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of the Koran, as he received them and recited them to the faithful, were better
than any verses which the professional poets of the tribes could produce. This,
to the Arabs, was a miracle. To them the gift of words was the greatest gift, the
poet was all-powerful. In addition the Koran said that all men were equal before
God, that the world should be a democratic state-Islam. It was this political heresy, plus Mohammed’s desire to destroy all the 360 idols in the courtyard of the
Caaba, which brought about his banishment. The idols brought the desert tribes
to Mecca, and that meant trade. So the business men of Mecca, the capitalists,
of which he had been one, set upon Mohammed. Then he retreated to the desert
and demanded sovereignty over the world.
“The rise of Islam began. Out of the desert came a ﬂame which would not be
extinguished-a democratic army ﬁghting as a unit and prepared to die without
wincing. Mohammed had invited the Jews and Christians to join him; for he
was not building a new religion. He was calling all who believed in one God to
join in a single faith. If the Jews and Christians had accepted his invitation Islam would have conquered the world. They didn’t. They would not even accept
Mohammed’s innovation of humane warfare. When the armies of the prophet
entered Jerusalem not a single person was killed because of his faith. When the
crusaders entered the city, centuries later, not a Moslem man, woman, or child
was spared. But the Christians did accept one Moslem idea-the place of learning, the university.” 152 NAPOLEON HILL THINK AND GROW RICH Chapter 10
POWER OF THE MASTER MIND: THE DRIVING FORCE
The Ninth Step toward Riches
POWER is essential for success in the accumulation of money. PLANS are inert and useless, without sufﬁcient POWER to translate them into ACTION. This
chapter will describe the method by which an individual may attain and apply
POWER may be deﬁned as “organized and intelligently directed KNOWLEDGE.”
Power, as the term is here used, refers to ORGANIZED effort, sufﬁcient to enable
an individual to transmute DESIRE into its monetary equivalent. ORGANIZED
effort is produced through the coordination of effort of two or more people, who
work toward a DEFINITE end, in a spirit of harmony.
POWER IS REQUIRED FOR THE ACCUMULATION OF MONEY!
POWER IS NECESSARY FOR THE RETENTION OF MONEY AFTER IT HAS
Let us ascertain how power may be acquired. If power is “organized knowledge,”
let us examine the sources of knowledge:
a. INFINITE INTELLIGENCE. This source of knowledge may be contacted
through the procedure described in another chapter, with the aid of Creative Imagination.
b. ACCUMULATED EXPERIENCE. The accumulated experience of man, (or
that portion of it which has been organized and recorded), may be found in any
well-equipped public library. An important part of this accumulated experience is
taught in public schools and colleges, where it has been classiﬁed an...
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