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THE CALL

The Northern Durham Islamic Assoc. Newsletter   

                  August 2015

            

No two things have been combined together better than knowledge and patience.

                                                                                                                          The Prophet.

         

 

Editorial Note:

The August issue of the newsletter is devoted to how the Prophet of Islam has been seen by noted historical figures, who have praised the Prophet's character and leadership in spreading the message of Islam. They include Christians, Jews and Hindus. This is important in the current climate where both the Prophet and Islam are criticized by hostile western media. These comments will help put both the Prophet and Islam in proper perspective, and will prove beyond doubt how not only Muslim but non-Muslim scholars and leaders have 

viewed the Prophet and Islam over the years.

 

In The News:

The oldest known manuscript of the Holy Quran has been discovered at the University of Birmingham in England, as reported by British Broadcasting Corp. The manuscript consists of only a couple of pages and is determined by Oxford University experts to have been written on a goat or sheep skin between the years 568 and 645. This makes the manuscript oldest ever discovered. It is said to have been written in the very beginning of Islam and probably during the life of the Prophet or soon after him. It is written in Hyazi script. This is a stunning discovery and has been received by excitement around the Muslim world.

Prophet Muhammad As Seen By Noted Historians:

As Muslims, we all know what the Muslim historians and scholars have said about The Prophet and Islam through the years. However, few of us know what the notable non-Muslim historical figures and authors have said about The Prophet and Islam. In the current climate where Islam and The Prophet are under attack by the western media and by ill-informed critics who never read first-hand either the Quran or The Prophet's life, it is important to remind all what some of the most notable non-Muslim historical figures whose works and thought have influenced much of the world have said about The Prophet through their work. Their views, given below, will put The Prophet, his contributions and his legacy in proper historical perspective. They have invariably praised the Prophet as a man of great character, integrity, trust and above all, as a man of peace. For instance, the Prophet was honored by the United States Supreme Court in 1935 as one of the greatest lawgivers of the world alongside Moses, Solomon and Confucious. The famous British writer and thinker of the 19th. century, Thomas Carlyle, considered him a hero and included him among heroes in his classic work “Heroes and Hero-worship.” Michael Hart, the Jewish astrophysicist and writer ranked the Prophet on the very top among 100 of the most influential persons in history. President Obama himself defended The Prophet against unfair slander by saying, "the future must not belong to those who slander the Prophet of Islam," Here is a glimpse of how these and some other great historical figures have viewed the Prophet over the centuries: 

Leo Tolstoy, the Russian writer and author of the famous classics War and Peace and Anna Karenina said, "Muhammad has always been standing higher than the Christianity." He further added, "There is no doubt that Prophet Muhammad is one of the greatest reformers .... who led a whole nation to the enlightenment of truth and made it more inclined towards tranquility and peace....a man like that deserves to be regarded with respect and admiration."

George Bernard Shaw, the great British dramatist and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1925 regarded the Prophet as "a wonderful man" and "the savior of humanity," adding "I have always held the religion of Muhammad in high estimation because of its wonderful vitality. It is the only religion which appears to me to possess that assimilating capacity to the changing phase of existence which can make itself appeal to every age."

Thomas Carlyle, the Scottish writer, historian and philosophers of the 19th. century considered The Prophet a hero and included him among heroes in his famous work "Heroes and Hero Worship." Carlyle paid glowing tributes to the Prophet, stating "The word of Muhammad is a voice direct from nature's own heart - all else is wind in comparison." Carlyle also fiercely countered the unfair criticism of the Prophet and considered it shameful that people will lie about the Prophet or about Islam, stating that the Prophet "remained steadfast upon his principles, with firm determination; kind and generous, compassionate, pious, virtuous....hardworking and sincere....lenient with others, tolerant, kind, cheerful and praiseworthy..... he was a great man by nature." He applauded the Prophet for his genius in single-handedly welding warring tribes and wandering Bedouins into "a most powerful and civilized nation in less than two decades."

Mohandas Gandhi, the Indian leader responsible for freeing Indian subcontinent from the yoke of British Empire and the founder of non-violent movement credited Prophet Muhammad with holding undisputed sway over the hearts of millions of mankind. He fiercely opposes those who insist that Islam was spread with the force of sword. Rather, he says, it was "the rigid simplicity, the utter self-effacement of the Prophet, the scrupulous regard for the pledges, his intense devotion to his friends and followers... his fearlessness, his absolute trust in God and in his own mission" that helped spread Islam. He loved the Prophet's biography so much that when he finished reading it, he was saddened that there was not more to read of that great life.

Napoleon Bonaparte, the famous French military leader and emperor of France in the early 19th. century, unequivocally praised Prophet Muhammad's bravery and leadership, by stating, "Muhammad was a great man, fearless soldier, (who) with a handful of men triumphed at the battle of Badr." He called the Prophet a great captain and a great man of state who "regenerated his homeland and created in the middle of the deserts of Arabia a new people and a new power."

President Barack Obama, too,through his speeches has shown his support of Islam. "The future must not belong to those who slander the Prophet of Islam," he declared. In a memorable speech in Cairo during his Middle East trip in June 2009, he emphasized "America and Islam are not exclusive and need not be in competition. Indeed they overlap, and share common principles - principles of justice and progress, tolerance and the dignity of all human beings." "Be conscious of God and speak always the truth," he quoted from the Quran, and promised "to follow the spiritual and moral guidance of this verse and speak truthfully." He praised Islam in his book “Audacity of Hope” as well.

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