Muhammad (PBUH)-The last messenger of Allah
Mohammad Hussain Khan
On all sides there was darkness, affliction and aversion to what is right and humane when Muhammad (SAW) was born in the Arab land. Muhammad (SAW) brought the message of truth, took up the colossal challenges and washed the cruel and fallacious hands of the Arabian which even the best of perfumes could not have done or shall do for all times to come.
It is when all the great civilizations had sunk into the dark ages, He (SAW) gave the humanity a universal message that raised a golden civilization of scientific discoveries, technological revolutions, multicultural co-existence and marvelous arts.
Right from his childhood the Prophet (SAW) became very popular in Arabia because of his unique and unparalleled qualities. The Prophet (SAW) spoke for a universal equality, liberty and fraternity. At his “Farewell Sermon” he announced “Indeed, Allah is one. An Arab in not superior to a non Arab, nor is a non-Arab superior to an Arab. A white is not superior to a Black not a black superior to white, except by righteousness”.
Muhammad (SAW was the possessor of moral virtues at the highest level. He (SAW) represented the prototype of human perfection. The virtues that characterized him are modesty and humility, forgiveness and simplicity. He (SAW) opened before men a vast treasure of truth which is not going to be swayed by any current of time. He (SAW) brought a great revolution in the uncouthed and rustic behaviour of Arabians. His (SAW) best morality won the hearts of everyone, where swords failed miserably. He (SAW) eradicated blasphemy and brutality among the Arabians. The young daughters in Arabia were pushed into cruel clutches of death. The Prophet (SAW) took up the challenge and taught them to provide love and care for their children. He (SAW) was always endowed with both foresighted and farsighted vision, fortitude and patience.
What others say about Prophet (PBUH)
1. James Michener the European historian wrote “The extraordinary personality-Muhammad (SAW) caused a revolution in the Arabian peninsula”.
2. Cardifo the French philosopher wrote “the feeling of equality and fraternity were applied in practice by Muhammad (SAW)”.
3. Tolstoy the Great Russian writer and philosopher admired Islam and his teachings. He wrote “Muhammad (SAW) served the social frame work profoundly and guided the whole community to the light of truth and made it inclined towards peace and tranquility”.
4. Thomas Carlyle the Famous English philosopher devoted a chapter in his book “Heroes and Hero Worship” on the Prophet of Islam. He wrote “He (SAW) the great deep hearted son of the desert with his beaming black eyes, deep soul full of mercy and beneficence, kindness and piety, wisdom and persuasion had thoughts, other than worldly ambitions”.
5. Edward Ramsey the American orientalist said “Muhammad (SAW) came to the world with the message of the one Almighty God to lead the people out of darkness into the light. A new dawn that was perceptible on the horizon emerged”
6. Lamartine the French poet philosopher said, “The stead fastness of Muhammad (SAW) for 13 consecutive years during which the (S.a.w) preached his message was backed by an unshakable faith and true dogma to free humanity from oppression and ignomity”.
7. Walter the French Philosopher wrote, “All the practices introduced by Muhammad (SAW) conquered the spirit and refined it, their beauty brought deep admiration and respect to Islam”
8. William Moyer the English historian wrote in his book “The Life of Muhammad (SAW)”, “History has never know a reformer who roused souls, revived noble manners and elevated virtues in such a short time as did Muhammad (SAW), the prophet of Islam”.
9. Mahatma Gandhi wrote “I wanted to know the best of the life of the one who holds today as undisputed sway over the hearts of millions of mankind. I became more than ever convinced that it was not the sword that won a place for Islam in those days in the scheme of life. It was the rigid simplicity, the utter self-effacement of the Prophet (SAW), the scrupulous regard for pledges, his intense devotion to his friends and followers, his intrepidity, his fearlessness, his absolute trust in God and in his own mission. These virtues and not the sword carried everything before them and surmounted every obstacle. When I closed the second volume of the Prophet’s biography, I was sorry there was not more for me to read of the great life”.
10. Sarojini Naidu “It was the first religion that preached and practised democracy, for in the mosque, when the call for prayer is sounded and worshipped 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” I have been stuck over and over again by this indivisible unity of Islam that makes man instinctively a brother.
11. John Davi Pat in his book “Islamic contribution to science and civilization” declared Prophet (SAW) as the greatest scientist of the world and said “it must be owned that all the knowledge whether physics, chemistry, philosophy or mathematics which flourished in European from the 10th century was originally developed from Muhammadan School”.
12. George Bernard Shaw has said “If Muhammad (SAW) was given authority over the modern world, he would undoubtly succeed in solving its problems in a way that would bring much peace and happiness.
The teachings of the Prophet (SAW) and his uprightness had led the Russian leader Lenin to conclude that if Prophet Muhammad (SAW) had said that he (Muhammad SAW) was God he (Lenin) would have accepted Islam.
Albert Einstein’s son himself a professor visited his father in a spirit of reconciliation only near the end of his life. Einstein’s other son was schizophrenic and died in a psychiatric hospital. The family was broken one and they lived apart. Someone might jump and say, show us a man who will say he is less important than science. Of what use is that science which is said to serve the man but in actual practice destroys man. People can have their own opinion, but mine is different one i.e. one which treats every individuals as the most important being.
I may here add that Prophet (SAW) whose contribution to the welfare of mankind has been of a far greater degree than that off all the scientists put together. He (SAW) was the busiest man on earth with more projects in hand than any single man has ever handled. All the same he set apart a time to play with children.
He (SAW) would let them to climb his shoulders, while He (SAW) was in prayers. It is thus the unparalleled personality which marked the beginning of the event unparalleled in the history of mankind. His teachings are purely scientific and conform to the psychological pattern of man. An amazing enough example of this can be afforded that the Prophet (SAW) was keen about water bodies and environment.
He (SAW) commanded his followers not to excrete in stagnant water because people may use that water to bath. He (SAW) also forbades us from releasing refuse under a shady or fruit bearing tree, on roads, on river bank, the edge of the water tank or at places where people bathe.
The Prophet (SAW) also promoted greenery by announcing that whoever plants a tree and it benefits people, Allah plants a tree in paradise for that person. What a great way of conserving the environment and enjoying its fruits in paradise as well. He (SAW) will be remembered with gratitude and honoured with grace for all times to come. We must be the worthy products of Muhammadan Institution, if we want to get Allah’s reward on resurrection day.
Jiss sai tareek dil jagmaganay lagay,
Uss chamak waali rangat pa lakhoon salam,
Jis kie taskeen sai rootay huway hans paday,
tabassum ki aadat pa lakhoon salam”.
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