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. 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.
 George Bernard Shaw, The Genuine Islam. Singapore, Vol.1, No 8, 1936.
 Lamartine, Histoire de la Turquie, Paris, 1854, Vol. II, p.276-277.
 Michael H. Hart, The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History,
New York: Hart publishing Company Inc, 1978, p.33.
 Qur’an 68:4
 Sahih Al Bukhari (Translated by Dr. Muhammad Muhsin Khan) Vol.8. P.143
Hadith no. 6236.
 Ibid. P.60. Hadith no. 6065.
 Ibid. P.83. Hadith no. 6114.
 Qur’an 21:107
 Ibid. Vol.4. P.475. Hadith no. 3584
 Sunan Abu Dawood Vol.3. P.170 Hadith no.3052. Also Bukhari. Vol.3. Hadith
 A.J. Toynbee, Civilisation On Trial, New York, 1948 P.205.
 bd volume 8 Hadith number 628.
 Qur’an 21:107
 Sahih Al Bukhari Vol. 9: Hadith No. 7439.
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.
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).”
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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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
“According to these
standards Mohammed was a cruel
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.