(Taken from a power-point presentation)
You will like to know this man. Who is he? Cartoonists make mean caricatures of him. Wise men revere him as a great man. Over a billion bear witness he is the Messengr of God.
Encyclopaedia Britannica says "Muhammad is the most successful of all Prophets and religious personalities." It states ".. A mass of detail in the early sources show that he was an honest and upright man who had gained the respect and loyalty of others who were likewise honest and upright men." (Vol.12)
Sir George Bernard Shaw in "The Genuine Islam" (Vol.1, No.8, 1936) says:
"I have always held the religion of Muhammad in high estimation because of its wonderful vitality. It is the only religion, which appears to me to possess that assimilating capacity to the changing phase of existence, which can make itself appeal to every age."
"I have studied him - the wonderful man and in my opinion far from being an anti-Christ, he must be called the Savior of Humanity."
"I believe that if a man like him were to assume the dictatorship of the modern world he would succeed in solving its problems in a way that would bring it the much needed peace and happiness."
"I have prophesied about the faith of Muhammad that it would be aceptable to the Europe of tomorrow as it is beginning to be acceptable to the Europe of today."
"If any religion had the chance of ruling over England, nay Europe within the next hundred years, it could be Islam."
Yes .. he was Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).
- He was by far the most remarkable man that ever set foot on this earth.
- He preached a religion, founded a state, built a nation, laid down a moral code, initiated numerous social & political reforms.
- He established a powerful and dynamic society to practice and represent his teachings and completely revolutionized the worlds of human thought and behaviour for all times to come.
His Mission impossible ..
He was born in Arabia in the year 570, started his mission of preaching the religion of Truth, Islam (submission to One God) at the age of forty and departed from this world at age sixty-three.
During this short period of 23 years of his Prophethood, he completely changed the Arabian peninsula.
- From paganism and idolatry to submission to the One True God.
- From tribal quarrels and wars to national solidarity and cohesion.
- From drunkenness and debauchery to sobriety and piety.
- From lawlessness and anarchy to disciplined living.
- From utter bankruptcy to the highest standards of moral excellence.
Human history has never known such complete transformation of a society or a place before or since.
All these wonders in just over two decades.
Rev. Reginald Bosworth Smith states:
"He was Caesar and Pope in one; but he was Pope without Pope's pretensions, Caesar without the legions of Caesar: without a standing army, without a bodyguard, without a palace, without a fixed revenue, if ever any man had the right to say that he ruled by the right divine, it was Muhammad, for he had all the power without its instrument and without its supports."
Michael H. Hart, when he ranked Prophet Muhammad 1st in t list.
The 100: A ranking of hte most influential persons in history, New York, 1978, p.33:
"My choice of Muhammad to lead the list of the world's most influential persons may surprise some readers and may be questioned by others, but he was the only man in history who was supremely successful on both the religious and secular levels."
Napolean Bonaparte, quoted in Christian Cherfil's Bonaparte et Islam - Paris 1914
"I hope the time is not far off when I shall be able to unite all the wise and educated men of all the countries and establish a uniform regime based on the principles of Quran which alone are true and which alone can lead men to happiness.
Lamar Tine, the renowned historian, speaking of the essentials of human greatness.
(Alphonse de Lamar Tine, Histoire de la Turquie, Paris - 1854, Vo.II, pp 276-277
"If greatness of purpose, smallness of means and astounding results are the three criteria of human genius, who could dare to compare any great man in modern history than Muhammad?"
"The most famous man created arms, laws and empires only. They founded , if anything at all, no more than material powers which often crumbled away before their eyes. This man moved not only armies, legislation, empires, peoples and dynasties, but millions of men in one-third of the then inhabited world, and more than that, he moved the altars, the gods, the religions, the ideas, the beliefs and souls .."
His forbearance in victory, his ambition, which was entirely devoted to one idea and in no manner striving for an empire; his endless prayers, his mystic conversations with God, his death and his triumph after death; all these attest not to an imposture but to a firm conviction which gave him the power to restore a dogma."
"Philosopher, orator, apostle, legislator, warrior, conqueror of ideas, restorer of rational dogmas, of a cult without images, the founder of twenty terrestrial empires and of one spiritual empire, that is, Muhammad.
"As regards all the standards by which Human Greatness may be measured, we may well ask: Is there any man greater than he?"
The world has its share of great personalities. But these were one-sided figures who distinguished themselves in but one or two fields, such as religious thought or military leadership. The lives and teachings of these great personalities of the world are shrouded in the mist of time. There is so much speculation about the time and place of their birth, the mode and style of their life, the nature and detail of their teachings and the degree and measure of their success or failure that it is impossible for humanity to reconstruct accurately the lives and teachings of these men.
Professor Hurgronje says:
"The league of nations founded by the Prophet of Islam put the principle of international unity and human brotherhood on such universal foundations as to show candle to other nations." He continues: "The fact is that no nation of the world can show a parallel to what Islam has done towards the realization of the idea of the League of Nations."
Edward Gibbon and Simon Ockley: History of the Saracen Empires, London, 1870, p.54
"I believe in One God, and Muhammad, an Apostle of God is the simple and invariable profession of Islam. The intellectual image of the Diety has never been degraded by any visible idol; the honor of the Prophet has never transgressed the measure of human virtues; and his living precepts have restrained the gratitude within the bounds of reason and religion."
