You should know this man

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    You should know this man





    You may be an atheist or an agnostic; or you may belong to any of the
    religious denominations that exist in the world today. You may be a
    Communist or a believer in democracy and freedom.

    No matter who you are, and no matter what your ideological and
    political beliefs, personal and social habits happen to be. You must
    still know this man.

    Encyclopedia Britannica confirms: “…a mass of detail in the early
    sources shows that he was an honest and upright man who had gained the
    respect and loyalty of others who were likewise honest and upright
    men.” (Vol: 12)

    Bernard Shaw said about him: “He must be called the Savior 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”. (The Genuine Islam, Singapore, Vol. 1, No. 8, 1936)

    He was by far the most remarkable man that ever set foot on this
    earth. He preached a religion, founded a State, built a nation, laid
    down a moral code, initiated numerous social and political reforms,
    established a powerful and dynamic society to practice and represent
    his teachings and completely revolutionized the worlds of human
    thought and behavior for all times to come. His name is Muhammad .

    Born in Arabia in the year 570 CE, he started his mission of preaching
    the religion of Truth, Islam (submission to One God) at the age of
    forty and departed from this world when he was sixty-three.

    During this short period of 23 years of his prophethood, he changed
    the entire Arabian peninsula from paganism and idolatry to the worship
    of One God; from tribal quarrels and wars to national solidarity and
    cohesion; from drunkenness and wickedness to sobriety and piety; from
    lawlessness and anarchy to disciplined living; from utter bankruptcy
    to the highest standards of moral excellence. Human history has never
    known such a complete transformation of people or a place before or
    since – and imagine all these unbelievable wonders took place in just
    over two decades.

    La Martine, the renowned historian, speaking on The Essentials or
    Human Greatness, said: “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, and 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 the standards by which human greatness may be
    measured, we may well ask, is there any man greater than he?” (La
    Martine, Historic de la Turquie, Paris, 1854, Vol. II, pp. 276-277)

    The world has had its share of great personalities. However, these
    were one-sided figures who distinguished themselves in one or two
    fields, such as religious thought or military leadership. The lives
    and teachings of these great personalities of the world are shrouded
    in the mist of time. There is so much speculation about the time and
    place of their birth, the mode and style of their life, the nature and
    detail of their teachings and the degree and measure of their success
    or failure that it is impossible for humanity to reconstruct
    accurately the lives and teachings of these men.

    Not so this man. Muhammad, , accomplished so much in such diverse
    fields of human thought and behavior in the fullest blaze of human
    history. Every detail of his private life and public utterances has
    been accurately documented and faithfully preserved to our day. The
    authenticity of the records so preserved is vouched for not only by
    the faithful followers, but also by his prejudiced critics.

    Muhammad, , was a religious teacher, a social reformer, a moral guide,
    an administrative colossus, a faithful friend, a wonderful companion,
    a devoted husband, a loving father – all in one. No other man in
    history ever excelled or equaled him in any of these different aspects
    of life – but it was only for the selfless personality of Muhammad, ,
    to achieve such incredible perfection.



    Mahatma Gandhi, speaking on the character of Muhammad, , says in Young
    India;

    “I wanted to know the best of one who holds today undisputed sway over
    the hearts of millions of mankind… I became more than convinced that
    it was not the sword that won a place for Islam in those days in the
    scheme of life. It was the rigid simplicity, the utter self-effacement
    of the Prophet, the scrupulous regard for his pledges, his intense
    devotion to his friends and followers, his intrepidity, his
    fearlessness, his absolute trust in God and in his own mission. These
    and not the sword carried everything before them and surmounted every
    obstacle.

    When I closed the 2nd volume (of the Prophet’s biography), I was sorry
    there was not more for me to read of the great life”.

    Thomas Carlyle, in his Heroes and Hero-Worship, was simply amazed as
    to: “How one man single handedly, could weld warring tribes and
    wandering Bedouins into a most powerful and civilized nation.”

    Diwan Chand Sharma wrote: “Muhammad was the soul of kindness, and his
    influence was felt and never forgotten by those around him.” (D. C.
    Sharma, ‘The Prophets of the East’, Calcutta, 1935, pp. 12).

    Speaking on the aspect of equality before God in Islam, the famous
    poetess of India, Sarojini Naidu says:

    “It was the first religion that preached and practiced democracy; for,
    in the mosque, when the call for prayer is sounded and worshippers are
    gathered together, the democracy of Islam is embodied five times a day
    when the peasant and king kneel side by side and proclaim: God Alone
    is Great.

    I have been struck over again by this indivisible unity of Islam that
    makes man instinctively a brother.” (S. Naidu, Ideals of Islam, vide
    Speeches & Writings, Madras, 1918, P. 169).

    The world has not hesitated to raise to divinity, individuals whose
    lives and missions have been lost in legend. Historically, none of
    these legends achieved even a fraction of what Muhammad, ,
    accomplished. And all his striving was for the sole purpose of uniting
    humanity for the worship of One God on the codes of moral excellence.
    Muhammad, , or his followers never at any time claimed that he was a
    Son of God or God-incarnate – but he always was and is even today
    considered as only a Messenger chosen by God.

    Michael H. Hart in his recently published book on ratings of men who
    contributed towards the benefit and upliftment of man writes: “My
    choice of Muhammad to lead the list of the world’s most influential
    persons may surprise some readers and may be questioned by others, but
    he was the only man in history who was supremely successful on both
    the religious and secular levels”. (M.H. Hart, ‘The 100: A ranking of
    the most influential persons in History’, New York, 1978 pp.33).

    Today after a lapse of fourteen centuries, the life and teachings of
    Muhammad, , have survived without the slightest loss, alteration or
    interpolation. They offer the same undying hope for treating
    humankind’s many ills, which they did when he was alive. This is not a
    claim of the followers of Muhammad, , but also the inescapable
    conclusion forced upon by a critical and unbiased history.

    The least you could know as a thinking and concerned human being is to
    stop for a moment and ask yourself: Could these statements sounding so
    extraordinary and revolutionary be really true? And supposing they
    really are true and you did not know this man Muhammad, , or hear
    about him, isn’t it time you respond to this tremendous challenge and
    put in some effort to know him?

    It will cost you nothing but it may prove to be the beginning of a
    completely new era in your life.

    We invite you to make a discovery of this wonderful man, Muhammad, ,
    the like of whom never walked on the face of this earth.



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    , Jun 2, 2008
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  2. Stewy Guest

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    > You should know this man
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    Snipped for brevity.

    While your religious faith may be better than the so called western
    faiths protestantism and catholicism they are all 'interpreted' by the
    immans, priests and what-have-you into something quite unlike their
    intended purpose. Politicos also take them on board when it serves their
    petty interests.

    Faith should come from within as should the message from the bible,
    koran etc - do the right thing. As far as possible live in peace with
    your fellows.

    Unfortunately our 'teachers' at church are all too human and everything
    they say should be measured against your own judgement.
    Stewy, Jun 19, 2008
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