Who is Muhammad (Peace be upon him) ?
How did the story begin? We Muslims believe it began in a mountain called El-Nour (mountain of light) which is located north of Mecca, and it takes a person to climb about half an hour, the mountain has no trace of life in it. there is a cave or a so called grotto located in the north of the mountain. A cave which tells the stories & memories of a man who spent long frequent hours in that cave meditating and wondering about the the source and meaning of it all. Meanwhile, there are other things happening in the Heavens, God has ordered the Angel Gabriel to come down from the Heavens to the cave where Muhammad laid, then the Angel started to recite to Muhammad’s ears a few verses as the beginning of the book of guidance appears, The Quran.
He then asked him to read, he said: Muhammad, Read…Muhammad said: I am no reader?… he said “(Muhammad), Read in the name of your Lord who created (all things)…He created man from a clot of blood, Read and your Lord is Most Honorable..Who, by the pen, taught the human being…He taught the human being what he did not know”. This is a summary of how the Prophecy began.
The Persecution of the Prophet (Peace be upon him)
For the first few years of his Mission, the Prophet preached to his family and his intimate friends.
At the end of the third year, the Prophet received the command to “arise and warn,” whereupon he began to preach in public, pointing out the wretched folly of idolatry in face of the marvelous laws of day and night, of life and death, of growth and decay, which manifest the power of God and attest to His Oneness.
At first, the elders of Quraysh had been able to ignore this strange little group, treating Muhammad as a sad case of self-deception, but now they began to realize that his preaching, which was attracting adherents among the poor and the dispossessed (and could therefore be seen as subversive), presented a threat both to the religion and the prosperity of Mecca.
Open conflict, however, would have been against their interests. Their power depended upon their unity. They confined themselves for the time to mockery, Persecuting his poorer disciples, and insulting him. The one consideration which prevented them from killing him was fear of the blood-vengeance of the clan to which his family belonged. Strong in his inspiration, the Prophet went on warning, pleading, and threatening, while Quraish did all they could to ridicule his teaching and deject his followers.
The Prophet was subjected to numerous kinds of abuse, most notably while he was praying near the Kaaba, Abu Lahab threw the entrails of a sacrificed camel over him, and Abu Lahab’s wife Umm Jamil would regularly dump filth outside his door.
Another Example, when In Taif he thought he might find people who might be receivable to the message of God. The people of Taif turned out to be as hateful as the people of Makkah. The elders of the town planned an organized campaign to ridicule the Prophet. To escalate their disapproval of the Prophet and prevent him from preaching Islam, they set a group of children and vagabonds behind him. They pestered him and threw stones at him.
Muhammed’s Prayer to God after going to El-Taif
The Prophet raised his face towards heaven and prayed: “O Almighty! I raise unto you my complaint for my weakness, my helplessness, and for the ridicule to which I have been subjected. O Merciful! You are the Master of all oppressed people, You are my God! So to whom would You consign me? To the strangers who would ill-treat me, or to the enemies who have an upper hand over me? If whatever has befallen me is not because of Your wrath, then I fear not. No doubt, the field of Your security and care is wide enough for me. I seek refuge in Your light which illuminates darkness and straightens the affairs of this world and hereafter, that Your displeasure and wrath may not descend upon me. For the sake of Your pleasure, I remain pleased and resigned to my fate. No change in this world occurs without Your Will.” — See more at: http://www.islamicity.com/articles/Articles.asp?ref=IC1209-5257#sthash.ncSTNoYD.dpuf
Plot to Murder the Prophet
For Quraish the limits of what was bearable had been passed. Enemies within the city were bad enough, but now these enemies were setting up a rival centre to the north. Restrained hitherto by principles inherited from their bedouin forefathers and by the fear of causing a troublesome blood feud, the leaders finally decided that Muhammad must die. They proposed a simple plan. Young men should be chosen from different clans, each one to strike a mortal blow, so that Muhammad’s blood would be upon all of them. Hashim could not seek retribution from all the other clans.
A number of noble youths were selected for the bloody deed. As the night advanced, the assassins posted themselves round the Prophet’s dwelling. They watched all night long, waiting to murder Muhammad when he should leave his house at the early dawn. By some means the Prophet had been warned of the danger, and he directed ‘Ali to lie down in his place and wrap himself up in his green cloak, which he did. The Prophet miraculously escaped through the window and he repaired to the house of Abu Bakr, unperceived by the conspirators who had already assembled at the Prophet’s door. These, in the meantime, looking through a crevice and seeing Ali, whom they mistook for Muhammad himself, asleep, continued watching there until morning. When ‘Ali arose, they found themselves deceived. The fury of the Quraish was now unbounded.
