“He would not be harsh towards anyone and would accept the apology of the one who sought pardon from him. Of all people, he used to smile the most – except when the Qur’an was being revealed to him and he was exhorting or admonishing people…”
“He would neither stand nor sit except by remembering Allah. When someone came to sit with him while he was praying, he would shorten the prayer and turn to him saying: “Do you need something?” — Sunan An-Nabi
For a Muslim, it is not difficult to guess that these noble actions are that of the most noble of human beings, Prophet Muhammad (may Allah bless him and grant him peace). From his birth until his death, the Prophet was known for his kindness, generosity, attention to people’s needs, humility, compassion for sick and poor, and steadfastness in his devotion to Allah, Most High.
People did not fear him, and even his enemies could not help but acknowledge his noble attributes. Even before he received revelation from Allah, he was known as As-Sadiq (the truthful) and Al-Amin (the trustworthy). He treated people equally, whether king or servant, and if someone were to walk into a room where he was seated with his companions, he would find the Prophet dressed like a common person, sitting on the ground with them, and giving each person who spoke his full attention.
This is the prophetic model that Allah sent to us in His messenger. We all know this, and we strive to emulate his example in our daily lives. Nevertheless, those who wish to defame Islam and discredit its message often aim at the Prophet with their blind shots. They call him a war monger and claim that he ordered his followers to kill unbelievers without restraint. They want the world to believe that the most extreme muslims who commit heinous acts are actually following in the footsteps of our beloved Prophet.
What should be our response? Should we become enraged? Should we say, “How dare you attack the one we love so dearly!” No. The light of the Prophet shines brightly no matter what they say, and no matter what they do, Allah will guide those who open their hearts to that light. What we should do is to continue to teach those, whose only crime is ignorance, the true message of the Qur’an and the true Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad.
The best way to teach this message is to live it. When we follow the Prophet’s example of kindness, fairness, generosity, and compassion, those with even an ounce of purity in their hearts will embrace the Prophet and respect him for the honorable and pure human being that he was. Some may even declare him to be the Messenger of Allah.
“Verily Allah and His angels send blessings upon the Prophet. Oh you who believe, send blessings upon him and salute him with worthy salutation.” — Qur’an 33:56
This Friday, say it loudly and without hesitation: Allahuma salli ‘ala Muhammad wa ale Muhammad.