06 February 2014

The Prophets

The Prophets of God who came and the Last of the Prophets, Muhammad, peace be upon them all, were able to mobilize a potentiality in man that no branch of learning, neither philosophy nor psychology, could ever have done or can ever do. In fact these branches of learning have not been able to comprehend the full extent of human potential. But the Prophets did not merely mobilized it to a certain end - the good of the individual and the good of mankind as a whole. They instilled in man the will to seek God’s pleasure, to seek closeness with the Divine. They inspired him to love and obey God, and to love and serve God’s creatures; to strive for their happiness and well-being even at the cost of one’s own. They created in man the urge to bring his self to account in great depth and with meticulous detail. Their teachings discovered in man the potential for selfless love, for graciousness and delicacy of feeling, for compassion… They instilled in him the greatest ideals - purity of soul, nobility of conduct, freedom from worldly success, and a sense of attainable sustainability… the Prophets implanted in him a longing for God; their gifts to man were faith and knowledge of God… 

- Syed Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi, Muslims in the West