If there is one man that every single human being needs to know about, it is the Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.). Wondering why?
Well, if you take just take out a few seconds of your time to read some of the following extremely powerful reasons, you shall hopefully find your answer and dispel several myths surrounding this particular man. The sayings below will help any human being from any part of the world to draw lessons and take inspiration from. These are just a droplet from the ocean of sayings by this extraordinary human being.
Each of the following sayings have been scientifically and historically verified by multiple specialists. The sources and references have been academically verified by scholars of literature. There is no doubt that the Prophet Muahammad (saw) actually said these.
- “A Muslim who plants a tree or sows a field, from which man, birds and animals can eat, is committing an act of charity.” (Muslim)
An advice given concerning the environment from someone living in 7th Century Arabia!
HIGH MORALS & ETHICS
- “What actions are most excellent? To gladden the heart of human beings, to feed the hungry, to help the afflicted, to lighten the sorrow of the sorrowful, and to remove the sufferings of the injured.” (Bukhari)
Is not the above something that would improve our modern day society? Make people more tolerant and more respectful towards one another?
SPEAKING THE TRUTH
- “Say what is true, although it may be bitter and displeasing to people.” (Baihaqi)
The epitome of justice!
CONSOLING THE HEART THAT BECOMES JEALOUS
- “When you see a person who has been given more than you in money and beauty, look to those, who have been given less.” (Muslim)
In an age of mass competition and rivalry, where we are bombarded to have the best and have a never ending thirst for worldly materials…this advice helps one psychologically and removes bitter feelings that lead towards animosity between one another.
SHAME & MODESTY
- “If you do not feel ashamed of anything, then you can do whatever you like.” (Abu-Masud: Bukhari)
Criminals and perhaps a large of portion of modern day teenagers have completely lost the concept of shame and accountability. Ask any parent who has a troubled teen. Freedom is a beautiful concept but if not curbed without certain limitations then there’s no limit to shamelessness.
- “Verily, a man teaching his child manners is better than giving one bushel of grain in alms.” (Muslim)
An amazing analogy to inspire one to push education.
- “It is difficult for a man laden with riches to climb the steep path, that leads to bliss.” (Muslim)
This is wisdom of a high level…
- “The best of you are those who are best to the women.” (Tirmidhi)
A myth destroyed by this simple saying: The myth surrounding the status of Women in Islam!
- “The best richness is the richness of the soul.” (Bukhari)
So deep! So profound! Don’t you think?
BEING WELL SPOKEN
- “Much silence and a good disposition, there are no two things better than these.” (Bukhari)
Aptly put with simplicity & logic.
- “Be not like the hypocrite who, when he talks, tells lies; when he gives a promise, he breaks it; and when he is trusted, he proves dishonest.” (Bukhari & Muslim)
How many of us come across people that are two faced? It’s become a norm to hide your true feelings about someone and say something else to their face!
- “The human being does not fill up any vessel worse than his stomach.” (Tirmidhi)
In an age of obesity and mass poverty, a golden tip!
- “The strong person is not the one who can wrestle someone else down. The strong person is the one who can control himself when he is angry.” (Bukhari & Muslim)
In this day and age, being a member of a gang or acting macho is the order of the day! But what is the true definition of strength? Is it merely physical or in an inward strength?
In addition to the above sayings that condense important messages for our lives, the life of the Prophet (SAW) was also a reflection of several attributes including sincerity, courage, being friendly, caring and welcoming, to name a few!
So how can then one not fall in love with an individual who is a personification of all these attributes? Even the bitterest enemies of the Prophet (SAW) had to admit to his lofty and noble character.
Whether it is depression, a spiritual void or a feeling of loneliness, the best advice to deal with all situations, good and bad, comes from the Prophet (PBUH).
Therefore, not only do we need the guidance and advice of the Prophet (SAW) in our everyday lives, but we also need it in our thoughts. Further reading on him (SAW) will offer you a better understanding of who he (SAW) really was. But the real question is, would anyone ever have even the thought of mocking him (SAW)? After knowing him (SAW) more closely, won’t you love him more? Take some time to discover the great vastness of the wisdom that the Prophet (SAW) encapsulated, and then ask yourself, how much do you truly love him (SAW)?
* Bukhari, Muslim & other bracketed words are in reference to where these sayings can be found.
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