SERVITUDE – A BLESSED SUNNAH
Hazrat Mufti Muhammad Taqi Uthmāni Sahib حفظه الله has stated that Sayyiduna Rasoolullah صلى الله عليه وسلم preferred that way of life that was embellished with servitude, obedience and humility. Allah Ta’ala جل جلاله offered Sayyiduna Rasoolullah صلى الله عليه وسلم that Mount Uhud be turned into a mountain of gold to remove his hardships but our Noble Master صلى الله عليه وسلم preferred to remain hungry one day and satisfy his hunger the next day (اجوع يوما واشبع يوما); so that he may exercise patience on the day when he was hungry and that he begs Allah Ta’ala جل جلاله to feed him and express gratitude on the day when he was granted provisions.
Furthermore, when Sayyiduna Rasoolullah صلى الله عليه وسلم was given a choice between two options, he always chose the easier of the two. This noble habit showed that Sayyiduna Rasoolullah صلى الله عليه وسلم avoided the difficult option because it may have implied bravery and ability. On the other hand, when choosing the easier alternative, this gives testimony of acknowledgement weakness and helplessness. The road to success is thus humility and obedience. The believer should dedicate his life to submission; the temperament of a believer should be that of annihilation of his desires so that the pleasure and commands of Allah Ta’ala جل جلاله is uppermost; this is a guarantee of success and salvation.
SOURCE: DISCOURSES ON AN ISLAMIC WAY OF LIFE
(Hazrat Mufti Muhammad Taqi Uthmāni Sahib حفظه الله)
At this juncture, it will be appropriate to share a personal experience of our beloved Hazrat Dr Muhammad Saabir Sahib رحمه الله. On the occasion of Hajj, we were two families with only two men and five women. One of the men suggested that due to the days of Hajj being so near, he would like to perform the Hajje Qiraan. Our beloved mentor رحمه الله advised us that due to there being more women, the easier option of Hajje Ifraad be chosen because this will be indicative of showing our weakness in the Court of Allah Ta’ala جل جلاله; Hazrat رحمه الله further added that the choice of Hajje Ifraad will also be a cure for ujub (vanity). Indeed the gaze of the Ahlullāh shows how their minds were attuned to the blessed temperament of the Sunnah.