The Rational Evidence of Muhammad’s Prophethood part 3 .

By Syed Abul A’lā Maudūdī,

Translated by Prof Syed Asim Ali

The Call for Revolution;

Suddenly a light illuminates his heart that was not there before. Suddenly a power overwhelms him that he had not known earlier. He steps out of the solitude of his cave-dwelling. He approaches his people and tells them: ‘The idols you bow down to are all unreal. Stop worshipping them! No human, no tree, no stone, no spirit and no star is worthy enough to deserve your deference, your obedience or worship. This earth, this moon, this sun, these stars, and all objects on the earth and in heavens are just creatures of God.

Suddenly a magnificent change occurs in him. Suddenly a light illuminates his heart that was not there before. Suddenly a power overwhelms him that he had not known earlier. He steps out of the solitude of his cave-dwelling. He approaches his people and tells them: ‘The idols you bow down to are all unreal. Stop worshipping them! No human, no tree, no stone, no spirit and no star is worthy enough to deserve your deference, your obedience or worship. This earth, this moon, this sun, these stars, and all objects on the earth and in heavens are just creatures of God. He alone is your Creator and of everything else. So, worship Him alone! Obey Him alone and bow down to none else! This theft, this plundering, this bloodshed and destruction, these atrocities and brutality, this debauchery and licentiousness are all sinful acts. Give them up! God does not like them. Speak the truth! Do justice! Kill none and filch no one’s assets. Take, whatever you will, in a just manner, and give, whatever you will, also in a just manner! All of you are humans and all humans are equal. None is born with the stigma of disgrace, and none is born with the medal of honour. Distinction and nobility are not in class and family, but only in piety, virtue and purity. One who is God-conscious, virtuous and pious is alone the most eminent human. And one who is not so is unworthy. After death, all of you are bound to appear before your Lord. Each one of you is answerable for his actions to Him; the same God Who sees all and knows all. You cannot hide anything from Him. A thorough record of your entire life will be presented before Him in its entirety. Judging by it He would decide about your end. No intercession, nor bribe, nor even status would be of any value before His Holy and Ultimate Justice. Only faith and virtuous deeds would count that moment. One who possesses these would go to paradise. And one who possesses none of these would be consigned to hell.’

This was the call with which he emerged from his cave-shelter.

Reaction of his society

His ignorant society turns hostile to him, abuses him and stones him. Not for a day or two but for as long as thirteen years subjects him to the worst forms of torment and persecution. So much so that it kicks him out of his hometown one day. And still it is not happy. It tortures him by all means even in his distant place of retreat; rouses entire Arabia against him; and remains up in arms against him for full eight years seeking his annihilation along with his call. He endures all those tortures but would not give up his call.

Why do these people turn hostile to him? Was it a dispute of property and wealth? Was it about a blood claim? Was he asking them for any worldly object? No. All hostility is caused by just one thing; that is, why does he preach to them the worship of only One God and piety and uprightness? Why does he speak against idolatry, polytheism and wantonness? Why does he denounce the supremacy of priests and clerics? Why does he decry the overlord ship of tribal heads? Why does he seek to eliminate class distinctions from the human society? Why does he call tribal and racial biases idiocy? Why does he seek to tear down the long-standing social systems? His society protests strongly saying that all what he says goes totally against the family traditions and national trend. They warn him to drop all that or his life would be made insufferable for him.

Endurance but why?

His society was ready to grant him kingship. It was ready to deposit heaps of wealth at his feet. The only condition was that he should stop preaching his message. But he discarded all those offers and accepted to undergo worst kind of persecution and physical torment for the sake of his message.

Why on earth did he endure all that suffering? His society was ready to grant him kingship. It was ready to deposit heaps of wealth at his feet. The only condition was that he should stop preaching his message. But he discarded all those offers and accepted to undergo worst kind of persecution and physical torment for the sake of his message. But why? Did he have any personal interest in their turning righteous and God-conscious? Was there any interest whatsoever against which power, kingship, wealth and means of luxuries were all just meaningless? Can any interest be identified for the sake of which one can willingly endure the most excruciating physical and mental tortures for as long as twenty one years? Just ponder! Can you imagine a higher level of uprightness, sacrificial spirit and human sympathy that one, not for one’s own sake but for the sake of others, should suffer so badly? Can you imagine that those for whose betterment and welfare he strives stone him, abuse him, kick him out of his home and would not leave him alone even in his banishment and yet he persists in doing all he can for their betterment?

Look again! Can a liar bear extreme tortures for something having no substance? Can a charlatan or a petty swashbuckler so steadfastly stick to his guesswork and speculative utterance to the extent that tortures shower upon him like rain, earth fails to offer him a shelter, entire nation rises up against him, formidable armies swarm to finish him off, and yet he would not budge an inch from the stand he has taken? This fortitude, this determination, this resoluteness itself confirms that he firmly believed in his own veracity. Had there been an iota of doubt in his heart about his own position, he would not have survived waves after waves of privations for as long as twenty one years.

 

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