Prophet Muhammad's (PBUH) Trust in Allah: An Example to all People
- Prophet Muhammad's (PBUH) Trust in Allah: An Example to all People*
By Harun Yahya
Thosesituations the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) was involvedin, as they are related in the Qur'an, demonstrate his resignation, andsubmission to Allah. For instance, the Prophet's (peace and blessingsbe upon him) words when he and his friend were hiding in a cave afterleaving Mecca, are one of the finest examples of that submission. TheQur'an says:
[If you do not help him, Allah did help him whenthose who disbelieved drove him out and there were two of them in theCave. He said to his companion, "Do not be despondent, Allah is withus." Then Allah sent down His serenity upon him and reinforced him withtroops you could not see. He made the word of those who disbelievedundermost. It is the word of Allah which is uppermost. Allah isAlmighty, All-Wise.] (At-Tawbah 9:40)
Whatever the situationmight have been, the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) alwayssubmitted to Allah in the knowledge that there was beauty and goodnessin all that He created. These words of the Prophet (peace and blessingsbe upon him) to his people as related in the Qur'an are a tellinginstance of that submission:
[If good happens to you it gallsthem. If a mishap occurs to you, they say, "We made our preparations inadvance," and they turn away rejoicing. Say: "Nothing can happen to usexcept what Allah has ordained for us. He is Our Master. It is in Allahthat the believers should put their trust.] (At-Tawbah 9: 50-51)
TheProphet (peace and blessings be upon him) by his submission to Allah,was an example to all Muslims, and he warned that people would neverhave the power to alter anything that came from Allah:
"Everything is by decree—even incapacity and ability." (Reported by Mailk)
"…When you ask for anything ask it from Allah, and if you seek help inAllah. Know that if the people were to unite to do you some benefitthey could benefit you only with what Allah had recorded for you, andthat if they were to unite to do you some injury they could injure youonly with what Allah had recorded for you. The pens are withdrawn andthe pages are dry." (Reported by At-Tirmidhi)
Everybeliever who abides by the Sunnah of the Prophet (peace and blessingsbe upon him) has to face every calamity with the same submission as he,and to have faith that there is beauty and goodness in everything. Wemust not forget that Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him)was one of Allah's most God-fearing servants, and was also tested withgreat difficulties and trying circumstances.
There were peopleready to create various kinds of difficulty in the communities headdressed. They tried to plot against the Prophet (peace and blessingsbe upon him) by behaving hypocritically. Polytheists refused to abandonthe religion of their ancestors, others asked the Prophet (peace andblessings be upon him) to bring them a sign to suit their bestinterests, they tried to kill, arrest or exile the Prophet (peace andblessings be upon him), and basically placed all kinds of difficultiesin his path.
The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) wasalways patient with the unbelievers. He continued to communicate thereligion of Allah and to instruct Muslims in the Qur'an while heprotected them from danger. The source of that determination, successand courage lay in his strong faith in Allah, his godliness andsubmission. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) always knewthat Allah was with him, as when he was in the cave, and he knew thatevery situation was ordained by Allah. He had faith that everythingcame from Allah and would result in the best possible outcome. Thefollowing hadith of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) is anexample of his submission:
"Strange are the ways of a believerfor there is good in every affair of his and this is not the case withanyone else except in the case of a believer for if he has an occasionto feel delight he thanks [Allah], thus there is a good for him in it,and if he gets into trouble and shows resignation (and endures itpatiently), there is good for him in it." (Reported by Muslim)
TheProphet (peace and blessings be upon him) always did his best, whateverthe situation, though knowing that the outcome depended on Allah. Herelied on and trusted in Him. In return for that submission, Allahgranted him strength and success.
Allah instructed the Prophetto be patient in the face of those who made problems for him, and hewas faithful to that prescription throughout his life. One verse says:
[Theyhave the word, "Obedience!" on their tongues but when they leave yourpresence, a group of them spend the night plotting to do other thanwhat you say. Allah is recording their nocturnal plotting. So let thembe and put your trust in Allah. Allah suffices as a Guardian.](An-Nisaa’ 4: 81)
The words the Prophet was commanded to say in another trying situation also reveal his godliness and submission:
[Ifthey argue with you, say, "I have submitted myself completely to Allah,and so have all who follow me." Say to those given the Book and thosewho have no Book, "Have you become Muslim?" If they become Muslim, theyhave been guided. If they turn away, you are only responsible fortransmission. Allah sees His servants.] (Aal `Imran 3: 20)
One comment by the Prophet regarding the recompense awaiting those who demonstrate submission is as follows:
"Ifyou put your faith completely in Allah, He will arrange for yoursustenance in the same way as He provides for the birds. They go out inthe morning with their stomachs empty and return filled in theevening." (Reported by At-Tirmidhi).
The Prophet's words andactions are the best possible models for the believers. That is whyevery believer who finds himself faced with a difficulty of any sort,or a situation he does not like, must think of the verses of the Qur'anand the fact that Allah creates everything; adopt the submission of theProphet (peace and blessings be upon him) and accept the destiny chosenfor him by Allah.
*Taken with kind permission from The Prophet Muhammad by Harun Yahya, with slight modifications.
HarunYahya was born in Ankara in 1956. He studied arts at Istanbul’s Mimar Sinan University, and philosophy at Istanbul University. Since the 1980s, he has published many books onpolitical, faith-related and scientific issues.