The first kalma states that there is no God except Allah and Muhammad (PBUH) is his prophet. Muslims do not need to question any further about his significance as it is a part of our faith to believe in Prophet Muhammad with complete devotion. There are five pillars of Islam and the second one is Risalat i.e having absolute faith in Muhammad. His life and sayings form the most basic description of Muslim Sharia. They are known as Sunnah.
Sirat is an Arabic word which means attributes. Sirat ul Nabi corresponds to the attributes of Muhammad. His complete lifestyle is known as “Uswat ul Husna” which is an ideal for all the Muslims. He lived his life according to the principles of Islam as mentioned in the Holy Quran. He is a practical example of how a Muslim should deal with the daily and occasional happenings.
Muhammad had his first revelation at the age of 40. The archangel Gabriel visited him while he was praying in solitude away from the city. Even before that time, he was given the title of “Sadiq” and “Ameen” by the Arabs. It means “the one who tells the truth” and “trustworthy” respectively. He never spoke in ill words and was kind towards each and every one.
He had a forgiving heart. A lady used to throw garbage at him but he never complained. Instead, when she fell ill he took care of her and due to his best manners she embraced Islam. When he visited Taef, a city in Arabia the locals threw stones at him. He was wounded and the dripping blood filled his shoes. Gabriel came to him and offered to destroy the whole city because of their ill manners. Muhammad said no, such a kind hearted person he is.
He was kind and loving towards the children. In a gathering of few people, it was a norm to give eatables to the children first and then others were served. His behavior towards the ladies of the house was very caring and loving. He was never rude with them.
His youngest wife Ayesha (R.A) said that he never complained about anything. He gifted her with her favorite presents and always spoke politely. He loved his grandchildren very much. Hazrat Imam Hassan and Hazrat Imam Hussain were so much dear to him that he called them “Leader of the youngsters in Jannah”.
He was a true epitome of justice. Once a woman committed theft, some noble men tried to convince him not to punish her. He replied that even if his dear daughter Fatima had committed the same crime, he would have cut off her hand without mercy. For him, justice was for everyone.
He participated in several wars for the cause of Islam. The captives were never harmed during their stay; even they were given special respect if they could teach the Muslims.
It is an obligation on every Muslim to love Muhammad more than anyone and anything. Sirat Ul Nabi is an eye opener for us. If we follow it whole heartedly then we can become an ideal human being.