A refreshing reminder from Tariq Ramadan, the biography is timely prescribed and beautifully arranged that it drove me to flip from page to page. The book does not only revolve around the Prophet himself, also the sacrifice made by the Companions, and Muslims from the earliest years. How they confronted with pressures and discrepancies from all sorts in expanding the beauty of Islam is something that we all need to learn from. Perseverance and patience are really circumscribed in the book, that it put me to shame (really) knowing that I am not that strong compared to what they have done and faced.
Knowing that the Prophet (pbuh) we love is a loving man himself, the last chapter is certainly one of my favorites (ahem). Quoted Ramadan,
" Divine love was free from human dependence. He submitted, and he was free. He submitted in the peace of the divine, and he was free from the illusions of human."
reminded of the word 'ikhlas' or sincerity. It's something that is exclusive and lavish, but not impossible to be achieved. Be aware that ikhlas might be a trait that encourages us to do something, but often an excuse of not doing something, well.
May all of us are protected, and blessed by the Almighty, insyaAllah.