Sunday, February 28, 2010
The Walk of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him)
The walk of the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) was a walk that was unlike anyone elses. He walked in a way that cannot be understood, except by those who can see beyond the outward movements. He walked quickly and this was well known by everyone.
I have wondered about this for a long time. You see many people who walk slowly with their chests sticking out, thinking that they own everything. He (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) walked fast, why? Consider this, when someone is busy or needs to be somewhere they may walk fast or even run. You often see people running for a bus or a train.
So when we see people who walk like they own everything. We know that they are unaware of any command upon them nor do they know that they have to be somewhere. They consider themselves to be kings and are marking their terroritories with their walks. They are unaware of the rulings that are above their heads which they have to adhere to.
The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) was under the command of Allah (mighty and majestic) and this concern made him waste no time calling the universe to Islam. People who are heedless of this call are unaware of what to do so they waste time. He was someone who was under the command of Allah and was concerned about this matter. Religious people who are concerned with their religion should share this concern.
When he would walk with his companions he would ask them to walk infront of him. (may Allah bestow upon him peace and blessings). Imagine any leader of any type of group who walks behind his followers! Could this actually occur? Every leader walks infront of all his followers not behind them. Most worldly leaders walk a little bit infront of their people in order to distinguish themselves from their followers. This applies to any group large or small that the leader of the group walks infront of his followers. He was Messenger of God, a leader of the people and his humbleness was beyond all measure. All this did not make him proud or boastful and nor did it make him walk like other leaders do. He walked unlike anyone every did.
You see his walk meant something and most of our walks mean nothing. His walk was for solely for Allah and our walks are solely for worldly affairs.