The Best Role Model for Mankind

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The Prophet (sallallahu alaiyhi wa sallam) has the best personality, characteristics, and morals. Once when Aisha (radiyyallahu anha) was asked about the life and conduct of the Prophet (sallallahu alaiyhi wa sallam), she replied, Have you not read the Quran? His character is the complete explanation of the Quran. This means that his daily life was a living illustration and explanation of the Quran. He did and said everything in accordance to the teachings of the Quran and his life is the reflection of the Shariah of Allah. He maintained the best characteristics in his roles as father, husband, friend, ruler, governor, teacher, statesman, protector of the weak, widows, and poor, a guide to the rich, a guardian of the orphans, and a servant of Allah. No one could ever equal the Prophet (sallallahu alaiyhi wa sallam) in the whole history of mankind and no one ever will, insha Allah.

And verily, you are on an exalted standard of character. (Suratul Qalam 68:4)

When the Prophet (sallallahu alaiyhi wa sallam) came into this world, the community at that time was known as ummi, meaning illiterate. They did not know how to read or write. They did not know the potential of a human being. The Prophet (sallallahu alaiyhi wa sallam), himself, also was not educated. He had never even seen the face of a teacher, nor had he ever picked up a book and read even a sentence. On one hand, we have a community and on the other hand, we have the Prophet who was sent to guide them and both are ummiilliterate. Allah commanded the Prophet (sallallahu alaiyhi wa sallam):

Arise and warn! (Suratul Muddath-thir 74:2)

So the Prophet (sallallahu alaiyhi wa sallam) stood up and made two major claims:

1. I have been sent into this world as an educator and warner.
2. I have been sent into this world to perfect the best of moral conduct in human behavior, to educate and purify them.

These were two of the biggest challenges that the Prophet (sallallahu alaiyhi wa sallam) had to face and two of the biggest goals he had to accomplish throughout his prophethood.

In a period of twenty-three years, when the last sermon was given in the field of Arafat, there were approximately 124 to 144 thousand Muslims present. There was no other period of time in the past two millenniums that one person has changed the lives and minds of so many people in a period of twenty-three years.

A professor of Islamic and Arabic Studies at Edinburgh University, who wrote a biography of the Prophet (sallallahu alaiyhi wa sallam) called, Muhammad in Mecca, Muhammad in Medina, stated: One thing baffles me. I cannot understand how one man, who has no formal education, could lead a community, who behaved like animals and created those same human beings into men the world had never seen.

The Weekly News Magazine, TIME, dated July 15, 1974, carried a selection of opinions by various historians, writers, military men, businessmen, and others on the subject: Who Were Historys Great Leaders? Some said that is was Hitler; others said Ghandi, Buddha, Lincoln, and the like. But Jules Masserman, a United States psychoanalyst put the standards straight by giving the correct criteria wherewith to judge. He said: Leaders must fulfil three functions:

1. Provide for the wellbeing of the led.
2. Provide a social organization in which people feel relatively secure, and
3. Provide them with one sent of beliefs.

With the above three criteria, he searches history and analyzes Hitler, Pasteur, Caesar, Moses, Confucius, and the lot, and ultimately concludes:

People like Pasteur and Salk are leaders in the first sense. People like Gandhi and Confusius, on the other hand, and Alexander, Caesar, and Hitler on the other hand, are leaders in the second sense and perhaps the third sense. Jesus and Buddha belong in the third category alone. Perhaps the greatest leader of all times was Muhammad, who combined all three functions. To a lesser degree, Moses did the same.

A Christian Reverend and commentator of the Bible, followed by that of his Master, said: The ultimate criterion of a true prophet is the moral character of his teachings.

The men that have been quoted above, who have praised the Noble Prophet (sallallahu alaiyhi wa sallam) are not Muslims, but they are those who have studied Islam and understood that Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu alaiyhi wa sallam) was no ordinary man.

When the Prophet (sallallahu alaiyhi wa sallam) sent a letter to Caesar, the King of Rome, inviting him to embrace Islam, Hercules summoned Abu Sufyan bin Harb, who was the archenemy of the Prophet (sallallahu alaiyhi wa sallam) and the believers at that time, and questioned him about this man, who was claiming to be a prophet of God. Abu Sufyans testimony went as follows:

Muhammad descends from a noble family. No one of this family happened to assume kingship. His followers are deemed weak with numbers ever growing. He neither tells lies nor betrays others, we fight him and he fights us, but with alternate victory. He bids people to worship Allah Alone with no associate, and abandon our fathers beliefs. He orders us to observe prayer, honesty, abstinence, and maintain strong family ties.

Hafiz Muhammad Ali is a Islamic Scholar. He shared Muhamamd PBUH life as a role model for Mankind to Learn About Islam. For More visit .rahehaq.net.

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