The Special Life of Our Prophet by Sayyid Muhammad ibn `Alawi al-MalikiTranslation and notes by GF Haddad ©
It is established that our Prophet possesses an isthmus-life that is greater and more perfect than that of any other, of which he himself told us. It is equally established that he is intimately connected with the Community, fully cognizant of their states, seeing their actions, hearing their speech, replying to their greetings, and the hadiths to that effect are numerous.
Among these hadiths is the narration of the Prophet from `Abd Allah ibn Mas`ud - Allah be well-pleased with him: "Verily, Allah has angels that roam the earth and convey to me the greeting of my Community." (Inna lillâhi malâ'ikatan sayyâhîna fi al-ardi yuballighûnî min ummatî al-salâm.)1Also among these hadiths is Ibn Mas`ud's narration that the Prophet said: "My life is a great good for you, you will relate about me and it will be related to you, and my death is a great good for you, your actions will be exhibited to me, and if I see goodness I will praise Allah, and if I see evil I will ask forgiveness of Him for you." (Hayâtî khayrun lakum tuhaddithûna wa yuhaddathu lakum wa wafâtî khayrun lakum tu`radu a`malukum `alayya famâ ra'aytu min khayrin hamidtu Allâha wa mâ ra'aytu min sharrin istaghfartu Allâha lakum.)4
This hadith indicates that the Prophet knows about our actions because they are being shown to him, and he asks Allah forgiveness on our behalf for whatever wrong we may do. If this is the case, then it is permissible for us to use him as a means to Allah and ask for his intercession with Him. For he knows our case, and so he can intercede for us and supplicate for us, as he is the intercesor whose intercession is granted - may Allah send blessings and peace upon him and his Family, and increase him in honor and bounty.
Allah has informed us in the Qur'an that the Prophet is a witness over his entire Community. This assuredly requires that the actions of his Community be shown to him so that he may witness to whatever he saw and knew ...
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