The preacher of Love
To Love any ardent enemy by holding close to heart, to gift any great sinner with a smile from deep within, to never disdain the wrongdoers, to preserve brightness on face even in difficult times, to be steadfast in his stance even when engulfed in hardships, to hold tight to his decisions, unswervingly, even in the midst of adversities– What gave the courage to Prophet’s (peace be upon him) mind for all these? The lessons he imparted and the virtues he left behind, shines high even today.
A man, who spoke very little, rather conversed more through his quietness, still talks to this 21st century louder than words. To the sixth and recent centuries alike, that great life is preaching standing on a strong moral base.
Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her) once asked prophet: “Have you encountered a day harder than the day of the battle of Uhud?”
The Prophet (may peace be upon him) replied, “Your tribes have troubled me a lot, and the worse trouble was the trouble on the day of ‘Aqaba when I presented myself to Ibn `Abd-Yalail bin `Abd-Kulal and he did not respond to my demand. So I departed, overwhelmed with excessive sorrow, and proceeded on, and could not relax till I found myself at Qarnath-Tha-alib where I lifted my head towards the sky to see a cloud shading me unexpectedly. I looked up and saw Gabriel in it.
He called me saying, ‘Allah has heard your people’s saying to you, and what they have replied back to you, Allah has sent the Angel of the Mountains to you so that you may order him to do whatever you wish to these people.’
The Angel of the Mountains called and greeted me, and then said, “O Muhammad! Order what you wish. If you like, I will let Al-Akh-Shabain (i.e. two mountains) fall on them.”
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “No but I hope that Allah will let them beget children who will worship Allah Alone, and will worship None besides Him.” (Sahih al-Bukhari 3230).
Even when the pain was resonating in his heart, the words of compassion were flown out from it! Later, prophet(peace be upon him) saw the same people coming to the shade of Islam wholeheartedly. Without any arrogance, he praised his Lord who made a treasure of compassion in the mind of His slave.
Once when prophet was sitting with his companions, Hisween Qusaee – a non believer- came to him. Known for the wisdom and a high status he held among Quraish, that pride was much reflected on his face.
“Mohammed, You scold our Gods and insult us. Your father was a nice man and gentle”. Asked Hisween without any preface.
Prophet(peace be upon him) smiled at him pleasantly. Then, in simple and compassionate words, he asked Hisween. “Let us leave those who have gone from this world, Can’t we just take it between us?”
Hisween: Yes, indeed,
Prophet: To how many Gods do you pray?
Hisween: Seven, One in the Heaven and six on the earth.
Prophet: Whom will you call if you are affected by a decease.
Hisween: To the One who is in Heaven
Prophet: When you are affected by hunger and thirst?
Hisween: To Him in the heaven only
Prophet: Brother, How can you justify this? All your needs are asked to the one in Heavens, but your prayers are to those on Earth?
The way of prophet, with few words and much thoughts, and his appealing behavior influenced Hisween tremendously. On his way back, the soothing message of Islam had already begun creeping to his mind!.
Those who have Truth in their hands do not need to engage in contentions. Everything in Islam can be conveyed through hearts without much noise. Prophet(peace be upon him) never angered any one, never broke the bonds of relationships, never engaged in quarrels, never talked to any one in an uttering voice, rather he conquered everyone with his amiable behavior. Returned love to every one. Never amassed rivalry towards any one in his mind. It was neither through dialogs lasted for days nor through compulsion, prophet(peace be upon him) was able to bring Hisween Qusaee to Islam, but through three questions filled with reason and affection.
Swahabas are returning after the battle of Uhud. Yonder on the path awaits them a lady, who belongs to Banu Dinar tribe. Intense anxiety shadowed on her face. Many of her relatives had headed for battle- including her husband, father and brother. What would have happened to them- alive or martyred?
It was a very dreadful tiding that awaited her. Her three intimates have embraced martyrdom. Would she be able to endure this pungent grief? – the warriors pondered. How to convey this heart-wrenching tiding to her?
Let’s not convey all three martyrdom at a go; let’s inform one by one. “Dear sister, your husband has accorded martyrdom”. Has darling sweetheart been lost? She dismayed. Bridling her grief, she asked : “What’s up with Allah’s Messenger? Is he alright?”
“Dear sister, your father has also surrendered to martyrdom.” Have lost caring and loving dad! She felt a twinge in heart. Nothing has happened to our Prophet, right?” – She asked.
“Sister, your brother is also slain.”
“Yet, you haven’t answered my concern, what happened to my Prophet? Isn’t he safe?”
“Sister, by grace of Allah, he is safe and doing well. Nothing wrong has happened to him.”
“But, I won’t be convinced it unless I see him. Could you let me see him?” They let her see Prophet(PBUH) and she saw him eyeful. With her eyes bedewing in the loss of her close ones whilst sparkling in the gladness of regaining Prophet, she told “No, never my Prophet, if you are sheltered, this women doesn’t worry about anything else, every other hardship is trivial.” (Ibnu Hisham, Azeerathu Nabaviyya 3:105)
These are the reminiscence of pious predecessors, who engraved love of Prophet (Peace be upon him) on the walls of their hearts. Their immense affection towards Prophet(peace be upon him) molded them to embrace any circumstances. He was the soul of their life. Sacrificed everything they loved for their loving Prophet. Accepted Prophet’s sayings and orders without doubt. They imitated his life and that was a sweetness to their hearts. We are also of those who should feel that sweetness. Let that prophet be the beauty of our hearts. Let his commands nourish in our lives dearer than anything else.
English rendering of article written by Abdul Wadud!