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The World’s Need of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be Upon Him) both in the Past and Present.

Before the advent of Islam, people were living in darkness, nobody on earth was worshipping Allah alone with no partner except a few of the so-called Hanafi people (monotheism, i.e. people who continued with the remains of the religion of Abraham) and some of the people of the Scripture. Religion in pre-Islamic era was a mix of Christianity, Judaism, and Persian religions, and the majority of the people were polytheists. They were worshipping idols, fire, stars, and even stones.

There were two prominent powers controlling the world; the Roman Empire in the West, and the Persian Empire in the East, both were in continuous conflict and the world was suffering the scourge of war and destruction. Societies were suffering from class differences, oppression, injustice, and moral corruption everywhere. Infidelity, frivolity and bad morals were prevalent.  The economic situation was at its worst. Money was owned by the rich people who were exploiting the needs of the poor. Usury, cheating, and financial corruption became widespread.

The world was in dire need of liberation from the bondage of ignorance and misguidance. The society needed someone to establish the rules of justice, equality and the free economy without cheating, deceit, and usury, thus guaranteeing a decent life for people. Then Allah sent the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), the last of the Messengers and the best human being, to announce the beginning of a new era of light, justice, guidance and righteousness. Allah Almighty said addressing Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him):

{لِتُخْرِجَ النَّاسَ مِنَ الظُّلُمَاتِ إِلَى النُّورِ بِإِذْنِ رَبِّهِمْ إِلَى صِرَاطِ الْعَزِيزِ الْحَمِيدِ}.

{that you might bring mankind out of the darkness into the light by permission of their Lord - to the path of the Exalted in Might, the Praiseworthy} (Qur’an 14:1).

However, the question remains: Is the World Now in Need of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be Upon Him)?

Indeed, we need Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) more than ever before;  as the world was living in darkness before the Prophet's mission, the world now is living in deeper darkness; Religiously, most of the world's population are polytheists, some of whom still worship cow, stone, tree and human beings. The world still suffers from ignorance, poverty, cheating, and usury. The strong still eat the weak and violate their sanctities. The world still live in darkness of misguidance, corruption and disintegration. The world now is in dire need of a new torch-bearer of Muhammad’s message of equality, justice, fraternity and freedom from false gods. That can only be achieved through sticking to Muhammad's religion (Islam), Muhammad's Book (the Qur'an) and Muhammad's teachings (the Sunnah). 

Even Muslims’ respectful places in the world history could easily be restored if the Muslims show the real image of Islam through sticking to Allah's commands and Prophet Muhammad's teachings. Thus, the  world will admire the healing power of Islam again when the Muslims live by it and create a model community.

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