The Sunnah is the tradition of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH):
-What he approved or did not object to
The Seerah is the life story of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) before and after the revelation
We need to understand the Sunnah and the Seerah according to the guidance in the Qur’an. The Qur’an is closely associated with the life of Prophet Muhammad and the difficulties that he faced and solved.
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) serves as:
-God’s messenger and prophet to all mankind
-As an example of human behavior and noble character
Therefore, in studying his life-story we should derive lessons and morals that can help us in our lives today. The Prophet of God may be dead but his teachings remain alive.
The life of Muhammad before the revelation
-He was an orphan
His father died before he was born; his mother died when he was 3 years old; he was raised by his grandfather who died when Muhammad was 6 years old, then his uncle took care of him
-He was poor but had dignity
-He was from the most noble family in Quraish
-He is a descendant of Prophet Abraham
-He worked as a Shepard
-Later on he worked as a merchant, and gained experience as how to deal with people.
Muhammad before the revelation
-He was known among his people as Al-Ameen (The one to be trusted); and they kept their valuables with him for safe-keeping
-He also was known as As-Sadiq (The one who is truthful) since he never lied or cheated
-He was also known for his sound judgment. When the chiefs quarreled among themselves who will have the honor of putting the black stone in the Ka’Ba, they accepted Muhammad as the judge, and he placed the stone in his robe and each chief held one corner of the robe carrying the stone, then he placed the stone himself in its place in the Ka’Ba.
Allah chooses His messengers and knows where to put His trust.
“Allah chooses Messengers from among the Angels and from among mankind, for Allah is All-Hearing, All-Seeing”
Al-Hajj 22: 75
“Allah knows where to place His message”
Al-Ana’am 6: 124.
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