WHICH IS THE
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
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.
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.
Holy Qur'an 5:67
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.
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.
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
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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