“Read: In the name of thy Lord Who createth, Createth man from a clot. Read: And thy Lord is the Most Bounteous, Who teacheth by the pen, Teacheth man that which he knew not.”
Prophet Muhammad was charged with reciting and conveying the message of the Quran to all of mankind. However, he was no ordinary teacher. He set the ideal standard of education over a thousand years ago and the effects are still being felt today.
The American Apex Court had dubbed the great Prophet Muhammad PBUH) “One of the greatest lawgivers of the world.”
There are innumerable ways in which Prophet Muhammad was, and still is, the greatest teacher to have ever lived. Here are just a few.
Prophet (PBUH) spoke in such a way that if one were to count his words, they could be counted. (Al-Bukhari)
Repitition of words
The Prophet used to repeat his words thrice. The words that he spoke and the lessons he delivered were unambiguous, which helped students of Islam excel at perfecting their faith and committing the Quran to their hearts.
The perfection of Prophet Muhammad’s speech was intentional as a means to really drive the message home to each one of his students through repetition, which is an excellent learning tool.
In every aspect of his life, Prophet Muhammad practiced what he preached. This made it easy for his companions to see how to live their lives in accordance with the Quran and Sunnah. As God Almighty says in the Quran:
“There has certainly been for you in the Messenger of Allah an excellent pattern for anyone whose hope is in Allah and the Last Day and [who] remembers Allah often.” (33:21)
Endurance and patience
The Prophet Muhammad was met with an enormous amount of disdain and outright hatred as he began teaching the message of Islam at the onset of his Prophethood.
In Makkah, he spent thirteen years in an attempt to teach the misguided people about the message of the Quran. But he met with violent resistance every step of the way with only a minority of his people embracing Islam.
The hadith is narrated by Abu Dawud. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said:
Do you want to know what is far better than charity, praying, and fasting?
“What could be better?”
Bringing those ties of kinship.
Or the ties that were broken you bring them back together again. So here we are standing in prayer, fasting every day, inshallah giving charity… and the Prophet (peace be upon him) said:
There is something far better than all of this and that is to form the bonds back together again.
Behavior with non-Muslims
The Prophet gave protection to Christians through a covenant signed in 628 CE, when a delegation from St Catherine’s Monastery visited him seeking his protection. (The monastery, located at the foot of Mount Sinai, is the world’s oldest, and a treasure house of rare manuscripts, icons and Christian history.) The covenant’s words are as follows:
“Verily I, the servants, the helpers, and my followers defend them, because Christians are my citizens; and by Allah! I hold out against anything that displeases them.
“No compulsion is to be on them … Neither are their judges to be removed from their jobs nor their monks from their monasteries.
“No one is to destroy a house of their religion, to damage it, or to carry anything from it to Muslims’ houses.”