Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) — 54: Remembering God In All Situations
Islamic Perspectives - Muslim Journals
Arab News & Information - By Sheikh Muhammad Al-Ghazali
Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) knew God well and
gave us good knowledge of Him. He always remembered
and thanked God, leading all people in such pursuit.
When they slackened, he encouraged them and when they
erred, he corrected their mistakes. In fact, he took
them out of the darkness of ignorance and taught them
how to live under God's light in this life on earth.
He further taught them what to do in order to ensure
that the gates of heaven will open to them in the life
to come. Prophet Muhammad taught us that our relation
with God is not limited to a short or long prayer in
the morning or in the evening, after which we move
about in the world around us, doing whatever we want
with no regard to any values or principles. Such an
approach to religion is unacceptable to Islam. True
religiousness requires thinking of God in all
situations, always choosing what is consistent with
God's orders and refraining from encroaching on what
He has prohibited. It also means understanding our
human weaknesses and seeking God's help and support in
whatever we may encounter.
The Prophet's life represented a clear pattern of a
profound and comprehensive relation with God. He never
lost sight of God in whatever he did or omitted.
Hence, his supplications addressed all aspects of life
while his glorification and remembrance of God was
part of everything he did. He stood out to receive the
first drops of rain, saying: "This rain is fresh from
God". When the early fruit has ripened, people brought
it to him. He would take it and say: "Our Lord, bless
our fruits; bless our city; bless our measures."
He would then give the fruit to the youngest child
present to eat. When wind became strong he used to
pray: "My Lord, I appeal to You to grant us its
goodness and all the goodness it carries and brings;
and I appeal to You to protect us from its evil and
whatever evil it carries and brings". With such
profound awareness of God he looked at all situations.
Hence, he carried out Islamic teachings as he received
them from on high. Such was his approach in building
the first Islamic society.
The basic unit of society is the family. Islam
addresses human life with all its needs. It recognizes
the importance of the sexual desire for people and
deals with it in a way that allows its satisfaction in
a clean and healthy atmosphere.
Thus, it encourages marriage and makes it the only
environment in which the sexual desire could be
legitimately practiced. In fact, it encourages both
man and wife to do what they can to give each other
pleasure and fulfilment. It prohibits permissiveness
and promiscuity. Other societies may allow loose
sexual practice, but Islam accepts nothing of the
sort. It is only within marriage that sex can be
legitimately approached, because sex has an important
function, in addition to the pleasure it gives, which
is building a family. Hence, the Qur'an includes among
the qualities of God's pious servants the following:
"(They) pray: Our Lord! Grant us spouses and offspring
who will be a joy to our eyes, and cause us to be
foremost among the God-fearing." (25: 74)