Back in the university several years ago, we had an Imam who gave one really beautiful Khutbah on Jumuah. I got a copy of it and kept it for years. I stumbled across it recently and will share it with you. It was about the Prophet of Allah by Dr. Saleh Okenwa, presently a commissioner at NAHCON. It is quite lengthy so I will post it in 2 parts, in sha Allah.
In The Name of Allah, The Most Beneficent, The Most Merciful.
THE PROPHET’S PATTERN OF BEHAVIOUR
All praise is due to Allah, He who engulfed everything He created in mercy and knowledge, and conferred on His believing servants innumerable favours and gifts, and raised unto them an Apostle from amongst themselves, being the most honoured of the Arabs and non-Arabs alike; a Prophet who outweighed every creature in wisdom and clemency, the most intelligent of men, the firmest of them in certitude and resolution, the purest of them in spirit and body, and the most exalted of them in character.
Oh servants of Allah, certainly Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful engulfed everything He created in bounties and mercy. And lo! One of His greatest acts of benevolence and mercy to His servants is that He raised unto them from amongst themselves, apostles who release His verses to them in their own tongue, and instruct them in the scriptures, and explain to them their requirements, that He may bring them out of the darkness of sin and perdition, to the light of reason and guidance. And the benevolence of Allah to us –we Muslims- and His gifts, have been exceptionally great for He selected for us, the Chief Imam of His apostles and messengers: Muhammad, the son of Abdullah, who is in essence the emblem of Allah’s mercy to mankind. He sent him to us as a witness, a bearer of good tidings and a warner, and as one who invites to Allah’s Grace by His leave, and a lamp that spreads light.
He adorned him with the greatest human qualities and the most exalted character. He made him the most merciful apostle to his followers, and the kindest of men, and the most benevolent of creatures.
And surely, our Lord has spoken the truth when he says in his Holy Book:
Now has come to you, an apostle from amongst yourselves. It grieves him that you should perish; ardently anxious is he over you, and to the believers he is most kind and merciful. Q9.128
Imam Muslim has narrated from Abu Hurairah (R.A.) that the Prophet (SAW) was asked during one of his battles with the unbelievers to invoke a curse upon those who rejected Allah and His Messenger and subjected the believers to undue hardship, but that he said:
I have only been sent as a mercy, not a curser.
And in general, whenever the Prophet was asked to make an imprecation or a curse against someone, he would change that to a prayer for Allah’s guidance for that person.
The Prophet, throughout his life, never hit a person with his hand except it be in the cause of Allah. He never retaliated for anything done to him except it be for the sake of Allah. Whenever he was asked to choose between two things, he always chose the easier of the two except there be a sin in that. Whenever, someone came to him with a problem, the Prophet always stood with him till his problem was solved.
To be continued tomorrow, in sha Allah.