Individuals are usually identified and associated with their behavioral characteristics and what they engage in their day to day lives. Different people go through different life experiences, which in one way or the other shape their behavior and determine the degree of success or failure they achieve in their lifetime. This piece of paper will give an in-depth evaluation of Prophet Muhammad and his characteristics.
Prophet Muhammad is a well-known individual, particularly among the Muslim community due to what he was involved with and more so the characteristics that distinctly made him whom he was. He was born in 570 CE in Mecca. He had a humble beginning having lost his parents at a very tender age. In his early days, Muhammad was a businessman and trader. Even then, Muhammad showed a lot of positive characteristics or rather attributed. This includes honesty, trust, and reliability. This made him be referred to as Al-Ameen, an issue that depicted he was a man of integrity and dignity (Al Maqdisi 22).
Prophet Muhammad is deemed to be an extremely vital element in the eyes of many. One of his characteristics is that he was able to perform miracles. The Muslim community believes that Allah sent numerous prophets to the world so that they may show people what they are supposed to be involved with and what should be avoided in an effort to live a righteous life. One way through which they would accomplish this is through performing miracles that were seen as a way of supporting divine messages.
Consequently, Prophet Muhammad was granted the power to perform miracles so as others would observe and learn from them. Some of the notable miracles that were performed by Prophet Muhammad include the flowing of water from his fingers, the Night Journey, and Ascent through the Heavens. All these signified different aspects and made the prophet to be adored for his works (Nursi 41).
Another attribute worth noting is that Prophet Muhammad had the characteristics of a counselor. It is believed that a counselor ought to come after Jesus left, would stay forever with the believers, would speak what he hears from or is sent by God, and finally, would always glorify Jesus. The above attributes were observed in the Prophet Muhammad. In fact, research shows that the following characteristics are only applicable to the Prophet Muhammad. This argument has been supported by the following remarks; Prophet Muhammad was the only messenger who came after Jesus, after a period of six centuries, and that he was a universal message.
In addition, the Prophet Muhammad’s message is believed to be universal and everlasting, from God, meaning that he would stay forever with the faithful. Further research also shows that there is no other prophet who glorified Jesus as Prophet Muhammad. Despite the accusations he received from the Jews, Prophet Muhammad proclaimed Jesus as a great prophet and always glorified him. To show that Prophet Muhammad spoke what he heard from God, we find that after getting the revelation of the Qur’an through angel Gabriel, the prophet conveyed, to the people, what he heard without changing it. The Qur’an also confirms the above statement about Prophet Muhammad “He does not speak out of his own fancy. He utters what is revealed to him.” (53:4, 5) (IslamKotob 11).
Prophet Muhammad is associated with a lot of positive and admirable attributes. For instance, He advocated for justice for all. In carrying out his duties, he did not discriminate between believers and nonbelievers or even the rich and the poor.
Prophet Muhammad also preached equality, disputing any form of groupings based on aspects such as race or family background. He instead stated that righteousness alone ought to gauge one’s superiority. Another characteristic of Prophet Muhammad is that he had a great love for the poor. He told the Muslims to treat the poor in a kind manner and help them by all means stating that showing love to the poor was a great act that would result in God’s blessings (Singh 54).
Trust in Allah is also a characteristic that has been seen clearly in Prophet Muhammad’s life. Although he passed through a lot of disturbing situations such as danger, loneliness as well as persecution, the prophet kept his faith and trust in Allah. He also preached to the people the importance of having faith and trust in Allah. He was as well a very prayerful individual and delighted in children. He was also polite and treated all people, young and old, courteously.
Another characteristic is that despite being a prophet, he feared God and was careful not to trespass his limits. He also sought to associate and cooperate with people rather than commanding them to carry out his orders. Reformation and reconciliation were also aspects that Prophet Muhammad delighted in. Whenever a need for reconciliation emerged, the prophet did everything to resolve the issue and create peace among those involved.
Prophet Muhammad was also a man of sound intellect, and in all his undertakings, he advocated for good and forbade evil. He did this in a manner that would not seem controversial among people. Prophet Muhammad also showed great love for purification. He sought to be pure while doing anything associated with God showing the respect he accorded Him. Although not of much concern spiritually, it is said that Prophet Muhammad had a good physical appearance. Most people considered him to be the most beautiful person of the time (Badawi 35).
In his duties, Prophet Muhammad did things for the sake of God. He always sought the pleasure of God in all that he was involved with despite the treatment he would receive from those who were against him. In his deeds, Prophet Muhammad was sincere and honest and took this as an order from God. Good morals, ethics, and companionships are also attributed that were prevalent in Prophet Muhammad. His wife described his manners to be the Qur’an, meaning that he strictly observed what was in it. This made him a role model for many.
From the above discussion, it is clear that Prophet Muhammad is an individual who is extremely valued and respected for the roles he was entitled to throughout his life. He portrayed the characteristics of a good spiritual leader who tried as much as possible to lead his people into the right path through his teachings and messages. He is an individual who has been depicted to be very influential in his dealings to the point of being a leader and founder of Islam religion and a prophet and messenger of God.
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