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5 Questions to Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)

Updated on February 23, 2016
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i love Islam, this love has resulted in a respect for other religions, these words are just to share my love with my loved ones.

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You know Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was the last messenger of God. One of the prime objectives of his mission was purification of souls. And he used to advise his companions with timely admonitions. In turn the companion would ask him various questions. Varying from personal to collective lives. In the following we are dealing with some of the questions. The words and actions of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) are called Hadith (sayings of the Prophet).

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1. What if the heart is hard?

The companion of Prophet Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) relates - A person complains Prophet Muhammad that his heart has become hard and cruel?

Prophet Muhammad Said: Put your hand over the head of an orphan and offer food to the destitute (Source: Musnad-e-Ahmed Book of Hadith)

For a heart that has gone to the wicked side, here is a solution. Good treatment with the orphans and offering food to the destitute. Orphans and destitute, are two societal aspects seem to be disturbing and a black spot on the forehead of society if people are not serious about. If they heed to the cries and tears of these deprived ones then there starts a humane progress.

Heart is an abode of thoughts and actions; so it reflects the deeds with various modes. It fills with joyous feelings when something good happens and saddens when unpleasant things occur. When a person with a cautious mind performs a good deed – such as behaving well with an orphan and providing sustenance to the destitute – will surely attain the satisfaction of mind and heart. Thoughts start enfolding the heart that he has been bestowed by God’s blessings from which these people are deprived off, thus heart softens. It’s a rational method of healing the heart. Though heart occupies an inner part of the body but its pleasure lies outside. What can be more precious and significant act than to serve the human beings with an intention to please the Creator? This is what is termed as remembrance of God (Zikr). Every action should be guided by the fear and love of God. Therefore the Quran declares:

"Those who believe, and whose hearts find satisfaction in the remembrance of God: for without doubt in the remembrance of God do hearts find satisfaction. (Quran: Ch 13 - Ar-Rad: Verse 28)

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2. Who is the doer of good deeds and who is not?

The Prophet’s companion, Abdullah Ibn Masood narrates that a person asked: Oh Prophet Muhammad! How should I know that I am a doer of good deeds or an evil doer?

Prophet Muhammad Replied: When you hear from your neighbour that you have done well, then you are a doer of good deeds and when you hear from them that you have not done an evil thing, then you are an evil doer (Source: Ibn Maaja Book of Hadith)

A neighbour knows well his neighbour. A person of bad character might behave well within the four walls of his home or in his office, contrary to his ill nature, but the same can’t be true in his own surroundings. Everyone, who leaves nearby, knows how righteous he is?

Good deeds are to be performed regardless of moods and circumstances. A good deed is good. Whereas, evil is an evil. It has to be eschewed. A person of pious nature will never remain in a veil. Is it possible to conceal the fragrance of a flower? In another Hadith the Prophet (pbuh) has said – the best among you is the one who is better in dealing with his family members. And in another one, He (pbuh) said – the best among you is the one who is good to his women. Therefore “a person’s behaviour in his own surroundings” has been regarded as criteria to judge between his good and bad nature. A man of noble character and virtuous nature doesn’t change his behaviour, no matter where he lives. Moreover Islam regards the behaviour pattern as a direct link to one’s faith. That means if a Muslim behaves well with his family members and then neighbours, then he is true a Muslim and his faith is complete. Thus the faith has been explained true to its nature, that it changes the surroundings starting from self of a person to his home and then comes the neighbour, its influencing area gradually increases and spreads to the different parts of the society. One can judge the true faith by observing its follower’s behaviour with his neighbours. Therefore in another saying the Prophet said “No one among you can be regarded as a true Muslims unless he loves his neighbour what he loves for himself”.

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3. What is the secret of memory power?

The Prophet’s companion Yazeed Bin Salmah narrates that Oh Prophet of God I have heard many a things from you; I fear that I might forget them all. So teach me very comprehensive thing which is easy to remember and act upon?

Prophet Muhammad Says: Fear God about the things you know. (Source: Tirmidhi Book of Hadith)

Certainly, the knowledge is a driving force behind an action. When a person smells flower, smell is felt because of the information that mind receives – here information is knowledge, he suddenly moves towards it. The knowledge initiates action is but natural. The same is true about action, that it increases knowledge. The more one works, the more knowledge is acquired. Thus an action with knowledge and knowledge with action never allows a person to remain in a confused state of mind or lose his memory. Keeping intact the acquired knowledge he moves confidently to acquire even more. This very fact has been revealed in this saying of Prophet Muhammad. Whatever a person knows he should stick to it and show activism. Things that are performed with precise regularity can’t be forgotten. The epitome of this habit is the fear of God. It is the obstinate strength that upholds a person’s progress on the righteous path.

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4. What is the best way to remember things?

The Prophet’s companion Abu Huraira relates that a person from Madina used to visit Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and listen to his advice. But it was quite difficult for him to remember, so he complains: Oh Prophet of God – I have heard plenty of things from you, which are very dear to me, but I can’t remember them, what to do?

Prophet Muhammad said: Make use of your right hand, he signaled of writing with his hand. (Source: Tirmidhi Book of Hadith)

Writing is a good habit. Particularly when some vital statistics and crucial information matters, it becomes quite essential. That is why writing diaries, memoirs, calendar of events and preserving documents and records have always played a significant role in shaping the human history. Prophet (pbuh) counsels here to the one who has fear of unleashing things out of order. The best way to remember is to commit to write the thing which is important.

