Who is a perfect mentor? Who do you call a perfect mentor? What does he do? Why is he needed? Guidance comes from teachers and parents too. Leaders also guide as well as friends—are they all perfect mentors?
Many people will answer with these words ‘Someone who is pious, devout, a worshiper.’ But there are many devout, pious people who do not fault in their prayers—many of them sitting around you. Are they the perfect mentors?
Some might say ‘The perfect guide is one whose worship is not just for the public, but comes from his heart, for God alone. His goodness and piety are genuine, not just an act’.
‘In your circle of friends, you must surely know at least one such person who is a true worshiper, whose goodness and devotion are completely trustworthy. So is such a person the ideal guide?’
‘Or it would be a person whose speech has the impact to change others’ lives?’
‘The impact is there—in the words some people say, or others write. An actor on the stage, a journalist in his columns may have that impact, but does that make them the perfect guides?’
‘Or a man who can prophesy, who has mystic powers and can predict the future be an ideal mentor?’
‘Many of us have dreams that portend the future or give us some indication of what’s to come. Some people can pray to seek knowledge of the future; some have very strong sixth sense and can feel coming dangers. Who is the perfect mentor then?’
‘Who could be a perfect mentor?’
‘The perfect mentor is one who is the paragon of perfection—perfection that is the composite of all his thoughts and actions, all that you have been describing. It is one whose worship is true and pure, who is noble and devout. Every prayer of his is fulfilled to the extent that God wills. There is an effect, an impact in his speech; he guides people too but he’s not a soothsayer, he is a mystic. He receives divine revelation—something that is not granted to all and sundry. Of the 124,000 messengers of God each one was a mentor, but the perfect mentor was he who received the final message of God, who was the seal of the prophets.’
‘Every human being, at some point in his life, needs a mentor. At times, life brings one to a stage where one feels that all pleas and supplications—on the lips, in the heart—are going unheard. One’s prostrations, one’s outstretched hands cannot turn God’s blessings to oneself. One feels as though there was a link that is now lost and there is a yearning for someone who will lift his hands in prayer, whose words will reach God as he pleads before Him, someone whose supplications are heard and answered, someone whose prayers will not be rejected like his own. Then one searches for the ideal guide, the perfect mentor, pursuing this search through the world for that individual who stands at some stage of perfection.
‘This search for perfection, for the perfect mentor, has been with man since his evolution to this day. It is a desire that God Himself has put in the hearts of the people and had it not been there, they would never have had any faith in the prophets nor would have tried to follow them. It was this search that drew them to the prophets who brought divine messages to the people in every era across the world. The divine revelations came to a close with God’s final message to the last prophet, Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH). After him, his followers needed no other guide or mentor.
Who is there today, or in the times to come, who can be given a station higher than that of Hazrat Muhammad Mustafa (PBUH)?
Who is there today, or in the times to come, who can claim greater perfection than the prophet, Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH)?
Who today or in the future can claim to intercede for his followers, other than Hazrat Muhammad?
‘The lasting quiet response in negation raises just one issue: why do we seek an ideal guide other than the perfect mentor, Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH)? When we have professed faith in him, what is the need to declare our faith in others?
‘Instead of treading the path shown by the perfect mentor, what are the other roads that attract us? Are one God, one Faith, one Quran, one Prophet and the example of his way of life not enough for the Muslims? Other than God, His word and the guidance of His prophet, who else or what else is there that will save us in this life and the hereafter? Who can fulfill our prayers and bless us with His bounties? Can anyone say what sect the perfect mentor belongs to? No one can.’
‘He was only a Muslim; a Muslim who believed that if he walked the straight and narrow path, he would be rewarded with heaven and if he diverted from it he would be punished by God’s wrath.
‘And the straight and narrow path is that which the Almighty, through His prophet Muhammad (PBUH), has shown us in the Quran in very clear, precise and unambiguous language. Do that which God has instructed through His prophet (PBUH) and desist from that which He has forbidden.
‘There is no ambiguity about God, the prophet (PBUH) or the Quran in any way. Look up the Quran and see if you find, in clear, precise terms any reference to another prophet or perfect guide. Keep searching, and if you don’t find any such thing, then beware of the quagmire you’re landing yourself in. You are using the few decades of your life on earth to ruin your life hereafter—what a poor bargain! If you want guidance, seek it in the Quran; it gives you all the answers to your queries; it does not leave you simple, ignorant and clueless. It flings your reality in your face. Does God not know man, just one of the millions of His creation?
‘If your supplications are not heard, then don’t go searching for sources and intercessors—just raise your hands to Him and plead your own case. If He should grant your prayers, be thankful; if not, be patient; but you must make the effort yourself. If your life does not have any order or direction, then emulate the example of the prophet (PBUH) and search his guidance. Your needs will be fulfilled.
‘Respect everyone—every leader, every believer (momin), every elder and martyr, and the pious and devout. But in your life follow the example of only the prophet (PBUH) for he has not given you any instructions of his own volition: whatever he conveyed to you is only by God’s will, revealed to him by the Almighty.
The Perfect Mentor (PBUH) I speak of is known to more than a billion people who accept him as their spiritual leader.
- Sunnah: Practices of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw)  (islamicencyclopedia.wordpress.com)
- Some achievements of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) (thestrangetwo.wordpress.com)