Noble Character of the Prophet (pbuh)

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

The noble character of the Prophet (pbuh) has been best explained by his cousin, Jaffar Ibn Abu Talib, when he was asked by the King of Abbysinia to explain his religion. Jaffar replied:

“ We were a people lost in ignorance. We worshipped idols, we back-stabbed one another in gossip, we committed sins without shame, we severed the bonds of mercy among us, and we were unkind neighbors. The strong among us devoured the weak. Thus we were until Allah sent to us a messenger from among ourselves, well-known to us in his nobility, honesty, trustworthiness, and tenderness. He called us to unity and to devoting our worship to Allah alone and to removing the idols from our hearts. He commanded us to be truthful when we spoke, and to fulfill our trust, and to preserve the bonds of mercy among us, and to be kind neighbors, and to desist from violating what is sacred. He called us to turn back from our sins, and from falsehood, and from devouring the wealth of orphans, and from defaming honorable women. So we believed in him and in his message and we followed what he received from his Lord. ”

- from Love in Islam, a khutbah, or sermon, by Mahmoud Mostafa.

Ya Haqq!

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8 Responses to Noble Character of the Prophet (pbuh)

  1. erika wildrick says:

    I don’t understand why people don’t convert to Christianity instead of Islam, especially after knowing Master.Jesus Christ was on the scene preaching these things in a beautiful , simple and understandable way before Muhammed.Without the references to stoning your wives and beating them, which IS in the Q’uran, which IS part of Shariah.The gospel of jesus Christ is clear and carries the same message master always gave to us.Master brought me to Jesus Christ. I’m sorry for westerners who are deluded into a fantasy about what islam is and then convert. It is a bloody religion with no compassion for the human person and with no relevance in todays society. Read the Gospel of Jesus Christ and you’ll find a new master.

  2. Bengt Erik Stendlert says:

    May Allah send His Peace and Blessings on our beloved Prophet Muahmmed, his exalted family, his close companions, and all rightly guided believers throughout all times.

  3. Irving says:

    Ameen, Bengt!

    And Sister Erika, I am happy to have met you :) And I agree with the message of love that Jesus (pbuh) brought with all my heart, just as I agree with the message of love that the Prophet (pbuh) brought. Holy books seem to be for the time they are revealed, so the Old Testament and Torah does have such provisions for stoning a woman for adultery, and also selling your daughter if she wears two different kinds of threads. Women always got the worst of ancient times.

    However, there is no stoning of women in the Koran, except as an epithet for Satan, ‘the Stoned Satan’ (Shaytân ar-rajîm).

    Biblical and Patriarchal attitudes toward women as property of the family, then the husband, is meant to protect the male’s property, since we never know who the real father of a child is, or could not then, before genetic testing. And though I abhor violence to anyone, especially women, the Koran has been constantly misinterpreted as “beat your wife” exclusively, when the real message for a wife that is disobedient is first, to admonish her verbally, and second to “go way from her”, that is, sleep in a separate room, or leave her alone for a while. Only third, when the other two have failed, is the barbaric act of hitting called for.

    But Jesus (pbuh), who Islam revers as the great prophet and perfected man before Muhammad (pbuh) is no more followed for his real teachings today than is the Prophet (pbuh), except by a few who live their words of love, kindness, generosity, mercy, charity, and forgiveness. And I think you are one of them, dear Erika :)

    It is also the same message of love and compassion that the Buddha brought 500 years before Jesus. So it is a very old message, as old as life, and at the heart of every religion :)

    Ya Haqq!

  4. Reema B. says:

    Salam alaikum,

    Once again, thank you Irving for the beautiful blog posts. Speaking of beating wives, I just found a pdf document online which I think is a very useful read regarding the different interpretations of that particular Qur’anic verse. In the end, Allah knows best about the real meanings, but I’m sure that this is very useful for multi-faith dialoge and also for supporting Muslim survivors of domestic abuse: vaw.sagepub.com/cgi/reprint/13/5/516.pdf

  5. Rabia says:

    Shukria Irving! Sister Erika and Reema!

    I would agree with you that there are so many misinterpretations of both Christianity and Islam. If we could simply focus our eyes on our Beloved Father, and His messengers like Abraham, David, Jesus and Mohammad,(Praise be Unto Them) maybe our understanding wouldn’t be so clouded. It is sad when we are so quick to blame. I often think that my beloved Pakistan can only heal when it learns reconciliation, because what it knows too well is revenge. Revenge brings no peace. Maybe this is off the topic, and yet it is just another example of not being lead by our hearts. I believe in Allah, and my Allah is loving and forgiving. I was an active Christian from 1970-1996…spent some years confused and wandering and returned to God through Islam and Sufism in 2004 and 2005. There are many different doors that lead to God, so that each and every person can find the door right for them.

    Blessings to you!
    Rabia

  6. Nasir says:

    King Negus was really moved by the plight of early Muslims who had migrated to his country. And when Surah Maryam was recited to him, he and his bishops were in tears. He said:

    “This hath truly come from the same source as that which Jesus brought.”

    Peace and Blessings on Prophet Muhammad sallal laahu alaihi wasssallam and on his progeny.

  7. Rizal Affif says:

    Dear Irving,

    I was compelled by your gentle and passionate reply to Erika’s comment. You have walked the talk–that Islam is religion of peace. Thank you so much for this, Brother.

    May I add something here; to me, it does not truly matter whether we are follower of Buddha, Jesus, or Muhammad. What truly matters is that we walk the core of all religious teachings: that is love and compassion.

    Thank you for sharing, Irving :)

  8. ashraf says:

    Dear Irving,

    Wonderful reply to erika’s post.

    You could have refuted the slanderous comments is an agitated manner sending the same insults back.

    But you were so calm and peaceful.

    Absolutely loved it.

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