PROPHET MUHAMMAD ﷺ IS THE MOST WORTHY OF HUMAN BEING
Did you know that the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, was recognised as the most influential person in the history of our humanity? The story behind this recognition is very interesting. One day an American writer and inventor of e-books, Michael Hart, decided to write a book about the outstanding personalities in the history of mankind. To do this, he did a lot of work, studying the biographies of many great people. The data on a large number of eminent people was processed by a computer. Hart and his team were astonished when the computer selected the last Prophet of Allah, the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) as the greatest human being of all time. They thought the machine had made a mistake in its calculations and decided to repeat the experiment. The computer, after processing a huge amount of information, confirmed its earlier results and again chose the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) as the greatest human being. Even though the experiment was repeated many times, the response of the artificial intelligence remained unchanged. In the end, the researchers were forced to admit that Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) was the only person who achieved outstanding results for the benefit of people. This book has been translated into 15 languages and the total circulation run has exceeded 500,000 copies. Even now, centuries later, the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is still one who awakens love and respect in the hearts of millions.
By relying on the Word of Allah, the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) managed to unite numerous peoples on the idea of unity and equality of all people before Allah and creating a spiritual community. The highest goal was achieved with the most modest means. In the history of our humankind there has not been and never has been a person like Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).
Now, when mankind is once again drowning in wars, strife, violence and brutality, it is important for us all to remember the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). How he managed to unite the scattered and militant tribes into a single community, we will learn more in the series of articles on our portal. Also about the life of the Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) can be found in the 24th issue of the international research project KALEIDOSCOPE OF FACTS “LIFE OF THE WORTHIEST” and in the international online conference “Global crisis. Who is the Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) for us?”
CHILDHOOD AND YOUTH
The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was born in the year 570 in Makkah in the noble Arab tribe of Quraysh. His family was responsible and honored to meet and feed the people who came to make the pilgrimage to Mecca.
Muhammad's father (peace be upon him) died before he was born. When the Prophet (PBUH) was born, his grandfather Abd al-Muttalib gave him the name Muhammad, which means "Worthy of praise". He said: "... I want him to be glorified in heaven by Allah and praised by people on earth”.
The first four years of his life, according to the customs of his tribe, he spent in a family of nomads, at the nurse Halima. When Muhammad (peace be upon him) was about five years old, Halima met people from Ethiopia who were very interested in the child and questioned her about him. Then they said: "This child will be a personality of great importance. We will take him with us to our country, for we have heard of him before”. Halima hid Muhammad (peace be upon him) and soon returned him to his mother in Mecca, believing that there he would be safer.
When he returned to Mecca, his grandfather, Abd al-Muttalib, surrounded him with care, love and guardianship. At the age of six, his mother died and he was left an orphan. Then his grandfather started taking care of him. But very soon, at the age of eight, Muhammad (peace be upon him) experienced another major grief when his grandfather and guardian Abd al-Muttalib died.
Before his death, he entrusted his eldest son Abu Talib with taking care of Muhammad (peace be upon him). Abu Talib sincerely loved the boy and all the years that followed he was as firm as a rock, protecting Muhammad (peace be upon him) during his prophetic mission from the attacks of the Quraysh. Abu Talib became a reliable support for the future Prophet (peace be upon him).
Despite Muhammad's (peace be upon him) status and noble origins his family was poor. Much of his childhood and youth was spent in poverty. As Abu Talib had many children, teaching Muhammad (peace be upon him) to read and write was out of the question.
Like other Meccan boys, Muhammad, from the age of nine - ten, began to herd other people's sheep and earn a living. This work was in harmony with his penchant for reflection. He lived by observation and was fascinated by the majesty of creation, it's wonderful harmony and diversity. Despite being an orphan, a simple shepherd, he constantly strove to know himself. Like many other people, he was initially guided by natural human desires. He thought that if he became rich, he would have the opportunity to fully know himself.
From the age of twelve, Muhammad (peace be upon him) began to participate in the trading expeditions of his relatives. Despite the fact that he was still small for such long and dangerous trips, Abu Talib could not refuse the fervent persuasion of Muhammad (peace be upon him) and gave him his permission to accompany the caravan. Of course, Muhammad (peace be upon him) did not travel as a passenger, but as an assistant, doing what he could for his age.
