WHAT IS THE FACT?
- Cartoonists caricature him mean
- Wise men adore him a great man
- Billion plus bear witness him a Messenger of God
YOU SHOULD KNOW THIS MAN
ENCYCLOPAEDIA BRITANNICA confirms:
“…. 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 like-wise honest and upright men.” (Vol. 12)
GEORGE BERNARD SHAW about him:
“If any religion had the chance of ruling over England, nay Europe within the next hundred years, it could be Islam.”
“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 for from being an anti-Christ, he must be called the Savior of Humanity.”
“I have prophesied about the faith of Muhammad that it would be acceptable to the Europe of tomorrow as it is beginning to be acceptable to the Europe of today.”
“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.“
(Sir George Bernard Shaw in ‘The Genuine Islam,’ Vol. 1, No. 8, 1936.)
YES! HE IS MUHAMMED (May Peace of God Be Upon Him (pbuh)
HE DID IT…
- 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
- He 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.
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 the age of sixty-three.
During this short period of 23 years of his Prophet hood, he changed the complete Arabian peninsula:
- From paganism and idolatry to SUMISSION to The 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 a complete transformation of a society or a place before or since – and IMAGINE all these unbelievable wonders in JUST OVER TWO DECADES.
MICHAEL H. HART in his book on Ratings of Men
M.H. Hart, THE 100: A RANKING OF THE MOSTINFLUENTIAL PERSONS IN HISTORY, New York, 1978, p. 33
He ranked Mohammed first in the list, who contributed towards the benefit and uplift of mankind:
“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.”
LAMAR TINE, the renowned historian, speaking on the essentials of human greatness wonders Alphonse de Lamar tine, HISTOIRE DE LA TURQUIE, Paris, 1854, Vol. 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 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, 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.”
“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?”
“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 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.”
DIWAN CHAND SHARMA wrote:
“Muhammad was the soul of kindness, and his influence was felt and neverforgotten 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 has never transgressed 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)
MAHATMA GANDHI Speaking on the character of Muhammad, (pbuh) 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 rigid simplicity, the utter self-effacement of the Prophet,
the scrupulous regard for his pledges, his intense devotion to this
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-handedly, could weld warring tribes and wandering Bedouins into a most powerful and civilized nation in less than two decades.”
“The lies (Western slander) which well-meaning zeal has heaped round this man (Muhammad) are disgraceful to ourselves only.”
“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.”
Now Please Relax for a Moment
The least YOU could do as thinking and concerned human being is to stop for a moment and ask yourself: Could these statements sounding so extraordinaryand revolutionary be really true?
And supposing they really are true and you did not know this man Mohammad (pbuh) or hear about him isn’t it time you responded to this tremendous challenge and put in some effort to know him?