. Regardless of what he’s done or hasn’t done, he is worthy of being shown praise. And so the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) has two names, and his two most common names come from the root which describes praise, why?

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Because Allāh has praised him and the angels have praised him, and the people on earth have praised him, and all the prophets have praised him and every single one of mankind praises him directly or indirectly. As for praising him directly, these are the Muslims, they praise him directly. And as for praising him indirectly, then the characteristics and qualities that he has come with are characteristics and qualities of perfection, so even those who reject him by the tongue, they must admit and they must praise the qualities that he came with: mercy, tenderness, rahmah, shafaqa, it doesn’t matter even if their tongues deny his prophethood, they must praise the qualities that are in him. So he is worthy of praise from all of humanity. And therefore, the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) is praised in the heavens and in the earth. He is praised in the previous ummam and in the present ummam. He is praised in this dunya and in the ākhirah. This is the ultimate praise. There is no human being who has ever been praised or is praised at this point in time or who shall continue to be praised more than our Prophet [saws]. And think about it: no millisecond occurs on this earth except that there are, not millions, not tens of millions…hundreds of millions of people around the globe praising this one person ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him)…either by sending durood and salat and salam or by giving a khutbah or lecture or by saying the salah (cause you cannot pray any salah, you cannot pray any rakah, except that what do you do in that rakah? Allāhuma salli ‘ala Muhammad wa ‘ala aali Muhammad…). Think about it. There is no second on earth that goes by except that hundreds of millions of people are praising this one human being. There is no person who is more praised than our Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him).

And the ultimate praise that he will be given by humanity – of course the ultimate praise he is given is by Allāh. As for humanity, the ultimate praise he will be given will be the praise that he will be given on Yawm al Qiyamah, on the Day of Judgment. On that day, all kaafirs will know the truth of Islam. You cannot deny Allāh when you are seeing  Yawm’l-Qiyāmah. Muslim and non-Muslim, they will know the truth…of course it is too late to believe in the truth, but they will know it.

So when they recognize the truth, the people will all go to Adam 'alayhi'l-salām (peace be upon him) (the hadith is in Bukhari and Muslim) They will all go to Adam 'alayhi'l-salām (peace be upon him) and they will say “Oh Adam, you are our father and Allāh created you with His hands and Allāh blew His ruh into you. Do you not see the situation your children are in? Why don’t you go to Allāh and beg for forgiveness? Why don’t you go to Allāh and beg Him to start the reckoning so that we can move on?”

So Adam 'alayhi'l-salām (peace be upon him) will make an excuse and he will say, “I committed a sin that I should not have done,” meaning I’m not worthy to go and ask Allāh ‘azza wa jall. I committed a sin and I’m worried about myself. “Nafsee nafsee.” Go to another person, go to Nuh 'alayhi'l-salām (peace be upon him). And so humanity at large will go to the Prophet Nuh, and the same request. And the Prophet Nuh will say “I made a mistake which I should not have done. Allāh told me not to ask anybody to be saved and I asked Him to save my son and I disobeyed Him and I’m worried about myself. “Nafsee nafsee.” Go to somebody else, go to Ibrahim.” They will go to Ibrahim 'alayhi'l-salām (peace be upon him). Ibrahim 'alayhi'l-salām (peace be upon him) will say the same thing, that “I made three lies” (even though they were not lies but he’s so worried). He says, “I made three lies and I’m worried about those lies on the Day of Judgment” what are these three lies? Number one, he said “the big idol did it,”…this is da’wah, it’s not even a lie.  But he’s so worried now “I don’t know, maybe Allāh will call me to task.” Number two he said “I’m sick,” when his people went out of the town he said “Inee saqeem. I’m sick, I don’t want to go with you…let me stay here” why? Because he wanted to destroy the idols. And number three, he called Sarah, his wife, he said “Sarah is my sister,” (meaning, in Islam, because the king was about to kill him) so he said she’s my sister, I’m not husband-wife, we are sister and brother, meaning, and he meant sister in Islam because he wanted to save his life. These three things he was so worried about, he said “I’m too scared, go to somebody else. Go to Musa 'alayhi'l-salām (peace be upon him).”

And Musa will also make an excuse. He will say, “I killed somebody in anger [even though it was an accident]. I killed somebody in anger, I’m worried, so go to somebody else.” They will go to Isa. Isa 'alayhi'l-salām (peace be upon him) will also say, “I’m not worthy, go to somebody else,” and so all of mankind will come to the Prophet Muhammad ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him). All of mankind. Muslim and kaafir. And they will beg the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) to intercede, to be a representative, to be a messenger from them to Allāh and to be an intercessor and to be a representative. So they choose one human being to be a representative, to go in front of Allāh and plead for all of humanity. Plead what? To begin  Yawm’l-Qiyāmah, because the qiyāmah is taking too long, and they are getting so worried, so, if you like, the punishment is increasing because qiyāmah itself is 50,000 years. Qiyāmah itself is a type of punishment and the people who have rejected Allāh, they will be so exasperated by qiyāmah. They will say “whatever comes, let it come, let’s just get rid of this day. Let’s move on to whatever it is. The tension is too much.“

