" Remind! For verily a reminder benefits the believer "
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Dr Musharraf Hussain
Mercy For All
The wonderful religion of Islam is based almost exclusively on two primary sources. Firstly, the most awe-inspiring and motivational figure of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and secondly the astonishingly eloquent and the glorious Quran. Together, these two sources provide copious guidance, wisdom and powerful means of development as well as the perfection of human life. In fact it may be asserted that for a Muslim, the complete blueprint to lead an unblemished and faultless life in this world and thus attain the highest status in the Akhira (the hereafter) is contained within these two sources.
The Quran is described as containing advice and guidance on every single subject that affects human life as well as being a complete remedial cure for all the diseases of the heart and limitless source of mercy for all mankind. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) similarly is described as Burhan – the clear evidence, mercy for mankind and a paragon of perfection, possessing every moral attribute humanly possible or imaginable. It is therefore not surprising that when his favourite wife and the most beloved person in his life Aisha (May Allah be pleased with her) was asked to describe the character of our beloved messenger, she simply said, “His character was the Quran” – i.e. he was the Quran walking, the Quran talking, the Quran living.
Here I want to explore a little as to how the Messenger (peace be upon him) is praised by Allah and the highest esteem in which our Lord holds our beloved Prophet (peace be upon him). The following verses show how much God loves, cares for and cherishes His creation:
“God has done a favour on the believers by sending a Prophet from amongst themselves, who recites His verses, purifies them and teaches them the book and wisdom” (Ale Imran: 164).
“There has come to you a Prophet from amongst yourselves, your sufferings grieve him, ever anxious about your welfare and for the believers he is most kind and most merciful” (At-Touba: 128). Abdullah Yusuf Ali comments on this verse saying “the tender heart of the Teacher is grieved that any among his flock should rush headlong to ruin. He watches ardently over them and whenever any of them show signs of faith, his kindness and mercy surround him and rejoice over him”. (Read More...)
Dr Musharraf Hussain Al-Azhari
In 2009 he was awarded an OBE for his services to community relations in Britain. Dr Musharraf Hussain is the director of the Karimia Institute in Nottingham, a leading British Muslim organisation, which works on a number of projects ranging from community development to adult classes and interfaith work. Dr Musharraf has also helped to establish a number of Muslim schools in the UK. He has also written numerous books on Islam as well as some 100 articles.