Saturday, September 15, 2012

Prophet Muhammad ...who was he? PART 1.

Assalamualaikum wa rahamtulahi wa barakatu (May the peace and mercy and blessings of Allah be upon you) , 

Who was the most beloved man to mankind to ever set foot on this earth? Here is a small serious to help educate non-Muslims as well as Muslims about the last and final messenger of Allah (God). 


Firstly, 

what the NON-Muslims have to say about our beloved messenger of Allah (sallahu aleyhi wasselum)

1-Michael Hart said in his book The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History (p. 13), where he put Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) at the head of his list of one hundred: 
I chose Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) to be top of this list … because Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) was the only man in history who was supremely successful on both the religious and secular levels. 

2-The Englishman George Bernard Shaw wrote a book called Muhammad, which was burned by the British authorities. He said: 
The world is in the utmost need of a man with the mentality of Muhammad.
Medieval ecclesiastics, either through ignorance of bigotry, painted Mohammadanism in the darkest colors. They were in fact; trained to hate both the man Muhammad and his to them was anti-Christ. But I have studied his life, and found him to be extraordinary. I have reached the conclusion that  he was never an enemy to Christianity. He must be called the Saviour 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. 



3-Annie Besant said: 
It is impossible for anyone who studies the life and character of the great Prophet of Arabia, who knows how he taught and how he lived, to feel anything but reverence for that mighty Prophet, one of the great messengers of the Supreme. 



4-The Austrian Schabrak said: 
Mankind may be proud of having a man like Muhammad among them, for despite being illiterate he was able more than ten centuries ago to introduce legislation that we Europeans would be the happiest ever if we could produce something of equally high quality. 



5-Dr. Zwemer (a Canadian Orientalist): 
Muhammad was an able reformer, eloquent and well spoken, courageous and daring, a great thinker. We cannot attribute to him anything that contradicts these qualities. This Qur’aan that he brought and his history bear witness to the truth of these claims. 



6-The English philosopher Thomas Carlyle, the Nobel Prize winner, says in his book Heroes: 
It is very shameful for any individual in this era to listen to what is said about the religion of Islam being a fabrication and Muhammad being a treacherous fabricator. Throughout his life we see him holding firm beliefs, sincere in resolve, generous and kind, compassionate, pious, virtuous, very serious. In spite of that, he was easy-going, cheerful, friendly, and even sometimes light-hearted. He was just, sincere in intention, smart, chivalrous, and quick-witted, as if he carried in his heart the lamps of every dark night, filled with light; a naturally great man who never studied in school or at the hand of a teacher, because he had no need of that. 



7-Goethe, the German poet, said: 
We Europeans with all our concepts and ideas have not yet attained that which Muhammad attained, and no one will ever surpass him. I searched in history for the loftiest example for man to follow, and I found it in the Prophet Muhammad. Thus the truth must prevail and become supreme, because Muhammad succeeded in subjugating the whole world by means of the message of Divine Oneness. 



Secondly, 

Just some AHadith (Prophetic sayings) about our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) 

His Manners & Character:  


Ana b. Malik reported: I served the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) for ten years, and, by Allah, he never said to me any harsh word, and he never said to me about a thing as to why I had done that and as to why I had not done that. Abu Rabi' has made this addition (in this narration): "The work which a servant should do." There is no mention of his words" By Allah". {Sahih Muslim} Book 030, Number 5720:

Anas reported Allah's Messenger (may be be upon him) as saying : I served the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) as saying : I served the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) for nine years, and I do not know (of any instance) when he said to me : Why you have done this and that, and he never found fault with me in anything. (Sahih Muslim) Book 030, Number 5723

Musa b. Anas reported on the authority of his father: It never happened that Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) was asked anything for the sake of Islam and he did not give that. There came to him a person and he gave him a large flock (of sheep and goats) and he went back to his people and said: My people, embrace Islam, for Muhammad gives so much charity as if he has no fear of want.{Sahih Muslim} Book 030, Number 5728:


Abu Huraira reported that al-Aqra'b. Habis saw Allah's Apostle (may peace be upon him) kissing Hasan. He said: I have ten children , but I have never kissed any of them, whereupon Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) said: He who does not show mercy (towards his children), no mercy would be shown to him. { Sahih Muslim} Book 030, Number 5736



Abu Sai'id Khudri reported that Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) was more modest than the virgin behind the curtain (or in the apartment), and when he disliked anything, we regonised that from his face (Sahih Muslim) Book 030, Number 5739




... 'Abd Allah ibn 'Amr said, "The Prophet of Allah, upon him be peace, was never obscene or coarse. Rather, he used to tell us that the best among us were those with the best manners." Hadith - Sahih Bukhari, Muslim, and Tirmidhi



His Moral Conduct:

*Masruq reported: We went to Abdullah b. 'Amr when Mu'dwiya came to Kufa, and he made a mention of Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) and said: He was never immoderate in his talk and he never reviled others. Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) also said: The best amongst you are those who are best in morals. Uthman said: When he came to Kufa along with Mu'awiya... (The rest of the hadith is the same). { Sahih Muslim} Book 030, Number 5740: *



...It is said that he (sallallahu aleihi wa sallam) mentioned anger, saying, "Some are swift to anger and swift to cool down, the one characteristic making up for the other; some are slow to anger and slow to cool down, the one characteristic making up for the other; but the best of you are those who are slow to anger and swift to cool down, and the worst of you are those who are swift to anger and slow to cool down." He continued, "Beware of anger, for it is a live coal on the heart of the descendant of Adam. Do you not notice the swelling of the veins of his neck and the redness of his eyes? So when anyone experiences anything of that nature he should lie down and cleave to the earth." 
Hadith - Al-Tirmidhi #5145, Narrated Abu Sa'id al-Khudri, transmitted by Tirmidhi


To be continued....

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