Muhammad, the liberator of women
According to the Islamic belief, Muhammad, the son of Abdullaah is the only prophet of Allaah sent to the entire humanity at a time- his messages cut across nations, tribes, continents and communities of both mankind and 'jinkind.' Other messengers were only sent to their 'peoples' with a clear message of monotheism. This is one of the reasons Michael H. Hart (Professor of Astronomy, Physics and the History of Science) writes on page 2 of his popular book : THE 100 : A RANKING OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE IN HISTORY :
"My choice of Muhammad to lead the list of the world's most influential persons may surprise some readers and may be questioned by others, but he was the only man in history who was supremely successful on both the religious and secular levels....”
Why then was Muhammad an uncommon liberator? One, Muhammad liberated women from savagery in the hands of tyrant men. Before he was sent to mankind, women could neither inherit their fathers nor their husbands. This man said NO and liberated woman from that inhuman treatment. Before this man came, fathers did bury their female children alive because they regarded them as 'useless things and extra expenditures.' Muhammad came and forbade fathers from doing so. Women started to be recognised. Also, before his prophethood, menstruating women were regarded impure in everything they did. Nobody could touch the cloths of menstruating women; nobody could drink, eat and talk freely with her as a result of her monthly discharge. This man came and stopped the ignorant attitudes of the arabs.
Before Muhammad came, women were used as sex-hawks, sex-slaves and upon-agreement-prostitutes. This man came and put a stop to that anti-freedom situation women were subjected to. Women were only seen as instruments of child bearing before his libration. They couldn't learn freely nor partake in some feminine affairs. This man said NO and equipped women with the greatest knowledge and wisdom through his wives, Khodeejah and 'Aaishah to be specific and other virtuous women in the history of Islaam.
Muhammad, the anti-slavery crusader
Muhammad frowned at slavery! Before his coming, slavery was a common and lucrative trade in Saudi Arabia, its neighbouring states and communities. It was Muhammad who put a stop to such a barbaric and anti-human attitude, to the extent that he did buy some slaves from their masters with a view to facilitating their freedom. Many of these slaves later became some of his greatest companions.
Muhammad, the arbiter
Muhammad was a great manager of dispute and professional arbiter. An instance of this was his judgement when a disagreement occurred among some Arab tribes on whom to place the black stone back to its original point. He settled the matter wisely, amicably and intelligently. A representative of each tribe was directed by Muhammad to take part in the placement, thereby, bringing the quarrel to a definite halt.
Muhammad, the anti-apartheid demonstrator
Muhammad was a lover of all tribes, races and genders. For once, Muhammad never discriminated between two people or among his companions. For example, the first caller to prayer (Muadhin) was Bilaal bn Rabah, an African from Ethiopia. Despite the fact that Bilaal hailed from Ethiopia, Muhammad gave him a chance to call people to prayer. It was even reported in one of Muhammad's sayings that everybody is equal in the sight of Allaah ; an Arab is not better than a non-Arab (and vice-versa) ; a White is not better than a Black(and vice-versa) ; Allaah doesn't care about one's colour, tribe or race ; He only cares about one's strong fear in Him. To buttress this point, here is another saying of Muhammad:
"None (of you) is a believer (yet) until he loves for his fellow brethren what he loves for himself."
Muhammad, the just justice
In the history of mankind, Muhammad was always against injustice. He was a just arbiter who didn't judge people because of likeliness, closeness, personality, status and prejudice. He judged people based on the injunctions of Allaah, His guidance and Islamic Jurisprudence. There was even a time he told Faatimah, her daughter that if she stole, she would be punished in accordance with the Islamic principle (by amputating one of her hands), despite the fact that she was her loving daughter!
If one continues to write on how this greatest man liberated people before modern civilization came, the writing ink of this dancing pen will only exhaust. Therefore, I will conclude this piece with what Stanley Lane-Poole writes about Muhammad in TABLE TALK OF THE PROPHET:
"He was the most faithful protector of those he protected, the sweetest and most agreeable in conversation. Those who saw him were suddenly filled with reverence; those who came near him loved him; they who described him would say, ‘I have never seen his like either before or after....’"
by Olansile Ajetunmobi Umar (OAU, 2017)