WHAT PROPHET MUHAMMAD ﷺ GAVE TO HUMANITY
Some non-Muslims have been wondering what it is that Prophet Muhammad ﷺpresented to humanity, particularly after the defamation of his honorable character by western media. The best solution to unawareness and misunderstanding is education.
Submission to one God
Through revelation from the God (Allah), Muhammad ﷺtransferred humanity from obedience and submission to other men to the worship and submission to one God(Allah) alone, associating nothing with Him. Consequently, human kind became free from servitude to other than Allah, and this is the greatest honor for mankind.
Through revelation from God, Muhammad ﷺliberated the human mind from superstition, deception and submission to false objects of worship as well as those concepts contrary to reason, such as the claim that God had a human son whom He sacrificed to atone for the sins of humanity.
Muhammad ﷺlaid the foundations for tolerance among people. In the Qur'an, Allah revealed to His Prophet that there is to be no compulsion in the acceptance of religion. Surah Baqrah2:256 Muhammad ﷺalso clarified the rights of the non-Muslims who do not wage war against Muslims and guaranteed protection of their lives, children, property and honor. Even today in many Muslim countries there are Jewish and Christian citizens living in peace and security.
Muhammad ﷺwas a mercy sent by God to all peoples regardless of race or faith. In fact, his teachings include mercy even to birds and animals, and forbid harming them without right or reason. Sahih al-Bukhari 3318, Abu Dawud 2675 and SunanAbiDawud 2816
Muhammad (showed unparalleled respect for and appreciation of all the prophets who preceded him, among them Abraham, Moses and Jesus (peace be upon them all). Islam regards all of the prophets as one brotherhood, inviting people to the belief that there is no deity worthy of worship except Allah, who is the one true God. Quran Surah Anbiya 21:25
Muhammad ﷺdefended human rights for both males and females, for young and old, regardless of social status. He established a set of sublime principles; one example being in the speech he gave during his farewell pilgrimage in which he declared strict prohibition of transgression against people's lives, property and honor. Sahih Al BukhariHadith No.1623, 1626, 6361
These principles he laid down long before the world knew of the Magna Charta in 1215, the Declaration of Rights in 1628, the Personal Freedoms Law in 1679, the American Declaration of Independence in 1776, the Human and Citizen Rights Charter in 1789, and the worldwide Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.
Muhammad ﷺelevated the importance of morality in human life. He called for good manners, honesty, loyalty and chastity and strengthened social bonds such as being dutiful to parents and relatives, always putting into practice what he preached. He prohibited and warned against such negative behavior as lying, envy, betrayal, fornication and disrespect of parents, and he treated the problems stemming from these diseases. Sahih Al BukhariHadith No.1623, 1626, 6361 (for More refer: THE LAST SERMON OF PROPHET)
Through the revelation from God Muhammad ﷺinvited people to use their minds, to discover the universe around them and to acquire knowledge.
Muhammad ﷺcame with a revelation from God, presenting a religion(Islam) compatible to human nature - one thatsatisfies the needs of the soul and those of the body and establishes a balance between worldly deeds and those done for the Hereafter. It is a religion that disciplines human instincts and desires without suppressing them completely as in some other cultures which were absorbed with ideals contrary to human nature, depriving religious men given to worship of such natural human rights as marriage and of such natural reactions as anger toward transgression, expecting them notto defend against aggressors. This led most members of these civilizations to reject religious teachings and become absorbed in the material world, which caters only to their bodies while leaving their souls in a miserable state.
Muhammad ﷺpresented to the world a perfect model of brotherhood among human beings. He taught that no race is superior to another for all are equal in origin and equal in their responsibilities and rights. One's degree of faith and piety is the only criterion for preference. His companions were given equalopportunities to belong to and servethe religion. Among them were Suhayb, a Byzantine, Bilal, an Abyssinian, Salman, a Persian, and many other non-Arabs (May Allah be pleased with them).
In conclusion, each of these ten points requires further detail and explanation. What Muhammad ﷺoffered humanity is much more than can be mentioned in this brief outline. There is also a great deal that has been said about him by objective researchers from the East and West after they studied the biography of this great Prophet.