“Who shares his life’s pure pleasure and walks the trustworthy highway; who trades with heaping measure and lifts his brother’s load; who turns the unsuitable down bluntly and lends the suitable a hand; he dwells in God’s personal nation and tills the holy land.” Louis F. Benson
This text is just not new. It had been printed on this column earlier than. However it’s being repeated right here due to its relevance to the appreciation which humanity owes an exemplary orphan from Arabia whose mentorship rescued us from the crushing risks of sure thorny paths of life.
No man in historical past has ever been as becoming to the above poetic description as Prophet Muhammad (SAW), the undisputable biggest man that ever lived. His legacy is the stable basis upon which the up to date civilization is constructed.
However regardless of the vivid feasibility of that legacy it stays invisible to many eyes which are alien to the sunshine of Islam. Thus, the Prophet’s legacy is just like the beaming solar which no blind individual can see and no seeing eyes can understand in its pure nakedness.
But, each the blind and the seeing really feel its burning impact ‘willy-nilly’ even because it photosynthesizes the proverbial ‘crops’ round them and nourishes these ‘crops’ to fruition with sustainable efficiency.
This text is slightly a token of an appreciation of Prophet Muhammad’s unprecedented accomplishments than the trivialization of these accomplishments within the guise of his birthday celebration known as Mawlidun-Nabiyy by some individuals.
Muhammad, the son of Abdullah and Aminah was not born a Prophet. He solely turned a prophet by Divine ordination on the age of 40 years in 610 AH. Earlier than then, his start was neither remembered nor celebrated. And whereas he was alive, nobody dared the celebration of his birthday.
Subsequently, if something have been to be celebrated in regards to the persona of this nice man, it have to be his Prophet-hood which was about his service to humanity.
The Prophet’s Biography
From the creation of Adam, (the primary human being created by Allah), until date, no man’s biography has ever been a lot written and browse as that of Muhammad (SAW), the son of Abdullah and Aminah.
This man’s biography has been written from all views, constructive and destructive, by varied women and men of various races, tribes, ideologies and religions previously over 1400 years or there about.
And the biography remains to be being written and re-written authoritatively and un-authoritatively, at this time, in uncountable languages.
Even those that are clearly bereft of writing prowess randomly resort to cartooning him simply to hunt relevance and curry ignominious fame.
By the writings of Prophet Muhammad’s biography, some tens of millions of individuals have zoomed into un-dream-able fame.
Some others have sunk into the abyss of a everlasting oblivion. However just about all of the writers have benefitted from their writings immediately or not directly, in cash and in sort.
No different Prophet’s biography has attracted as many writers from amongst believers and non-believers, in addition to from associates and foes alike, over the centuries, as that of Prophet Muhammad (SAW).
Each facet of this Prophet’s life together with the attire he wore, the meals he ate, the way in which he spoke, the steps he took, the legal guidelines he enacted, the wives he married, the youngsters he bore, and the wars he was compelled to struggle, has shaped the parts of his biography.
Briefly, subsequent to the Qur’an, no e book is as a lot learn each day on the planet at this time because the biography of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) in a single type or one other.
A significant Query
Given this case, nonetheless, a significant query has arisen thus: why has there been a lot world deal with this unlettered Prophet from Arabia for thus many centuries? The reply to this query is just not far-fetched.
The world has not produced any human persona corresponding to Prophet Muhammad (SAW), and, it is not going to.
He’s the seal of all of the Prophets/ Messengers of Allah and the epitome of human exemplariness. In him alone are discovered all of the traits of what an ideal gentleman must be in all ramifications.
The ‘Ifs’ of His Life
The life of each human being is stuffed with ifs. And, it’s the conglomeration of these ifs that usually type the particles of what’s known as profile or biography. For instance, if Prophet Muhammad (SAW) had not been an orphan, he wouldn’t have been capable of information humanity on how orphans must be handled particularly as regards to inheritance.
If he had not been a husband, his marital life wouldn’t have been a wonderful template for others to emulate and ladies’s rights would have been completely ignored. If he had not been a widower the world wouldn’t have realized the plight of widows and how you can present for them.