In the future, in all commercial affairs, Muhammad (peace be upon him) established himself as an exceptionally honest and truthful person. Thanks to this, he received the nickname "al - Amin", which means faithful, honest, trustworthy.
In one of these expeditions to Syria, he met a sage, who gave him the seed of knowledge and taught him spiritual practices that fundamentally changed his fate.
The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) married at the age of twenty - three a woman named Khadija. Shortly before that he started to conduct her trading business. Khadija was a wealthy widow and there were many people who wanted to marry her. She, seeing the honesty, decency and kindness of Muhammad (peace be upon him) decided to marry him. This union has become a benchmark of love and devotion for millions of Muslims. All his life the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and Khadija loved each other with a sincere love. She became his friend, sister and mother. She supported him in all his endeavors. Through his marriage to Khadija, Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) became financially independent. He realized then that wealth and power did not give his Soul a sense of inner freedom, and inside there was still a desire for something bigger and beautiful.
Khadija saw that her husband had no heart for trade. So she relieved him of his duties and gave him the free time he so desired.
As we already know, the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) very often isolates himself for meditation and prayers in a cave on top of Hira Mount, spending a lot of time in deep spiritual practices. Muhammad (peace be upon him) wanted to know the truth so much that he forgot about himself, forgot about time, forgot about food and drink. He constantly asked for forgiveness and passionately wished to be worthy among the worthy. He strove for it with all his heart and sincerity. Working on himself, he strove to tame his ego and constantly cultivated love and gratitude for the Creator.
The stage of inner formation is actually inextricably linked with a person's daily life. And in everyday life, the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) was an exceptionally honest, decent and kind person. He helped everyone he could and had the best of morals. There is even an ayat in the Holy Qur'an about his exceptionally fine disposition, which states:
The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) spent a great deal of time in deep spiritual practices, developing sensory perception and increasing love for Allah in each of his days. When he was forty years old, during his solitude in a cave, the Archangel Jabrail came to him. Then Jabrail delivered the first ayats to him. This revelation and contact with Jabrail was so extraordinary that it greatly shocked the Prophet (peace be upon him). He began to fear that he had lost his mind, so he went to his wife and, trembling with fear and excitement, asked her to shelter him.
When he rested and felt better, he told Khadija what had happened. Khadija comforted him and took him to her cousin, Waraqah ibn Nawfal. Waraqah was a knowledgeable man, a Christian who had studied religions for many years and had translated excerpts from the Gospel into Arabic. When Waraqah heard what the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) had told him, he exclaimed: "Holy, Holy, Holy! I swear by Him in Whose power is the Soul of Waraqah, the Great Spirit has come to you”. He asked Muhammad (peace be upon him) to be steadfast and be ready for his people to expel him. Then Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) asked: "Are people going to banish me?" And Waraqah replied to him that no matter whoever came to the people with what he came with, they always begin to feud with him, slander and persecute him.He added that he was very sorry that he was already old and would not be able to help Muhammad (peace be upon him) in his prophetic mission.
Thus began the prophetic mission of the Last Prophet of One Allah (peace be upon him). Today, many people think that Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) was chosen by Allah Himself and so Jabrail came to him and he became a Prophet. Indeed, Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was chosen by Allah Himself. BUT, Jabrail came to him only when he became spiritually free. And to become spiritually free, the Prophet (peace be upon him) worked hard on himself for many years, resisting the shaytan in him, and also nurturing love and gratitude for Allah. Only when he was spiritually liberated and became worthy, it was only then, by the will of Allah, that Jabrail came and began to teach him other Knowledge. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was given Spiritual Knowledge about the One Allah and the straight path leading to Him, and Jabrail told him to carry that knowledge to the people. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) did not know how he could explain in words what he knew in Spirit. So Jabrail replied, “Go and tell them that God is One, He is like the sun illuminating everything with His Divine Love. I am like a crescent in the night of human life, reflecting the light of God and illuminating the way in the darkness of consciousness. And you are like a guiding star, pointing the way to divine light."
To be continued.