Event Review: The Victorious One – Seerah from the Madinian Period (pt.1)
The Victorious One was a 2 day long course on the Seerah of the Prophet Muhammed SAWS from the Madinian Period , held in Durban as well as Johannesburg.
There are many tales from the seerah which we discover as we go through life, most deeply seated in historic events. This brilliant course, the victorious one, draws on on human insight and the reality of the life of Nabi SAWS. It lets you consider his character and personality in relation to the world and propogating deen- as well as the struggles and approaches when dealing with people so as not to force or hurt anyones feelings, but rather to encourage them towards the islamic perspective.
Shaykh Mohammed Cheppih begins by reading aloud the Final Sermon of the Prophet SAWS. It reminds one of the message of Islam and the finality of revelation. AlKauthar cleverly afforded each student a beautiful laminated copy of the final sermon, perfect to stick up on the fridge as a reminder.
We traverse the seerah from the point of hijrah to madina, contemplating on ‘What did Madina look like?’ –
A brief snippet of the movie The Message is shown where the arrival of the Prophet SAWS is marked by the singing of “Twala al Badroo Alayna” See clip below. (Apologies for being unable to get a version with english subtitles)
One may question “Why watch bits of a movie in the course?” Simply put it serves and a means to contextualize the journey of the seerah, by visually allowing the students to identify the state of orignal Madina, the anticipation of the muslims to receive the Prophet SAWS as well as the ambience that lead to the selection of the site for the building of Masjid-Al-Quba. This initial depiction, sets the scene for the rest of the course, the students being presented with an all new perspective on the Seerah – The emotive perspective of being human in relation to the teachings of Islam.
The building of the masjid al quba shows the laying of the foundation of the masjid as well the palm leaves for the roof,and the course steers to the perspectives of masaajid.
Students evaluated the perspective on whether or not the masjid in our community is fulfilling its roles for muslims. With focus on South Africa there are many mixed emotions about the lack of accommodation for women in masaajids, in parts of our country viz, Durban and Johannesburg.
The Battle of Badr draws light on a variety of conditions for war and a brief synopsis is present by Shayk Ismail Kamdar. A clip of the battle is seen and is met with astonished amusement that the muslims went to war chanting as if happy to be striving in the path of Allah SWT for the purpose of deen.
Pearls of Wisdom from Shaykh Ismail Kamdar:
- The islamic definition of TawaKkul is to do everything you can, and then only whatever is beyond your ability you place your trust in Allah! (Abu Muawiyah Ismail Kamdar)
- Succes doesn’t happen overnight. The Battle of Badr was a climax of 15 years of hardship! Allah will help you when the time is right and when you have proven yourself. (Abu Muawiyah Ismail Kamdar)
- The Problem in our ummah is that we all want the world to change, we all want khilaafah, but we all expect 1 person to do it. We have a lot of ideas but we don’t want to implement it. (Abu Muawiyah Ismail Kamdar)
- When we die, people are not going to miss our great ideas, but they will miss the great work we have done! (Abu Muawiyah Ismail Kamdar)