I would say that the personality of the Holy Prophet (S) is the most important factor that can give rise to Muslim unity. As I have said previously, his personality is the point where the world of Islam can come together and unite, the point where the feelings of all Muslims come together, the focal point of the love and affection of the Muslim world.
Notice that the writers who are bribed by the Zionists have focused their insults on this point in order to gradually decrease sensitivity to insulting the Islamic Ummah and humiliating the world of Islam.
This is the main point of unity. Our politicians, our outstanding scientific and cultural personalities, our writers, our poets and our artists should focus on this point and all Muslims should use it as a slogan to move closer to one another. They should disregard their differences. They should avoid leveling allegations against each other. They should avoid excommunicating each other. They should not push one another out of religion. The memory of the Holy Prophet (S) and Muslims’ love for him revitalize hearts throughout the world of Islam. All of us truly love the Holy Prophet (S).
Indeed, this week is “Unity Week”and these days are the days of Muslim unity. Officials in charge of political issues have a heavy responsibility to shoulder. Officials in charge of cultural affairs, writers and religious scholars should avoid raising divisive and controversial issues. Both Shia and Sunni Muslims should stress this point of unity. Also, religious scholars and outstanding political personalities are expected to understand the importance of this juncture and the importance of Muslim unity. They are expected to identify the enemies’ machinations that are designed to shatter Muslim unity. This is what I wanted to tell our people and the world of Islam. I ask Allah the Exalted to make the world of Islam successful on this path. I pray to Allah the Exalted to make the future of the Islamic Ummah better than its current conditions. 1
In our country, this year is known as “The Year of the Holy Prophet (S)” and today is the day when he was appointed as prophet. According to a famous Mutawatir narration from the Holy Prophet (S), “I was appointed as prophet in order to complete moral virtues.” 2 The purpose of Be’that was to promote and complete moral virtues among human beings.
The Capacities of the Holy Prophet (S) for the great mission of Be’that
If a person does not have the best moral virtues, Allah the Exalted will not give him this great mission. Therefore, at the beginning of Be’that, Allah the Exalted told His Messenger:
“You are blessed with a great moral character.”3
Before Be’that, the Holy Prophet (S) was trained to develop the capacity for divine revelations. It has been narrated that the Holy Prophet (S) who was a merchant during his youth and had accumulated great wealth – gave away all his wealth in the way of God. He divided all his wealth among the poor. During the years before the Holy Prophet (S) had developed the capacity for receiving divine revelations, he would climb up Mount Hira and reflect upon divine signs.
He would reflect upon the sky, the stars, the earth and different creatures that live on earth in different ways. As far as the Holy Prophet (S) was concerned, all these things were divine signs. His heart would become more submissive to God and His will and orders, on a daily basis and his moral virtues would develop every day. It has been narrated that the Holy Prophet (S) was “among the wisest and most courageous people”. 4
Before Be’that, the Holy Prophet (S) would grow and develop on a daily basis by reflecting upon divine signs and this continued until he was forty years old. “And he had not developed completely until the age of forty and when Allah the Exalted looked at his heart, he found the most virtuous, the most beautiful, the most submissive and the most humble heart.” 5
At the age of forty, his heart was the most enlightened and humble heart with the highest capacity for receiving divine messages. “So the doors of heaven opened and Muhammad looked through them.” 6 When he achieved this level of spirituality and perfection, Allah the Exalted opened the doors of the unseen world to him. God opened the eyes of the Holy Prophet (S) to the spiritual world, to the unseen world. “And so angels came down and Muhammad saw them.” He could see God’s angels and speak to them. He could hear their voice. This continued until trustworthy Gabriel was sent down to tell him to “read” and this was the beginning of Be’that.
From the first moment of Be’that, the Holy Prophet (S) that unique person among all creation, that perfect human being who had reached that level of perfection before having received divine revelations started a comprehensive Jihad and continued it for twenty-three years in spite of all the difficulties. His Jihad was against his inner passions, against individuals who had no idea about truth and against absolute darkness of that era.
In Nahjul Balaghah, the Commander of the Faithful (a.s.) says: “Through them Satan’s emblems were flown and his standard was raised in vices which trampled the people under their hoofs, and treaded upon them with their feet.” 7 People were being pressured by Fitnas from all sides: materialistic tendencies, lust, oppression, transgression, moral vices among people and transgression by powerful people who oppressed the weak without facing any hurdles or problems.
This transgression existed not only in Mecca and the Arabian Peninsula but also in the most advanced civilizations of the time, such as the Roman Empire and the Persian Kingdom. If you read history books, you will realize the lives of people had been dominated by different eras of darkness. That strenuous struggle and those unbelievable and continuous efforts started from the first few hours after Be’that. And divine revelations would flow into the Holy Prophet’s (S) heart and they invigorated him, just like fresh water that gives life to fertile land. The Holy Prophet (S) did everything in his power in order to prepare this world for a great change, and he was successful.
The first building blocks of the Islamic Ummah were created by the Holy Prophet (S) during those difficult days in Mecca. He built the solid foundations on which the Islamic Ummah should be based: the first believers, the first people who developed faith in him, the first people who developed the knowledge, courage and spiritual power to understand and commit to the message of the Holy Prophet (S).
“Therefore (for) whomsoever Allah intends that He would guide him aright, He expands his chest for Islam.” 8