He was The Qur’an Walking On Earth
No doubt, the Holy Qur’an is the pillar on which Prophet Muhammad’s character is based on .
The Holy Qur’an shaped the characteristics of this Noble Prophet.
When his wife A’isha was asked by one of the Muslims about his morals, she said, “He was a Qur’an walking on the earth.”
Prophet Muhammad said. “Allah has refined me in a way that is best and matchless.”
Allah says in the Holy Qur’an what means “And you (stand) on an exalted standard of character.” (Qur’an, Al-Qalam : 4) Just like a pearl was this great Prophet, radiating colorful light in every direction. It is most difficult to get at the whole truth of the personality of Prophet Muhammad and only a glimpse of it I can catch. What a dramatic succession of picturesque scenes. There is Muhammad (peace be upon him), the Prophet; there is Muhammad (peace be upon him), the General; Muhammad (peace be upon him), the leader; Muhammad (peace be upon him), the Warrior; Muhammad (peace be upon him), the Businessman; Muhammad (peace be upon him), the Preacher; Muhammad (peace be upon him), the Philosopher; Muhammad (peace be upon him), the Statesman; Muhammad (peace be upon him), the Orator; Muhammad (peace be upon him); the Reformer; Muhammad (peace be upon him), the Refuge of Orphans; Muhammad (peace be upon him), the Protector of slaves; Muhammad (peace be upon him), the Emancipator of women; Muhammad (peace be upon him), the Judge; Muhammad the Ascetic (peace be upon him).
And in all these magnificent roles, in all these departments of human activities, he is like a hero. Still many more sides are to be found out in the person of this generous, pious Prophet .
His life was replete with hardships, soaked in seas of sadness. He became an orphan when very young; when the child went with his mother to see the grave of his father, his mother died there. Orphan hood is the extreme state of helplessness and his life upon this earth began with it.
Leadership is the height of material power and his life ended with it. From an orphan boy to a persecuted refugee and then to an overlord, spiritual as well as temporal, of a whole nation and arbiter of its destinies, with all its trials and temptations, with all its vicissitudes and changes, its lights and shades, its up and downs, its terror and glory, he has stood the trial and tribulation of the world and came out unscathed to serve as a model in every facet of life.
His achievements are not limited to one aspect of life, but cover the whole field of human activities. Prof. K. S. Ramakrishna Rao, head of the Department of Philosophy, Government College for Women, University of Mysore, India, says, “Circumstances changed, but the Prophet of God did not. In victory or in defeat, in power or in adversity, in affluence or in indigence, he was the same man, disclosed the same character. Like all the ways and laws of God, Prophets of God are unchangeable.
Never did his acts run counter to what he said, if you try to find examples and incidents that prove his justice and mercy, you will need heavy burdens of volumes but we will just pick a few incidents.
Jesus says, “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. (Mathew : 15-17)
Think about what fruits that this great generous Prophet gave to the world. Think about his teachings that heavy volumes are loaded with. Think about the number of his great early adherents that, up till now, stun the world with examples of their justice and mercy. They are the graduates of Muhammed ‘s (peace be upon him) school – the school of Qur’an .