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The Prophet Muhammad (saw), A Great Humanitarian


 

 

By Ghulam Ghaus, New Age Islam

24 Jan 2013

 

The Holy Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was one of the greatest humanitarians that ever walked on the earth. In fact he must be called the saviour of humanity. George Bernard Shaw insists that “if a man like Muhammad were to assume dictatorship of the modern world, he would succeed in solving its problems that would bring it the much needed peace and happiness.”[The Genuine Islam] Similarly, a great historian, Lamartine argues that “as regards all standards by which human greatness may be measured, we may well ask, is there any man greater than he?”[Histoire de la Turquie] According to Michael H Hart, he leads the list of the Most Influential Persons in History’ (The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History’)

 

Thus, not only Muslims but also non-Muslims look up to Holy Prophet Muhammad’s life as a continuous source of inspiration. The best part of his personality was that in spite of leading a very difficult life since his inception, he would always smile and say ‘All praise be to Allah’

 

Perhaps, no one’s life has been scrutinised as much as the Holy Prophet’s biography. But not a single flaw in his character has been recorded. This is precisely why even the pagans of Mecca would call him “Al-Sadiq” (the Truthful) and “Al-Amin” (the Faithful).

 

The Holy Prophet (pbuh) was extremely generous, benevolent and sociable, and he made all possible efforts to inculcate the very noble attributes in his followers. A man asked the Prophet (pbuh), “Which act in Islam is the best?” He replied,

“To feed (the poor and needy) and greet those whom you know and those whom you do not.”[ Sahih Al Bukhari] Similarly, he forbade evil deeds and bad manners like jealousy and mutual estrangement. He said, “Do not hate one another, and do not be jealous of one another; and do not desert (cut your relation with) each other, and O God’s worshippers! Be brothers. Lo! It is not permissible for any Muslim to desert (not talk to) his brother (Muslim) for more than three days.”[Sahih Al Bukhari]

 

Here is a reflection of how steadily and effectively the Prophet tried to nurture and polish the manners of his companions.

 

The worst thing in human nature that the prophet disliked the most is anger. He never committed any act driven by anger. Warning his companions against the dangers of anger, he said: “The strong is not the one who overcomes the people by his strength, but the strong is the one who controls himself while in anger.”[Sahih Al Bukhari]

 

Furthermore, the Prophet (S.A.W.) once said, “A true believer is one with whom others feel secure. One who returns love for hatred.” The Prophet made it clear that one who would only return love for love was on a lower ethical plane.

 

Once when the Prophet’s opponents persecuted him harshly, his Companions asked him to curse them. At this point, the Prophet (pbuh) replied, “I have not been sent to lay a curse upon men but to be a blessing to them.” His opponents continued to treat him and his Companions unjustly and cruelly, but he always prayed for them. He moulded his life in a way that he never caused any trouble or inconvenience to anyone.

 

One of the remarkable lessons he taught was that we should live among others like flowers, and not like thorns. The Jews and the Muslims lived side by side in peace in Madinah. The Prophet (pbuh) allowed them to practice their religion freely. In addition to this, he warned his followers that if anyone murdered or mistreated a non-Muslim in any way, he would not even be able to smell the aroma of Paradise, and the Prophet himself would speak in the non Muslim’s defence in the hereafter.[10] He always desired peace with the Christians, Jews and idolaters, and only unsheathed his sword when he was forced to do so to defend Islam and to repel aggression.

 

The Prophet (pbuh) was born to establish peace and unity in the world. In his Last Sermon, the Holy Prophet removed all forms of inequalities creating a bond of universal brotherhood. He said, “There is no superiority for an Arab over a non – Arab, and for a non – Arab over an Arab, or for white over the black, or for the black over the white, except in piety. Verily the noblest among you is he who is the most pious.”

 

In his noble character, forbearance and mildness, he left behind a perpetual example of perfect human behaviour for the whole mankind. Neither he adopted an ascetic life, nor inclined towards luxuries of the material world. Rather, he maintained a wonderful balance in his entire lifestyle.

 

If you take a cursory glance at the various historical personalities of history, you will find them to be distinguished in a specific walk of life. However the Prophet’s success encompasses all aspects of life including social, ethical, cultural, educational, political, administrative, and other human areas. Every part of his life is well balanced and on the whole is the model of perfection.

 

[1] George Bernard Shaw, The Genuine Islam. Singapore, Vol.1, No 8, 1936.

 

[2] Lamartine, Histoire de la Turquie, Paris, 1854, Vol. II, p.276-277.

 

[3] Michael H. Hart, The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History,

New York: Hart publishing Company Inc, 1978, p.33.

