Monday, February 14, 2011

He The Chosen One | Prophet Muhammad SAW

Firstly, He was the Chosen One :

Muhammad bin Abdullah bin Abdul Muttalib bin Hashiym bin Abdul Manaf bin Fihr (Quraish) bin Malik bin Nadr bin Kinanah bin Adnan bin Ismail a.s bin Ibrahim a.s.

Description of Muhammad

Muhammad (pbuh) was born in Mecca ( Makkah), Arabia, on Monday, 12 Rabi' Al-Awal (2
August A.D. 570). His mother, Aminah, was the daughter of Wahb Ibn Abdu Manaf of the
Zahrah family. His father, 'Abdullah, was the son of Abdul Muttalib. His genealogy has been
traced to the noble house of Ishmael, the son of Prophet Abraham in about the fortieth descend.
Muhammad's father died before his birth.

Before he was six years old his mother died, and the doubly orphaned Muhammad was put under the charge of his grandfather Abdul Muttalib who took the most tender care of him. But the old chief died two years afterwards. On his deathbed he confided to his son Abu Talib the charge of
the little orphan.

Journey to Busra - Christian Monk merits Muhammad

When Muhammad was twelve years old, he accompanied his uncle Abu Talib on a mercantile
journey to Syria, and they proceeded as far as Busra. The journey lasted for some months. It was at Busra that the Christian monk Bahira met Muhammad. He is related to have said to Abu Talib:

'Return with this boy and guard him against the hatred of the Jews, for a great career awaits your nephew."

Muhammad's honest and honorable character
After this journey, the youth of Muhammad seems to have been passed uneventfully, but all
authorities agree in ascribing to him such correctness of manners and purity of morals as were
rare among the people of Mecca. The fair character and the honorable bearing of the unobtrusive
youth won the approbation of the citizens of Mecca, and b y common consent he received the title of "Al Ameen," The Faithful.

In his early years, Muhammad was not free from the cares of life. He had to watch the flocks of
his uncle, who, like the rest of the Bani Hashim, had lost the greater part of his wealth.

Solitary lifestyle of Muhammad's youth

From youth to manhood he led an almost solitary life. The lawlessness rife among the Meccans,
the sudden outbursts of causeless and bloody quarrels among the tribes frequenting the Fair of
Okadh (The Arabian Olympia), and the immorality and skepticism of the Quraish, naturally caused feelings of pity and sorrow in the heart of the sensitive youth. Such scenes of social misery and religious degradation were characteristic of a depraved age.

Muhammad's marriage to Khadijah

When Muhammad was twenty five years old, he traveled once more to Syria as a factor of a noble and rich Quraishi widow named Khadijah; and, having proved himself faithful in the commercial interests of that lady, he was soon rewarded with her hand in marriage. This marriage proved fortunate and singularly happy. Khadijah was much the senior of her husband, but in spite of the disparity of age between them, the most tender devotion on both sides existed. This marriage gave him the loving heart of a woman who was ever ready to console him in his despair and to keep alive within him the feeble, flickering flame of hope when no man believed in him and the world appeared gloomy in his eyes.

Prophet rises to start his mission for Allah
The angel spoke to the grieved heart of hope and trust and of the bright future when he would see the people of the earth crowding into the one true faith. His destiny was unfolded to him, when, wrapped in profound meditation, melancholy and sad, he felt himself called by a voice from heaven to arise and preach.

"O you (Muhammad) enveloped (in garments)! Arise and warn! And your Lord (Allah) magnify!" (Ch 74:1-3 Quran)

He arose and engaged himself in the work to which he was called. Khadijah was the first to accept
his mission. She was to believe in the revelations, to abandon the idolatry of her people and to join him in purity of heart and in offering up prayers to Allah the Almighty.

The death of Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him

After this, the Prophet never appeared at public prayers. A few hours after he returned from the
mosque, the Prophet died while laying his head on the bosom of Aisha. As soon as the Prophet's
death was announced, a crowd of people gathered at the door of the house of Aisha, exclaiming:

"How can our messenger be dead?" Umar said: "No, he is not dead; he will be restored to us, and
those are traitors to the cause of Islam who say he is dead. If they say so let them be cut in

But Abu Bakr entered the house at this moment, and after he had touched the body of the Prophet with a demonstration of profound affection, he appear at the door and addressed the
crowd with the following speech:

"O Muslims, if anyone of you has been worshipping Muhammad, then let me tell you that Muhammad is dead. But if you really do worship Allah then
know that Allah is living and will never die. Do you forget the verse in the Quran:

"Muhammad is not more than a Messenger, and indeed (many) Messengers have passed away
before him. If he dies or is killed, will you then turn your back on your heels (as disbeliveers)?
And he who turns back on his heels, not the least harm will he do to Allah, and Allah will give
reward to those who are grateful." (Ch 3:144 Quran).

Upon hearing this speech of Abu Bakr, 'Umar acknowledged his error, and the crowd was
satisfied and dispersed. Al-Abbas, the Prophet's uncle, presided at the preparation for the burial, and the body was duly washed and perfumed. There was some dispute between the Quraish and the Ansars as to the place of burial; however, Abu Bakr settled the dispute by affirming that he had heard the Prophet say that a prophet should be buried at the very spot where he died. A grave was accordingly dug in the ground within the house of Aisha and under the bed on which the Prophet died. In this grave the body was buried, and the usual rites were performed by those who were present.

Thus ended the glorious life of that Prophet Muhammad.

May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him. Sallallahu'alaihiwasallam.

(Taken out from the Stories Of The Prophet by Imaam Imaduddin Abul-Fida Ismail)

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