By Harun Yahya Turkish Muslim Thinker
One of the most important characteristics frequently mentioned with regard to Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) in the Qur'an, is that he only practiced what Almighty Allah revealed and asked of him, with no concern about what others might think. Important figures and members of other religions at the time wanted him to impose rules that would benefit them. Although these people were of greater power and numbers, the Prophet was very careful about abiding by Allah's commandments and the Qur'an. Allah says,
[When Our clear verses are recited to them, those who do not expect to meet Us say, "Bring a Qur'an other than this one or change it." Say: "It is not for me [Muhammad] to change it of my own accord. I follow nothing except what is revealed to me. I fear, were I to disobey my Lord, the torment of a Dreadful Day." Say: "Had Allah so wished, I would not have recited it to you nor would He have made it known to you. I lived among you for many years before it came. Will you not use your intellect?"](Yunus 10:15-16)
In a number of verses of the Qur'an, Allah warns the Prophet about the conduct of his people. For instance, Allah says,
[And We [Allah] have sent down the Book [Qur'an] to you [Muhammad] with truth, confirming and conserving the previous Books [holy unaltered scriptures]. So judge between them by what Allah has sent down and do not follow their whims and desires deviating from the Truth that has come to you. We have appointed a law and a practice for every one of you. Had Allah willed, He would have made you a single community, but He wanted to test you regarding what has come to you. So compete with one another in doing good. Every one of you will return to Allah and He will inform you regarding the things about which you differed. Judge between them by what Allah has sent down and do not follow their whims and desires. And beware of them lest they lure you away from some of what Allah has sent down to you. If they turn their backs, then know that Allah wants to afflict them for some of their sins. Many people are deviators.] (Al-Ma'idah 5:48-49)
The Prophet told people repeatedly and determinedly to do nothing but that which Allah has revealed to him. One verse concerning this superior morality of the Prophet reads as follows.
[Say: "I do not say to you that I possess the treasuries of Allah, nor do I know the Unseen, nor do I say to you that I am an angel. I only follow what has been revealed to me." Say: "Are the blind the same as those who can see? So will you not reflect?"] (Al-An`am 6:50)
Comparing the Prophet to the great majority of people will be very helpful in understanding his superior qualities. Most people now, like in the past, are consumed with desires, longings, and passions. Although the great majority believe in religion, they are unable to overcome them. Instead of giving up those desires, they make concessions when it comes to religious obligations. They fail to carry out some of those obligations out of concern, for instance, over what their spouses, relatives, or friends might say. Or, they are unable to give up habits that are unacceptable to the religion. Therefore, they interpret religion according to their own interests, accept those rules that suit them, and reject those that do not.
The Prophet never made any concessions to what such people wanted. He conveyed the Qur'an to humankind with no alteration to what Allah had revealed, taking no personal interests of himself or anyone into account, and he did so simply in the spirit of fear of Allah. Allah speaks greatly of the Prophet's godliness (taqwa) in the Qur'an.
[By the star when it descends, your companion [Prophet Muhammad] has neither gone astray nor has erred; nor does he speak from whim. It is nothing but Revelation revealed.](An-Najm 53:1-4)
[Know that the Messenger of Allah is among you. If he were to obey you in many things, you would suffer for it. However, Allah has given you love of faith and made it pleasing to your hearts, and [Allah] has made disbelief, deviance, and disobedience hateful to you.](Al-Hujurat 49: 7)