Celebrating Muhammad (salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam)

Imam Muslim narrated in his collection Sahih Muslim that Mu’awiya (may Allah be pleased with him) said,

The Messenger of Allah came to a circle of his Companions and said, “What has made you sit together?”

They said, “We sat to remember Allah and to praise Him for guiding us to Islam, and for the blessings that He gave us.”

He said, “By Allah, nothing else made you sit together?”

They said, “By Allah nothing else made us sit together!”

He said, “Know that I did not make you swear on this because I doubted you, but because Gabriel came to me and informed me that Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) is proudly showing you off to the angels!”

This hadith clearly shows that it is a sunna of the Sahaba, which was accepted by the Messenger of Allah (salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam) and which won the pleasure of Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) to come together to remember and celebrate the favors that Allah (ta’ala) bestowed upon us as Muslims, and to celebrate these favors.

There is no doubt that the greatest of these favors is our master Muhammad the Messenger of Allah (salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam) himself, for he was the one who guided us all to Allah ta’ala and taught us Islam, and he is the mercy to all the worlds, the mercy that was sent as a gift from Allah ta’ala.

Allah has surely conferred a great blessing upon the believers when He sent among them a Messenger from themselves to recite to them His verses, to purify them, and to teach them the Book and the Wisdom, though before that they were in clear error.  (3:164)

This clearly establishes a sunna of gathering for the sake of praising Allah (ta’ala) for sending the Messenger of Allah (salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam).

In fact, Imam al-Nasa’i narrated the same hadith in his collection Sunan al-Nasa’i, but his narration contained the extra detail of specifying the Messenger of Allah himself as the favor for which they were praising and thanking Allah most high along with Islam.

Imam al-Nasa’i narrated that Mu’awiya (may Allah be pleased with him) said,

The Messenger of Allah came to a circle – meaning of his Companions-  and said, “What has made you sit together?”

They said, “We sat to pray to Allah and to praise Him for guiding us to His religion, and for blessing us with you.”

He said, “By Allah, nothing else made you sit together?”

They said, “By Allah nothing else made us sit together!”

He said, “Know that I did not make you swear on this because I doubted you, but because Gabriel came to me and informed me that Allah (‘azza wa jall) is proudly showing you off to the angels!”

Allah (‘azza wa jall) said in the Qur’an:

Say: In the bounty of Allah and in His mercy: therein let them rejoice. It is better than what they gather. (10:58)

For more reading see: https://beneficialilm.com/2013/01/22/let-them-rejoice/

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