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Understanding and incorporating the Prophet’s Suunah can help us to cope up with the modern day stress

The month of Rabial-Awawal, of the Islamc calendar, holds a distinguished place in the Muslim world. Many historical events of importance, like the journey of Hijrah (migration) from Makkah al Mukarama towards Medina al Munawarah, the building of the Masjid  Quba (first mosque built after al Masjid al-Haram –Makkah) took place during this month, but the most significant and most remarkable event in history, dearer to all the believers, that took humankind away from darkness on to the path of light, is the birth of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). “Certainly did Allah confer a great favor upon the believers when He sent among them a Messanger from among themselves, reciting to them His verses and purifying them and teaching them the Book and wisdom, although they had been before in manifest error. (Holy Quran 3;164)
 All over the world Muslims love Prophet Muhammad [pbuh] intensly. We all are reminded, you do not attain true faith until you love Prophet(pbuh) more than your parents, children and whole world.(Al-Bukhari ).

The importance of the status of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) as a role model is defined in the Holy Quran and in the sunnah; this constitutes one of the foremost practices for Muslims.
The Seerah (Prophet’s – life), serves as a perfect role model not only for Muslims, but many non-Muslims recognize  its  application even  to the 21st Century audiences in their  future work  to cope up with growing  trends and challenge of  destiny and diversity in today’s rising economic insecurity, a work and family balance, gender discrimination, strain theories of crime and society, health and immorality  hazards, inequality and  other unfair employment practices etc. Today, when we stand back and take a look at society, it seems none of us is free from stress – the bane of modern life, a tussle between belief and materialism, power and poverty, ritualism and spirituality. “Corruption has spread on water and land due to the doings of mankind. In order that Allah make them taste the penalty of some of their doings. Perhaps they may retract. (from their disobedience) (Quran30/41)
Factually, stress has become part of our life, variables that account from hassles, hardships, frustrations, peer pressures coming  from   our  work, family, environment, socio-economic circumstances etc; we all have to deal with stress at one time or another. The  bigger challenge is – How do we handle it? In an endeavor of learning to live and get ahead, many of us wonder whether we really can cope up with challenges and responsibilities imposed upon us  by these  stressful circumstances as everything seems to have become too much demanding or a burden of responsibility. Instead of resilience and adaptation, the “flight or fight “ types of  strain responses has become our  routine reaction to any stressful situation.
Attitude makes the difference. Remember that these attitudes, behaviors are all self-created. How do some Believer’s  deal with stressful situations better than others? The answer is in Serrah. Referring  to the lives and examples of the Prophet(pbuh);  “Verily in the messenger of Allah you have a good example for him who looks unto Allah and the Last Day, and remembers Allah much.”(Quran33:21”. The Prophet (pbuh) was sent as a teacher and the best example with his morality, actions, words and other features….” “And verily, you are on an exalted standard of character”. (Quran  68:4). From the cradle to the grave the Prophet (pbuh) passed through a diversity of circumstances. Studying these events of life, hardships, tests and  tribulation that Prophet (pbuh) and the companions endured helps us  to cope up with  stresses of modern life, making  a distinction between materialistic expectations and  lifetime  aspirations. It gives us hope that as long as you stay in the truth and adopt Prophet’s (pbuh) way of dealing with affairs, there’s always hope to find peace of mind, contentment, happiness and freedom from worries and anxiety… these are what everyone wants, which no one can provide. 
Praise Him All Day and Night Long.
Our Deen – Islam – is an evidence based religion, and in the Messenger of Allah we find  clear message  of  peace, prosperity, equality, brotherhood and justice etc. We believe that our religion is that which has been transmitted to us through the Holy Book  Quran, Prophet Mohammed (saws), his companions and our pious predecessors so as to gain acceptance from the Allah subhantaala. Whatever we do or don’t  has to be in accordance with the pathways mentioned  in these  authentic sources of  Islamic law and guidance. We are the people of proof and peace, not following whims and individual preferences. Praise be to Allah Who has created time, and Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) declared to his ummah (followers) certain times, months, days and nights better than others, when rewards are multiplied many times, as a mercy from the Allah subhantalla to His slaves. This encourages them to do more righteous deeds in that particular time, and makes them more eager to worship Him, so that the Muslim renews his efforts to gain a greater share of reward. If a lazy blogger like me couldn’t find any such ordainment, practice or evidence of extra divine rewards, linked to any  particular date of Islamic calendar that should not restrict me doing the duties towards Allah (swt) and Prophet (saw), or towards Deen on other days, dates and nights. “Remember  and express with gratitude the gracefulness of Allah (swt) that He sent Prophets  among you.” (Quran5:20|).
In fact, we should seize any opportunity to commemorate the life of the one who is dearest to us above all, nor should our  tongue ever feel fatigued in sending  blessings and  salutations on our Beloved Prophet (pbuh) which is a source of great virtue, contentment and strength for the Muslim in distress as well as in good times.
Education is the key to remove misconception, and misrepresentation
 Educating  ourselves on Seerah, and then passing on the knowledge to those who misrepresent many aspects of uswa al-hasana (best of examples) is extremely important. The Seerah contains many excellent attributes and good manners, inter-faith dialogues, human interactions and behaviors, kindness with different types of  people, age, gender, status, and even to animals etc. May Allah give us the ability to perfectly follow the Prophet  Muhammad (pbuh).
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