IN THE EXCITEMENT of the country’s 26th National Day Anniversary celebrations, I feel a tinge of sorrow thinking of how the Greatest leader in the history of mankind had to endure the hardships in his struggle to bring the best of Islamic civilization into this world more than 14 hundred years ago.
The Islamic world will remember the Prophet’s birth anniversary on Friday, 26 February 2010 or in the Islamic calendar, 12 RabiulAwal 1431 Hijrah. In Brunei Darussalam, the Maulidur Rasul (as it’s known in Arabic) will be celebrated with a Mass Procession at the Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar Ali Saifuddien in the heart of the capital this Saturday.
Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalam (Peace be upon him) led a very simple life — not too rich, not too poor — and didn’t even live in a palatial home although God the Almighty offered to give him the best things in life including to pave the Holy City of Mekah (his birthplace) all in gold! No, it just wasn’t his style to be pampered with all the wealth of this temporary world. The Messenger of Allah passed away as a simple man in another Holy City of Medinah in Saudi Arabia at the age of 63. Let us share a video narration of the Last Moments of the Prophet (Peace and blessings be upon him) as featured below:
“Verily in the messenger of Allah ye have a good example for him who looketh unto Allah and the last Day, and remembereth Allah much.” [Quran 33:21]
One of the world’s leading philosophers who ever lived, Sir George Bernard Shaw in his book ‘The Genuine Islam,’ Vol. 1, No. 8, (published in 1936) wrote that if there is a new religion that will prevail in England or Europe in the next century that would be Islam. Muhammad is a wonderful man and should be called the Savior of Humanity, said Bernard Shaw (a non-Muslim).
Another non-believer, Mahatma Gandhi, considered to be one of the world’s greatest statesmen, in his statement that was published in “Young India” in 1924 said that it was not the sword that spread Islam. But the passion, courage, and faith of the prophet Muhammad to God successfully spread Islam.
A modern-day American thinker, Michael H Hart in his book ‘The 100, A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons In History,’ which was published in New York in 1978 chose prophet Muhammad as the number 1 among 100 most influential people in the history of the world.
Yusuf Islam a.k.a Cat Stevens (formerly a famous singer who has embraced the Islamic faith) beautifully narrated “The Prophet’s Last Sermon” below: