Discourse on the Prophet (pbuh)

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

Discourse on the Prophet (blessings of Allah and peace be upon him):

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, Caesar without the legions of Caesar: without a standing army, without a bodyguard, without a palace, without a fixed revenue; if ever any man had the right to say that he ruled by the right divine, it was Mohammed, for he had all the power without its instruments and without its supports. He cared not for the dressings of power. The simplicity of his private life was in keeping with his public life.

In Mohammadanism everything is different here. Instead of the shadowy and the mysterious, we have history… We know of the external history of Muhammad… while for his internal history after his mission had been proclaimed, we have a book absolutely unique in its origin, in its preservation… on the Substantial authority of which no one has ever been able to cast a serious doubt.

- Reverend Bosworth Smith, MOHAMMAD AND MOHAMMADANISM, London, 1874

Note: Although the sentiment is admirably correct, it is worth noting that the colonial and scholarly Oriental mindset was everywhere prevalent in the late 19th Century, which esteemed Islam less than its Prophet in naming the religion (thus Mohammadanism), as if Islam were founded entirely through the efforts of one inspired individual and not decreed by the will of God.

Ya Haqq!



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6 Responses to Discourse on the Prophet (pbuh)

  1. abupokemon says:

    Jazak’Allah for posting this.

  2. Abdul Hadi/Bengt says:

    Thank you!

  3. Lat says:

    Totally agree! Thank you for sharing this!

  4. norah says:

    interesting but weren’t the angels his bodyguards

  5. zhou says:

    The correct prayer on the Prophet in arabic is sallallahu alaihi wa sallam (S.A.W) or in english- blessing of Allah and peace be upon him.

    The other version – alaihi salam or peace upon him (PBUH) is means for other prophets.

    This is the least and last wisdom that we must not lost when addressing or mentioning the noble name of our Prophet Sayyiduna Muhammad sallallhu alaihi wa sallam. May Allah guide us always with love and honoring His Rasul in the two worlds.

  6. Irving says:

    Salaam Dear Brothers and Sister:

    Thank you all for the comments :) And Zhou, thank you a hundredfold for correcting my salutations on the Prophet (S.A.W.) I have corrected it accordingly.

    Ya Haqq!

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