The Prophet Muhammad s.a.w.s. (Revisited)
June 30, 2006 § Leave a comment
In the name of Allah The Beneficent The Merciful. I would like to thank all of the visitors to Wa Salaam, I would also like to acknowledge you for your sincerity and courage. Reports indicate that many of you visiting this site are from Christian Web Rings and also from locations particularly in the United States where our subject matter here in Wa Salaam is new. I know that right now in the US Islam and its beauty is overshadowed by the current political and social problems on a global scale.
However, I firmly believe there is hope, and my faith in humanity is ever increasing when I see good people like yourselves who are ready to do something positive for the sake of humanity, if for nothing else your own selves and environment.
Consequently, there has been a great interest in the article that I wrote recently entitled The Jesus Theory (Part I); in this article there were also comments and discussions. The discussions I feel allowed many of the Christian readers of Wa Salaam some clarity of cloudy areas with respect to their understanding of Islam.
As a result I would like to continue this theme of clarity by shining the light on a misunderstood character of Islam; our Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.s). This will be the first of a series of articles about The Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.s.). In this article I will cite Great Western writers, historians and thinkers on what they had to say about The Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.s.).
- Edward Gibbon: The master historian in his Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire opines about Islam and the Qur’an writing, “The creed of Mohammad is free from the suspicions of ambiguity, and the Qur’an is a glorious testimony to the unity of GOD”.
- Thomas Carlyle: one of the greatest thinkers of the past century said, “The word of such a man is a voice direct from nature’s own heart. Men do and must listen to that as to nothing else; all else is wind in comparison.”
- Rev. R. Bosworth-Smith: a Christian missionary in his book Mohammed and Mohammedanism, says “Illiterate himself, scarcely able to read or write: He was yet the author of a book, which is a poem, a code of laws, a book of common prayers, and a Bible – all in one. And is reverenced to this day by a sixth of the whole human race as a miracle of purity of Style , of Wisdom and of Truth. It is the one miracle claimed by Mohammed, his standing miracle he called it, and a miracle indeed it is!”
- Alphonse de Lamartine: the French historian, in his History of the Turks summarizes his magnificent tribute to Muhammad in these words: “Philosopher, Orator, Apostle, Legislator, Warrior, Conqueror of Ideas, the restorer of rational beliefs, of a cult without images; the founder of twenty terrestrial empires and one spiritual empire that is Muhammad. With regards all standards whereby human greatness may be measures, we may well ask, ‘is there any man greater than he?'”
- Jules Masserman: US Psychoanalyst in the “TIME” Magazine of July 15, 1974, in his contribution to a special section on “Where are the Leaders?” wrote, “Perhaps the greatest leader of all time was Mohammed”, strangely enough as a Jew he puts the Holy Prophet Moses, a close second.
- Michael H. Hart: an American astronomer, historian and mathematician has published a book entitled The Greatest 100 in History after scrutinizing men (and women) in history from Adam until today, he puts Muhammad the Topmost of his 100. Where he places his own Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, in the third position.
- George Bernard Shaw: author of The Genuine Islam wrote, ” I have studied him — the wonderful man — and in my opinion far from being an anti-Christ he must be called the saviour of humanity.”
With this powerful roster of learned men how could there be any doubt that at the very least the Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.s.) was and is respected in elite circles of Great Western thinkers. I feel that not only the Great Thinkers of the West should have the opportunity to study and learn from our Prophet (s.a.w.s.) but the common man of the West should also have the opportunity to study and learn of him and the Message, without being subject to fears or ridicule.
One of my favorite quotes comes from the Encyclopedia Britannica and it reads, “Muhammed is the most successful of all Prophets and religious personalities”. Although maybe you should see for yourself why this trusted source of information found in our public school system would print this.
Deedat, Ahmed. Al-Quran The Ultimate Miracle. Bangladesh. Sufi, 1979