Sunday, March 30, 2008

maulidurrasul + week 3


The World Islamic Propagation Establishment (UK), 359 Rayners Lane,
Pinner, Middlesex, HA5 5EN, U.K.
Telephone: +44 (0)181 426 2216, Fax number: +44 (0)181 426 2217,
Email:
You may be an atheist or an agnostic; or you may belong to any of the
religious denominations that exist in the world today. You may be a
communist or a believer in democracy and freedom. No matter what you
are, and no matter what your ideological and political beliefs,
personal and social habits happen to be - you must still know this man.

ENCYCLOPEDIA BRITANNICA confirms:
"....a mass of detail in the early sources show that he was an honest
and upright man who had gained the respect and loyalty of others who
were like-wise honest and upright men." (Vol. 12)

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW said about him:
"He must be called the Saviour of Humanity. I believe that if a man
like him were to assume the dictatorship of the modern world, he
would succeed in solving its problems in a way that would bring it
much needed peace and happiness." (THE GENUINE ISLAM, Singapore, Vol.
1, No. 8, 1936)

He was by far the most remarkable man that ever set foot on this
earth. He preached a religion, founded a state, built a nation, laid
down a moral code, initiated numerous social and political reforms,
established a powerful and dynamic society to practice and represent
his teachings and completely revolutionized the worlds of human
thought and behavior for all times to come.

"HIS NAME IS MUHAMMAD" May Peace of God Be Upon Him (pbuh)
He was born in Arabia in the year 570 C.E. (common era), started his
mission of preaching the religion of Truth, Islam (submission to One
God) at the age of forty and departed from this world at the age of
sixty-three.

During this short period of 23 years of his Prophethood, he changed
the complete Arabian peninsula from paganism and idolatry to worship
of One God, from tribal quarrels and wars to national solidarity and
cohesion, from drunkenness and debauchery to sobriety and piety, from
lawlessness and anarchy to disciplined living, from utter bankruptcy
to the highest standards of moral excellence. Human history has never
known such a complete transformation of a people or a place before or
since - and IMAGINE all these unbelievable wonders in JUST OVER TWO DECADES.

Lamartine, the renowned historian speaking on the essentials of human
greatness wonders:
"If greatness of purpose, smallness of means and astounding results
are the three criteria of human genius, who could dare to compare any
great man in modern 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, legislation, empires,
peoples and 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 souls....his forbearance in
victory, his ambition, which was entirely devoted to one idea and in
no manner striving for an empire; his endless prayers, his mystic
conversations with God, his death and his triumph after death; all
these attest not to an imposture but to a firm conviction which gave
him the power to restore a dogma. This dogma 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; the one overthrowing false gods
with the sword, the other starting an idea with the words.

"Philosopher, orator, apostle, legislator, warrior, conqueror of
ideas, restorer of rational dogmas, of a cult without images, the
founder of twenty terrestrial empires and of one spiritual empire,
that is MUHAMMAD. As regards all the standards by which Human
Greatness may be measured, we may well ask, IS THERE ANY MAN GREATER
THAN HE?" (Lamartine, HISTOIRE DE LA TURQUIE, Paris, 1854, Vol. II,
pp 276-277)

The world has had its share of great personalities. But these were
one-sided figures who distinguished themselves in but one or two
fields, such as religious thought or military leadership. The lives
and teachings of these great personalities of the world are shrouded
in the mist of time.

There is so much speculation about the time and place of their birth,
the mode and style of their life, the nature and detail of their
teachings and the degree and measure of their success or failure that
it is impossible for humanity to reconstruct accurately the lives and
teachings of these men.

Not so this man. Muhammad (pbuh) accomplished so much in such diverse
fields of human thought and behavior in the fullest blaze of human
history. Every detail of his private life and public utterances has
been accurately documented and faithfully preserved to our day. The
authenticity of the record so preserved are vouched for not only by
the faithful followers but even by his prejudiced critics.

Muhammad (pbuh) was a religious teacher, a social reformer, a moral
guide, an administrative colossus, a faithful friend, a wonderful
companion, a devoted husband, a loving father - all in one. No other
man in history ever excelled or equaled him in any of these different
aspects of life - but it was only for the selfless personality of
Muhammad (pbuh) to achieve such incredible perfections.

MAHATMA GANDHI, speaking on the character of Muhammad, (pbuh) says in
YOUNG INDIA:
"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, 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."

THOMAS CALYLE in his HEROES AND HERO WORSHIP, was simply amazed as to:
"how one man single-handedly, could weld warring tribes and wandering
Bedouins into a most powerful and civilized nation in less than two decades."

