By Yusuf Estes, Former Christian Preacher
Chapter 5: What We Say:
Considering the qualities and teachings of Muhammad r, testified to by so many people throughout history and even testified to by Almighty God Himself, we conclude the following to be only a partial list of the qualities, morals and virtues of the Messenger of God r.
A. Articulate – Muhammad r, although unable to read or write throughout his entire life, was able to express himself in clear and decisive terms and in the best of classical Arabic language.
B. Brave – Muhammad r, was praised for his courage and bravery during and after his life by his followers and opponents alike. He has always been an inspiration to Muslims and even non-Muslims throughout the centuries.
C. Courteous – Muhammad r, always put other people's feelings ahead of his own and was the most courteous of hosts and the best of guests wherever he went.
D. Dedicated – Muhammad r, was determined to carry out his mission and present the message with which he had been sent, to all the world.
E. Eloquent – Muhammad r, claimed he was not a poet, yet he could express himself in the most concise manner, using the least amount of words in a most classic manner. His words are still quoted by millions of Muslims and non-Muslims today everywhere.
F. Friendly – Muhammad r, was noted for being the most friendly and considerate of all who knew him.
G. Generous – Muhammad r, was most generous with his possessions and never wanted to keep anything if there was anyone who was in need. This was true of gold, silver, animals and even food and drink.
H. Hospitable – Muhammad r, was indeed, noted to be the most gracious of hosts and taught his companions and followers to be the best of hosts to all their guests as a part of their religion.
I. Intelligent – Muhammad r, has been proclaimed by many commentators who have studied his life and actions, to be of the most intelligent of all men who ever lived.
J. Just – Muhammad r, was most fair and just in all of his dealings. Whether in business or in giving judgment in any matter, he practiced justice on all levels.
K. Kindness – Muhammad r, was kind and considerate to everyone he met. He tried his best to present the message of worship of the Creator instead of the creation, to all he met in the kindest fashion and most considerate manner.
L. Loving – Muhammad r, was the most loving towards Allah and to his family members, friends, companions and even those who did not accept his message but remained peaceful to him and his followers.
M. Messenger of Mercy – Muhammad r, is proclaimed in the Qur'an by Allah, as being sent to all of the world as the "Mercy to all mankind and jinn."
N. Noble – Muhammad r, was the most noble and distinguished of all men. Everyone knew of his fine character and honourable background.
O. "Oneness" – Muhammad r, is most famous for his proclamation of the "Oneness of Allah" or monotheism (called "Tawheed" in Arabic).
P. Patient – Muhammad r, was the most steadfast and forbearing in all of the trials and tests he lived through.
Q. Quiet – Muhammad r, was often very quiet and never was heard to be boastful, loud or obnoxious on any occasion.
R. Resourceful – Muhammad r, was most clever and resourceful in handling even the most serious of difficulties and problems confronting him and his companions.
S. Straightforward – Muhammad r, was known by all to speak directly to a subject and not twist things around in his speech. He also used a minimal amount of verbiage and considered excessive talk to be vain and unproductive.
T. Tactful – Muhammad r, was the most delicate and tactful in his dealings with the people. He never scratched the dignity of someone, even though unbelievers often insulted him and maligned him.
U. Unmatched – Muhammad r, is known throughout the world today as the man who most influenced the lives of so many people during his own time and for all times to come.
V. Valiant – Muhammad r, gave new meaning to the word valiant and he was always most honourable in all of his affairs, whether defending the rights of orphans or preserving the honour of widows or fighting for those in distress. He was not intimidated when outnumbered in battle, nor did he turn away from his duties in protecting and defending the truth and freedom.
W. Wali - The Arabic word, “wali” (plural is owliya) is a bit difficult to bring into English without some explanation. For this reason I decided to leave it in Arabic and offer from my humble understanding, one of the most important aspects of the character and personality of the Prophet Muhammad r. Some say the word means; “protectors” and others have said “darlings” or “those in whom you put full trust and confide everything” like the Catholics might do with their priests. While still others simply offered the word “friends.” Others state that the meaning might be closer to the English word, “ally.” This is perhaps, a more correct meaning because when a person gives their pledge of allegiance to someone he or she is taking that person as a “wali” and this is called giving “bay’ah” in Arabic. Allah tells us in the Qur'an not to take the Jews and Christians as “owliya” in place of Allah. While we understand the People of the Book (Jews and Christians) are the closest to us in faith, at the same time we are instructed here not to take anyone as our “confessor” or “intimate ally” or “one to whom we give our pledge of allegiance” in place of Allah or His messenger, Muhammad r. The Prophet r was the living example of the most trustworthy and loyal of all human beings who ever lived on this earth. Anything mentioned to him in confidence would never be divulged nor shared with others. And when he was put in place of authority or “wali” over the people, they found him to be the best of those to be trusted.
X. "X" – Muhammad r could neither read nor write, not even his own name. In today's world he would have to use an "X" to "sign" a document. He used a signet ring worn on the little finger of his right hand to seal any documents or letters sent to the leaders of other lands.
Y. Yielding – Muhammad r, would yield his own desires and forego his own ideas in favour of whatever Allah directed him to do. While considering opinions from his followers, he often accepted their ideas over his own, preferring to yield in favour of others as much as possible.
Z. Zealous – Muhammad r, was the most zealous of all the Prophets of Allah, in carrying out his mission of "Peace through the submission to the Will of God." He truly was the most enthusiastic in regards to delivering the message with which he had been entrusted by Allah; the message of "Laa ilaha illa-Allah, Muhammadar-Rasūlullah