Each Muslim identifies differently with the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. Young, old, rich, poor, powerful, crippled, whatever you may be – this man and his life speak to everyone.
I see in my Prophet ﷺ a spiritual man who was revolutionary then and now. A man who spoke out against the ills of society even when persecuted for it. A man who implored people to look beyond race, status and wealth and to instead truly connect with each other as souls. A man who loved and lost and showed us how to rise above difficult times. A man who loved his friends and enemies alike and even prayed for those who chased him away with stones and insults. The man who set the benchmark for what we all aspire to be as believers, human beings, spouses, siblings, friends, and neighbours.
Why else would millions of hearts twist in pain each time someone draws a few silly lines?
Why else would we look on in horror when in his name deranged beings kill, going against everything he stood for in the process.
For our Muhammad ﷺ will never be avenged by violence.
To know who Muhammad ﷺ really is, just look at the goodness around you and you will find him in its reflections. In our smiles, for he said that is charity. In our kind words, for he said never hurt. In our outstretched hands, for he said respect different beliefs.
Written by a sister who treasures our Prophet ﷺ