Under category : Muhammad in their Eyes
during the centuries of the crusades, all sorts of slanders were invented against prophet muhammad (pbuh). but with the birth of the modern age, marked with religious tolerance and freedom of thought, there has been a great change in the approach of western authors in their delineation of his life and character. the views of some non-muslim scholars regarding prophet muhammad, given at the end, justify this opinion.
but the west has still to go a step forward to discover the greatest reality about muhammad and that is his being the true and the last prophet of god for the whole humanity. in spite of all its objectivity and enlightenment there has been no sincere and objective attempt by the west to understand the prophethood of muhammad (pbuh).
up to the age of forty, muhammad was not known as a statesman, a preacher or an orator. he was never seen discussing the principles of metaphysics, ethics, law, politics, economics or sociology. no doubt he possessed an excellent character, charming manners and was highly cultured.
is it not an incontrovertible proof of his prophethood that in spite of being unlettered and having led a very normal and quiet life for forty years, when he began preaching his message, all of arabia stood in awe and wonder and was bewitched by his wonderful eloquence and oratory? it was so matchless that the whole legion of arab poets, preachers and orators of the highest calibre failed to bring forth its equivalent. and above all, how could he then pronounce truths of a scientific nature contained in the qur'an that no other human being could possible have developed at that time?
last but not least, why did he lead a hard life even after gaining power and authority? just ponder over the words he uttered while dying: "we the community of the prophets are not inherited. whatever we leave is for charity."
as a matter of fact, muhammad (pbuh) is the last link of the chain of prophets sent in different lands and times since the very beginning of the human life on this planet.