The greatest man
May peace and mercy be upon him
MEELAD BY DR. FAROOQ PEER
After studying history we easily understand that the Holy Prophet of Islam was the greatest man the world has ever produced. After taking in view all standards by which human greatness may be measured, the Messenger of Allah (SAW)) is the greatest man of all times. The standard of his character is so high and glorious that the brilliance of no character of world history can be compared with him. Of all men, Holy Prophet of of Islam has exercised greatest influence upon the human race, and he stands to this day, for all times to come, at the apex of humanity. He (SAW) was the quintessence of virtue, the archetype of wisdom and the living example of good demeanor, unquestionably a model of human flawlessness. He was not only a Prophet; he was a leader of men, teacher, an administrator, a statesman, a ruler, a military commander and a reformer as well. His character was pure and clean. His house, his dress, his food were all characterized by simplicity. He was unassuming; he would even mend his clothes and shoes himself. He visited the sick and provided relief for those in distress. He was accessible to all and was sympathetic, generous and forbearing. He was prominent for his unbeatable will, unbending will, indomitable perseverance, unyielding persistency, infinite and terminable patience, calm endurance, fearlessness and courage.
As a ruler and a statesman he took measures with due judgment and prudence. As a commander he displayed in the field great military skill. He believed strictly in the responsibilities pertaining to the administration of justice. The poorest suitor, however trivial his cause, never failed of a hearing from him. He was very slow to show antipathy towards an enemy and quick to pardon an offender. His generosity of spirit and his insightful knowledge of the humanity conferred upon him the title of being as the supreme leader of men, the saviour of humanity and mercy (Rahmat) for all the worlds.
Professor Philip K. Hitti in his book History of the Arabs observes:
‘Within a brief span of mortal life, Muhammad culled forth out of unpromising material, a nation, never welded before; in a country that was hitherto but a geographical expression he established a religion which in vast areas suppressed Christianity and Judaism, and laid the bases of an empire that was soon to embrace within its far flung boundaries the fairest provinces of the then civilized world.’
In his book Life of Mohammad, Washington Irving observes:
In his book Islam and its founder, J.W.H Stob remarks:
“Judged by the smallness of the means at his disposal, and the extent and permanence of the work he accomplished his name in world’s history with a more specious luster than that of the Prophet of Makkah. To the impulse which he gave, numberless dynasties have owed their existence, far cities and stately palaces and temple have arisen, wide provinces became obedient to the faith. And beyond all this, his words have governed the belief of generations, been accepted as their rule in life, and their certain guide in the world to come.”
His personality has been a source of attraction for all and will continue to be so as long as the world exists.
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