وَمَا أَرْسَلْنَاكَ إِلَّا رَحْمَةً لِلْعَالَمِينَWe sent thee not, but as a Mercy for all creatures [Al-Anbiya:107]
He is the superior-most messenger of Allah. The glory of the divinity of the Lord manifests, reflects and radiates in him to maximum perfection. Endowed with perfection, he was sent as a “mercy unto the worlds”. The other prophets were sent to guide a particular people in a particular place (Matthew 10: 5 and 6), therefore, in view of their limited mission, they are not on the level of the Holy Prophet who was sent to guide and discipline the whole mankind for all times. As the Holy Prophet is the best of all the prophets of Allah, a distinguished group among his followers has been raised up by Allah as ‘khayra ummatin’, the best of all the people.
لَقَدْ جَاءَكُمْ رَسُولٌ مِّنْ أَنفُسِكُمْ عَزِيزٌ عَلَيْهِ مَا عَنِتُّمْ حَرِيصٌ عَلَيْكُم بِالْمُؤْمِنِينَ رَؤُوفٌ رَّحِيمٌ (128) فَإِن تَوَلَّوْا فَقُلْ حَسْبِيَ اللَّهُ لا إِلَهَ إِلاَّ هُوَ عَلَيْهِ تَوَكَّلْتُ وَهُوَ رَبُّ الْعَرْشِ الْعَظِيم
Now hath come unto you a Messenger from amongst yourselves: it grieves him that ye should perish: ardently anxious is he over you: to the Believers is he most kind and merciful (128) But if they turn away, Say: “Allah sufficeth me: there is no god but He: On Him is my trust,- He the Lord of the Throne (of Glory) Supreme!”[Al-Tawbah:128-129]
The verse contains five characteristics and traits of the Prophet Muhammad (sa’aw), them being:
1) He is a messenger
2) He has come from amongst themselves (the Arabs or his tribe Qureish)
3) [Muhammad (sa’aw)] is grieved when any one among the believers or non believers rushes headlong towards ruin (disbelief)
4) He is most kind and merciful to the believers in particular, so the believers should also be always mindful not to grieve him by their disobedience to his teachings and by not paying attention to his instructions
5) Whether the Muslims follow his commands or turn away (as most of them did) Allah is sufficient for him. Allah is all in all. His grandeur is figured by a lofty throne.
لَقَدْ كَانَ لَكُمْ فِي رَسُولِ اللَّهِ أُسْوَةٌ حَسَنَةٌ لِمَنْ كَانَ يَرْجُو اللَّهَ وَالْيَوْمَ الْآخِرَ وَذَكَرَ اللَّهَ كَثِيرًا‘Ye have indeed in the Messenger of Allah a beautiful pattern (of conduct) for any one whose hope is in Allah and the Final Day, and who engages much in the Praise of Allah.’ [Al-Ahzab:20]
This verse describes the rational, functional, individual, social and dynamic attitude of the sincere believers. They always kept the ideal pattern of the Holy Prophet in their minds and faithfully followed his example in letter and spirit. He was sent in this world as the perfect exemplar of all that Allah has commanded mankind to do. In blind envy his critics fail to understand the in depth meaningfulness of his way of life every smallest aspect of which contains useful and profitable guidance for mankind, in every age, for individual and collective life, from material as well as spiritual point of view, because he did not do anything or utter any word unless commanded by Allah (Najm: 2 to 10). The theory of his preaching was always demonstrated by actual practice. If he had not done so he would not have fulfilled the purpose of his advent and his ministry. He has no equal. Whatever he preached, he and his Ahlul Bayt put into practice.