The great Islamic scholars, called Ulamâ-i râsihîn, who are the inheritors of our Master, the Prophet and have deep knowledge in both zâhir (apparent) and bâtin (concealed) knowledge; have seen our Prophet with all his beauties and fallen in love with him.
Abû Bakr-i Siddîq is the first one among them. He fell in love with our Master, the Prophet by seeing his light of prophethood and comprehending the superiority, beauty and highness of Rasûlullah sall-Allâhu ’alaihi wa sallam. He progressed in this love of his so much that nobody else could be like him. Hadrat Abû Bakr would see our Master Rasûlullah at any moment at every place he was looking. Once he explained his state by saying, “O Rasûlullah! I always see you wherever I look!” And another time, he said, “I can exchange all my good deeds for one of your errors.”
Hadrat Âisha, the mother of Muslims, was one of the people who had seen, understood and explained the beauty of our Master Rasûlullah in the best way. Hadrat Âisha was scholarly, mujtahid, wise, intelligent and lettered. She would speak eloquently and elegantly. She used to know the purports of the Qur’ân al-karîm, the halâl (permitted) and harâm (forbidden), the Arabic poems and the science of calculation very well.
She had several poems which eulogize Rasûlullah. The following two couplets were composed by our mother Hadrat Âisha;
“Wa law samî’u fî
Misra awsâfa haddihî;
Lamâ bazalû fî sawmi
Yûsufa min nakdin.
Lawîmâ Zalîhâ law
La âsarna bilkat’il
Qulûbi alal aydî.”
“If the people in Egypt had heard of the beauty of his (our Master, the Prophet’s) cheeks; they would not have given any money for Yûsuf ’alaihi’s-salâm (whose beauty has been resounded), that is, they would have kept all their money in order to see his cheeks. If those women, who reviled against Zalîhâ by saying that she had fallen in love with Yûsuf ’alaihi’s-salâm, had seen the shining forehead of Rasûlullah; they would have cut their hearts instead of their hands and would have not felt it.”
Our mother Hadrat Âisha relates, “One day Rasûlullah ‘sall-Allâhu alaihi wa sallam’ was unfastening the straps of his blessed sandals and I was spinning yarn. I looked at his blessed face. Sweat was dropping from his bright forehead. And each drop of sweat was spreading light all around. They were dazzling my eyes. I was bewildered. He looked at me. ‘What is the matter with you? What makes you so pensive,’ he asked. I said, ‘O the Messenger of Allah! Looking at the brightness of the haloes on your blessed face and the lights spread by the drops of sweat on your blessed forehead, I have lost myself.’ Rasûlullah stood up and came near me. He kissed between my eyes and said, ‘Yâ Âisha (O Âisha)! May Allahu ta’âlâ bless you with goodness! I have not been able to please you the way you have pleased me.’ That is, he said, ‘Your pleasing me has been more than my pleasing you’.” His kissing between Hadrat Âisha’s blessed eyes meant awarding and honoring her for her loving the Messenger of Allah, seeing and recognizing his beauty.
Apparent beauties, which were gathered on the blessed body of Rasûl-i akram sall- Allâhu ’alaihi wa sallam and showing the internal beauties, have not been gathered on any other individual’s body. Hadrat Imâm-i Qurtubî had related as follows: “The beauty of our Master Rasûl-i akram were not seen completely. If his real beauty had been seen, the Ashâb-i kirâm could not have endured looking at him. If he had shown his real beauty, nobody could have endured looking at him.”
Yûsuf ’alaihi’s-salâm appeared to people with his apparent beauties and our Master Rasûlullah appeared to people with his internal beauties. As the beauty of Yûsuf ’alaihi’s-salâm was seen, the hands were cut. With the kamâl (inner excellence) of our Master Rasûlullah, zunnârs (rope girdles worn by Christian priests) were cut, idols were broken and the clouds of disbelief dispersed. The Ashâb-i kirâm asked our Master, the Prophet, “O Rasûlullah! Are you or was Yûsuf ’alaihi’s-salâm more beautiful?” He said, “My brother Yûsuf is more beautiful than me and I am more attractive than he. His visible beauty is more than
my visible beauty.”
Our Master, the Prophet said in one of his hadîth-i sherîfs, “Every prophet, sent by Allahu ta’âlâ, has a beautiful face and a beautiful voice. As for your Prophet, he is the one who has the most beautiful face and the most beautiful voice among them.”
One of the names of our Master Rasûlullah sall-Allâhu ’alaihi wa sallam is the word “Yâsîn” that is mentioned in the Yâsîn Sûra, which is the heart of the Qur’ân al-karîm. Sayyid Abdulhakîm-i Arwâsî, one of the notables of Ulamâ-i râsihîn said, “Yâsîn means, ‘O My Beloved who is the diver of My Ocean of Love’.” All of those who have heard of the name of this ocean, who have seen it from a distance, who have come near it and who have dived into it as deep as their shares; have ached with the love of Rasûlullah at every phase of their lives and expressed their love through sorrowful writings, sentimental tears and poignant verses. Of those people, Mawlânâ Khâlid-i Bagdadî is one of the most notable and famous persons who had gained a large share from that Ocean of Love. He wrote in one of his eulogies, in which he expressed his muhabbat (love) for our Master Rasûlullah, as follows:
I am burning with your love, O the Sarwar-i âlam!
I am always looking for your beauty, wherever I am.
I am nothing, you are the Sultân of the Qâba Qawsayn throne,
I deem it disrespectfulness to say that I am your guest.
Everything in this universe has been created for your sake,
When your mercy rains down on me, it is the time of my spring.
