On the contrary we find, that the devotion of his followers was such that he was voluntarily acknowledged leader of their lives. They braved for his sake, persecutions and danger; they believed, trusted, obeyed and honored him even the most excruciating torture and severest mental agony caused by excommunication; even unto death. Would this have been so had they noticed the slightest backsliding in their leader?
UNDYING LOVE FOR THE HOLY PROPHET Read the history of the early converts to Islam and every heart would melt at the sight of the brutal treatment of innocent men and women. Sumayya, an innocent woman, is cruelly torn into pieces by piercing through with spears. An example is made of Yasir whose legs are tied to two camels and the beasts are driven in the opposite directions. Khabbab Bin Arth is made to lie down on a bed of burning coal with the brutal legs of the merciless tyrant on his breast so that he may not move and this makes even the fat beneath his skin melt. Khabbab Bin Aadi is put to death in a cruel manner by mutilation and cutting of his flesh piecemeal. In the midst of his torture, when asked whether he did not wish Muhammad in his place while he was in his house with his family, the sufferer cried out that he was gladly prepared to sacrifice himself, his family and children and all to save Muhammad from the prick of thorn. Scores of heart-rending incidents of this type may be narrated. But what do all these incidents show? Why was it that these sons and daughters of Islam not only surrendered to their Prophet, their allegiance but made gift of their bodies, hearts and souls? Is it not the intense faith and conviction on the part of the immediate followers of Muhammad, the noblest testimony to his sincerity and to his utter self-absorption in the task assigned to him? FOLLOWERS OF THE BEST CALIBRE And these men were not of low station or of an inferior mental caliber. Around him, in quite early days, gathered what was best and noblest in Makkah, its flower and cream, men of position, rank, wealth and culture, and from his own kith and kin, those who knew the ins and outs of his life. All the first four Caliphs, with their towering personalities, were converts of this early period. The Encyclopedia Britannica says that; “Muhammad is the most successful of all Prophets and religious personalities.” But this success was not the result of mere accident. It was not a windfall. It was recognition of the fact that he was found to be of true mettle by his contemporaries. It was the result of his admirable and all-compelling personality.
CHAPTER FOUR AS–SADDIQ - THE TRUTHFUL PERFECT MODEL FOR HUMAN LIFE The personality of Muhammad, it is most difficult to get into the whole truth. Only a glimpse of it I can catch. What a dramatic succession of picturesque scenes?
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