The Prophet of Mercy, Sayyiduna Muhammad ﷺ. Scenes from his Life
It gives us great pleasure in marking the start of our relationship with Shaykh Osman Nuri Topbas and Erkam Publications with the release of the Third Edition of ‘Sayyiduna Muhammad (eternal blessings of Allah upon him, his Family and Companions), The Prophet of Mercy: Scenes from His Life.’
We believe with recent global events and a world becoming increasingly devoid of mercy that the release of this new edition serves as a timely reminder of the human necessity of mercy. He (eternal blessings of Allah upon him, his Family and Companions) is the perfect human; his blessed life an exemplary code of conduct for Muslims and non-Muslims alike and a beacon of light in this dark age. Islam and mercy are inseparable – where the true message of Islam is found, overflowing mercy to all of Allah’s creation will be unavoidably found too.
This book is an excellent introduction to the life of the Prophet ﷺ, written by a well-known Turkish author who has dedicated his life to learning, practicing and spreading the teachings of the Prophet ﷺ. The author opens a modest window for those who desire to take a look at the life of a man whose example is followed today by a quarter of the world’s population. No other historical figure has influenced humanity and human history more than the Prophet ﷺ. He instructed people in one of the major world religions, and he laid the foundation of one of the brightest civilisations the world has known during his lifetime. Yet, according to the author, these are not the only most important features of the Prophet’s ﷺ life. Rather, the book demonstrates that the greatness of the Prophet ﷺ arises from the fact that he brought the highest moral principles to every aspect of his life and social relations. Thus, he touched the hearts of the poor, the needy, and the oppressed; he was able to elevate these people to a level where they were able to be instructors for all of humanity, at that time and for all time to come. His love, his compassion, and his mercy encompassed not only humans, but also animals and even planets. He was a Prophet remarkable for his humane character and for his love that encompassed all.
In the Holy Qur’an the title that was given to the Beloved Prophet ﷺ by Allah is “the Mercy for the Worlds”. The human world is just one of the worlds created by Allah, “the Lord of the Worlds”. The endless and eternal compassion of Allah, known by the names the Most Compassionate and the Most Merciful, among others, manifested itself to humanity through the life of His Messenger ﷺ. This compassion never decreased in the course of his conquest of Arabia and the defeat of his enemies. On the contrary, his enemies benefited from his mercy on many occasions, as history has recorded. He never struck a child, slave or a woman, and strongly prohibited such behaviour; he also never refused help to those who approached him in need.
Loving the Prophet ﷺ is a part of the Islamic faith. As all Muslims are required to love Allah, so too are they required to love His Messenger ﷺ. Without this love, faith is unacceptable. And their love for Allah and His Messenger ﷺ must be above and beyond their love for anything else. Muslims display their love and respect for the Prophet ﷺ by honouring him whenever his name is mentioned by saying: Peace be upon him, or in Arabic sallAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam. This is a part of the etiquette in their relationship with the Prophet ﷺ. As one learns about his life, this love naturally grows in one’s heart, eventually filling it completely.