Seerah Of Prophet Muhammad By Yasir Qadhi [Transcript]

Complete Seerah Of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ:

Insh'Allah before we start the seerah to build up even greater eagerness and motivation, we will study the Prophet Muhammad's specialities.
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So where to begin when we describe the one whom Allah has chosen above the entire creation. How is it possible to do justice when Allah says "We have raised up your rememberance and mention".
And indeed whenever Allah is mentioned, the prophet SAW is almost always mentioned straight after. When Allah himself called his "rahma-tul-lil-alameen". The embodiment of rahma (mercy). Indeed the prophey PBUH's sending is mercy. His message is mercy. His teachings are mercy. He is everything associated with mercy.

Various Names  Of Our Prophet ﷺ:

We begin by mentioning some of the names - he had many names. Some scholars wrote up to 250 names for the prophet PBUH.

The name Muhammad is mentioned 4 times in the Quran - the name Ahmad is mentioned 2 or 3 times, on the tongue of Isa AS in the Quran "I am going to tell you of a Prophet coming after me - his name is Ahmad". Both names come from "hameda". And "hamd" means to praise - but not any type of praise. But "hamd" means to praise not in return for someone who has done a favour for you, but instead it is the highest possible level of praise. It is praise because he is worthy of being praised simply because of the inherent characteristics of the person. That is, he deserves to be praised for who he is. An object of perfection - he is worthy of praise. And he has these two names: Muhammad and Ahmad, both come form "hamd". Why? Because Allah, the angles, all the prohpets, every single one of mankind praises him. Indeed muslims non stop every second; and non muslimsa alike - they praise his character and qualities. So he is praised by everything in creation. There is no human before, now or after who is praised more than the prophet PBUH.

In a long sahih hadith it's narrated that on the day of judgement, everyone will know that Islam is the truth but of course it is too late to believe now. And so the people will go to Adam AS and tell him "Oh Adam, you are our father and Allah blew his ruh into you, do you not see the situation your children are in?" They will ask him to go to Allah to start the reckoning and ask for forgiveness but he will say "I commited a sin I should not have done and I'm worried about myself" - and so he will say "Naf see" meaning go to another person. Then humanity at larfe will then go to Nuh AS, but he will also say "Allah told me not to ask anybody to be saved, and I asked Him to save my son and I disobeyed him". So Nuh AS is also worried about himself and will say "Naf see". Then they will go to Ibrahim AS will give the same response, that "I made 3 lies" even though they aren't lies but he is just so worried. One of the lies were when he said "the big idol did it" to his people after destroying the idols (where he wasn't lying, but trying to make a point and give dawah). Another was when he said "I am sick" when his people went out of town and he said "I don't want to go with you" - only so he could destroy the idols. And lastly when he called his wife "his sister" i.e. in islam, only to save him from the king. Then all will go to Musa AS who will also make an excuse "I killed someone in anger". Isa AS will also say he is not worthy because of the people that follow the trinity etc. And then they will all go to the prophet PBUH and beg him to be an intercessor and representative to go in front of Allah for all of humanity. To do what?! To begin kyama. Just to begin it. Because the day is so hard they will say "whatever comes let it come - this tension is too much". So they will beg the prohet PBUH and he will say "ana laha ana laha" - this is my job. And because of this all of humanity will praise him. And he will be given "al makaam al mahmood" - the highest station of praise ever.

And to be specific: Ahmad means the highest quality of praise, Muhammad is quantity of praise - and so together its the highest and most continous praise. Indeed Muhammad was given to Musa because the largest ummah of true muslims after our ummah is indeed the bani israeel and therefore they were given a name that was fitting to them - because they were a large quantity. But Ahmad was given to Isa becaue he had a very small nation of true followers but they were very pious and had large quality of faith. They were totured and persecuted. The romans killed them - they combed their skin with combs of iron etc. But they were truly devoted. So they were given the name Ahmad.

As to his third name, the prophet PBUH explains it himself: al mahi means to wipe away, and the prophet PBUH says Allah is the one whom through allah will wipe away kufr. Indeed the arabian penesila was emersed in kufr, but within 20-30 years islam major 60-70 years, islam reached china and andoloos. Al mahi - the one who erases and defaces kufr.

