Will Durant writes in his fourth volume of 'The Story of Civilization', 'The Age of Faith', about Muhammad (pbuh): "He was a man of dignity. He could readily forgive a disarmed and repentant foe... His ten wives and two concubines have been a source of marvel, merriment and envy to the Western world...He took polygamy for granted, and indulged himself in marriage with a clear conscience and no morbid sensuality...Women and power were his only indulgence, for the rest he was a man of unassuming simplicity...IF we judge greatness by influence, he was one of the giants of history. He restrained fanaticism and superstition, but he used them. He built a religion simple and clear and strong, and a morality of ruthless courage and racial pride, which in a generation marched to a hundred victories, in a century to empire, and remains to this day a virile force through half the world."
The reason Igave this long quotation is because I want the readers of Newageislam to read this book. It is a gem. We also get to see a neutral side, Will Durant is not biased, though there are some errors in his work, but no work is perfect.
As the biography of the Messenger was written long after
he passed away, and regurgitated by others as mentioned; it formed the basis of
the corpus hadis and is its integral part.
What is written in these documents about Muhammad and has
been preserved for over millennia, which Muslims revere over Quran and even call
it hadis sharif, puts the reader to shame unless one is looking for filth
to be dumped on his character!
Therefore it is astonishing to note the very same people
get…….themselves in knots when others present and use the same material as
reference for their vested interest! So, may not one ask as to what is the SOURCE
of the problem? If they can burn ‘Stannic Verses’, what are they waiting for?
It is recorded that Ibn Ishaq was exiled from Madinah for narrating