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Prophet Muhammad as an Orator


Praise and thanks are due to Allah who sent messengers and revealed scriptures. May His peace and salutations be upon the one who never speaks of his whims, except revelation from his Lord, our Muhammad, his family and companions. To proceed:

Accuracy of speech, unparalleled eloquence and comprehensive construction of words are a drop from the ocean of the unchallengeable miracles of the holy Prophet of Islam. This is a glaring fact that can be scripturally and historically proven. The accuracy of his words is no wonder as they emerge from a divine origin as said by Allah:

وَمَا يَنطِقُ عَنِ الْهَوَىٰ . إِنْ هُوَ إِلَّا وَحْيٌ يُوحَىٰ)  )

“Nor does he say (aught) of (his own) Desire. It is no less than revelation sent down to him:”(An-Najm: 3-4).

His capability to summarize long sentence in just some few words is a divine gift which he admitted himself as was reported in the authentic Book of Bukhari that he said: “I indeed was given general (or universal) words”. (Bukhari and Muslim).


A study of his words which have been detailedly documented by Muslim scholars reveals the comprehensiveness of his words as they comprise all spheres of life. In a few words he could explain many issues of importance to his companions. Among these instances is when he was advising Muaz Ibn Jabal (may Allah be pleased with him): “fear Allah wherever you are and follow up a bad deed with a good deed, it will wipe it, and behave goodly towards people”( Ahmad). Another instance that exemplifies the oratory character of the holy Prophet of Islam is the incidence of the farewell sermon. This sermon consists of such universal and general sentences that were used to concisely present such rules, laws and teachings that may need volumes of literary work to comment on. He briefly established in this sermon the rights of women, the sanctity of Muslim’s soul, the abolishment of racism and riba(interest), the establishment of justice and good interpersonal relation and many others.


Furthermore, there has been a historic remark on the oratory of the dear Prophet of Islam by even historians who were not adhererents to his teachings. Popular among these are the words of Lamartine, (Histoire de la Turquie, Paris 1854, Vol II, pp. 276-77:)   ““Philosopher, orator, apostle, legislator, warrior, conqueror of ideas, restorer of rational dogmas, of a cult without images; the founder of twenty terrestrial empires and of one spiritual empire that is Muhammad.  As regards all standards by which human greatness may be measured, we may well ask, is there any man greater than he?”.

Also during the early stage of his mission as the Messenger of Allah Almighty, he had a confrontation with the well-known poets of Arabia challenging him in eloquence and with a high degree of poetry stances. The results of some of these confrontations led to the poets becoming Muslims due to the superb and unparalleled degree of eloquent and oratory contents of his words. Such was the oratory of the Prophet of Islam peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) whose’ words are now studied in colleges in many universities in the world in a way that is not given to anybody among the human race. Isn’t this oratory a clear sign of his being a true of Messenger of God for seekers of the truth?

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