The hashtag "#WhoIsMuhammad" was becoming popular yesterday on Twitter, and I just wanted to clear it up for anyone who is not Muslim.... and anyone who is - what exactly Prophet Muhammad (may God's peace be upon him) means to me.
He was a man, not a God...
He was the best example for all of us to follow - independent of our religion.
He made the most beautiful suggestions, one of which being, "If they [those who was fighting him] knew the peace that we have in our hearts, they would be fighting us for that."
He was not someone to be worshipped, and still we do not worship him. We worship His Maker.
He was humble. He did chores for his wives.
He also received revelation from God. Let's just ponder that thought for a second. I am a middle manager of a real estate company and sometimes I'm stupid enough that I think doing dishes is below me. He had a direct line to God and yet he's doing laundry - mashaAllah.
He had camel intestines thrown on him while he prayed and didn't stop praying.
He prayed unceasingly.
He had trash thrown on him daily by a certain woman and when she fell ill, he visited her.
He was the best of all of creation. Really!
Books are written about him, and even extremely famous scholars agree he is an amazing human being.
He was a father. He was a husband. He was a friend. He was a companion. He was a businessman. He was a politician. He was a military leader. And, most importantly, he was a Prophet.
I can't even paint my nails and watch television.
In all sincerity, I wish I had one ounce of his humility, strength, and knowledge.
SubhanAllah, He prayed for me, and for you, before any of us were born and wanted us to all reach Jannah (Heaven) someday.
He loved you without knowing you... whoever you are.
How can you be surprised when I pray for God's peace upon him every time I hear his name?
And, can I tell you a little secret? He is the most beloved person in my entire life - above my mother, friends, my future husband, my future children, and everyone. Because, without him, I would not be Muslim - and that is the greatest gift I have ever received.
Surely, a man of this character deserves respect. Thus, I don't want him to be ridiculed, mocked, or used to sell magazines, just as I would not want that for anyone I love.
So, that is just a little slice of who he is, and boy do I hope I am blessed enough to meet him in Heaven someday inshaAllah.