Mercy unto Mankind

Allah is the creator of this universe and also the creator of everything present in this universe.
Mercy unto Mankind
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Allah is the creator of this universe and also the creator of everything present in this universe. He produced several things for the benefit of mankind. But the precious gift of Almighty Allah to the mankind is the Prophet Muhammad (SAW). Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) was sent "as a mercy for mankind" (21:107), as a "witness" to truth as "a bearer of glad tidings" one who invites to Allah's grace by His permission and as a lamp that spreads light" (33:45-46). 

Muhammad (SAW), literally the "praised one" is the last Prophet of the biblical tradition. He is the last Prophet, the divinely inspired man of truth and wisdom who saw light in his heart and mind at a time when forces of evil and falsehood had darkened the horizon and had sapped minds and hearts of suffering human beings. He liberated slaves, orphans, and women, the poor and weak. His inspired word became a standard for distinguishing right from wrong, truth from falsehood, and good from evil. His mission was the same as that of the other Prophets before him; supremacy of truth, human equality and brotherhood. The principle of universal brotherhood and the doctrine of the equality which he proclaimed represent very great contribution of the Prophet to the social uplift of humanity. He is the revolutionary of the modern age because he clearly saw the eternal strife between good and evils is actually in its social and economic form, a class struggle, a fight between oppressed and oppressors, slaves and masters, exploited and exploiters, serfs and lords, the weak and powerful. As a revolutionary he armed himself, and his followers, after his migration from the citadel of corruption of evil. He liberated the oppressed from the ruthless oppression and slavery of the usurer merchant, hoarders, slave-owners, lords and priests in the pre-feudal tribal and pastoral society of the Hejaz, of the early seventh century. He discovered truth and expressed reality in a new language under new circumstances. The society in which he lived and worked in was different from those of Musa and Isa (peace be upon them). Lamar Tine, the renowned historian, speaking on the essentials of human greatness wonders: "If greatness of purpose, smallness of means and astounding results are the three criteria of human genius, who could dare to compare any great man in modern history with Muhammad? The most famous men created arms, laws and empires only. They founded, if anything at all, no more than material powers which often crumbled away before their eyes. This man moved not only armies, legislation, empires, peoples and dynasties, but millions of men in one-third of the then inhabited world; and more than that, he moved the altars, the gods, the religions, the ideas, the beliefs and souls…. His forbearance in victory, his ambition, which was entirely devoted to one idea and in no manner striving for an empire; His endless prayers, his mystic conversations with God, his death and his triumph after death; All these attest not to an imposture but to a firm conviction which gave him the power to restore a dogma. This dogma was two-fold, the unity of God and the immateriality of God; the former telling what God is, the latter telling what God is not; the one overthrowing false gods with the sword, the other starting an idea with the words. Philosopher, orator, apostle, legislator, warrior, conqueror of ideas, restorer of rational dogmas, of a cult without images, the founder of twenty terrestrial empires and of one spiritual empire, that is MUHAMMAD. As regards all the standards by which Human Greatness may be measured, we may well ask, IS THERE ANY MAN GREATER THAN HE?" 

If we analyze the life and character of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW), we come to know that his life and character is Qur'an itself as has been mentioned by Hazrat Aisha (RA) when she was asked about his character. He taught us how we should live and behave with others; with our neighbors, friends, elders, teachers etc. In fact the guidance that was provided by the Prophet of mercy to the mankind is the biggest favor that Allah has done to us. It also finds a mention in Qur'an that in the shape of Muhammad (SAW), Allah has done a favor to believers. Had it not been the light of knowledge provided by the Prophet, world would still have been groping in the darkness of ignorance. He lit the candle of knowledge and illuminated the whole space. The human mind was free of the shackles of obscurantism. But all this did not happen by itself. Prophet had to wage a long and relentless struggle to see the long forces of darkness defeated. He sacrificed the comfort of life for making it easier for all of us to follow the path that can lead us to a comfortable life in the hereafter.  

The Prophet's blessing to humanity is that he stimulated human consciousness and made humans to understand the ultimate truth, the oneness of Allah and transformed this understanding into faith. He impressed upon the people that Allah is one, who is most exalted, most commendable, most benevolent and most powerful. This truth revolutionized the life of the people.

Author is a Post-Doc Fellow at Centre of Central Asian Studies (Islamic Studies), University of Kashmir. 
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