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Muhammad,s Place in the Hearts of Muslims
The number of Muslims (followers of Muhammad) is now estimated to be one billion and four hundred thousand. They represent all races, colors, languages, and backgrounds. When adding to this the number of Muslims who have lived on earth for the past 1,428 lunar years, from the time Muhammad was sent as a messenger to the present, the number is multiplied many times over. All those billions of Muslims have loved Prophet Muhammad with true, deep and sincere love, love that is stronger than that for their family members and even themselves. Why?
1. They love him because they believe in the existence of God and His oneness, in His ability to reveal scriptures and send messengers and in His absolute and infinite wisdom in doing so. He did not create human beings for no reason and without a program of guidance. «Then did you think that We created you uselessly and that to Us you would not be returned? So exalted is God, the Sovereign, the Truth; there is no deity except Him, Lord of the Noble Throne.» (Surah al-Mu’minun, 23:115-116)
From the very beginning, when God sent Adam down to the earth and charged him with responsibility, He decreed that He would send a program to guide humanity to what is best, one to be conveyed by His prophets and messengers.
«We said, Go down from [Paradise], all of you. And when guidance comes to you from Me, whoever follows My guidance – there will be no fear concerning them, nor will they grieve.» (Surah al-Baqarah, 2:38)
God has fulfilled His promise. Actual history testifies that humanity has witnessed a successive procession of prophets and messengers, from the time of Noah and ending with Muhammad. This history is consistent with in God,s words in the Qur,an: «Indeed, We have revealed to you, [O Muhammad], as We revealed to Noah and the prophets after him. And We revealed to Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, the Descendants, Jesus, Job, Jonah, Aaron, and Solomon; and to David We gave the book [of Psalms]. And [We sent] messengers about whom We have related [their stories] to you before and messengers about whom We have not related to you. And God spoke to Moses with [direct] speech. [We sent] messengers as bringers of good tidings and warners so that mankind will have no argument against God after the messengers. And ever is God Exalted in Might and Wise.» (Surah an-Nisaa’, 4:163-165)
2. They love him because God, who exists and is one, the all-Capable, all-Knowing, all-Wise, and who, out of mercy for mankind sent them messengers, chose Muhammad and presented him to mankind that they might believe in Him and His message. «O mankind, the Messenger has come to you with the truth from your Lord, so believe; it is better for you.» (Surah an-Nisaa’, 4:170)
Trusting the words and insight of one who presents another undoubtedly implies trust in him who has been presented and that he will be respected and loved. Prophet Muhammad is the one presented by God; «And who is more truthful than God in statement?» (Surah an-Nisaa’, 4:122)
Muslims were the first to believe in Prophet Muhammad and benefit from the enlightenment he brought. As a result, they loved him, for once a good thing is sampled it soon becomes familiar, cherished and a means of success. «So they who have believed in him, honored him, supported him and followed the light which was sent down with him – it is those who will be the successful.»(Surah al-A‘raaf, 7:157)
3. They love him because he is the means by which they were rightly guided and their lives illuminated, for it is he who conveyed to them book of guidance and light, the noble Qur’an.
Prophet Muhammad was the means by which Muslims are guided:
• «And We have sent down to you the Book as clarification for all things and as guidance and mercy and good tidings for the Muslims.» (Surah an-Nahl, 16:89)
• «And indeed, [O Muhammad], you guide to a straight path.»(Surah ash-Shura, 42:52)
Prophet Muhammad was the means of illuminating their lives, their consciences, their minds and their hearts through the revelation he brought from God:
• «So is one whose breast God has expanded to [accept]
Islam and he is guided by a light from his Lord [like one whose heart rejects it]?»
(Surah az-Zumar, 39:22)
• «God has sent down to you a reminder – a messenger reciting to you the distinct verses of God that He may bring out those who believe and do righteous deeds from darknesses into the light.» (Surah at-Talaaq, 65:10-11)
The commencement of guidance and source of light and enlightenment was when Prophet Muhammad informed Muslims about their Lord, their Creator and their God, and taught them how their relationship of belief, worship and conduct with God should be.
