The following is a summary of some of the virtues mentioned by Shaykh al-Badr:
-He was the best of mankind that ever existed, so studying his life will enable us to gain lessons on how to perfect ourselves and gain closeness to Allaah.
-Not only was he the most beloved to Allaah, he exemplified how one must gain the love of Allaah. He was a beacon in worship, patience, manners and overall guidance and a specimen of complete mortality.
-One can only gain understanding of the Quraan, and the religion in its broader sense, if he understands the Seerah. A’aisha described his manners as the Quraan, meaning every moment of his life was acting upon the Quraan – in speech, actions and manners. Thus knowing his life and lifestyle will help us become stronger in our own Emaan.
-His Seerah gives a context to the religion, to explain Islaam to those who don’t know it.
-The Muslim who doesn’t know anything about the life of the Prophet is defiant in his Islaam. Ibn Katheer calls his Seerah an ‘Uloom Jamma i.e. a comprehensive science which include worhip of love of Allaah, hope, fear, patience, reliance and all other acts of worship.
-Studying the Seerah shows the truth of the Prophethood and the message that he came with. The manner in which he accepted the Qadr of Allaah, his worship to Him, how he treated friend and foe, and how he lived in seeking the pleasure of Allaah and the hereafter.
Based on all of this, none can truly love the Prophet except by knowing him and studying his life. None can truly complete his Emaan until he learns the example of the Prophet and seeks to emulate it. His life was the most perfect life and in it is true happiness. For this reason, Ibn al-Qayyim called his book of Seerah – Zaad al-Ma’ad because the provisions to seek the hereafter can only be attained by learning the Prophets life and living by the rulings and lesson therein.
And Allaah Knows best
قُلْ إِنْ كُنْتُمْ تُحِبُّونَ اللَّهَ فَاتَّبِعُونِي يُحْبِبْكُمُ اللَّهُ وَيَغْفِرْ لَكُمْ ذُنُوبَكُمْ وَاللَّهُ غَفُورٌ رَحِيمٌ (31) قُلْ أَطِيعُوا اللَّهَ وَالرَّسُولَ فَإِنْ تَوَلَّوْا فَإِنَّ اللَّهَ لَا يُحِبُّ الْكَافِرِينَ (32)