“In the Prophet of Allah there is certainly for you the Excellent Exemplar, for
those who look forward to Allah and the Last Day, and remember Allah greatly.”
What you read was ayah 21 of Surah al-Ahzaab, where God Almighty introduces His Last and Greatest Messenger as the Most Excellent Model of emulation for those striving for truth, peace, moral virtues and prosperity in life, followed by the eternal bliss of afterlife. Islam, which means peace, healthy way of life and submission to none but the Almighty Creator, was the theme of the messages that God had entrusted to prophets in different parts of the world. With the advent of Prophet Mohammad (blessings of God upon him and his progeny), Islam became the proper name for his universal mission of guidance for all humanity, including generations to come till the end of this transient world. In view of these facts, in ayah 21 of Surah Anbiya, God introduces His Final Prophet to mankind, with the words:
“We have not sent you but as Mercy unto the creation.”
It is thus clear that the Prophet of Islam was sent by God Almighty to universalize and institutionalize the message of peace, mercy, compassion and fraternity on the basis of Towheed or monotheism. Today on the day of his passing away at the age of 63, after enlightening the greater part of Arabia with the message of Islam and sending epistles to the heads of state of the empires and kingdoms of the world, to contemplate on the eternal wisdom of the Holy Qur’an, let us cast a glance at his immortal legacy. For 23 years he endured every kind of difficulty while preaching the message of Islam, which after him has been preserved by the true believers, in spite the fact that some so-called Muslims have tried to pervert it – ironically in the name of Islam.
The Prophet used to say: “I have been sent to complete the best of morals”.
The orphan of Abdullah and Amenah who was born in the monotheist
Hashemite clan of the Quraysh, descended from Prophet Ishmael, the firstborn of
Prophet Abraham, he spared no efforts to enlighten mankind with the highest morals. As the perfect picture of humanitarian values, during his 23-year mission he united under the fraternal banner of Islam the fratricidal tribes of Arabia, and preached universal brotherhood by attracting Abyssinians, Persians, and Romans, such as the black-skinned Bilal, the Roman Sohayb, and the virtuous Iranian Salman Farsi from Fars. Besides these three prominent non-Arab disciples, those from the different parts of the world who had the honour of coming to Medina, meet him, believe in his message, and consider themselves his companions were Jaban the Kurd, Cheraman Perumal of India, Kasay the Pashtun, Mtswa Mwandze of the Comoros Islands, and Addas the Assyrian from Mesopotamia. There were several others from other lands, whose named have not been mentioned. In addition, there were many Jews, Christians, Zoroastrians and others, who became Muslims in the Prophet’s lifetime. No wonder, a famous hadith from him says: “Every child is born with a disposition towards the natural religion (Islam). It is the parents who make it a Jew, a Christian or a Magian.”
The Prophet of Islam made it clear that no person has any superiority over any other on the basis of race, language, colour of skin, class, and ethnicity, but on the basis of piety, good deeds and obedience to God. The gist of the message of Islam is that in order to become a good Muslim a person should abstain from polytheism, committing of sins, and indulgence in violence and terrorism. Prophet Mohammad (SAWA) abhorred violence and oppression. He has expressed disgust of such habits by saying: “The greatest enemies of Allah are those who profess Islam and do acts of infidelity and who without cause, shed man's blood.”
The Prophet also said: “The mortal crimes are to associate another with Allah, to vex your father and mother, to murder your own species, to commit suicide and to swear to a lie.”
In view of these statements from Prophet Mohammad (blessings of God upon him and his progeny), it is clear that the Takfiris and other terrorists, who claim to be Muslims while indulging in torture, killing, mass massacres, abuse of women, cannibalism, and no mercy for even children, have no connection whatsoever to Islam and the ethereal teachings of the Prophet of Islam. The Ummah should knit ranks against these agents of Zionism, US imperialism, and the neo paganism of present day Arab regimes. The Prophet of Islam not only inspired reverence, but love owing to his humility, nobility, purity, austerity, refinement and devotion to duty. His dynamic personality impacted all who came into contact with him. He shared his scanty food; he began his meals in the Name of Allah and finished them by expressing thanks to Allah. He loved the poor and respected them. He would visit the sick and comfort the heart broken. He treated his bitterest enemies with clemency and forbearance, and strove for social justice. These are the qualities that continue to inspire the seekers of truth. Prophesied by all prophets of the past, including Moses in the Torah and Jesus in the Evangel, Prophet Mohammad (blessings of God upon him and his progeny), in order to ensure the evergreen purity of his message of peace, emphasized time and again on the famous Hadith Thaqalayn, reiterating in crystal clear words:
“I am leaving behind among you the Thaqalayn (Two Weighty Things); the
Book of God (Qur’an) and my progeny, the Ahl al-Bayt. Hold fast to them and
you will never go astray, since the two will never separate from each other, even
when they return to me at the Pool (of Kowthar on Resurrection Day).”
The question that arises is: Did all his companions obey the letter and spirit of his words?
The sad answer is that most of them did not, otherwise the peace of Islamic faith that was perfected at the memorable gathering of Ghadeer-Khom on 18th Zilhijja 10 AH with the proclamation of Imam Ali (AS) as vicegerent by the command of God –exactly two months and ten days before he passed away – would not have been perverted by some power-hungry persons. Unfortunately, they seized the rule of the Muslim state and deprived the Prophet’s divinely-designated heir of his right of political leadership. This could be called the first open deviation and discord in Islam, against which the Prophet had warned. The result has been catastrophe, whose painful consequences we are suffering to this day in the form of terrorism by devilish elements masquerading as Muslims, while being totally devoid of not just the spirit of Islam but of any humanitarian value. As a matter of fact, no sooner was the Prophet laid to rest by his grieving household, the first act of terrorism occurred in Medina, when a roguish group of so-called Muslims stormed the house of his Immaculate Daughter, and flung the burning door upon her. As a result, Hazrat Fatema Zahra (SA) eventually attained martyrdom, but not before delivering her famous sermon that expounded the egalitarian principles of Islam and exposed the neo Jahiliyya in its true colours. Imam Ali (PuH), in whose arms the Prophet breathed his last as his wailing daughter and two little grandsons, Imam Hasan and Imam Husain (peace upon them) watched, has said: “God has done us a big favour by giving us such a Prophet, so that we may follow him.”