If we have a
close look on the past, we will come to know that the prophet
Muhammad (s a w s) has been targeted from the very beginning at
Lets see few
reports of attacking on the prophet Muhammad.
On Sept. 30, 2005
Jyllands-Posten, a right-of-center Danish newspaper published
12 cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad — one of the cartoons depicted
Muhammad wearing a turban shaped as a bomb with a burning fuse.
Danish Papers Reprint Muhammad Cartoon
Jyllands-Posten newspaper on Feb. 13, 2008 reprinted a caricature
of the Prophet Muhammad which two years earlier sparked mass
outcry among Muslims around the world.
The history paper for PG students on 30th April
200, a question on the life of the Prophet Muhammad used very
insulting language. The question said the Prophet began his life
as a trader and ended as a raider.
Producer Van Gogh
made a movie in which Qura’anic verses were printed on the body of
a naked lady.
wrote a book "Mohammad, Founder of the world’s most intolerant
religion." There is a chapter into this book named Meet the
real Mohammad. In this chapter he mentions that whatever
situation (kaifiyete Vahi} the prophet told before revealing the
revelation, it was just a drama. Then he tried to prove the
prophet as the most intolerant human being ever set foot on the
American movement and well-published weekly Human Events
have spent a large amount of money to supply this book freely to
Salman Rushdie writes, “To
early Muslim biographies of Muhammad,
Muhammad was tricked into revealing these verses as part of the
Satan and he later retracted them, saying the angel
Most likely the
reasons behind that are as follows:
(1) The people, who are
attacking the prophet, they are afraid of rising Islam in a large
number and so speedily. That’s why they want to show an awful
picture of the prophet to stop the people entering Islam. For,
they know very well that Islam’s foundation lies on the prophet
and his teachings. So, if they emerged successful to weaken the
foundation of Islam, they on wards can easily damage the whole
building of it.
(2) They want to present
Muslims before the world as a violent and aggressor nation. For,
they are well aware of the Muslims sentiments towards their
prophet and they understand well that a Muslim can never bear the
insult of his prophet. So, when they target the prophet, Muslims
become emotional and, as a result, they take some improper actions
against it as a reaction and likewise they get their goal.
(3) They want to
gain some cheap publicity by hitting the Prophet’s dignity.
Because in the modern age, this is the shortest way to be popular
for the publicity hunger people.
(4) They have been trying
to keep the Muslims away from the teachings of Islam for the early
age of it. They tested the faith of Muslims in many ways but never
succeeded. Whenever they do any new experience of this kind and
they need to see its influence on Muslims, they do such kind of
act. This is the criterion for them to check their success
against Islam and Muslims.
We don’t require
saying anything on these reasons because they have been prompted
by jealousy, hatred and prejudice.
But there might
be another reason that they don’t have sufficient knowledge of the
prominence of the prophet. That is why they are committing such
kind of immoral acts.
If this is the
reason, it is considerable and requires us to enlighten the
greatness of the prophet to them. So, here are some Non-Muslim
scholars views about the prophet Muhammad that bear witness the
immensity of the prophet Muhammad.
verdict on Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)
K.S Ramakrishna Rao, an Indian Professor of Philosophy in his
booklet, ("Muhammad, The Prophet of Islam") calls him the:
"Perfect model for human
Prof. Ramakrishna Rao
explains his point by saying:
"The personality of
Muhammad (pbuh), it is most difficult to get into the whole truth
of it. Only a glimpse of it can I catch. What a dramatic
succession of picturesque scenes! There is Muhammad (pbuh), the
Prophet. There is Muhammad (pbuh), the Warrior, Muhammad (pbuh),
"Muhammad (pbuh), the Statesman; Muhammad (pbuh),
the Orator; Muhammad (pbuh), the Reformer; Muhammad (pbuh), the
Protector of Slaves; Muhammad (pbuh), the Emancipator of Women;
Muhammad (pbuh), the Judge; Muhammad (pbuh), the Saint. All in all
these magnificent roles, in all these departments of human
activities, he is like a hero."
Michael Hart in "The 100, A Ranking of the Most Influential
Persons in the History," New York, 1978. p. 33
"My choice of Muhammad (pbuh)
to lead the list of world's most influential persons may surprise
some readers and may be questioned by others, but he was the only
man in the history who was supremely successful on both the
secular and religious level.
