His Good Example

"Verily in the messenger of Allah ye have a good example for him who looketh unto Allah and the Last Day, and remembereth Allah much." (XXXIII: 21)

Hazrat Umar Farouq’s  statement is that, "Allah Most High commissioned the Holy Prophet peace and blessings be upon him as the apostle; we confirmed in him and conformed to him. He demonstrated action on everything which Allah had ordered him."

Regarding this verse Allamah Ibn Kathir says that this verse is a great proof of the fact that all the sayings, actions and conditions of the Holy Prophet peace and blessings be upon him are worthy of following and conformance. The example of patience and endurance and matchless bravery, including his zest and preparation for the way of Allah and his complete faith and certainty in the Lord, even under the greatest severity, all these things are such that the Muslims should cultivate as the most conspicuous part of their lives and make their beloved Prophet their best exemplar, and characterise themselves with these qualities.

Hence Allah Most High says in the holy Quran about those men who were showing restlessness, confusion and distraction: “As to why you did not conform to My Prophet although he was present amongst you and his example was also before you. There was not only a compilation of patience and perseverance for you but there was also the mountain of patience and endurance and perseverance and deliberation present before your eyes. When you believe in Allah and the Last Day, there was no reason why you would not make your Prophet a specimen and example for yourselves."

In short, Allah Most High sent the Holy Prophet peace and blessings be upon him as an example for this ummah. Islam is meant for all the human beings who are to be born till the Last Day and it will lead the ummah on every front, for Allah has openly declared: -

“This day I have perfected your religion for you and completed My favour unto you, and have chosen for you as religion Al-Islam.” (V: 3)

Islam is not the name of the collection of a few prayers; it is rather a guide in every age for every walk of life, be it politics or economics. To believe in Islamic orders and acknowledge the divine commandments in all affairs is sheer exaction upon oneself and Islam. And to assert that Islam should not be allowed to interfere with state affairs amount to a very great calumny against Allah, Allah's religion and Allah’s Book; for it instils that which Allah forbids, the proclamation of perfect guidance, is a mere lie. So, instead of basing false opinions, one should admit one's own lack of intelligence and one's own little knowledge and ignorance. For the guidance of everything are present in Islam, but our own intelligence and understanding and knowledge do not have a grasp of it.

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