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Prophet Muhammad in our family lives

One of our primary responsibilities in life is to examine the life of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). We must educate ourselves on his life, take him as an example and familiarize the world with Prophet Muhammad, who was sent an example to mankind to educate them and elevate their manners.  Mankind's modern day tendency toward deep depression, particularly in their family lives, has shown us that science and technology, which are advancing with mesmerizing speed, have been unable to provide happiness for mankind, leaving them abandoned to cope with their sentiments. Allah the Almighty has sent forth guiding prophets to protect people threats such as these. The last of prophets sent is Prophet Muhammad, who was sent as a leader to mankind.


In many of his hadith (sayings of the Prophet), Prophet Muhammad has pointed out the importance of one's family, highlighting that the family is one's place for seeking peace of mind. In his family life we can find valuable experience and lessons for true and everlasting happiness and peace of mind, particularly for married people.

In many of his hadith (sayings of the Prophet), Prophet Muhammad has pointed out the importance of one's family, highlighting that the family is one's place for seeking peace of mind. In his family life we can find valuable experience and lessons for true and everlasting happiness and peace of mind, particularly for married people. Pointing out the sensitive and delicate nature of women, Prophet Muhammad taught the necessity of treating them with compassion and love. He is a lifelong exemplary character with his treatment toward women as well as his impeccable and lofty character. Prophet Muhammad, who was granted the finest sentiments in creation, making him a perfect companion and father, not only commanded and spoke about how the head of a house should treat the other members of the family, but also demonstrated this with how he led his day to day life. In this regard, he has said: "The best of you is one who is best towards his family. As for me, I am best amongst you towards my family". (Ibn Majah, I, 636) and "The best of you are those who behave best towards their wives."

In order for us to be able to attain happiness in this world and the hereafter, we must familiarize and ourselves with and follow the conduct of Prophet Muhammad. Furthermore, we should familiarize our families with his family life and familiarize our society with the society he formed. In the Holy Quran, Allah the Almighty says, "Ye have indeed in the Messenger of Allah a beautiful pattern (of conduct)...." (Surah Al-Ahzab (33):21), and orders us follow his example. And Prophet Muhammad said, "I have been sent to complete perfect conduct," (Al- Muwatta, Husn-ul Khulooq, 8), noting that he had been entrusted with this sacred mission. Consequently, it falls upon our shoulders to take as an example and pass on the family life of Prophet Muhammad generation to generation. The straightest of all paths is his path. Therefore, we can gain an infinite amount of lessons his life.


In his home, Prophet Muhammad would divide his time into three with a portion being used for worship, a portion for his family and another portion for himself. For him, the time which one spends with one's family, is not lost time. Prophet Muhammad showed that newly acquired knowledge should be shared with family first.

The Messenger of Allah never made mention, in any of his hadith, of people refraining human relations or leading ostracized lives in order to attain fear of Allah and remove the love of this world themselves self. On the contrary, he recommended a life befitting a Muslim and left us with many peers that will lead us in that direction. In his home, Prophet Muhammad would divide his time into three with a portion being used for worship, a portion for his family and another portion for himself. For him, the time which one spends with one's family, is not lost time. Prophet Muhammad showed that newly acquired knowledge should be shared with family first. The importance which he gave to family and relationship with relatives provides a great model for keeping the family unit strong and united as well as setting an example for the formation of a happy family life.

The value and vibrancy of Prophet Muhammad's messages have retained their importance well into today. First and foremost, he is, as the Holy Quran says, is "A guide whom we can find the most perfect example in." Prophet Muhammad, an example of manners, proper conduct and elegance, who said that heaven lies beneath the feet of women, served as a guide in the protection of women's rights and the maintainer of the world of women, just as he was an example in everything else. The Messenger of  Allah, whose manners were shaped by nothing except the Holy Quran, has meaningfully stated in many hadith that one of three things which have been made to be loved by him in this world is women.

The verses "... live with them [women] on a footing of kindness and equity..." (Surah An- Nisaa (4):19) took an important role in the life of Prophet Muhammad in both practicality and the advice and commands he gave to his companions. The following saying by companion Anas Bin Malik is very meaningful: "The perfect of believers in faith is one who is best in manners and soft in their dealings with their family members." (Ibn Hanbal, VI/47). Consequently, we should try to take Prophet Muhammad and his sacred family as examples. His universal messages are the most important source for us when dealing with certain problems of today.

 

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