Al hashir - that mankind will be resurrected at his feet (right after him). this shows the prophet is the signalling of the Day Of Judgement. In fact, his sending is the first sign that the Day Of Judgement is very close. an al hashir;another interpretation is that he will be the first person to be resurrected and then everyone else thereafter. Indeed the prophets will be resurrected first, then the salehoon and shuhada, and then the rest of the ummah. an al hashir - the one that will signal the Day Of Judgement; both by his coming and actual resurrection.

Al aaqib - the successor, the one cuts off, the one comes at the end. and by this it means he is the last prophet.

Nabi-u-rahma- the prophet of tawba (forgiveness).

Nabi-u-tawba - the prophet of tawba and source of repentence. meaning by believing in me and following me people will be forgiven.

Nabi-ul-mulahim - the prophet that will signal lots of trials. and indeed the biggest trails the world will ever see (the dajjal, the three major earthquakes, the coming of the mahdi and isa bin maryam) will occur in this ummah.

Unique Specialities Of Our Prophet ﷺ:

Kasaais - something that only he was given and no other prophet was given. His unique characteristics. Some scholars have listed up to 50 unique and specific blessings. Some of these include:
1. (Obviously) Prophet Muhammad is the final Prophet:
No Prophet has been the final and Allah chose him to be the final: "the seal and the end of the prophets".

2. The prophethood of the Prophet had been decreed even before Adam AS existed; before the ruuh was blown into the mud.

One sahaba asked him: 
 When were you given prophethood by Allah?
 The Prophet SAW said:
 When Adam was between the mud and the ruuh. 
In other words, Adam was not yet combined with the ruuh and teen! Before the ruuh was blown in Allah had already decreed.
3. Only Prophet to have been sent for ALL of humanity - even to the jinn. 
Someone can say Adam and Nuh were sent for all of humanity. But Adam and Nuh were both exceptions that happened as an expection; in that, Adam was the only human and naturally the only humanity and his children. And the same goes for Nuh: there is only group, nation, community of people in the whole world so it was just a coincidence. its not as if Nuh/Adam were intended to be sent for humanity - its just that is how it happened. and not only this: he was sent to the jinn. "night of the jinn" - muslim jinns came to mecca.
4. "Allah has helped me with ru'ub":
That Allah will inflict into my enemies fear even before I reached them". This is for him only - when he went into battle, people became terrified of him even before he reached them. "Allah struck fear into my enemies for the distance of one entire month".

5. Prophet Muhammad has been given the largest ummah: 

In a hadith Prophet Muhammad said He SAW an ummah "as large as the eye can see" and asked "maybe this is my ummah". but he was told "no this is musa's". And then he saw another ummah even larger than that - blocked his vision and he was told "this is your ummah".

And in another hadith he said to the sahaba:

 Do you wish your people should be 1/3 of jannah?". "Would you be happy if i told if your people is 1/2 of jannah?
They said allah-ak-bar. The Prophet said 
 My hope is that our ummah will be 2/3 of the people of jannah!
Subhan'Allah, there is close to 2 billion muslims on this earth. compare this to all the muslims who came before! How few must they be?
The actual bani israeel, and followers of Isa etc. 
And He is speaking at a time when there are maybe only 1500 muslims on earth - 2,3 million christians - thousands of jews! When he said it, it was a miracle in and of itself.

6. Prophet Muhammad has been given the most powerful miracle - miracle of the Quran. 

There is no miracle that compares to the Quran. One thing demonstrates this: look at any other miracle. The splitting of the red sea; when Isa resurrected the dead; but the Quran is a miracle we can recite; indeed the message is the miracle and the miracle is the message. Its a living miracle - there is no miracle that compares to this miracle.

7. The night journey of heavens and earth - no other Prophet while alive on earth did such a journey. Even when Allah spoke with Musa - it was the divine speech given to Musa while Musa was on earth. But the Prophet was the only human to have been called up to the presence of Allah. And the Prophet undertook a journey no one else. Even Jibraeel said:

 this is where it ends for me - I can't go any further.

