His Character - A Comprehensive and Eternal Model

Islam Today
The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) was the last and the greatest of all the Prophets sent to provide guidance to all people in every age, time and clime. The comprehensiveness of the Prophet's character summed up graphically by Syed Sulaiman Nadwi in "Muhammed, The Ideal Prophet (peace be upon him)", is a fitting epilogue to this section dealing with the character of the Prophet (peace be upon him). He writes: "A model which can serve for every class of the people acting under different circumstances and states of human emotions will be found in the life of Muhammed (peace be upon him). If you are rich, there is the example of the tradesman of Makkah and the master of Bahrain's treasure; if you are poor, you can follow the internees of Sh`eh Abi Talib and the emigree of Medinah; if you are a king, watch the actions of the Ruler of Arabia; if you are a vassal, take a look at the man enduring hardships imposed by the Quraysh of Makkah; if you are a victor, lay your eyes on the victor of Badr and Hunayn; if you have suffered a defeat, take a lesson from the one discomfited at Uhud; if you are a teacher, learn from the mentor of the school of Suffah, if you are a student, look at the learner who sat before Gabriel; if you are a sermoner, direct your eyes to the discourser delivering lectures in the mosque of Medinah; if you are charged to preach the gospel of truth and mercy to your persecutors, observe the helpless preacher explaining the message of Allah to the pagans of Makkah; if you have brought your enemy to his knees, look at the conqueror of Makkah; if you want to administer your lands and properties, discover how the lands and groves of Bani an-Nadir, Khaybar and Fadak were managed; if you are an orphan, do not forget the child of Amina and 'Abdullah left to the tender mercy of Halima; if you are young, see the character of Makkah's shepherd; if you have a travelling business, cast a glance at the leader of the caravan under way to Busra ; if you are a judge or arbiter, look at the arbiter entering the holy sanctuary before dawn and installing Hajr Aswad in the K'aba, or the justice of peace in whose eyes the poor and the rich were alike; if you are a husband, study the behaviour of the husband of Khadija and 'Aisha; if you are a father, go through the biography of Fatima's father and the grandfather of Hasan and Husain; in short, whoever and whatever you may be, you would find a shining example in the life of the Prophet (peace be upon him) to illuminate your behaviour. If you have the life of the Prophet (peace be upon him) before you, you can find the examples of all the Prophets, Noah and Abraham, John and Jonah and Moses and Jesus (peace be upon them all). If we were to liken the life and character of each ofthe previous Prophets to a shop selling the wares of one commodity, that of Muhammed (peace be upon him) would by the same analogy be a great emporium where goods of every description can be had to suit the needs of all."
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