What did they say about MuhammadWritten by: by WAMY :: (View All Articles by: WAMY)
In the name of God, most Gracious, most Merciful
what did they say about muhammad
During the centuries of the Crusades, all sorts of slanders were invented against the Prophet Muhammad (SAW). With the birth of the Modern Age, however, marked with religious tolerance and freedom of thought, there has been a great change in the approach of Western authors in their delineation of his life and character. The views of some non-Muslim scholars regarding Prophet Muhammad, given at the end, justify this opinion.
The West still has further step to go to discover the greatest reality about Muhammad, and that is his being the true and last Prophet of God for all of humanity. In spite of all its objectivity and enlightenment, here has been no sincere and objective attempt by the West to understand the Prophethood of Muhammad (SAW). It is so strange that very glowing tributes are paid to him for his integrity and achievement, but his claim of being the Prophet of God has been rejected explicitly and implicitly. It is here that a searching of the heart is required and a review if the so-called objectivity is needed. The following glaring facts from the life of Muhammad (SAW) have been furnished to facilitate an unbiased, logical and objective decision regarding his Prophethood.
Up to the age of forty, Muhammad was not known as a statesman, a preacher, or an orator. He was never seen discussing the principles of metaphysics, ethics, law, politics, economics or sociology. No doubt he possessed an excellent character, charming manners and was highly cultured. Yet there was nothing so deeply striking and so radically extraordinary in him that would make men expect something great and revolutionary from him in the future. But when he came out of the Cave of Hira with a new message, he was completely transformed. Is it possible for such a person of the above qualities to turn all of a sudden into 'an imposter' and claim to be the Prophet of Allah and, thus, invite the rage of his people? One may ask, for what reason did he suffer all of the hardships imposed on him? His people offered to accept him as their king and to lay all of the riches of the land at his feet, if he would only leave the preaching of his religion. But he chose to refuse their tempting offers and continue preaching his religion single-handedly in the face of all kinds of insults, social boycotts, and even physical assaults by his own people. It was not only God's support, Muhammadís firm will to disseminate the message of Allah, and Muhammadís deep-rooted belief, that ultimately made Islam emerge as the only way of life for humanity, but also the fact that, he stood like a mountain in the face of all opposition and conspiracies that tried to eliminate him, furthermore, if he had come with a design of rivalry against the Christians and Jews, why did he make believing in Jesus, Moses, and other Prophets of God (peace be upon them) a basic requirement of faith without which no one could be a Muslim?
Is it not an incontrovertible proof of his Prophethood that, in spite of being unlettered and having led a very normal, quiet life for forty years, when he began preaching his message, all of Arabia stood in awe and wonder at his beautiful eloquence and oration? It was so matchless that the whole legion of Arab poets, preachers, and orators of the highest caliber failed to bring forth its equivalent. And above all, how could he pronounce truths of a scientific nature contained in the Quran that no human being could possibly have developed or known at that time?
Last but not least, why did he lead a hard life after gaining power and authority? Just ponder the words he uttered while dying: "We, the community of the Prophets, are not inherited. Whatever we leave is for charity."
As a matter of fact, Muhammad (SAW) is the last link in the chain of Prophets sent to different lands and times since the beginning of human life on this planet. Read the following writings of the western authors:
Lamartine, Histoire de la Turquie, Paris 1854, Vol II, pp. 276-77:
"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... the 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 twofold, the unit 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 words.Ē
"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 standards by which human greatness may be measured, we may well ask, is there any man greater than he?"
Edward Gibbon and Simon Ocklay, History of the Saracen Empire, London, 1870, p. 54:
"It is not the propagation but the permanency of his religion that deserves our wonder, the same pure and perfect impression which he engraved at Mecca and Medina is preserved, after the revolutions of twelve centuries by the Indian, the African and the Turkish proselytes of the Koran...The Mahometans have uniformly withstood the temptation of reducing the object of their faith and devotion to a level with the senses and imagination of man. 'I believe in One God and Mahomet the 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 honors of the prophet have never transgressed the measure of human virtue, and his living precepts have restrained the gratitude of his disciples within the bounds of reason and religion."
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