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O Messenger of Allah, may my parents be sacrificed for your sake!

‘O Messenger of Allah, may my parents be sacrificed for your sake. The trunk of the date tree you would lean upon to deliver the sermon before the erection of the pulpit cried after you ascended the pulpit, saddened by your separation. You passed your hand over it and comforted it. O Messenger of Allah, your ummah has more reason than this date tree to cry over your separation.

O Messenger of Allah, may my parents be sacrificed for your sake. Your status with Allah is so high that your obedience has been declared His obedience. Allah says, “He who obeys the Messenger has indeed obeyed Allah.” (4:80)

O Messenger of Allah, may my parents be sacrificed for your sake. You are so great in the eyes of Allah that your mistakes were excused befoe you even requested pardon. Hence Allah says, “Allah pardon you! Why did you give them leave?” (11:43)

O Messenger of Allah, may my parents be sacrificed for your sake. Your exalted rank with Allah is such that you have been mentioned foremost in the covenant taken from the prophets (blessings and peace be upon them), even though you are the last prophet to be sent. Allah says, “And recall when we took a bond from you, and from Nuh and Ibrahim and Musa and Isa, son of Maryam. And we took from them a solemn bond.” (33:7)

O Messenger of Allah, may my parents be sacrificed for your sake. Your virtue with Allah is such that the unbelievers in Hellfire will wish they had obeyed you saying, “Ah! That we had obeyed Allah and the Messenger.” (33:66)

O Messenger of Allah, may my parents be sacrificed for your sake. Indeed Allah granted Sayyiduna Musa the miracle of making rivers flow from stone, but it is not more extraordinary than Allah making water gush forth from your fingers.

O Messenger of Allah, may my parents be sacrificed for your sake. If the wind was subjugated for Sayyiduna Sulayman and transported him in the morning over the distance covered in one month and likewise in the evening, it is not more amazing than your surpassing the seven heavens on the Buraq and returning to Makkah by morning. May Allah invoke blessings upon you.

O Messenger of Allah, may my parents be sacrificed for your sake. If Sayyiduna Isa was granted the miracle of bringing the dead back to life, it is not more amazing than a goat, cut into many pieces and roasted, speaking to you and telling you not to eat it because it has been poisoned.

O Messenger of Allah, may my parents be sacrificed for your sake. Sayyiduna Nuh supplicated against his people, “My Lord! Leave not of the infidels any inhabitant upon the earth.” (71:26)
Had you supplicated against us, nobody amongst us would have survived. The unbelievers placed the intestines of a camel on your back whilst you were in prostration. In the Battle of Uhud, they caused your face to be covered in blood and broke your tooth. Despite this, you did not curse them. Instead you prayed, “O Allah, forgive my people for they know not.”

O Messenger of Allah, may my parents be sacrificed for your sake. Within a short period of your life, more people embraced Islam than those who embraced in the lengthy lifetime of Sayyiduna Nuh. A great number of people brought faith in you. Very few people brought faith upon Sayyiduna Nuh. Allah says in the Quran, “And these had not believed with him save a few.” (11:40)

O Messenger of Allah, may my parents be sacrificed for your sake. If you were only to entertain and meet those of the same standing of you, you would never have sat with us. If you were not to marry except a woman of the same status, never would you have married any of our women. If you were to feed only those who were as exalted as you, never would you have fed anyone amongst us. Indeed, you sat with us, married our women, allowed us to sit and eat with you, wore clothes made of wool, mounted a donkey, made others sit behind you, and sat on the floor to eat. You would lick your fingers after eating, and all this was out of humility.

May Allah invoke blessings upon you.’

[Sayyiduna Umar, RadhiAllahu anhu, after the demise of the Prophet, Sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. Ihya.]

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