In the name of Allāh,
the Beneficent, the Merciful.
Peace and Blessings of Allāh on Mohammad.
Allāh–the Glorious and the High,
Lord of the worlds
Mohammad–who brought the world
to our feet and eternity to our arms
MOHAMMAD –FIRST & ENDURING WONDER OF THE WORLD.
There are seven “wonders of the world”.
According to information on the Internet the list of the seven wonders of the world is “compiled by prominent people or associations.”
“The classic seven wonders were:
- Colossus of Rhodes.
- Great Pyramid of Giza.
- Hanging Gardens of Babylon, (Which no longer exists).
- Lighthouse of Alexandria.
- Mausoleum at Halicarnassus.
- Statue of Zeus at Olympia.
- Temple of Artemis at Ephesus.
And that “the seven wonders of the modern world” are:
- Chichén Itza, Mexico. The ancient city of Chichén Itza (pronounced chee-chehn eet-sah) is located on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. …
- Christ the Redeemer1 Statue, Brazil. …
- Colosseum, Italy. …
- Taj Mahal, India. …
- Great Wall of China. …
- Petra, Jordan. …
- Machu Picchu, Peru.
Though these “ancient” and “modern” wonders of the world have not brought any benefit to mankind, except perhaps tourism.
Michael H. Hart, in his book “The 100 –A Ranking of The Most Influential Persons in History” lists Prophet Mohammad as number one. Basing his choice on a number of factors. And in his booklet, Muhummed The Greatest, world-renowned scholar of comparative religion, Ahmed Deedat, notes from Lamartine:
“If greatness of purpose, smallness of means and astounding results are the three criteria of human genius, who could dare to compare any great man in modern history with Muhammad? The most famous men created arms, laws and empires only. They founded, if anything at all, no more than material powers which often crumbled away before their eyes. This man Muhammed moved not only armies, legislations, empires, peoples and dynasties, but millions of men; and more than that the altars, the gods, the religions, the ideas, the beliefs and the souls. On the basis of a Book, every letter of which has become law, he created a spiritual nationality which blended together peoples of every tongue and of every race …
The idea of the unity of God, proclaimed amidst the exhaustion of fabulous theologies, was in itself such a miracle that upon its utterance from his lips it destroyed all the ancient superstitions …
His endless prayers, his mystic conversations with God, his death and his triumph after death: all these attest not to an imposture but to a firm conviction which gave him the power to restore a dogma. This dogma was twofold, the unity of God and the Immateriality of God; the former telling what God is, the latter telling what God is not … …
“PHILOSOPHER, ORATOR, APOSTLE, LEGISLATOR, WARRIOR, CONQUEROR OF IDEAS, RESTORER OF RATIONAL BELIEFS, of a cult without images; the founder of twenty terrestrial empires and of one spiritual empire, that is Muhammed. AS REGARDS ALL STANDARDS BY WHICH HUMAN GREATNESS MAY BE MEASURED, WE MAY WELL ASK, IS THERE ANY MAN GREATER THAN HE?” (Lamartine, Historie de la Turquie, Paris 1854, Vol II pp.276-277). Muhammad the Greatest – Kalamullah.Com
And from Rev. Bosworth Smith:
“HE WAS CAESAR AND POPE IN ONE, BUT HE WAS POPE WITHOUT THE POPE’S PRETENTIONS, AND CAESAR WITHOUT THE LEGIONS OF CAESAR: WITHOUT A STANDING ARMY, WITHOUT A BODYGUARD, WITHOUT A PALACE, WITHOUT A FIXED REVENUE; IF EVER ANY MAN HAD THE RIGHT TO SAY THAT HE RULED BY THE RIGHT DIVINE, IT WAS MOHAMMAD, FOR HE HAD ALL THE POWERS WITHOUT ITS INSTRUMENTS AND WITHOUT ITS SUPPORTS.” R. Bosworth Smith -Mohammad and Mohammadanism”, London 1874, p. 92. (Notably, “Mohammadanism” is a misnomer. The name of the religion is Islam). Muhammad the Greatest – Kalamullah.Com
For over twenty years Mohammad was persecuted, besieged, target of assassination attempt, forced into exile, pursued, and warred on. And upon his triumph Mohammad forgave unconditionally his rabid enemies of these twenty grueling years:
“It is related that the Prophet took hold of the two sides of the gate of the Ka’ba on the day of the conquest of Makkah and said to the Quraish: How do you think I should treat you? They said: We hope for good, a noble brother and the son of a noble brother. Then he said: I say as my brother Joseph said: “No reproof be against you this day”(Rz)”2
No inquisition. No incrimination. No confession. No rancor. Only lofty words of benevolence and nobility –”No reproof be against you this day.” Such was the expanse of the mercy and benevolence of this wonderful man, Mohammad.
