Everyone aspires to something, which is obvious with #goals being all over the internet. This hashtag seems especially noticeable when it comes to relationships. And while it is definitely heart-warming to see a parent with their newborn child, or a loving couple in a healthy marriage, the most important relationship any of us will ever have is with Allah (swt). Whether young or old, married or single, there’s a perfect example of that for all of us in the life of Prophet Muhammad (saws). Here are just a few reasons why:
1. His Relationship With God Was Based On Love
Even before he received the Divine Message, and while the rest of his society was totally lost in its religious beliefs and practices, the Prophet (saws) stuck with his belief in one God. Even though he didn’t have any official guidance or instructions yet, the Prophet (saws) chose to maintain a connection with his Creator. He didn’t do this as a burden or because he felt pressured into it. He did it out of love.
2. His Faith Didn’t Falter When He Went Through Hardships
And yes, he went through many. But the one thing he didn’t lose was his faith in Allah (swt). He always believed that whatever was happening was for a reason, and that Allah wouldn’t abandon him.
3. He Went Above and Beyond in His Worship
The Prophet (saws) prayed at night until his feet were swollen, not because it was Ramadan, but just to show gratitude to Allah (swt). His worship was constant even when his life was very busy. He (saws didn’t just offer extra prayers because he desired forgiveness from Allah — he had the most pure motives, and always did more than what was required of him.
4. He Always Accepted His Fate — No Questions Asked
There was never a time when the Prophet (saws) asked, “Why me?” When he was put through a test in his life, he didn’t have the attitude that Allah was out to get him. He (saws) always trusted that whatever was happening was for a reason, and that Allah’s wisdom was greater than his wishes.
5. He Always Had Hope
No matter how hard his life got, how harshly society acted towards him and the other Muslims, or how ugly the political climate around them became, the Prophet (saws) always had hope in a better future. Also, no matter how badly his fellow Muslims messed up at times, he always gave them hope in Allah’s forgiveness. He (saws) knew that no problem was too bad for Allah (swt) to solve, and no sin was too great for Allah to forgive.
These examples aren’t to display how impossibly perfect the Prophet’s (saws) faith was. They give us something to aspire to, and show us how the Prophet (saws), as a human being, maintained an ideal connection with Allah, regardless of his life circumstances. When we’re dealing with a busy schedule, or going through a hardship, or are struggling to fight the pressures and temptations of the world we live in, we should look to the life of the Prophet (saws) and try to follow what he did.
May Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him. ❤