What they say about Prophet Muhammad(PBUH)

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During the centuries of the crusades, all sorts of slanders were invented against the Prophet Muhammad (p)2. However, with the birth of the modern age, 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 West, however, has yet to go a step forward to discover the greatest reality about Muhammad (p); that is his being the true and the last Prophet of God for all humanity.

Despite all its objectivity and enlightenment, there has been no sincere and objective attempt by the West to understand the Prophethood of Muhammad (p). 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 is rejected explicitly or implicitly. It is here that a searching of the heart is required, and a review of the so-called objectivity is needed. The following glaring facts from the life of Muhammad (p) have been furnished to facilitate an unbiased, logical and objective decision regarding his Prophethood.

Up to the age of forty, Muhammad (p) 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 and charming manners and was known to be 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 a person known to possess an upright and unblemished character, to suddenly turn ‘an impostor’ and claim to be the Prophet of God?”. It is well known that his claim invited the rage of his people, and marked the beginning of a long, arduous struggle. One might ask: “for what reason did he suffer all those hardships?” His people offered to accept him as their King and to lay all the riches of the land at his feet if only he would leave the preaching of his message. But he turned down their alluring offers and continued to preach in the face of insults, social boycott and even physical assault. Furthermore, had he come with a design of rivalry with the Christians and the Jews, why should he have believed in Jesus Christ and Moses and other Prophets of God (peace be upon them), which is a basic requirement of faith without which no one could be a Muslim?

It is well known that Muhammad (p) was unlettered and had led a very uneventful life before he announced his mission to the world at the age of forty. Is it not an incontrovertible proof of his Prophethood, that despite being unlettered, all of Arabia stood in awe and wonder when he began preaching his message, and was bewitched by the wonderful eloquence of his message? The whole legion of Arab poets, preachers and orators of the highest caliber failed to bring forth the equivalent of the Qur’an, which remains inimitable to this day. And above all, how could he then pronounce truths of scientific nature contained in the Qur’an that no human being could possibly have discovered at that time?

Last, but not the least, why did he lead a hard life even after gaining power and authority? The words he uttered while dying were: “We the community of the Prophets are not inherited. Whatever we leave is for charity.”

As a matter of fact, Muhammad (p), is the last link of Prophets sent in different lands and times since the beginning of the human life on earth.

“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… His 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 impostor but to a firm conviction which gave him the power to restore a dogma. This dogma was twofold, the unity 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 the words.

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?” [Lamartine, Histoire de la Turquie, Paris 1854 Vol. II, pp. 276-77.]

“It is not the propagation but the permanency of his religion that deserves our wonder; the same pure and perfect impression that 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.” [Edward Gibbon and Simon Ocklay, History of the Saracen Empire, London 1870, p. 54.]

“He was Caesar and Pope in one; but he was Pope without Pope’s pretensions, Caesar without the legions of Caesar: without a standing army, without a bodyguard, without a palace, without a fixed revenue; if ever any man had the right to say that he ruled by the right divine, it was Mohammad, for he had all the power without its instruments and without its supports.” [Bosworth Smifu, Mohammad and Mohammadanism. London 1874, p. 92.]

“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. And although in what I put to you I shall say many things which may be familiar to many, yet I myself feel whenever I re-read them, a new way of admiration, a new sense of reverence for that mighty Arabian teacher.” [Annie Besant, The Life and Teachings of Muhammad, Madras 1932, p.4]

“His readiness to undergo persecutions for his beliefs, the high moral character of the men who believed in him and looked up to him as leader, and the greatness of his ultimate achievement all argue his fundamental integrity. To suppose Muhammad an impostor raises more problems than it solves. Moreover, none of the great figures of history is so poorly appreciated in the West as Muhammad.” [W. Montgomery, Mohammad at Mecca, Oxford, 1953, p. 52.]

“Muhammad, the inspired man who founded Islam, was born about A.D. 570 into an Arabian tribe that worshipped idols. Orphaned at birth, he was always particularly solicitous of the poor and needy, the widow and the orphan, the slave and the downtrodden. At twenty he was already a successful businessman, and soon became director of camel caravans for a wealthy widow. When he reached twenty-five his employer, recognizing his merit, proposed marriage. Even though she was fifteen years older, he married her, and as long as she lived remained a devoted husband.

Like almost every major prophet before him, Muhammad fought shy of serving as the transmitter of God’s word, sensing his own inadequacy. But the angel commanded ‘Read’. So far as we know, Muhammad was unable to read or write, but he began to dictate those inspired words which would soon revolutionize a large segment of the earth; “There is one God”.

