Even since my childhood I have read a large number of books. Short stories novels works of poets and biographies have been of great interest to me. But one book has interested me most. It was the life of the Prophet of Islam by Allama Shibli.
I was amazed to read the life of the Holy Prophet He was born an orphan. At the age of six he lost his mother as well. Among the idol worshippers of Arabia he stood alone and worshipped one God. Arabs quarreled among themselves for years on end over petty affairs. They drank wine buries their daughters alive. They gambled, fought, cursed and had all the vices that one could think of.
Muhammad (Peace be upon him) kept aloof from them. He disliked their ways but could not make them give up their evil ways . At the age of forty God entrusted Muhammad with the work of reforming the people who had gone astray. When Muhammad (Peace be upon him) took upon himself this work all turned against him. Only a few listened to him and became true muslims. He had to leave his home and hearth yet he struggled hard in obedience to the world of God.
After a hard struggle of a few years he returned victorious to Mecca the very land from where he had fled for his life to the cruel treatment of his countrymen. The unbelievers trembled with fear. They thought it was the day of revenge. The prophet declared it was the day for general pardon. This generous treatment made the unbelievers listen to what the Prophet said. They embraced Islam in large numbers. Those who fought among themselves for years on end began to believe in universal brotherhood. They gave up their evil customs. They no longer buried their daughters alive but showed greatest respect for fair sex. A complete change was wrought. Humanity was reclaimed.
This book has interested me most. I have read it again and again. It is a very instructive book. After reading this book truth came home to me that truth is stranger than fiction.