Best Ex­am­ple of Prophet(PBUH) for Youth To­day

The Miracle - - Youth - By: Idris Taw­fiq

M uham­mad is not the fa­ther of any man among you, but he is the Mes­sen­ger of Al­lah, and the Seal of the Prophets, and Al­lah has full knowl­edge of all things.” Al-Ah ab 0 oung peo­ple to­day see a lot of pomp and cer­e­mony when it comes to politi­cians and lead­ers. It seems to­day as though the more author­ity you have, the more the red car­pet is laid out for you, the more spe­cial at­tire and fin­ery you are ex­pected to wear, and the more free­dom you have to ex­press your opin­ions - whether they are held up by ev­i­dence or not, and no mat­ter how much they may of­fend oth­ers. But let’s take a look at the fi­nal Prophet peace and blessings be upon him and see the stark dif­fer­ence be­tween what is now and what was be­fore. Which one is Muham­mad ” So hum­ble was the Mes­sen­ger of Al­lah peace and blessings be upon him that strangers look­ing for him in the mosTue in Mad­i­nah had to ask this. Sit­ting in the row of be­liev­ers for the daily prayers, Muham­mad peace and blessings be upon him , with his sim­ple and mod­est bear­ing, could not be dis­tin­guished from any­one else. He was so calm, so dig­ni­fied, and so peace­ful that no one could sin­gle him out as the leader. &hil­dren and youth could ap­proach him to re­ceive a warm greet­ing or to ask this great, yet hum­ble, man a Tues­tion or some ad­vice. In Tuiet prayer he looked like any other sim­ple man. There was no sign here of the great war­rior, the skill­ful ne­go­tia­tor in times of war and peace, the states­man. There was no sign ei­ther that this was the man, from among all men, who was cho­sen to re­ceive the &reator’s fi­nal mes­sage to mankind. In the mosTue his focus was on Al­lah alone. He was like ev­ery Mus­lim who en­ters the mosTue to pray. And yet, un­like any other Mus­lim, he had been cho­sen as the Seal of the Prophets, the most hon­or­able and the no­blest of men. He was the one whom Al­lah se­lected to guide all mankind. 2rphaned by the age of six and born in a rel­a­tively unim­por­tant re­gion of the world to a sim­ple fam­ily, Muham­mad could nei­ther read nor write. When com­manded by the An­gel -ibreel to re­cite the first glo­ri­ous verses of the 4ur’an, Muham­mad could only re­spond that he was un­able to read or re­cite them. Prophet Muham­mad peace and blessings be upon him had nei­ther power nor wealth. He pos­sessed none of the things that the world con­sid­ers im­por­tant. et Al­lah chose him from all men in the world to be what the 4ur’an calls a mercy to mankind.” This is the role that young Mus­lims should take on in this world that is so full of tur­moil and hate. The youth are the stan­dard- bear­ers of the mes­sage of Muham­mad peace and blessings be upon him and it is a mes­sage of mercy. In his per­son, the Prophet peace and blessings be upon him was a mercy to all the peo­ple on earth. 2ne so kind, so pi­ous, so de­vout in prayer and obe­di­ence to the will of Al­lah had been cho­sen as the guide for mankind. We should ask our­selves, how closely are we living our lives ac­cord­ing to the mes­sage of Muham­mad peace and blessings be upon him . If we are living in his way, no prob­lem will be too great to over­come, our fu­ture will ap­pear clear be­fore us, and the chal­lenges of young adult­hood will seem small. If young Mus­lims Moin in the ranks of the fol­low­ers of Muham­mad peace and blessings be upon him , they will be Moin­ing the ranks of the mer­ci­ful, pi­ous, and Must peo­ple through all the ages, from the be­gin­ning of time. In­deed, Al­lah opens the way for those who sin­cerely obey Him and His Mes­sen­ger. ood peo­ple should sur­round them­selves with good friends. The Prophet peace and blessings be upon him was sur­rounded by peo­ple who sought the plea­sure of Al­lah. Ask your­self Who do you mix with and why our friends re­flect who you are. At the end of his life, when Prophet Muham­mad peace and blessings be upon him was laid to rest in the earth, his fu­neral was at­tended by his heart­bro­ken friends and &om­pan­ions. They had been with him for so long, many since the time of the first rev­e­la­tion of the 4ur’an some 2 years be­fore, and now they were to be left alone, with­out a guide for the first time in so many years. Imag­ine your­self living at the time of the Prophet peace and blessings be upon him imag­ine walk­ing in his blessed footsteps. If you fol­low his Sun­nah, you are walk­ing in his footsteps to­day. His body was not laid to rest in some grand tomb as one might ex­pect for so im­por­tant and so in­flu­en­tial a man. Rather it was placed in the earth be­neath the spot where he used to sleep on a sim­ple mat. It fell upon Abu Bakr May Al­lah be pleased with him , his friend from be­fore the time of the first rev­e­la­tion, to de­liver the fu­neral ser­mon. Abu Bakr had to try to make sense out of this tragedy for the crowds as­sem­bled be­fore him. At this key mo­ment in the de­vel­op­ment of Is­lam, they ea­gerly awaited what Abu Bakr, the clos­est friend of the Prophet, would have to say. His words to them were filled with wisdom. 