He regularly visited the poor and ill

Biography of the Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him)

If there is any personality that has lived on the face of this earth who was complete in every regard and the life of whom can serve as a beacon of guidance for people of every walk of life, that personality would undeniably be the personality of Muhammad (PBUH). Muslims follow Him because of Him being the Prophet as their religion and those who do not follow Islam also hold Him at a higher pedestal when it comes to human character. Prophet Muhammad’s status as a role model is an issue based on the Holy Quran and the Sunnah.

The life of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is full of countless examples that show his status as a role model for Muslim societies and individuals. His life is one that was dominated by a superior morality, good habits, noble and gentle feelings and superior skills, all of which are characteristics that help prevent people from getting entangled in a web of sin.

The rich and the prosperous, the poor and the needy, the ruler and the ruled, the weak and the lonely, the conqueror and the victorious commander, the teacher and the student, the preacher and the mentor, the merchant and the craftsman, the employer and the employee – in other words, every sort of person can find truths in Prophet Muhammad’s life that constitute an example for them to follow.

Here are some facts about the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)

  1. Abdullah, his father, died before he was born. His mother, Amina, died when he was six, leaving Muhammad orphaned.
  2. Prophet Muhammad PBUH was born in Mecca.
  3. The year was 570 A.D.
  4. Shortly after his birth, his mother died.
  5. His father was already dead before his birth. So he became an orphan.
  6. During this time his uncle Abu Talib and his grandfather Abdul-Muttalib took care of him.
  7. At the age of nine, he started going on trade trips along with his uncle.
  8. He met with people of different nations and religions during those trips.
  9. His character was respected by all. People throughout Medina including the Jews gave him the name “The Trustworthy.”
  10. On one of his trips he met a Christian scholar, the scholar said to his uncle that he will one day do something great and I can see it because of all the trees, mountains and sea areas in the bow in front of him.
  11. When he got 25, he got a proposal from Khadija for marriage which he accepted and thus they got married. Khadija was 40 years of age at the time of marriage.
  12. For the first 54 years of his lifehe had only one wife. His only wife till the 50th year of his life was Sayyida Khadija.
  13. They had sons but they died in their childhood.
  14. He converted most Meccans to Islam and destroyed images and figures of the traditional Arabic gods.
  15. He never ate alone. He invited others and then ate with them.
  16. He encouraged the washing of hands before and after eating food.
  17. He regularly visited the poor and ill.
  18. Upon visiting a person, he used to greet them and then take their permission before entering the house and encourage others to do the same as a mark of respect.
  19. He used to mend his clothes, repair his shoes and sweep the floor as well as do the household shopping during his married life.
  20. As people of Mecca at that time were involved in many sinful activities, like they killed their daughters, did drinking, rape, and killing of innocent people, Prophet Muhammad did not admire those activities at all and to have solitude and peace he went to cave Hira.
  21. Once when he was in the cave Hira he saw Angel Gabriel there. The angel said to him « read in the name of Allah », Prophet Muhammad replied that I can neither read nor write I am illiterate.
  22. After Angel Gabriel came again with revelations, he started preaching Islam to people.
  23. He used to preach to people but avoided preaching to excess to avoid annoying people.
  24. He sometimes prayed so much his legs swelled. In one incident, he was asked why he offered such an unbearable prayer and he replied with “Shall I not be a thankful slave (to Allah)?”
  25. He sent letters to Kings and leaders beyond Arabia inviting them to Islam.
  26. Pagans and Non-Muslims did harm to Prophet Muhammad PBUH and other Muslims by different means but Prophet Muhammad had patience and perseverance.
  27. His Prophethood lasted for a long period of 23 years, during which he received Revelations from Allah.
  28. He never proclaimed himself as anyone or anything Divine.
  29. His name is now one of the most popular names in the world.
  30. After 23 years of Prophet-hood Muhammad (p.b.u.h) died and after his death, Islam spread to other places too because of the efforts of his Caliphs. The revelations of Allah on Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h) were compiled in the Quran after his death.
  31. In Medina, Muhammad proved himself an able politician and statesman as well as a prophet.
  32. His companions and followers memorised the Quran wholeheartedly as he recited them.
  33. During Prophethood, he and his companions and followers were subject to much mental and physical abuse.
  34. He never ate alone. He invited others and then ate with them.
  35. He regularly visited the poor and ill.
  36. Upon visiting a person, he used to greet them and then take their permission before entering the house and encourage others to do the same as a mark of respect.
  37. He used to mend his clothes, repair his shoes and sweep the floor as well as do the household shopping (even during his married life)
  38. He used to preach to people but avoided preaching to excess to avoid annoying people.
  39. He did not care if anyone interrupted him during a sermon but helped them in their matters or worries before returning to his sermon.
  40. The Jews at the time were so impressed with his sense of justice that some came to him to solve cases, in which Muhammad (PBUH) decided them according to their own Jewish Law.
  41. He and the early Muslims used to pray towards Jerusalem, until being told by Allah (SWT) to turn towards the Kaaba in Makkah (Revelation present in the Quran).
  42. His name is now one of the most popular names in the world

The Quran repeats many times that Prophet Muhammad is neither superhuman nor a deity, but that he is a human being. Prophet Muhammad verifies this truth over and over again. The role model status of the Prophet is not limited to merely worshipping or actions that are a compulsory part of the religion, a requirement, or examples of good morals. There is no disagreement among Muslims as to the fact that Prophet Muhammad constitutes the best example with his morality, actions, words and other features.

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