Obedience to the Messenger [Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam]
Ita’at -ur- Rasul [Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam]
By Shaykh Yusuf Motala
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Maulana Taqi Al-Din Ahmed Nadvi Mazahiri
IN THE NAME OF ALLAH, THE BENEFICENT, THE MERCIFUL
Praise be to Allah, lord of the worlds, and blessings and peace be upon the Chief of
JtJjftL the Messengers – Muhammed «B», and all his descendants and Companions and those
who conformed to him with utmost diligence, till the Day of Judgement!
Thereafter … it is an occasion of great joy and pleasure for me to write a few lines by way of a Foreword and an Introduction to my dear friend Maulana Muhammad Yusuf Motala’s valuable book entitled Ttaat-Ur Rasul’ (Obedience to the Messenger).
As he is busy in rendering the great service of calling people to Islam and Islamic education in the materialistic milieu of Europe, his sympathetic heart has correctly estimated the state of the Muslims’ decline and degeneration. Such disgrace and
adversity that, ‘He who chose the path contrary to the Prophet’s «» will never reach his destination.”
His perturbed heart felt that the revival of the Islamic millat (community) is
impossible without complete submission and obedience to the Holy Prophet «3. But this can be achieved only when, in respect of faith (iman), action, morals and
behaviour, the Muslim becomes a walking specimen of the Holy Prophet’s *$* good example, and his life becomes a practical interpretation of the Quran – as that of a true believer (mumin) ought.
Urdu couplet, ‘No one knows this secret that the believer (mumin) looks a qari(reader) but in fact he is Quran himself.’
There are two things in Islam: the Book and the Sunnah. By the Book are meant Allah’s commandments that have reached us through the holy Quran. – And the Sunnah which lexically means, ‘the way’ – that way through which the Holy
Prophet *e» passed acting upon Allah’s commandments. That is, it is his practical example – the picture of which is present in the form of words in the Hadith law. In short, the thing that is necessary for a Muslim’s success and spiritual perfection is the Prophetic Sunnah.