Mohammad even forgave the horrid Hind. The woman who is said to have cut open the body of his uncle, Hamza, as he lay dying on the battlefield and ripped out his liver and chewed it.
Mohammad’s act of forgiveness has given “to all mankind and all the generations the most perfect example of goodness, of truthfulness, of nobility and magnanimity.”3
Mohammad was King, soldier, General, Administrator, laborer.
- brought man from tribalism to unity.
- brought man from profligacy to chastity; from drunkenness to sobriety, from superstition to rationality, from female infanticide to female equality.
- brought man from ignorance to knowledge.
- liberated the Slave, ennobled the Orphan; and enthroned the Woman
- preached love and forgiveness and forgave his most horrid enemies, and prayed for his dead enemy
- brought man from bigotry and isolation into tolerance and brotherhood and gave justice to all
- took God from the bosoms of the nations and sat Him aloft on the Mount of Universalism.
- gave us the Book/Qur’an –which was written down and memorized upon its revelation and rehearsed annually by Prophet Mohammad with Angel Gabriel–Bokhari, Vol. 4, #754, 819; and avowed by Allāh God to protect from corruption–Qur’an 15:9; 75:17– that leaves out nothing that is needed for our moral, social, intellectual and spiritual upliftment
- brought the world to our feet and eternity to our arms.
In the human sphere, Prophet Mohammad is not only the “Most Influential” person in history, PROPHET MOHAMMAD IS THE FIRST AND ENDURING WONDER OF THE WORLD,
1. Christ “the redeemer”: Christ is/was no redeemer of the world, Apart from the fact that God sent Jesus-only for Jews; there was no crucifixion and resurrection (see Jesus-inherited sin to ascension).
2. Muhammad Ali, comm. Qur’an 12:92. Prophet Mohammad saying, “I say as my brother Joseph said: “No reproof be against you this day,” was referring to the prophet Joseph forgiving his brothers for their evil plot against him–(Qur’an 12:92).
That four persons were executed upon the Prophet’s triumph at Makkah compared to the thousands that were forgiven is hardly any blot on Mohammad’s mercy.
Of these four individuals, as M.H. Haykal notes in his The Life of Muhammad, p; 411, two were Muslims guilty of murder before apostatizing; al Huwayrith for tempting the Prophet’s daughter, Zaynab; and a slave woman of Ibn Khatal for castigating the Prophet in song; which castigating may have inspired or encouraged others to militate against the Prophet.
Even today and in “civilized” society during times of tension “free speech,” which may even express the truth, may be viewed as an incitement to unrest against the State, and be subjected to reprisals.
People are targeted for opposing authority. People who are mere suspects are routed and even tortured or killed. In fact, people are imprisoned for way less than incitement; just ask world-famous peace activist Jaggie Singh, and anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela and his late brother-in-cause Steve Biko; as well as those Muslims jailed or held under detention under mere suspicion or without any kind of charge.
And these Twentieth-century jailers crown themselves as “civilized” and “democratic.” Imagine then the punishment[s] that would have been meted out to peace-activists and freedom-fighters if they had castigated or incited against their leaders, as was done against Mohammad.
3. Muhammad Husayn Haykal, The Life of Muhammad, p. 408.
Jesus was in no position to forgive enemies. Moreover, he called on God to forgive them. Jesus ordered that his enemies be brought to him and slain: “But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me”–(Luke 19:27).