8. Muhammad is the leader of all of humanity. 

He himself told us this:
 I am the sayid (the one who is in charge of - the leader) of the children of Adam. 
Sayid here means He is the master, the perfection of humanity and he deserves to be the leader and indeed he will be the leader on the Day of Judgement.

9. The Prophet SAW will be the first to be resurrected - the first to grave to open up when the second trumpet is blown will be the prophets SAW. This explains his name Al-hashir. and he will be the first to be clothed.

10. Prophet Muhammad will be given the largest howd - a pool which is square in shape. And it is so large that one side of it is as if is from mecca to san'a - which is the entire arabian penesila.

11. The kauther - the main river of Jannah and all rivers of Jannah split from that. Its as if the people of Jannah will drink water from the gift of Prophet Muhammad SAW (surah kauther).

12. Prophet Muhammad will be the first to cross over the sirat - first to guide his ummah to Jannah - first to knock the doors on Jannah - he will be first human to ever enter - the one on whose name the gates of Jannah will open. The angel will ask "who is it?" ... "to you I have been commanded to open". 

So it His name that will be the permission to open up the gates of Jannah. so the very first step to enter into jannah is the right step of Prophet Muhammad SAW followed by his ummah (even though we are the last ummah) and we will be asked to enter along with Him... even though we are the last chronoligcally.

13. Allah has blessed Prophet Muhammad with the highest level of Jannah- Al firdous fil a'la. The most pinnacle. Some scholars say the higher up you go, the less the people. Indeed there will be no crowding, but the higher up you go fewer and fewer people will be there. There will come a point where the whole plane of the jannah is meant for only one person. It will be the greatest jannah ever made. And it will be immediately underneath the throne of Allah. This is called al-fadheela. 

The Prophet said "this fadheela is a level of jannah that Allah has chosen for only one of his servents" and then He said modestly "I hope that I am this person". 
But there is no other human other than him to be qualified for this position.

Even those who mocked him, ridiculed him, drew diagrams will be praising him on the Day Of Judgement and in the akhira he will be given al waseela and al fazeela. 

Physical Appearance Of Our Prophet ﷺ:

The fact is there are 50 special qualities the prophet PBUH had but no one else did. We will begin by talking about his physical appearance and realise it is the sunnah of Allah that Allah sends prophets with the most perfect characteristics, inner and outer - so mankind has NO reason to reject the message and the person. Indeed every prophet was sent with the most beautiful characteristics and mannerisms. As we know, prophet yusuf was given half of all beauty. Some scholars say all of mankind's beauty (majority opinion) - but some said when the prophet PBUH said this he meant half of his OWN beauty - as he is the most handsome and beautiful of all.

We have many narrations that describe the physical characterstics. When a son asked an old lady after the prophet passed away "what was the prophet like". She said "oh my dear son, if you were to have seen him, you would have through the sun would have risen up". And it is amazing she described him as a son, and another the moon "his face would light up as did the full moon". One is saying he is like the sun,and another the full moon. This shows how the sahaba could NOT describe him.

There is a tradition that almost makes you want to cry - the tradition of Amr ibn al-As. He used to be the leader of quraysh (like Abu Suffyan) this category of people were noble enemies - the opposed Islam but not stuping to dirty tactics. And Allah reverted all of these people. And this shows because they had a good heart (khalid ibn waleed, Abu Suffyan, Ikrimah the son of Abu Jahal etc) - Allah guided all of them to Islam. So Amr ibn al-As only had an opportunity to be a sahabi for a few years. And later on in his life he would say "there was nothing that was more sweeter or beloved to me than to stare at the face of the prophet". The beauty and noor of the prophet was so great that he is saying "there is nothing sweeter than to simply look at the face" and YET "i could never got enough of looking at him". And YET "were you to ask me how he looked, I couldnt describe him. BECAUSE along with this desire to start at him, there was also this awe i had that couldnt allow him to stare at him and i had to straight away look down". So there was is both beauty and awe overpowering people around him. You have to show the upmost dignity. "Even though I loved to stare I couldnt stare". And he is a noble man of the quraysh and this is how humbled he was just by the prophets face SAW.

