In the Name of Allah, Most Beneficial, Most Merciful.
The term ‘Ummati’ (‘My Nation’) refers to the Ummah, nation, of our beloved Prophet (ﷺ) – which includes us. There are so many thoughts which strike me when I think of the word ‘Ummati’. If the ocean was my ink and the land my canvas I would still be running short…
Our beloved Nabi’s (ﷺ) last sermon which was called out and addressed to us, his Ummah, laid emphasis on the Qur’an, salah, fasting, hajj, brotherhood, kindness, equality, taqwa and justice. The Prophet (ﷺ) told us to guard ourselves against shaitan, and to respect the rights of women. The last sermon preserved the essence of Islam – the final divine secular religion of peace and truth – and our Prophet (ﷺ), through his last words and also through the rest of his life, showed us the way of life that pleases Allah (SWT), and ultimately helps us attain Jannah.
I was born and the azaan (call to prayer) was called in my ears by my elders. We act upon this Sunnah of our Prophet (ﷺ) because it serves as a reminder to every new human being to remember his/her Creator, and walk on the straight path – As-Siraatal Mustaqeem. Now, when I ponder upon my deeds I wonder – what tiny, minute, atom’s weight of good have I performed so far? I am only shattered because I was blessed to be called ‘Ummati Rasool Allah (ﷺ)’, without even having asked for it. Imagine someone gifts you a solitaire without you asking or even wishing for it. How would you feel being born with a silver spoon in your mouth?
On the day of judgment, when all will cry ‘Nafsi, Nafsi’ (me, me!) only Nabi Mohammed al Mustafa (ﷺ) will say ‘Ya Ummati! Ya Ummati!’ (My Ummah! My Ummah!). He (ﷺ) was a leader for all of mankind. He had his own companions and family who suffered and died in the path of Allah (SWT). But our Prophet (SAW) will be worried for us that day – without having met us, or knowing our deeds. Even in dunya, he (ﷺ) loved his Ummah so much that he prayed for us to attain Jannah (eternal happiness) even before we existed.
To us, success means our own comfort with a luxurious lifestyle, but to our Prophet (ﷺ) it meant assisting and helping people with every ounce of his being – even on the Day of Judgement.
This is a reminder to myself, before anyone else – every time you think of going against the Sunnah, remember our Prophet (ﷺ), his sacrifices and his sincere concern for our wellbeing. He will be waiting to help us, even on that final day – when he will offer the last intercession to people of his Ummah, with the permission of Allah (SWT).
As a member of this Ummah, it is therefore crucial for us to read the biography, and learn about the life and sacrifices of our last Prophet (ﷺ); to realize what it means to be part of the amazing Ummah, what we are taking for granted, and what we must do to earn that right. As long as we are still alive, it is not too late… So let’s give the proper respect that is deserved by our beloved Prophet (ﷺ), follow upon his footsteps and start preparing ourselves for the Akhirah (hereafter).
About the Author
Irum Irshad Favaz is a home maker turned entrepreneur from India who loves multi-tasking and is very passionate about Islam. Mother of a toddler, her family and in-laws have always been pillars of support. She wishes to be the best form of sadqa-e-jaria for her parents and truly believes that Allah is the best of planner.