we know a lot more about the messenger of allah, muhammad, may allah bless him and grant him peace, since he is the last prophet and lived only 1,400 years ago. people altered and distorted all the religions allah revealed before him. that is why the last book for which people will be held responsible until the day of judgment was sent to our prophet may allah bless him and grant him peace: to set right all the errors that had been incorporated in the old religions. allah communicated what he demands from his slaves through the qur'an.
our prophet, may allah bless him and grant him peace, also encountered many difficulties while communicating the message of allah to his people. many groundless accusations were made against him, despite the fact that he asked for no wages from people and had no worldly interests
he was forced to migrate from makkah, the city in which he was born. the first muslims who followed him were also persecuted, some of them were even tortured and subjected to cruel treatment. but allah did not allow the disbelievers to do harm to the religion of islam, which has remained unaltered to this day. in compliance with allah's promise, every word of the qur'an has survived completely intact.
the call of the prophet muhammad, may allah bless him and grant him peace, also addresses all people alive today. allah commanded all people to obey the messengers and, in many verses, stressed that obeying his messengers is actually obeying him. for this reason, obeying our prophet is one of the most important and essential principles of islam. heartfelt submission to the commands of our prophet, may allah bless him and grant him peace, is surely a manifestation of one's obedience to allah.
in the qur'an, allah introduces us to the superior attributes of our prophet, which set an example to all people. some of these verses are as follows:
a messenger has come to you from among yourselves. your suffering is distressing to him; he is deeply concerned for you; he is gentle and merciful to the believers. (surat at-tawba: 128)
muhammad is not the father of any of your men, but the messenger of allah and the final seal of the prophets. allah has knowledge of all things. (surat al-ahzab: 40)
allah showed great kindness to the believers when he sent a messenger to them from among themselves to recite his signs to them and purify them and teach them the book and wisdom,
even though before that they were clearly misguided. (surah al 'imran: 164)
with the verses starting with the word, "say…," allah commands the prophet muhammad how to communicate his message. through these verses and all the others, our prophet, may allah bless him and grant him peace, communicated allah's message to people. his wife, a'ishah, may allah be pleased with her said, "his character was the qur'an." she meant that he completely embodied the qur'an, and we know that his sunnah is the practical manifestation of how to obey the qur'an. in one verse, allah states that those slaves who fear allah and want to be forgiven must obey the messenger of allah, may allah bless him and grant him peace:
say, "if you love allah, then follow me and allah will love you and forgive you for your wrong actions. allah is ever- forgiving, most merciful." (surah al 'imran: 31)
as mentioned in the verse above, if we want allah to love us, we need to comply with that to which our prophet, may allah bless him and grant him peace, calls us and meticulously practise it.