- The first five verses revealed to him were the following:
- “Read, in the name of your Lord, Who Created
- Created man, out of a clot (embryo).
- Proclaim! And your Lord is Most Bountiful,
- He Who taught the use of the pen
- Taught man that which he knew not.” (Qur’an, 96: 1-5)
What is it about Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) that inspires such respect? Is it his gentle and loving nature, his kindness and generosity or is it his ability to empathise with all of humanity? Muhammad (pbuh) was a selfless man who devoted the last 23 years of his life to teaching his companions and followers how to worship God and how to respect humanity. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was acutely aware of just how much responsibility had been thrust upon him by God. He was careful to teach the message just as God had prescribed and warned his followers not to adulate him the way Jesus, son of Mary was praised.
Any claimants to prophethood after Muhammad (pbuh), who died in 632 C.E., are not accepted by Allah (God) and hence also Muslims. The below verse from Holy Quran testifies this truth:
“Muhammad is the father of no man among you. He is the Apostle of Allah and the seal of the Prophets.
Allah has knowledge of all things.” (Qur’an -33: 40)”
Muslims do not worship Prophet Muhammad (pbuh); they understand that he is only a man. However, he is a man worthy of our utmost respect and love. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) loved humanity so much that he would weep out of fear for them. He loved his people with such deep and profound devotion that God remarked on the depth of his love for us in Quran.
“Verily, there has come unto you a Messenger (Muhammad) from amongst yourselves. It grieves him that you should receive any injury or difficulty. He (Muhammad) is anxious over you (to be rightly guided, to repent to God, and beg Him to pardon and forgive your sins, in order that you may enter Paradise and be saved from the punishment of the Hell-fire), for the believers he is full of pity, kind, and merciful.” (Quran – 9:128)
Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) taught us to love God and to obey Him. He taught us to be kind to each other, to respect our elders, and care for our children. He taught us that it was better to give than to receive and that each human life is worthy of respect and dignity. He taught us to love for our brothers and sisters what we love for ourselves. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) taught us that families and communities are essential, and he pointed out the importance of a stable and moral society. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) taught us that men and women are equal in the sight of God and that no one person is better then another except in respect to his or her piety and devotion to God.
Muslims also believe in the same Prophets mentioned in Jewish and Christian traditions, including Noah (pbuh), Moses (pbuh), Abraham (pbuh) and Jesus (pbuh), and they believe that all prophets came with the same message – to worship God alone, without partners, sons or daughters. There is a difference, however, between all other prophets and Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). Before Muhammad (pbuh), prophets were sent to particular people in particular places and periods. Muhammad (pbuh) however, is the final Prophet and his message is for all of humankind.
Quite simply he (pbuh) is the man who will stand before God on the day of judgement and beg God to have mercy on believers (God-willing). He (pbuh) will intercede for the believers with the will of Allah Almighty. Muslims love him (pbuh) because he is the slave and messenger of God, he is a mercy to humankind and his gentleness, and devotion to humanity is unprecedented. Again, this great Prophet (pbuh) wanted every single human being on earth to go to heaven (after the death) by worshipping one true Creator and Sustainer i.e. Allah the Almighty.