So they will beg Rasūlullāh ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) to go in front of Allāh and ask Allāh to begin the reckoning. And so the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) will say, “This is my job, this is my responsibility,” and so he will then go in front of Allāh and because he will be the representative, all of humanity will praise him and he will be given the praiseworthy station which is called Al Maqaam al Mahmood. This is Al Maqaam al Mahmood. This is exactly what Al Maqaam al Mahmood is. What does Al Maqaam al Mahmood mean? Al Maqaam al Mahmood means the station, maqaam, the rank that is mahmood. What is mahmood? From hamd. It is the one that is praised. Everyone will praise him. No human being will be left except that he will thank the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) and be thankful to him and praise him for the Al Maqaam al Mahmood. Allāh will lift him up to the maqaam al mahmood. The angels will praise him. Humanity will praise him. Every single being in existence will praise the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) at that point in time. It is Al Maqaam al Mahmood. And because it is Al Maqaam al Mahmood, who better than it be given to the one who is Muhammad and the one who is Ahmad? Al Maqaam al Mahmood is for Muhammad and it is for Ahmad, and both of them mean the one who is ultimately praised.

What is the difference between Muhammad and Ahmad? Muhammad, for those of you who are learning Arabic, is mufa’al and hammada yuhammidu tahmeed and Muhammad means that he is being given continuous praise. Continuously, time after time, praise after praise. So Muhammad is for the quantity of praise, that every single point in time he is being praised. And as we already said, from the beginning of time up until our time, till the Day of Judgment, on the Day of Judgment, after the Day of Judgment, all of the time our Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) will be praised. So Muhammad is for continuity. Muhammad is for quantity.

And as for Ahmad, ‘ala waznee af’aal, Ahmad means that he is being given the best type of praise, the highest quality of praise. So Ahmad is for quality, Muhammad is for quantity, and the both are combined in our Rasul ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him), that he is worthy of being praised the highest way that any human being can be praised. Of course the praise that we give to Allāh is a different type of praise and that is a divine praise. But the highest praise for any human being is for our Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) and the most continuous praise is for our Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him). So Muhammad is for quantity, Ahmad is for quality, and the both of them are combined in our Rasul ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) who will be given Al Maqaam al Mahmood which is the praiseworthy station

Now, as for the issue of why is it that the prophet Musa 'alayhi'l-salām (peace be upon him) predicted our Rasul with the name of Muhammad as the Qurʾān says, and Isa predicted our Rasul with the name of Ahmad, the famous scholar Ibn al Qayyim said that the wisdom behind this is that the largest ummah after our ummah is that of the Jews, the Bani Israel. They are the largest ummah of real followers. That is because the Christians, as we believe, the majority of them, they took a different path, that of Paul and his version of Christianity. The original Christians, the true believers of Isa were few in number and their religion died out very quickly (as you know Constantine and all of these, they changed the religion and it became a trinity, it became a divine nature of Jesus Christ, of course Isa never preached this from our perspective) So the prophet Musa 'alayhi'l-salām (peace be upon him), his people were the largest ummah of true Muslims, after our ummah. And therefore they were given quantity, because they have quantity. So they are told the name that is conducive, that is fitting with them because they’re a large quantity. As for the prophet Isa 'alayhi'l-salām (peace be upon him), his followers were few, his disciples were few and the people who truly followed the actual message of Jesus Christ were not that many, but they were great in quality. The disciples and those who followed them, they were persecuted, they were tortured, the pagan Romans killed them. They put them in front of the lions, they combed their bones and their flesh with combs of iron, just like you see in the movies, these tortures, and this was given to the early Christians, the real Christians, meaning the followers of Jesus Christ: the true followers of Isa ibn Maryam. They were few in number but they were truly devoted and righteous and so for them, they were given the name Ahmad because they were people of quality, and they were told that our Rasul ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) would be the one who is worthy of the best quality of praise. And so Muhammad and Ahmad are both his names.

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Sh. Dr. Yasir Qadhi is someone that believes that one's life should be judged by more than just academic degrees and scholastic accomplishments. Friends and foe alike acknowledge that one of his main weaknesses is ice-cream, which he seems to enjoy with a rather sinister passion. The highlight of his day is twirling his little girl (a.k.a. "my little princess") round and round in the air and watching her squeal with joy. A few tid-bits from his mundane life: Sh. Yasir has a Bachelors in Hadith and a Masters in Theology from Islamic University of Madinah, and a PhD in Islamic Studies from Yale University. He is an instructor and Dean of Academic Affairs at AlMaghrib, and the Resident Scholar of the Memphis Islamic Center.

19 Comments

19 Comments

  1. mg

    November 25, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    Thank you for transcribing this lecture. It is much easier to read than listen. Also it is a great review and motivation for reading more of the Seerah. One a personal note, this Speaker’s voice and style get on my nerves but the content is Amazing !!!
    Jazakum Allah Khayrun !!

