Muslims around the world celebrate Mawlid al-Nabi today as a way to honor prophet Muhammad’s life.
Muhammad was sent to Arabia to share Allah’s message and correct injustices along the way using kindness and understanding for others.
Muhammad never seeked praise for being the last messenger of Allah. Instead, he believed that he was solely on earth to be allah’s servant, performing duties for others instead of himself making him not needing praise. He emphasized his human nature and equality with others as another reason to justify himself not needing celebration.
When he sent an army to fight the oppressors and aggressors, he ordered his companions, the leaders of the army not to kill an old man or a child or a woman and not to cut a tree or destroy a building, not to slaughter animals except for food.
He also ordered them not to disturb the monks worshiping in their churches or Rabbis in their synagogues and to leave them alone in their hermitages as long as they don’t fight them.
Prophet Muhammad said on women, “they are peers/equal to men” on what god made obligatory on them except other than what the shari’a says. Prophet Muhammad extended his mercy to children and all creatures, he even ordered his companion not to set ants on fire (burn them), said no one should torture by fire except the creator of the fire. He ordered his companions not to step on them to kill them.
Throughout history, many non-Muslim intellects and great thinkers stood fascinated by the personality of Prophet Muhammad and his biography, they highly lauded his standard principles
– Heraclius, the great Roman Emperor, asked questions about Prophet Muhammad when he received a letter from the Prophet inviting him to Islam; Heraclius reached to the conclusion of the truth of Muhammad’s call and said “If I were in his presence I would wash his feet”
– Al-Najashi, the King of Habasha (Ethiopia), he was a Christian king. His beard became wet with tears when he heard some of what the Prophet came with (verses from the Holy Quran), he said “These words and what Jesus said come from the same lantern”
– Lamartine, the French philosopher, writer, and politician said “Muhammad is The Philosopher, Orator, Apostle, Legislator, Warrior, and Conqueror of people’s wild desires. In all standards by which human greatness is measured, we may well ask: is there any man greater than Prophet Muhammad?”
– George Bernard Shaw, the English playwright said “The world much in need of a man like Muhammad’s bright thinking, such a man were to assume leadership and rule of the modern world, he would succeed in solving its problems and bring peace and happiness to it”
– Michael Hart said “My choice of Muhammad to be on the top the list of the “World’s most influential person in history” may come as a surprise to some people, but he is the only person in history who was supremely successful in both the religious and secular levels”
– Mahatma Ghandi, the great Indian leader said “After I finished reading the second part of the Biography of Muhammad, I felt the need to know more about this great personality, he uncontested, won the hearts of millions of people”
– Thomas Carlyle, the English writer, said “I like Muhammad for his free of Hypocrisy nature, with clear and sound words, he addressed the Roman Tsars and the Kings of Persia and he guided them to what he loves for them in this life and in the eternal life”
– George Wells, The English Author regards Prophet Muhammad the greatest personality who established a state for justice and tolerance
– Leitner, the English researcher, said “I declare my hope to see a day coming in which the Christians will highly respect Jesus through their respect to Prophet Muhammad, truly the Christians who recognize the religion and the right path brought by Prophet Muhammad is the true Christians.
– Jean-Louis Michon, The French orientalist, said “Islam which ordered Jihad or Holy war, had much tolerance towards the followers of other religions. As per the teachings of Muhammad, Omar Bin Al-Khattab (The 2ndCaliph in Islam) did not inflict any harm on the Christian community when he conquered Jerusalem.
– Gustav Lobon, the well-known French Historian, said “Muhammad is the greatest man that history ever knew”
– Will Durant, the author of “The Story of Civilization” said “If we rated greatness by the influence of the great, we will say “Muhammad is the greatest of the great in history”