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Duaa to Attain Attributes of Prophet Muhammad: OK?

09 November, 2021
Q Can I make duaa to attain the attributes of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)?

Answer

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. 

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.

Responding to your question, Sheikh Ahmad Kutty, a senior lecturer and an Islamic scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, states:

I pray to Allah to enhance our love for Allah and His Messenger.

By cherishing love for him and striving to manifest it in our lives, we can hope to join his blessed company in the Hereafter. Emulating the beautiful examples of the Prophet is the sure way of expressing our love for him. The Prophet used to pray to Allah: “O Allah, even as you gave me a beautiful shape, beautify my character for me as well.”

So, striving hard to emulate the Prophet and praying to Allah to bless our efforts to beautify our character would be the best we can strive for. While saying this, we should remind ourselves that duaa in Islam goes hand in hand with work. That is another example that the Prophet set for us, which we often are inclined to ignore.

Now coming to specifics of Prophet’s character for us to seek to adorn ourselves, let me mention the following:

  1. Pillars of Prophetic character include the following: His wholehearted surrender to Allah and constancy in remembering Him.
  2. Other important character traits were his truthfulness, integrity, modesty, humility, empathy, compassion, standing up for truth and justice, and caring for others.

Almighty Allah knows best.

About Sheikh Ahmad Kutty
Sheikh Ahmad Kutty is a Senior Lecturer and an Islamic Scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto, Ontario, Canada