In all things Muhammad was profoundly practical. When his beloved son Ibrahim died, an eclipse occurred, and rumors of God’s personal condolence quickly arose. Whereupon Muhammad is said to have announced, ‘An eclipse is a phenomenon of nature. It is foolish to attribute such things to the death or birth of a human being’.

At Muhammad’s own death an attempt was made to deify him, but the man who was to become his administrative successor killed the hysteria with one of the noblest speeches in religious history: ‘If there are any among you who worshipped Muhammad, he is dead. But if it is God you worshipped, He lives forever’.” [James A. Michener, ‘Islam The Misunderstood Religion’, In the Reader’s Digest (American Edition) for May 1955, pp. 68-70.]

[Source : WAMY3 Series on Islam]

1. The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History, New York: Hart Publishing Company, Inc., 1978, p. 33.
2. (p) here stands for “peace be upon him”
3. World Assembly of Muslim Youth

17 Comments

  1. Non says:

    Hello

    Can I became a Muslim and still deny Muhammad of being not a prophet?

    • SALEEM says:

      NO. ISLAM IS ABOUT BELIEVING WHOLE HEARTEDLY GOD. HENCE ACKNOWLEDG:ING ALL HIS PROPHETS AND MESSENGERS AND BOOKS. FAILURE TO ACKNOWLEDGE EVEN A SINGLE TRUTH THAT IS DENIAL OF ANGELS OR BOOK OR ANY PROPHET WILL ULTIMATLY DO NO GOOD TO U. SO SUBMIT URSELF COMPLETLY TO ALLAH’S WILL AND HENCE SAY I WORSHIP NONE BUT ONE GOD AND MUHAMMAD IS THE PROPHET OF GOD.

  2. N.E. says:

    Non,
    A Muslim must believe in the Oneness of God and he must accept Muhammad as a prophet and messenger, as well as all of the other prophets that God had sent to mankind (Abraham, Moses, Noah, Jesus etc). The first and most fundamental pillar of Islam is “shahada” which means that one must declare and believe in the oneness of God and that Muhammad (peace be upon him) is His messenger; thus, by denying the prophet-hood of Muhammad, it negates ones Islam. Hope I was able to answer your question.

  3. Broccoli says:

    Why do muslims always say PBUH. tbh it is actually very annoying; i’m not being racist or prejudiced.

    Why say PBUH if there is PBUH up above????

    • yusuf says:

      PBUH which means “peace be upon him” is showing respect to the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), and whenever we show peace and blessings upon the Prophet(PBUH) we receive rewards for doing so. There are many men who have been named after our Prophet (PBUH)since he was here and to pronounce peace upon him shows we are referring to the Prophet (PBUH)and no one else. And if it annoys you then you don’t grasp the significance of it.

  4. SALEEM says:

    IT IS MANDATORY TO RESPECT PROPHETS IN ISLAM. FINAL PROPHFET MOHAMMAD PBUH IS MERCY TO EVERY ONE. GOD COMMANDED EVERY MUSLIM TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT AND PRAY TO GOD TO SEND PEACE AND BLESSINGS BE UPON HIM. IT IS MANDATTORY TO ADD PEACE BE UPON HIM WHEN HIS NAME IS WR ITTEN.

  5. Eric Brian says:

    One must accept there is only one God, Allah, and Muhammad is his "Prophet." That second part is a problem, because who in his right mind would accept a fevered fraudulent fool, a pedophile, a raper of men, boys, women and young girls, a murderer, a thief and a notorious purveyor of Satanic verses and committer of crimes and war crimes against humanity? Islam is a cult of Satan, and an ideology of idiots.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Nothing about his child bride? not a word about how he was 54 years old and married a 9 year old child? The fact he owned and sold slaves has been left out of this. Want to know why I want all moslems to die? just go back to 9/11/2001!

  7. i wonder when the Christians marry the mother of Jesus with God why Muslims dont shout?How can u marry an innocent young lady to God?Had Marry not had any feelings to marry a handsome n young man so she could live a normal and happy marrital life?Dont you think your God had been cruel and unjust to mother Marry?Why did he not left her live a joyous n happy life?Was it not her right?Had she not got feelings,emotions n such innocent dreams like Hazrat Aysha(r.a).Mother Marry was not an old lady when she had to gave birth to the child of your God according to you Christians?Why your God did that to her?Answer me! then i will answer all of your questions.
    And why Prophet Abraham(p.b.u.h) married a princess so that she had to live with him(p.b.u.h) in poverty n led a miserable life after leaving her father.What do you think why did Prophet Abraham(p.b.u.h) did this to a princess.He(p.b.u.h) got a young n beautiful girl for what?

