THE PHILOSOPHY OF SIN AND METHODS OF SAFEGUARDING ONESELF

“…the primary purpose of messengership and prophethood was completely achieved in the person of the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him; this is the meaning of ‘the seal of prophethood.’ For this is a system which advanced with time and reached its final limit through the perfect man…”

Continued from yesterday

Otherwise, what greater argument can there be of the pure and holy life of the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, than the fact that Allah Almighty appointed him as the Perfect Guide until the Day of Resurrection and a leader for all of mankind. All of the instances from the life of the Holy Prophet(sa) are a collection of practical teachings. Just as the Holy Qur’an is a book comprising the words of Allah Almighty, the law of nature is the book of His actions, as it were. Similarly, the life of the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, is a book of actions, which is an exegesis and commentary of the Holy Quran. I began to develop white hairs when I had only reached the age of thirty and at that time the late Mirza Sahib, my father, was still alive. White hair is also a sign of death, in a way. When a person reaches old age, which is characterised by these very white hairs, they can understand that the days of death are fast approaching. But it is unfortunate that even when such a time comes, man feels no worry. A believer can even learn sublime morals from a bird for example and other animals, because the book of God Almighty is open before them. All of the things that Allah Almighty has created in the world, are a means of both physical and spiritual comfort for man. I have read in the account of Hazrat Junayd, may the mercy of Allah be upon him, that he would say: ‘I learned the art of meditation from the cat.’ If a human being observes closely, they will find that even animals clearly display moral mannerisms. In my view, all of the beasts and birds individually display single moral characteristics and man encompasses them all collectively. The soul is a compendium of qualities and this is why it is also referred to as a microcosm. For all the qualities present in all of God’s creatures are collectively encompassed within man. Then, all of the excellences present in mankind are collectively comprised within the person of the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him. This is why the Holy Prophet(sa) was commissioned for the entire world and was described as ‘a mercy for all peoples.’ Allah the Exalted states:

‘Innaka la’alaa khuluqin ‘Aziim’

And thou dost surely possess high moral excellences.

This verse alludes to this very compendium of human excellences. It is in light of this that one can reflect over the sublime nature of the morals of Prophet Muhammad(sa) and it was for this reason that all the excellences of prophethood in its completest form reached their pinnacle in him. It is an established fact that everything comes to an end when the primary purpose for which it exists reaches its climax. For example, when each and every point in a book has been expounded completely, the book comes to an end, as it were. Similarly, the primary purpose of messengership and prophethood was completely achieved in the person of the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him; this is the meaning of ‘the seal of prophethood.’ For this is a system which advanced with time and reached its final limit through the perfect man”.

(Malfoozat Vol. I, pp. 168-171)

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