The Life and Message of Mohammed – 31

By Hon. Justice P K Shamsuddin on 07-10-2011

At an Age of insecurity,
crimes and custom atrocities, a great peace prevailed all over Medina and the
surrounding territories, thanks to Mohammed and his teachings. Human life in
and around Medina became unusually smooth and safe. Exploitation, tyranny and
corruption also withdrew from the central stage. Though the Jewish tribes of
Banu Qurayza, Banu Qaynuqa and Banu Nadir did not sign any covenant with
Mohammed, they later entered into light pacts with him. Medina and all the land
around it grew to an icon of peace and tranquility. The pacts with Jewish
tribes added to the peace of the region; people were able to practice their
faith without any obstructions.

The prophet slowly found
it necessary to devise some methods to inform the people about the time for
each prayer. He consulted Umer and his companions and ultimately came to the
conclusion that Adhan – human call for prayer – be introduced. The words behind
Adhan were very beautiful and quite meaningful. Because of his stunning voice,
Muhammad chose a freed Habeshan slave by the name of Bilal ibn Rabah al-Habashi
to give the call for prayers. The man climbed atop the house of a woman who
lived near the door of the mosque and began calling people for prayers. Thus
the people of Medina got the call for prayer five times each day beginning from
dawn. The stage was quite favourable for Mohammed to constitute the code and
conduct of practices in the new religion and structure the foundation of
Islamic civilization, which is based on human brotherhood. According to Prophet
Mohammed, a man does not become truly human until he loved his brother what he
loves for himself. This law is implemented by acts of lovable deeds of goodness
and mercy.

A man asked Mohammed “What
Islam is better?” Mohammed replied, “You give food to the needy….” The
kindness, compassion and mercy on which he founded the new Islamic culture were
not limited to human beings alone but also to all animals and creatures. It is
said that Mohammed used to rise and open the door to give entry to a cat which
sought to enter in. 

About The Author

Hon. Justice P K Shamsuddin

Hon. Justice P K Shamsuddin (High Court of Kerala) is a great Gandhian and a noted humanitarian, who could successfully steer World Fellowship of Inter-religious Councils. His relentless efforts for inter religious harmony was awarded by HH Pope John Paul 2nd and Parliament of World Religions.