If he had not been a father, the right parental care deserved by youngsters would have been relegated to the background in Islamic doctrine. If he had not been reliable, the worth of belief would have been completely misplaced within the way of life of mankind.
If this nonesuch Prophet of Allah had not been compelled emigrate from Makkah to Madinah, the tradition of wayfaring and hospitality, which is universally imbibed at this time, wouldn’t have been in existence.
If he had not been compelled to struggle wars, the legal guidelines of struggle, armistice and reconciliation would have eluded humanity. If he had not diplomatically overcome the oppression to which he was subjected by his adversaries, the phrase magnanimity wouldn’t have discovered a spot within the dictionary of the victors amongst warriors.
If the Prophet from Arabia had not been a decide, the advantage of justice would have been globally thrown to the winds and survival in all societies would have been for the fittest.
If this biggest Messenger of Allah had not been a democratic ruler, the connection between the dominated and their rulers, everywhere in the world, at this time, wouldn’t have been dissimilar from that of slaves and their masters and dictatorship in governance would have identified no boundaries.
If he had not been poor regardless of being a Head of State, the coverage of social welfare adopted in civilized societies at this time in favour of the poor, wouldn’t have been doable. If he had not been an illiterate, the world wouldn’t have identified the distinction between literacy and training.
And, if, regardless of all these qualities in him, Prophet Muhammad (SAW) had not been humble and affable, vanity would have been the primary character of all privileged individuals on the planet at this time.
Who else may be in comparison with this biggest man that ever lived in historical past? And, through which every other single persona may all of the aforementioned qualities have ever been present in historical past? There may be little marvel, then, why a lot consideration was and remains to be being targeted on the persona of this extra-ordinary human being.
That’s Prophet Muhammad (SAW) for you, the like of whom the world has by no means seen earlier than him and can by no means see once more after him.
If this man is well known anyplace on the planet at this time or every other time, due to this fact, it’s undoubtedly not as a result of he was born like every other man. Slightly, it’s as a result of his achievements transcend unusual start.
However for him, the world would have remained within the dungeon of ignorance and primitivism with none distinction between people and beasts.
It was he who introduced again the handbook of life to mankind after it had been misplaced to self-importance by means of centuries of man’s peregrinations on earth.
That handbook of life is the divine instruction known as the Qur’an, which got here progressively from Allah to mankind in accordance with the expansion charge of human mind.
After many a long time of scientific experimentations, a German-born American physicist and Nobel Laureate, Albert Einstein the inventor of atomic bomb who’s commonly known as the 20th century creator of particular and basic principle of relativity wrote about Prophet Muhammad (SAW).
He in contrast the Prophet’s works with the contents of the Qur’an and concluded as follows: “Science with out faith is lame and faith with out science is blind”. He then known as on fellow scientists to endeavour to learn the Qur’an with out bias to be able to know the true origin of science in human life.
Einstein was not alone in such unfaultable reasoning and advocacy. Different nice up to date students have made related observations.
One among them is Professor Tagatat Tajasen, Chairman of the Division of Anatomy at Chiang Mai College in Thailand. By his deep analysis, this Professor needed to settle for Islam on the power of only one scientific signal precisely talked about within the Qur’an to his mental consternation.
He had spent a large amount of his time, as a Professor, searching for ache receptor. When his consideration was drawn to the Qur’an, he didn’t imagine initially that such a extremely refined facet of science may have been talked about over 1,400 years in the past.
However when he confirmed it by himself within the translation of the Qur’an, he turned a lot impressed that he publicly embraced Islam which he accepted as a really divine faith.
Maybe, it was these attestations by nice males of mind that prompted one Michael Hart, a Jewish American Astrophysicist, to analysis into the persona of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) whom he named as the best man that ever lived, in his well-known e book entitled ‘The 100: A Rating of the Most Influential Individuals in Historical past’. There are various extra distinguished students who, at one time or one other, gave testimonies in regards to the un-questionability of the divine mission of Prophet Muhammad (SAW). One among them was Alphonse de Lamartine of France, who had the next to say in regards to the Messenger of Allah in his e book entitled ‘Histoire de la Torque’:
“By no means has a person set for himself, voluntarily or involuntarily, a extra chic intention since this intention was superhuman; to subvert superstitions which had been interposed between man and his Creator; to render God unto man and man unto God; to revive rational and sacred thought of divinity amidst the chaos of the fabric and disfigured idolatry which have been then in existence”. He went additional thus:
He went additional thus: “…If greatness of goal, smallness of means, and astounding outcomes are the three standards of human genius, who may dare to match any nice man in trendy historical past with Muhammad? Probably the most well-known males created arms, legal guidelines and empires solely.
