freedom in misguidance and unbelief, which gratifies man’s vegetable and animal powers, which are blind to consequences and obsessed by present pleasure, and induces such subtle faculties as the heart and reason to give up their humane and far-sighted duties.
However, the sacred way of foremost the Noble Messenger (Upon whom be blessings and peace), the Beloved of the Sustainer of All the Worlds, and of the people of prophethood and the people of guidance, both pertains to existence, and is firmly established, and is constructive, and is based on the important principles of action, moderation, prudence and foresight, worship, and smashing the domination and independence of the evil-commanding soul.1 It is because of this that the dissemblers of the Prophet’s (UWBP) time in Medina closed their eyes to that refulgent sun like bats, and surrendering themselves to a satanic force of repulsion in the face of that huge attraction, remained in misguidance.
I f i t i s s a i d : The Noble Messenger (Upon whom be blessings and peace) was the Beloved of the Sustainer of All the Worlds;2 and he held truth in his hand and spoke the truth with his tongue;3 and among the soldiers of his army were angels;4 and he watered a whole army with one handful of water;5 and provided a feast for a thousand men with four handfuls of wheat and the meat of one kid;6 and caused the unbelievers’ army to flee by throwing a handful of dust at them, which entered all their eyes;7 so how was that dominical commander who performed a thousand miracles similar to these, defeated at the end of Uhud8 and at the beginning of Hunayn?9
T h e A n s w e r : God’s Noble Messenger (Upon whom be blessings and peace) was sent to mankind as an exemplary guide and leader so that
See, al-Bayhaqi, al-Zuhd, 157; al-Ghazzali, Ihya ‘Ulum al-Din, iii, 4; al-Daylami, al-Musnad, iii, 408; Ibn Rajab, Jami‘ al-‘lum wa’l-Hikam, i, 196; al-Munawi, Fayd al-Qadir, v, 538; al-‘Ajluni, Kashf al-Khafa’, i, 160; ii, 222.
See, Tirmidhi, Manaqib, 1; al-Daylami, Muqadddima, 8.
See, Qur’an, 17:105.
See, Qur’an, 3:123-5. Also, Bukhari, Maghazi, 11.
See, Bukhari, Wudu’, 32; Manaqib, 25; Maghazi, 35; Muslim, ‘Imara, 72, 73; Fada’il, 5-6; Tirmidhi, Manaqib, 6; Nasa’i, Tahara, 61; Musnad, iii, 329.
See, Bukhari, Hiba, 28; At‘ima, 6; Maghazi, 29; Manaqib, 25; Muslim, Ashriba, 141-2, 175; Tirmidhi, Manaqib, 6; Ibn Maja, At‘ima, 47; Muwatta’, Sifat al-Nabi, 19; Musnad, i, 197-8.
See, Muslim, Jihad, 81; Darimi, Siyar, 16; Musnad, i, 103, 368; v, 286, 310.
See, Bukhari, Jihad, 65; Bad’u’l-Khalq, 11; Manaqib al-Ansar, 22; Maghazi, 18; Ayman, 15; Diyat, 16; Abu Da’ud, Jihad, 106; Musnad, iv, 293-4.
See, Bukhari, Maghazi, 54; Jihad, 52, 61, 97, 167; Muslim, Jihad, 79; Tirmidhi, Jihad, 15.