Saturday, January 12, 2013

Prophet Muhammad (SAW) , The most Inspiring Personality in the History of Mankind

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Hazrat Muhammed Mustafa (saw) was the last prophet of Islam. He lived a simple yet inspirational life , gave all us the  message of humanity through becoming  the example Himself. The message of Quran , The Golden way of Life. The life which is  beneficial for everyone.
We can learn so much from the Characteristics of Hazrat Muhammed Mustafa (SAW) because He, Himself  practiced the teachings of Islam , the teachings of Quran. So that it would be easier for other people to follow  his footsteps in order to make Allah swt happy. It is compulsory on every Muslim to be good Human first.
Worship Allah swt only , He is the one and only God. The God of Adam , Moses , Joseph , Soluman , Jesus and Mohammed (SAW).
All of them are Messagers of Allah swt and they all brought the same message to the mankind. All of them are our beloved Prophets , we love them and respect them.
Coming back to Prophet Muhammed (saw) ‘ s life , which was indeed very simple yet very very inspirational. Honesty and Modesty were the main features of his personality.
He advised the people to live simple lives and himself practised great austerities. Even when he had become the virtual king of arabia, he lived an austere life bordering on privation. His wife Aiysha (ra) says that there was hardly a day in his life when he had two square meals (Muslim, Sahih Muslim, Vol.2, pg 198).
When he died there was nothing in his house except a few seeds of barley left from a mound of the grain obtained from a Jew by pawning his armour (Bukhari, Sahih Bukhari, Chapter “Aljihad”).
His house was but a hut with walls of unbaked clay and a thatched roof of palm leaves covered by camel skin. He had separate apartments for his wives, a small room for each made of similar materials. His own apartment contained a rope cot, a pillow stuffed with palm leaves , the skin of some animal spread on the floor and a water bag of leather and some weapons. These were all his earthly belongings, besides a camel, a horse, and an ass and some land which he had aquired in the later part of his life (Bukhari, Muslim, Abu Dawud). Once a few of his disciples, noticing the imprint of his mattress on his body, wished to give him a softer bed but he politely declined the offer saying,
“What have I to do with worldly things. My connection with the world is like that of a traveler resting for a while underneath the shade of a tree and then moving on.”
By nature he was gentle and kind hearted, always inclined to be gracious and to overlook the faults of others. Politeness and courtesy, compassion and tenderness, simplicity and humility, sympathy and sincerity were some of the keynotes of his character. In the cause of right and justice he could be resolute and severe but more often than not, his severity was tempered with generosity. He had charming manners which won him the affection of his followers and secured their devotion. Though virtual king of Arabia and an apostle of Allah, he never assumed an air of superiority. Not that he had to conceal any such vein by practice and artifice: with fear of Allah, sincere humility was ingrained in his heart.
He used to say,  “I am a Prophet of Allah but I do not know what will be my end.” (Bukhari, Sahih Bukhari, Chapter “Al-Janaiz”)
He used to visit the poorest of ailing persons and exhorted all muslims to do likewise (Bukhari, Sahih Bukhari, Chapter “Attendance on ailing persons”). He would sit with the humblest of persons saying that righteousness alone was the criterion of one’s superiority over another. He invariably invited people be they slaves, servants or the poorest believers, to partake with him of his scanty meals (Tirmizi, Sunan Tirmizi).
Whenever he visited a person he would first greet him and then take his permission to enter the house. He advised the people to follow this etiquette and not to get annoyed if anyone declined to give permission, for it was quite likely the person concerned was busy otherwise and did not mean any disrespect (Ibid).
There was no type of household work too low or too undignified for him. Aiysha (ra) has stated,
“He always joined in household work and would at times mend his clothes, repair his shoes and sweep the floor. He would milk, tether, and feed his animals and do the household shopping.” (Qazi Iyaz: Shifa; Bukhari, Sahih Bukhari, Chapter: Kitabul Adab)
He would not hesitate to do the menial work of others, particularly of orphans and widows (Nasi, Darmi). Once when there was no male member in the house of the companion Kabab Bin Arat who had gone to the battlefield, he used to go to his house daily and milk his cattle for the inhabitants (Ibn Saad Vol. 6, p 213)
The Prophet (pbuh) asked people to be just and kind. As the supreme judge and arbiter, as the leader of men, as generalissimo of a rising power, as a reformer and apostle, he had always to deal with men and their affairs. He had often to deal with mutually inimical and warring tribes when showing justice to one carried the danger of antagonizing the other, and yet he never deviated from the path of justice. In administering justice, he made no distinction between believers and nonbelievers, friends and foes, high and low.
The Prophet (pbuh) not only preached to the people to show kindness to each other but also to all living souls. He forbade the practice of cutting tails and manes of horses, of branding animals at any soft spot, and of keeping horses saddled unnecessarily (Muslim, Sahih Muslim). If he saw any animal over-loaded or ill-fed he would pull up the owner and say,
“Fear Allah in your treatment of animals.” (Abu Dawud, Kitab Jihad)
As his army marched towards Makkah to conquer it, they passed a female dog with puppies. The Prophet (pbuh) not only gave orders that they should not be disturbed, but posted a man to see that this was done.
He stated, “Verily, there is heavenly reward for every act of kindness done to a living animal.”
Love for the poor , the Prophet (pbuh) enjoined upon Muslims to treat the poor kindly and to help them with alms, zakat, and in other ways. He said:
“He is not a perfect muslim who eats his fill and lets his neighbor go hungry.”
He asked, “Do you love your Creator? Then love your fellow beings first.”
He advised his followers “To give the laborer his wages before his perspiration dried up.”
He did not encourage beggary either and stated that “Allah is gracious to him who earns his living by his own labor, and that if a man begs to increase his property, Allah will diminish it and whoever has food for the day, it is prohibited for him to beg.”
To his wife he said, “O Aysha, love the poor and let them come to you and Allah will draw you near to Himself.” (Bukhari, Sahih Bukhari)
He was very fond of children . He would pickup children in his arms , play with them and kiss them. He had never hit a child in his entire life.
He taught the beautiful lesson of equality that the rich and the poor all are equal in front of Allah. When He was working , he worked like any ordinary laborer.He used to eat food with slaves , servants and the poorest on the same sheet. He has always refused all the privileges.
” It is true , but i do not like to attribute any distinction to myself. Allah does not like the man who considers himself superior to his companions.”  Zarqani Vol 4 Pg 306.
These were the golden characteristics of Hazrat Mohammed (saw). Thats the reason why many well known famous people got inspired by his wonderful personality and quoted him as The Most Influential Man in the history of mankind.
References taken from various articles.


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