Why should one believe in Muhammad (SAWS)?
1) Muhammad (PBUH) was born with no silver spoon in his mouth. His life began with infinitesimal support. His father had died before he was born. His mother dies by the time he was six years old. He was doubly orphaned at this tender age, his grandfather Abdul Muttalib took charge of him, but he too died within three years. As soon as he was able, Muhammad (PBUH) began to look after his uncle’s sheep and goats. Contrast this poor, double orphaned Arab child with no formal education (Allaah calls him “The Unlettered Prophet” in the Noble Qur’aan) with some of the great religious personalities that preceded him, and you must marvel at what destiny had in store for him!
2) History tells us that Muhammad (PBUH) was forty years of age when he received the first revelation in a cave some three miles north of the city of Mecca. It was the 27th night of the month of Ramadan. The Archangel Gabriel commanded him in his mother tongue: “Iqra” which means “Read”, “Proclaim” or “Recite”.. Muhammad (PBUH) is terrified and in his bewilderment replies: “I am not learned!” The angel commands him a second time with the same result. For the third time, the angel continues. Now, Muhammad (PBUH) grasps that what was required of him was to repeat or rehearse and he repeats the words as they were put in his mouth.
“Read! In the name of thy Lord and Cherisher, who created- Created man, from a (mere) clot of congealed blood; Read! And Thy Lord is most bountiful, – He who taught (the use of) the pen, – Taught man that which he knew not. Noble Qur’aan, Chapter 96,Verse 1-5.
After the angel departed, Muhammad (PBUH) rushed home and asked his beloved wife to cover him up. When he regained his composure, he explained to her what he had seen and heard. She assured him of her faith in him and that Allah would not allow such a terrible thing to happen to him. Are these the confessions of an imposter? Would imposters confess that when an angel of the Lord confronts them with a message from on High, they get fear stricken and run home to their wives?!!
3) And the Book is delivered to him that is not learned, saying, Read this, I Pray thee: And he saith, I am not learned” Holy Bible Isaiah 29:12
Muhammad (pbuh) was absolutely unlettered and un-learned. No human had ever taught him a word. His teacher was the creator.
“He does not speak (aught), of (his own) desire It is no less than inspiration sent down to him: He was taught by one mighty in power.” Noble Qur’aan, Chapter 53, Verse 3-5.
Without any human learning, he put to shame the wisdom of the learned.
4) Whilst in the midst of the conversation with his pagan fellow tribesmen, God Almighty sends Gabriel with this admonition:
“The Prophet frowned and turned away, Because there came to him the blind man (interrupting). But what could tell thee that perchance he might grow (In spiritual understanding)? Or that he might receive admonition, and the teaching might profit him?” Noble Qur’aan,Chapter 80, Verse 1-4.
The Prophet (PBUH) had naturally disliked the interruption. Perhaps the poor man’s feelings were hurt. But he whose gentle heart ever sympathized with the poor and the afflicted, got new light (Revelation) from his Lord, and without hesitation, he immediately published it for all eternity! Every time he met this blind man, the received him graciously and thanked him that on his account the lord had remembered him. During Muhammad’s (pbuh) absences from Medina, the blind man was made the Governor of the city twice. Such was the sincerity and gratitude of Muhammad (PBUH).
5)” A false man found a religion? Why, a false man cannot build a brick house! If he does not know and follow truly the properties of mortar, burnt clay and what else he works in, it is no house that he makes, but a rubbish heap. It will not stand for twelve centuries, to lodge a hundred and eighty millions; it will fall straight-away… speciosities are specious… “ Thus spoke Thomas Carlyle of Muhammad (PBUH) in his “Heroes and Hero-Worship” Islaam is the fastest growing religion in the world today. How is this happening? With the sword? Not even if we had the laser gun! The Noble Qur’aan forbids us to use force as a means of converting!
“Let there be no compulsion in religion: For truth stands out distinct from error” Noble Qur’aan,Chapter 2,Verse 256.
6) It goes greatly against the imposter theory, the fact that he lived in this entirely unexceptionable, entirely quiet and common place, till the heat of his years was done. He was forty before he talked of any mission from heaven. . All his ‘ambition’, seemingly, had been. Hitherto, to live an honest life; his ‘fame’, the mere good opinion of neighbors that knew him…
7) Is it possible that Muhammad (PBUH) might have claimed Prophet Hood in order to attain status, greatness, and power? The desire to enjoy status and power is usually associated with good food, fancy clothing, monumental palaces, colorful guards, and indisputable authority. Do any of these indicators apply to Muhammad (PBUH)? Despite his responsibilities as a Prophet, a teacher, a statesman, and a judge, Muhammad (PBUH) used to milk his goat, mend his clothes, repair his shoes, help with the household work, and visit poor people when they got sick. He also helped his Companions to dig a defensive trench by moving sand with them. His life was an amazing model of simplicity and humbleness.
On one occasion, in response to his uncle’s plea to stop calling people to Islaam, Muhammad’s (PBUH) answer was decisive and sincere: “I swear by the name of Allah, O Uncle, that if they place the sun in my right hand and the moon in my left hand in return for giving up this matter (calling people to Islaam), I will never desist until either Allah makes it triumph or I perish defending it.”
9) Muhammad (PBUH) and his few followers not only suffered from persecution for thirteen years, but the unbelievers even tried to kill Muhammad (PBUH) several times. On one occasion they attempted to kill him by dropping a large boulder on his head. Another time they poisoned his food. What could justify such a life of suffering and sacrifice even after he was fully triumphant over his adversaries? What could explain the humbleness and nobility that he demonstrated? Were they not due only with Allah’s help and not to his own genius? Are these the characteristics of a power-hungry or self-centered man?