"It is probable that the relative
influence of Islam has been larger than the combined influence of
Jesus Christ and St. Paul on Christianity. It is this unparalleled
combination of the secular and religious influence which I feel
entitles Muhammad (pbuh) to be considered to be the most
influential single figure in human history."
M.K Gandhi, statement published in "Young India," 1924
I wanted to know the best
of the life of one who holds today an undisputed sway over the
hearts of millions of mankind..........I became more than ever
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
pledges, his intense devotion to his friends and followers, his
intrepidity, his fearlessness, his absolute trust in God and his
"These and not the sword
carried everything before them and surmounted every obstacle. When
I closed the second volume (of the Prophet's biography), I was
sorry there was no more for me to read of that great life."
THOMAS CALYLE in his HEROES
AND HEROWORSHIP, was simply amazed as to:
"How one man
single-handedly, could weld warring tribes and wandering Bedouins
into a most powerful and civilized nation in less than two
Sir Bernard Shaw
said about him:
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.
Alfonso de Lamar tine,
the renowned historian speaking on his greatness wonders:
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
(Alfonso de Lamar tine, HISTOIRE DE LA TURQUIE, Paris, 1854,
Vol.II, pp 276-277)
He was the most faithful
protector, the Sweetest and most agreeable in conversation. Those
who saw him were suddenly filled with reverence, those who came
near him loved him; they who described him would say, "I have
never seen his like either before or after." He was of great
taciturnity, but when he spoke it was with emphasis and
deliberation, and no one could forget what he said ...
In 'Speeches and Table Talk of the Prophet
Professor Jules Masserman:
"People like Pasteur and
Salk are leaders in the first sense. People like Gandhi and
Confucius, on one hand, and Alexander, Caesar and Hitler on the
other, are leaders in the second and perhaps the third sense.
Jesus and Buddha belong in the third category alone. Perhaps the
greatest leader of all times was Mohammed, who combined all three
Diwan Chand Sharma says:
"Muhammad was the soul of
kindness, and his influence was felt and never forgotten by those
(D.C. Sharma, The Prophets of the East, Calcutta 1935, page
John William Draper, M.D.,
"Four years after the death
of Justinian, A.D. 569, was born at Mecca, in Arabia the man who,
of all men exercised the greatest influence upon the human race .
. . Mohammed . . ."
(A History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, London
1875, Vol. 1, pp. 329-330)
In the words of PROF.
"The league of nations
founded by the prophet of Islam put the principle of international
unity and human brotherhood on such universal foundations as to
show candle to other nations." He continues: "The fact is that no
nation of the world can show a parallel to what Islam has done
towards the realization of the idea of the League of Nations."
"It is impossible for
anyone who studies the life and character of the great prophet of
Arabia, who knows how he taught and how he lived, to feel anything
but reverence for that mighty Prophet, one of the great messengers
of the Supreme. And although in what I put to you I shall say many
things which may be familiar to many, yet I myself feel whenever I
re-read them, a new way of admiration, a new of reverence for that
mighty Arabian teacher."
(The Life and Teachings of Muhammad, Madras 1932, page 4)
"Muhammad is the most
successful of all Prophets and religious personalities."
Rev. R. Bosworth-Smith in "Mohammed and Mohammedanism 1946:"
"By a fortune absolutely
unique in history, Mohammed is a threefold founder of a nation, of
an empire, and of a religion."
"Head of the State as well
as the Church, he was Caesar and Pope in one; but, he was Pope
without the Pope's pretensions, and Caesar without the legions of
Caesar, without a standing army, without a bodyguard, without a
police force, without a fixed revenue.
ever a man had the right to say that he ruled by a right divine,
it was Muhammad, for he had all the powers without their supports.
He cared not for the dressings of power. The simplicity of his
private life was in keeping with his public life."
I confine here with these
few opinions of one of the greatest intellectual people in the
world. Otherwise almost all prominent thinkers and philosophers,
who have studied the prophet’s life thoroughly, have saluted the
distinction of the prophet Muhammad
writer is renowned scholar working at Darul Uloom, Deoband. He can
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and in no way an endorsement of the US envoy's killing or any sort