Most of the description of the prophet come from the youngest sahaba. Indeed they don't have the same type of emotions as the older sahaba. Anas ibn Malik was introduced to the prophet SAW at 7 years old - and he would serve him all day. And he said "the prophet SAW was neither very tall such that he stood above the crowd, nor short such that he would be ignored. And he was neither extremely white or ruddy brown". Generally speaking white = lightish brown in arabic. So the prophet was a lightish skin colour of brown. The prophets hair "was not in curls nor was it straight".. and "i never felt any velvet or silk softer than the hand of the prophet nor did i smell any fragerence any sweeter than the smell of the prophets sweat". Indeed one sahabi used to collect his sweat in a jar to use it as medicine and perfume.

"The prophet was of medium stature and he had broad shoulders. His hair was thick - his beard was very bushy" and the prophet would grow it when it went down to his ear lobes.

His cousin Ali ibn Abi Talib said "the prophet did not have a very fleshy face nor was his face round, it was slightly overlish. He had a (light brown) skin. His eyes were large with jet black pupils. And his lashes was long. His joints was long as was his upper back - so broad shoulders." And he did not hair all over his body but he did have a fine line of hair extending from the chest to the naval. "When he walked he would walked fast - as if he is walking down a slope. Some scholars say its as if the earth was humbled when he waled. When he turned he would turn to face with his whole body. between his two shoulders was the seal of the prophethood, and he was the seal of the prophets." The prophet had a physical seal on his body that Allah gave him. And this was to be a sign by which he would be recognized. It was a small growth of hair inbetween his shoulders (more later). Most famously, salman al farisi accepted islam because of this seal because of this test of the seal. First day he checked the prophet and he had the sign. Second day - check. On the third day Salman looked for the seal. He walked behind the prophet and the prophet lowered his top as he knew what he wanted to see. And there and then salman accepted Islam. "Whoever unexpectadly saw him, would stand in awe of him" so much eminating from his body. "And whoever got to know him would love him. And those who described him will always say I have never seen anyone before him or after him that was like him".

Jaabir ibn samura: he was going home one day on a full moon, and just happens to pass by the prophet pbuh and he was wearing a red covering and he said "I looked at the face of the prophet and the full moon - and the prophet was more beautiful in my eyes than the full moon".

Many people accepted Islam just by seeing his face. The cheif rabbi of the jews of madina: Abdullah ibn salam. And he heard this man claiming to be a prohpet - first day the prohpet came to madnia. He wants to go and see the message. "As soon as i saw him, I knew that this face that he has cannot be the face of a liar". And one conversation he accepts islam then and there. And this was the biggest jew rabbi in madina.

And he had so many internal qualities. Of these were patience, mercy, understading, love and care. But also humility, modesty, simple lifestyle etc. Omar entered upon him when the prophet was lying in his small compartment in his masjid. And it was nothing but a jug of water and a small bed made out of the branches of a date palm tree. When omar comes in he sits up to greet him. And because of the data palm branches there was a red mark dented into the back of the prophey. And thats when omar starts crying (it was 7th, 8th year of the hijra - when the prohpet is the leader of Arabia!). "Oh how can we allow you to live like this look at the people, the kings how they live - surely you deserve better?" Omar asked. Then the prophet got irratated and said "Omar arent you happy that they have the world and we have the akhira?"

Aisha RA says "the bed the prophet used to sleep on was a leather skin that we would stuff with leaves to make it a little bit softer". Once it is narrated one of his wifes folded it up her own half to make it more comfortable for the prophet and because of this the prophet slept for longer. When he woke up and realised what happened he said change it back as he didnt want this comfort as it prevented him from praying tahajud.

And sometimes the prophet would not eat meat for 6 weeks! And Uruwa 40 years down the line asked Aisha RA "oh my mother how did you live?" She said "we lived by eating the two black things - dates and dirty water". And subhan'Allah in his whole life there was not one day where the prophet ate bread, and not even wheat bread or hard bread, to his fullest. Not even one day. And he said "I worry Allah has allowed us to remain for such a long time that we're seeing all these blessings come and the prophet PBUH is getting something better". That is, he is worried he is getting reward now but wants it in the hereafter. And in many narrations Aisha RA also began to cry when good food was given to her - indeed she lived 40 years after the death of the prophet PBUH, when the money started flowing mA. And even though she was generous people would still gift her items and good food. And she would say the same thing that the prophet PBUH never ate rusty or even hard bread to his full.

