Tuesday, 22 May 2012
A Few Pointers about the Prophet (s.a.w.)
بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
The following is the transcript of a lecture by Mawlana Waffie Mohammed.
Today, we will look at a few points pertaining to the personality of Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) that are Mentioned in the Holy Qur’an. These pointers allude to his uniqueness and greatness. Firstly, Allah (s.w.t.) Says:
…Say: “Glory to my Lord! Am I aught but a man, a Messenger?” (Surah al-Isra’:93)
The people, during the time of Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.), were intrigued about the prophethood of Muhammad (s.a.w.). They were not expecting a Messenger to be so “ordinary”. They assumed that a Prophet (s.a.w.) would be ushered in some miraculous manner like Prophet Jesus (a.s.). They were surprised to see Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) functioning just like they would. Their concept was that someone who was different would be a Messenger of God. Allah (s.w.t.) Says:
… So, take what the Messenger assigns to you, and deny yourselves that which he withholds from you. And fear Allah; for Allah is Strict in Punishment. (Surah al-Hashr:7)
Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) never said anything out of his own desire. Everything thing was on the basis of Divine Guidance. Allah (s.w.t.) Encourages us to listen and hold on to Prophet’s (s.a.w.) teachings as he knows the way of successfully returning to Allah (s.w.t.). He returned to Allah (s.w.t.) in his physical lifetime so he knows what he is talking about and teaching us. Allah (s.w.t.) Says:
We have not Sent thee but as a (Messenger) to men, giving them Glad tidings, and warning them (against sin), but most men understand not. (Surah Saba:28)
Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) is the universal model for all times. Anyone who connects and holds on to him will be upon the path of Swirath al-Mustaqim. And Prophet (s.a.w.) does not discriminate. Allah (s.w.t.) Demonstrated this with the encounter Prophet (s.a.w.) had with the blind man.
In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
The (Prophet) frowned and turned away. Because there came to him the blind man (interrupting). But what could tell thee but that perchance he might Grow (in spiritual understanding)? Or that he might receive admonition, and the teaching might profit him? (Surah ‘Abasa:1-4)
Allah (s.w.t.) Wanted to Demonstrate that Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) was the Messenger for all, a universal Messenger. Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) possesses a different capacity from all the pervious Messengers. He has the capability of brightening your soul.
And as one who invites to Allah’s (Grace) by His Leave, and as a Lamp spreading Light. (Surah al-Ahzab:46)
… there hath Come to you, from Allah, a (new) Light and a perspicuous Book. ― (Surah al-Ma’idah:15)
This is where spirituality comes in. Through our meditation we are connecting to Prophet’s (s.a.w.) light via our teachers and mashaykh. Some people may argue that this was only valid when Prophet (s.a.w.) was alive but the Qur’an is applicable for all times. Even those who were not present in his physical time can still establish a connection with him. Our Prophet (s.a.w.) is special and is given a special mission. We are happy that Allah (s.w.t.) has Sent a Messenger who still maintains a connection to us. What we need to do is build a relationship with him and continue strengthening it. May Allah (s.w.t.) Make it easy for us and Take Care of our affairs.