15 Nov Perfection and Modesty.Part3
The Most Modest Person
As it is stated in the Qur’an:
“Assuredly you have in God’s Messenger an excellent example to follow…” (al-Ahzab 33:21),
the Messenger of God presented the best example in every respect in all of his attitudes and behaviors.
The Prince of both worlds was honored with the Divine address
“I would not have created the existence, had it not been for you.”
In the words of the poet Necip Fazıl:
“He, for whose sake we exist.”
As his blessed light was the first light that appeared in the realm of existence, he is the most perfect fruit of the tree of existence. In other words, the light of Muhammad is the seed of the tree of universe and the ink of the pen of Divine Power that writes this “book of universe.” And he is the curator in this great exhibition of the universe.
In the words of insightful scholars, the Prophet is a person who was gifted with the beginning and end of wisdom, with respect to the knowledge of the Divine. By God’s grace, every kind of problem was solved in the hands of that blessed settler of problems. He is the teacher for everybody to learn how to evaluate the world and its contents with the eye of wisdom. In addition to being such a distinguished person, God’s Messenger, peace and blessings be upon him, is at the same time a monument of modesty and humility.
When somebody addressed him as “our master,” he expressed his protest for such address—even though it was true. At another case when the following Divine command was revealed,
“So wait patiently for your Lord’s judgment, and do not be like the companion of the fish, when he called out choking inwardly (with distress)…” (al-Qalam 68:48),
he stated, not assuming superiority,
“Do not prefer me over Yunus ibn Matta.”
At another time, he told someone who felt overawed before him
“Do not be afraid, I am the child of a woman who ate dried meat.”
During the construction of the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina, he carried two bricks on his back while others carried a single brick. While they needed to cook during travel, as all of his Companions contributed to it, he undertook the task of collecting firewood; he always made an effort to not avoid at any kind of responsibility.
So the most perfected guide, under whose blessed feet the stars were like a stairway, combined such opposite virtues in his person, and thus he reached into souls with his most perfect and trustworthy example. Then what befalls believers should be faithfully following the footsteps of that perfect guide.