The Prophet’s Accomplishments to the World
Before Muhammad’s Prophecy, darkness lay heavier and thicker on one land than on any other (The Arabian Peninsula) . For forty years, Muhammad, upon him be peace, lived as an ordinary man among his people. He was not known as a statesman, preacher, or orator. No one had heard him impart wisdom and knowledge, or discuss principles of metaphysics, ethics, law, politics, economy, or sociology. He had no reputation as a soldier, not to mention as a great general. He had said nothing about God, angels, revealed Books, early Prophets, bygone nations, the Day of Judgment, life after death, or Heaven and Hell.
No doubt he had an excellent character and charming manners and was well-behaved, yet nothing marked him out as one who would accomplish something great and revolutionary. His acquaintances knew him as a sober, calm, gentle, and trustworthy citizen of good nature.
When he began preaching, his people stood in awe and wonder, bedazzled by his wonderful eloquence and oratory. It was so impressive and captivating that even his worst enemies were afraid to listen to it, lest it penetrate their hearts or very being and make them abandon their traditional religion and culture. It was so beyond compare that no Arab poet, preacher, or orator, no matter how good, could equal its beautiful language and splendid diction when he challenged them to do so. Although they put their heads together, they could not produce even one line like the ones he recited.
Prophet Muhammad, upon him be peace and blessings, brought a law, a religion, a way of life, a code of worship, a way of prayer, a message, and a faith that was (and remains) unique. The law this unlettered man brought is matchless in that it has administered, both justly and precisely, one fifth of humanity for fourteen centuries. The daily practices of Islam, which originated in the Quran and his own sayings, precepts, and example, have served for centuries as a peerless guide and authority for billions of people. They have trained and refined their minds and souls, illumined and purified their hearts, and perfected their spirits.
What follows is the tribute of Lamartine, the French historian to the person of the Holy Prophet of Islam:
Never did a man set himself, voluntarily or involuntarily, a more sublime aim, since this aim was superhuman: to subvert superstitions which had been interposed between man and his Creator, to render God unto man and man unto God; to restore the rational and sacred idea of divinity amidst the chaos of the material and disfigured gods of idolatry then existing. Never has a man undertaken a work so far beyond human power with so feeble means, for he had in the conception as well as in the execution of such a great design no other instrument than himself, and no other aid, except a handful of men living in a corner of desert.
This man moved not only armies, legislation, empires, peoples, and dynasties, but millions of men [and women] in one third of the then inhabited world; and more than that, he moved 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 has blended together peoples of every tongue and of every race. He has left to us as the indelible characteristic of this Muslim nationality, the hatred of false gods and the passion for the One and immaterial God. This avenging patriotism against the profanation of Heaven formed the virtue of the followers of Muhammad: the conquest of one third of the earth to his creed was his miracle.
His life, his meditations, his heroic actions against the superstitions of his country, and his boldness in defying the furies of idolatry; his firmness in enduring them for thirteen years at Mecca, his acceptance of the role of public scorn and almost of being a victim of his fellow-countrymen, his death and his triumph after death; all these attest not to an imposture but to a firm conviction. It was his conviction which gave him the power to restore a creed. This creed was two-fold, the unity of God and the immateriality of God; the former telling what God is; the latter telling what God is not. http://www.neicc.net/prophet-muhammads-achievements/
The Whole Dilemma with Charlie Hebdo
The satirical magazine which published offensive cartoons on the Prophet “Peace be upon him”, and the terrorist attack that killed 12, including staff cartoonists and two police officers, and wounding eleven, four of them seriously.
The Killing of the cartoonists was criminal, the extremists/terrorists and so called Muslims did more harm to Islam than the cartoons itself. In the same time, we can see through these cartoons that the Prophet is being ridiculed all over again, but the killings and violence was never the answer, what it did is spread the west’s ignorance on the Prophet even more than it was before. Now millions more copies of Charlie Hebdo are printed after the first run sells out in just hours.
The Whole situation is just sad, Although i do not in any way support what happened in Paris, but i can not approve of what Charlie Hebdo is doing in the name of Freedom of Speech. why don't they run an edition about the Holocaust? No, sorry they dare not, that would be called Antisemitism. Another case for double standards appeared recently when BBC reporter faced calls to resign after he tells daughter of Holocaust survivor after Paris attacks: ‘Palestinians suffer hugely at Jewish hands as well’
Muslim nations also need to take action, to head to the UN, and draft a law incriminating the ridicule of the prophet through cartoons. If Jewish people are sensitive towards the issue of the Holocaust, then the world needs to understand that we as well have our boundaries, that can not be crossed through the facade of Freedom of Speech, we just demand respect, is that too much to ask?