Nabi ﷺ once made a dua and then fell into prostration. After a while, he ﷺ sat back in the tashahud position and engaged in dua for the second time. Thereafter, he ﷺ fell into prostration again. He ﷺ repeated this process three times, making his sujood longer than his duas.
Seeing this, the Sahaaba رضي الله عنه asked what happened. Nabi ﷺ responded that I made dua to intercede for my Ummah on the day of Judgement. My dua was answered and I was given permission to intercede on behalf of one-third of this Ummah. I fell into prostration to thank Allah for answering my dua. I continued to make dua and Allah continued to accept until I was given permission to intercede on behalf of the entire Ummah.
Interceding on behalf of our weak souls does not benefit Nabi ﷺ in any way. We know that the highest station in paradise is reserved for him. He ﷺ knew that too. But it was his deep-hearted and pure love for us which drove him to cry for us, pray for us and care for us before we could even come into existence. This was the love he ﷺ had for this Ummah. We do not even love ourselves as much as he ﷺ did. We do not have concern over our own hereafter as much as he ﷺ did. Nor do we worry about the hereafter of our loved ones as much as he ﷺ did.
May Allah’s peace and blessings be upon Him, Aameen.
— Hazrat Ml. Dawood Seedat حفظه الله
Above is an extract from Hazrat’s talk on 19/09/17 in Masjid Hamza, Effingham Heights, Durban. To listen to the full talk, please click here.