Profile of Islam from the sight of Non-Muslims

Holy Prophet (S.A.W.) is an exemplary model for the entire Muslim community. His magnificent actions, wise sayings and praiseworthy attitudes are everlasting for mankind and are the key to a  complete code of life. The Holy Quran states “O Prophet! Surely We have sent you as a witness, and as a bearer of good news and as a warner, And as one inviting to Allah by His permission, and as a light-giving torch”. (33:45) He was just an ordinary man, with glorifying skills of a teacher, reformer and a leader. His code of conduct molded the human thought and action for all time to come. He marked the end of the period of ignorance and introduced humanity with the era of enlightenment. For this reason, Muslim Ummah owes him a lot.

However, many of us hold a strong conviction, that the non-Muslims are enemies of Islam and they always cast an evil eye on our religion. Fortunately, this is not the case. Islam is a religion, whose beauty is not only appreciated by the Muslim community, but even the non-Muslims are unable not to respect this religion. Although, they might not convert to a Muslim, they still hold Islam, its teachings and our beloved Prophet (S.A.W.) in great esteem.

Following are the words of some renowned leaders, politicians and other famous personalities, through which they expresses the aura of Islam.

Mahatma Gandhi, India’s famous political leader, speaks about the Prophet’s character in these words “I wanted to know the best of one who holds today’s undisputed sway over the hearts of millions of mankind. I became more than 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 (PBUH), the scrupulous regard for his pledges, his intense devotion to this friends and followers, his intrepidity, his fearlessness, his absolute trust in God and in his own mission. These and not the sword carried everything before them and surmounted every obstacle. When I closed the 2nd volume (of the Prophet’s biography), I was sorry there was not more for me to read of the great life.”

Sir George Bernard Shaw  writes in his book The Genuine Islam “I have always held the religion of Muhammad (PBUH) 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. I have studied him — the wonderful man and in my opinion far from being an anti-Christ, he must be called the Savior of Humanity.”

Michael H Hart, a Christian American, astronomer, mathematician, lawyer, chess master and scientist, in his 572-page book The 100 A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History has ranked the great men in history with respect to their influence on human history. For the second time he ranked the Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.) as the most influential man in the human history.

Historian, John William Draper in his well-known work, A History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, observes “Four years after the death of Justinian, 569 AD, was born at Mecca, in Arabia, the man who, of all men, has exercised the greatest influence upon the human race.”

Sir William Muir, the well-known British historian, in his Life of Mohammed says “Our authorities, all agree in ascribing to the youth of Muhammad (PBUH) a modesty of deportment and purity of manners rare among the people of Mecca. The fair character and honorable bearing of the unobtrusive youth won the approbation of his fellow-citizens; and he received the title, by common consent, of Al-Ameen, the Trustworthy.”

Dr Annie Besant in her book The Life and Teachings of Muhammad says “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 sense of reverence for that mighty Arabian teacher.”

Going through the above quotations, we as Muslims, must change our way of thinking. No doubt there are some people in the west, endeavoring to depict Islam as an unwanted and irrational religion. But there are some, who are greatly impressed with its teachings.

Gradually, the non-Muslims are realizing its importance. This is because Islam is a tempting religion. Its attributes attracts people to investigate it, and once they investigate, they immediately accept it. The reason is not far to seek. Islam is a complete way of life, governing dress, economics, business, ethics, justice punishment, politics, marriage and inheritance, because it carries within itself the essence of the teachings of all Prophets from Adam to Jesus and the last and final Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.).