Allah Almighty created this universe as a symbol of his might and also created human beings, bestowing them with intellect, so that His creatures can ponder on diversified signs reflecting His power and strength; all this to submit themselves in humbleness to Allah (SWT).
There are many verses in Holy Quran in this regard, such as:
[24:45] …Allah creates what He wills… And
[49:13] O mankind! We created you from a male and female, and made you into nations and tribes, that you may know each other. Verily the most honored of you in the sight of Allah is the one who is most deeply conscious of Him…
Constant guidance by Allah Almighty
It is very important to realize the fact that Allah not only created human beings, but also arranged the means and resources for their guidance and information. This started from appointment of Adam (A.S) as the first messenger of Allah on earth to guide His offspring to the ultimate realities as instructed by Allah Almighty. Ever since then, there had been around one hundred and twenty four thousand messengers sent by Allah (SWT) to keep human beings furnished with the guidance they might need to stay on the path desired by Him.
Exemplary guidance of Muhammad (PBUH)
This chain of guidance ends at Muhammad (PBUH), Allah’s last Apostle appointed more than 1400 years ago. Since Allah (SWT) intended to finalize one religion as true guidance till times to come (as evident from the verse mentioned below), He chose Muhammad (PBUH) for this reverence, who lived a perfectly exemplary life that made others believe in him till the end of times.
“Most certainly, you have in Messenger of Allah an excellent pattern (of behavior)” (Al Qur’an 33:21).
Not only is it important to realize the literal meanings of this verse reflecting Muhammad (PBUH) as best of example for humans, but we should also contemplate on what’s implicated indirectly from it, i.e. Qur’an is the ultimate source of the most true, diverse, and authentic information. That is definitely the reason learning Qur’an is considered so important for Muslims. In fact, Muhammad (PBUH) himself established first Quran Education School comprising of his companions who devoted their lives solely to the purpose of learning Quran (and whatever else they could learn from Muhammad PBUH), also commonly referred as “the Companions of Suffah”.
Muhammad’s (PBUH) imminence to commoners
The point of focus here is that such positively influenced transformation of a whole nation would not have been possible had Muhammad (PBUH) not lived an exemplary life. Despite his exalted status of prophethood, he lived a humble and pious life; very much close to the lives of people he lived with. In fact, he owned and possessed many things before his appointment as Prophet, which he had to get devoid of afterwards.
Before his prophethood, Muhammad (PBUH) enjoyed a successful and respectable career as a tradesman making satisfactory amount of money. After he announced his prophethood when Allah ordered him, the whole society turned against him. To keep Muhammad (PBUH) from making claims of his prophethood, he was offered everything by the elite of the society, which he plainly refused. This turned them totally against him and they tried not only to persecute him and his followers, but also tried to kill them, as a result of which Muhammad (PBUH) and his followers migrated to Madina from Makkah.
Despite all the pains and miseries inflicted to him by people around him, Muhammad (PBUH) always showed character of highest level and kept his calm.
(68;4). And thou (standest) on an exalted standard of character. And
“And We sent you not (O Muhammad), but as a mercy to all the worlds”. (Al Qur’an 21:107).
As mentioned earlier, it is Qur’an that serves as the greatest and truest source of information on everything imaginable. How strange would it appear if in this era of communications, someone is still not able to go through the amazing content of Allah Almighty as mentioned in Quran; especially when online Quran reading is also at one’s disposal?
The truth is that true teachings of Islam can never be understood without getting aware of Quran knowledge and character traits of Muhammad (PBUH). Make sure to work for your own betterment by knowing more about both of these. May Allah help us all in doing so successfully.