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Saturday, June 7, 2008

Portrait of A Prophet

"We have sent thee not, O Muhammad, but as a Mercy for all creatures." Qur'an 21:107

As-salaamu 'alaikum wa Rahmatullah. Peace and Mercy of Allah unto you all. I intend here to carefully and humbly, in'sha'Allah, present the true image and picture of our beloved prophet, Muhammad, peace be upon him. Keeping in mind, despite the pertinent information and resources to be provided in this blog, in reality, there is hardly a source that can do adequate justice to the eminence of the life, character and mission of this man, salallahu 'alayhi wa salaam. The most emulated, the most named after... a true role model. The paragon of carrying out and living the true religion or way of Allah. If one desires the pleasure of God through submission to God and commitment to His Guidance, there is no getting around examining the Seerah (life and way) and subscribing to the Sunnah (practices and traditions) of Allah's final messenger and mercy to mankind, Muhammad ibn Abdullah.

"Muhammad is not the father of any man among you, but he is the Messenger of Allah and the Seal of the Prophets." -Qur'an 33:40

Never has there been another human being whose life was as closely examined, anatomized, documented and authenticated as Muhammad ibn Abdullah, salallahu 'alayhi wa salaam. There are more sources and historical accounts produced and available surrounding his life than any other human being throughout history. Among the mountainous collection of discourses, biographies, descriptions and narratives, compiled, composed and published by Muslims and non-Muslims alike, not one fails in detailing the phemonenal, unmatched and extraordinary generosity, mercy, charitability, uxoriousness, compassion and humble nature of Muhammad, peace be upon him. With such a magnitude of information readily available regarding Muhammad, peace be upon him, one can only wonder where critics come off attacking him. Disparging him. Discrediting him. Presumptiously and baselessly accusing him of trechery, insanity, greed and worse.

Such prejudice was not uncommon during his lifetime. Keeping in tradition of all the prophets before him, he was presistently confronted with rejection, persecution, humiliation and brutal pursuit. His opposition could not be satisfied by simply disbelieving. Out of envy, hatred, spite, phobia and so on; they had to sling lies, insults and violence against him.

Once Muhammad walked nearly 60 miles to the city of Ta'if in Makkah to invite the people to Islam. Calling them to the worship and obedience to the one true Lord and Creator. Not only was he rejected, mocked, but spat upon and stoned. Allah's Messenger, sat, bleeding profusely. Blood streamed downward his face, practically blinding his sight. Doubting himself. Thinking himself unfit and insufficient to carry out the message of Allah, wa ta'ala. It was at this moment he was visited by Angel Jib'reel (Gabriel), who relayed salutations of peace from Allah, subhanahu wa ta'ala, Himself. Who then suggested to Muhammad, salallahu 'alayhi wa salaam, that if he so desired, he (Jib'reel), with Allah's Permission, could crush together the two mountains on either side of the city and annihilate it entirely. The prophet, in his mercy, unhesitantly dismissed this option. Saying so long as they are alive, they or the generations after them have the chance to become Muslim. Ta'if, today, a city located in the desert, is one of bountiful agriculture. Fruits, vineyards, plants and flowers are abundant in this small area. A beauty unfounded elsewhere immediately surrounding. And most amazing of all, the city of Ta'if is currently 100% Muslim. Allahu akbar!

More children are named after our Holy Prophet than any other human being. Muhammad, salallahu 'alayhi wa salaam... there was and is NO GREATER HUMAN EXAMPLE! The crown of divine messengership and the seal of the prophets. I call everyone to atleast glimpse into his life before making up your mind about him or denying him of anything.

Please visit Muhammad: A-Z, a well condensed and beautiful rundown of the prophet's, peace be upon him, life and character. Quotes from renoun and respected, non-Muslim, philosophers, authors, poets, historians and humanitarians (i.e. Michael H. Hart, Thomas Carlyle, Ghandi, George Bernard Shaw and others) included.

May the Peace and Blessings of Allah, azza wa jall, be upon Muhammad and his family.

"I leave behind me two things, the Qur'an and my Sunnah and if you follow these you will never go astray." -Prophet Muhammad (salallahu alayhi wa salaam).

As a bonus, I as well share with you all an in depth biography of Muhammad ibn Abdullah, salallahu 'alayhi wa salaam. Beautifully construed by Shiekh Yasir Qadhi. Each succeeding part should, in'sha'Allah, automatically begin. Though elaborate and utterly beneficial, this still is but an expansive preview of our beloved prophet, salallahu 'alayhi wa salaam. Enjoy...

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