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Unformatted text preview: PERSISTENCE, concentration of effort, and DEFINITENESS OF PURPOSE,
were the major sources of their achievements.
150 NAPOLEON HILL THINK AND GROW RICH Consider, for example, the strange and fascinating story of Mohammed; analyze
his life, compare him with men of achievement in this modern age of industry and
ﬁnance, and observe how they have one outstanding trait in common, PERSISTENCE!
If you are keenly interested in studying the strange power which gives potency
to PERSISTENCE, read a biography of Mohammed, especially the one by Essad
Bey. This brief review of that book, by Thomas Sugrue, in the Herald-Tribune,
will provide a preview of the rare treat in store for those who take the time to read
the entire story of one of the most astounding examples of the power of PERSISTENCE known to civilization. THE LAST GREAT PROPHET
Reviewed by Thomas Sugrue
“Mohammed was a prophet, but he never performed a miracle. He was not a
mystic; he had no formal schooling; he did not begin his mission until he was
forty. When he announced that he was the Messenger of God, bringing word of
the true religion, he was ridiculed and labeled a lunatic. Children tripped him
and women threw ﬁlth upon him. He was banished from his native city, Mecca,
and his followers were stripped of their worldly goods and sent into the desert
after him. When he had been preaching ten years he had nothing to show for it
but banishment, poverty and ridicule. Yet before another ten years had passed,
he was dictator of all Arabia, ruler of Mecca, and the head of a New World religion which was to sweep to the Danube and the Pyrenees before exhausting
the impetus he gave it. That impetus was three-fold: the power of words, the
efﬁcacy of prayer and man’s kinship with God.
“His career never made sense. Mohammed was born to impoverished members of a leading family of Mecca. Because Mecca, the crossroads of the world,
home of the magic stone called the Caaba, great city of trade and the center of
trade routes, was unsanitary, its children were sent to be raised in the desert by
Bedouins. Mohammed was thus nurtured, drawing strength and health from the
milk of nomad, vicarious mothers. He tended sheep and soon hired out to a rich
widow as leader of her caravans. He traveled to all parts of the Eastern World,
talked with many men of diverse beliefs and observed the decline of Christianity into warring sects. When he was twenty-eight, Khadija, the widow, looked
upon him with favor, and married him. Her father would have objected to such
a marriage, so she got him drunk and held him up while he gave the paternal 151 NAPOLEON HILL THINK AND GROW RICH blessing. For the next twelve years Mohammed lived as a rich and respected and
very shrewd trader. Then he took to wandering in the desert, and one day he
returned with the ﬁrst verse of the Koran and told Khadija that the archangel
Gabriel had appeared to him and said that he was to be the Messenger of God.
“The Koran, the revealed word of God, was the closest thing to a miracle in Mohammed’s life. He had not been a poet; he had no gift of words. Yet the v...
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