He was the benefactor of the entire humanity. He came at the end of the golden chain of the Messengers of Allah who were sent from time to time from the dawn of human civilization. His advent signalled the maturity of human civilization. He brought the last and final document from the Creator to mankind in the form of the Holy Qur’ān. It was the last will and testament between Allah and His vicegerents, the human beings. He was the last Messenger and the seal of the Prophets. Now whoever wants to worship and obey God, he should accept his guidance and leadership.
Almighty Allah Himself declares in the last and final book, the Holy Qur’ān:
“(O Prophet) We have not sent you forth but as a herald of good news and a warner for all mankind. But most people do not know.” (34:28)
Further good tiding from Almighty Allah confirms that “We have sent you forth as nothing but mercy to the people of the whole world.” (21:107)
Within a short span of 23 years of his Prophetic mission (610-632), Prophet Muhammad ﷺ charged the world in such a way that humanity was re-established on the firm foundations of goodness, mercy, piety and other best values. He completed and perfected the mission of all the earlier messengers who had come before him. He did this great task in a way which earned him the reputation of being the most influential personality in the entire human history. Michael H. Hart writes in his famous book, The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History: “He was the only man in history who was supremely successful on both the religious and secular levels. Of humble origins, Muhammad founded and promulgated one of the world’s great religions, and became an immensely effective political leader. Today, thirteen centuries after his death, his influence is still powerful and pervasive.”
Alphonse de Lamartine (1790-1869), a French poet, writer and politician, in his Histoire de la Turquie, Paris, 1854, Vol. II, Pp. 276-277, writes: “Philosopher, orator, apostle, legislator, conqueror of ideas, restorer of dogmas, of a cult without images; the founder of twenty terrestrial empires and of one spiritual empire. That is Muhammad. As regards all standards by which human greatness may be measured, we may well ask, is there any man greater than him?”
Radiance Viewsweekly very humbly and proudly pays its homage to the greatest Messenger of God, Muhammad ﷺ, with this issue entitled, The Benefactor of Mankind. May Allah give us devotion and resources to convey his life-giving message to one and all.