Book: A Mercy to the Universe
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
Allah says :
وَمَا أَرْسَلْنَاكَ إِلَّا رَحْمَةً لِّلْعَالَمِينَ
“And We have sent you (O Muhammad) not but as a mercy for the Alameen (mankind, jinns and all that exists).” [Surah Al-Anbiya (21) : 107]
So, how much do we know about our Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam), a mercy to the universe?
It is indeed a great blessing from Allah that He has preserved the life of His last messenger so that we can pretty much get a first-hand view of his mercy (and all his other great qualities for that matter).
We need to be grateful for this blessing. How? Well, we need to start reading about the Prophet’s (salallahu alaihi wasallam) life and then we need to model our life after his. It’s as simple as that.
We also need to read his biography (known as “seerah”) to our children, instead of fairy tales (“Once upon a time, there was a ferocious dragon who lived in Timbuktu. His name was Murphy.”)
There are many biographies of him out there, alhamdulillah. Here is a nice and simple one that I just came across:
A Mercy to the Universe by Shaikh Saeed Al-Qahtani (rahimahullah)*
[*He’s the one who compiled Hisnul Muslim (Fortress of the Muslim)].
[Oh and for more bedtime stories, you could try the story of Salman Al-Farisi (radiallahu anhu). Positively heartwarming story indeed.]