In Praise of Muhammad Mustafa saw

Allah Subhanahu Wata’ala says; “And Verily, you oh Muhammad (saw) are on an exalted standard of character” [68:4]
Allah Subhanahu Wata’ala sent Muhammad Salalahu ‘alayhi wasalam to spread the message of the oneness of Allah and to call mankind to worship none but Allah alone! However, Allah Subhanahu Wata’ala didn’t just send any ordinary man. Allah sent a man who was the best of creation, who was a mercy for the worlds, who is the most beloved to Allah, who is our master and a man who perfected good conduct! Reading and learning about the characteristics of RasulAllah Salalahu ‘alayhi wasalam, brings nothing but tears to ones eyes. Firstly, tears of happiness and admiration because of his modesty, generosity, his pleasant character and secondly, tears of sadness, because our beloved Rasul Salalahu ‘alayhi wasalam is no longer amongst us and how far away we have become from following in his footsteps.

The mockers of Islam do nothing but ridicule and accuse the prophet Salalahu ‘alayhi wasalam of things that he did not promote, of bad characteristics that he did not posses, BUT The Love of RasulAllah Salalahu ‘alayhi wasalam will always outshine and overpower the hatred of such ignorant people. The more he is mocked and ridiculed, the more people want to know this great man, thus more people come and turn to Allah and turn to follow his Salalahu ‘alayhi wasalam’s sunnah! Look to every corner of the world! Although we are separated in distance, we are together, united following the same sunnah. There are countless reasons as to why Our Prophet, our leader deserves to be praised after our Lord. Muhammad Salalahu ‘alayhi wasalam, was kind, caring, and most generous as has been narrated in Bukhari that “…his gifts and endowments manifest a man who does not fear poverty”. We can learn that Prophet saw gave much in charity which is why he did not fear poverty, which shows his Salalahu ‘alayhi wasalam’s tawakal and reliance on Allah Subhanahu Wata’ala. Even when giving charity, we must realise that out wealth does not decrease, as in fact Allah puts more barakah in our lives. Jabir (ra) said “the prophet would never deny anything he was asked for” (Sahih al Bukhari) The fact that the prophet Salalahu ‘alayhi wasalam did not deny anything he was asked for shows that he did not turn anyone away, which means that he was a very open hearted man, who did not shun others and only put others before himself. Tell me something, if there was one last biscuit left in the biscuit tin, or one slice of cake left in the fridge, would we take it for ourselves or would we leave it for someone else?. You will find that we would usually take it for ourselves. Our persona is quite different from the persona of RasulAllah Salalahu ‘alayhi wasalam and the people amongst the best generations.

The prophet Salalahu ‘alayhi wasalam was trustworthy, he was most honest and spoke the truth. The prophet Salalahu ‘alayhi wasalam was indeed the best companion. Zahir (ra) was a companion of the prophet Salalahu ‘alayhi wasalam who used to bring gifts from the desert to the Prophet. In return the Prophet Salalahu ‘alayhi wasalam would provide him with whatever he needed when he went out to fight. The Prophet Salalahu ‘alayhi wasalam said, "Zahir is our man of the desert, and we are his town-dwellers." The Prophet Salalahu ‘alayhi wasalam loved him very much, and he (Zahir) was an ugly man. One day the Prophet Salalahu ‘alayhi wasalam came to him whilst he was selling some goods. He embraced him from behind. The man could not see him, so he said, "Let me go! Who is this?" Then he turned around and recognized the Prophet Salalahu ‘alayhi wasalam, so he tried to move closer to him once he knew who it was. The Prophet Salalahu ‘alayhi wasalam started to say, "Who will buy this slave?" Zahir said, "O Messenger of Allah (pbuh), you will find me unsellable." The Prophet Salalahu ‘alayhi wasalam said, "But in the sight of Allah (almighty) you are not unsellable," or he said, "But in the sight of Allah (almighty) you are valuable." Reported by Imam Ahmad from Anas (radhiallahu `anhu).

There are many beauties in this narration. Look how the prophet Salalahu ‘alayhi wasalam made his companion feel better about himself. Zahir (ra) didn’t think much of himself and was described as an ugly man, however the prophet saw didn’t think so, as Zahir (ra) was valuable in the eyes of Allah. This shows that RasulAllah Salalahu ‘alayhi wasalam is teaching us that Allah will not look at our exterior, but at our interior. The beauty of lightening other people’s burdens, worries and sadness are also evident within this narration.

He Salalahu ‘alayhi wasalam was the walking talking qur’an, he was loving to his wives, he was merciful to children, he was just, he treated others with fairness, and he was most modest. If we look to the Seerah of the Prophet Salalahu ‘alayhi wasalam, we will notice many narrations highlighting his beautiful and sublime modesty. He was modesty was such that Abu Said Al Khudri (ra) said “He was shier than a virgin. When he disliked something, we could read it on his face” (Sahih Al Bukhari). It is mentioned that the prophet Salalahu ‘alayhi wasalam always had his eyes cast down and that he would look more to the ground than the sky and would not laugh excessively. His laughing was just a smile. Subhanallah!. We can take many lessons from these noble characteristics. If we compare this to our own lives, what will we find?. You will find that today we laugh excessively, forgetting our deen and Allah. This is not to say that we cannot laugh and enjoy ourselves, but not to the extent that we forget about Allah. In our society you will also find that if you speak less, look down, you are deemed an unconfident, weak individual. However, these are some of the righteous traits of good believers.

He never looked down upon others. He never thought of himself as superior although Muhammad Mustafa Salalahu ‘alayhi wasalam was superior to the whole of mankind. Once when the prophet Salalahu ‘alayhi wasalam was on a journey with his companions, he asked his companions to slaughter a sheep so that they could eat. One of the companions said “I will slaughter it”. Another companion said “I will skin it out”. A third companion said “I will cook it”. Allah’s messenger Salalahu ‘alayhi wasalam, then said “I will collect wood for fire” . They said “no we will do that work” Muhammad Salalahu ‘alayhi wasalam then replied “I know that you can do it for me, but I hate to be privileged. Allah hates to see a servant of his privileged to others” So the prophet Salalahu ‘alayhi wasalam, went to collect the firewood [Kulasatus-Siyar p22] This shows that our prophet Salalahu ‘alayhi wasalam taught us to humble ourselves, to not think of ourselves as superior to anyone, and most importantly that Allah Subhanahu Wata’ala dislikes injustice.

The prophet Salalahu ‘alayhi wasalam was and still is an inspiration to the whole of the muslim ummah. He is our leader and our example. Every action of his had a wisdom behind it and every speech has a great meaning. We can never go wrong by following the sunnah. We will gain nothing but reward and to follow Rasul Allah means to obey Allah Subhanahu Wata’ala. There are countless numbers of hadith that have been carried through generations to generations preserved for us to learn from. These are the reasons why our Prophet Muhammad Salalahu ‘alayhi wasalam deserves to be praised, and after your eyes have lifted off this page, remember to send your salutations on our beloved nabi Salalahu ‘alayhi wasalam at least once InshaAllah

I remind myself before anybody else



The Sealed Nectar: Biography of the Noble Prophet Muhammad (saw)
by Safi-ur-Rahman Al Mubarakpuri

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