The use of pen is a distinctive feature. It has its own significance. Even in the present day’s advancement, pen acquires an exceptional position. Obviously, pen is one of the most reliable sources of attaining knowledge and wisdom. The Quran mentions it as a bounty of God:

“He Who taught (the use of) the pen, - Taught man that which he knew not” (Quran: Ch 96: Al-Alaq: Verses 4 - 5)

In the present age, keeping reminders in a mobile, sending valued SMS’s and utilization of the social networking technology for sharing views and information is nothing but an extension of pen.

Do you agree that the advancement in latest technology has reduced the usage of pen?

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5. What actual trust is?

The Prophet’s companion Anas bin Malik relates a person came to Prophet and asked shall I fasten the camel with a cord and trust or shall I leave it and trust?

Prophet Muhammad Said: Fasten the camel with a cord and trust. (Source: Muslim Book of Hadith)

It’s a very simple logic. Results always depict the efforts made. Here Prophet has elaborated a realistic approach to an issue. It doesn’t matter how deeper and harder is the magnitude of an issue, what matters most is how sincere were the efforts that have been made in this regard. So a person should try, making use of all the sources that he has, and then put his trust on God, because:

“To Him belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth: and all affairs are referred back to God. (Quran: Ch 57: Al-Hadid: Verse 05)

Neither a person should totally rely on God without making any effort nor should he think that his efforts are enough for a solution to the problem. Complete reliance on God without effort is irrational and so is the hard struggle without trust in God. This saying of Prophet steers the mind towards a sensible approach. That effort should be supplemented with trust in God. It’s the key element of a successful planning. Therefore ‘trust’ (Tawakkul) has been greatly emphasized in the Holy Quran:

“….When you are resolved, put your trust in God, God loves those that trust (in Him)” (Quran: Ch 3: Aal-e-Imran: Verse 159).

(C) 2014 - Muhammad Abdullah Javed (m abdullah javed)

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    • m abdullah javed profile imageAUTHOR

      muhammad abdullah javed 

      3 years ago

      Nice thoughts Rodric, thanks, yeah that's true the men of faith should think of those who are void of faith, billions are in dark. The way we feel the presence of philanthropists vital for poverty elimination, so important must be the role of men of faith in bringing out the people from darkness to light. It's the only way out, and there can't be a miracle to save those billion souls from going astray. The efforts of such noble men mark with earnest efforts, love of humanity and an intense urge to save humans from chastisement is but the present ages miracle.

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      Rodric Anthony Johnson 

      3 years ago from Peoria, Arizona

      I believe Muhammad was selected by God to bring a great measure of truth and stability to the world that would have otherwise not occurred. I would fear what the world would look like without Islam!

      Over a Billion people have faith in God because one man had the courage to spread his faith which was eventually written and given to the world as sacred scripture, the Quran.

      God chooses leads of all people to guide them closer to Him and provides them with the light and knowledge they will need to prepare for His judgments to come.

      Without other faiths, there would be Billions of people in the dark. God knows exactly what He is doing. If we are faithful to the end and open to the knowledge God is will to give us He will let us in on His plans for the billions on this planet and we be like:

      "Oh, now it all makes sense!"

    • m abdullah javed profile imageAUTHOR

      muhammad abdullah javed 

      3 years ago

      Hi peachpurple! Thanks for the visit..

      Yeah your are right, prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was like prophet Moses (pbuh) with regard to the mission with which he has been sent down. The resemblance is not restricted only to prophet Moses (pbuh) but also with other prophets like Abraham (pbuh) and prophet Jesus (pbuh). The Quran testifies:

      "He has made plain to you of the religion what He enjoined upon Nuh and that which We have revealed to you, and that which We enjoined upon Abraham and Moses and Jesus that keep to obedience and be not divided therein... (ch 42: verse13)."

      And there may be many more such matching Divine Personalities but we are not aware of, the Quran says:

      "... There are some of them that We have mentioned to you and there are others whom We have not mentioned to you...(ch 40: verse 78).

      What reason appears behind the resemblance is a reflection over the message and teachings that they have disseminated in their respective periods. What we witness common values and high regards for religions is just because of these Prophetic efforts. This life has been bestowed upon us to live in accordance with the will of the Creator by understanding the Prophetic efforts and teachings.

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      peachy 

      3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      People say prophet mohd is alike moses in the bible

    • m abdullah javed profile imageAUTHOR

      muhammad abdullah javed 

      4 years ago

      Thanks Rodric, the faith with which a person associate himself, changes his vision and the way he works, the surroundings come under its impression. noble the faith, noble are the surroundings. so when one practice a particular faith, his self should resemble its nobility, therefore this has been a criteria to judge a person's faith. thanks for sharing, i am pleased that you gone through the hub.

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      Rodric Anthony Johnson 

      4 years ago from Peoria, Arizona

      I answered on of your questions and then found this article. I have never read anything in hubpages where a Muslim has written. I figured it was time for me to explore and I am glad I did. Our neighbors truly can tell whether we are good much of the time by our deeds. Family is the best judge of our good works also. No one will be able to tell us whether we are good people as well as our family members. It all starts at home. Voted up.

    • m abdullah javed profile imageAUTHOR

      muhammad abdullah javed 

      4 years ago

      Hi DDE. Though we make use of the pen but not as frequent as we used to. Todays technology, the computers, writing pads, mobiles and all can be regarded as an extension of pen.

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hello m abdullah javed. I don't use the pen as much and miss that way of life. A very interesting hub about another culture. Thank you for following me.

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