: ______“MUHAMMAD: Life of a Prophet” • 12/4/02 • 2
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NARRATORIslam, the religion Muhammad first brought to Arabia,now claims 1.2 billion followers around the world.There are an estimated 7 million Muslims in America,where it is the country’s fastest growing religion andthe most diverse.
Like America itself, the Muslims in this country come from allover the world. They have a common bond, not only in theirreligious faith and in their mosques, but in this story ofMuhammad, they all look to it. This is the source of how tobehave, of how to be a constructive citizen, of how to be agood parent, of how to be a good child, of how to seekknowledge and truth. These are values that are expressedmost clearly for Muslims in the story of Muhammad.
In the Quran Allah says that Muhammad is the bestexample of behavior for you. And that’s what he is theguide for the way we deal with each other and when we’re ina position of authority how we attempt to implement justiceand law.
Prophet Muhammad, he asked the question to peoplearound him, do you love your creator? Serve your fellowman first. What does that tell you? It tells you, forget aboutall this intellectual, yeah, I love God and this and that. Ifyou're gonna, you know, forget about talking the talk, walkthe walk. You want to serve God, serve people. What morenoble way to serve people than to risk your own life to savethem.
has changed the whole world and it hasalso put the Muslim community in the spotlight.Muslims have a lot of hostility being hurled at them. But thisis also a time of transformation. Many people are veryeager to understand Islam and want to know who is theProphet? What is the Quran? Who are the Muslims? How