Nabi Muhammad merupakan seorang insan yang agung. Koreksi sirah nabawiyyah baginda menyerlahkan keagungan peribadi yang telah Allah kurniakan kepada baginda. Peribadi yang sangat murni dan mulia sehinggakan mampu untuk menyatukan bangsa dan kabilah-kabilah arab pada masa itu di bawah satu aqidah iaitu mengesakan Allah s.w.t. Jika dilihat pada sejarah individu-individu yang dianggap hebat sekalipun, tiada siapa yang mampu untuk menandingi kehebatan dan keunggulan Rasul kesayangan kita.
Selaku umat Muhammad, semestinya kita sedari kecil telah didedahkan dengan kisah-kisah Nabi hasil daripada pengumpulan riwayat-riwayat sahih daripada ulama' mu'tabar. Kita beriman dengan keunggulan peribadi baginda Rasul. Namun mungkin ada yang tidak sedar bahawa, bukan kita (Muslim) sahaja yang sedar akan hakikat ini. Ramai orang bukan Islam yang sebenarnya mengakui dan mengagumi akan peribadi seorang insan bergelar Muhammad ini. Mereka mengagumi bagaimana seorang manusia biasa, seorang yang tidak punya kedudukan tinggi di kalangan masyarakat pada masa itu, seorang yang tidak tahu membaca dan juga menulis mampu untuk menyatukan kumpulan manusia yang pada ketika itu hanya tahu berperang dan berpecah-belah. Sehinggakan baginda digelar sebagai indidvidu yang paling berpengaruh dalam sejarah dunia. Begitu bangganya menjadi umat baginda.
Entri kali ini nak mendedahkan kepada pembaca antara ulasan dan komentar mereka yang bukan Islam tentang Nabi kita. Moga apabila membaca komen-komen tersebut, maka bertambahlah keyakinan dan kasih kepada Nabi kita dan menampakkan bahawa Islam yang dibawa oleh baginda Nabi merupakan agama yang benar.
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)
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)
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."
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)
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."
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."