By: Rasit Küçük
The life of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is full of countless examples that show his status as a role model for Muslim societies and individuals. His life is one that was dominated by a superior morality, good habits, noble and gentle feelings and superior skills, all of which are characteristics that help prevent people from getting entangled in a web of sin. The rich and the prosperous, the poor and the needy, the ruler and the ruled, the weak and the lonely, the conqueror and the victorious commander, the teacher and the student, the preacher and the mentor, the merchant and the craftsman, the employer and the employee – in other words, every sort of person can find truths in Prophet Muhammad’s life that constitute an example for them to follow.
Prophet Muhammad’s status as a role model is an issue based on the Holy Quran and the sunnah. Islamic scholars, as with many other issues, have examined the status of the Prophet as a role model and leader not in a sectional framework, but from a unified perspective, and they have reached the conclusion that the best method is to examine the verses of the Holy Quran that determine and demonstrate the status of the Prophet as a whole. For this reason, when discussing the status of the Prophet as a role model, issues such as believing in the Prophet, obedience to the Prophet, following the Prophet, and disagreeing with the Prophet also come to the fore.
Chaos and military confusion in #Iraq and #Syria has brought the Muslim Ummah to its knees. I can only pray that we have finally reached rock bottom from where the only way ahead of us is back up again. Although these Muslim nations are, no doubt, merely “pawns” in the global economic war-game, the Sunni – Shi’ite ideological and socio-political knife-fight is visibly present at the root and branches of the struggle and a rearrangement of the map of Sunni and Shi’ite nations of the region is currently in process. May Allah make the truth of the Qur’aan and the Sunnah as understood by the Sahaabah (companions of the Prophet pbuh) victorious and vanquish the falsehood.