this is quite possibly one of the most beautiful aspects of islam i’ve ever come across. Allahu Akbar Kabeera.
There are so many, but the one I have been thinking about, a lot, recently is found in Imam Bukhari’s Hadith collection, where Osama ibn Zayd, The Prophet’s adopted grandson, narrates:
God’s Messenger (peace be upon him) sent us (to fight) against Al-Huraqa (one of the sub-tribes) of Juhaina. We reached those people in the morning and defeated them. A man from the Ansar and I chased one of their men and when we attacked him, he said, “None has the right to be worshiped but God.” The Ansari refrained from killing him but I stabbed him with my spear till I killed him. When we reached (Medina), this news reached the Prophet. He said to me, “O Osama! You killed him after he had said, ‘None has the right to be worshiped but God?”’ I said, “O God’s Messenger (peace be upon him)! He said so in order to save himself.” The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “You killed him after he had said, ‘None has the right to be worshiped but God.” The Prophet (peace be upon him) kept on repeating that statement till I wished I had not been a Muslim before that day.
It is beautiful in its pain, how much love The Prophet had for people who declared the shahadah, a love we (all) have truly failed to achieve, unfortunately.
instead of a guestbook have them write on little tiny wooden heart and drop them into the box which has the initials of the couple on big hearts and then you can hang the frame on a wall.