Discovering the Truth : Acquainting Ourselves with the Last Prophet

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4. And Verily, you (O Muhammad) are on an exalted (standard of) character. [Quran 68: 4]

128. Verily, there has come unto you a Messenger (Muhammad) from amongst yourselves. It grieves him that you should receive any injury or difficulty. He is anxious over you (to be rightly guided, to repent to Allah, and beg Him to pardon and forgive your sins in order that you may enter Paradise and be saved from the punishment of the Hell-fire); for the believers (he -peace be upon him- is) full of pity, kind, and merciful. [Quran 9: 128]

53. O you who believe! Enter not the Prophet’s houses, unless permission is given to you for a meal, (and then) not (so early as) to wait for its preparation. But when you are invited, enter, and when you have taken your meal, disperse without sitting for a talk. Verily, such (behaviour) annoys the Prophet, and he is shy of (asking) you (to go); but Allah is not shy of (telling you) the truth. [Quran 33: 53]

6. Perhaps, you, would kill yourself (O Muhammad) in grief, over their footsteps (for their turning away from you), because they believe not in this narration (the Qur’ân). [Quran 18: 6]

3. It may be that you (O Muhammad) are going to kill yourself with grief, that they do not become believers [in your messengership]. [Quran 26: 3]

The Prophet peace be upon him practiced only that which was revealed to him.

One of the most important characteristics of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) was that he only taught that which he received from God, even though others wanted him to push and forward their agendas and concerns. Although these people were more numerous and powerful, the Prophet was punctilious about abiding by Allah’s commandments and the Qur’an. Allah tells us the following in one verse:

When Our Clear Signs are recited to them, those who do not expect to meet Us say, “Bring a Qur’an other than this one or change it.” Say: “It is not for me to change it of my own accord. I follow nothing except what is revealed to me. I fear, were I to disobey my Lord, the punishment of a Dreadful Day.” Say: “Had Allah so wished, I would not have recited it to you nor would He have made it known to you. I lived among you for many years before it came. Will you not use your intellect?” (Surah Yunus: 15-16)

The Prophet (peace be upon him) ever only sought to please Allah, expecting nothing in return from others.

Say: “I do not ask you for any wage for it, nor am I a man of false pretentions.” (Surah Sad: 86)

Say: “I have not asked you for any wage – it is all for you. My wage is the responsibility of Allah alone. He is witness of everything.” (Surah Saba’: 47)

The Prophet (peace be upon him) exhibited patience in the face of difficulty.

So be patient in the face of what they say and glorify your Lord with praise before the rising of the sun and before it sets. (Surah Qaf: 39)

Do not be grieved by what they say. All might belongs to Allah. He is the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing. (Surah Yunus: 65)

We know that your chest is constricted by what they say. (Surah al-Hijr: 97)

The Prophet (peace be upon him) was always tolerant of those around him.

It is a mercy from Allah that you were gentle with them. If you had been rough or hard of heart, they would have scattered from around you. So pardon them and ask forgiveness for them. (Surah Al ‘Imran: 159)

The Prophet is closer to the believers than their own selves, and his wives are their mothers. (Surah al-Ahzab: 6)

The Justice of the Prophet was exemplary.

Be upholders of justice, bearing witness for Allah alone, even against yourselves or your parents and relatives. Whether they are rich or poor, Allah is well able to look after them. Do not follow your own desires and deviate from the truth… (Surah al-Nisa’: 135).

He was just in so many different way: with the rules he imposed on Muslims, his just and tolerant attitude towards those of other religions, languages, races and tribes, and his way of not discriminating between rich and poor, but treating everybody equally. Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) is without doubt a great example to all of mankind.

Allah says this to His Prophet (peace be upon him) in one verse:

They are people who listen to lies and consume ill-gotten gains. If they come to you, you can either judge between them or turn away from them. If you turn away from them, they cannot harm you in any way. But if you do judge, judge between them justly. Allah loves the just. (Surah al-Ma’ida: 42)

But if they turn away, say, ‘Allah is enough for me. There is no god nut Him. I have put my trust in Him. He is the Lord of the Mighty Throne. (Surah al-Tawba: 129)

My Lord has commanded justice. (Surah al-A’raf: 29)

So call and go straight as you have been ordered to. Do not follow their whims and desires but say, “I believe in a Book sent down by Allah and I am ordered to be just between you. Allah is our Lord and your Lord. We have our actions and you have your actions. There is no debate between us and you. Allah will gather us all together. He is our final destination.” (Surah al-Shura: 15)

The Prophet (peace be upon him) was most considerate and compassionate towards the faithful.

A Messenger has come to you from among yourselves. Your suffering is distressing to him; he is deeply concerned for you; he is gentle and merciful to the believers. (Surah al-Tawba: 128)

The Prophet (peace be upon him) would consult with the faithful.

So pardon them and ask forgiveness for them, and consult with them about the matter. Then when you have reached a firm decision, put your trust in Allah. Allah loves those who put their trust in Him. (Sura Al ‘Imran: 159)

Author : Hamad Saleh Al-Hoqail

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