    • amatullah

      December 12, 2016 at 8:26 AM

      Assalamu Alaykum jazakumullahu khairan Sheikh .
      Does anyone know where can i find the transcript for the following ?

      Seerah of Prophet Muhammad 102 – The Mosque & Grave of Muhammad ~ Dr. Ya… https://youtu.be/2XbZRxcu2g0 via @YouTube

      wassalam

  2. Stranger

    November 25, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    JazakAllah khayr. Just curious, will you be transcribing his entire Seerah series? To have something like this series transcribed is extremely beneficial.

  3. Zaid Mohammad

    November 25, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    Assalamualikum
    Jazak’Allahu Khairan for this, I’ve been thinking of making notes on these lectures, but to think you’ve managed to write a transcript, Masha’Allah.
    This is very beneficial, but are you working on the entire series? If you did, it’ll be an understatement if I said that, that would be very beneficial.
    May Allah(Swt) accept and allow us to benefit.

  4. Ibrahim

    November 28, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    I started transcribing some a while back (up till part 10; with modifications of course); if they can assist in this project please let me know and Ill send the file over

    • abdur rahman

      December 13, 2013 at 10:51 PM

      Love the notes above but the only problem above is number two. The prophet’s being decreed before adam being something unique to him is something problematic to say. The prophet was saying that i was decreed at that point.

      We know from another hadeeth that everything has been decreed after Allaah created the pen. So i don’t believe this is something specific to the prophet. Allaah knew everything that was decreed way before Adam’s creation.

      I do not agree with shaikh yasir on that, if the hadith he quoted is even authentic in the first place.

      Allaah knows best.

    • Mohammad Ilyas Mir

      October 24, 2016 at 3:04 AM

      How many lectures have you transcribed?

  5. Riz Khan

    December 14, 2013 at 9:13 PM

    I like you Shaykh Yasir Qadhi… continue your amazing works . May Allah bless you !

  6. Redpen99

    February 9, 2014 at 10:40 PM

    salams. Where can I find the transcripts brother Ibrahim? I would like to use these notes for a lesson. JazakaAllah khair

  7. Sulastri

    March 31, 2014 at 1:14 AM

    I am very very grateful to Sheikh Yasir Qadhi and everyone involved in getting this lecture transcribed. I can print and read it offline or when I am on the move. Thank you so much. May Allah SWT bless you all.

  8. Safwan

    February 7, 2015 at 12:56 PM

    Jazak’Allah Khair for this.

    For anyone wanting more transcribed notes for the seerah lectures, please visit https://www.scribd.com/safwan9khan.

    I have (as of writing) completed notes for all the lectures up to lecture 61. The remaining will be complete within the next two months inshaAllah. Please share with others if you find them beneficial.

    • Mohammed Touaha Akbar

      January 5, 2016 at 1:44 PM

      Brother Safwan,

      Assalamu ‘alaikum,

      I am Touaha from Bangladesh. I have read your notes on Seerah from your scribd uploads. It was great and so much promising. I am an Islamic Studies teacher of an Islamic School. I was so much inspired from your notes that I talked to my school director about teaching seerah of grade 6 and 7 students, and got positive response. We are doing it for the sake of Islam. If you allow me I can use your notes for the preparation of doing the discussion with them, so that both of you and me can be benefitted as brothers of Islam in the Hereafter InShaAllah.

      If you are positive about this you can email me the MS Word files (doc files) of these notes, thus it will be convenient for me to print them and take them in the class to share with them. After the class I will provide them your awesome notes with some modification (I may summerize them a bit as they are little children), so they can read and remind themselves and also can share them with people, and talk to people from those notes if they want. I couldn’t copy-paste them from the site (scribd), thus asking for your kind help.

      I prayed to Allah for both of you and me for these notes thus we can benefit ourselves.
      My email id: touaha.geb.cu@gmail.com

      • amatullah

        December 12, 2016 at 8:46 AM

        assalamu alaykum,
        Can I ask where you found the notes please ?
        I am looking for the transcript of this lecture :

        Seerah of Prophet Muhammad 102 – The Mosque & Grave of Muhammad ~ Dr. Ya… https://youtu.be/2XbZRxcu2g0 via @YouTube

    • Waseem soomro

      January 13, 2016 at 4:09 AM

      JazakAllah kher for this. May Allah reward you.
      Also, i am searching a document in the for of timeline or a mapping so those of us who have watched all videos, can getback to the content for reference quickly. and use this valuable information.
      I am sure someone have already thought of it, and made available. ?

      But if not, I have some idea for this, if Allah will, i can build something.

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  11. Deborah Badour

    November 10, 2015 at 7:31 PM

    Thank you for offering such beneficial information

  12. Kamal

    January 18, 2016 at 6:10 AM

    Will be glad if you please send

  13. Mohammad Shafiuddin

    April 25, 2016 at 10:28 AM

    Mash allay,May Allah reward you highest,Amen

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