THE STATUS OF PROPHET MUHAMMAD IN ISLAM
Propaganda against the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) went too far as to produce a number of reactions leaded by numerous non-Muslim people who tried to abuse the memory of the Prophet and draw cartoons deforming his image from the moral to the profane. Such accumulation of events, always, revive within Muslims a sense of Islamic belonging and an opportunity for them to express their unconditional love and reverence for the Prophet Muhammad, despite the fact it may genarate violence, which most wise and good Muslims can not agree upon. Such events and reactions, often, raise questions and controversial debates about the status of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) in the Muslim mind. Unlike Christianity, Muslims do not revere the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) as Lord or any kind of Supreme Power, for this trait belongs to God alone. Rather, we see in the Prophet Muhammad a 'teacher' and a 'leader'. He is the first the role model personality in Islamic history. He was a man who lived life to the full, and every section of his life teaches a moral story. Almost everyone knows that the Prophet Muhammad belongs to a wealthy and famous lineage, but the misfortunes and plights of worldly life draw him to a life of orphanage and hard work. A life full of struggle to survive against pain and deprivation. As a child he worked as a shephered, and as a young man he adopted trade. He was not a wealthy tradesman, but he excelled for his truthfull and straightforward character. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) met lady Khadija and married her, when she asked him for marriage through some of her acquaintances. Eventhough, she was older than him, but togther they lived a happy marriage. He was the successfull merchant and husband, who indulged and practiced life to the full from accomplishing his duties as a husband and maintainer to the simple man who shared life with his wives in all its aspects. He used to help in cleaning his own clothes, preparing food for the family. He lived a life of seclusion from the corruption he saw in his own community. Before the revelation, he used to seek refuge in the cave of Hiraa for meditation about nature and about the chaos and the moral corruption in which the Arabian land was engulfed. Meditation was his prayer and his future perspective which came true through the revelation.
At the age of 40 years old, the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) received the first revelation 'read in the name of your Lord who created, created Man from a clot, read and your Lord is the most bountifull, thaught by the pen, thaught Man that which he knew not." One could ask, why the age of 40 years? Why was the revelation so late? The age of 40 is the age of both physical, intelectual, and spirtitual maturity. God was preparing the Prophet Muhammad to hold the last message, and seal Abrahamic religions with the name of Islam. His orphanage prepared him to face the denial of people, and his work as a shephered prepared him to the hardships of call to Islam. His work as a tradesman earned the reputation of the honest, truthfull, and the just man through the Arabian Peninsula. Every section in his life was a prelude to the revelation; to get him ready for the hardship of the call to Islam. To those doubt the revelation, I say: the Prophet Muhammad was uneducated, and the first divine call was 'read'. It was a severe, straightforward divine instruction to read, to seek knowledge, because only knowledge would prepare the 'uneducated' Prophet to teach the message of Islam to the whole Arabian Peninsula. The first knowledge that he got was about the creation of Man. God supported the Prophet with the miracle of creation from a clot, which is the first evidence that the modern science confirmed, and which God taught His Prophet 1400 years ago. The second revelation came with the instruction to begin the call among his family and relatives, which after almost three years, he began to call in public enounters and pilgrimmages. By his perseverance, the Prophet succeeded to form a small Muslim community, which underwent all kind of tortures and boycotts from the pagans of Qur'aish. These new conditions led the Prophet to immigrate to Al Medinah. The Prophet moved with this immigration from the messenger to the political leader who had to assemble the migrants and the supporters of al Medinah under a nation and a constitution, which was called the Medinah Charter. Then, to the social reformer who organised the social and economic bonds between Muslims by regulating marriages, divorce issues, contractual relationship in terms of trade, and established a strong defense system against external threats, and leaded battles against the pagan traitors.
For us Muslims, the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is the simple husband, from whom we can learn the values of mercy and peacefull coexistence, the loving parent, the honest tradesman, the revolutionary figure who defied the customs and corruptions of his time, the messenger of peace, to the political leader, social reform, and magnanimous warrior. He represents a whole faith with all its moral values, and solid teachings. He is the first personality in Islamic history, who brought Muslims from tribal fights to the unity of the Islamic Ummah.
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