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The features of Prophet Muhammad's call to Islam

The character and personal qualities of Prophet Muhammed’s call

Prophet Muhammed’s call had special qualities which were different from all other divine Messages. These include:

Prophet Muhammed’s call is universal

That is, it is directed to all creation and all groups of people and nations, no matter what race, language and colour of complexion they might be. Allah (Glorified is He) says,

{We have not sent you [Oh Prophet Muhammed] but as a [Messenger] to all mankind, giving them glad tidings and warning them [against sinning], but most men do not know}

[Surah Saba: 28].

Allah (Glorified is He) also says,

{Say, ‘O men, I am sent to you all as a Messenger of Allah, to Whom belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth; there is no god but He, it is Him Who gives both life and death. So believe in Allah and His Messenger, the unlettered Prophet who believes in Allah and His words. Follow him so you may be guided’}

[Surah Al-Araf: 158]

Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said,

« My example in comparison with the example of the previous Prophets before me is that of a man who has built a house which he made nice and beautiful, except for one brick in one corner. The people go around it and wonder at its beauty, but say, ‘Would that this brick be put in its place!' I am that brick, and I am the last of the Prophets»

[related by Al-Bukhari].

The Message of Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) is the seal of the heavenly Messages; this is why it is called a universal call. What do you think the connection between the two is?

The call of the seal of the Prophets…replaces all the previous Messages

The call of Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) is characterized as being the seal of the heavenly Messages as Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) was the seal of the Prophets and his Message was the seal of all the Messages.

Moreover, his Message replaced all the previous Messages.

Allah (Glorified is He) says,

{To you [Oh Prophet Muhammed] we sent the Book in truth, confirming [the truths still contained in] the books that came before it, and as a guardian over them [to preserve the divine guidance in them and supercede them]}

[Surah Al-Maidah: 48].

Due to Allah’s wisdom, He ordained that all Messengers would be sent to their own people, but the seal of the Messages had to address all the different times and places. This was due to His knowledge that mankind would advance one day and his mind would develop, and the distance between the different nations and peoples would decrease. Therefore, if a Messenger was sent to the people at such a time, as was the case of Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him), the seal of the Prophets, the Message would reach all corners of the earth and its followers would bring this Message to the edges of the globe after him. For this reason, the Message of Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) is a universal Message to all races of people which is suitable for all times and places.

The call of Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) covers all aspects of life

The call of Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) is also special because it covers all aspects of life (social, economic, political and intellectual). It is a call that deals with worldly matters and matters of the Hereafter.

It also offers a honorable practical way of life and a solution to all diseases of the heart and soul. It addresses the minds, offering real benefits for this world and the next. This call has this characteristic of covering all matters in life because it is the seal of the Messages which deals with all aspects of life.

Moreover, it is different from the previous calls as it is protected and will never disappear; Allah (Glorified is He) is the One Who is looking after this book. Allah (Glorified is He) says,

{We have, without doubt, sent down the Message; and We will assuredly guard it [from corruption] [Surah Al-Hijr: 9].

The religion of Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) will spread over all the world

(When I read about the religion of Muhammed, I felt that it was a great religion and came to believe that this religion will spread over all the world in the near future if it was given the chance and if the world learns about it without being blinkered by any pre-conceived prejudices)

[George Barnard Shaw]

Well-known English philosopher and playwright

How can you follow the exampleof Allah’s Messenger(peace be upon him)?

1.Call others to Allah with wisdom, using mannerly words of advice and polite discussions, as Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) used to do.

2.Be forgiving and easy when calling others to Allah, thereby following the example of Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him)