Do we follow Prophet Muhammad?


Here is few question for us: who is our role model? Who do we follow? Is that someone from the “stars” some musician idols or actor and so on.  I’ll try to give some of the examples from the life of beloved one Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

God bestowed on him the best of characters, one of which was his exceptional tolerance which is manifested in his life and teachings: Allah said in surah Al-Qalam 4; “And verily, you (O Muhammad) are on an exalted (standard of) character”. So, now we see that Allah (God) said that Muhammad (a,s) is on exalted character, and we know about him even before he became a Prophet, because he was well known as a trustworthy, and the one who says always a true and never lay even before prophecy.

So, how can someone say today that he was not trustworthy, or he was lay upon people? How? The answer is because majority is lack of knowledge about him, including many of the Muslims, and of course non Muslims too.

We will examine some examples of his tolerance at the advent of Islam and during its expansion process.

In Makah

During the first thirteen (13) years of his life in Makah, he and his followers faced much persecution. Muslims were not ordered by God to fight back due to the fact that they had no military strength yet due to the small following which gradually increased. It was only in Medina when his following and military power rapidly grew that fighting to protect themselves and the new religion was allowed.

When the Prophet’s opponents greatly increased their persecution, his companions asked him to curse them. At this the Prophet replied: “I have not been sent to lay a curse upon men but to be a blessing to them.” (Muslim)

He once decided to personally visit the village of Ta’if, to the east of Makah, to invite its inhabitants to Islam. The people rejected him, stoned him, ejected him, and made him to bleed. Angel Gabriel came to him and said: “Allah has heard what your people say to you and how they reject you. He has ordered the angels of the mountains to obey whatever you tell them to do.” The angel of the mountains called him, greeted him and said, “Send me to do what you wish. If you wish, I will crush them between the two mountains of Makah.” The Prophet said: “Rather, I hope that Allah will bring forth from their loins those who will worship Allah alone and not associate anything with Him.”  (Al-Bukhari)

In one instance when the Prophet was praying at the Ka’bah while his enemies were watching his every move and action, one of his adversaries put on his back the intestine of a slaughtered camel during his prostration. The Prophet did not react and stayed in that position. His daughter, Fatima, rushed to take the filth off his back and cleaned him up.

In Medina

Later, when Prophet Muhammad and many of his companions migrated to Medina, again his great character in dealing with his companions and enemies was further manifested.

In Medina, the Muslims were in the process of establishing the new Islamic state. Yet, their enemies in Makah did not spare much time to wage war against them and pursue them even in Medina.

In the battle of Uhud, when his Makan enemies attacked the Muslims, Prophet Muhammad suffered head injury and his front teeth got smashed. When the blood started to seep from his head, he swabbed it saying: “If a drop of my blood fell on the earth, those infidels will be destroyed by Allah.” Omar told him, O Messenger of Allah, Curse them! The prophet replied: “I wasn’t sent (by Allah) to curse. I was sent as a mercy.” Then he said: “O Allah, Guide my people!” (Authenticated by Al-Albani) God confirms his blessed character by saying: {And We have not sent you forth but as a mercy to mankind.} (Al-Anbiya’ 21:107) The Prophet once said: “A true believer is one with whom others feel secure.” (Al-Bukhari)

One of Jesus’ (peace be upon him) famous saying is: “Love your neighbor like yourself.” Prophet Muhammad complimented this by saying:”By God, he is not a believer, by God, he is not a believer, by God, he is not a believer, with whom his neighbors are not secure.” (Al-Bukhari)

It is reported that one of the Prophet’s neighbors was a Jew who hated the Prophet. Each day he would throw trash on his way. The prophet never rebuked him. One day, the Jew did not show up. The Prophet asked about him, and was told that he was sick. So, he went to visit him and inquire about his health with kindness. Upon seeing this, the Jew embraced Islam.

Once, when the Prophet was sitting at a place in Medina, along with his companions a funeral procession passed by. On seeing this, the Prophet stood up. One of his companions remarked that the funeral was that of a Jew. The Prophet replied: “Was he not a human being?” (Muslim)

These are only a few among many examples of the Prophet’s tolerance and noble character. Aisha, the wife of the Prophet was asked regarding the character of the Prophet (peace be upon him). She said very simply, that: “The character of the Prophet was the Qur’an.” (Muslim)

Which means that if we like to know about Muhammad’s character then we should read and study entire Qur’an, and only then we will understand who Prophet Muhammad is?

Scholars further explain about the Qur’an being his character:

“What this means is that he followed its etiquette and adopted its attitude. Whatever was praised in the Qur’an, he was pleased with, and whatever was condemned in the Qur’an he hated. It says in one report that Aisha said: His attitude was the Qur’an, whatever it was pleased with he was pleased with and whatever it hated he hated.” (Ibn Rrajab in Jaami’ al-‘Uloom wa’l-Hukam (1/148))

This is only few examples, and I hope that will help you to understand who is Prophet Muhammad (a,s). After all these you can see some people who accuses the Prophet Muhammad (a,s) do they have right to do so? Who told them to do so, and how can they say something without any evidence or proof?

May Allah almighty guide us all!

Imam Sedin Agic

Sep 17 2012

01 Thul Qa’dah 1433






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