Muhammad ﷺ: the ideal character

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Before I lift my pen to write a short explanation of this biography, I’d like to mention that I don’t believe writing something that can do justice to the original text. The book “Muhammad: the ideal character” has been composed in a way that throws the reader into an ocean of retrospection, amazement, yearning to be better, and to attach oneself with the Prophet of Islam.

The writer, Maulana Wahiddudin Khan, has explained Prophet Muhammad’s ﷺ character in words that is an epitome of beauty, magnificence and sacrifice. He drew an honest and excellent sketch of Prophet Muhammad’s ﷺ life with details essential to ponder over. Therefore, I recommend reading the book for one’s deep awakening.

The Book is copyright free. A short explanation is written below for the ease of readers.

Prophet Muhammad ﷺ:

It’s a historical surprise to learn that Prophet Muhammad, on whom be peace and God’s blessings, is the only exemplary figure in history that got the divine stamp of authentication for his ethics and mortality. Even before he was drawn to prophethood, he never compromised on his morals. His early life shows how compassionate, understanding, forbearing, truthful, trustworthy and well-manned was he among all other people. His thoughts, emotions and actions state a clear pattern of his natural functioning. He was instinctively and non-deliberately an ideal character.

Life Before Prophethood:

It’s mentioned that in his childhood, there was a clear indication of him maturing into a different and unparalleled personality. Making it true, He grew up to be handsome, powerful and poised yet so soft-spoken and friendly person. He had a balanced personality.

Social life before Prophethood

  • The Prophet of islam, had the reputation of being the best-mannered of all his people since his youth.
  • He was kind and understanding.
  • His character shined through him. He was truthful and trustworthy to the extent that people started calling him Al Amin — a faultless, unfailing trustee.
  • The Prophet of Islam always cared for his neighbour’s wellbeing.
  • He never quarrelled with anyone.
  • He never tried to find faults in others.
  • Prophet Muhammad, on whom be peace and God’s blessings, never argued or raised objections over trivial matters.
  • His persona was so that on the occasion of his marriage, his uncle Abu Talib declared him exceptional and incomparable for his nobility, gentility, eminence, and wisdom.
  • His character greatly impressed a forty-year-old widow, Khadija, who was the wife of a leading merchant of Arabia.

Personal life before Prophethood:

After he married Khadija, a vast field of business in Arabia and beyond thrown open for him, he could have held all the comforts of life due to the opportunity he conceived, but gradually all the material things of life started losing their charm for him.

He gave up all the worldly pleasures and started thinking about the reality of the world. For this course, he often spent time in the hills and caves of Hira, absorbed in the deepest of thoughts. He would sit in the solitude of nature all day long, praying and meditating.

He was a thinker, like many of us. The existential crises had him so that his life became an unexhausted burden; this happens to many of us. But as God had to choose him as the final messenger, the angel came to him one day in the solitude of the cave of Hira and revealed to him the mystery hidden to all.

And when He found you struggling in mind (to find the right way), did He not show you the way? (Quran, 93:7)

He found all the answers through that incident. The creator guided him and then made him a guidance for the entire humanity to come

After Prophethood:

The characteristics of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, which was naturally and inherently present in him before the prophethood, now became an integral part of his attitude and behaviour.

The teachings include;

  • Fearing God both, openly and secretly.
  • Following justice no matter what you feel about it.
  • To be moderate in spending being rich of poor.
  • Reconnecting with the distant relationships.
  • Giving to him who takes away.
  • Gladly forgiving your oppressor.
  • Seeking silent ways of meditation.
  • Seeking the remembrance of God.
  • Looking towards the Prophet to acquire knowledge.

The writer explains with his knowledge and understanding of Islam that the Prophet Muhammad’s ﷺ life was a reflection of balance; hence the believer should also be in balance. A believer’s day should be spent in four moments.

  1. Meeting the God; There should be moments in a believer’s life when he or she should spend time in God’s court; in his communion.
  2. Meeting the self; Moments when he or she should spend some time with the inner-being, reflecting and correcting oneself.
  3. Meeting the world; Moments when he or she should observe the world and pay attention towards its mysteries.
  4. Meeting the bodily needs; Moments when he or she should fulfil the necessities of life.

The discovery of God was not easy, neither the consequences of the truth that the Prophet had to bear after that; this tells us after recognizing God, the test becomes more challenging and not easy. This life is a responsibility for a believer, and as for rights, he has none.

Other than that, there are many small incidents present in the book from the Prophet’s life that shows how balanced and god-fearing he was in his physical and spiritual life.

The Incidents from the Life of Prophet Muhammad:

The book “Muhammad: the ideal character” narrates the following incidents from the life of Prophet Muhammad, on whom be peace and God’s blessings.

  1. The incident of a maidservant: The Prophet got angry with her for some reason but did not punish her. He withheld the tiniest of punishment too, just for God.
  2. The incident of Suhail Ibn Amar: After capturing him at the battle of Badar, the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ did not take revenge for his vile speeches stating: “God will disfigure me on the day of judgment.”
  3. The incident of the son of the Prophet’s death: His name was Ibrahim. When he died, Prophet Muhammad ﷺ was full of grieve and sorrow. He wept like any other father, but he did not speak any words out of his emotions that could displease God.
  4. During the same incident, his sadness and distress did not stop him leading people to the right path by clearing their concept of solar eclipse Islamically.
  5. The incident of cooking a goat: During a journey, all the companions of the Prophet selected a portion of work to cook a goat, while the Prophet selected the insignificant one as compared to his status, saying: “I don’t like distinctions to be made, nor God likes one to show his superiority to other.”
  6. The incident of Dharr Ghifari: He once called a person of black complexion with ‘o black man’. The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ got greatly displeased and stated: “No white man has a superiority over a black man.”
  7. The incident of a man; who was gathering his loose garment because he wanted to keep a distance between a poor sitting nearby. The Prophet showed disapproval for the act.
  8. The incident of a jew — Zaid Ibn Sana’a: In the early days after dominating Madina, he borrowed some money from a jew one day. The jew appeared three days before the due date and started saying disgusting things to the Prophet. In contrast, he smiled and reminded him of the days left. He also taught his companion Umar Faruq to be more gentle and wise by giving fair advice to both: the Prophet and the jew.
  9. The incident of a rustic: One day a rustic reached to Prophet Muhammad ﷺ and pulled his mantle, asking for two camels full of goods. He interacted with the Prophet inappropriately and harshly. The Prophet instead forgives him and provided him with his need. He was a true philanthropist.
  10. The incident of the battle of Hunain: In the battle of Hunain, when the enemies reached towards the Prophet, all his followers made a ring around him and embraced the arrows on their chest. The Prophet Muhammad never showed the mildest sense of superiority. It was never that he lost the balance due to the extreme respect and devotion that he conceived.
  11. The incident of Uhud: In the battle of Uhud, the enemies attacked the Prophet of Islam. Many of the Muslims ran from the battlefield, and he kept on calling people to fight in the name of Allah; some of them returned but couldn’t make a strong shield around the Prophet; as a result he got physically wounded. His enemies threw stones on his face, blood was flowing and his two lower teeth got broken. They assaulted him to the stage that he became extremely weak and fell in a pit. Everyone started to assume that the Prophet of Islam was killed, but he was alive. The Gabriel came with the revelation. After all of this, Prophet Muhammad ﷺ wiped off the blood from his wounds and said: “Oh God, forgive my people for they know not what they do.”

These incidents from the life of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ declare the exemplary qualities of his sublime character. His behaviour in all the circumstances spoke to humankind about how God-conscious they must be. His teachings were readily shined from his character and habits.

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