Muhammad, the Man, the Prophet

By Humaira Khan

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Just outside the city, he stopped and looked back. The place he was being forced to leave had been his home for over fifty years! It was here that he had been born, raised, married, had his children… The people here were his people, some he had known since he was a child. Now they were not willing to tolerate his presence just because his belief was different from theirs; they would have killed him had he not managed to escape.

What was it in some people that made them so intolerant?

Yet this was not the only pain and suffering he had endured in his life. His father died even before he had been born and his mother passed away when he was six years old. His grandfather, who loved him very much, took care of him until he too breathed his last when the little boy was only 8-years-old. Then, his uncle raised him and loved him like a son, but his business had waned and the young orphan had to tend sheep for his own upkeep.

His marriage had brought much happiness into his life but in the city were two little graves – those of his sons who had died in infancy.

By the age of 40, due to his honest and fair dealings as a businessman, his reputation had become established: he was known as Muhammad, the Truthful, the Trustworthy.

However, when he chose to believe in one God and tried to convey God’s message, he was persecuted. His case was similar to previous prophets, such as Noah, Jesus, Jonah and others: those who refused to believe in him were the ones who stood to gain from a corrupt system. [Click here to find out about what Islam says about all Prophets.]

He stood on Mount Safa and said to the people, “If I were to tell you that there was an army behind this mountain ready to attack you, would you believe me?” They voiced their complete faith in him. They said he was the Truthful and they had never heard him lie. But when he said, “I am a Warner sent to you …,” they disbelieved.

They persecuted him and his followers, murdering some, significantly injuring others, all in an attempt to protect the status quo that gave them unlimited powers, authority and privileges and kept the common man enslaved and over-burdened.

Despite all this, the universal message of Islam spread as more and more people realized that it made more sense to declare their dependence on a Supreme Being than on another human being. A person who professed absolute power and authority didn’t really have any. He was as helpless as any other when death claimed him; he did not have the power to avert it.

Muhammad: The Message of Justice and Hope

Those closest to the Prophet were the first to come to Islam. The people closest to us are the ones who know us best, who are aware of our weaknesses and failings. Yet, the Prophet’s wife, his servant, his cousin who lived with him and his best friend were the first to accept Islam and his prophethood, a testament to his remarkable character.

His followers were those who were poor, destitute, the weak. They saw the truth and accepted it even though they knew that their belief exposed them to the wrath of the aristocracy.

Those who were oppressed and had suffered injustices found hope in Islam’s promise of a Day of Accountability when every human being would have to answer for his misdeeds and receive from God an exact recompense for them.

Those who had murdered, plundered, looted, cheated, bribed, raped and lied and had managed to escape the law of the world, would be brought to justice before a Supreme Authority on that Day. No escape would be possible until all accounts had been examined and dealt with. There was truth, justice and fairness in this message. [Read more: Life After Death]

For those who had done wrong in ignorance or who had made mistakes, even grave ones, the message was of hope: hope for repentance, hope in God’s mercy. If they truly repented, no sin was too great for God’s Mercy and they had hope for His Forgiveness.

Persecution and Exile

Fearing accountability and equality under the just system that Islam would bring, the rich and powerful leaders in the city of Makkah plotted to assassinate the man they previously called The Trustworthy, The Truthful.

The response of the disbelievers saddened the Prophet because they had failed to see the Reality and were destined to suffer on account of it on the Day of Judgment. They tried to bribe him with wealth, power, women, authority but acquiring these things were not his objective; instead, he wanted to save the people he had been sent to as a Messenger from the torment of the hereafter.

The disbelievers mounted their attack against him and his followers, forcing them to leave their homes to escape persecution.

As they were thus driven out of their city, they had no hope of ever returning. Yet, in just eight short years, God would bring them back into this very city as the victorious ones! And unlike the arrogant leadership that was driving them out of their homes now, they would enter their city, not in pride over their victory, but with humility. For they knew that man does not have the power to achieve anything except by the will of God.

But all that was eight years in the future.

Faith in God

Now, as assassins lay waiting for him, God protected His prophet as he left his house and made his way outside Makkah. Looking back at the valley below, he said, “Of all God’s earth, you are the place dearest to me and had not my people driven me out, I would never have left you.”

What a difficult time for a person to leave his home like this! Yet Allah’s promise to the believers is true:

“Verily, with every difficulty there is ease, with every difficulty there is ease.” (Quran, 94:5-6)

When one feels like he alone is responsible and blameworthy when his life is difficult, he becomes hopeless and suicidal. But if he seeks shelter with God, and trusts Him to come to his aid, he will find peace and acceptance within himself. For what seems an impossibility to man, a miracle, is only a small matter for God Who is capable of all things.

