And We did not send you, Oh Muhammad, except to bring Rahmat (blessings) to all mankind" -- a verse from the Quran.
My friends, have a blessed celebration! Maulidurrasul falls on the 12th day of Rabi'ul Awwal which marks the birth of Prophet Muhammad (SAW).
My Muslim brothers and sisters -- let us join in reciting the selawat and salam for our Nabi!
Salam dan Selawat kepada Baginda Rasul SAW dan Keluarga.Amin.
Pada kesempatan ini kita semua (pemimpin dan rakyat) perlu muhasabah diri dan mengambil contoh keperibadian Rasul SAW. Ya Allah selamatkan seluruh umat Islam di dunia ini Amin.
Edward Gibbon, an eighteen century English historian and politician wrote about Muhammad in his most famous book "The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire" ;
"The good sense of Muhammad despised the pomp of royalty. The Apostle of God submitted to the menial offices of the family; he kindled the fire; swept the floor; milked the ewes; and mended with his own hands his shoes and garments. Disdaining the penance and merit of a hermit, he observed without effort of vanity the abstemious diet of an Arab."
Benjamin Bosworth Smith, an American Protestant Episcopal bishop who lived in the nineteenth century, wrote this about Muhammad;
"Head of the State as well as the Church, he was Caesar and Pope in one; but he was Pope without the Pope's pretensions, and Caesar without the legions of Caesar, without a standing army, without a bodyguard, without a police force, without a fixed revenue. If ever a man ruled by a right divine, it was Muhammad, for he had all the powers without their supports. He cared not for the dressings of power. The simplicity of his private life was in keeping with his public life."
James A Michener, one of my favorite authors who wrote classics such as "Tales of the South Pacific" (for which he won the Pulitzer) wrote this about Muhammad;
“In all things Muhammad was profoundly practical. When his beloved son Ibrahim died, an eclipse occurred and rumors of God 's personal condolence quickly arose. Whereupon Muhammad is said to have announced, ‘An eclipse is a phenomenon of nature. It is foolish to attribute such things to the death or birth of a human being'."
Another famous American author, Washington Irving, wrote this about Muhammad;
"In his private dealings he was just. He treated friends and strangers, the rich and poor, the powerful and weak, with equity, and was beloved by the common people for the affability with which he received them, and listened to their complaints.
His military triumphs awakened no pride nor vain glory, as they would have done had they been effected for selfish purposes. In the time of his greatest power he maintained the same simplicity of manners and appearance as in the days of his adversity. So far from affecting a regal state, he was displeased if, on entering a room, any unusual testimonials of respect were shown to him. If he aimed at a universal dominion, it was the dominion of faith; as to the temporal rule which grew up in his hands, as he used it without ostentation, so he took no step to perpetuate it in his family."
Peace be upon thee, O Messenger of Allah. God's blessings be upon thee, O Prophet of God.
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