Note that the sahaba lived tough times in Madinah. Before the money came in and Islam came to power, for months they lived very difficult lives. And so we know the story wherein one time Umar RA was walking on the streets and sees the prophet PBUH sitting. And this is at noon - a time when nobody walks on the street as its too hot.

And so he says to the prophet PBUH "what are you doing?". And the prophet PBUH knows Umar RA is outside for one reason - and that is he dosen't have food at home so he says "the same reason you are outside". That he dosen't have food at home. And as he sits Abu Bukr RA is also walking on the streets for the same reason. Now the three of them are sitting down all hungry and talking. One sahaba sees them and asks them what they are doing there. And Umar RA explains they are sitting outside out of hunger. So this sahaba tells them comes to my house and I will give you food. He has one goat and tells his wife, "By Allah we need to sacrifice this goat, and prepare meet and bread". So the three of them ate meat and bread but once they had finished, he reminded Abu Bukr and Umar RA, that they felt there houses hungry and Allah gave them this meal - "soma la tus alona yo maizin anin naeem" - you will be asked about this blessing Allah is giving you. Subhan'Allah. Take a lesson from this.

And as for his humility, the prophet PBUH frequently rode donkeys, even though he had a camel but the prophet had no problem riding a donkey. And during the battle of badr, the prophet had to distribute the camels amongst the people. There were ~315 people and ~75 camels. So roughly 3/4 per camel. And so the prophet shared with two other people, Ali and Abu lababa. Of course put yourself in their shoes. You would say to the prophet PBUH take it! And they said to him "we are young men in our 30s, we can walk and you take the camel". The prophet could have and should have said ok fine. And indeed the leader and commander DESERVES the camel - he deserves the extra protection, forget Islam. The commander is someone who isn't treated as a soilder or the private. But he didnt want them to feel like he was doing them a favour by taking it. So the prophet smiled and said "neither are the two of you any stronger than me, and nor am I am in any lesser need of ajar and Allah's reward than you, so we are going to share". SubhanAllah. Even though it wasn't necessary at all.

Anas ibn Malik who lived up to 110+ at the time when average death rate is 30 or 28. And of course this was of the dua the prophet made. Indeed anas's mother gave anas to the prophet in servitude all in the hope the prophet would make dua for her son. And he did, saying may Allah make his life full of barakah, and his proginy long etc. It was said anas had so much wealth, and that whatever business he did was very frutiful. He has great great grandchildren that were so much he couldnt count them - all because of the prophets dua.

And indeed "in 10 years I was a servant to the prophet, not once did |I hear an "oof"" and oof is the lowest form of anger. And "not once did the prophet saw why did/didnt you do this?". This is the perfection of the manners of the prophet.

And his bravery: Ali ibn Abi Talib said "when the fighting would become severe, we would seek refuge around the prophet". And Anas ibn Malik said "once in Madinah in the people of the night they heard a loud commotion so they came out very scared walking slowly. and they found the prophet had already got out in the direction and he found the house of abu talha and he rode the horse back without a saddle" this shows manliness "and he is galloping coming back saying "you have nothing to fear I have checked it out"". He was the FIRST person to run out to a horse without a saddle.

Generosity: he would NEVER refuse any asking of him. Ever. This is why "it was possible for any little girl to go the hand of the prophet for help". And its narrated the prophet was wearing a garment that had holes in it and one of the sahaba gave him a very beautiful garment. And he wore this garment. And then another sahaba asked him "can you give me this as a gift?" and immediately the prophet said yes. This is the very garment he just got as a gift! He went back home and came back wearing the tattered garment. All of the sahaba jumped on this other sahaba... "you knew that he would never say no". And he said "I am doing this for my kuffin".

