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This is an example of some of the stuff I’ve been writing offline. I mentioned that I might decide to start sharing them, but probably on another blog altogether given its difference in style. I figure maybe someone is interested in what that looks like, so umm… it’ll be below, I guess.

Strangely enough, there’s nothing here I haven’t already written out in this blog, except generalised. You can pretty much say that these notes make up the inspiration for the posts here.


Good Character

Then perhaps you would kill yourself through grief over them if they do not believe in this message, out of sorrow. (Qur’an 18:6)

The people of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ once brought forward a number of questions to do with the religion they wished to have an answer to. Without remembering to say God willing, he told them to expect a revelation to appear for the next day, so nothing came. This silence lasted for more than two weeks, so the people began to mock him for his lack of a response. You can find this story in books in the commentaries for this chapter, like in Maariful Qur’an.

Insults hurt. The pain felt by the Prophet ﷺ can be viewed through a number of lenses. The first to mention is of his compassion for others,

There has certainly come to you a Messenger from among yourselves. Grievous to him is what you suffer; concerned over you and to the believers is kind and merciful. (Qur’an, 9:128)

Insults hurt more when the people who turn away as they do so happen to be those you care about. A second is to do with his eagerness for religion,

The Prophet used to stand to pray until both his feet or legs swelled. He was asked why and he said, “Should I not be a thankful slave?” (Sahih Bukhari, 1130)

Insults hurt even more so when the people you care about mock something you’re passionate about. The third relates more to the preceding verse,

… Grave is the word that comes out of their mouths… (Qur’an 18:5)

As has been elaborated on earlier, what they say are words said to almost cause the heavens to rupture, the earth to split, and the mountains to collapse. Now we realise that someone he cares about isn’t only mocking his passion, they fail to see the incredible weight of the matter they’re belittling. As for the fourth light, it’s related to the third. There’s the weight of responsibility he had to take in having to relay the inspiration to mankind. This is something alluded to within Qurtubi’s commentary on the Qur’an,

… Some have said that the thing which caused the Prophet’s hairs to turn grey in Surah Hud was Allah’s statement, “Be upright as you have been commanded” (11:112)’” (Jaami’ li-Ahkam al-Qur’an)

To top off the pain, it’s how you feel when you’re constantly falling short, alongside the ramifications that come with it. It is to feel worthless.

Having mentioned these points, the pain experienced by the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ give us a sense of who he was. We might wonder if his pain could’ve been averted had he not shown any mercy to those who didn’t deserve it, but we can as easily then go on to claim he could’ve avoided the pain were he to show no initiative in his religion, if he were to numb himself to the weight of the words he was given, if he were to treat his responsibilities lightly. Like any of the rest, we don’t run from mercy because it brings discomfort as we form relationships with those around us. The issue isn’t with the qualities themselves, it’s with what we make of it. For now, the focus is on the former: an example with which we can strive within ourselves.

Like his eagerness to practice the religion and the role he had in relaying a message, it is on us to believe and do good, then to enjoin the good and forbid the bad with what we’re able. In doing so, we’re protected against a loss that leads to sin,

Indeed, mankind is in loss,
Except those who believe and do good, and enjoin on each other truth, and enjoin on each other patience.
(Qur’an 103:2-3)

We’re grateful for the good of what we’ve been given by The Most Merciful. Our love for Him causes us to strive towards what He loves and distance ourselves from what He’s instructed us against because it will always turn out to be bad for us. In calling others to what we believe in though, sometimes we’ll find resistance. Regardless, our character remains strong, which becomes a means of calling to what’s right,

And who is better in speech than one who invites to Allah and does righteousness and says, “Indeed, I am of the Muslims.”
And not equal are the good deed and the bad. Repel by that which is better; and thereupon the one whom between you and him is enmity as though he was a devoted friend.
(Qur’an 41:33-34)

Their insults will hurt. Regardless, we show mercy as uphold our faith, for that is an element of strong character,

A’isha, the wife of Allah’s Prophet , reported Allah’s Prophet as saying, “Kindness is not to be found in anything but that it adds to its beauty, and it is not withdrawn from anything, but it makes it defective”. (Sahih Muslim, 2594a)

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