by Raiiq Ridwan
Allah talks in the most glowing of terms about all of His prophets, peace be upon them all. However, there is a certain way that Allah mentions our prophet, peace be upon him. He is mentioned in a way that is different from all else, in spite of his name only being mentioned four times. So how does Allah talk about the prophet?
Mercy to the Universe
The first that comes to mind is this oft-quoted verse of the Quran: and we have not sent you except as a Mercy to the Universe.” [Quran 21:107]. It is among the highest of praise ever given to a human being. Allah has named Himself as the Most Merciful, and He has named His most beloved slave a mercy to the universe. This summarizes what the prophet brought to this world— mercy— and what his mission promises in the hereafter— mercy again.
The Highest Standard of Character
Another unbelievable praise that Allah makes about the prophet, peace be upon him, comes in one of the earliest surahs in the Quran. While people called him mad and questioned his intelligence and motives, Allah consoled him. And what was said, And you are on the highest standard of character [Quran 68:4]— an emphatic verse signifying how the Prophet was destined to be the best human being ever to live on Earth.
He was on the highest standard of character— the most virtuous, the most patient, the most loving, the most courteous, the most merciful among men, the best to his wife, the best to his friends, the best to his family, honest, trustworthy, and so much more. Even his enemies testified to it. His character was of such a level that Allah Himself mentioned of its greatness.
He looked up, and a verse was revealed
When the prophet peace be upon him, first moved to Madinah, the qiblah was still towards Jerusalem and not towards Makkah. The prophet found it hard to turn his back on the Kaabah as he prayed. One day he looked up to the sky. He didn’t make a dua or a request, he just looked up. Allah not only responded to what his heart sought, but mentioned it in the Quran. Allah is openly declaring His love for the prophet in His book.
We have certainly seen the turning of your face, towards the sky, and We will surely turn you to a qiblah with which you will be pleased. So turn your face toward al-Masjid al-Haram. And wherever you [believers] are, turn your faces toward it [in prayer]. Indeed, those who have been given the Scripture well know that it is the truth from their Lord. And Allah is not unaware of what they do. [Quran, 2:144]
Allah consoles him
Multiple times when the Prophet was distressed, sad, or affected by the death of a near relation, Allah sent down verses to console him. Numerous surahs like Surah Duha, Surah Taha, Surah Yusuf, Surah Sharh, Surah Maryam, etc. were revealed specifically to soothe his heart. Such was the honour of the prophet, that his heart was soothed by Allah’s own words from above the seven heavens.
He never calls him by name
Among the marvels of the Quran is how Allah never addressed the prophet directly as Ya Muhammad like he does multiple times for other prophets like Dawud, Musa, Zakariyyah, etc. Rather Allah uses terms of endearment, such as “O you who is a prophet”, “O you who wraps himself”, “O you who covers himself,” etc. Out of honour to the prophet, he is never called by his own name but only by various titles and by his states which show how much Allah cares about him.
Defends his family and followers
Allah defends the Prophet from false accusations multiple times in the Quran, but not only that, He also defends and mentions His family and friends. There are passages in the Quran directed at his wives, with the honourable term of “Mothers of the believers.” His adopted son Zayd was mentioned by name. When some people spread rumours about Aishah, may Allah be pleased with her, Allah responded to their accusations by revealing Surah Noor, in which over 20 verses are sent to defend Aisha.
These are just a few examples of how Allah defended His prophet and our Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him. The prophet was a guiding light for all of us, and the more we know about him, the more we will love him. Let us strive to learn more of the Quran and more about our prophet. Join in the Understand Quran Academy’s courses, which enable us to learn Arabic to understand Allah’s book, and to perfect our prayers.