GIS 502 Muhammad – The Very Human Prophet

Faculty: Dr. Abdus-Salaam Musa (Profile)


“He was one of the most remarkable human beings who ever lived.” “The more one reflects on the history of Muhammad, and of early Islam, the more one is amazed at the vastness of his achievement.” These are typical of the accolades that have been heaped on Muhammad, Prophet of Islam, even by non-Muslims, among whom have been his severest critics and detractors. So much more do the one billion plus Muslims throughout the globe revere the prophet, especially for his great spiritual insights, contributions and leadership. And yet, throughout his life he constantly reminded his Companions of his humanity: “I am a human being like you,” “I am pleased, I lose my temper,” “I [am likely] to forget like you. So if I forget, remind me.” This course examines some of the human qualities of Muhammad, with an eye to learning from them the lessons that will enrich our daily lives. Specifically, it explores the topics: Muhammad – Boy to Man; Muhammad – The Husband & Father; Muhammad – The Prophet of Mecca; Muhammad – The Statesman; Muhammad – The Teacher; Muhammad – The Messenger of Allah.

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