  8. Whom did u call fevered fraudulent fool,pedophile,raper,murderer,theif and notorious purveyor,committer of crimes and war crimes?And how is Islam cult of satan n ideology of idiots?have u any logic?

  9. I know Mr Eric Brain!that you have just released any of your frustration and your comment have no base so I dont think I have to say something in response.

  10. Mr Anonymous I know you dont have any answer to my simple question because your POPs have made so many changes from time to time in ur testaments that you thyself get confused between the relationship of Prophet Jesus(p.b.u.h),Mary(p.b.u.h) n your God!You believe Mary(p.b.u.h) was virgin! we also believe! Prophet Jesus Christ(p.b.u.h) is son of Mary(p.b.u.h) we both believe but according to You what relationship occurs between Mary(p.b.u.h) n God?coz if Jesus(p.b.u.h) is son of God then how could be he(p.b.u.h) son of Mary(p.b.u.h)?Anyhow we believe that Jesus Christ(p.b.u.h) was born to Mary(p.b.u.h) without any husband by the command of ALLAH.
    Now the question arises why Mary(p.b.u.h) was brought to such a big trial in such a young age?Dont Your Gog Has Been Very Cruel n Unjust to Poor Mary(p.b.u.h)?No One in The Whole World can Answer This Question!
    WHY?
    Because its a stupid question! Same is Your Comment! A comment of a Stupid and Ignorant Person!
    And what about Prophet Ibrahim(p.b.u.h)? who married a princess! What would you say! A superficial person like YOU will say he(p.b.u.h) married her for her beauty,greed of kingdom n power n last but not the least LUST! here u can make a fabulous story as how he(p.b.u.h) later didnt succeded at his aim n the king threw both wife n husband out of his PALACE! THE END!
    But its not so! Same you did with our Beloved Prophet(S.A.W.W).YOU n some OTHERS like YOU took a few events from the life of our Beloved Prophet(S.A.W.W) and made stories of yourown.GO! Open The Islamic Books! READ Them and then come to Comment.

  11. NOW Listen carefully to the REALITY!
    Mother Mary(p.b.u.h) was virgin n gave birth to a baby in an early age without any husband but she was pious than every girl of the world.It was ALLAHs trial and she(p.b.u.h) will get her reward on The Judgement Day.She is one of THE FOUR GREATEST women in the world.Thats what we think of YOUR mother MARY(p.b.u.h).
    The King himself longed to marry his daughter to a poor man(Prophet Ibrahim(p.b.u.h)) who could give her daughter nothing! WHY?
    If for a few moments you Get RID of MATERIALISTIC MENTALITY I ll tell you that he gave his daughter to a poor PROPHET if it matters n the Princess also happily married a poor PROPHET and led a miserable and difficult life with him! HOW! How could be she happy in such a miserable condition after leaving Palace? I Tell You!
    She not lived happily just because she was married to a Prophet.NO!
    She was happy with him(p.b.u.h) because she was living with a husband who was HONEST,KIND,CARING,LOVING,DEVOTED,STRAIGHTFORWARD,TRUTHFUL,COUREGOUS n ………………….
    Same is the case of Hazrat Aisha(r.a).Her father married her with ALLAHs Apostle(S.A.W.W) willingly and as far as Hazrat Aisha(r.a) sentiments are cocerned LET ME TELL YOU she TILL HER DEATH WAS PROUD FOR BEING WIFE OF ALLAHs APOSTLE(S.A.W.W).
    WHY?
    I KNOW YOU WOULDNT BELIEVE But Its TRUE!
    Because she was brought up in the hands of the NOBLEST PERSON among the Muslims.His name was Hazrat Abu Bakkar Siddique(r.a).For NINE YEARS she(r.a) listened n noted THE CHARACTER,THE TRUTHFULLNESS,THE HONESTY,THE COURAGE,THE NOBILITY of ALLAHs Apostle(p.b.u.h) not his(p.b.u.h) body n muscles.
    REMEMBER! NEVER Ever Compare Prophets Wives n Lives with Ours n Yours.
    Secondly,Hazrat Aisha(r.a) was NOT a child at time of her wedding.She had reached her age of Puberty, MENTALLY n PHYSICALLY.She was as mature as any marrying woman MENTALLY n PHYSICALLY coz in Arab countries pubersence age is mostly less than other countries.Similarly their lifestyle, age of marriage everything is different from other countries as every society n country has its lifestyle according to its climate,diet etc.So in Arabic countries marriage at early age is not something strange as they grow up early.
    Thirdly Hazrat Aisha(r.a) started learning Islamic studies from ALLAHs Apostle(S.A.W.W) at a very early age thats why today most of ALLAHs Apostle(S.A.W.W) SUNNAH(way of life n important sayings of ALLAHs apostle9s.A.w.W)) are narrated by Hazrat Aisha (r.a) and that was what was the basic reason of this wedding as before age of 50 Hazrat Muhammad(S.A.W.W) was commited to his only wife who was fifteen years older than him(S.A.W.W).After that their was a need of a person in his(S.A.W.W) life who could later narrate all the way of life to the believers after death of ALLAHs Apostle(S.A.W.W) and such service a servant could never perform as our Prophet(S.A.W.W) and Hazrat Aisha(r.a) had guided us in every aspect of life specially married life guidance was impossible.Beside Hazrat Aisha (r.a) he(S.a.W.W) married mostly the widows or helpless ladies.
    You ought to be satisfied by such an explanation n If NOT I would say that you are now being fundamentalist n stubborn and in the last I would add that IF TODAY PROPHET JESUS(p.b.u.h) COMES ON EARTH FROM HEAVEN AS WE BELIEVE YOU WILL HAPPILY MARRY YOUR DAUGHTER OR SISTER TO HIM(p.b.u.h) I BET.

