Channel: Mohammad Elshinawy
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Another unique accomplishment of the Prophet Muhammad peace and blessings be upon him was the fact that he revolutionized human rights in a way that no other human being ever has in all of human history.
This achievement of the final prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was not simply one where he espoused certain virtues, but rather he instated a flawless system that would actually ensure that these values were not left on the shelf in theory, but would actually be able to manifest and unravel on the ground and be imbibed in application. He sallallahu alayhi wa sallam fraternize with all people despite their differences, and he purged people's prejudices. And he said in his famous Farewell Sermon, oh people, your Lord is one and your father Adam, the father of humanity is one. There is no distinction for an Arab over a non Arab, nor for a non Arab over an Arab, nor for a
white skinned person over a black skinned person, nor for a black skinned person over a white skinned person, except by virtue of their righteousness. By that he created a universal brotherhood, regardless of lineage, regardless of racial orientation, regardless of financial standing, as Arnold Toynbee famously says in his book civilization on trial, the extinction of race consciousness, as is the case between Muslims is one of the most outstanding moral achievements of Islam. And in the contemporary world, he says, there stands a crying need for the propagation of this Islamic virtue. And very similar to this are the words of Malcolm X May Allah bestow mercy on his soul. When he
finally went to the Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca, did he recognize the equality that only Islam could make possible on the ground in reality in living color between the human race as for wherever this virtue is absent either by those who do not know Islam or do not live up to its ideals, we find concepts like equality and justice and brotherhood as superficial cliches many a times, many times they are just verbiage that is weaponized for political gains or social maneuvering. But unlike those who employ such double standards, with these lofty virtues, we find the Prophet Muhammad peace and blessings be upon him, operating at the height of his power, with the dignity of every last
human being in mind, with dictates like pay the laborer his wages, before his sweat dries, the Prophet Muhammad peace and blessings be upon him, was able to eradicate so many of the financial inequities that were condoned in his time, as a result of his blessings ministry, you find some of his closest companions like Abba, or may Allah be pleased with him, dressing identically to his servants, to the point that people who did not know him would not be able to discern between him and his labors. We find arowana Mohammed, a famous early governor of Yemen, and a grandchild of one of the Prophet Muhammad, disciples, answers that land the Government of Yemen and he gives them the
utmost financial transparency, and declares from the beginning the people's right to hold him accountable regarding the finances of his position. He said, Oh people of Yemen, I am entering your town now. I am entering your lands now, owning only this camel of mine. If the day that I exit, I exit with more than this camel, they know that I am a thief. And it was not even just human rights that he revolutionized peace and blessings be upon him. We find the other companions like I would double that brought the Allahu Anhu saying on his deathbed to his camel. O camel, do not prosecute me in front of God, for you know full well, I never caused you to carry burdens that were beyond
your capacity. And so all of these monumental improvements in the standards of living for human beings and even for animals, and had we had the time we would discuss even for the environment and its protection or just some of the blessed fruits and unique accomplishments of the Prophet Muhammad peace and blessings of Allah be upon him.