By: Hasan Basri Tanjung
As the beginning of month Rabiul arrived, the longing for the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was increasingly burning. The birth of a chosen human being at 12 Rabiul Awal, is always welcomed and enlivened by the commemoration of the Prophet’s Birthday in various parts of the country. Nothing but expressing joy and gratitude, as well as remembering his struggle to spread Islam on the face of the earth.
In a lecture at the IUQI Campus in Bogor a few days ago, a student had a question. “Why pay tribute to the Prophet (PBUH), if he has been overwhelmed with mercy and forgiveness?” In fact, besides obeying Allah’s commands, it also shows adab and respect. Of course, our blessings will not add to his glory, it will instead bring goodness to us, both in the world and in the hereafter later (syafa’at).
Because, Allah SWT has said, “Verily, Allah and His angels pray for the Prophet. O people those who believe, pay tribute to the Prophet and say hello with full respect to him,” (Qur’an 33:56). Prof. Buya Hamka in Tafsir al-Azhar explained, the meaning of blessing as respect to the Prophet (PBUH) does not only include when he lived but also after his death. When Allah pays tribute, it means to praise, blessings, and mercy. The angels giving their prayers means asking for forgiveness from Allah SWT.
Abu Hurairah RA narrated from the Prophet (PBUH), “Whoever prays for me once, then Allah will make it for him ten times.” (HR Muslim). Therefore, when his name is mentioned, it is fitting that we respond with prayers, greetings and blessings. “Indeed, the stingiest man is when my name is mentioned on his side, but he did not say blessings to me.” (HR Ismail al-Qadhi).
Our etiquette to the Prophet SAW, must be proven by believing in his prophethood, pledging, naming his name, practicing his sunnah, teaching, and spread stories about him. The most measured indicators of etiquette are the seven daily sunnah practices, namely maintaining ablution, tahajud prayer, congregational prayer, tadabur Alquran, dhuha prayer, fasting Monday-Thursday, and almsgiving.
With humility, we recite prayers to him. “O Prophet salam ‘alaika, Yaa Rasul salam’ alaika, Yaa Habib salam ‘alaika, shalawatullah’ alaika. Allahumma sholli wa sallim wa baarik ‘alaih”. Insha Allah, the longing of the heart will be relieved when kneeling down in his grave, in the Holy Land of Madinah al-Munawwaroh, Aamiin. Wallahu a’lam bish-shawab.