Our Prophet Muhammad (Blessings and Peace be upon him)
came to all people with a heavenly message. He was not driven by worldly
ambition, he had no treasure from which to spend, no splendid gardens from
which to eat, and no castle in which to live.
Despite all this, his loving followers pledged
allegiance to him and remained steadfast, enduring a hard life full of
difficulties. They were few and weak, always in fear of being uprooted by those
surrounding them, and yet they loved the Prophet (bpuh) wholly and completely.
They were besieged in a mountain pass, and during that
time, they had little or no food. Their reputations were attacked, their own relatives
waged war against them, and yet their love for him was perfect.
Some of them were dragged over the hot sands of the
desert, some were imprisoned, and others were subjected to inventive and innovative
ways of punishment - all of which the disbelievers inflicted upon them. Having
to endure all of that, they still loved him unreservedly with heart and soul.
They were deprived of home, country, family, and
wealth. They were driven out from the playing fields of their childhood and
from the homes in which they were raised. Despite all this suffering, they loved
The believers faced trials because of his message. The
very ground under them was shaken violently, and yet their love for him continued
The best among their youth constantly had swords
hanging menacingly over their heads.
Their men moved forward lightly across the
battlefield, advancing to death as if they were upon an excursion or a holiday,
for the simple reason that they loved him unconditionally.
One of them was charged with the duty of carrying the
Prophet's message to a king in a foreign land, and that person knew that it was
a mission from which he would not return. Yet he went and fulfilled his duty.
One of them was sent on a mission, knowing that it would be the cause of his
death, and he went happily, for he loved the Prophet (bpuh) with unmitigated
But why did they love him, and why were they so happy
with his message and content with his example? Why did they forget the pain, the
suffering, and the hardship that resulted from following him?
To put it simply- he epitomized benevolence and
They perceived in him all the signs of truth and
purity. He was a symbol for those who sought out higher things. With his
tenderness he cooled the rancor from the hearts of people, with words of truth
he soothed their chests and with his message he filled their souls with peace.
He poured happiness into their hearts, until the pain
that they endured from being at his side was made to seem insignificant. And he
instilled into their souls a belief that made them forget every injury and
every adversity that they had to endure.
He polished their insides with his guidance and he
illuminated their eyes with his brilliance. He removed from them the burdens of
ignorance, the depravities of idolatry, and the evil consequences of polytheism.
He extinguished the fires of malice and animosity from their souls and he
poured the water of faith into their hearts. Thus, their minds and bodies
became tranquil and their hearts found peace.
They tasted the beauty of life with him and they knew
delight in his company. They found happiness at his side, safety and salvation in
following him, and inner-richness in emulating him:
(And we have sent you [O' Muhammad] not but as a mercy
for all that exists) (Qur'an 21: 107)
(And verily, you [O' Muhammad] are indeed guiding
[mankind] to the straight path.) (Qur'an 42: 52)
(And He brings them out of darkness [by Allah's will]
(Quran 5: 16)
(He it is Who sent among the unlettered ones a
Messenger [Muhammad] from among themselves, reciting to them His Verses, purifying
them [from the filth of disbelief and polytheism], and teaching them the Book
and Al-Hikmah [As-Sunnah: legal ways, orders, acts of worship, etc. of Prophet
Muhammad]. And verily, they had been before in manifest error
(Qur'an 62: 2)
(He releases them from their heavy burdens and from
the fetters [bindings] that were upon them) (Qur'an 7: 157)
(Answer Allah [by obeying him] and [His] Messenger
when he calls you to that which will give you life) (Qur'an 8: 24)
(And you were on the brink of a pit of Fire, and He
saved you from it)
(Qur'an 3: I03)
They were truly happy with their leader and so they
rightly deserved to be.
O' Allah, send prayers and peace upon Muhammad, the
liberator of minds from the shackles of deviation and the rescuer of souls from
the curses of falsehood, and be pleased with his noble Companions as a
recompense for their striving and for their efforts.