  12. Anonymous says:

    All I see in the comments is fighting! Is there an Administrator on this site or not?

  13. Anonymous says:

    Allah is just the translation in Arabic for God. Muslims believe in one God, the Almighty of all mankind. All creatures have God no matter if they choose to believe in him or not. To be a true believer you must find your guidance. Muslims find guidance in the Quran. In the Quran it says that since the torah and bible were changed by men, God send Muhammed pbuh to send a final book that would be Gods word and he would protect it. In the Quran are stories of Adam, Noah, Creation, Afterlife and a whole chapter on Mary and Jesus. Also Moses pbuh is the most mentioned in the Quran. We believe in everything that the Christians do except for trinity, which we believe was made up by men after Jesus pbuh left us. We believe the Jesus pbuh will come back and bring all the believers under one group Christians and Muslims. We believe the Messiah will come back to clear up the misunderstanding and guide those who have been misguided. The whole purpose to life is to worship and do good for Muslims. We call Jews and Christians people of the book and believe that the older original Jews and Christians will be in heaven, because they were true to God. Muslim men were also allowed to have Christian and Jewish wives because they are so close to us in religion and faith. However, Judaism and Christianity do not allow that in their scriptures. Keep in mind, the prophets neighbor was a Jew and his cousin whom he loved was Christian. We believe that the early Christians priest and Jews rabbis knew that Mohammed pbuh was coming in their scriptures and omitted it because they were scared their power would vanish. I am not a scholar and niether is anyone here on this site. You have to do your own research and search for God. But Mohammed pbuh was none of the things you said, he was the best of all mankind, best of the community, and he was best to his family. He was the most gentle person on earth and God had to reveal to him to fight or else the pagans of Mecca would abolish the new religion before it even began. Read Muhammed by Karen Armstrong. You will know the real man he was. He used to cry for me, you and for all mankind because he was afraid we wouldnt find God and would be punished. He cared about everyone going to heaven, even though he was the purest of all us and could go to heaven easily.

  14. Anonymous says:

    9/11 was done by a bunch of people who happened to be Muslims. You cannot blame 2 billion Muslims for the actions of those horrible people. Many Christian people have killed innocents at the batman movie, elementary schools (Sandy hook)and so on in America. Do we hate all Christians because those few people opened fire on people, they did not even know. NO! Hate will get you nowhere. Also, if you really want to know Mohammed pbuh read Mohammed by Karen Armstrong. He was the purest, most honest and most caring person of all time. He never hurt a single soul and was THE FIRST TO FREE SLAVES. HE WAS THE FIRST TO GIVE WOMEN RIGHTS!. The west gave women freedom in the 18 century while Muslims women have enjoyed these right for centuries. I know the Muslim leaders nowadays are very corrupt, but a REAL MUSLIM is he who is compassionate, honest and just to people from all backgrounds.

  15. all praise and heartly SALUTATIONSbe upon our BELOVED PROPHET MOHAMMED ??? ???? ???? ???? ????

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