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PostSubject: The Simple Life of Muhammad ...   Sat 30 Aug - 12:01

If we compare the life of Muhammad
before his mission as a prophet and his life after he began his mission as a
prophet, we will conclude that it is beyond reason to think that Muhammad

was a false prophet, who claimed prophethood to attain material gains,
greatness, glory, or power.





Before his mission as a prophet, Muhammad

had no financial worries. As a successful and reputed merchant, Muhammad
drew a satisfactory and comfortable income. After his mission as a prophet and
because of it, he became worse off materially. To clarify this more, let us
browse the following sayings on his life:



Aa’isha,
Muhammad’s

wife, said, “O my nephew, we would sight three new moons in two months
without lighting a fire (to cook a meal) in the Prophet’s

houses.” Her nephew asked, “O Aunt,
what sustained you?” She said, “The two black things, dates and water,
but the Prophet

had some Ansar
neighbors who had milk-giving she-camels and they used to send the Prophet

some of its milk.”



Sahl Ibn
Sa’ad, one of Muhammad’s
companions, said, “The Prophet of God
did not see bread made from fine flour from the
time God sent him (as a prophet) until he died.”



Aa’isha,
Muhammad’s

wife, said, “The mattress of the Prophet , on which he slept, was made of leather stuffed
with the fiber of the date-palm tree.”




Amr Ibn

Al-Hareth, one of
Muhammad’s
companions, said that when the Prophet
died, he left neither money NOR anything else
except his white riding mule, his arms, and a piece of land which he left to
charity.




Muhammad
lived this hard life till he died although the Muslim treasury was at his
disposal, the greater part of the Arabian Peninsula was Muslim before he died,
and the Muslims were victorious after eighteen years of his mission.



Is it possible that Muhammad
might have claimed prophethood in order to attain status, greatness, and power?
The desire to enjoy status and power is usually associated with good food, fancy
clothing, monumental palaces, colorful guards, and indisputable authority. Do
any of these indicators apply to Muhammad ?
A few glimpses of his life that may help answer this question follow.



Despite his responsibilities as a prophet, a
teacher, a statesman, and a judge, Muhammad
used to milk his goat, mend
his clothes, repair his shoes, help with the household work,
and
visit poor people when they got sick.
He also helped his companions in digging a trench by moving sand with
them.
His life was an
amazing model of simplicity and humbleness.



Muhammad’s
followers loved him, respected him, and trusted him to an amazing extent. Yet
he continued to emphasize that deification should be directed to God and not to
him personally. Anas, one of Muhammad’s
companions, said that there was no person whom they loved more than the Prophet
Muhammad ,
yet when he came to them, they did not stand up for him because he hated their
standing up for him, as other people do with their great people.



Long before there was any
prospect of success for Islam and at the outset of a long and painful era of
torture, suffering, and persecution of Muhammad

and his followers, he received an interesting offer. An envoy of the pagan
leaders, Otba, came to him saying, “...If you want money, we will collect
enough money for you so that you will be the richest one of us. If you want
leadership, we will take you as our leader and never decide on any matter
without your approval. If you want a kingdom, we will crown you king over
us...” Only one concession was required from Muhammad

in return for that, to give up calling people to Islam and worshipping God
alone without any partner. Wouldn’t this offer be tempting to one pursuing
worldly benefit? Was Muhammad

hesitant when the offer was made? Did he turn it down as a bargaining strategy
leaving the door open for a better offer? The following was his answer: {In the
Name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful} And he recited to Otba the
verses of the Quran 41:1-38



The Following are some of these verses:




A revelation from (God), the Most
Gracious, the Most Merciful; a Book whereof the verses are explained in detail;
a Quran in Arabic, for people who know, giving good news and warning, yet most
of them turn away, so they do not listen.
(Quran, 41:2-4)



On another occasion and in response to his uncle’s
plea to stop calling people to Islam, Muhammad’s
answer was as decisive and sincere: {I swear by the name of God, O Uncle!,
that if they place the sun in my right-hand and the moon in my left-hand in
return for giving up this matter (calling people to Islam), I will never desist
until either God makes it triumph or I perish defending it.}


Muhammad
and his few followers did not only suffer from persecution for thirteen years
but the unbelievers even tried to kill Muhammad

several times. On one occasion they attempted to kill him by dropping a large
boulder, which could barely be lifted, on his head


Another time they tried to kill him by
poisoning his food. What could justify such a life of suffering and sacrifice even after
he was fully triumphant over his adversaries? What could explain the humbleness
and nobility which he demonstrated in his most glorious moments when he insisted
that success is due only to God’s help and not to his own genius? Are these the
characteristics of a power-hungry or a self-centered man?

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PostSubject: Re: The Simple Life of Muhammad ...   Mon 1 Sep - 15:00

So much thanks Miss sacha for this text , but I think I have read it somewhere in this forum
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