AN OVERVIEW OF THE BLESSED PROPHET’S CHILDHOOD AND YOUTH

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An overvıew of the blessed prophet’s chıldhood and youth…

Allah, glory unto Him, brought His Beloved to the realm of being by filtering him through the noblest and purest of lineages beginning with the first page of the book of humanity. Bestowing upon this lineage a preeminence above others in many respects, the Almighty made each and every ancestor of the Prophet -upon him blessings and peace- a person honored and respected during his or her time, as indicated exquisitely in the following couplet:

A rose is so for being a rose at its core,

Only a line of roses would bear a Prophet forth…

Beginning with Adam –upon him peace-, the first man and Prophet, an oath was taken from every single Prophet to believe in the Final Messenger -upon him blessings and peace- and disclose the news of his coming, which has been bolstered by many incidents alluding to the awaited arrival. Allah, glory unto Him, thus introduced His Beloved Prophet, whom He was to grant to humanity, with all his signs, easing the path for His right-minded servants to affirm their faith in him once he appeared.

By leaving him an orphan without parents, the Almighty Himself undertook the training of the gracious soul exclusively, imparting unto him the best of conduct. Giving him the sour taste of the greatest vulnerability and helplessness one can endure, the Glorious enabled him to reach the apex of mercy, compassion and altruism with regard to the people he was to be entrusted with in the near future.

Protecting His beloved from the repugnance of the Age of Ignorance, the Almighty did not allow even the slightest blot of vice to mar the clean sheet that was his life, ensuring thereby the manifestation of the zenith of virtue in his conduct.

People knew him for his virtues of trustworthiness, dependability, sincerity, generosity, nobility and loyalty, and preeminent features like intelligence and prudence, placing their trust in him in all their affairs. The Almighty combined in him all things beautiful and the most exemplary attributes, conceded even by his enemies. It was they who, after all, had named him al-Amin, the Trustworthy, well before the time of prophethood. The arbitration of the Blessed Messenger -upon him blessings and peace- at the Kaabah testifies to his inimitable position in the eyes of Meccan notables. It never even crossed their minds that there could be any untruth to his words or that his moral fiber could harbor any misgivings. They never doubted the sublime level of his sincerity whenever his aid was sought and things depended on him for the better.

Character wise, the Almighty had created the Blessed Prophet -upon him blessings and peace- in the most excellent manner and ensured he lived accordingly, as he was going to constitute the best example for the rest of mankind and steer them onto the path of guidance. In essence, man becomes attracted to figures of exceptional character, and not to those in possession of worldly goods. However praiseworthy geniuses are, people only follow those with exemplary disposition.

Source: Osman Nuri Topbaş, The Prophet Muhammed Mustafa the Elect, Erkam Publications

BİRTH AND CHİLDHOOD OF PROPHET MUHAMMAD

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