Monday, 20 February 2012

A few pointers about our Beloved Prophet (pboh)

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّ حِيْمِ

Today we’ll look at a few points pertaining to the personality of Prophet Muhammad (pboh) that are mentioned in the Holy Qur’an. These pointers allude to his uniqueness and greatness.

Firstly Allah says in Surah Israa';

Say (O Muhammad): “Glorified (and Exalted) be my Lord above all that evil they (polytheists) associate with him! Am I anything but a man, sent as a Messenger". (17:93)

The people during the time of Prophet Muhammad (pboh) were intrigued about the Prophet-hood of Muhammad (pboh). They were not expecting a Messenger to be so ‘ordinary’. They assumed that a Prophet would be ushered in some miraculous manner like Prophet Jesus (as). They were surprised to see Prophet Muhammad (pboh) functioning just like they would. Their concept was that someone who was different would be a Messenger of God.

Allah says in Surah Hashr;

“So take what the Messenger assigns to you, and deny yourselves that which he withholds from you. And fear Allah for Allah is strict in punishment”. (59:7)

Prophet Muhammad (pboh) never said anything out of his own desire. Everything thing was on the basis of Divine Guidance. Allah encourages us to listen and hold on to Prophet’s (pboh) teachings as he knows the way of successfully returning to Allah. He returned to Allah in his physical lifetime so he knows what he’s talking about and teaching us.

Allah says in Surah Saba';

“We have not sent thee but as a universal (Messenger) to men.” (34:28)

Prophet Muhammad (pboh) is the universal model for all times. Anyone who connects and holds on to him will be upon the path of Siraatal Mustaqem. And Prophet (pboh) does not discriminate. Allah demonstrated this with the encounter Prophet had with the blind man.

(The Prophet) frowned and turned away, because there came to him the blind man (Abdullah bin Umm-Maktum, who came to the Prophet while he was preaching to one or some of the Quraish chiefs). But what could tell you that per chance he might become pure (from sins)? Or that he might receive admonition, and that the admonition might profit him? (80:1-4)

Allah wanted to demonstrate that Prophet Muhammad (pboh) was the Messenger for all, a Universal Messenger.

Prophet Muhammad possesses a different capacity from all the pervious Messengers. He has the capability of brightening your soul.

“And as one who invites to Allah’s (grace) by His leave and as a Lamp spreading light”. (33:46)

“There has come to you from Allah a light (Prophet Muhammad)”. (5:15)

This is where Spirituality comes in. Through our meditation we are connecting to Prophet’s (pboh) light via our Teachers and Masha-ikhs. Some people may argue that this was only valid when Prophet (pboh) was alive but the Qur’an is applicable for all times. Even those who were not present in his physical time can still establish a connection with him.

Prophet (pboh) was special and was given a special mission. We are happy that Allah has sent a Messenger who still maintains a connection to us. What we need to do is build a relationship with him and continue strengthening it. May Allah make it easy for us and take care of our affairs.

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