They based, if something in any respect, not more than materials powers which regularly crumbled earlier than their very eyes. This man moved not solely armies, legislations, empires, peoples and dynasties, however tens of millions of males in one-third of the then inhabited world; and greater than that, he moved the altars, the gods, the religions, the concepts, the beliefs and the souls. On the idea of a e book (the Qur’an), each letter of which has grow to be regulation, he created a non secular nationality which blended collectively peoples of each tongue and of each race…..”.
He then concluded thus: “As regards all requirements by which human greatness could also be measured we might properly ask, is there any man in human historical past that’s larger than Muhammad?”
Napoleon Bonaparte’s Testimony
On his personal, Napoleon Bonaparte, the good 18th century French conqueror of Europe was a lot amazed by the traits of Islam which he noticed in Egypt throughout his army expeditions that he made the next historic assertion about that divine faith and its nice Prophet:
“Muhammad, in actuality, was an amazing chief of mankind. He preached UNITY amongst Arabs who have been, until then, torn asunder because of internecine quarrels, typically leading to bloody struggle fares.
He introduced them out of the obscure world in a short while and the self-discipline which they maintained below his management was merely marvellous, and so was their bravery, braveness and devotion to the trigger which they beloved and cherished”.
He additionally continued as follows: “…this, coupled with the contempt for loss of life, as taught by their chief, made them nice troopers and fighters like of whom historical past not often produces.
I merely marvel on the achievements of this nice ‘Son of the Desert’ inside a mere interval of lower than 15 years; a factor which Moses and Christ couldn’t do in 15 centuries. I salute this nice man; I salute his qualities of Head and Coronary heart….”
George Bernard Shaw’s Remark
In the meantime, in corroboration of the above highlighted testimonies, variously made by famend males of letters and mind, one other foremost Orientalist, playwright and dramatist, George Bernard Shaw, had the next to say about Islam and Prophet Muhammad (SAW) in his e book ‘The real Islam’ (vol. 1 No eight of 1936):
“The Christians and their missionaries have offered a horrible image of Islam. Not solely that, additionally they carried out an organized and deliberate propaganda towards the persona of Prophet Mohammad and the faith he preached. I’ve fastidiously studied Islam and the lifetime of its Prophet.
I’ve finished so each as a pupil of historical past and as a critic. And I’ve come to the conclusion that Mohammad was certainly an amazing man and a deliverer and benefactor of mankind which was until then writhing below a most agonizing ache. I’ve at all times held Islam in excessive estimation due to its fantastic vitality.
It’s the solely faith which seems to me to own that assimilating capability to the altering face of existence which may make it interesting to each age. I’ve studied him-the fantastic man and in my view, removed from being an anti-Christ, he have to be known as the saviour of humanity.
I imagine that if a person like him have been to imagine the dictatorship of the fashionable world, he would achieve fixing its issues in a means that might convey it the a lot wanted peace and happiness.
I’ve prophesied in regards to the religion of Muhammad that it might be acceptable to the Europe of tomorrow as it’s starting to be acceptable to the Europe of at this time”.
These are simply among the info that make an unlettered Arabian orphan, Prophet Muhammad (SAW), the best human being that ever lived on earth.
If non-Muslims may go to date to research the info above about Prophet Muhammad (SAW) regardless of his start, what is predicted of Muslims for whom his mission is primarily meant? The lifetime of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) was about service to mankind and never self adoration within the identify of birthday.
As we at the moment are celebrating one other Eidul Fitr, we pray the Amighty Allah to proceed to bless the invaluable soul of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) in addition to these of his companions, his spouses and family until the Day of Judgment. Amin. Eid Mubarak!