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The Beloved & Final Messenger
 
“Certainly, there is an excellent example for you in the Messenger of Allah, for the one who looks forward to Allah and the Last Day, and remembers Allah abundantly.” (Surah 33; V: 21)
 
Muhammed Sallallaahu Alayhi Wa Sallam rose like the sun from the horizon of Arabia and dissipated the intense darkness around the globe. His personality embodied the boldness of Moosa Alayhis Salaam, the courteousness of Haroon Alayhis Salaam, the patience of Ayoob Alayhis Salaam, the grandeur of Sulaiman Alayhis Salaam and the humility of Isa Alayhis Salaam. His leadership stands unparalleled in the annals of history. He despised the pomp of royalty, dutifully carried out the domestic tasks of the family; he kindled the fire, swept the floor, milked the cows and mended his own shoes and garments.
 
The Mission of Rasoolullah Sallallaahu Alayhi Wa Sallam
 
The mission of Rasoolullah Sallallaahu Alayhi Wa Sallam is eloquently portrayed in a speech which Ja’far Radhiyallaahu Anhu made to the ruler of Abyssinia in Africa. He said: “O king! We were a people of ignorance, worshiping idols, eating the flesh of dead animals, committing abominations, neglecting our relations, doing evil to our neighbours and the strong amongst us would oppress the weak. We were in this state when Allah Ta’aala sent to us a messenger from amongst us, whose noble lineage and sincerity, trustworthiness and honesty were known to us. He summoned us to the worship of one true Allah and to divest ourselves of the stones and idols which we and our forefathers had been ascribing to Allah. He ordered us to be truthful in speech, to fulfil all that is entrusted to us, to care for our relatives, to be kind to our neighbours, to refrain from unlawful food and the consumption of blood. He forbade us from engaging in shameful acts and false speech…”
 
The Fundamental Principles Expounded by Rasoolullah Sallallaahu Alayhi Wa Sallam at the Farewell Pilgrimage (Hajjutal Widah)
 
1. Belief in the worship of one Allah
2. Equality of men, irrespective of colour or nationality
3. Honour and respect based only on piety
4. Sanctity of life, property and honour
5. Abolition of interest and usury
6. The rights and fair treatment of women
7. The concept of accountability and personal responsibility
8. Importance of the pillars of religion i.e. prayer, fasting, charity and pilgrimage
9. The Qur’an and Sunnah as the only source of salvation
10. The obligation of Dawah (conveying the message)
 
The entire life of Rasoolullah Sallallaahu Alayhi Wa Sallam was directed towards the establishment of Deen and the saving of mankind from Hellfire. Towards this cause he underwent untold suffering and pain. What greater emulation can there be besides devoting our lives towards the fulfilment of the mission of Rasoolullah Sallallaahu Alayhi Wa Sallam. Let us all work for the greatest goal possible – the Mission of our Beloved Rasool Sallallaahu Alayhi Wa Sallam.
 

Jamiatul Ulama (KZN)
Council of Muslim Theologians

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