Virtues of the Prophet between glorifying and example setting

It would be wrong to look on to the rank of the Prophet through his ideal virtues seeking merely to glorify him in pursuit of his intercession-as it is known among the common people- thus forgetting the purpose for which the Prophet was sent, which is the purification of mankind from the blemishes of infidelity, the inward and the outward. This is not accomplished except by assuming the prophet as an example, not in the sense of attaining the same rank of perfection as the prophet, but by acting like him as far as possible. What substantiates the possibility of following the prophets example to a certain degree are the interesting expressions in Allahs saying: {You have had a good example in Allahs Messenger for whomsoever hopes for Allah and the Last Day and remembers Allah oft}, because the verse has the expression Have had which implies stability and continuity, and the address is for all, as in the word you. The verse stipulated, for the ability to follow the example, the belief in Allah without which man could not move, and without motion he would not feel the necessity to follow the example of the symbols of that motion. The verse also stipulates the necessity of the belief in the Last Day without which man will lose the motives for motion, desiring the reward and fearing the punishment. Striking natural changes coincided with the birth of the Prophet, like the cracking of Khisraus arch, the nullifying of the sorcerers work and the drying of Lake Sawa. All to announce the realization of a new era in the history of mankind, for it is the second striking stage after the creation of Adam. It was also marked by the movement of Satans men to change the path. For it was related that Satans men had asked him: What is it that frightened you o our master? He said: woe unto you, the skies and the earth have changed as of tonight. Then he dipped into the earth roaming it until he reached the Kabba and addressed archangel Gabriel saying: do I have a share in him? Gabriel replied: No. Then Satan said: In his followers, then? Gabriel said: Yes. Then Satan said: I am satisfied. The practical lesson from this is that; The more intense the motivation of guidance gets, the more fierce the enemies of the guided men get. Alee (P.B.U.H), the spiritual brother of the prophet (who also brought him up) described the prophet by saying: Allah has associated with him since he was weaned, His greatest angel who was entering him upon the course of noble characteristics. Thus, if Allah wanted to do good to a servant of His, He would rectify him by inspiration or association of an angel with him. What then keeps a man from asking his God to direct him by the directing angels, to protect him in his boisterous course of life from deviation and taking the sides of Satans? The Quran has ascribed to the prophet qualities not ascribed to anyone of the great prophets, by saying that he is: {Upon a mighty morality}. It is not important that a man keeps these qualities when he is alone with himself, rather what is important is that he practices them when he is confronted with contradicting social elements. It was related that a youth came to the prophet and said: Do you permit me to fornicate? The prophets companions chided him and spoke rudely with him, but the Prophet wanted to uproot the corruption from the depth of his being when he returned him to his original nature by saying: Do you like to see your mother or sister fornicated with? He replied: No. Then the Prophet said: All people are like that! Then he placed his blessed hand on the youths chest and said: O Allah, forgive his misdeed, purify his heart and guard his private parts (against committing fornication). Which one of us then has such forbearance to contain perverted behaviour? The Prophets miracle was not restricted to the splitting of the moon and the movement of the inanimate body but it extended beyond that to splitting the hearts and moving the thoughts. When a nation unique amongst nations in practicing the most despicable act of burying female infants (the most beloved of our blood), turns to be: {The best nation ever brought forth to men}, the likes of the angel-bathed Handhala and Qutada the son of Numan who witnessed the battle of Badr and one of his eyes was gouged out in the battle of Uhud when he came to the prophet and said: I was recently married to a good looking woman and we love each other and I hate her to see me in this form. Then the Prophet put it back into its place saying: O Allah, cover him with your grace.

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