The Prophet (PBUH)’s Life… A Practical Embodiment of Genuine Islam

All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of all worlds, Who says in His Ever Glorious Book, “The Messenger of Allah is an excellent model for those of you who put your hope in Allah and the Last Day and remember Him often.” I bear witness that there is no god but Allah, and that Muhammad is His Servant and Messenger. May Allah’s Peace and Blessings be upon him, his Household, Companions and upon those who follow their path to the Day of Judgment.

Allah has sent his Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) to guide people and lead them to the truth and call them to the path of Allah. His message is the final Divine message that suits all times and places. Therefore, it was necessary that he (PBUH) be a practical example of true Islam in all of his sayings, actions and affairs. This should not be a wonder as he (PBUH) adhered always to the approach of the Qur’an in his relation with his Lord and with all people of different races, colors and beliefs. When Aishah was asked about the character of the Prophet (PBUH), she answered, “His character was the Qur’an.”

 Reviewing the life of the Prophet, one finds that he was the best example in all his sayings, actions, and affairs. This includes for example, his truthfulness and honesty. His life was all about truthfulness and honesty, that he was called “The truthful and honest one” before his mission. Therefore Ahmed Shawqi wrote:

You nicknamed him the ‘trustworthy’ one
of the tribe in his youth,

And the speech of the trustworthy man
should not be suspect.

When Heraclius, the King of The Romans, called Abu Sufian Ibn Harb, which was before the latter conversion to Islam, to ask him about the Messenger of Allah (PBUH), it was lengthy dialogue in which Hercules asked Abu Sufyan, “Did you accuse him of falsehood before he proclaimed his prophethood?” Abu Sufyan said: No. Hercules asked again, “Has he (ever) violated his covenant?” Abu Sufyan said, “No, but we have recently concluded a peace treaty with him for a period and we do not know what he is going to do about it.” (Abu Sufyan remarked, “I could not accuse the prophet of anything more than these words”).

The honesty of the Prophet came to be very clear on the night of his immigration, when he asked Ali Ibn Abi Talib stay at Mecca in order to return back all deposits to their owners who were, in fact, his enemies, though they tortured him and his companions severely. This was because a Muslim is not allowed to be treacherous even with his enemies, as the Almighty Allah says, “And if you learn of treachery on the part of any people, throw their treaty back at them, for Allah does not love the treacherous.” The Prophet (PBUH) said, “Pay the deposit to him who deposited it with you, and do not betray him who betrays you.”

His loyalty: The Prophet (PBUH) was the most loyal person; he has never dealt with ingratitude with any person, and was thankful to all those who did him a favors. Once, before his death, he remarked, “There is no favor due upon us from anyone, except that we have repaid him, with the exception of Abu Bakr. Verily upon us, there is a favor due to him, which Allah will repay him on the Day of Judgement.”

Among the manifestations of his gratefulness was his conduct with his wife, the mother of the believers, Khadija. He remained loyal and thankful to her during her life and after her death. Revealing her virtues, he said, “Allah did not give me a better wife that her. She believed in me when the whole world refuted me and she attested to my trueness when the whole world accused me of falsehood. She offered me compassion and loyalty with her wealth when everyone else had forsaken me. And Allah blessed me with children through her and not through any other wife.” Once, ‘Aisha said, “I did not feel jealous of any of the wives of the Prophet (PBUH) as much as I did of Khadija though I did not see her, but the Prophet (PBUH) used to mention her very often, and whenever he slaughtered a sheep, he would cut its parts and send them to the women friends of Khadija.”

Another aspect of his loyalty is with non-Muslims. In the Battle of Badr, He (PBUH) said, “If Al-Mut’im Ibn ‘Adeyy had been alive and spoken to me about these captives, I would have released them for his sale.” Al-Mut’im Ibn ‘Adeyy had done a favor to the Prophet when he offered him a protection after the Prophet return from al-Ta’if journey.

Another aspect of his loyalty is his loyalty with enemies in times of wars.  It has been reported on the authority of Hudhaifa Ibn Al-Yaman who said: Nothing prevented me from being present at the Battle of Badr except this incident. I came out with my father (to participate in the Battle), but we were caught by the disbelievers of Quraysh. They said: (Do) you intend to go to Muhammad? We said: We do not intend to go to him, but we wish to go (back) to Medina. So they took from us a covenant in the name of God that we would turn back to Medina and would not fight on the side of Muhammad (PBUH). So, we came to the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) and related the incident to him. He said: Both, of you proceed (to Medina); we will fulfil the covenant made with them and seek God’s help against them.

Similarly, the Prophet (PBUH) was a unique example and a role model in dealing with his wives as he (PBUH) kindly treated them, and their life was overwhelmed by serenity, affection, mercy, modesty and leniency. He (PBUH) was never arrogant while dealing with them; rather he treated all of them kindly. In doing so, he (PBUH) drew on the Sayings of Allah, the Almighty, “… and kindly treat them” and ” And of His signs is that He created for you from yourselves mates that you may find tranquility in them; and He placed between you affection and mercy. Indeed in that are signs for a people who give thought.”

