WHICH IS THE
"MOST IMPORTANT"
EXAMPLE (SUNNAH) FROM
THE PROPHET (S.A.S.)'S LIFE
FOR A MUSLIM TO FOLLOW?

       Allah (S.W.T.) Reveals:

Verily in the messenger of Allah you have a good example for him who looketh unto Allah and the last Day, and remembereth Allah much. 
Holy Qur'an 33 : 21

Lo! Allah and His angels shower blessings on the Prophet. O you who believe! Ask blessings on him and salute him with a worthy salutation.         Holy Qur'an 33 : 56

Here is an important question for a Muslim (a) who loves his/her Creator. 

The prophet of Islam (peace be upon him), did many things during his life that are indeed worth remembering and undeniably worth following by the Believers. BUT, what was the foremost mission of the prophet that none could or should ever overlook...
      There are number of individuals and also large and small "Groups of Brothers", who travelled long distances from their homes, to inform and repeatedly remind our Muslim Brothers and Sisters at great length, the minuscule details of how the prophet dressed himself, behaved and lived his simple and honest life. I wish and pray that these individuals and Groups would ALSO propagate the primary purpose and the foremost mission of the prophet's life with the equal prominence, if not more.

      One may ask what was the most important mission that the prophet accomplished against all the odds and earned Allah's Choicest pleasure? OR; What was the mission which Allah (S.W.T.) did not want the prophet to fail into or to overlook? The answer is found in the following verse of the Holy Qur'an.

O Messenger! Make known that which hath been revealed unto thee from thy Lord, for if thou do it not, thou will not have conveyed His message. Allah will protect thee from mankind. Lo! Allah guideth not the disbelieving folk.
                                         Holy Qur'an 5:67
     Before a Shiah reader comes back to me and claims that this particular verse was revealed to the prophet at Gadhir-e-Khum concerning the appointment of Hadhrat Ali (r.a.) as a "Mawla", I would earnestly request the reader to please read the two (or more) verses that are recorded BEFORE and one verse that is recorded AFTER the above quoted verse. 

      The verse number65 is concerning the "People of the Books". The verse number 66 speaks of abiding by the "Torah" and "Gospel". The verse that is recorded immediately after the above quoted verse has the TEXT of the Revealed Message, to be conveyed to the People of the Books. I have reproduced below the TEXT of that verse number 68.

Say: O People of the Book! You have naught (of guidance) till you observe the Torah and the Gospel and that which was revealed unto you from your Lord. That which is revealed unto thee (Muhammad) from thy Lord is certain to increase the contumacy and disbelief of many of them. But grieve not for the disbelieving folk.
       Going back to the subject of the primary purpose and the foremost mission of the prophet's life, we discover from the Qur'an and the history that it was of INVITING those who were "outside", to enter the Deen of Allah. Besides inviting the Pagan Arabs to Islam, the prophet also conveyed the Revealed Message of Allah to the "People of the Book". History records that prophet did send several missions to various places and did convey the Message of Allah to the Leaders of the "People of the Book". He also entertained dialogues with them. 

      Doing Daw'ah to non Muslims and in particular to the "People of the Book" should be the Mission of those who regard the prophet to be 
"a good example for him". Since large number of Christians are entering Islam in our times, it is worth devoting more time and effort in that direction. Our duty is to convey the Message of Allah which appears in the Torah, the Injeel and the Furqan with a suggestion of observing these True Messages that have been over shadowed by the non revealed guidance. If any who fails to judge by what Allah has Revealed therein, they are those who rebel.

      My Dear Brothers and Sisters, this is no undue criticism of any particular group or any individual, but an eye opener for all the Believers who wish to preacher put into practice - the life style of the prophet . 

...But thou (O, Muhammad) art truly a Warner, and to every people a Guide.    Holy Qur'an 13:7
Maa salaam 


CRITIC "ANSWERING-ISLAM"
        A Christian critic Andrew Vargo writes: 
"In this article, Mr. Meherally takes issue with his fellow Muslims concerning the example of Muhammad. However I also believe that the "example" provided by Muhammad needs historical analysis and ethical analysis."

   Having said that, Mr. Vargo should have quoted passages from the reputable History Books and ethically done his job of historical analysis and ethical analysis. Unfortunately, he has not quoted a single line from any history book. That proves there was nothing in these history books that would compliment his job of "ethical" character assassination! I would request Mr. Vargo to read the Biography of the Prophet written by a Christian Nun and a well known author of our era, Karen Armstrong. As for the Hadiths, any good historian will tell you that they were "manufactured by tons", by all kinds of interested &/or motivated groups, including the enemies of Islam. 


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