 

[4] Qur’an 68:4

 

[5] Sahih Al Bukhari (Translated by Dr. Muhammad Muhsin Khan) Vol.8. P.143

Hadith no. 6236.

 

[6] Ibid. P.60. Hadith no. 6065.

 

[7] Ibid. P.83. Hadith no. 6114.

 

[8] Qur’an 21:107

 

[9] Ibid. Vol.4. P.475. Hadith no. 3584

 

[10] Sunan Abu Dawood Vol.3. P.170 Hadith no.3052. Also Bukhari. Vol.3. Hadith

no. 2995.

 

[11] A.J. Toynbee, Civilisation On Trial, New York, 1948 P.205.

 

[12] bd volume 8 Hadith number 628.

 

[13] Qur’an 21:107

 

[14] Sahih Al Bukhari Vol. 9: Hadith No. 7439.

 

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TOTAL COMMENTS:-   44


  • Dear Truth, Xpress

    Haffington post is an internationally renowned scholarly journals. It has an article by Mike Ghouse on how one can connect with the Prophet.Some critics of Islam have posted vitriolic comments against the Prophet and I have defended each charge. I hope you will go through it and be fully assured that I love the Prophet in a substantive way. The link is: 


    By muhammad yunus - 1/26/2013 4:29:49 PM



  • Dear Gholam Ghous Sahab,

    Thank you for putting an express clarification on my behalf. How can anyone who has read my related articles assume that I will have an iota of disagreement to your following statement:

    “The Holy Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was one of the greatest humanitarians that ever walked on the earth. In fact he must be called the saviour of humanity”.
     
    The good news is on Jan. 24, a  much awaited book by a renowned American scholar, Lesley Hazelton's, 'The First Muslim, Muhammad' has been launched. She also has a number of  presentation on the Qur'an that you can readily access on the U-Tube. Amazon.com describes the book as follows:
      The extraordinary life of the man who founded Islam, and the world he inhabited—and remade.

           "Muhammad’s was a life of almost unparalleled historical importance; yet for all the iconic power of his name, the intensely dramatic story of the prophet of Islam is not well known. In The First Muslim, Lesley Hazleton brings him vibrantly to life. Drawing on early eyewitness sources and on history, politics, religion, and psychology, she renders him as a man in full, in all his complexity and vitality.
           Hazleton’s account follows the arc of Muhammad’s rise from powerlessness to power, from anonymity to renown, from insignificance to lasting significance. How did a child shunted to the margins end up revolutionizing his world? How did a merchant come to challenge the established order with a new vision of social justice? How did the pariah hounded out of Mecca turn exile into a new and victorious beginning? How did the outsider become the ultimate insider?
           Impeccably researched and thrillingly readable, Hazleton’s narrative creates vivid insight into a man navigating between idealism and pragmatism, faith and politics, nonviolence and violence, rejection and acclaim. The First Muslim illuminates not only an immensely significant figure but his lastingly relevant legacy.

    Thanks

    By muhammad yunus - 1/26/2013 4:20:39 PM



  • Mr express

    The truth is what Dear Raihan Nezami sahib says in his comment as follows:

    ‘Dear Xpress: I think there has been some misunderstanding or misinterpretation of Mohammad Younus Saheb’s comment second in this thread. I am quoting few lines from that, “The truth is many historians have found the Prophet far less honorable than you have claimed. These historians - one quoted by Barani, have drawn on the classical Sira of the Prophet, which is no more than an embellished history.” You see, finally, he has stated, “Sira is an embellished history”. As far as my understanding is concerned, he has great love and reverence for the prophet Muhammad (SAW) having full belief in the noble persona of the prophet (SAW) and agrees with the author’s statement, “The Holy Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was one of the greatest humanitarians that ever walked on the earth. In fact he must be called the saviour of humanity”.

    Mr express, never try to create conflict between me and Muhamamd Yunus Sahab as it is your habit of doing such an evil work also shown in your comment. 


    By GHULAM GHAUS غلام غوث - 1/26/2013 10:21:09 AM



  • Mr.express, 
    I think YUNUS SAHAB has not opposed to my statement regarding the dignity of the holy prophet Muhammad pbuh rather he has given a kind of suggestion to quote from the most authentic book the Quran. His article shows that he has great reverence and respect regarding the holy prophet Muahmmad pbuh.
     

    By GHULAM GHAUS غلام غوث - 1/26/2013 10:11:32 AM



  • Mr express 
    What do you want to do here in this site. you better first tell me who are you? what is your purpose then we may do very comprehensive debate here that may enlighten you. your false name is identical to your false comment. I think you change your name and come time and again with the same questions and misinterpretations regarding the holy prophet Muahmmad pbuh. 
     

