By SAYAR AHMAD MIR
Historians who have studied the character and personality of Prophet Mohammad ( PBUH), without any prejudicial bent of mind, have really fallen in love with him and have written very influential books on him. Some of these are: S. P. Scott(History of the Moorish Empires In Europe), Lamartine (History of Turkey), a French historian, Sir William Muir, author of Life of Mohammad (Peace be upon him), Montgomery Watt(Mohammad at Madinah), Karen Armstrong( Muhammad- A Biography of Prophet), George Orwell, , Sir Thomas Carlyle( Heroes and Heroes Worship), Michael H Hart, the author of The 100, and many more like George Bernard Shaw, Mahatma Gandhi, George Orwell; the list is endless.
Indeed, Prophet Mohammad (P.B.U.H) is a symbol of kindness, forgiveness, perseverance, justice, equality, love, leadership, piety, spirituality and what not. He devoted his life for the sake of Almighty. As Major A. Leonard writes in his book, Islam, its Moral and Spiritual Valuesthat if there is any man on the surface of the earth who has found God; devoted his life for the sake of God, with a clear and holy zeal, without any doubt, and most certainly, that man is the Holy Prophet of Arabia.
But, along with all these noble featires, the Apostle of Almighty was a symbol of mercy par. In fact, the Prophet (P.B.U.H) was sent but as a mercy to the humankind. His mission was to take out people from darkness and to show them the true light of humanity where people are not divided on the basis of their caste, creed, colour, gender and so on. The Prophet (PBUH), through his actions and practice, showed it to the world that how we can build a society where injustice is no longer a phenomenon but a society where justice reigns supreme and applies equally to the rich and the poor, where inequality does not rule over equality, where voices are not suppressed only because they speak out the truth.
Though there are numerous incidents which the highlight the mercy of Prophet Mohammad (PBHU) and one of them is the incident Taa’if which clearly shows how the Prophet (P.B.U.H) was really sent as a mercy to the humankind. The moment prophet (P.B.U.H) trekked from Makkah to Taa’if to invite people with the hope that they may accept Islam, to his surprise,the people of Taa’if insulted and rejected him only because he was calling them towards the belief in the oneness of Almighty. They not only did this but they sent their children to throw stones at him and drove him out of the town. The ankles started bleeding and the Prophet (P.B.U.H) took shelter in an orchard.
Alone, bleeding and rejected, he (P.B.U.H) prayed to Almighty, the Merciful, but did not ask for the destruction of the tribe; he did not think of revenge and if he would have asked Almighty forthese things to happen, it was just a ‘Dua’away.
“To you, my Lord, I complain of my weakness, lack of support, and the humiliation I am made to receive. Most Compassionate and Merciful. You are my Lord. To whom do you leave me? To a distant person who receives me with hostility? Or to an enemy, You have given power over me? As long as you are not displeased, I do not care what I face. I would be much happier with your mercy…To You, I submit until I earn Your pleasure. Everything is powerless without your support”
At that moment, Angel Jibrael(AS) came to him and said that if he wished he could crush the two mountains surrounding them.
How did the Prophet Mohammad ( PBUH) react to those who insulted him and threw stones at him is an example of patience, mercy, perseverance, and much more especially in the times when one faces a lot of difficulties in one way or the other is exemplary He choses mercy than violence and was not overcome with rage, hate, or revenge against the people of Taa’if.
He said to Angel Jibrael, “I rather hope that Allah will raise among their descendants people who will worship Allah the one, and will not ascribe partners to Him.”
The result of the mercy, vision and the patience of the Prophet (PBUH)r can be understood by the fact that today at-Taa’if is a house to more than 1,200,000 people who are predominantly Muslim. The place is known for different fruits like grapes, pomegranates and mucy more
The compelling need of the hour is to follow in the footsteps of the PProphet Mohammad (P.B.U.H). Indeed, he is a torch-bearer to the whole world and one can not find the true path and light unless he or she follows the Prophet(PBUH) in the true sense of the word or the way his companions followed him.To conclude, I would like to quote the Prophet (P.B.U.H) s,“ when Allah wishes good for someone, He bestows upon him the understanding of the Quran and and the Sunnah of Prophet Mohammad” (PBUH).
The author is a Research Scholar based in Hyderabad. He can be reached at: SAYARMIR033@GMAIL.COM