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The Sealed Nectar

 The Sealed Nectar by Shaykh Safi ur-Rahman

The Man

The Man Muhammad is human being

The Prophet (Peace and blessings of Allah upon him) had become involved in da`wah and embarked on the path of advice and instruction. He (Peace and blessings of Allah upon him) invited the people to worship Allah(Almighty) alone, associating no partner with Him. And he (Peace and blessings of Allah upon him) called upon them to abandon the pagan customs of their forefathers: polytheism, idol worship and all immoral and unlawful practices. Only a few believed in him; the majority did not.

Allah(Almighty) told His Prophet (Peace and blessings of Allah upon him):
O Messenger, announce that which has been revealed to you from your Lord, and if you do not, then you have not conveyed His message. And Allah will protect you from the people. (5:67)

Among the essentials of faith is love for the leader of humanity, Muhammad (Peace and blessings of Allah upon him). How can a Muslim not love his Prophet (Peace and blessings of Allah upon him), when he is the means of his guidance to the path of enlightenment and belief and his salvation from disbelief and hellfire.

The Prophet (Peace and blessings of Allah upon him) said,
"None of you [truly] believes until I am more beloved to him than his child, his parent and all people." (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

The Prophet (Peace and blessings of Allah upon him) used to do much prayer, fasting, dhikr, supplication and other kinds of worship. And when he performed an act of worship he would continue with it and do it regularly. `A'ishah reported, "When he (Peace and blessings of Allah upon him) missed his night prayers due to pain or something else he (Peace and blessings of Allah upon him) would pray twelve rak`ahs the next day." (Muslim)

The Prophet (Peace and blessings of Allah upon him) returned to Makkah after the people of Taif

had met him with disdain and ridicule. He (Peace and blessings of Allah upon him) entered it under the protection of al-Mut`im ibn `Adiyy.

The Prophet (Peace and blessings of Allah upon him) knew the reality of this world, its brevity and its temporary nature. So he (Peace and blessings of Allah upon him) lived in it not in affluence but as a poor person, enduring hunger one day with patience and eating one day with gratitude.

He (Peace and blessings of Allah upon him) made clear to his Ummah the danger of worldly temptations and of becoming submerged in its desires and its pleasures. He (Peace and blessings of Allah upon him) said,

When persecution of the Prophet's (Peace and blessings of Allah upon him) companions increased severely, he (Peace and blessings of Allah upon him) gave them permission to emigrate from Makkah to Madinah. He (Peace and blessings of Allah upon him) was now assured that his da`wah had spread there and that it had become a suitable place to receive the emigrants. The believers began to emigrate in groups, one after another.

In Ramadhan of the second year after the Hijrah, the great battle of Badr took place. Its immediate cause was that the Prophet (Peace and blessings of Allah upon him) went out with 313 men to intercept a large caravan of the Quraysh that was on its way back from Syria. Abu Sufyan(may Allah be pleased with them), the caravan's leader, was extremely alert and cautious. He would ask everyone he met about the Muslims' movements.

When the Prophet (Peace and blessings of Allah upon him) entered Madinah, its people welcomed him with gladness and cordiality. There was no house he passed but that its owner would take hold of his camel's rope and urge him to stay with him. But he (Peace and blessings of Allah upon him) apologized to each of them and said, "Let her go, for she is commanded [by Allah]." The she-camel kept on walking until it reached the place of his masjid where it sat down.

The Prophet (Peace and blessings of Allah upon him) was the most courageous of people. This is evidenced by the fact that he stood against the unbelievers by himself, calling for tawheed and sincere worship of Allah(Almighty) alone. All the unbelievers opposed him and were united in waging war against him. They abused him severely and plotted to kill him several times but that did not terrify or dissuade him; rather, it increased his persistence in da`wah and adherence to the truth that had come to him.