Shaykh Hamza Yusuf on the Prophet – Peace be upon him

Below is a transcript of a very beautiful piece that Sidi Hamza did for the BBC World Service‘s In Praise of God programme last year around the time of the Prophet’s Birthday—salla Allahu ‘alayhi wa salam. A copy of it was sent to me earlier today and I felt, especially being so close to the Mawlid, that others would find it beneficial as well, insha’llah.

Twenty-six years ago I became a Muslim largely because I fell in love with a beautiful human being. “I was only sent to perfect noble character,” said the man declared as a “mercy to all the worlds.”

As time passed, this love grew as my knowledge of him increased. I painfully watched his religion hijacked by some for their own ends distorting his message and forgetting that he was indeed a mercy to all the worlds. I am troubled by the media’s portrayal of him sometimes in the worst of lights. How could the man I came to know and love be so vilified and maligned by those who claim to represent him and also by those who aim to be unbiased interpreters?

Muhammad, peace be upon him, was a shy, reticent man who lived among his people with such high moral character they called him al-Amîn—the Trustworthy. Contnd here

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