How can we follow the messenger of God,(May the blessing and peace of God be upon him), in everything he got from God?
59-7: "So take what the Messenger assigns to you, and deny yourselves that which he withholds from you,"
What are the lights that show that a believer's heart is free from illnesses?
To follow the beloved and chosen prophet at all times, all deeds, all conditions and all sayings. If he follows him at one thing and opposes him in another, is it following?
Following is clear in the verse, (Follow me,) i.e. in everything, in acts of worship, good ethics and in dealings. Follow me in dealing with wives, caring about sons and daughters, caring about neighbors, keeping connection with relatives, even when we are dealing with enemies we should follow the guidance of the messenger of God, (May the blessing and peace of God be upon him), because it is the guidance chosen by God. Righteous people used to and still follow him in more different things. They follow his guidance in food and drink, the way of talking, the way he looks at people and the universe, walking, sitting, sleeping and all his movements and stillness. They only do things after they remember how the messenger, (May the blessing and peace of God be upon him), used to do them to follow him and wins his love and cordiality, they do as God says: 3- 31 (follow me so that God loves you,). God didn’t say: (Follow me apparently,) but apparently, by heart, spiritually and in all cases. We should follow him apparently in humbleness, leniency, kindness, mercy and cordiality. We should follow his interior, in fearing God, piety, adoration, passion and true love to His God. Following should be comprehensive in all sides. The more man follows him, the more he gets nearer to homage. Those who paid homage to him, are those who were chosen by God and they followed him, God says:
48-10: "Verily those who plight their fealty to you do no less than plight their fealty to God,"
In the secret of this verse, it was in the conciliation of Hudaybeya, when the prophet, (May the blessing and peace of God be upon him), ordered his companions to cut their hair and slaughter their offerings but they didn’t do. The prophet, (May the blessing and peace of God be upon him), went to his wife Om-salamah complaining to her that they annihilate themselves by disobeying him. She said: "Oh messenger of God, go out, slaughter your offering and cut your hair, they will all follow you." She knew they used to follow his deeds, to them the messenger, (May the blessing and peace of God be upon him), was the true example.
The messenger, (May the blessing and peace of God be upon him), used to have sayings and deeds:
His sayings used to be easy as he addressed all people, but his deeds used to be harder. He used to do hard deeds but ordered others by easier and more lenient deeds. He used to order others by easy deeds but he himself used to do hard deeds. His companions used to love him and they were intelligent and clever, they knew this fact, so they used to listen to his sayings but they only do things after they watched him doing them, as God says: "Follow me", He doesn’t say: (listen to me) but "Follow me", because they wanted to be with him, they shared him his intentions, interior wills and good deeds by which he faces God. They used to follow both his deeds and sayings, why?
Because they knew that sayings were for all people but following his hard deeds needs determination. They used to go to his wives and ask them about tiny things, his food, his sleep, his acts of worship, his remembrance and his obedience. History never tells a man's movements and stillness as it does with the master of all people, (May the blessing and peace of God be upon him). God made all his small and big movements visible for his lovers as they were connected to him because they were eager to follow him, (May the blessing and peace of God be upon him), and do his deeds.
So, a man in the way to God always does hard deeds and orders by easy deed. Anyone who does easy deeds and orders others by hard deeds, he doesn’t understand the religion of God well, because this is not Sunna of the messenger of God. The messenger of God,(May the blessing and peace of God be upon him), went out; don’t think that he did that obeying Om-Salamah, or that he didn’t know this, but he just wanted to show her high position to show that his wives understand religion very well, as God says about them in Qur'an:
33-34: "(O wives of the prophet) Remember what is rehearsed to you in your homes, of the Signs of God and Wisdom,"
They were scholars, wise and knowledgeable women
He went out,(May the blessing and peace of God be upon him), and slaughtered his offering, people hurried to slaughter their offerings because they follow his deed before his saying. Then he called the barber to cut his hair, they competed to take his hair, they hurried to cut their hair too as they were following his deeds,(May the blessing and peace of God be upon him).