Why should we learn about the life of Prophet Muhammad (SAW)?
Learning about the life of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAW) is a very important part of being Muslim. We should strive to follow his example. By investing time into discovering more about him, Allah will reward us and we will also not feel lost in this world. We will learn to cope with our struggles with more strength as our Prophet Muhammad (SAW) faced a lot of struggle in his life. Allah says in the Qur’an:
“Indeed in the Messenger of Allah (Muhammad SAW) you have a good example to follow for him who hopes in (the Meeting with) Allah and the Last Day and remembers Allah much.” (Qur’an 33:21)
We should remember that learning about the life of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) will serve as a practical guide as to how we can go about following his example. We may be conscious of our obligation to follow in his footsteps, however, we are yet to incorporate this as a habitual element of our daily lives. The more we learn about how he lived and what decisions he made, the more we will feel motivated to follow his example.
Reading about the life of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAW) will make us feel more close to him. We will care more about him when we understand how much he has done for our faith and the sacrifices he made because of his sincere belief and worship of Allah. We will learn how caring he was towards others and how much he felt for us and the entire Muslim Ummah. We read in a hadith, narrated from Abu Hurayrah, that the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) went out to the graveyard and said:
“Peace be upon the abode of believing people, and if Allaah wills we will join you soon. Would that I could see our brothers.” They said: Are we not your brothers, O Messenger of Allaah? He said: “You are my companions. Our brothers are those who have not come yet. I will reach the Cistern before them.” They said: O Messenger of Allaah, how will you recognize those of your ummah who came after you? He said: “Do you not see that if a man has a horse that has a white blaze and white feet among horses that are all black, will he not recognize his horse?” They said: Of course. He said: “They will come to me with bright faces and limbs (like the white markings of a horse) because of the traces of wudoo’, and I will reach the Cistern before them.” (Muslim, Al-Nasai)
Learning about our Prophet Muhammad (SAW) will also help us to earn rewards and please our Creator. We read in a hadith that Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said:
“He who loves my Sunnah has loved me, and he who loves me will be with me in Paradise.” (Tirmidhi)