The Characteristics of the Prophets

Allahma Anwar Shah Kashmiri (may Allah’s mercy be upon him), has commented on the lives of the prophets as lived by them. He says: "We should study the holy conduct and sacred disposition of the respected prophets in their life-histories and the Quran Hakeem. If one analyses whatever is mentioned in their respect by way of question & answer it shall be seen that matters pertaining to those personages were based on the following virtues:

"Reliance, confidence, uprightness, submission, endurance, self-restraint, resoluteness, magnanimity, modesty, constancy, mildness, dignity, nobleness, excellence, generosity, penitence, repentance, sincerity, selflessness, purity, wisdom, mercy, attachment, temperateness in beliefs, coolness of bosom, credence and intelligence like the dawning day, trustworthy, truthful, trustee, kind, clement, chaste, abstinent, neat, clean sanctimonious, abstemious, recoursing to Allah, faith in invisible resources, disinclined towards worldly deliciousness in all eventualities, adhering to Allah and forsaking the rest, disregard of worldly goods, unconcerned with riches, embarking on heritage of knowledge, dismissing mundane trifles or money, leaving legacy of learning and noble conduct, abandoning the superfluous, guarding their tongue, supporting the truth in all cases and circumstances.

Their outward appearance conforms to their inward state, without any breach, deviation or derangement. They do not advance lame excuses, improper pleas or perverse interpretations, and do not resort to deceitful stratagems for fulfilling their tasks. They prefer Allah’s ways over worldly contrivances, shun material connections, adore Allah in misfortunes, thanksgiving and hymning Him in multitudinous situations, remembering Him all the time, reciting His Praise with every breath, training and teaching Allah-gifted knowledge to people under his favour with human affability without philosophizing or sermonizing. In them is found complete surrender, total obeisance, perfect servitude to Allah and a satisfaction deeply imbedded in constancy.

These personages, during their life in the world, never entertained flattery, never compromised with unbelievers, never retreated under paranoiac intimidation. Greed, covetousness or avidity never stigmatized their holy cloak, not an invisible stain even. Never were they attracted towards desire, lust, ambition or egotism, except love for Allah. Virtuous deeds, by their performance or knowledge, saw no variation from them. Argumentation, refutation and altercation were not their practice. They never blamed people nor lampooned them nor passed derogatory remarks nor abused them.

They never felt proud over their perfections or indulged in self-admiration! They never stooped to bragging or boasting under prompting of selfishness. In short, Divine favour was granted to them by Allah. Whatever they did was due to Allah’s bounty, beyond personal parameter and sans any human achievements."

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