DIWAN CHAND SHARMA wrote:
"Muhammad was the soul of kindness, and his influence was felt and
never forgotten by those around him." (D.C. Sharma, THE PROPHETS OF
THE EAST, Calcutta, 1935, pp. 12)

EDWARD GIBBON and SIMON OCKLEY speaking on the profession of ISLAM write:
"'I BELIEVE IN ONE GOD, AND MAHOMET, AN 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 honor of the
Prophet has never transgressed the measure of human virtues; and his
living precepts have restrained the gratitude of his disciples within
the bounds of reason and religion." (HISTORY OF THE SARACEN EMPIRES,
London, 1870, p. 54)

Muhammad (pbuh) was nothing more or less than a human being. But he
was a man with a noble mission, which was to unite humanity on the
worship of ONE and ONLY ONE GOD and to teach them the way to honest
and upright living based on the commands of God. He always described
himself as, 'A Servant and Messenger of God,' and so indeed every
action of his proclaimed to be.

Speaking on the aspect of equality before God in Islam, the famous
poetess of India, SAROJINI NAIDU says:
"It was the first religion that preached and practiced democracy;
for, in the mosque, when the call for prayer is sounded and
worshippers are gathered together, the democracy of Islam is embodied
five times a day when the peasant and king kneel side by side and
proclaim: 'God Alone is Great'... I have been struck over and over
again by this indivisible unity of Islam that makes man instinctively
a brother." (S. Naidu, IDEALS OF ISLAM, vide Speeches & Writings,
Madras, 1918, p. 169)

In the words of PROF. HURGRONJE:
"The league of nations founded by the prophet of Islam put the
principle of international unity and human brotherhood on such
universal foundations as to show candle to other nations." He
continues: "The fact is that no nation of the world can show a
parallel to what Islam has done towards the realization of the idea
of the League of Nations."

The world has not hesitated to raise to divinity, individuals whose
lives and missions have been lost in legend. Historically speaking,
none of these legends achieved even a fraction of what Muhammad
(pbuh) accomplished. And all his striving was for the sole purpose of
uniting mankind for the worship of One God on the codes of moral
excellence. Muhammad (pbuh) or his followers never at any time
claimed that he was a Son of God or the God-incarnate or a man with
divinity - but he always was and is even today considered as only a
Messenger chosen by God.

MICHAEL H. HART in his recently published book on ratings of men who
contributed towards the benefit and upliftment of mankind writes:
"My choice of Muhammad to lead the list of the world's most
influential persons may surprise some readers and may be questioned
by others, but he was the only man in history who was supremely
successful on both the religious and secular levels." (M.H. Hart, THE
100: A RANKING OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSONS IN HISTORY, New York,
1978, p. 33)

K. S. RAMAKRISHNA RAO, an Indian Professor of Philosophy in his
booklet, "Muhammad, The Prophet of Islam," calls him the "PERFECT
MODEL FOR HUMAN LIFE." Prof. Ramakrishna Rao explains his point by saying:
"The personality of Muhammad, it is most difficult to get into the
whole truth of it. Only a glimpse of it I can catch. What a dramatic
succession of picturesque scenes! There is Muhammad, the Prophet.
There is Muhammad, the Warrior; Muhammad, the Businessman; Muhammad,
the Statesman; Muhammad, the Orator; Muhammad, the Reformer;
Muhammad, the Refuge of Orphans; Muhammad, the Protector of Slaves;
Muhammad, the Emancipator of Women; Muhammad, the Judge; Muhammad,
the Saint. All in all these magnificent roles, in all these
departments of human activities, he is alike a hero."

Today after a lapse of fourteen centuries, the life and teachings of
MUHAMMAD (pbuh) have survived without the slightest loss, alteration
or interpolation. They offer the same undying hope for treating
mankind's many ills, which they did when he was alive. This is not a
claim of Muhammad's (pbuh) followers but also the inescapable
conclusion forced upon by a critical and unbiased history.

The least YOU could do as a thinking and concerned human being is to
stop for a moment and ask yourself: Could these statements sounding
so extraordinary and revolutionary be really true? And supposing they
really are true and you did not know this man MUHAMMAD (pbuh) or hear
about him, isn't it time you responded to this tremendous challenge
and put in some effort to know him?

It will cost you nothing but it may prove to be the beginning of a
completely new era in your life.

We invite you to make a discovery of this wonderful man, Muhammad
(pbuh), the like of whom never walked on the face of this earth.

Source :
<http://www.usislam.org/muhammad/knowmuhammad.htm>http://www.usislam.org/muhammad/knowmuhammad.htm

Amita Adani <amita77508@...> wrote:
Mohamed was a shameful rapist, a greedythief and a liar.
Given absolute freedom without fear of being harrases or killed by


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away game last saturday at the Hawk's nest, somewhere deep in the Adelaide Hill (Woodcroft, on the Onkaparinga Valley Rd). it was damn freezing!!!
results and current position in the table: (Hawks vs Foxes)
u-19: 2-3 (1st)
reserve: 2-1 (5th)
Senior: 0-1 (6th)

What a comeback, and a well-deserved 3 points gained by the 10-men arsenal. yeah.

2 comments:

signither said...

tl;dr

albani said...

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