Youth director Safi Khan covered the Prophet’s (PBUH) good manners and struggles as he received his first few revelations at this week's "A Beautiful Life" at Memphis Islamic Center on Friday night.
Khan emphasized the importance of manners, explaining quality weighs more than quantity.
“It doesn’t matter how much Quran you know and how many times you pray during the day, if you can’t act well and if you cannot act in an Islamic manner around your family and your friends and your community, that knowledge has no stock,” Khan said to attendees.
In Surah Qalam, Allah (SWT) speaks about combining knowledge with character, saying one cannot survive without the other.
Khan continued with explaining there was no prophet that was not met with hatred. All prophets went through hardships and difficulties just as we do today.
These stories in the Quran are very relatable to our times.
“When Allah loves you the most, you know that he loves you a lot when he tests you,” Khan said.
Many people believe the opposite- if we are going through a hard time then Allah does not love us.
Khan further described the Prophet’s (PBUH) first revelations through the incredible Angel Jibrael. He illustrated that Angel Jibrael had 600 wings with jewels and how the distance from the Angel's earlobe to his shoulder would take 700 years to travel at the speed of a bird’s flight.
Seeing Angel Jibrael, the Prophet (PBUH) could not believe his eyes. The Prophet was terrified and experienced asphyxiation when receiving narrations. Although the Prophet could not read or write, he had an unbelievable memory and would go over the Quran every Ramadan with Angel Jibrael.
Khan ended with the idea of sin and mercy mentioned in Surah Rahman. Constant sinning and being around sinners causes people to get desensitized to it.
It is a reality that everybody commits sin, some people will sin but others will sin and repent.
Photo by Lyba Naseer
Khan talks about good manners and the Prophet (PBUH).