2 men,” he said, if any­one wor­ships Muham­mad, let him know that Muham­mad is dead. But if any­one wor­ships Al­lah, then know that Al­lah is alive and will never die.” Abu Bakr Al­lah be pleased with him told the Mus­lim faith­ful that Prophet Muham­mad peace and blessings be upon him was the great­est man to have lived but he was not the /ord of all cre­ation. He was a man like all men. And this is what makes Is­lam so ex­tra­or­di­nary. There are now at least one and a half bil­lion Mus­lims in the world, and we are at­ten­tive to what our beloved Prophet peace and blessings be upon him said or did. Each one of us pro­claims at least five times a day that there is no god but Al­lah and that Muham­mad peace and blessings be upon him is the Mes­sen­ger of Al­lah. It is the core of our faith. In the same breath in which we de­clare be­lief in the 2ne true /ord of mankind and all that ex­ists, we de­clare be­lief in His Mes­sen­ger. The love and rev­er­ence which we have for Prophet Muham­mad peace and blessings be upon him is both real and deep. We see him as the gen­tlest, the kind­est, and the sweet­est of men, and yet he re­mains for us pre­cisely that a man. Nei­ther a god nor a saint. We do not as­cribe to our Prophet mag­i­cal pow­ers. It would be a blas­phemy for us to do so. We see him as a sim­ple man, cho­sen from among men, with the same cares and wor­ries we might have. But in Prophet Muham­mad peace and blessings be upon him we see that it is pos­si­ble for us to ded­i­cate all our lives to Al­lah and to live un­der His guid­ance, yet live in the midst of life. Not di­vine, but hu­man like us, Prophet Muham­mad showed us by his life and ex­am­ple that Is­lam is the per­fect way of life and that it is pos­si­ble to achieve hap­pi­ness by fol­low­ing this way. If you find your life is tak­ing you in an­other di­rec­tion, stop and think. Don’t make de­ci­sions in your youth that will take you on a dif­fer­ent path that heads away from that of the Prophet peace and blessings be upon him . In Is­lam there are no priests or popes. That, per­haps, is the se­cret of Is­lam. There is no spe­cial knowl­edge re­served for a pro­fes­sional re­li­gious class. There are no go­b­e­tweens be­tween the &reator and the cre­ated. Is­lam is ours for the tak­ing. How many of us reach out and take what Is­lam has to offer How many of us are shin­ing ex­am­ples of mercy and Mus­tice that Is­lam can de­velop in us Each of us can fall pros­trate be­fore our Maker and say what we need to say with­out the help of any­one else. -ust you and your cre­ator We can see this clearly in­side any mosTue. Mus­lim men and women, each in their own place, gather in the mosTue for the five daily prayers. They pray to­gether as a com­mu­nity, in con­gre­ga­tion, re­ceiv­ing blessings for do­ing so, yet it is ob­vi­ous to any­one who looks on that each Mus­lim is con­cerned with speak­ing to his or her /ord in­di­vid­u­ally. It is per­haps this, more than any­thing else, which makes the place of Prophet Muham­mad so strong in the heart of ev­ery Mus­lim. Muham­mad was a man and he found it pos­si­ble, with Al­lah’s help, to live out ev­ery reTuire­ment of Is­lam. So you and I, then, can try to do the same and, with Al­lah’s help, we can live out our faith like our beloved Prophet peace and blessings be upon him . About the writer

Idris Taw­fiq has a de­gree in English lan­guage and Lit­er­a­ture from the Uni­ver­sity of Manch­ester and a de­gree in Sa­cred The­ol­ogy from the Pon­tif­i­cal Uni­ver­sity of Saint Thomas Aquinas in Rome. For many years he was Head of Re­li­gious Stud­ies in dif­fer­ent schools in Eng­land and Wales and has much ex­pe­ri­ence of teach­ing, both in the UK and Egypt. Be­fore em­brac­ing Is­lam, Idris was a Ro­man Catholic priest.

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