Alphonse de LaMartaine
“”Never has a man set for himself, voluntarily or involuntarily, a more sublime aim, since this aim was superhuman; to subvert superstitions which had been imposed 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 (Muhammad) 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 the desert. Finally, never has a man accomplished such a huge and lasting revolution in the world, because in less than two centuries after its appearance, Islam, in faith and in arms, reigned over the whole of Arabia, and conquered, in God’s name, Persia Khorasan, Transoxania, Western India, Syria, Egypt, Abyssinia, all the known continent of Northern Africa, numerous islands of the Mediterranean Sea, Spain, and part of Gaul.

“If greatness of purpose, smallness of means, and astonishing results are the three criteria of a human genius, who could dare compare any great man in 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 moved not only armies, legislations, empires, peoples, dynasties, but millions of men 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 which has become law, he created a spiritual nationality which blend together peoples of every tongue and race. He has left 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 the earth to the dogma was his miracle; or rather it was not the miracle of man but that of reason.

“The idea of the unity of God, proclaimed amidst the exhaustion of the fabulous theogonies, was in itself such a miracle that upon it’s utterance from his lips it destroyed all the ancient temples of idols and set on fire one-third of the world. His life, his meditations, his heroic revelings against the superstitions of his country, and his boldness in defying the furies of idolatry, his firmness in enduring them for fifteen years in Mecca, his acceptance of the role of public scorn and almost of being a victim of his fellow countrymen… 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; the one overthrowing false gods with the sword, the other starting an idea with words.

“Philosopher, Orator, Apostle, Legislator, Conqueror of Ideas, Restorer of Rational beliefs…. The founder of twenty terrestrial empires and of one spiritual empire that is Muhammad. As regards all standards by which human greatness may be measured, we may well ask, is there any man greater than he?”

Edward Gibbon and Simon Oakley in ‘History of the Saracen Empire,’ London, 1870 “The greatest success of Mohammad’s life was effected by sheer moral force.”

“It is not the propagation but the permanency of his religion that deserves our wonder, the same pure and perfect impression which he engraved at Mecca and Medina is preserved after the revolutions of twelve centuries by the Indian, the African and the Turkish proselytes of the Koran….The Mahometans have uniformly withstood the temptation of reducing the object of their faith and devotion to a level with the senses and imagination of man. ‘I believe in One God and Mahomet the Apostle of God’ is the simple and invariable profession of Islam. The intellectual image of the Deity has never been degraded by any visible idol; the honors of the prophet have never transgressed the measure of human virtue, and his living precepts have restrained the gratitude of his disciples within the bounds of reason and religion.”

Annie Besant,wrote in “The Life and Teachings of Muhammad”:

“It is impossible for anyone who studies the personality of the great Prophet of the Arabs, and come to know how this prophet he used to live, and how he taught the people, but to feel respect towards this honorable prophet”.

M.K.Gandhi

I wanted to know the best of the life of one who holds today an undisputed sway over the hearts of millions of mankind…. I became more than ever 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 the scrupulous regard for pledges, his intense devotion to his 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 second volume (of the Prophet’s biography), I was sorry there was not more for me to read of that great life”.

Muslims believe that Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is the last and final prophet to be sent to mankind in a long chain of prophets that started from the time of Adam and included many others like Noah, Solomon, David, Abraham, Moses, Jesus, and many more. All called for the worship of the one God.

Qur’an 47:2
And those who believe and do righteous deeds and believe in what has been sent down upon Muhammad – and it is the truth from their Lord – He will remove from them their misdeeds and amend their condition.

His mission

In a land where people worshiped 360 idols, deprived women of their rights, enslaved people, killed one another for the simplest reasons.

To this inhumanity has come a man chosen by God, who brought them out of darkness into the light, called them to worship One God, and freed their minds from all types of ignorance and superstitions. Within several years he united the hearts of people to become the most powerful and civilized nation on earth.

His teachings

Muhammad (peace be upon him) taught that the best of people are those who are most beneficial to others, and the closest to him are those of the best manners. He taught that no one truly have faith until they love one another. He protected the rights of Muslims as well as non Muslims and protected rights of women. He organized the relationship between parents and their children.

He commanded to help the needy, give charity, even a smile is charity, visit the sick, take care of the old, stand for rights of all and speak the truth. He encouraged gaining knowledge as a duty on every Muslim man and woman. He called for justice and equality. All men are equal before God, an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab, and white has no superiority over a black, except by piety and good action.

Qur’an 21:25
And We sent not before you any messenger except that We revealed to him that, “There is no deity except Me, so worship Me.”

His legacy

His legacy remain alive in the hearts of Millions of Muslims worldwide, as he informed Muslims that in their hands are two sources of guidance that whoever follow them will never go astray. The Quran and his Sunnah.