Monday, July 18, 2016

Foreword

             Muhammad was a Prophet who was sent with commandment and mercy. His coming in the world was like a light that guided the people to the path of lightness. He gave hope to those who suffered in the hopelessness. He brought warning to those who did evil and told good news to those who did wisely. His coming was not to make a dictatorship in the name of religion which imprisoned human from his life but, he came to bring them to the happiness in the world and in the Afterlife (Heaven).
            He had successfully made monotheism as the most embraced teaching of his followers. And the Islamic teaching which we can see now was not produced from easy and unchallenging condition. The mission which he went through had many challenges and hardship. He had gone through the hardest part of his life. He was sent to an ignorant society. Many aspects of his society were not in accordance with the values of kindness. He propagated his teachings to a society that never heard Allah's teaching. In that time, most of them performed religious service and deeds based on the forefather's tradition. Among them were people who worshipped idols, graves, and genie. They inherited those idols from their parents so that they exalted and esteemed them fully. They believed that those idols would give fortune and  dissociate them from misadventure. 
Therefore, it was not easy to propagate teachings to people who hold the faith based on the forefather's tradition fervently. His honest and attentive personality was not able to make many people sympathetic with his teaching.
Another ignorant habit which happened in that time was burial of female baby alive. There was a tribe when they got (gave birth) a female baby then they will bury her alive. That deed was really happening in that time. They also used to spend time with liquor and gambling. These were few descriptions of Arab society when he was sent.
The condition of his society was truly in the darkness. Before his coming as Prophet, they never heard the truth based on Allah's teaching. They didn't know the meaning of true life.
Nevertheless, they also had personality kindness which other nations may didn't have. They were well known as nation for its hospitality with the guest. They were also well known as nation that esteemed mandate and agreement and honor of women.
He was sent to perfect those kind personalities. He was not sent to alter his people's character by 180 degree but, he came to perfect the kind and erase the bad.
           One of the greatest challenges he faced in his mission was the idols worshippers who were very fervent in holding religious service based on the forefather's tradition.
Idol was symbol of security and prosperity for the Quraisy people. Anyone who insulted or even forbade them to worship idol, then they would be hated and treated with hostility. Monotheism which he taught was strange for most of the people in that time. As he said in one Hadits (prophet's words), "Islam was strange in the early time, and it will again become strange". When all people rejoiced with the idols they owned, Muhammad asked them to leave the idols and worship Allah. Then, uproar emerged in the society. The situation would not be the same. This affected to his existence, his family, and his followers.
           The Prophet Muhammad and his faithful followers started to get aggravation from the unbelievers of Quraisy, from insult to boycott. Some of his faithful followers were killed and tormented. Until the last was an attempt to assassinate him.
           But, Allah destined them to win. Allah opened the way for them to migrate to Madinah and to unite the spirit of the believers. In Madinah, The Prophet Muhammad inculcated fundamental values of Islam. He taught them about kindness and deeds loved by the God. His mission became more developed and got many people's attentions in that time. Many people started to meet him and embraced Islam on behalf of faith.
           When the treatise of prophethood became more complete and more perfect, Allah asked him to come back to Mecca. He was asked to clean the city from every impurity (Idols) which fouled it. With permission of Allah, Muhammad came back to Mecca with ten thousand people to free the city from idols and polytheism.
            Since then, Islam grew in the Arabian Peninsula like flowers in the spring. The scent was smelt to the entire countries. The Prophet Muhammad, with Allah's permission, successfully created new civilization which opened knowledge and justice. The civilization which destroyed all kinds of worship to god other than Allah. No one predicts, that behind the mission which  lasted twenty three years, he could defeat other strong civilizations. Until now, his teaching was still preserved by more than one billion people in the world.
            His existence in the midst of people was like a light in the darkness. He came to bring his people out of the darkness and decadence. He came with the light named Holy Koran. He didn't come to become Arabs leader or to destroy the previous religious dogma but, he came to fulfill the broken treatise of prophethood, the treatise which was stained by the corruption of human hands.
             Thomas Caryle, a Scottish Historian, said about him,
"To the Arab nation it was a birth from darkness into light. Arabia first became alive by means of it. A poor shepherd people, roaming unnoticed in its deserts since the creation of the world. See, the unnoticed becomes world notable, the small has grown world-great. Within one century afterwards Arabia was at Granada on one hand and at Delhi on the other. Glancing in valour and splendour, and the light of genius, Arabia shines over great section of the world."[1]
George Bernard Shaw, founder of Fabian Society also said about him,
“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."[2]
             He was the Comforter who was promised by Jesus to say the whole truth. He was the beloved one who was yearned by Solomon. And he was the Prophet who was promised by Moses to come with his ten thousand followers from mount Paran,
"Those who follow the Messenger, the unlettered prophet, whom they find written in what they have of the Torah and the Gospel, who enjoins upon them what is right and forbids them what is wrong and makes lawful for them the good things and prohibits for them the evil and relieves them of their burden and the shackles which were upon them. So they who have believed in him, honored him, supported him and followed the light which was sent down with him – it is those who will be the successful.” (Al-A’raaf : 157)         







[1] Deedat, Ahmed, What the Bible says about Muhammad
[2] Deedat, Ahmed, What the Bible says about Muhammad


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