Thomas Carlyle, in his book 'Heroes And HeroWorship'
"The lies (Western slander) which well-meaning zeal has heaped round this man (Muhammad) are disgraceful to ourselves only .. How one man single-handedly, could weld warring tribes and wandering Bedouins into a most powerful and civilized nation in less than two decades .. A silent great soul, one of that who cannot but be earnest. He was to kindle the world, the world's Maker had ordered so."
Nothing more than a human being ...
Muhammad (pbuh) was nothing more or less than a human being. But he was a man with a noble mission, which was to unite humanity on the submission to One and Only God and to teach them the way to ideal and upright living based on the commandments of God.
He always described himself as 'A servant and Messenger of God,' and so indeed every action of his proclaimed to be.
The world has not hesitated to raise to divinity, individuals whose lives and missions have been lost in legend.
Historically speaking, none of these legends achieved even a fraction of what Muhammad (pbuh) accomplished. And all his striving was for the sole purpose of uniting mankind for the worship of One God on the codes of moral excellence. He achieved so much in such diverse fields of human thought and behaviour in the fullest blaze of human history.
Mahatma Gandhi says in 'Young India'
"I wanted to know the best of one who holds today's undisputed sway over the hearts of millions of mankind ... I became more than convinced that it was not the sword that won a place for Islam in those days in the scheme of life. It was the simplicity, the utter self-effacement of the Prophet, the scrupulous regard for pledges, his intrepidity, his fearlessness, his absolute trust in God and in his own mission .."
Sarojini Naidu, the famous Indian poetess says:
[S. Naidu, Ideals of Islam, vide speeches & writings, Madras, 1918]
"It was the first religion that preached and practiced democracy; for, in the mosque, when the call for prayer is sounded and worshipers are gathered together, the democracy of Islam is embodied five times a day when the peasant and king kneel side by side and proclaim: 'God Alone is Great' ...
Annie Besant in The Life & Teachings of Muhammad says:
"It is impossible for anyone who studies the life and character of the great Prophet of Arabia, to feel anything but reverence for that mighty Prophet, one of the great messengers of the Supreme. And although in what I put to you I shall say many things which maybe familiar to many, yet I myself feel whenever I re-read them, a new way of admiration, a new sense of reverence for that mighty Arabian teacher."
Today after a lapse of 14 centuries, the life and teachings of Muhammad (pbuh) have survived. They offer the same undying hope for treating mankind's many ills, which they did when he was alive.
This is not a claim of Muhammad's (pbuh) followers but also the inescapable conclusion forced upon by a critical and unbiased history.
Muhammad (pbuh) was a teacher, a social reformer, a moral guide, an administrative colossus, a faithful friend, a wonderful companion, a devoted husband, a loving father and grandfather - all in one.
No other man in history ever excelled or equaled him in any of these aspects of life - but it was only for the selfless personality of Muhammad (pbuh) to achieve such incredible perfections.
Lane-Poole in 'Speeches and the Table Talk of the Prophet'
"He was the most faithful protector of those he protected, the sweetest and most agreeable in conversation. Those who saw him were suddenly filled with reverence; those who came near him loved him; they who described him would say, 'I have never seen his like either before or after.' He was of great taciturnity, but when he spoke it was with emphasis and deliberation, and no one could forget what he said."
Washington Irving says:
"His military triumphs awakened no pride nor vain glory as they would have done had they been effected by selfish purposes. In the time of his greatest power he maintained the same simplicity of manner and appearance as in the days of his adversity. So far from affecting regal state, he was displeased if, on entering a room, any unusual testimonial of respect was shown to him."
Prof. Jules Masserman of USA Psychiatric Association says:
"People like Pasteur and Salk are leaders in the first sense. People like Gandhi and Confucius, on the one hand, and Alexander, Caesar and Hitler on the other, are leaders in the second and perhaps the third sense. Jesus and Buddha belong in the third category alone. Perhaps the greatest leader of all times was Muhammad, who combined all three functions. To a lesser degree, Moses did the same."
Lady Cabbold: Pilgrimage to Mecca:
"It was Islam that removed the bondage in which women are held from the very dawn of history and gave them a social standing and legal rights such as were not granted to them in England till many centuries later."
Statements of Reverts to Islam:
"It's only in the past 20 years that women in this country were able to open a bank account without their husband signing the cheques. Islamic women have always had these rights. If I stick to what the Qur'aan says, it's clear to me that I will have total equality." - Jan, a British revert comments.
" ...... I started reading the Koran and it was absolutely breathtaking. It could have been written yesterday for today." - Yvonne ridley, BBC war correspondent, after embracing Islam.
The least one can do as a thinking and concerned human being is to stop for a moment and ask themselves: Could these statements sounding so extraordinary and revolutionary be really true?
And supposing they really are true and you did not know this man Muhammad (pbuh) nor heard of him, isn't it time you responded to this tremendous challenge and put in some effort to know him?
It will cost you nothng but it may prove to be the beginning of a completely new era in one's life, even of a Muslim!
It is impossible to cover Muhammad's accomplishments, quoting just 15 most famous people of the world and putting them up on a few pages .. the essence of what God told to this man in 6000+ verses.
Thank you for your time.
Adam > Noah > Abraham ...... > Moses ...... > Jesus > Muhammad.