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The Best Role Model

The Best Role Model

Anas ibn Malik served the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) for the entire period he lived in Madinah, which was a little over 10 years. He was so close to the Prophet and his household that people who came to Madinah to meet the Prophet used to think that he belonged to the Prophet's family. As such, he learned and reported much of what we know about the Prophet's life at home. In one of his reports that mention something of this nature, Anas said,

By Living Shar

iMuhammad was a very simple person all his life. He was very unceremonious and informal in his habits. Even when he was the ruler of a state, he ate whatever he was given, wore coarse cloth, and sat on the floor, bare ground or a mat without any hesitation, alone or in the company of others. He ate bread made from coarse flour and even spent days living only on dates. He wore simple clothes and did not like display or show. He liked simplicity and informality in everything.

by AbuBakr Karolia

(Part One)

South Africa, October 27, 2003

The life of the Prophet (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon Him) has been said by his wife, Aisha (May Allah Almighty be pleased with her) to be like "a walking Qur`an", embodying the Laws of Almighty Allah.

Prophet Muhammad personifies the roles of perfect father and husband. He was so kind and tolerant with his wives that they could not envisage their lives without him, nor did they want to live away from him. He married Sawdah, his second wife, while in Makkah. After a while, he wanted to divorce her for certain reasons. She was extremely upset at this news and implored him, "O Messenger of Allah, I wish no worldly thing of you. I will sacrifice the time allocated to me if you don't want to visit me. But please don't deprive me of being your wife. I want to go to the hereafter as your wife.

Mildness is another dimension of the character of God’s Messenger, upon him be peace and blessings. He was a bright mirror in which God reflected His Mercy.

Mildness is a reflection of compassion. God made His Messenger mild and gentle, not harsh and stern. Due to his mildness, God’s Messenger gained many converts to Islam and surpassed numerous obstacles on his way to ultimate victory.

While the Prophet was once returning to his house after talking to his Companions in the mosque, a Bedouin pulled him by the collar and said rudely: ‘O Muhammad! Give me my due! Load up these two camels of mine. For you will load them up with neither your own wealth nor the wealth of your father.’ To this impertinence, God’s Messenger gave the response, without showing any sign of offence: Give that man what he wants!41

Zayd ibn San’an narrates:

By Sheikh. `Abdel Khaliq Hasan Ash-Shareef

Allah gifted His servant and Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) with all sublime morals. In this context, Almighty Allah says: [And surely thou hast sublime morals] (Al-Qalam 68:4).

On his part, the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “I was sent (by Allah) to perfect the sublime morals.”

`A’ishah (may Allah be pleased with her) described the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), saying, “His morals were the morals of Qur'an.”

To set a good example for other people was one duty of the Prophets—a duty which we must also always observe consciously. After mentioning the prophets in Surat Al-An`am, God commanded His last messenger:

(Those are they whom God has guided, so follow their guidance!) (Al-An`am 6:90)

We are commanded by God to follow the example of Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him):

(You have a good example in God’s Messenger for whoever looks unto God and the Last Day, and remembers God oft.) (Al-Ahzab 33: 21)

By IOL Islamic Researchers

We all love our Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him). Simple because he brought us Divine guidance and helped us a lot find our way to Truth. He is called the light, as Almighty Allah says: “Now hath come unto you light from Allah and a plain Scripture” (Al-Ma’idah: 15) It is thus natural to instill into our kids the Prophet’s love. We also should make sure that his love grow daily in our heart.

The dilemma of dealing with the youth is not unique to any one community, or even to the West. It is something that affects the global Muslim ummah. While we have many programs geared towards the youth (or attempted to anyway), it seems many of them are unsuccessful. What is the correct approach to dealing with them? How did the Prophet (saw) do youth outreach? It is something obvious, yet ignored, that there is in fact a prophetic methodology to dealing with them.

In this article I hope to highlight some examples of two points,