SOME OF THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF THE PROPHET, PEACE BE UPON HIM
Allah, His Magnificence be exalted, said about His chosen Messenger in the Quran, “Verily, there has come to you a Messenger from amongst yourselves. It grieves him that you should experience any injury or difficulty. He is concerned for you and is kind and merciful towards the believers.’’ (9:128)
When Allah Al-mighty says, “from amongst yourselves’’, it refers to the strong bond between the Prophet and humankind. Allah the AlMighty says, “And We have not sent you (O Mohammad) except as a mercy for the worlds (mankind, jinn, and all that exists) (21:107)
Also, he addresses the Messenger , saying, “Perhaps you would kill yourself in grief over their footsteps (for their turning away from you) because they believe not in this speech (the Qur’an)’’. (18:6)
Because the Prophet of Islam wanted guidance for all of humankind, he was sympathetic and merciful. That is why, after receiving revelation, he spent all of his life preaching with sincerity and love. He said, “I am like a man who has built a fire; when it is lit, butterflies and other insects come to the light and fall in it. The man tries to prevent them from entering the fire, but they persist. So, I try to push you away from the fire by your waists, but you still plunge in it’’ (Al-Bukhari)
Since the Prophet was eager for people to go to Paradise and escape Hellfire in the afterlife, his life was full of great accomplishments, which testified to his truthfulness and position as the leader of the descendants of Adam.
From his great accomplishments was his successful invitation to the Oneness of Allah so that any person who believes that Allah is the only thing worthy of worship and abides by His laws may live a peaceful life in knowledge, righteousness and certainty. As for the one who obeys other than Allah, he will be suffering, unsure, and hesitant, as this is the nature of finite creation. He cannot satisfy any one of the gods that he worships and will never please all of them.
Among the accomplishments of the prophet was that he transmitted the religion that he was commanded to teach for all people on earth to the end of time, which was narrated by his companions and recorded by the early scholars so that Muslims today and in the future can know the details of this religion, and the Prophet’s life to the point that they can learn the most minute details of his personality and habits. For example, in addition to what was recorded of his public behavior, it is known how many white hairs were in his beard, what his face was like when he was angry, how tall he was, what color his skin was, what kind of clothes he wore, what he did inside of his house, in the bathroom, even with his wives. All of details of his life are preserved and authenticated in well-known books memorized by the scholars and accessible to all in contrast to previous prophets whose biographies, books, and details of their lives are forgotten or not authenticated.
Among his accomplishments is the fact that he gathered previously warring tribes and nations as brothers and sisters in one religion regardless of their nationalities, colors and languages to love and help each other in solidarity. Allah says, “And He put affection in their hearts. If you had spent all that is in the earth you could not have put affection in their hearts but Allah has united their hearts.” (8:63)
The famous British Historian, Arnold Toynbee mentioned in his book, Civilization on Trial, that the causes of the destruction of ancient human civilizations and the corruption of western civilization today are class segregation and war. He also mentioned that the absence of class conflict in early Muslim society was one of the great ethical accomplishments of Islam. In our modern world, we need to take advantage of Islamic values.
The emergence of Islam was the greatest paradigm change in human history. The great historian, Doctor Michael Hearth, wrote in his book, The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History, “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.” Mohammad established the greatest religion in the world and spread it all over the globe, becoming one of its most prominent political figures. His effect is still as powerful nowadays as it was fourteen centuries ago.
Among his accomplishments was that he cultivated a great nation in its manners and actions. He used to feed his disciples’ souls with the Qur’an, educate them with faith, and have them bow before the Lord of the worlds five times a day while they were clean on the inside and outside. Their hearts were solemn, their bodies obedient, and their minds present and alert. Day after day, their souls ascended, their hearts were purified, and their characters were refined from the powers of materialism and base desires while they drew nearer and nearer to the Lord of the earth and skies.
Among his accomplishments was that he changed the Arabs, by Islam, from a weak people to a strong, proud nation which carried the noble message of Islam. As they eradicated injustice, the fear of the weak subsided and mankind was led to the shore of safety and peace in the light of God’s laws. He transmitted the Quran to the world together with his noble example of how to live by it. Allah sent the Prophet in His wisdom and mercy as “He is the Most Kind and courteous (to His creation), Aware of everything’’ (67:14)
Among his accomplishments , was that he implemented divine laws which are practical, flexible, and universal. They promote equality and discourage segregation and social stratification, even to the point of not discriminating in favor of his own family members. The Prophet said, “O people, the civilizations before you were destroyed because when the nobleman stole, they forgave him and when the poor man stole, they punished him. I swear by Allah, if Fatima, the daughter of Mohammad stole, I would cut off her hand’’ (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)
Among his accomplishments was that he encouraged people to excel in their worldly affairs such as technical, industrial, chemical, physical, and agricultural sciences. The Prophet said that Allah loves the person who does his work with perfection. He encouraged people to excel in their work without forgetting the afterlife which is better and everlasting. “Little is the enjoyment of the life of this world compared to that of the Hearafter” (9:38)
The Prophet was so honorable that he didn’t take personal advantage of his position. He forbade people from praising him excessively and attributing to him divine attributes. A man said: ’’ O messenger of Allah, what Allah and you will will occur’’. The Prophet immediately corrected this mistake by saying:’’ You are making me equal to Allah. Say, what Allah wills, and then what you will”. He also said, “Don’t praise me excessively as Christians do to ‘Easa, the son of Maryam (Jesus Christ). I am only a slave. So, say, slave of Allah and His Messenger’’ He respected the prophets that came before him. He said to his companions, “No one should say that I am better than Yunus Ibn Matta’’ (Jonah) and prohibited any one to refer to any prophet as better than others with the intention of disgracing them. When he died , he only owned a few personal items and his armor was held as collateral by a Jewish man.