Ways of The Prophet (S.A.W)

by Sheikh Muhammad Abdul Hai Arifi

Sublimity of character

ALLAAH, (the Most High) has praised in the Holy Qura’an the fullness, strength and grandeur of the noble character and virtues of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) in the followingwords:

                                                                                                                                                                           You are of a very high standard of character. 68/4 

                                                                                                                                                                       And the favour to you of your Lord has been great.                                                                                                                                  The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) has himself said:

                                                                                                                                                                          I have been sent to improve the morals of humans to perfection. Another tradition says;

                                                                                                                                                                      I have been sent to complete good deeds.


From the above it is evident that all the virtues and noble qualities had been concentrated in him. It could not be otherwise, since ALLAAH (the Most High) who is All-Knowing, was Himself his teacher. When Hadrat Aishah (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anha) was asked about the noble character of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam), she said, “His character was the QURAAN. The evident meaning of this is that he possessed all those noble qualities and virtues that have been declared as noble in the glorious QURAAN.

In his Kitab-ush-Shifa Qadi ‘lyad (ALLAAH’s Mercy be on him) mentions further that the Holy Prophet’s pleasure was bound withthe pleasure of the QURAAN, and his displeasure with the displeasure of the QURAAN. The meaning is that he was pleased with obedience to the Divine Command and was offended when it was disobeyed and sins were committed.

In Awarif-uI-Ma’arif it has been stated that the meaning of Hadrat Aishah (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anha) was that the Glorious Qura’an was itself his teacher of morals, and that this alone is the meaning and interpretation of the assertion that “His character was the QURAAN”.

It is indeed a fact that no one’s comprehension or speculation can ever succeed in fully understanding the lofty position of the Holy Prophet (SallalIahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) and the essence of his nature. Only ALLAAH (the Most High) can know it, in just the same way as none but the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) can know ALLAAH (the Most High).

No one is aware of the interpretation of this but ALLAAH (the Most high). [Madarij-un-Nubuwah]