“Highly praised” is the mean of the name given, in about 570 CE, the world’s humanity grace Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) born to this world. His character is incomparable to none, a sovereign, peerless human being, where he is respected throughout Medina including the Jews who gave him the name of “Al-Amin” (the Trustworthy).
His greatness and good deeds have been pleonasm throughout times. An ultimate cure for the world of which is in dark ages at that time, or better known as the Jahiliyyah era. It is when humans are violent, frivolous and superficial where they worship figures as god and practice mindless acts.
Given the divine revelation by the Almighty Allah SWT to this world for the imperfect humanity, this is the closest to perfection of any human being can be. The light that will guide human until the apocalypse by spreading the religion that is able to change the world for better, Islam. The Quran is revealed by Allah SWT to Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) to be preached to the world as the therapeutic ultimate guidance and influence for better humanity.
Even in this very modern day, Muhammad (pbuh) had influences holistically throughout the globalization of this 21st century.
On one perspective, he has influenced the world of profession around the world especially to those of working Muslims. Evidently, the implementation of Islamic Banking in the banking world, now even non-Muslims implied it to their banks comprehensively. A further view would be the Islamic principal used in finance such as the mudarabah, murabaha, the sukuk and plenty more principals implemented in the financing world. It shows that the way of Islam has revolutionized the views and ways of people’s working world, amazingly this is from the guide that is made thousands of years ago.
On the contrary, the Al-Amin also forbade Muslims from usury and interest in money lending as it will ravage the economy and wealth as we can see throughout history. The prominent example would be the 2008 economic downfall or known as Global Financial Crisis which is considered by economist the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression back in 1930s of which is doubted the worst before 2008. These are simply by taking examples of Muhammad (pbuh) through hadith that is compiled and narrated by the companions of Muhammad (pbuh) about the sunnah of the prophet.
It is about his sayings, his attitudes, morals, his savoir-faire, leadership, military skills, etiquette and all of his ‘do’s and don’ts’. Muslims all over the world are encouraged to emulate his sunnah in daily life and basically any area which could be used of. His act of resilience by spreading, preaching the religion of Islam in Mecca and Yathrib (now known as Medina) truly is an inspiration for all the Muslims. It teaches us to not giving up in whatever we want to achieve, dream or responsible to do so. He has been humiliated, isolated, alienated and be thrown off by his own tribe and yet, he has not given up to preach the words of Allah SWT to the humanity. Started with his first sermon to just few to the last sermon to tens of thousands Muslims. Some of his effulgent words in his last sermon,
“O People, just as you regard this month, this day, this city as sacred, so regard the life and property of every Muslim as a sacred trust. Return the goods entrusted to you to their rightful owners. Hurt no one so that no one may hurt you. Remember that you will indeed meet your Lord, and that Allah will indeed reckon your deeds.”
These words are among other wise advices and legacy left for Muslims that present during the last sermon and to be shared among who could not be present. This, by taking the panorama of student perpective, we all could take Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) as a guidance for us to succeed especially when we are all in needs of inspiration, for when we feel like giving up and for us when we feel in despair of failure we must abide to.
Remember that Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) has not given up on us Muslims to preach about the Islam, the encumbrance and impediment he has to bear is incomparable for what us students have to bear so we really do not have a valid ground to give up, to throw away our efforts because of the failure and fiasco that may lay ahead and the inevitable snafu we may incur.
Muhammad’s demeanor is best for us to copy as even the non-Muslims have the mutual agreement on that. A quote by Mahatma Gandhi, a world renowned leader who freed India and also a non-muslim,
"...I became more than ever convinced that it was not the sword that won a place for Islam in those days in the scheme of life. It was the rigid simplicity, the utter self-effacement of the Prophet, the scrupulous regard for his pledges, his intense devotion to his friends and followers, his intrepidity, his fearlessness, his absolute trust in God and his own mission. These, and not the sword carried everything before them and surmounted every trouble."
(an excerpt from the book of Young India, 1924)
This clearly shows the prodigious of our last prophet possess of paragon of what we could taken into account in life. Moreover, the prophet’s act of always be mindful and fearful of the one and only God, Allah SWT is also must be adopted to the Muslims sentiment.
It is essential for the Muslims to be cognizant of the last prophet as he is the one who convey Islam to humanity in this impermanent world. Ultimately, not just in Ramadhan or Mawlid an-Nabi but everlastingly we shall remember, love and treasure the legacy that the prophet left for us Muslims. We are very fortunate to receive Islam peacefully and show our gratefulness by showing love to Muhammad (pbuh) the messenger and Allah SWT the solely God.
Assalamualaikum and peace be upon Muhammad, the last prophet.
The author is Mr Ameer Syarifuddin bin Abdul Halim. He is currently studying ACCA at UiTM Shah Alam and is the winner for our essay competition for English category. The theme of the essay is about Prophet Muhammad SAW.