    By GHULAM GHAUS غلام غوث - 1/26/2013 10:04:10 AM



  • Two Hadith about the marriage of Fatima سلام الله عليه
    (1) Abdullah bin Masud (RA) narrates that the Holy Prophet (SAW) said, “Allah (SWT) has ordered me to arrange Fatimah’s (سلام اللہ علیھا) marriage with Ali (كرم الله وجهه).”
    (2 ) ‘Ans bin Malik (RA) narrates that when the Messenger of Allah (SAW) was in the mosque, he said to Ali (كرم الله وجهه), “This is Jibraeel who is telling me that Allah (SWT) has performed your marriage ceremony to Fatimah (سلام اللہ علیھا) in the presence of forty thousand angels as witnesses to the marriage ceremony. He (SWT) said to the tree of tuba (blessing) to rain pearls and rubies on them. The tree showered them with pearls and rubies. Then women with beautiful eyes gathered the pearls and rubies in trays which the angels (present in the ceremony) will present to each other as gifts until the Day of Judgement.”


    By GHULAM GHAUS غلام غوث - 1/26/2013 9:36:42 AM



  • There is a Hadith about the marriage of Fatima سلام الله عليه

    ‘Abdullah bin Masud (RA) narrates that the Holy Prophet (SAW) said, “Allah (SWT) has ordered me to arrange Fatimah’s (سلام اللہ علیھا) marriage with Ali (كرم الله وجهه).”


    By GHULAM GHAUS غلام غوث - 1/26/2013 9:29:52 AM



  • A very good comment by Dear Arashad Bhai,
    "despite the fact the whole life of the prophet (pbuh) had to be spent in defending and fighting for the cause of his noble mission, there was not the slightest scar of rudeness or harshness or cruelty in his speech or hehaviour or ideology. On the contrary in our present world, we observe that those who have ten or fifteen years in the army or the police, a certain  cruelty and rudeness his personality, behaviour and ideas. But it did not happen with the prophet (pbuh). That is a unique trait of his  magnanimous persona
    Dear thanks a lot for appreciating me and giving you worth mentioning comment. 

    By GHULAM GHAUS غلام غوث - 1/26/2013 9:10:53 AM



  • Dear Raihan Nizami sahab you have rightly said in you comment "Mr. Barani: The hatred for Islam has gone into your head, only an illiterate and crazy person can speak like this who has no idea but believes the hearsay of the enemies of Islam. You are one step ahead of the pagans of Makkah in 7th century". 
    perhaps that is why Mr Barani has gone to such an extent.

    By GHULAM GHAUS غلام غوث - 1/26/2013 8:58:43 AM



  • Yunus sahib, 
    The most authentic book is none other than the holy Quran. To understand the holy Quran you need indeed the knowledge of Ahadith otherwise never ever you can get access to the Quran’s broader sense. Sometimes to understand the meaning of  a word of the holy Quran you need indeed the help of the Ahadith. 
    The Quran praises the holy prophet more than I or you can imagine or do. His sayings or practices are far better than we can do or think of. Perhaps, you might have ever heard that truth is ever green. If I praise the holy prophet Muahmmad pbuh by quoting from the holy Ahadith some will try to disapprove it. Those who have hate and prejudice against the holy prophet Muhammad they will continue to misinterpret whether I quote from the Quran or Ahaidth. 
    I have given an account here “Thus, not only Muslims but also non-Muslims look up to Holy Prophet Muhammad’s life as a continuous source of inspiration. The best part of his personality was that in spite of leading a very difficult life since his inception, he would always smile and say ‘All praise be to Allah’”
    False and fabricated statements regarding the holy prophet Muhamamd pbuh as you mentioned in your comment are not new. Since the advent of Islam I have found two types of hate against the holy Prophet Muhammad pbuh 1 is direct hate without misinterpreting the holy Quran and 2 is indirect hate by utilising the misinterpretation of the holy Quran or the Ahadith. In the era of the holy prophet pbuh the then pagans used the direct hate and now the hate-mongers are utilising the indirect way of humiliating the dignity of the holy prophet Muahmad pbuh. If someone blames the holy prophet Muhmamad pbuh misinterpreting the Hadiht, it does not mean that we should be restricted to the only holy Quran. We come to know the praises of the holy prophet pbuh from the Quran as well as the Ahadith. 
    What is my purpose is only to make the people aware of the truth and save them from being fallen prey to the misinterpretation and distortion. For doing so, I will quote from the Quran, and Hadith. 
    In my article I have shown that in addition to Muslims, some non-Muslims too take inspiration from the life of the holy prophet pbuh. 


