Following The Spiritual Master Of This And The Next World

May Allahu ta'ala honour us all with the prosperity of following Muhammad Mustafa (sall-Allahu 'alaihi wa sallam), who is the spiritual Master of this and the next world and who is the highest of all the people in every respect. Because Allahu ta'ala likes those who obey and follow him, a tiny act of following him is more exalted than all the worldly advantages and all the blessings of the next world. Real superiority consists of adapting oneself to his sunnat [1], and the honour and virtue of humanity entails following his Shari'at [2]. [The word sunnat has three different meanings. In this context, it means the Shari'at.]

[Adapting oneself to him, or following him, is following the way on which he has guided us. His way is the way shown by the Qur'an al-kerim. This way is called Din-i Islam. In order to adapt ourselves to him, we should first have iman (belief); then learn Islam well; then carry out the fard [3] and abstain from the haram [4]; and then fulfill the sunnat and abstain from the makruh. After all these, we should also try to follow him in what is mubah [5].]

[1] Sunnat: i) (when used alone) The Shari'at; ii) (when used together with the name Book) The hadith of the Prophet. iii) (when used together with the word Fard) Any action, word or thought liked and commanded by the Prophet.
[2] Shari'at: (pl. of Shari'a) i) rules and commandments as a whole of the religion. ii) religion.
[3] fard: an act or thing that is commanded by Allahu ta'ala in the Qur'an al-kerim. Fard (or fard) means (any behaviour or thought or belief which is) obligatory. Islam's open commandments are called fard (pl. faraid).
[4] Haram: an action, word or thought prohibited by Allahu ta'ala.