The most perfect and benevolent person in the world has been Allah’s last messenger, Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Before him, the world was in such a state that in the Arabian peninsula, daughters were buried alive. It was Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) who liberated daughters from such oppression. Prophet Muhammad bin Abdullah bin Abdul Mutallib bin Hashim was born in Makah in 571 AD, 12 Rabi-ul-awal (Islamic calendar). When he was in the womb of his mother, Amina, his father Abdullah died. When he was 6 years old his mother died in Abwa, on a road between Makah and Medina. In the aftermath of these tragedies, the Prophet’s upbringing was transferred to his grandfather Abdul Mutalib. When the Prophet reached the age of 8, his grandfather expired. Now his upbringing was transferred to his uncle Abu Talib.
Prophet Muhammad (SAW) has been considered to be the greatest man by many non-Muslims as well. According to Bernard Shaw: “I have studied him – the wonderful man and in my opinion far from being an anti-Christ, he must be called the Saviour of Humanity. I believe that if a man like him were to assume the dictatorship of the modern world, he would succeed in solving its problems in a way that would bring it the much-needed peace and happiness.” According to Michael H. Hart: “My choice of Muhammad to lead the list of the world’s most influential persons may surprise some readers and may be questioned by others, but he was the only man in history who was supremely successful in both the religious and secular levels.” According to renowned Hindu scholar Lakshmi Shankaracharya, while addressing a conference in Karnataka on “Reforms in society in the light of Prophet Muhammad’s teachings”, said, “Muhammad was the messenger of global peace. His ultimate aim was to establish peace in the world. The wars he fought were also for the establishment of peace”. Further, he said that a person who criticises Islam has not read their scriptures properly. Besides these views, the US Supreme Court had honoured Prophet Muhammad SAW as one of the best lawgivers in the world.
There are innumerable teachings of Prophet Muhammad (SAW), like how to treat your parents, relatives & siblings. For parents, the Prophet (PBUH) said, “An obedient son who looks at his parents with mercy and affection receives the reward equivalent to that of Hajj (pilgrimage) against every such look.” Sahaba asked, “What if he looks at them like that a hundred times during the day?” Prophet (PBUH) replied, “Yes, a hundred times too.” For relatives, he said that a person who breaks the bond of kinship will not get paradise. He always demonstrated tenderness towards non-Muslims, too. Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said, “Beware, if anyone wrongs a muahid (a non-Muslim) or diminishes his right, or forces him to work beyond his capacity, or takes from him anything without his consent, I shall be his adversary on the Day of Judgment” (Abu Dawud).
The things which Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) taught us before 1400 years ago, now science is proving them, like when Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was sleeping his posture was to sleep on the right side (Bukhari). He also prohibited people from sleeping on the stomach (Abu Dawud). A study found that sleeping on the side positions has benefits of reducing the chances of developing Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other neurological diseases. Besides Ramadhan, Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was often fasting on Monday and Thursdays (at-Tirmidhi). It’s now known as intermittent fasting and is followed by various persons. In this type of fasting food is not consumed for a period of 12-24 hours, followed by normal eating and the cycle then repeats. Studies have shown that intermittent fasting can lead to health benefits such as weight loss, lowering type 2 diabetes and reducing neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson and stroke.
The aforementioned Hadiths and views explicitly show the level of his greatness. I would highly recommend everyone to read about the life of our Noble Prophet (PBUH).
The writer is a BSc student at Govt Degree College Sogam (Lolab), Kupwara and can be reached at [email protected]