He (PBUH) was a kind husband who used to use gentle language with his wives. In a scene full of mercy, he (PBUH) wiped the tears of his wife, the Mother of the Believers, Safyyah (Allah be pleased with her); he (PBUH) wiped her face with his blessed hands and made her calm down. Narrating this incident, Anas ibn Malik (Allah be pleased with him) said: “Safyyah accompanied the Prophet (PBUH) one day since it was her assigned day, yet she came late. The Messenger of Allah met her while she was weeping, saying: ‘You carried me on a camel that slowly moves”, which is why he (PBUH) used to wipe her face with his hands and make her clam down.”

In the same way, he (PBUH) was a role model in dealing with his children and grandchildren; what a great father he is! He used to shower all his children and grandsons all the meanings of love, affection and mercy. Mother of the Believers, ‘Aishah (Allah be pleased with her), narrated: ” I never saw anyone more like the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) in respect of gravity, calm deportment, pleasant disposition – according to al-Hasan’s version: in respect of talk and speech. Al-Hasan did not mention gravity, calm deportment, pleasant disposition – than Fatimah, may Allah honor her face. When she came to visit him (the Prophet) he got up to (welcome) her, took her by the hand, kissed her and made her sit where he was sitting; and when he went to visit her, she got up to (welcome) him, took him by the hand, kissed him, and made him sit where she was sitting.”

In the same vein, Abu Huryrah (Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet (PBUH) kissed Al-Hassan ibn ‘Ali in the presence of Al-Aqra’ ibn Habis, and the latter said: ” I have ten children, but I have never kissed any one of them, whereupon Allah’s Messenger (PBUH) said: He who does not show mercy (towards his children), no mercy would be shown to him.” It is also narrated that The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) came out to us for one of the nighttime prayers, and he was carrying Hasan or Husain. He (PBUH) came forward and put him down, then he said the Takbir and started to pray. He prostrated during his prayer, and made the prostration lengthy.” My father said: “I raised my head and saw the child on the back of the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) while he was prostrating so I went back to my prostration. When the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) finished praying, the people said: “O Messenger of Allah (PBUH), you prostrated during the prayer for so long that we thought that something had happened or that you were receiving a revelation.’ He said: ‘No such thing happened. But my son was riding on my back and I did not like to disturb him until he had enough.'”

Yet, we stress that this mercy was not restricted to his children or grandchildren only; rather, it was a way of life he (PBUH) used to apply with everyone. Usamah ibn Zayd (Allah be pleased with them) narrated: ”  That the Prophet (PBUH) used to take him and Al-Hasan, and used to say, “O Allah! I love them, so please love them,” or said something similar.” Anas ibn Malik (Allah be pleased with him) is furthermore reported to have said: “I served the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) for ten years, and he never said ‘Uff’ (an expression of disgust) to me. He never said ‘why did you do that?’ for something I had done, nor did he ever say ‘why did you not do such and such’ for something I had not done.”

In the due course, he (PBUH) was a role model to be followed in dealing with his companions; he used to share with them their happy times and hard ones, to ask about the absent, to visit the sick, to care about their affairs and to seriously consider their feelings in all the affairs of life. Simak ibn Harab (Allah be pleased with him) narrated: “I said to Jabir b. Samura: Did you have the privilege of sitting in the company of Allah’s Messenger (PBUH)? He said: Yes, very frequently, and added: He did not stand up (and go) from the place where he offered the dawn prayer until the sun rose, and after the rising of the sun he stood up, and they (his Companions) entered into conversation with one another and they talked of the things (that they did during the Days of Ignorance), and they laughed (on their unreasonable and ridiculous acts). Allah’s Messenger (PBUH) smiled only.”

With that said, I ask Allah to forgive me and you

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All praise is due to Allah, Lord of the Worlds; I bear witness that there is no god but Allah; and I bear witness that our master Prophet Muhammad is His slave and Messenger; may Allah’s Peace and Blessings be upon him, his family, companions and whoever follows their guidance to the Day of Judgment.

Muslim brothers,

Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was a practical model representing the correct Islam; a point which is clear in his humane views as well as his morals. He (PBUH) was also a role model in his moderation. He who carefully examines the rulings of the Sharia will for sure spot the way moderation in all its fields. In this regard, ‘Aishah (Allah be pleased with her) reported: ” Never did Allah’s Messenger (PBUH) make a choice between two things but adopting the easier one as compared to the difficult one, but his choice for the easier one was only in case it did not involve any sin, but if it involved sin he was the one who was the farthest from it amongst the people.” Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) also said: “Religion is very easy and whoever overburdens himself in his religion will not be able to continue in that way. So you should not be extremists, but try to be near to perfection.”

For the sake of keeping this moderation, he (PBUH) warned against all the phenomenon of extremism, especially extremism min religion, so he (PBUH) did not accept the act of some of his companions who used to be extremists in their worship in a way that keeps them away from the limit of moderation; he (PBUH) said: ” ‘O people, beware of exaggeration in religious matters for those who came before you were doomed because of exaggeration in religious matters.’”

Indeed, we are in a dire need to follow the example of the Messenger of Allah (PBUH), his guidance and teachings to spread the message of light as pure as sent down by Allah to the entire creation, with leniency, kindness, mercy and bringing hearts together. That is because the message of Islam is all-just, all-merciful, all-tolerant, all-beneficial and all-humane.

O Allah! Grant us Your Love, the Love of Your Prophet (PBUH) and the love of every deed that draws us closer to Your Love. O Allah! Make Egypt and all the world’s countries safe and secure.