The blessing for all!
My choice of Mohammad Salallahu-alaihi-wasalam to lead the list of world's most influential people may surprise some readers or may be questioned by others but I believe that he was the only man in the history who was supremely successful on both religious and secular levels-Dr. Michael H Hart
Many stalwarts, Heroes, legends, leaders, warriors, statesmen and icons have shone on the horizon of the world since its inception. Some have done well in politics, some have proven their mettle in bravery, some have made niche in academics, some have been generous philanthropists, but none has attained perfection as a role model to be admired and followed in real life. With one shining aspect of life, their other domains have been dark and gloomy.
As a Muslim and follower of Prophet Mohammad Salallahu-alaihi-wasalam, I must say that he is the most perfect human being ever on the planet Earth. My claim might be challenged by a non-Muslim or an atheist but it is not me and other Muslims of the world but scores of non-Muslim intellectuals of the world who have accepted this fact. It is not only Michael H Hart but many other non-Muslim scholars who have praised Mohammad (Salallahu-alaihi-wasalam) for his unprecedented character and honest dealings with the mankind irrespective of religious beliefs, caste, creed and complexion etc.
According to George Bernard Shaw, ” 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 in the much-needed peace and happiness “. So, there must not be any exaggeration to call him the most perfect human being of the world.
Prophet Mohammad’s (Salallahu-alaihi-wasalam) life is a complete way to bring peace, tranquility, contentment and satisfaction in life. He is a compassionate father, an exemplary husband, a pious neighbor, a brave soldier, an efficient commander-in-chief, foresighted leader, a God fearing handsome young man, an emancipator of women, a lover of human values, an embodiment of peace, a great philosopher, a generous philanthropist, a learned scholar who would resolve every riddle within no time and a virtuous king. I mean, he has no parallel in any domain of life. He is the best role model to imitate for a contended life.
Contemporary World is craving for peace and tranquility. There is chaos and confusion everywhere. Human values are being trampled upon and human blood has become very cheap. The economic and climatic instability is all set to wipe off the life from the planet Earth, people are fighting like mighty bulls, and the mad race of material pursuits has snatched the freedom and mental peace of man. Every now and then, political stalwarts of the world are meeting to resolve the deadly issues humanity is confronted with. Formulas and legislations are passed to restore the dignity of life but all in vain. No formula and no method is working! There is a single formula, devised some fifteen hundred years ago, for the resolution of all the issues and problems by this exemplary personality whose life has answers to all questions. If the world follows his noble life as a model, it will find salvation and its issues will evaporate in no time.
A great statesman who rose from an orphan boy to be the king of a great kingdom without waging a war and defended and fought bravely when provoked. History fails to provide a single instance where a statesman has never provoked his enemies for war and has risen to unimaginable heights without bloodshed.
Besides moral uprightness, the prophet of Islam who is also the blessing for all humanity possessed the skills and knowledge of a foresighted leader. Modern model of UNO or League of nations is a replica of his methods when he suggested the Arabs to make a group of different clans to provide the security to travelers and pilgrims visiting holy Kaaba and Mecca for trade and commerce. He hadn’t announced his prophet-hood at that time. As a young man, he showed unparalleled maturity to lead the reigns of a nation. Admired for his honesty and moral uprightness in the whole of Arab when Arab was pagan in its nature and indecency, lewdness, fornication, female feticide, gambling and many other vices had become a part of culture. An orphan boy, in such environment, raising to such a glory and unifying the ever fighting tribes is no less than a miracle.
Equally successful in business, the prophet (peace be upon him) earned huge profits when he sold the merchandise of Khadija (RA) demonstrating that with dedication and honesty one can make the best of the worldly affairs. Generous with neighbors, kind with the poor and the destitute, offering food to hungry while choosing exceptionally less for himself, the prophet was an embodiment of peace and love. He (peace be upon him) strived hard to persuade Arabs to give up their old rivalries and wars and taught them the oneness of mankind irrespective of caste, creed and color and gave slaves their lost rights and dignity.
The greatest ambassador of peace, the prophet (peace be upon him) has shown us the perfect way of life and gifted us the final book from Almighty. There will be peace, prosperity and happiness in the world if we chose to live our lives the way our beloved prophet did.
The writer is a teacher, orator, poet and a social activist, and can be reached at [email protected]