Overall Lessons from the
life of Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam
Islam came onto the world scene
when the Romans and Persians dominated most of the world.
They were the so-called super-powers of the day. Islam brought
a breath of fresh air and conquered the minds and hearts
of not only the Romans and Persians but many other nations
as well. In this modern 21st century Western civilisation
is regarded as the most powerful civilisation of the day
despite it's numerous shortcomings. Islam is the only force
that can challenge it and save humanity from destruction.
The far-reaching achievements
of the Prophet's Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam mission, despite
a scarcity of resources, makes his name stand out like an
illuminating star in the horizon of human personalities.
His life story and accomplishments have no parallel in human
history. His life and achievements were the greatest miracle
that man has ever witnessed. No matter what degree of perfection
human culture and intelligence reached, no matter how great
a personality was produced and no matter how amazing and
appealing the call was, never in human history was such
a revolution ever produced.
Testimony of non-Muslims
* Draper, John William in A
history of the Intellectual development of Europe, London,
1875, vol. 1, pp. 329-330 :
‘’Four years after
the death of Justinian, 569 A.D., was born at Makkah, in
Arabia, the man who, of all men, has exercised the greatest
influence upon the human race.’’
* Lamartine in Histoire de
la Turquie, Paris, 1854, vol II, pp. 276-277 :
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?’’
The Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi
Wasallam had persevered for twenty long years in his mission.
Never did he waver or stagger. At the end of his life it
could be said that he had achieved a revolution. He had
converted the Arabs from a pagan idolatrous nation to a
people who loved one Allah. His mission would soon reach
distant lands and cleanse their inhabitants of injustice,
oppression and tyranny. Islam had removed the distinctions
of race, wealth and lineage and replaced these with righteousness
In his kindness, gentleness,
sympathy and forbearance the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam
has left a perpetual and living example of noble behaviour
for the entire humanity. He began his mission as one man.
By the end of his life he had won the hearts and minds of
thousands. In the Farewell Pilgrimage one hundred and fourteen
thousand companions were with him.
This was truly amazing. A mere
twenty-three years earlier these very same men were drowned
in idol worship. Many had refused his message and were thirsty
for his blood. They had fought wars against him. Which force
had melted the vengeance and anger that had once boiled
in their hearts? Which power had converted ardent enemies
into obedient followers?
The Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi
Wasallam had had such a profound inspirational impact upon
his companions that such leaders were produced who would
soon leave their indelible mark on world history.
The life of the Prophet Sallallahu
Alaihi Wasallam has lessons for every time and clime. He
was the last prophet and his message and teachings are applicable
in every situation. No matter how distant the life of the
Arabian prophet might seem his religion is the only religion
that has the spirit and substance of producing a peaceful
and dynamic society in the world.