“Prophet! We have sent you as a witness, a bearer of good news and a warner.”
(The Qur’ān – 33:45)
This ayah gives an outline of the role Prophet Muhammad ﷺ had to play while discharging his duties as the Messenger of God. God sent the Prophet ‘as a witness, a bearer of good news and a warner’. The meaning of the Prophet’s being a ‘witness’ is that the Prophet ﷺ should bear out the truth of the realities and principles on which Allah’s religion is based and tell the world plainly that they are the truth.
It also means the Prophet ﷺ in his own life should practically demonstrate all that he has been commissioned to present before the world. Above all, when the court of Allah is established in the Hereafter, the Prophet ﷺ should give evidence to prove that he had conveyed to the people the entire message, without making any alteration or changes therein, that had been entrusted to him, and that he had shown no slackness in making the truth manifest before them, by word and by deed. On the basis of this evidence, it will be determined what reward the believers deserve and what punishment the disbelievers deserve.
Evidently, there has been no slackness whatever on the part of the Prophet ﷺ in the matter of giving evidence with regard to the faith, verbally as well as practically. And, in the Hereafter, he will be able to testify that he had made the truth plain to the people.