May 14, 2021

Living with the Prophet peace be upon him: Practical lessons in life: Part 6

Ihab Saad

Dr. Ihab Saad is Professor of Construction Management and an alumnus of the University of Kentucky in Lexington where he received his Ph.D. in 1996. He received his Bachelor in Science & Master in Civil Engineering from Cairo University in his native country Egypt in 1984, and 1993 respectively. He has taught at his Alma Mater, the University of Kentucky, in addition to Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, and most recently at the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio where he was voted “Faculty of the Year”in June 2011. In addition to his professional career, Dr. Ihab is kown among the Muslim community with his dedication to the Prophetic Seerah (Biography) and Tafseer (interpretation of Quran) among many other areas of the Islamic Knowledge.

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  • Dear Br. Ihab,

    I watched all six episodes and learned so much. As usual they were excellent-Ma-Sha-Allah. Allah has Blessed you with this gift of knowledge and clarity. Jazak Allah Khairan.

    Jamal Mustafa

  • Gazakom Allah Khyran,
    It is very interesting how people were not bothered by Prophet Muhammad worship when he kept it to himself but fought him when he tried to apply Islam principles to the community.
    Nowadays, many people call for isolating Islam also in Masjed and individual worshiping and fight against application of many islamic principles in most life aspects. They give examples for success among people and countries that separate between religion and everyday life business.
    Some see that interpretation of islamic principles vary widely among muslims worldwide. In addition, some muslims did not gain people trustworthy when they come into power by applying some islamic principles while ignoring others.
    In-between, one may get lost… how should we look at Islam application in our life? how should we be confident that we can both follow Islam and led a successful fruitful life?

    • Assalamu alaykom Sister Eman,

      Jazakom ALLAH khayran for your comment. One very important concept that we learn about from the life of the Prophet peace be Upon Him, is that we are only responsible for the effort, and not for the results. Another principle that we learn from His blessed life as well is that we do not judge what is right based on who is doing it, but the contrary, we judge people based on their adherence to doing the right thing. The Prophet Saala ALLAH alayhi wa sallam says in the meaning of the hadeeth: whatever I commanded you to do, do as much of it as you can, and whatever I commanded you to abstain from, abstain from it.
      We will find poeple with different understandings and implementations of Islam, to suit their own needs and their desires. Islam as we received it is a comprehensive way of life that cannot be confined to the masjid or isolated from different aspects of life. The life of the Messenger salla ALLAH alayhi was sallam is the best example.
      Therefore the short answer to your question is stick to what ALLAH subhanahu wa taala tells us in the Quran, and practice it in the way of the Prophet salla ALLAH alayhi wa sallam, doing the best that you can without expecting to see the results of your work in the short term or even in this earthly life, and educate others about what you know and practice.
      Assalamu alaykom.


  • Dear Br Dr Ihab, many thanks for such a clear and lucid look at Abdul Muttalib’s important life. The information I learned here will be passed on to some new and young believers inshaAllah. Best personal regards.

  • Salamu alaikum,
    Going through the episodes one more time. Question?
    Was Abdul Mutalib aware of the story of Ibrahim AS fulfilling the commands of Allah to sacrifice his only son?

    Was his pledge in any way related to that incident or unrelated?

    Shukran in advance.

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