13 Comments

  1. Shazia Ahmad says:

    Very well written Humaira May Allah Bless you.

  2. Minhaj Khan says:

    Mashallah. This is a great read.

  3. Fauzia Adnan says:

    Masha Allah. It explains the luminous character of our beloved prophet Allah's peace and blessings be upon him

  4. You said :"""Those who had murdered, plundered, looted, cheated, bribed, raped and lied and had managed to escape the law of the world, would be brought to justice before a Supreme Authority on that Day. No escape would be possible until all accounts had been examined and dealt with. There was truth, justice and fairness in this message.""

    If you go back and read the earliest muslim history of muhammad especially the hadiths of Imam Muslim and Bukhari collected and verified. Mohammad wasn't a good person. He was a bad person. Muhammad did exactly what the above statement condemns , he murdered, plundered,looted, raped,and lied. why then muslims reject Jesus who is sinless for such a horrible muhammad?

  5. Great Lesson, Ma Sha ALLAH.

  6. to those who claim that they know the prophet more then any other muslim, you people are mistakenly wrong in the first place and i'm sure you people don't even know where to start

  7. Poor Mohammed: " they were not willing to tolerate his presence just because his belief was different from theirs; they would have killed him had he not managed to escape." …. Sounds just like they were Muslims, doesn't it!

  8. MaSha'Allah Brilliant effort … May Allah give you success. :)

  9. Sahi BUKHARI:

    Volume 5, Book 57, Number 27 :

    Narrated by 'Urwa bin Az-Zubair

    I asked 'Abdullah bin 'Amr, "What was the worst thing the pagans did to Allah's Apostle?" He said, "I saw 'Uqba bin Abi Mu'ait coming to the Prophet while he was praying.' Uqba put his sheet round the Prophet's neck and squeezed it very severely. Abu Bakr came and pulled 'Uqba away from the Prophet and said, "Do you intend to kill a man just because he says: 'My Lord is Allah, and he has brought forth to you the Evident Signs from your Lord?" =end quote=

    Volume 5, Book 58, Number 190 :

    Narrated by Ibn 'Abbas

    Allah's Apostle was inspired Divinely at the age of forty. Then he stayed in Mecca for thirteen years, and then was ordered to migrate, and he migrated to Medina and stayed there for ten years and then died.

    So Allah's Apostle came and asked permission to enter, and he was allowed to enter. When he entered, he said to Abu Bakr. "Tell everyone who is present with you to go away." Abu Bakr replied, "There are none but your family. May my father be sacrificed for you, O Allah's Apostle!" The Prophet said, "I have been given permission to migrate."

    =end quote=

    [comment: so allah gave the order & PERMISSION to leave, he was not driven out]

  10. More SAHI BUKHARI

    Volume 4, Book 52, Number 267 : Narrated by Abu Huraira

    The Prophet said, "Khosrau will be ruined, and there will be no Khosrau after him, and Caesar will surely be ruined and there will be no Caesar after him, and you will spend their treasures in Allah's Cause." He called, "War is deceit'.

    Volume 4, Book 53, Number 349 : Narrated by Abu Huraira

    Allah's Apostle said, "When Khosrau is ruined, there will be no Khosrau after him; and when Caesar is ruined, there will be no Caesar after him. By Him in Whose Hands my life is, you will spend their treasures in Allah's Cause."

    Volume 4, Book 53, Number 350 : Narrated by Jabir bin Samura

    Allah's Apostle said, "When Khosrau is ruined, there will be no Khosrau after him; and when Caesar is ruined, their will be no Caesar after him. By Him in Whose Hands my life is, you will spend their treasures in Allah's Cause."

    = end of quotes =

  11. If they were muslims, they were so in mere namesake, utterly ignorant and isguided. When such muslims
    came to the Prophet (p) and declaired they were Muslims, It was revealed in the Qur'an that their tongues have professed Islam, but faith has not entered their heart.
    Lesson: Let us not judge a religion with the actions of a few ignorant misguided individuals. Some of those have not even read the Qur'an in their own language, as one of the ex-hostages discovered.

  12. Mohammed was NOT a prophet. He certainly was NOT a prophet like Abraham, Moses, and the Son of Man, Yeshua ha Messhiac. It is a LIE, and a BLASPHEMOUS one at that. Muslims KILL Jews and Christians. They do not follow the Torah, or the Bible, or they would know with certainity that islam is NOTHING like Judaism or Christianity. MURDER is forbidden by both Judaism and Christianity.

    Mohammed was a LIAR, a MURDERER, a THIEF, and a PEDOPHILE. His followers are the same.

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