Mercy to the World
In twenty-three short years the Prophet Muhammad spread monotheism throughout the peninsula, unified warring tribes, taught the honor of women, and established that all people were equal in the sight of God. He elevated the low and lowered the arrogant that they might meet in that middle place known as brotherhood.
He infused within people a love of learning unleashing a creative power that would lead to some of the most extraordinary scientific breakthroughs in human history.
The Prophet Muhammad’s entire life, up until his last breath, was spent in the liberation of others. He liberated people from misguidance, oppression, and greed. Even on his deathbed, his last words were, “Treat your women well, and do not oppress your servants…O God, my highest companion, O highest companion.”
The world needs a deeper understanding of this man – his gentleness toward children, his love of animals, his concern for the weak and oppressed, and his sense of justice always tempered with mercy. He taught us that forbearance is greater than revenge; forgiveness more lofty than punishment; and compassion more effective than austerity.
Above all, he taught us mercy. And in these difficult times, we are all in need of more mercy in the world. Celebrate Muhammad. Celebrate mercy.