Everyone comes to Hedjaz to circumambulate the Kâ’ba,
I climb over the mountains with the enthusiasm of reaching to you.
I saw in my dream that I was crowned by the crown of bliss,
I suppose the soil of your foot dusted on my face.
O Jâmî, who is the nightingale of the lovers who praise your friend,
These excerpts express my feelings from your book of poetry:
“Like a dog which has mange and extremely thirsty, I long for a drop from your sea of generosity.”
Besides the poems and eulogies, written in parts and which praise our Master, the Prophet; there are many books, which have been written about him. Among these writers, even those, whose fame and skills have spread worldwide for centuries, acknowledged
that they were unable to praise Rasûlullah. Those who saw him and fell in love with his beauty, tried to describe him as best as they could and said that it is beyond human power to describe his beauty. Hundreds of reports narrated by those lovers, are written about in the books of Islamic scholars. Those who read them, immediately understand that Allahu ta’âlâ created His Beloved Prophet in such an unimaginable order and with such a beauty that the people who saw him, could not take their eyes off him. People set their hearts on him without seeing him. Those who love Habîbullah, feel the taste of his love within the coolness of the air that goes in their lungs in every breath. At their every glance at the moon, they feel pleasure by seeking the reflections of the rays which have come from his blessed eyes. Each atom of those, who have reached even one drop of water from the ocean of his beauty, say;
“He who saw your beautiful cheek,
Will never look at a rose,
He who melted in your love,
Will not seek a remedy!”
It was declared in a hadîth-i sherîf conveyed by Anas bin Mâlik, “None of you will have a complete faith in me, unless he loves me more than his children, his father and all the people.”
One day Hadrat ’Umar said to our Master, the Prophet, “O Rasûlullah! I swear by Allahu ta’âlâ that you are more lovable than everything except my life to me.” Then our Master Rasûlullah said, “If a person does not love me more than his own life,
his îmân is incomplete.” Thereupon Hadrat ’Umar said, “O Rasûlullah! I swear by Allahu ta’âlâ Who has sent the Qur’ân al-karîm to you that you are more lovable than my life to me.” Then our Master, the Prophet said, “O ’Umar, now it is all right.”
Someone came and said to our Master Rasûlullah, “O the Messenger of Allahu ta’âlâ! When will Judgment Day be?” Our Master, the Prophet asked him, “What have you prepared for Judgment Day?” He replied, “Yes, I have not prepared myself
for Judgment Day by performing an abundance of prayer, fasting or giving alms, However I love Allahu ta’âlâ and His Messenger.” Thereupon our Master, the Prophet said, “One will be with whom one loves.” It is fard-i ayn for all Muslims to love Rasûlullah. If the love of that Sayyid takes place in one’s heart, it becomes very easy to live in accordance with Islam, to reach the taste and pleasure of faith and Islam. This love causes one to completely abide by the Master of both worlds. With this love, one is honored to reach the endless and indefinable blessings and benedictions that Allahu ta’âlâ granted to His Messenger.
The Ahl-i sunnat scholars and their books are the proofs of these benedictions which directly take all Muslims to the love of Rasûlullah.
It is wajib for a Muslim who mentions or hears the blessed name of Rasûl ’alaihis-salâm to stay quietly, decently and reverently at heart and bodily, as if he were present in the audience of Rasûlullah. It is out of reverence and respect to our Prophet, to respond to anything from his blessed words or behaviors, in a way which exalts his glory. It is compatible with reverence toward him to not describe Rasûlullah by the words which are used for low status people. For example Rasûlullah is not called poor or herdsman. It is out of reverence not to say, “However, I don’t like that” when it is said, “Our Master Rasûlullah liked so-andso.”
It is also due to reverence, not to say, “I eat while leaning against somewhere” and not to act in that way in return for our Master Rasûl-i akram’s (sall-Allâhu ’alaihiwa sallam) saying, “I never eat while leaning against somewhere.” It is included in the reverence to Rasûlullah to pay attention these facts. Not to pay attention to them purposely will cause one to fall into disbelief.
It is also due to reverence to Allahu ta’âlâ and His Messenger not to put any household goods on the Qur’ân al-karîm and hadîth-i sherîf books. It is due to reverence to Allahu ta’âlâ and His Messenger to dust off these books and not to throw away paper which bears the blessed names of Allahu ta’âlâ or our Master Rasûlullah. Such papers should not be torn. One should show more respect to the papers which bear Islamic letters. In case the books and papers, which bear the names of Allahu ta’âlâ and âyat-i karîmas, are torn due to aging; they should be wrapped in clean cloth and then buried or the writings on these papers should be removed by washing with water or they should be burnt. When they are burnt, the ashes are buried. Burning is better than removing the writings by washing. Because the water used for washing can be trodden under foot. Showing respect to Madina-i munawwara, which is the harem of Rasûlullah ‘alaihis-salâm, avoiding prohibited things there (or committing any sins) and doing favors to the people of Madina-i munawwara are regarded as reverence to Rasûlullah ‘alaihis-salâm. Let the lovers burn with your love O Rasûlullah, Let them quaff the drink of love O Rasûlullah. That person who loves you is ready to sacrifice his head on your way,
You are the sun of both worlds O Rasûlullah.
Be the intercessor for those who love you,
You are the zeal for believers O Rasûlullah.
I love that face, I am the nightingale of that rosary,
May those who don’t love you be burnt O Rasûlullah.
Who he loves you becomes a Sultan
May my life be sacrificed for your path O Rasûlullah.
For the soul of Darwish Yunus, intercede
You are the sultan of both worlds O Rasûlullah.