Muhammad (blessings and peace be upon him) is the one who taught us and implanted in our hearts and minds the belief that none created the universe but God, none maintains it and runs it according to a magnificently precise system but God, none created man in the best form and honored him but God, none has knowledge of the unseen but God, none can implement whatever He wills but God, none can guide to the truth but God and none is worthy of worship but God. To Him alone, without partner, is due sincere worship; He alone is with every human being wherever he might be; He alone knows what is concealed within the heart; He is the Ever-Living, the Sustainer of all existence, who is not overtaken by weariness or sleep; He holds the keys of the unknown and knows all that is within the land and sea.
«Whatever is in the heavens and earth exalts God, and He is the Exalted in Might, the Wise. His is the dominion of the heavens and earth. He gives life and causes death, and He is over all things competent. He is the First and the Last, the Ascendant and the Intimate, and He is, of all things, Knowing. It is He who created the heavens and earth in six days and then established Himself above the Throne. He knows what penetrates into the earth and what emerges from it and what descends from the heaven and what ascends therein; and He is with you wherever you are. And God, of what you do, is Seeing. His is the dominion of the heavens and earth. And to God are returned [all] matters. He causes the night to enter the day and causes the day to enter the night, and He is Knowing of that within the breasts.» (Surah al-Hadeed, 57:1-6)
«God – there is no deity except Him, the Ever-Living, the Sustainer of [all] existence. Neither drowsiness overtakes Him nor sleep. To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth. Who is it that can intercede with Him except by His permission? He knows what is [presently] before them and what will be after them, and they encompass not a thing of His knowledge except for what He wills. His footstool extends over the heavens and the earth, and their preservation tires Him not. And He is the Most High, the Most Great.» (Surah al-Baqarah, 2:255)
«And with Him are the keys of the unseen; none knows them except Him. And He knows what is on the land and in the sea. Not a leaf falls but that He knows it. And no grain is there within the darknesses of the earth
and no moist or dry [thing] but that it is [written] in a clear record.» (Surah al-An‘aam, 6:59)
This knowledge of God is a source of unique happiness for people endowed with great minds, free consciences and upright souls.
Every person having a sound psychological and mental outlook longs in his mind and heart to know and love the Lord who created him and to draw near to Him through whatever method He might authorize for worship and deeds.
Before Muhammad was sent by God as a prophet and messenger, an Arab, Zayd bin ‘Amr bin Nufayl, was searching for a way to know and worship his Lord. He was confused and did not know how to go about it, so he supplicated, «O God, if I knew the method You like best I would worship you according to it, but I do not know.»
The method unknown to this man who had a great yearning to establish a sound relationship with his Lord was introduced by Prophet Muhammad, and through it we can know our Lord, believe in Him, love Him, worship Him, praise Him day and night and remember Him often.
Refined and ethical manners naturally demand that Muslims love the man who brought this true happiness to them, the contentment of a sound relationship with God, the most Merciful, the Great, the Exalted, the Kind, the Affectionate.
4. Muslims also love Prophet Muhammad because he is a special mercy to them on account of their belief in him, in addition to his being a general mercy to all mankind.
• «There has certainly come to you a Messenger from among yourselves. Grievous to him is what you suffer; he is concerned over you and to the believers is kind and merciful.» (Surah at-Tawbah, 9:128)
• «[It is] an ear of goodness for you that believes in God and believes the believers and is a mercy to those who believe among you.»
(Surah at-Tawbah, 9:61)
• «The Prophet is more worthy of the believers than themselves, and his wives are [in the position of] their mothers.»
(Surah al-Ahzaab, 33:6)
5 . They also love him because one will obtain God,s love by following him. «Say, [O Muhammad], If you should love God, then follow me, [so] God will love you and forgive you your sins. And God is Forgiving and Merciful.» (Surah Aali ‘Imraan, 3:31)
6. And they love him because he struggled, endured, stood firm, and suffered abuse until the religion was complete and the blessing obtained. He conveyed Islam to them in pure form, perfected and preserved by God. Hence, when he addressed the 100,000 Muslims present during the Farewell Pilgrimage, enquiring of them, «When you are asked about me, what will you say?» They replied, «We will testify that you fulfilled [the trust], delivered [the message] and advised [the people].» He said, «O God, witness it, O God, witness it, O God, witness it.» He meant: «O God, witness that I have conveyed the religion of Islam to the people, complete and perfect as You intended.»