It is the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, master of all the prophets, who was the unique figure, for it was he who turned time and space into a garden. Over 23 years of mission, he offered humanity a rose garden that does not fade. During his time of prophethood, the right and the wrong, in their entirety, became crystal-clear. Human perceptions about the creator, the universe, and the nature of the self were all clarified by him. At that time, humans grasped that this world is a testing ground. An ignorant society turned into a society based on knowledge. Believers began to understand that the human body emerges from a drop of water, that birds emerge from eggs, and that trees and vegetables emerge from seeds. The faithful began to contemplate the logic and meaning of creation, and their souls set out toward infinite horizons of wisdom.
It was the Prophet’s ﷺ training which permitted the community he led to develop the highest degree of compassion, devotion, sacrifice, and sensitivity toward justice. The Messenger ﷺ became the center of a fellowship whose life was founded upon winning the pleasure of Allah. All hearts were then filled with the excitement of the quest. Everyone asked, “What does Allah wants from us? In what condition would the Prophet ﷺ wish to see us?” In this way, night turned into day, and winter turned into spring. Thus that age of human history became a true Golden Age.
So gracious was the Messenger of Allah ﷺ that through his presence, many dark wells were filled with glorious light.
Every living being survives in the environment appropriate to its nature. This natural law holds for humans as well. Bees require blooming flowers, and cannot live without them. Rats inhabit filthy places, and do not flourish in rose gardens. In just this way, sub- lime souls are nurtured by the glory emanating from the Reality of Muhammad ﷺ. Evil souls thrive in malice.
Hadrat Abu Bakr, may Allah be pleased with him, used to look at the face of the Prophet ﷺ and say in amazement, “O my Lord! What a beautiful face!” What Abu Bakr was witnessing was own his inner world reflected in the Prophet’s ﷺ face. Thus when the Prophet ﷺ said: “I have not made use of anyone else’s property as I have used the property of Abu Bakr,” Abu Bakr replied in tears, “O Messenger of Allah! Do not I and my property belong you?” (Ibn Maja, Muqaddimah 11). These words are clear evidence that Abu Bakr committed himself so fully to the Prophet ﷺ that he united himself with him. He made his inner world a mirror for the Prophet ﷺ. On the other hand, Abu Jahl, the chief enemy of Allah and His Messenger ﷺ, used to have an aversion for the face of the Prophet. Looking at him, he would not receive a positive reflection, but was confronted by his own faithlessness and violence. Each saw his own real personality, his inner world, in the Prophet’s face.
Prophets are like shining mirrors. In them, everyone sees his or her image, his or her inner world. No mirror lies to the person who gazes at it. Mirrors reflect the true image of the one who looks.
-Excerpt from the book, “Such a mercy he was”