As Muslims, who is your role model?
Is it a movie star or a cricketer/footballer? Is it the author of your favorite book or a character from your favorite TV series?
No matter who it is, every worldly role model we will ever have will be flawed in thir own ways. Everyone will have their imperfection, like you and us. So who should be our role model as Muslims? Allah gives us the perfect example to draw our daily inspirations from – the life of Prophet Muhammed (peace be upon him). Here is why the Prophet (peace be upon him) should be YOUR role model
As a husband
The Prophet (peace be upon him) would treat his wives with equality, love and care. He was a true Qawwam – providing for their financial, mental and emotional well being. Despite the gargantuan task of establishing the message of Allah in the Arab world, he would would honor them and help them do their household chores
He would play with them, he would joke with them and never shied away from expressing his love for them. He certainly set a high standard for the men to follow when it comes to treating their wives well.
As a father
The Prophet (peace be upon him) was a caring and affectionate father. He understood the value of showing affection towards children and this would reflect in his actions. One such example is him standing up to greet his daughter Fatima, whenever she would enter. Another example is his playful and merciful nature towards Hassan and Hussain when the two would climb his shoulders during prayer. In his own words, showing such mercy and affection is also one way to receive the mercy of Allah.
As a thought leader
The Prophet (peace be upon him) emphasized on education. He stood against racism in thought and action and preached equality and justice and the caste system. He also advocated women’s property rights and did away with social vices, unethical practices, superstitions and evil beliefs that were prevalent in Arabia at that time.
Given the choice between becoming a king-prophet or a slave prophet, he chose to be a slave-prophet serving Allah and humanity. In this manner he encouraged people to choose the hereafter, rather than chase the riches of this world.
As an administrator
The Prophet (peace be upon him) was an incredible administrator. He transformed the city of Madina to a great nation having its authority over the entire Arabian Peninsula in a span of mere ten years’ ! He united the warring tribes and clans of Arabia into a single nation. and established an administrative system based on Islamic ethics.
Examples are many. The crux is this – the Prophet (peace be upon him) is a role model who can lead us to prosperity in this world and paradise in the next.
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