And the prophet was blessed with a great sense of humour - and this shows your humanity. And there are so many instances of the jokes. All of the jokes are pure clean and truthful. Even his jokes. One was an old lady came to the prophett "oh messenger make dua Allah makes me to go to jannah". And the prophet looked at her and said "oh my aunt havent you been informed that old ladies cannot enter jannah" and she began to wail and cry. And he said "dont cry, old ladies cant enter, but Allah will first make you into a young, fair maiden and then you will enter Jannah". That is, you're going to be young and beautiful when you enter jannah - it was a joke. Quran says "we bring them forth with a new beginning".

And the story of Aisha when the prophet was on his death bed: and it so happened Aisha felt a little sick and she had a severe headache and she was crying "oh my head oh my head" and the prophet said "rather oh my head" and to calm her down (and he knew he is about to die) so to crack some jokes: "and what would you lose if you died right now; the one to do gusl and pray your janazah would be me". And so aisha says "I am sure you would like that to happen because then you would be free to go to your other wives". SubhanAllah he is joking on his death bed. And from this joke scholars dervied fiqh.

And: there was a young man by the name of zahir whom the prophet used to love alot. And we dont know hardly anything about him but here was something about him that the prophet loved him. he was a sincere believer. once the prophet saw him in the market selling some things "who is going to buy this from me etc" and so the prophet came from behind queitly and he grabbed him from behind and gave him a bear lock and when zahir saw it was the prophet he leant back trying to get barawah. and then as a joke the prophet shouted out "who is going to buy this abd from me?" where abd = slave of Allah. again he isnt lying in this joke. so zahir said "in that case you will be get a very bad baragin".. and the prophet said "you are very expensive in the eyes of Allah".
And as with the love of his ummah: the prophet had an immense amount of love for his own ummah. And Allah says "there has come to you a messenger from among you, he finds it difficult to bear your hardships, he is ever eager for you, to the believers he is full of compassion and mercy."

Nuh after making dawah for 950 years he said "oh Allah i dont want you to leave one house on kaffir on this house" and only nuh and this three daughters survived. And Ibrahim made the dua "oh Allah send from amongst me a rasul" and this is why the prophet said "I am the dua of my father ibrahim". And musa made dua against ferone. Because ferone was a mass murderer, claimed to be God etc. And indeed this is what happened. Soloman made the dua "give me a dominion (control) that you have given to no other human before" so Allah gave him powers NO ONE had. Indeed "we made of him the wind etc." Soloman would sit on a carpet across the world and bring him back in one night. And he had control over the shaitan and jinn. They were building and diving and bringing treasures - all control of the jinns to soloman. And he could speak to animals and even ants! So all the animals became his servants. This is the dua of Soloman.

And our prophet had the biggest and greatest dua. The one dua. And he used it for: "every single rasul and nabi Allah has given one dua and every one has used it up in this world, except for me. I have saved it for my ummah and will use it on them on the Day Of Judgement." oh Allah forgive my ummah! And Allah will except this dua in that every single muslim who believes and acts upon even a little bit of his teachings EVENTUALLY will be forgiven and enter Jannah. All because the prohpet saved the one dua for us. And there can be no greater sacrafice than this.

Anas ibn Malik narrates: a man came to the prohet and said "when is the Day Of Judgement?" And the Prophet of course dosen't know but asked "what have you prepared for it when it comes?" and so, the man was silent for a while. And he said "I really dont have that much salah, fasting or sadaqah but I have a genuine love for Allah and his messenger". And the prohpet PBUH then said "the man will be with he who he loves". And Anas said we were never happy on a day except for this day when we heard you can be with who you love because we love the prophet PBUH and want to be with him, but we thought our levels would be so different - but this hadith made us so happy.

And so let us have a genuine love for Him. And let us study his life so we can follow Him.

This was the small part of the complete Seerah Of Prophet Muhammad PBUH by Yasir Qadhi. We have tried to summed up the remaining part of the Seerah into various parts so that it will be easy and interesting to go through it. Various episodes of the Seerah are presented below in chronological order. Please follow it!
1. Benefits Of Studying The Seerah Of Prophet.
2. Arab Before Prophet Muhammad PBUH.
3. Pre-Islamic Religious Status Of Rhe World.
4.Farewell Hajj Of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ Along With The Last Sermon
This is the transcript of the "Seerah Of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)" by Dr Yasir Qadhi, transcripted by Safwan Khan. 
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