“So who is it?” She said, peering over the papers, looking intently at my face.
I turned around, looked at her and replied: “My role model?” Everyone else had chosen their mothers, others their sisters and some chose celebrities…I was only 13 years old and my form tutor had posed me this question. What was to be my reply? This experience was to open my heart to the love of the Prophet, for it was his name that I uttered. “Why?” she asked. “Because he went through so much – he was tortured, persecuted, maligned but he did it all for Islam” (I didn’t say it in those exact words!).
My question to you, my dear readers, is: Who is your role model? In order for us to love the Prophet we need to comprehend why he is important and here are some reasons for why he should be our number 1 role model.
“Indeed for you in the Messenger of Allah is a beautiful example” [1. Surah al-Ahzab 33:12]. This ayah indicates that he should not only be our role model but also our guide. His life is a stepping-stone for us, a shining bright light to follow. The fact that Allah Himself testifies to Muhammad’s ‘beautiful example’ is testament to why he should be our number one role model.
The Prophet said: “None of you is a true believer until I am more beloved to him than his father, his child and all the people”[2. AlBukhari, Muslim]. SubhanAllah! Do we want to be counted as a true believer? I am sure that we all want to be but in order to do so we need to love the Prophet above all else. Only by appreciating the Seerah can we cultivate this love for the remarkable man that was our Prophet (watch this space for heart wrenching stories from the Seerah).
The final and for me personally, this is the main reason why the Prophet is role model number one is his intercession for us on the Day of Judgement. The horrors of this day will be widespread, so much so that the Qur’an states that the hair of children will turn grey and women will drop their load (miscarry) due to the fear on that day. Yet whilst everyone will be concerned with their own selves, Prophet Muhammad will be concerned with his Ummah. The Messenger of Allah said: “Every Prophet has one supplication that is granted him… I have postponed my supplication in order to intercede for my Ummah on the Day of Resurrection” (Bukhari, Muslim).
Allahuakbar! Doesn’t that make your heart soften with love and eyes fill with tears knowing that the Prophet gave up his supplication for us. He had already suffered so much to spread this deen and he could have made a supplication for himself and he would have every right to do so, but he put us in front of his own want. So much so that on the Day of Judgement when the people will go to Adam , Nuh , Ibrahim , Musa and Isa to intercede for them and they will not be able to, it is Muhammad will say to Muhammad : ‘Go and bring forth everyone in whose heart there is faith the weight of a barley-grain.’ [3. AlBukhari].
Imagine the amount of people that will be saved from the depths of the hell fire due to the Prophet! Can anyone supersede this?
I now ask you again my beloved sisters; who is your role model? Who takes equal status with the Prophet ?
As I sat down amongst my friends and reflected on who I had chosen as my role model, I knew that this was the start of something special… I hope as we continue in this journey, this is the start of something special for you too, insha Allah.
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