Loving the Prophet is the essence of Islam

quran articleThe Persian poet Saadi Shirazi sang a eulogy of the Prophet: “Thousand times was I to wash my mouth with rose water it would still be insolence to utter your beautiful name.”

The Quran describes the Prophet Muhammad’s (peace be upon him) beautiful, loving, compassionate and caring character in these glowing words: “He is ever yearning for your welfare and very compassionate and beneficent towards the believers”. He loves us and Muslims in return love him too. Loving is this intense feeling of affection, fondness, delight and admiration for the most magnificent person who ever lived in human history. History has produced many great leaders who have left their marks on different walks of human life. There have been great philosophers, scholars, pious saints, conquerors, poets, musicians, inventors and doctors, all these great men have changed the course of human history for better one way or another.

However, the life of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is unique and has certain outstanding features, which set it apart from the rest of the leaders. William Draper in his book “history of the intellectual development of Europe” said “four years after the death of Justinian A.D. 569, was born in Makka the man who of all men exercised the greatest influence upon the human race, Muhammad“. Similarly la Martin in ‘Histoire de la Turquie’ says “philosopher orator, apostle, legislator, conqueror of ideas, restorer of rational dogmas of cult without images, the founder of 20 terrestrial empires and of one spiritual empire that is Muhammad as regards all standards by which human greatness may be measured. We may well ask is there any man greater than him.”

The Quran describes the messenger of God’s (peace be upon him) special role; “There is a beautiful role model for him who wishes and hopes to meet his Lord” (33:21). Therefore the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is really a role model and exemplary person. We recognise the need for role models, children imitate their parents, students copy their teachers and those who yearn for perfection, he is a role model for all in beliefs, behaviour and lifestyle.

Love is an intense feeling of deep affection and fondness for someone. It’s a transitive verb which requires an object, so you love something, you love someone, you delight in them, you admire them and cherish them. Muslim poets have expressed their love for the Prophet (peace be upon him) in various ways.

For a Muslim the Prophet (peace be upon him) is really the centre of his life, of his attention and of his very being. So if you imagine Islam is the name of a body then Muhammad (peace be upon him) is the spirit of that body and if you imagine Islam is a tree then Muhammad (peace be upon him) is the leaves and the fruit of that tree, if Islam is a flower then Muhammad (peace be upon him) is the scent and that beautiful colour.

– Dr Musharraf Hussain
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