    By GHULAM GHAUS غلام غوث - 1/26/2013 8:48:33 AM



  • A great humanitarian 

    Once, Abu Masud Ansari was beating his slave when he heard a voice behind him say, “Abu Masud! God has more power and control over you than you have over this slave.” Abu Masud turned and saw it was God’s Messenger. He said, “O God’s Messenger! I free this slave for the pleasure of God.” Muhammad replied, “If you had not done so, the fire of Hell would have touched you.”

      People arranged the marriages of slaves but forcibly separated them whenever they wished. One man arranged the marriage of his slave to his slave-girl and then wanted to separate them. The slave complained to God’s Messenger, who stood up in the Mosque and -addressed the people, “Why do people marry slaves and then separate them? The right of marriage and divorce belongs only to the husband and wife.” The effect of this kindness was that many slaves of polytheists used to run away and come to him. He used to grant them freedom. When the spoils of war were distributed, slaves were given their due share. The newly freed slaves received their shares first for they did not have any capital.

    Indeed he and his message was and is that of a great humanitarian. 


    By GHULAM GHAUS غلام غوث - 1/26/2013 7:54:35 AM



  •               

     A great humanitarian

     When the slaves felt humiliated at being called slaves the prophet Muhammad pbuh advised his companions not to say “my slave” or “my slave-girl” but to say, “my son” or “my daughter”. He also told the slaves not to call their masters “lord” for God alone was the Lord. He was so much kind to slaves that his last inheritance before he died was, “Fear God in the matter of slaves.” Abu Dhar was one of the converts and Muhammad praised him for his honest. Once he abused a non-Arab slave, who complained to the Holy Prophet about this. He reprimanded Abu Dhar and said, “You are still ignorant; these slaves are your brothers. God has given you power over them; if they are not suited to your temperament, sell them. Don’t harm God’s creatures. Give them to eat what you eat; give them to wear what you wear. Don’t give them so much work that they cannot do it all. If you give them a lot of work, then give them a hand to finish that work.”


    By GHULAM GHAUS غلام غوث - 1/26/2013 7:49:31 AM



  •  

    The Prophet Muhammad was kind-hearted to slaves. He (pbuh) says “They are your brothers; give them to eat what you eat; give them to wear what you wear.”

    Whenever he got any slaves, he always used to give them freedom but they could never free themselves from his kindness and generosity. They left their parents, relatives and family and regarded it as an honour to live in bondage to him. Zaid bin Hartha was a slave. Muhammad set him free and gave him the choice to go with his father, who had come to take him, but he refused to go with his father and preferred to stay. Muhammad pbuh loved Usama, son of Zaid, so much that he used to say that if he had been a girl, he would have put jewellery on her.

     

     


    By GHULAM GHAUS غلام غوث - 1/26/2013 7:42:30 AM



  • Mr. Barani

    You always repeat the same questions. The questions you have asked in your first comment in this article have already been given answers. Even then you do the same that tells your target and purpose of peeping into others’ religion in order to distort the message of the religion. So, whatever authentic references I give you, will not convince you. Here, I have a message for you that if you want to judge the religion Islam and the holy prophet Muhammad peace be upon him, you should first be positive rather than negative, otherwise you can never find the way to right.

    For an instance, a man has a mother and a father and if he thinks of his parents positively he will remain in love with his parents, on the contrary to that if he thinks of his parents he will be no longer a lover of his parents. As a result, there will be only conflict as is taking place today.  Similarly if a man studies the Quran and Ahadith negatively will and can never find out the true guidance but will remain stuck with the negative thoughts.

    The message prophet Muhammad peace be upon brought was not only for his time but is applicable for the standards of today too. This is not only claim but also justified.

     


    By GHULAM GHAUS غلام غوث - 1/26/2013 7:14:31 AM



  • Mr barani,

     Your approach to Muhammad peace be upon him is merely based on misinterpretation of his life either that from the Quran or the Hadith. All these accounts are fabricated and nothing else. You have said as follows:   

    “According to these standards Mohammed was a cruel

    barbarian, merciless and fanatical. He introduced religious

    hatred into large parts of the world that before were tolerant

    on such matters. He curtailed the freedom of women. He

    endorsed slavery. He broke up families. He ordered cruel

    punishments. The world would have been a better place if he

    had never been born.”

    A man has a tongue, can say or write whatever he wants irrespective of the distinction between right and wrong message of Islam and the holy prophet Muhammad peace be upon him. It may be called a kind of violence that is growing day by day.

    When I think, what is the target of those people who are just stuck with the purpose of misinterpreting the message of Islam? I come to know that they are doing so just in order to create violence among the societies and the nations. But those can never get success as long as there are peace-loving people and the true spirit of Islam.     


    By GHULAM GHAUS غلام غوث - 1/26/2013 7:13:35 AM



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