I totally agree with you. Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) rose up as a role model because he possessed qualities of a true man. Most importantly, he was the founder of Islam and he was the light of guidance to the mankind regardless of facing through many difficulties and persecutions at the hands of Quraish, Jews and hypocrites who were the bitterest enemies of Islam and they really gave him and the Ummah a hard time but its surprising yet so amazing how they remained steadfast, patient and they never gave up their religion no matter how much the unbelievers attempted to torture and opress them.
Well, I have read about the Seerah in quite a lot of detail in my Islamiat course of GCE which focuses on his mission in Makkah and Madinah, his whole biography, his relationship with his companions, wives, slaves and more. Without any doubt, I believe that Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was sent to this world as a blessed gift and his life is perfect and serves as an example for men and women. During the Holy Prophet's time in Makkah, when Muslims were drawn out from Makkah to the outskirts they had to face a complete social boycott but in spite of that, I like how Holy Prophet (PBUH) give them full strength of Emaan and hope. The Muslim Ummah tolerated the situation and obeyed Holy Prophet's (PBUH) commands and therefore, he is truly a great leader of the muslim community. Even after the migration to Yasrib also known as Madinah, he established an Islamic state according to Islam and he also made peaceful relations with two tribes Aus and Khazraj and made treaties with Jews and the hypocrites. I've also read about almost all of the battles (Badr, Uhad, Trench, etc) and yeah, I like the way Holy Prophet came off as a brave leader who instructed the Muslims to stick together as one and told them that their main cause was to fight in the path of Allah. Truly Jihad is an important religious duty. :) Moreover, Holy Prophet never used to talk harshly to unbelievers and he made fair decisions and dealings. He also freed the captives and slaves and paid special attention to them which is what makes him an outstanding man. Not only that but he even pardoned the enemies of Islam after the conquest of Makkah. It's really hard to reject that he had an impressive personality and he had an excessive zeal for devotions to Allah. If it weren't for the Messenger of Allah, we would have still remain in darkness of ignorance and whatnot.
Sorry for the late reply sis...just been a tad busy.
This line in particular made me smile:
I also love reading the Holy Quran in Arabic. I realized I had never read/heard a more perfect book or beautiful language, and that it had to have been from God.
Yeah, the Qur'an is where it's all at.
As for my favourite part: its sciences of the Qur'an ('Uloom al Qur'aan) and the Seerat of Prophet Muhammad (may peace and blessings be upon him). And my personal opinion is this. Simultaneously the most beautiful, AND the most interesting part, AND consequently the most eeman-boosting faction of Islaamic studies is the biography of this Blessed man, may peace and blessings be upon him.
I have not read much about it though, I have a read a general seerah book (not for study purposes, as a storybook rather) and a specialized work which focused only on his war expeditions. This not only convinced me the practicality of the Islaamic Sharee'ah and the merciful nature of the Prophet of Allah (may peace and Blessings be upon him), but I had the chance to explore a whole other side of the seerah which is not talked about that much.
I mean like we all talk about how his (may peace and blessings be upon him) character was so perfect, how he was the msot merciful to mankind, how he was the best husband and father and leader and all that, but what is a tad bit ignored is what a GENIUS he was, and what a talented brain Allah had blessed him with, may peace and blessings be upon him. And you get to learn more about it once you read about the state policies he(may peace and blessings be upon him) introduced back then, like diplomatic relations between different people, expeditions, and so on. Especially when you read about the Treaty of Hudaybiya and what happened before and after it, and the conquest of Makkah.
What do you think about the Seerah and what parts of it do you like then?
I know, right? :( I might probably make a yahoo account some other time so I can add you there, okay? In the mean time, we can just communicate here through VM. ^^
Well, I like pretty much everything about Islam because it's a complete code of life that is prescribed by Allah (SWT) and demonstrated by his last apostle Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH). In short, it's a guide of life in all aspects such as: social, economic etc. To be honest, It has definitely changed my life for the better in more ways that I could ever imagined. What interests me about Islam is that, it has laid down set of proper rules and injunctions for us to follow so we can prepare ourselves for the hereafter. Further more, I also find the 5 pillars of Islam very much fascinating. It teaches the principle of sawm/fasting which really helps one to become self-restraint and god-fearing. It's like the best medicine to cure from almost every kind of disease and there is no doubt about that. Salat is important too even though, I pray 4 times on a daily basis because I actually have a hard time waking up for Fajr prayers but I am struggling with it. Also, I like the idea of giving alms, Zakat and Sadaqah to the poor community. With that being said, I love the way Islam provides a sense of peace and shade of protection to the Muslim Ummah. I like the routine and devotion Islam demands of believers. I also love reading the Holy Quran in Arabic. I realized I had never read/heard a more perfect book or beautiful language, and that it had to have been from God. Despite the fact that I don't really know Arabic that much but reading the holy scripture really motivates me to learn Arabic and I surely will some day. :)
I guess I have written way too much so I should stop. xD; Now, coming to you. What do you like about Islam?
Walaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu! I am doing quite good, Alhumdullilah and you? btw, I don't really know what the problem is with MSN. .__. You don't seem to get my messages at all so yeah, I apologize for that.