Tuesday, 19th October (12th Rabi al Awwal) marked the birthday of our beloved Messenger ﷺ, our teacher, our guide par excellence and the final Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. Muslims have rejoiced at the coming of this great human being. Here I relish the chance to sing the praises of this amazing person.
The Persian poet Saadi Shirazi felt shy and inadequate to praise the Prophet ﷺ,
The Punjabi Saint Pir Meher Ali Shah also faced a similar dilemma when he said:
The Majestic Quran describes Prophet Muhammad’s ﷺ beautiful, caring and charming character in glowing words:
He loves us, the Muslims, in turn, love him. Love is an intense feeling of affection and admiration, here it is for the most magnificent man who ever lived. Human history has produced many great leaders who left their marks on all walks of life: philosophers, scholars, pious saints, conquerors, poets, musicians, inventors and doctors. They changed the course of human history for the better.
The life of the Prophet ﷺ is unique, its outstanding features, which set him apart from the rest, William Draper in his book titled ‘History of the intellectual development of Europe’ said:
The Quran described him,
So, he is the role model. We recognise the need for role models, children imitate their parents, students copy their teachers and those who yearn for perfection, he ﷺ is the role model for all.
Expressing love for the Prophet ﷺ
Love is an intense feeling of deep affection and fondness for someone. This transitive verb requires an object, So, you love someone, you delight in them, you admire them and cherish them. Muslim poets have expressed their love for the Prophet ﷺ in many ways. Allama Muhammad Iqbal was a passionate lover of the Prophet ﷺ, he said:
For a Muslim, the Prophet ﷺ is the centre of life. So, if you imagine Islam as a body then Muhammad ﷺ is the spirit inside it, if you imagine Islam as a tree then Muhammad ﷺ is its leaves and the fruit, if you imagine Islam as a flower then Muhammad ﷺ is the fragrance; he ﷺ is the pink colour of the rose. In brief, whatever image of Islam you imagine then Muhammad ﷺ is the lifeblood of it. Loving the Prophet ﷺ is the heart of a believer’s life.
The early Muslims displayed this deep affection and intense love of the Prophet ﷺ openly, here is a description of their passion for the Prophet ﷺ. Urwa bin Masood Saqafi was the ambassador of the Quraysh at the treaty of Hudaibiya, on his return to Makkah, he said to them:
Even the enemies knew that to turn the Muslims away from Islam, they must weaken this link with the Prophet ﷺ. Allama Iqbal the great poet of Islam reveals this conspiracy, he says
Allama Iqbal attributed his love and understanding of Islam to this prophetic love. He said:
He believed that the love of the Prophet ﷺ was a powerful shield against the influence of capitalism, communism and materialism. The love of the Messenger ﷺ gives the energy that drives the believers on the straight path, it shields them from the evil influences of society, the deceptions of the ego, and snares of Satan.
A disciple’s love of the Messenger ﷺ
Aisha the mother of believers reported that one-day Sauban, a disciple came to the Messenger ﷺ, he looked sad, the Messenger ﷺ asked him why he was sad? He replied:
The Prophet ﷺ was so touched and moved on hearing this but said nothing, then a verse was revealed, where Allah says:
Love of the Prophet ﷺ is a basic ingredient of Islam, the Prophet ﷺ himself declared: