Storytime with Unaisah Episode 9

The Prophet’s Pond 
By Zaheer Khartri 
Illustrated by Jannah Haque

COMPETITION
Design your own Hilye in Arabic or English


THE BEAUTY OF THE MESSENGER صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ

https://youtu.be/lfUvCCvqPGk


HILYE

Hilye Poster (by Muslimhands) – Click HERE

Hilye is the Turkish form of the Arabic word hilya, which has several meanings, including features, natural disposition, likeness, and description of nature. But these definitions only begin to convey the real meaning of the hilye, which embodies the Prophet”s moral, behavioral, and spiritual qualities as well as physical appearance. Like most Arabic words, hilya carries multiple meanings which makes it difficult to translate. It has connotations of ornament, beauty, and decoration. 

The most famous hilye texts, of course, are those that characterize the Prophet Muhammad. In Turkish they are called Hilye-i Serif (the Noble Hilye), and Hilye-i Nebevi (the Prophetic Hilye). The most popular of these texts for calligraphers is one related by Ali ibn Abi Talib, who, when asked to describe the Prophet, peace be upon him, would say:

He was not too tall nor too short. He was medium sized. His hair was not short and curly, nor was it lank, but in between. His face was not narrow, nor was it fully round, but there was a roundness to it. His skin was white. His eyes were black. He had long eyelashes. He was big-boned and had wide shoulders. He had no body hair except in the middle of his chest. He had thick hands and feet. When he walked, he walked inclined, as if descending a slope. When he looked at someone, he looked at them in full face.Between his shoulders was the seal of prophecy, the sign that he was the last of the prophets. He was the most generous-hearted of men, the most truthful of them in speech, the most mild-tempered of them, and the noblest of them in lineage. Whoever saw him unexpectedly was in awe of him. And whoever associated with him familiarly, loved him. Anyone who would describe him would say, I never saw, before him or after him, the like of him. صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ


SPRING’S GIFT
by Sheikh Hamza Yusuf

Click HERE to listen to Sheikh Hamza read his poem.

I envy the sand that met his feet
I’m jealous of honey he tasted sweet
Of birds that hovered above his head
Of spiders who spun their sacred web
To save him from his enemies
I envy clouds formed from the seas
That gave him cover from the heat
Of a sun whose light could not compete
With his, whose face did shine so bright
That all was clear in blinding night
I envy sightless trees that gazed
Upon his form completely dazed
Not knowing if the sun had risen
But felt themselves in unison
With those who prayed, and fasted too
Simply because he told them to
With truth and kindness, charity
From God who gave such clarity
His mercy comes in one He sent
To mold our hearts more heaven bent
I envy all there at his side
Who watched the turning of the tide
As truth prevailed and falsehood fled
And hope restored life to the dead
Men and Women through him found grace
To seek together God’s noble face
I envy the cup that gave him drink
His thoughts that helped us all to think
To be one thought that passed his mind
Inspiring him to act so kind
For me this world is not one jot
If I could simply be a thought
From him to God throughout the ages
As revelation came in stages
I pity all who think it odd
To hear him say there is one God
Or he was sent by God to men
To hone their spirits’ acumen
It’s pride that blinds us from the sight
That helps good men to see his light
He taught us all to be God’s slaves
And he will be the one who saves
Humanity from sinful pride
Muhammad has God on his side
So on this day be blessed and sing
For he was born to grace our Spring
With lilies, flowers, life’s rebirth
In a dome of green like his on earth


THE PROPHET’S POND صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ

The Prophet’s Pond – CLICK HERE
By Zaheer Khartri 
Illustrated by Jannah Haque

Abd-Allaah ibn ‘Amr said: The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “My Cistern is (as big as) the distance of a month’s (journey). Its length and width are equal and its water is whiter than milk and its scent is better than musk. Its drinking vessels are like the stars of the sky and whoever drinks from it will never thirst again.”

Al-Bukhaari (6093) and Muslim (4244)

Anas (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “In it can be seen vessels of gold and silver whose number is as the stars of the sky.” According to another report, “More than the number of stars in the sky.” 

Saheeh Muslim (4261)

Thawbaan (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) was asked about its drink and he said: “It is whiter than milk and sweeter than honey. Two pipes feed into it from Paradise, one of gold and the other of silver.” 

Saheeh Muslim (4256)

CALLIGRAPHY

We got to hear from a student of calligraphy. This is what he said

‘You see a lot of beautiful calligraphy. but the CORRECT way the letters etc are formed is often absent. It takes a lot of practise (people take 10/20 years or more) to complete learning the correct form of calligraphy properly. It is not just a fashion stately but a form of connecting us to the Quran in a specific methodical way.’


BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS

Just Like The Prophet series by Moin Uddin Khan

Marvellous Stories From The Life Of Muhammed صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ


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