Photo: Al-Masjid An-Nabawī in Medina
O Seal of Prophecy, Pillar of Existence,
O Prophet of God, His beloved,
At once praised and praising His Majesty,
Unlettered, yet fount of all knowledge.
O most perfect of His creatures, drawn near,
In that Nocturnal Ascent which crowned thy earthly life,
The being for whom He created the heavens,
The servant of the One, yet master of the world,
Whose light sustains that spectrum of forms,
Which constitutes the abode of our existence.
In humility I bow before thy grandeur,
Asking thy forgiveness in seeking to describe,
In words so unworthy of the dust of thy feet,
An inkling of the blinding light of thy life,
Which illuminated the land of Hijaz and beyond,
Creating an aura that continues to light,
The path of those for whom thou art the guide.
Thy green flag shall continue to wave,
Unto the darkest hours of historic time,
Until the Truth of which thou wert and remain
The supreme messenger and defender,
Manifests its full glory once again,
Amidst the human misery of a world gone astray.
O Muhammad whose praise is sung by the Lord,
As by His angels and, too, servants on earth,
I need thy successor to achieve this arduous task,
Of describing, however humbly, the contours of a life,
Which remain forever the perfect model,
Revealing in all its nobility and beauty,
What it means to be truly human.
(Seyyed Hossein Nasr)
Source and Recommended Reading:
'Muhammad: Man of God'
by Seyyed Hossein Nasr
This short study of the life of the Blessed Prophet of Islam, for high school and above, is neither a new historical analysis nor yet another purely devotional sketch of the earthly career of God's last prophet. This biography takes the spiritual dimensions into consideration as well as the more factual and historical elements of the life of the person who changed human history.