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You Must Know This Man


You
may be an atheist or an agnostic; or you may belong to any of the
religious denominations that exist in the world today. You may be a
communist or a believer in democracy and freedom. No matter what you
are, and no matter what your ideological and political beliefs, personal
and social habits happen to be -- YOU MUST STILL KNOW THIS MAN
The Encyclopedia Britannica calls him "The MOST successful of all religious personalities of the world" and it also confirms:
"...A mass of detail in the early
sources shows that he was an honest and upright man who had gained the
respect and loyalty of others who were like-wise honest and upright
men." (Vol. 12)
Bernard Shaw said about him:
"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 much-needed peace and happiness".
(The Genuine Islam, Singapore, Vol. 1, No.8, 1936)
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
and political reforms, established a powerful and dynamic society to
practice and represent his teachings and completely revolutionized the
worlds of human thought and behavior for all times to come.
His name is MUHAMMAD May Peace of God Be Upon Him (pbuh)
Born in Arabia in the year 570 A.D., started his mission of preaching the religion of Truth, Islam (submission to One God) at the age of forty and departed from this world when he was sixty three.
During this short period of 23
years of his Prophethood, he changed the complete Arabian peninsula from
paganism and idolatry to worship of One God, from tribal quarrels and
wars to national solidarity and cohesion, from drunkenness and
debauchery to sobriety and piety, from lawlessness and anarchy to
discipline living, from utter bankruptcy to highest standards of moral
excellence. Human history has never known such a complete transformation
of a people or a place before or since - and IMAGINE all these unbelievable wonders in JUST OVER TWO DECADES.
Lamartine, the renowned historian speaking on the essentials of Human Greatness wonders:
"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 with
Muhammad? The most famous men 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,
legislations, 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. This dogma was two-fold, the unity of
God and the immateriality of God; the former telling what God is, the
latter telling what God is not; the one overthrowing false gods with the
sword, the other starting an idea with the words.
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?
(Lamartine, Historire de la Turquie, Paris, 1854, Vol. II, pp. 276-277).
The world has had 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, 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.
Not so this man. Muhammad
(pbuh) accomplished so much in such diverse fields of human thought and
behavior in the fullest blaze of human history. Every detail of this
private and public utterances has been accurately ********ed and
faithfully preserved to our day. The authenticity of the records so
preserved are vouched for not only by the faithful followers but even by
his prejudiced critics.
Muhammad
(pbuh) was a religious teacher, a social reformer, a moral guide, an
administrative colossus, a faithful friend, a wonderful companion, a
devoted husband, a loving father - all in one. No other man in history
ever excelled or equaled him in any of these different aspects of life -
but it was only for the selfless personality of Muhammad (pbuh) to achieve such incredible perfections.
Mahatma Gandhi, speaking on the character of Muhammad (pbuh) says in 'Young India':
"I wanted to know the best of one
who holds today 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
rigid simplicity, the utter self-effacement of the Prophet, the
scrupulous regard for his pledges, his intense devotion to his friends
and followers, his intrepidity, his fearlessness, his absolute trust in
God and in his own mission. These and not the sword carried everything
before them and surmounted every obstacle.
When I closed the 2nd volume (of the Prophet's biography), I was sorry there was not more for me to read of the great life".
Thomas Carlyle in his 'Heroes and Heroworship', was simply amazed as to:
"How one man single handily, could
weld warring tribes and wandering Bedouins into a most powerful and
civilized nation in less than two decades".
Diwan Chand Sharma wrote:
"Muhammad was the soul of kindness, and his influence was felt and never forgotten by those around him"
(D.C. Sharma, 'The Prophets of the East', Calcutta, 1935, pp.12)
Edward Gibbon and Simon Ockley speaking on the profession of ISLAM write:
" 'I BELIEVE IN ONE GOD, AND
MAHOMET, AN APOSTLE OF GOD' is the simple and invariable profession of
Islam. The intellectual image of the Deity has never been degraded by
any visible idol; the honor of the Prophet have never transgresses the
measure of human virtues; and his living precepts have restrained the
gratitude of his disciples within the bounds of reason and religion".
(History of the Saracen Empires, London, 1870, p.54).
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 worship of ONE and ONLY ONE GOD and to teach them the way to honest and upright living based on the commands of God. He always described himself as, 'A Servant and Messenger of God', and so indeed every action of his proclaimed to be.
Speaking on the aspect of equality before God in Islam, the famous poetess of India, Sarojini Naidu says:
"It was the first religion that preached and practiced
democracy; for, in the mosque, when the call for prayer is sounded and
worshippers 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 struck over and over again by this indivisible unity of Islam that makes man instinctively a brother."
( S. Naidu, Ideals of Islam, vide Speeches & Writings, Madras, 1918, P.169).
In the words of Prof. Hugronje:
" the league of nations founded by
the prophet of Islam put the principle international unity and human
brotherhood in 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".


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 stiving was for the soul purpose of
uniting mankind for the worship of One God on the codes of moral
excellence. Muhammad
(pbuh) of his followers never at any time that he was a Son of God or
the God-incarnate or a man with divinity - but he always was and is even
today considered as only a Messenger chosen by God.
Michael H. Hart in his recently published book on ratings of men who contributed towards the benefit and upliftment of mankind writes:
"My choice of Muhammad to lead the
list of the world most influential persons may surprise some readers and
may be questioned by others, but he was the only in history who was
supremely successful on both the religious and secular levels".
(M.H.Hart,'The 100: A ranking of the most influential persons in history', New York, 1978, pp.33).
Jules Masserman (Jewish) in in TIME Magazine:
"Perhaps the greatest leader of all
times was Mohammad, who combined all the three functions. To a lesser
degree Moses did the same."
(Jules Masserman, 'Who Were Histories Great Leaders?', TIME Magazine, July 15, 1974).
K. S. Ramakrishna Rao,
an Indian Professor of Philosophy in his booklet, "Muhammad, The
Prophet of Islam," calls him the "perfect model for human life." Prof.
Ramakrishna Rao explains his point by saying:
"The personality of Muhammad, it is
most difficult to get into the whole truth of it. Only a glimpse of it I
can catch. What a dramatic succession of picturesque scenes! There is
Muhammad, the Prophet. There is Muhammad, the Warrior; Muhammad, the
Businessman; Muhammad, the Statesman; Muhammad, the Orator; Muhammad,
the Reformer; Muhammad, the Refuge of Orphans; Muhammad, the Protector
of Slaves; Muhammad, the Emancipator of Women; Muhammad, the Judge;
Muhammad, the Saint. All in all these magnificent roles, in all these
departments of human activities, he is alike a hero."
Today after a lapse of fourteen centuries the life and teachings of Muhammad
(pbuh) have survived without the slightest loss, alteration or
interpolations. 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.
The least YOU could do as a
thinking and concerned human being is to stop for a moment and ask
yourself: 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) or hear about him isn't it time
to you responded to this tremendous challenge and put-in some effort to
know him?
It will cost you nothing but it may prove to be the beginning of a completely new era in your life.
We invite you to make a discovery
of this wonderful man, 'MUHAMMAD (pbuh)', the like of whom never walked
on the face of this earth.

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