Qur’an in view of Qur’an
As a reminder, in the previous episode some of the merits of the Prophet of Islam were mentioned in comparison with other prophets. Today we are going to continue the discussion.
All of the divine messengers had numerous moral virtues which helped them absorb people’s hearts. These great personalities would resist against deviations of their people but at times they would lose their patience. Prophet Noah (AS), after 950 years of efforts to promote his mission, cursed his nation as they would not believe. Prophet Moses (AS), after returning from Sinai and upon seeing that the Israelites had resumed polytheism and worshipped a calf, was infuriated. So he lambasted his brother Aaron thinking that Aaron had not been heedful enough. Prophet Yunus (Jonah) seeing the stubbornness of his people deserted them. But Prophet Mohammad (SAWA) never cursed his nation and would always pray for them. That’s why he is given the epithet “Mercy for the entire creation”. He is highly venerated in the Qur’an where God says in ayah 4 of surah Qalam, “Indeed you possess a great character.”
God Almighty asks the followers of all messengers to respect them and observe their lofty position but He urges Muslims to observe even the minutest conducts before the Prophet of Islam. In ayah 2 of surah Hujurat, God says, “O you who have faith! Do not raise your voices above the voice of the Prophet, and do not speak aloud to him as you shout to one another, lest your works should fail without your being aware.”
In ayah 4 of the same surah also God says, “Indeed those who call you from behind the apartments, most of them do not apply reason.”
As you may have noticed the 2nd ayah deems disrespect of the Prophet tantamount to annulment of the works while the 4th ayah calls it as the lack of reasoning.
God Almighty mentions the names of the prophets with reverence but, in order to show how much the Prophet of Islam is endeared to God, He says in ayah 72 of surah Hijr, “By your life, they were bewildered in their drunkenness.”
This shows how much God loves the Prophet. This love goes to the extent that Almighty God says in the first two ayahs of surah Ta Ha, “Ta Ha. We did not send down to you the Qur’an that you should be miserable.”
Ayah 6 of surah Kahf more explicitly notes, “You are liable to imperil your life for their sake if they should not believe this discourse out of grief.”
Another merit of the Prophet is the fact that God has promised to please the Prophet as much as he wishes. Ayah 5 of surah Zuha reads, “Soon your Lord will give that with which will be pleased.”
In explaining this ayah Imam Mohammad Baqer (AS) quotes from the Prophet that he said, “On the Day of Judgment I will stand in the position of Intercession and I will intercede so many of my Ummah that God says, ‘O Mohammad! Are you pleased?”
Since the very beginning of the mission of Prophet Mohammad (SAWA) the pagan Arabs and heads of Quraish tribe started enmity and sabotaging against the new religion unaware of the fact that God has guaranteed the universality of this religion. In ayah 33 of surah Tawba God says, “It is He who has sent His Apostle with the guidance and the religion of truth that He may make it prevail over all religions, even though the polytheists should be averse.”
Here we wrap up this episode but it should be noted that the merits of the Prophet of Islam over other divine prophets are far more than the ones we mentioned in these two episodes. God bless you.