Will you explain how the loyalty of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) to the Quran and Islam was with examples from hadiths?

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It is necessary to write a very large book to explain this issue in detail. We learn from so many sound hadith books, history and siyar resources that the Prophet (pbuh) was loyal to the Quran and Islam more than anybody else was throughout his life.

That the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) protected the Quran more anybody else did, showed respect to it, obeyed all of its orders and prohibitions, was loyal to it more than anybody else was throughout his life prove that the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was a true prophet and that the Quran was of divine origin.  

“And thou (standest) on an exalted standard of character.” (al-Qalam, 68/4)

In the verse above, the high ethics of the Prophet originating from his loyalty to the Quran and his perfect life are registered by Allah and declared to humanity.

“Ye have indeed in the Messenger of Allah a beautiful pattern (of conduct) for any one whose hope is in Allah and the Final Day, and who engages much in the Praise of Allah." (al-Ahzab, 33/21)

Everybody is advised to accept him as a model in the verse above. 

He was in the first place in all kinds of deeds of worshipping existing in his religion; he had taqwa (he feared Allah) more than anybody else did; he paid attention to the smallest details in worshipping even when he was in great struggle; he performed worshipping perfectly. 

He discovered all of the names and attributes of the owner of this realm; he used those names and attributes as intercessors in his prayer; nobody has been able to catch up with him in his prayer for fourteen centuries; he was the leader of everybody in terms of dua and describing his Lord.

He conveyed the message of his cause to people on his own among his strong enemies without fearing, hesitating and panicking, and with great courage; he made the religion he conveyed to people superior to other religions.   

He showed great resoluteness, perseverance and courage while conveying the message of Islam and inviting people to the truth; he did not show any signs of hesitation, panic or fear though big states, big religions, his own tribe and even his own paternal uncle acted hostilely toward him; he challenged the whole world alone and he coped with them alone; he spread Islam to all over the world.

He showed great strength and courage though he was alone and weak; he relied on and trusted in Allah.

He discovered every reality of belief and he was in the first place in all of those realities; nobody has been able to catch up with him for fourteen centuries and he did them on his own.  

He had extraordinary strength in belief, wonderful knowledge, miraculous development and a creed that illuminated the world.

All of the ideas and beliefs that dominated the age he lived in and the knowledge of the spiritual leaders were opposite and adverse to him but they could not harm his faith, creed, belief and spirituality.  

The issues mentioned above are only some of the things showing his loyalty to the Quran and Islam.

We will mention some examples showing the loyalty of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) to the Quran and Islam as an answer to the question above: 

a. Based on the order in verse 79 of the chapter of al-Isra, the Prophet (pbuh) said tahajjud prayer was fard for him only, not for his ummah. There are various narrations indicating that he performed that prayer as 11 or 13 rak’ahs. (see Naylul Awtar/3/58) 

b. Hz. Aisha narrates: “The Qurayshi people became very worried about the lady from the tribe of Makhzum who had committed theft. They said, "Can anybody speak to the Messenger of Allah about forgiving the woman and saving her from penalty?” They said, “Nobody dares to speak to the Messenger of Allah about her except Usama, whom the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) loves very much.” Usama spoke to the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) about the issue. Thereupon, the Messenger of Allah said,

"Do you intercede (with me) to violate one of the legal punishment of Allah?" Then, he stood up and addressed the people who were there as follows:

"The people before you were destroyed because they used to inflict the legal punishments on the poor and forgive the rich. By Him in Whose Hand my soul is, if Fatima, the daughter of Muhammad, stole, I would cut off her hand too." (Bukhari, Hudud, 12)

c. The Prophet (pbuh) led prayers based on the order in the following verse in the expeditions of Dhatur-Riqa; Asfan and Batn an-Nahl. That is, he performed prayers in congregation even in the most dangerous moments of the war:

“When thou (O Messenger) art with them, and standest to lead them in prayer, Let one party of them stand up (in prayer) with thee, Taking their arms with them: When they finish their prostrations, let them Take their position in the rear. And let the other party come up which hath not yet prayed - and let them pray with thee, Taking all precaution, and bearing arms: the Unbelievers wish, if ye were negligent of your arms and your baggage, to assault you in a single rush...” (an-Nisa, 4/102) (see Razi, the interpretation of the verse in question)

d. The Prophet (pbuh) worked in the construction of Masjid an-Nabawi in person and carried stones. He took part in the digging of the trench in the Battle of Khandaq; he carried the soil. He did so in order to attain Allah’s consent and to serve Islam and the Quran.

Abu Hurayra narrates: During the construction of Masjid an-Nabawi, the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) was carrying a big stone by holding it close to his stomach. I thought it was very heavy for him and said to him, “O Messenger of Allah! Give it to me.” He said, “No. Take another stone. O Abu Hurayra! The real life is life in the hereafter.” (see Fadailul-Madinatil-Munawwara, 2/139)

e. On the way to the battle of Badr, he and his friends rode the camel in turns; when his friends asked him not to walk, he said, “I do not need fewer thawabs than you and I am not weaker than you.”

e. When he was in his deathbed, he said to the people with him, “Tell Abu Bakr to lead the prayer.” (Takhriju Ahadithil-Ihya-with Ihya- 4/455-56) Thus, he showed that he did not fear death at all and that his greatest purpose was to attain the consent of his Lord, whom who would meet soon; thus, he drew the portrait of a true prophet and showed the unique dimension of his loyalty to the Quran and Islam.

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